A Graylag vacation is a great choice for families and friends who want to leave everyday life behind and get close to the natural world of the New England woodlands. Swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, and hiking will energize your days, and quiet starry evenings are punctuated only with the calls of owls and loons.
Our rustic cabins are fully furnished, with well-equipped kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor showers. Bedding, towels, and other linens are provided, as well as dishes and cooking equipment. The cabins have charcoal grills and porch furniture for outdoor entertainment. We use environmentally friendly products, including goat’s milk from a local farm. If you need a particular amenity that we don’t normally provide, just ask us and we will do our best to accommodate you. We realize that in todays world we need access to the internet. WIFI is available in several locations.
The waterfront is quiet and available for guests to swim or boat at will, but we do not provide a lifeguard, so guests must use caution when on or near the water. We provide a small sail boat, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and life jackets for your recreational use.
We love to host small gatherings, special events, and once-in-a-lifetime occasions. Consider Graylag for your next family reunion or employee retreat. Rent a single cabin, multiple cabins, or the entire property. Groups meeting for private classes or restorative retreats can make use of Midway, which accommodates groups of 30, with advance reservation. Special event catering is available with advance notice. Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions.
“I went to the woods because. . . .”
Henry David Thoreau wrote these words in the great American classic “Walden”. From his woodland cabin on the shore of a New England pond, Thoreau went on to say that his reason for going to the woods was to live deliberately and simply so that he could learn to live fully. Thoreau’s thoughts resonate with us, and we believe that Graylag helps guests discover their own reasons for going to the woods.
Graylag is located in south-central New Hampshire in the Southern tier of the Lakes Region. We are about 20 miles east of Concord, 30 miles northeast of Manchester and Manchester Airport, and 40 miles west of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire seacoast. We are 80 miles northwest of Boston, easily accessible from I-93 or I-95.
The people who get the most from Graylag are looking for simple pleasures and rustic comfort in a natural environment. If you enjoy swimming, paddling, sailing, fishing, hiking, listening to the ball game on the radio, sitting around a campfire under the stars, and picking wild blueberries, you’ll like it here at Graylag.
We don’t offer power boats, hot tubs, TV, or air conditioning, but we offer a warm atmosphere, woodland privacy, and wonderful quietness and peace.
Graylag is the perfect place for family reunions and small business retreats. Rent multiple cabins or the entire property. Group rates apply. Call for details.
Graylag’s 314 acres of woodland border the entire southern/southwestern shore of Wild Goose Pond. There are only a few other cottages on the pond, mostly on the eastern shore. Our waterfront is approximately one mile from the town road. Our four rental cabins are out of sight of each other. All of these buildings have screened and/or open porches or decks. All four cabins have access to the waterfront, the fire pit and the property’s woodland trails. Graylag has an atmosphere where guests can be as private as they wish or cross paths with other guests.
The Owner, Carl, and the Director of Operations, Carla Marie, each live on the property in separate locations out of sight of the four cabins. One of them will always be available.
The pond is a very clean, spring-fed body of water for swimming, boating, and fishing.
It received a high rating in the most recent monitoring (2003) by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services.
No, there are no phones in the cabins. There is a common area called Midway (located between Birches and Bower Cabins) that provides a landline phone and WiFi. Midway is open 24/7 should you need to use these resources.
Sometimes – it depends on the carrier and model of phone. There is a hilly spot about a mile up Clough Road where we recommend you go to get better reception.
Most devices can pick up wireless internet near the waterfront, so you can check your emails on your devices while you are on vacation, computers are not provided. We recently installed Wi-Fi in Oak Leaf Cabin, and it is also available at Midway, which is a common area for guest use.
We provide all bed, kitchen and bath linens, bath soap and shampoo, dish soap, toilet paper and paper towels. To protect our watershed, all of the soaps and shampoos are nontoxic, phosphate-free, and biodegradable, and all paper products are 100% recycled. Each cabin is fully furnished and has a completely equipped kitchen. Each cabin also has a flashlight, charcoal grill and a supply of playing cards, board games and books.
The waterfront has canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, a sailboat, paddles, life jackets, and beach chairs for guests to use, as well as a dock and raft.
No, we are not able to accommodate pets but can recommend boarding kennels nearby. Please notify us ahead of time if you need to travel with your pet so we can make necessary arrangements. We do not make exceptions on this policy.
Please see our deposit and cancellation policies on the Rates & Reservations page.
Please contact us at (603) 435-5555 or email@example.com
Sounds travel easily across the lake, so out of respect for fellow guests and our neighbors on the lake we ask you to please extinguish any fires and leave the waterfront area by 10pm and moderate your noise after that time.
We supply our guests with free firewood to burn in two designated fire pits on the property. The fire pits are shared by all of our guests. There are not individual fire pits for each cabin. If you need more wood, just let us know and we can get more for you. Please do not take wood from the stacks of cord wood along the driveway, as that is used for our wood stoves during the winter months.
The community fire pits are meant for reasonably-sized evening campfires from 6 to 10pm. All fires at the Lakeside fire pit must be extinguished before 10pm, to respect our quiet hours policy. You may have a late night fire after 10pm at the Ledges fire pit located along the driveway between Birches and Oak Leaf Lodge.
Firewood is a precious natural resource and we supply it free to our guests for the whole season. If you wish to use more than a reasonable amount of wood (for an all-day fire, or a large bonfire) we ask that you please let us know and pay for this resource in advance.