HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

A serene, historic, luxury home in the SW New Hampshire woods

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Pay with confidence

Your booking will be backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee when you complete your reservation online and finalise payment on HomeAway.

Learn more


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Winchester - Porcupine Hill Farm

This fairy-tale house nestled in the woods has five bedrooms and four hearths.

This beautiful, historic home is hidden away on 24 wooded acres on a gravel road in southwest New Hampshire. It's a short distance from Keene, a little further to Brattleboro, Vermont, and just a bit further than that to Amherst, Massachusetts. They're all great to visit.

The home itself was built in 1774 and occupied by a Revolutionary War family. Additions over the centuries make it an experience of quiet nature, wood heat, rich furnishings, and modern amenities. Spring, summer, fall, and winter, it's a beautiful rustic space.

The house has five bedrooms (1 king, 2 queens, and 2 single beds). You'll lose count of the fireplaces and wood-burning stoves that lend to the ambiance and keep the house warm for you in fall and winter.

Though it has all the charm of its historic roots, the home has a new kitchen and modern amenities to keep you comfortable and connected. Make this your annual relaxation space -- or home base for all the activities and sights that New England has to offer, including hiking, swimming, kayaking or canoeing, golf, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and so much more.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jim Harper
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2016

About Jim Harper

We're a Californian and a New Yorker living exactly half-way in between the two --- Washington, D.C.! We recently bought Porcupine Hill Farm as a second home in New Hampshire, and we're making it available to people who want to relax in a historic tranquil setting. Come on by!

Jim Harper purchased this house in 2015

Why Jim Harper chose Monadnock Region

Without really looking, we found this home and determined that it might make an attractive second/vacation home and ultimately for a retirement home. When we visited, we really fell in love with it. Coming upon it in the forest is like entering a fairy tale. The grounds are immaculate and the home is simply gorgeous, accompanied as it is by a barn and a pond on 25 rustic acres. The history of the home is there to see. It began as a single room built around a hearth in the late 1700's. Additions over the centuries have added space, character, and warmth, with the most recent additions making it a fully modern home. The stresses of the outside world simply melt away when we ensconce ourselves in these beautiful surroundings, and they will for you, too.

What makes this house unique

If your style of vacationing is all about running from place to place, this is not the vacation home for you. Here you will find a place where friends and family can live well, eat well, sleep well, and return to the pace of life as it was lived in the past. Go for a walk on the road. Build a fire and curl up with a book. Watch the falling leaves in autumn or falling snow in winter. The area does offer sights and recreational activities, of course, and Porcupine Hill Farm is a great home base for exploring the surrounding area and New England generally. But you will find that you are as excited about coming back as you were about heading out for the day.


based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

A serene, historic, luxury home in the SW New Hampshire woods
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wonderful home. Lots of history and lots of space! Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The home is very old and very unique. It is very large and we could only imagine its history. While it is a very old house, it has many updates to make it very comfortable and enjoyable. The house and the property were kept up very well, very clean and neat. It feels like you are very far away from the hustle and bustle, but it is not very far from Keene or Brattleboro. The owner was very accommodating and pleasant as well. I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a quiet and peaceful escape to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Memorable, Luxurious Historical New England Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed here for Thanksgiving, and absolutely loved this property. It is a real honor to get to experience this lovingly cared for historical home.

We thoroughly enjoyed wandering the rooms and appreciating the time gone by. From the late 1700's fireplace room with it's beautiful wide planked floors, and through two comfortable living rooms with large cozy fireplaces as well. Various decor throughout the home such as a pewter display in the dining room, period art on the walls, cozy throw blankets, inviting furnishings, beautiful rugs, and a plethora of reading materials makes this house incredibly cozy and inviting. There is a very good "feeling" in the house I felt was left behind by all the past residents of the home.

A four poster canopied bed in the master, 2 queen beds upstairs, and two twins downstairs in separate rooms were all outfitted with very comfortable mattresses, down comforters, and fine linens to make a night's sleep very peaceful and restful. The home is additionally well equipped with 2 kitchens, and all the kitchen tools conveniently on hand for making lots of great meals with your group. Most importantly of course, a nice coffee maker ;0), microwave, and 2 ovens. We were kept warm by the very efficient heating system on the chilly nights.

It was wonderful to look out the many windows and see the beautiful forest surrounding the property. The house sits on a road easily accessible from the nearest town of Winchester and some amenities in Richmond. It was very convenient to shop at the local Walmart and stock up, then travel over to the house for the weekend. It was easy to go in and out and enjoy the local sights and do some exploring as well.

There are some great trails and roads around the house to hike on and enjoy nature. The pond across from the home was beautiful to sit at and watch the ice crack and move.

WiFi is available so we were even able to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade and some football. Our cell service was also good in the area. There is no cable/or satellite TV, but we didn't miss it at all, and it is not needed here.

The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful in our communications prior to staying at the home.

I found it to be completely restorative to stay at this home, and it really enhanced our time together as a family to reconnect and enjoy this lovely house. My favorite Thanksgiving ever. I would be honored to have the opportunity to stay at the home again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A property straight out of fairy tale !

  • 5 of 5

Jim was very patient and helpful even before we had the property booked. The property was as described and actual was lot bigger than I had expected. A party of eight can be easily be accommodated even though 5 beds in the house. The property has also been so nicely decorated with the old world touch and one of the rooms has the old style bake over and Pizza pits.

The time we visited it rained and fog set in and it was a heavenly place to be there and walk in the woods.

Keene is just a 20-25 mins drive away and that was our place for bkfast/Dinner. There are many orchards, Walpole, and multiple water bodies with relax and trails if you want to hike.

I loved the peaceful stay.

I had a wonderful say and made a friend for life and the next time I am in the Keene/Richmond area I would definitely stay at Jim's property

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! We had to laugh, of course, because what looks like a pizza oven is a masonry/beehive oven, which is a style of oven going back to Roman times -- and the only type of oven available when the home was built. All part of the charm of the house and surroundings, which you have captured so kindly in your review. Thank you! Please come back! -- Jim
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Nearest Barpub
11.6 Miles
The Fitzwilliam Inn
Nearest Golf
21.1 Miles
Pine Grove Springs Country Club
Nearest Train
23.3 Miles
Brattleboro, VT
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Blue Bird Restaurant
Nearest Ski
19.7 Miles
Granite Gorge
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
not counting the pond on property - Cass Pond
Car: necessary

Enjoy the quiet seclusion of a home built in the forest of southwest New Hampshire during the founding period of the United States. You won't want to leave the beautiful accommodations provided by the house, but you can hike along quiet roads and trails in any direction, swim in the pond on the property or the larger pond a mile away, and rent watersports equipment at Swanzey Lake five miles away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Winchester, Monadnock Region

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £82
Refundable Damage Deposit £246

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Enquire Now
Available arrival


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Winchester in New Hampshire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Above the Great Room II - 1 Large Double Bed , adjoins another room - less privacy than other rooms
    Single Room I - 1 Single Bed
    Above the Great Room I - 1 Large Double Bed , adjoins another room - less privacy than other rooms
    Single Room II - 1 Single Bed
  • A variety of bedrooms accommodate most types of families and groups.
  • Books
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

You might like these similar properties