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Country House with Screened Porch Amidst Woods, Lakes, and Mountains

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Last updated: 04/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Bike, walk, climb, swim and canoe or kayak, or just enjoy the peace and quiet

Once home to a working artist, this comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom house offers peace & relaxation. Nearby Ragged Mountain, Mt. Kearsarge, and our numerous lakes and ponds, and lovely Mountain Brook will provide inspiration for the artistic soul.

Relax on the screened porch surrounded by a nearly wild cottage garden and watch baby birds learn to fly. Enjoy the collection of books, original art, and antiques while relaxing in comfortable seating and queen-sized platform beds. The dining room has a roomy table that will seat 6. In the gallery, a games table with a selection of games and puzzles is at one end, and a comfy futon sofa and smart TV with DVD player occupies the other. The whole house gets wifi.

Our area offers four distinct seasons of widely differing weather, conditions, and experiences from our crisp, cool autumns with their brilliantly colored autumn leaves to icy, snowy sub-zero winter conditions. Spring is lovely and summer can be hot and sultry, or mild and pleasant.

Two bicycles are available to ride around on the country roads, or about a mile and a half ride will take you to the Northern Rail Trail, which then offers 56 miles of biking through scenic NH countryside and villages.

It is a short drive to two trails to the top 2700' Mt. Kearsarge, one easy and the other moderately challenging. Other mountains are well within range. Several lakes and ponds with beaches and boat launches are within easy reach, and our quiet country roads and trails throughout the neighborhood offer endless walking options. Ocean beaches and the spectacular White Mountains are about two hours away.

Winter guests can snowshoe and cross-country ski in the woods and fields just outside the front door, or rent skis for use on a nearby groomed trail system. Ragged Mountain Ski Area is 17 miles away, Mt. Sunapee is 24 miles, and many others are within range.

The wicker furniture on the screened porch will entice you to spend hours lounging and watching the nesting phoebes, and the hummingbirds and butterflies. Look for wild turkeys and deer in the field across the road and watch the fireflies and listen to the owls at night. We sometimes see moose, foxes, and other less common creatures in the neighborhood.

While this house isn't wheelchair accessible, one bedroom, the full bath, and all the main rooms are on one floor and parking is a level, short walk to the house entrance, which has one step. If you have special needs we will do whatever we can to help.

The garden is gradually coming back after twenty years of neglect. There is assortment of culinary herbs and flowers out the front door, and a palette of perennial flowers from spring to fall. The wonderful views of forest and fields will be enriched by a foreground of colorful flowers.

The town of New London, about 10 miles away, offers fine dining, a range of shops, and a good summer theater. The cities of Concord, Hanover, Lebanon, and Tilton offer movie theaters and shopping.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/19/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1650 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years, or ask us....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children are very welcome. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We welcome friendly, well-behaved pets and ask owners to use the dishes and furniture covers supplied, and to keep the grounds clean of waste. There is no pet fee....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Light and airy bedrooms. Extra long rollaway bed, and a futon sofa.

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Sink and vanity....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Sink and vanity....moreless

  • Turkish towels and a variety of soaps.

Other Amenities

  • Cars can be rented at Manchester and Logan Airports. Enterprise has offices in Hanover, Lebanon, Concord and Tilton....moreless


  • Books:

    Eclectic collection featuring nature, art, crafts, country living, poetry, classics and some light reading. ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    The gallery has comfortable seating for five in view of the TV at one end, and at the other end a games table, and assorted games and puzzles...moreless

  • Games:

    Jigsaw puzzles, scrabble, and various other games....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View of The Bulkhead on Ragged Mountain from the road in front of the Artist's House....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    NH ocean beaches are about 1 1/2 hours drive away....moreless

  • Rural:

    The house is on a back road with low population density in a mainly wooded area of old farms and pastures. ...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    X-country skiing from your dooryard if there is snow....moreless

  • Village:

    East Andover and Andover Villages are within three miles. East Andover is scenic and has a great town beach and easy access to the Rail Trail. Andover Village has a shop, gas station, pizza & PO...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    The dining room drop leaf table seats 6 comfortably. There is also casual in-kitchen dining for up to three. An assortment of tablecloths and napkins are provided....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens supplied, including sheets, towels, beach towels, and table cloths, napkins, and tea towels...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room has comfortable seating for four adults with reading lamps and side tables. The gallery has comfortable seating for five, as well as chairs at a games table....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off street parking for three cars. Motorcycle trailers can be accommodated....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All cotton and Turkish towels. Separate beach towels and dog towels are supplied....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New commercial Speed Queen washer....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric coffee maker, French press, and coffee grinder....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Completely stocked....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped kitchen with all the essentials, including some basic supplies. There is no dishwasher. Kitchen table seats 3. A separate dining room seats 6....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    Tea, seasonings, and fresh herbs for the picking in season. Fruit from the garden in season including blackberries and apples....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    Two bicycles are available on request and more can be rented locally....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Screened porch with settee and wicker rocker and view of the front garden....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several nearby courses....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Excellent rivers and lakes nearby for kayaking and canoeing. Rentals are available or bring your own. Ask us for information...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened porch with comfortable seating...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Surrounded by garden & lawn, the front is a cottage garden of perennials, herbs, bulbs, roses and blackberries. The back has a picnic table & lawn for croquet & Badminton....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ragged Mountain and Mt. Sunapee Ski areas are within 20 miles. Others are also within range. Cross-country skiing out the front door when conditions allow. Skis may be rented locally....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Rentals available in New London. ...moreless



