Submitted: October 17, 2011
Stayed: October 2011
Let's start with flies in the ointment. As to me the biggest problem here is the bedroom has no sun-light protection and it's on the south side. It is inconvenient even during cloudy days in the fall if you are not an early riser. A trip to the nearest Rite Aid helped me find a temp solution worth of $20 and I wasn't definitely the first one who had developed this.
The other minuses are: the stairs are a bit slippery and uneven so move slow, especially downstairs while being loaded with firewoods; the fireplace upstairs is a little smoky sometimes; and a water heater could be bigger to match the jacuzzi volume, but it is still doing its job. No microwave or A/C (who needs A/C while staying in a cabin though?).
The best thing about the cottage is its location + it's fully equipped (a kitchen equipment, towels, washer/dryer etc). One can spend here many days not having to see anyone if enough supplies were had. On the other hand, the nearest restaurant is only a couple of away and Manchester is in 6 miles that has Shaw's, Price Chopper, Rite Aid, even more restaurants, and several small shops. The nature is beautiful and tranquil. The pond is a bit plant-filled but there is plenty of space for boating (I can see 2 paddle boats at the pond). Some trails start a 2 minutes walk from the cottage. Rate is very affordable and it's not that far from Boston like many other places.
Other pros: - The jacuzzi fits 2 adults - There is an open deck with an outdoor grill - Heating works just great, should be for the winter - There is a bed for a kid to about 10 y.o.
Things to keep in mind: - You'd better think about your first food in advance. If coming late, consider bringing something eatable. - There is wireless Internet but it's 512Kbps, it's OK for web browsing, email, and so on, but forget about streaming video. MMORPG's and MMO's may not work good enough either. - ATT has no coverage here at all. My Verizon phone could work somewhere and could not somewhere else. The cottage has a land line so consider forwarding incoming calls there.
My favorite restaurant is "The Perfect Wife". If you'd like something fancy, try "Bistro Henry" (it's European-style so dishes there are rather petite). "Bob's diner" is a budget one but not that bad.
Helpful votes: 5/7
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