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Lovely Renovated Lake-Front Cottage, Peaceful/Family-Friendly

Bedrooms 4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms plus loft, 2 Baths,

Escape your busy life at cozy 'Crystal Cove', lovely light renovated space with an all-wood, open-plan interior.

Enjoy views of beautiful Crystal Lake and the gentle mountains in the distance. The large wrap-around deck invites you to dine al fresco and listen to the loons.

Or relax on the screened porch a few feet from the water while the kids jump off the dock and swim out to the raft. 200' of private sandy-bottomed, paddle-in waterfront is yours to enjoy, perfect for little ones. Two kayaks and a canoe are waiting for you to explore the lake, PFDs provided.

Plenty of room for all the family with 4 bedrooms: two with queen beds, one with a full, and one with twin beds. Kids love sleeping on 2 twin mattresses in the open loft (watch your head!)

Private and secluded, yet only a couple minutes from convenient corner store for all your needs, including delicious fresh-baked breads and pastries on the weekend! A short 15 minutes drive takes you to Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee with all large lake amenities, restaurants, shopping, mini-golf etc.

Board games and water toys provided but there is no TV at this home because time spent here is about being with family and getting back to the simple pleasures in life. Come and unwind!

Keywords: cottage




Crystal Lake

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Julie

We are a Massachusetts family with three boys. We fell in love with this beautiful cabin because it gives us the opportunity to take time out of our hectic schedules to enjoy family time together.

Julie purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Julie chose Gilmanton

This was the first house we saw! Nothing we saw later could compare...the location, right on the water and on a private road could not be more perfect. It is an easy drive to 'civilization', and yet feels like a complete escape.

What makes this cabin unique

We love having the lake on our doorstep. Kicking off the day with a refreshing swim, or paddling out in a kayak to watch the sunset. It's perfect! And if we're feeling too lazy to make dinner, there's freshly made pizza and icecream just 5 mins away at the Gilmanton Ironworks Market.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful vacation my family had. We spent our days swimming, fishing, boating and napping, Nights were dinners together, by the fire and playing games. Great to have some much time with family
Jul 2011
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Gilmanton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests must print, sign and return to owner the final page (page 6) of the Vacation Rental Agreement.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Loft - 2 child bed , for little people only...very low ceiling!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 3 (with queen and folding cot) is on lower level, walkout to lake, big windows. Quieter, cooler room, ideal for family with little children who go to bed earlier!
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
23' screened porch overlooking water, boat slip/dock and swimming raft, 2 kayaks plus canoe and PFDs, lots of outdoor games (basketball, ping pong, beanbag toss, horseshoe toss, pails and shovels, balls and more). Super firepit at water's edge with plenty of adirondack chairs...great for star-gazing and s'mores! Also indoor board games and books.


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Lovely Renovated Lake-Front Cottage, Peaceful/Family-Friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This cabin gave us one of the best family vacations we have been on.

We spent the week there with our kids and grandkids, ages 1, 3, 10, 12, 25, 27, and even had our parents (in their 70's) visit for a day. The property is easy to get to, plenty of parking, easy to walk to both entry points for the water and fire pit. The amount of land and privacy of the location makes it seem you're the only ones there.

The cove is quiet and private. My young grandchildren could walk right into the sandy bottom lake and run and played in the water (which they did for hours every day). With it gradually getting deeper, by the end of the week they were venturing out to play and swim in deeper water!

The older kids loved swimming out to the raft. They were able to fish right off the dock, they caught a fish with every cast! We went out on the kayaks and canoe every day, which was my favorite thing to do.

The house provided plenty of space for us all. We loved sitting out on the screened porch at night and playing games. In the living room they have the game of ring on a string which we all became obsessed with once we figured out what it was! Make sure you play it. My kids asked if we could get it at home.

