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Rattlesnake Island Treehouse (Boat Required)

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Modern 4-bedroom Cape, 100' lakefront with 30' dock.

A boat is needed to get to this unique island house on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Nestled on the south-western side of Rattlesnake Island is this modern four bedroom Cape. The house features 1700 sq ft of living space and hardwood floors throughout.

The first floor has two bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed and private balcony. On the third floor are two additional bedrooms; one with standard twin beds that can be configured as a king if preferred, the other with a daybed with a pop-up trundle. The upstairs bedrooms overlook the living room.

The open plan of the second floor affords everyone their own space, while allowing them to be together at the same time. The living room furniture is soft and inviting. The separate dining room is spacious and bright. There are four sliding glass doors that lead from the living room to the wrap-around deck, maximizing as much of the lakefront views as possible. The deck has a full-size outdoor dining table with umbrella, or take advantage of the screened-in porch instead.

The fully-equipped galley kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, electric oven and stove, and dishwasher. Together with the gas grill on the deck, you'll have all the tools you need for cooking.

At the lake level, enjoy diving and swimming from the aluminum dock where the water depth is 30 feet. Sunbathe on the dock, or relax with a book on the shaded lakeside deck.

Please be aware that this home is situated on the side of a steep incline. There are 50 steps from the dock to the house, and the lake is 30' deep at its shore. For this reason, the house may not be suitable for people who have difficulty with stairs or have small children. Also, please note that there is no wifi or internet connection at the house. Both AT&T and Verizon work well - if you need to connect to the internet, please intend to use your personal data plan.

The house is on a non-bridged island, so it is necessary for you to bring a boat to be used for all transportation.

More Details

Beth Doehner
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

Why Beth Doehner chose Alton

In the summer of 2014, we spent a week in a rented home on a near-by island in Lake Winnipesaukee. While we had been renting lakeside properties for years, this location was exceptional. We loved the clear, fresh water of the lake, the serenity that came with being on an island, and the variety of things to do that were boat-accessible when we wanted a break from the island. The location was so exceptional that we decided we needed to find a an island place of our own! We called a realtor and fell in love with this house on our last day of vacation. The rest, as they say, is history.


Alton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Private balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private balcony
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Day bed with pop-up trundle. Use as single or 2 twins.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , overlooks the living room. Can be set up as king bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Rattlesnake Island Treehouse (Boat Required)
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

You will feel right at home in this lovely lake retreat

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated. Clean and uncluttered. The house feels spacious. Plenty of room for three couples, plus a few kids, yet lots of nooks to get away and go read - my favorite was sitting in the adirondacks on the dock, listening to the boats and waves. Screened in porch is a good spot as well and the deck is shaded and a great place to grill out. We found everything we needed in the kitchen, including a big pot for corn. Beth is fantastic to work with. Lovely spot. Easy boat rides to Wolfeboro, Winter Harbor, Alton Bay and the Weirs.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house, nice location

  • 4 of 5

Nice property, great deck overlooking the lake. House was not clean and just in need of a great vacuum . A spider for every nook and cranny. Wonder what they do with the $150 you get charged. Also, bringing your own bed linens is a hassle and not mentioned until after you have paid up.

Overall a great spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern RI

Lovely setting, house we'll appointed on a quiet part of the lake. Owners very good communicators.

  • 5 of 5

Great week at the lake! Swimming, loons, hiking, boat rides, and relaxing on the dock.

The house is as described and is perched on a steep hill, resulting in a view of a relatively quiet part of the lake and great sunsets.

Owners very informative and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Hartford, CT

Fantastic time and very helpful owner!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to do something different this year for vacation so decided to try an 'island' vacation with the family. The experience was very easy and enjoyable from the start. Beth provided several emails with great info leading up to the vacation and was as helpful during or week stay as I texted her several times asking for recommendations for dining and places to go. The house was great! Very comfortable and great taste in decorating. The boys (me included) loved the dock as we spent much time fishing and diving into the deep, clear water. I would definitely recommend this property! I cant wait until next summer... Going for two weeks instead of one!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Wonderful vacation property on Lake Winni!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two daughters and friends recently stayed at this property for two weeks and LOVED it! Beth was so incredibly helpful, quick to respond, offer advice, and went above and beyond to make sure we were all comfortable and taken care of. The property itself was well-appointed, beautifully decorated, clean and the location was superb. I would highly recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manchester, VT

Peaceful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at this charming "treehouse" on the island. I was hesitant to book it because it was a new listing and didn't have any reviews, but it paid off! Beth is wonderful to work with and truly cares that you have a great vacation. She checked in the right amount to make sure everything was okay without being obtrusive. The house is located in the perfect spot; quick access from the marina, short boat ride to Wolfboro, and a bit sheltered. John at the marina was a pleasure to deal with and made boat launching and car parking hassle-free. The house is well decorated and was plenty comfortable for the 4 of us. While my calves enjoyed the workout climbing the steps, the listing clearly states that this would not be the ideal spot for the elderly or small children. We had planned to eat out often, but with the view from the deck, decided to stay home for many of our meals. When we did go out, we enjoyed eating at Garwoods for dinner and the diner for breakfast. Both places are in Wolfboro. We spent every day but one (rain) hanging out on the dock reading, fishing, swimming, and relaxing. If you do stay here you MUST go hiking. It could be a little challenging getting from the back of the house to the trail, but it is worth it as the vistas are absolutely breathtaking. Overall, it was a very relaxing and peaceful vacation and we would highly recommend renting this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Manchester, NH

The property is located on a non-bridged island, so bringing your own boat is necessary. Lake Winnipesaukee and the towns surrounding the lake offer many options for dining and recreation accessible by boat. Towns such as Wolfeboro, Alton, Meredith, and Laconia provide public tie-ups for easy accessibility to the area's dining and attractions.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Bath Towels $50 + Tax
Bed Linens $100 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation 60 days or more before check-in: 100% refund
Cancellation 30 - 60 days of check-in: 50% refund
Cancellation within 30 days of check in: deposit will be forfeited

Both a non-refundable Property Damage Insurance and a refundable security deposit are required. Property Damage Insurance will cover any damage that may occur during your stay; the security deposit will cover any items that go missing during your stay. The security deposit will be promptly refunded at the end of your stay.

Weekend rates available in the off-season. Please contact me directly for a quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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