|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Start your day with coffee on the porch listening to the call of the loons on beautiful, 7 mile long Highland Lake in Stoddard. This private, tranquil setting is your perfect lake escape. Home is adorned with a knotty pine interior, and nestled on a very private, quiet, lakeside setting. 2 bedrooms sleep 7 comfortably with full bath, double bed, bunk beds and twin bed, sleep sofa, and a day bed on the porch (like sleeping under the stars). Also includes use of 3 kayaks, rowboat, 2 fishing poles, and 2 bicycles.
Plenty of recreational activities within walking distance; Highland Lake Marina - 1/2 mile, Stoddard General Store - 1 mile, hiking trail to Stoddard Rocks/Pioneer Lake - 1/2 mile. Drive or hike to the top of nearby "Blueberry" Pitcher Mtn. (Yankee Magazine's top NE blueberry picking spot). Hike Pitcher Mtn. Fire Tower. Stoddard boasts over 65% of Conservation Land, with miles of recreational trails for hiking or biking. Horseback riding nearby, known for stellar fishing, kayaking, swimming, bird watching, and of course, relaxing!
Only 15 minutes to Keene's shopping, restaurants, and cultural activities, 20 minutes to Mt. Sunapee's four season recreation area for zip lining, mountain top gondola rides, or take in the Annual League of NH Craftsmen's week long August event. 10 minutes to historic Hillsborough to enjoy their Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, their weekend Farmer's Market , or local art galleries, glass blowing and exhibits. So many things to do for all ages!
We purchased this "Lake Escape" in Jan. 2012. Our draw to this quaint, tranquil setting, is it's calming peacefulness. There's plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiasts, and it's only 45 minutes to the NH State Capital in Concord, 15 minutes to Keene, and close to many other recreational activities. Our family (including our black lab, Stella), decided it's time to share this gem with other families.
Mary Sullivan purchased this cabin in 2012
Close to modern amenities and cultural activities, the quaint town of Stoddard is perfect for escaping the chaos. You'll experience a simpler way of life as you cross the wooden bridge, and wind around the corners on your climb up Shedd Hill Road. This cabin, and it's surroundings, has an abundance of natural beauty. It's ideal for year round outdoor enthusiasts, from hiking, walking, biking, fishing, boating, berry picking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, local art, bird watching, and so much more.....
Who doesn't dream of staying in a rustic log cabin on a lake? This beauty is ideal for creating traditions and memories to last a lifetime......Kicking back in the rocking chairs on the screened porch listening to the loons. Take a trip down to the Marina for breakfast, lunch or dinner (and a cocktail). Check out the ice cream and penny candy while you're there. Enjoy a hike, take a journey up panoramic Pitcher Mountain to the climb the fire tower, drive or walk to the top of Blueberry Mountain to pick buckets of blueberries.
What a beautiful place to stay! We stayed at a perfect time in September, so the lake was quiet and it felt like we were the only 2 people on the small street. The cabin was clean, cozy and felt homey. The beds were comfortable and we loved sitting out on the screened in porch for coffee in the morning. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed and we enjoyed using the charcoal grill. We used the kayaks and explored the lake and did some fishing right from the lakefront. We found plenty of places to hike nearby and even did Monadnock one day! We enjoyed the quiet and when we wanted noise and people, it was a short 30 minute drive into Keene for shopping and restaurants. Overall this place is great for just about anybody!
Spent the entire month of August at "'Lake Escape" . Except for the sound of jet skis, motor boats and power tools upon occasion, this is a quiet, secluded get-a-way. There is room enough for several cars and is more affordable than many rentals in the area. The 3 lake kayaks, row boat, water toys etc. are a real plus. All mattresses are comfortable. The screened-in porch is a delightful area that also allows one to escape the overwhelming mildew/mold in the cabin. Do not store anything in the basement. My bike seat grew mold. The tap water is not suitable for drinking, plenty of drinking water is provided by owner, when requested. As one who entertains a lot, the kitchen equipment was less than adequate. The oven, when hot, is malodorous. Be sure to bring your own large pot for pasta, lobsters etc. If you drink wine, bring your own glasses.
There is access to Highland lake via a short, but steep, walk from cabin. There is no beach. Unfortunately, the recent drought and warm temps have allowed a proliferation of plant life to grow in Highland Lake this summer. Swimming from lake access is not recommended for this reason. There is a public beach on Island Pond a short drive away. I thoroughly enjoyed swimming there.
Be sure to bring your own towels, as only a few dish towels and a random towel can be found here and there. If you plan to use the kitchen, you will need to buy your own sponges, dish soap…
Did my best to Jerry-rig shades for the 2nd bedroom since none are provided. If you sleep cold, bring extra blankets. The windows are difficult to maneuver and many are missing screens.
There is a restaurant at the Marina, ½ mile down the road. Grocery stores are 20-30 min away in either Keene or Hillsborough. Was told the High Tide Restaurant in Hillsborough has great seafood, but didn’t make it there. Can’t say I can recommend any of the restaurants I sampled in the Keene/Hillsborough/Stoddared area.
Thunder and lightning storms knocked out all power 2 nights in a row, for a total of 14 hours, this included the loss of water. The marina lost power as well. The owner was unaware this outage occurred and believes it to be an unusual event. I was thankful for my camping gear. The kerosene lamps at the property are not functional and the flashlight provided contained dead batteries. Fortunately, there are lots of candles available at the cabin.
One can find cell phone coverage outside the cabin at the top of the driveway. The WiFi works well.
Nice tidy cabin, close to the lake. We visited with two couples, beds were fine, everything worked well. A nice little getaway location.
If quiet, tranquility is what you have in mind, this is the place. You can be off the grid for a weekend and return whenever you choose to. The cabin was clean, and perfectly outfitted with all that you need for your stay.Kayaking on the lake and hiking in the mountains are at your doorstep. Time stands still.
The cabin is great, and the setting is lovely. No wifi or cell phone reception meant a needed break from the constant intrusion of technology while I was there. The pictures really show what the place is like- comfortable and well maintained. Pitcher Mountain was a nice daily walk- during foliage season the view was amazing and got better every day! I hope to visit again.
Numerous beginner to expert hiking and biking trails are available throughout the Town of Stoddard and the surrounding Monadnock Region. Two adult bicycles are provided for our guests.
In addition to the free use of our 3 kayaks and a rowboat, there are motorboat, paddle boat, canoe, and pontoon boat rentals available at the Highland Lake Marina 1/2 mile down Shedd Hill Road. (contact Marina for rates)
Seasonal berry picking (blueberries and strawberries). Fresh local farm produce is available at general store and on Shedd Hill Rd.
Excellent fishing for beginners and experts alike. NH Fishing Licenses available for purchase at the Marina. No license is required for kids 15 and under. One fishing pole is available for guests (....worms not included)
Horseback riding available, several local art galleries, Stoddard's Town Library.
No charge for magnificent star gazing, sunsets, loon calls, bird sightings, and memories to last a lifetime ......
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£243|
|Cleaning & Waste Removal||£81|
Please contact owner regarding pet policy
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.