Hartland Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Peaceful Lakefront Cottage;2 BRs,Sleeps 4-6(1dbl,1bunkbed,1qn sofa),1 Full Bath
Bright, clean and cozy private lakefront Maine Cottage sitting right on the water's edge of 3500 + acre, peacefull Great Moose Lake (Hartland, Maine). Fully-equipped, modern kitchen, comfortably sleeps 4-6, has 365 feet of beautiful, private, birch, pine, and spruce-lined, western and southerly-facing shoreline, with a sunny shallow sandy beach on a sheltered, quiet cove, and up-close, panoramic views of the lake. Great Moose Lake is quiet and not developed like the nearby Belgrade Lakes Region or the Sebago Lakes area of southwestern Maine. You may see a few boats on the weekends, but during the week you may feel as if you have the lake to yourself. Most of the cottage interior is finished in knotty pine or wood paneling and carpeted.
Just over 3 hours north of Boston, MA, an hour from Augusta and Bangor (major airport), and approximately 20 minutes off the Maine Turnpike/Route 95 exit 150 (Pittsfield/Hartland), this cottage is easy to access via a private road.
This private cottage is VERY CLOSE TO THE WATER, sits on 2.5 level acres and is ideal for families, including Grandma and Grandpa along for the memories! It has everything you need to unwind, recharge your batteries and get away from it all.
The western and southerly-facing shoreline wraps around a point into a small cove for lots of sun on the beach, deck, or in the hammock, with beautiful sunsets off the front deck or by the camp fire pit while roasting S'mores and listening to the loons. The sandy beach is gradual and shallow enough for wading and for supervised children to enjoy, yet further out, the protected cove is plenty deep for swimming or a boat. The sheltered cove warms up faster than the open water of the main lake.
The cottage and shore front have awesome views of the lake. Four large sliding glass doors wrap around the front of the cottage flooding the kitchen, dining and main living areas with sunlight and panoramic views of the lake and its central islands.
The spacious updated kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking and eating utensils, refrigerator, new coffee maker, new toaster, can opener, electric stove, new microwave, etc. for your home-cooked meals. The kitchen window over the sink looks out over the beach and cove.
The dining area just across the convenient kitchen breakfast bar is surrounded by the sliding glass doors and has a country-style wooden table with seating for six.
The dining and main living areas have an open-beamed cathedral ceiling with a remote controlled ceiling fan with light, sofa, an overstuffed comfy chair for enjoying a favorite book, satellite TV, new DVD player (bring your favorite movies as I'm in the process of rebuilding my DVD library), and a wood stove for taking the edge off any cool early or late-season nights. The cottage has a telephone for local calls and dial-up internet service. Your complete comfort and relaxation is assured.
The first bedroom has a brand-new comfortable double bed with a large picture window looking out over the cove and its own satellite TV with remote, DVD player, and clock; the second bedroom has a bunk bed with a window looking out towards the woods surrounding the cottage, and there is a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed in the main living room next to the TV/DVD player and woodstove. Both bedrooms have a dresser, nightstand(s) with lamp(s), a closet, and electric blankets to stay cozy on cool nights. All pillows, pillow covers, and mattress covers are new for your comfort. The bathroom has another window facing the woods, the usual sink and toilet, a 3'X4' roomy shower with heated exhaust fan, and a storage closet. The cottage has a full-sized electric water heater to ensure plenty of hot water. The cottage interior is 650 square feet in size with planty of space as you can see from the pictures. Four adirondack chairs await you on the wrap-around deck facing the lake just outside the sliding glass doors.
Great Moose Lake is a mixed cold/warm water fishery, with excellent fishing and is even stocked with brown trout annually. Large mouth bass, white and yellow perch, and pickerel are also plentiful. Brook trout can be found in the colder tributaries of the lake and in numerous nearby streams and ponds.
If you have a canoe, kayak, or boat it can be safely launched, beached and tied up next to the cottage, but great fishing can be had right off the beach and the rocks in front of the cottage without the need for a boat. A public boat launch is just up the road on the lake. For sunning and swimming, the beach faces south into the sun and the cove is relatively shallow, so it tends to warm up quicker than the deeper main body of the lake. Great Moose Lake has one of the largest loon populations in the state and they are everywhere. They will greet you in the morning and serenade you to sleep at night. Bald Eagles and Ospreys also nest along the lake and are frequently spotted diving for fish. A beaver frequents the cove and painted turtles sun themselves on the rocks.
