Pond Camp in the Northern Woods

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Dorchester Road, Lyme Center, NH 03769, United States
Your host, Jenna
13 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

Slow down for a paddle with the beavers and the loons in this two-room camp on an undeveloped New Hampshire pond with a big view of the water and of a nearby mountain peak.

Warm main room with a proper kitchen and refrigerator, pellet woodstove (easy to use), dining table, and comfortable chairs, plus a bedroom and full bath with shower. Bedroom has a real twin bed and a twin airbed. Queen airbed also available and easy to switch up. In summer most folks prefer to sleep outside on the screened-in porch!

Four-season activities: wonderful swimming in season; great skiing in season, both XC and downhill; great hiking in season, Appalachian Trail just over a mile away.

Heated by pellet stove with propane backup; hot and cold running water, bathroom, and shower; wireless internet (please: no streaming); screened-in porch.

Feels very remote, yet under 15 minutes from a small village with wonderful local restaurant and other amenities, and 30 minutes (email hidden) town, Dartmouth College. Beater canoe, kayak, and rowboat available for casual, small-pond fun from a small dock.

Bring your own drinking water and bed linens.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $595 /week
Monthly Price: $1995 /month
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We had a wonderful stay at the camp. Jenna was very welcoming, prompt, clear, and knowledgeable. The camp was exactly as we were hoping-nothing fancy, but a very comfortable and charming base from which to enjoy the natural world. The lake is really great for swimming and canoeing, and nearby hikes and runs abound. This is also one of our favorite areas for x-country skiing in the winter and we hope to come back then! All in all, this place is a find!

    June 2014
  • We had a great time at the Pond Camp! Spent a starry night sleeping on the screened-in porch, took our first swim of the season in the lake, and went rambling through the woods without fear of intruding on anyone's property. It seems like it should be a simple formula, but happens much too rarely.

    Jenna is a welcoming, easy-going host. Happy to give us a tour, and to put boats and other gear at our disposal. We loved the cabin, and would definitely go back, but "camp" is the verb. Rustic toilet, blowup bed and chilly evenings didn't interfere with our enjoyment of this special, wooden place, but it chooses its people.

    May 2014
    Response from Jenna:

    Thanks for your great description, including the truth serum about who our right guests are!
    - Pellet stove: you betcha, it is really nice on cool nights, very sorry you and Jake didn't get to have that :(
    - Toilet: the plumber is there today and tomorrow doing some major work on the water system. My fingers are crossed that he gets it right this time! I appreciate you guys putting up with it :}
    - Pillow: Ah, the NYC tiny apartment thing! You bet, here's my Lyme mailing address: PO Box 123, Lyme Center NH 03769.

    May 2014
  • My boyfriend and I had a lovely stay at Jenna's cabin in April. While we couldn't make use of Jenna's boats since the pond was still frozen, we enjoyed hiking around the area. The cabin is about a mile from the Appalachian Trail as well as a few other trails. We found April to be a muddy, and at times snowy and icy time of the year to hike in NH but that didn't prevent us from enjoying ourselves. Jenna permitted us to bring our dog and he had a great time too! We stayed 3 nights but wished we could have stayed longer. It was a great spring getaway! We hope to go back some day to experience the cabin in another season.

    April 2014
  • Jenna (email hidden)!!! We were running late due to GSP took us another way and the roads that way were not plowed and she waited with no problem at all. Cabin is just like previous reviews....cute and cozy and all the basics which is exactly what we were looking for. The pellet stove kept us very warm and was a fabulous relaxing weekend. Jenna sent an email after our first night there just to be sure we were ok and if we had any questions. If you are looking for a cozy get away with the basics this is the place to go. I would stay again for sure!!!

    Thank you Jenna,
    Jennifer and Chris

    March 2014
  • Jenna's place is the perfect little cabin in the woods. It's right on the pond with a toasty little pellet stove and all the basics. We went during winter and there was 3 feet of snow on the ground.The cabin is just a mile away from free snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Lyme is picture perfect. The cabin is basic but we like it that way. Don't go in expecting luxury and you'll be ecstatic. We loved it. Jenna was attentive and kind. Thanks Jenna!

