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Paige Sweeney & Jim McMahon

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Speaks: english

Lake Winona Vacation Rental, Lakes Region, Waterfront, Quiet, Wooded

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights

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3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Get away from it all. 1 1/2 acres with 250' waterfront single level property on pristine Lake Winona. Great for fishing/kayaking. A relaxed wooded setting with a gorgeous view of the lake from the deck and from sliders off of the master bedroom. Arrive and relax, because all the beds are made for you prior to your arrival. Away from home, but only a short 10 min. drive from Weirs beach / Winnipesaukee area, with many shops and restaurants. Property features: WiFi, cozy living area with hardwood floors, wood stove, knotty pine, washer/dryer, gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster oven, microwave. 3 Br (full, queen, 2 twins), 1 full remodeled bathroom. All linens and towels are provided. 10 x 24' deck facing waterfront, 4 x 16' floating dock. New 10 x 10 patio near the shoreline with firepit and seating for campfires.

Waterfront - great fishing right on the lake!, 4 miles from golf course, 10 minutes from Winnipesaukee/Weirs Beach/shopping, 40 minutes from White Mountain National Forest, 20 minutes from Gunstock Resort

Motorized boats are allowed on the lake; however, you will see mostly small motorized fishing vessels and kayakers, with occasional swimmers across the lake. The property includes 3 kayaks and an array of water toys to use and enjoy during your stay.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paige Sweeney & Jim McMahon (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Paige Sweeney & Jim McMahon

We are a family of six who have lived in New England all of our lives. We have 4 boys, Erik and Liam, our ' human' boys, in addition to Angus and Brady, who are our 'canine' boys. We enjoy all outdoor activities, which is why this vacation home has so much to offer. By way of example, the property offers 2 docks, an outdoor firepit, outdoor seating areas, a variety of floats, toys and 3 kayaks for your enjoyment.

Paige Sweeney & Jim McMahon purchased this house in 2005

Why Paige Sweeney & Jim McMahon chose Lake Winnipesaukee Area

This property has been slowly updated and carefully maintained. This is our only rental and we manage it ourselves. When you call the phone number, you call the owners direct, not a management corporation. We use this property during the off-season, so it is our second home and we care about it very much.

What makes this house unique

A rural feel and setting, while only a 10 minute drive to Laconia (The Weirs), as well as many shops and restaurants on Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. We are one of few owners who allow dogs, as this is a full family friendly setting. At night, it is very dark so you can see the stars and so quiet you can hear all the sounds of nature including crickets, frogs, loons and owls.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Lake Winona Vacation Rental, Lakes Region, Waterfront, Quiet, Wooded
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews

Lake Winona cottage

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a place to stay where the foliage came to us in October. Every day the forest became more beautiful. We were so cozy, comfortable, and warm in this well maintained cottage. It is very well outfitted and easy to be in. Had some great times kayaking on Lake Winona--a gem of a lake! The Sweeneys were wonderfully welcoming and responsive. We enjoyed the deck on warm days as well as the local library, Squam Nature Center, local art, travel to Franconia Notch, and The Common Man--a great restaurant. Bob's market was just fine for supplies. It's a great cottage in a great area!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I received a less than stellar review just the other day, so now readers can see that there are current, differences of opinion on my property.
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property not up to Home Away standards

  • 1 of 5

Pro's on this property:

-great location, fishing, and kayaking. If you are planning on swimming, you will be sadly disappointed.

Cons-the entire property

-Living room: the wooden couch had been broken previously. It had been "rigged" with boards, and when you moved the couch the first time, the boards came out, making the entire couch unusable for the entire week. The green couch had a massive amounts of rips in the couch and cushions.

-Kitchen: Glass cook top was broken, making two burners unusable. Door leading to outdoors from kitchen had a window missing, so you were unable to open the door to allow breeze. Both fridge and freezer had food in it upon check in. I shouldn't have to spend my first hour of my vacation cleaning someone else's mess.

-Master bedroom: open sockets, open wires, outlet uncovered with plastic tape on it. Not acceptable for a vacation rental, especially when you have young children. Also, dresser missing knobs.

-Full Bedroom- pillows flat and unusable. Again, outlet covered with tape.

-Kids Bedroom- couch has major hole it in, closet unfinished and stuffed with kids stuff. Unusable.

-Deck: deck pictured is not current deck (current is around 15-20 ft high.) Steps loose. A large exterior door was leaning against the house, unsecured. Unsafe with children.

-Basement: completely raw and unfinished. You must walk through this way for entry to home. Wires, insulation, raw zone.

The owner was notified of these issues at the end of the week. She claimed that my safety issues were "silly". I'm sorry, when you have wires hanging out of an outlet in the master bedroom, this is a MAJOR issue. We had two children under the age of 2!!! She also said that since i was renting a pet friendly home, i should not expect to have nice furniture. I DID NOT bring a pet. Funny how my money spends the same way. Her final claim was that I broke the stove top, yet disputed none of the other issues (broken couch, missing window, wires, etc). It took everything out of me to not walk out and ask for a complete refund upon arrival, but I did not want my vacation ruined and have to travel home with two toddlers. Home Away is involved in these issues, and I am still waiting on my security deposit back.

