|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Fish from the deck. Kayak, canoe, 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 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: Vacation home, lake house, white mountains, swim raft, boats, outdoors, lakefront, hiking, Littleton, Lincoln, foliage, fishing, Bath NH, Woodsville, Kancamangus Highway, relaxing getaway.
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.
The Owner purchased this house in 2008
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.
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.
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.
This was the perfect place for us to disconnect from the outside world for a couple of days! The house had everything we needed, and the property was perfect for our 3 little ones to run around and play. The house was well stocked and clean, and there were plenty of toys to keep them entertained in the morning before we got out the door. There is a Shaws within 10 minutes, and plenty of choices for eating. Matt was very responsive and helpful with all the information we needed prior to arriving. We are planning to come back in the summer next year when we can enjoy the lake a little more.
Our family enjoyed this home for a long weekend. It had EVERYTHING you could imagine to make our trip enjoyable. There were many "extras" all over the home from kids toys/books, etc, a telescope, fishing poles, outdoor toys, to bicycles. It was evident that the owner wanted to make our stay a memorable one. We truly enjoyed this visit and look forward to coming back and staying longer. The house was very clean and well kept. The lake was perfect and peaceful. Sitting on the dock or the deck was super relaxing. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
We had such a nice stay at the Lake. The lake is definitely small, but beautiful and serene. And voices sure do carry. The house has all the comforts of home. Kichen fully stocked, although I had a hard time making pancakes because I forgot to buy butter or cooking spray. TV room is a nice spot to hangout at night after sun goes down with lots of TV channels. . You want to enjoy the view of lake downstairs for as long as daylight provides.
We could not get cell phone coverage at lake with our Verizon carrier, and had sporadic Internet coverage.
Beds are comfy, my teens used the full size bed and bottom bunk of bunk beds in thd 2ND bedroom. We opted to use towels/linens provided at house so we wouldn't have to pack towels and sheets. Just have to wash at end of stay.
We were there for 4 nights and experienced beautiful sunny weather, cloudy day, and a rainy day. We kept busy every day. Mornings we'd enjoy our coffee looking out on the lake or sitting out on the nice deck. There's also a nice lawn area with a few Adirondack chairs to sit.
The nice weather days we just relaxed at the lake, swam, floated around in the inner tubes (provided), and paddled around in the kayak and canoe (provided). My husband and son fished on the lake too, (fishing poles provided). Also played a little bocce ball (provided). On the rainy day we went into town and ate at a small Mexican restaurant with a bar, food was OK, nothing great, we asked our server what she would recommend on a rainy day, she suggested a little shopping on Main St, in Littleton and visit to the Candy store there, which we did. It was a very quaint town close by.
The cloudy day we were lazy and got a late start and decided to hike to the farm nearby which was recommended in the literature provided, beware no trail signs, and many forks in the trail, we ended up using our GPS on phone and made it to the farm. Not sure if this hike is private property since we came across a few Posted no fishing, hunting, trespassing signs. Probably 1 1/2 hrs overall but we may not have taken the most direct route. By the time we returned weather was perfect for a swim and some more fishing.
We also visited Village pizza for some pizza and wings on the last night . The trip wasn't complete until we visited Slicks ice cream for some Grandma's apple pie ice cream! Yum. Overall a wonderful stay which provided some nice family time with the teens.
Thanks for sharing your gem on the lake.
The owner Matthew was so thoughtful about our trip and answered all of our questions. The house was sweet and very comfortable, with both bedrooms facing the lake the views are lovely. There is a great, rustic fire pit and a tiny lawn with Adirondack chairs for lounging in the sun. We brought our own reclining lounge chairs to use on the deck. The kitchen had everything we needed and is small but efficient. We drove a short distance and went hiking on the Chippewa Trail on Black Mtn which had incredible views at the top! This would be a fun place for families with smaller children and/or two couples. The guest bed was pretty firm so bring a pillow top if a softer bed is preferred. We truly enjoyed our stay!
Loved the lake view the house was great had every thing we needed .Fall in New England is beautiful I grew up in the area and come back every year. It was special to stay close to family and be able to enjoy the quiet .We did some great hikes and enjoyed kayaking on the lake. We hope to stay there again on our next trip
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.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
There is a 3 night minimum for the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. All rates are subject to change until a reservation has been confirmed by the owner.