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Gorgeous Lakefront, Beach, Spacious Grounds, Pet Friendly/Hanover Area

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Orford Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms-king & full, 1 full bathroom, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6

Colby lake cottage is a classic summer lakeside home on Upper Baker Pond, Orford NH. Experience a New England summer vacation, rural and private, 1200 feet of shoreline and 7 acres of open fields and woodsy areas. The kitchen is equipped for you to prepare quick meals or gourmet dinners. A gas grill and picnic table are right outside your kitchen door on the deck. Sit on the covered porch with your morning coffee and watch the loons. How about a day at the lake. Just 25 steps to the beach and there you are ready to jump in for a morning dip. You’ll have use of kayaks, rowboats, a canoe and a sail boat. How are you at ping pong, horseshoes, or badminton? Play tether ball, and bocce. Toss a football, have a game of catch, throw your dog a ball. You are 35 minutes north of Dartmouth/Hanover NH and it's wealth of cultural activities. The cottage shares the 7 acres with one other guest cottage and the property manager's cottage. The 7 acres is named Sunset Ranch.

Restaurants, Groceries, Organic, & Farm Stands : The region has many restaurants, from fast food to fine dining. Two in Orford are Ariana's and Peyton Place. Cross the bridge into Fairlee VT and you'll find Leda's Pizza, and the Fairlee Diner. A few other popular eating places are Colatina's(Italian) in Bradford VT. and Stella's in Lyme, NH. Thai Orchid, Molly's Balloon, and Jesse's Steak Seafood & Tavern in Hanover. For breakfast or lunch try the Fairlee Diner in Fairlee or Plain Jane's Diner in Rumney.

For your groceries, Wings in Fairlee, Hannafords and Super Wal-Mart in Plymouth,Hannaford's in Bradford, Shawnees in Wentworth. Three Co-Ops located in Hanover have excellent organic groceries. Local farm stands are in Orford, Fairlee, Bradford and many other Upper Valley towns.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Buddy Durham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Favorite Activities: Swimming, fishing, playing yard games, cookouts, reading, jumping and swimming in local swimming holes, visiting Santa's Village, playing with the dogs....and so much more!!

Comments: We were so happy to return again this year! It was wonderful to have more of our family stay in Columbia Cottage as well--we have made amazing memories for all the kids ( and adults and dogs too)!! Thank you.
Aug 2014
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based on 5 traveler reviews

Gorgeous Lakefront, Beach, Spacious Grounds, Pet Friendly/Hanover Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
Toano, Va

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week with our two dogs in this lovely spot as it was located within a short drive of our son's family. We were looking for a vacation type rental since we live a two day drive away and don't get to see them often. We have rented lake front homes across many states in the NE and rate this the best one ever. The home itself is rustic but modern with comfortable furnishings. What was surprising for us was how well equipped it came not only with good quality cookware, table wear, and dish and laundry supplies but also with all paper products needed like paper towels, tissues, toilet paper and dinner napkins, and trash can liners which are things you don't usually get with a rental. Linens and towels were provided and were very nice. We felt like the house was supplied with the user in mind; good reading lights, AC and heat when needed, wi fi, satellite TV, and then as a bonus a huge supply of games, puzzles and books. Literally you only needed to bring your food items (and as a recommendation) your favorite sharp knife if you like to cook.

The setting was absolutely gorgeous with a huge open yard area with places set up for horseshoes, badminton, tether ball and ping pong. All supplies were in the common cottage and included the addition of wiffle ball, bocce ball, life preservers and maps of local attractions. The beach was sandy with shallow walk out for little children but also available was a floating dock and floats. Five boats added to the water fun with canoe, kayaks, row boat and sailboat. No matter the weather, you would find it hard to be bored here.

The location is a little remote, but still within 20-30 minutes of good restaurants, grocery stores and golf. The road behind the property is wonderful for jogging, there is a great hike up Mt Cube (part of Appalachian trail) less than a mile away, and road surfaces are hilly but good for cyclists.

We had fun, our dogs loved the freedom to run and play, the manager was helpful and available to answer questions and meet any needs we had, and our son's family felt like they had a little vacation by staying with us for a few days. We will return next year for sure!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It is a great pleasure to host families that appreciate our beautiful lakefront setting!
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Great property for a family with kids (and a dog)

  • 5 of 5

We had rented the house for a week in June 2016 at the house and had an amazing week. The house is not very large but it was very clean and there is enough space for a family and the outdoor activities are great: there are various kayaks, a canoe, sailing boat, the dock is great for fishing and the house is very close to the beach which is easily accessible. The water temperature was quite pleasant. There is a lot of space around the house and our dog had a dream vacation as well. The owner was also really friendly and helpful. Finally, there is a lot to do in the area, so we would certainly recommend this house if you want to spend a week in NH.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are delighted to host families and couples who appreciated the many lake activities and spacious , private grounds.
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Avon, CT