Write a review 4.9
from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 24 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

$950 $3,250

Changeover Day: Saturday

Christmas & New Years
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
$850 $1,750
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$750 $1,750
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning $90


Winter rentals may be subject to a fuel charge.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/19/2017
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  • Daniel Webster's Birthplace

    "A very pretty ride down North Road toward Salisbury brings you to the cabin where Daniel Web..."

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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Boston Manchester Regional
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Flying Goose Pub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lake Sunapee Country Club
45 Miles
Nearest Train
White River Junction, VT
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Routes I-89 and I-93
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Andover Pizza Chef
17 Miles
Nearest Ski
Ragged Mountain Ski Area
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Town Beach on Highand Lake in East Andover, NH

Car: Recommended

Scenic beauty, brilliant autumn foliage, traditional New England villages & farms, numerous water bodies, and ancient mountains characterize this area.

Enjoy the scenery from the screen porch & your car, or plan walking, bicycling trips, and x-country skiing expeditions from your door. Rail Trail access is 3 miles away. Numerous local clean ponds, lakes and rivers offer swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Nearby Kearsarge Mountain has easy & moderate trails. Mt. Cardigan is tougher.

Golf courses, ski areas, live theater, and excellent restaurants are within 10 to 30 miles.

The White Mountains, Lakes Winnipesaukee and Sunapee, the Connecticut River Valley, and the Seacoast are within range for day trips. NH has no sales taxes and many outlet malls and antique shops.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: Andy and Susan bought this house in July 2013 to preserve a rare example of New England architecture and a vanishing lifestyle. Since then the Artist's House has been transformed into a place where people can relax and enjoy our corner of rural New Hampshire. We live next door with our horses and collies, and look forward to having some wonderful neighbors. We will do whatever we can to make your visit enjoyable.

Why the Owner Chose Andover, NH, USA:
I have been in and out of this house all my life and enjoyed numerous cups of tea at table the table by the kitchen window. When the opportunity arose It seemed essential to preserve the house, with its furnishings and garden in its setting of woodlands and pasture.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is a unique house of abundant charm and character. The central part of the house was built about 1780 as a farmhouse while Andover was still being settled. Original beams and floors, a cast-iron cook stove (not in use at this time), and vintage furnishings provide the ambiance of an earlier time. The wood-paneled, two-story addition contains a comfortable bedroom and modern bathroom on each floor. The upstairs bedroom, the most charming room in the house in my opinion, looks out to woods, garden, and mountain views in three directions. Fall asleep listening to owls and rustling leaves, and watching the fireflies.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/19/2017

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  • Heirloom iris in the ever changing succession of flowers.

    Heirloom iris in the ever changing succession of flowers.

  • Lower entrance to the house through the Gallery

    Lower entrance to the house through the Gallery

  • Kitchen looking into diningroom

    Kitchen looking into diningroom

  • The Master Bedroom upstairs.

    The Master Bedroom upstairs.

  • The games table end of the gallery.

    The games table end of the gallery.

  • View of the front garden from the screened porch

    View of the front garden from the screened porch

  • Ragged Mountain from the road in front of the Artist's House

    Ragged Mountain from the road in front of the Artist's House

  • Ragged Mountain viewed across Elbow Pond in September

    Ragged Mountain viewed across Elbow Pond in September

  • October view from the top of Kearsarge Mountain

    October view from the top of Kearsarge Mountain

  • Come visit and bring your humans!

    Come visit and bring your humans!

  • Entrance to the house through the garden

    Entrance to the house through the garden

  • The gallery walk and screened porch.

    The gallery walk and screened porch.

  • The living room looking into the kitchen

    The living room looking into the kitchen

  • The downstairs bedroom

    The downstairs bedroom

  • The dining room looking into the gallery.

    The dining room looking into the gallery.

  • One end of the Gallery is for watching TV & DVDs or just relaxing. New TV since.

    One end of the Gallery is for watching TV & DVDs or just relaxing. New TV since.

  • Screened Porch

    Screened Porch

  • Nearby Maple Street in mid-October.

    Nearby Maple Street in mid-October.

  • Kearsarge Mountain from the same place

    Kearsarge Mountain from the same place

VRBO #486675

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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