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!