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This is what a $10 million house looks like in New Hampshire 

  • This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 203.<br/><br/>Composite image by Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 203.

    Composite image by Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • Gargoyles guard the front door to this lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    Gargoyles guard the front door to this lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • The front foyer. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    The front foyer. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • The master bedroom. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    The master bedroom. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • The master bathroom is one of 11. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    The master bathroom is one of 11. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • The screening room seats 12. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    The screening room seats 12. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • The children's bedroom.<br/>This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    The children's bedroom.
    This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • The view north from the bar across the deck and boathouse. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    The view north from the bar across the deck and boathouse. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • Looking northeast from the second floor of the deck and across Lake Winnipesaukee.  This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

    Looking northeast from the second floor of the deck and across Lake Winnipesaukee. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.

    Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

  • This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 203.<br/><br/>Composite image by Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • Gargoyles guard the front door to this lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • The front foyer. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • The master bedroom. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • The master bathroom is one of 11. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • The screening room seats 12. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • The children's bedroom.<br/>This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • The view north from the bar across the deck and boathouse. This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff
  • Looking northeast from the second floor of the deck and across Lake Winnipesaukee.  This lakefront house in Gilford is for sale for $10 million; Monday, July 15, 2013.<br/><br/>Alexander Cohn / Monitor staff

Here’s one problem you can kiss goodbye if you buy Camelot on Winnipesaukee, a $10 million spread on Governor’s Island in Gilford: finding space to wrap Christmas presents.

There’s a room for that. It’s 17 feet by 25 feet.

There’s room for a lot of things in this 22,000-square-foot house overlooking a quieter stretch of Lake Winnipesaukee. Sotheby’s International Realty has just listed the property, and it’s currently the third-highest priced home on the market in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

Topping that for-sale list – at $13.6 million – is a “manor” that sits across the lake, in Wolfeboro Center. That’s where Nicolas Sarkozy, then the president of France, stayed when he visited New Hampshire in 2007.

Sarkozy likely would have been as comfortable at 296 Edgewater Drive, Gilford, dubbed Camelot on Winnipesaukee by its owners, who declined through their Realtors to be identified. A local

couple with two children, they built the home in 2003 and have lived in it since. They are selling this place to build another dream house on 50 acres they own on a mountainside in Gilford.

The Winnipesaukee house offers 360 feet of waterfront but almost no land. The other site offers plenty of land for the family’s interest in snowmobiling and four-wheeling.

Realtors Ashley Davis and Roy Sanborn are advertising this house internationally and said they have gotten the most interest from Eastern Europe. The two are highlighting the home’s proximity to the Laconia Municipal Airport, which is five minutes by car, knowing its likely the home’s next owner might not be local.

Davis and Sanborn offered the Monitor a tour of Camelot yesterday that began in the heated three-car garage, which has a tiled floor, custom cabinets and both hot- and cold-water hoses for cleaning. There is also a detached garage with an apartment overhead. It was most recently home to the children’s nanny.

But this house tour really starts as soon as you pull in.

When a vehicle hits the driveway, it triggers a sensor that starts water flowing from a large, stone fountain outside the main entrance. By Nov. 15 the water is off, and in its place, visitors hear holiday music that plays when they start down the driveway.

So, what’s inside a $10 million home?

There’s a movie theater that seats 12 – in custom chairs. A billiards room with wrap-around windows overlooking the lake. A wine cooler with room for 125 bottles. Two full kitchens, five bedrooms and twice as many bathrooms. One elevator. A homework room for the children.

The custom draperies open and close with the push of a button. A light comes on when you open a closet. You can control the home’s heating and cooling systems and its security cameras remotely. When you leave, you can hit a single button and shut off all the lights in the house.

You won’t be hauling laundry between the home’s three floors because there are washers and dryers on every level. The two walk-in closets off the master suite each have a staircase leading to a cedar closet to make the seasonal rotation of your wardrobe easier. Even the children, who share a room, have a walk-in closet.

Buy this place and there’s no need to get a gym membership. On the lower level of the home, the owners built a full gym with a hot tub and a large-screen television. From there, it’s only a few steps to the steam room, sauna and massage room.

Continue on and you’ll hit a kitchen and a game room that has room for an air hockey machine, a Foosball table and a more casual seating area. And there are gas fireplaces throughout to take the chill off when summer fades.

There are oodles of places to eat and sunbathe on the massive deck overlooking the lake. And you don’t need to bring a grill. There is a 56-foot Viking Grill built in and a fireplace. Ditto for soft lighting and a sound system.

This is obviously a place to entertain – inside and out. The house can comfortably host 250 people. Still, while the house can work as an enormous hotel lobby/party space, it still feels like a family home.

The owners accomplished that by keeping the guest quarters – two plush bedrooms with private bathrooms – on the upper level and their gym and family play area on the lower level. The family’s bedrooms, as well as a large office are on the main floor, but they are off to the north side of the home, away from the main entertaining area.

The furnishings, which were selected with the help of an interior decorator, are not included in the asking price, but Davis said the owners are open to selling them with the house. The taxes on the property, which is assessed at $4.65 million by the town, were $81,155 last year.

If the property does sell for the $10 million asking price, the deal won’t go unnoticed.

According to Dave Cummings, spokesman for the New Hampshire Association of Realtors, only seven homes have sold for more than $5 million in New Hampshire in the last five years. The highest seller was a place in Moultonboro that sold for $8.72 million in November.

Asked near the end of the tour what he would emphasize to a potential buyer, Sanborn said the home’s location. The property looks across the water at a 112-acre wildlife preserve on Stonedam Island; it offers broad views of the lake; and it is protected from heavy boat traffic, he said.

“This is pretty much the best spot on Governor’s Island,” Sanborn said. “This is premier parcel of property.”

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323,
atimmins@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @annmarietimmins. To view a listing for the property visit winnipesaukeehomesales.com or lakesregionhome.com.)

Legacy Comments8

Yesterday I watched a ceremony honoring a couple who saw starving children and started a non-profit and packaged over 300 million meals for hungry children. It is hard to comprehend what some people feel they have to do with their money. Wonder who feels better when they go to sleep at nights?

You have no clue Tillie who owns this spread and how much they donate to charity. For all you know they funded a hospital wing, gave money to cancer research, etc. Most folks I know who are wealthy are very generous with charity giving. Yet folks bash them for their wealth. Sad when folks look upon success as a bad thing. No wonder we have so many problems in this world today. Folks have lost the desire to succeed. America use to be the land of opportunity. All it took was hard work, taking risks and giving back to be successful. Now it is all about jelousy, racism, and folks pitted against each other.

Nobody is bashing anybody for success, but for profligate spending. It's all about priorities. It's hard for us normal folks to understand why any family would need 11 bathrooms, or laundry facilities on every floor. It is more likely that we have "so many problems in the world today" because too many people have money to burn on wasted excess like this house; or because people covet a house like this one in order to prove their success.

That of course is your opinion but it is none of your business nor is it your place to judge others on how they live based on your sensibilities. Period. You have no idea why people own a home like this and once again, it is not your business. "Money to burn?", that is an opinion. Did you think that $81,000 in property taxes versus the guy owning the shack down the street paying $2300 might have more impact on the town revenue. It is a win.

Nuts! I was THIS close to buying it but the Christmas wrapping room is too small.

Anyone want to go in halves with me?

too late - already bid on it

sail, I heard your bid was rejected.

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