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Spectacular View, Dog/Kid Friendly, Quiet Location, Owners on Site

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Madison - Highfields at Madison

At the end of our own road with access to 36 acres of field and forest

Recently renovated 2nd story unit with its own entry. Owners occupy the 1st floor in a wing off the main house. The 2nd story has 2 spacious bedrooms (1 King, 1 Queen), 2 full bathrooms, and well-equipped kitchen (lacking dishwasher only). Living room area is part of MB suite. Screened-in porch off MB suite has gas grill and best view in the house. Basic cable plus HBO, Smart TV & DVD player in MB, WiFi and good cell reception. Outdoor firepit in front yard, perfect for watching sunsets over the mountains to the west. Hot tub on lower deck is seasonal May-October.

Great for dogs - no roads or houses in sight. Children love it, too!

RATES BASED ON OCCUPANCY: $100 per night for 2 (or I bedroom); $125 for 4 (or 2 bedrooms), plus 9% NH State tax and cleaning fee of $50 for 2 and $75 for 4. There is no dog fee; however, please use a personal dog blanket or one of our towels, if you allow the dog on furniture/bed. Thanks!

Smoking is permitted outdoors.

Wood furnace is managed by the owners and keeps the upstairs cozy. Highfields has excellent water from our own Artesian well - don't bother to buy any!

Many of our guests benefit from our advice on the routes to avoid traffic, or to find the best local restaurants, berry-picking, hiking, skiing, farmers markets, and information on local activities. We are happy to help you facilitate your vacation. Please read our reviews. The majority of our former guests gave 5 star reviews. They speak for themselves.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 October, 2016
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About Olga

Steve has lived in the Valley all his life and is the owner/operator of Home Grown Lumber, selling custom flooring, siding, mantels and tables. Olga's family built a second home here in the early 1950's and she moved to the area permanently in 1971. She recently retired from the Conway Public Library after working there since 1990. She plays guitar and is a storyteller and writer of fiction. She speaks French and ein bischen Deutsch.

Olga purchased this chateau / country house in 1976

Why Olga chose White Mountains

SHORT ANSWER: Outstanding view of mountains and Silver Lake; secluded location at the end of a dirt driveway; inside tips from the local owners, who live on site.

LONG ANSWER: Highfields was originally a log home built by Steve and Olga with friends in 1979. The 36-acre lot was heavily forested with old stone walls as the only testimony to the pastures of the 1800s. Over the years Steve has reclaimed 14 acres of field, opening up the view and creating an exclusive house site. Six years ago during extensive renovations, the logs were faced with old Montreal brick and a master bedroom addition was constructed on the first floor, freeing up the entire second story of the house for guest quarters. A second story deck was added, too. It has the best view on the property. Beautiful examples of Steve's wood products manufactured locally at Home Grown Lumber are evident in the second story renovations from the King Size bed in the master bedroom to the new floors, wainscoting and entryway, which is floor-to-ceiling red pine.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Since the owners spend their evenings in the downstairs addition on the northwest side of the house, upstairs guests rarely hear them, except when Olga is cooking in the kitchen, which is directly below the upstairs kitchen. Guests enjoy the privacy of their own apartment in a quiet location with no other houses in sight.

However, if you want some INSIDER INFORMATION about the area from long-time locals, Steve and Olga are home most evenings and are happy to share their knowledge over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. We know some terrific restaurants, routes to avoid traffic (especially in summer and fall!), good hikes and great beaches. Summer guests, please ask about the BEACH PASS for Silver Lake as it is only open to residents and their guests. We have a pass for you. The lake is a 10-minute drive on back roads. It has a gorgeous view, kid-friendly beach with tables and barbecue (charcoal) facilities, bathrooms and changing areas, a dock for good swimmers, and clear water off a sandy beach (rocks as you go deeper).

Winter guests can enjoy King Pine Ski Area 5 minutes down the road. Ask about snowmobile excursions, too! Our neighbors Ken and Paula Sweet do half-day and full-day trips right from your door with everything provided - Sweet Ride Snowmobiles. Cross country, sledding and snowshoeing is great right out your door, too - we live on a hill!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much Olga and Steve for the wonderful experience. Your home is a phenomenal, immaculate getaway. It is a great area to explore. The shops, the food and the quiet nights are all amazing. The mountains are exquisite and the sunsets are to die for. You're hospitality is like none other we have experienced. Hope to see you again. I would recommend Hobbs Tavern to any visitor. The blueberries from the neighbors are the best around. Thank you so much for your time and kindness.
Aug 2016
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Spectacular View, Dog/Kid Friendly, Quiet Location, Owners on Site
average rating of 4.862069 based on 37 reviews


  • 5 of 5









  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Love to have you both back again in winter - and with no claims on your time, as it was this summer with your family event. Love to see Bailey again, too!
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Sunsets and mountain views

  • 5 of 5

Olga and Steve's home will make you feel like you are at home, so much that you won't want to leave.

The house is clean, the linens are comfortable, and the kitchen is stocked with anything you'd need.

