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2018 Summer Season: Cabin Rental on 8th Generation Pondside Homestead

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Summer Cabin For Rent

The Knoll Camp at Tolman Pond, Nelson, NH

Tolman Pond, in Nelson, NH, just ten miles north of Mt. Monadnock, offers a country retreat two hours from Boston. The Knoll Camp sits on a wooded knoll overlooking Tolman Pond: a 40-acre pond wooded on three sides, perfect for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking (no motor boats allowed) and watching wildlife. There is a shared beach, swimming dock and clay tennis court. There’s easy access to local trails and dirt roads perfect for hiking and biking. It’s ideal for those looking for a slower pace and a friendly environment with room for privacy. It’s a welcoming place for children to play, explore and wear themselves out.

The camp was very well built in the 1920s as a summer camp and has remained a summer camp ever since. It has been modernized for safety and convenience (technology) without losing its rustic charm. The camp is one of five seasonal cottages, along with three Tolman households, making up a close-knit neighborhood dispersed among the trees and fields. The Tolman family, including many of their tenants, spans multiple generations, with some tenants renting into their third, fourth and even sixth generation.

• Main camp sleeps 4: bedroom with king, study with futon

• Two full bathrooms

• Sleeping cabin, connected by walkway to the main camp, has two twin beds (easily made into a king). Screened in porch. No bathroom.

• Living room has fireplace and plenty of space to gather.

• Dining Room with two open decks.

• Internet and DirecTV

• Cordwood, trash removal/recycling provided.

More Details

Karen Tolman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2018

About Karen Tolman

We are fortunate to have inherited this 8th generation property in the 1960s − five summer rental camps centered around an historic 1790s farmhouse and a 40-acre pond. It is our job now to manage and care for this property in order to pass it along to the next generation.

Karen Tolman purchased this cabin in 1969

Why Karen Tolman chose Nelson

“Tolman Pond” is of historic significance in our small town of Nelson. Our history is robust and very interesting − from farming to boarding house, summer cabins to year-round resort with ski tow. The ski tow is gone, but the five cabins survive today and it is these that we rent out.


Nelson Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Study - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • There are two bedrooms: one is in the main camp with a king; another is in the sleeping cabin with twin beds that can be made into a king. There's also a study with a futon that can be made into a double bed; and a small loft that's great for a couple of kids on an air mattress.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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2018 Summer Season: Cabin Rental on 8th Generation Pondside Homestead
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Charming cabin

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully built old fashioned cabin made for a delightful stay by Tolman pond. Set in the woods just a bit above the pond, the location is very quiet and one is in nature. An unexpected bonus was the fabulous birdwatching by the pond, which is on a quiet dirt road featuring woods, small orchard, small marsh and pasture habitats nearby, with adorable sheep. Enjoyed the provided canoes/kayaks and water toys in the pond. The hosts were completely wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and we're glad you enjoyed your stay here and your note sharing with Barry about the latest bird sightings!
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Car: necessary

Tolman Pond is in the town of Nelson, which, in and of itself, is very interesting. Music of all sorts is our middle name: Monadnock Music, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Monadnock Folklore Society (upholding our contra-dance capital of the world moniker!) − all have their roots in Nelson. In addition to being a destination for “summer people” (we have lots of lakes in town), Nelson is home to many artists, craftsmen, small business owners, a growing number of small farms, as well as those who commute to our neighboring towns for work. But it’s still too small (700 people or so) to have its own store, telephone exchange, or post office. We like it that way. But, we can find some of these things in the neighboring town of Harrisville (a five minute drive or an hour’s walk), a largely preserved National Historic Landmark early 19th century mill village, that’s shy on promoting tourism, but boasts the best General Store in the State of NH. We’re also within half an hour of Keene and Peterborough − towns that add a taste of reality to our lives here − banks, food, clothing, laundry, medical, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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