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Private, Quiet, Lake House: very limited availability

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (9 beds, sleeps 11)

Quiet, artistic, interesting, 5 bedroom, 4 bath, traditional Lake House for family vacations or private retreats. Private cove near Sunapee Harbor; 510' of shoreline. Now taking reservations for the ski season.

Lake Sunapee is 20 feet from the house with views from all rooms except the kitchen and one bedroom which look out to 70' Hemlocks, white pines and hardwoods blazing with color in the fall. Shoreline of 510 feet. No other homes in sight but views to the southern end of Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee.

House is can be wheelchair accessible: no steps into entry, ramps onto front porch and deck. Main bathroom accessible with tub/shower and transfer seat. It's not perfect, but it should accommodate. Call for more details.

Sleeps 11: Five bedrooms (three very spacious), 2 full, 2 half baths, Great Room, enclosed porch with dining area and fully equipped kitchen provide room for gatherings and privacy when needed. Dock and large deck, 510' shoreline and fabulous natural beauty all around outside; HDTV and Internet provide contact with the external world if you want it.

Perfect for nature lovers with unparalleled shoreline access and woods. Enjoy the water by kayak, canoe, power or sailboat and skate, snow shoe or xx ski across the Lake. Of course, swimming/downhill skiing is awesome. Extended families will love to gather in the Great Room (20 x 30'), enclosed porch, or large deck to eat, play board games/puzzles/cards, sing around the player piano or marimba. Spacious house allows for separate spaces with three, large bedrooms and two average sized bedrooms decorated with art and antiques from a family of artists, writers and travelers. Full kitchen supplied to serve everyone comfortably. Two full and two half bathrooms.

Near to major highways, Dartmouth College, Mt. Sunapee Ski Area, and less than 2 hours from Boston.

Email for more information or to make a reservation.

Keywords: Lake House

More Details

Lucy & Greg Young
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

About Lucy & Greg Young

Retired couple still pursuing interests in our nearby shop and studio: artwork, machine shop, woodshop, etc.

Lucy & Greg Young purchased this house in 1957

Why Lucy & Greg Young chose Lake Sunapee

Hemlock Harbor has been in the family since 1957. We love the setting and the house and enjoy sharing it with others who appreciate it. We rent the property to pay the outrageously high property taxes!

What makes this house unique

Hemlock is a marvelous place to relax, gather with family and friends, write/paint/create (27 books were written here) and play. The Great Room is the gathering place inside with a huge table and benches for eating, playing cards, visiting or working on a project in front of the fire or looking out over the Lake. Player piano and marimba provide lively entertainment if you don't want to watch Cable or just read in the seating area. Five bedrooms provide plenty of space; there are seating areas and desks in most. Ground floor wheelchair accessible.

There is limited access to the pristine class 'A' waters of Lake Sunapee and very few properties with 550' of shoreline in a quiet cove. We can see neighbors' docks but no other houses. Winter is magical whether there is snow over the ice for cross country skiing and skidooing or clear for skating. It's a lovely place, charming, not flashy or modern but with what a person really needs available.

Consider an off season retreat with family or friends. Facilitate a retreat for writers, scrabble players, kayakers, photographers. Proprietor available to prepare meals for groups if pre-arranged.


Sunapee House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 upstairs - toilet , shower , Shared shower with pocket doors accessible from both rooms
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1st fl in San Francisco Bedroom, with sink
    Bathroom 4 upstairs - toilet , shower , Shared shower accessible from both bedrooms
    Main Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , 1st floor. Wheelchair accessible: bars, transfer chair.
  • Both upstairs bathrooms each have toilet and sink plus access to shower thru pocket doors.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • San Francisco Room - 1 twin/ single , Bath (toilet & sink) in room. First floor. Door to deck.
    Lakeside Bedroom Upstairs - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2nd fl. View of Lake, adjacent bathroom with shared shower.
    Forrest Side Bedroom upstairs - 3 twin/ single , 2nd fl. Adjacent bathroom with shared shower, roll out cot.
    Music Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1st fl, dr to deck, bathroom in hall. Beds can be kingsized
    Master Bedroom/Gallery - 1 queen , 1st floor, door to deck, sink in room. Picture windows. View
  • Five bedrooms: three main floor, two upstairs. Total of 7 single/twin beds, one double and one queen. Two of the single/twins can be made into a king-sized bed. Linens supplied.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Player piano and rolls, marimba, small instruments, binoculars, lots of books and games, 510' of shoreline, almost 4 acres of land. Great privacy, quiet.


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Private, Quiet, Lake House: very limited availability
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
New Mexico!

Gorgeous location, perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at Lucy's house! The setting is so tranquil and absolutely gorgeous! So private. My kids loved playing near the shore, and we loved spending each day in the crystal clear water. We would absolutely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Lake House Ever!

  • 5 of 5

We had so much fun at Hemlock Harbor lake house...there is so much to do!! Fishing off the dock, kayaking and canoeing, and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Sunapee. Plus, it's just a short walk to town for some fun!

