Rome Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)
This picturesque lake cottage (Afterglow) is literally 'On Golden Pond' which is actually Great Pond. With 46 miles of shoreline, it is the largest lake in the Belgrade Lakes Chain and is one of the largest bodies of water in the world named 'pond'. The cottage has a rich history from its original owner, acclaimed illustrator and artist, Mary Lane McMillan as the sight of the McMillan School of Fine Arts Vacation School during the 1920s and 1930s.
The great room offers plenty of space to eat at the picnic table, recline in the La-Z Boy recliners, watch TV or a DVD, read or just relax and enjoy the view of the lake. The two story stone fireplace with insert can provide heat on a chilly evening. At night, it is not unusual to hear the enchanting call of loons on the lake, and we have even seen Ospreys perched in the branches just off the screened in porch.
The kitchen was fully renovated in 2012 and it also offers cool delicious well water from our private well. The cottage features cable TV and DVD, three sleeping areas with quiet new ceiling fans and a fully screened porch overlooking the beautiful golden sunsets across the cove. You can enjoy delicious grilled meals from the gas range on the deck. The 32' dock and mooring and use of a tandem ocean kayak for our guests at no additional cost provides plenty of ways to enjoy the water! The kayak is incredibly stable and is perfect for first time paddlers. Several islands are just a short paddle away. A mere 10 minute paddle from your dock 'Darkest Africa' as my childhood friends and I used to call it, awaits your exploration. While the name may be testament to the childhood exaggerations of a youthful perspective, it is still a picturesque little stream where you may catch a glimpse of turtles sunning themselves above the lily pads if you are lucky.
After spending a week at Afterglow, your memories will be ready to harken you back to the time when you experienced first-hand 'The Way Life Should Be' 'On Golden Pond' in Maine.
Keywords: Camp, waterfront, lake, pond, seasonal, lakeside
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Tom and Maureen McAvoy
I was born and raised in nearby Waterville, Maine and spent nearly every day of every summer until college barefoot, shirtless and carefree in the white cottage that borders this cottage to the north. My wife and I are retired US Naval Officers and some of my favorite things to do are kayaking around Great Pond, swimming, walking, biking and playing with our dogs and traveling to see new places.
Tom and Maureen McAvoy purchased this cottage in 1981
Why Tom and Maureen McAvoy chose Rome
I grew up spending my summers next to this cottage and have fond memories of the puppet shows that Mary Lane McMillan used to stage in the great room for the children in the area.
What makes this cottage unique
Kayaking on the lake, including island hopping, swimming, walking and biking along the roads and even snorkeling along the shore of the lake or out around the islands.