Your Hosts

Our mission is to provide guests with a serene, luxurious retreat where they feel pampered and appreciated. We create a custom experience for each guest with a focus on their preferences and comfort. Within our small bubble of space and time, we pamper each person with love, respect, and active listening. Coppertoppe welcomes children, pets and all guests with love and attention. Weddings, elopements, retreat groups, birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions are hosted with joy.

We are your hosts, Bill Powers and Sheila Oranch (spouses and business partners) who fell in love with Hebron and Newfound Lake.

We are proud of our fabulous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are long-time, dedicated environmentalists and gardeners, and we are active in the community. We love to host, cook and help people relax and enjoy themselves. What is fun for you? Let us know your interests and we will strive to arrange the activities or lessons or opportunities that you seek. We may not do it all, but we probably know who does what you want.

We love kids and dogs

We garden without pesticides, and happily use our own herbs and vegetables (some herbs are grown indoors all year). We are members of the NHLRA Sustainable Lodging Program (Sheila is on the steering committee), the Newfound Lake Region Association, and participate in ?green? initiatives. We recycle, re-use and compost. Nothing is wasted, and our motto is, ?there should be no such thing as garbage.? See our environmental report for more specifics.

We welcome children of all ages, dogs and most pets. The birds and wildlife can stay outside for careful observing. We see many critters in the fields and gardens, and birds are abundant in our naturalized, organic garden. Our two ponds are home to many species of frogs, toads, slamanders, newts and maybe a family of crayfish. Birders are in heaven around Newfound Lake, and local Audubon centers are happy for contributions to their lists of birds observed in the region.

Coppertoppe has become a popular retreat for quilters, writers, artists, musicians (ask about our recording studio), healers, yoga practitioners and church groups. We support and nurture creative and wellness activities. We enjoy having a house full of happy youths and leaders working for a better world, and their joyful noise is encouraging and uplifting.We share many interests, F/SF literature and media, history, sociology, poetry, music, art and more?which is why we have thousands of books! We also have different specialties.

Bill is technical and happily spends hours solving computer problems. As a former quality engineer, Juran trainer, SAP basis administrator and systems architect, Bill can explain almost anything to almost anyone. He is also very patient, which is good for Sheila.

Sheila is happy designing a garden, developing a speech for Toastmasters, coaching employees or entrepreneurs, writing articles, or working on new recipes and tips.

It is fun to hear about our guests? adventures and to learn a bit about their occupations and dreams. The best times are when diverse guests come together and find they have shared acquaintances or interests.

We bring to the Coppertoppe experience our adventures in hospitality, teaching, adult education, seminar and convention operation, public speaking, life coaching, marketing, computer user support, network training and web design. Life is interesting and challenging.Coppertoppe earned its name because of its copper roof. The house was built in 1999 by a wealthy couple who were a restauranteur and an artist. It has a southern exposure to optimize passive solar energy use and so every room has a delightful lake view. When we first saw the house in 2003, we fell in love with the view, the open space, high ceilings, woodwork, marble bathrooms and unusual design.

We?ve done extensive work to bring the landscape and exterior up to a comparable level, and to make the house warm and comfortable. We benefit greatly from the suggestions of our guests and the skilled teams who help with the house, garden and landscape. We will continue to improve the property and our ability to make every visit satisfying and memorable.