The view...well really that is all you need to be sold. Add in that there is a screened in porch with mountain views to sip coffee, read, and have meals on and you think it can't be topped....however watch the sunset from the hot tub and the day is complete perfection. There is a firepit and Olga even provided us with ingredients for smore's.

Many hiking trails are within an hour drive. Silver Lake nearby is great for an afternoon of reading and swimming. Large grocery stores found easily in Conway and many farm stands.

Ask Olga for any recommendations on your desired vacation and she will go above and beyond to help you have the best stay possible.

Enjoy and soak in the view!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are the prefect guests. So glad to have met you both. Hope to see you again in another season.
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Sterling, CT

Excellent vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I and my dog Halli stayed at Highfields recently while we were exploring the White Mountains and hiking Mount Washington. Olga and Steve are very friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. The house and grounds were immaculate. We enjoyed the amazing mountain views and sunsets every day, loved exploring the property and walking to the pond so my dog could swim (my dog found a porcupine in the stone wall; thankfully that ended without mishap!). We were serenaded by coyotes every day although we never saw them. The screened porch was a perfect place to rest after a long day of hiking and to sit and enjoy breakfast and dinner each night. I would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you ladies and Halli. So glad you avoided a porcupine confrontation! We welcome you back anytime!
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Beautiful and Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 3 year old son and I had an amazing stay at Olga and Steve's home this past Fourth of July. The view from the apartment is gorgeous - you can see the mountain range and lake from the master bedroom windows as well as the screened in outdoor porch. When we arrived, we immediately saw two bear cubs playing in the field! My son loved catching fire flies at night and swimming at Silver Lake during the day. We made most of our own meals in the well equipped kitchen and made good use of the grill. Olga left toys out for my son to play with and books for him to read, which we greatly appreciated. The apartment was spacious, clean, and contained everything that we needed to make our visit comfortable. Olga and Steve are extremely kind and accommodating and gave us great suggestions for places to visit, hike and eat. We will definitely be booking a stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you were comfortable at Highfields. Your little guy is so cheery, we heard only happy sounds from him. You are all welcome back anytime!
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East Bridgewater

If you like waking up to a endless mountain view look no further.

  • 5 of 5

My only issue with my stay here was we didn't spend enough time on the property. This house is located in a good spot that's close to everything so we mostly spent our time going to see different locations. Olga is very nice, I didn't see or see them once in my 3 day stay. The apt is spotless and I don't have a single complaint. I will definitely be going to be renting from her again.

Gregg & Tiffany

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you and hope to see you again in future. Thanks for your sterling review!
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Peaceful bit of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to be able to spend several days at Olga's in early June. Before we even arrived, we felt like she was busy making preparations to make our stay perfect for us. She asked us about our interests and even provided us with local guidebooks from the library, flagged with her suggested activities for us. The accommodations were clean and very comfortable. We felt as though we were truly in our own private space, as it was so peaceful and quiet in our part of the house, even when the homeowners had company over for dinner one evening. My favorite thing, the view, is breathtaking and photos could never do it justice. The location of the house is secluded, but convenient to several small towns. It's a great place to stay if you are interested in visiting the countless natural beauties in the White Mountain region.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoy helping our guests find activities, restaurants and secret local places. Come back anytime!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland, ME / Manchester, NH
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
King Pine Ski Area
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Indian Mound, Ossipee
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 113
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Purity Spring Resort and/or Inn at Crystal Lake
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
King Pine Ski Area
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Silver Lake
Car: necessary

The first snow has fallen! Highfields in winter is spectacular. You will be cozy with our wood furnace heat. There are also many trails accessible right from our door for cross country and snowshoe enthusiasts. Downhill skiing is as close as 5 minutes (King Pine Ski Area) with larger areas like Cranmore Mt., Attitash and Wildcat half an hour's drive away. Enjoying a hot toddy or cup of tea by the outdoor fireplace as the sun sets is always a treat.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Madison, White Mountains

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard rate
1 Jul 2016 - 1 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning for 2 £41
Tax Rate 9.0%

The rate for an occupancy of 2 is $100 per night. For more than 2 it is $125 per night. Cleaning fees are $50 for 2; $75 for more than 2.
We prefer guests stay at least 4 nights, 6 or 7 is even better.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Madison in New Hampshire

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Full bath/shower combos in both bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The sleep sofa is in the same room as the king-size bed. It is the living room sofa - a master bedroom suite, really, so please be aware that 4 of the party will share a room, if there are 5 or more in your party, and you lose the sofa, when they go to bed. There is a queen-size bed in another room with its own bathroom across the hall. The place is palatial for 2, ideal for 4 and do-able for 6. Rates are $100; $125; and $150 per night depending on occupancy.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Beautiful, quiet location yet located close to all that Mount Washington Valley has to offer. Miles of gravel roads and forest trails to walk or ski on right outside your door. We know the area and can suggest places, activities, and local events that interest you - including beach passes and how to avoid traffic in summer/fall!

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