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2017 Summer Weeks - Boat, Fish and Swim Songo Pond

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bedrm, 2 baths, sleeps 14 - possible attached unit sleeps add'l 6 w pool table

This 5 bedroom home was built in 2000. The inside is clean, spacious, and comfortable. The kitchen is very big with 2 tables and a bar area that seats 4.

There are 36 acres of property to roam, with 3200 feet of water frontage. There is vegetation (trees and blueberry bushes) right up to the waters edge, with a nice dock area. The house and the waterfront are on different sides of Songo Pond Road. Behind the house, there are some rugged trails and logging roads to roam around on. The logging roads are being used during the 2015 winter, so there should be some fairly open hiking trails right on the property. The White Mountain National Forest is just to the south.


Owner
Jim Dearden
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

Amenities

Bethel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , first level
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ceiling Fan
    Bedroom downstairs 1 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , bunk bed, room sleeps 4
    Bedroom downstairs 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunk Bed, room sleeps 3
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , This room sleeps 4, with a queen and twin bunks.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This room sleeps 4 - 5, with queen and twin over full bunk
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat Dock
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
I have an attached barn with a potential add-on unit that allows for 5-6 additional people. It includes a pool table and another kitchen/rec room area, along with another full bath. This space can be added on for $500 plus tax for the week.

Reviews

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2017 Summer Weeks - Boat, Fish and Swim Songo Pond
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews
5

Great times at Songo Pond

  • 5 of 5

My family and I booked this home for our summer getaway/family reunion. The home was clean and tidy when we arrived, with plenty of space for everyone (6 adults, 6 children).

Jim met my family at the home at the beginning of our stay and ensured we had what we needed to have a wonderful vacation, which included a brand new grill that he had just delivered.

We spent most of our days fishing, swimming, canoeing and kayaking around Songo Pond. The quality of the pond is very good -- water was clean, minimal boat traffic, low noise levels - just a great place to sit back and relax. In the evenings, we would grill dinner and enjoy the fire pit and hot tub on the property.

When we did venture off the property, one of the stops was Frenchman's hole, a swimming area that featured a ~20 foot tall rock wall where daring individuals can take a plunge

into the cold river waters - it was quite an experience. We also visited downtown Bethel, the Sunday River Brewing Company, as well as other tourist destinations during our stay.

A big thumbs up from this family - thanks Jim!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tom, Thanks so much for choosing our home for your family vacation! So glad you had a chance to enjoy the lake across the street. Thank you for letting me know that one of the air conditioners wasn't working properly. I have replaced it with a new one! Hope to see you guys up at Songo Pond again in the future!
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We had a wonderful wedding weekend in Bethel.

  • 4 of 5

The home had everything we needed for our stay. There was plenty of space for the 8 of us. The kitchen is very well equipped and there were more than enough towels. We all enjoyed the new hot tub. The owner and caretaker were very accommodating. Thank you. Marcia McDonnell

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We spent five nights on Songo Pond at the beginning of August. There were ten of us spending the night and we all had plenty of space! Jim was very helpful and responsive to our various questions before arrival and during our stay. The property was clean and well-equipped for cooking and barbecuing. Our two favorite things were the jacuzzi and the pond. The water around the dock is shallow and perfect for swimming, but not for diving. The pond is calm and peaceful, and at night you can sometimes hear loon calls! This place is great for getting the family together outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great location. A few maintenance issues kept it from being perfect.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at Songo Pond. The company that Jim recommended to rent paddle boards and kayaks from was reasonable and prompt with their delivery. The house was just like the pictures, but the mattresses were a little old. Pretty much what we expected.

The house is great for large groups - we were a group of 7 adults and a toddler, and there was plenty of room for everyone. When we had a minor incident with a sink overflowing, the caretaker was available immediately to look at the problem.

Accessibility to hiking and activities was good.

Overall, we had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marilyn, thanks for sharing, and thanks for staying at our place! Your feedback is very helpful. With the exception of the bunk beds, the mattresses are all purchased fairly recently. There is a full and a queen that, thanks to your feedback, we plan to replace with more comfortable mattresses, as they are not as comfortable as the others. I'll reach out to get a better understanding of which mattresses you were referring to...
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4

Great cozy place

  • 4 of 5

Nice cozy place with a great pond view.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The property was exactly as described - spacious, cozy, comfortable, and convenient.

  • 5 of 5

We had a large party of 14 for a summer reunion at Jim's property. Jim was incredibly kind and helpful - whether over the phone, or via text. He gave us a great virtual tour, and the property was clean upon arrival. There were lots of amenities to keep us entertained. What was also a nice surprise were the quality linens and pillows! The pond and dock were just across the street from the property, and the water was quiet and pristine. We were also spoiled with the wonderful weather that weekend. Will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Suds Pub, Bethel, Maine
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bethel Inn and Country Club, Bethel, Maine
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Route 16, Conway, NH
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
SRBC Sunday River Brewing Co, Bethel, ME
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry, ME
Nearest Beach
75 Miles
Higgins Beach, ME
Car: recommended

Not only is the house located on a beautiful pond, with abundant wildlife, fishing, and great swimming... but there are area outfitters offering canoeing, fly fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more. There is a movie theater too! Pack up the car and go Moose-watching, visit some of the areas unique swimming holes, drive to the top of Mount Washington.

Bethel is located about 65 miles from Portland, ME and some of the most beautiful beaches along the Maine coast. Just North of Portland is Freeport, ME, home of the original L.L. Bean store, open 24 hours. The White Mountain National Forest is only a few miles from Bethel, and the house is approximately 50 miles east of North Conway, NH... a mountain village with abundant tax free outlet shopping!

So, there is a lot to do and see in the area.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Additional Guest Fee $100 per person per night
Pet Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

Checkin time is at 4pm on the day of arrival
Checkout is the day of departure at 11am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.