Wonderful traditional camp
The Conkling's place is a proper Squam Camp, with a very traditional feel. The camp is very well sited on a small point, so there is a view of the water in 3 directions, and a lovely breeze that comes through the screen porch. The porch might be the best ever- it is large enough to accommodate people reading, eating, and napping, all at the same time! The kitchen is perfectly adequate for a camp, the living room is a spacious and pleasant place to spend a rainy day, and the master bedroom on the first floor is large and feels very connected to the water. The Agatha Christie collection is a bonus! The upstairs bedrooms are not spectacular but have adequate light and air. There is a full bath in an outdoor building, and an associated outdoor shower. These worked out great for our family, as we spent alot of time on the dock or in the water. The dock and float are nicely sited in clean water that is sheltered by the point, and the small beach is perfect for putting in canoes and kayaks. There are some amazing large pines on the property, and lots of blueberries along the waterfront. There are only two negatives about the place, in our estimation. First, though one of the beds upstairs is a double, it is worn out and slopey, so that really only one person can sleep in it. So aside from the comfortable queen in the downstairs bedroom, everyone else is in single beds. Second, there is the matter of the road noise. For people who are sensitive to it, this is an issue along the entire western shore of Squam. This camp is downhill and a good distance from the road, so the sound is somewhat muted. On the screen porch, which is sheltered by the building, it is barely noticeable. But on the dock or out on the water, it can be quite loud. Among the adults in our party, two were quite bothered, two barely noticed, and one became increasingly aware over the course of the week. Based on this small sample I would say that if you are coming from a noisy city or suburb, you will find the site idyllic. If you you are coming from a rural place, you might find that home is quieter. All in all, this is a wonderful camp on a great site, that is well maintained and clearly loved by the family who own it. I recommend it.