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Cottage Place on Squam Lake

1132 US Route 3, Holderness, NH 03245-5640
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Cottage Place on Squam Lake offers 16 rentals, 7 cottages of various sizes, a 6 bedroom Lodge for large family gatherings, and 8 family apartments referred to as Cottage Suites. Our frontage on Squam Lake offers a 140 feet of sandy beach and easy access to swimming, floating, or paddling. We have dock space available if you would like to bring your boat or rent one from one of the three marinas on Squam Lake. The property is landscaped with vintage gardens and stonewalls. We specialize in cottage living with a cozy 1950s style where every day ends with sitting around the outside fire pit under the star laden sky. It is simple and relaxing.
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We had a reservation for the Lodge and forfeited our $700+ deposit in early September. We visited 6 days before the week end we had reserved. The Lodge is very close to the street and has an opening to the street, the fire pit is very close to the Lodge porch, the playground is not a safe distance from drive way and parking areas. We were traveling with young children and did not feel it was a safe environment for relaxing and playing with children and adults. We went into the Lodge it is very cozy and as the photos display it, but we were concerned about exiting from the 2nd level in the event of an emergency. The beach is indeed across the street but it is not as spacious as photographed. The property is not maintained as beautifully as the photographs on line advertise.
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Response from cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake
Responded 5 days ago
We are sorry that this family felt the need to write such negative things about our safe family friendly property. After a conversation on the phone, I realized that one person was making the decision for the entire family, so we offered to have the rest of the family come over and make an evaluation - they chose not to revisit and instead stayed in a local hotel right off I-93 with no lake access. Every one's perception of "safe" "cozy" "spacious" "beautiful" is very different. After working hard for 18 years to make this property all of those things, it is really disheartening when travelers choose to only notice the imperfections. With these heritage hospitality properties (built in 1957) there will always be a project that needs to be completed - we have been renovating, rejuvenating, maintaining constantly for the last 18 years. When I travel, I sometimes bump into a property that I would not revisit (for whatever reason) but I stay and enjoy what I can from the location and facility. I have tried to teach my children to bloom where they are planted instead of wasting valuable vacation time (together time) criticizing the rental, location, and pointing out the imperfections. As you can see from other reviews, we have many, many families and couples that love our location and our hosting style. Everyone is entitled to their perceptions, but please remember it is only their opinion. We are certainly not perfect, but we strive to please our guests with a safe and beautiful place to stay here on Squam Lake. There are very few places to stay on Squam Lake that have direct access to a sandy beach and docking system. We remain proud of our heritage property.
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Property's Favorite Review
The Cottage Place has become my home away from home... I've stayed in the suites and the cabins, and I really love the cabins... They are very welcoming and you can feel a very good, positive energy in them. The owner and her stay are wonderful people... always going the extra mile to make every stay a memorable event. The location is outstanding... close to the highway, centered between two great restaurants (Walter's Basin and The Common Man), and your front door opens to the magnificent view of Little Squam Lake. An absolutely fantastic destination !
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Response from cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake
Responded Dec 12, 2018
Dear John - we so appreciate your frequent visits. Thank you for all you do for the small communities of Holderness and Ashland. We look forward to your next stay with us. The property has such a long loving history (1957 to 2018 = 61 years) of hosting wonderful families, couples, single travelers looking for quiet beautiful settings - I believe that is the karma you feel. Our little family feels it too! Thank you for posting your thoughts.
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This was a very nice and clean place but a little dated. Sue the owner is wonderful we felt very comfy there but for the price per night I feel it could use some renovations. The view from porch is also nice.
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Response from cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake
Responded Aug 10, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We were built in 1957 and we take great pride in keeping our property true to the time it was built. We do this by keeping things very simple with vintage decor, gardens, antiques, and mostly recycled items. Our rates are driven by our access to Squam Lake frontage, our insurance costs as well as our utility costs (heating, electric, cable, waste management, taxes, etc). We purchased this property in 2002 and have been working diligently to make improvements every year. We are proudly dated to reflect a simpler time and more cozy place to stay than a modern hotel. Many times the extra money has to go to things that are not noticed like electrical, plumbing, roof and foundation work - our infrastructure has been completely renovated. The Cottage Suite which was rented by this reviewer had a brand new floor and new ceiling + new heating and cooling appliance + new refrigerator. I am not sure what other kinds of renovations would be suggested. We have many photos on our website and we welcome any questions from future guests. I encourage folks who are reviewing properties to be sure to compare apples to apples or in this case, compare us to other lakefront cottage colonies that are 62 years old. I believe we would compare quite nicely and might have achieved a higher rating by this guest. We cannot compete with corporate resorts and brand new construction nor do we want to. We are proud to be a vintage property with a gorgeous location. So glad we were described as nice and clean.
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Very clean! Great location! Has a fire pit with supplied wood which is an excellent touch. Their beach is a perfect size and has a nice view of the Little Squam. We booked a shuttle boat to Church Island (Big Squam) on the recommendation of the owner and were picked up on location which was very convenient. We also had an excellent time getting a brief tour of the lakes and their history during the ride to the island. Would love to come back again!
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Response from cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake
Responded Aug 7, 2019
So glad we were the right choice for your visit to Squam Lakes area! Happy that you were able to get a private ride out to Church Island (Chocora Island is the officional name) - we very much look forward to your return as we are open year round. We appreciate your time in writing this review.
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Perfect place to stay on Squam Lake. The cottages are well kept and CLEAN! We stayed in Cottage 3 which was perfect for us and our 2 adult children. Plenty of space.Thank you Nancy, and family for a wonderful vacation!
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Response from cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake
Responded Jul 24, 2019
So glad you were happy with your stay and we very much look forward to your return. We are open year round.
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