|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Spacious 'turn-of-the-century' three-season retreat house nestled on 15 acres of woods with waterfront access to Silver Lake. Perfect for small group retreats and family reunions or just a quiet time away from it all. Located two hours from Boston and three miles from picturesque Harrisville. Relax on the porch which overlooks Mt. Monadnock and Sliver Lake, one of the most pristine lakes in NH. Lovely 7 minute walk through the woods to the waterfront with boathouse, dock, canoe and row boat. Great swimming, fishing and boating. Well equipped kitchen with two pantries, dining room (seats 20+) with fireplace, and living room. For cooler weather, gas heating stoves in kitchen and living room. Two bedrooms on first floor. Screened-in porch off second floor master bedroom, six bedrooms on second floor. Great hiking (Mt. Monadnock 8 miles away), biking, boating, swimming, bird watching, berry picking in season. Pet friendly.
I live in Northampton, MA and work in the public health field. I have managed the Monadnock Manse since 2000. I have two grown daughters and a husband and we all love vacationing every season on Silver Lake with our extended family.
Ruth Jacobson-Hardy purchased this cottage in 1949
My dad who is in the picture (whose ancestors came from Nelson and Jaffrey) bought the property when he was 30 years old and spent every summer fixing it up so I have many memories of painting, climbing ladders, chopping wood and swinging a hammer. (We had fun too!) My mother was a really good baker, so blueberry pie was a summer favorite. Here in the picture I have a strawberry rhubarb pie for dad on Fathers Day. He loved sitting on the porch, looking out onto the lake and mountain in his later years.
This house, now called the Monadnock Manse was build in three sections (1889, 1900 and 1910) by Dr. George R. Dinsmoor of Keene, a veteran of the Civil War and a descendant of Governor Samuel Dinsmoor. Dr. Dinsmoor was a well-known surgeon of the time who lived in Keene. He sadly lived his last years suffering from paralysis and died at the age of 60. I believe that Dr. Dinsmoor enjoyed this house because it was a place for rejuvenation, relaxation and recovery.
The builder and designer was Cassius M. White of Keene. There were originally 49 double hung windows with 18 panes in the top sash and single pane at the bottom, two chimneys, eight bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The original siding was dark weathered singles. The building materials were shipped up from Boston by train to the Chesham depot and then taken by a horse drawn cart to the site of the building.
The house was owned by Anna Louise Heath when my dad, Richard B. Hardy bought it in 1949. It was called “Ledge Lodge” because of all the granite rock around and under the house. In the 1950's our family re-named it Monadnock Manse and the lakefront was purchased so that we could have our own place for swimming, boating and fishing.
This summer home is a uniquely, authentic large cottage with the charm of the "On Golden Pond" setting. Spacious enough for three generations to gather for family vacations/reunions. Modern conveniences of Wifi, Roku for Netflix, and a sound system on the first floor add to the well equipped kitchen and dining area for accommodating larger groups. The porch is a favorite place for dining, conversation, ping-pong, yoga or meditating. Often the loons on the lake can be heard calling as they fly overhead.
There is fun for children with large yard for whiffle ball, tether ball, badminton, volleyball, or croquet. Lots of back roads for walking and bicycling; hiking trails nearby. The lake (2 miles long, 1/2 mile wide, and 90 feet deep) is spring-fed and wonderful for swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating. Small mouth bass and trout are often caught. In mid July-mid August , blueberry bushes surround the house and produce berries for your baking needs. Spring season has the advantage of long days and the fall season brings beautiful views of fall foliage where ever you look.
The surrounding area has historical villages to visit, music, theater and great restaurants. Keene is 20 minutes away and the best place for shopping and movies. We are 3 hours from Boston and 4.5 hours from NYC.
We had a wonderful time here. The house is spacious and clean and has everything you could need. The owners are really helpful and friendly and make an effort to be sure your stay is comfortable.
The porch is wonderful and on the one rainy afternoon we had, we were able to still enjoy being outside. There are plenty of chairs and tables for reading and activities. A new ping pong table, gorgeous views and a picnic table also make the roomy porch a fun place! There's also a second-floor screened-in porch that offered gorgeous views and breezes. At night, we could see fireflies lighting up the meadows - so pretty!
A short scenic walk through a path in the woods leads to a gorgeous lake with a boat house (kayaks, canoe, etc.) and dock. At the house, there are plenty of outdoor games and activities, with a week we still didn't have time to get to them all. We were never bored!
The house is well-equipped for cooking, grilling and eating. A roomy table in the dining room allowed us time to linger over meals and to enjoy games and conversation in the evenings. We slept wonderfully as it is very quiet and peaceful there.
