A Huddle of Houses

Last weekend we were up in New Hampshire again as I continued my search for the perfect white antique 3-bedroom (maybe four, no more!) summer house. I was pretty fixated on Tamworth last summer; this summer I’ve decided to explore other regions of the Granite State. Even though my husband may be accompanying me, he’s not really engaging in the search: as he said to me after we found the perfect cottage in Jaffrey (see below): we have an old house that we have to take care of in Salem, why would we buy an old vacation house that we have to take care of when we are on vacation? Well, he has a point, but still, I press on. This Jaffrey house was on a road of perfect white houses leading to a pond with Mount Monadnock in the distance. I got so excited (by the houses, not the pond or the mountain) that my husband quite literally left me on the side of the road (“you should be alone”) and drove off for a bit, returning to find me in front of the cottage with several other people who had stopped to admire it. And here it is:

Huddle 1

Huddle 2

Huddle 3Palpitations.

Yes, I trespassed. But only after a couple in a convertible stopped and did so first! The house is empty, and the next-door neighbor came over and told us all about it, including the “amazing” terraced gardens which once descended down the hill. I saw the remnants—or maybe I should say the outlines— of those gardens, which of course put me in even more of a state of frenzy as there is nothing more engaging than the ghost of a garden. It’s a beautiful property; I’m sure someone has snapped it up already–let me just check. Ummm….not yet (as of 8/2/18). And here are more lovely white houses, in pristine condition, on the same road as what I now know to be the Benjamin Robinson Cottage, and also a few from the neighboring town of Hancock, which is very charming. I had originally titled the post a row of white houses, but then when I decided to include the Hancock houses that did not quite work, so I searched for another collective noun for houses and came up with huddle, which seems perfect.

The road to the cottage (and Thorndike Pond), Jaffrey:

Huddle Thorndike

Huddle Thorndike 6

Huddle Thorndike 7

Huddle Thorndike 8

Huddle THorndike 9

Huddle Thorndike 5

Huddle Thorndike 4

Huddle Thorndike 2

In Hancock:

Huddle 6

Huddle 5

Huddle 8

Huddle 4Can you believe this amazing DOUBLE HOUSE!!!!!!

7 responses to “A Huddle of Houses

  • Pearl

    Nice. As an added bonus you can bugger out of Salem for the month of October.

  • Helen Breen

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for yet another lovely summer excursion through a patch of New Hampshire. Those houses are truly lovely. Isn’t this Grover’s Corners territory, near the base of Mount Monadnock? Even Emerson and Thoreau ventured to the area to take in the views and mountain air in the mid 19th century.

    I await your next jaunt north…

  • Lou Sirianni

    That cottage is perfect and priced right……go for it !

  • Laura L Graham

    Just viewing those lovely interesting cottages made it seem a little less like Singapore here in Washington, D.C.! I hope ultimately that you choose one and then share with us the details of its history and any refurbishments and redesigns and overhauls and other fun work you do on it! 🙂

  • dccarletonjr

    The first house on the post was recently featured, with several interior shots you’d be interested to see, on the “Old House Dreams” site–https://www.oldhousedreams.com/2018/07/18/c-1900-jaffrey-nh/–an internet rabbit hole if ever there was one!

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