"My husband, 3 yo son and I had a wonderful week at Stillwater. The cabin is lovely, cozy and in an excellent location. It was one of the cleanest and best-equipped vacation rentals that we've encountered. You can tell that the owners regularly vacation here from all of the many small conveniences in the cabin. Beds were comfortable, good water pressure, wonderfully equipped kitchen (angel food cake pan, micro plane grater, etc!). Fire pit in beautiful location by shore, hummingbird feeder that was visited daily, birdhouse with nesting swallows, lots of board games, etc.
We were uncertain about the river location beforehand but ended up finding it delightful. It was quieter than the lake and only a ten minute paddle to Little Squam. Ashland and Holderness were very quick to drive to (under 5 min) and nice towns with a range of restaurants. We loved Inn Kitchen + Bar at Squam Lake Inn. Holderness has a nice public library and a good coffee place.
This was a great rental for young kids. There is a swing on the property, the dock is a fun hangout, the property is big with enough land for running around, kayaking and canoe launching was very quick and easy. Nearby, Ashland beach is great for kids, Natural Science Center is right in Holderness, easy (and awesome!) West Rattlesnake hike was close (five finger point trail was also nice for kids), my son will most remember the awesome Cog Train an hour away and the Winnepesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith. The bedroom upstairs has 4 twins one of which is a trundle. One consideration, the upstairs bedroom does have an open indoor 'window' to the stairwell and so is not as sound and light isolated, though this was not a problem. For parents of toddlers, dead bolts on both outside doors are placed about 5 feet high, giving peace of mind so close to the water.
[Hannaford grocery stores in Meredith and Plymouth had excellent selection of gluten-free and vegan products for other diet-restricted folks.]
Thanks to the owners for such a wonderful week! We'll be back if only to sit on the screened porch and watch the hummingbirds :-)"
Guest: Kris A.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 29, 2015