Called "A little slice of heaven" by one renter, this scenic property we call Higher Ground captures the beauty of rural New England. The cabin is a modernized 1903 cottage with 1100 square feet of comfortable living space that includes three bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and one full bathroom. Fully furnished and delightfully decorated, the living room contains an American Leather sleeper sectional (in fabric and a queen plus size pull out bed) with maximum seating for relaxing. The sizeable screened front porch is also furnished and a great place to watch the exquisite sunsets or enjoy the lake and mountain views. Other amenities include washer, dryer, iron, stove and microwave. Outside, there is a wide 1300 foot hiking trail down to the private lakefront beach. Two kayaks and two paddle boards are available for fishing or recreation. There is a small sand box for the kids as well as a wonderful place to swim, have fun, picnic and relax. With an occasional chime of church bells from Cathedral of the Pines, Higher Ground is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful creation.
3 bedrooms, 1 bath + convertible bed(s), great bass fishing off the dock
- Calendar last updated:
- 21 Jan 2019
About Ryan Townsend
Higher Ground is owned by Ryan and Heidi Townsend. It is a retreat home that is used for meeting family and friends. We own a furniture and design business and have a passion for creating spaces people will enjoy and love. We decorated Higher Ground with the goal of making it functional as well as serene and beautiful. We hope you come and enjoy this little slice of heaven as much as we do!
Ryan Townsend purchased this Cabin in 1996
Why Ryan Townsend chose Rindge
I (Heidi) was raised in Rindge and while returning home to visit family, I stumbled on this beautiful property in 1996. It was nostalgic and reminded me of a summer cottage my parents had owned when I was young. Higher Ground was originally built by a professor from Boston College in 1903 as a summer home. It still had some of his original belongings in the barn in 1996. I instantly fell in love with the charm of the cottage and the beauty of the landscape. Since it borders Cathedral of the Pines, the first day I was there I heard the chimes playing. Instantly, I felt a heavenly tranquility that is still there to this day. It holds some of my most treasured memories raising my children: horseback riding the many trails nearby, canoeing on the lake, hiking, campfires in the evening, swimming in the early mornings and just relaxing! It truly is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of a fast paced life. We hope it will be that for you too. Blessings!
What makes this Cabin unique
This property is on a paved road but is completely secluded. It has a 6 acre field as well as beautiful woods to explore. The lake has a 50 foot cleared beach area and has no public access, making it quiet and serene.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Lovely and comfortable
We stayed over a very cold Thanksgiving weekend and found this little cottage delightful. We worried that it would be drafty but it was warm and cozy. The large sectional couch held all five of us comfortably and there were several other chairs. We played cards at the dining table, made breakfast in the well-equipped little kitchen and admired the view from the top of a wooded hill down to a secluded lake. The hosts were very responsive and thoughtful. They provided k-cups and other basics. While it’s a small and historic cottage, the appointments are new and comfy including the shower. I believe the coziness added to the warm feeling of togetherness for the group. I would love to visit in warm weather and swim in the lake.
Fantastic Rustic Get Away
Higher Ground was our home base for me and my groomsman. We couldn't have found a better place. Beautiful views, a fantastic lake, paddle boards, peace and calm. It was absolutely wonderful.
Wonderful experience! The house, grounds and pond are exactly as portrayed.
The house was really well decorated and clean!
We had a great time here for a long weekend. This little house is on a very large lot with a short walk down to Emerson Pond. There is a fire pit near the house and another one down by the lake with a picnic table, kayaks and paddle boards. We felt like we had the lake to ourselves! The water was warm and we had a perfect view west for the sunset! Great location too - not too far of a drive for us from southern New England, another hour north from the cottage to Lake Sunapee and 30 minutes to Mt. Monadnock. We will definitely come back to this quiet, country cottage when we need a break!
The cottage was perfect for us. After time at Camp Invention our 3 grandchildren enjoyed swimming in the lake, cook outs on the gas grill, the tire swing and an evolving chrysalis of a Monarch butterfly. Air conditioning was a life saver on such a hot week! The cottage was well provisioned, beds comfortable and location private and close to nature. Loons serenaded each evening. The camp manager was very attentive to our needs. A great rental experience!
We had a wonderful stay at this quaint cottage. We did venture down to the water briefly, but spent the majority of our visit on the screen porch. The property has plenty of space for outdoor play and the pond looked quite inviting! Rain and thunder kept us on the porch!
The interior is decorated nicely and the master bedroom was very comfortable. I would definitely stay here again.
Located near Mount Monadnock (the most climbed mountain in the U.S.), Next to Cathedral of the Pines, near Annette state park, numerous hiking trails and many antique shops in the area.