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Andrew Pierce

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german, spanish, Not proficient in Spanish or German.

Cottage with Private Beach and Views of Lake, Mountains and Sunset!

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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2 adults and 2- 4 children depending on privacy needs (or 4 adults + no kids)


Near Acadia National Park, this private 300 acre lakefront cottage property is a unique vacation. All rooms have magnificent views of the beach, lake and mountains. Perfect for families who enjoy beach activities or for a quiet remote 'get-a-way.' Located adjacent to 38,000-acre land preservation on a minimally developed lake.

In 1994 we gifted 7500 acres of the property to the State of Maine for a State land reserve. We kept out the 300 acre peninsula surrounded by the land reserve, where the three cabins are located. The surrounding area is an undiscovered wilderness. The hiking is incredible with tremendous views of Down east Maine and Acadia National Park. There are many remote lakes and ponds snuggled in the hills that provide total privacy. In addition, Acadia National Park is only a short drive away and can easily be visited for a day or afternoon.

Spring River Lake and the other surrounding lakes, ponds, and mountains are minimally developed if developed at all. Our peninsula has several additional private beaches within a couple minutes walking distance. Directly in front of the rental cottage is a 1000-foot long soft sandy beach with beautiful swimming. The cottage has a mile long gated private driveway, allowing for considerable privacy.

The cottage is fully furnished and decorated in cottage style, yet comfortable. It is very clean and well maintained with electricity and plumbing. It is heated by large fireplace and kitchen wood stove.

The reservation calendar on this ad is not maintained or updated. Please email for availability. Thank you.

More Details
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Andrew Pierce (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german, spanish, Not proficient in Spanish or German.

About Andrew Pierce

The property and the surrounding area are very dear to me and my family. In 1994 we donated thousands of acres to the State of Maine for a Maine State Land Reserve which is now enjoyed and respected by enthusiastic visitors. We work hard to keep our remaining private peninsula pristine and in complete respect to the natural beauty of the area. Andrew grew up in the Bangor and Downeast area and has a strong connection to the Acadia region.

Andrew Pierce purchased this cottage in 1933

Why Andrew Pierce chose Downeast and Acadia

Two proximal reserves have been designated here: 1,940 acres east of Donnell Pond and 4,274 acres northeast of Spring River Lake. The mountains and lakes formed by the Tunk Mountain Pluton constitute one of the most distinctive landmarks of the East Coastal Region. The two reserves include mid-elevation (~1,000 foot) summits of Tunk Mountain, Black Mountain, and Caribou Mountain as well as Tilden Pond, Little Long Pond, and Wizard Pond.

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What makes this cottage unique

The State’s best private beach, cleanest water and swimming, fantastic views and sunsets, well maintained cottage and the proximity to the Maine coast. A perfect romantic get-a-way or a memorable family Maine woods, lake and coastal experience!


based on 9 traveler reviews

Cottage with Private Beach and Views of Lake, Mountains and Sunset!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

Like a lot of families these days, it seems that our lives have become both very hectic and media-driven (between iPads, iPhones and television). So, we agreed that it would be good for us to take our son(6) and daughter (9) to a place where we could slow down, turn off all of the electronics, appreciate one another's company and get back to nature. After a lot of online searching, we came across Andrew's wonderful property on Spring River Lake. The booking was very simple. Andrew answered all of our various questions prior to our arrival and we were warmly welcomed by Andrew and the property's excellent caretaker, Bob.

The cottage was immaculate with everything a family of four could want. The kids loved their attic bedrooms, while we enjoyed the first floor master bedroom. The large family rooms was a great space to sent on the couch and read, talk or or play games as a family, while the kitchen's eating area provided great views out to the lake.

We spent our days exploring the lake on the various kayaks provided. Our kids have never kayaked, but fell in love it immediately and paddled for hours on end each day on the kid kayaks that are very easy to maneuver. My daughter dove for mussels in the nearby cove, as we all swam and jumped off the floating dock. A boathouse on the beach provided everything we needed, from life jackets to fishing poles, to toys for the kids to play with. The water was clear and refreshing (not too cold, not too warm). The nearby Tunk Mountain provided a nice hike, while a short kayak trip across the lake the the Jumping Rock provided a bit of adventure.

On some nights, the cottage was cool enough to light a fire in the wood-burrning fireplace, which served as an excellent source for s'mores. Most nights we cooked our own dinners, but got takeout one night from the nearby 182 Pizza (which was awesome), and freshly made chicken tenders from the Irving gas station (I know, food from a gas station, but believe me, the chicken is handmade on-site and really good).

