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Sebago Lake Waterfront, Trad. Extended-family Summer Home

Ken Pyle

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Ken Pyle

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2015
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Sebago Lake Waterfront, Trad. Extended-family Summer Home

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Raymond Lodge Rental Photos and Description

9 Bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, sleeps 18

This extended-family compound is 3 ½ secluded acres of shoreline pines, with views across the six-mile-wide main body of water to the Saddleback and White Mountains. Centered along the 450’ waterfront is an Adirondack-style 3,000 square foot Log House with a Great Room (anchored by a large fieldstone fireplace and spacious enough for lounging and Dining with a party of twelve or more) and a Bedroom Wing (three Bedrooms). This home is fronted by a 60’ long porch, open to Sebago just 40’ away and screened off at its wrap-around end for Porch Dining (or the 4th Bedroom).

An adjacent 1,000 square foot Guest House has its own view of the lake from its Living Room and two Bedrooms.

**The 3rd house, which is optional, has 3 bedrms and 2 bathrms.

The property comes with 3 canoes, 3 kayaks, an aluminum row boat, and a small sailing sloop with cabin. Outdoor activities include skipping stones, shoreline-boulder-jumping, horseshoes, badminton, cookouts on the broad pine-needle covered front yard...

Location: Thirty miles to the northwest of Portland, Sebago Lake (8 miles wide and 12 miles long) is the stepping-off point to the foothills of the White Mountains to the West. This Adirondac-style Log House is on the eastern side of the main body of water, where these hills and mountains populate the western vistas and sunsets of a lake-centered vacation life. For point of reference, the girl's camp, Wohelo, is two coves to the south and Migis Lodge is about one mile to the north along the shoreline. Despite the secluded nature of this property (accessed by a half-mile-long private dirt road through dense pine woods), Portland Jetport is about a forty minute drive from the house, while Maine Turnpike’s Exit 48 is thirty-five minutes away. Even Fenway Park is only a two-hour drive away.

Vacationland: For about 150 years, summer residences have dotted this Sebago shoreline, providing respite from the sweltering urban climates to the south: traditionally, whole families make the trek up at the beginning of summer; the husband soon returns to his work, leaving the often extended family and friends to fend for themselves; toward the end of the summer, he returns for his own vacation and the family makes the trek back home together.

This encapsulates the nature of this and neighboring properties. Those of us who have spent our childhood summers here treasure our memories of the “camp” experience, “roughing it” in the Lake Region outback without phones and TV, cooling off in the crystal-clear Sebago, and warming ourselves at night in front of a roaring fire. This is our family's vacationland.

'The Pond': Despite the term that some of the Mainers affectionately use for this extraordinary body of water, Sebago dominates the world, here. There’s nothing like the excitement of watching a storm approaching from the Saddleback and White Mountains to the west, blackening the lake as it makes its way across the open water, and then slamming into our shoreline with such fury. If we’re lucky, the electricity will be knocked out for a few hours, and we will have to rely on candles and fire-light. Even on calm days, whether it’s the early morning call of a loon on the glassy surface or the magic of a golden late-afternoon, Sebago effortlessly takes the place of the issues and concerns one might have been dwelling on at first arrival.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Ken Pyle (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2015

About Ken Pyle

Five generations of the Stroud and Pyle familes have spent our summers vacationing here.

Ken Pyle purchased this lodge in 1922

Why Ken Pyle chose Raymond

Large, entertaining, captivating, and peaceful enough to enthral the youngest and oldest of an extended family.

What makes this lodge unique

Sebago Lake combines the majesty and untamed nature of an Atlantic Ocean shoreline with the warmth and sparkling fresh water of a secluded New England lake.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms5
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 11 traveler reviews

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Sebago Lake Waterfront, Trad. Extended-family Summer Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
Cleveland, Ohio
5

Wonderful property for making beautiful memories.