Great Moose Lake truely is a tranquil get-away and you probably won't want to spend much time away from the cottage, but there are numerous activities and destinations available nearby should you desire to take advantage of them.
Groceries, a small restaurant, Kippy's Corner and Wright's Market, laundromats, gas, auto repair, hardware, other services and supplies are just a very short drive into the quiet town of Hartland. Larger stores can be found in nearby Pittsfield or Newport. There are closeby municipal public airports in Norridgewock and Pittsfield should you have your own plane and wish to fly in.
Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, and the historic coastal towns of Belfast, Camden, Rockland, and Searsport all make for excellent day trips. Other nearby activities available in the area include: quaint restaurants; several golf courses; a microbrewery (Oak Tree); shopping; wilderness, hunting and fishing guide services; in-season white water rafting; hiking; exploring; camping; wildlife photography opportunities, etc. As far as outdoor activities are concerned, you name it and you can find it, but you may find that the peacefullness and serenity of the cottage and lake are all you need.
Keywords: 2 BR/1B cottage, Great Moose Lake, central maine, close to Waters Edge, private, tranquil cove, beautiful panaramic views, sandy beach, 365 feet of south facing shore front, sunsets, stars, wildlife, loons, fishing, boating, swimming, attractions nearby, peaceful, sunny, satelliteTV, DVD, internet, phone, woodstove, campfire pit, fully equiped modern kitchen, knotty pine interior, yard, weekly rental, perfect for families, non-smoking, no pets
- limited accessibility
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
About Steven Byrnes
I earned my degree in wildlife biology from the University of Maine at Orono in the 1980s, explored around the state and made some life-long friendships. Due to lack of employment opportunities in Maine at the time (especially for 'people from away'), I had to move back home to the New Jersey/ Pennsylvania area where I still live and work in the Environmental Field. I have always enjoyed the out of doors. I particularly enjoy golfing, hiking, skiing, fishing, canoeing, and just plain being outside. New England and Maine in particular have always been some of my favorite year-round destinations. The times I've spent on the lakes of Maine with my siblings, parents, children, extended family and friends are some of my best memories. 'Down time' off the grid, in the woods, at the lake is priceless and helps me keep things in perspective. The most important things in my life are health, happiness, friends, a good relationship with God, and my 2 grown children whom I never get to spend enough time with.
Steven Byrnes purchased this cottage in 2011
Why Steven Byrnes chose Hartland
I imagined having a lakefront get-away ever since our family summer vacations on Thompson Lake near Otisfield, ME in the late 1970s and 80s. After searching throughout New England for years, I was drawn back to Maine for several reasons, namely it's unique character, the solitude, old friends, and a persistent longing to get back to The North Woods. While in college in the 1970s I spent some time (in the dead of winter) on Great Moose Lake with a friend who owns property on the eastern shore. After a lot of research, I decided to take a closer look here and I found this cottage on the southern shore of the lake and everything fell into place. My family, friends and I spend as much time as possible at the cottage. When I retire I may even get another dog and this place will be my Golden Pond.
Great Moose Lake is remote enough to provide the tranquility I look for, yet it's easy to get to and I am close enough to friends that I can always get out to see them or have them visit. Hartland is close to Baxter State Park and the Maine Coast, two more of my favorite places. Maine is a different place and a road less traveled, and there are lots of year-round things to do here....or you can just do nothing in this beautiful place.
What makes this cottage unique
I bought this cottage from a family that had owned it for 29 years. It was an emotional experience for them to let go of it and the realization of a dream for me. I enjoy maintaining and working on the cottage and property to make it better for everyone, paddling and fishing around the lake's coves and islands, and having friends, family (and ultimately grand children) visit this special place. I recharge my batteries here and get away from the rat race. Sometimes it takes a day or two to get used to the solitude at the cottage and it can be very difficuIt to leave after some time there. I find the lake and the call of the loons extremely soothing. Opening the cottage up for summer rentals allows me a some personal freedom and sharing this beautiful place with other families brings smiles to everyone.