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Lake Winni's Finest Waterfront Restored Mansion w/Boathouse and Private Beach

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace


About the property

Live In A Landmark Mansion Admired By All

*Air Conditioning in July and August for all indoor area is now included for 2017* even though we are offering lower 2015 Rates.

Bring your boat to our deepwater Boathouse and Experience 'The Lincoln Cottage'. Perched high above The Broads, this Gilford landmark offers unsurpassed views from every room and its expansive decks. Designed to entertain, this period home offers all the modern amenities expected in a fine home, with the appointments and rustic charm of yesteryear. Enjoy 215 ft of private shoreline, a grand boat house with a 30' slip and a 24' slip, a large Professional Kitchen with 2 Ranges sporting 10 gas burners, 5 Ovens, 2 Dishwashers, and a Field Stone Wood Burning Fireplace in the Living Room. The traditional Four Bedrooms are all on the second floor; all Bedrooms have Queen Beds, one has a Twin Bunk, a Queen and Twin as well. The Large Office/Bedroom has a Desk, a Queen Platform and a Queen Sofa Bed. The 3rd level Multi-Purpose room has a Pool Table, a Bandstand with Drums, Bass and Lead guitars, plus one Twin Bed, a kitchen and a walk in Luxury Shower. The views from this property are breathtaking. The Home is across the street from the waterfront with a driveway across the street and leads down to the water. There is a waterfront swimming area where the natural ledge slopes gently into the lake, providing a natural Beach with walkout gently sloping ledge and a stone bench.

Robert Heinrich
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Robert Heinrich

I am the Caretaker of this very special home. My Daughter and I run the fun here.

Robert Heinrich purchased this castle in 1995

Why Robert Heinrich chose Lake Winnipesaukee Area

This property is a well kept secret. The original home was built in 1897 as a Grand Victorian Cottage by AV Lincoln, the largest property owner in Charlestown,MA which was at the time the epicenter of Boston. Mr. Lincoln was the real-estate consultant for the railroad, which was booming at the time. Mr Lincoln sighted the home perfectly in such a way that it always is sunlit with the undisputed best view of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee mountains found anywhere.

What makes this castle unique

Every day is beautiful from The Lincoln Cottage, rain or shine. Watching a weather event from here is alost as good as a sunny day. Everything you need for a home away from home is here at the Lincoln Cottage.


Gilford Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Half Bath off Living Room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Rain Forest Tile Shower
  • All bathrooms have top quality beautiful antique or antique reproduction fixtures with anti-scald showers.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 3-Sleeps 2 - 1 queen , My Room; Best Views!!! One Queen Poster Bed
    Bedroom 5 Sleeps 1+ - 1 twin/ single , Extra Queen Airbeds in this room along with the Twin
    Bedroom 1- Sleeps 2 - 1 queen , Original Southeast Master Bedroom with Lake Views
    Bedroom 2- Sleeps 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Direct Lake View One Platform Queen Bed one Bunk Set & Twin
    Bedroom 4- Sleeps 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Platform Bed plus Sterns & Foster Queen Sleep Sofa
  • Four traditional bedrooms are on the second floor, The fifth (#5) is part of the top floor multi-function room with kitchen and bath. All rooms have spectacular views. There are 2 bathrooms on the second floor and 1 bathroom on the top floor
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
DEEPWATER BOATHOUSE WILL HOUSE YOUR BOATS. Virtually everything you need for a fantastic vacation is right at your fingertips.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Lake Winni's Finest Waterfront Restored Mansion w/Boathouse and Private Beach
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

The Lincoln castle is an excellent house and property for big groups. Incredible views! Robert was a great host, we hope to come again.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Autumn spectacular

  • 5 of 5

After being away from New England for over 40 autumns we decided to return. Our choice of The Lincoln Cottage could not have been better. It overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee and every day we could monitor color changes from the balcony overlooks. Many friends gathered and celebrated the beautiful setting. Close to Mt. Washington and the Kancamagus Hwy. we also enjoyed many hikes in the area. It is a great "manhouse" with lots of wood in a wonderfully outfitted kitchen. Game room is the best and the owner is always ready to help if needed to remedy small problems that might creep up in a 100+ year old home. It was a perfect visit and the house felt like home as we sadly departed for our next destination.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and a large group of friends had the honor of staying in this beautiful house this past weekend. The owner, Robert was so friendly and was a call/text away if we had any questions or needed anything at all. He even showed us around the house and where everything was before he left. We had such an amazing time and couldn't be happier with our stay here, we didn't want to leave!

From the wrap around deck, to the gas stove, and even the private beach with a fire pit..our experience there will be forever remembered. I will most definitely be booking with Robert again and hope to make this a yearly tradition.

