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 !!
Jane was a very generous and kind host. We felt very comfortable and at ease in her lovely space, full of character. Our brief stay allowed us some R&R while we recovered from an endurance mountain bike race. Thanks Jane!
Jane was the perfect host! Her home is warm, comfortable and inviting. It's like home away from home, being greeted by her sweet dog in the mornings! This was a peaceful respite in my hectic life. I highly recommend !
Jane was most helpful right from the start, preparing us for the visit, and even guiding us in by phone when we got lost on back roads on the way to Hancock from Manchester.
We arrived to find the in-town farm house of my dreams. If you look on my vision board you will find my dream-house and it looks just like Jane's - a big, comfy, homey yellow American farmhouse with a wrap around porch with a friendly dog wagging her tail, and a beautiful garden.
Hancock is one of those lovely, picturesque New England villages, with the cafe, general store and Inn, set on beautiful Norway Pond. We had planned to hike in the area, but ended up spending our entire visit sitting in the cafe and swimming and sunning ourselves at Norway Pond.
We loved Jane's house, including the sweet dog and lovely big black cat. Even more did we love Jane. She is delightful, well-traveled, knowledgeable, adventuresome, articulate - the perfect conversationalist. We spent several hours sharing experiences and marveled how we had covered every forbidden topic, from politics, to religion without touching a single sensitive nerve.
GPS is a incredible invention, but not perfected on guiding though the small winding roads of our New England States , yet. I was happy to help, and glad in this instance ,to be able.
I feel very fortunate , in my hosting experience, to be meeting such special guests.I AM discovering ,Airbnb really IS about making friends .I so enjoyed getting to know you, Leonard and Veronica and Sjoma, and forming a connection that shall continue.
My wife and I were celebrating our 35th Anniversary, and Jane was there with an anniversary card--handmade, no less!--flowers in the room, and the warmest personal welcome one could ask for. We were so appreciative. Conversing with Jane was a true pleasure; she is such an interesting person and was happy to talk with us, without being intrusive in any way. We're glad that we made her acquaintance and we see ourselves returning. That alone says a lot!
Our upstairs room was comfortable, as was the bed. The air-conditioning unit worked well when we needed it. We also borrowed from Jane's extensive and excellent DVD collection (including between ten and fifteen Audrey Hepburn films), housed in a pleasant downstairs living room, available to guests. The outside spaces are wonderful: Jane obviously works hard at the beautiful gardens. There are a variety of garden places to sit and enjoy coffee (or a meal, for that matter). We didn't use the shared kitchen, though it was quite large and inviting.
You have to share a bit--use of the two bathrooms and the kitchen--but for us that was not a negative. "Value for money" is excellent; you're getting a lot for what the room costs.
We only had a couple of days so we didn't see too much of the area. But we did manage a Peterborough Players drama (outstanding) and a dinner at the Hancock Inn, which is very nice and within walking distance of the house. The town of Hancock is lovely and special; it's easy to understand why visitors come to the village. We'd also recommend Delrossi's Trattoria in Dublin, which was excellent.
All in all, it was a great couple of days: we're happy that we chose both Hancock and Jane's house as the place to celebrate our anniversary.
Thanks, for such a lovely review Charles . I do hope you and Suzanne will return. i had so much fun . Thanks for the tip. A BIG comfy chair would be a great addition for guests that want to hang out in their room ! Thanks for the privilege of sharing such a special occasion with me in Hancock !
This was my first airbnb experience and I could not be more pleased. Jane is the nicest host. She has the most wonderful beautiful room and she has thought of everything. There's a little fridge in the room and an air conditioner (which was quite handy during my stay). She offered me a shelf space in the fridge and in the pantry, and offered a kitchen to cook. There's a decent sized closet. She offered little soaps, other amenities and a bathrobe to use. I really felt at home during my stay. The house itself is a beautiful Victorian Building full of character, but at the same time everything was very clean and beautifully decorated. Thank you so much for your hospitality and I hope I can stay here again next time.
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.
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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.