Lakefront home in the White Mountains! 1+ acre w/ boats, swim raft, fire pit
We bought this place after renting it ourselves for two years and couldn't think of not having it as part of our future. Our two kids, ages 2 and 5, love it here as much as we do so we decided to buy it so we could be sure we would be able to continue to enjoy it for years to come. We love the outdoors but also like having some luxuries here and there like being able to go to Dunkin Donuts for coffee or heading to Walmart or Shaws to grab whatever we forgot to pack. We consider ourselves foodies and have found a few great places nearby to enjoy some fine cooking, superb wine lists, and fresh craft beers. Colatina's Exit in Bradford, VT and Woodstock Station in Woodstock NH are two of our family favorites. Swimming, fishing, hiking, playing games, picking berries/apples, site seeing or just doing nothing are all part of each visit we make here. Hopefully you will fall in love with it for the same reasons we did.
Owner purchased this House in 2008
Why Owner chose Bath
We were looking for a family vacation home and were renting this place ourselves for a couple of years so when it came on the market we jumped at the opportunity. The location is great as it is everything that we are looking for in a retreat in that it is close modern conveniences and things to do yet when you are at the house you feel like you are away from it all.
What makes this House unique
We split our days between staying at the house all day or going on a road trip and both are equally enjoyable. When we stay at the house we often will have a big breakfast together and then either go on a family hike or some of us will go fishing and the others will hang back to read and relax. We often would follow up the morning activities with a barbecue lunch and then a group swim out to the raft where we'll bask in the sun for a while and head back in. Occasionally we will grab the inner tubes and hit the nearby Ammanoosuc River for a relaxing float down the mountain river. In the evening we break out the cocktails around the fire pit. On nights we don't feel like having a fire we'll keep the kids entertained with the game closet or the DVD library and hang out on the wrap around deck and watch the stars. When we do decide to go out we might plan an excursion to Santa's Village, Lost Caves or Franconia Notch. We might go on a tubing adventure at the river down the street or just hit the road and see what we can see. Whatever we do we often follow it all up with dinner at one of the nearby restaurants so we aren't cooking and cleaning the whole time. Then we go to bed, wake up, and do it all over again. It is perfect.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
This property does not have a boat launch. Kayak and canoe are available for your use.
All fires need to be in the fire pit and must be extinguished when you are done.
Usage of the lake, the ladder to the bunk bed, and any furnished amenities is at your own risk
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Cozy, quiet house on a great little pond!
Cozy, quiet house on a great little pond! We enjoyed our stay here - lots of activity on the dock and caught a few fish for dinner from the pond. Wifi was a bit spotty, but as local new englanders, we know it's lucky if you get it at all in the mountains, so no big deal. Lots of games for a rainy day and plenty of local activities when the sun shines (we went to polar caves, hiked bridalveil falls, rode the cog railway and enjoyed the rides at Attitash). Great pancakes at Polly's, fun pizza and magician at another recommendation from the host and great steaks off the grill from a farm near the covered bridge. Overall a fantastic week. Thanks!
Good house and great location - NO CELL SIGNAL, HORRIBLE WiFi and BROKEN Boats
Everything was great and we were very happy when we got to the house. Its situated on a small lake with only a handful of houses. It is very 'woodsy' location, with a dirt road leading up to the house. House was neat and clean, with toys/games for kids etc.
We did have two major issues, and one that is less significant. The two major issues were:
- No cell signal, but cant fault the property for that. However, the wifi was HORRIBLE. The owner really needs to update the antique DSL modem with something newer. Out of the 3 days, the wifi probably worked only for 3-4 hours in TOTAL. Informed the owner, and he did call the internet provider, but there was no resolution and I was asked to call the internet company myself, which I didnt want to do while on vacation. So we were really cut off from the world while at the house.
