About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Gorgeous lakefront home in White Mountains. Kayak, canoe, swim raft, fire pit...
The house is so close to Lake Gardner that kids can often be found fishing for smallmouth bass right from the large wrap around deck while adults relax nearby from the comfort of Adirondack chairs.
Big kids, or big kids at heart, can dive in from the end of the dock and with a deep breath just might be able to make the swim underwater all the way to the private raft. Smaller children, and those that like to ease themselves into the cooler waters, can wade into the clean, spring-fed lake from the shoreline. Take the canoe or the kayak out for a paddle around the lake and you might be fortunate enough to site bald eagles, ospreys, loon and other water fowl. Deer, turkey, moose and black bear call the White Mountains their home so bring your camera if you decide to take a drive or hike any of the nearby trails. The Appalachian Trail is nearby but fortunately, since not everyone is game for a 2175 mile hike, there are plenty of tamer options including the nearby Lone Oak Trail, the famed Lost River Caves and Franconia Notch (both within 30-40 mins away). The Cannon Aerial Tram is an easier way to get to the top and offers gorgeous views without the thigh burn.
Walk around the grounds and pick blue, red and black berries or go to a nearby farm such as Windy Ridge Orchard and check out the local produce and the animals. Apple picking starts late August but berries are in season earlier. If you enjoy craft brews then you'll want to stop at either Schilling Beer Company in Littleton or Woodstock Station in Woodstock on your trip back to the house.
After soaking in nature for the day it is always comforting to come home to a fully stocked kitchen and cook up a feast. If you prefer to leave the cooking to others there are several top rated options nearby for evening the most discerning of tastes. Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill, Colatina's Exit in Bradford, and Woodstock Station are all highly rated and delicious. This prime location has modern conveniences like grocery stores, restaurants, etc.. within 5-10 minutes from the house as well as more traditional New England sites such as country stores, covered bridges (we have 3 in Bath), antique shops, waterfalls, farm stands, apple orchards, fairs and more. The entertainment varies from mini golf to challenging 18 hole courses, amusement parks including Clark's Trading Post, Whale's Tale Water Park and Santa's Village, the longest candy counter in the world at Chutter's in Lincoln. A free day of entertainment is also a possibility if you take the tubes under the house and put in at the covered bridge in Bath and take a leisurely journey down the Ammonoosuc River. The take out is just down the road at the farmer's field. There is a dirt road that runs along the river which makes for a great mountain bike ride. It will also give you an excuse for buying that big 4-wheel drive vehicle even though you normally use it for commuting and driving kids around to various activities.
Whether you wish to stay lakeside for the day or go on an adventure, it is nice to come home and throw in a DVD or catch up on what is going on in the world on the 32' flat screen. There is surely a game for everyone to enjoy in our fully stocked game closet. S'mores and ghost stories are always a treat and the amphitheater-style natural stone seating that surrounds our fire pit adds to the experience.
Come bedtime, one upstairs bedroom has a bunk bed with a full size bed on the bottom and twin on top while the master has a king sized bed. There is also a pull out couch downstairs if needed. If you leave the curtains open, you can fall asleep looking at the stars and wake up to watch the steam rising off the water as the sun rises above the mountains. Linens and towels are available but we simply ask that if you use them that you kindly wash them in the on site washer and dryer before you leave. We hope that you and your family will come experience the best that the White Mountain's have to offer.
Keywords: New England vacation home, lake house, white mountains, swim raft, boats, outdoors, lakefront, hiking, foliage, fishing, , relaxing getaway, Littleton, Lincoln, Bath NH, Woodsville, Wells River, Kancamangus Highway.
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- May 25, 2018
We bought this place after renting it ourselves for two years and couldn't think of not having it as part of our future. Our two kids, ages 2 and 5, love it here as much as we do so we decided to buy it so we could be sure we would be able to continue to enjoy it for years to come. We love the outdoors but also like having some luxuries here and there like being able to go to Dunkin Donuts for coffee or heading to Walmart or Shaws to grab whatever we forgot to pack. We consider ourselves foodies and have found a few great places nearby to enjoy some fine cooking, superb wine lists, and fresh craft beers. Colatina's Exit in Bradford, VT and Woodstock Station in Woodstock NH are two of our family favorites. Swimming, fishing, hiking, playing games, picking berries/apples, site seeing or just doing nothing are all part of each visit we make here. Hopefully you will fall in love with it for the same reasons we did.
