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Stunning Forest Lake Home- Hot Tub, Enjoy Winter Adventures & Book for Summer!!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bdrm, 2 BA, Hot Tub, Firepit, Boats,Bikes, Ping Pong,Crystal Clear Lake, Fun!

Inquire today for a Memorable Lakefront Vacation in the Monadnock Region of Southwest NH. We very often are completely booked for Summer weeks by March!

A Stunning Lakefront home on crystal clear,sandy bottomed, 110 acre Forest Lake at the junction of NH,VT,& MA will be your long awaited retreat in the whispering pines, shimmering lakes, and beautiful foliage of New Hampshire. Bring the kids & dogs or just enjoy by yourselves.

The Great room with 25' high natural pine cathedral ceiling, skylights, entertainment center and fireplace is comfortably, casually, and uniquely furnished. Winter Time is terrific for a relaxing break from the Holiday season or go cross country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking from our door, then enjoy our wood or pellet stove or just turn on the modern forced air heat.

It looks out over the pristine Forest Lake that lends itself to a memorable vacation with family and friends. A fully equipped gourmet kitchen that incorporates a Jennair oven/range/grill, refrigerator/icemaker and dishwasher with ALL utensils, equipment, spices, condiments, baking supplies, Weber BBQs both Gas & Charcoal will make it difficult to try the eclectic restaurants in Keene, New Hampshire or historic Brattleboro, Vermont nearby.

The Four Bedrooms are 2 Queen beds, a Double, and the 4 season sun-porch with 2 single beds & Queen hide a bed (Great kid or teen suite with their own TV, VCR and DVD) and a Queen hide-a-bed in the living room and crib allow for a peaceful nights rest after sitting in the private outdoor Hot Tub overlooking Forest Lake!

An additional living room/ sitting area with wood stove, AC and new half bath with full size washer & dryer gives you a chance to plan your day fishing,which is superb because the state stocks Brown & Rainbow trout to complement the numerous Large mouths, Perch, and Horned Pout. Enjoy swimming off the 150 square foot floating dock, using our big canoe,3 kayaks, 4 person paddle boat, rafts on the lake, cross country or downhill skiing, snowmobiling on marked trails, antiquing and shopping in sales tax free NH, playing golf, hiking, biking, leaf-peeping, or attending one of the many auctions, flea markets, concerts, shows or festivals in the area.

For a little exercise and a 100 mile view, climb Mt Monadnock, the most climbed Mtn in the world, and only 18 miles from the house. On a clear day you can see Boston, a 100 miles away! Horses and trail rides are less than a mile away and afterwards, rest those weary muscles in the Hot Tub with the Sunsets going right into shimmering Forest Lake and the crackling campfire right in view.

Winter brings cross country skiing right from the door with our 10 sets of skis, 12 sizes of boots & lots of skates,snowshoes, hockey sticks, snow shoes,Ice fishing 'jigs' and "The Wooden Zamboni" to make a nice rink for your use! Big time downhill skiing within an hour, snowmobiling on marked trails,ice skating, sledding, ice fishing or just relaxing around the wood stove, propane fireplace, or pellet stove.

Maybe best of all, just grab a book,snuggle in a chair by the fire,or on one of the 3 outdoor decks and just let your cares drift away as the sun slowly sets out over the lake!

Also check out our other home on Rockwood Pond in Fitzwilliam, NH VRBO/181030.

Make sure to look at the unedited Guest Reviews just below to see what our previous guests thoughts were! No property in New Hampshire has more positive reviews!

Keywords: Lakefront,Fishing,swimming,boating,canoe,kayaks,gourmet,upscale,luxury,family,kids, pets, dogs,fun,year round,cross country skiing,skating,Snowshoeing

More Details

Owner
Paul & Anne Harris
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About Paul & Anne Harris

We used to run a Country Inn and Spa in Canada. While we certainly enjoy our homes when we can, we really have fun providing an enjoyable and relaxing time for our guests, who do seem to return year after year. We'd like you to be one of them!

Paul & Anne Harris purchased this house in 2002

Why Paul & Anne Harris chose Winchester

The town of Keene, NH, 9 miles north has a wide and constant variety of things to do, with it's 3 universities and very active merchants assoc. The main downtown, with 60 shops & restaurants, with no national chains is very unique. There are all the 'Big Box' stores on the outskirts of Keene. Funky Brattleboro, VT is only 14 quick highway miles away. All of that is contingent on being able to pull yourself away from all the boats, games, skis that we have at the house!

What makes this house unique

Forest Lake is very protected from prevailing winds, so it warms quickly in the Spring and freezes quickly in the Winter. As a mostly summer seasonal lake, from early fall to late Spring, you own the lake! We have all the boats and sports equipment for a fun filled vacation any time of the year! We always have a current list of things going on in the area, restaurant menus , maps, hiking guides etc.

