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Chris and Kim Pongratz

Member since: 2014
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Relax And Enjoy The Water And Views From Updated Antique Farmhouse

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Effingham holiday farmhouse

Bedrooms 5, Bathrooms 3, Sleeps 20

Treat your family to a truly unique and spectacular vacation experience! Known to the locals as Camp Independence; this completely renovated for 2014, 18th century classic farm house on Province Lake is centrally located in the lakes region of NH. Situated directly across the lake from Province Lake Golf, this stunning and expansive property features nearly 50 acres of wooded terrain, several acres of gently rolling lawns all leading down to over 400 feet of frontage on beautiful Province Lake. Property amenities include a large private sandy beach, boat dock, waterfront gazebo, and several secluded tenting / camping areas. With wide pine floors and a classic wood stove, the house is simple in character, but with all the modern amenities. Featuring an open concept kitchen and large eating area, the home has breathtaking panoramic views of the grounds from the attached all-glass family room. The main house is approximately 2800 SF and features 3 / 4 bedrooms with 2 baths, and sleeps up to 14 persons. The carriage house features 1200 additional square feet and offers sleeping for up to 6 additional people. The carriage house also has a 1/2 bath and an outdoor shower. Use of a two bay garage is included.

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris and Kim Pongratz (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks english

Why Chris and Kim Pongratz chose Province Lake

We knew had found the perfect spot the moment we drove in the driveway. We have enjoyed many summers at the lake house either with our immediate family or entertaining 75+ for an after the 4th of July weekend campout. This has been a great place for us to step back and enjoy reconnecting with family and enjoying the little things that matter most in life, from boat rides to savoring a s'more over the campfire.

What makes this farmhouse unique

You will love being surrounded by privacy. We are on 50 acres so there is more than enough room to spread out and enjoy. The 400 ft of frontage(all beach) provides a safe spot for kids to venture into the water. Enjoy the views from the lakeside gazebo. At night, bring down the fixings for s'mores at the lakeside fire.


based on 13 traveller reviews

Relax And Enjoy The Water And Views From Updated Antique Farmhouse
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful, well kept & helpful owners!

  • 5 of 5

As we arrived on check in, a wonderful woman was there to greet us with smiles! She thoroughly told us absolutely everything we needed to know about the property and left us with all the tools and knowledge we needed to have the most wonderful week! They truely have thought of everything, the property is equipt with everything needed to not only have a great vacation but throw a wonderful event without a hitch! I would rent this property again in a heartbeat!

Thank you so much for making my wedding dreams come true!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectacular !!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arriving at this spectacular property we were greeted by the owners mother. She gave us a complete tour of everything and gave us homemade delicious blueberry lemon cake . The main house was spotless, beautifully decorated, and kitchen was completely equipped. All the bedrooms were perfect for our family group of 14.

The carriage house , also spotless, with all its games and upstairs sleeping quarters was ideal for the older grandchildren . They enjoyed playing ping pong til 1 am. The outdoor shower was the nicest we ever saw.

The grounds are spectacular, very well maintained. The volleyball court got used a good part of every day. The bocce court looked very official. There were chairs and tables at different areas of the property. The beach was a large area that was great for our 5 year old grandson. The gazebo was beautiful , screened in, with a light.

Cannot think of anything negative to say about Camp Independence . We have been renting in Maine and New Hampshire for 6 years and this was the cleanest, largest, and prettiest of all of them

Charlene and Frank


  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Never had to leave plenty to do. Horseshoes, kite flying, the lake was awesome,spent every day there. Bunk house with all the games. My 3 yr old grandson wants to know when we can go back on vacation. House was great. We do home away all the time and this was a great place. We even had blueberry cake when we arrived. Thank-You The Conroy Family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Property and Beach, great for families and friends

  • 4 of 5

The house and grounds are well kept. We received a personal tour and delicious blueberry lemon bread upon our arrival. Our group of 10 adults and 8 kids easily fit. Carriage house provides a great indoor sanctuary for kids and adults to play out of the sun and rain. It is a legit 1/4 mile from house proper to beach so bring bikes or rolling carts to manage your belongings. Lake is beautiful but the sand is a little mucky, so you may want to bring water shoes. A second fridge would be beneficial if the owners continue to host/target large groups because Hannafords Grocery is about a 20 minute drive and frequent restocking was required. Jim''s Wheelhouse Pizza (3431 Province Lake Rd, Wakefield, NH 03830 Phone: (603) 871-8382 is AWESOME- pick up only.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Last summer we took a chance and decided to try a week at Camp Independence. It was a new location and did not have many reviews at the time. It turned out to be one of the best family vacations we've ever had. We had 6 adults and 8 children and never felt over crowded. The property is stunning and the owner's are great people. Without a doubt this is one of the best properties in the northeast for vacation. My family plans to return each year. Hats off to Chris and Kim!!! See you in the summer

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Epic Venue, Epic Wedding!

  • 5 of 5

We can't thank the owners enough, they are so friendly and so easy to work with. The home was AMAZING! It was so well equipped, there was not one feature overlooked! Beautiful carriage house, beautiful home, all set on very well manicured property. We said our vows in front of the home, with the lake in the background, it was spectacular! In the main house there is a sitting room, with cathedral ceilings and gorgeous windows, every morning our family drank coffee and spoke of how amazing the home is! We all spent many hours in the carriage house, playing endless games and sharing good laughs. By the second hour after we arrived my family was ALREADY ready to book another stay for next year. Derek and I can't say enough of this amazing vacation spot, not only because we said our forever vows here, but because its truly the perfect home. Very special home, we look forward to returning. Kim and Chris and family, thank you again, dreams really do come true.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located directly across from Province Lake Golf, a serene setting to either enjoy or act as a a 'home base' while you explore the Lakes Region/White Mountain area


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Effingham, New Hampshire

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection A$129
Cleaning A$386
Pet Fee A$294
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Effingham, New Hampshire

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • There is an additional 1/2 bath on the second floor of the carriage house and an outdoor shower attached to the carriage house.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 double bed
  • Two pullout queen sofas in the main house and 3 additional full beds in the second floor of the carriage house.
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible