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The Cottage on Moonlight Bay

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

7 Bedroom / 2 full bathrooms / charming lakefront

Due to a change in Homeaway's policies we will no longer be on this site as of 2018. Find us on Facebook at the Cottage On Moonlight Bay.

This is one of the "Grand Old Maine Cottages" built at the turn of the century on nationally famous Cobbosseecontee Lake. Cobbossee Lake is known for great bass fishing, swimming and boating, with many wonderful islands to explore.

The charming and vintage 7 bedroom cottage has plenty of room for your family. The fully applianced kitchen has 2 gas stoves, microwave, dishwasher and large refrigerator. On the first floor, there is also a large living room with a propane fireplace and monitor heater, dining room, office, butlers pantry, 1 bathroom with a toilet, vanity, large shower and washer and dryer, and 1 bedroom with a queen size bed.

Upstairs there are 6 more bedrooms -

Bedroom 1 - 2 twin beds and a small bay window with a side view of the lake Bedroom 2 - 1 twin bed but no lake view

Bedroom 3 - 2 twin beds, a spare twin mattress under one of the beds, and a tv

Bedroom 4 - full size bed and a spare twin mattress under the bed and side lake view

Bedroom 5 - king bed with best lake view

Bedroom 6 - full size bed with side lake view.

The bathroom upstairs has a soaking tub with hand held shower, toilet, and vanity.

The wrap around porch facing the lake is where everyone gathers to soak in the lake views. A fabulous breeze usually kicks up in the afternoon, coming off the lake. The large dining table is great for meals and games and there is a lot of additional seating too. The southern exposure means sun most of the day!

Our cottage is still in much of it's original condition with beadboard and wood finish throughout, but does have (and continues to get each year) updates to make it work for today. WiFi and cable are included with your rental. There is also a large dock which is suitable for docking 2 boats, a paddle boat, 2 standup paddle boards, and 3-4 kayaks for your enjoyment. The waterfront is rocky and drops off quickly, so for older kids and adults you can jump off the end of the dock with no worries, but you will need to keep an eye on little ones. Fishing is great off the dock too!

Given the central location, you can easily travel easterly to the coast or westerly to the mountains, all within an hour drive. Camden/Rockport/Rockland area is a great spot to visit for a charming coastal towns, shopping, and 5 star restaurants. Freeport has great outlets. And if you are willing to travel a bit farther check out Pemaquid Point lighthouse for bold open ocean, or head up to Sugarloaf mountain for a gondola ride up to the top of one of Maine's best ski mountains. Golf is also available in several courses within a 30 minute drive.

This is a true "summer cottage" and although it is rustic, we think it is comfortable and comforting! Of course, with an old cottage sometimes things decide not to work properly, but we try to fix everything promptly to minimize the disruption. Our goal is to make your stay memorable in a good way!

This is our home - we use it and we want it to stay in good repair. We expect our guests to treat the home as if it were theirs, which means everything in the house can be used as you wish, but it also needs to be left in the condition you found it when you arrived. We will start you off with basic supplies, but there are other items available for your use (spices, sugar, flour, condiments, etc). If you use something up, please replace it for the next guest. If you break something, please replace it - or at least let us know about it. If you bring your pet, please make sure all the waste is picked up and the house thoroughly cleaned when you go, because not everyone is fond of dog hair on the furniture!!

This is a quiet neighborhood so it isn't the place to hold a large rowdy party. The cottage will sleep 13 in beds and 2 on the floor, but it really can't handle more than about 20 people. Parking is limited - 5 cars is the maximum you can fit on the property and there is no parking on the street. It is meant for quiet enjoyment and family/friends time. If this is what you want, then this is a perfect spot!

More Details

Charlene Hamiwka
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Charlene Hamiwka

I live in Augusta Maine not far from this cottage. Originally from the mid-Hudson valley are of NY, I moved to Maine over 30 years ago and this is home. My 2 sons also live in Augusta.

Charlene Hamiwka purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Charlene Hamiwka chose Kennebec

We had been searching for a cottage on Cobbossee for a long time before finding this place. We wanted a place that had a lot of room for our family, but still had that cottage feel - a place you could come to and just enjoy and relax. We are happy to share it with travelers who will appreciate and value this property as we do!

What makes this cottage unique

the cottage is pretty much in the original state from the 1920s when it was built. Beadboard covers most of the walls and ceilings and the floors are wood. The wrap around sunporch will be the place you want to gather during the day to look out over the lake - assuming you are not down by the dock! the large cottage has plenty of room for everyone!


