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Country house with comfortable screened porch amidst woods, lakes, and mountains

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
People
5
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Andover - The Artist's House

Bike, walk, climb, swim and canoe or kayak, or just enjoy the peace and quiet

Once home to a working artist, this comfortable and well equipped two-bedroom house is now available to bring out the artist in every visitor. Nearby Ragged Mountain, Mt. Kearsarge, and our numerous lakes and ponds, and lovely Mountain Brook will provide inspiration.

Relax on the screened porch surrounded by a nearly wild garden and watch baby birds learn to fly. Enjoy the collection of books, original artwork, and antiques while relaxing in comfortable seating and queen-sized platform beds. The dining room has a roomy table that will seat everyone. The gallery has a games table with a selection of games and puzzles on one end, and a comfy sofa and TV with DVD player on the other. There is cable and wifi.

Our area offers four distinct seasons of widely differing weather, conditions, and experiences from our crisp, cool autumns with their brilliantly colored autumn leaves to icy, snowy sub-zero winter conditions. Spring is lovely and summer can be hot and sultry or mild and pleasant.

Two bicycles are available to ride around on the country roads, or about a mile and a half ride will take you to the Northern Rail Trail, which then offers 56 miles of biking through scenic NH countryside and villages.

It is a short drive to two trails to the top 2700' Mt. Kearsarge, one easy and the other moderately challenging. Other mountains are well within range. Several lakes and ponds with beaches and boat launches are within easy reach, and our quiet country roads and trails throughout the neighborhood offer endless walking options. Ocean beaches and the spectacular White Mountains are about two hours away.

Winter guests can snowshoe and cross country ski in the woods and fields just outside the front door, or rent skis for use on a nearby groomed trail system. Ragged Mountain Ski Area is 17 miles away, Mt. Sunapee is 24 miles, and many others are within range.

The wicker furniture on the screened porch will entice you to spend hours lounging and watching the nesting Chickadees, and the hummingbirds and butterflies. Look for wild turkeys and deer in the field across the road and watch the fireflies and listen to the owls at night. We sometimes see moose, foxes, and other less common creatures in the neighborhood.

While this house isn't wheelchair accessible one bedroom, the full bath, and all the main rooms are on one floor and parking is a level, short walk to the house entrance, which has one step. If you have special needs we will do whatever we can to help.

The garden is gradually coming back after twenty years of neglect. There is assortment of culinary herbs and flowers out the front door, and a palette of perennial flowers from spring to fall. The wonderful views of forest and fields will be enriched by a foreground of colorful flowers.

Country side and rural villages aside, the town of New London, about 10 miles away, offers fine dining, a range of shops, and a good summer theater. The cities of Concord, Hanover, Lebanon, and Tilton offer movie theaters and shopping.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Owner
Susan E. Schnare
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
7 December, 2016

About Susan E. Schnare

Andy and Susan bought this house in July 2013 to preserve a rare example of New England architecture and a vanishing lifestyle. Since then the Artist's House has been transformed into a place where people can relax and enjoy our corner of rural New Hampshire. We live next door with our horses and collies, and look forward to having some wonderful neighbors. We will do whatever we can to make your visit enjoyable.

Susan E. Schnare purchased this house in 2013

Why Susan E. Schnare chose Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee

I have been in and out of this house all my life and enjoyed numerous cups of tea at table the table by the kitchen window. When the opportunity arose It seemed essential to preserve the house, with its furnishings and garden in its setting of woodlands and pasture.

What makes this house unique

This is a unique house of abundant charm and character. The central part of the house was built about 1780 as a farmhouse while Andover was still being settled. Original beams and floors, a cast-iron cook stove (not in use at this time), and vintage furnishings provide the ambiance of an earlier time. The wood-paneled, two-story addition contains a comfortable bedroom and modern bathroom on each floor. The upstairs bedroom, the most charming room in the house in my opinion, looks out to woods, garden, and mountain views in three directions. Fall asleep listening to owls and rustling leaves, and watching the fireflies.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Living in New York I couldn't wait to get out of the city! Staying in 'The Artists Cottage' where we had a girls get together, was the perfect antidote!



All being artists we appreciated the fact that an artist had lived a long life there and some of her art work is still in the cottage. Susan and Andy, the owners have also kept some antiques which belonged to 'the artist', so it's filled with interesting bits and bobs. It also has all the modern amenities you might need. It's obviously been lovingly restored. Although it wasn't on when we were there .....my favorite thing was a beautiful wood burning stove in the kitchen, real craftsmanship.



The house is near Andover, but well away from any main roads. Susan and Andy couldn't have been more helpful when we needed suggestions for walks, food shopping etc. Our favorite walk was into the woods opposite the cottage. It takes you down to the edge of a good sized lake which must be fantastic in the summer! Hopefully I'll experience that in the future!



