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Gorgeous, large historic home near mountains, lakes

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Thornton - Mad River Farmhouse

Gorgeous and cozy 1790 farmhouse, with modern comforts

Beautifully maintained and updated 1790 farmhouse that could be featured in Country Living magazine - and less than two hour drive from Boston. Ten minute drive to the base lodge of Waterville Valley ski resort. Charming details include exposed beams, hardwood floors, and cast-iron stove. Modern comforts and over 3,000 square feet of space for a relaxing stay. Home includes two living rooms, a huge fireplace, jacuzzi tub, five bedrooms, and five bathrooms. Two beds and baths on first floor, two ensuite bedrooms on second floor with French doors and balconies, and third bedroom and half bath on second floor. The laundry room is conveniently located on the first floor just off the kitchen. For a daily fee, guests may use Waterville Valley rec center, with indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, workout room, tennis, towels etc. Home's outdoor features include a porch and fire pit. Four seasons of activities include: skiing at Waterville Valley, Loon, Cannon; prime leaf peeping; hiking in the White Mountains; golf at Owl's Head, swimming in Mad River (the Eddy) and nearby Squam Lake. Close to Campton Village shops, restaurants, coffee shops and Plymouth for more shopping and dining. The Farmhouse is truly a special retreat in a gorgeous corner of the world.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Cher Duffield
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2016
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About Cher Duffield

Active family based in Boston, with English dad and Wisconsin-bred mom.

Cher Duffield purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why Cher Duffield chose Waterville Valley Area

Everything about this home signals a special, comfortable getaway. Do any number of activities or just enjoy the fire, lack of noise and light pollution.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Transport yourself to another world in less than two hours from Boston. This home is a destination in itself - no generic condo! You are close to all mother nature offers, and can ski, hike, golf, leaf peep, swim, dine.


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Gorgeous, large historic home near mountains, lakes
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

The house was everything it promised to be and more!

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and accommodating! The backyard had so many fun things for the family to enjoy! Not terribly buggy at all. Cher was helpful and a wonderful host throughout our week there! Basic need and then some were available all over the house. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place to stay!!

  • 4 of 5

We booked our reservation as a Christmas present to our family so we could all be in one place after the holiday season! It had plenty of rooms and bathrooms to accommodate our growing family. The great room was an amazing gathering place for us all to be in one room together, playing games, lighting a fire and hanging out as a family! We will def be back!

Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Waterville Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house. We had 9 people in our group and there was plenty of room to spread out. The great room with a large fireplace was amazing! the beds were very comfortable and the owner Cher Duffield was very accommodating and pleasant to work with. You can't go wrong with this rental.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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MLK Ski Vaca

  • 5 of 5

Great time with the family. We have two boys 19 years apart in age. The youngest a college freshman and two grandchildren thus the need for a large well equipped home. This cottage fit the bill [if you cook bring a favorite pan or two]. Skiing was great at Waterville and Loon [crowded on weekends loon handles best].

The home had lots of games, videos and room to spread out. Our daughter in law had to work from vaca. and had quiet space to do so. The laundry was a big help especially with a one year old. Bed were comfortable and towels provided.

Discovered the Italian Farmhouse in Plymouth [20 min ride] Excellent. The Mad River Tavern was good as well.

Oliver [4 years] did two days at the ski school, a first for her. The staff was very patient making for a good experience. Nana stayed back with our one year old.

Over all Very Good ski vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large Group Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This farmhouse was great! There was plenty of room for the 8 adults and 3 children in our group. The kids especially loved the red room with a set of bunks and toddler bed and really enjoyed the air hockey table. My 5 yr old son asked me when we were moving in! The number of bathrooms made it so easy for everyone to get up and out the door in the morning and the kitchen came with lots of utensils and cookware for our convenience. We enjoyed swimming in the Eddy, going to downtown Waterville to the shops and free beach area with pedal boats and kyak rentals and hiking some of the local trails. The firepit was fantastic for s'more making and the Campton Cupboard was really close by for just about anything we needed. Just need to make sure you have a couple of people with you to put AC units in. Upstairs were installed, just downstairs units. Not a problem, just something to expect. Overall, we had a GREAT stay!! The house was very clean and Cher was wonderful to work with and had a lot of suggestions for places to see. We had a couple of questions while we were there and she was easily accessible and very pleasant to deal with. Would highly recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing, family vacation. The house is beautiful and the area is just loaded with things to do. Thank you, Cher!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mad River Farmhouse

