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Magnificent Sunsets On Classic Lake Front Luxury

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 6 Bathroom, 3-level Lakefront Home. Sleeps 10

Enjoy lake front living and dazzling sunsets in this classic cape home on beautiful Governor's Island; a location well suited away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to shopping (both necessary and luxury), dining and all the four-season outdoor activities that Lake Winnipesaukee is well known for.

Meticulously kept, this family-friendly house is located on the west, north-west side of the island which allows for phenomenal waterfront sunset views. 150' of water frontage with a U-shaped dock and jetty and substantial deck space for relaxation. Tiered landscaping allows for dining, lounging and play on many different levels; you won't want to go inside! But if you do find yourself wandering indoors, the sweeping main living level has a well stocked kitchen with counter stools and a recessed sitting area with fireplace. An adjacent dining room seats 8 with lovely views of the water or enjoy your meals in the three season screened porch leading off the kitchen with lake views. The great room is a perfect family gathering spot with cathedral ceilings and a large fireplace. There are two bedrooms on the main level, one with a queen bed and lake views and the other with two twin beds; both bedrooms are served by a full bathroom between them. On the upper level you will find two en-suite bedrooms: one is a generously sized master with a king bed, lake views and walk in closet, the other is outfitted with two twin beds and overlooks the front yard. The upstairs landing has desk space for those times that you absolutely must (but don't want to!) work. The walk-out lower level boasts a media room with comfortable seating in front of a 65" TV... perfect for those few times you venture inside to catch a movie/show on TV or Netflix (included). On the other end of this level, a game area with group seating, an air hockey table & fuβball table await hours of fun. A wet bar connects the media and game areas for ease of serving refreshments. One last en-suite bedroom with king bed finishes off the lower level. All living areas enjoy the convenience and versatility of the SONOS music system.

This conveniently located rental is in close proximity to a myriad of Lake Winnipesaukee's wonderful activities. Whether you are looking for something to do in the Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall, Lake Winnipesaukee has it all. While we are available for every season, please keep in mind that we are a non-smoking, pet-free rental and are unable to accommodate weddings and large gatherings. Thank you!

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Elizabeth S
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017


Gilford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Main level bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main level half bath - toilet
    MB bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs bedroom en-suite bathroom - toilet , shower
    Lower level en-suite bathroom - toilet , shower
    Lower level half bathroom - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Main level bedroom 1 - Lake view - 1 queen
    Main level bedroom 2 - front drive view - 2 twin/ single
    Lower Level bedroom - lake view - 1 king
    Upstairs Master Bedroom - Lake view - 1 king
    Upstairs Bedroom - front drive view - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Magnificent Sunsets On Classic Lake Front Luxury
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
New Hampshire

Awesome home and location!

  • 5 of 5

A late review but felt it was necessary. We have rented homes thru VRBO the last several years in NH, FL, and Hawaii and have had great luck. This was by far the best experience of them all. There was 10 of us that spanned 3 generations from 2 years old to 60. Perfect home for all ages. Plenty of space so you never felt on top of each other yet some great rooms to gather like the lower level family room, and the screen porch where we ate most of our meals. Utilized the fire pit most nights and sitting on the dock watching the sunset almost every night was a treat. We only used the common playground on the island once but the next time would probably take advantage more often with the grand children. The owner Liz was terrific to work with and very responsive. Sometimes with VRBO owners, they never get back to you or their information is very outdated but not here. We have already booked again for late this summer and look forward to it already.

You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Favorite House We've Ever Rented!

  • 5 of 5

WOW! Krabby Moose is a stunner. So many wonderful spaces, lots of places for all to gather and many places for people to grab some quiet time with a book or conversation. We had a wonderful family vacation there just 10 days ago. The owners are gracious and warm and so easy to work with. We do a family vacation every other year. This was our 8th and everyone's favorite house!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Summer Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This home and Lake Winnipesaukee far exceeded all expectations we had for a family lake house experience! We have been waiting for the perfect place and time do a lake house vacation with our 4 teenage kids and our best friends and their kids. I don't think we would ever be able to find anything to top this so looks like we will be coming back. My kids begged if we could rent the house for one more week...none of us wanted to leave!!

This house is so accommodating for large groups and families and is even more beautiful and magical than I could ever describe! One of the top reasons that this trip was such a success was because of such great owners. They are so generous by providing such a comfortable and gorgeous home. Liz really helped to make us feel so at home and was so accessible at all times through the rental process. She leaves a very detailed binder of the area and everything you need to know about the home.

Lake Winnipesaukee is incredible! We rented a boat, brought some floats, and loved using the kayaks that Liz provides. One week lounging on that lake and there was never a dull moment. Wish we could give Liz a hug for allowing us to use her house and creating memories with our family and friends that will last a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a Beauty

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a family ski trip to Gunstock. The pictures do not do this house justice, it's absolutely beautiful! There were 10 of us and there was more than enough room that we never felt cramped and everyone had plenty of privacy. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need and there's plenty of games for the whole family! Liz was very responsive and easy to work with! We look forward to renting this house again soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Fall Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This house was the perfect setting for our fall family celebration! It is comfortable, spacious, and very well appointed. We all like to cook and were amazed at the variety and quality of all the cooking utensils. The views are gorgeous! Our favorite spot was sitting around the outdoor fire pit enjoying the changing colors, the ambitious water skiers (in late October?), the birds, ducks, etc. Liz was amazing to work with during our planning process and throughout our stay. She sent a link to a local pumpkin festival that she thought the children would enjoy. We did plan on attending it, but the children we're so entertained by all the games and toys at the house, we couldn't see any reason to leave our beautiful surroundings. Thank you to the Smolenack family for sharing this wonderful property with us. We look forward to a return visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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White Lake, MI

Sprawling and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Such a peaceful and relaxing home! With the sprawling architecture and comfortable furniture, the 10 of us could be spread out enough to hardly see one another, yet all gather in the common areas and fit comfortably. The kitchen was well stocked with quality tools that delighted the chef in our group. The lake was calm and peaceful which made the kayaks a pleasant treat for our mid-week visit. We only wish we could have stayed longer. Liz was exceptionally helpful and welcoming. We hope to be back again sometime!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Manchester - Boston regional airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Gilford House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pre-season 2017
Apr 4 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend 2016
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Post season 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning fee for < 5 nts $175
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rental is 100% refundable up to 90 days before stay. If stay is cancelled in the 90 days prior to stay, rental is non-refundable unless property can be re-booked at the same rate (please see contract, upon booking, for more information)

Home sleeps 10 but can accommodate a few more for a nominal fee. Please inquire for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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