About This Listing
Nestled in the Monadnock Region of NH, you'd be hard put to find a more quintessential New England Village than Hancock .
Walking distance to Hancock Center and views of the Mountain for which this region is named, enjoy the peace & culture !
Livingroom. great for "Movie Night" DVD collection available for your use .lovely western view of white garden and sunsets.
Lovely bedroom with antique fourposter , overlooking perennial gardens.A short walk to the quintessential New England village of Hancock.Set in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, with easy day jaunts to explore all of Mid-New England. Year around outdoor and cultural activities available in this lively area. Summer includes Peterborough Players, Andy's Playhouse, and Monadnock Music Festival. Try Farmers Markets,in Hancock and all the surrounding towns.swim, fish or boating on Nubanusit Lake, Willard Pond or Norway Pond. Talks and guided expeditions at the Harris Center. Enjoy dining at the Hancock Inn or Fiddleheads. Fall/winter arrange a hunting canoeing expedition. Snowshoe,skate,or ski Crotched Mt.Don't forget maple syrup season in late winter, or the changing leaves, and Art Studio and Wool Arts Tours in autumn.I'll be happy to help you explore this area whatever season you choose to visit, and whatever your interest.
Guests can make their own meals in the kitchen and eat in the dinning/kitchen area or the various sites on the porch or in the garden. You also have a small refrigerator in your room, and space in the kitchen to store your food or beverages.
There is an extensive collection of DVDs you are welcome to view in the livingroom or on your laptop...please make sure to return your choice to its spot.
There is a lovely bath in the upstairs bathroom in which to relax. Help yourself to salts and bubbles.
This is a lived in home, and I hope you will feel equally at home during your stay here.
We share both upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I have 2 robes available for your use if you wish. We generally take our shoes off at the door, you may want to have slippers or an indoor pair of shoes to slip on.
My son has a dog and a cat that are restricted to the kitchen area when we are not home, therefore doors are kept closed to that area at all times.
Other bedrooms are off limits unless invited by the occupant. Bathroom doors are closed only when occupied. If uncertain knock and inquire.
Interaction with Guests
I do work. However, I hope that you will feel free to ask for anything you need and I welcome any interactions while I am around.
I have a 25 year old son, who also works. I think you will find him quite sociable and entertaining should you find him around during your stay.
This is a self catering household. We come and go quite freely , yet I am most accessible, and open to your needs.
We live just up the hill from the village of Hancock. There is a small country store (The Hancock Market ) and a restaurant (Fiddleheads ) and the oldest, continuously operating INN in the USA ( The Hancock Inn) The Inn serves typical New England fare and is worth an evening out, or Sunday Brunch.
Norway Pond is the Town Beach. Great for families as there is a lifeguard on duty during the Summer. Easy walk from my house.
On Summer Thursday evenings we have concerts at the Bandstand on the Town Commons
Saturdays there is a Farmers' Market in the stalls behind the Church.
Don't miss the Library ! Community Functions happen there regularly, and we have The Best Librarian !
We also boast a Nature conserve, The Harris Center, that has numerous hiking trails, and educational workshops and talks. Just up the hill from me is the Apple Orchard, with beautiful views of Mt. Monadnock, for which our region is famous. The orchard has "Pick your own" apples in the Autumn.
Willard Pond is a great area to see Loons, and to swim, fish,or canoe. Lake Nubanusit is the place to go to refresh on a hot day. Usually a cool breeze and cold waters. a favorite boating and fishing spot both Summer and Winter,This is also the nesting site for a pair of Bald Eagles, so bring your binoculars !
Another spot of interest is the Historical Society which houses artifacts from Hancock's earliest days to the present, a tradition that I believe is peculiar to New England, affectionately called "The Memory House" by local author, Howard Mansfield.
Then, don't laugh, I frequently take guests to our Town Dump. This area is well populated with artist, writers and musicians...and you will notice a certain flair to this landmark, and the best price on "Recyclables " !
Don't miss our Neighbors to the South. Peterborough , a whole other story to explore.
An automobile is a necessity in this area.This is a rural setting.
I have plenty of parking space in my driveway, but it may require backing out onto a hill
I recommend getting a rental vehicle at either Logan Airport in Boston or Manchester Airport.I am happy to pick you up, if need be ,at either location for an extra fee, if you prefer to pick up something here . There is an Enterprise Rental in Hillsboro , NH or Peterborough.
Other Things to Note
Spring through Autumn I have a Perennial garden that I hope you will take the opportunity to relax and enjoy. Curl up with a good book , and cuppa tea or beverage of your choice and soak up the sun or watch the storm pass over.
On the Forth of July you can just catch a glimpse of the Fireworks if you don't wish to go down to the Town Beach.
To the West facing town is the "White Garden " a soothing finish to the day as the sun sets. A spot for dinner or tea easily set for two.
We are generally a quiet bunch.Sometimes we have to get up early for work, so a general hush is appreciated after 10 PM.
This is definitely a smoke free environment. Please no smoking.
Although we have pets, would rather you kept yours at home.
I expect guests to pick up after themselves, and wash or rinse and put dishes in the dishwasher.
There is a washing machine and clothesline or dryer that you may use , just ask for instructions before you do so.
You have full access to the kitchen, but not the food. There is a tea kettle in the upstairs bath and kitchen you are welcome to use and tea or coffee. I don't drink coffee therefore you'll have to decipher how to make your brew on your own. I have a French Press . Enjoy !!
