The Mountain House offers an easygoing, relaxing retreat for people (and their well-behaved dogs) who love to be close to nature. Perched on ten private acres of balsam fir, maple and birch forest, the Mountain House offers sunset views across unbroken woods, private paths to explore and walks up lovely country lanes.
Snug, simple, and dug into the hill for enviro-friendly insulation, the Mountain House has a glass-faced wood burning stove and backup heating. The kitchen is stocked for those who like to cook, with solid pots, real knives, cookbooks and spices to play with. . Our artesian well water is rated “excellent.” Outdoor co...oking options include gas and charcoal grills, and a firepit for marshmallow roasts.
A spiral staircase leads upstairs to an open plan sleeping loft with two rooms. The main bedroom has a pillow-top full bed and space for an ‘extra guest’ futon. The second bedroom has a full bed. The downstairs sleep sofa has a new full mattress.
There's neither TV nor Internet. (iPhone users have perfect access.) Instead, there are books, games, puzzles and art supplies; an acoustic guitar, drums, rattles, bass and guitar practice amps, a small boom box and selected CDs. Guests have left books and poems, paintings and photos – all great!
Outdoor living is part of the plan in warm weather. The new, south-facing sunken patio is for morning meditation, the west-facing deck for sunset watching. (The bird orchestra concerts at dawn and dusk are free.) Hammocks hang in shady nooks, and the meadow is private enough for sunbathing. There are beautiful walks/snowshoe bushwhacks just out the door: visit the old apple orchard with views of Mt Washington, or go down to river and look for a swimming hole.
Summer outdoor fun is limitless. The Mountain House is within a half hour of the three major White Mountain notches: Franconia Notch, Zealand Notch and Crawford notch. Each has a variety of hikes, from half hour scrambles up Bald Mountain, to the secret jewel of Middle Sugarloaf in the Zealand Notch, to climbs up the back of Mount Washington in the Crawford. Dogs are allowed on National Forest trails.
Take a photo safari: the Swift, Amonoosuk and Pemigawasset river waterfalls are short drives apart and extremely photogenic. Golf at the local courses in Bethlehem, Bretton Woods and Grand Mountain View hotels. Fish the local waterholes. Swim at Forest Lake Park (5 minutes away), in one of the river swimming holes, or leap waterfalls if you dare. I reveal the location of the secret dog beach to registered guests. Mountain bike at ski resorts or on designated forest trails. Horseback ride at a local stable; or try a winter dog sled ride.
Other nearby attractions include: the Cog Rail and Mt Washington Weather Station, Santa’s Village, Clark’s Trading Post, The Flume, Lost Gorge, Weathervane and Papermill Theaters, seasonal steam engine train rides and much more.
Skiers are just 20 minutes (weather permitting) from Cannon and Bretton Woods. Loon, Burke and Attatash are each about 40 minutes, Wildcat and Jay about 90 minutes. There’s groomed XC skiing in Franconia and Bretton Woods, backcountry skiing and snow shoeing just about anywhere. Access to the Littleton Snowmobile Club’s system of is within a mile.
Year round, there is shopping and dining in Bethlehem, Littleton, Franconia, and Whitefield. Locovores can visit farms, farmers markets and small shops. Local specialties include fresh goat milk and cheese, honey, maple syrup (March/April for sugaring), aged cheddar, freshly-milled flour mixes, and preserves of all kinds. Spa services, alternative therapies and massages are all available from a host of gifted body workers, too.
In 2003, Littleton earned the America's classic Main Street award! Browse the bookstore and NH Craftsman shop, the candy store, tobacconist and head shop (must be 18!). Try a guitar at Northern Lights, learn about the working grist mill (and cafe). Visit Littleton’s town library with its Pollyanna statue, or choose from diners to fine dining options. The Food Co-op has local produce, Cheerios AND granola. See a first run movie at the Littleton cinema.
Bethlehem has a handful of antique stores and is home to LocalWorks, the retail outlet for the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network. WREN’s office has a free computer and WiFi access. Get the North Country’s best cup of coffee and free Wi-Fi at Maya Papaya. For food, there are casual, fine dining, and take-out choices. In summer, the Colonial Theater has nightly movies and occasional concerts.
The nearby Bretton Woods Hotel has preserved the room where the international gold standard was set; visitors are welcome in its many bars. The Appalachian Mountain Club's new Crawford Notch Center is beautiful, LEED compliant, and has an outdoor store, educational displays and free lectures.
