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Lakefront Cottage in Scenic Midcoast Maine on Beautiful Crystal Lake

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4-5

Avonlea Cottage is off the beaten path in the town of Washington (about 30 minutes from Camden and Augusta). There are approximately 150 feet of frontage on clear, clean Crystal Lake - a rural, quiet, peaceful area with minimal motorboat activity. The cottage sits on a 1/2 acre wooded property with path to water, which is about 100 feet from cottage. There is good swimming with a shoreline combination of small rocks, gravel and sand. Also available is a public beach down the road at the boat launch (carry-in only). There is good fishing with a chance to catch brook and brown trout as well as small and large mouth bass. There are pretty views across lake to undeveloped land. Neighbors are shielded from view by foliage. Canoe, picnic table, chairs, gas grill and dock are included. Guest must bring bottled water. Rental dates are Sunday to Sunday.

Lake Description: Crystal Lake is approximately 100 acres and has very little development. It is a quiet lake with minimal motor boat activity. Jet skis are banned from the lake and the public access is limited to carry in only. Wildlife includes nesting loons and families of ducks. Bald eagles can be seen occasionally. For anyone interested in fishing, the lake is stocked yearly with brown and brook trout. It also contains plenty of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch, and sunfish.

Comments from previous renters: I enjoyed your place by Crystal Lake very much. You got me thinking of purchasing my own place by a lake some day.

We had a great time! We had a nice sunny week so got a lot of swimming and canoeing in.

We had a very peaceful week of swimming, sunning, reading, and writing! Your cabin is perfect.

I love this wonderful place. It's peaceful, beautiful, and comfortable.

Thanks for you interest: Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

More Details

Linda Moran
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2016

About Linda Moran

My family always came to Maine to visit my grandparents and we stayed in a simple cottage on a lake in Union and I fell in love with the sounds of loons serenading me to sleep and spending my days swimming and floating in the water. My parents moved a lot after I was in high school, but the cottage was always home. When they had to stop renting the cottage in 1996, I needed to continue to find that sense of home. I found it in this sweet, simple, cottage in Washington.

Linda Moran purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Linda Moran chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

I fell in love with this cottage before I ever stepped foot inside of it. I stood on the shore, looking at the sunset illuminate the tips of the trees across the lake and knew it was home. I now live in a house nearby and have three teens so do not often get a chance to stay there. But when we do, I am enchanted and intoxicated by the mornings of coffee on the dock, with sunglasses to shield my eyes from the warming sun so I can read my book; the simple afternoons of floating on the lake talking with friends; and evenings of stories by campfire, and the sweet songs of the loons.

What makes this cottage unique

If you want a pristine modern cottage with themed furniture, this is not the place for you, but the price reflects that. If you love open beams, the smell of wood, a comfortable bed with the amenities of a warm shower, toilet, and a sink and full galley kitchen...this is it. Our water comes from the lake, so you have to bring your own. We do have internet so you can post your pictures of the amazing sunrise and calm waters. There is a small tv with dvd/vhs player, with a small library of movies I have deemed cottage fun. I have found this perfect to entertain children at night while still maintaining the quaint cottage feel. We have a canoe and three small sit on top kayaks, oh and a hammock. This cottage offers simple charm and beauty and peace and honestly when I stay here, it is incredibly hard to leave.


Washington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , pack and play available
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , new double size futon in living area
  • The Queensize bed in the bedroom was purchased new in 2005. The living room has a full size futon couch that folds down into a bed. This was purchased new in May of 2006.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has a full size refrigerator/freezer. The cottage sleeps two comfortably in the new full-size bed in the bedroom. A new futon couch is in the living room and can be used for a bed, such that the cottage can sleep four people. (Our family of five often stays at Avonlea, so it can potentially sleep five.) Paddles and various life jackets are provided. There is a picnic table and fireplace outside. Window fans are available. The bathroom has a flush toilet and a shower. With the switch to digital, the tv no longer gets reception except for occasionally PBS. - The water is drawn from the lake, so renters must provide their own drinking water. - Linens can be provided for a fee of $40. - Rental runs from Sunday to Sunday.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Lakefront Cottage in Scenic Midcoast Maine on Beautiful Crystal Lake
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews
Boston, MA

Charming Stay on Crystal Lake

  • 4 of 5

We had another great stay on Crystal Lake. Beautiful September weather. We enjoyed kayaking, the fireplace at night, and drives throughout the countryside and toward the coast. Thanks Linda for renting out your sweet cabin.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat in a charming cabin

