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A serene, historic, luxury home in the SW New Hampshire woods

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

This fairy-tale house nestled in the woods has five bedrooms and four hearths.

This beautiful, historic home is hidden away on 24 wooded acres on a gravel road in southwest New Hampshire. It's a short distance from Keene, a little further to Brattleboro, Vermont, and just a bit further than that to Amherst, Massachusetts. They're all great to visit.

The home itself was built in 1774 and occupied by a Revolutionary War family. Additions over the centuries make it an experience of quiet nature, wood heat, rich furnishings, and modern amenities. Spring, summer, fall, and winter, it's a beautiful rustic space.

The house has five bedrooms (1 king, 2 queens, and 2 single beds). You'll lose count of the fireplaces and wood-burning stoves that lend to the ambiance and keep the house warm for you in fall and winter. (A charge for firewood and training on safe operation of the wood-burning amenities applies.)

Though it has all the charm of its historic roots, the home has a new kitchen and modern amenities to keep you comfortable and connected. Make this your annual relaxation space -- or home base for all the activities and sights that New England has to offer, including hiking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing, golf, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and so much more.

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Jim Harper
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About Jim Harper

We're a Californian and a New Yorker living exactly half-way in between the two --- Washington, D.C.! We recently bought Porcupine Hill Farm as a second home in New Hampshire, and we're making it available to people who want to relax in a historic tranquil setting. Come on by!

Jim Harper purchased this house in 2015

Why Jim Harper chose Winchester

Without really looking, we found this home and determined that it might make an attractive second/vacation home and ultimately for a retirement home. When we visited, we really fell in love with it. Coming upon it in the forest is like entering a fairy tale. The grounds are immaculate and the home is simply gorgeous, accompanied as it is by a barn and a pond on 25 rustic acres. The history of the home is there to see. It began as a single room built around a hearth in the late 1700's. Additions over the centuries have added space, character, and warmth, with the most recent additions making it a fully modern home. The stresses of the outside world simply melt away when we ensconce ourselves in these beautiful surroundings, and they will for you, too.

What makes this house unique

If your style of vacationing is all about running from place to place, this is not the vacation home for you. Here you will find a place where friends and family can live well, eat well, sleep well, and return to the pace of life as it was lived in the past. Go for a walk on the road. Build a fire and curl up with a book. Watch the falling leaves in autumn or falling snow in winter. The area does offer sights and recreational activities, of course, and Porcupine Hill Farm is a great home base for exploring the surrounding area and New England generally. But you will find that you are as excited about coming back as you were about heading out for the day.


Winchester House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Above the Great Room II - 1 queen , adjoins another room - less privacy than other rooms
    Single Room I - 1 twin/ single
    Above the Great Room I - 1 queen , adjoins another room - less privacy than other rooms
    Single Room II - 1 twin/ single
  • A variety of bedrooms accommodate most types of families and groups.
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming


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A serene, historic, luxury home in the SW New Hampshire woods
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Wonder filled!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonder filled place! Our clan enjoyed a joyous Christmas at porcupine hill farm... hiking, cross country skiing, reading, playing cards, making puzzles...sitting before a blazing fire, and getting delightfully lost going from one room to another! Perfection!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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wonderful setting and facilities

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay in this well-equipped house of great character.

The ideal sort of seclusion: a couple of passing cars a day, but less than half an hour from services and activities. Add to this the idyllic, nearby swimming and your retreat is almost complete.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful historical home in the New Hampshire woods

  • 5 of 5

This 1774 home is very beautifully maintained and sleeps 6-8 very comfortably. We loved having 2 kitchens, a large comfortable seating area plus private den; all the accouterments of a well stocked kitchen, great dining area, and a petit outdoor cafe' style deck for morning coffee. The location in the mountains was extremely private and quiet, unless you consider bird calls and peepers. We absolutely loved it.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family get away. Away from it all.

  • 4 of 5

My family and I (my wife and I, our three grown children, their spouses and 4 grandchildren) spent 3 nights at this house. We found it very comfortable and very roomy. We prepared all our meals there and went out during the day mostly hiking in the woods. We did go into Keene a couple of times during the day. Its a half hour ride where you can buy anything you need.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home. Lots of history and lots of space! Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The home is very old and very unique. It is very large and we could only imagine its history. While it is a very old house, it has many updates to make it very comfortable and enjoyable. The house and the property were kept up very well, very clean and neat. It feels like you are very far away from the hustle and bustle, but it is not very far from Keene or Brattleboro. The owner was very accommodating and pleasant as well. I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a quiet and peaceful escape to visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Memorable, Luxurious Historical New England Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed here for Thanksgiving, and absolutely loved this property. It is a real honor to get to experience this lovingly cared for historical home.

We thoroughly enjoyed wandering the rooms and appreciating the time gone by. From the late 1700's fireplace room with it's beautiful wide planked floors, and through two comfortable living rooms with large cozy fireplaces as well. Various decor throughout the home such as a pewter display in the dining room, period art on the walls, cozy throw blankets, inviting furnishings, beautiful rugs, and a plethora of reading materials makes this house incredibly cozy and inviting. There is a very good "feeling" in the house I felt was left behind by all the past residents of the home.

A four poster canopied bed in the master, 2 queen beds upstairs, and two twins downstairs in separate rooms were all outfitted with very comfortable mattresses, down comforters, and fine linens to make a night's sleep very peaceful and restful. The home is additionally well equipped with 2 kitchens, and all the kitchen tools conveniently on hand for making lots of great meals with your group. Most importantly of course, a nice coffee maker ;0), microwave, and 2 ovens. We were kept warm by the very efficient heating system on the chilly nights.

It was wonderful to look out the many windows and see the beautiful forest surrounding the property. The house sits on a road easily accessible from the nearest town of Winchester and some amenities in Richmond. It was very convenient to shop at the local Walmart and stock up, then travel over to the house for the weekend. It was easy to go in and out and enjoy the local sights and do some exploring as well.

There are some great trails and roads around the house to hike on and enjoy nature. The pond across from the home was beautiful to sit at and watch the ice crack and move.

WiFi is available so we were even able to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade and some football. Our cell service was also good in the area. There is no cable/or satellite TV, but we didn't miss it at all, and it is not needed here.

The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful in our communications prior to staying at the home.

I found it to be completely restorative to stay at this home, and it really enhanced our time together as a family to reconnect and enjoy this lovely house. My favorite Thanksgiving ever. I would be honored to have the opportunity to stay at the home again in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Nearest Barpub
11.6 Miles
The Fitzwilliam Inn
Nearest Golf
21.1 Miles
Pine Grove Springs Country Club
Nearest Train
23.3 Miles
Brattleboro, VT
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Blue Bird Restaurant
Nearest Ski
19.7 Miles
Granite Gorge
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
not counting the pond on property - Cass Pond
Car: necessary

Enjoy the quiet seclusion of a home built in the forest of southwest New Hampshire during the founding period of the United States. You won't want to leave the beautiful accommodations provided by the house, but you can hike along quiet roads and trails in any direction, swim in the pond on the property or the larger pond a mile away, and rent watersports equipment at Swanzey Lake five miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Fireplace/woodstove use $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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