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Spend your 2015 vacation on picturesque Squam Lake, the site of the movie 'On Golden Pond'. In fact, the movie's producer, Bruce Gilbert, spent the summer with his family in this beautiful knotty pine cottage on the lake while the movie was being filmed. Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing from the private dock and hear the loons calling at night. Very private wood road location, yet conveniently located a short drive from Holderness shopping and marinas. Easy day trips to a wide variety of sights, including The Science and Wildlife Center in Holderness, the outlet stores in North Conway, the Mt. Washington Auto Road, or even the Maine coast for lunch and a visit to the L.L. Bean store. Enjoy the numerous nearby mountain trails. Explore Squam Lake's many hidden coves and indulge yourself in the unforgettable sights of this unspoiled, clear-water, mountain-region lake from a bygone era. Perfect for Summer lake activities or Fall Foliage viewing! Choice dates still available - call or email now!
Lake Activities: Private dock can accommodate two or more boats. Bring your own boat (boat launch ramp is less than a mile away) or rentals are available from 3 nearby marinas. Picnic on one of the many public access islands on the lake. Enjoy water-skiing, tubing, and wake boarding (jet skis are not permitted on Squam Lake). 7-mile-long lake features many secluded fishing areas away from swimmers and skiers. Tours by boat of the 'On Golden Pond' movie sites on the lake are available in nearby Holderness -- visit 'Purgatory Cove' where Henry Fonda clung to the rocks waiting for Katherine Hepburn to dive in and rescue him. Later you can dine at Walter's Basin, the Holderness restaurant named for the movie's biggest lake trout catch. Attend Sunday-morning (non-denom) services on Church Island in a stunning outdoor setting. Explore a wide variety of lake features: The Narrows, jump off The Rock in Rattlesnake Cove, nesting Bald Eagles (June/early July), Dog Cove and, of course, the loons of Squam.
Mountains: Hike the many nearby mountain trails of Mts. Morgan and Percival, East and West Rattlesnake (an easy climb with a glorious view of the entire lake) and Mt. Chocorua. Further north you can find the Presidential Range of the White Mountains including famous Tuckerman's Ravine and Mt Washington, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi, with its Auto Road or Cog Railway options for those who don't want to hike it on foot but want to enjoy the views from the top. Many more mountain climbs of varying difficulty are within a short drive.
Local Attractions: Some of the many local attractions of the area include The Science and Wildlife Center in Holderness, featuring a wide array of rescued animals from the local area plus many educational activities. The Polar Caves are just a short drive away in West Plymouth and The Cannon Mountain Gondolas are just a bit further north in Franconia. Many other natural wonders can be found in the Franconia Notch area including The Flume, The Gorge, The Basin, Indian Head Mountain and outstanding mountain views. And don't miss the new 'Old Man of the Mountain' Memorial attraction, which re-creates that spectacular iconic natural rock formation.
