This cottage is available for vacation rental from May (Memorial Day Weekend) through the first week in October. It offers a private and peaceful lakeside on Highland Lake in Stoddard, New Hampshire and can ONLY be accessed by boat.
There is NO BATHROOM OR SHOWER IN THE HOUSE. Just steps outside, there is a very clean and functional outhouse as well as a heated, private, outdoor shower (more description below). We (the owners) live on the opposite side of the lake and up the street from the Highland Lake Marina & Restaurant where you will park upon arrival. We will greet you there and bring you over to show you around. We will be a phone call away if you need assistance with anything during your stay.
When you arrive at the Marina & Restaurant, you take a 3 minute boat ride directly across the lake to the cottage in a 15' motorboat with a 15 hp motor which is included with this rental OR YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN BOAT! Additionally, guided pontoon boat tours of the lake are available (at additional cost) a 2 hour cruise of the entire lake and/or rent by the boat & driver and stop to swim, bring a cooler with your favorite cocktails! Please contact us for rates....
Included in the rental is a 15' outboard motorboat, 2 kayaks and a canoe. The lake is 9 miles long which makes for beautiful, relaxing & fun boat rides. There are several coves to explore.....Perfect for canoe or paddle boat rides and where you will likely see many types of fish, birds, turtles and other wildlife!
The cottage is nestled in the side of a hill on 400 feet of lakefront covered with blueberry bushes and surrounded by woods. There is one large aluminum dock on the water's edge with stairs leading into the water. The water is shallow along the shore, nice for the smaller children to wade in and gets deeper further out which is great for jumping and fun for everyone!
The cottage is one of the few "original camps" on the Lake! It is completely furnished. It sleeps six (6) (there is also a roll-away twin bed available). It has four (4) rooms: one bedroom with two (2) twin beds; one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a set of bunk beds and a couple nice spots for tents outside as well. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a stove and refrigerator and a living room with a television and DVD player. Internet service/Wi-Fi is provided and there is free WIFI at the Marina as well. Although we have tried, unfortunately, DISH TV service is not available at this location.
The water into the house is lake water. DRINKING WATER MUST BE BROUGHT IN and is provided for you. The lake water can be boiled and is fine to wash dishes. We bathe in the lake or use the heated lake-water outdoor shower which is enclosed and private. As already mentioned above, there is no bathroom inside the house. Currently there is a clean & easily-accessible outhouse available steps away from the back side of the house.
The cottage has a large, furnished screened porch and a breathtaking view of the lake, fall foliage, amazing sunrises and stars galore!! There is a fire pit, gas grill and hammock hanging between two trees for relaxing near the shore.
We have neighbors on either side. They are enjoying lake life too AND they are very important to us so please be respectful! Although, they are a distance away and separated by wooded areas, REMEMBER that VOICES CARRY on the water and please respect the marked property lines!!!
Enjoy awesome hiking on trails accessible on the lake (Stoddard Rocks/Pioneer Lake), excellent fishing including trophy-winning bass tournaments, blueberry picking (Pitcher Mountain - Yankee Magazine's Top NE Blueberry picking spot!), swimming, boating, scenic drives, beautiful foliage, bird watching (including loons, bald eagles and lots of hummingbirds!), wildlife sightings including many species of fish and butterflies, an occasional moose or bear, gorgeous flowers including mountain laurel and ladies' slippers.
Although this cottage is remotely located, you can jump in the boat and just across the lake is the Highland Lake Marina & Restaurant where you can purchase gasoline, visit their small convenience store for any needed supplies or have a delicious home-cooked meal inside or on the docks. You can take a drive and in 30 minutes you can be in Keene where there are many nice antique & specialty shops, grocery stores, a weekend farmers market and restaurants. The cottage is 20 minutes from Mt. Sunapee's zip-lining and mountain-top gondola rides as well as MANY, MANY OTHER NEARBY ATTRACTIONS!
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