We arrived on Saturday 7/5, new to the area and we generally we stay further south in Maine but are we are so glad we made the venture. Actually it turned out to be closer than some of the western Maine areas we have stayed over the past 6 years. From Boston it is about 3 hours a very easy commute. From day one we were blown away there is nothing we can say re: improvements. The cottage is intimate and has all the modern conveniences. All appliances are top of the line. The pictures on home away are accurate. It was spotless and so inviting. The property is private and quiet. We would enjoy the Adirondack chairs out front overlooking the pond or we would venture down the dock and sit there on those chairs. We would kayak (provided) and the pond is easy with little motorized traffic. There was a loon family with a new baby and we kept an eye on them, so much fun to watch!!! Boy, did the baby loon grow in the 2 weeks we were there.
The cottage is so comfortable, usually when we rent, we can't wait to get home because we miss our bed at home, not here, the bed and linens were so comfortable and the rooms so airy. It did not get hot enough to use the A/C but we were glad we had that option if needed. We had great weather but one day it rained, we stayed inside reading (who does that anymore??) and we were so relaxed. We cooked in several days and the amenities allow for easy cooking (outside grill and inside oven and stove). Clean up easy with the dishwasher. Eat out in Waterville, you have to go to Sylvan St Grill (outdoor seating and owner Charlie is wonderful as is the food, beverage and service). We also highly recommend 180 degrees a great seafood restaurant 2 doors down on Sylvan St. Also in Waterville a GREAT italian place, Amici's Cucina , owners are a family from East Boston dad in kitchen mom and daughter out front. Food is better than North End in Boston and service makes you feel like you are their family members. We ventured to Skowhegan for a romantic dinner at Heritage House though 38 minutes from the cottage it was so worth the trip. We travelled to Boothbay for a day and Bar Harbor on another day both very doable. Lisa is very responsive to your needs but we would be surprised if you need to contact her as she gives very specific instructions that cover everything. If you are looking for a very comfortable, quiet and relaxing vacation this lakeside cottage is for you. Truly a serenity cottage.