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Private Lakefront Home-Hot Tub-Great for Families-Large Yard-Quiet-Shallow Entry

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bdrms, 2 baths, sleeps 10-13, fire pit, ping pong, HD TVs, wifi, ACs, and more

This is an Upscale All-Season Vacation Property! This Highland Lake home is on two quiet acres with a small sandy beach, shallow entry to the lake (great for kids), 200+ ft shoreline, 50ft dock and all the amenities and activities to create memories for a lifetime. Sitting areas, dining, BBQ, hot tub, porch swing, fire pit, and hammock are all overlooking a beautiful 3 mile long lake within 8 miles of Portland, ME. A large yard offers volleyball, wiffle ball, frisbee, swing set, lying in the sun and more. Enjoy the eagles, frogs, turtles, flowers, birds at the window feeder, fish, and more...just outside your door!

This is a home with all the comfortable living amenities as opposed to typical 'rentals' and thus you see the many 5 star reviews.

What to Expect: This wonderful lakefront home offers all you need for a relaxing lakeside vacation. Enjoy, swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing on the lawn, hammock, float or dock. The property comes furnished with 2 kayaks at least one canoe (two if I am not using one) and plenty of life vests. An 8 person hot tub faces the lake. There is a great dock bench seat for morning coffee or watching the swimmers or wildlife, hammock for that afternoon snooze and fire pit for marshmallows and winding down in the evening. There is no off-season here! The hot tub is on year-round. In the fall you can enjoy some spectacular canoe/kayak rides and the plethora of hiking in the area. In the winter, you can ski Shawnee Peak which is just 45 minutes away or Sunday River which is 1.25 hrs away. Highland Lake offers wonderful ice fishing, skating, cross country skiing and beautiful snowmobile trails.

C'mon In! Step in the front door and immediately take in the breathtaking lake views you’ll find along the length of the house through large windows. The living room has several love seats, one that has 2 individual reclining, rocking seats and an HDTV/DVD/Bose CD Stereo. Two large stuffed chairs overlook the lake and are perfect for that morning cup of coffee watching the sun rise and the birds at the feeder or reading in the afternoon while viewing the kids jumping off the dock and swimming to the float, playing on the swing set, playing croquet on the lawn, or laughing in Hot Tub just below. Perhaps a change of venue moving to the shade outside on the porch swing under the deck or to the hammock listening to the waves splash gently on the beach. Taking an outdoor shower is a "must" during your stay as you enjoy the sounds of nature and view of the beautiful lake.

The dining table is large and there is an additional folding table to extend even further. The island has 4 stools for drinks and chatting while making a meal in the kitchen. There are two ACs for those hot summer days, a beautiful gas fireplace for those chilly winter nights, and everything in the kitchen from lobster cooking supplies to a pancake griddle to serving dishes and even owner spices, oils, and more to use at your convenience. Since this is a home while not rented, there will be all the extras needed that you won't find in a bare bones "rental".

Lake Information: Highland Lake is 3 miles long and up to 3/4 mile across with depths up to 65 ft deep. Highland Lake only offers a public hand carry boat launch for canoes and kayaks which keeps motor boating traffic low. Fisherman find small and large mouth bass, white and yellow perch, pickerel and the occasional land locked salmon or brown trout. Other lake wildlife includes loons with their beautiful calls in the evening, eagles, ducks, blue heron, turtles, beaver, and more.

More Details

Property Manager
Seamus McGrady
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Seamus McGrady

Hello Vacationers! I grew up in the Mid Coast area of Maine and have lived in my lake house since 2000. I absolutely love the Maine experience it offers to both myself as well as my guests creating family and friendship memories.

Know that I respond to ALL travelers as quickly as possible thus the percentage and timeframe are not accurate for this listing. I have enjoyed emailing and speaking on the phone directly with those interested in renting rather that only using the integrated messaging system.

Why Seamus McGrady chose Windham

I rent other properties and know what is often missing or not working. The lake house offers a different experience as all the home amenities are offered. Upgrades are common as I live here and maintain the home well. There is new carpeting in three of the rooms, a new deck sliding door, a new shed, new linens, new picnic table, new fire pit furniture, new dining set on the deck, and more. I love to hear what other items might make your or another visitors stay more enjoyable, so please do share.


Windham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , upstairs
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , tempurpedic mattress, HDTV, walk in closet and bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Also Twin Cot, Twin beds are Extra Long and Pullout is Queen
  • Sleeps 10 comfortably in beds. Other bedding is the pullout couch and cot in the bonus room to sleep a max of 13. The master bedroom has a King sized Tempurpedic mattress! The kid's den has a Queen sized pull out couch, a Captain's bed (twin that has a pullout drawer with another twin mattress in it), and a twin cot. With the tv and dvd player in this room, it's a perfect room for the kids cousins to hang out together in! If you prefer to bring an air mattress, the laundry room can be used as another bedroom (it used to be a bedroom).
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two Air Conditioners to keep you cool on hot days and plenty of fans available for all other areas to bring in fresh air and the sounds of the lake. Plenty of flowers outside to cut and bring inside. You can typically see eagles, turtles, loons (and hear them), fish jumping, birds at window feeder, blue heron and more wildlife.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Highly Recommend

