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Charlie or Mary

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

All Season Lake House

17 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Monadnock Region House Rental Photos and Description

Open kitchen with beautiful views, three bedrooms one bath, sleeps 6

Our house, meant for all seasons, is a waterfront vacation cottage on the shores of the tranquil Emerald Lake. You can take in the stunning lake-view from the dining area and living room through the glass sliding doors, which open to a deck with southern exposure. The deck is a wonderful place to have coffee or tea in the summer. Early in the morning, as well as during the twilight hours, you might catch the high-pitched laugh of a loon swimming through the morning mist.

In the summer, the lake is a clean and refreshing place to swim. From the deck, you can walk through the wild flowers to the water and jump right in! There is also a rowboat, kayaks, and a canoe, among other boats, that are available for a small fishing expedition or a leisurely paddle. Just a 10-15 minute walk down the road, there is also a small sandy beach that provides easy access to the water, as well as a floating dock to relax on.

In the fall, enjoy the spectacular foliage as you hike in the near by Fox State Forest. The forest and the cottage are ideal places to relax while recharging your body, mind, and soul underneath the changing fall leaves.

Winter offer activities such as ice fishing, skating on the lake, cross country skiing, or alpine skiing. Pat’s Peak and Mt. Sunapee are nearby ski-mountains with trails for all levels of alpine skiers.

In the spring, join the anglers who come from all over New England to fish for trout, pickerel, and bass. To view the spring buds growing on the trees, you can also trek the trails of the near by Fox Forest State Park or tour the panoramic Monadnock Mountain view at Kimble Hill.

The nearby town of Hillsborough has a commercial district, where shopping for groceries is made easy. While you’re there, enjoy ice cream from the classic ice cream shop, as well as fresh baked goods from Peter’s German Bakery. Feel free to explore Hillsboro historic center and its scenic surrounding. Next door, the quaint town of Henniker, home to New England College, also boasts of some fine, local restaurants.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Charlie or Mary (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Charlie-

We received your letter and check today for the deposit. Thanks so much. We had a wonderful time. We loved the cabin which was so clean and comfortable. The first night there was a short rain shower and we saw a double rainbow over the pines trees from the deck. We swam a lot and also enjoyed the rowboat and paddleboat.

We gave the children masks and snorkles, so they kept busy checking out all the fish including one they named Chester (probably about 10 different ones that look alike). My son caught his first fish which we released. Then, the children decided they would rather feed the fish than catch them. From the dock, they impaled japanese beetles on the latch which usually fastens the hook to the line. It was amazing to watch the fish come up and gulp down one after another. (The beetles were collected from the poor Cherry Tree which seemed to have a lot on it at mid day). We rowed across the pond a number of times and swam at the little beach to the left of the inlet (without the swing set/playground). We liked it because it was quiet, had a nice sandy bottom, and we often found frogs in the rushes. We wondered if a beaver was building a house or simply stockpiling sticks in the lily pads at the mouth of the inlet. Twice we found freshly cut tree branches over there that had been gnawed off by a beaver.

My husband and I also appreciated the wireless. I had to bring a bit of work up with me,and this made it much more convenient. We ventured out a bit to Hillsboro where we stopped for ice cream and Henniker where we found the St. George Cafe which had wonderful bagels. We explored a section of the river coming down from Hillsborough into Henniker past the sporting store where we picked up a package of night crawlers and found out that the children did not need fishing licenses. The river was neat. We waded around, looked at minnows and frogs, and saw a very large beaver lodge on the far side.

I loved your little kitchen which was so well stocked with various cooking pots and utensils. We mostly cooked and ate out on the porch. The children ate enormous amounts of food due to all their swimming.

In short, it was a great week. A very nice experience for our family. We mostly spend time on the ocean in ME where I grew up, so the chance to be on a pond and swim and explore the fresh water habitat was a treat. We would love to return and even see the pond in the fall or winter.

Sincerely, Jessie
Jul 2010
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4.8
based on 17 traveler reviews

All Season Lake House
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 18 reviews
Pembroke, MA
5

July Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great location right on the water. We had a very relaxing week with perfect weather.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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5

Just what you expect and more.

  • 5 of 5

The last thing anyone wants when they walk into a home rental on vacation is a bad surprise. Good news here, you won't find any. Rentals in this area can be a little sketchy. Some owners don't really manage the rentals as a business, but sort of a hobby. Charlie is a pro and he has the home cleaned professionally between uses. This was our second rental from Charlie with a gap of ten years in between. Both times the home was clean and ready to go. The pictures are real. That is just how the place looks and how the lake looks.

I was surprised how well the WiFi worked. Better than my WiFi at home for sure. There is one TV for kids' TV if you need it (in case it rains).

The kitchen is fully stocked with the utensils you need. The bedrooms are as advertised and the basement has a complete assortment of boating things you will need to enjoy the lake. Both docks have their charms. I will never divulge my favorite spots, but if you like to fish, you can do well on Emerald in the spring and early summer.

My family has been coming to Emerald lake for five generations. We know the places to explore and how to enjoy the area, but we still find new things each year. There is much to do and see if you get out and look. Charlie's guide book has all the clues you need (hint - Sunapee and Kearsarge) to get started. Henniker has some great places to explore and in which to eat, and Hillsboro has the large town amenities you want (Supermarket and fast food).

