Welcome to River House, a newly-refurbished, 160-year-old four plus one - bedroom, three-bath 2600-square foot Queen Anne home on a private road, just off Route 25 in South Tamworth, in Southern New Hampshire. Please visit webiste (click below) for more photos and information.
The house is on a gorgeous stretch of the Bear Camp River with a small beach out front. Cold Brook joins the river just up from the bridge out front. The river and brook offer fishing, boating and delightful swimming. The house rental also includes access to a restricted beach at Bear Camp Pond, a lovely pond with a great beach, located a very short drive from the house.
Located in the center of New Hampshire's popular Lakes Region and adjacent to the White Mountains, the house sleeps up to 15 people (occasionally we do take more, if you're willing to use air mattresses and pay a surcharge). We finished remodeling the house just a few years ago. The estate includes a large meadow next to the house and some 78 acres of forest, and is surrounded on three sides by New Hampshire State Conservancy forest land, and our caretakers live next door.
Please see our web site, listed below, for full details and many more great pictures. Here are some highlights:
The property is approximately 160 years old. Originally built as a private home, it was used as a two-room schoolhouse from about 1900 until 1946. Our caretaker lives across from us on our meadow; otherwise the nearest two houses are across the bridge or further down the private road.
The front of the house overlooks the Bear Camp River, with a sandy little beach right out front, across a private road. The river has gentle rapids that make for excellent refreshing swims, with plenty of warm rocks for sunning yourself.
The house has four bedrooms and two baths upstairs and a one parlor that doubles as a bedroom, and one bath, downstairs. The beds themselves sleep up to 11, plus we have two hide-a-beds that sleep four more. You can park four or more cars out front.
As of August 2006, everything has been freshly and tastefully remodeled, with a new kitchen, bedrooms, interior walls and bathrooms, along with the heating system, plumbing and wiring. The house is almost completely remodeled.
The sound of the river provides a peaceful accompaniment to sleep. To either side of the house, east or west, the private dirt road extends into the woods and eventually tapers out. Beech, oak and maple combine with hemlock and white pine to give hikers a wonderful walk, and the woods are managed to encourage the growth of native hardwood trees.
To the west, the road becomes a trail, perfect for hiking, running or mountain biking. (That trail runs 13 miles up the Bear Camp River, all the way to gorgeous Beede Falls.) To the east, the road peters out just past a lovely meadow. You can wander in the woods or along the river from there. If you go deep enough into our woods you'll find an untouched beaver pond.
Our caretakers live in a newly-remodeled house across a small meadow from the house. River House is a great, rustic retreat for large groups. It is not too fancy but very comfortable, with enough space for both privacy and family gatherings. Please visit our personal website for more specific details regarding the property and its surroundings.
The distance to Manchester, NH, is 79 miles; Portland, ME, is 119 miles; Boston is 122 miles; New York City is 330 miles and Montreal is 236 miles.
The closest ski areas are King Pine, Attitash, Bear Notch, Cranmore, Mt. Washington, Jackson, Black Mountain, Waterville Valley, Loon Mountain, Nordic Skier, Gunstock and Tenney. The Ski New Hampshire web site (find it on Google; we can't list it here) has a nice map that includes Tamworth. Attitash is maybe 50 minutes away, and it's probably the best relatively largest area.
Here are some guest comments, which we thought were a great reflection on the house:
'Dear Eric & Cathy, we had a blast at River House. The views of the foliage surrounding the property was spectacular. The home itself is more magnificent than the photos displayed on the website. We would definitely be interested in a return visit. Our only regret was that we were only there for 4 days.'
'We had an absolutely wonderful time at the River house!!! It's a perfect place for our group. Large common areas, especially with the open kitchen, yet you can still have privacy since there are so many individual rooms, so if you want to sneak away for an afternoon nap it's no problem. And Sunday we enjoyed the warm weather and spent the day out by the river, reading by the riverside, going for walks and some of us even tried to catch a fish Thank you again for sharing your home with us and giving us another memorable River house weekend!'
'Eric & Cathy, Thanks! You have an amazing home and our group had a wonderful time. We had great weather and, as you know, there is nothing like hanging out in the river on a hot day. Your house was everything that we were hoping it would be. On a side note, I would like to tell you how kind and generous Bill and Gina are. Everything from welcoming us with fresh baked bread for breakfast, pointing us to the bottom-less swimming hole, and many other little things helped make our weekend more than we expected. I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you, however I wanted to make sure to note it. You're very lucky to have such dedicated and friendly caretakers. I truly hope to get an opportunity to return (with my family this time) to your property in the coming years. Regards, Nick'