VACATION IN MAINE WRITER'S PRIVATE COMPOUND

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VACATION IN MAINE WRITER'S PRIVATE COMPOUND

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House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

THIS IS THE COUNTRY VACATION THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF. The scent of wood smoke and pine. The haunting echo of a loon on a misty, morning pond. Moose wading at the shoreline.

Nestled in a pristine mountain valley, this upscale, waterfront property will take your breath away! The lush (3) acre setting includes, a spacious Grand House, a large New England Barn separate Alpine Style Guest House located on the northwestern tip of the property.

The architecture of the home interiors is an open concept; T&G pine walls, stone and pine floors, high beamed ceilings w/sky lights and lots of glass and decks to enjoy the views. Each season on the Pond is a truly, unique experience. In SUMMER swim crystal clear water; enjoy virgin trout fishing just outside your door. Sail or canoe on the Pond, breathe in the view before an evening cookout. AUTUMN on the Pond is breath taking! A blaze of color reflects upon the mirrored surface on the Pond. It's a perfect time for hiking, Mt. Biking, some late golf or trout fishing: spectacular photography. WINTER? Ski Sunday River or Mt. Abram. It's a snowmobile paradise! Sled from your door across miles of Maine's trail system.

While at the house, build a bonfire, make hot chocolate and skate in the shadow of the mountains on the Pond. Snowshoe or X-Country ski an untouched winter wonderland. Or, just cozy up beside the fireplace with someone special and enjoy the quiet of the winter woods.

Both homes have mountain and water views. Each home is rented separately. Check it out!

Keywords: Lakefront, Waterfront, lake, Mountains, hot tub, boats, fireplace, snowmobile, trout fishing, rock climbing, honeymoon, family, vacation, moose, hiking, biking, price, weekend, rental, house, cabin, Bald Mt., private, upscale, pet, nonsmoking, swimming, beach, romantic, quiet, relaxing, wifi, internet,

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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Ever since I was a boy I had wanted to be writer. I had read everything that Hemingway wrote. I guess I was as caught up in the legend of Ernest Hemingway—who the man was and how he lived his life—as much as I was his crisp, efficient prose.

Neil Young, to me, is to music what Hemingway is to American literature. As that young boy I insistently listened to Neil Young, began to write and dreamed one day of building a place in the mountains, on a peaceful lake in beautiful Maine.

I took my time. I searched to find that idyllic place that I had imagined. That’s how I found Shagg. It is a secluded paradise of green forest, on the shore of crystal clear-spring-fed water. The lake is nestled in a mountain valley. At the northern tip, the granite face of Bald Mountain rises up and reflects down upon the water. The moose… The loons… The massive trout… I built the main house and a guest house and a large New England barn. I invite you and your loved ones to come share a get-away on the lake in Maine I used to dream about.

It’s difficult to decide which season I like best up on Shagg. Of course, Summer is amazing. I love to swim and fish and hike Bald Mountain. The views are breathtaking. I love the wild sounds just before dusk when loons are settling down for the day. Then I want to say Autumn because the lake is ablaze with vibrant color. The sky is that beautiful rich blue. And the air is cool, crisp, sprinkled with the scent of wood smoke. When I think of Winter, I think of stillness. Quiet. Deer tracks in the snow outside the door. Getting on a snowmobile under starlight chasing shadows along a mountain trail.

Now that I think about it, what I like best is when someone like you writes in our guest book, “We had the best time together here.” Then you talk about how you made the mountains and the lake and the house yours. How this place will always be apart of you. How you will always be a part of it. That’s exactly the place I told you about. It’s that place I dreamed of creating when I was a little boy.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.3
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Vacation in Maine Writer's Private Compound
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 9 reviews
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Woodstock Western Maine
Mansfield,ma
5

Shagg Pond Maine Getaway

  • 5 of 5
Let me start by saying the houses were awesome! I found it hard to believe that I could have found a place that could accommodate all of us and couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this listing on vrbo. When we arrived I finally believed that the pictures and the description were true! We rented both houses. You won't want to leave the property during your stay. Canoeing,hiking,fishing and loon and moose watching were everyday activities. Campfires by the pond, swimming at the raft, I could go on.... Great family get away, I miss it already....
  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Woodstock Western Maine
Plainville, MA
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Shagg Pond, Part 2, The Bad

  • 3 of 5
Early into this vacation we had more than our share of problems with things in the house. The hot tub reeked of a horrible septic tank odor when we arrived. Even after draining the tub, cleaning it and refilling it, more work than anyone should do on vacation, remembering the foul odor and yet unidentified cause we chose not to use the tub since we couldn’t find a way to access and clean the filter. The kitchen oven proved to be unreliable. Issues with the lone shower were finally resolved by plumbers on Tuesday afternoon. Barbara was responsive through most of these issues.