Bar Harbor and Acadia are just a short drive away, so it's easy to make a day trip and still be home to watch the sunset. One night we walked on to the beach to see the million stars overhead, and even saw a few shooting stars.

I was afraid that the reality of the cottage and site wouldn't live up to my mental image of the perfect family vacation. Luckily, it exceeded it. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Arlington, MA

A Hidden Gem!!!

  • 5 of 5

This property was truly a dream come true plus more! My family’s first vacation was to the Bar Harbor area 18 years ago. We were looking forward to going back to Acadia to hike with our boys now grown up but we never made it! Our wonderful week was like a storybook filled with new memories of adventure, relaxation and pure enjoyment! To our pleasant surprise, we were completely content to stay at this hidden gem nestled in the woods and we never found the need to head over to Acadia. The property is magnificent with its’ very own pristine beach and dock and a lovely view of the lake and mountain. We ventured out of the property a couple times to hike the local mountains just up the road which I highly recommend. We were in awe of the spectacular views and only few people that we saw along the way.

The cabin itself was fabulous! The beds were very comfortable, everything was super clean and really cozy. The first day after we got there, it rained and we spent the day hanging out in the cabin in front of the beautiful fire. There was more than enough kindling and logs that were supplied to have a fire every day and night if we wanted. We played cards, games, read and relaxed. It was so romantic and a real treat. I enjoyed this cabin so much, it could have rained all week and I wouldn’t have minded. The added bonus was this was truly an escape from work and the real world . If you enjoy the outdoors and are looking for peace and quiet filled with sounds of loons surrounded by trees in a rustic and extremely comfortable setting, then you’ll enjoy it as much as my family did and will be able to fill a photo album, like the one I’m putting together, with wonderful memories to enjoy for a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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<sigh> We miss it already...

  • 5 of 5

I'd love to keep this place a secret but I can't say enough about it.

The property is perfectly relaxing, serene, picturesque. The cabin was solidly-built, warm, beautifully maintained, comfortable, had every amenity you could ask for in a cabin in the woods, including comfy beds, nice kitchen, warm shower. Waking each morning to a lake breeze and the call of the loons spoiled us. Even the one rainy day that we had during our week was perfect for a fire in the fireplace, some reading, a nap, a not-so-livey game of rummy and a pot of homemade chili.

We only left property twice, once to get a few more groceries in Ellsworth (20 minute drive) stopping on the way back to pick up fresh steamers from a local fisherman, and once to run to the local convenience store for more night crawlers. And we couldn't get back to the cabin quick enough. I know how close we were to other beautiful parts of the state but, honestly, we had everything we were looking for right on that lake.

The owner was wonderful to deal with, quickly and kindly responding to emails. The caretaker was a gem...kind, concerned and a true Mainer. Our two dogs, lab mixes, were welcomed by the owner and were with us for the week. They loved it as much as we did, spending as much time as they could frolicking in the water, chasing sticks and laying on the beach in the sun. As soon as they were done with 'breakfast' each morning, you could find them sitting by the back door waiting for us to let them out to the lake.

There was another couple, with their dog, on property during our week there and we were still afforded so much privacy that we didn't even know they were there unless we saw them enjoying their end of the beach during the day.

Our biggest decisions each day were 'canoe or kayak', 'nap or no nap', 'lure or worm' get the picture. Our time there was the CTL ALT DELETE for our brains that we needed more than we knew. I can't state strongly enough how much we LOVED this special and unspoiled place.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Spring River Lake is Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Maine and we are so glad we chose the cabin at Spring River Lake. We were looking for a quiet place to enjoy the countryside and the surrounding areas. The location was perfect. The lake was so beautiful with the mountains around it. I have never seen such a clear lake and only wish we had been there in the summer so we could have enjoyed the water more. The owner and caretaker were so much help with advice on where to eat and where to fish. We enjoyed the Union Bay Lobster Pot in Ellsworth, Thanks for the tip! We were able to sit in the sun on the beach during the day and enjoy the fireplace in the cabin at night. What a peaceful setting !! if you are needing to get way from the fast paced daily life, I do hope you get the chance to come to this spot. The fishing was a little slow at this time of year but we hear it is usually better, so we have to come back again soon to catch fish. Thanks for sharing your home with us . we look forward to coming back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Maine at its best!