  • 3 of 5

Property is fairly new to renting out, therefore there are a few kinks. Pro's: Lots of room, private, allows pets, and is a good base to do anything in the White Mountains. Very quiet - backyard has a playful family of chipmunks that are amusing to watch. Birds were nesting in the outside rafters - and it was fun watching them. Lots of backyard if you wish to venture out to do things. Safe - didn't feel unsafe at anytime. Good eating close by - 2 taverns and ice cream stand that is excellent. Air Hockey table was good for kids, and the internet service is very good and reliable. Owner is very nice and cooperative to your needs and issues. House has a lot of antiques and is decorated well. Cons: Not as clean as the pictures appear. Ant issue in house (kitchen and upstairs bathrooms) made it hard and not appealing to prepare food. Kitchen not clean upon arrival. Mattress in upstairs bedroom is extremely lumpy and sheets are piled from over washing or being worn out. Furniture is old and delicate so we lived out of suitcases instead of putting things away for the week. TICKS are everywhere. We got ticks walking from the car to the house, no joke. Not just one, but everyday - everyone had to pull off a tick and we are not adventurous hiking people. This is just normal walking to the car a few times a day. Nicest rooms are the Tulip Room upstairs, and the poster bed downstairs. Other rooms need some work. Funky noise coming from bunk room - not sure what it is, but you can hear it in the Tulip room when it's quiet. Kids didn't want to sleep in there. Overall - bigger and cheaper than a hotel - but not that "clean" feeling you get from home or a decent hotel...Owner did compensate for cleaning issue, and promised to address issues.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for reviewing! We have taken steps to ensure home is clean and no ants or ticks. Please note guests, home is kept in great condition and is very clean. Home is charming and beautiful and we take great pride in it. It is in a rural, wooded area, and home is built 1790, so s a few spiders around is not impossible. This is not a hermetically sealed new construction, but a lovely jewel of history. We have had many guests stay since we started renting in January and vast majority have been delighted.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Plymouth NH
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Mad River Tavern
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Owl's Head
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Concord NH
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Country Cow, Benton's Sugar Shack, Red Schoolhous
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Waterville Valley, Cannon, Loon
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Squam Lake
Car: recommended

Thornton/ Campton is scenic, rural, and wooded.

World class winter sports and many summer activities are offered at Waterville Valley Resort, Loon Mountain, and Cannon Mountain all just minutes from downtown Campton.

The White Mountain National Forest provides hiking, hunting, biking, canoeing, climbing and miles of scenic drives.

Fishing, boating, and swimming are available on the Pemigewasset and Mad Rivers, along with numerous lakes and ponds.

In addition to the new championship Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club in Campton, there are half a dozen other golf courses within a 30 minute drive. White Mountain Country Club is located in Ashland, NH while the Jack O Lantern Golf Course is in Thornton.

Horseback riding is a popular sport to young and old in the North Country. Rocky Ridge is located in Campton and offers trail rides. Visit Whales Tale Water Park in nearby Lincoln for a fun and wet day. The Hobo Railroad offers scenic train rides while the Dinner Train offers a fine dining experience.

The area contains many antique shops, restaurants and other shopping opportunities while nearby annual events include the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, a Gas and Steam Engine Show and many community church suppers and Fire Department Potluck Suppers.

Stop by the Tourist Information Center at Exit 28 (12 Road, Campton NH) to learn more about: Scenic Drives, Covered Bridges, Hiking & Trails, Boating & Water Sports, Ski & Snow Activities, Waterfalls & Cascades


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Thornton, Waterville Valley Area

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £82
6+ guests $50/night £41 + Tax
Cleaning fee £164 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. 100% refund if cancelled prior to one month, 50% refund if cancelled two weeks or more before booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Thornton in New Hampshire

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Red Room upstairs half bath - Toilet
    Ground floor bath / laundry - Next to kitchen and living rooms, shower and laundry
    Garden suite bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Custom vanité ensuite master bath
    Ensuite bath Blue Tulip room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ground floor bathroom with tub - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Main floor bathroom with linen closet
  • Each bathroom is in good condition and each has warmth and charm.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Blue Tulip Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Suite with sitting area, ensuite bath, balcony
    Garden Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King bed, sitting area, ensuite bath, TV, balcony
    Rose Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Ground floor bedroom with TV, next to full bath, jacuzzi
    Blue room - 1 Double Bed , Ground floor off dining room, with TV
    Red Room upstairs half bath - 1 Child Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Upstairs bedroom with bunk beds adjacent to a half bathroom
  • Each bedroom is tastefully decorated with nice linens, home was a B&B by previous owner so is up to high standards with furnishings and condition. In total, there is space for 10 adults, plus pack n play, toddler bed, and twin Air mattress. There is additional bedding if anyone wants to sleep on sofas. 12 max rental party
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
In nearby Campton Village, Mad River Roaster Room and Campton Cupboard have homemade meals to take away and baked goods! If you want anything specific, e.g. mid-week housekeeping, we can arrange it at a la carte pricing!

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