Lucy and Greg were incredible hosts, making sure we were comfortable, showing us the ropes, and letting us play with all the toys! Hopefully, we didn’t disturb them (or the neighbors) too much with our very frequent (and sometimes late night) player piano playing! That was so much fun (and what a workout!)

Everything was just awesome, we have rented a lot of places, and these guys do it top notch (there’s nothing worse than checking in only to find out that toilet paper and dish soap aren’t supplied!! They go way, way, way, above and beyond that!)

We truly had a great time, if we do Sunapee again, they our first call!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot for family

  • 5 of 5

I rented 3 houses on Sunapee for a family wedding nearby and this house was just perfect. We had a pre festivities party and the deck was just the right place to be comfortable. The setting is spectacular and the owners were so helpful with so many things from booking to putting up a sign to let people know that we were staying there.The eclectic nature of the house is charming and the location is wonderful but quiet.This was the house we all gathered at for the down times because it just was comfortable and just fit us all whether on the dock or deck or inside.This is a very special place and is even better than advertised. I hope we can do it again as I feel Lucy and Greg are now friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brewster, MA

Amazing weekend.

  • 5 of 5

I've been meaning to write this for a while, but never got around to it. But this place definitely deserves a 5 Star rating. We had a guys weekend at this location about 2 years ago and it was perfect. It was the ideal spot for just eating, drinking, swimming out to the rocks, playing poker, and spending hours playing the ring toss game. It's not your ordinary bar version, but a 30ft+ rope version. I'm pretty sure some of the guys are already planning another escape to this little getaway after the summer madness is over.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vienna, Virginia

End of summer vacation

  • 5 of 5

With Hurricane Irene bearing down on New England, it wasn't at all clear that our planned vacation on Sunapee would work out...but we ended up with a perfect week of weather, in as an idyllic a spot as you can find on the Big Lake, tucked in the back of a quiet cove with a long water view out through the channel and Mt. Sunapee in the distance. You can see how the house survived the 1938 hurricane. Swimming was great for the kids (lots to explore in the rocky waters), the dock accomodated the power boat (tho some navigation in the rocky channel is needed...), the entertainment areas of the house wonderful for us and the friends who visited, house large enough to provide quiet spaces when needed, and the four plus acres around the house make it very private indeed. The Youngs are interesting/interested people and perfect hosts...Greg stayed in the carriage house next door during the hurricane to make sure all was well, and Mary a wealth of information on the pedigree of the old house and the surrounding area. We'll be back....

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's wonderful to have guests who appreciate watching a hurricane blow by from our three season porch! The following week of sunshine was ample reward for the day of rain, but Hemlock Harbor has always seemed to be a place where it is comforting to "hunker in" and read, play cards around the big table or just relax. We are delighted to have guests who appreciate the special qualities of our quiet, rocky harbor and the details of a home that has heard a lot of music and laughter.
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Wilbraham, MA

Hemlock Harbor - A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Hemlock Harbor with our extended family for a number of years now. We have enjoyed our time here more and more every year. All members of our family, from babies to grandparents, have enjoyed spending time at this wonderful house.

The house is spacious and overflowing with charm. The master bedroom is large and has its own access to the deck overlooking the lake. Everyone morning we would wake up to a picturesque view of the lake out our window. There is a large porch on the back of the house with a table that had room for our whole family. There is another large table in the great room in front of a beautiful stone fireplace, which was a great place for games in evening. The kitchen is well stocked with whatever you need. There is a large pantry and two refrigerators which is wonderful when feeding a large group.

The location is fabulous. It is located on a quiet cove that is perfect for kayaking, swimming or just relaxing. They have a great dock, with room to tie up our power boat and canoe. The house is located at lake level, not that common on Lake Sunapee, which makes it easy for the youngest and oldest members of the family to access the water. The property is very private making you feel that you almost have the lake to yourself. The house is located not from Sunapee Harbor. My sister and I enjoyed many early morning walks along the lake to the Harbor.

Finally, Lucy and Greg are wonderful hosts. They go out of their way to make you feel at home in their house and truly seem to enjoy sharing their little bit of paradise with others.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It has been a delight to share Hemlock Harbor with extended families. Each year we meet sisters and brothers, new little ones and members of the older generations. Family vacations seem to work well here because there are places to gather and enough space to have time away from one another. We appreciate our returning renters and welcome new people who will appreciate our home and the beauties of Lake Sunapee as much as we do!
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Car: necessary

Hemlock Harbor is very private. The house is located in a harbor with a few other houses that are not visible from our house. However, Sunapee Harbor is within walking distance and there is a lot of activity there during the summer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

New Hampshire Room Tax of 9% of rental fee needs to be additional to rental rate. This internet format doesn't seem to be taking in that information correctly, sorry! Also winter rates also include utilities.

Traveloers pay refundable security deposit of $500 to hold reservation; 1/2 of total rental and NH Rooms tax 2 months before stay; balance of 1/2 rental and taxes one month before stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.