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Restored 4BR 3 Bath Home on 700 Acres, Private Swimming on Connecticut River

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Welcome to North Star House and the Connecticut River Scenic Byway. Located on 700 acres in Cornish and Claremont New Hampshire, North Star House is the result of our year-long top-to-bottom restoration of this 1855 historic home. We’ve retained all of the historic features – slate roof, antique hardware, wavy glass windows, hand-carved millwork – while providing modern comforts, including a gourmet kitchen, two new full baths and a Jotul glass-fronted woodstove.

The house includes the traditional farmhouse first-floor front and rear parlors, with the rear parlor featuring a large south-facing bay window and wood stove. The front parlor includes a pull-out couch that can sleep two. Also on the first floor are the dining room with French door access to a south-facing patio, the large, sunny, eat-in kitchen, a screened porch with views of the Connecticut River and Mount Ascutney, a full bath, an indoor storage area for skis and kayaks and a two-car garage. Upstairs, North Star House features a master bedroom with views of the fields and the Connecticut River, three smaller bedrooms and two additional full baths. The house complies with modern energy codes, being fully insulated to keep the place warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

North Star House’s kitchen features fine custom cabinetry made in Vermont with counters of soapstone. There’s plenty of space for preparing exquisite meals, including a large central island with custom-made soapstone prep sink. Appliances include a “French door” stainless steel refrigerator, 36” gas stove with griddle and extra large oven, dishwasher, microwave, Cuisinart food processor, coffee maker and toaster oven. The kitchen is well stocked with copper, stainless and cast-iron cookware, dishes, glassware (including an extensive collection of wine and cocktail glasses), flatware and kitchen tools. Radiant floor heat warms the custom oak-strip floor. An oak kitchen table that seats 4 to 6 is perfect for eat-in meals or when the kids need a break from the dining room guests.

The front and rear parlors at North Star House include restored birch flooring, historic mouldings and restored wavy glass windows from the 1800s. A large woodstove keeps the two rooms cozy on a cold winter’s day or a chilly morning in the spring or fall. The front parlor includes an entertainment center with 32” Sony flat-screen TV with cable, DVD player (with our eclectic library of DVDs), 300 CD changer, turntable, audio unit (with iPod connection) and speakers. With our line of sight to Mount Ascutney, there’s great cell phone coverage, including 3G broadband modem service. Hgh-speed internet via cable is included with wireless access throughout the house.

North Star House is located on NH Route 12A (the Connecticut River Scenic Byway) in the historic Cornish Colony area. Nestled among working farms, the river and hundreds of acres of forest, the property offers almost unlimited recreational opportunities. With more than a quarter mile of private river frontage, North Star House provides direct access to fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Great River Outfitters in nearby Windsor, Vermont, can outfit you with canoes, kayaks and tubes for half- and full-day river excursions.

The home is furnished with everything you need for an enjoyable stay in our area, including towels, linens, a collection of movies and a well-equipped kitchen. During the spring, summer and fall, enjoy our many acres of landscaped gardens, lawn and fields. A delicious crop of blueberries awaits you during late July and early August, as do early fall apples and pears. Neighboring farmstands and farmers’ markets provide locally grown corn, tomatoes as well as countless other fruit and vegetables, locally made cheeses, chickens, and more!

North Star House’s 700 acres include a vast network of trails for casual strolls, cross-country skiing, serious hikes and mountain biking – both single track and double track. Connecting trails to the Cornish Town Forest are available for seriously technical biking, as well as hiking access to some great views of Mount Ascutney and the Vermont countryside. For a daytime (or nighttime) get-away, check out our restored sugar house with its woodstove and rustic collection of maple sugaring gear.

For weddings, North Star House offers a large flat lawn that is perfect for a large reception tent with views of the mountains, forests and river. Fields across the way provide virtually unlimited parking for your major event. We can provide contacts for local caterers, tent suppliers, musicians and even officiators! The restored 1820s Trinity Church, located just up Route 12A in Cornish, is a beautiful location for a traditional wedding ceremony.

Keywords: Historic, farmhouse, barn, Connecticut River, Dartmouth, Scenic Byway, mountain bike, swim, waterfront, wedding, family reunion, views, view, hike, Cornish Colony, mountain, agriculture, farming

More Details

Jenny Lipfert
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2018

About Jenny Lipfert

We've lived in the area since 1986 and love to make our out-of-town guests feel at home. Our interests include kayaking on the river, hiking with our dog, taking care of our trails and working to preserve this beautiful agrarian landscape for future generations.

Jenny Lipfert purchased this house in 2010

Why Jenny Lipfert chose Claremont

As locals, we want to share everything that the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont have to offer.


