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Quiet, modernized family heritage property on beautiful Province Lake

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Effingham Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 queen master, LR Queen fold down, Loft area sleeps 4, Total 7... 1 1/2 baths

Best description is one found in our logbook.

The verse spells PROVINCE LAKE using the first letters on the left column.

Quite clever and fun. Thanks to our Pennsylvania guests from August, 2013.

P eaceful

R elaxing

O ut in the boats... everyday

V enturing across the lake to Maine

I ncredibly beautiful weather

N estling into our books

C ampfires lakeside, s'mores galore

E njoying grilledfood on the deck

L aughing together

A dmiring the stunning view

K eeping an watch out for the loons

E veryone enjoying our week here, Thank You

The Big Camp History: Ben B. Towne, Sr. (B.B.,our grandfather) started coming to Province lake in the 1920's for camping trips. As the photo shows, the old model A Ford would have provided a somewhat long and bumpy journey from Boston. When the cabin next to the campsite became available in the 1930's, B.B. was quick to purchase it. Fondly called 'The Big Camp,' this same lake cabin has been a family retreat for over 80 years. Ben B. Towne,Jr.,his son,inherited. Ben's wife, Joy, lived there every summer until 2010 when she moved to a retirement home.Our family (of the three siblings) bought the family camp and we are just now making The Big Camp available to a select clientèle.

We are seeking renters who will respect this heritage property while enjoying the same quiet and restfulness which has created in our memories 'the most beautiful spot on earth.'

Scrapbook of local attractions: We are continually updating a binder which has local hikes, points of interest, restaurants and things to do when you are not at the camp.The dock is at the foot of a long stairway coming down from the deck. It is private from the general public.

The dock and its' sitting area are shared with the owner .The owners of the property have a small camp on an adjacent lot and stay occasionally in the ' Li'l' Camp'. (see photos) They will help the renters with any questions or concerns on the Saturday night. Owners are most often only around on the weekend.

Well behaved dog(s) are welcome. The lake is ideal for swimming dogs. . Please do not bring your cat.

Plan on bringing your bicycle and helmets as the road into the lake has recently been paved and offers a very smooth albeit hilly ride to the corner store.

Log Book: A log book has been kept at the lake since 1940's. We ask all our guests if they would write some comments= even draw pictures! Many of the reviews I added to the website are directly from the logbook.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Francois Lamothe, DDS (retired)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2016
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About Francois Lamothe, DDS (retired)

Francois married into the Towne Family. Cindel, his wife, had been going up to the family camp every summer of her life. at one time the property was a three season home for her parents.

when her mother was going into a retirement community in Connecticut, we bought the property for future generations to enjoy. He is semi-retired from his dental practice now only working one day a week....

Francois Lamothe, DDS (retired) purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Francois Lamothe, DDS (retired) chose Province Lake

This property and the lake are the most relaxing spots on the planet. ( in my humble estimation) Everyone who has been a guest here seems to agree. Forget the hustle and bustle of city life. relax and enjoy our quiet lake in New


What makes this cottage unique

There is a feeling of letting go immediately upon your first view of the lake from the deck. Cindel and I can spend endless hours just sitting and letting the sun relax our minds.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Appreciated the beauty of the place, the nature, the silence

(so different from Paris!) The earthquake was a great

Experience, a big noise in that silence...fortunately, no tsunami

Came from the lake!! we hope to come back another time..."
Oct 2012
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based on 13 traveler reviews

Quiet, modernized family heritage property on beautiful Province Lake
average rating of 4.923077 based on 29 reviews

