A camp-like retreat on a serene lakeside setting in New Hampshire


Eagle Pond Studio together with Old Hampshire Designs has designed this high-elevation, four-season retreat that is nestled on an isolated pond in New Hampshire. Set on a private and serene site atop a ledge, the project faced various wetland and shoreland restrictions. The owners, who happen to be sisters and custom art framers, have shared a neighboring seasonal family camp throughout their lives.

Their shared family camp, constructed by their grandfather from the fallen timber of the devastating 1938 hurricane, was won in a poker game. When the opportunity arose to acquire the adjacent property, the sisters seized it, envisioning the creation of a timeless family camp. Their vision included simple yet modern amenities, intended to be enjoyed for generations to come.


With the goal of creating a modestly sized structure on a small footprint, the initial concept revolved around a prominent central masonry chimney, encircled by open and transparent spaces. The living and dining rooms, along with a spacious screened porch, offer immediate views and easy access to the water.


The owners desired a house that would have a camp-like feel from the pond. During the exploration of the home’s massing, a tall central gable emerged, flanked by low roof lines on either side. Expansive glass sliding doors seamlessly connect the house to the waterfront.


To optimize space efficiency, a single area was designated to house the mudroom, pantry, and laundry, conveniently positioned adjacent to the entry area and just behind the kitchen. This space also provides access to the staircase leading to the second floor. Taking advantage of the space under the stair, an additional kitchen area was created, serving as a dedicated coffee area.


Above: The kitchen features gray-painted cabinetry and white quartz countertops.


What We Love: This four-season retreat offers a private and peaceful sanctuary nestled on an isolated pond in New Hampshire. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident throughout such as the custom-built beds in the attic bunkroom. This home also has some clever design solutions and low-maintenance materials that provide functionality and durability. Overall, this retreat captures the essence of a camp-like atmosphere that will be cherished by generations to come.

Tell Us: What elements do you like about the design of this four-season retreat in New Hampshire? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the state of New Hampshire: Serene hillside home with sweeping views of New Hampshire countryside and Charming New England hideaway boasts warm and inviting details.


Due to the presence of a ledge, a basement was not feasible, but the crawl space beneath the screened porch serves as storage for small boats. The front entry porch roof is supported by a custom metal-framed wood rack, while an interior movable wood rack sits alongside the wood stove during the winter months.


Emphasizing long-term durability and minimal upkeep, the project prioritized the use of resilient materials and low-maintenance systems. To achieve this, prefinished fiberglass and aluminum, along with triple-glazed windows and doors, were selected. The Ipe wood siding was intentionally left unfinished to naturally develop a graceful gray patina, with an expected lifespan of up to 100 years.


The interior features locally sourced Eastern White Pine walls, complemented by Ash floors and custom cabinets crafted by local artisans. The addition of architectural metalwork by J.A. Metalcraft adds to the project’s overall quality and aesthetic.


Above: Nestled within the peak of the gable, this attic bunkroom offers a cozy hideaway. Six custom-built beds were installed, each thoughtfully designed with dedicated spaces for books and USB outlets, allowing for convenient charging of electronic devices. This home sleeps up to 12 guests.


Crafted in Maine, the wood front door and the expansive glass pivot-hinged doors that open up to the screened porch are shielded by generous roof coverings.


An existing camp on the property was salvaged and relocated to the adjacent property for storage purposes.

PHOTOGRAPHER John Hession Photography

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Dwight Rolston
6 months ago

Reaching out one last time to see if I could speak with someone about the design of this project. Would it be possible to contact someone to discuss?


Dwight Rolston
6 months ago

We are in love with this design and very interested in the possibility of purchasing the plans if they are available. The layout and the materials used would fit perfectly in the area we have decided to build our vacation home. Is there an option to purchase the plan/design?