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Squam Lakeside Cottage - Spend Your 2018 Vacation on Golden Pond!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bdrms, 1 1/2 baths, sleeps eight, all bed/bath linens provided, full kitchen

Spend your 2018 vacation on picturesque Squam Lake, the site of the movie 'On Golden Pond'. In fact, the movie's producer, Bruce Gilbert, spent the summer with his family in this beautiful knotty pine cottage on the lake while the movie was being filmed. Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing from the private dock and hear the loons calling at night and in the early morning. Very private wood road location, yet conveniently located a short drive from Holderness shopping and marinas. Easy day trips to a wide variety of sights, including The Science and Wildlife Center in Holderness, the outlet stores in North Conway, the Mt. Washington Auto Road, or even the Maine coast for lunch and a visit to the L.L. Bean store. Enjoy the numerous nearby mountain trails. Explore Squam Lake's many hidden coves and indulge yourself in the unforgettable sights of this unspoiled, clear-water, mountain-region lake from a bygone era. Perfect for Summer lake activities or Fall Foliage viewing! Choice dates still available - call or email now!

Lake Activities: Private 70-foot dock can accommodate two or more boats. Bring your own boat (boat launch ramp is less than a mile away) or rentals are available from 3 nearby marinas.

Picnic on one of the many public access islands on the lake. Enjoy water-skiing, tubing, and wake boarding.....canoeing and kayaking are also popular activities.

7-mile-long lake features many secluded fishing areas away from swimmers and skiers.

Tours by boat of the 'On Golden Pond' movie sites on the lake are available in nearby Holderness -- visit 'Purgatory Cove' where Henry Fonda clung to the rocks waiting for Katherine Hepburn to dive in and rescue him. Later you can dine at Walter's Basin, the Holderness restaurant named for the movie's biggest lake trout catch.

Attend Sunday-morning (non-denom) services on Church Island in a stunning outdoor setting (Memorial Day thru Labor Day).

Explore a wide variety of lake features: The Narrows, jump off The Rock in Rattlesnake Cove, nesting Bald Eagles (June/early July) on Little Loon Island, Dog Cove and, of course, the loons of Squam.

Mountains: Hike the many nearby mountain trails of Mts. Morgan and Percival, East and West Rattlesnake (an easy climb with a glorious view of the entire lake) and Mt. Chocorua. Further north you can find the Presidential Range of the White Mountains including famous Tuckerman's Ravine and Mt Washington, the tallest peak east of the Mississippi, with its Auto Road or Cog Railway options for those who don't want to hike it on foot but want to enjoy the views from the top. Many more mountain climbs of varying difficulty are within a short drive.

Local Attractions: Some of the many local attractions of the area include The Science and Wildlife Center in Holderness, featuring a wide array of rescued animals from the local area plus many educational activities.

The Polar Caves are just a short drive away in West Plymouth and The Cannon Mountain Gondolas are just a bit further north in Franconia.

Many other natural wonders can be found in the Franconia Notch area including The Flume, The Gorge, The Basin, Indian Head Mountain and outstanding mountain views. And don't miss the new 'Old Man of the Mountain' Memorial attraction, which re-creates that spectacular iconic natural rock formation.

More Details

Property Manager
Jim Alvord
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Jim Alvord

Our family has been vacationing on Squam Lake since the early 1920's. My paternal grandmother was born and grew up in nearby Plymouth NH; she maintained a summer residence on Squam beginning in 1923. My father brought the first pair of water skis to Squam Lake in the late 1930's; until then, the aquaplane was the most daring water activity on Squam.

Jim Alvord purchased this house in 1952

Why Jim Alvord chose Holderness

Vintage lake cottage, well maintained and updated appropriately, features a fieldstone fireplace for warming those nippy lakeside nights. Our cottage is situated in a quiet cove, yet is only a short boat ride from the Holderness channel and nearby shopping and marinas to gas up and stock up on picnic necessities for your day on the lake.

