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Quiet, Modernized Family Heritage Property on Beautiful Province Lake

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The spiral staircase ascends to sleeping loft

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Last updated: 08/14/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Best description is one found in our logbook.

The verse spells PROVINCE LAKE using the first letters on the left column.
Quite clever and fun. Thanks to our Pennsylvania guests from August, 2013.

P eaceful
R elaxing
O ut in the boats... everyday
V enturing across the lake to Maine
I ncredibly beautiful weather
N estling into our books
C ampfires lakeside, s'mores galore
E njoying grilledfood on the deck

L aughing together
A dmiring the stunning view
K eeping an watch out for the loons
E veryone enjoying our week here, Thank You


The Big Camp History: Ben B. Towne, Sr. (B.B.,our grandfather) started coming to Province lake in the 1920's for camping trips. As the photo shows, the old model A Ford would have provided a somewhat long and bumpy journey from Boston. When the cabin next to the campsite became available in the 1930's, B.B. was quick to purchase it. Fondly called 'The Big Camp,' this same lake cabin has been a family retreat for over 80 years. Ben B. Towne,Jr.,his son,inherited. Ben's wife, Joy, lived there every summer until 2010 when she moved to a retirement home.Our family (of the three siblings) bought the family camp and we are just now making The Big Camp available to a select clientèle.

We are seeking renters who will respect this heritage property while enjoying the same quiet and restfulness which has created in our memories 'the most beautiful spot on earth.'

Scrapbook of local attractions: We are continually updating a binder which has local hikes, points of interest, restaurants and things to do when you are not at the camp.The dock is at the foot of a long stairway coming down from the deck. It is private from the general public.
The dock and its' sitting area are shared with the owner .The owners of the property have a small camp on an adjacent lot and stay occasionally in the ' Li'l' Camp'. (see photos) They will help the renters with any questions or concerns on the Saturday night. Owners are most often only around on the weekend.
Well behaved dog(s) are welcome. The lake is ideal for swimming dogs. . Please do not bring your cat.
Plan on bringing your bicycle and helmets as the road into the lake has recently been paved and offers a very smooth albeit hilly ride to the corner store.

Log Book: A log book has been kept at the lake since 1940's. We ask all our guests if they would write some comments= even draw pictures! Many of the reviews I added to the website are directly from the logbook.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    en suite full bath...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    queen fold down...moreless

  • Loft: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    overlooks living...moreless

  • Sliding door closes for the Master Bedroom and en suite full bath. Other sleeping areas are in open space. Fold down queen sleeper sofa is comfortable. (some aren't) We used the loft as a sleeping space for the kids when they were growing up. It is reached by a spiral staircase and has a venting skylight which gets the breezes off the lake at night. The Queen bed in the loft is a platform/mattress . Two single twin beds are on platforms in the loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    en suite with MBR...moreless

  • The small W/C: toilet

    off Living Room...moreless

  • The half bath is off the back hallway and is is available for the loft an living room sofa sleepers. (so as not to have to access the full bath)...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Assorted DVD selection is available on-site. X-box and games are available as well as several of board games. The dock area is shared with the back camp- our l sailing dinghy is docked here as well. Occasionally, when the wind is right, I will need access to the dock to lauch the sailboat.A new suspension bridge this summer will allow us private access to the dock....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Ha rd back and soft cover from the local library book sale. Bestsellers, cozy reads. Trade them out with one you bring....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player:

    Samsung Blue Ray...moreless

  • Games:

    Your old favorite board games- Clue, monopoly, chess, stratigo, pictionary, dominios as well as jigsaw puzzles...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner Basic...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Has hook ups to input your ipd,ipad or computer...moreless

  • Television:

    27 inch Flat Screen...moreless

  • Video Game Console:

    x-box and games available...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Many titles available on bookcase.Local store has current titles for rent....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lake View:

    Deck and dock area have panoramic views of the lake. Deck is on southern side of house with spendid sun throughout the day. Parts of deck are in shade depending on time of day....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    The Lake House sits on a bluff overlooking the lake. There is no road between the house and the lake. There are some motorboats on the lake....moreless

  • Rural:

    Province lake is 'off the beaten track' If you like hustle and bustle, this is probably not the spot for you...moreless

  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront:

    100 feet of shoreline. Retaining wall leads to dock system....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stackable...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    Laptop can access internet through Firefox. Computer on desk....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    In living room, firewood supplied There is also an open firepit lakeside for s'mores and jiffy pop...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Heating:

    PropaneWallHeater, Electric heat in Bedroom and bathrooms...moreless

  • Internet:

    Road Runner High Speed...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets for all beds- these will be on the final cleaning list. Some guests bring their own....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking:

    Up to six vehicles around circle and in parking spaces around camp...moreless

  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    LandLine comes through internet 603-522-3795. 911 service available Verizon Cell Phone Enhancer. Other services get one bar. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels and hand towels but guests bring own beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stackable...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless Router...moreless

  • Fax

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    We supply filters ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All potsand pans etc available. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All provided, although some larger party guests use paper plates...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Fully electric stove microwave and fridge. Well appointed and spacious....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    over the counter...moreless

  • Oven:

    Stove, electric...moreless

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    Paddleboat two person, one dog Old windsurfer rigged for sailing Larger windsurfer used as stand up paddleboard Occasionally the rowboat is availble...moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    expansive=you may not want to leave...moreless

  • Golf:

    Within 2 miles award winning 18 hole course open to public, Driving Range, putting green, virtual golf...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoe-16 foot aluminum grummand paddles and life jackets available two single kayaks and paddles available...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Recent guests used the lawn for badmiton that they brought...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Webber Charcoal...moreless

  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.9
from 13 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer-fall
Jun 25 - Oct 15, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,350
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,350

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $95
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

At all times, because we have so many inquiries, the deposit and/or a firm commitment will secure the reservation. In three years of rental, this system has been the most reliable. The rate of Lodging tax in New Hampshire is 9%. We are registered with the NH tax and revenue department.


Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Potland Maine, Boston, Logan, Manchester Regional
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Province Lake Golf Course
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Province Lake Golf Course
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Province Lake Golf Clubhouse
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
King Pine Ski Area
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
Wells Maine

Car: Necessary

Pristine Province Lake is 1000 acres (About 2 square miles.). Boating, fishing, sailing and yes, even swimming! The lake is 17 feet deep and is not unbearably cold. In August, it is over 80 degrees in a hot summer. Public launch and private dock for your boat or PWC. Golf at mountain view Province Lake Golf, a challenging and fun 18 hole course within 3 miles. Shop at tax free outlets in Conway and North Conway- about 35 minutes away. Hike in the White Mountains- exhilarating summits and waterfall hikes are easy day trips from the lake. Local restaurants provide 3 star service. However, once you relax on our large deck, you may not want to leave!!! We hardly ever left.

Other Activities: No Smoking in camp

Golf: Provence Lake Golf Course is an award-winning public course. Rentals of equipment are possible. overlooks the lake and distant mountains.

There is a driving range and a practice putting green. Large patio area with gazebo and Saturday night live bands. Mulligans Pub has excellent food and live oldies bands on Saturday night. We bring our dog to the ice cream patio- can still hear the music and have waiter service there. Dress code is no denim, no t shirts.You know, golf stuff.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1981

About: Francois married into the Towne Family. Cindel, his wife, had been going up to the family camp every summer of her life. at one time the property was a three season home for her parents. when her mother was going into a retirement community in Connecticut, we bought the property for future generations to enjoy. He is semi-retired from his dental practice now only working one day a week....

Why Effingham, NH, USA:
This property and the lake are the most relaxing spots on the planet. ( in my humble estimation) Everyone who has been a guest here seems to agree. Forget the hustle and bustle of city life. relax and enjoy our quiet lake in New Hampshire.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
There is a feeling of letting go immediately upon your first view of the lake from the deck. Cindel and I can spend endless hours just sitting and letting the sun relax our minds.


Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the property manager

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Photos

  • The spiral staircase ascends to sleeping loft

    The spiral staircase ascends to sleeping loft

  • The 'Oh My Gosh' moment when you see the lake for the first time

    The 'Oh My Gosh' moment when you see the lake for the first time

  • Another view of the deck

    Another view of the deck

  • Our birch boundary fence with the neighbors. Their house cannot be seen.

    Our birch boundary fence with the neighbors. Their house cannot be seen.

  • Fully appointed kitchen with all the electric stove

    Fully appointed kitchen with all the electric stove

  • The small half bed off living room

    The small half bed off living room

  • Tha Gazebo in the Garden in the Central circular drive.

    Tha Gazebo in the Garden in the Central circular drive.

  • A calm day on the lake reflects the sky.Thanks to Peter's fine photography!

    A calm day on the lake reflects the sky.Thanks to Peter's fine photography!

  • The twin beds in the loft under the skylight

    The twin beds in the loft under the skylight

  • View from the end of the dock looking up to th Big Camp

    View from the end of the dock looking up to th Big Camp

  • The gazebo and the summer garden

    The gazebo and the summer garden

  • Cindel often tries to have fresh flowers from the garden.

    Cindel often tries to have fresh flowers from the garden.

  • Your First View of the Big Camp at the end of Oak Avenue

    Your First View of the Big Camp at the end of Oak Avenue

  • The expansive deck overlooks the lake and faces south

    The expansive deck overlooks the lake and faces south

  • Webber charcoal grill- with view of lake!

    Webber charcoal grill- with view of lake!

  • Rarely need a fire in the fireplace but it is available for cool mornings

    Rarely need a fire in the fireplace but it is available for cool mornings

  • Loft view with queen platform bed and gable area

    Loft view with queen platform bed and gable area

  • Full Bath/shower off Master Bed room

    Full Bath/shower off Master Bed room

  • Grandfather's camping trip to site 1921. Same Quiet and View 90 years later.

    Grandfather's camping trip to site 1921. Same Quiet and View 90 years later.

  • Last summer there were three bald eagles on the lake. J.Winslow Photo.

    Last summer there were three bald eagles on the lake. J.Winslow Photo.

  • The master bedroom

    The master bedroom

  • View from top of the spiral staircase looking into living room. Wide angle makes

    View from top of the spiral staircase looking into living room. Wide angle makes

  • Our smaller " Little Camp" is on the same turning circle. We'll be there sometim

    Our smaller " Little Camp" is on the same turning circle. We'll be there sometim

  • Cindel and Francois- sometimes ( unobtrusively) stay at the "little camp."

    Cindel and Francois- sometimes ( unobtrusively) stay at the "little camp."

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    7
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1.5
  • Property type
    Cottage
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Speaks: english
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