Winthrop Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , updated bath also contains washer and dryer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , clawfoot tub has hand held shower
  • Full bath on the second floor is original with claw foot tub with hand held shower, large vanity with sink, and toilet. There is a large shower and updated bathroom on the first floor with full super capacity washer and dryer.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , lake view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , no lake view
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , lake view and television
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , lake view with spare twin mattress under bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Lake view - best room!
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , lake view
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , first floor bedroom
  • Very spacious individual bedrooms. Charming high ceilings, and bead board walls. All very quiet and private rooms. A real Maine cottage.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
This cottage is totally supplied, including public water. Nice kitchen, with separate formal dining room, and large dining table also on the glassed in porch, for lake view dining or just for overflow. The formal dining room, next to kitchen, has a very nice butlers pantry, and very spacious high ceilings throughout. A great place to relax. Enjoy the 9 mile long lake with public Islands for day trips and picnics. Kayak along the lake. Power boats and party barges are also locally available for day or weekly rental. Journey out to the famous lighthouse built in 1908, and which has been totally restored and lights up each night, all seen from this cottage. This is one of the last remaining old cottages, owned by the same family since very early 1900's, on Moonlight Bay. . Available May -Oct.


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The Cottage on Moonlight Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Lovely place for big family.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable bedrooms, well stocked kitchen, (cooking and baking pans and other kitchen tools,) large dining room tables, and exceptional lake frontage with many different types of boating and floating for all ages and abilities. Thank you, Charlene for all you did to make this a very relaxing week for our family reunion.

V. Plourde-Ouellet, Fort Kent, Maine.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Don't Take My Week From Me!!! :)

  • 5 of 5

Part of me wants to write a completely negative review ... But only because I don't want anyone to take my week(s) away!! :)

Charlene is a total class act. Everything we could have possibly imagined was there. ... and if it wasn't, they brought it. (The toaster was a bit tricky when we first got there, and within a few hours, a brand new fancy one arrived!) And our family vacation was everything and more than we could have wished for.

This house not only has space for everyone to enjoy - either together or doing their own thing - complete with boats and kids' stuff, games, etc. - It has Magic. ... But please don't take my week!!! :D

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! We aim to please - and are looking forward to seeing you again this year!
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Carlisle, pa

Great fishing location.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay for a whole week with 8 guys on a Maine fishing adventure. We booked the cottage well in advance. very easy to communicate with owner. always responded with any questions. She met us there on our arrival to show how everything worked. Very nice rustic place with plenty of room. everyone in our party had their own room. (thank god). Kitchen and dining were the perfect size for a large group. Parking was not an issue, plenty of room for 5 vehicles. Weather was warm for September in Maine but the fish were biting. Check out the lighthouse for fresh fish, lobster, cheese, bread and of course a great collection of local craft beer. we were daily customers and it was less than 5 minutes away. Public boat launch is also less than 5 minutes away. Marina down the street sells fishing licenses. We did give the fish a break and snuck in 9 holes of golf at Cobbossee golf course. Less than 20 Minutes away. Charlene and Terry Checked in with us throughout the week to make sure we didn't need anything and picked up the trash and recycling mid week. They live close so they can tell you anything you want to know about the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review - and thank you for leaving the cottage in great condition! It was a pleasure to meet you all. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back.. Charlene
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Salisbury, MA

Beautiful, huge cottage in incredible location

  • 5 of 5

We had to make a trip to Maine due to a seriously ill family member so my sister rented this cottage for our 5 day stay. The owners were super nice, even working extra hard to try to get us in early. The cottage is HUGE. It seemed never-ending as we were exploring it! The beds were very comfortable, the heat worked well (it got chilly a couple of nights), and the view is to die for. The one thing that we did have a hard time with was the wi-fi and cell phones, but that was not in the owners' control. We're already discussing the idea of getting 2-3 of us together to rent this cottage for a couple of weeks, perhaps next summer. With the lake right there and a dock, there would be plenty to do and there is tons of space. We really appreciated them making the special effort to get us in there, not only off-season, but early after our long drive. I'd recommend this property to anyone!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Augusta State Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Augusta, Me
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Islesboro / VinalHaven, / North Haven
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Augusta CountryClub
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Brunswick ME
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 95 & Maine Turnpike & 295
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Augusta, Me. Hallowell, Me. Many Rest's.
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Sugarloaf & Saddleback
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
East Winthrop Beach
Car: recommended

A grand old 7 bedroom cottage located on the shore of Cobbossee Lake, just 4 miles west of Maine's capitol city Augusta, and the Interstate Highway system. An area of great boating, fishing, swimming, and related activities. Very close to State of Maine museum, theaters, Library, Historic Hallowell on the Kennebec River, and several very large shopping malls, with all the favorite stores. 45 Minute drive to LL Bean store in Freeport, and 45 minute drive to the Maine Coast, either Boothbay Harbor, or Camden Harbor. As of 2018 we will no longer be on HomeAway. look for us on Facebook.. the cottage on moonlight bay!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

weekly rates are Saturday to Saturday
Checkout PROMPTLY at 10am
Check-in at 3pm
there is NO early check-in.

Rate does not include 9% Maine lodging tax
1/2 of rental plus tax for peak season due by January 31
Balance of rental due by May1. No refunds after May 1.
Can be paid by check or using POP Money

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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