On balance, so far the positives outweigh the negatives. Here are the deal breakers for us: The dock has seen many better days and was rickety and unstable; not suitable for getting in or out a kayak. The shore of the pond in the area closest to the dock is a thick deep oozing muck. I sunk within inches of my knees when I wandered just a few feet from the shore. Those with young children should consider using the public beach access area a short distance down the road. Barbara’s neighbor was kind enough to let us use his sandy beach to launch our kayaks.

Finally, no fewer than 10 wind turbines grace the mountain behind the house. Natural energy, good stuff right? We initially found them beautiful and majestic but quickly learned that they generate more than their share of noise. We came to liken the noise to a large jet flying far overhead that never seems to go away.

One final note: be aware that the bedroom, bed, bathroom and other counts in the listing are totals for both houses.

Is this a vacation place for you? It depends. While we won’t be back you might find that the positives far outweigh the negatives.
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Shagg Pond, Part 1, The Good

  • 3 of 5
In writing a review for any vacation rental, there are two key questions. First, would you rent it again? Second, would you recommend it to friends or relatives?

In the case of the Grand House at Shagg Pond our answer to the former would be a resounding ‘no’ and a noncommittal ‘maybe’ to the latter.

To be clear, we had a perfect weather week and really enjoyed many features of the rental. It’s a big, beautiful sprawling house. We’ll treasure our memories of sipping hot cups of coffee while enjoying early mornings on the covered back porch. The wooden Adirondack chairs with matching footstools were a great place to spend some quiet hours with its obstructed views of the lake. Likewise, we loved the spaciousness of the great room and enjoyed many quiet evenings reading in the comfortable furniture found there. The large wide-open floor plan of the dining room and the kitchen area with is broad sweeping kitchen counter and decking that covered most of three sides of the house seemed the perfect spot for hosting a large family reunion. The section near the gas grill became our favorite spot for dinner. We enjoyed campfires by the lake with our wonderful neighbors and new friends from the guest house. Finally and a first after nearly 25 years of vacationing in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont, twice watched a moose enjoy the lake a few yards from the dock.

If you’re looking for a remote spot this is it. It’s a 20 minute drive out to the main road over a series of paved and unpaved roads. The casino is another 20 minutes from there for a total of 40 minutes, not the 20 minutes noted in the listing.

The lake itself is quiet, power boat activity was very limited and there were no water skies. We’re kayakers, the pond is large enough for a decent slow trip around the perimeter but I found myself staying out longer by making multiple trips across the middle of the pond. ends. Be aware the pond has been invaded by milfoil; more detail can be easily found on the net.

To be continued….
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Woodstock Western Maine
Ohio
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A Great Place to Pond-er

  • 4 of 5
My heart is breaking because last week is now just a memory. Spent the week basking in peace and the sounds of nature. We listened to a pair of hoot owls call back and forth to each other well into the night only to be topped only by the sweet calling of the loons.
We had perfect weather morning to night which made campfires by the shore a complete delight.
We met the nicest couple who shared the property with us whom we now consider to be our friends. Even if we never meet each other again they have added a special moment in our lives.
We are simple people who need very little luxury to satisfy us. That is why we found Shagg Pond to be such a special place. It was homey and filled with the echoes of many who came there before us. Who needs the Ritz when you have simple pleasures all around you?
I wish I could have given the guest house a five rating but I think maybe the cleaning lady should be checked on a bit more. The house was readied up for us but cleaned...oh could be better.
The public swimming area provided delightful and refreshing renewal after a day of touring. The water is so clean and more than deep enough to enjoy the swimming platform. It may be a small area but everyone enjoyed themselves.
Thank you Barbara for sharing a bit of happiness with us.
PS We saw moose in the pond twice during our stay!
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Woodstock Western Maine
Seabrook, Maryland USA
5

