Sedgwick Cottage Rental Photos and Description
6 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 10
Kill Kare is uniquely located in a pine forest on a pristine freshwater lake on the Down East coast of Maine, 1/4 mile from the Penobscot Bay. So named because here you can come to truly 'kill your cares', the cottage has been in the same family since it was built in 1917. It is a private and restful vacation spot and a perfect base from which to explore nearby Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Castine, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Reached by a mile long private road, the property is peaceful and quiet - with the only interruption being the occasional call of the loons. Sitting on the generous porch - which faces west - you feel as though you are on shipboard while watching lovely sunsets. A small private dock and swim float allow access to the lake for swimming and boating. Inside, a well-appointed living room is anchored by a large field stone fireplace. There is also an inviting dining room and a well-equipped country kitchen with eat-in space. This is lakeside living at its best.
Our unique location: Located on Walker Pond on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Kill Kare offers a relaxing and secluded privacy, but is very convenient not only to scenic Eggemoggin Reach and Penobscot Bay, but also to the beautiful New England towns that dot the Down East coast. All within an easy drive are charming Blue Hill (lots to do here), Brooklin (Wooden Boat School), Castine (Maine Maritime Academy and tours of their training ship, The State of Maine), Deer Isle (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts), Stonington (ferry to Isle au Haut and lobster co-op), Camden (home port to timeless schooners), Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Acadia National Park and all the activities they offer. This area boasts some of the most impressive maritime scenery in the US and offers excellent restaurants (think lobsters and blueberries!), lovely gift and antique shops, artist colonies, farmers' markets, book stores, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, golf and unsurpassed opportunities to discover the natural beauty of Maine.
A family home: Kill Kare was originally built as a fishing cabin because our grandfather loved the sport. Our grandmother collected antiques she found in the area. Our family has filled the house with friends and laughter since 1917. Kill Kare is an ideal spot for a family (or two) to enjoy together. Savor a morning cup of coffee on the porch and watch the mist rise from the lake. Spend a lazy afternoon nestled in the wicker swing with a good book . Take a kayak out on the lake or have a swim. Watch a spectacular sunset while sipping a drink on the porch and listening to the loons calling to one another. Lay out on the dock after dark and marvel at the night sky. The stars and constellations seem close enough to touch. Inside, snuggle up near a roaring fire in the field stone fireplace. The mounted fish over the mantel came from the lake. Share a family meal by candlelight in our welcoming dining room. Rest deeply as the sound of waves lulls you to sleep and your cares slip away. Enjoy!
Incidentals: Distances from Kill Kare:
Bangor International Airport - 1 hour.
Portland International Airport - 3 hours.
Bar Harbor Airport - 1 hour.
Boston - 5 6 hour drive.
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital - 15 minutes.
Groceries, gas, take out restaurants - 5 minutes.
Bookstores, restaurants, gift and antique shops, larger grocery store - 15 minutes.
Kayak and canoe rentals (with paddles and life vests) nearby. They deliver and pick up. They also rent baby equipment (cribs, high chairs, etc.).
There will be a book at the cottage with information and guidelines about the house and recommendations of things to do and see, where to eat and shop to maximize your vacation enjoyment. This can also be emailed to you prior to your visit.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Catherine Larson
Having summered in Maine for practically my entire life, Kill Kare is a home and a haven for me. I grew up in the girls' summer camp - Camp Four Winds - that my mother started in 1946 and ran for over 50 years that was just up the lake from the cottage. As a result, I have grown to love and deeply appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Maine coast and all that it has to offer. It is my family's wish to share this treasure with you.
Why Catherine Larson chose Sedgwick
My grandparents built Kill Kare Kamp in 1917 as a fishing cabin. My mother and her brother grew up there in the summers as did my sister and I and our son is the fourth generation of our family to have called Kill Kare home. My grandmother and mother filled the cottage with antiques that create a warm and welcoming ambiance. And, my grandfather, my uncle and our son caught the fish that are over the mantle of the great fieldstone fireplace in the living room. If you look closely at the door jamb by the porch, you'll see years' worth of kids' heights marked on it. The cottage is imbued with my family's love of the place.
What makes this cottage unique
Living right on the water is a unique privilege not accorded to everyone. Kill Kare could not be built today because of environmental restrictions so we feel particularly fortunate to have been able to enjoy this venerable house for almost a century. Sitting on the expansive, wrap-around porch, you feel as though you are on your own private yacht. Nightly sunsets are a treat as are the brightly lit heavens that follow with stars so bright they seem within reach. The lake is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. And the picturesque maritime village that dot the Down East Maine coast are within an easy drive. Check out our online Renter's Guide - the 'Guide' link on our website - for our suggestions on what to do and see in the area. This is truly lakeside living at its best.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"The Perfect Place to Unwind"
This was my second trip to Kill Kare, and once again, the cottage exceeded my expectations. The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and drips with the kind of timeless Down East charm that makes for the perfect Maine getaway. The home is beautifully furnished with a lifetime of antiques and decorations that give it a wonderful sense of authenticity and comfort. Our days were spent fishing on the lake (largemouth bass were biting shad lures), exploring the lush surroundings, and making daytrips to the myriad coastal villages in the area. If you can bring yourself to leave the tranquility of Walker Pond for the day, I recommend you head to a local lobster pound and bring back fresh Maine lobsters; the kitchen has absolutely everything you need to prepare a wonderful meal. My only regret is that I had to leave, but I will be back very soon.