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The Sayer Cottage On Main Street

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 nights


Bethlehem Cottage Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

This listing is not currently available due to renovations on the property.

The Sayer Cottage was built in 1897 by William Sayer Jr. It was the first of his four "Cottages" that are adjacent and to the east on Main Street. It was designed by Architect Edward Thornton Sanderson who also designed the Maplewood Casino at the east end of town. See the History page for further information. With 14 rooms the Cottage offers six bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, laundry, kitchen, dining, entry, living and library/sitting rooms and features a huge wrap around porch from which to view the mountain ranges and beautiful sunsets of the White Mountains. The layout is a rooming house and the bathrooms are shared. Bedrooms can be furnished with full or single beds (12 singles) to accommodate a variety of guests and religious groups . The Cottage is furnished with many period antiques to help maintain the original character and charm of the building. Bethlehem Country Club is right across the street with a full restaurant, bar and a Donald Ross designed PGA Golf Course with views of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Forest Lake is nearby for swimming and fishing and The Rocks Estate, a 1400 acres nature and educational preserve is just down the street with hiking, picnics, and many other ongoing activities offered.

Built in 1897 by industrialist William Sayer Jr. from New York (the same year as the famous Klondike gold discovery) this guest house served Bethlehem over the many years in different capacities. Sayer was a shrewd and successful businessman and president of the Rider-Ericson Engine Company in New York City. It was a manufacturer of state-of-the-art hot air pumping engines. The building was designed by Architect Edward Thornton Sanderson who designed a number of houses in the area as well as The Maplewood Casino at the east end of town. Sayer also constructed three other cottages just east of this first cottage between 1890 and 1898. All were individually designed by Sanderson. There is historical and architectural information about the building in the book "Summer Cottages in the White Mountains" by Bryant Tolles published in the year 2000. The building is notable for its extensive north and west facing porches. The building was used by Cuban dignitaries as a summer getaway in the early part of the 20th century. A couch on the premises has legitimate ties to Al Capone. As an aside, the sunsets viewed from the porch here can be quite wonderful!

The town of Bethlehem offers much in the way of aesthetic rewards. The town hosts a completely refurbished movie theater that runs films as well as music and theatrical events throughout the season. It is the longest continually running Art Deco Theater in the US. There are many antique shops, art galleries and excellent eating establishments in Bethlehem, two Donald Ross PGA golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor music events, and a weekend farmers' market and flea market. There is a new community swimming pool and Forest Lake is nearby for swimming and fishing. The Rocks Estate is a 1400 acre nature and educational preserve with hiking, picnic areas and ongoing educational events.

Sayer Cottage is currently a 3 season rental from May through October.

All in all Bethlehem is a great place to visit, summer or live!

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner/ Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2016




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Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Bethlehem Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • One full bathroom, one with a shower and one 1/2 bathroom. Full laundry room. All are shared as the layout of the building is a rooming house.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The cottage has 2 single beds /room but double beds can be arranged.The 3rd floor is a suite with 2 beds and a separate sitting area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
The White Mountains offers much in the way of adventure. There is a listing of links on the first page of some local activities.There are many hiking trails and nature outings possible. There is a newly reconstructed town swimming pool, 2 PGA golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts within a short walk. There is a farmers/craft market every Saturday and Sunday night live music events just down the street. The Colonial Theater has movies and live music events all summer as well as some nice local restaurants just a stroll away. You can always just lounge on the porch and watch the sunsets !

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