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Rustic luxury Log Home on Mark Island Lake Winnipesaukee

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Mark Island Log Cabin House, 3 Bedrooms + Lofts, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

IMPORTANT: This is an Island Property and to get to the property you have to travel by boat which now in the State of NH means you must possess a valid boaters license as you cannot rent or operate a boat without one. (If you have a license from another state, check as most states are accepted) You do need a boat (your own or rental) or make arrangements for water taxi if desired but this gets expensive and is a bit inconvenient. We personally feel that being on an Island adds to the overall character and experience of the home! We are very confident that you will enjoy it as much as us. Truly a slice of paradise!

We have a strict NO FIREWORKS and NO PETS policy, sorry but there are no exceptions unfortunately. Our rental calendar works on a Saturday to Saturday rotation. Note that during the summer we have minimum of one week rentals. See our calendar and rate schedule for details on availability, we keep this up to date. Thanks.

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Gorgeous post and beam log cabin built in 2010 with all upscale amenities. The name of this home is Waterscape. This 2000 sq ft vacation home sits on 3 acres on the edge of the most wonderful lake in all of New England, Lake Winnipesaukee. The moment you step on the property you will fall in love and begin to decompress from the every day world. Relax in this peaceful comfortable home that has everything you need to be pampered!

You are first greeted as you walk up the gradual ramp from the dock by the 40 foot long outdoor living space, a covered porch overlooking the lake, and in front of that a wood sitting deck around a very large fire-pit. You enter the home from the porch into a large open living area featuring the kitchen, living area, game area and dining area. The kitchen is a chef's playground with all new stainless steel appliances complete with dishwasher, granite countertops and large walkin pantry. You won't be roughing it on this cabin stay in the woods! As you stand at the sink preparing dinner you look over the dining table out thru 5 windows to a panoramic view of the lake. The kitchen is fully outfitted including a blender for those frozen drinks on the porch, and a proper pot to boil the lobsters!

The first floor Master Bedroom Suite includes its own separate door to the front porch for those early morning coffees. The MB consists of a queen bed, walkin closet, full bath with dual sinks, and a separate closet for Washer/Dryer. Each of the two upstairs bedrooms have a queen bed, walk in closet, and sleeping loft that can accommodate 2 additional adults (but this is where the kids love to sleep!). Each bedroom has two large windows overlooking the lake and a third with a sitting reading nook. All the queen beds in the home have new memory foam mattresses for your sleeping comfort. Each of the 3 bedrooms have flat screen TVs for your viewing pleasure. The upstairs bedrooms attach to an lounge area that has 55" HDTV flatscreen with DirectTV and gaming. Directly above the lounge is the highest point of the house which has a ladder to yet another sleeping loft area. There is a full bath located directly off the upstairs lounge area that services the second floor.

On the main living area the open floor plan created by the great post and beam design allows for kitchen, dining, game table, and living room areas of the home all to be connected in a wonderful living space. The dining table looks out to the lake and extends to sit 10 for dinner. A second table nearby easily sits another 6 guests. When this second table is not used for dining it is ideal for board games, or jigsaw puzzles. For those looking for more serious gaming the table top converts with a flip to a professional card table for poker and by removing the top entirely it is a very nice bumper pool table.

Surrounding the gas fired fireplace is the living room area with comfortable couch, overstuffed lounge chair, and reclining Adirondack leather chair. The back hallway leads to both the 1/2 bath and the door to the back covered porch and deck that includes stainless steel gas grill and sitting deck. RIght off the covered porch you will find a newly installed (2016) luxurious hot and cold outdoor shower with private dry changing area. This is truly the best shower in the house, and is wonderful even in the rain and certainly under the stars!

The property is on a channel that typically is only travelled by the locals which makes it that much more private. It has a sandy area for swimming with a perched beach for sitting and watching the kids play in the water. There's a wonderful rocky point with a wonderful bench for a quiet private moment. You are graced with nearly 300 feet of waterfront.

Mark Island is 93 acres and has just over 30 homes on it. No roads as there are no bridges, just hiking and walking paths. You can hike to the center point of Mark Island which is a mount that is almost 200 feet above the lake. This is the name sake for the island, as it is the highest point on all of the islands and therefore early on became a point of navigation for the travelers on the lake 'The Mark'

NOTE REGARDING RATES: There is a 'loyalty program' discount for returning guests. There is a 5% discount for full two week booking, and 10% discount on full month booking.

Keywords: Mark Island, log cabin, cottage, house, island rental, island home, island living, upscale, luxury, private, secluded, paradise, waterfront, vacation, Lake Winnipesaukee

More Details

Jon Moore
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2018

About Jon Moore

I am a engineer and my wife is in the education field. We enjoy traveling, family and friends, and have always loved this very special Lake. We are very fortunate to have found this gem of a property and would be pleased to share it with you. Our children have grown up on this lake from infancy and we can think of no where better than to call our 'home away from home'!

Jon Moore purchased this house in 2011

Why Jon Moore chose Gilford

Our immediate family along with friends have been vacationing on Lake Winnipesaukee the mid 1980's and had been looking for a home for over 5 years. Well, in 2011 we finally found our little slice of paradise called 24 Mark Island.