Twin beds in two bedrooms (2 each). Downstairs BR has twin bunk beds. 70-foot dock affords sandy bottom swimming; very gradual deepening from the shoreline is safe and comfortable for younger swimmers. Depth at the end of the dock is 4 to 6 feet, depending on the time of year....moreless
Household pets are welcome. Downstairs bedroom is suitable for elderly or infirm. Fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances and washer/dryer. All bed and bath linens provided. 70-ft. private dock can accommodate any and all types of boats/watercraft. Great swimming location with mostly-sandy bottom, very gentle slope from the shore to well beyond the end of the dock. Amount of beach area depends on time of year, as water level drops throughout the summer, exposing more of the sandy shoreline (some small rounded rocks are pushed up onto the shore each year by the ice)....moreless
Squam Lake and its tributary, Little Squam Lake, are spring-fed, clear-water lakes that flow into the Squam River, eventually emptying into the Connecticut River. Lake level each year is dependent on snow/rain runoff in winter and spring. Deepest point is 99 feet (off Bean Ledge); lake is approx. 37 feet deep at its deepest point halfway across from our private dock. Water depth at the end of our 70-foot dock varies throughout the summer from 5-6 feet (May) to 3-4 feet (Sept/Oct). ...moreless
Situated 25 feet from the lakeshore, our cottage offers a broad vista of the western end of Squam from the screened-in front porch and a much longer view to the east from the private dock....moreless
This charming cottage is located just steps from the shoreline of Kesumpe Cove on scenic Squam Lake. Listen to the loon calls in the evening. Unparalleled night sky viewing from the private dock. ...moreless
The lake is ringed by mid-size mountains, offering easy to mildly-challenging day climbs. Choose from Mt. Rattlesnake West with its rock face and spectacular view of the lake (easy climb - great for the whole family) to Mt. Percival, Cotton Mountain, Mt. Prospect, Red Hill and many more of varying difficulty. Great views of the lake are the reward for each of these climbs....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Seating for 8 people
Fieldstone LR fireplace -- all firewood provided...moreless
Cable internet access provided via Time Warner Cable...moreless
Contact owner for special occupancy. Monthly rental is defined as four consecutive weeks, beginning on Saturday and ending on the fourth following Saturday. $150.00 cleaning fee is mandatory and is usually deducted from security/damage deposit unless other arrangements are made in advance. Deposit fully refunded two weeks after departure pending property inspection and any deductions for extraordinary cleaning expenses or damages. Check-in time is 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon; check-out time is 11:00 am on Saturday morning. Call for custom requests. We want your 2013 Squam vacation to be your best ever!
Call or email today! Choice dates still remain for 2013, but inquiries are accelerating for next year's best weeks -- hurry for best selection of dates available. All bed and bath linens provided; fully-equipped kitchen; wireless internet access; expanded cable TV service; 70-foot private, secluded dock; southern/eastern exposure for maximum morning thru late afternoon sun. Great location for swimming, boating, water-skiing or simply enjoying the spectacular surroundings. Please call owner for any additional information about our cottage, about Squam Lake or the entire Lakes Region area.
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Lakeside cottage is located approximately one mile north of Holderness, New Hampshire, on route 113 on Kesumpe Cove, between Cotton Cove and Shadbush Cove on the map. Conveniently near Holderness Center, but secluded and private accommodations. Water-ski or sail during the day, kayak or canoe early or late, enjoy the stars at night -- your private dock has room for 2-3 boats and a sandy bottom for best swimming. Just a short ride to the nearby marinas for gas and supplies for your days on the lake. View from the dock is of Shepard Hill across the lake and east to Sunset Rock and further up the lake several miles. Hike the several mountains that ring the lake for spectacular views in every direction. Squam Lake features Sunday non-denominational services on Chocourua Island (Church Island) all summer -- just a 15-minute boat ride away. See where many local folks have been married and where their children were christened outdoors in the natural beauty of the Lakes Region.
Other Activities: New skating rink in nearby Plymouth!
Year Purchased: 1952
About the owner: Our family has been vacationing on Squam Lake since the early 1920's. My paternal grandmother was born and grew up in nearby Plymouth NH; she maintained a summer residence on Squam beginning in 1923. My father brought the first pair of water skis to Squam Lake in the late 1930's; until then, the aquaplane was the most daring water activity on Squam.
Why the Owner Chose Holderness: Vintage lake cottage, well maintained and updated appropriately, features a fieldstone fireplace for warming those nippy lakeside nights. Our cottage is situated in a quiet cove, yet is only a short boat ride from the Holderness channel and nearby shopping and marinas to gas up and stock up on picnic necessities for your day on the lake.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Share a piece of Hollywood film history.....'On Golden Pond', the Oscar-winning film of Ernest Thompson's memorable book, was filmed here on Squam and the film's producer, Bruce Gilbert and his family stayed in our cottage for the entire summer and early fall that year. Visit the locations of your favorite scenes from the film -- lake tours are available daily from Holderness Center. Eat lunch or dinner at Walter's Basin in town, named for the movie's famous and elusive lake bass.