If this is the quiet end of Molasses Pond . . .
We just got back (a day early) from this artist's retreat vacation home. While it is true that it is secluded in terms of how far away amenities are, it is not quiet or peaceful. The water and swimming were terrific -- warm, clear, and close. The loons were great and the cottage was fine (the rugs downstairs do need changing, they have a lingering smell). What was not as advertised was the closeness of the camp next door (20 ft or so and left out of all the pictures of the camp) and the general noise level of the area. If you like parties that last into the wee hours of the night, fireworks, kids yelling, an active ATV trail nearby, and construction projects next door, this is the camp for you.
I had specifically asked before renting if it was secluded and quiet and was told that the camps on one side hadn't been used in years (true, there are actually two camps to the right that are deserted and this is what makes the beach so private and 90' long). The left side has a camp right next door, a dock 5 feet from this dock, and camps lined up as far as one can see down the shoreline. I understand that this is why they call it summer camp, but when you specifically ask for quiet and privacy, it is not ok to leave out some details of how populated it really is. We asked for and thought we were getting peace and quiet and some privacy, but this was not as advertised or as described by the owner when asked. Many families will love it, there is a lot going for it, but if you don't have kids and want a week of rest and relaxation, skip this one.
In addition, the camp right next door decided to do some construction work and scaffolding went up, boards were flying, saws were screaming, nail guns popping, not what I would describe as peaceful or serene. Granted, it was one day, but that one day was really loud and really inappropriate for a paying vacation renter to be hearing all day. We closed all the doors and windows until they left.
We decided to leave a day early even though we knew we would miss the water and swimming. We truly were looking for peace and quiet, and after almost a week of not really getting either, decided home was quiet and peaceful enough.
Owner's Response: My goodness, where do I start. This is the quiet side of Molasses Pond. Did you notice the busy beach @ the other end of the lake? I'm sorry you chose the busiest week of the summer for your quiet get away. One day of construction to side an entire house. Good thing my neighbors are fast, most projects like that would take a week. I've owned my cottage for 25 years and this their second construction project. I can't control neighbors, construction or the weather. If I had that app on my Ouija Board I would be rich. My renters tape measure is a little off. The garden and row of trees between my neighbor and I are 20 feet from the cottage and provide a nice barrier. The neighbor's house is about 40 feet away and there are no windows on my side of their camp. My dock is on the left side of my beach. It make it easier to swim and land boats on the beach. Our docks are more like 15 feet apart. Too bad you didn't take time to meet the neighbors. He's a great fisherman and probably would have shared his fish with you, or told you where to take a nice hike to avoid the noise. That's the kind of positive energy that goes on on Molasses Pond. Sorry that you chose to see the cup 1/2 empty. If you rented in September you might not see anyone. It is not okay to give a bad review for things beyond my control. As far as rugs with a scent. This has been the most humid summer on record, and your dog probably didn't totally dry off before resting on the carpet. I'll make sure I get them cleaned. My artist retreat is wonderful peaceful place and people that know how to relax will enjoy it. I hope to have more of those soon.
Helpful votes: 4/5
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