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“Family joy - simple pleasures abound”

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Rockywold Deephaven Camps (RDC)
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46 reviews
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“Family joy - simple pleasures abound”
Reviewed 2 September 2012

RDC is hard to explain, because it's something a little different to everyone who goes there. A rustic place on one of the most beautiful lakes in New Hampshire, it is host to many families who return year after year after year, including my own. It's a place with wonderful old traditions, but which does a good job keeping up with the times just enough without losing its beauty and charm. Most of all, it's a relaxing and wonderful place to shed the bustle of everyday life. Each cottage is close to the lake and each has its own dock. Whether you want to hike a local mountain, play tennis, swim, sail, fish, or just sit on the dock and read a book, it's a welcoming place that inspires a great sense of relaxation. Each family has an assigned table in the dining room and there is an abundance of well-prepared food, with choices for every taste. It's normal to see 3 or 4 generations of a family enjoying each others company. It's a unique and wonderful way for families to connect. It definitely harkens back to a simpler time - between the antique ice boxes in the cabins, with daily ice delivery to the Friday night square dance to the talent show - it helps you remember that there is more to life than the internet and smart phones. (Although there is wifi in the cabins now for those of us who must.) The management and staff are very accommodating and will do their best to make your stay enjoyable. Although small motorboats are in evidence, the ethos is one of kayaks, canoes, and sunfish, sunning on a float, rainy-day jigsaw puzzles, and so on.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

This is difficult to write, because members of the family have been coming here for decades. The goods are as everyone else has written: beautiful location, wonderful lake, a true escape from the daily grind, price includes 3 meals a day, rustic surroundings, no TV (which means the kids have to play outside!). The not so good: There's a difference between rustic and old/broken. Some of the chairs in our cottage literally had pieces missing, and the dressers are not in the best shape so you struggle pulling drawers out and don't even want to use some of them. Almost all the beds are twins, and not the newest mattresses, so snuggling with a loved one or getting a comfortable night's sleep is not always possible. The staff is reasonably friendly, but the hiring of so many teens from other countries makes communication very difficult. I asked the cleaning staff not go to into the bedrooms, they seemed to understand what I said, but then I came back from breakfast they had clearly been in the rooms. I asked a young lady in the dining hall for a container to take food back to a sick family member and she brought me plastic bags. I heard someone else ask a young lady a rather simple question 4 times, and the young employee never did understand what she was being asked. Why would I pay for that? At over $5,000 a week for 4 people, I expect things to be above average. Sadly, the food is not. The coffee is basically watered down, the drink glasses are so small that everyone gets 2 or 3 of them at once just to have enough to drink for their meal, and while you are welcome to eat as much as you like, the food just isn't anything other than average. For over $350 a night per couple I can certainly think of a lot of other places where I could go (which even have air conditioning!). Since there is no food available except during the hours the dining hall is open, you need to purchase food and drinks to keep in your cottage. While it's "cool" to think they're still cutting ice from the lake and using ice boxes, those don't keep things as cold as they should be so you'll need your own cooler. Also - there are no plates or utensils in the kitchens, so there's no way to fix/eat anything you may have brought to snack on and no way to make a nice little cocktail hour for friends unless you travel with everything. I know it's always been like this, but it's time to adapt. I hope RDC finds a way to adjust their offerings so they can appeal to more folks. Reservations were down for a few years, and even though last year was better, it's obvious things are not full. Nostalgia is only worth so much. I know we won't be back any time soon.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

I stayed at RDC while I was on an arts retreat. I was bowled over by how beautiful the camps were. There was no tv or radio in the rooms- allowing you to really take a vacation from the world. There is wifi if you choose to bring your computer. My bedroom was in Greenwood Lodge and I had a view of the lake to wake up to each morning. Each room has a sink, but you do share a bathroom and shower with others in your cabin.

We dined at the Rockywold dining hall. The food was wonderful and they catered to numerous dietary needs. The servers and cafeteria workers were very friendly.

Because I was at RDC as part of an art's camp, I did not investigate the activities that RDC offers. We did take a pontoon boat ride on the last day. The boat driver was very friendly and knowledgeable.

I would most definitely come back here by myself or with friends/family in the future. It's so beautiful and gave me a much needed break from work.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

RDC is a fantastic place for families. The ambiance is of quiet serenity in the woods, but with the activities of a lake. Swimming and boating abound, as do land activities. All meals are served in a central dining hall and all cabins have daily maid service, therefore, moms don't need to do any cooking or cleaning. It is a true mother's vacation. The cabins are of a rustic elegance: they are simple, beautiful and clean. The service is fantastic and the atmosphere is quaint. You won't want to leave. Ever.

Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Newport, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

This August, my family and I took a one week vacation to Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness, New Hampshire, nestled on the edge of Squam Lake. The Camp consists of two camps merged, these being Rockywold and Deephaven. There are well over 100 cabins, including 65 docks, two dining rooms, 4 tennis courts, a basketball court and much, much more. Most likely, it will be quite a drive (or flight) from wherever you live to get here but believe me, it's worth it. My family stayed in a four person cabin in Deephaven called Park. Our cabin was great, very roomy and definitely easy to settle into. We all slept well at night listening to the loons, and the cabin was always clean thanks to the housekeeping staff that comes every morning during breakfast hours. There is an inexhaustible amount of things to do here because there are at least five activities going on each day. These range from hikes to ping-pong tournaments to yoga and many more. Besides activities, there is always the option to go swimming and that's one that I rarely passed down, especially since the water was a warm 76 degrees! And to top it all off, after an exhausting day of outdoor activities, (if you ignore the temptation to lounge in bed and read a book) you can pig out to the delicious food that the dining hall offers. Trust me, if you come here, you won't regret it!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Rockywold Deephaven Camps (RDC)
Address: 18 Bacon Road, Holderness, NH 03245
Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Holderness
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Holderness
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RDC is much more than a rustic resort, we are a family camp steeped in over 100 years of tradition bringing families and friends together in the natural beauty of the lakes region of New Hampshire. Rockywold Deephaven Camps accommodations offer cozy cabins, cottages and lodge rooms with rustic and vintage charm. Families enjoy delightful meals in a home-style fashion. This unique experience provides you with the opportunity to quietly read a book by the lake, take a swim, go fishing, or sign up for range of activities like softball, boating, guided nature walks, and tennis. RDC hosts numerous reunions and events for large family gatherings or conferences and we offer special group and conference rates. ... more   less 

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