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Bow Lake Family Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

4 BR/2 Bath Lake House Retreat

Our Kooaukee Island water-view home located on Bow Lake (accessible by car) was renovated spring 2014. The house has an open concept kitchen, living and dining area which offers a view of the lake. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a game room. Other amenities include washer and dryer, picnic table, gas grill, outdoor fire-pit. Although the home is not lakefront, the islands beautiful private peninsula shaped beach is just a very short walk away (300 feet) where you'll find picnic tables, charcoal grills, small playground, basketball hoop, horseshoes and a boat ramp. Perfect for the whole family. We also have 3 kayaks available for your use.

Have a boat? Also available for a small fee is our mooring located just 75 feet from the beach.

During the cold winter months you can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing and of course ice skating.

**Please note: Our target group are families/couples who are looking to enjoy themselves. We do not want loud partying groups as we respect our neighbors. If you are a loud partying group please do not inquire.

Leisure Activities


Hiking (Parker Mtn/Blue Job Mtn)

Golf (Nippo Lake)


Bird/loon watching


Leaf peeping

Bedroom 1 - Master bedroom with queen and full bathroom

Bedroom 2 - Twin bunk beds

Bedroom 3 - Queen bed

Bedroom 4 - 2 Twin beds.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Cindy

We purchased the property in Oct 2013 and spent 9 mos refurbishing the whole house. Now we get to let folks enjoy our full furnished home with a lake view and short walk to the islands private beach.

Cindy purchased this cottage in 2013

What makes this cottage unique

The island offers great kayaking opportunities. Our favorite activity is kayaking around the island. Within 45 minutes the trek takes you through open waters to shallow grassy channels where you can see fish, loons and spectacular views.


Strafford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Master bath, beautiful custom tiled 4 foot shower
    Main bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Tub, shower, sink/vanity, toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom has Queen Bed, ample closet space, LCD TV
    Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed , Bunk Room Consists of 2 Twin Bunk Beds, small closet
    Queen Room - 1 queen , Queen bed, lake view, slider to outside
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single , 2 Twin beds
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Bow Lake Family Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Byron, NY/Western NY/USA

Wonderful property! Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at this property and we can definitely confirm that Bow Lake is just as beautiful in the spring as it is in the fall. The neighbors are friendly and welcoming, the beachfront is peaceful and fun, and our son even caught a few fish. We heard the loons the first night we were there, took lots of walks, and took the kayaks out. Of course, we had some shuffleboard competitions, played ladder golf, and sat around the fire pit one evening. Love this property! We are booked again this fall for a few days...our only regret each time is that we have to leave! And Cindy is excellent to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay on Bow Lake. Sounds like you had fun- filled weekend. Kayaking around the island is one of my favorite things to do and we just added an additional kayak to our inventory. Thank you for being such wonderful guests, we look forward to having you back this fall.
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Awesome House for a Family Get Together/Graduation Celebration

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to New Hampshire from Florida for my sons graduation at UNH this past week. (we use to live in Franklin, MA) We rented Cindy's home as we thought it would be nicer to stay a week in a home vs. a hotel. This house is the best. I've rented a few homes through Home Away and this house did not disappoint at all. My sister and her husband from Richmond were able to come up and stay and we were able to have friends in and out throughout our stay. We had a nice family get together to celebrate my sons graduation and it was a great outdoor spot and there was plenty to keep the kids entertained. This house has everything and was spotless. It has a great layout - very open in the kitchen and living room, plus a bonus game room. Bedrooms are all a nice size and comfortable. The yard and patio are large and great place to hang out. The beach area is a very short walk and beautiful. We didn't have time to use the kayaks, but may have to come back just to do that.

Thank you Cindy for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for being such wonderful guests. We look forward to having you visit again and hopefully you get to venture off in a kayak and make your way around Kooaukee Island. - Rob and Cindy
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Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay at Bow Lake this fall and will definitely keep this property in mind for the future. Pretty much everything you'll need is in the home, all you need is some groceries! We were pleasantly surprised to find lots of extras as well that were either left by the owners or previous guests. The lake is a very short walk away and our young kids loved having the playground to use. We enjoyed taking walks around the island loop mornings and evenings. Make sure you head to Calef's Country Store for some yummy treats and gifts while visiting, we loved their cheese selection!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We are 3 seniors from Tn and Ky who choose and research for weeks which direction to head and were to stay when we get there. And we did great on both accounts. New Hampshire is beautiful and Cindy's home was a perfect end to each day of sightseeing. Centrally located for our trips to Mt. Washington, up the Maine coast to Freeport, down the NH coast from Portsmouth, and on the Amtrak to Boston. Or just sitting around the firepit enjoying the fresh air and lake view all week. It's open, clean and just like new inside, all conveniences and necessities where there, all we needed was food. I highly recommend Cindy's lake home for a wonderful vacation. If I'd been a bit younger, I would've been in one of those kayaks touring the lake. Thank you Cindy.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marsha, thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. You were wonderful guests. Rob and I are always happy to hear when folks enjoy our home as much as we do. Please come stay again!
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Fantastic vacation

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented this property on Bow Lake and could not have possibly had a better vacation. The house was extremely comfortable and we felt at home the second we arrived. The kitchen had everything needed to make a family meal and the beds were all very comfortable. We wanted a relaxing vacation on a quiet clean lake and that is what we got. Our grandkids enjoyed all the games and the fire pit and kayaking around the island was very enjoyable. I appreciated not having to bring linens and towels as they were provided. We were skeptical about the shared beach but by the end of the week we were friends with everybody and sitting and talking with them was the hi-light of our day. Being able to bring our dog Lucy was awesome! She had a blast and it was nice not having to leave her behind. The owners go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. We left a few things behind and they were kind enough to deliver them right to out door. There is a lot to do in the area and the location is convenient to the beaches and the lakes region. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you and your family enjoyed your stay. Kayaking around the island is one of our favorite lake activities. It would be wonderful to have you return next year :)
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Review of Bow Lake Property

  • 5 of 5

The house was in excellent condition. The owners provide many extras: kayaks, games, floats, life preservers, bikes, and more. The location is great, a very short walk to a lovely beach area with boat access and beach. We had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
6.4 Miles
Nippo Lake Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Gunstock Mountain
Nearest Beach
38 Miles
Rye Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Strafford Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall/Winter/spring Rate
Sep 5 2017 - May 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $100

Additional $25 per night for holiday stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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