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Cozy, Beautiful Home, Spotless, Stunning Mt. VIEW Quiet Rural Area Wi-Fi

Franconia, NH, USA
  • House2300 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Lovely Farmhouse, gourmet kitchen, remodeled baths, linens, washer/dryer

Beautifully decorated 1860's Cape farmhouse is spotlessly clean. Located in a lovely, rural setting atop a gently rolling knoll, the fresh, pine-scented mountain air is exhilarating. Its unrestricted mountain view is stunning and on clear nights the sky is flooded with stars! The eat-in kitchen is well equipped with Blue Willow china and stemmed glassware. The large pine kitchen table is perfect for gourmet or informal family dining. Pantry is filled with country collectibles. Tastefully-furnished family room has bay window with forest view, comfortable seating, wide-pine flooring and electric fireplace.

Nearby skiing is GREAT. Plus there's a glider port and tennis, horseback riding, hiking trails, golf, kayaking, fishing, antiquing, country-inn dining, covered bridges, Franconia Notch, Cannon Aerial Tramway, White Mountain National Forest, Echo Lake's sandy beach and picnic tables, are ALL nearby. House has a PIANO! Pack 'n Play fun sport, 47-inch HDTV, blu-ray disc player. MAXIMUM 8 people. 3-night minimum stay. NO PETS and NO SMOKING. Free local and long distance phone calls and free Wi-Fi.

The original house was built in the 1860's. Although it has been completely updated, the old-fashioned charm is still there. The completely furnished home, includes front-loading washer/ dryer, forced-air heat. comfortable beds, fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee pot, crock-pot, utensils, collectibles, old-fashioned pantry, New England cookware. Towle flatware, Blue Willow china and stemmed glassware await for casual or gourmet country dining. There are a telephone and PIANO in the parlor. The cheerful and relaxing family room has a large bay window with forest view, 47" screen satellite TV/VCR, radio, CD and DVD players. Free Wi-Fi and free local and long distance phone calls.

Outdoors, there is a Weber BBQ, picnic table and a hilltop bench for quiet reflection. Back yard games include: badminton, croquette, horse shoes, whiffle ball, volley ball.

There are four comfortable bedrooms, and two bathrooms, one on each floor. The front porch has inviting rockers and a stunning view of Kinsman Mountain. The teak beach on the south knoll is bordered by flower-filled whiskey barrels and is perfect for quiet reflection. Location is perfect for birding and wildlife viewing, including bears, deer and moose. On clear nights the sky is flooded with stars.

Guests will love the house’s proximity to nearby hiking trails, rock climbing, swimming, boating, fishing, biking on quiet country roads, horseback riding, birding and wildlife viewing, country-inn dining, golf and tennis!

This charming country home is beautifully decorated and updated with all modern amenities. Its white clapboard siding, green shutters and Yankee window, exude old-fashioned New England charm. Situated on 2 acres, atop a gently rolling knoll, the large yard is surrounded by forest and has a sweeping view of Kinsman Mountain. Back yard games include: badminton, croquette, horse shoes, whiffle ball, volley ball.

Other nearby activities include airport w/soaring and bi-plane rides, kayaking, canoeing, antiquing, hiking, and fabulous fall foliage. The house is 15 minutes from Cannon Mt. Ski Area, 30 minutes from Loon Mountain, plus many other ski areas (all 2 hours or less).


Joan Freeland McGowan

Member Since 2001
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Joan Freeland McGowan

The house has been in the Freeland Family for almost 60 years. Now the three sisters (Carole, Joan, Susan) own it and provide loving care.

Joan Freeland McGowan purchased this House in 1957

Why Joan Freeland McGowan chose Easton

The house is charming both inside and out. Built during the Civil War, the original house was tiny. Over the years other rooms were added, including a second floor bathroom. A barn and picket fence were added then later removed.

What makes this House unique

The front porch has an uninterrupted, sweeping mountain view. The area is peaceful and abounds with birds and wildlife. The home remains a quiet, comfortable get-away for those who want to relax. The nights are dark and, on a clear night, the sky is flooded with stars and you can see an occasional spacecraft, shooting stars and the Milky Way!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Blue Room
        2 twin/ single, Second floor bedroom on the left
      • Pink Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, Second floor bedroom on the right
      • Back Bedroom
        1 double, First floor
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen, First floor
      • Charming, beautiful wallpaper, light, bright rooms, 2 carpeted, 2 wide-pine boards, antique dressing screen. Located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, Freeland Acres Country Home, is a lovingly restored, circa 1860s, Cape-style country home. The 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence is beautifully maintained with old- fashioned farmhouse moldings and quaint New England-style wallpaper. The big country kitchen and old pine table, easily prompts old-fashioned family-style suppers, or candlelit gourmet dinners with Champagne and wine glasses, cloth napkins, and Blue Willow china. Completely furnished, includes new front-load washer, dryer, forced-air heat and comfortable beds. Kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee pot, crock-pot, utensils, collectibles, old-fashioned pantry, and authentic New England cookware. Towle flatware, antique-style china, stemmed glassware. Also, 47' HDTV, BluRay disc player, iPOD platform. Star-filled nights.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, pedestal sink
      • Bathroom
        toilet, shower, pedestal sink
      • Newly renovated with beautiful hardware, wood flooring, wainscoting, pedestal sinks, country-style floor/ceiling moulding.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          Downtown Franconia has grocery store, hardware store, bike shop, ice cream shop, textiles/clothing, U.S. post office, gas station, Dutch Treat Restaurant & Bar & other restaurants, (6 miles away).
        • Lake
          Nearby Echo lake is clear, beautiful, quiet. Sandy beach, picnic tables, boat rentals.
        • Mountain
          There are abundant hiking trails. Presidential Range includes famous Mount Washington - hike, drive, or take the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the top! Franconia Notch/Rim Trail a must!
        • Mountain View
          Unrestricted, magnificent view of Mt. Kinsman and neighboring Cannon Mountains.
        • River
          Gale River adds to the beauty of nearby Littleton, NH.
        • Rural
          Peaceful, quiet area. Wildlife, birds, starry nights. Creek with swimming hole with water falls close by.
        • Town
          Next closest town to Franconia is Littleton, once voted one of the "Best Little Towns" to live in. Busy Main Street of small shops and antiques and movie theatre.
        • Village
          Charming country village with gas station, grocery store, convenience store, bar & restaurant, post office.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Ivers & Pond upright piano, tuned upon request. Antique writing desk.
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Front loader.
                    • Fireplace
                      Electric, see photo.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Forced air.
                    • Internet
                      FREE wireless internet.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      All beds will be made and ready. Bedspreads are maltese and we ask that they be rolled down to bottom of bed when in use.
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Off-Street, FREE parking for up to 4 cars.
                    • Telephone
                      FREE local and long-distance calls.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Front loader. Low-suds soap.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Kitchen
                          Large antique pine table, seats 8.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Pots, pans, baking pans, cookie sheets, crock pot, juicer, cuisinart, waffle iron, cast-iron frying pans, antique Dutch oven (2), blender, electric mixer. tea pot, martini shaker.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Blue Willow & other china, Towel stemware, Stemmed wine glasses. Champagne glasses, & cloth napkins.
                        • Dishwasher
                          New Bosch. Clean and very quiet!
                        • Freezer
                          Manual ice maker. 6 trays.
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                          Generous size.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Salt, pepper, various herbs & spices, paper towels, coffee filters. Ajax, new clean sponge, handiwipes
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster
                          4 slices


                            • Dining
                              Blue Willow china, Towel stemware, Steamed wine glasses. Champagne glasses, and cloth napkins, place mats, antique water pitcher (2), antique dine decanater.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Radio
                                • Books
                                  Paperbacks and hardcover. Read and leave or exchange paperback. Hardcover books should not be taken.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Piano
                                • CD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Dish network.
                                • Stereo
                                  Holds up to 5-cd's
                                • Television
                                  47' High definition.
                                • Toys
                                  Wide assortment of Puzzles, a puzzle table, Pack 'n Play
                                • VCR


                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Rent at Echo Lake. 5 miles away.
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Boat
                                      Rent at Echo Lake. 5 miles away.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two porches, rocking chairs, pillows, magnificent mountain view.
                                    • Golf
                                    • Bicycles
                                      One could be made available. Ask owner in advance.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      1.5 -acre lawn, surrounded by forest on three sides. Picnic table. Adirondack chairs. Badminton, croquet, sweeping mountain view from front & side yards.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber grill
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      15 -20 minutes from Cannon Mt. Ski Area.
                                    • Tennis
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          There are 6 concrete steps leading to lawn and 5 porch steps leading to entry (kitchen) door. Ingress and Egress would be difficult.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Communal pool 5 miles South at Franconia Inn. Ask permission to use.
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              5 miles South at Franconia Inn. Ask permission to use.


