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Big Squam Waterfront---Sleeps 12

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Very Large Rental on Big Squam Lake - 8 Bedrooms-

Main house has 4 bedrooms, large fireplace, full kitchen and large porch. 'School House' has 4 bedrooms, shower bath, washer and dryer upstairs. 'School House' first floor has pool table, darts, fitness equipment, fireplace and sitting area.

Southern exposure - Full sun on dock from 9am through 8 pm.

Raft with Diving Tower.

Two-person kayak, canoe, paddle board/windsurfer, row boat, etc available.

Main house beds

#1 Queen

#2 Queen and bunks

#3 Bunks

#4 Two twins

School house beds

#1 Queen

#2 Queen

#3 Two twins

#4 Three twins

#5 Layway in den

Keywords: Big Squam, Southern exposure, swim raft,

More Details

Owner
John Mulroe
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2017

About John Mulroe

Camp Penowee was originally a summer camp for Groton School and was purchased by the Headmaster (great grandfather) in 1906. The two original sleeping quarters remain for your enjoyment.

John Mulroe purchased this house in 1896

Why John Mulroe chose Lakes Region

We decided to rent in 2011 when we moved to Tampa and were not able to enjoy it every weekend.

What makes this house unique

Our location is very quiet. Our closest neighbor is 100 yards away.

The lake is 10 feet from the house.

Map

We have southern exposure, so you will get sun on the dock from early morning until 7:00pm.

Amenities

Holderness House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (0), Twin or Single Beds (7), Child Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.2 based on 10 reviews
5

Authentic Squam Lake Camp Lodge and Schoolhouse

  • 5 of 5

Penowee is one of the original, authentic Squam Lake camps built around the turn of the century. Since it was constructed as a summer camp for a private school, the main lodge is located directly on Big Squam waterfront, literally ten feet from the lake. In addition to the main lodge, which has three bedrooms, a large living room, a kitchen, bathroom and a beautiful front porch, the property also includes a schoolhouse with many bedrooms upstairs (including a full bathroom with shower) and a large game room downstairs, which is perfect for guests and for teenage kids who enjoy having their own space, etc.

Given its age, Penowee is in very good condition, and while rustic, it is very comfortable and includes all of the basic amenities for a summer stay on the lake. The owners are very helpful and there is a caretaker for the property who is readily available in case of any issues.

The setting is pretty private, on a very nice cove for swimming, fishing, and other water sports. The location is close enough to town to be convenient, and far enough away to be a bit out in the woods, with full sun during most of the day. The property is set back enough to be shady on a warm summer day and we spent a great deal of time on the amazing porch for meals and family time together. The main house and schoolhouse can accommodate a large group or family easily and is perfect for a family reunion or family vacation with the kids and grandparents.

This property is also dog friendly, and we were able to bring our dogs, which was a great plus and a rare thing on Squam, where many properties are not pet friendly. The kitchen includes all of the basic amenities, wide variety of cooking gear, and the largest frying pan you will ever see. There are two bathrooms in the property, including one in the main house and one in the schoolhouse that includes a shower--hot water was plentiful and there is also a washer/dryer.

The dock out front is great and very convenient for swimming, sunning, or just reading or chilling by the water. There is a float with at diving ladder as well, and we docked our rental motorboat there with no issues. Fishing on the cove is very good and kids can catch fish from the dock.

The owners were a pleasure to deal with. Good place to go for a real On Golden Pond experience where you can disconnect from the real world and really take advantage of what Squam Lake has to offer. We enjoyed our week long stay and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Hampshire
2

