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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! Now accepting reservations for 2017.

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 few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2017

About Richard and Margaret Wilson

Richard and Margaret found, fell in love with and continue to enjoy the natural environment and relaxed summer lifestyle around Wild Goose Pond since 2008. Two grandchildren who live nearby enjoy visiting Nana and Papa on the 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.

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 2013

Why Richard and Margaret Wilson chose New Hampshire

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 in Strafford in Strafford County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has a shower only, toilet, sink and cabinet. Bath towels are provided. Again, a discount of $50 (see Bedroom details...for first week only) applies for guests who choose to bring their own linens and towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Double-Twin Bunk Bed
  • Simple comforts--linens and blankets provided. Discount of $50 (first week only) if you prefer to bring your own linens and towels. Mattress pads and blankets will be on the beds regardless.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Waterfront Summer Fun!
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

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: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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Boston area

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: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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 guests...so 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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Quiet relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time, the cottage was very clean and we enjoyed the quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The boys enjoyed kayaking and fishing and good old family fun. Margaret was a wonderful hostess and made us a fresh blueburry crumb cake that was very delicious!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good to hear that your family enjoyed their time at Beech Cottage. We think this is a "patch of heaven"; it's a privilege to be able to share Nature's gifts---natural beauty, peace, regeneration. Thanks for the kind words.
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Clean, quiet, equipped

  • 5 of 5

Mr. And Mrs. Wilson were very nice and accommodating to our stay. We wanted a "great outdoors" experience (without a bear fight of course) more for the girls who have fallen victim to the technology hole. With limited service and no wifi it brought us all back to a place where we were able to reconnect. We had something to do everyday so they were able to connect in service however at night it was all family and relaxing. The pictures do not do this place justice, I highly recommend a trip here and look forward to going back in the future. Thank you again for our wonderful vacation. -Matt, Tabitha and the girls

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having your family here. We look forward to your return!
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Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was delightful. Peaceful, quiet and very relaxing. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could need. The lake with the sunsets at night is beautiful. Great road for walking and the cottage is centrally located for either trips to the mountains or the ocean beaches. The lake is great for swimming and the canoe and kayak are available for fishing and/or paddling. Margaret is a wonderful hostess and she did surprise us with a fresh baked goodie one night. We definitely recommend this place for a terrific, relaxing vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing Beech Cottage! It was a pleasure having you here. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
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Boscawen, NH

All that we needed and more!

  • 5 of 5

We're so happy to have found this gem! Another couple joined us for the weekend at the Beech Cottage. It was a lovely experience for all 4 of us. We lacked for nothing as it had a fully-appointed kitchen and dining room, cozy living room with plenty of seating and wood for the fire, comfy spacious bedrooms and even a canoe and kayak that the guys used to go fishing. We were warmly greeted by the Wilsons when we arrived. It's obvious that they really care about their property. It was very clean and in good repair. One morning we walked one of the trail loops in Northwood and checked out the "Piece Time Puzzle" shop. Totally cool place. We would highly recommend the Beech Cottage to anyone wanting a peaceful respite in a gorgeous location away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Strafford, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
July and August
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £19.47 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

*Rates: $150/day (3-day minimum) May and October; $850/week May, June, September, October. $950/week in July and August. Rates subject to change until confirmed.
*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.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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