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Cottage Place on Squam Lake
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

My husband and our new doggy and I stayed at Cottage Place last week and really enjoyed our stay! The owner Sue is very friendly and sweet, and helped guide us toward fun activities and a pleasant experience. Our dog Rela loved the beautiful lake front almost as much as we did! And it was a great casual atmosphere with a beautiful lake view. We did the couple's adventure package, and it was a lovely construction of fun and simple suggestions in a basket, with several great extras thrown in. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

This is a wonderful place to gather for a reunion, or larger family get together. Everyone can have their own dwelling and gather in quaint inviting spots throughout the property. "The Lodge" holds a large crowd and is so cozy and inviting. The whole enviroment makes it easy to enjoy the company of family and friends. Just a terrific place to build special memories with love ones. Everyone is so accomadating and want you to be very comfortable and go to great lenghts to insure just that!
My family and I love it and will always return to the cottage place!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2010

This cottage place captures what NH is really about. It is rustic, and it is a great place just to rent out with families and friends. The lake is a two second walk from the cottages and it makes it easy to have a great time! The Lodge is fantastic place to spend with family and friends! Best vacation I have every had!

A well run business with great employees! I would rent a place out every year!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

We have been going to The Cottage Place on Squam Lake with our two grandsons, who are now 5 and 7 years old, for the past 4 years. We originally chose The Cottage Place because it had the best beach we could find in the area suitable for young children. We have had some great times here with our grand kids. Fishing off the dock, gentle sloping sandy beach, campfires, swing set and picnic tables. Of course, it would be better if there were not a road between the cottages and the beach but it turned out to be not that much of a problem. The cottages are old but comfortable. The folks who run the Cottage Place are very friendly and helpful. We will return again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

We are not fussy people. We enjoy simple and quaint accomodations. At first glance that's what we thought our cottage was. A bit rustic, a mish mash of furniture, but quaint. Except for the smell. It had the distinct odor of some type of sewerage. It was late so we decided to go to bed and thought we'd deal with it in the morning.The bed was small (full size) had extremely scratchy sheets and was noisy and very uncomfortable.We figured we could deal for 3 nights. The next morning my husband went to shower and the tub kept filling while showering. It was almost full when he finished and took about 30 minutes to drain. I left a note with the desk about it, no one was around, and when we got back there was a note stating they had snaked the lines and plunged the tub. Now it was draining and the smell was gone. First thing we did when we got back was make a fire. While I was in the bathroom the entire cottage filled up with smoke. The chimmney design was so off that unless your logs were at the backside of the fireplace, the smoke came out into the room. After opening all the windows and moving the logs, the smoke cleared out and we went to bed. The next night the same thing happened with the fire and then the wood just wouldn't burn. We bought it from them, and it was full of dirt and just smoldered. The kitchen was no better. There was no counter space or storage or cabinets. There were no bowls, hardly any sliverware, and no sharp knives. I feel this place was way over priced for the condition of the place. After 3 nights, my husbands back and neck were so sore that we decided to just head home rather than spend the day......DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2010

The unfortunate plumbing issues were dealt with immediately and a complimentary bag of cedar was extended to enjoy in the fireplace. The real wood burning fireplaces require a skillfully set fire that will create a proper draft and it is essential to use the kindling wood that we provide. We understand creating a draft is sometime difficult, but it is impossible if you do not open the flu, which is what happened in this case. Our wood is purchased by the cord and from a local logging operation which cuts, splits and seasons it for one year before it is delivered to us. I burn it very successfully in the coffee shop and lobby area. The queen size mattress and box springs have since been replaced in this cottage. We are a small family run operation and love this 1957 property which to us is full of natural beauty and charm. We have to be a good match for what travelers are hoping to experience. Our website has inside and outside photos and we strive for accuracy in all descriptions. We are attentive and corrective when we know about the guests issues and we can usually solve most all problems.

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Reviewed 24 August 2009

This was a new area and place for our entire family to gather for vacation. We were shocked that the "small road" we had to cross was a major highway with cars flying more than 50 miles per hour. At one point my mother had to stop reading out loud to my father because the traffic noise was so loud. We expected the "coffee shop" to be more than juice boxes and muffins.
The cabin was dirty and the bed my mother slept in had a vinyl sheet on the mattress that crinkled every time she moved (she did not wet her bed-but perhaps the previous occupant may have).

The cabins do not have AC but the facility was helpful in getting us fans. However, finding an outlet to plug them in was a challenge.

I wish the owners had been more honest before we made our reservation. It made for a very stressful week for my elderly parents, and my brother who was panicked about his kids crossing the highway.

We will return to the area but will not stay at The Cottage Place.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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5  Thank amazing0405
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cottageplace, Owner at Cottage Place on Squam Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2010

Our beach is separated from our rentals by Route 3 which is the only roadway that connects all of the Lakes Region (Lake Winnispausaukee, Winnisquam Lake, Newfound Lake, Squam Lake) - the state in it's infinite wisdom placed it in front of all the property owners to make the Lakes Region more accessible back in the 40's. The speed limit is 40mph right now and I have petitioned the state to change it to 35 mph. The visibility is about 1/4 mile coming from both sides so crossing usually isn't difficult. Our coffee shop is attached to our gift shop and is meant to be a public space for folks to come in the morning if they are the first ones up and need coffee and a snack - we bake lots of different things at different times. All of our rentals have kitchens, so most of our guests grocery shop and make their own big breakfast. We have experimented with a larger coffee shop idea, but most folks like staying in their own private space. We were never told of the sleeping discomfort as the mattress pad issue could have been changed right away. Our cottages are older but they all have brand new bathrooms and brand new heating systems. The floors have all been converted back to wood and we decorate with antique braided and hooked rugs. We are vigilante about the cleanliness, however, if our guests ever want additional attention or find something that was not done to their satisfaction, we are happy to come back in and correct or do over. In this case, sadly we were not told.

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Reviewed 8 July 2009

This place was disgusting. Overpriced, misrepresented on it's website, dirty and decrepit rooms, linoleum floors that looked like they were never washed, nasty looking beds and furniture. Website makes it looks like it is right on the lake. It is not. It is on a highway with incessant traffic directly across from the lake. The woman who runs the place was barely civil and not interested in providing even basic information to guests on attractions in the area. I recommend people stay away from this tourist trap.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cottage Place on Squam Lake

Address: 1132 US Route 3, Holderness, NH 03245
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Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Holderness
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Holderness
Price Range: £74 - £331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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The Cottage Place On Squam Lake Hotel Holderness

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