  • 5 of 5

This is a gem and the owner treats the property and guests with care. We had everything we needed and more for our whole group. Our guests ranged from 6 months to 86 years old and everyone was so happy there! We appreciated all the activities and supplies. The little baby enjoyed the bouncer/walker. The kids loved monopoly and daily kayak and canoe rides. We all have our beautiful collection of stones from the pebble beach. We never wanted for anything and we created beautiful memories and utilized every part of the property!! Thank you to the owners for keeping such a beautiful property!! You will enjoy the gorgeous landscaping, sights and amenities.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Yarmouth, Maine
5

60th Birthday Party

  • 5 of 5

When looking for a truly special place to celebrate my 60th with family and friends, we found Shay-Ak-Bee. We were immediately smitten by the natural beauty and privacy of the property. Ken, the owner, spent a great deal of time ensuring that we had absolutely everything we needed to enjoy the property, as well as host a gathering on what promised to be a soggy Saturday. Mother Nature smiled, though, and we all enjoyed warm weather and a magnificent sunset as guests swam, paddled kayaks and canoes, and played many games of horseshoes, badminton, and ping pong. It was a magical, memorable weekend, one we hope to repeat every fall for years to come.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Nothing More to Desire

  • 5 of 5

Like many other reviewers, my group (8 adults, 5 children) spent a week at this property for a family reunion.

But unlike the others, we had some special circumstances: My father is in a wheelchair as the result of a stroke, and I'm working halfway around the world in Shanghai, China. Given that, I knew that besides simply wanting to find a great property, I'd need to find a great owner to work with. Fortunately, I got both.

As the other reviews say, the property is wonderful - clean, and well-maintained, nestled in a truly secluded and lovely location. Lots of activities for adults and kids alike. There's really not much more I can add to the previous reviews except that the pictures don't fully capture the beauty and tranquility of the property.

Ken, the owner, was wonderful. He took great pains to work with me to ensure that my father could enjoy the reunion as much as everyone else (he did). Ken advised of potential trouble areas for my dad (e.g. roots, steps, etc.) and devised plans to mitigate them. In the end, we really didn't need to do too much (Ken added a few grab bars), but the fact that Ken was so concerned for the well-being of his guests and willing to do what was needed, speaks volumes.

On several occasions, when faxes and e-mails were unsuitable, Ken mailed documents directly to me in China. This made and otherwise challenging arrangement smooth and worry-free.

My entire family is looking forward to returning again and again...though hopefully I'll be states-side next time. :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Erie PA
5

Late September on Lake Sebago

  • 5 of 5

We had a family reunion (all adult couples) for my parent's anniversary, and it was a wonderful experience for everyone.

The water and daytime was still warm, even though the nights were cool. Since there was wood provided for the wood-burning stoves and outdoor fire pit, the cool evenings were romantic! We even made S'mores - just like being kids again!

There is nothing more we could have asked for - everything is taken care of. All one needs to do is stop at the grocery store for food (but NOT coffee or spices or other dry goods, as all was on the shelves!) if you wanted to eat in. The main lodge has an incredible kitchen and every accessory one could want to create lovely meals.

One day, we bought lobster while on the coast, plus fresh corn, and added salad - it was incredible - and much less expensive than a lobster dinner out!

Even in late September, many restaurants were open, and we visited the Maine desert (amazing!) and Willowbrook (also amazing - a 19th century village full of antiques) and rented a pontoon boat for a day on the lake.

Evenings by the fire, telling stories and looking through the hundreds of interesting books in the lodge; mornings by the lake, drinking coffee and daydreaming...what a heavenly place!

Scott, the care taker, was available for questions at any time, and the owner, Ken, checked in by phone and offered timely advice on boat rentals and wind warnings. You could not ask for better service or friendlier people.