Map

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Manchester,NH; Boston, Hartford, Albany less than
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Plenty in Keene
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Championship 6 courses less than
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Brattleboro, VT
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
I-91
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rustic Table Rte 10 & Lots in Keene
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Many Major areas under 50 mi Granite Gorge is
Car: necessary

Both 9 hole & 18 hole courses and minigolf, go cart racing within 15 miles, Tennis, Bowling, Antiques (& Junque!) Auctions 2-4/week, Fall Foliage, Mtn climbing, great fishing ( state stocks every year), horseback riding, hunting,great bike and motorcycle riding, Ice Skating, Ice Fishing, cross country skiing, snow tubing,snowmobiling from the lake to anywhere in New England

Amenities

Winchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All we ask is that you try to return the house in the condition you found it in, And Have A Great Time!
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , right near the bedrooms with 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Washer, Dryer, Toilet and sink off of Great Room
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Regular crib and Pac N Play, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Air Hockey
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Raft
  • Sand Box
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Also Check out our other home on Rockwood Pond in Fitzwilliam, NH!! VRBO #181030 with very similar amenities. Hot Tub overlooking the Lake!! Will entertain heavily discounted long term rental from Oct up to as long as the beg of June. Kids & Pets are always Welcome!

Reviews

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Stunning Forest Lake Home- Hot Tub, Enjoy Winter Adventures & Book for Summer!!
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5

Just magical

  • 5 of 5

I’m not sure how to put in words how amazing this property and the hosts (Paul&Anne) are. The House was breathtaking, pictures don’t do this place justice! My husband and I went up to Forest Lake for our first wedding anniversary. It was hands down the best place we could’ve picked for our special day. We planned out our whole trip, to go horseback riding, visit Mt. Washington, etc. I can’t say we did any of that because we just got lost in all the things to do on the property like paddle boats on the lake, sitting on the docks enjoying the calm sway, sitting by the bonfire and playing board games, reading a book while swaying on the hammock, ping pong tournaments, you name it and this House has it! We will definitely come back to Forest Lake and Check out the Harris’ second vacation home. Thank you soooo incredibly much!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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50th birthday escape!!!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and i and our cocker spaniel Toby had a great time in this wonderful home...the hot tub was the high light every night and sitting by the fire place!!! Very nicely decorated and has everything you need.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Lake House with an Amazing View

  • 5 of 5

Paul was very accommodating! He called to make sure everything was going smooth! The house is in a private lake community which made this feel like a secluded vacation! The home was well equipped and cozy.

We enjoyed a short weekend getaway to spend time with family and friends. We hiked Mount Monadnock (est 35 mins away) and had a night out in Downtown Keene (est 15 mins away). There were 6 of us and 3 dogs and the house could've accommodated a few others. It didn't feel crowded at all. Large kitchen, dining room table and three sitting areas. Our fave was the living room area with a large vaulted ceiling!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

I don't know where to begin...

  • 5 of 5

Do I start with the amazing Paul and Anne Harris? Perhaps the wonderful, well-equipped house? How about the crystal clear lake? Or the firepit overlooking the lake? The hammock?

We stayed at Paul and Anne's lovely home from 9/30/2017 to 10/7/2017. We are an extended family consisting of members who traveled from Boston, Seattle and Southern NJ. We were joined by Beau, the well-behaved pooch.

From the moment of my initial contact with Paul, I knew that we had a winner. The house is cozy, but large enough for privacy if you want it. The kitchen is extremely well equipped for those of us who would rather cook our meals. A huge dining room table accommodated all of us. The pellet stove in the dining room provided just enough warmth. The woodstove in the living room provided ample warmth. We also loved the fireplace in the great room.

The beds were exceptionally comfortable, and the rooms clean. The entire house is furnished comfortably. It felt like home.

I don't know about you, but our home does not have a three-level deck, a lake, kayaks, a pedal boat and a canoe. Paul and Anne also provide an ample supply of life vests.

We barbecued burgers and hot dogs on the gas grill, then made ourselves comfy by the firepit to make s'mores for dessert. What a great time we had.

Thank you, Paul and Anne, for your hospitality, for sharing your lovely home, for being attentive to our needs, but not cloying.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Property....Thanks again!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Property....Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quintessential Lake Camp

  • 5 of 5

This place is exactly what a lake camp should be. It's got all the comforts of home along with the character of a lake camp. We were only there for a couple of days, so we didn't have time to take full advantage of everything the camp had to offer, but the house is roomy and comfortable. The lake is crystal clear and was still warm enough to swim in September. While the fishing wasn't great, I did catch bass and perch off the dock and there is plenty of good fishing in the rivers close to the camp. Plenty of good restaurants and shops in Keene and another restaurant, The Rustic Table is only a mile from the camp. The camp is nestled in a grove of large pine trees making it feel somewhat secluded, the only issue we had was that those same pine trees drop a lot of pine sap on everything outdoors, which can lead to a bit of a sticky situation if you aren't careful. Overall, we were very happy with this rental

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning NH TaxID#054223 $70
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please add 9% NH tax to all rates. NH Tax ID # 054223
No Pet charge. $70 Cleaning Fee
Some Holidays and Special Events have a premium. Heavily discounted long term stays available- Please inquire!
No large parties with non guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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