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Beautiful Lakefront, Beach, Spacious Grounds, Family and Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

1 queen bedroom, den with futon, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 4

Experience a joyous New England summer vacation on Upper Baker Pond, rural and private, 1200 feet of shoreline and 7 acres of open fields and woodsy areas. Columbia Cottage is your home away from home. The kitchen is equipped for quick meals or gourmet dinners. A queen master bedroom and a den which can be converted to a second bedroom. A gas grill and picnic table are right outside your kitchen door. Sit on your covered porch with your morning coffee and enjoy the lake and mountain views. How about a day at the lake. Step down 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. The seven acre property is named Sunset Ranch.

Restaurants, Groceries, Organic, & Farm Stands :: 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, Fairlee Diner, and Whippi Dip. A few other popular eating places are Colatina's in Bradford VT, Stella's in Lyme, Thai Orchid, Molly's Balloon, and Jesse's Steak Seafood & Tavern in Hanover. For breakfast or lunch try the Fairlee Diner in Fairlee, VT or Plain Jane's in Rumney, NH. For your groceries, Wings in Fairlee, Hannafords and Super Wal-Mart in Plymouth, Hannaford's in Bradford, VT, 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.

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Orford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • 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
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • * The Master bedroom has a queen bed, 2 dressers, an air conditioner, and ceiling fan. The den has a full futon, day bed, picture windows with wonderful views of the lake and grounds and a door for access to the covered porch. You will be able to access the bathroom from either the bedroom or kitchen/living room area. Columbia Cottage is an ideal vacation home for a couple with or without children.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Your 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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Beautiful Lakefront, Beach, Spacious Grounds, Family and Pet Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Absolutely Perfect Lake House!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had been searching for the perfect lake house, and we finally found it! Everything about the property shows that Buddy (the owner) takes great pride in being the steward for this gem of a property that has been in his family for generations. The houses are clean, comfortable and well stocked, and any activity that you could ask for is there... canoe, kayaks, sailboat, swimming, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, ping-pong, tetherball (new to me), board games, and puzzles galore! It is the perfect spot to get away with your family. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are indeed proud of the property and grateful to live here and to host families who are enthused to vacation in this beautiful lake and mountain countryside.
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great family vacation! Beautiful scenery, quiet, and relaxing. I will miss the gorgeous view of the lake every day. My kids loved the big lawn to play on and the beach was perfect. The water was so clean too! The kitchen was great to cook in and the house was a perfect size for a family of 4 with young kids. The porch was also fantastic! Many fun activities with in a short driving distance was also nice. I miss this vacation already and want to go back! Truly a beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We love having vacationing families who appreciate the beautiful lake, grounds and scenery!
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Peaceful vacation-everything for the whole family

  • 5 of 5

Buddy and Lynne's property provided a perfect setting for our first family vacation. The cabin was equipped with everything we could have ever needed and even things that we didn't realize we needed but added immensely to our comfort because they were provided. The weather was a bit erratic when we were there and we were quite comfortable whether it was hot, cold or rainy.

The grounds of the property were immaculate and included a recreation building which contained every kind of leisure equipment you could imagine. There are even take-out menus to local restaurants (which we took advantage of towards the end of our stay and were sick of hot dogs and hamburgers). The best part of the property was the beach - this area was perfect for our small son who could play in the sand and splash around in the water since the water is pretty shallow for quite a ways out. Our dog, of course, also loved the beach and water. My husband is an avid fisherman and had a great time catching small mouths while our son was napping in the afternoons.

I have already recommended this property to family and friends and we are trying to find a group to rent both houses on the property in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We look forward to your family's return.
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Buddy Durham
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Buddy Durham

Retired, serves as property manager

Buddy Durham purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Buddy Durham chose Orford

Seven acres of lakefront provide privacy, shared with only one other cottage and the manager's cottage. Property has been in my family for eighty years.

What makes this cottage unique

Substantial privacy on a beautiful lake. Many lake activities, glorious countryside.

Exceptional opportunity for families with kids to use the beach, swim area, lake and spacious grounds! Guests describe this as a "resort" and "a magical place".

Guestbook comments from the owner

Favorite activities: Morning walks on the lake road, kayaking, canoeing, reading, puzzles, fire pit and s'mores.

Comments: What a great place to spend a week in the summer. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Camp is very comfortable, surroundings are incredible and Buddy makes all feel welcomed. Thank you!
Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
86 Miles
Manchester Airport, New Hampshire
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Lake Morey CC, Fairlee VT
Nearest Train
33 Miles
White River Junction, Vermont
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
I-91 Exit 15 Fairlee VT / Orford NH
Car: necessary

The lakefront cottage is located on Upper Baker Pond, 10 miles east of Route 10 in Orford, NH and 6 miles west of Wentworth NH. You'll have a wonderful location for experiencing a New England summer vacation. Your cottage is located between the lakes, mountain areas and the Hanover/Dartmouth area. Plymouth NH, 25 minutes SE a destination for cultural events and the gateway to NH's White Mountains or travel south 35 minutes to Hanover, home to Dartmouth College. Plan on visiting Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts for theater, concerts, or art exhibits. A short walk from your cottage is the Appalachian Trail. Follow the trail and climb Mt. Cube. Golf in Fairlee VT and Bradford VT., explore the caves at Lost River in North Woodstock, or Polar Caves in Rumney.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Refundable damage deposit $400
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/Dryer
Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, minus a $50 administrative fee, if the week is re-booked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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