I think the best thing you can say about a host is that they make you feel so welcome its like you are staying in your own house...Jane did that. Made sure we had plenty of options to do, and that all accommodations met our needs. We even had a water issue one day and she kindly left us a gift certificate for our breakfast at a local restaurant. I would highly recommend staying there!!!
Thank you for being so understanding ! I cannot express what a difference that made for me in this unexpected situation !
I appreciate your kind remarks, and am happy that you enjoyed your stay.
BTW Did you get the chance to try Vicunia Chocolate in Peterborough ? Was it not a bit of Heaven ?
I stayed for a month at Jane's lovely cosy home. Hancock is a little historical town. The house is 10min walk to local shops and 3min walk to the apple picking farm. The room is beautiful and comfortable. People in the area are very nice and friendly. I enjoyed my stay very much!
Jane is a great host, she tried her best to accommodate my schedule and showed me around in the NH. She took me to the annual local art tours that takes place in October. We went pumkin festivals, an amazing experience. She knows the good antique shops and the best chocolate cafe in New England too! There's LOT to explore and enjoy in the area, and I felt so lucky that am here and specially have a host being an ex-photographer and enjoys gardens and outdoors. I have seen so much of the beautiful Hancock, Peterborough, Keene, and Jaffrey region. I would love to come back again to explore the area during other seasons. Thank you Jane for arranging the parties and activities that made my stay so pleasant, comfortable and joyful.
Friendly and gracious host welcomed us warmly and gave us a great tour of her place- definitely as advertised, and a peaceful respite from the city.
Easy walk to the two restaurants in Hancock, as well as the main street goat dairy!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Jane's spacious, well-appointed home in Hancock. After arriving on Friday night we walked down the hill for a nightcap - pear cider at the historic Hancock Inn. Everything we wanted to do was very close by: golf, hiking, swimming, blueberry picking, and a play at The Peterborough Players. Jane is a charming hostess and her home provides everything a traveler needs. We loved sitting on her porch overlooking the beautiful gardens.
This was our first time using airbnb, and we can only hope that all of our future stays will be as wonderful as our stay at Jane's.
We (my husband and our 12-year-old daughter) were in NH for 4 nights visiting our son at The Walden School in Dublin. We were so happy to come across Jane's listing! We had a wonderful stay.
The room is exactly as shown in the photo, except that Jane added a twin bed for our daughter which still left plenty of space in the room. There was a window fan that cooled the room down, so we were comfortable. The rest of the house was clean and comfortable. There was a large bathroom with a tub (that we didn't have time to try) on the second floor where we stayed and another bathroom downstairs with a shower. The robes that Jane provided made it easy to go downstairs for the shower. On our last night, we enjoyed watching a movie from Jane's extensive DVD collection in the living room. Jane was such a kind hostess and left popcorn out for us to make that evening.
We loved the location! Each morning we walked into town to buy fresh cheese from the cheese shop and pastries, yogurt, eggs, and bread from the general store. A few mornings we cooked in the kitchen which had everything we needed to prepare our breakfast. We then ate out in the garden amidst the beautiful flowers. It was so peaceful out there!
Jane helped us plan our days and made great suggestions about places to visit. We loved blueberry picking on Pitcher Mountain and would have never found it without Jane's recommendation. We walked to the beach on the lake but didn't get to swim there. It looked nice!
We really enjoyed getting to know Jane and chatting with her. It felt like we were with family. Jane even attended our son's chorus concert in Peterborough!
We recommend Jane's place without reservation and will definitely stay there again if we are in the area.
Rebecca, I would definitely welcome a return visit ANY time. You were great responsive guests. I'm so pleased you took advantage of what our community has to offer!
I am always open to suggestions on how to improve your experience, and encourage any questions that I might not have explained properly. You are superb as your family's tour director.
Jane was an amazing host! She was so receptive, warm and welcoming. The room is exactly how it is in the picture and she went above and beyond what is required of a host. It was and unbelievably "homey" experience. I highly recommend anyone who is in the area, that is looking for a place to stay, definitely contact her.
Jane was a wonderful host! The rooms were clean and beautiful, the neighborhood quiet and the experience was wonderful!!! I wish I could continue to use her bath tub every night!!
Hahaha, I thought you'd have enjoyed the change. that's what is great about NE. The weather is never wholly predictable. the fireflies must have agreed they were out on that first hot humid night then retreated in the cooler weather. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay...I'm working with the Higher Powers on the weather, LOL
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About the Host, Jane
From Hancock, NH-- Photographer--single mom--presently driver for a FORD dealership--adventurous spirit on low income-. LOVE gardens , gardening--, interior design--holidays--Christmas---decorating--sampling variety of cuisines__ gluten/lactose intolerant--traveled much when younger--hiking , sailing, skiing previous activities- enjoy creative approaches to life-art--Choral music, theater,ballet, classical concerts...want a feel of PLACE/people- I LOVE movies and have acquired a large and varied collection of DVDs including foreign, documentary, children,Christmas, and Hollywood which I'd love to share with you. I love travel, and celebrated my 65th birthday discovering airbnb on a trip to London, Until I can afford another trip, I figured I can enjoy you , and any travels you might share with me. I am in the process of fixing up an old (5th generation) family home so my house is in transition as my vision and funds afford. I hope you will appreciate my efforts. I love my area of New Hampshire and all that it offers, and because of it's proximity to other parts of New England I feel I have the best of country life with easy access to the ocean, the mountains and marvelous activities of Boston, Portsmouth, and Portland.