We hope to be able to come back again if we can match schedules. I see next year is booking up fast!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Berlin, CT
5

First Family Vacation with our 1 year old

  • 5 of 5

This was our first family vacation with our 1 year old, parents, and friends. In total there were 10 of us and PLENTY of room remained. The property is so well maintained and has everything you need, if not Scott is more than happy to help you (but like I said everything you may need is there). We rented the main house and Winter Cabin. I don't think the site mentions this but the Winter cabin actually has 3 bedrooms and is beautiful. The main cabin had plenty of room for the 6 of us staying in it adn the 2 bathrooms were a +. The kitchen is very well supplied with all your needs and they even had a high chair or booster. Our baby had a great time playing on the beach and getting pulled around on the wagons they had on the property. We all loved the kayaking and canoeing around the lake. We were here in Late Sept., the weather had changed to more of a fall feeling but it was still warm enough to enjoy the lake and views. Other activities to note are the Horse Shoe Pit, Volley Ball, Ping Pong, and Badminton. We did explore the area a bit by driving to Freeport (LL Bean) about 40 min away and Portland (Old Port) about 55Min, but our favorite was just enjoying the quiet relaxing home,BEAUTIFUL lake and the fires at night. I can't wait to return. Thank You for allowing us the relaxing environment to create such wonderful family memories :)

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Family Reunion Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week at the lake - 20 people 4 dogs and countless memories. Scott (the property manager) was truly available anytime day or night and explained everything we needed to know about the property. The layout was great for playing games, relaxing in the sun, kayaking, canoeing, boating.

The kitchen in the main house was well equipped and laid out nicely for an abundance of food to be prepared daily.

Only advice is bring water shoes as the entrance to the water is a bit tough on the feet!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Portland Jetport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Bray's Brewing Company, Naples (also an eatery)
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Point Sebago
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Portland Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Route 95
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Freedom Cafe, Naples
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Shawni's Peak
Nearest Beach
Pebble Beach and Dingley Beach, part of property
Car: necessary

Our lodge is on the western side of the Raymond Cape and looks out on the six-mile-wide main body of Sebago Lake to the west. The western horizon includes the Saddleback and White Mountains with Mount Washington and the Presidential Range rising above all to the northwest.

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Rates & Availability

From $750 Per night

Raymond Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer
May 21 2015 - Jun 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$750
$5,250
 
 
Pre-Peak Summer
Jun 13 2015 - Jun 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
$935
$6,550
 
 
Peak Summer
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
$7,950
 
 
Post-Peak Summer
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 18 2015
4 night minimum stay
$935
$6,550
 
 
Late Summer
Sep 19 2015 - Oct 16 2015
3 night minimum stay
$750
$5,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes A completed Rental Application and Agreement is required before any Booking.
Whether one, two, or three houses are rented, exclusive access to the entire property is granted to only one family at a time, the exception being the unused houses which would remained locked for the duration of your stay.
Prices listed are for 3 houses; less 1/5 for 2 houses; and less 2/5 for 1 house.
5% discount for multiple week reservations.
Reservations require a deposit of 25%. A second 25% deposit is usually required in February or March, with the balance due six weeks prior to arrival.
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Amenities

Raymond Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Log House
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Log House
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Guest Cottage
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , Neighboring prooperty available
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Neighboring prooperty available
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Log House
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Log House
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , L.H. with wood stove
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single , Guest Cottage
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , Guest Cottage
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , Neighboring property optional
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen , Neighboring property optional
    Bedroom 9 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Neighboring property optional
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , L.H. Screened Porch
  • In the 'Peak' summer weeks, 2 houses (i.e. the Log House and the Guest Cottage) can be rented, reducing rental rates and max. occupancy to 13. For non-Peak weeks, the single Log House can be rented, reducing rental rates further and the max. occupancy to 8. The 'Guest Cottage' and the 'Neighboring Property' house are two and three bedroom independent units, each with with their own Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room. The Guest Cottage is immediately adjacent to the Log House. The third house on the neighboring property is accessed by a short private path through the woods. Whether renting one, two, or three houses, the occupant has exclusive access to the entire property with the unrented houses remaining locked.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Skis
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
For wheelchair-bound and the elderly, several issues arise that need to be discussed. Please ask if applicable to your needs.

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