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SOLD OUT: Solar Post and Beam Home on the shore of Lake Umbagog

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

Our house is located right on Lake Umbagog. You have private swimming and a dock steps away from the front porch. This is the perfect place to find quiet and rest in a beautiful post-and-beam lakefront home. Nestled in the heart of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, we are eco-friendly, totally off the grid, and use solar with propane generator support for energy. We supply all-organic soaps in the bathrooms and organic and fragrance-free laundry soap and fabric softener. If you want contact with the outside world, we have excellent, high speed WiFi. You will have cell service if you are a Verizon cell customer through our Verizon Network Extender.

Listen to the loons while you drink your morning coffee on our large open air porch right off the kitchen or on our private dock. Your closest neighbor is 1/2 mile away by water. Enjoy an afternoon on the screened porch or second floor deck. At night, make a fire in the fire pit down by the lake after your dinner you've cooked on the Weber gas grill. That's what we used to do with our kids.

You’ll find 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms plus a large open sleeping loft off the cathedral ceiling balcony.

The house sleeps 7 (4 adults and 3 kids max due to our well capacity). We have 2 1/2 baths (one full bath on the first floor), a great sound system, Netflix using our Roku internet system, a grand piano and DVD/VCR to play rentals you can get at the Errol General Store. Use our canoes or bring your own and tie up to our dock. Put your boat in at the Public Boat Launch on Rt 26. Bring your dog and enjoy miles of wilderness walks. You’ll go home rested, refreshed and rejuvenated.

We’re a short distance to exceptional fly and lake fishing, fabulous hiking, and flat and white-water paddling. There’s trout fishing on the Rapid River and Androscoggin. A short drive gets you to Grafton Notch and the Appalachian Trail for hiking. And of course, there’s paddling on the incomparable Lake Umbagog as well as the Androscoggin and Megalloway Rivers. The canoe is just steps away from the gorgeous covered deck right off the full kitchen.

Keywords: Lake Umbagog, lakefront, wilderness, loons, bass, fishing, kayaking, paddling, canoeing, off-grid

More Details

Property Manager
Gail Kilkelly
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Gail Kilkelly

The house was built by well-known post and beam contractor Tom Bembridge and our father in 1993 .Our family and dogs have enjoyed this spectacular property since 1968. Gail and her brothers spent their childhood summers on Lake Umbagog. Now their children have learned to swim, sail, fish and paddle as they continue to do today. This is the perfect spot for your entire family. We provide personalized service and look forward to meeting you! Arthur and Gail Kilkelly are both teachers (Community College of Vermont and South Burlington High School) and serve as the property managers.

Gail Kilkelly purchased this house in 1993

Why Gail Kilkelly chose Great North Woods

This is Gail's mother's house. We rent it to help meet the costs of her medical needs.

What makes this house unique

This property affords you time to think, to dream, to find your creative spirit. You'll leave with peace in your heart, sun on your face, and a renewed sense of energy and purpose of life.

Guestbook comments from the manager

No need to describe the Wilderness Lodge Experience... it sells itself and no words can do it justice! Enjoyed an unusually warm late-summer week free of rain and full of sun. Thanks Gail and Arthur for the opportunity to share in your family history and amazing location on Lake Umbagog. Hope to see you all again in the future.
Aug 2014
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Errol House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    First floor - toilet , shower
  • 3
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Loft - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Open sleeping loft shares bath with Bedroom # 2.
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , En suite 1/2 bath
    King Bedroom - 1 king , One king with en suite full bath
  • Bedroom # 2 shares an ensuite full bath with the sleeping loft.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Grand Piano for your practice or pleasure! Fishing off the dock, the call of loons in the early morning and evening, watch eagles soar overhead. Quiet privacy and restful surroundings.


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SOLD OUT: Solar Post and Beam Home on the shore of Lake Umbagog
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Providence, RI

Wonderful week-long stay in late August...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, quiet, secluded, wonderfully comfortable and well-equipped off-the-grid home. Perfect place to get away and kick back...or be as active as you want! We swam, paddled, fished, hiked, biked and had a great time exploring the lake, nearby rivers, and area parks. Couldn't have asked for a better place or more gracious property owners/caretakers.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Allen - We loved having you and your family. Thank you for being such considerate guests!
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Lovely, Tranquil, and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time my family and I have been to the Wilderness Lodge and enjoyed it more this time than we could have imagined. The kids enjoyed the bald eagle sightings, feeding the families of ducks every morning and evening, the deer we saw bounding through the forest, fishing, fishing and more fishing!!! There is so much to discover on the lake and something to do for everyone! We enjoyed starting our morning off with coffee and ending our day with cocktails on the amazing porch that looks out over the lake. Gail and her family are warm and welcoming. There is so much history on this property. They are blessed to have such an amazing piece of heaven and we are blessed that they shared it with us!! We look forward to visiting the Lodge again next year!!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ray and Adrienne - We loved having you and look forward to seeing you and your adorable (and amazing) children again. Best wishes for a wonderful year with your whole family together. Gail and Arthur
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Portland, Connecticut

