Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Gilford, NH that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $159 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Gilford. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Gilford is a winter sports paradise

For a serene and peaceful retreat, try Gilford, which is located in central New Hampshire on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and the slopes of Belknap Mountain. Gilford vacation rentals have attracted travelers since the early 1800s, when farmers supplemented their income by renting to summer boarders. Today, some of the main Gilford points of interests are winter sports, such as cross country skiing and ski jumping. Alpine skiing is also popular, and Gunstock Mountain introduced the area’s first motorized ski lift and a snow train to transport skiers from Boston.

Things to do

Discover Gilford on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

For a fun family destination, search for Gilford vacation rentals near Gunstock Mountain Resort, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. From May through November, sample a diverse selection of locally produced wines at Stone Gate Vineyard. Experience a show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, a 900-seat amphitheater on the shores of the lake. If you’re looking for Gilford attractions that don’t involve the outdoors, Pepi Herrmann’s Crystal Gallery & Museum showcases some of the world’s finest hand-cut crystals and offers one-of-a-kind customized creations for you to purchase as a souvenir.

Activities

Enjoy family-friendly activities in Gilford

Winter sports are among the most popular Gilford activities. Visitors often check out Gunstock Mountain Resort for its skiing and snowboarding trails. The resort also offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, off-road Segway tours, a treetop adventure, and ziplining. Swim in Lake Winnipesaukee at the Ellacoya State Park. There’s usually a breeze and you can relax on the sandy beach and dine in the picnic area. Don’t miss Funspot, which is the home of the largest arcade in the world. Adventurous travelers should take the opportunity to view Gilford from the sky in a unique biplane tour of the area.

Weather

Gilford has a season for everyone

From December through February, relish cold weather sports like skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. During these winter months, the local Gilford weather forecast typically calls for snow and dropping temperatures. From March through May, wildflowers burst through the thawing ground, and you can visit maple sugar houses for live demonstrations. The lake region comes alive in summer from June through October, with area tours, water sports, and an abundance of hiking. The spectacular colors of fall ignite the imagination, and you’ll be able to experience the crisp, mouth-watering taste of freshly picked apples.

Natural features

Get up close and personal with nature in Gilford

For spectacular views, look for Gilford vacation rentals near Belknap Mountain at the southern point of town, as this is the highest point in the area with an elevation of 2,384 feet. Almost 28 percent of the town is covered by water. Discover Gilford nature and wildlife with your family and friends at Ellacoya State Park. You may be lucky enough to spot a peregrine falcon, moose, or speckled fawn. Gilford vacation rentals put you in best possible place to experience and enjoy all that nature has to offer, from amazing wildlife to majestic mountains to a sparkling lake.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gilford

Fly into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), the closest airport, located 42.8 mi (69 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Lebanon, NH (LEB-Lebanon Municipal), which is 45.4 mi (73.1 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Gilford?

Whether you're searching for a cozy escape for you and your special someone or someplace roomy to fit the family, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Gilford. Here are a couple to get you inspired:

  • Around 8 miles from the center of Gilford, you'll want to keep coming back to "Luxury New Log Cabin On Lake Winnisquam Perfect Family Retreat". It has 3 bedrooms and handy features including off-street parking options and a kitchen.
  • "Close To Downtown Meredith And Lake Winnipesaukee On 13 Secluded Acres" also promises an awesome stay, offering 1 bedroom, air conditioning, free WiFi and more. It's around 11 miles from Gilford.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Gilford vacation rental for you.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Gilford?

Choose your favorite log cabin from the many scattered in or around Gilford and you'll soon be inside your timber-clad hideaway, tasty tipple in hand, lazing by a crackling fire. But adventure is right outside your door too. These cabins promise the perfect blend of fun and comfort:

  • "Luxury New Log Cabin On Lake Winnisquam Perfect Family Retreat": This fantastic vacation home is the perfect base for having fun in nature. Sledding and water skiing are a few activities you can do in the area when you're not unwinding in your cozy cabin.
  • "Luxury Log Cabin Lake Winnisquam Pvt Beach": Spend your vacation taking advantage of all the creature comforts at this escape. If you can tear yourself away from your comfy digs, fishing and cycling are some awesome things to do.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Gilford?

We all need some "me time" from time to time. If you're longing for a couple of uninterrupted mornings lingering in your PJs with a cappuccino and a good book, there's no shortage of amazing weekend getaways in and around Gilford. Check out some of our favorites:

  • "Lake Winnipesaukee Waterfront Family Friendly" is around 4 miles east of Gilford and an ideal place to recharge your batteries. You'll appreciate the range of amenities here, including a garden and pet-friendly services.
  • "Luxury Log Cabin Lake Winnisquam Pvt Beach" is another popular option to consider. It's located 7 miles to the southwest of Gilford and features winery tours, a TV and more.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Gilford?

