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Lakehouse Retreat---a Hidden Gem

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Come and enjoy our pristine home on beautiful Calef Island.

Drive across a birch lined causeway and you will find this spacious Half Acre Lake House in Barrington, NH. Walk through the front door and be greeted with sun filled rooms, cathedral ceilings, and spectacular lake views. A nature lovers delight this 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath is situated on a gorgeous property complete with 180 feet of water frontage. Two sandy beaches, hammocks, outdoor grilling area, kayaks with life preservers, water toys are all yours for the taking. Read underneath a canopy of trees, swim off the dock into cool clear waters, or kayak this 3.5 mile lake. Then dine on the deck or patio area, listen to the sound of loons, and watch one of the best sunsets you have ever seen. And for all the fisherman out there Swains Lake has been written up as New Hampshire's 'Hidden Treasure'.

We often have been told 'One week is not enough!

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More Details

Mary Ann Marshall
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us.

The house is more the comfortable. We appreciated your thoughtfulness in outfitting the kitchen so well.

The lake views and sunsets, breathtaking. Wildlife eagles, fishing, a blue heron, flew by Tim within 20ft, largest bird I have ever seen, singing frogs and loons, the very best part, the Loon family Mom, Dad, and the two babies on the parents back until they started fishing. Then babies would stay close together alone until adults resurfaced to feed them with nice fresh fish.

We rented a small boat with motor to tour the lake. The kayaks and hammocks were used, too.

Wonderful night out at the Three Chimney Inn excellent food and dogs welcome on the terrace, building was interesting from the 1600s.

Many Thanks!
Jun 2012
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Barrington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upper level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , lower level
    Half Bathroom - toilet , master bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , first floor master with private BR
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , downstairs bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
2 grills; one on the upper balcony, another larger one in the patio area, outdoor refrig/cabinet for easy outdoor living, barbecue utensils, cling wrap/aluminum foil/sandwich bags, spices, condiments, ironing board and iron, 3 TV's with DVD's LR/MBR/family room, office area with high speed Internet with printer, coffee maker, blender, mixer, glassware with new dinnerware, complete baking and cooking utensils and pans/pots (lobster), comfortable outdoor furniture and floating lounge chairs, outdoor camp fire. One set of linens provided for each bed, we are responsible for garbage removal. **Children limited to 10 years and older **Pet * Well-mannered dog, proof of rabies/heartworm/kennel cough must be provided from your vet prior to arrival, fleas/tick prevention. This protects your pet as well as others, no exceptions.


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Lakehouse Retreat---a Hidden Gem
average rating of 4.967742 based on 33 reviews

Couldn't ask for better!

  • 5 of 5

The house and scenery were magnificent! My wife, my 3 daughters, and I had a great week escaping the southeastern heat and absolutely hated having to leave. Mary Ann and Ken were kind, gracious hosts and super helpful with all of my questions. We spent time swimming, kayaking, and fishing and loved the sounds of the loons. We were planning a different vacation next year, but had such an amazing time we're probably coming back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A week isn't enough!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we've come to Swain's Lake and we wondered if it could be possibly be as wonderful as our visit last year. Stepping onto the deck to see the lake was like coming home and when our last day arrived we, again, didn't want to leave. Mary Ann and Ken met us upon arrival to make sure we had everything we needed; they are wonderful, thoughtful hosts! We enjoyed many moments on the upper deck, eating meals, reading, sipping coffee and watching the changing light on the lake. We explored the nooks and crannies of the lake in the kayaks and cooled off by bobbing just off the sandy beach in the warm lake waters. Swains Lake is very clean so you get to see lots of wildlife: loons (our favorites), great blue herons, ducks and geese, hawks and fish darting in the clear waters. Every morning I watched a muskrat make her way along the shore right next to the house leaving a glassy V-shaped wake behind her. The dogs LOVED fetching their toy sticks into the water from the beach and the human swimmers in the family swam across the lake several times. In addition to several Barrington hikes, we took a day trip to Pawtuckaway State Forest and were rewarded with a beautiful hike to the top of North Mountain. Must tries are the Stonehouse Baking company (donuts! bagels!), the Calef Country Store (delicious sandwiches, homemade dog treats and the famous CCS aged cheddar cheese) and Zampa Restaurant. We've already made reservations for two weeks next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Wheats