Claremont House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • For new renters with no reviews posted on VRBO, contact information for a personal reference is required.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Connecticut River frontage, fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking


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(34 traveler reviews)

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Restored 4BR 3 Bath Home on 700 Acres, Private Swimming on Connecticut River
average rating of 4.970588 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, comfortable home with beautiful views. The owners thought of everything, from an exceptionally well-equipped kitchen to Garnet Hill sheets and bedding. This is our second winter staying here and it is such a pleasurable vacation. Easy to get to Okemo and Killington, as well as many quaint VT towns such as Woodstock and Chester. Overall a wonderful place to unwind and relax. Thks Jenny!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very well maintained. A lot of attention to detail. Owner was very responsive.

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful. The kitchen is very well stocked. All areas were very clean. Lots of room in the laundry room for ski clothes. The owners have provided a lot of creature comforts. You can tell a lot of thought went into every room. Of particular note for dog friendly homes, covered trash baskets. All told, a top notch spot.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

For MLK weekend 2017, four cousins and their families headed to North Star House for our annual ski weekend. I had been the one to choose the house. Jenny was SOOO gracious from my first inquiry, answering any and all questions in a very timely fashion. I was also the last to arrive. While driving, I received multiple texts from those that had already arrived about how “lovely” and “amazing” the house was and that I had “outdone” myself. Upon arrival, I saw for myself.

The house is very easily accessible from Rt 91. Everything in the house is fresh and clean and newly renovated. Every single thing in the house is of the highest quality including mattresses, linens and every single thing in the kitchen. Decor is very tasteful with lots of artwork giving a nod to the local flavor and history.

We shared meals and played games around the large dining room table and found two or three additional leaves which would make the table even more ginormous, but it was big enough for our crowd. There are puzzles and games enough to keep anyone busy.

Unfortunately, one of us had a little medical issue. Everyone from the EMT’s, local hospital and ultimately the staff at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center saw to it that he was cared for in an expedient and effective manner and all is now well. He actually may have received better care than he would’ve had he been at home.

We never did end up skiing, but some of us ended up doing exactly what we wanted. We had a couple of ice fisherman that were able to catch a few fish. We had some hikers who enjoyed the beautiful property (which is huge). We also did some exploring in Woodstock, Hanover, Queechee Gorge, etc.

After we left, Jenny even found a couple of things left behind by one of the kids and offered to send them to us.

In a nutshell, North Star House is a gem! It’s huge, yet cozy. Traditional, yet modern. Easily accessible, yet remote and surrounded by very cool locations to explore in well under an hour drive. I (and the rest of the fam) would highly, highly recommend it! Thank you Jenny and Bill!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

We were absolutely delighted with our two-week stay at the beautiful North Star House. Just imagine driving from the Boston airport through the city in heavy traffic and then, two hours later, pulling into the driveway of this glorious house in the New Hampshire countryside. We couldn’t believe our good fortune! North Star House is a gem of a place, filled with everything one would need for a perfect stay. Where to begin without sounding like a travel brochure? It’s easy, because this house really feels like home. Starting with the downstairs: there is the top-notch kitchen with every imaginable appliance, a large dining room, two sitting rooms (parlors), one with a TV and stereo system, and the other with bay windows and a large glass-fronted wood stove. The pièce de résistance has to be the screened-in porch, which serves as the quiet corner for morning coffees and the gathering spot for a game of cards and great conversations in the evenings. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, all as comfy as could be. My grand-children had the best fun with the Foosball machine and all the wooden blocks in the huge upstairs triple-bed room, as well as all the other games the hosts provided. Oh, and the gardens: phenomenal! With acres of greenery and the Connecticut River abutting the property, there is just so much to take in, to explore, and to appreciate. I’d also like to thank Jenny and Bill, our two perfect hosts who made this lovely house available to us. You are both awesome! The blueberries, pancake mix, butter, syrup and eggs that you left in the fridge for us put you over the top!! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Totally Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at North Star House. Hope to go back again and again and again. Really nice house and property. Very special!!! Nothing else like t!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing New Year Holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I (8 adults and 2 children) stayed at this beautiful farm house for this New Year holiday weekend. The house was clean, well-stocked and organized. There was no clutter but plenty of everything you could need - linens, dishes, pots and pans, glassware, cutlery. There were games, books, dvds and even a record player and a wonderful record collection. From the moment we stepped through the door we felt right at home.

The home owner was great to deal with. She was prompt in responding to all of my emails, she allowed us to get into the house a bit early, she even emailed me while we were at the house to see how we were and if we needed anything.

We would absolutely stay here again! If I had my way I would make this a New Year tradition for years to come.

Thank you Jenny and Bill for opening up your home to us. We will have beautiful memories of our weekend at the Northstar house.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Windsor-Mt. Ascutney
Car: recommended

Convenient to Dartmouth College (5 minutes from I-91, 30 minutes to Hanover), St. Gaudens National Historic Site, Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce Glass & Pottery, American Precision Museum, four 19th-century covered bridges


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100
Event (wedding, party) $750 + Tax

During peak season (early June through Labor Day weekend) rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Otherwise rental periods are flexible. A cleaning fee of $100 applies if you bring a pet. An event fee of $750 applies for weddings or other large parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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