|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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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!
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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.
We stayed in the Grand house for our second trip to Shagg pond last summer, and our experience was much better than our prior trip up to the guest house (see my other review). This house has a telephone, but still no internet or smoke detectors. The kitchen was pretty well equipped, but we did have some issues with the stove/oven (I don't remember what it was now). We did not try to use the hot tub because we have had bad experiences with them from other rental properties; also there were instructions on testing the water, etc. which I did not want to deal with on vacation.
The place was mostly clean and did not have the mold odors of the guest house. The back porch and side porch are lovely, and there is direct access to the water from this house. The tub/shower in the bathroom is strangely elevated over the floor of the bathroom so that you have to step way up into the tub. I would not recommend this to anyone with mobility issues or who may be injured if they were to fall getting out of the tub. The shower curtain was not clean by any means.
Hiking and kayaking were both wonderful, and there is a magical pond up the top of the hiking trail that is a must-see, one of the most beautiful places I have visited. We did see two moose at various times on Shagg Pond, mostly while out kayaking in the evening. I did some fishing there, didn't catch much, but went to other ponds where I got more fish.
The neighbors are very fond of setting off fireworks in the evenings, so be prepared for that. It didn't bother us too much, and it was a good opportunity to "firework proof" our dog, who now thinks that the sound of bunker busters going off means he is going to get a piece of bread.
We stayed at both houses during two separate times in the summer of 2014. Each house has its pluses and minuses, and I will review them separately here. However, there are some issues common to both houses: 1. There is no internet at all. The amenities list that there is broadband, dialup and internet, but there is none. This is essential because we needed access for some work that had to be done remotely during our vacation, and I specifically rented this property because of this amenity. 2. There is no garage. There is a locked barn on the property. 3. The guest house has NO TELEPHONE. This was an issue because my cell phone had no reception in this area and I needed to contact a family member the first night to let them know we had arrived and to discuss an issue with the guest house as noted below. I had to walk down the street trying to find someone who had a phone I could borrow, otherwise I would have had to drive 30 minutes to the last place I had cell phone service. Also, when we lost power during our first stay, I had to travel into cell phone service to report the problem to the electric company. 4. There is a washing machine in the grand house only. 5. There are no smoke detectors anywhere in either house.
I rented the guest house first. Apparently we were the first renters of the season. Upon entering the house, we were met with an overpowering odor of mold and mildew. I reported this to Barbara who was very concerned and did her best to confront the problem. Her explanation was that the stream next to the house had flooded during the winter, possibly causing the problem. I don't know if this was the cause or not. I had to open up all of the windows and doors to try to air it out because it was not compatible with human occupation. Because we got there in the evening, I had to stay the night and hope that this problem would go away. I was able to air out the house enough to stay there, but we had to keep the windows and doors open at all times or the problem would reoccur. The main issue seemed to stem from the first floor bedroom and the area around the furnace/water heater. I could see nowhere that water had leaked in. I have to say that Barbara is a very nice person and very responsive, which is very helpful in a situation like this. We didn't have any other major issues with this house, but it is not directly on the lake.
We watched the Video Tour of the property and were sold-- this was the place for us! We rented both houses for our family and the accommodations were spectacular. We hiked Bald Mountain, caught fish, saw two moose in the pond and enjoyed the best vacation ever. There were row boats and canoes and a big yellow diving float to swim from and bath in the sun and the view of mountains all around. At night we sat by the water around a camp fire listening to all the night sounds. Our only complaint-- a week just wasn't long enough...
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....
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.
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….
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Year Round - Guest House
Mar 16 - Dec 31
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
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