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Waterfront Summer Fun!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Waterfront 2 bedroom, sleeps 5, 1 bath. Mid-May through September

Check in preference is Friday, but will accommodate check-ins any day EXCEPT SATURDAY! Will consider daily rates in summer only if not reserved, one week prior. Call owner for more information 603-942-7572 during summer.

Beech Cottage is nestled in the New England woods on the secluded shore of Wild Goose Pond. Enjoy your own private dock--swimming in the 100-acre spring-fed pond, or fishing, paddling and sunbathing. Relax in nature--picking wild blueberries in season, bird watching or reading a book. A tandem kayak is available for guests...or bring your own kayaks and water toys...there is no drive-down ramp for boat launching. The dock is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. An outdoor grill, fire pit and picnic table make meals near the water a family favorite. There's easy access off Route 4 (Antique Alley), midway between Concord and Portsmouth.

Beech Cottage is a potential year-round residence (central oil heat and wood stove) with a fully equipped kitchen. Linens and towels are provided for up to five guests in this two bedroom furnished cottage. Sunsets are breathtaking, paddling on or swimming in the water is exhilarating, sounds of nature--breeze through the trees, lapping water, birds singing--are so relaxing. Exceptionally quiet nights may be interrupted by loon calls or the hooting of an owl. Exploring New England? Even after the dock is removed in Fall, this is a beautiful, quiet getaway which is an ideal home base for a New England visit, to view spectacular Fall Foliage, or simply enjoy the "Indian summer" days of Fall! Beech Cottage is centrally located and can be that relaxing, quiet home base after a busy day in Portsmouth, Concord, or sight-seeing elsewhere.

A telephone for local calls (bring a calling card for long distance), TV with DVD provided (cellphone and TV reception unreliable). If you have yearned to escape the ceaseless interruptions of our high-tech culture, this is the place for you! We look forward to making this a favorite get away for you and your family or friends. Bring your fishing gear, camera, a good book...and make memories!

Suitability: for families with school-aged children, age 55+, girl's getaway, fishing getaway, romantic getaway. The cottage accommodates up to five guests mid-May through September.

More Details

Richard and Margaret Wilson
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
3 June, 2018

About Richard and Margaret Wilson

Richard and Margaret enjoy the natural environment and relaxed summer lifestyle around Wild Goose Pond. Wild Goose Pond provides endless opportunities to observe the changing 'face' of nature, paddle on the water, soak up the sun and simply relax. Evenings are charmed with gorgeous sunsets. A pair of loons return each summer with enchanting calls and delightful entertainment. The last successful loon chick to hatch on Wild Goose Pond was July, 2016.

Beech Cottage became available in 2013; the property is adjacent to the owner's summer residence. The former owner loved this cottage and was devoted to the preservation of nature. She lived here year-round and was a friend to all of the squirrels, birds and critters that frequent the pond. She also loved hearing the laughter and squeals of happy children and families during the summer months. We hope to maintain her legacy to ensure that the cottage will continue to be friendly to the natural environment and its guests. We trust that Beech Cottage will be a catalyst for regeneration, fun times and serendipitous happy memories for all of its visitors!

Richard and Margaret Wilson purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Richard and Margaret Wilson chose Strafford

Most of the private cottages are on the East side of Wild Goose Pond and were built in the late 40s and 50s by GIs for their families; many have remained with those families for decades. The Beech Cottage was built in 1986. A spring-fed brook runs through the property on the South side but usually dries up before summer ends. The Beech trees surrounding the cottage provide shelter and food for the birds and squirrels, a beautiful canopy for picnics beside the water and a reason for its name--Beech Cottage. Many folks fish on the pond morning and evening, fishing for bass and pickerel is a favorite for guests! Sitting on the dock or deck in the evening offers a gorgeous view of the serene sunsets. The wood burning stove makes the living area cozy on cool Spring or Fall mornings. Beech Cottage is adjacent to Wilson's Retreat; since it was next door, they purchased it when it became available.

What makes this cottage unique

This road is 'less traveled'. After leaving the First NH Turnpike and driving to the graveled road that leads to the water, anticipation heightens as you approach this 'piece of heaven' hidden so close to the hustle-bustle of everyday life. The clamor soon fades--life is blessed on Wild Goose Pond!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Strafford

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Bathroom has a shower only, toilet, sink and cabinet. Guests provide their own towels and linens. Please specify that you need linens and towels ($50 fee) on the rental agreement.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , Double-Twin Bunk Bed
  • Bring your own linens and towels OR add $50 to the rental fee. Mattress pads and blankets are on the beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
For those who MUST "connect" with "wifi", the options are to ask owners about limited wifi access or drive to a local library where wifi is available. Beech Cottage is centrally located in NH; great get-away to enjoy simplicity and quiet adventure in nature....OR great "home base" from which to visit other attractions in the state.


