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Artist or Writer's Delight High Above Newfound Lake

Hebron, NH, USA
  • Cottage800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Quiet with mountain and lake views, sleeps 3, one bath.

2012 chicken coop replacement on 1790s former sheep farm. Completely new building with spacious full kitchen, screened porch with an overlooking wide view of Newfound Lake, sunsets and field flowers. Twin-to-double bed can sleep 2, with convertible sofa for one. Bath has roomy shower, toilet and sink. Desk area with WiFi. Decorated with humor, whimsy and gentle good taste. Hike right out the door with moose, deer and turkeys for company. Two brooks and a beaver pond a short hike away. Summer and fall fairs and festivals plentiful! Summer music programs at nearby Plymouth State University. 12 minutes to Hebron beach, less to Bristol beach, 20 to Wellington State Park for swimming, picnicking and boating.


Phyllis Rockwell

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Phyllis Rockwell

Phyllis and Mitch are contented new arrivals to the Plymouth/Newfound area. Mitch Manseau is an inveterate hiker of many decades, retired Air Force officer and active in local town government. If your interest is hiking, you've got an experienced, trained AMC hike leader built in! Now he adds taming the fields with his Kubota tractor, and selectively cutting wood for the house's exterior wood boiler. Phyllis Rockwell creates clothing from recycled fabrics, gardens, and sings with the internationally-touring NH Friendship Chorus.

Phyllis Rockwell purchased this Cottage in 2006

Why Phyllis Rockwell chose Hebron

Mitch and Phyllis were looking for acreage with or without a building attached for many months. When this property became available, Mitch's comment upon seeing the house was, 'Where's a match?' (Please ask to see the original photos.) Reason prevailed, and a 10 month redevelopment followed by a wonderful home occurred. The Coop was the last Big Project, which we think you'll grow to love also.

What makes this Cottage unique

Unique benefits? Just look around! Be as active as you wish: you can partake in the busy life of the lake, or reconstitute your soul in the peace of the farm.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
        • Queen size Beds (1) Pull-out IKEA makes up from a single to a queen size bed., Sleep Sofa (1) Single.


        • 0 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          shower, Fully plumbed toilet - the "composter" is gone!
        • Roomy shower, toilet and sink.

        Location Type

          • Lake View
            Secluded, peaceful wide view high above Newfound Lake with field flowers and sunsets over mountains.
          • Mountain View
            I like to thiink of our area as a miniature Lake Tahoe - we've got the mountains (if shorter, at least older!) and the lake (which you could fit sideways in Lake Tahoe).


              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Fireplace
                        Electric, with PV electric supply.
                      • Heating
                        Electric fireplace.
                      • Internet
                        Wi-fi from main house
                      • Linens Provided
                        Bedding provided and made up. Kitchen items in place.
                      • Living Room
                        Studio style open concept LR/DR/bedroom.
                      • Parking
                        Can accommodate up to 3 cars.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Space for 3 cars
                      • Towels Provided
                        4 sets of bath towels and cloths provided per week. Bath mats.
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Simple 10 cup.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Good quantity, quality and variety.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Service for 8.
                          • Kitchen
                            New, small but well equipped, lots of storage and counter space. New 24' glass top range with oven. Coffeemaker, small microwave. New refrigerator.
                          • Microwave
                            Small countertop.
                          • Oven
                            Stove/oven, self cleaning.
                          • Refrigerator
                            New apartment-size refrigerator/freezer.
                          • Stove
                            New glass-top 24" stove/oven.
                          • Toaster
                            Simple, new 2-slice.


                              • Dining Area


                                  • Books
                                    Small assortment, varied.
                                  • Games
                                    Assortment of board games.


                                      • Bicycles
                                        Adjacent Class 6 road perfect for mountain biking.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Screened porch with view over the lake.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Rentals available locally
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        About 180 acres worth.


                                          • not suitable for children
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            5 steps to living level, but no stairs inside.


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain climbing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • mountaineering
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • water tubing


                                                              • Several local interest spots for outdoor exploration. Ask owners. Numerous farmers' markets and fairs during the summer. Music venues locally.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                21 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                More Than Your Average "Coop"

                                                                Tony C.

                                                                My wife and I had a glorious time at The Coop. We were close enough to the many activities in the area, yet definitely “removed from everything.” Once we found the place (1.6 miles up the road), we were thrilled to find this tastefully decorated, charming hidden jewel with a breathtaking view overlooking the entire region. It was a place to ‘exhale’ as we both used the time as a respite to celebrate our birthdays, and re-energize. Phyllis and Mich were wonderful hosts as they welcomed us to the area and even had some special treats for us in the fridge as a birthday gift. I appreciated their warmth and hospitality, while also combining it with a respect for our privacy (many hosts don’t always know where that ‘line’ is). The Coop’s kitchen was well equipped which made for easy homemade preparation of our meals either before or after our days hiking in the area. The Coop’s high ceilings, open plan and sun lit space was comfortable, while its heavily stocked cabinet of board games offered some properly paced fun, and many laughs (Scrabble continues to be our ‘go to’ game). We DID have wifi, although we limited internet access to simply getting directions, and maybe one sneak peek at emails. Finally, The Coop was wonderfully quiet, yet filled with the orchestral sounds that only nature can offer (smiling as I write this). Simply put, The Coop comes with my highest recommendation! We will be back :)

                                                                A review long overdue


                                                                My husband and I arrived at the Coop two days ago for two weeks. Although this is our third stay, we have not written a review before because, frankly, we wanted to keep this haven a secret.

                                                                Finding the Coop online was a gift. We were looking for a small, private, restful place to recuperate from intense activity without a break. The Coop proved to be an entirely lovely and peaceful cottage high up a mountain where there is quiet plus beautiful views, fresh air, roads to hike, and the pleasure of nearby landscaped gardens (the owners’). The hosts are wonderful, being gracious and warm, helpful and available but never invasive.

                                                                You can trust the online description and photos of the cottage to be accurate: it is well appointed, decorated with good taste and whimsy, and comfortable. Phyllis Rockwell has fully provisioned the Coop, anticipating every possible need of her guests.

                                                                There is fishing and golf in town; Plymouth and its Flying Monkey Circus theater (where we saw Duke Robillard and Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson in 2013); secondhand stores and antique shops; great food at Kathleen's Irish Cottage Pub, which has Irish music on Friday nights; the Mill Fudge Factory over the river in Bristol (also with music, on Friday and Saturday nights; and apple orchards! Then there's Newfound Lake. Take the other five-star reviews as spot on, and go for it!

                                                                An amazing time!

                                                                Ginger S.Exeter, NH

                                                                As a writer looking for a peaceful spot, I was immediately drawn in by the headline. The description, pictures and reviews were all factors in deciding to rent the Coop, but for some reason, I already instinctively knew it was for me. When I arrived, I was greeted by Phyllis, a smiling and upbeat woman with a friendly welcome following my long car ride. She showed me around - the Coop was immaculate and adorably decorated. There is a comprehensive and informative binder which explains some Coop specifics as well as area activities, restaurants, and, my personal favorite, a pass for Hebron Beach. The view is incredible, and the location is peaceful. There's a screened-in porch where one can enjoy sun or shade. I loved the French doors that open onto the porch from the inside, allowing the fresh air to circulate. Phyllis and Mitch are flexible, inviting renters up to the main house to chat. They are very respectful of privacy, if that's what you seek and let me know that I was welcome to visit the main house at any time, if I wanted to socialize. One evening, they invited me to join them on the porch of their home to chat. We had a nice time, as they are easy-going and receptive. If you want to explore, there are countless options in the area. I cannot adequately express how wonderful this vacation was for me. The perfect setting, nature, the beach and just plain peace! Phyllis and Mitch are helpful hosts, letting me know that they were there, if I needed anything. Phyllis is a real gem! I plan to return to the Coop - perhaps for two weeks next time.