- The posting described a kayak and canoe is available at the house. However, it was clear that the Canoe had not been used in a long time, and was broken on one side, and all the seats were either completely broken, or very wobbly. It was not safe at all. I informed the owner, but he said he couldnt get anyone to fix it given it was long weekend. Instead he asked if I could fix it!!! We were really looking fwd to using the canoe to go out on the lake as a family, but unfortunately it was not to be. So we had to take turns in the single seat kayak, which wasnt much fun.
- The other minor item was that the water around the dock had a lot of weeds. The owner's instructions at the house were to rake them out ourselves. I would expect that the owner should get that done as part of the landscape maintenance or something, and not make the renters do that work. I finally did it on our last day so my 2 year old could play in the water.....maybe I should have done it sooner..
Mehul, the internet has since been fixed, sorry that we couldn't get a tech out before you left but I know you know that we tried multiple times to do this. The reason I asked you to call the ISP is that they were going to run a test with you to troubleshoot the issue as they couldn't get a tech onsite until after the holiday. I could have come up and done this myself but then I would be hanging out with you and your family - I thought you would have preferred having the family time. As for the canoe, the seat became detached from the side and it was a matter of adding a nut and a bolt to reattach it. When we spoke, I thought you were OK with taking this on but I would have sent someone out, or gone there myself, if I had known that this was going to be a challenge. On the weeds that floated to shore, yes this does happen from time to time, which is why we leave a rake nearby - it literally takes all of 30 seconds to remove them. The house is in a woodsy location, with poor cell service, and yes there are plants and animals. Most families appreciate having the opportunity to commune with nature together and immerse themselves in it. Apparently this wasn't what you were looking for and we apologize that it wasn't a good fit.
Great family holiday on peaceful lake
This is a great location for some family time spent on or beside the lake. The owners have lots of equipment to help you enjoy yourselves and we loved being able to row over to the separate deck and catch the sun as well as cooling down in the inflatable raft. We ate in every night as we were too relaxed to go out! Therefore the local Walmart only 10 mins away saw a lot of us! We did venture out sometimes in the day and went to the oldest shop in bath and the oldest diner in Littleton. We also had a good breakfast on the morning we left in Chutters.
After our road trip of cities it was nice to have some good old fashioned holiday time.
Peaceful and relaxing setting! The lake and views were what we all needed. The home was clean and neat and our family enjoyed all the amenities! Matthew, the owner, answered all our questions and was very helpful.
Not as expected
PROS: Right on the lake, nice wrap around porch, nice pond, grill worked, beautiful view, location is in the middle of nowhere so you are very unplugged for sure, had some great family time playing numerous games they have available and used kayak which was provided. Owner had great response to phone calls. Area is beautiful, very secluded
CONS: Was not cleaned when we arrived, . Owner answered phone right away, cleaning lady came, had to wait 3 hours for her to clean it. House is in full sun from noon until sunset, air conditioners were not on when we arrived and shades were not drawn, house temperature was 94 degrees. Two portable air conditioners could not cool down house, took two full days and only then did it get down to 74 degrees. We did stay during a very hot week, but kept shades drawn during day. There were quite a few things that were broken, fan upstairs, bed box spring in spare bedroom so bed slanted down, mattresses on bunk beds were extremely thin and could feel springs underneath, canoe has holes and leaks, one of the seats in canoe was broken, hot water heater died, had to be repaired twice which took away from our time with my husband trying to troubleshoot with owner on the phone and having 3 different people coming to figure out problem during the first 3 days, smoke detectors went off at 6:30 am for no reason, low batteries I'm guessing. Thought we would have a nice quiet week on the lake until the construction right next door started on Monday morning and lasted all day during the week, hammers, saws, etc..... They are rebuilding a house, that was awesome. Wifi never worked, maybe for 10 minutes once a day. Adirondack chairs on lawn are wobbly. This property needs some maintenance for sure. No cell phone reception in area except near Walmart (however this wouldn't have been a concern had the wifi worked as it was advertised.)
Owner did refund us a small amount of $ due to all of these concerns and did offer us to return our money if we wanted to leave but there was nowhere else to go and we were only staying a few days, plus it was my son's birthday. It was not the vacation we expected but we made the best of it. Would not stay here again unfortunately.