Perfect Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival we were greeted by Buddy's adorable niece and were joined shortly after by Buddy and his other niece. While Buddy showed us around the property the two girls helped hold our dogs' leashes as well as bring our stuff down from the parking lot to the cabin. The cabin is in impeccable condition and everything you could need is provided. There are plenty of kitchen items and appliances as well as extra blankets, pillows, etc. There are also dozens of board games and movies to enjoy on a rainy day (which we had none of!). My family's favorite activity was the boating, there are 2 single kayaks, a canoe and a rowboat available for use. We even had our two lab mixes out on the water with us! We also thoroughly enjoyed the badminton and ping pong table. Buddy was frequently around working on the property and was available if we had any questions. The property is secluded and has a huge grassy area, great for frisbee! The 'pond' itself is quite large as well, so don't be discouraged by the term. Overall my family LOVED staying at this property, especially the dogs, and we all highly recommend it! We stayed for 5 nights and only left the property once or twice. We would love to return next year as well! Thank you, Buddy!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure having your family as guests and to see you enjoying the lake, spacious grounds, cottage, sports and games. Buddy
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Very satisfied, longtime renters

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing at Sunset Ranch Camp since 2010 and we couldn't be happier. Every year has been a fulfilling and satisfying vacation for our family of 2 adults, 3 children, 1 dog and this year, my mother joined us. Sunset Ranch Camp has everything for a fun and relaxing vacation. Our kids have thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the lake, jumping off the raft, fishing off the dock, kayaking, making S'mores, playing ping pong, tether ball, horseshoes, badminton, croquet, bocce ball and spending hours of fun playing with the games located in Smith Hall (puzzles, cards, board games and movies). Colby Cottage is always thoughtfully stocked with all the necessary amenities a family would need to cook and be comfortable for a week's stay. Buddy has thought of everything (even salt, pepper and cooking oil!) Every year my children look forward to coming to Sunset Ranch and as a mom, I LOVE the memories that these vacations are providing for our little ones. We can't thank you enough Buddy for being a wonderful host and allowing us to vacation on your pristine property overlooking a gorgeous lake (with loons!) and breath taking mountains. We will be back next summer and God willing, many more to follow! :)

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We provide a clean, well provisioned and comfortable lake cottage to complement the spacious grounds, sandy beach and swim area and beautiful lakefront scenery! Ideal for families and couples!
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Great Memories Made Here...

  • 5 of 5

This was exactly what our family needed! The house was impeccably clean. Our dogs were welcomed. The views of the lake are ever changing with beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the property.

We had the best time fishing off the dock and of course swimming with a great little beach area.

Buddy the host is absolutely wonderful. Love the history behind the property.

This is the place where great memories will be made for you and your family, cannot wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We love having guest families that enjoy the waterfront, lake, spacious grounds and beautiful scenery!
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Nearest Airport
86 Miles
Manchester Airport, New Hampshire
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Lake Morey CC, Fairlee, Vermont
Nearest Train
33 Miles
White River Junction, Vermont
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
I-91 Exit 15
Car: necessary

The lakefront cottage, located in the Upper Valley Region of NH & VT is on Upper Baker Pond, 10 miles east of Orford, NH's main street. Summer vacationing in the area is a wonderful experience for adults and families. Plan on visiting Hanover NH, 35 minutes south, home to Dartmouth College with it's many events and cultural activities. Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts has theatre, concerts, and art exhibits. A short walk from your cottage is the Appalachian Trail. Follow the trail and climb Mt. Cube. Another local hiking favorite is Mt Moosilauke in Warren NH. Take the family to Polar Caves in Rumney NH or Lost River in North Woodstock NH and spend the day exploring the caves. An adventure, hot air ballooning in nearby Post Mills, VT. Plymouth NH, 25 minutes SE, a destination for cultural events and the gateway to the White Mountains. Golfing in Fairlee VT and Bradford VT. The shoppers in your group will find antique shops, flea markets, and destination shopping at Farm-Way.


Rates & Availability

Orford Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Season
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 9.0%

Refundable Security/Damage Deposit: $400.00
Accepted Payment: Master Card, VISA,Discover, American Express, PayPal, Check
No Cleaning Fee, No Pet Fee, No Linen Fee, No Damage Insurance Fee, Free Washer and Dryer
Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, minus a $50 administrative fee, if the week is re-booked.

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Orford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper Sofa
    2nd Bedroom - 1 double
  • The large 18' x 17' second floor master bedroom has a king bed. 6 windows with wonderful views of the lake, mountains, and grounds. 2 dressers, a wardrobe unit, chairs, an air conditioner, ceiling fan and the full bath complete the master suite. If you prefer, the king bed can be converted to two XL twins. The first floor 2nd bedroom has a full bed, dresser, night stand, air conditioner and the half bath. A queen sleeper sofa in the living room completes the sleeping accommodations.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
The cottage has been designed and equipped for your comfort and convenience. All bed linens, blankets, bath towels, plastic and paper products are provided. Free local and long distance calls within the US & Canada. Also provided for you are laundry products, bath and kitchen soaps. Wireless Internet Access is available from your cottage. A fire pit is available for evening marshmallow toasting and camp fires. An out building, Smith Cabin, is centrally located on the grounds. Smith Cabin houses the washer/dryer, as well as the sports equipment, board games, puzzles, DVD's, books, magazines, chess and checkers.

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