What makes this house unique

Share a piece of Hollywood film history.....'On Golden Pond', the Oscar-winning film of Ernest Thompson's memorable book, was filmed here on Squam and the film's producer, Bruce Gilbert and his family stayed in our cottage for the entire summer and early fall that year. Visit the locations of your favorite scenes from the film -- lake tours are available daily from Holderness Center. Eat lunch or dinner at Walter's Basin in town, named for the movie's famous and elusive lake bass.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What took a long good-bye boat ride to see the eagle nest, the loons and the lake itself showed up with all its glory! Squam Lake was a mirror image and the loons could not be ruffled...they were there to wish us a safe journey home. Even the bald eagle stood very still on its perch so pictures could be taken!

Our treasure was being with friends....a fabulous time was had by all!

Memories are made of such times as these. Thank you to all the Alvords for rekindling memories of many years ago and making new ones to carry forever! Now we must Simmer Down....stretch it out.....and leave this wonderful place.

Filled with love,
Oct 2008
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Holderness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Lake view.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Lake view.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Lake view.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Downstairs/bunk beds/adjacent to full bath.
  • Bedrooms #1,2 and 3 are upstairs and have windows to the lake view. Bedroom #4 is downstairs adjacent to the full bath (convenient for seniors).
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Household pets are welcome. Downstairs bedroom is suitable for elderly or infirm. Fully-equipped kitchen with new appliances and washer/dryer. All bed and bath linens provided. 70-ft. private dock can accommodate any and all types of boats/watercraft. Great swimming location with mostly-sandy bottom, very gentle slope from the shore to well beyond the end of the dock. Amount of beach area depends on time of year, as water level drops throughout the summer, exposing more of the sandy shoreline (some small rounded rocks are pushed up onto the shore each year by the ice).


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Squam Lakeside Cottage - Spend Your 2018 Vacation on Golden Pond!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

A real GEM!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I celebrated our 26th anniversary here.

The house was perfect. Driving down a private road right to the waters edge. We spent our days boating, swimming, and just sitting on the dock watching the world go by. Hoping for a return visit in 2018!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love that you decided to celebrate your 25th Anniversary at our lake house! Reminiscent of many family celebrations over the years that we've also experienced at Squam! Hope you can return soon. --The Alvords
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Fabulous vacation!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to relax in a beautiful setting, this is the place. We spent long hours sitting in the sun at the end of the private dock, fishing, swimming and just enjoying the views. The home was clean, comfortable and stocked with everything you need for a great vacation. Take a ride up Mount Washington for some spectacular sights. The Squam Lake Natural Science Center is minutes from the house and a fun day trip for the kids. I would highly recommend this rental to a friend.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hingham, Massachusetts

Wonderful and Relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage on Squam. Hope to stay again soon!

Randy and Mark

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Manchester NH Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Common Man - Ashland, NH
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Waukewan Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-93, Exit 24 Lakes Region
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Walter's Basin
Car: recommended

Lakeside cottage is located approximately one mile north of Holderness, New Hampshire, on route 113 on Kesumpe Cove, between Cotton Cove and Shadbush Cove on the map. Conveniently near Holderness Center, but secluded and private accommodations...our private wood road services only 4 family-owned lake houses -- very private, quiet, relaxing atmosphere! Water-ski or sail during the day, kayak or canoe early or late, enjoy the stars at night -- your private dock has room for 2-3 boats and a sandy bottom for best swimming. Just a short ride to the nearby marinas for gas and supplies for your days on the lake. View from the dock is of Shepard Hill across the lake and east to Sunset Rock and further up the lake several miles. Hike the several mountains that ring the lake for spectacular views in every direction. Squam Lake features Sunday non-denominational services on Chocourua Island (Church Island) all summer -- just a 15-minute boat ride away. See where many local folks have been married and where their children were christened outdoors in the natural beauty of the Lakes Region.

Other Activities: New skating rink in nearby Plymouth!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $175
Refundable damage deposit $500

Contact owner for special occupancy dates or needs. Monthly rental is defined as four consecutive weeks, beginning on Saturday and ending on the fourth following Saturday. Check-in (3 pm) and check-out (11 am) times are firm to allow for necessary cleaning and efficient transition.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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