If you want a little bit of calm amidst the storm of life ......go and stay at 'The Artist's Cottage'!
Dec 2013
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

Country house with comfortable screened porch amidst woods, lakes, and mountains
average rating of 4.909091 based on 26 reviews
5

Wonderful Fall experience in New Hampshire

  • 5 of 5

The cottage "Country House With a Screened Porch" was a real treat. All the of appliances were modern and the wood floors, walls and ceilings were warm and comfortable. Foliage in October was absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed a week's stay and would love to do it again,

It was a wonderful experience to spend some time in this cottage.

Judy and David Wiegand

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing stay in a cozy, peaceful home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the artist's house the first week of October. It was a wonderful, relaxing week. The house was clean, comfortable and tastefully furnished. Susan and Andy were excellent hosts and provided us with some starting provisions, including english muffins, strawberry preserves, cereal, local milk, coffee and syrup. That was a nice surprise. We saw some beautiful local fall foliage and drove the Kancamagus highway for some additional color. They had 2 bikes available that we used to ride on the rail trail. The ride from the train station at Potter's Place to East Andover and back was a great ride. We had numerous walks around the area with our dogs and hiked up Mount Major for a scenic view of Lake Winnipesaukee. Thank you, Susan and Andy!

Ron and Donna, Elsberry, MO

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cincinnati
5

Cozy Comfortable Clean Country House With An Unforgetable Front Yard.

  • 5 of 5

The Country House had a private feeling, surrounded by trees and wildflower gardens. The owners, Susan and Andy, were very informative and kind. Susan showed me the beautiful trail to the nearby Elbow Pond. The house was decorated very tastefully with antiques and accent pieces. Art work was unique to the history of the House. A lot of history in this home and the surrounding area. The kitchen was adequately supplied with cookware and dishes. The beds were comfortable and the house heated well for the cool New Hampshire night. Spent hours relaxing and reading on the screened in porch. We rode our bikes on the North Rail Trail and it was great to have access nearby. We hope to return in the future. Thank you Susan and Andy!

Bev and Ted in Cincinnati

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The artist's house is so charming, warm and inviting.

  • 5 of 5

It was wonderful to be back in the old neighborhood and to see old friends, again. Susan and Andy are so hospitable. We loved walking down to the lake so our dog could go in for a dip and chase a few sticks. The neighborhood is peaceful and serene and is one of the reasons we came back for a vacation after having lived there for 14 years. Thanks again, Susan and Andy.

Bruce and Susie

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfield, IA
5

Comfortable classic country home

  • 5 of 5

This classic New Hampshire country house is beautifully furnished to provide a maximally comfortable stay. It is located near a large pond where you can sit and enjoy the water and mountain view, or go swimming. We also loved a woodland path hike along a mountain brook up to an idyllic picnic area by a waterfall, in a clearing filled with dappled sunlight. The close proximity to the Northern Rail Trail is a plus, as well. We were able to take daily walks without having to drive very far. The total experience was one of peaceful immersion in the woods of New Hampshire. Susan and Andy, the owners, were always close by to attend to every need. A wonderful experience!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful and Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

The Artist's House is the most beautiful, quiet, comfortable and clean place we have ever stayed, with every amenity! Susan and Andy are sweet and delightful hosts. We simply could not have asked for a more lovely setting to kick back and relax!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Boston Manchester Regional
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Flying Goose Pub
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Lake Sunapee Country Club
Nearest Train
45 Miles
White River Junction, VT
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Routes I-89 and I-93
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Andover Pizza Chef
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Ragged Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Town Beach on Highand Lake in East Andover, NH
Car: recommended

This area is known for the scenic beauty of its ancient mountains, rolling hills, and lakes, and brilliant autumn foliage displays. Plan walking, bicycling trails, and cross-country skiing expeditions from your door. There are numerous clean ponds, lakes and rivers for swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Traditional New England villages, wildflowers, wildlife, and beautiful views abound. Golf courses, ski areas, a live theater, and numerous restaurants are within 15 to 20 miles. The White Mountains, Lakes Winnipesaukee and Sunapee, the Connecticut River Valley, and the Seacoast are within range for day trips. NH has no sales taxes and has many outlet malls and antique shops.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Andover, Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Christmas & New Years
18 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£920
for 5 nights
From
£139
£900
£1,693
 
 
Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£979
for 7 nights
£979
£2,804
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£781
for 4 nights
From
£139
£821
£1,693
 

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £47
Extra person over 5 /day £8
Cleaning £71
Cleaning over 3 weeks £99
Refundable Damage Deposit £397

Winter rentals may be subject to a fuel charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Sink and vanity.
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Sink and vanity.
  • Turkish towels and a variety of soaps.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Light and airy bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • swimming
Notes:
Cars can be rented at Manchester and Logan Airports.

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