check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Willliam E. French

Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

Act Fast! Prime Weeks Left/Winnipesaukee Waterfront with Two Beaches

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Alton Bay Lodge Rental Photos and Description

4-Bedroom modern lake house (Sleeps 7-12, 3.5 baths + Jacuzzi) Panoramic views.

Relaxation galore awaits at this 3000-square-foot contemporary with wood interior and many amenities.

The natural beauty is unsurpassed. Hummingbirds dart around pine trees. A small brook (popular with young frog spotters) flows along one side of the property. Loons and an occasional heron fish in the sandy bottomed cove. Swimmers emerge revitalized from the spring-fed waters of Lake Winnie.

Sunbathe on the spacious dock or inviting decks. The house faces west, enabling you to revel in sunlight into early evening. Later, sip your cocktails watching sunsets illuminate the mountains.

Inside, the living room with its lofty ceiling, massive stone fireplace, and sliding glass doors, opening onto the deck, is ideal for socializing. Children quickly claim the basement family room with its extensive collection of movies and games.

Most guests prefer the lodge's private sand beach, but you'll also have access to a 100-foot association beach, a short drive away.

Local hiking is exhilarating. Mt. Major is nearby, and the entrance to an intriguing nature conservation area is just down the road. Returning hikers enjoy massaging tired muscles in the Jacuzzi as they watch boats pass by on the bay.

This location is ideal for day trips. Nearby, is Gunstock Mt., with its thrilling zip line. A 15-min. drive takes you to the nation's oldest resort town, Wolfeboro, with its quaint shops and fine dining. Weirs Beach, site of Laconia Bike Rally events, and home of Funspot, featuring classic arcade games, is about 40 minutes away. The N.H. and southern Maine coasts are within an hour's drive. Travel two hours north to explore the many fascinating White Mountain attractions.

Keywords: Contemporary, large, hot tub, waterfront, winnipesaukee, lake, beach, sand, manor, dock, boat, rent, beaches, sandy, wolfeboro, alton, alton bay, , laconia, bike week

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Willliam E. French (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

About Willliam E. French

The owner is a University of N.H. and Standford University, CA trained engineer and pilot, who's built his own plane.

He grew up on a farm in southern N.H. and, surprisingly, still enjoys gardening. However, he regrets to report that Nellie the deer harvested more vegetables than he did last year at 241 Trask Side Road; they are in competition with the turkeys and bear, but seem more friendly.

Bill cleared this land, and built most of this structure. He had assistance from nephews, who found the construction of the fireplace thrilling -- especially at the roof level.

Willliam E. French purchased this lodge in 1989

Why Willliam E. French chose Lake Winnipesaukee Area

Best deal on the lake! Spectacular views and visually pleasing, comfortable quarters make your stay memorable.

What makes this lodge unique

Flat, level property makes the home and waterfront easily accessible for adults and children. Wonderful views of lake and mountains, and brilliant sunsets over the saddleback of Gunstock Mountain.

Double-insulated, the first floor bedroom (located next to the half bath) is quiet and convenient to reach for elderly guests or those with limited mobility.

Home faces west, for late day sun and spectacular sunsets.

Where else can winter visitors watch planes land on an ice runway? Folks come from far away for winter carnival or just to take in the atmosphere of the unique village of ice-fishing bob huts.

Located in a snow belt, the Gunstock Ski Area is a 30-min. drive away. In summer, Gunstock operates a popular zip line.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Act Fast! Prime Weeks Left/Winnipesaukee Waterfront with Two Beaches
average rating of 3.5 based on 4 reviews

Pictures of Beach are Misleading, Owner will nickle and dime you for everything!

  • 2 of 5

There is no access to the water from the beach!. Please be aware! I have lots of issues with my legs and ankles and it looked like this would allow me to walk directly into the water. If you look at his pictures of the beach there are no rocks in front of beach water access, when we got there we see a huge rock wall right in front of the beach. There was no way to access water unless I sat on dock and dropped in 2 feet. There is also no access to get out of the water. The ladder at the end of the dock is so high no one could reach it from the water. We ended up using a ladder that was on the side of the house against the dock so we could get out which was very dangerous. Because of my ankels I had to roll my self onto the dock to get out! When we arrived, the owners wife was cleaning the unit, we waited 45 min to get into the property. We were told check in was 2:00. She then informed me that her husband would be coming by later and would be spending the night in the apartment over the garage "in case we needed anything" . We thought that was very bizarre and felt that they were checking up on us. That night a rain storm came through and the windows that are not accessible on the roof line started leaking. I called the owner several times and emailed him as well. We had no response. After about an hour his son showed up at the property and said he was going to change his clothes and then come see how to shut the windows. He never came back.

