The Perfect Family Retreat
We just returned from our second vacation on this property. I really don't want to write this review, for the same reason people don't like to share that special restaurant that will fill up every night when word gets out how fabulous it is. But I owe owners Kelli and Vic the courtesy.
First off if you are looking for a quiet secluded setting this is perfect. It sits literally on the shore of Branch Lake. A lake that is big in size, but quiet in boat traffic. The water at the jumping dock was the perfect temperature, and my kids ages 13 and 11 couldn't believe how clear the water was when they opened their eyes under water. While my girls spent the day jumping off the dock, my wife enjoyed the private beach on the opposite side of the yard. I spent the majority of my time going between them, or reading my book on the deck that overlooked the lake.
It's listed as cottage, but it's actually more like a house. The picture of the great room does not do it justice as we spent many nights playing games, reading, and watching TV. Sometimes together, other times apart, but always in the room together. If you are looking to strengthen your bond with the kids, or create those summer time memories, this is the place.
The bedrooms were comfortable, and the owners have recently installed remote control ceiling fans in each room. Plenty of bedding and towels are supplied, and they have a nice contemporary washer and dryer.
For large or multiple families, there is a finished basement with a bedroom and bathroom. From here you can walk through the sliders right out to the lake.
Candy and Carl the caretakers live a few doors down, and make you feel welcome by stopping by and offering any assistance you may need.
Despite it's quiet setting, it is just minutes from the Ellsworth business district, and sits almost halfway between Bangor and Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park. A short drive to these sites offer numerous family fun activities.
I've done a lot of research on vacation properties on various lakes. Hands down this was the best. We plan on returning to this property every summer, I just hope you don't steal our week!
Billy Cameron - Derry NH
Families with Teenagers,
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