|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Best description is one found in our logbook.
The verse spells PROVINCE LAKE using the first letters on the left column.
Quite clever and fun. Thanks to our Pennsylvania guests from August, 2013.
O ut in the boats... everyday
V enturing across the lake to Maine
I ncredibly beautiful weather
N estling into our books
C ampfires lakeside, s'mores galore
E njoying grilledfood on the deck
L aughing together
A dmiring the stunning view
K eeping an watch out for the loons
E veryone enjoying our week here, Thank You
The Big Camp History: Ben B. Towne, Sr. (B.B.,our grandfather) started coming to Province lake in the 1920's for camping trips. As the photo shows, the old model A Ford would have provided a somewhat long and bumpy journey from Boston. When the cabin next to the campsite became available in the 1930's, B.B. was quick to purchase it. Fondly called 'The Big Camp,' this same lake cabin has been a family retreat for over 80 years. Ben B. Towne,Jr.,his son,inherited. Ben's wife, Joy, lived there every summer until 2010 when she moved to a retirement home.Our family (of the three siblings) bought the family camp and we are just now making The Big Camp available to a select clientèle.
We are seeking renters who will respect this heritage property while enjoying the same quiet and restfulness which has created in our memories 'the most beautiful spot on earth.'
Scrapbook of local attractions: We are continually updating a binder which has local hikes, points of interest, restaurants and things to do when you are not at the camp.The dock is at the foot of a long stairway coming down from the deck. It is private from the general public.
The dock and its' sitting area are shared with the owner .The owners of the property have a small camp on an adjacent lot and stay occasionally in the ' Li'l' Camp'. (see photos) They will help the renters with any questions or concerns on the Saturday night. Owners are most often only around on the weekend.
Well behaved dog(s) are welcome. The lake is ideal for swimming dogs. . Please do not bring your cat.
Plan on bringing your bicycle and helmets as the road into the lake has recently been paved and offers a very smooth albeit hilly ride to the corner store.
Log Book: A log book has been kept at the lake since 1940's. We ask all our guests if they would write some comments= even draw pictures! Many of the reviews I added to the website are directly from the logbook.
Francois married into the Towne Family. Cindel, his wife, had been going up to the family camp every summer of her life. at one time the property was a three season home for her parents.
when her mother was going into a retirement community in Connecticut, we bought the property for future generations to enjoy. He is semi-retired from his dental practice now only working one day a week....
Francois Lamothe, DDS purchased this cottage in 1981
This property and the lake are the most relaxing spots on the planet. ( in my humble estimation) Everyone who has been a guest here seems to agree. Forget the hustle and bustle of city life. relax and enjoy our quiet lake in New
There is a feeling of letting go immediately upon your first view of the lake from the deck. Cindel and I can spend endless hours just sitting and letting the sun relax our minds.
"Appreciated the beauty of the place, the nature, the silence
(so different from Paris!) The earthquake was a great
Experience, a big noise in that silence...fortunately, no tsunami
Came from the lake!! we hope to come back another time..."
I was looking for a quiet lakehouse with all of the amenties to keep myself and friends occupied for a week. This house is exactly what I was looking for. The lake itself is gorgeous, quiet and clean - the boats in the flotilla are tons of fun - and the grill and firepit make the house itself perfect. Inside was clean, comfortable and more than enough space to hang out and watch a movie on a rainy day. I left the house exactly twice in a week - once to get ice cream and once to just drive around the area.
Francois and Cyndel are fabulous hosts. Don't doubt for a second that this is the perfect lakehouse for you and for your dog too (my little pug went stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing with me!).
Had the most relaxing vacation in many years at the BIG CAMP in July. Our hosts, Cindel & Francois treated us like family - and welcomed us like old friends. The Camp itself is very well done, and we certainly had everything we needed at our fingertips. Mother nature cooperated and we had a wonderful week weather wise. The lake is very peaceful, and had very few power boats on it, especially during the weekdays. We enjoyed kayaking, swimming - riding in the paddleboat, bike rides and just plain relaxing on the deck and at the water's edge. We are definitely interested in coming back and staying here again. The Big Camp is a real find - especially if you are looking for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing stay that seems off the beaten path - but isn't really that far away...We had a great time.... I wish I could go back RIGHT NOW !
This is the second year we stayed at this wonderful camp. The property is so private and relaxing. The camp has everything you need - kayaks, camp-fire ring, wonderful dock and deck, grill, washer/dryer,stocked kitchen, and best of all-the beautiful lake! The owners are honest and above reproach- so great to work with! We are already signed up to come back in 2014-get your week saved NOW!
We just completed a two-week stay at the cottage called Big Camp on Province Lake, NH. After a warm welcome and tour from Francois, we felt immediately at home, with everything as described or even better. Whether you are lounging on the large deck overlooking serene Province Lake, fishing, kayaking, grilling or taking a long walk, you know you are at a special place. We agree that you should follow Francois' suggestions for restaurants and activities. While you are in a rustic area, you are also within an easy commute to a variety of places to visit, both in NH and Maine. The owners have done a wonderful job creating a home-away-from-home for thei visitors and we look forward to our visit next year.
We felt at home as soon as we arrived, the camp was exactly as described and more. the views are breathtaking and having the lake just a few steps away was wonderful. We really enjoyed the kayaks and canoe. The kitchen had everything we needed and having the grill on the deck was very convenient. We enjoyed s'mores at the fire pit by the lake too! Francois and Cindel were fantastic hosts and provided a thorough tour and great detailed information about the surrounding area. Be sure to visit the sites they highlight and the restaurant suggestions were spot on. We look forward to returning next season
This home had it all!! We loved our stay here. The lake was beautiful and the view from the house was spectacular. We lacked for nothing- all the comforts of home were included! Very private and peaceful. We will certainly come back! The owners couldn't have been nicer!
Pristine Province Lake is 1000 acres (About 2 square miles.). Boating, fishing, sailing and yes, even swimming! The lake is 17 feet deep and is not unbearably cold. In August, it is over 80 degrees in a hot summer. Public launch and private dock for your boat or PWC. Golf at mountain view Province Lake Golf, a challenging and fun 18 hole course within 3 miles. Shop at tax free outlets in Conway and North Conway- about 35 minutes away. Hike in the White Mountains- exhilarating summits and waterfall hikes are easy day trips from the lake. Local restaurants provide 3 star service. However, once you relax on our large deck, you may not want to leave!!! We hardly ever left.
Other Activities: No Smoking in camp
Golf: Provence Lake Golf Course is an award-winning public course. Rentals of equipment are possible. overlooks the lake and distant mountains.
There is a driving range and a practice putting green. Large patio area with gazebo and Saturday night live bands. Mulligans Pub has excellent food and live oldies bands on Saturday night. We bring our dog to the ice cream patio- can still hear the music and have waiter service there. Dress code is no denim, no t shirts.You know, golf stuff.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$95|
|Notes||At all times, because we have so many inquiries, the deposit and/or a firm commitment will secure the reservation. In three years of rental, this system has been the most reliable. The rate of Lodging tax in New Hampshire is 9%. We are registered with the NH tax and revenue department.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.