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Celebrating our 15th year as hosts


Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and the foothills of the spectacular White Mountains, Cottage Place is perfect for a quick getaway or a vacation filled with memories. Our property is landscaped with vintage stone walls, seasonal gardens and our private 140 foot beach on Little Squam Lake is directly across the street from our accommodations.

The mother/daughter team of Beverly Smith and Susan Smith purchased this 1950’s cottage colony/motel in October of 2002. They continue to refurbish, restore, and honor the original charm and grace of this heritage property. Using vintage fabrics braided and hooked wool rugs, table linens, and furniture with character to create the rustic interiors found in a New Hampshire lakeside home of yesteryear.

The grounds are landscaped with vintage stone walls and seasonal gardens, as well as a large cedar playground, shuffle board court and an outside campfire area with lake view.



Family Vacation Destination Since 1957 | Celebrating 60 Years



The Cottage Place on Squam Lake, formerly The Black Horse Motor Court, has been a family vacation destination since 1957 when built by Milton Graton, New Hampshire’s leading expert on covered bridge construction and restoration.

His son Arnold has maintained the family heritage with several restored covered bridges within a few miles, notably Graton’s famous arched bridge over the Squam River, just one mile away. Autographed copies of his fascinating and informative book about covered bridges are available from our gift shop.

The area boasts Squam Lake, Little Squam Lake, and the Squam River, comprising over 7100 acres. Squam is NH’s second largest lake. The largest, Lake Winnipesaukee, is just 9 miles south offering even more Lakes Region fun and the White Mountains begin just 20 miles north.

Squam Lake was the setting for the 1981 Academy Award winning film On Golden Pond, earning Oscars for both Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn for their heartwarming performances.