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Restored 4BR 3 Bath Home on 700 Acres, Private Swimming on Connecticut River

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Welcome to North Star House and the Connecticut River Scenic Byway. Located on 700 acres in Cornish and Claremont New Hampshire, North Star House is the result of our year-long top-to-bottom restoration of this 1855 historic home. We’ve retained all of the historic features – slate roof, antique hardware, wavy glass windows, hand-carved millwork – while providing modern comforts, including a gourmet kitchen, two new full baths and a Jotul glass-fronted woodstove.

The house includes the traditional farmhouse first-floor front and rear parlors, with the rear parlor featuring a large south-facing bay window and wood stove. The front parlor includes a pull-out couch that can sleep two. Also on the first floor are the dining room with French door access to a south-facing patio, the large, sunny, eat-in kitchen, a screened porch with views of the Connecticut River and Mount Ascutney, a full bath, an indoor storage area for skis and kayaks and a two-car garage. Upstairs, North Star House features a master bedroom with views of the fields and the Connecticut River, three smaller bedrooms and two additional full baths. The house complies with modern energy codes, being fully insulated to keep the place warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

North Star House’s kitchen features fine custom cabinetry made in Vermont with counters of soapstone. There’s plenty of space for preparing exquisite meals, including a large central island with custom-made soapstone prep sink. Appliances include a “French door” stainless steel refrigerator, 36” gas stove with griddle and extra large oven, dishwasher, microwave, Cuisinart food processor, coffee maker and toaster oven. The kitchen is well stocked with copper, stainless and cast-iron cookware, dishes, glassware (including an extensive collection of wine and cocktail glasses), flatware and kitchen tools. Radiant floor heat warms the custom oak-strip floor. An oak kitchen table that seats 4 to 6 is perfect for eat-in meals or when the kids need a break from the dining room guests.

The front and rear parlors at North Star House include restored birch flooring, historic mouldings and restored wavy glass windows from the 1800s. A large woodstove keeps the two rooms cozy on a cold winter’s day or a chilly morning in the spring or fall. The front parlor includes an entertainment center with 32” Sony flat-screen TV with cable, DVD player (with our eclectic library of DVDs), 300 CD changer, turntable, audio unit (with iPod connection) and speakers. With our line of sight to Mount Ascutney, there’s great cell phone coverage, including 3G broadband modem service. Hgh-speed internet via cable is included with wireless access throughout the house.

North Star House is located on NH Route 12A (the Connecticut River Scenic Byway) in the historic Cornish Colony area. Nestled among working farms, the river and hundreds of acres of forest, the property offers almost unlimited recreational opportunities. With more than a quarter mile of private river frontage, North Star House provides direct access to fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Great River Outfitters in nearby Windsor, Vermont, can outfit you with canoes, kayaks and tubes for half- and full-day river excursions.

The home is furnished with everything you need for an enjoyable stay in our area, including towels, linens, a collection of movies and a well-equipped kitchen. During the spring, summer and fall, enjoy our many acres of landscaped gardens, lawn and fields. A delicious crop of blueberries awaits you during late July and early August, as do early fall apples and pears. Neighboring farmstands and farmers’ markets provide locally grown corn, tomatoes as well as countless other fruit and vegetables, locally made cheeses, chickens, and more!

North Star House’s 700 acres include a vast network of trails for casual strolls, cross-country skiing, serious hikes and mountain biking – both single track and double track. Connecting trails to the Cornish Town Forest are available for seriously technical biking, as well as hiking access to some great views of Mount Ascutney and the Vermont countryside. For a daytime (or nighttime) get-away, check out our restored sugar house with its woodstove and rustic collection of maple sugaring gear.

For weddings, North Star House offers a large flat lawn that is perfect for a large reception tent with views of the mountains, forests and river. Fields across the way provide virtually unlimited parking for your major event. We can provide contacts for local caterers, tent suppliers, musicians and even officiators! The restored 1820s Trinity Church, located just up Route 12A in Cornish, is a beautiful location for a traditional wedding ceremony.

Keywords: Historic, farmhouse, barn, Connecticut River, Dartmouth, Scenic Byway, mountain bike, swim, waterfront, wedding, family reunion, views, view, hike, Cornish Colony, mountain, agriculture, farming

More Details

Jenny Lipfert
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Jenny Lipfert

We've lived in the area since 1986 and love to make our out-of-town guests feel at home. Our interests include kayaking on the river, hiking with our dog, taking care of our trails and working to preserve this beautiful agrarian landscape for future generations.