It was apparent from the very beginning that this wasn't going to be a good fit and we offered a full refund for the one night they had already stayed, and to cancel the remainder with no penalties, to avoid this very situation. Kristen did not take us up on that offer nor did she reach out to VRBO to inquire upon another place to stay. That's exactly why you pay a service fee to VRBO. The home is a modernized camp on the water in the White Mountains, apparently that's not what Kristin thought she was renting. Even though they decided to stay, we still ended up providing a refund of $250 at the end of their stay as a way to compensate them for the issues that were addressed as soon as they were brought to our attention. This may be small to her now but at the time her husband thought it was more than fair given that most of the issues that came up were beyond our control and/or insignificant (wobbly Adirondack chair?!?).
Also, not sure where the temp info came from but Kristen's thermometer must be off - WeatherUnderground has the temps dropping into the 60s every night of their stay - even just opening the windows would have dropped the temps below 74. Add in AC and fans and there is no reason the house should have been that hot.
We have rented many homes through Home Away and VRBO both in the US and Europe. Matt is without question one of the most responsive and reliable owners we have ever worked with.
We really enjoyed our 11 nights in this home. The house sits literally on the lake. There is no exaggeration in saying you can fish from the deck! In fact, that became my husband's morning routine. He got up, brewed a cup of coffee, and then sat on the deck fishing while he drank his coffee.
The home's layout makes it feel very spacious, despite its relative small size. We had our 3 big kids with us (15, 18 & 20) and we had more than enough space to spread out and relax. The house was spotless, truly one of the cleanest homes we have rented. The kitchen was well stocked with basic kitchen ware. Walmart is only 10 minutes away should you need anything that isn't there. We cooked 2 meals a day at the house and had no troubles. We used the outdoor grill almost daily. Plenty of sheets, blankets, towels, etc. The washer and dryer were convenient and saw a lot of use.
We purposefully rented a home on a quiet lake. There are only a handful of homes on this lake (10-12 maybe). A tiny, dirt road winds around the lake to the house. The lake is small enough to easily paddle the perimeter in the provided kayak or canoe. Fishing was awesome. We lost track of how many fish we caught - perch and small mouth bass. Hubby did catch one pickerel as it leapt out of the water to snatch a small perch as he was reeling it in. Swimming (or in my case floating) in the lake was so relaxing. Tubes are provided and we also took a big floating mattress. The water is clean, clear, and so refreshing. The two neighbors we met were friendly. Had we not met them on the road, we wouldn't have known they were there. Most of time we felt like we were the only inhabitants around the lake.
The location of the house was a perfect launching spot for day trips. So many options within 90 minutes of the house - then coming back in the evening to the serenity and quiet of the lake, fishing until it was too dark to see, then starting a fire in the fire pit, roasting marshmallows and eating smores. Swimming at Swift River Falls just below the covered bridge about 15 minutes from the house followed by ice cream at Slicks was probably the favorite activity of all.
This is a fine rental property and I recommend it without hesitation.
Activities (on-site or nearby): Swimming, fishing, boating, and ice skating on the lake. Biking on the lake roads and hiking in the surrounding woods. There is also a recreational trail for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing (can also X-country ski right from the house). Snowmobiling right from the house to trails which link
up with the NH corridor and VAST (Vermont) trails.
There are 4 rivers within a few minutes of the house (Connecticut, Ammonoosuc, Wild Ammonoosuc, & Wells Rivers) - great for fishing, canoeing, kayaking or floating down in tubes. Downhill skiing (Loon and Cannon Mtns). Berry picking, country stores and fairs. Good location for
scenic drives in the White Mountains and day trips into Vermont. Attractions close by: Franconia Notch Park, Flume Gorge, Cannon Mountain Aerial tramway, Lost River, Clark's Trading Post, Six Gun City, Santa's Village, Polar Caves. Story Land is on the other end of Rt 112 (the Kancamangus) but it is a beautiful drive.