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This two-bedroom house brims with character. Once home to a working artist, it is now available to bring out the artist in every visitor. Nearby Ragged Mountain, Mt. Kearsarge, and our lovely Mountain Brook will provide inspiration. Books, original artwork, and antiques combine with comfortable seating and new queen-sized platform beds to offer a relaxing and peaceful respite. There is a new dining room with a roomy table that will seat everyone.
Our area offers four distinct seasons of wildly differing weather, conditions, and experiences from our crisp, cool autumns with their brilliantly colored autumn leaves to icy, snowy sub-zero winter conditions. Spring is lovely and summer can be hot and sultry or mild and pleasant.
Two bicycles are available to ride about a mile and a half to the Northern Rail Trail, which then offers 56 miles of biking through scenic NH countryside and villages.
It is a short drive to two trails to the top 2700' Mt. Kearsarge, one easy and the other moderately challenging. Other mountains are well within range. Several lakes and ponds with beaches and boat launches are within easy reach, and our quiet country roads and trails throughout the neighborhood offer endless walking options. Ocean beaches and the spectacular White Mountains are about two hours away.
Winter guests can snowshoe and cross country ski in the woods and fields just outside the front door, or rent skis for use on a nearby groomed trail system. Ragged Mountain Ski Area is 17 miles away, Mt. Sunapee is 24 miles, and many others are within range.
The wicker furniture on the screened porch will entice you to spend hours lounging and watching the nesting Chickadees, and the hummingbirds and butterflies. Look for wild turkeys and deer in the field across the road and watch the fireflies and listen to the owls at night. We sometimes see moose, foxes, and other less common creatures in the neighborhood.
While this house isn't wheelchair accessible one bedroom and all the main rooms are on one floor and parking is a level, short walk to the house entrance, which has one step. If you have special needs we will do whatever we can to help.
The garden is under restoration after twenty years of neglect. 2014 will see an assortment of culinary herbs and flowers out the front door, and greater care of the shrubs, vines and trees. The wonderful views of forest and fields will be enriched by a foreground of colorful flowers.
Country side and rural villages aside, about ten miles away the town of New London offers fine dining and a good summer theater. The cities of Concord, Hanover, Lebanon, and Tilton offer movie theaters and shopping.
Autumn Foliage Sep 10 - Oct 24, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
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This area is known for the scenic beauty of its ancient mountains, rolling hills, and lakes, and brilliant autumn foliage displays. Plan walking, bicycling trails, and cross-country skiing expeditions from your door. There are numerous clean ponds, lakes and rivers for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Traditional New England villages, wildflowers, wildlife, and beautiful views abound. Golf courses, ski areas, a live theater, and numerous restaurants are within 15 to 20 miles. The White Mountains, Lakes Winnipesaukee and Sunapee, the Connecticut River Valley, and the Seacoast are within range for day trips. NH has no sales taxes and has many outlet malls and antique shops.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: Andy and Susan bought this house in July 2013 to preserve a rare example of New England architecture and a vanishing lifestyle. Since then the Artist's House has been transformed into a place where people can relax and enjoy our corner of rural New Hampshire. We live next door with our horses and collies, and look forward to having some wonderful neighbors. We will do whatever we can to make your visit enjoyable.
Why the Owner Chose Andover: I have been a frequent visitor to this house all my life and enjoyed numerous cups of tea at table the table by the kitchen window. It seemed essential to preserve the house, with its furnishings and garden in its setting of woodlands and pasture.
The Unique Benefits at this House: This is a unique house of abundant charm and character. The central part of the house was built about 1780 as a farmhouse while Andover was still being settled. Original beams and floors, a cast-iron cook stove (not in use at this time), and vintage furnishings provide the ambiance of an earlier time. The wood-paneled, two-story addition contains a comfortable bedroom and modern bathroom on each floor. The upstairs bedroom, the most charming room in the house in my opinion, looks out to woods, garden, and mountain views in three directions. Fall asleep listening to owls and rustling leaves, and watching the fireflies.