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Squam Lake: Rustic Retreat on Quiet Cove

Bedrooms 3
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms: 2 in detached sleeping cabins, sleeps 7, 3/4 bath in main cabin.

Get away from it all on the most secluded cove of Squam Lake with tremendous wildlife and full boat access to the main lake; a paradise for kayakers, naturalists, fishermen, couples and families alike. 500 Feet of wooded shoreline bordering conservation land. Private dock accommodates 17+ ft boat. Three cabins, built in 1960s all within 50 feet of waters edge (Main 25x22 cabin: kitchen, bath, living space and large deck, bedroom and two detached 10 x 10 sleeping cabins. Main cabin has electric heat. All cabins have plenty of fresh air. Non-smoking, no cats. Well behaved dogs welcome with additional cleaning fee and prior approval.

Our Suggestions for a Perfect Day on Squaw Cove: Wake to the sunrise and the mist rising over the narrows. Take a morning dip in the crystal clear water. Sip your morning coffee on the dock and enjoy the vista of the Squam Range. Fish unlimited wooded shoreline, spend the day on the lake or up a nearby mountain. Take a leisurely afternoon nap in the hammock at the waters edge. Bbq on the deck within steps of the waters edge. Take an early evening kayak to the far side of the cove to hear loons and maybe see a moose. Finish the day with a good book, puzzles or family games. If this is your view of a perfect day, you will fall in love with this place as we have.

Our Favorite Excursions: Walk to trailhead of East Rattlesnake Lookout trail. Short drive to trailhead for Mt. Morgan and Mt. Percival. Breakfast at Mocha Rising Internet Cafe. Experience local nature at Squam Lakes Science Center. Rent sailboats at Squam Lakes Association. Browse gifts Sandwich Home Industries/League of NH Craftsman. Enjoy Town of Sandwich Recreational facilities: town tennis courts, town beaches, Library with internet. Peaceful worship on Church Island. Boat or drive to Dinner at Walters Basin - Main st, Holderness.

Just posted July 4th wknd special - arrive Friday, Depart Wednesday (or Thurs-Tuesday)

More Details

Jennifer & Bob
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

Why Jennifer & Bob chose Lakes Region

Family camp experience on peaceful cove.

What makes this cabin unique

Lots of wildlife; great fishing.


Sandwich Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Located in main cabin off bedroom or access from kitchen includes shower + clothes dryer. No tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main Cabin - 1 queen , Bedroom next to bath
    Sleeping Cabin 1 - 1 double , Separate Sleeping Cabin
    Sleeping Cabin 2 - 2 twin/ single , Separate Sleeping Cabin
    Main Cabin Sitting area - 1 twin/ single , Daybed in Main Cabin
  • Sleeping for two in bedroom plus one on daybed in main cabin. Sleeping for four more in two separate Sleeping Cabins - all within 50 feet of lake and within 20 ft of each other. Can accommodate additional children in loft or on couches.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This cabin has been family 'getaway' for decades; there is purposely no telephone, no TV. There are plenty of nature books and board / card games. There is some cell phone (hot spot) coverage with Verizon and some other carriers. We recently added hotspot Wifi, but please no video streaming. Ceiling fans for especially warm days. Baseboard heat for cooler days. Dirt driveway and parking.


5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Squam Lake: Rustic Retreat on Quiet Cove
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Squam Cabin Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a great cabin if you need to recharge your batteries. My wife, our dog, and I went up for the week before Labor Day and we brought our boat (16ft Starcraft fishing boat). The cabin is tucked away on the north side of Squam in quiet Squaw Cove, the water is very protected and there isn't ever very much wind or wave action. The dock was ample for the boat and the drive from the Sandwich Town Launch was a reasonable ride. You can use the State Boat Launch in Holderness as well, but my boat has a small engine and is slow so I opted for the closer one.

Anyway we settled into a nice routine right away, Annabelle's cold nose would wake me up around 6, I'd let her out and feed her. Then should would settle down for an after breakfast nap (she leads a tough life) and I would grab my rods for a couple hours of fishing. When I got back Erin and I would have breakfast and get ready for the day. We'd get ready for whatever activity we had for the day: Hiking (Butterworth/Rattlesnake or Five Fingers Point), Boat trips, Conway Outlets (a day when the weather was rather lousy), sometimes we spent the day doing nothing. I think Erin made it through 2 books. We'd grill dinner and enjoyed cocktails on the deck as the sun went down.

Our ATT phones didn't work at the cabin but did down the road in Holderness or Sandwich Center, however we had a Verizon 4G Hotspot and that worked at the cabin - once a day we'd turn it to make sure the outside world was still there, it's real easy to lose track of the world when you are there. Another thing to keep in mind is that the grocery store is about a half hour away so no forgetting anything at the store - there is a convenience store in Holderness that has the basics.

