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Historic & Unique Lodge...Minutes To The Summer Fun of Lake Sunapee!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,313 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A rustic, yet romantic retreat for couples & families in a historical space

90 minutes from Boston & just 5 miles from the summer fun of Lake Sunapee & Mount Sunapee, the 'Lodge' is a truly unique space with timeless and upscale accommodations that make this far more than your traditional rental destination! Located at the historic estate and summer residence of 2-term New Hampshire Governor Francis P. Murphy, we provide a rustic, yet romantic retreat.

LGBT friendly. Pet-free, smoking/smoker free. Maximum occupancy of 2. Minimum age of adults renting the space is 25. Families with teenagers (13+ welcome). The space isn't suitable for children.

Stepping into the Lodge, you're transported back in time, surrounded by hand-hewn beams and spruce boards dating back to the 1920's. The space has to be seen to really be we've carefully updated and chosen furnishings that would be comfortable, but appropriate for the space.

A large and comfortable sectional with chaise features a fold out queen size bed is parked in front of an entertainment center: LED television with surround sound CD/DVD/Stereo. As there is so much to do, see & enjoy in the Dartmouth-Sunapee Region, we don't provide cable (it's supposed to be a vacation after all!)

An oversized field-stone fireplace with twin leather pub chairs awaits the weary traveler or skier. Twin bookcases with Tiffany lamps are filled with books, games and distractions for when you just want to hang out.

When you're ready to cook, the kitchen at the Lodge has everything you need. This original and virtually unchanged turn of the century kitchen features original built-ins with modern electric stove and oven. Full-sized refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and anything else you'll need. A farm style table sits beneath trendy Edison light bulbs for cards, games or meals.

After a day on the road, at the lake or on the slopes, you'll enjoy Governor Murphy's 'Locker Room', with a large walk-in 2 person shower.

Lastly, when you're ready to crash, the Master Bedroom features a large king size sleigh bed with 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down comforter, and tons of pillows. In the living room, there is a sectional queen sized pull out couch with a chaise and a folding twin cot available by request.

This is as close to a truly classic lodge as you'll find this side of the White with history that we've worked to make comfortable for anyone. We hope you'll love it as much as we do!

Guests have full access to the grounds. Your caretakers Ken & Travis are always available to answer questions, offer advice for activities or the best place to grab a bite.

ABOUT THE AREA

The Murphy Estate is located right off the General Stark Highway and is centrally located in the heart of the Lake Sunapee from the slopes of Mount Sunapee or the harbor of Lake Sunapee. Though we are close to all activities and town, we're tucked away on a quiet side street, surrounded by woods (don't be shocked to see young deer running around the back yard). It's peaceful, quiet and very private. If you bring a mountain bike you can bike right down the street and hit the rail amazing stretch between here and Claremont with ponds, wildlife and covered bridges.

Downhill skiers will love Mt. Mt. Ascutney and Okemo close by. Golfers will love Newport's Golf Course. Gaudens historic site nearby. Reconstructed Fort #4 offers historical reenactments and colonial-style Thanksgiving Dinner. Gourmet dining on Lake Sunapee, New London, Lebanon and Hanover. Hopkins Center and Dartmouth College 50 min. Horseback Riding and Blueberry Picking nearby, Bird Watching, Sledding, Walking, of things to do!

There are no public transit systems nearby, however the Amtrak station is located nearby in Claremont. Car is necessary. 2+ hours from Boston. Bus stations in New London, Claremont, or Lebanon. Nearest airport: Manchester.

POLICIES & TERMS

We've worked tirelessly to both restore this amazing home and share it with others. Enjoy it, love please treat it with respect. Don't treat it like your home, please treat it like our home.

Though we love pets... we cannot allow them. However, there are some fantastic places to leave cats or dogs nearby that are highly rated.

Because of the historic, irreplaceable nature of the property, we have a firm no smoking policy and cannot accommodate smokers. No smoking is allowed in the house or anywhere on the grounds. A firm $500 cleaning fee will be assessed for any smoking detected. Any smoking on the grounds is cause to cancel the rental with no refunds.