Great location but house needs attention

  • 2 of 5

This house has so much potential. Squam lake is beautiful and quiet and this house is in a great spot. The water is crystal clear. Our family had 5 adults & 4 kids stay here. We enjoyed sitting on the dock and the kids had a great time swimming. We also liked the big porch on back overlooking the lake. We brought kayaks and enjoyed going out and seeing loon families. Our biggest concern with this house is that the school house where we planned to have the kids sleep only has one smoke alarm at top of stairs on second floor and those stairs are only way to get out if there's a fire unless you jump out a window. There are old mattresses, rugs and furniture stored there as well and because it's an old building, seemed very unsafe. Several mattresses in school house were also replaced upon our request because they had critters living in them. We also hammered in a bunch of nails that were sticking out on swim dock which could use some TLC. An earlier review stated the house needs a good cleaning and we agree. The cleaning person who has a few hours to clean between check out and check in of next guests did a great job of main areas like bathrooms. However blankets and pillows were old and did not seem clean. We had sleeping bags and did not use. There is a lot of dust and dirt under and behind furniture with clothes and other items that were clearly dropped by other guests and never found. It appears that the house just isn't ever given a really good cleaning each year and it's much more than one cleaning person could do in a few hours. I believe there was only one smoke alarm in main house as well but 2 doors and windows on ground floor to climb out if necessary.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. You were the first group to use the schoolhouse and apparently the cleaners did not do a good job of scrubbing away the long winter season. You should have mentioned that the cleaners were there the next day to address all of your needs. Also, I am not aware of many houses in the United States that have 2 different stairways from the second floor. You also forgot to mention that the caretaker stopped by to install more smoke detectors to try to accommodate your concerns. Please remember that the buildings were built over 100 years ago and we want to keep the old Squam lake charm. Thanks again for staying at Camp Penowee.
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Annapolis, MD
4

Squam Lake Family Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Camp Penowee is very large with a separate 'schoolhouse' where three grandsons (16, 14 and 12) stayed. They enjoyed the independence and the pool table, darts and other games. The large covered porch is ideal for family dining and the rockers and hammocks for relaxing and enjoying the view of the lake. The cove is very quiet and we were thrilled to have several bald eagle sightings and many photo ops with loons and their baby chicks. The boys made good use of the swim/dive platform as well as the kayak. We had family movie night almost every night, along with chess matches and cribbage games. All three generations had a wonderful family vacation with plenty of room to spare at this traditional lake camp.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The quintessential lake house!!!

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say about Penowee!! What an amazing location, setting and, cabin! We had 5 adults and 7 kids staying here. Then we had family come up from Cape Cod and, lots of old friends from the area. Not once did anyone say, "it's too crowded".

Sun!. All. Day. Long.

Having grown up on the lake but, moved away 20+ years ago, I really fell in love with the location. It's a quick boat trip to town and, an equally quick trip by car.

We had the time of our lives and, have already booked our week for summer 2015!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The quintessential lake house!!!

  • 5 of 5

There is so much to say about Penowee!! What an amazing location, setting and, cabin! We had 5 adults and 7 kids staying here. Then we had family come up from Cape Cod and, lots of old friends from the area. Not once did anyone say, "it's too crowded".

Sun!. All. Day. Long.

Having grown up on the lake but, moved away 20+ years ago, I really fell in love with the location. It's a quick boat trip to town and, an equally quick trip by car.

We had the time of our lives and, have already booked our week for summer 2015!!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Classic Lakeside Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family of 12, including teens and a grandmom, recently spent a fantastic week at this classic Squam Lake camp. This was our first trip back to the lake in 16 years and the house and lake did not disappoint! The house came fully equipped with plenty of bedding, utensils, cookware and storage - including the largest frying pan I have ever seen! We had plenty of room to sprawl between the two buildings - a real plus when traveling with teenagers. The main room of the house is cozy yet feels very large due to the soaring wood ceilings. Our family had tons of fun on the lake and just as much fun in the evenings playing board games on the deck and looking through all the historic photos and mementos on display in the lodge. The dock and swim platform areas are in full sun all day, unlike other homes we looked into, allowing for plenty of swim time. We did rent a large pontoon boat in Little Squam and spend countless hours navigating the coves of the lake and we especially loved revisiting "jumping rock" in Rattlesnake Cove which included a visit by the ice cream boat! The last night of our trip was spent enjoying the camp's DVD of "On Golden Pond", which was something really special. All in all, a fantastic family trip. I highly recommend this property if you are looking for a classic Squam Lake experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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