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Classic American Getaway with Fireplace, Trout Pond & Family Fun!

Jim Ditano

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Classic American Getaway with Fireplace, Trout Pond & Family Fun!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Belfast Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms. Sleeps eight comfortably.

Modeled after an authentic, turn of the century village depot, Payson Hill Station is family friendly, fun and comfortable. This 2-for-1 retreat features a classic porch cottage and a lovingly restored Maine Central railroad caboose (circa 1917).

Inspired by traditional Maine vacation camps, the cottage features a lovely raised brick hearth, country furniture and wide plank floors. Casting a warm glow over a rough-sawn pine interior, the fireplace serves as a hub for all activities with connections to a generous sleeping area, dining area and porches. A cozy sleeping loft covers a third of the great room with a bathroom and reading area tucked underneath. Floor to ceiling windows flank either side of the fireplace, flooding the interior with light while providing a panoramic view of the trout pond and woodlands beyond. Pass through french doors and relax on a spacious 16'x32' observation deck. The caboose boasts a modern, fully equipped kitchen, four twin beds and a second bathroom.

See the Sights!: The original watchtower or 'cupola' in the Caboose offers spacious seating and scenic views of the surrounding woodlands and farm.

We are located in the scenic farm community of Knox, Maine and only minutes away from coastal Belfast and Penobscot Bay, the Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area and beautiful Lake St. George.

Ski, snow tube and toboggan at Camden Snow Bowl approximately 35 minutes travel time.

Play golf at Country View Golf Course, only 15 minutes by scenic country roads.

This is truly a Special Place!: Meet 'Priscilla','Myles' and 'Abigail' our comical trio of Pilgrim Geese and our handsome flock of barnyard chickens - you're always welcome to join us at feeding time or to gather eggs.

And nothing fascinates kids more than Baby Chicks - let us know in advance and we'll try to schedule a hatch to occur during your stay!

A healthy variety of delicious, farm fresh produce is grown here in season; high bush blueberries, apples, snow peas, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and pumpkins.

During your stay, you're are invited to enjoy a complimentary, fresh-baked pie or breakfast muffins from our country kitchen. Quench your thirst with fresh, cool water drawn from our granite-ledge drilled well. Fresh apple cider is available to our guests from early Fall on.

Fresh, succulent Maine lobsters are plentiful and available locally at very reasonable prices. If you like, we can show you how to cook it or we can prepare it for you!

*Ask about our delicious clambakes and home-cook

Rainy day? No Problem!!!: Not to dwell on the negative, but hey... not every day is a Sunny day!

For your enjoyment, the Depot is stocked with a variety of good books and magazines to read, board games (checkers anyone?), cards, a cribbage board and the free use of videotapes, DVD player and Direct TV.

While relaxing indoors on a cool or rainy day, why not take off the chill with a cozy fire?

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Jim Ditano (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the manager

A delightful stay with wonderful folks in a unique place - we are so glad we stayed here! Taylors/Hensleys
Oct 2010
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Classic American Getaway with Fireplace, Trout Pond & Family Fun!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Doylestown, PA

Your vacation search stops here!

  • 5 of 5

Your search for a Maine vacation can stop here! We spent days searching for the right place for our family trip to Maine. We wanted a little of everything and we got it all! The Ditano’s are superb hosts, leaving no detail undone. The Depot, everything a Maine cabin should be, set back in the quiet woods, beautiful rustic décor, clean-as-a-whistle, filled with all the comforts of home- books, warm blankets, games, washer/dryer- yet away from it all. You will love waking up here, breathing in the crisp air after a long, peaceful night's rest. Enjoy your morning coffee on the large wrap-around deck as birds sing, frogs croak and the beaver builds (can you spot him?) The caboose was our kid’s favorite, clean and cozy, reminiscent of days gone by, and a comfy kitchen for cleaning and cooking the day's catch! Plenty of room for a large family!

There is so much going on here, yet you cannot help but be spellbound by the gentle peacefulness that abounds. The pond is your own private oasis, let the kids uncover it's mysteries (and yes, there are some big fish in there!) Take a long hike through the woods, your cares will fall by the wayside, remember to breathe deep- the air here smells great! When (and if) you want to leave to sight-see, drive 15 minutes into Belfast, experience an authentic sea-faring, non-commercialized town along the Penobscot Bay. Acadia National Park with its breathtaking scenery, and abundant outdoor activities is spectacular. We spent two days exploring the park and Bar Harbor both on our bikes and by car. The tidal pools in Wonderland were our favorite. Lake George is an excellent day trip for kayaking!

Of course, there’s plenty to do if you stayed home all day too. Nap in the hammock, fish, hike, bike, or swim. Enjoy a juicy blueberry pie (Thanks Becky!) and the best farm fresh eggs around. The kids can experience life on the farm…building a goose pen, watching baby chicks hatch, feeding the chickens. Oh, and the karate lessons! What a blast for the kids. Did I mention the stars and campfire? Round everyone up for a good ‘ol fashion campfire, some hotdogs, marshmallows and some amazing star gazing. It was so very hard to leave this happy place where time slows down and the things that really matter come into focus. So, stop searching, start packing-Tell Jim, Cheryl and the girls we said “Hi, miss them, and hope to get back real soon."

Thanks so much for all the fun, friendship, great conversation and of course, the memories.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to Payson Hill Farm the first week in November for the last 10 years. The cottage itself is beautifully decorated and cared for by its owner Jim and the personal items such as books and photos add to a sense of home to the atmosphere that is often lost in some more commercial establishments. There is a small working farmhouse on the property. There is also a beautiful pond in the back of property. Next to the pond is a nature trail which will allow you and your family to take in all of the wildlife Maine has to offer. Upon arrival, you will given a tour of the cottage which included the basement laundry room. The king size bed in the main cottage is very comfortable and the bunk beds in caboose would be perfect for kids. The Payson Hills proximity to Belfast is very nice having many restaurants to choose from. This is a beautiful part of the country and Payson Hill Farm is placed in a perfect location for sight seeing and taking in rustic Maine. If a relaxing, back to the basics, vacation is what you are looking for this is the place!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Amazing Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Picturesque and top notch are the words that come to mind in describing Payson Hill Farm Depot and Caboose as a vacation spot and I cannot forget our hosts Jim and Cheryl who made our stay perfect to say the least. Detailing was perfect, surroundings gorgeous, I cannot say enough, if you want a vacation spot out the ordinary but complete with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and amazing, Payson Hill Farm cannot be beat.

Jim and Cheryl greeted us after arriving on Sat afternoon with a dozen fresh farm eggs for our morning breakfast along with the baskets of fresh Blueberry Muffins left on our porch step Sunday morning. Yumm! so good and thank you.

Payson Hill Farm is located in a country setting but close enough to Belfast and Route 1, however privacy and quietness abounds this property. Hosts are located on property at the top of driveway with location of farm itself but only a phone call away if needed . The replica antique wall phone in Depot was a added touch to décor.

Loved meeting farm resident goats, chickens, turkeys. Again, thank you Jim and Cheryl for sharing your very special place with us. Hope we can do it again.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

The absolute perfect place to vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of eight just arrived back home from our stay at the Payson Hill Farm. We came from California, Washington and Arizona. Every picture and every review couldn’t be more accurate. We had something planned for every day, as Maine is our first trip to the East coast. We did get one day of rain but we could have spent more days just staying “home.” The house and caboose are spectacular. Jim and Cheryl couldn’t be more hospitable. We enjoyed the inside of the rental and the spacious yard. We used the fire pit, played Frisbee in the grassy area, caught and released trout from the pond, cooked our own surf ‘n turf with fresh Maine lobster, met and enjoyed all the animals AND loved the homemade goodies provided by Jim and Cheryl. We rent a house in a different state every summer. The Payson Hill Farm is at the top of the list of all our experiences. You can’t be disappointed!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

A week in heaven!

  • 5 of 5

I came here with 3 of my girlfriends (all in our late 20s) and we had an absolutely perfect “girls getaway.” Jim and Cheryyl are the most welcoming hosts – they give you a perfect mixture of privacy and hospitality. The cottage/caboose feels almost like an entirely separate property, but is just a stroll up the driveway to meet Jim and Cherryl at the farm and spend the morning with the baby chicks, the goats (miss you Dawn and Beverly!), the turkeys and the chickens.

The caboose and cabin are stocked with everything you could want for a rustic, yet very comfortable vacation. They pay attention to so many small details that made our trip even more fabulous – i.e. a lobster pot and lobster crackers/tool set for our lobster feasts!

We so enjoyed exploring rural, coastal Maine. The Knox area is beautiful, scattered with small, local farms and lakes, and is just a 10-15 minute drive into Belfast. I’ve spent a lot of time in Maine, and Belfast is a hidden gem. It is a smaller, less crowded Bar Harbor, with a very relaxed and friendly vibe.

In Belfast, Chase’s Daily is a farm-to-kitchen restaurant with a farmers market in the back that we absolutely loved. Three Tides is a brewery/seafood restaurant that has a nice outdoor space complete with a firepit next to the ocean. We went almost every day to Young’s Lobster Pound to get $6.99/lb lobsters to bring home and cook ourselves, which was quite the treat.