Thank you for a vacation and a kind of family time we had all forgotten was possible

  • 5 of 5
On Saturday we arrived excited and just amazed at the property. We had rented both houses and though internet access could be arranged we choose not to at the last moment. A suggestion I strongly recommend. Right away we all felt at home as if we had been here before. The children disappeared exploring everything outside while the adults unpacked the car. Virtually everything we might need was available in the house. Though it was only cool outside my husband started a fire in the great living room. We grilled and ate supper outside that night on the deck. By Sunday we were all relaxed and felt as if we had been there for weeks. All the stress was far away. We all had our favorite routines, the kids out on the pond, Gary swinging in the hammock reading, sometimes with me snuggled up beside him. The sky was so blue there. Peaceful. By Wednesday we had climbed the mountain. Dad and son caught fish. My sister and I traveled to Bethel to play a little golf--I hadn't played in years. We all spent evenings playing old fashion board games and cards, talking and laughing about old stories we shared. Friday night the grown ups went to the casino. It wasn't Los Vegas but we didn't want it to be. What a great night out with husband, dinner and I won $50 on the slot machines. Our last night there we fell asleep listening to the loons calling to each other on the pond. I needed that week more than I realized! We are talking about (my husband and me) returning alone in the fall to enjoy the colors that must be brilliant.
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodstock Western Maine
Tavares, Florida
4

Had a Wonderful stay at Shagg Pond

  • 4 of 5
We stayed in the Great House for 2 weeks and my daughter and her family stayed in the Guest House. The Great house was awesome, beautiful views, large living areas, remote location, but not too far from town. A perfect Maine getaway. Close to the White Mtns of NH, and about 1 1/2 hours to the coast of Maine. We enjoyed the hammock, and the large deck, fishing from the dock and paddling the canoes and row boat. Sleeping with the windows open and hearing the call of the loons.
A group of us hiked to the top of Bald Mtn. don't miss it, if you stay here, the views are worth the climb, spectacular!
The Guest house was also very nice, clean and fresh, a short 50 yd walk to main house. The owner was very nice and providing excellent customer service, we did get our deposits back in a timely manner.
There was no Broadband internet, but we found "The Smiling Moose" in South Paris about 30 min away does have WiFi as well as good food and friendly staff.
Bring your own towels as they are not furnished. Overall,had an awesome vacation.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Portland Airport (smaller airports closer)
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Bethel Maine / Sunday River area
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
There are a number of bars & pubs locally
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Mt. Abram (Sunday River 20 mins)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Bethel Inn & Country Club (many to choose)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cross Stone Restaurant & Conference
Car: recommended

Each season on the pond is a truly unique experience. In Summer, swim crystal clear water; enjoy virgin trout fishing just outside your door; sail or canoe on the pond; breathe in the view before an evening cookout. Autumn on the pond is breathtaking! A blaze of color reflects upon the mirrored surface on the pond. It's a perfect time for hiking, mountain biking, some late golf or trout fishing. Spectacular photography. What about winter? There's Sunday River and Mt. Abram. It's a snowmobilers paradise! Sled from your door across miles of Maine's system. Build a bonfire, make hot chocolate and skate in the shadow of the mountains around the pond. Snowshoe, cross-country ski a winter wonderland, or just cozy beside the fireplace with someone special and enjoy the quiet of the winter woods.

Other Activities: Snowmobile Trail outside your door Skating on the pond.

Ski: We are 20 minute away from MT Abram, ski area.

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Woodstock House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Year Round - Guest House
Mar 16 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$130
$775
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $35
Tax Rate 8.0%
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Amenities

Amenities

Woodstock House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Lake View
  • Mountain ...
  • Resort ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telescope
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Parking
  • Dialup Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Telephone
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Lobster Pot
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bring your own towels...
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Radio
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • Stereo
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Music Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Sand Box
  • Sailboat
  • Canoe
  • Barbecue
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Raft
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Boat ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • forests
  • waterfalls
  • playground
  • zoo
  • coin laundry
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • wind-surfing
  • snowboarding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snowmobiling
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • water skiing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • rock climbing
Notes:
* A Private Hot Tub in the Grand House * The new 'OXFORD CASINO' just down the road
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