About this listing
DURING THE WINTER I rarely take guests but it is worth asking!
THIS SPRING will be lovely in this area so book now for hiking, climbing or just enjoying the area.
SUMMER is a very busy season so you might want to book early.
LENGTH OF STAY: We ask that weekend bookings cover two nights, although we sometimes make exceptions. Holiday weekends are three nights, and there is a small price different for 4th of July weekend and Labor Day weekend.
The house is charming and quiet on 7 acres. We are at the edge of a small town right next to the White Mountain National Forest. Nice art, good books, games and children's toys, and homemade bread for breakfast!
The bedroom has a very comfortable double bed, and there's a large family-type room which has a fold out (also comfortable but low) couch - and your own private wonderful bathroom with a hand-built wooden tub, both in the back wing of our home for real privacy. You are welcome to enjoy the gardens and a deck for strolling and sitting. This is a perfect location for hiking, climbing and biking - and there's a great swimming hole down the road in the Baker River. There's world class rock climbing at the famous Rumney Rocks, the Appalachian Trail goes through the town, Baker and Pemi Rivers are close by for terrific kayaking or canoeing - an outdoor lover's paradise! We're an easy distance from Plymouth State University, Squam Lake (AKA "Golden Pond"), Franconia Notch and the Flume, Loon and Waterville mountains. .
Suitable for a single person, a couple, or family with one or two children (or more if lofts are used). The bedroom has comfortable double bed and the large "family" sitting room has fold out queen size comfortable futon-type bed. Above the family room there is a loft suitable for an older child or young adults with a king size air mattress. Two couples who are friends and would happily share a bathroom could also use the two rooms. There is a loft above the kitchen with two twin mattresses (and lots of toys) so a larger family with several members who don't mind sharing the bathroom and climbing a loft ladder can also be accommodated.
No TV or cell phone service but wireless high speed internet.
Breakfast is do-it-yourself - I'll put out cereals, homemade bread and jam, fruit and yogurt and so on. I can accommodate lactose and gluten free needs if you let me know. There are restaurants in the two towns on either side of us. You may bring in take-out and eat on the deck if the weather is nice. Plymouth with its University is 15 miles away and the town has many dining and browsing and shopping (URL HIDDEN) well as cultural events (In the summer the NH Music Festival has concerts 2 or 3 times a week)
Occasionally we also let groups of more than four come as we have the loft above the kitchen with two twin mattresses suitable for family member who don't mind climbing a ladder and being in the central part of the house.. The charge for the kitchen loft is still $20 per person. Please ask if you have questions about this!
NOTE ABOUT EVEN MORE GUESTS: It is sometimes possible to rent the entire house (once or twice a year) in which case request a pricing sheet). As many as ten people can stay in this case. Ask about pricing for house rental.
PETS: This is sometime fine but with discussion. We have a cat who is reserved but friendly. We can keep her out of the back wing of the house if requested to do so.
The whole back wing of the house is available, and the kitchen may be used for snacks, for making lunches to go, and of course for breakfast.
We can offer space for some guest food in our 'fridge.
In good weather, sitting on the deck which you can access from the family room of the guest wing and strolling the garden and fields are options.
If you want to use the local swimming hole in the river, we will make sure you have swimming towels, etc. We have tennis gear for use on our town court next to the swimming hole.
With advance notice I can loan a couple of bikes (I need to make sure the tires are blown up) and a simple bike rack. They aren't fancy but will do for casual biking!
Interaction with Guests
I am here to greet and offer advice about the area.
We have lots of books and maps and information about the many things to do in this area and in the White Mountains.
We are completely secluded yet within a few minute reach of a deep swimming hole in the Baker River, a simple town tennis court, ponds, famous climbing at Rumney Rocks, and lakes, hiking trails - and not to far from many wonderful attractions - The Flume, Franconia Notch, Loon Mountain, and much more.
No local transport.
Other Things to Note
Lots of good books, games and a guitar are happily shared. We have tennis equipment if you'd like to use the town court five minutes from the house. Toys and books for kids are also available!
No smoking or alcohol please
If there are toddlers, have a discussion with hosts (small pool and high deck and loft stairs)
Plan to eat dinner out unless we agree otherwise. You are welcome of course to make your lunches to eat on deck or take with you. You may bring take-out food in for dinner to eat on back deck or back sitting room. No cooking of meals please
Some ability to keep guest food in 'fridge
We ask that desk and dresser drawers and so on not be opened, as this is essentially a family space - if closet space for hanging clothes is needed, we will gladly make room.
If you need clothes or towels dried, I am glad to do this for you. We ask that you do not put damp clothes and towels on furniture - a rack is available.
In bedroom the furniture is antique with a finish that doesn't do well with moisture so I put coasters beside the bed for water bottles or glasses. Please keep lotions and liquids on the counter in the bathroom - or on the hall table which is water impervious - instead of the bedroom dresser and chest.