How many of you will only go on vacation if you can stay at a big old house? Right, me too! I like to think of traveling as an opportunity to live vicariously through someone else’s marble mantel. It’s a winter wonderland in Brooklyn right now, which makes me long for a cozy cabin in the heart of New England. Today CIRCA presents our selection of AirBnb rentals in snow-kissed New Hampshire! All photos courtesy of AirBnb.
ABOVE: FORMER GRANGE HALL IN RURAL NH
Ossipee, from $50/night
This is an historical space built in 1904 – formerly known as the Ossipee Mt. Grange Hall. The hosts are excited to revitalize the space back into a community center for arts, education and advocacy. In the mean time, it is their home and they host events such as concerts, potluck community dinners, an annual fall clothing swap, annual spring seed swap and other community building events. Nearby hiking/snowshoe/cross country ski trails; nearby pond to swim in; depending on the season, guests are welcome on enjoying a taste from our garden; close to Wolfeboro and south of the White Mountains. Stunning views of the lakes and mountains, welcoming neighbors, quiet nights with clear skies to see the stars!
The owners of the former Grange Hall get bonus CIRCA love for posting an historical photo of their home! (um… can this be a requirement?)
WONDERFUL WHITE MOUNTAIN B&B
Lisbon, from $169/night
Voted BEST SERVICE award in Boston Magazine’s Annual “Best of New England Travel” issue!
SQUAM LAKE SUMMER COTTAGE
Holderness, from $250/night
Old fashioned turn of the century charm, this house is located in Holderness, New Hampshire on top of Shepherd Hill. With 5 bedrooms and two fireplaces, an airy living living room, dining room and wonderful screened porch, the house commands fabulous views of Squam Lake, White Oak Pond, the Rattlesnake mountains, the Squam range, Mt. Chocorua, and Red Hill. Red clay tennis court on property. Access to a beach and swimming area in a private cove on Squam lake which is less than a mile from the house. The cove is shared by handful of other houses on Shepherd Hill, but is never particularly crowded. Great for kids. Terrific boating and fishing on Squam. Nearby marina and boat rental opportunities. Great hiking in the area, and the White Mountains are only an hour away. Good restaurants in Meredith, Holderness, Ashland, and Plymouth. Amusement parks, mini golf etc. in Laconia. Golf nearby. Science center in Holderness has great exhibits and programs for kids and adults.
Rye, from $80/night
Priscilla and George welcome you to the Garland House, our family home, built six generations and two hundred years ago by great great great grandfather John Garland. It is a very traditional farmhouse (low ceilings and doors, lintel just 72 inches high) and has been lovingly maintained. The Garland Room is our primary rental, a private room on the second floor at the front of the house. Enter through your own entrance at the front, climb up our narrow windy staircase, and find a room for two with a full size four poster bed, bureau, small sofa for reading and a coffee station in the front hall.
If your party has more than 2 people, the Quilt Room can be added. A full size rope bed sleeps two, with a wing chair for reading and trunks of handmade cozy quilts. (Bureau drawers not available, they are full of material!). You need to know that cozy quilts are especially appreciated in the colder months along with your electric blanket. It is an old farmhouse, with no central heating in the bedrooms! 12 Barred Rock hens may remind you that it is morning.
ASHBURN HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
Fitzwilliam, From $109/night
Charming historical home nestled in a quaint New England town. We have 3 guests rooms all with private baths. House features antiques and modern amenities including full breakfast with catering to individual diet needs.Free Wi-fi. Our location is in theMonadnock Region of southwest New Hampshire, one and a half hours from Boston, 35 minutes to Vermont, one and a half hours to Maine. The area provides opportunity for mountain climbing, biking, fishing, artists, boating, dining, antiquing and various seasonal entertainments, especially music and art events. The area has many fine restaurants and organic farms and produce stands.