                                                • live theater
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • caves
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • 4-BRs: 1 queen, 1 double, 4 singles. References and more photos available. Comfortable beds, 47' HDTV and BluRay disc player, picnic table with mountain view. Old fashion pantry with antiques and country collectibles. Ivers & Pond turn-of-the-century upright PIANO (tuned upon request).

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  40 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Cozy and comfortable!

                                                                  Amielia (Amie) G.Tolland, CT

                                                                  This was the perfect choice for our family of five (two parents, two college kids, one high school kid) for Thanksgiving weekend. The descriptions were right on (except no rocking chairs on the front porch), the owners were friendly and helpful... and even had the piano tuned so that our kids could play. Hiking and other outdoor adventures nearby. Stunning view, quiet surroundings - amazingly great stargazing as well! We were very pleased with our experience, and would highly recommend it!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Dear Amielia,

                                                                  We truly regret that the rocking chairs had just been "stored away" for the winter by our caretaker, a day or two before you arrived. I am so sorry! This is the first time in almost 50 years that our timing was really off.

                                                                  We enjoyed communicating with you back and forth, before and while you were there. You were wonderful guests, we were excited to have you in our home, and we hope that you will return again soon.


                                                                  Carole and Joan

                                                                  I was taken aback . The place was so picturesque imaginative and so well taken care of .

                                                                  john c.

                                                                  Priceless Gem ,

                                                                  The house is the best it is far better then any hotel or lodge . The house is precious and is fitted for a perfect family environment .It is cozy and cheery open and spacious. It leaves much room for the imagination and to just reflect and be with ones thoughts imagination and feelings ......

                                                                  The yard is spacious and roomy everything is well kept and clean sort of like you can't believe it is so nice ..

                                                                  The week i was there was perfect weather .The night is so quiet and the stars are magnificent .

                                                                  I love this place i fell in love with it as soon as entered upon the property and it only got better with each moment ..

                                                                  New England hiking is New England hiking ..That being what it is is the reason why! who would think to have such an added bonus as the beauty and serenity of Freeland Acres !

                                                                  The house is so situated that being in the area one has access with little travel by car to all that the Presidential and White Mountain ranges have to offer ..... With the absolute luxury and serenity of having ones private place ...

                                                                  The area is so so nice so chilled and laid back the glider planes and the Franconia inn with the pony in front . From house to trail head of Mount Kinsman Trail is less then 5 minutes by car ...

                                                                  The house is magic it is like a page out of a book from a forgotten time and place frozen in time .It is just perfect for reading and reflection..Or to get some quite space to practice music. The place is so so quiet ...

                                                                  As places go this is got to be the best place i ever stayed at based on the size and presentation of the house especially the cleanliness factor ,the price as comparative to other places .. The area is the best with so much to offer for poets writers musicians athletes horse back riders scientists astronomers it's all perfect it's the perfect spot for telescoping birdwatching hiking skiing reflecting romancing it's got it all ...

                                                                  After my stay at Freeland Acres i have nothing but a desire to return for a longer stay ..........

                                                                  I do hope to get to return and experience all that the area has to offer within moments from Freeland Acres .. It's so nice one can just spent all there time there at Freehand Acres and be perfectly fulfilled that in itself would be just fine .......

                                                                  I,m so thankful to have found and spent a week at freehand acres .........

                                                                  JOHN CLACHER

                                                                  Staten Island, N.Y.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We three sisters loved having you as a guest in our home!! Hearing of your hikes, the good weather, the mountain view from our porch, the starry nights and your unabashed appreciation of the yard and our home, made us anticipate our forthcoming reunion all the more! You are welcome to return anytime. We look forward to your next visit and hope you can stay longer next time!!! Joan, Susan & Carole

                                                                  Charming home with fabulous views

                                                                  Gale S.Readington, NJ

                                                                  We enjoyed our weeks stay at Freeland Acres. The house had all the comforts of home, was clean and well-appointed. The pictures were actually a great representation of the actual house. We enjoyed our time on the front porch watching the constant changes over the mountains. We saw shooting stars and a full moon came over on our last night-what a treat! Enjoyed exploring the area and would love to come back in the future!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for your wonderful review. We are happy you loved the house and the area. We love being there too! We hope you return soon.

                                                                  Carole, Joan and Susan


                                                                  Marianne F.

                                                                  Everything in the house was clean, functional and operational. Plenty of pots for cooking. Big Webber charcoal gril outside. Spot very quiet with amazing front view on a mountain. Within one hour max of distance from most peaks you may want to climb. Very very relaxing. Would return anytime. Kids loved it too.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for staying in our home. We hope you and your family return soon.


                                                                  Linda E.

                                                                  We enjoyed our NH getaway at this charming cottage. Sometimes

                                                                  photos can be deceiving, not for this house. It was as pretty as the photos suggested! The views were spectacular, the house very

                                                                  comfortable and the cool August temperature appreciated by our

                                                                  family! Not knowing much about the area we really enjoyed your book of things to do! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We enjoyed having you and your lovely family in our home and, we hope that you will return again.

                                                                  Sincerely, Joan McGowan

                                                                  Great stay (again)

                                                                  Eric WConcord NH

                                                                  Our fourth time at freeland acres, not the last. Beautiful house, great views, caring and attentive owners. Would definitely stay again.


                                                                  Franconia, NH, USA

                                                                  Skiing: Cannon Mt. & Cannon Mt. Aerial Tramway, Franconia Notch - 9 miles, 15 min. driving time. Bretton Woods, Mt. Washington Valley, downhill and cross-country - 45 min. Loon Mt., Lincoln, NH - 25 min. Wildcat - 1 hr. Stowe, VT - 1 hr. Attitash, NH - 45 min. Nordic Center, Sunset Hill House, Sugar Hill - 10 min. Hiking: 700, 000-acre White Mountain National Forrest, Franconia & Crawford Notches. Presidential Range including Mount Washington Museums: Littleton Historical Museum, Littleton - 20 min. New England Ski Museum, Franconia - 10 min. Robert Frost Museum, Franconia - 10 min. Maple Sugar Museum, Sugar Hill - 10 min. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury - 30 min. Ski Museum, Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch – 15 min. Shopping: North Conway, NH - 1 hr: L.L. Bean, Yankee Candle, and many other fine factory discount outlets. Littleton. Theater and Entertainment: Weathervane Theater summer stock. Whitefield - 30 min. North County Chamber Players, Sugar Hill & Lincoln - 10 min. & 30 min. Colonial Theatre - Bethlehem - movies and live entertainment 20 min Other Activities: glider port, moose and wild turkey watching, Robert Frost House - all poetry readings are free and open to the public. Golf: Profile Golf Club, Profile Course 9 holes (Private Equity) Franconia, NH Sunset Hill Golf Club, Sunset Hill House Course 9 holes over 1,977 yards with a par of 33 (Public) Sugar Hill, NH Bethlehem Country Club, Bethlehem Course 18 holes over 5,808 yards with a par of 70 (Municipal), Bethlehem, NH Maplewood Country Club & Hotel, Maplewood Course 18 holes over 6,001 yards with a par of 72 (Public), Bethlehem, NH 03574 Lisbon Village Country Club, Lisbon Village Course 9 holes over 2,861 yards with a par of 36 (Public), Lisbon, NH Mountain View Grand Golf Course, Mountain View House 1 Course 9 holes over 2,873 yards with a par of 35 (Public) Whitefield, NH 0359 Ski: Cannon Mt., & Cannon Mt. Aerial Tramway, Franconia Notch - 15 min. Bretton Woods, Mt. Washington Valley, downhill and cross-country - 45 min. Loon Mt., Lincoln, NH - 25 min. Wildcat - 1 hr. Stowe, VT - 1 hr. Attitash, NH - 45 min. Nordic Center, Sunset Hill House, Sugar Hill - 10 min.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  Note: Rates subject to change without notice, prior to firm booking. Christmas and New Years Weeks - $395/night, 3-night minimum. All trash must be removed by renter, garbage bags (pre-paid provided by owner) to be dropped at local transfer station (5 miles South). To Avoid HomeAway "Traveler Service Fee" book directly through Freeland Acres Country Home, LLC. We except personal checks only. We screen renters carefully, and will not consider renting unless you leave your phone number. LEAVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER ON YOUR INQUIRY PLEASE, AND I WILL CALL YOU RIGHT AWAY. Thank you, owner Joan McGowan. Call owner Joan McGowan 215-696-7042 for additional details.

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