If you enjoy beautiful views of the lake, breathtaking sunrises/sunsets, relaxing by the lake with a fire and, just feeling completely at home then this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Might be the very best view on the entire Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family enjoyed our stay. The home had beautiful wood everywhere - Panels, floors, cabinets, ceilings. Just lovely. The kitchen is a dream with multiple ovens, dishwashers, etc. There are plenty of dishes, glasses, etc. The top floor is a large separate living area with a bed, bar, full kitchen, full bath and spectacular views.

The large porch overlooks the Lake and provides excellent family time just watching the boats, sunrise and even sailboat races.

The owner is very accommodating and is nearby should a renter need his assistance.

I highly recommend this vacation getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous views, superbly-equipped kitchen, but hope for cool weather.

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family just returned from a stay at the Lincoln Cottage. It is a beautiful home with spectacular views and the most well-equipped kitchen you will ever see. Robert was a helpful and responsive host. A couple of items I would raise if you plan to stay there. We had one of the hottest weeks of the summer and the house is not well equipped to deal with the heat. The bedrooms had window air conditioners, which meant sleeping was no problem, but the main floor and the third floor were terribly hot. Without window screens on the third floor we couldn’t open the windows at night because of the mosquitoes and other bugs. There are three full baths in the house, but the two on the second level (with claw foot tubs) are hard to use for showers without getting lot of water outside the tub. And while the lake view is gorgeous and the property has a handy boat house, swimming access to the water is a bit tricky for older folks and younger. There is a gently sloping rock shelf in front, but the footing is a bit slippery. There is a state park with a sandy beach a mile away and we found that more useful for the children in our group. I think we all agreed we would consider staying at the Lincoln Cottage again, but would certainly aim for a time when heat wouldn't be a concern.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: New improvements for the 2017 high summer will include screens and proper fans to make the top floor which highlights the observation deck, more useful in the summer after dark. It will sadden me to occlude the clear views through the restoration wavy glass that matches the homes period, however, I understand the need The Lincoln Cottage gets its magnificent panoramic views and stiff breezes by being both high above and close to the largest open area of the lake called “The Broads”. With oversized windows on every side of every floor, if there is a breeze to catch we catch it here. The living room/kitchen/dining room level is screened all around. Unfortunately, you were the victim of sustained 95 degree heat wave with no breeze. When that rarely happens I jump in the lake during the day and take a cool shower at bedtime. I have been complimented by almost all of my guests of the fine choices I made to improve the home and keep it in “period balance and theme” at the same time. Most folks that visit just seem to prefer a little more “yesteryear” than you do. My bathrooms just wouldn’t look right with new Jacuzzis. Cast iron Clawfoot tubs are equipped not only with hand showers to rinse in the bath but “afterthought showers” with curtains as well. They are just that- an afterthought, and one must keep one curtain inside the tub when standing for a shower in order to avoid a water spill. There is a large “Rain Forest” walk in shower on the top floor that I always recommend for showering. When I first purchased the Lincoln Cottage I found my “Swimming Ledge” was surrounded by evidence of habitation for decades. It was revered as a convenient swimming spot for many over the years. This gently sloping ledge with a natural built-in stone seat gives a convenient access to the lake with a smooth bottom. A large stiff broom is on the beach to brush off any occasional algae buildup. I thank you once again for visiting The Lincoln Cottage Robert
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A Vacation To Remember!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (3 generations) just returned from a most memorable week at the "Lincoln Cottage." In a word it was fantastic! The warmth and charm of the house is unending. The comfort of the rooms from top to bottom, and the delightful wrap around porch over looking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee were all grand. For those who love to cook (and my family loves to cook and eat) the kitchen is a show stopper. It had everything we could want to prepare delicious meals. The beach was a perfect place for all of us to gather each day and to enjoy the refreshing, clear and clean lake. Evening campfires with delicious "S'mores" were a great way to end each day. Finally, Robert is a very gracious and engaging host. Thank you Robert for a truly wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Manchester Boston Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lyons Den, Patrick's Pub, Ellacoya Barn & Grille
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Pheasant Ridge, Gilford
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
RT 93
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Lyons Den, Gilford
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Gunstock Mountain
Car: necessary

The Lake Winnipesaukee area is known as home of the first resort area in the United States. It is full of seasonal activities including everything from swimming to flying. The lake itself is 21 miles long and up to 9 miles wide. it is a 63 mile drive to travel the roads circling the lake. The lake is the foundation of a year round resort community featuring water sports, hiking golf and just about everything imaginable in the summer and all winter sport activities as well. The area is known for its exceptional fall foliage.


Rates & Availability

Gilford Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2017-2018
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 1 2018 - Jun 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Linens $ Cleaning $320

Deposits are returned in full if your reservation is 75 days or more away from cancellation date.

Full Refunds are offered for shorter notice if I am able to rent the home to another party for your reservation period at same price.

Refunds may take up to 30 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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