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Enchanting lake ski/house VIEWS & REVIEWS -

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms 2 baths, sleeps 8

On a quiet peninsula w/ exceptional water views from every room and decks on all four sides, this sunny 4-bedroom turn-of-the-century cottage near scenic Bethel and Sunday River ski resort has been lovingly restored. Peaceful, comfortable, private and well-equipped, the house works exceptionally well for caring families or groups. People love it and typically stay right on the property it is so relaxing. There are really 3 'master bedrooms,' one smaller bedroom, and a toyroom nook with queen sleeper. The house, w/ screened porch w/ stone fireplace, has been totally redone and furnished with antiques, including a player piano, and an old woodstove. Hidden behind the charm, are modern conveniences, radiant heat throughout, cable and Apple tv, dvd, washer dryer and wireless. It is a wonderful year-round vacation home on a pretty crystal clear lake. Renters have loved the house and spot for over 27 years - read the reviews here and there are another 2 books of glowing reviews at the house. Most of our renters are return guests and come at varied times of year so only a few times available. Sited on a point of land, the property is very private but only 7 mi from Bethel w/ restaurants, great hiking, fishing and skiing. Best of all worlds.

We've rented for 27 years and people have been extremely happy with this special spot in a wonderful house. It's so comfortable and relaxing once you arrive that most people stay on the property most of the time, even though there are many activities and restaurants in the area. We're on a quiet dirt road, perfect for strolling or dogwalks and a five minute walk from a whole network of year round hiking trails. Nearby Bethel is considered one of the prettiest villages in the state, and because of the 4 season appeal has both the beauty of its natural surroundings plus many fine restaurants and numerous other amenities.

We love this property and seek renters who will enjoy its serenity and respect the great effort we've taken in its care. It is terrific for 3 generations, young families, couples who appreciate the private scenic setting; we do have great neighbors, and want to keep it that way. There are so many wonderful outdoor activities but if you get stuck inside for whatever reason, you will love the coziness and bright, warm atmosphere of this lovely scenic home.

For those not familiar with Bethel it is a wonderful area with nearby top-notch skiing, hiking and scenic drives. Only 3 hours from Boston, you experience the best of Maine without driving for hours and hours, and the community has many amenities in an unspoiled very pretty Maine town. It's hard to beat.

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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2017

About Karen

I came to Maine for college and fell in love with the state. Later I met my husband Rob in graduate school (in CT) and convinced him to move to the Portland area of Maine. We've been extremely happy here while having busy professional lives, raising 3 wonderful daughtersand a variety of pets and traveling extensively, but our quiet, happy family times are in Greenwood - now for over 29 years.

Karen purchased this house in 1988

Why Karen chose Bethel - Sunday River area

We are family oriented and avid skiers. Since we live in Portland Maine, we wanted a place near Mt. Abram and Sunday River but on a lake so we could use, and rent our vacaion home, year round. I always say having our 3 children was the best decision we made but buying Greenwood was the second best. It has been a cherished place for our family in a practical and spectacular location.

What makes this house unique

The Bethel area is easy to get to and has so much to offer year round. That's not always true of places in Maine. In Greenwood you feel like you're out in the Maine woods but amenities - good coffee, health care, a variety of restaurants and entertainment as well as terrific hiking, skiing and swimming, fishing are all right there. And the house itself is a gem - - so pretty and so comfortable and relaxing to be right on the lake on a quiet dirt road with good neighbors. Heaven for us and for all our happy renters.


Locke Mills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , 1st floor
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , hot and cold water!
  • First floor bath is new but has sink set in antique pine dresser, pull chain oak tank toilet and walk-in, 2 spout, tiled shower w/ pebbled floor. Two stained glass windows make this bath very pretty and special. Upstairs bath is tiled, with a lake view from the shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , waterview2sides
    Bedroom - 1 double , waterview2sides
    Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , waterview3sides
    Bedroom - 1 double , waterview2sides
  • It's a beautiful home and each bedroom has its own character. The Master wood paneled bedroom on the first floor has warm pine paneling and extensive lake views. A tiled bath with walkin shower is close by. . A second Master bedroom upstairs is painted beadboard, a huge window facing East and has a slider leading out to beautiful porch/deck with gorgeous southern lake views; 3rd bedroom is large w/ full size and twin w/ trundle bed, room for crib, lake views on 3 sides and a long window seat overlooking the lawn; last bedroom is small but with a double bed and very cute, has natural beadboard and terrific views including a small skylight. The three upstairs bedrooms share a tiled full bath with a window in the shower looking down on our waterfront. Set amidst tall pines but allowing for lots of sun, the bedrooms are cheery and sport cozy pretty quilts and linens.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The house has been totally & beautifully redone but retains the charm of a Maine 'camp' under towering pines and a crystal clear lake. Works wonderfully for families but is also romantic for a couple(s) and, using only the first floor, cozy for one. (We've hosted a few writers and artists here - very happily). Skiers paradise but non skiers are happy to stay home. Chef's kitchen. One MBR downstairs and 3 bedrooms up., plus 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in winter, 2 in summer. Boathouse with a sleeper couch and children's theater; player piano;, books, puzzles, and games galore. Kayaking Canoeing Rafting.. Self contained wonderful vacation spot, with views and seating areas everywhere. Great waterfront in a protected cove, on a pretty extra clean lake; great swimming for all ages. Garden. Filled with touches to make this rental super special. And you're not stuck in the boonies. Bethel is a beautiful little town less than 10 minutes away w/ shops, restaurant


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Enchanting lake ski/house VIEWS & REVIEWS -
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Yarmouth, Maine

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your amazing cottage. We had the quintessential Maine fall weekend. Hiking around the lake, relaxing by the fireplace. Breathtaking views of the sun rising over the mountain greeted us each morning. Your recent renovations have made this spacious house so cozy and accommodating. We felt at home right away and loved it. Looking forward to a repeat visit in wintertime.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home on a lovely lake

  • 5 of 5

My family recently rented this home and I cannot say enough how much we loved staying here. Karen was so accommodating, giving us info on the house and surrounding area. In the summer there is so much to do here kayak, hike, ziplining, swimming in a beautiful lake and it's close enough to North Conway for a day trip. The home was immaculate and warm and comfortable. We loved all the decks and sitting areas on this beautiful property. The photos don't do it justice. We can't wait to come back and spend another relaxing vacation here.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lakeville, MA


  • 5 of 5

This beautiful lake home has everything you could ever want. So many little relaxation spaces inside and out - a screened -in porch with a fireplace, and three other porches! Down at the peaceful lake you can take out a kayak, canoe, or paddleboat, swim out to the floating dock, or sit on the adirondack chairs in the shade. It is lovingly cared for and maintained with flowers all around. Just beautiful!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wyckoff, nj

Winter Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything we wanted and expected. Mt Abram is 5 minutes away, less crowded and cheaper than Sunday River, which is only a 15 minute drive away. Nice kitchen to cook in. Awesome fireplace. Plenty of wood. Cozy house with plenty of room. Looking forward to an annual winter getaway here!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly Recommended!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a four night stay at this truly amazing, magical lake house. The trip was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we couldn’t be happier with our choice of destinations. This house is right on the lake and offers beautiful views from just about every window. The screened porch with the fireplace is fantastic…my favorite spot! Even though the house has four bedrooms it is very cozy and comfortable for just two people or if you choose to bring the family or friends there is plenty of room for all. Karen is wonderful to work with and truly wants you to have a memorable stay. She is happy to make recommendations on restaurants and attractions in the area. We are already looking forward to our next visit(s)!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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perfect week

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this BEAUTIFUL cottage. The property is obviously very lovingly maintained and cared for. Everything was very clean and well stocked. Kitchen was lovely to work in and shower downstairs was simply amazing. The views were beautiful from all bedrooms. Specifically, the 2 docks and floating dock and the screened room with fire place were the best part of this rental as they gave lots of room for quiet time and relaxation at all times of the day. The weather was amazing for September/October in Maine...not what we were expecting at all although the locals told us this was typical for the area-something not many are aware of. It was 75-80 every day and not one day of rain the entire week. We actually went SWIMMING in the lake many times, with small children, in October! Bethel was lovely and only a 7-9 minute drive from the cottage. Some cute shops and a well equipped grocery, although we did get all out needs for the week at the large grocery in Augusta, but the Bethel store was good for the things we ran out of. It was very private on 3 sides, with a house very close by on the west (?) side, but there was only someone at that cottage on the weekend, and they were very nice gentleman. Take time to go out to the dock with good friends, wine and blankets very late on a clear night and watch the stars...don't think I've ever seen more shooting stars and giggled quite so much. LOVED this cottage! and Karen is so accommodating and sweet calling to see if we made it there safe and if everything was in order. If you rent this cottage once you will go back again. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Ski
11 Miles
Sunday River
Car: recommended

In summer and fall we have over 400 feet of frontage on a beautiful clean lake with excellent swimming and fishing for old and young alike; a boat/guesthouse with large deck on the water, a dock and float, 3 single and 1 double kayak, a canoe, paddleboat, swing set, an oversize hammock, and lots of loons. No jet skis allowed on the lake. Excellent hiking - some right out the door, biking, horseback riding, tennis, basketball, and golf all nearby. Fishing is terrific with May and June being best time. In winter: a short and easy drive (11 miles) to Sunday River and 2 miles to Mt. Abram Ski resorts, and readily available skating, cross-country skiing, snow mobiling, night skiing and tubing, dog sledding and ice-fishing. Plus, a charming place to stay for non-skiing family members!

Other Activities: reading and hammock napping: quintessential Maine

Ski: We are less than 2 miles to family (and wallet) friendly Mt. Abram which might be perfect for young families or gentle skiers. But, for those seeking more thrills, famed Sunday River is less than 15 minute easy drive. Nordic skiing can be right out the door onto to the frozen lake or miles of groomed trails at nearby ski centers.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $30
Damage Deposit $500

Holiday rate of $475/night apply New Years, MLK, Feb vacation. In fall and off season, may decrease rent for small number of of guests. That's also true of cleaning fee for small numbers. The home is fully equipped, including linens, towels, kitchen wares, and books and games galore.

half of rental amount is due within 7 days of booking, the rest of the rental, plus cleaning taxes and security deposit is due and payable 30 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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