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Waterfront Summer Fun!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

Great vacation at Beech Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a great vacation at Beech Cottage on Wild Goose Pond. We were greeted by Margaret, the owner, with a warm and deliciousness homemade blueberry breakfast cake. Margaret was very nice and very helpful, and she was only a phone call away for any questions that came up.

I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and condition of the cottage. We were very comfortable , and had all the amenities that we needed.

We live only 1 1/2 hours away so we were able to have some day visitors as well as overnight guests. Our grandchildren loved fishing off the dock as well as from the canoe. They caught plenty of perch. Swimming was also a favorite of theirs. The men enjoyed fishing and my husband caught a good sized large mouth bass as well as some pickerel.

We also played lots of card and board games on the large deck overlooking the pond.

We had such a wonderful time, and we look forward to returning next year. We highly recommend Beech Cottage for your next vacation!

P.S. A BIG added bonus is that the owners will dispose of the trash and garbage for you if you will separate it for them.

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottage - relaxing and quiet location!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic location. The lake is amazing. I enjoyed waking to four beautiful loons each morning. The cottage is very comfortable and clean. Thanks for everything - can't wait to return next summer!

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for understanding about our being absent so we could attend JR's family reunion, Christina. We're very happy that you enjoyed your time here, that everything went well and that we can meet you next year when you return! Looking forward to seeing the pics you sent (will forward them to our AZ computer...our DSL service here takes forever...or times out). Love it when our guests send pics of fun times that we can share on Homeaway.
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house was well equipped with anything you would need for cooking. The owner was fabulous. The fishing was great. We especially loved listening to the loons. Will definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much so coming! We look forward to seeing you next year!
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Beech Cottage @ Wild Goose Pond

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here last week. Just us, no kids and no grandkids! I think we only mentioned them once. For a peaceful stay this is the place to be! Margaret was most helpful in getting us settled. She was a great host! This camp has everything you need for some R and R. The place was immaculate inside and out with just enough modern conveniences to make your stay very comfortable. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you here. We're always happy when others enjoy this "living with nature" environment as we do. Look forward to seeing you next year!
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Quiet Camp On A Small Pond

  • 4 of 5

If you're a family looking for a quiet retreat but don't mind close neighbors this is for you. If you want absolute quiet and privacy this may not be the place for you. Otherwise it is clean and you have everything you need including the awesome dock and good fishing. Really nothing negative to say and the owners were easy to deal with and very nice.

  • Review Submitted: 23/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wild Goose Pond is a 118 acre body of water that averages 14' deep, 20' at its deepest. The camps/cottages are on a private road, lots are .6 acres or more. Guests delight in the 103' of waterfront, private dock, canoe or kayak and fishing. Beech Cottage guests usually enjoy the seclusion from the hustle-bustle of city life, the beauty of nature, and the presence of other friendly residents in nearby camps/cottages.
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Peaceful retreat devoid of wifi/tech "noise" ... ahhhhh, tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

What a nice area Strafford/Northwood New Hampshire is!

The Wilson's place was perfect for us.

Comfortable bath and kitchen (not the sometimes "quaint, i.e., awkward" facilities offered by some cabins).

Wonderful view of lake from house, and this lake is so tranquil, not one of those where boaters are tooling around all day in their noisy motorboats.

Very stable, secure dock with steps, even, leading right into the lake: perfect for swimming!

I loved that there was no wifi, no cable/network TV, no cell service.

The Wilsons do have a very nice TV in the house for guests to use along with about a dozen movies to play.

(We watched one called "Mud" last night that was TERRIFIC!)

Try the yummy new restaurant (paleo, gluten-free, organic kind-of-place) in Northwood called Umami. De-lish!

Last note: the roads (all packed dirt) coming into the rental were in EXCELLENT shape, no ruts, easy driving.

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. Umami is new; I will add it to the guests' list of local restaurants! About the movie, guests often "pay it forward" by leaving movies, toys, toiletries and/or food for future we thank them! The lake and its population is, indeed, tranquil most of the time; holidays like Fourth of July, more lively--nature is always exciting! Hope to see you next year!
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Nearest Airport
47 Miles
Manchester Airport
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rte. 4, First NH Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Johnson's or The Diner
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Car: necessary

Ten minutes off fast-paced Hwy 4, Beech Cottage is nestled in the quiet woods on the shore of Wild Goose Pond....OR take a break from fun in the water--Northwood Meadow State Park (2-mile walking loop) is 15 min East, Concord is 30 minutes West, Portsmouth is 40 min East, White Mountain attractions 2-3 hours North


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Strafford

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
25 May 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
4th of July week
29 Jun 2018 - 5 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$33.6 + Tax
Linens and towels AU$67.19 + Tax

*Rates: $150/day (3-day minimum) May and October, $175/day "Summer Last Minute" if unreserved previous week (3-day min); $850/week May and October. $950/week Summer--while dock is in. You bring linens and towels or $50 fee. Rates subject to change.
*References required: Advanced bookings require a signed agreement with deposit to reserve specific dates. To be rented, if not received the week booked may not be available.

*Email for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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