About the property
- House1500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
From Hillsborough Lower Village, take the picturesque approach, over a twin stone arch bridge, along tree canopied roads to reach the completely renovated year-round home, nestled in the quiet hillside overlooking 520 acre Franklin Pierce Lake. Every room has a view of the lake. Watch the loons,sunsets and stars from the balcony deck (1/2 fully screened), relax in the sun by the water at the dock deck, or barbecue on the rear deck in the shade of the trees. Bring your own boat or use the 2 kayaks and canoe provided on site. Secluded location on dead-end mountainside road yet within 5 minutes to the highway and Hillsborough shopping.
First floor fully equipped kitchen/dining/living area, 2 bedrooms and bathroom, with three sliders to balcony deck (half of which is screened) and spectacular year round 180 degree view. Spiral stairs to loft bedroom with skylights. Downstairs family room with large windows, table tennis, Foosball, satellite TV, wireless internet, CD/DVD, hi-fi system and 1/2 bath with washer/dryer
Winter Use: Not available
Keith and Louise Donington
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Keith and Louise Donington
My wife and I have been renting out the lake house continuously since we finished the complete renovation of the property
Keith and Louise Donington purchased this House in 2004
Why Keith and Louise Donington chose Antrim
The panoramic lake view is incredible all year round, whether sunny, raining or snowing. The house is located near the end of a private dead end road so is secluded, away from traffic, with a wooded mountain behind the property .The lake is clean and is not polluted with millfoil
What makes this House unique
The area is extremely beautiful, and generally uncrowded. The Monadnock Region, 'is the road less traveled' compared to other vacation areas of NH. The beautiful and secluded private setting were the key reasons why we bought the house.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lake is beautiful and perfect for family gathering. Owners were very friendly and gave a personal walk through of the property.
My family and I had a great stay at the lake house - loads of fun for everyone. We loved the kayaks and used them every day. Everything was easy and convenient.
Amazing time and place
Perfect house and lake for a peaceful getaway
Outstanding in every possible way!
Wonderful! This house was absolute perfection. So many places to gather and enjoy the amazing views! You can see the beautiful lake from the kitchen, dining room, porches, game room, sitting area, everywhere! We hosted a couple of families while we were there, and it was perfect for entertaining. The kids all loved the loft bedroom and the game room - you'll never hear the teenagers whine "I'm bored" while in this house!
The house was very well equipped - we didn't want for anything. There were puzzles, board games, oodles of pool noodles, every kitchen appliance we could ask for, and even linens and bath towels were provided. We put the kayaks and the canoe to good use and those were a huge bonus. My husband and I took turns swimming across the lake and back while the other kayaked and that was a fun challenge (about a 1/2 mile each way). We also canoed the whole perimeter of the lake and that took about 2.5 hours and I would definitely recommend going for that, too. The lake was warm, clean, and not busy during the weekdays. Sunsets were beautiful from the house and/or the docks (sunrises were gorgeous too, but you have to take a boat out to see).
We saw some great wildlife, including two bald eagles! We also saw loons, herons, and a porcupine. While the neighboring houses are close, it's hard to notice that because there are many trees and lots of vegetation between the properties. It felt very private, and it was generally very quiet (just one loud party nearby one of the nights - otherwise, just crickets!). Speaking of bugs - there were none?? Strange, I know. I've never spent time near water without mosquitoes feasting!
Honestly, this place was so great I almost don't want to write a review so I can keep it all to myself :-). But the owners here deserve this great review. The house was pristine, communication easy and prompt, and check in easy breezy. This was a big step up from our usual rental (haha in both price and in luxury!), and we're so glad that we splurged. Thank you so much Keith and Louise!!
PS, a few tips: We recommend the German bakery & the Mediterrano restaurant (both delicious and nearby in Hillsboro). We have AT&T and we had zero cell service (yay!), so bring a calling card. It would probably be worth printing up a map in advance in case your GPS loses its signal (ours did not, but some guests' did). Start the shower at the 6 o'clock position (I think the graphic is backwards).
Who could ask for anything more!
We have spent both Christmas and Thanksgiving at this lovely property and can't praise it enough! There are amenities for everyone to enjoy. We had the whole family join us for both holidays and it will always be thought of as a very special place. We were unable to take advantage of the lake activities, due to the time of year....although we did enjoy the sight of a sea plane landing on the water periodically. We loved the wild bird life that came every day to the porch. Even an Eagle visited us! Keith and Louise are the best owners you could wish for....always willing to answer questions and suggest local attractions! We did most of our own cooking, and used the BBQ even on wintery days, as the house was always so warm to come into. We visited an elk farm, had breakfast in our favourite diner in Hillsborough, and loved the restaurant/pub Tooky Mills. With a well stocked Shaw's nearby to get groceries and NE lobster....we had all we could possibly want to make our vacation the very best.
This property provided everything we needed to have a pleasant vacation. Plenty of room and amenities; a beautiful, clean lake; a dock for our boat; privacy; and a great price for what we got! Keith and Louise were gracious enough to help us get our boat to their home, and show us around the property at the start of our vacation-something we haven't experienced before in other rental locations. Not too far from Keene and Concord for those who need to venture out into more populated areas. We didn't feel the need, though. Lots of stairs to manage from the lake to the house, which may bother some, but great for those who want a little extra workout everyday! Franklin Pierce Lake is a clean, milfoil-free lake. Warm waters and not very busy during the week.
House is located on Hillsborough/Antrim border which offers the best of both worlds. Hillborough has several historic sights Franklin Pierce Homestead , Hillsborough Upper Village, and great restaurants (Tooky Mills Pub, Sampan (chinese), High Tide (seafood) ; and specialty shops as well as grocery stores(Shaws supermarket, Corner Store), pharmacy (Rite Aid), Dunkin Doughnuts, McDonalds.
Antrim is a small rural village which offers farm stand (Tenney Farms), small stores and an amazing hardware store (Edmunds).
Alberto's italian restaurant in Bennington
Mt. Monadnock is the most popular mountain for hiking in New England. Mt Sunapee is also nearby.
House is close to Pats Peak and Crotched Mountain ski areas.
Large shopping areas/movies etc ( 45 mins) in nearby cities of Manchester, Concord and Keene.
Other Activities: boating, fishing, bird watching (loons), snowmobiling, snow shoeing
Golf: Angus Lea in nearby Hillsborough is a 9 hole public golf course. Equipment can be rented.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$1395 -$1695/week Reduced rates for returning guests