  • 5 of 5

We had a very lovely time at Avonlea! It was so peaceful to wake up and look at the lake every morning out of the big picture window. The cabin had everything we needed for a relaxing week away. We kayaked around the lake, saw loons and ducks, went hiking at nearby Bald Mountain, and took day trips to Camden and Rockport on the coast. The town of Washington is a quiet small town with very scenic back road drives. The only downside was it rained a lot during our week, but we made the best of it by sitting around the woodstove and doing puzzles at night. This was exactly what we were looking for and I am very much looking forward to returning to Avonlea again!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prefect Maine Lakeside Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We rented Chris' camp for 2 weeks in October. We loved waking up every morning to the view of crystal pond. We took the canoe out and fished and also saw painted turtles. We also enjoyed the deck and adirondack chairs . The bed was very comfortable and the wood stove kept us warm. We loved the remoteness but also having wifi too. Would highly recommend if you want some rest and relaxation on a quiet lake in the fall. Chris was very accommodating and was very responsive.  Great place!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect camp

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I booked this place without ever having been to Maine and knowing nothing about the Maine phrase 'camp' (which is somewhere between camping under canvas and staying in a log cabin in the woods). The location (Washington town) was about 30 minutes from some very nice coastal towns. The cabin could be described as basic, but this does not do the ambience justice. The listing is accurate. The property was nicely clean when we arrived and there was an information pack that helped orient the visitor. The bed was extremely comfortable. There was plenty of hot water. It was no chore, at all, bringing our own drinking water. The kitchen is well stocked. The living room perfectly comfortable. The owners were exceptionally helpful and welcoming (we arrived to a bunch of fresh flowers in a mason jar on the table in the dining room and not a single sign saying "DO NOT etc. etc." as happens in so many rentals). It really felt like our own little cabin in the woods. My partner and I spent most of our time hanging out on the deck, watching the squirrels, chipmunks, dragonflies, ducks and loons go about their business. We had one of the most peaceful holidays we could remember ever having. This is NOT a rental for people more concerned with luxuries and being in the middle of things. It is a perfect holiday rental if you want to relax, catch up on some reading and have a great base to go exploring, take in a coastal town or two or do some hiking. The accommodation may be basic, yet in this case, basic is not an insult. The cabin is perfectly well appointed and a very enjoyable place to stay. There were two small downsides. As the cabin is in the woods and as it has only a few windows, it is a little dark inside and you tend to need the lights on during the day to see things. Also, if you do get restless, it is 30 minutes into the nearest place that has things to do.

The best day we had was virtually every day - coffee on the deck bathed in morning sunshine: the worse was being thrown into the tourist throng of Monhegan after the lovely tranquility of Crystal Pond.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Crystal Lake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our second vacation at the Crystal lake cottage, its a great get away from the rat race. This rustic 1 bedroom cottage is set on a quite lake with the loons being the loudest thing around. I fish most of the day and my wife loves to read out on the shaded deck watching the wildlife pass by. With no cable or internet makes the evenings quite interesting, there is an array of puzzles and games, leading to some furious "Skip-Bo" games. Everything else is there, microwave, outdoor grill, canoe, and toys for the kids. The beach area in front of the cottage is sandy and weed free, as most of the lake is.

Even though this property is rather secluded and out of the way, it's still only a short ride to the coast , for a day in Camden for dinner or just sight seeing. Area lakes offer fantastic fishing in early summer.

The Cottage is well maintained and clean, and is a good getaway vacation if your heading to Maine.

"Just don't take my week"


Steve &Elly Komarinetz

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Quiet & Rustic

  • 3 of 5

Absolutely beautiful location! Quiet lake with loons & ducks. Lake is warm & has plenty of fish, perfect size for kayaking around. Lots to do nearby (Camden Hills State Park, Camden & Rockland village, Owls Head Lighthouse and more). Cottage was comfortable for 2 people, however it was very rustic - fine for us, as we didn't spend a lot of time inside!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Portland International and Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Rockland - to Vinalhaven or North Haven Island
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
route 17 and rt 220

There is excellent fishing, swimming, and boating on Crystal Lake as well as on numerous nearby bodies of water. There are many excellent hiking trails such as the Georges Highland Path or various trails at Camden Hills State Park. It's only a short drive (about 30 minutes) to the ocean and scenic coastal towns such as Camden, Rockland, Rockport, or Belfast. These towns offer fine shops, golf, galleries, museums, movies, and fine and casual dining, ferry service to Vinal Haven, North Haven, and Isleboro Islands. Midcoast Maine offers many opportunities for indoor activities and outdoor adventures.


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rentals are from SUNDAY, 2 p.m. check-in through SUNDAY, 10:00 a.m. check-out.
Off Season may be available for less than 7 days - inquire.
You can pay $150 refundable security deposit or $49 non-refundable damage protection.

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