The house has the capacity to sleep 12, we initially told him 5 of us were coming, a week before we told him 3 people were going to visit for 2 nights, He actually charged us additionally $!! After we paid alot for this house! The last and final item that ruined our trip was the deposit return. He took $50.00 from our deposit for "debris" Even though this is a small amount we feel he nickle and dimed us. He said he spent a half hour cleaning the yard from dog waste and cig butts. We had cleaned that property from top to bottom, there was no way he could have spent 1/2 hour looking for cig butts. He also charged us 1/2 for debris in the house. We ran the dishwasher when we left, he charged us for dishes in the dishwasher. The review from the previous renter had us hyper aware of our trash, we diligently separated trash for a whole week, put them in big black bags, He said the dump rejected 6 bags of recycle because they were mixed. Beware of this cheap owner who lies in his ad!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Decent house, problems with the owner

  • 2 of 5

The house is in pretty good shape and does have a flat back yard which is great for frisbee, soccer, etc. The bedrooms are in good shape with the exception of the basement bedroom which has that basement smell. Overall the house is a decent value, but I would not recommend it due to problems getting a security deposit back. The lease says you will get your deposit back within 21 days. After 21 days I contacted the owner and was told it would be sent shortly. At 5 weeks I again contacted the owner and was told it will be sent shortly. At 6 weeks I again contacted the owner and was told he is sending it, but not the full amount because he had to separate some recyclables from the trash and damage to the dock. There was no damage to the dock that I know of. I got no response when I asked for more information or receipt when I got my partial deposit back. Overall this leaves a very sour end to a vacation and I would recommend future renters to beware. I have rented houses numerous times through VRBO and Homeaway and have never had a problem like this.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to ensure our guests enjoy their visit and that the home is in pristine condition. Great effort is made to get our guests off to a good start with a safe and clean home in a beautiful location on Lake Winnipesaukee. Unfortunately, the request to recycle was ignored by the tenants entirely. This resulted in the owner and assistance of cleaners to hand sort recycles by pulling them out of the smelly, sodden, pasty, rotting garbage to allow them to be sufficiently cleaned up and sent to the recycle center. The tenant needs to understand that this was written and agreed to as a condition for renting. The property was left by Steve and his assorted friends in a condition warranting barely 2 stars as he indicated in his review. We have cleaned it up, and is once more a 5-star home. Signed: owner Bill with over 45 years (since 1970) of satisfied guests.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Avon, CT

Well maintained home, tidy property and great swimming

  • 5 of 5

The owners keep this spacious home in very good condition. Very quiet area. The yard is tidy and perfect for kids to play. Large porch provides incredible views all day and night. Best feature by far is the doc and sandy bottom swimming area. I suggest families bring plenty of items to play with in the water and consider renting a boat or jet ski to take full advantage.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
6 0

We had a wonderful time! ...

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! This is a beautiful home on the Lake with wonderful views and sunsets; great swimming and sunning also. A hard to find classic NH lakehome, spacious and well maintained. It was the best deal going and we plan to return again, THANKS!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2006
  • Stayed: Oct 2006
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We do our best to make each and every stay enjoyable.
Did you find this review helpful?
8 0


Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Laconia Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Shibleys on the Pier
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kingwood Country Club, Wolfeboro
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Many within a few miles: Alton, Wolfeboro
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Gunstock Mountain

Special day trips within 1-2 hour's drive:

The coastal city of Portsmouth featuring shops, museums, fine dining and old architecture.

Isle of Shoals. Take the ferry service out of Portsmouth.

Tour Castle in the Clouds, an arts and crafts mansion built by an eccentric owner who went from rags to riches and back. Many waterfalls and hiking trails there as well. Kids love feeding the giant trout in the pond.

Hike up Red Hill. The view from the fire tower at the top is the best anywhere of the lake and distant mountains.

There are also some historic ruins along the way.

Tax free shopping galore at factory outlets in Tilton (30 min. away) and North Conway ( 45 min.)

Lincoln's Whale's Tail Water Park and Clark's Trading Post , with its popular trained bear show and tourist railroad. (about 1 and 1/2 hours north)


Rates & Availability

Alton Bay Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Standard pricing

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

A down payment of 1/2 the total rental amount is required to reserve this home. The balance due is required in full at least 30 days in advance of arrival date. The down payment is returned with the signed lease, and your reservation is confirmed via email.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Calendar not updated in over 2 months and may not be available. Look for rentals with Request to Book or updated calendars.


Alton Bay Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • 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 ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ground floor, Jacuzzi suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor, hallway
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master bedroom bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Hallway bath, 1st floor, sink and toilet
  • 3.5, all with tile
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Located on ground floor in Jacuzzi suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Ideal for children. Has small deck, facing the front lawn.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Master, with deck facing the lake. Large cedar closet.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , Sleep sofa in family room, near Jacuzzi suite bathroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , First floor, double insulated for sound proofing.
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Martha Stewart would love this waterfront home.

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties