Affordable cozy waterfront cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6), pet friendly
Carol Anderson owner
About Carol Anderson owner
I'm a university administrator in New York City but need peace and quiet to balance that life. My great-grandfather bought a lakefront cottage in western Maine in the 1880s and I spent part of every summer of my childhood falling in love with this part of Maine and learning why generations of my family, mostly born in Jersey City, kept coming back to this very special place. Of course I brought my daughter here as a child to make sure she fell in love with it too!
Carol Anderson owner purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Carol Anderson owner chose Chesterville
Sand Pond is 10 miles from a university town with some intellectual life, two good bookstores, a few good places to eat including a memorable ice-cream stand, a fresh-from-the-ocean lobster store, shopping for all the essentials, but not a mall in sight. It's too small for big noisy boats. There are only 30-odd camps on the pond and a similar number on Locke Pond right behind it off the same private road. I like the curvy country roads (in summer anyway), the warm shallow pond for swimming, the fact that I can't see or hear a neighbor but know several friendly folks are a phone call or a 2-minute drive away.
What makes this Cottage unique
Compared to the last rental I took before buying, where a neighboring camp sounded like a remake of Animal House every weekend, this place is pristine and quiet. Loons serenade their partners every night. I like being able to build a fire in the wood stove, cook for my friends, sit on the porch with a glass of wine and a book, or on the dock with one hand in the pond. You can boat around the pond and never see another human, or wave to children on a floating dock. Most of these cottages have not been gentrified or razed and replaced by McMansions, so it feels like a step back to a saner time and simpler pleasures--board games, jigsaw puzzles provided. If this scene makes you smile like it does me, you'll enjoy a stay here.
- 0% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 0 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 0 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
Children allowed - road runs between cottage and pond.road runs between cottage and pond.
Pets allowed - $100 pet deposit + proof of rabies vaccine.$100 pet deposit + proof of rabies vaccine.
No smoking - $100 fee if smoke/damage detected.$100 fee if smoke/damage detected.
Max guests: 6
- $50 fee if either gas or charcoal grill is left dirty. Limit laundry and dishwasher to 2 loads/day. Use septic safe cleaners.
My husband, daughter and I enjoyed our brief stay here and hope to return next year for a longer stay. We had a cloudy, drizzle day on our first day but made the most of it by visiting nearby Farmington which is quite charming, and taking a long walk near the camp. The following day was beautiful and I got out on the kayak first thing in the morning and saw a couple of the lions who live on this pond! I even went for a swim and we capped the day off with a ride in the canoe as the sun was setting! The house has everything you need, the beds are super comfy, and the kitchen is well equipped. We especially liked that it was not too close to anyone and was quiet. Thank you!
We had a fantastic stay in this lovely cabin. Sand pond is quiet, full of fish, and peaceful. A slightly bigger pond is within walking distance (and also full of fish!) Our few days in this cabin were really great. We loved hearing the loons at night and sitting on the screened in porch or the dock just watching the sun move across the lake. The host and property manager were extremely helpful and quickly responsive to our few questions. Highly recommend!
It’s like the lakefront Adirondack camps I grew up with—but better! We spent 2 weeks there & didn’t find it lacking anything. It’s decorated to perfection & stocked with everything you could possibly think of or need. Just bring food & clothes. There’s a huge hammock & plenty of outdoor furniture. The dock & boats are in really good condition too. Nights on the big screened in porch listening to the loons were a great way to end every day. The guys caught a bunch of fish & everyone enjoyed swimming from the floating dock. Even our dog got to swim & enjoy riding in the canoe! You’ll appreciate the quality of all the owner provides. Highly recommend it for a peaceful getaway!
Responsible, appreciative guests, gracious through a power strip that died, a toilet seat that broke the next to last day, a couple of other snafus that happen to the best intentioned owners.
Great accommodations! Loved it!
The cabin was perfect, had everything we needed, and more! We enjoyed kayaking, relaxing in the hammock and on the dock, the screened in patio was perfect to enjoy our morning coffee and read a book. My husband, father and I were very comfortable in this quaint, clean cabin in the woods. Heard loons every day, even saw a couple. Also saw a duck with 8 ducklings! Would recommend this cabin, and would definitely stay here again!
Thanks for sharing your enjoyment of my cottage--exactly the kind of experience we hope our guests will have! The screened-in porch is probably my favorite place in the cottage, and the loons are calming and better than a sleeping pill. Look forward to your return!
Very relaxing, Love hearing the Loons. Enjoyed Kayaking, swimming hiking.
Delighted to have this return guest find her second visit as restorative as her first. We have few loons on this pond, but they are very vocal. The new kayaks have been well received. So glad to know!
Guest passes to U. Maine at Farmington's gym with exercise equipment are available for purchase. On snowmobile trail ITS 82 and in the summer we see an occasional ATV. While you cannot see a neighboring camp, noise is amplified over water, so if someone nearby puts 20 people around their fire pit and has a party, you are going to hear it. This does not happen often, it's not a frat party area, mostly owner occupied, but absolute quiet cannot be guaranteed. Also, this is not the last camp on this dead-end road: 7 neighbors farther down the road do use it, so cars, trucks, ATVs, bicycles, people walking or running with their dogs do come right in front of the cottage.