Quietly situated in a elevated position against a wooded backdrop with mountain views to the east, this home provides a quiet retreat perfectly located for easy access to both the Lakes and Mountains regions of New Hampshire - just two hours (or less) drive from Boston.
The house is clean and comfortable with all modern conveniences. A lovely screened in porch awaits you with it's comfy sofa and chairs or enjoy the large sunny deck whilst children can enjoy the lawn area for games and play. That is in summer and fall. The winter brings with it plenty of snow so warm up and get cozy by the large field stone fire place and enjoy views tothe winter wonderland from within.
The interior is light, spacious, simply and tastefully furnished creating a casual comfortable ambience.
The house consists of a large kitchen/ living area with cathedral ceiling and large full length windows that look to the open views, two bedrooms - one double and one queen and a further queen in the loft (there is a good quality twin air bed that can be moved into any of the sleeping areas and a toddler bed and crib are available) One recently refurbished full bathroom with a deep soaking tub and shower is adjacent to the bedrooms and another bathroom with shower can be found in the finished basement where there is also a second sitting area with TV/DVD/VCR and table tennis. there is wifi!
Things to do locally include boating, or kayaking on stunning Squam Lake of On Golden Pond fame, enjoying Ashland town beach or other more remote public beaches on the lake, plenty of wonderful hiking locally around the lake or slightly further afield either in the White Moutains or the Sandwich Range. Gunstock Ski area is 45 mins away, Loon, 30 mins and Waterville Vally 30 mins and there is good crosscountryskiing locally. There are also great local towns to enjoy such as historic Sandwich, the charming college town of Plymouth, Holderness, or closest of all (less than 10 minutes) Ashland, with its much loved Common Man Inn.
Power boats are available for rental at the Ashland Marina or at Holderness Marina and kayaks or small sail boats are available for rent at the Squam Lakes Association or at Holderness.
Keywords: winter retreat, cabin, cottage, woods retreat, ski house,
We love to enjoy country living and the great outdoors when we can escape from the city. We love to ski the local mountains or xc trails in the winter and boat on squam lake and visit its beaches in the summer. Whatever the season, we enjoy the sense of relaxation this home always gives.
The Owner purchased this house in 2002
Tom fell in love with and bought the house shortly before meeting Ali. As a composer and avid skier Tom wanted a quiet retreat within easy reach of Boston where he could pursue both these passions. Since marriage and the birth of our daughter the house house has become more than a retreat but also a wonderful family weekend home.
The house is quietly situated just off the main tourist beat. We can enjoy the quiet life that our immediate environment offers by just relaxing in a beautiful setting or taking in the small neighborhood trails and looking for tadpoles in the vernal ponds a few minutes walk from our own backdoor. If we so desire we can head out and enjoy some of New Enland's most stunning landscape and take our pick of the many activities, restaurants and attractions that are close at hand.
The great room is a terrific space with a lovely view. The large, handsome stone fireplace kept everyone cozy during our season's first snowfall.
We cooked elaborate meals all weekend and the kitchen had everything we needed--including multiple ways to brew coffee.
Our six-year-old loved exploring the toys in the toy cupboard and the backyard--and she could not get enough of the ping pong table.
The instructions for the house (trash, heat, fireplace, etc) are clear and well-organized, and include a terrific list of things to do in the area.
In 15 years of vacationing, this is the ONLY house my husband has ever said he would return to. Woo hoo!!
We loved our stay. Loved it!
The days went by very quickly.
The kitchen was the best we ever used as a family. Our daughter loved keeping us company for cooking as she was sitting in that great seat.
The house is so child proof. We realized that afterwards. great job. lots of experience i suppose :)
The fireplace is fabulous and very practical with the two openings at the front and back.
Our daughter played with all the toys including the Bosch chainsaw :)
Every morning, almost every morning, we would wake up with that warm sunrise light.
And the rocking chair was great for reading and checking out the view every now and then.
For us, there was absolutely nothing that could have been better.
Just stayed at this house with four other friends and we were all blown away by the place! The living room is extremely spacious but also cozy with one of the best fireplaces we have seen. Not to mention there is a great view off the back porch. There is ample space and a great open kitchen. Would be great for the summer as well with a large back yard and plenty of porch space for grilling. If you are looking for a steal on VRBO this is the place to get.
We spent 3 nights here in Ashland. It was very cold when we were there and we spent a considerable amount of time in front of the fireplace....it was wonderful!! The house was very comfortable for our whole family and we felt very at home for the time we were there. Alison was very helpful in making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed and even gave many suggestions of places to hike while we were there. We did brave the cold and hiked up one of the nearby mountains that overlooked the lakes; it was a beatiful view and memorable experience. I would recommend this property to anyone who wanted a quiet get-a-way in beautiful New Hampshire.
Ashland sits at the northern edge of the lakes region near Squam Lake which is arguably the most lovely lake in the region. Ashland is easily accessed from I93 but retains its quiet unspoiled charm and provides an excellent base from which to enjoy both the mountains and lakes of NH.