Take careful note of what is offered and you won't be disappointed. This is a rental home, not a resort. Communicate with the owner and ask questions. Make sure it is a good fit for your needs and you will have a great time. We sure did.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Absolutely Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a wonderful week in NH. The weather was mostly marvelous, sunny days. We fired up the wood stove when the sun went down. Watching the fog lift off the lake in the mornings, coffee in hand, was something we miss in the city. Then there was the fishing! Nice bass and sunfish, from the kayak and the dock, enough for dinner every night. We would def go back again. The house was clean with all the amenities, beds warm and comfortable. Might come back myself with a few buddies, fish all day then watch the sunset, beer in hand.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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4

Beautiful Lakeside Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Our entire family (including our adult children) had a wonderful week. Emerald lake was the perfect size for us since we love to swim and didn't have to contend with motor boats. There's lots to do in the area especially if you like exploring. We spent a day hiking at Mt Sunapee and ended with a dip at the Sunapee Lake State Park.

The house was neatly nestled by the lake with great views of the water from the outside deck. The house was clean and overall very well equipped (although it could use a better outdoor grill). It suited our family's purposes well. The owner was very responsive to our questions and couldn't have been nicer.We would highly recommend staying at Charlie's and Mary's for a peaceful, restful getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Cambridge, Ma USA
5

Clean, comfortable, relaxing...

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I had a wonderful stay! The house is comfortable, clean, and very cozy. We enjoyed an early warm spell and had our breakfast and coffee out on the porch overlooking the lake many mornings.

The owners were kind and helpful. Charlie called to check in with us and we thanked him for the warm sunshine!

My friend and I went to a near by Fiber festival which was fun.

I have recommended this cottage to my friends (as others have in the cottage guest book) and hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Staten Island, NY
5

Loved our week on quiet Emerald Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week on Emerald Lake. The house was very clean and comfortable and had a well-stocked kitchen. We loved that the property was fenced in so that our dog could run around and have his own fun without us worrying he'd get off somewhere. The perennial gardens in the yard were so nice and in various stages of bloom. Our only gripe was the steep grading down to the water from the house, but as long as you take it easy it's fine. Emerald Lake is a small, quiet lake- speed limit is only 10mph- and while that may not be for everyone, it was a feature we absolutely loved. Total peace and quiet from the craziness of the city we live in.

We arrived on July 4 and spent the evening dockside watching the fireworks displays from neighbors around the lake, a real nice way to kick off our stay. We had a lot of wildlife visitors to the yard during our week: the usual chippies of course, but a couple of Woodpeckers came each morning as well as a Hummingbird or three throughout the week. There were Great Blue Herons doing some flybys and, we're pretty sure, a Bald Eagle soared way overhead one afternoon. But our best and favorite siting was that of a Barred Owl who visited at length twice, one day spending his morning in the tree just feet from the deck while we had our coffee. Just beautiful!

We've vacationed on plenty of lakes in NH over the years but nowhere as conveniently located to "civilization" as this home in Hillsboro. And that's the beauty of it- it's less than 10 minutes to the supermarket, liquor store, gas and numerous conveniences but once you're back at the house you'd never know it. Dinner at Tookey Mills was good- typical burgers and bar fare, reasonably priced and decent portions. Do yourself a favor and get to German John's Bakery on Main Street, you won't regret that at all. Keene is about 40 minutes away and their Main Street makes for a nice a day trip- great shops and places to eat (Fritz's has great sandwiches and even better fries. Go hungry!).

We ended our week spending Friday evening with our pup at the Hillsboro Balloon Festival watching the hot air balloons take off around sunset which was really incredible to see up close.

Thank you, Charlie & Mary, for opening your home to us. From fireworks to festival, we had a thoroughly wonderful and relaxing week in your lovely home.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Christine, We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. The Monadnock Region of New Hampshire is off the usual tourist track. This is part of the charm. We also enjoy the wildlife and the serenity of the lake. The one night that you can expect celebration is the 4th of July, as you know from checking in then. Hope you got to see some fireworks. You raise a good point that the the grade descends 20 feet to the lake water level. This does make for a captivating vista. Congratulations! I understand that you and your husband were taken with the area and are now purchasing a home on this Lake. We look forward to having you as neighbors.
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Boston's Logan
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Michaels Restraurant, Henniker NH
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Angus Lea, Hillsborough NH
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 9
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Pats Peak, Henniker (also Mt. Suneepee 30 Miles)
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Emerald Lake
Car: necessary

The area is rural with some quaint towns nearby. The house is on the Hillsborough side of the Hillsborough/Henniker line.

Hillsborough has an old Historical Center; a visit there is like taking a trip back in time. There is a one-room school house, some old churches, grave yards, and an Art Gallery. You can also visit the barn workshop of the Gibson Pewter Craft and see cups being turned.

Hillsborough also has a more commercial district with an old fashion ice cream parlor, Peter's German Bakery, and Tooky Mill's Pub & Restaurant. Down on Main Street, you will find a Shaws Market, among other amenities.

Henniker, home of New England College, boast some excellent restaurants including the Colby Inn, for special occasions; the Country Spirit, for that local feel; and Daniel's Restaurant, which over looking the Contocook River.

Pat's Peak, in Henniker, is a wonderful family ski destination. Mt. Sunapee, another wonderful ski destination in Newbury, is also just a short drive away.

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Rates & Availability

Hillsborough House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2015
May 28 2016 - Sep 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,380
$5,600
 
 
FALL, Winter,
Sep 17 2016 - Mar 10 2018
2 night minimum stay
$240
$900
$2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$240
$1,200
$3,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 9.0%

Weekly $ 1280 -$1580,
Minimum 3 nights on holiday weekends $ 900, weekend $ 750, and 2 weekdays $ 500.
Please inquire for rates.

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Amenities

Monadnock Region House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , water wiews
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , water views
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Wood Deck
  • 9 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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