NH license #04752. 4 miles from the Arlington Hotel.Read more
Left on 07/22/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Nadine
Absolutely loved the Mountain House! It was very hot the week we stayed (95-98F) but the mountain kept the lower floor cool as can be and at night with the screen door it was perfect! Very clean and exceptionally well organized, only a short drive (1hr) from Crawford Notch and North Conway (shopping and kayaking!)Great hiking trails available and we used the firepit every night for hot dogs and s'mores.
Would recommend to anyone looking for a forest getaway with all the comfort of home!
Left on 07/09/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Jarrett
First, Jacki made the rental process very smooth and painless as she answered all of my questions promptly. She provided an in-depth welcome kit that gave us information about the house, area, and which we used often. The actual place is very quiet and low-key which provides privacy and a nice get away. The deck leading out from the bedroom is a perfect way to wake up with great views of the surrounding area. A nice fire-pit and grill was where we cooked all of our meals and spent our evenings. Overall, this was an excellent stay and couldn't have been happier with our decision.
New Hampshire Mountain High
Left on 01/10/2012 for a stay in October 2011 | Martin P
The Mountain House is my favorite north country retreat. I've been there summer, fall, and winter, and it always offers a relaxing visit close to nature. Set on the side of a wooded hill facing west, the sunsets are incredible (see my photo). In Summer the hills come alive with Lupine and other wildflowers (also see photo). The Fall foliage is gorgeous, and in the Winter the landscape is magical outside, and inside the woodstove is a real treat. Many great memories from visits over several years, highly recommended!
Who needs a TV set?
Left on 12/31/2011 for a stay in April 2010 | Ralph
Seriously, a wood stove with a glass door is better than anything that you see on a screen, and in some ways, more convenient than a fireplace... Just bring your supply of food and drink, put on some music, fire it up, then kick back and watch the show...
a great place to decompress
Left on 12/28/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Ginny
Warm, simple accommodations with full kitchen and comfortable beds with an open view of mountains and woods. A perfect place to get away from the city.
A good tuck away - recommended
Left on 12/23/2011 for a stay in September 2009 | Chris Jennings
A nice little cabin tucked into the side of a mountain to the back, and a wall of new growth trees to the fore. Simple and servicable, a small full kitchen, a small table and a breakfast notch -- a coffee-and-cake bar with high stools under the kitchen alcove window.
It's nice if you can drive the last bit in the day time and get to see Franconia Notch as you drive through.
Rating? Very good? Excellent? It's not the Holiday Inn. It's more like visiting your aunt's summer cottage. Much more relaxing for me.
It's good for isolation but a couple of cute towns are not too far away if the need for a latte is overwhelming.
Have not been there in a while but was there several times between 2006 - 2009 or so.
Lovely, quiet, and very comfortable
Left on 12/23/2011 for a stay in October 2009 | Marcykl
We have been to the Mountain House 4 times and have enjoyed each of our stays. We love the location. It is very close to a lake to swim in. Convenient to every kind of outdoor activity and close to quaint Bethlehem to pick up whatever you need. It's off the road, very private and quiet. There is one large bedroom and a smaller bedroom and plenty of coach and floor space. The kitchen has everything you need to make fabulous meals. We had plenty of dishes, pots and pans to feed a big crew. You really feel like you are staying in a friend's home. There is a very narrow spiral staircase in the cottage. It may not be very easy for someone with mobility problems or someone with a very young child who is carried around. There is a beautiful porch off the big bedroom upstairs with a few steps down. Sometimes we use that to get downstairs and back in the house.
Our favorite visit was in October. It was so beautiful and and we were almost alone at every park we visited. I hope we can make it back there this summer.
Magical Mountain House
Left on 12/21/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Margo
This charming cabin is nestled in the woods, but with multiple outdoor areas to unwind and enjoy. An upper level deck has a perfect vantage for the sunset for romantic travelers. The interior is nicely furnished where added mementos have been left from previous visitors. My favorite time is the lupine season when a field of purple envelopes the front. Lots of nature trails and also several small towns nearby to explore and enjoy.
Peaceful, convenient hideaway in the heart of the mountains
Left on 12/20/2011 for a stay in December 2011 | Deb
I've stayed at the Mountain House in the winter and in the late summer. A great place to observe the seasons and get away from city life. My blood pressure dropped immediately. Easy access to mountain life. Rustic but comfortable accommodations, great master bedroom, and open floor plan with well equipped kitchen, dining area and living room, so no one is "out of the action". Owner is attentive to individual needs, so don't be afraid to ask.
A cozy retreat
Left on 12/20/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Marina
The house is warm, has all the amenities, has character, interesting books on plants and nature, hiking nearby, a splendid meadow in front, and a forest of its own surrounding it. With all this, it is close to civilization, shops, etc...
I liked the best the location, the surroundings, the flowers, the meadow, and the cozy interior.
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