If you are thinking about renting this home, do not rent with children, until you are assured that all SAFETY ISSUES have been addressed.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately this renter was not happy with my rental. I've rented this property for 10 years with nothing but positive reviews. This house went through over $150,000 worth of renovations, including all new walls, appliances, floors and ceilings. Everything is new. My cleaning person who I've also worked with during these past 10 years informed me of the broken cooktop, which was not broken when she cleaned the prior week. This is a class A lake, meaning it is drinking water quality. Everyone who lives on the lake enjoys swimming in it. I do post on my site that it is a natural water line and I've created a beach area for kids to play in. In addition, I also inform my guests that since this is an unspoiled lake, there are many rocks, so I advise everyone to wear water shoes. There is no broken couch, it is made of blueberry branches that were nailed/glued together. We inspected it the day this renter left. It wasn't broken and it is still not broken. There is a small 2 inch rip in one cushion on the green couch. We flip over the cushion to the side that is not ripped. There are no exposed wires in the house. The electrical and plumbing are also brand new. The wire she is referring to is a dead wire, located in a box behind the master bed. You can only access it by moving the 700 pound cyprus bed. The basement is unfinished. This is not part of the living space. The "food" she is referring to are condiments kept in the door for convenience. The couch in the kids room has a two inch hole in the arm. It is not unusable. You can go to the pictures on my homeaway website and view. It's pictured in the kid's bedroom photo. The closet in the kids bedroom is partially finished with toys in it for kids to play with. There have been hundreds of kids in this house. The house was lifted, so now the deck is about 20 feet higher. A brand new set of stairs was added, so nothing is loose. It was inspected prior to use by the town inspecter. Most of the furniture in this house is second hand, but it is still very nice. I've been upgrading every year for the past 10 years. I am sorry this renter was unhappy. My neighbor was swimming by the house and asked one of the gentlemen staying at the house if they were satisfied. This person smiled and told her they were very happy with the house. This is the first complaint in 10 years. Please review my other 13 reviews on homeaway. You can form your own opinion.
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Great value!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week at the lake! The house is located in a perfect location, not too far from activities, yet far enough away from the tourism. During our stay the surrounding homes appeared to be unoccupied so we felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves.

The owners have thought of every home convenience so all we had to really provide was food! Excellent! Our kids loved fishing, exploring, & all the games and movies...especially VHS tapes (what are those?!).

Overall a very comfy and convenient home with plenty of space for family & friends. We will definitely put this one on the list of repeat properties! Thank you for allowing us to share this little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation ever! My son brought his two children (3&7yrs) for the weekend and everyone had a fabulous time. The house was clean, beautifully decorated and had all the amenities we could have wished for -and more! We enjoyed swimming, kayaking, lazing around on the deck and, of course, 'smores around the fire pit. There is plenty to see and do in the vicinity, but we did very little sightseeing and opted to stay by the lake and let its quiet beauty take away the stress of city living. I cannot say enough about this wonderful home away from home except to say, thank you Paige and Jim for allowing us into your incredible lake house. We hope to return very soon. I highly recommend this house to anyone who wants to get away from it all, and still have all the comforts of home.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake stay

  • 5 of 5

Well, all the kids want to come back next guess that says it all! Especially since they had to leave all electronic devices home!

We really enjoyed being able to watch the kids from the deck or the docks, and know that they would be safe.

The water toys and variety of boats was a real treat....the kids took advantage of all of them, as did the adults. For the little ones the sandy beach area gave them a place to play and wade safely. And having a variety of sizes of life jackets to chose from made it easy to have everyone safe in the water.

The town nearby provided some fun shopping and exploring, although we basically stayed home and played! And even when the weather wasn't the best, the variety of inside toys and games for all ages kept everyone having busy and having fun.

We had a fine time and hope to be able to repeat next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay but it will not be our last. We have been to all 50 states and this is number one in our book. This home has everything warmth, charm, convenient location and magnificent view of the lake. We were not disappointed it is a perfect getaway and can be enjoyed by both couples or family. Thanks Paige for a wonderful vacation.

Bernice Charlie and Sarah (Woof)

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Manchester, NH
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Lakehouse Grill
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Waukewan Golf Course
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Concord, NH
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
rte I 93
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Lakehouse Grill
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Gunstock, Gilford, NH
Car: necessary

Lakes, skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, kayaking, swimming, boating, waterskiing, hiking, walking, Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, Lake Winona, Lake Waukewan, waterfront


Rates & Availability

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May 31 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Center Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Newly renovated
  • Brand new, includes a washer/dryer and a stand up shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Waterfront
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Large closet in the master bedroom and kids room with twin beds. Bedroom with double/full bed contains no closet but has a shelf on the wall with several hooks.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Waterfront with small beach area Spices provided Cooking utensils provided Keurig coffee maker - no K cups provided Tea provided First Aid Kit provided Emergency light provided Fire Extinguisher provided ipod docking station for Bose wave radio

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