GILE ROAD – SECLUDED 1804 FARMHOUSE
Franklin, from $400/night
Early 1800’s country farmhouse with privacy and natural beauty, in abundance. Situated on 50 acres with mountain views, vast fields and dramatic sunsets. This is the place to relax and reconnect with the earth. Kitchen is modern with dishwasher and 2 refrigerators. There are multiple other common rooms on the first level that are colonial and loaded with history. From the large keeping room with oversized fireplace to the intimate library, you will feel right at home. The grounds are equipped with a swimming pool, stone walls, sun decks and a sunroom lounge area. Also gardens and a fire pit area for friendly gatherings.
SPACIOUS BUT COZY 1790 FARMHOUSE
Wakefield, from $75/night
A cozy, comfortable, private room in a 1790 farmhouse greets the weary traveler with warmth and charm. Located in a prime area close to Route 16 but still “in the woods”, we’re just 40 miles south of N. Conway, and not even 40 miles from the ocean. Heaven! This old fashioned room has a semi-private entry, is very large, 20 x 25 with two comfortable double beds (room photos forthcoming!) three windows – one a dormer. Room has two dressers and a large closet for storing your things if you wish. The room is bright and sunny, with a sitting area for reading or enjoying morning coffee, and a dry sink with bowl and pitcher, soaps and towels for your convenient use. There is also coffee, hot water, tea, and trimmings in the room.
ELEGANT MOUNTAINSIDE COUNTRY ESTATE
Jaffrey, from $200/night
Beautiful historic property, originally an early 1800’s tavern with a rich history as a working farm, seasonal vacation home, inn and year round residence. Property sits at the base of Mt. Monadnock with beautiful mountain and pastoral views. One of several buildings on the estate, the huge 6 bedroom, 8 bath brick mansion was built with talent and craftsmanship from a bygone era. Tastefully furnished, this impressive home features elegant period details and country charm. In addition to 5 second floor bedroom suites and one third floor bedroom suite, the home has a large, lovely eat-in country kitchen, formal dining room with chandelier, cozy den, peaceful library and huge formal living room on main floor. A large furnished screened porch sits off living room.
ANTIQUE 3-BEDROOM HOME IN EXETER
Exeter, from $220/night
Historic Lewis Cass House built in 1750. We are often gone on the weekends/Holidays and would be glad to have the house enjoyed. If it it a long weekend – 3 nights may be required if we are not around to meet our guests. Exeter is a great waking town. Close to AMTRAK and Phillips Exeter Academy. Short drive to Seacoast and Maine shopping. Walk to downtown or take the train to Boston. Walk to Phillips Exeter Academy. Walk to local restaurants. Seacoast and shopping in Kittery Maine is always fun!
Hebron, from $233/night
Spend your holiday week in snowy New Hampshire and in our cozy and comfortable home located within an hour of several alpine ski areas. Cross-country trails and an ice skating pond are also right out the door, with lots of other winter activities nearby. The home was lovingly restored 10 years, but in-keeping with the character of the New England farmhouse. Utilizing an open-concept kitchen and dining room, there’s plenty of room to both cook and entertain. With an separate pool room and multi-use library above the garage, the home is a perfect get-away for the holidays. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two wood stoves, and lots of character. It’s quiet and incredibly beautiful, with ancient stone walls and maple trees, and virtually no car traffic. If you need anything, the Village Store is a mile away, and there are several excellent restaurants nearby. We’ll even see to it that the driveway is plowed to ensure you get to the ski slopes in time! We are glad to supply our own maple syrup (produced on the premises) and the best bacon you will ever taste (directly from our own pigs). If the chickens are laying, you are welcome to the fresh eggs daily.
AUTHOR ELIZABETH FINKELSTEIN
Elizabeth is the founder of CIRCA and a practicing writer, architectural historian and preservation consultant living in Brooklyn, NY. Elizabeth has loved historic houses for as long as she can remember, having grown up in an 1850’s Greek Revival gem that was lovingly restored by her parents. Elizabeth, her husband Ethan and their beagle Banjo remain on a relentless hunt for their perfect “Thanksgiving house.”