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Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 master suites, 2 guest rooms w/ shared bath, 2 bunkrooms w/ bath

There is a one week minimum rental from July 1 - Aug 31 with check-in on Saturday. This luxuriously renovated stone barn accommodates 22 guests comfortably. On the main floor you will find a great room with two-sided stone fireplace, large kitchen and dining area complete with rustic pizza oven and dumb waiter, children's play area, library, powder room and two master suites. Climb the spiral stairs inside the silo to the observatory and do some spectacular star gazing or catch the weekly fireworks display over Lake Sunapee. On the lower level, enjoy the game room with big screen TV, game table, full wet bar and the remaining 5 bedrooms, including 2 bunk rooms that sleep 12. For an additional fee, the Milk House is also available. This is a one bedroom cottage with full kitchen, cozy living room and full bath. The property is 5 acres of meadow, lawn, courtyard and woods.

Seasonal Activities: During summer you will enjoy the property's views, decks and meadow. There are lots of fun family activities to enjoy in the area - from antique fairs to outdoor concerts, farmers markets to dinner cruises, amusement parks to sandy beaches - there is plenty to do in this pristine area of New England.

Autumn, of course, brings us some of the most beautiful scenery in the states. New England foliage in October is a must-see. We suggest riding the quad up Mount Sunapee and taking in a spectacular display of color and beauty. From there you can hike to peaceful Lake Solitude. New this summer, 2012, Sunapee has opened an exciting adventure park with zip lines, ropes course and Segway tours.

History Buffs: This stone barn sits on property originally owned by John Hay. Hay was Abraham Lincoln's personal secretary and Secretary of State under Teddy Roosevelt. In the early 1900's Sunapee was a bustling vacation destination and Mr. Hay built a gorgeous home here, complete with spectacular gardens and stunning views. His son took over the property and in 1910 built a gentleman's barn made of stone, which housed sheep, cows and goats. We purchased the property in 2003 and turned this beloved (but unused) barn into a retreat. The remnants of another old barn's stone foundation is now a large sunken courtyard surrounded by birch trees... perfect for playing croquet, snoozing in the hammock, or enjoying a picnic. The kids love to pick flowers in the meadow, climb huge boulders, make forts along the stone walls, build fairy houses in the woods, search for wildlife - and we have plenty! Black bears, fox, porcupines, fishers, turkeys, deer and ground hogs!

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Michael

Family of 6, completely in L.O.V.E. with the stone barn in Sunapee. You'll see why when you visit. It's AMAZING.

Michael purchased this house in 2003

Why Michael chose Newbury

The stone barn allows us to invite our extended family up for Thanksgiving and other special events. Everyone gets a bed and there is plenty of room for card games and other activities for adults and children. During the day, we all head out for hiking, kayaking, swimming, skiing or relaxing on the property.

What makes this house unique

The energy is extraordinary. The stone barn and neighboring John Hay Estate have so much history. The area is incredible. The nature is spectacular. It'll be a vacation you'll always remember in a truly unique and elegant home.


Newbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 25 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Suite 1 - toilet , tub , shower , View slopes from tub!
    Master Suite 2 - toilet , shower
    Green room - toilet , shower
    Shared Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower , lower level
    Bunkroom Jack & Jill - toilet , shower , lower level
    Powder Room - toilet , main family room
    Milk House - cottage - toilet , combination tub/shower , Additional Fee
  • The Jack & Jill bath is situated between the girls' and boys' bunk rooms. There is a double sink, private toilet room and private shower room. There are also double sinks in the Master Suite. All counter surfaces are granite with exception of bunk room bath.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Master Suite 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep-worthy window seat, full bath, jacuzzi tub
    Junior Suite - 1 queen , full bath, exposed beams
    Green room - 1 queen , Full bath, lower level
    Tan Room - 1 queen , raised canopy bed, lower level, shared bath with blue room
    Blue room - 1 double , 1 baby crib , lower level, shared bath with tan room
    Girls' Bunkroom - 6 twin/ single , lower level
    Boys' Bunkroom - 6 twin/ single , lower level, Including 2 pop-up trundles
    Milk House - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Additional fee, separate cottage
  • The barn sleeps 22 comfortably in beds plus 2-3 babies in cribs. The Milk House has a large bedroom with crib and pull-out sofa. Please be sure to pack your own sheets and towels. This is a very large home and unfortunately there is not enough time to launder during turn overs.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen is well-equipped for large groups. Expansive granite counter tops with breakfast bar seating for 6. There are double ovens, gas cook top with 5 burners, 2 dishwashers and 2 large refrigerator/freezers. Stocked basic pantry and tons of dishes and flatware. 2 restaurant-style wooden high chairs and one large cushy infant feeding chair. There is a Wii with console but you'll have to bring controls and games. Lots of movies, all themes. Shelves stocked with great, modern, un-tattered books. A zillion board games and puzzles for all ages. You won't need to bring anything besides linens. At the south end of the barn there is a wonderful sunken courtyard partially surrounded by stone walls - a perfect spot for playing or lounging. There are also quiet places to sit outdoors on every side of the barn.


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We loved this home! So beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

Great week of fun!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Splendid Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

The Stone Barn, the Milk House, and George and Linda West’s Bed and Breakfast next door provided a nearly perfect setting for our family’s first reunion. We were there the week of July 11, 2015 – the 100th anniversary of our mother’s birth. There were 25 of us ranging in age from seventy-four to four; we went our separate ways during the day and gathered for big big suppers every evening. What a beautiful space for us all, and what amazing wonderful hosts George and Linda were for the four of us lucky enough to be in the B and B. (The people in the Stone Barn got Linda’s yummy muffin leftovers from our breakfast, if they got up early enough.) The whole week was such fun that the next generation down from the Old Ones are already planning a second reunion. Our Mom would be so proud.

(The only blip on this experience was a mysterious stain that appeared on a stair step: we don’t know whether it was there before we arrived or not. So a walk-through with someone representing the owners before settling in would be good.)

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco


  • 5 of 5

We had such a fantastic time at Well Sweep. The house is gorgeous and welcomes crowds with grace and ease with an open floor plan. When there were slight glitches (pizza oven and water filter) they were dealt with immediately. The Sunapee Inn next door is also a gem. We loved staying there too. Linda and George (Inn owners) treated us like family. The rooms are beautifully appointed (great color schemes) and the breakfasts were scrumptious. My family had an unforgetable 10 days at both places. Can't wait to visit again. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Perfect Vacation Home Getaway For Large Gathering

  • 5 of 5

One of the loveliest vacation homes I could ever imagine. We rented it out for a family reunion and every man, woman and child loved their stay. Plenty of well kept accommodations with nicely appointed touches in every room. A huge open living space upstairs that includes the kitchen, dining room, living room, and play area allowing large numbers to congregate comfortably together. Gorgeous master suites. One can tell when you arrive that it is not only a rental but a home. There is a large family/game room downstairs that's fun to spend time in, too. It's minutes from Lake Sunapee and amazing views. Don't pass this one up! Hopefully, we'll be going back again next year.

Just as lovely is the beautifully managed B&B located just next door, Sunapee View B&B, in case you should have family overflow. Linda (the rental owner's mother) and her husband George have done wonders in renovating an old farm house into a charming, hospitable and relaxing inn. Everything has been chosen with an eye toward beauty and pampered indulgence. Linda is an excellent cook and the hearty breakfasts were beautifully presented and tasted out of this world. Can you tell we had a good time? Okay, 'nuf said. Do some research and go!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Great to hear! So thrilled you were happy at Well Sweep... You are absolutely welcome back next summer - my Mom would be thrilled to enjoy your company again! She had wonderful things to say about your family, too! Peace...
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Boston, Ma USA

Nice House but plan to lose security deposit

  • 4 of 5

The Barn is a very nice house with a tremendous amount of space. I stayed there twice this year for two separate business retreats. While we enjoyed the facilities very much, our security deposit was withheld BOTH times. The first time (October 2009) the owners stated we scratched the floors. The second time (May 2010) our deposit was withheld because she said we allowed "bugs and critters" to enter the house after we vacated.

