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Lakehouse Retreat---a Hidden Gem on Swains Lake in Barrington NH

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Come and enjoy our pristine home on beautiful Calef Island.

Drive across a birch lined causeway and you will find this spacious Half Acre Lake House in Barrington, NH. Walk through the front door and be greeted with sun filled rooms, cathedral ceilings, and spectacular lake views. A nature lovers delight this 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath is situated on a gorgeous property complete with 180 feet of water frontage. Two sandy beaches, hammocks, outdoor grilling area, kayaks with life preservers, water toys are all yours for the taking. Read underneath a canopy of trees, swim off the dock into cool clear waters, or kayak this 3.5 mile lake. Then dine on the deck or patio area, listen to the sound of loons, and watch one of the best sunsets you have ever seen. And for all the fisherman out there Swains Lake has been written up as New Hampshire's 'Hidden Treasure'.

We often have been told 'One week is not enough!

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Mary Ann Marshall
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Mary Ann Marshall

My husband and I have lived in New England our entire lives. We enjoy the beautiful four seasons and especially love the outdoors. Hiking, swimming, skiing, kayaking, or just enjoying the wildlife are only some of our passions. Trying to balance a busy work week with time for the outdoors had been a real challenge, until we bought the house on Calef Island.

My husband has renovated the property, starting with the downstair bedrooms, adding a full bath, and updating the family room. He has just completed replacing the two bathrooms upstairs, windows and all. He is a true genius, already is planning projects for 2019.

I, on the other hand, try not to irritate him with last minute changes and tweaks that inevitably drive him nuts......wall colors are the hardest, he thinks I should seek counseling.

Mary Ann Marshall purchased this house in 2010

Why Mary Ann Marshall chose Barrington

Growing up in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts, I have always loved the endless hills, valleys and lakes. One of my fondest memories was spending my summers at my grandfathers cottage on Pontoosuc Lake in Lanesborough, MA.

When I married and moved to the Boston area my husband and I wanted a property closer to us. Friends knew of this and asked us to see their house.

It truly was love at first sight, as we walked in the back door (front door is on the water) we could see straight to the lake, with

the sparkling waters and sounds of Loons. The windows were open and a soft breeze filled the house. The water was only 20ft from the house. Sunny with open views of conservation area, wildlife, and blue skies, and the soft waves were mesmerizing.

We knew there would not be another property to better this one and we have never regretted it!

What makes this house unique

The wonderful feature of this home is that you drive directly to the back door, unload, and walk out the front door to sun and fun.

It is clean, private, quiet, and peaceful.

That is why most of our weeks are rented to repeat guests that have been with us over 6 years, taking two weeks for their total enjoyment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us.

The house is more the comfortable. We appreciated your thoughtfulness in outfitting the kitchen so well.

The lake views and sunsets, breathtaking. Wildlife eagles, fishing, a blue heron, flew by Tim within 20ft, largest bird I have ever seen, singing frogs and loons, the very best part, the Loon family Mom, Dad, and the two babies on the parents back until they started fishing. Then babies would stay close together alone until adults resurfaced to feed them with nice fresh fish.

We rented a small boat with motor to tour the lake. The kayaks and hammocks were used, too.

Wonderful night out at the Three Chimney Inn excellent food and dogs welcome on the terrace, building was interesting from the 1600s.

Many Thanks!
Jun 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Barrington in Strafford County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , upper level
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , lower level
    Half Bathroom - Toilet , master bedroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , first floor master with private BR
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , downstairs bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
2 grills; one on the upper balcony, another larger one in the patio area, outdoor refrig/cabinet for easy outdoor living, barbecue utensils, cling wrap/aluminum foil/sandwich bags, spices, condiments, ironing board and iron, 3 TV's with DVD's LR/MBR/family room, office area with high speed Internet with printer, coffee maker, blender, mixer, glassware with new dinnerware, complete baking and cooking utensils and pans/pots (lobster), comfortable outdoor furniture and floating lounge chairs, outdoor camp fire. One set of linens provided for each bed, we are responsible for garbage removal. **Children limited to 10 years and older **Pet * Well-mannered dog, proof of rabies/heartworm/kennel cough must be provided from your vet prior to arrival, fleas/tick prevention. This protects your pet as well as others, no exceptions.


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Lakehouse Retreat---a Hidden Gem on Swains Lake in Barrington NH
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 37 reviews

Best Lakeside Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful home is truly a Gem on the lake. We have stayed here several years and will be back next year. We love the beautiful views across the lake (enjoying the most amazing sunsets!), the family- and dog-friendly beaches on the property, swimming and kayaking in the clean lake, listening to the loons, cooking family dinners in the well stocked kitchen, and the quiet atmosphere that Calef Island offers. The house is perfect for a couple but can also accommodate families easily. We love it here!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sue Thank you again for sharing your experience at Calef Island. It is wonderful that you have come back twice in one summer! I am so glad you were able to take 2 weeks in June and 2 more in August. Both times are so relaxing. I wanted to take this opportunity to let potential guests know, the best way to contact me is at 508-265-5487 or I have found in the past that I can more easily answer any and all questions with direct contact. Thanks again, Mary Ann and Ken
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Beautiful home, property, beach and lake

