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Slice of Paradise on Mark Island Lake Winnipesaukee Post & Beam Log Cabin

Gilford, NH, USA
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

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

See our video by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/6uj6EVjPQRs?rel=0

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.

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!

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 accomodate 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 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


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.
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 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 for nearly 30 years 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!


    • Internet
    • Accessible
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, On suite Master Bathroom, and Walk-In closet
      • 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!
      • Loft
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Loft above TV Sitting Room, ideal for one person
      • 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.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • 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!

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            nice sandy beach with granite steps, walk in to the shallow graceful swimming area
          • Lakefront
            Almost 300 feet of gorgeous lake front with large dock and sandy beach on the northeast side of Mark Island. A little slice of paradise!
          • Mountain View
          • Waterfront
            Great views from all living space of the property. A wonderful waterfront experience. A little slice of paradise!


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Fireplace
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Free long distance to USA only. All International and Paid Service calls are to renters account
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        Gas fired for those cool nights!
                      • Internet
                      • Linens Provided
                        Can be provided as an optional package or bring your own
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Mobile Phone
                      • Parking
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                        Free local calls
                      • Towels Provided
                        Can be provided as an optional package or bring your own
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Main dining table can accommodate 10 people, and an adjacent table in gaming area can handle another 5 comfortably
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 10 people


                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Air Hockey
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                    Stereo system is wireless in the house and driven by either, Pandora, iPOD or iPad, and controled by your smart phone or the iPad that is there. You can play your own iTunes from our iPad.
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Books
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    (4) All bedrooms have HDTV flatscreen, and upstairs lounge has 55' HDTV flatscreen with Xbox system
                                  • Video Game Console
                                    Xbox 360
                                  • Video Games
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Two separate decks plus a covered front porch that is 40 ft long and has 2 ceiling fans, 2 highback rocking chairs, and 4 adirondak chairs. Plenty of outdoor living space
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            Master Bedroom on first floor complete with bathroom. Only two steps to get up to the front of the house, otherwise it is a continuous ramp from the dock to the house.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                It is really big, it is called Lake Winnipesaukee (sorry, I could not resist!) Who needs a pool when you are on Lake Winni?!?!?


                                                  • museums
                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • marina
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • playground
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • theme parks
                                                  • water parks

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • horseshoes
                                                      • miniature golf
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • photography
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • 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

                                                                    19 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews


                                                                    Thomas D.

                                                                    We were a bit anxious about the thought of island living, but with planning and the excellent info provided by the Moore's on Waterscape, it went very smoothly. The place was great, nicely decorated and had everything we needed. The extras such as the games and particularly air hockey, kept the kids busy even when not on the water or outside. The porch was my favorite spot and nightly fires were enjoyed by all. There was even a bottle of wine waiting for us on arrival. A very nice touch. A wonderful adventure!!!

                                                                    Perfect Vacation Property

                                                                    CATHY S.

                                                                    Waterscape is wonderful vacation home I have happily recommended to friends. Jon & Patti have thought it through very well. Everything you need in a clean and very well maintained home. The Fire pit is all one needs for a comfy evening outdoors after boating, kayaking, swimming or just relaxing. The outdoor shower was delightful and very freeing. On the occasional rain day the home is stocked w all sorts of cards, games and books. All instructions / hints from the owners made it a very smooth stay.

                                                                    Great family vacation!!!

                                                                    CLewisUnited States

                                                                    We love island living and staying at Waterscape was awesome. The house is perfect with all the amenities you could ever need. The owners were very responsive and provided very detailed information for our stay. The weather was absolutely fantastic and we could not have had a better vacation. I wish it didn't fly by so fast.

                                                                    Ideal Lake Winni Island Location

                                                                    Jim M.

                                                                    We wanted to try out vacationing on an island and this was our first time. We're glad we selected Waterscape. We're just back from spending a great week there. This home is the perfect way to truly get away while still having all the comforts of home.

                                                                    The care and attention Jon and Patti have shown Waterscape is obvious. They have thought of everything. This post and beam home and smart layout is just right. I liked the floor plan a lot. This home offered more than we expected!

                                                                    The location on the lake is a great launching point for visits to several Lake Winni ports. Waterscape has a great dock and easy access to the mainland. The area between Mark Island and Bear Island is superb for water sports.

                                                                    The rental process was smooth and Jon responded to all my questions quickly. The Welcome Letter and communications were first rate.

                                                                    Great place! Hated to pack up a leave. Look forward to returning some day.

                                                                    Beautiful property and wonderful setting.

                                                                    Michael C.

                                                                    Can't say enough about our stay at Waterscape. It was an ideal setting for our family vacation and looking forward to our next visit!

                                                                    Awesome house

                                                                    Diana A.

                                                                    My brother & I rented this home on Mark Island for a family vacation with our Mom. It was perfect for us. The house is clean, comfy & cozy. It has everything you need & more from kayaks to games to kitchen supplies. The owner was very easy to deal with, he answered email questions quickly & thoroughly & made me feel like I wasn't a bother. I would definitely rent this house again


                                                                    Gilford, NH, USA

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                                                                    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

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