Jenny Lipfert purchased this house in 2010

Why Jenny Lipfert chose Lake Sunapee Area

As locals, we want to share everything that the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont have to offer.


Claremont House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Connecticut Riverfront, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking,


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Restored 4BR 3 Bath Home on 700 Acres, Private Swimming on Connecticut River
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 30 reviews

Totally Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at North Star House. Hope to go back again and again and again. Really nice house and property. Very special!!! Nothing else like t!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing New Year Holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I (8 adults and 2 children) stayed at this beautiful farm house for this New Year holiday weekend. The house was clean, well-stocked and organized. There was no clutter but plenty of everything you could need - linens, dishes, pots and pans, glassware, cutlery. There were games, books, dvds and even a record player and a wonderful record collection. From the moment we stepped through the door we felt right at home.

The home owner was great to deal with. She was prompt in responding to all of my emails, she allowed us to get into the house a bit early, she even emailed me while we were at the house to see how we were and if we needed anything.

We would absolutely stay here again! If I had my way I would make this a New Year tradition for years to come.

Thank you Jenny and Bill for opening up your home to us. We will have beautiful memories of our weekend at the Northstar house.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxurious renovated farmhouse with gorgeous views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with three children aged 10, 13 &15 and a dog and we all had a wonderful time. The house has been renovated with enormous care and attention to detail. The house is very stylish and extremely comfortable, down to the lovely sheets on the beds. There is a very well stocked games closet should the weather stop you from going outside but if the sun is shining, the place to be is down by the river (just a couple of minutes away). It is so beautiful and the perfect place for a tranquil afternoon. The kitchen is extremely well stocked with everything you could possibly need. It is also gorgeous. I felt sad to return to my sad old kitchen at the end of the vacation!!! The screened porch is ideal for evenings and the fire pit meant we could enjoy s'mores while star gazing. Truly the perfect house!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spartanburg, SC


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home! It was perfect from the moment we entered. Bill + Jenny were kind enough to leave us the fixings for breakfast the next morning, which was the start to our delightful stay. The home is not only beautiful, but also immaculate. Every conceivable item you could need is there, the kitchen is great to cook in. The location couldn't be better for all the hiking and sightseeing we did. Our Australian Shepherd did not want to leave (neither did we), he enjoyed our morning walks around the property. We are already planning our trip back next year, and will stay for a longer period. Thanks Bill + Jenny for sharing your home with us. We had a great time, and made many wonderful memories. To be continued next year!!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning house on amazing piece of land!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with two other couples for my husband's 30th birthday. The house itself was gorgeous and I thoroughly enjoyed cooking up a storm in the amazing kitchen. We spent a lot of time exploring the trails around the house and loved visiting the old sugar house. The owners were very sweet and left ingredients to make blueberry scones for us in the fridge. Such a nice touch! Enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waltham, Mass

New Year's Trip

  • 5 of 5

We chose the North Star House for our annual New Year's snow shoeing trip, and were glad we did! Four of us shared the house, which was toasty warm in late December/early January. It was so warm, in fact, that we never used the wood stove. The renovation respects the historic farm house, making the interior interesting (steep stairs and smaller parlors) while updating the kitchen and baths. The kitchen was well stocked with plates, cutlery, and serving dishes -- all you need is the food! Everything was very clean, with plenty of supplies on site. The location is great for hiking or snow shoeing on the private trails across the street. We didn't find the street traffic bothersome and we came to miss the train when it didn't keep to schedule! Bedrooms are on the second floor -- the master bedroom is magnificently large, with an attached bathroom. Three full baths (one on the first floor) are very handy -- even for four people! All-in-all, a fun way to experience an old house (with all the hard work of renovation and updating done)!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Windsor-Mt. Ascutney
Car: recommended

Convenient to Dartmouth College (5 minutes from I-91, 30 minutes to Hanover), St. Gaudens National Historic Site, Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce Glass & Pottery, American Precision Museum, 4 19th Century Covered Bridges


Rates & Availability

Claremont House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall foliage 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late fall 2017
Oct 29 2017 - Dec 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early winter 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 1 2018 - May 26 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

During peak season (June 14 to September 1) rentals are Saturday to Saturday. During other times of year, rental periods are flexible. A cleaning fee of $100 applies if you bring a pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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