We took the Belfast/Moosehead Lake railroad one day for a 1 hr tour from Belfast to Unity and back, which was great fun. Our favorite activity was buying some inner tubes at the dollar store and going to Swan Lake (10 minutes from the farm) to float in the lake in our tubes, with a picnic waiting for us on shore. We felt like we were at camp all week!

Thank you, Jim and Cherryl, for a spectacular vacation! We miss you already.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

No need to look any further!

  • 5 of 5

Words simply cannot describe the beautiful accomodations on a quaint farm in Belfast, Maine. The Caboose & Depot are decorated so lovely they could be pictured in a National Magazine. The fresh flower bouquets and the rustic decor is so warm and inviting. The walking trail is delightful and the stars just seem to shine brighter from the large deck. The animals add even more excitement to an already amazing retreat. The Ditano's go above and beyond their call of duty as host & hostess. They get a First Prize Blue Ribbon for their incredibly delicious baked goods and farm fresh eggs. We were able to enjoy a fabulous vacation because of a wonderful couple that strive for excellence. As we travel through Maine in the future we will definitely return to this well maintained vacation property. Thanks so much for the fellowship, food and fond memories. A truly perfect getaway!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Islesboro Ferry
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 137
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Car: recommended

Frogs croak, Chipmunks scold, Roosters crow! The Birch shaded dam behind the Depot and Caboose maintains a peaceful farm pond and is home to croakin' frogs, sun turtles and an occasional Beaver or Otter! Cross the brook and take a long, peaceful walk through fifteen acres of private forest. Gather wildflowers, pick berries, bird-watch... one guest recorded 30 species in just 24 hours! Look for wildlife... deer, turkey, beaver, otter, porcupine, partridge, snowshoe hare; even an occasional flying squirrel or lonely moose have been spotted by our guests. Upon your return, relax on our huge sun deck or swing away in a hammock under the pines. The fun is just beginning at sunset! Build yourself a crackling campfire... roast wieners, toast marshmallows, have a rousing sing-a-long. Weather permitting, treat yourself to a free light show - star gazing is unsurpassed here! Enjoy the childhood thrill of chasing fireflys as thousands sparkle all around you.

Other Activities: peaceful napping, marshmallow toasting, bird watching, hiking, firefly chasing, weiner roasting

Golf: Country View Golf Club is famous throughout Maine and New England as one of the most scenic golf courses in the United States. Located just a few miles from our farm, this gorgeous country club is located on top of the highest hill in Brooks.

On a clear day you can see the Camden Hills, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Mount Cadillac in Maine's famous Acadia National Park. As breathtaking as the distant views is the scenery on the golf courses itself, which includes hundreds of trees, numerous gardens and ponds, and endless manicured fairways and greens.

You don't have to be a golfer to appreciate the beauty of this magnificent place... rent a set of clubs and experience it for yourself!

Ski: The Camden Snow Bowl really is where the 'mountains meet the sea'!

From the summit of 1300' Ragged Mountain, home to the Snow Bowl's trails, skiers and riders have an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a view unlike any other in the East.

In addition to Alpine skiing and snowboarding, there are many other winter activities available at the Snow Bowl... snow tubing, ice skating and snowshoeing, to name a few.


Rates & Availability

From $775 Per week

Belfast Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 9 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 10 2015 - Nov 20 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2015 - Jan 8 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express

Payson Hill Farm is a CERTIFIED PCI COMPLIANT BUSINESS and can process your credit card deposit SAFELY & SECURELY at 207-722-3777.

A deposit equal to 1/2 the rental is required to confirm your reservation - the balance is due at check-in.
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Belfast Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Caboose Bath - toilet , shower , pedestal sink
    Depot Bathroom - toilet , shower , pedestal sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Depot Bed - 1 queen
    Loft Beds - 2 twin/ single
    Caboose Beds - 4 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Huge 32'x12' sun deck, 8'x16' porch deck, stocked trout pond, dock, marked nature trails with two wildlife observation towers, spacious campfire area, Adirondack chairs, Adirondack rockers, picnic area with two picnic tables, Hatteras hammock, swings, fully equipped kitchen, lobster pot, clean sheets, warm quilts, baby sitting. Both of cottages decorated with fresh-picked wildflower bouquets (in season). Complimentary fresh baked apple, blueberry or pumpkin pie (your choice) fruit is grown right here on our farm. Cook your steaks (or what have you) to sizzling perfection on our cast iron, park style grill. Traveling with horses? We have a 60' round pen and limited turn-out for up to two horses - please inquire in advance.Karate lessons for Kids available.

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