  • 5 of 5

2016 was our 3rd year returning to this beautiful place. The lake, kayaking and swimming are just wonderful. Sitting on the deck every day having breakfast over-looking the lake, is one of our favorite things to do. Our labrador thinks this place is the best. He can’t wait to get into the water. They graciously let us bring our newly rescued 13 year old labrador. We did not know how she would do, but she loved being there and she loves to swim. That was great for exercise for her old joints. There is a beach which makes it so easy to get into the water. No climbing over rocks! Then there is the dock, the hammock and games to play. MaryAnn and Ken could not be more welcoming. The home is just perfect. The Calef Country store is not to be missed they have the best sandwiches! We came home with hundreds of memories preserved in our camera and can’t wait until next year!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liz Thank you so much for choosing our home. We love to share the space with your beautiful rescue dogs. They are such a delight to be around, always so happy. I have learned so much from you and Phil regarding Lab Rescue LRCP, a non-profit volunteer organization that is committed to rescuing, vetting, and finding loving homes for these wonderful animals. I encourage anyone that is looking for a beloved pet to consider contacting or call 1-301-299-6756. Will be seeing you and the doggies, again, this summer for 2 more fun filled weeks!! Thank you again Liz
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It really is a hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming here for about five years so needless to say we enjoy the house, the lake (can’t beat the view) and especially the owners very much.

Mary Ann and Ken are delightful, responsive people who really are very accommodating and make sure you enjoy your stay. The house is very private with a large piece of land and a spectacular view. The fishing is quite good, kayaking is great fun and reading a book on either porch is a great way to end the day.

There are not a lot of restaurants nearby but if you grill something up, you can kick back and relax at any of three outside areas and you are guaranteed the best waterfront dining to be had. Can’t beat that!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We love coming up here every year to Maryann & Ken's cabin because it's like coming home. Everything you need is close and at the same time you feel like you're away from it all. Best view on lake bar none. Best fireworks display I've seen it many years plus the 4th of July boat parade was amazing. Thanks again for letting use your wonderful cabin.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: M &J Thank you for the great review. We are always amazed at the display on the lake for the Fourth of July, the boats and fireworks are incredible all week long. Every summer you and your family take 2 weeks, 2017 makes 8 years straight! We are so lucky to have you. Mary Ann and Ken
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Couldn't ask for better!

  • 5 of 5

The house and scenery were magnificent! My wife, my 3 daughters, and I had a great week escaping the southeastern heat and absolutely hated having to leave. Mary Ann and Ken were kind, gracious hosts and super helpful with all of my questions. We spent time swimming, kayaking, and fishing and loved the sounds of the loons. We were planning a different vacation next year, but had such an amazing time we're probably coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A week isn't enough!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we've come to Swain's Lake and we wondered if it could be possibly be as wonderful as our visit last year. Stepping onto the deck to see the lake was like coming home and when our last day arrived we, again, didn't want to leave. Mary Ann and Ken met us upon arrival to make sure we had everything we needed; they are wonderful, thoughtful hosts! We enjoyed many moments on the upper deck, eating meals, reading, sipping coffee and watching the changing light on the lake. We explored the nooks and crannies of the lake in the kayaks and cooled off by bobbing just off the sandy beach in the warm lake waters. Swains Lake is very clean so you get to see lots of wildlife: loons (our favorites), great blue herons, ducks and geese, hawks and fish darting in the clear waters. Every morning I watched a muskrat make her way along the shore right next to the house leaving a glassy V-shaped wake behind her. The dogs LOVED fetching their toy sticks into the water from the beach and the human swimmers in the family swam across the lake several times. In addition to several Barrington hikes, we took a day trip to Pawtuckaway State Forest and were rewarded with a beautiful hike to the top of North Mountain. Must tries are the Stonehouse Baking company (donuts! bagels!), the Calef Country Store (delicious sandwiches, homemade dog treats and the famous CCS aged cheddar cheese) and Zampa Restaurant. We've already made reservations for two weeks next year!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Manchester, New Hampshire
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 125 and Route 4
Car: necessary

Calef Island in Barrington, NH Is just 15 miles west of interstate 95. This region offers everyone of all ages a diverse choice in recreational activities. Golf in the early morning, shop the outlets in Kittery, Maine, pack a picnic for the Hampton beaches, take a cruise along the seacoast in Portsmouth and fish or dine your time away. Hike the White Mountains, or ski the wintery slopes.

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Snowboarding, Skiing, Boating, Miniature golf, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Barrington, New Hampshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 FALL
15 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £76.14
Refundable Damage Deposit £380.7

***Consideration for other time periods, either shorter stays minimum 3 nights or monthly off season rental
Please call Mary Ann at 508-265-5487 or
**includes 9% NH hospitality tax and cleaning **KAYAKS (2 single, 1 tandem) -- $125/wk
Additional boats can be rented/delivered thru Everett's Cove Marina in Maine

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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