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Located on one of Squam Lake’s rare private peninsulas, Camp Finisterre offers the greatest luxury of all: simple living in a spectacular setting.
This former fishing camp-turned-family getaway is a throwback to an unplugged era. From the moment you leave your car behind and begin the short walk down the blueberry-lined path (your first glimpse of Finisterre’s 2,000 feet of shoreline), you will feel like you have arrived back at summer camp. Just as then, all you’ll need is your swimsuit and a good book.
Finisterre was constructed on this “end of the earth” promontory in the early 20th century. Set on an acre of land surrounded on nearly all sides by water, the camp hosted anglers, including President Cleveland, who flocked to its clear green waters, sandy-bottomed coves, and rocky shoals. It was converted to a family retreat that was purchased in 1957 by the Brown family who in the ensuing decades have welcomed family, friends, and, more recently, renters to its peaceful embrace.
From the beginning, Finisterre has been a special place for all ages to gather. The spacious, shingled house (3,900 square feet including its wide, covered porches) have been renovated and yet have maintained their vintage charm, with bead board siding, wood framed windows, indoor/outdoor living, and a mix of modest New England furnishings. It is wonderfully comfortable, though nothing here is precious, save kinship and nature.
Simply put, the camp invites relaxing. Free of modern life’s distractions, your biggest decision may be whether to take a dip in the lake or a nap on the porch. Come sunset, you can gather for a sun downer on the west-facing dock, convene for supper in the large, eat-in kitchen, and move your party to the fire ring at the end of the point for s’mores. Finally, retire to one of the camp’s airy bedrooms where you will fall asleep to the calls of loons and the lapping of waves.
Your assignment for the next day? Rinse and repeat.
To get a sense of just how private your escape will be, check out the aerial photo below. We’re the entire peninsula on the right.
You're close to everything (including the charming town of Holderness), and yet far away from it all. • On small cove shared with just one other family • Directly across from Squam Lake Association where you can rent sailboats, kayaks and more • 1 mile from local farm stand • 2 miles from Holderness • 6 miles from Ashland • 10 miles from Meredith
Sleeps 6 in 4 twin bunks plus 2 single futons on floor...moreless
Knotty pine paneled bedroom on first floor with queen bed. Upstairs bedrooms have ceiling fans, wood paneling or wainscoting; three have queen beds, and one sleeps six in two bunk beds plus two futons on the floor. All bedrooms have water views and natural cross-ventilation with screens. ...moreless
1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Bathroom 2 upstairs: toilet, tub
Full bath with clawfoot tub serves upstairs bedrooms....moreless
Enclosed outdoor shower with hot/cold running water....moreless
Bathroom 1 downstairs: toilet
Half-bath with pedestal sink & storage locker...moreless
Downstairs bedroom is adjacent to half bath. Outdoor shower is perfect for recharging after a day of fun in the sun. Dunk the little ones or have a soak in the clawfoot tub upstairs....moreless
Fire pit at the end of the point is a favorite place for s'mores at day's end. Water views from every room with practically no one else in sight, and trees providing a natural privacy screen. Oversized dock, picnic area, and BBQ grill that everyone will enjoy....moreless
Rentals start on Friday evening, allowing you to have an entire weekend in your vacation.
Advance booking (more than three months out): 50% due upon booking with balance — including cleaning fee and separate check for security deposit — due 90 days prior to occupancy.Booking within 90 days of occupancy: 100% of rent and fees due at time of reservation.
Security deposit: $350
Cleaning fee: $180
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Why the Owner Chose Squam Lake: Concord resident Mrs. Brown purchased this summer getaway for her family of six. Four generations of the Brown family have since gathered at Finisterre for summer vacations, family reunions, weddings, and good old-fashioned fun. Mrs. Brown passed the camp on to her sons Steve and Tom, who manage Finisterre for the enjoyment of their children, grandchildren, and friends. They welcome renters to share this special place.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Simple pleasures and privacy on Squam Lake’s best location.