Spent the entire month of August at "'Lake Escape" . Except for the sound of jet skis, motor boats and power tools upon occasion, this is a quiet, secluded get-a-way. There is room enough for several cars and is more affordable than many rentals in the area. The 3 lake kayaks, row boat, water toys etc. are a real plus. All mattresses are comfortable. The screened-in porch is a delightful area that also allows one to escape the overwhelming mildew/mold in the cabin. Do not store anything in the basement. My bike seat grew mold. The tap water is not suitable for drinking, plenty of drinking water is provided by owner, when requested. As one who entertains a lot, the kitchen equipment was less than adequate. The oven, when hot, is malodorous. Be sure to bring your own large pot for pasta, lobsters etc. If you drink wine, bring your own glasses. There is access to Highland lake via a short, but steep, walk from cabin. There is no beach. Unfortunately, the recent drought and warm temps have allowed a proliferation of plant life to grow in Highland Lake this summer. Swimming from lake access is not recommended for this reason. There is a public beach on Island Pond a short drive away. I thoroughly enjoyed swimming there. Be sure to bring your own towels, as only a few dish towels and a random towel can be found here and there. If you plan to use the kitchen, you will need to buy your own sponges, dish soap… Did my best to Jerry-rig shades for the 2nd bedroom since none are provided. If you sleep cold, bring extra blankets. The windows are difficult to maneuver and many are missing screens. There is a restaurant at the Marina, ½ mile down the road. Grocery stores are 20-30 min away in either Keene or Hillsborough. Was told the High Tide Restaurant in Hillsborough has great seafood, but didn’t make it there. Can’t say I can recommend any of the restaurants I sampled in the Keene/Hillsborough/Stoddared area. Thunder and lightning storms knocked out all power 2 nights in a row, for a total of 14 hours, this included the loss of water. The marina lost power as well. The owner was unaware this outage occurred and believes it to be an unusual event. I was thankful for my camping gear. The kerosene lamps at the property are not functional and the flashlight provided contained dead batteries. Fortunately, there are lots of candles available at the cabin. One can find cell phone coverage outside the cabin at the top of the driveway. The WiFi works well.
Charming NH log cabin "Lake Escape" on Highland Lake in Stoddard ~