  • 5 of 5

Once again we had a wonderful stay at the lake house. Mary Ann & Ken are always great hosts and the place is always ready for two great weeks. Thanks once again for a relaxing stay on Swains Lake. Heading up for our 6th year in 2016.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely, quiet, lakefront house

  • 5 of 5

We just finished our second year renting this property. Owners are very nice and their house is very neat and clean. House is well stocked, it will have most everything you could think of. Lots of fun nooks outside for kids to explore. There is several lake entrances on property, so its nice to decide whether to walk in or jump in! The lake is exceptionally warm!! My teen daughters loved being downstairs (where their bedrooms were) as they had their own space and privacy.

I like to go for runs and this was a safe area to do so. Very hilly, but beautiful country roads to explore.

I would recommend planning on eating at home because there aren't many good restaurants nearby. Ogunquit is 40 minutes away, so if we craved lobsters and steamers, we'd go there.

Otherwise, I would recommend this for a family that just loves mellow, old fashion summertime days spent by the lake.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6 Stars!!!

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about our stay. The home is clean and cozy with everything you may need. Any item you can think of is up to date and in perfect working condition. The property is spread out and multi-leveled. Plenty of places for shade / sun - family or quiet time.

Ken and Mary Ann were wonderful hosts. Always prompt, courteous and friendly.

Their home is perfect to get away and yet still close enough to civilization for any thing that comes to mind. You could not as for a better location.

We are a family with 3 young adults (17, 18, 20) and we are all avid fishermen / boaters. There is a rope swing just across the lake (Swing at your own risk) and also some hills for hiking. Fishing wise it was just ridiculous... We have a bass boat and fish avidly throughout the morning and evening. 20 - 30 fish daily still may be understated... Mostly in the 1 pound range but we did mange quite a few lunkers as well. We were not disappointed by

any means. (4 pounder right off the dock) Very impressed with how healthy the lake was overall. Full of life.

The lake itself is under 400 acres but with all of the coves, islands and channels is appears much, much larger. From the upper deck you have the best view of the sunsets and the entire lake overall. Absolutely beautiful. You are tucked away but still right in the middle of all the action. It has to be the best piece of property on the lake for too many reasons to list

We would give it 6 Stars if we were able to...

Previous reviews say the same thing. The pictures of the home and property don't tell the whole story of how lovely this place is.

We would love to come back again next season.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. We had such a great time.

The "R " Family

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a special place!

  • 5 of 5

Myself, wife and two children had an absolute blast! The house was immaculate and had every amenity we could ever need. The sunsets were amazing and truly a tranquil week. I brought up my boat and was able to launch on site which made it very easy to take in and out. Although I wont tell you where the fish are... But can say that i had no problems catching 20+ bass a day. We will definitely be back hopefully year after year!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Randy, I never knew you could catch so many fish in one day, was great meeting your family! Look forward to seeing you again.
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Manchester, New Hampshire
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 125 and Route 4
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Car: necessary

Calef Island in Barrington, NH Is just 15 miles west of interstate 95. This region offers everyone of all ages a diverse choice in recreational activities. Golf in the early morning, shop the outlets in Kittery, Maine, pack a picnic for the Hampton beaches, take a cruise along the seacoast in Portsmouth and fish or dine your time away. Hike the White Mountains, or ski the wintery slopes.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Snowboarding, Skiing, Boating, Miniature golf, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa


Rates & Availability

Barrington House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Summer
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Fall
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

**includes 9% NH hospitality tax and cleaning
**KAYAKS (2 single, 1 tandem) -- $125/wk
Additional boats can be rented/delivered thru Everett's Cove Marina in Maine
**$100 cleaning charge for a pet

Consideration for additional time periods would be considered. Please call to discuss details. Thank you for considering! MaryAnn

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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