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A Brief Introduction

Welcome to River House, a four-bedroom (plus a parlor with a hide-a-bed that sleeps up to two more), three-bath 2,600-square foot Queen-Anne style home on a private road near Tamworth, in eastern New Hampshire near the Maine border, Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesauke. South Tamworth is about 1.5 hours from Manchester airport, and 2.5 hours from Boston. Beautiful Bear Camp Pond, with a small, quiet beach, is about 3.5 miles west of the house, on Route 25. Club Motorsports Tamworth is about 2.5 miles to the east on Route 25. The town of Tamworth, proper, is about five miles' drive to the northeast.

The house sleeps up to 12 people. There are one king, two queen and four twin beds, plus a queen sofa bed in the parlor downstairs, with nice linens. Only one other home exists on this side of the river, down the road, so it's very peaceful. The house has a large great room in each story, so adults with families can relax downstairs while the kids play upstairs. With the windows open at night, the sound of the river provides a peaceful accompaniment to a sound sleep.

August 2006 marked the end of a comprehensive remodel of the home, with new bedrooms, baths, kitchen, plumbing, insulation and wiring. In 2010 we repainted the exterior and in 2011 we refinished many floors. The kitchen features beadboard cabinets, a central island and butcher-block countertops, along with a modern refrigerator, stove and range. Each bathroom has a shower and full bathtub. The original deck and screen porch remain. Yet by using the original doors, windows, beadboard and trim, the house has also retained its traditional charm and warmth. The front yard has pavers, a large parking pad and some flower beds. Please mouse over the pictures to the right and see the interior.

The front of the house overlooks a river with a sandy little beach right out front, across a quiet dirt road. The river has small rapids that make for excellent refreshing swims, with plenty of warm rocks for sunning yourself.

The rental includes a large meadow next to the house, along with some 78 acres of forest out back, with protected woods surrounding most of the property.

History

The property is around 150 years old. Originally built as a large private home, it later served as a two-room schoolhouse until 1946. Here it is back when it had a dam out front, before the town converted it into a schoolhouse. Note the wrap-around porch, the bay window on the right, and the barn; alas, they're all gone now. We'd love to put the porch back on!

Here's how it looks as of July 2015; note the house next door is gone:

More Photos from Facebook:

Set One: This is a variety of photos from over the years.

Set Two: There are stylized using Photoshop, and this summer we plan to use them as artwork at the house.

Guest Comments

"Dear Eric & Cathy, we had a blast at River House. The views of the foliage surrounding the property was spectacular. The home itself is more magnificent than the photos displayed on the website. We would definitely be interested in a return visit. Our only regret was that we were only there for 4 days."

"We had an absolutely wonderful time at the River house!!! It's a perfect place for our group. Large common areas, especially with the open kitchen, yet you can still have privacy since there are so many individual rooms, so if you want to sneak away for an afternoon nap it's no problem. And Sunday we enjoyed the warm weather and spent the day out by the river, reading by the riverside, going for walks and some of us even tried to catch a fish Thank you again for sharing your home with us and giving us another memorable River house weekend!"

"Eric & Cathy, Thanks! You have an amazing home and our group had a wonderful time. We had great weather and, as you know, there is nothing like hanging out in the river on a hot day. Your house was everything that we were hoping it would be. I truly hope to get an opportunity to return (with my family this time) to your property in the coming years. Regards, Nick"

"Hi Eric and Cathy - I'd like to echo Nick's comments. What a great time we had. You have a beautiful house. I would love to come back with my family some time. Best regards, Mike"

"Eric, We had a great time up at the house. The house was beautiful and it was in a great location, it also accommodated the 12 of us perfectly. I appreciate your business and you will be hearing from me next year for another great weekend away, thanks again."

"HELLO ERIC, we had a wonderful time at the River House - we all enjoyed your home - on Saturday morning the kids (grandchildren) had great fun playing in the river -- [although on Sunday morning it was fairly high (it rained a lot on Saturday night) - we went over to my daughter's house on Saturday afternoon for a BBQ - and then later in the evening they came over to the River House - we got the kids into bed and had a wonderful time playing cards - and games that were there - thank you for your contribution to a great weekend!!"

"I just wanted to extend a huge Thank You for providing your house for my family. It was a much needed break from appointments, and army, and other "stuff". I fished every day for a little bit (until my back and neck hurt so much I couldn't stand it) - and was rewarded with a total of about 14 Brown and 3 or four rainbow trout - all on the fly. They all went back into the river to grow bigger for the next angler. The house is awesome - we enjoyed everything about it - but specifically the quiet."