This lakefront cottage is 2.3 miles from Rt.125 on Swains Lake in Barrington, NH, on our private dirt road into a wooded, 5-acre lot with a wide shore frontage. Our property's back woods extends uphill to Beauty Hill Road. We emphasize Secluded, rare on this lake. The cottage porch is only 30 feet from the lake's high water line. Many maples envelope open areas surrounding the cottage.
Tall pines welcome the greening of the maples in Spring, seeing the last of the melting snow and lake ice. Barn swallows appear as the grounds start to dry and the woods all around turn into forest green.
Swains Lake is over 550 acres with swimming, boating and bass fishing. Our cottage is located along the east side of a cove, facing more west to the sunsets, so waters are calmer than near the main lake bodies.
The cottage is a quaint at 600 sq. ft. with an additional rough-cut wood full-front 260 sq. ft. screened porch overlooking the lake, providing a wonderful area for open-air dining and relaxing. Listen to the bull frogs during their June mating season and the loons on any summer night.
Enjoy the lakefront from morning to night in lawn chairs around the fire pit. There is plenty of fallen deadwood in the back property to use for firewood. We obtain a town fire permit each year and post it inside the cottage.
Throughout the summer, the lake level slowly drops, more areas of natural sand from eroded granite minerals appear on the shore. Look for a purple layer in the sand where the wave ripples lap the shore, that is garnet.
As Fall approaches, the mornings become crisp and with less activity on the lake passing Labor Day. Slowly, the maple's leaves get ready to turn their Autumn colors, and throughout most of October they turn brilliant. Our part of the lake is typically more quiet anyway but it becomes a wonderland of total peacefulness among the colors of the season and the slowly falling of the leaves in calm or shifting winds.
We have wonderful birds that make their home on the lake. You may hear and see loons, and see herons with their long legs flying and dark necks in the water, they the can swim under water a long way before reappearing. We also have exciting eagle sightings though more rare.
There are ducks and some geese on the lake. They are fun to watch but we ask that you don't feed them, feeding them may make them want to come onto the beach area and they can leave a mess behind.
The cottage is fully furnished with two bedrooms and one half-bathroom with a sink and shower, no tub. The living room connects to the dining/kitchen area which has a refrigerator/freezer, electric stove/oven, and a microwave. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed, the other bedroom has sturdy twin-sized bunk beds, and the living room has a picture widow and a sofa that pulls out to a queen-sized sleeper.
Pets are welcome, no deposit is required.
Reservations are taken for May through end of October. We advise you to reserve available weeks as soon as possible up to a year in advance.