    February 2014
  • We were looking for a quiet, basic place that would let us escape the city, cellphones, etc. for a few days. That camp was exactly this. Beautiful walks in any direction, a nice view of the (frozen) pond from the kitchen window and porch, a ski hill nearby, etc. I would recommend using a four-wheel drive vehicle, especially in the winter. Because of the fresh snowfall, we had a difficult time turning off of the main road to make it up to the property with our sedan. Fortunately it's only a 20 ft walk from the main road. This may not be am issue in non-winter months.

    Jenna (email hidden)e went out of her way to ensure we had all of the information required. As well, she generously left snowshoes and poles for us to use.

    January 2014
  • Really appreciate Jenna's prompt responses. She had prepared detailed instructions that I forgot to read (Host's Directions with a (website hidden)maps link) but we were able to find a spot of cell reception to call her and found the cabin with very little trouble.
    It was gorgeous and exactly the cabin experience we wanted. Jenna requests that you bring your own bedding and the beds are air mattresses but this wasn't a problem for us. We had dinner in the town of Lyme one night and explored Hannover another night. Did a bit of hiking and just enjoyed the gorgeous views!

    November 2013
  • We stayed three nights at Jenna's cabin and it was wonderful! When we arrived Jenna gave us a great introduction to the cabin and the surroundings. She provided us with very useful information about hiking tours, canoeing, organic farms close by and good places to eat. The cabin itself is overlooking the lake and has a very cozy and really nice interior. I would highly recommend to stay with Jenna. It was just perfect.
    Thank so much, Jenna!

    October 2013
  • My wife & I stayed here for a little more than a month & a half. Beautiful "hunting" cabin on a gorgeous lake in the shadow of a mountain on the Appalachian trail. Not totally secluded, there are about 15 neighbors on the dirt road, but private enough. Amazing swimming, great bike rides, hikes etc right out the front door. The cabin is not ON the lake. It's across the road and up the hill a little. Also there is only one single bed and a blow-up mattress, at least when we were there, so it can be a little awkward for a couple. Jenna let us use a bunch of her & her brother's stuff: a nice mountain bike, three boats, fishing poles, stuff like that. There was some confusion with the owners of the property -- I'm not sure they wanted us there, but it worked out in the end. Also the internet was not unlimited, about a 10gig limit, but it was fast enough. I.e., the minor negatives were nothing compared to the positive total experience. Loons with their babies in the lake, moose sightings, fox sightings, bear sightings, snake sightings, owl sightings, beaver sightings -- great fishing for bass & trout, great weather with some epic thunderstorms, reading on the porch in the rain. There's also an amazing private "hidden" lake down an access road, that you're allowed to hang out at. No motor boats allowed, and it's pristine & totally incredible. The town of Lyme is about a 10 min drive away (email hidden) store for essentials and a library with super fast wireless internet. you can even park in the parking lot at night when it's closed & use it. Hanover is about a 35 min drive and there's tons of stuff there including an excellent food co-op. Oh! and don't miss out on the drive-in movie theater a 20 min drive in the opposite direction (forget the town name). Lots of local farms with good deals on organic produce / raw milk etc. Yeah -- loved the cabin, loved Lyme, the surrounding area, & Hanover. You'll have a great time, just be prepared for a few minor unexpected trip-ups.

    August 2013
  • Jenna (email hidden). Loved swimming in the lake, running the trails and sleeping on the porch!

    June 2013
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I appreciate having nature right outside my door and have set up my life (website hidden) in rural Vermont and New Hampshire can be the best of both worlds, now that the internet has arrived: think globally, live very locally. I get most of my food from Luna Bleu Farm a few miles way; I study tai chi at Long Wind Tai Chi; I do web work for Cedar Circle Farm, ISTVS, and others. I will be happy to help you experience a bit of the slow life.
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