To make a long story short, my wife and I were at the lakes region to spend an anniversary get away at our family's cabin near Cottage Place. A miscommunication meant the cabin was occupied by a family member! We left our cabin in search of a place to stay. Our first, and last stop was at Cotten Place. My wife and I rolled into this Inn at about 9PM.
I am a man of modest means, so taking my wife up north, eating at the Common Man in Lincoln, every dime is carefully spent to do my best as a husband, and make my wife feel special for a night. I, however, was in no way thinking I would be spending money on a hotel as well. On this weekend (9/28-9/29), I know rates are high due to the fall foliage.
Luckily, the front desk was staffed, as it was obvious this was a "Mom and Pop" establishment. I think the hours stated the desk is empty at 6PM, but a young lady (I forget her name, sorry!) was there. She got her ear bent with our tale of woe over the loss of our planned lodgings. Without even asking for it, she cut the rate for us almost in half. Trust me, even 100 dollars is an amount I must carefully adjust for in my budget. This was a gracious move made unrequested.
The room was very clean. We got a room, and not a cabin as we didn't need much for just my wife and I. Everything was squared away as it should be. Only odd thing I noticed was no phone in the room. I know, we're weird not having cell phones, but it didn't ruin anything not having one.
Since the room was not booked for the next day, we were also allowed to be lax about check out time. I didn't want to overstay my welcome, so we checked out an hour later than normal, but sleeping in was really nice.
To be honest, it was quaintly romantic to just relax with my wife in a nice room, watching, of all things, Liar Liar on TV sitting on the couch. The property was really quiet (yes there is road noise, but not unexpected), and just helped us in a time where our stress levels were high trying to make last minute plans for our weekend getaway.
The next day, at checkout, we spoke again to the kind woman, and I think her family member? We chatted to the two ladies again about our snafu we had, and again they showed generosity by giving us two mugs free, to remember our stay by. Trust me, it will be remembered. I felt guilty that I truly was at the end of my budget, because the gift shop was loaded with all kinds of touristy New England knick knacks I would have loved to buy.
This property is not the Hilton on Waikiki beach, but it is the epitome of quaint new England flavor and good hospitality. I will be recommending this to any friend and family member I know who's like to stay in the Lakes Region. Clean, classic New England flavor, and a caring staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Cottage Place On Squam Lake Hotel Holderness