What makes this house unique

The home has the charm of a wonderful log cabin cottage but being brand new and built with the finest materials and finishes it provides the charm of the lake while pampering even the highest of expectations. We are confident that our guests will typically become repeat vacationers as this is truly a slice of paradise. The fact that it is on an island is a real plus as it adds so much to the experience, seclusion and character of the property. Obviously, if you are not a boater it makes this a bit more of a challenge. Our guests have all found it to be a big plus!


Gilford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • There is a full bathroom on each floor, and the first floor also has a half bathroom. Total of 2.5 baths total. In 2016 we added a great outdoor shower directly off the back porch. This is truly the best shower in the house and is very convenient!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , On suite Master Bathroom, and Walk-In closet
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loft above TV Sitting Room, ideal for one person
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , BDRM #2 has double futon sleeping loft, older kids love it!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , BDRM #3 has double futon sleeping loft, older kids love it!
  • Queen size Beds (3) All the queen beds are new memory foam mattresses for your sleeping comfort! The two bedrooms upstairs also have a large sleeping loft with double futon that is great for kids. Would not recommend for anyone under the age of 7 without close supervision. Access from a simple ships ladder with hand grabs.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
40 foot covered front porch overlooking the lake and wood deck with large firepit, back deck with gas grill, dock with 2 covered slips and 2 uncovered slips, every room has ceiling fans including 2 on the covered porch for your comfort


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(25 traveler reviews)

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Rustic luxury Log Home on Mark Island Lake Winnipesaukee
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Waterscape. The house was perfect for our family and friends and that came to visit. The outside shower was the favorite, but the kids also enjoyed the lofts, while the adults were fond of the porch. Hopefully we will be able to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kevin, thanks for the kind words and you know we would very much welcome you and your crew back next year! We love our repeat guests, and to honor them do not forget about our Loyalty Discount Program!!! Enjoy the rest of your summer, coming too fast to a close!
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Great family vacation house

  • 5 of 5

This is a terrific lake house perfect for family retreats - lots of rustic charm with modern amenities. The porch is amazing, there's a kid-friendly beach area, and kids loved toasting marshmallows by the fire pit. The bumper pool and air hockey were great for the rainy days. Jon and Patti are top-notch hosts, friendly and responsive. I really appreciated their level of thought and care - they made this family vacation a breeze!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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All the comforts of home... and then some!

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed our time at Waterscape! From the very thoughtful welcoming touches such as the welcome sign to the awaiting message inside along with a bottle of wine and positive words and messages all over the very tastefully decorated home. I have never felt so comfortable in a rental property in my life. Jon and Patti literally left no stone unturned and thought of absolutely everything! Kitchen very well equipped and there was nothing lacking. Beds were comfortable and loved hearing the loons just outside the window and watching the sunrise over the lake. My family ranges in age from 78 to 2 years and everyone found peace and enjoyment at Waterscape! The fire pit is fabulous and we enjoyed s’mores several nights. Sandy area was wonderful for the grandchildren to dig in and build castles. I would highly recommend this home to any medium to large family looking for a refreshing yet peaceful and relaxing getaway! Thank you Jon and Patti for your obvious gift of hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A piece of Winnipesaukee paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with out time at this beautiful location. The four of us were very comfortable and there was also room for other family members who came through during our week. The home was comfortable, well equipped and positioned with a wonderful view of the lake. The front porch and fireplace were an amazing place to relax, watch the stars and spend time with the family.

Great communication and help getting things worked out. We would would love to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location!!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time staying here at Waterscape. The house and the property are gorgeous and we were able to fish and tube right out in front of the docks. It’s a short boat ride to the dock where you park your car (very convenient). We were able to drive our boat down to Merideth for lobster roll diners and to weirs beach for the arcades with the kids. We had another family with us that had never been to the lake and they fell in love with Waterscape. All and all a great place to vacation. Thanks to the Moore’s for providing the perfect vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well equipped home. Fantastic location, for a fun filled and RELAXING vacation. You should go.

  • 5 of 5

Planning a family vacation can be difficult, especially with tweens and teens. It is important to have “favorites” for each family member. For our summer vacation, we chose the islands of New Hampshire to explore. This checked all the boxes on our wish list. We were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the Mark Island VRBO for one week in June. During that week, my boys fished from the dock, kayaked, and swam in the clear waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. We had not ventured to New England before and are from Florida, so this was quite a change, and what a delight!

The home was perfect for all of us. The master suite was very comfortable and the kitchen included everything possible for us to cook nightly. My boys had the whole second floor to themselves, which they found to be perfect. A TV in virtually every room, plus a loft for each of the younger boys was a highlight. They played air hockey, and bumper pool. We enjoyed the nightly fire pit, making Smore‘s, catching lightning bugs, and calling loons. Around the fire pit, we read ghost stories from a tableside book about the island folklore and mistique.

We rented a fabulous boat from Shep Brown’s marina and enjoyed many of the neighboring towns including Gibson, Meredith, and Wolfboro. The towns were charming and island life was so relaxing and peaceful. At the end of all our trips, we discuss as a family our “ roses and thorns “ of the vacation. This vacation “ knocked it out of the park “ for our Florida family.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Manchester NH
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
On property
Nearest Point of Interest
24 Mark Island
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Property Damage Insurance $79

During rental season we work on a Saturday to Saturday calendar. Any long weekends and mid-week stays that do not fit rental weekly turn-over schedule norm must be approved by Owner. This property is associated with NH M&R License Number 062701

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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