On both occasions we treated the house with great respects. These were business meeting with no kids.

Neither time did she call or email to discuss before holding back the money.

In the context of the overall cost of renting this home, losing all or part of the security deposit is not a major financial hit, but it is a petty annoyance that just leaves a bad taste in one's mouth (twice!).

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review. Coincidentally, these are the only two times we have withheld security. The gentleman who wrote this was not the person who rented from me during the first incident, though he was part of the group who stayed. I spoke at length with the woman who coordinated and paid for the stay and sent her a few pictures of the scratch. It was 14 inch long gouge in a brand new wooden floor resulting from somebody dragging a 300 pound couch across it. She was apologetic and totally happy to reimburse me for the damage. I turned the money over to my painter and I am still waiting for the repair to take place. I apologize for not emailing or calling this renter before withholding a portion of his security deposit but it was warranted. His group of 9 men arrived 5 hours before check-in and left two hours after check-out without okaying it with me first, or at all. They left the doors literally ajar when they departed, this in the country during black fly season. We are lucky that our cleaning staff came the following day and that no one had trespassed. There is no doubt that animals came into the house. His group also left mounds of unsorted trash, which my cleaning people had to sift through to dig out recycling (per the law). They left an enormous amount of open food platters and kitchen mess behind. My cleaning service charged me an extra $200 to deal with the mess so I passed along the charge to the renter. This is not just a rental, this is my home. And an extraordinary one at that. I only ask that guests treat it like they would treat their own. I think he would have done the same in my situation.
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Winchester, MA

Cozy luxury getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay last year during President's week at this incredible retreat. Our group included two families with six children, ages 2 months to 7 years - there was plenty of space for both families on the two levels and many activities for the kids - both indoors and outside. This home is exquisitely appointed with an incredible kitchen, guest rooms and bathrooms. The bunk rooms was a particularly special treat for the kids! We loved sitting by the enormous fireplace in the evenings after a day of skiing and ice skating. The owner provided an extensive list of things to do in the surrounding area. It was a week to remember!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2009
  • Stayed: February 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Manchester-Boston Regional
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
SS Kearsarge
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Baker Hill CC
Nearest Train
6 Miles
(Bus) Dartmouth Coach
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Mount Sunapee
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Newbury Town Beach
Car: necessary

This historic and luxuriously renovated stone barn is located minutes from Mount Sunapee's base lodge and the State Beach Lake Sunapee. Our property is adjacent to hundreds of acres of conservation land, hiking trails and The Fells' historic gardens and museum.

Skiers have several mountains to choose from - Okemo, Ragged, Pat's Peak, Stowe, Mad River are all between 20 and 90 minutes away. Gorgeous X-C ski trails abound. Free ice skating.

Summer and autumn visitors will enjoy kayaking on any of Sunapee Region's stunning lakes, hiking countless hilly trails, viewing breathtaking vistas and vibrant foliage, swimming in a pristine lake with sandy beaches. Visit New London's quaint and stylish town center, take in an off-Broadway show at the Barn Playhouse, dine at one of the area's many restaurants, explore the abundant craft fairs and farms that are open to the public. This is classic New England living at its finest.

Other Activities: We will forward you an extensive and detailed list of activities in the area. Not enough space on this page!

Ski: Just 5 minutes away, Mount Sunapee is an ideal family mountain with an excellent ski school. Located nearby are several other mountains including Ragged, Kearsarge, Pat's Peak, Okemo, Mad River, Whaleback, Stowe, and the list goes on. There are also several cross-country ski courses nearby. At the house we have X-C skis and snow shoes that you are welcome to use. There are great trails you can explore adjacent to our property.

The mountain is slated to open Thanksgiving weekend. If they get snow early, they will open early.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning fee $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.