More Details

Owner
Kenneth Vigue
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2018

About Kenneth Vigue

Your hosts Travis and Ken have been restoring this property back to its original splendor and all of monies generated go directly back into the restoration of the estate.

When not entertaining guests, we travel and enjoy the countless farms and farmer's markets available in the area in the summer months. We're gracious, accommodating and enjoy meeting others. We enjoy history, antiquing, British comedies, cooking, baking and road tripping.

Kenneth Vigue purchased this house in 2014

Why Kenneth Vigue chose Newport

The Murphy Estate dates back to the early 1800's when it was the Kelsey/Herrick farm. In 1913's, the founder of Thom McAnn shoes and New Hampshire WMUR TV & Radio station and 2 term New Hampshire Governor Francis P. Murphy renovated and expanded the property into a summer estate for his family. Since then it has been relatively many of the amazing and unique architecture and elements from this period survived. If you love history and the charm of a true is as close as you'll come this side of the White Mountains!

What makes this house unique

A historic lodge space in the heart of the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely phenomenal stay at Kenny and Travis’ cabin/lodge. If you're looking for a great relaxing getaway in a well appointed cabin, this is 100% the place to be in NH. Our hosts were responsive, the place was perfect, right down to having the fireplace lit upon our arrival. Well done. We highly recommend and thank our hosts again.
Apr 2018
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Amenities

Newport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1313 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Non-paying, non-staying visitors are not allowed.
  • Maximum occupancy of 2.
  • Not suitable for children (under 13).
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is the former locker room of the Murphy Estate, where family and guests such as boxer Jack Dempsey would shower after a game of tennis. It features two of the original showers, perfect for a couple.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In the living room is a pull out sofa and lounge sectional.
  • Large bedroom with king size bed, the former game room of Governor Francis P. Murphy.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
If guests have questions during their stay, we are available the Main House on the right next door.

Reviews

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Historic & Unique Lodge...Minutes To The Summer Fun of Lake Sunapee!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Billerica, MA, USA
5

Beautiful property that comes with EVERYTHING you could need!

  • 5 of 5

In booking the property, I went back and forth via messager on VRBO with Kenneth with questions about the property and the area as we were going up for a wedding. He always got back to me right away. In fact, friends of ours needed a place to stay in the area and Kenneth went above & beyond by giving me the names of places close by that would rent to them for just a night (given it was Labor Day Weekend I was concerned they wouldn't be able to find a place for just one night). They even lucked out with his suggestions!

Kenneth greeted us upon our arrival at the lodge and took us through the property to be sure we had everything we needed, right down to some things to start us off in the fridge! The place is immaculate. They've done an amazing job restoring the lodge back to it's original look. It's beautiful. The living/dining area is a very large, open concept room with a high ceiling and unique lighting. It has a large stone fireplace that I imagine would be amazing in the winter. A large leather sectional and a smart TV were cozy for the evening catching up on Netflix, Hulu, or a DVD (there is no cable). The bathroom has a large, walk-in 2 person shower and all the linens you would need including comfy white robes for after your shower! The kitchen is quaint and also has everything you would need including k-cups for the Keurig and snacks provided on the counter! The bedroom is quite large with several windows to provide natural light. The bed is, by far, the MOST COMFORTABLE BED we've ever slept on!! Linens are provided. The living area and the bedroom both had A/C's in the windows, which definitely cooled the place down nicely as the days were warm while we were there.

As hosts, they were great and very considerate. They live in the main house next door on the property so are very accessible if you need anything (we didn't need a thing though). We were checking out on a Monday morning, but on Sunday evening Kenneth reached out to me that he wanted to use the lawnmower Monday morning around 9am (check-out is 10am), but wanted to make sure that it wouldn't disturb us at that time. We were really impressed with their hospitality!

Lastly, the location is great. Close by to restaurants, gas, RiteAid, Shaws, NH Liquor Outlet and many other stores and shops. Very convenient!