Peaceful, Relaxing and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four stayed at the "Big Camp" for the week along with our 3 dogs whom also enjoyed vacationing with us. First, we were greeted by the owners whom were very welcoming and gave us a tour of the house. The house while small was not too small for our family. It provided all our needs and even had a washer and dryer. Lakeside was absolutely gorgeous and our children had a wonderful time swimming. My wife enjoyed using the paddle boat and I enjoyed the canoe, kayaks and paddle board. The area while secluded had everything we needed relatively close by. The ice cream at the golf course was yummy and close by. Another ice cream place in Maine about 20 minutes away had maple soft serve ice cream which was awesome and they even make their own maple syrup on site. Cindy's close by was a very good breakfast and lunch place with extremely friendly service. You must visit Ye Olde Sale Shop (5 minutes up the road, not sure of the exact name). Overall, the house and lake were great but what really put it over the top was how nice and welcoming Francois and Cindel were.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always nice to have such great guests at our lake house......
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Beautiful house on stunning lake!

  • 5 of 5

I have just had the most relaxing and beautiful vacation in years! This lake house is a perfect destination. It is beautifully appointed and so very comfortable. I was there for a recent week with my dog, Margold, and she gives this a perfect rating also! We were so sad to leave. We are consoled by having a reservation for next September - we can't wait to come back! Thank you Cindel and Francois for being so welcoming and helpful - especially with that little key inident! So funny! Thank you for having us! Dana West and Marigold from Connecticut

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Asheville, NC

Our Family LOVES the "Blue House"

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at the Big Camp aka the "Blue House". Our boys 8 and 5 don't want to stay anywhere else on vacation. This was our second summer vacation trip up from NC to see family in the area and nothing compares to the "Blue House". The owners are accommodating and the cabin is well-appointed with thoughtful extras. Everything about this cabin is comfortable and homey. We were greeted with fresh flowers and a complimentary bottle of Maple Syrup on the table. There are great pics of how the camp has changed over the years. Our youngest boy was finally old enough to sleep in the upstairs loft this year which they nicknamed the boys' loft and actually looked forward (amazingly) to bed time in the cozy upstairs. The main bedroom is spacious and fit a pack and play for our 20 month old with room to spare. The boys especially enjoyed taking the kayaks and canoe out and caught tons of fish. We had s'mores one night at the fire-pit, played board games and SpongeBob Uno on our one rainy after-noon and had an all-around great stay! For those traveling with kids, besides the fantastic lake there is a great Nature Center in Holderness- the Sqaum Lakes Science Center, great easy family hiking and rock hopping off the Kancamagus, and of course StoryLand- all within an hour or so drive! We can't say enough how much we love coming up to stay at the Big Camp. Thanks so much to the owners for sharing your family's heritage camp with us. Sincerely, Your Very Loyal Fans from NC!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laurel, MD

Perfectly extraordinary!

  • 5 of 5

Our week at the Big Camp can be summed up in one word: perfect! Okay…let’s throw in two: extraordinary! The house is immaculately clean, and its open layout meant there was plenty of space for our family of four to spread out and enjoy the sweeping lake views visible from just about every window. The master bedroom is spacious, and the bed is super comfortable; the sleeping loft is bright and airy, and the beds there are equally comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need to cook up – or in our case, grill up – fabulous meals. The cottage sits atop a bluff overlooking the lake, and it’s the best place to enjoy this spectacular setting, whether you’re enjoying a morning coffee while debating the merits of a blueberry muffin versus a raw fish with the resident kingfisher (word to the wise: never debate a kingfisher – they’re very loud and you will lose), or appreciating a good glass of wine against the backdrop of a full moon and the haunting call of a loon. We visited the Big Camp in late June/early July, and while we made excellent use of the kayaks and stand-up paddle board, the water was also warm enough for swimming. Cindel and Francois are the ultimate hosts – warm and welcoming, and they’ve thought of everything to ensure that guests have a fabulous stay, from the detailed Big Camp guide with recommendations for restaurants, day trips, and hikes (and which, incidentally, makes for a very fun read) right down to the fresh NH maple syrup on the table! We arrived at the Big Camp following hours of driving north on traffic-packed I-95 in the pouring rain, so it’s a special place indeed when, as we drove away on our last day, it took us just seconds to agree that we can’t wait to do it all over again!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a quiet lakehouse with all of the amenties to keep myself and friends occupied for a week. This house is exactly what I was looking for. The lake itself is gorgeous, quiet and clean - the boats in the flotilla are tons of fun - and the grill and firepit make the house itself perfect. Inside was clean, comfortable and more than enough space to hang out and watch a movie on a rainy day. I left the house exactly twice in a week - once to get ice cream and once to just drive around the area.