All in all we had a wonderful time and look forward to going back. The main cabin is setup well for a couple, the sleeping cabins would be great for kids or another couple. I think our dog Annabelle had the best time out of all of us. She's a Black Lab and loves the water and being in the woods and being able to go for a swim whenever she wanted was heaven for her. There is also a dog run installed which was convenient.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Review of Squam Lake cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful vacation at Squaw Cove on Squam Lake. The cottage is indeed very rustic. As one reviewer stated, if you’re looking for luxurious accommodations, look elsewhere. There were no surprises, as I had a lengthy telephone chat with the homeowner prior to booking. The pictures on the web site are representative of the actual surroundings.

The setting alone is deserving of five stars: woods on three sides, the lake on the fourth, which is a mere 50 or 60 feet away. The cove is in a no-wake zone, so the waters are clear, calm and quiet. It is truly a paddlers paradise. There is also excellent hiking in the area.

The owners have graciously allowed well behaved dogs on the property (with prior approval), and the surroundings are indeed dog friendly. Our dog had as much fun as we did!

There is not much negative to report. The owners furnish some bottled drinking water for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, etc. I don’t know how much they typically allot for guests, but when we arrived there was only half of a 3 gallon container. Between brewing a pot of coffee daily, and filling up water bottles for our hikes, we ran out quickly. We really didn’t mind buying more, as we had to get groceries anyway, but future renters might want to clarify how much will be there and stock up on the way in if necessary, as the nearest grocery is about 7 miles away.

We noticed one of the sleeping cabins has settled a bit and as a result, the door doesn’t fully close. This was not an issue for us, as we didn’t use the building, but might be an issue for others. Friends of ours joined us for a couple of nights, and they stayed in the other sleeping cabin. They reported that is was delightful; there were no issues there.

The kitchen is fairly well equipped. Some of the appliances are a bit old and dated, but still functional.

All in all, we were very pleased with our vacation on Squam Lake. We would definitely choose this rental again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anne. The cabin with "settled door" experienced a complete rebuild just 2 weeks after your stay. We look forward to sleeping in the rebuilt rustic cabin next time we are up. Bob, Jen and family.
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Saratoga Springs NY

Squam Calm

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I chose to vacation to Squam for our honeymoon the week following Labor Day. I have been vacationing on Squam since i was a little boy, and as always we had a great time. The cottage is cozy, but very comfortable for two people. Squaw cove is a great cove for relaxation. I caught a 1.5 lb pickerel right off of the dock one afternoon! Great week on the lake. Very relaxing. Thanks for sharing your cottage Jen & Bob. We had a great time!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Central Massachusetts

Paddler's Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This location is and ideal home base for paddling one of the most pristine lakes in New England. Squaw Cove on Squam Lake, and the adjacent cove are scenic, protected from the winds, and designated "no wake" zones.The water is crystal clear and refreshing. The camp is the perfect launch site to paddle to these areas,including "Five Fingers," which is a paddling and hiking area managed and protected by the University of New Hampshire. Excellent hikes are literally right down the road.The camp itself is clean, rustic and well equipped with a great front deck for viewing the cove and watching the loons. Looking for pampered luxury? Look elsewhere. Looking for perfection on a beautiful lake in a wooded paradise? You'll be at home here.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
NH93 exit 24
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Sandwich Beach
Car: necessary

Located next to conservation land on secluded Squaw Cove, this property is one of the most private you will find. Your neighbors in the cove are Loon, Moose, Blue Heron and an occasional kayaker or fisherman. Through no wake zone and 2 sets of narrows, boaters can access the many islands, coves and public beaches of Squam lake. A short walk leads to the trailhead of the less traveled Butterworth Trail up East Rattlesnake Mountain, to a beautiful overlook of Squam lake.

A short drive to Center Sandwich: a village from the past... small cafe, tennis courts, and fairgrounds - home of the renowned Sandwich Fair... also has a library with wireless i-net service, the 'Industries' a trading post for local artisans, several other galleries/ antique shoppes, and the Corner House restaurant.

To the west are the Squam Lakes Science Center, a modern public boat launch, the quaint village of Holderness, the local golf course, and waterfront dining at Walter's Basin.

Other Activities: canoeing, kayaking, powerboating, wildlife, birding


Rates & Availability

Sandwich Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Post Season
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500

Dogs negotiable; 'changeover fee' covers turnover expenses; off-peak season rates are negotiable.
Must bring own linens.
Call for details.
Rental Rate: rates above + $100 changeover fee + 9% meals and rooms tax + $500 Refundable Security Deposit. Early and Foliage Season discount available.
Full payment required by March 15th.

Dogs Negotiable; 'cleaning fee' covers all turnover related expenses.

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