Storybook Cottage on New Hampshire’s Newfound Lake Enchants for $2.9M



Fans of the 1981 film, “On Golden Pond” will love this: A retreat in Bridgewater, NH, reminiscent of the movie, has hit the market for $2,995,000.

Evocative of the setting in the family drama that featured Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, the three-bedroom abode known as “Enchanted Cottage” boasts a pristine, waterfront setting.

“The most impressive feature of the home is that it sits on Newfound Lake, facing west for unbelievable sunsets,” says listing agent Alan DeStefano, of Granite Group Realty Services/Bristol. “It was constructed by over 22 craftsmen and artisans, so it is every much a piece of art as it is a home. It was built to replicate an old lake cottage that has been added onto over the years.”

Construction on the home began in 2018 and was completed in 2020. The 2,096-square-foot dwelling sits along 135 feet of prime waterfront, offering magnificent views of Newfound Lake.


Living area

Enter through round, double doors that open to a foyer with stone floors and wood-lined walls. In the main living area, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace serves as the focal point of the comfortable room.

Cathedral wood ceilings with exposed beams provide a cozy cabin feel. The many windows lining the walls offer photo-worthy lakeside views.

Two bedrooms are situated on the first floor, and there is a large bedroom and half-bath upstairs. Each bedroom has its own wash sink “like they did in old cottages,” DeStefano says.



A gourmet kitchen features a walk-in pantry, breakfast bar with a built-in wine rack, and high-end appliances.

The open floor plan flows into a nearby dining area, surrounded by windows filled with lakeside views. The property also has a two-story garage barn, large enough to accommodate a boat.

“Newfound Lake is 4,400 acres, 7 miles wide, and 182 feet deep,” DeStefano says. “It’s a glacial lake that is fed by four different springs. It is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. You can see clear down to 30 feet. It really has an ‘On Golden Pond’ feel to it.”

The cottage is likely to be used as a second home, DeStefano says.

“Most of the properties in the area are secondary residences,” he notes, adding, “I think the next owner will be someone who appreciates art versus someone who is simply looking for a lake house.”

Newfound Lake

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