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Cottage Living on the Isle of Mews

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Dotted with small lakes and charming towns, the Monadnock region of Southern New Hampshire is one of the region’s top spots for that favourite of summer activities – cottaging. Surrounded by woodlands and wildlife yet with many small towns and amenities, this picturesque New England area offers it all. And in one of its pure little lakes, you’ll find a summer retreat like no other. Set on 2.5 heavily wooded acres, the Isle of Mews (a reference to the owners’ pet felines) is a fully-developed private isle ready and waiting to be enjoyed.

A beautiful ivory home in a classic Saltbox Colonial style, the acorn post-and-beam residence on the Isle of Mews has a spacious, bright floor plan, three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, utilities from the mainland, and large windows offering stunning nature views in every direction. But for truly enjoying the beauty New England has to offer, there is no better place than the little gazebo at the water’s edge, an ideal setting for nature watching, viewing the incredible sunsets over the water, or just contemplating the gentle undulations of the lake. A retreat with endless possibilities at any time of year, even in winter months one can snowshoe, ice fish and snowmobile on the lake’s frozen surface, and the island is accessible by foot.

However, the Isle of Mews wasn’t actually always an isle – its first incarnation was as a small, forested hilltop set in the middle of a farm. During the 1950s, the Army Corps of Engineers initiated a project to transform a number of small ponds into one large recreational lake, leaving just a few islands above the water. No doubt residents wound up happy with the project – the resulting Lake Monomonac is one of the region’s top spots for fishing, swimming, boating and all kinds of summer activities – all within less than a 4 hour’s drive to Manhattan.

Ready to pass the island to the next owners, the island’s current owners say that “the Isle of Mews has been a wondrous place for us. We hope a new owner respects and enjoys the beautiful natural surroundings as much as we have.” And this beautiful piece of New England’s cottage country can be yours for just US $695K – please see http://www.privateislandsonline.com/isleofmews.htm for more details.