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Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

Maine Writer's Private Compound: Grand House and/or Guest House

15 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Western Maine House Rental Photos and Description

Main House and Guest House, 4 Bdrms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

This Rental includes a Grand House and/or a separate Guest House

********************** VIEW OUR VIDEO TOUR ABOVE **********************

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THIS IS THE COUNTRY VACATION THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF. The scent of wood smoke and pine. The haunting echo of a loon on a misty, morning pond. Moose wading at the shoreline. Visit our website link below for a lot more photos, video and information.

Nestled in a pristine mountain valley, this upscale, waterfront property will take your breath away! The lush (3) acre setting includes, a spacious Grand House, a large New England Barn separate Alpine Style Guest House located on the northwestern tip of the property.

The architecture of the home interiors is an open concept; T&G pine walls, stone and pine floors, high beamed ceilings w/sky lights and lots of glass and decks to enjoy the views. Each season on the Pond is a truly, unique experience. In SUMMER swim crystal clear water; enjoy virgin trout fishing just outside your door. Sail or canoe on the Pond, breathe in the view before an evening cookout. AUTUMN on the Pond is breath taking! A blaze of color reflects upon the mirrored surface on the Pond. It's a perfect time for hiking, Mt. Biking, some late golf or trout fishing: spectacular photography. WINTER? Ski Sunday River or Mt. Abram. It's a snowmobile paradise! Sled from your door across miles of Maine's trail system.

While at the house, build a bonfire, make hot chocolate and skate in the shadow of the mountains on the Pond. Snowshoe or X-Country ski an untouched winter wonderland. Or, just cozy up beside the fireplace with someone special and enjoy the quiet of the winter woods.

Both homes have mountain and water views. Check it out!!!

Keywords: Lakefront, Waterfront, lake, Mountains, boats, fireplace, snowmobile, trout fishing, rock climbing, honeymoon, family, vacation, moose, hiking, biking, price, weekend, rental, house, cabin, Bald Mt., private, upscale, pet, nonsmoking, swimming, beach, romantic, quiet, relaxing, wifi, internet,

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Ever since I was a boy I had wanted to be writer. I had read everything that Hemingway wrote. I guess I was as caught up in the legend of Ernest Hemingway—who the man was and how he lived his life—as much as I was moved by his crisp, efficient prose.

Neil Young, to me, is to music what Hemingway is to American literature. As that young boy I insistently listened to Neil Young, began to write and dreamed one day of building a place in the mountains, on a peaceful lake in beautiful Maine.

Why The Owner chose Western Maine

I took my time. I searched to find that idyllic place that I had imagined. That’s how I found Shagg. It is a secluded paradise of green forest, on the shore of crystal clear-spring-fed water. The lake is nestled in a mountain valley. At the northern tip, the granite face of Bald Mountain rises up and reflects down upon the water. The moose… The loons… The massive trout… I built the main house and a guest house and a large New England barn. I invite you and your loved ones to come share a get-away on the lake in Maine I used to dream about.

What makes this house unique

It’s difficult to decide which season I like best up on Shagg. Of course, Summer is amazing. I love to swim and fish and hike Bald Mountain. The views are breathtaking. I love the wild sounds just before dusk when loons are settling down for the day. Then I want to say Autumn because the lake is ablaze with vibrant color. The sky is that beautiful rich blue. And the air is cool, crisp, sprinkled with the scent of wood smoke. When I think of Winter, I think of stillness. Quiet. Deer tracks in the snow outside the door. Getting on a snowmobile under starlight chasing shadows along a mountain trail.

Now that I think about it, what I like best is when someone like you writes in our guest book, “We had the best time together here.” Then you talk about how you made the mountains and the lake and the house yours. How this place will always be apart of you. How you will always be a part of it. That’s exactly the place I told you about. It’s that place I dreamed of creating when I was a little boy.

Reviews

4.3
based on 15 traveler reviews

Maine Writer's Private Compound: Grand House and/or Guest House
average rating of 4.266667 based on 15 reviews
Long Island, NY USA
5

So much more than we expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We watched the video tour on VRBO and then went to their website link and view all off the photos and useful information. The videos and photos were breathtaking but when we drove up to the road leading into the property we knew we had picked the right vacation spot. We had rented the Grand House. The rent was so reasonable. It was amazing. The views of the water and the deck around the home was perfect. During the days the boys fished, canoed on the pond and swam. We climbed Bald Mountain together as a family day. My husband spent hours lying in the rope hammock. At night we sat by the fire pit in the chairs in the sandy beach area. We listened to the loons. And one night the boys put on a fireworks display over the water. There is a bench on one of the docks where my husband and I acted like too crazy teenagers on a summer's night. We met the folks who had rented the Guest House-- they had their own private space on the other side of the property. But it was fun and we all had a cook out together one night. There is tv and internet but it was hardly used. We had one of the best times ever spend together as a family. We hated to leave. Oh our Irish Setter rusty had a ball too! We are definitely coming back for two weeks next time.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Pond is such a special place. Over the years so many folks have enjoyed the quiet peace of a Maine vacation at our property. We are always happy to make new friends and to share this magical mountain valley with them. And I hear the fishing is particularly good this year. We've already seen moose. It's going to be a wonderful Summer.
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Long Island, NY USA
5

So much more than we expected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We watched the video tour on VRBO and then went to their website link and view all off the photos and useful information. The videos and photos were breathtaking but when we drove up to the road leading into the property we knew we had picked the right vacation spot. We had rented the Grand House. The rent was so reasonable. It was amazing. The views of the water and the deck around the home was perfect. During the days the boys fished, canoed on the pond and swam. We climbed Bald Mountain together as a family day. My husband spent hours lying in the rope hammock. At night we sat by the fire pit in the chairs in the sandy beach area. We listened to the loons. And one night the boys put on a fireworks display over the water. There is a bench on one of the docks where my husband and I acted like too crazy teenagers on a summer's night. We met the folks who had rented the Guest House-- they had their own private space on the other side of the property. But it was fun and we all had a cook out together one night. There is tv and internet but it was hardly used. We had one of the best times ever spend together as a family. We hated to leave. Oh our Irish Setter rusty had a ball too! We are definitely coming back for two weeks next time.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomfield, Connecticut USA
5

The best vacation we have had in years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented both the Grand House and the Guest House for our family. The houses were perfect-pine, stone, sunken living room, decks, windows everywhere and views. Even internet service, HBO Etc. But we didn't watch a lot of TV. We swam and sat by a campfire on the shore at night. There are boats and canoes. We climbed Bald Mountain with its spectacular views. But most of all it was so darn relaxing. We did go to the Oxford Casino one night and won $500. That was just a small bonus compared the wonderful family vacation we had in Maine. Thank you for the memories. We are definitely coming back. And our friends are also renting the Guest House in 2016.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your winnings! Thank you or saying such nice things about our homes. Well see you again.
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5 0
Massachusetts
4

Mixed impressions-Grand house

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the Grand house for our second trip to Shagg pond last summer, and our experience was much better than our prior trip up to the guest house (see my other review). This house has a telephone, but still no internet or smoke detectors. The kitchen was pretty well equipped, but we did have some issues with the stove/oven (I don't remember what it was now). We did not try to use the hot tub because we have had bad experiences with them from other rental properties; also there were instructions on testing the water, etc. which I did not want to deal with on vacation.

The place was mostly clean and did not have the mold odors of the guest house. The back porch and side porch are lovely, and there is direct access to the water from this house. The tub/shower in the bathroom is strangely elevated over the floor of the bathroom so that you have to step way up into the tub. I would not recommend this to anyone with mobility issues or who may be injured if they were to fall getting out of the tub. The shower curtain was not clean by any means.

Hiking and kayaking were both wonderful, and there is a magical pond up the top of the hiking trail that is a must-see, one of the most beautiful places I have visited. We did see two moose at various times on Shagg Pond, mostly while out kayaking in the evening. I did some fishing there, didn't catch much, but went to other ponds where I got more fish.