Owner purchased this House in 2008
Why Owner chose Bath
We were looking for a family vacation home and were renting this place ourselves for a couple of years so when it came on the market we jumped at the opportunity. The location is great as it is everything that we are looking for in a retreat in that it is close modern conveniences and things to do yet when you are at the house you feel like you are away from it all.
What makes this House unique
We split our days between staying at the house all day or going on a road trip and both are equally enjoyable. When we stay at the house we often will have a big breakfast together and then either go on a family hike or some of us will go fishing and the others will hang back to read and relax. We often would follow up the morning activities with a barbecue lunch and then a group swim out to the raft where we'll bask in the sun for a while and head back in. Occasionally we will grab the inner tubes and hit the nearby Ammanoosuc River for a relaxing float down the mountain river. In the evening we break out the cocktails around the fire pit. On nights we don't feel like having a fire we'll keep the kids entertained with the game closet or the DVD library and hang out on the wrap around deck and watch the stars. When we do decide to go out we might plan an excursion to Santa's Village, Lost Caves or Franconia Notch. We might go on a tubing adventure at the river down the street or just hit the road and see what we can see. Whatever we do we often follow it all up with dinner at one of the nearby restaurants so we aren't cooking and cleaning the whole time. Then we go to bed, wake up, and do it all over again. It is perfect.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful house on quiet Lake Gardner
Our family had a wonderful stay at Matt's beautifully landscaped property on quiet lake Gardner. The Lake is clean and quiet. the Kids had so much fun with the canoe, kayaks, water toys and floats provided. The house was so well stocked with every thing imaginable. We had a wonderful cookout on the barbeque, and smores in the cool fire pit that seated the 6 of us comfortably. The area is very close to white mountain national forest, shopping and restaurants. While there was no cell service for us (Verizon) at the house, the wifi worked and we were able to send and receive messages and e-mails. There was so much to do in this very popular area, we only wish we had more time. We would love to come back and stay for longer.
Thanks Mark for taking the time to write such a remarkable review! We are always so happy to hear back from families like yours about the good times they had together at the house and all of the memories that they created. You are welcome to return any time.
Beautiful quiet lake
We enjoyed the house and lake very much !! Thank you Matt for all your help
We hope to return in the near future.
We had an amazing time ! The property is exactly as described. The house was clean and comfortable. We lost power the last night of our stay due to a storm but the house filled with candle light was magical! We would definitely stay here again.
Truly picture perfect
Hard to imagine a better lake-side house. Serene ... with lots to do in the water.
Nice peaceful rental house
We were happy with our stay at this rental house. The house was very clean!!! The owner Matt was very kind and responsive and helpful. It was further out of the way we realized (but our own fault for not investigating further). Only issue our family had was the wifi was not reliable at all.
we are family with three children. we spent 3 nights at Matt's wonderful house and we have enjoyed it very much. the description provided in the web site was very much as it is in reality. the place is a real dream and the house is very nice, clean and enjoyable. Matt was very quick in responding and was helpful with his recommendations. we will definitely come again.
Yuval, so glad that you and your family included our place in your trip to the US and were able to appreciate the area for all that it has to offer. It isn't the typical Disney World vacation but that's exactly what some people tend to like about it. You are welcome back any time! - Matt
Activities (on-site or nearby): Swimming, fishing, boating, and ice skating on the lake. Biking on the lake roads and hiking in the surrounding woods. There is also a recreational trail for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing (can also X-country ski right from the house). Snowmobiling right from the house to trails which link
up with the NH corridor and VAST (Vermont) trails.
There are 4 rivers within a few minutes of the house (Connecticut, Ammonoosuc, Wild Ammonoosuc, & Wells Rivers) - great for fishing, canoeing, kayaking or floating down in tubes. Downhill skiing (Loon and Cannon Mtns). Berry picking, country stores and fairs. Good location for
scenic drives in the White Mountains and day trips into Vermont. Attractions close by: Franconia Notch Park, Flume Gorge, Cannon Mountain Aerial tramway, Lost River, Clark's Trading Post, Six Gun City, Santa's Village, Polar Caves. Story Land is on the other end of Rt 112 (the Kancamangus) but it is a beautiful drive.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
There is a 3 night minimum for the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day as well as for all summer rentals. All rates are subject to change until a reservation has been confirmed by the owner.