2 Bedroom, 1 Bath with Lakefront Bunkhouse, Mountain View
Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs
About Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs
My husband and I have been songwriters for children's television for many years. Early in our career, we started writing songs for musicals at Andy's Summer Playhouse in nearby Wilton. When we first went up there from our NYC life and laid eyes on the then-unoccupied little house on Thorndike Pond Road, it was love at first sight! We've been going up there with our two kids since they were babies. They're now young adults, and they still love it as much as we do. Maybe someday they'll be catching frogs there with their kids, too :).
Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs purchased this Cabin in 1989
Why Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs chose Jaffrey
There's something about the house that has a lot of soul! It was built in 1939, an era when so many families were building places where they did all the work themselves. We love every decision they made, the way it sits high on the property, the woodwork and rafters and wrought iron hinges, the stone hearth with its funny vintage "Heater-ator" vents, the cute masonite wallboard in the kitchen and bath... even the wallpaper is still the original. I guess you could say we think a house's character and imperfection is what makes it perfect! We are also so appreciative of the people who work to make sure Thorndike stays clean and peaceful. Being able to hear loons, not jet skis, is such a wonderful experience. We hope every visitor will feel the same total relaxation in that natural setting, surrounded by those sweet-smelling, majestic pine trees. For us, the Jaffrey/Peterborough area is the perfect balance of woodsy getaway and a great community! The arts, music, theater and history are all there, along with great food and active outdoor fun, tucked away in some of the prettiest countryside in New England. And when you need the shopping and amenities of malls or a terrific small city, the big box stores and Keene are just a short drive away.
What makes this Cabin unique
The view of Mount Monadnock is so gorgeous in all seasons! And we love how our spot gets the very last of the sun going down behind it every day. Last but not least... the bunkhouse might be my favorite thing. It's so homey, it inspires fun fantasies of actually living in it :), wood smoke curling from the little chimney, snow falling outside.
NO smoking is allowed anywhere on the property.
Sorry, no cats. Dog crate provided on request.
Kids are very welcome!
Minimum age of primary renter:28
Please be aware that this is not a 100% childproofed home. Close adult supervision is required for water safety, fireplaces, swings, bunkbeds, etc.
Note: This is a sweet house in the deep woods, which means occasional critters might visit. If you love this about it, we love YOU too :).
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We enjoyed our week on beautiful Thorndike Pond. The cabin was as described. Lots of wildlife viewed from shore. It was fun to watch otters, Kingfishers, eagle and loons.
My husband and I had a restful time at Sarah and Paul's cottage. The view from the waterfront of Mount Monadnock is amazing. We saw a bald eagle soaring overhead, a family of loons teaching the young to fish, and young raccoons eating blueberries by the water. The cottage is rustic and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay!
I love hearing about memorable moments watching the Thorndike wildlife like those! Thanks for being wonderful guests!
Such a fun house and so nice to return to my roots. Just wish it could have lasted a bit longer. Thank you!!
Thank YOU, Caryn! We're so happy to hear it!
Sarah and Paul
Wonderful Summer Vacation!
We were guests at a wedding in Nashua, but decided to stay somewhere we could also spend some vacation time as a family. We stayed for 8 nights, and could have definitely stayed longer.
The cabin itself is a charming, unrestored but lovingly maintained mid-century log cabin. It’s a true gem— comfortable, homey, and full of warm wood and authentic touches, but with modern amenities as well. TV and WiFi are available, though we spent most of our time unplugged.
Sarah and Paul thought of everything when stocking the cabin. When We needed to iron a shirt, there was an iron. There were toiletry items, appliances, some basic food staples, kayaks and water toys in the bunkhouse, water shoes, and more. The gas grill on the wraparound deck is perfect for easy summer meals.
The lake was the highlight of our stay. It’s quiet and peaceful, without a lot of loud motorized watercraft, and the view is fantastic. The water is clear, cool in the summer, great for kayaking, canoeing and swimming. Our dog retrieved balls from the lake all week, and our son explored the lake in a kayak. We had fires in the fire pit at sunset and made s’mores. The bunkhouse was perfect as a home base at the lake.
Communication with Sarah and Paul was easy, prompt and courteous. We had no major issues during our stay, but appreciated knowing we were taken care of if anything came up.
The location itself is a refreshing getaway from city/suburban life, but within an hour of Nashua and Manchester if you want mall and big box shopping. Brattleboro, VT is also within an hour. We loved Kimball Farm and hiked both Mount Monadnock and Pack Monadnock. If we had stayed longer, we may have taken some daytrips into Boston (2 hours) or even the White Mountains (2-3 hours).
All in all, we had a great stay!
Thanks so much! Nothing makes us happier than knowing guests enjoyed themselves as thoroughly as your family did :). We would love to have you back again, any time, any season!
Perfect vacation for us!
Our time at Sarah’s cottage was just so lovely. The cottage was just what we wanted, cozy and warm. It’s location on Thorndike Pond was perfect for kayaking and hanging out by the water’s edge. We loved the wood fired sauna contrasted with the September chill of the lake water. My husband actually dove in! We made multiple trips from the sauna to the water and back again, so renewing! Our dog Wren loved her vacation too. She waded around the water’s edge and we walked every day along Thorndike Pond Rd and other nearby locations. Sarah was so helpful and responsive, answering my questions with mirth and humor. Plus, in response to 2 questions about supplies at the cottage, she generously provided them. Thank you Sarah, I hope we’ll be back!!
We're so thrilled to hear you and Wren enjoyed your human and dog time there so much :)! Many thanks for taking the time to write, and for being such warm, wonderful guests. Please do visit again!
Spectacular sunsets at the beach over Mount Monadnock!
My husband and I enjoyed three weeks at the cottage with our children and granddaughters visiting during our stay. The lake was gradual and safe for our grands. The bunkhouse was a nice asset to have at the beach. The nights were filled with quiet and the occasional call of a barred owl. We spent our days kayaking, motoring on the pond, swimming and floating. The road was perfect for running/walking and we discovered it was 5 miles around the pond. My husband and youngest daughter hiked Mt Monadnock and Pack Monadnock. The area has many great restaurants and convenient supermarkets. We have been vacationing in this area for 11 years now and still find new things to do! One morning while paddling the lake we counted the motor boats and found only 15. If you like quiet this is the place for you. We loved our time at the pond and enjoyed the tranquility.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely description of your stay, Janus! You and your family were truly wonderful guests, it feels great to know you had just the kind of relaxed vacation you wanted. Hope you'll be back for another visit, we would love to have you!
Sarah and Paul
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The Peterborough Players is one of the finest professional summer theaters in the country. Quality, classic productions for both adults and children.
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Check out the Milford Drive-In for a fun movie night!
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