Francois and Cyndel are fabulous hosts. Don't doubt for a second that this is the perfect lakehouse for you and for your dog too (my little pug went stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing with me!).

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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In a word: " DELIGHTFUL"

  • 5 of 5

Had the most relaxing vacation in many years at the BIG CAMP in July. Our hosts, Cindel & Francois treated us like family - and welcomed us like old friends. The Camp itself is very well done, and we certainly had everything we needed at our fingertips. Mother nature cooperated and we had a wonderful week weather wise. The lake is very peaceful, and had very few power boats on it, especially during the weekdays. We enjoyed kayaking, swimming - riding in the paddleboat, bike rides and just plain relaxing on the deck and at the water's edge. We are definitely interested in coming back and staying here again. The Big Camp is a real find - especially if you are looking for a peaceful, quiet, relaxing stay that seems off the beaten path - but isn't really that far away...We had a great time.... I wish I could go back RIGHT NOW !

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Province Lake Golf Course
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Papa's Kitchen -- CLOSED
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Potland Maine, Boston, Logan, Manchester Regional
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Province Lake Golf Course
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Province Lake Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Province Lake Golf Clubhouse
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
King Pine Ski Area
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Wells Maine
Car: necessary

Pristine Province Lake is 1000 acres (About 2 square miles.). Boating, fishing, sailing and yes, even swimming! The lake is 17 feet deep and is not unbearably cold. In August, it is over 80 degrees in a hot summer. Public launch and private dock for your boat or PWC. Golf at mountain view Province Lake Golf, a challenging and fun 18 hole course within 3 miles. Shop at tax free outlets in Conway and North Conway- about 35 minutes away. Hike in the White Mountains- exhilarating summits and waterfall hikes are easy day trips from the lake. Local restaurants provide 3 star service. However, once you relax on our large deck, you may not want to leave!!! We hardly ever left.

Other Activities: No Smoking in camp

Golf: Provence Lake Golf Course is an award-winning public course. Rentals of equipment are possible. overlooks the lake and distant mountains.

There is a driving range and a practice putting green. Large patio area with gazebo and Saturday night live bands. Mulligans Pub has excellent food and live oldies bands on Saturday night. We bring our dog to the ice cream patio- can still hear the music and have waiter service there. Dress code is no denim, no t shirts.You know, golf stuff.


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Effingham Cottage Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $95
Tax Rate 9.0%

At all times, because we have so many inquiries, the deposit and/or a firm commitment will secure the reservation. In three years of rental, this system has been the most reliable. The rate of Lodging tax in New Hampshire is 9%. We are registered with the NH tax and revenue department.

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Effingham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , en suite with MBR
    The small W/C - toilet , off Living Room
  • The half bath is off the back hallway and is is available for the loft an living room sofa sleepers. (so as not to have to access the full bath)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , en suite full bath
    Living Room - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen fold down
    Loft - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , overlooks living
  • Sliding door closes for the Master Bedroom and en suite full bath. Other sleeping areas are in open space. Fold down queen sleeper sofa is comfortable. (some aren't) We used the loft as a sleeping space for the kids when they were growing up. It is reached by a spiral staircase and has a venting skylight which gets the breezes off the lake at night. The Queen bed in the loft is a platform/mattress . Two single twin beds are on platforms in the loft.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Assorted DVD selection is available on-site. X-box and games are available as well as several of board games. The dock area is shared with the back camp- our l sailing dinghy is docked here as well. Occasionally, when the wind is right, I will need access to the dock to lauch the sailboat.A new suspension bridge this summer will allow us private access to the dock.

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