Yes, you can. If you're hunting down a simple but stylish stay, you can't beat a studio apartment. These compact properties exude charm and are often located in the heart of town. Take a look at the following options in or near Gilford:

  • After a fun-filled day of urban exploration, come home to the comforts of "Close To Downtown Meredith And Lake Winnipesaukee On 13 Secluded Acres". Internet services and towels are among the handy amenities you'll find here.
  • Another cool choice is "Lakes Region Yurts The Best Private Yurt In The Lakes Region. Book Now". Don't let its modest size fool you — this cozy apartment is packed with handy amenities like a restaurant dining guide, children's games and much more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Gilford?

Whether you're chasing a comfy cottage or a house to fit the entire family, you'll find the ideal place on Vrbo. Squeeze in a quick break at one of these retreats in or near Gilford:

  • If you can only spare a night or two, "Lakes Region Yurts The Best Private Yurt In The Lakes Region. Book Now" is a great choice. It's close to central Gilford, so you'll have easy access to all the best attractions.
  • "Aug 21 - 28 Avail. One Of The Best Views Of Lake Winnipesaukee" is also well located. Settle in here and find out why many guests rate this getaway as one of their favorites.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Gilford?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend together. If you're longing to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your partner, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Gilford that will sweep you off your feet:

  • Slip away on Friday for a few nights of passion at "Luxury New Log Cabin On Lake Winnisquam Perfect Family Retreat". Roughly 8 miles from Gilford, it comes with plenty of nice touches, including beauty services and winery tours.
  • Otherwise, spend your mini break drinking wine and canoodling at "Close To Downtown Meredith And Lake Winnipesaukee On 13 Secluded Acres", around 11 miles from Gilford. A fireplace and a nearby bay will help set the mood.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Gilford?

Of all the conveniences a vacation rental can offer, a pool is hands down the most fun. Check out these houses for rent with a pool in or near Gilford and spend your time splashing about. Just remember to bring your inflatable flamingo:

  • Say hello to "Bed And Breakfast In House", where your top priority will be enjoying the pool. Amenities such as free toiletries and a balcony help make this escape a guest favorite.
  • Alternatively, unpack your bags at "Cute House, Close To Lake Winnipesaukee". In addition to its inviting pool, make use of pet-friendly facilities and a kitchen.

Don't know how to pack your suitcase for your Gilford break? This leading destination has a humid continental climate. During summer, you can expect average temperatures of between 55 ºF and 75 ºF. Check out our range of Gilford vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more great ideas about where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Gilford?

Great family getaways are all about spending some quality time together and sharing fun experiences. If you're looking for a home away from home that'll fit the whole gang, check out some of our large family vacation rentals in and around Gilford:

  • Located around 8 miles southwest of Gilford, "Luxury New Log Cabin On Lake Winnisquam Perfect Family Retreat" fits up to 8 guests over 3 bedrooms. As well as lots of space to sprawl out, amenities include a separate dining area and a fridge.
  • "Lake Winnipesaukee Waterfront Family Friendly" is another family favorite with 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 12 guests. Offering a host of conveniences like a balcony and a TV, you'll find this property 4 miles to the east of Gilford.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Gilford?

Get away from the hustle and bustle and treat the people you love to a different type of vacation. Stay in one of these family cabins in or near Gilford and get the camping experience — minus the tents and with all the creature comforts!

  • "Luxury New Log Cabin On Lake Winnisquam Perfect Family Retreat" - Located around 8 miles southwest of central Gilford, this family-friendly escape comes with a balcony and a video library.
  • "Bed And Breakfast In House" - Round up the troops and spend a few nights or longer at this inviting rental, which is around 7 miles to the southwest of Gilford. You'll have access to childrens activities, coffee and tea making facilities and more.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Gilford vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Gilford?

Nothing says fancy-schmancy like your own indoor pool. Pack your bikini and splash around in the privacy of one of these large vacation homes in or near Gilford:

  • Invite your loved ones over for a refreshing paddle around at "Private Home With Large Indoor Pool". This rental has space to spare, with 7 bedrooms comfortably sleeping up to 18 people. A fireplace and mountain views are other things your group will love about this place.
  • Alternatively, whisk your crew away to "The Best Of Lake Winnisquam, Lower Bay Rd Sanbornton", which has 3 bedrooms and caters for up to 8 guests. Along with that fancy pool at your fingertips, a firepit and a garden will help keep everyone happy and comfortable.

If you need more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Gilford vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.