So, if you're looking for a place in the Sunapee area where all you have to do is show up, this is it!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Hospitality Done Right! Comfortable, Rustic & Relaxing Accommodations Near Many Great Destinations

  • 5 of 5

Not to be missed! If you'll be staying in the Lake Sunapee/New London area, you should definitely stay at this gem of a place. Somehow managing to make an historic lodge ultra comfortable, your hosts spare no amenity to make your time in this quiet, charming, and inviting retreat an experience you'll remember for a long time. Stylishly decked out with many cool and retro touches, the highlights for me were the supremely comfortable (and huge!) bed, the giant double shower (with excellent water pressure), and the overall feeling of being utterly "at home" while on vacation. Everything you could possibly need is provided, and the proprietors are thoughtful and kind hosts who go out of their way - before and during your stay - to make sure you'll enjoy your visit to the fullest. Anything you'd want to visit in the vicinity is only a short drive away, and there is a conveniently close-by shopping plaza with a supermarket. It's a shame that I could only rate on a 5-star scale...this jewel of a getaway deserves 10 out of 5 stars. I don't go many places more than once, but I will return here for sure. Thanks for a truly marvelous time!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Historic New Hampshire Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We were travelling from Canada to attend our son's college graduation in New Hampshire and wanted to ensure the weekend was extra special, creating lasting memories worthy of the occasion. We were so glad to find The Lodge, and just knew this historic location would offer so much more than your average accommodation. As soon as we arrived we knew how special it was. The beautifully and lovingly restored space featured gleaming hardwood floors, an incredible river rock hearth, luxurious bed and bathroom, exquisite furnishings and decorating - everything was picture-perfect. Our hosts made sure we were comfortable, even setting up a crackling fire for us each night. Beautiful birdsong each morning, watching squirrels from the kitchen window, ambient hearth, sumptuous bathrobes - just a few extraordinary elements of our stay.

The Lodge feels like it's in a private forest oasis, yet is close to everything. It exudes New England history, and we felt like we were eavesdropping time travellers (only with the advantages of modern amenities). Comfortable, pristine, and truly special, The Lodge offered us absolutely everything we were hoping for, and created memories which will last a lifetime.

We look forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Glenview Illinois
5

Hidden gem, much more than a vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

This place is beautiful. My husband and I went for a romantic weekend and it was perfect. The best night of sleep in a great new bed.

The place has a lot of character and it has been completely restored.

Our hosts were wonderful, they treated us like family and made a delicious breakfast sources locally. They will spoil you as if you were in a 5 star hotel.

There is not much to do in the town so you definitely need a car but it's a quick drive to lake Sunappe and other cool areas nearby.

Travis, Ken, thank you so much! Our stay was perfect thanks to you both! Hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
61 Miles
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Salt Hill Pub
Nearest Golf
0.8 Miles
Newport Golf Club
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Claremont Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
I-89
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Downtown Newport Restaurants (Salt Hill Pub, etc.)
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Mount Sunapee Resort
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Sunapee State Beach (Lake Sunapee)
Car: necessary

The Murphy Estate is located right off the General Stark Highway and is centrally located in the heart of the Lake Sunapee area...minutes from the slopes of Mount Sunapee or the harbor of Lake Sunapee. Though we are close to all activities and town, we're tucked away on a quiet side street, surrounded by woods (don't be shocked to see young deer running around the back yard). It's peaceful, quiet and very private. If you bring a mountain bike you can bike right down the street and hit the rail trail...an amazing stretch between here and Claremont with ponds, wildlife and covered bridges.

Downhill skiers will love Mt. Sunapee...or Mt. Ascutney and Okemo mountain...also close by. Golfers will love Newport's Golf Course. Gaudens historic site nearby. Reconstructed Fort #4 offers historical reenactments and colonial-style Thanksgiving Dinner. Gourmet dining on Lake Sunapee, New London, Lebanon and Hanover. Hopkins Center and Dartmouth College 50 min. Horseback Riding and Blueberry Picking nearby, Bird Watching, Sledding, Walking, Antiquing...tons of things to do!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79

Fireplace Service is available upon request. No outside wood sources allowed. Complete log set that burns 3 1/2 hours is $10 per set.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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