Built in 1915 as a second home for locally born philanthropist Everett Benton (he also donated the combined library and Masonic lodge next door), the house occupies the site of a former 19th century resort hotel, the Essex House. The Benton Cottage was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Gay & Proctor and sits on a terrace overlooking the Connecticut River and northern White Mountains.
The house is a nine room Colonial Revival style building, including 4 bedrooms and one and a half baths. It features a stone foundation, clapboard siding, and an asphalt shingle roof. The house exhibits narrow box cornices, close rakes, two gabled-roofed dormer windows with connecting shed-roofed dormer, 4/4 sash, a central entrance with a shallow gabled-roofed porch, and end wall porches with Tuscan columns. The front of the house faces the picture-perfect historic village of Guildhall, VT, while the back of the house looks across the Connecticut River and features a wrap around porch and spectacular mountain and river views through a north easterly located 10 x 41/2 foot window, original to the house ( now with double glazed glass).
The interior of the house features a working wood stove, and two recently re-lined working brick fireplaces. The 14 x 11 foot foyer and the unique “Flying Dutch” staircase reflect the modernist urges and sensibilities of many progressive early 20th century designers and architects. The house has a light and airy feel with impressive views from almost every window.
Visit this link to the Benton Cottage photo album on Picasa.
Guildhall is about 45 minutes from the Canadian border. It’s bordered to the east by Groveton and Lancaster, NH. Our house is about half an hour from Maidstone Lake and campground and about a half hour from the White Mountains. The town has a small but excellent K-6 school and the Town of Guildhall now has its own municipal website–take a look!
Finally, after many years, the village of Guildhall has access to true broadband, at affordable rates!
NEW! Here’s a list of the major and substantial improvements we’ve made to the property over the years! Benton Cottage