Wilderness Lodge Review

  • 5 of 5

This was the most comfortable and cozy place we ever vacationed at. The building was spotless and well stocked with all we needed, including a fantastic collection of reading material. We heard and saw loons every day and evening. The grandchildren visited, and we utilized the canoes to explore the various small islands and bays. There is so little boat activity on the Lake that it is like stepping back in history and experiencing what the fur traders and native Americans enjoyed. Most evenings we relaxed on the expansive front porch looking out over the lake. There was a fire pit down by the water and we roasted marshmallows and told stories, some of which were true. A small dock will accommodate a boat and moter if desired. We were quite content to fish for smallmouth bass from the canoes. There is a great expanse of water in the front of the cottage and would make for some great fun with a small sailboat. I was mostly content to paint and photograph the area. This was a vacation we will never forget and we hope we can return.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kerry - The photographs you've shared with me are magical. We're so pleased that the entire family had an enjoyable time. We hope we see you again next year!
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Goffstown, NH

Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to the Wilderness Lodge was the best. The house and property were like a giant playground for us to explore. The view of beautiful Lake Umbagog from the house was great. At night we would sit under a blanket of stars and have a nice fire down by the lake. We loved listening to the loons sing. This is a great place for families of all ages. Our sixth month old loved kicking his little legs in the lake, his first time in Lake Umbagog :) Our dogs loved swimming in the lake too!

Thank you to Gail and her family for sharing their lovely home with us. The Wilderness Lodge provided us with lasting memories. We hope to visit the home again! Thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your darling family at the house. Thank you for being such thoughtful guests. We hope we see you again next year.
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Inwood, WV


  • 5 of 5

I am reluctant to submit this as this is one of those places that should be kept a secret! The Wilderness Lodge is a special place which remains unspoiled by the clutter of the world. My family and I had a most wonderful and relaxing week. The seclusion and quiet are perfect for those who want to spend time together, enjoy nature, and make memories. It was wonderful to get away from the busy world (and cell phones) and concentrate on life's simple pleasures. The farthest we ventured was to get ice cream in Errol which was the most amazing ice cream ever! The kindness of Gail and her husband made our visit even more enjoyable. The lake is beautiful and provided hours of enjoyment! We love watching the wildlife. There were tadpoles and fish in the lake, many birds, adorable chipmunks, and even a meandering moose! Lovely week!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atkinson, NH

A true wilderness experience

  • 5 of 5

It's all about location to us, and this spot is unique. Staying here and being on the lake is like going back in time. It's about as far away from the Las Vegas experience as you can get. Your don't even realize what quiet is until you have been away from the city for a few days. The silence is profound. The cry of the loon is the very auditory definition of wilderness. Now and then, you can hear a pack of coyotes in the distance, or even the occasional owl.

And the stars. When was the last time you saw the milky way? On a clear night you can see forever into the heavens. No light pollution. The full moon rising across the lake is breathtaking.

The "lodge" is comfortable and spacious but not "prissy". It's comfort can make you want to just hang out there, relax and enjoy it. But you really need to get out and explore a bit to really experience the best of what this unique location has to offer. By water was our first choice. A "must see" is a visit to the Bald Eagles nest about 8 miles north by water. By motor boat it's a pretty short run.We prefer a slower paddle by kayak. The shore line of the lake is irregular and there are many places you can explore that are not accessible by powerboat. It is rare to find a lake this large that is not all waked-up by large speed boats and jet skis. It is possible to quietly paddle a kayak or canoe without getting swamped, although the wind can come up and make the lake rough at times. Weekends there is more boat traffic, but sometimes midweek you can find yourself nearly alone on the lake. Riding up either of the rivers is pretty cool, but a long paddle. I trolled a line behind the kayak, and what seemed like snags turned out to be 1-2lb bass!

We did a day trip to Screw Auger Falls a few miles away, and we hiked part of the Appalachian Trail up Old Spec Mountain which you can see from the front porch. The bugs can be brutal if you venture into the woods, but we were prepared with plenty of bug spray and long sleeve shirts. Dusk is the time to hide indoors until it cools and the bugs go away. The AP trail is beautiful, but we were glad to get back and take a warm shower and unwind around the fireplace.

At dusk, we took drives to spot moose. We were more successful once we learned the best spots from some of the locals. We even saw a big bull moose walking along the access road!

Except for the Balsams, nearby restaurant are only OK. Our best meals were ones we cooked ourselves on the grill.

We WILL be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you as guests. Hope you return next year! Gail and Arthur
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Nearest Point of Interest
The Wilderness Lodge
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Public Boat Launch
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Errol General Store
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LL Cote
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Colebrook, NH
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Berlin/Gorham, NH
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Bethel, Maine
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Turn Off to Mountain Pond Road
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Dixville Notch
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The Balsams Hotel

Exceptional bird watching opportunities from the porch and dock. Concrete public boat launch 3 miles across the lake. Fish for small mouth bass, pickerel, pike, salmon.


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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change prior to receiving $ 500.00 Reservation Fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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