It was a week of relaxation and simple pleasures, and we were all really sad to leave at the end of the week. I can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you guys took full advantage of all the fun things to do. So glad there was something for everyone in your group. Great that you guys had such a nice week, thank you very much for the feedback!
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Love Crystal Lake

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love Crystal Lake. This is our 3rd year renting from Julie, she is amazing & super accommodating. We are already planning our trip next year, it’s become a family tradition! There is so much for my kids to do...kayaking, canoeing, ping pong, swimming out to the dock or just relaxing! The house has plenty of room & the property is a great size. I love that we can have guests up & there is plenty of parking for at least 6 cars. Everyone that visits loves it too! Thanks again Julie for another fantastic year! Talk to you soon about next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing makes me happier than hearing that our guests love this place as much as we do. Happy you’ve had another good week there :) Thank you for your nice review!
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This Lakehouse exceeded my expectations. Plenty of room to sleep, allowing everyone to have some private space . The well equipped kitchen was great to cook family meals. The kayaks, basketball hoop and ping pong table were a great addition. We loved sitting by the fire at night and hang out on the large porch in the morning. Nothing quite like starting your day with a cup of coffee looking at the peaceful lake. Close proximity to Alton Bay and the country store down the street was so convenient. I love the fact that linens and bath towels were supplied made for much easier packing the week. The washer and dryer dryer were certainly a bonus. The kids are already asking if we could come back next year!! Thanks for a wonderful week. You have a lovely home.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you had a lovely week, I am so glad. Thanks for choosing Crystal Cove :)
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Weare, NH

Amazing family retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This property provides an amazing homelike feel and was the perfect location for our family retreat. The property was so much more than we expected. It was clean and comfortable; open and welcoming. The spacious interior offered lots of room to gather for conversation and spread out for private time and contemplation. The rooms were large and comfortable the kitchen space accommodating. The ping pong table, fire pit and kayaks offered additional enjoyment for all ages.

The huge deck provided a serene view of the crystal clear lake. The July 4th puzzle was a thoughtful touch that provided a focal point and brought the family together for collaborative bonding. Yes, we finished it!

We brought our pontoon boat, put in at the public dock and had plenty of clearance at the property's dock to secure the boat. The lake is not overrun with too many speedboats allowing for leisurely cruises around the lake and plenty of fishing time for our avid anglers.

Kudos to Julie for being a gracious and thoughtful provider of amenities that make a family getaway successful, fun and worry free. Our children, after visiting for a 4th of July BBQ and cruise around the lake immediately asked for the property contact convinced that the convenient location, child friendly lake front, ease of access and comfort factors & amenities far exceeded their current choice of vacation accommodations on Cape Cod. Especially given summer traffic...

I highly recommend this property for any large family summer vacationing. A rare find.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice comments, Sandra. We are so pleased you had a good week. And finished that huge puzzle...bravo!!
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All the good reviews are absolutely true!

  • 5 of 5

I don't normally bother to write reviews, but I really feel compelled in this case because the place was so terrific and the owner so great. Our family vacation group was on the big side for the house - nine adults and two small babies - but the place accommodated us without a problem. It's actually nicer than the pictures - feels really nice to be there. We had beautiful weather, so therefore much kayaking, swimming, fishing, and even sleeping out on the screened-in porch listening to the loons - fantastic! All in all, a wonderful place! I recommend a trip to Locke's Hill - a 30-minute drive and then another 30-minute hike up to one of the most beautiful views you'll ever hope to see overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. FYI - there's a great coffee shop in Laconia - Wayfarer Coffee Roasters.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you all had a good week, Susan. Not always easy with two small babies ;) Thank you for the nice comments, we really appreciate it!
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boston, ma

Peaceful family fall retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time staying at the cottage and viewing the fall leaves! My mom, sister and little nieces came to visit and we decided to go to the Lakes region to see the beautiful fall colors. Our group consisted of 3 adults (1 senior) and two children (3 years and 1.5 years) The cottage suited us very well, as we had many different needs with all of our age ranges. The little ones had tons of books and toys to play with which were all available in a bookcase in the cottage. They loved playing in the yard as well, there were lots of fun outdoor toys and games for them also provided. The big girls loved having wine and sitting on the deck star gazing after the little ones went to sleep.

The town of Alton Bay is close and convenient, and we really enjoyed eating at Shibleys at the Pier, which was recommended in the visitor book. We also ventured into Wolfboro for the day and had a great time browsing the streets and shops. The grounds around the cottage are beautiful and very peaceful. I could imagine writing a novel out on the deck!

We had everything we needed and were very comfortable during our stay. I recommend this property to anyone looking for a good place to gather and enjoy the outdoors!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this thoughtful review, Ingrid! I am so glad you girls had a good time. Appreciate that you took the time to write :)
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $120

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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