Hillside House/Lakeside Picnic Area for Summer Fun
Description from the owner
Offering wonderful country views, our place on the knoll is perfect for families looking to explore the White Mountain region in an authentic Maine setting. While not brand spanking new, our place is comfy and neat in a homey kind of way while being located on the doorstep of the White Mountain National Forest. Wake up with a warm cup of coffee or tea and watch the morning sun rise over the mountains in the distance, read a book on the breezeway while resting in a recliner, take a walk outside for a breath of fresh country air, gaze at a starlit night sky unobstructed by the city lights, or just ponder the imponderables during the tranquil early morning hours. The kids will love the thrill of running up and down the hill during the spring, summer and fall, and the sliding in the winter can't be beat. During hot summer days we can provide exclusive use of a picnic area on Keewaydin Lake for swimming, lakeside barbecues, and other recreational water sports and, additionally, the public but typically secluded Virginia Lake beach is nearby and located entirely within the White Mountain National Forest.
Maine has four wonderful seasons, and you can't go wrong no matter which season you pick for your visit. As described further below, our place offers the ability to take part in the best that Western Maine has to offer including skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, running, swimming, boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, tax-free North Conway outlet shopping, and fine music.
If planning to visit during the winter months and you haven't thought of it already, bring your skis (or rent some) and sample a variety of nearby downhill ski terrain. Sunday River in Bethel and family friendly and affordable Shawnee Peak in Bridgton and Mt. Abrams in Greenwood are all only 30 minutes away, and the ski slopes of North Conway, New Hampshire (Wildcat, Cranmore, Attitash, Bretton Woods) are only 45-55 minutes away. If you're looking instead for an athletic, aerobic workout and enjoy wooded serenity, bring your cross-country skis and simply step out the back door for an exhilarating trip through the National Forest (back country and via nearby snowmobile trails). Cross-country ski trails are not regularly broken out so be prepared to cut your own path. If shushing down slopes or skiing amongst the trees is not your thing and you prefer snowmobiling instead, then haul your family's sleds (registered in Maine of course, and preferably in New Hampshire as well) right up here as access to Maine's Interconnected Snowmobile Trail is close by and a ride to New Hampshire is in the offing during January and February most years. Feel like less moving and more relaxing, try some ice fishing on any of the nearby lakes and ponds, but be sure to check the fishing regulations beforehand. In addition to nearby skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing, one great thing about our place is the front hill which can't be beat for sliding. As children we must have hiked that hill a thousand times for a thousand wild rides on our slides, and we're sure your children will love it too. No matter your plans, if snow is a necessity for your utmost vacation enjoyment and our place is still available, please feel free to call and ask for a good faith report on the backyard snow conditions (no weather or snow guarantees of course, but we're happy to help).
As for sleeping accommodations, the house has two bedrooms (one on the first floor and another above it on the second floor), and each bedroom has a double bed. In addition to the bedrooms, there is a loft upstairs with two single beds. Almost all of the rooms, including the living room, dining room, sitting room, and kitchen, offer views of the mountaintops surrounding Keewaydin Lake. Please check out the pictures to get a better feel for our place. As for amenities, although we have just about all that you would need to enjoy your time here in Maine, please note that we do not offer cable tv - what a shame it would be to be in the great state of Maine for outdoor fun and yet stuck in front of the television. We don't want the kids to be glued to their favorite tv programs and then leave having failed to get the most out of their stay (no matter the weather, we advise getting outside into the elements). We do, however, have a DVD player so feel free to bring along your favorite DVDs for nighttime entertainment if books and games are not cutting it. Also, high speed internet is not yet available for similar reasons, but smartphones should receive a signal if you need to keep track of emails or otherwise keep up on current events. With that said, we have a fully-equipped kitchen with a stove, full-size fridge, microwave, toaster, blender, and coffee maker, together with a washer and dryer. In addition, linens, towels, cups, knives, forks, spoons and dishes are provided....Read more
Left on 08/18/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | rmacpherson09Reviewed Aug 18, 2014Stayed Aug 2014
We booked the house at Flander's Knoll looking for a quiet getaway to escape the craziness of the city and we got what we were looking for and more! We were sold when we saw the pictures of the site but the pictures really don't do it justice...you have to see this place to believe it! The owners were exceptionally helpful and checked in a couple times to make sure everything was ok and that we had everything we needed. They were happy to provide some great recommendations for food/drinks (check out Ebenezer's!) and activities like hiking. My only regret is only booking it for a weekend...I plan on going back for at least a full week next summer. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an escape or needs peace to write/work. It was hard saying goodbye and I can't wait to go back!
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