The neighbors are very fond of setting off fireworks in the evenings, so be prepared for that. It didn't bother us too much, and it was a good opportunity to "firework proof" our dog, who now thinks that the sound of bunker busters going off means he is going to get a piece of bread.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We wish you the best
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1 4
Massachusetts
1

Mixed impressions-Guest house

  • 1 of 5

We stayed at both houses during two separate times in the summer of 2014. Each house has its pluses and minuses, and I will review them separately here. However, there are some issues common to both houses: 1. There is no internet at all. The amenities list that there is broadband, dialup and internet, but there is none. This is essential because we needed access for some work that had to be done remotely during our vacation, and I specifically rented this property because of this amenity. 2. There is no garage. There is a locked barn on the property. 3. The guest house has NO TELEPHONE. This was an issue because my cell phone had no reception in this area and I needed to contact a family member the first night to let them know we had arrived and to discuss an issue with the guest house as noted below. I had to walk down the street trying to find someone who had a phone I could borrow, otherwise I would have had to drive 30 minutes to the last place I had cell phone service. Also, when we lost power during our first stay, I had to travel into cell phone service to report the problem to the electric company. 4. There is a washing machine in the grand house only. 5. There are no smoke detectors anywhere in either house.

I rented the guest house first. Apparently we were the first renters of the season. Upon entering the house, we were met with an overpowering odor of mold and mildew. I reported this to Barbara who was very concerned and did her best to confront the problem. Her explanation was that the stream next to the house had flooded during the winter, possibly causing the problem. I don't know if this was the cause or not. I had to open up all of the windows and doors to try to air it out because it was not compatible with human occupation. Because we got there in the evening, I had to stay the night and hope that this problem would go away. I was able to air out the house enough to stay there, but we had to keep the windows and doors open at all times or the problem would reoccur. The main issue seemed to stem from the first floor bedroom and the area around the furnace/water heater. I could see nowhere that water had leaked in. I have to say that Barbara is a very nice person and very responsive, which is very helpful in a situation like this. We didn't have any other major issues with this house, but it is not directly on the lake.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We wish you the best
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Washibgton, D.C. USA
5

An amazingly beautiful vacation

  • 5 of 5

We watched the Video Tour of the property and were sold-- this was the place for us! We rented both houses for our family and the accommodations were spectacular. We hiked Bald Mountain, caught fish, saw two moose in the pond and enjoyed the best vacation ever. There were row boats and canoes and a big yellow diving float to swim from and bath in the sun and the view of mountains all around. At night we sat by the water around a camp fire listening to all the night sounds. Our only complaint-- a week just wasn't long enough...

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Portland Airport (smaller airports closer)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
There are a number of bars & pubs locally
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Bethel Inn & Country Club (many to choose)
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Bethel Maine / Sunday River area
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cross Stone Restaurant & Conference
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Mt. Abram (Sunday River 20 mins)
Car: recommended

Each season on the pond is a truly unique experience. In Summer, swim crystal clear water; enjoy virgin trout fishing just outside your door; sail or canoe on the pond; breathe in the view before an evening cookout. Autumn on the pond is breathtaking! A blaze of color reflects upon the mirrored surface on the pond. It's a perfect time for hiking, mountain biking, some late golf or trout fishing. Spectacular photography. What about winter? There's Sunday River and Mt. Abram. It's a snowmobilers paradise! Sled from your door across miles of Maine's system. Build a bonfire, make hot chocolate and skate in the shadow of the mountains around the pond. Snowshoe, cross-country ski a winter wonderland, or just cozy beside the fireplace with someone special and enjoy the quiet of the winter woods.

Other Activities: Snowmobile Trail outside your door Skating on the pond.

Ski: We are 20 minute away from MT Abram, ski area.

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Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
$140
From
$150
Thu,Fri,Sat
$975
$4,095
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 8.0%

At time of Rental Agreement, $400 security/damage deposit to reserve your dates . Total rent is due 60 days prior to your rental date.

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Amenities

Western Maine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • You will want to bring your own towels...
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
* The new 'OXFORD CASINO' just down the road

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