  • 5 of 5

This vacation spot is a true find. The location is perfect. It is secluded enough so that you feel like you have truly gotten away, yet it still has proximity to conveniences such as restaurants and grocery store and tourist attractions, Acadia and Bar Harbor. Although it is close to Acadia and Bar Harbor, we tend to stay at the cabin since it is difficult to justify a reason to leave. The cabin and its surroundings are the perfect combination of tranquility and activity. The lake is perfect for relaxing and in the surrounding area there is so much to do – kayaking, canoeing, hiking, swimming etc. The lake is perfect for swimming – like bathwater. The area is truly breathtaking. The cottage is very clean, well-maintained and comfortable.

Perfect for a vacation with or without kids. We have been several times and look forward to many future visits.

M & B L - Grantham, New Hampshire

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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A Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and four children (two sets of twins, ages 12 and 9) have vacationed at Spring River Lake for many summers, and it is our favorite place to spend time together as a family. It is the perfect setting and location if you are looking to unplug, unwind, and spend time together.

We have stayed at both the two-bedroom cottage and the cabin (rental # 102874). Both are beautiful, clean, and well maintained. The cottage is our favorite now because it provides all the space we need for our big family. It is a few steps away from the lake where we spent a great deal of time on the beautiful beach and playing in the clear and clean water. Our kids could spend hours catching tadpoles and frogs, as well as fishing and simply exploring the shoreline. There are kayaks and canoes and we often would paddle across the lake to some rocks that are close to shore that are perfect for great diving fun. Our dogs would come along for the ride and love every minute of it. It was always a treat when we would see a loon along the way. We also have enjoyed hikes up the surrounding mountains that provide spectacular views.

Rainy days, which seem few and far between, provide a wonderful opportunity to light a fire and play a game of cards or board games. There are certain games that my entire family associates with Spring River Lake!

Acadia National Park is a short drive away and provides endless opportunities for family exploring and fun, from time at the ocean to hikes up Cadillac Mountain. Ellsworth is close by and provides plenty of great places to eat, including delicious Maine lobster and ice cream.

Evenings are simply magical at Spring River Lake. We often would light a fire for s’mores and cozy up in front of it to enjoy more card games or our favorite books. The evening would end as you would be lying in bed listening to the loons calling on the lake.

The cottage at Spring River Lake is a slice of heaven. I would recommend a vacation here to everyone!

Kathy M.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Bar Harbor (25 miles) / Bangor (55 miles)
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Bar Harbor to Nova Scotia
Nearest Motorway
55 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Metres
Cottage is on the beach
Car: necessary

Ideal spot to relax while enjoying Maine's seacoast, Acadia and surrounding wilderness. One-of-a-kind beach!

Other Activities: All motorless water sports


Rates & Availability

Steuben Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer August (Prime)
Jul 23 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer Perfect
Aug 27 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer / Autumn
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 15 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

The reservation calendar on this ad is not maintained or updated. Please email for availability. Thank you.
Please contact us for availability or for reservation. The 'Availability' Calendar provided on this site is not maintained.

Rental rates vary between $1400 and $2400+ depending on season. A 40% security deposit and a signed Rental Agreement are required to secure the reservations. Full rental payment plus tax is due 3 weeks prior to arrival. Alternative Changeover/Arrival dates must be arranged in advanced of arrival. Payments are made via personal or bank check in US$.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Steuben Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Hot Water Outdoor Shower
  • Full bathroom with shower indoors as well as an outdoor hot water shower perfect for sunset showers, rinse off after day at beach or a cool down after a hike on one of the nearby mountain trials.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom Downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom Upstairs - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , open floor plan.
  • Upstairs bedroom is a 'L' shaped bedroom and provides some privacy between the two single beds and the double in the room. It is not ideal for those wishing for complete privacy upstairs. It is prefect for kids or parents and kids
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Sand Box
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
The CALENDAR ON THIS SITE IS NOT UPDATED OR MAINTAINED. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE OWNER FOR AVAILABILITY. Staff: Caretaker on call to maintain the safety and operation of the property during your stay. Sundeck; 1000ft private sand swimming beach; canoe; rowboat; sailboat; 4 single kayaks; One two-person kayak; windsurfer board; fully furnished; all linens; dishes; utensils; cooking appliances; on call caretaker; privacy; private locked gate; spring fed lake water, beach chairs; life jackets; kids beach toys; multiple hammocks. The reservation calendar on this ad is not maintained or updated. Please email for availability. Thank you.

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