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property - exceeded our expectations. Seamus is a consummate host - anticipating all of a guest's needs. We felt comfortable utilizing all the amenities on the property (canoes, hot tub, gas grill, games, etc.) but also knew where to find extra life jackets, spare propane tanks, etc. Big enough for our large group - the kids loved playing in the yard, pedal boating to the raft, playing with the neighbor's kids, etc. Great house, close proximity to Portland, would highly recommend, it's exactly as decribed and is a well cared for property.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful lakeside retreat weekend!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely beautiful and delightful lakeside property! Exactly as described, this house was beautiful and clean, and comfortably fit our group of 11 best friends for a quiet long weekend getaway.

The kitchen was stocked with all the tools we needed to cook (and a great gas grill on the deck!), and we enjoyed the hot tub, kayaks, fire pit, and the large lawn for lawn games (we brought cornhole and ladder golf along with us, but the house also had volleyball, wiffle ball, and lots of other games).

The house was a quick 25ish minute drive to downtown Portland, and there were two local cab companies that would both pick up and drop off to the house, in both directions, when we didn't want to drive. Also plenty of Uber drivers in Portland that would go to the house (I think it was only $18-20 from downtown to the house in an Uber, very reasonable).

Seamus was a pleasure to deal with, and very communicative and left very clear instructions for taking care of the house and getting full use out of all the amenities. Great owner, and great host, that went above and beyond to make sure our stay was great.

My only regret was that we only stayed 3 nights, would have loved to have been relaxing here for a whole week!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Seamus' house was just perfect for the 12 of us (6 adults, 6 kids ages 4-9). The house was wonderfully equipped with everything you might need, and the lake was beautiful. The kids loved sleeping in the "cousin room" downstairs, and the abundance of toys/games/etc was a nice bonus. Seamus was a great host. He was there when we arrived, showed us around, and went out of his way to make himself available in case we needed anything.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Impeccable rental experience

  • 5 of 5

Ive been meaning to write a review (which I rarely do) since we had left our vacation because of how much we enjoyed our time and the experience I had dealing with Seamus was nothing less than perfect, he is helpful in every way possible without being over bearing. After dealing with some very unreasonable renters in the past I cannot express my appreciation more when it came to the rental process.

We had a blast on our time away and the house was perfect for a large group of adults and 3 little ones. As many others commented as well the pictures do not do it justice.

One plus I wanted to point out was the house came equipped with everything you would need in a kitchen so we did not need to bring anything besides food. Also the closets were stacked with extra bedding if needed and not to mention all the fun water vessels and toys we were aloud to use. A++ from everyone in our group! We look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Lauren, for your review. A vacation should be an opportunity to relax and enjoy time with family and friends without the worry of where you are going, who you are dealing with, and what you may need to bring. I'm so glad you and the rest of the gang enjoyed the lake house as much as I hope my guests do. Not sure what to do to make the pictures represent the home better, but your review helps a lot! This is a home...not a "rental". I want my guests to enjoy my home as much as I do. The location, the energy, the privacy, the opportunity to do what you want and experience something you may not have even thought of is what I want my guests to experience. Again, thank you for your review and I look forward to having you return.
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Beautiful family-friendly vacation home!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and very well-maintained property that was everything that our large group could have asked for. Seamus, the homeowner, was very responsive, kind, helpful and did everything possible to make our vacation special. We had a group of 12 adults and a little one (1 year-old), and the property was perfect - we spent our days playing games in the back yard, relaxing on the lake on the canoes and kayaks, fishing off the huge dock (and caught 8 fish off the dock!), rode our bicycles into Portland and visited a few of the local breweries, and even rented a pontoon boat on nearby Long Lake. We spent our nights hanging outside, relaxing by the fire pit and the hot tub. This home is very well maintained and the pictures don't do the property justice - the bedrooms are spacious and there are plenty of sleeping areas even for our larger group of adults. The location is secluded, very peaceful and the lake is beautifully serene without much motor boat traffic. Thank you, Seamus, for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Friendcation success!

  • 5 of 5

Immediately after leaving we started talking about when we could come back. This house is wonderful, from the big things (hot tub! kayaks! ping pong table!) to the little things (spices in the spicerack, every chair being comfortable enough to nap in, games and puzzles for a variety of ages). The only reason I can think of to not give 5 stars would be to prevent other people from booking it so I could come again.

Seamus is great, the house is great, just bring great people and you'll have a great time.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles

At the House: volleyball, basketball, ping pong, keyboard piano, games, swing set, fire pit (with wood) and more!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
Damage Deposit $750

Check-in 3pm Check-Out 10am
Minimum Nights = Minimum Rate - we don't force you to stay longer than you want!
20% Higher Holiday Rates: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
Winter months (Nov - Mar) have a $25/night heating fee and excessive energy usage may incur additional fees.
Service Fee if On-Line Booking Services and Administration Needed

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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