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

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The walk to the gallery and screened porch.

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Last updated: 08/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Once home to a working artist, this comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom house is now available to bring out the artist in every visitor. Nearby Ragged Mountain, Mt. Kearsarge, and our numerous lakes and ponds, and lovely Mountain Brook will provide inspiration.

Relax on the screened porch surrounded by a nearly wild garden and watch baby birds learn to fly. Enjoy the collection of books, original artwork, and antiques while relaxing in comfortable seating and queen-sized platform beds. The dining room has a roomy table that will seat everyone. The gallery has a games table with a selection of games and puzzles on one end, and a comfy sofa and TV with DVD player on the other. There is cable and 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 Chickadees, 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.

Country side and rural villages aside, 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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years, or ask us....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    One or two children will be welcome. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

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

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

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.

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Eclectic collection, including nature and arts & crafts books, and some light reading....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    Table in the gallery for puzzles and games...moreless

  • Games:

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

Theme

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

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • 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

  • Village:

    East Andover and Andover Villages...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Dining:

    The dining room table seats 6 comfortably. There is also casual in-kitchen dining for up to three....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Electric clothes dryer and wooden drying racks...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Oil heat...moreless

  • Living Room:

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

  • Parking:

    Safe off street parking for three cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All cotton and Turkish towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Completely stocked....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped compact kitchen with all the essentials, including some basic supplies, including salt & pepper, spices, and tea. There is no dishwasher....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

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

Outside

  • Bicycles:

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

  • Deck / Patio:

    Screened porch....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several local courses....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Several rivers and lakes nearby for kayaking and canoeing. Rentals are available or bring your own....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened porch with comfortable seating...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Cottage garden in the process of being restored. Herbs and flowers out the front door. The house is surrounded by garden, lawn, fields and forest....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

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Jun 20 - Sep 12, 2016
7 night min stay

$900 $3,200

Changeover Day: Saturday

Autumn Regular
Sep 13 - Jan 25, 2017
4 night min stay
$175
$700 $1,800
* 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 $60

Notes:

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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Location

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

This area is known for the scenic beauty of its ancient mountains, rolling hills, and lakes, and brilliant autumn foliage displays. Plan walking, bicycling trails, and cross-country skiing expeditions from your door. There are numerous clean ponds, lakes and rivers for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Traditional New England villages, wildflowers, wildlife, and beautiful views abound. Golf courses, ski areas, a live theater, and numerous restaurants are within 15 to 20 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 has 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

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Photos

  • The walk to the gallery and screened porch.

    The walk to the gallery and screened porch.

  • Come visit and bring your humans!

    Come visit and bring your humans!

  • The other side of the living room, looking into the kitchen.

    The other side of the living room, looking into the kitchen.

  • A nice place for a cup of tea.

    A nice place for a cup of tea.

  • The Master Bedroom upstairs.

    The Master Bedroom upstairs.

  • The downstairs bedroom.

    The downstairs bedroom.

  • The games table end of the gallery.

    The games table end of the gallery.

  • The screened porch.

    The screened porch.

  • View from the top on a cloudy October day. An easy climb of one-half mile.

    View from the top on a cloudy October day. An easy climb of one-half mile.

  • Kearsarge Mountain from the top of the hill.

    Kearsarge Mountain from the top of the hill.

  • A view from the front gate.

    A view from the front gate.

  • Living room toward the hall and stairway.

    Living room toward the hall and stairway.

  • The old coal stove. Looking through the kitchen to the living room.

    The old coal stove. Looking through the kitchen to the living room.

  • The dining room looking into the gallery.

    The dining room looking into the gallery.

  • A corner of the upstairs bedroom.

    A corner of the upstairs bedroom.

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

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

  • A screened porch is just off the dining room.

    A screened porch is just off the dining room.

  • Looking across Elbow Pond to Ragged Mountain in early fall.

    Looking across Elbow Pond to Ragged Mountain in early fall.

  • Nearby Maple Street in mid-October.

    Nearby Maple Street in mid-October.

  • Looking down on East Andover Village and Highland Lake.

    Looking down on East Andover Village and Highland Lake.

  • Sunrise on Ragged Mountain looking down Elbow Pond Road.

    Sunrise on Ragged Mountain looking down Elbow Pond Road.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Sunday, August 28, 2016

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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