We all loved the Manse and hope to return next summer!
Big beautiful old house. Perfect for family get together. The minute we got there the kids were running through the house, screen doors slamming and all we could hear were excited voices for the next 2 hours.
If you want a simple vacation playing family games, relaxing by the lake or big front wrap around porch then this is your home. We came in from Charleston, SC and are originally from Boston. I loved having the ability to invite friends and family to come stay a night. You can do that with 8 bedrooms. The lake was s crystal clear you could bathe in it and we did!
Thank you for allowing my family to enjoy. Our Golden Retrievers were in heaven too :-)
The Oliverio Family
The house is a perfect gateway for big groups, excellent for families with the kids too. It is very spacious and has a unique character to it. Everyone in our group enjoyed huge porch, secluded neighborhood, nice views and the lake. The house is very clean and had very clean sheets and towels. The owner of the house is super nice and was very easy to deal with, - thank you!!!! We will definitely come back and would recommend this house as a perfect gateway to our friends and family.
My family, extended kin, and numerous friends had the best imaginable stay here at the Manse. We spent a little over three weeks on a sabbatical leave. The lake shared her dependable sweet serenity and purity with us. The woodsy setting took us all back to natural rhythms and simplicity (thank you, H.D. Thoreau, for the guidebook). The Manse enables a mystical sort of time travel. We could easily imagine that the year was 1895; or 1921; or 1942; or 1969... or with microwave, wifi, cell-phones, computer/tv links, and propane fueled fireplaces, a very comfortable 2014. The access site at the lake's edge allowed us to store all our fishing gear in the convenient shed, and pull our Old Town canoe up under the hemlocks. Every room has its own cozy and quaint decor--very simple, colorful and comfy. The array of bathrooms and showers allowed 12 to 15 of us to all feel at ease. The Hardy family, owners for several generations, couldn't have been more cordial, helpful and kind to us. Although we were warned that black flies could be a problem before Memorial Day, it was not the case while we were there, thank God! Special joys: sharing the enormous wrap-around porch with a nesting mother Phoebe and her newly hatched tweeters; watching a red fox cavort around at the woods' edge; seeing the blueberry blossoms emerge, promising a nice mid-summer harvest; fly fishing on a pristine, clean, clear lake; sipping cold wine at sunset on the second floor screen porch, surveying the southern NH loveliness; banquets for 15 of us in the expansive family dining room with a wood fire adjacent, food just off the grill, and all the room in the world to spread out when folks wanted less company. This place is a unique gem!!
I was part of a group of law school classmates and their significant others that stayed at this property over July 4th weekend in 2014. We had between 15-17 people at the home all weekend and it was great! There are a ton of bedrooms so everyone had a comfy bed, some with great views! There was a massive dining room so that we could all sit together for meals and hang out and playing games in the evening. The lake was gorgeous and we hung out in the sun and swam during the day hours. The home was also equipped with a Roku so that we didn't miss World Cup matches as well as Wi-fi so that we could stay connected with the hustle and bustle of the real world. We can't recommend this place enough and if everyone isn't studying for the Bar exam this July, hopefully we'll be back!
Our group of family and friends had a wonderful time at the Manse. The house has tremendous character and the porch was just great. The views of Mt. Monadnock and Silver Lake from the porch are amazing as this was where most of us spent our time when we weren't at the lake. Even had a family of wild turkeys make their daily rounds of the property. The beds were comfortable and the house clean. Owners were accessible and helpful. The walk down to the lake was easy and the lake was crystal clear. Had a great time swimming, kayaking, tubing, wake-boarding, and fishing. Actually had to compete for the fish with an osprey. (Will not say who won.) Kayaking among the resident loons was an extra treat as they amazed us on how long they could stay underwater. An all around memorable vacation we'll be talking about for a long time. Thank you!
Mt. Monadnock is 8 miles south of the Monadnock Manse. Harrisville Designs Yarn Store is 3 miles into Harrisville. Antique shops, local crafts, golf, many lakes and ponds surround the area. Silver Lake is known to be the most pristine lake in Southern New Hampshire.
Other Activities: Monadnock Music, Apple Hill Music, Peterborough Players, contra dances, town fairs and festivals
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 18 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Rates do not include 9% NH rental tax which will be added into the total amount due.
Advance deposit of $500 is requested to secure the rental.
Full amount due 3 weeks prior to renting.
Security deposit of $200 is required and will be returned upon inspection after renting.
To secure the rental, sign rental agreement and send check or money order for $500. The Balance is due three weeks prior to renting. The balance includes the $200 damage deposit and 9% NH rental tax.