                                                                Restful stay

                                                                Amy C.

                                                                My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay at the Coop on Newfound Farm. We live in the middle of a busy city, so being out in the country was the biggest draw for us. I found the property very quiet, the Coop to be comfortable, and the kitchen well stocked with dishes, etc., as we did a bit of cooking while there. We brought a laptop and DVDs so we could watch movies during our stay. The wifi worked pretty well for us. The signal was stronger in the morning, which was fine, as we could research our activities for the day. Our hosts were helpful if we had a question, but gave us plenty of privacy otherwise. I didn't have a problem with the composting toilet, as I've researched them as a greener alternative to traditional septic. We found this to be a great location to base our vacation in the Lakes Region, where there's so much natural beauty to enjoy, since we love to hike and swim. We plan to return to the Coop next year.

                                                                Not so Classy Coop

                                                                Martha G.

                                                                We were very excited to stay at the coop.The reviews and location sold us.We have a Long history in the Newfound Lake region and we're thrilled to be back.I will start by saying that the location is remote,quiet and beautiful.The cottage is clean and decorated with excellent taste.It is close to the lake and mountains.That said,we ended up being very disappointed for the following reasons:

                                                                1.We had difficulty communicating with Phyllis from the beginning and she did not keep her appointment with us.our encounter with Mr.Rockwell was awkward to say the least.

                                                                2.We had no way to lock the cabin when we left for the Day and had difficulty shutting the French Doors.

                                                                3.Mr.Rockwell would nor give up the code to access wifi insisting we didn't need it so we did not have the promised wifi for the week

                                                                4.The bathroom sported a compost toilet which hummed all night and smelled like an outhouse

                                                                5.The amazing view was obscured by trees that were left in front off the porch so to enjoy the view we had to either go outside and sit in the grass( which I did but wondered why the grove of trees was left in front of the cabin when 3 acres of land had been cleared) or you could see the lake from the kitchen window.That was a major disappointment for me.

                                                                In closing,We would not return To the Coop

                                                                The perfect peaceful getaway

                                                                JB H.Where do you live?

                                                                My wife and I were seeking out a quiet get away for our first anniversary. We wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban/suburban life and get out in to the peace and quiet. The Coop was exactly what we were looking for. It's location was perfect for us as we were looking to explore New Hampshire. We were able to hike Mount Washington in the north one day and head south and taken in some museums another. It wasn't really far from anything which was ideal for us.

                                                                The accommodations were superb for a couple looking to unwind. The porch offered the perfect location to do some quiet reading. We particularly enjoyed hearing the coyotes howling a couple of nights. We couldn't have been happier. If you're looking for a quiet escape that will get you away from the noise of every day life you've found it. Phyllis and Mitch were such amazing hosts, we can see why people return year after year. Phyllis did some amazing design work to make the Coop feel like home. Everything you need is right there, including some of the local state attraction guides which we found very helpful in our exploring. We can't recommend the Coop enough.


                                                                Hebron, NH, USA

                                                                The Coop is located on Newfound Farm,1.5 miles above the lake on a former 19th century sheep farm, on a dirt road. The cottage is on the site of former chicken coop and is surrounded by fields and woods, with a lovely view to Newfound Lake. The main house has a recycled clothing business. We're finishing a one mile hiking trail on the property, which can be easy or challenging, depending on your route. It's well marked, so no chance of getting lost! Local cycling enthusiasts have worked with the state highway department to widen roads around the lake to allow for safer cycling, so bring your bike. Privacy and quiet makes this an excellent location for writers and artists. You can hike right out the door with deer and turkeys for company. Please read the Reviews for more ideas of what to do which other "Coopers" have found interesting!

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                50% advance deposit by check is required to reserve. Nonrefundable 30 days or less prior to check-in date.

                                                                21 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.8/5
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