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Booking for 2016--Lakefront, private, dog-friendly, canoe and kayak

Bedrooms 3
Space 756 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Waterfront cottage on Sand Pond in the beautiful western Maine mountains, rustic but newly modernized, fridge and washer new in 2012, all other appliances and water heater new in 2008 or later, fully furnished kitchen, towels and linens provided. As a new owner in 2008 I've made it cozy and welcoming. One step up to cottage, bathroom and master bedroom on first floor, gentle slope and a few stairs to lakefront and dock make it feasible for elder guests. It is small (756 square feet) but sleeps 3-6 adults comfortably. Cathedral ceiling and new Hunter ceiling fan in living room make it feel spacious and airy. Living room with cathedral ceiling, screened in porch, and downstairs bedroom have ceiling fans; 2 upstairs bedrooms and each has a floor fan and cross-ventilation. This is a quiet (except during snowmobile season) winterized camp with a shallow (average depth 13 feet, 23 feet at its deepest point), warm, sandy pond, 40' dock with octagon, across a dead-end dirt road (and snowmobile trail, fun for mountain biking and hiking), so it may not be suitable for toddlers as other camps' residents do use the road. State certified as a Lake Smart house in August 2009, use of eco-friendly products required. Generator installed 2012. The firepit and grill are right on the water, across the dirt road from the cottage.

BOATING AND FISHING: the pond is known to be full of large-mouth bass and white and yellow perch, and loons serenade each summer evening. 2-person canoe, 4-person pedal boat, 1 older kayak, 7 life vests provided. No large motorboats are present on the pond, but guests are welcome to bring a kayak, rowboat, or canoe.


This is a very rural area, not for those who want constant entertainment, but great for reading on the front porch (completely screened in during April 2009, only first two photos reflect this) overlooking the pond or on the large octagonal dock or sitting in front of the wood stove. There is also a propane heater for the colder months (year-round, insulated cottage). Fire pit and picnic table at the water's edge. Most popular activities: listening for the loons, sunset watching, swimming, boating, and hiking, berry picking, chilling in a porch rocking chair, lobster grilling, gathering with friends around the fire pit after sunset, board games. NEW FOR 2013: land line phone in cottage. Cell phone reception is good on the porch, at least for Verizon and Maine Cellular subscribers: iffy reception for ATT, TMobile, Sprint. HDTV Satellite/high speed internet/WiFi installed June 2009; tv reception cannot be guaranteed during cloudy weather.


You can quickly find small town life 10 miles away in Farmington and at the University of Maine, shopping, a movie theatre, summer concerts and summer theatre nearby, a couple of interesting restaurants, three independent bookstores, an ice cream stand and a summer farmer's market. 15 minutes to pick strawberries and blueberries in season and buy freshly caught lobster. Half an hour to Mt. Blue State Park, 45 minutes north to scenic Rangeley with brilliant fall foliage and dramatic mountain views (and you may see moose), skiing locally at Titcomb Mountain and it's equidistant from Saddleback, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River. Sand Pond is about 3 1/2 hours from Boston.


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.


Keywords: waterfront, lakefront,cottage, private, pet-friendly, 4-season, family-oriented, year-round

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Wendy Wright
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Wendy Wright

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!

Wendy Wright purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Wendy Wright chose Maine

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to say how pleased Jeanette and I were with our stay at your cottage. My wife was particularly struck by what she described as the “homey” feeling of the place. Your handpicked decorations were very fitting. The piece in the kitchen with the notes from Dr. Bogardus was wicked neat. The screened in porch made sitting outside at night a pleasure which we enjoyed every evening. Having the property manager meet us onsite and then finding the bottle of wine with the complimentary glasses was a VERY nice touch. And my personal favorite was having the motor boat available. We spent hours on the pond every day just toodling around and fishing. BTW we each caught Bass upwards of 4lbs and I am fairly sure Jeanette’s best was a legit 5 pounder (we will send you pix one of these days). We really tried (and succeeded) to spend the vast majority of our time at the camp and on the pond.
Jun 2010
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Chesterville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 756 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Printer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Door wheelchair accessible but not shower. Clothes washer & Dryer in bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , first floor bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , this 2nd floor bedroom is decorated for children
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd floor bedroom; portacrib fits fine under the window.
    Sleeping Porch - you could put sleeping bags out here on a warm dry night.
  • New in 2015: queen bed in large upstairs bedroom, double in downstairs bedroom. Two solid birch twin beds in second upstairs bedroom with mattresses of a quality not usually found in rental properties.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
40' seasonal dock with octagon, 1 new in 2015 kayak, 2-person canoe and pedal boat, 7 life vests. Guests are welcome to bring kayaks, bicycles. New cedar picnic table in 2011. Firepit new June 2009. Hammock added July 2012! If you are going to fish you need a Maine license, available for 1-3-7-15 days or all season, online at Buy locally or via credit card online and print immediately. Great masseuse 10 miles away.


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Booking for 2016--Lakefront, private, dog-friendly, canoe and kayak
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews

Loons, Lakes, Hiking and Peace

  • 5 of 5

Waking up up each day at this cabin was wonderful. The loons on the pond entertained us every evening. We spent lots of time reading in the screened in porch and walking the trails. Our dogs absolutely loved the water and got to swim each day. We spent countless hours throwing tennis balls and Frisbees. The cabin was quaint and well supplied. We got lucky with beautiful weather. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Maine restores the soul.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for conveying the pleasures of Pinehurst Too so well: loons, lakes, hiking and peace really says it. Plus as cushy as we try to make it, it's great that guests find it still has the quaint charms of "old Maine."
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Serene setting, beautifully equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

My husband, my dog and I spent a week an idyllic week here in July 2015. The cottage is really comfortable and the kitchen is extremely well equipped. The pond is quiet and beautiful. The pond bottom is soft, so water shoes are a plus, but the property features a dock, with a ladder that you can swim from and a raft that can swim to, so if you don't like the soft bottom, your feet never have to touch it! We spent many pleasant hours on that dock. We also enjoyed the canoe. There is a dirt road between the cottage and the pond, but so few cars go by that you will forget it's even a road.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you: I can't ask for better than a guest who describes her stay as idyllic. It's not just me and my family who find time spent at this cottage and on its porch, dock, and pond to be thoroughly relaxing.
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Everything we needed, and more

  • 5 of 5

This incredibly cozy home was the perfect place for some quality time with my son at the start of summer. We rented for a week in June, and had an outstanding time. No blackflies in sight, by the way! The weather was a bit windy and a few days of rain, so we ended up using the wood stove (for ambiance, really) more than we'd expected. It was a nice alternative when a campfire wasn't possible. We spent most of our time fishing off the dock or paddling around in the paddle boat. Mike was a great help, and was kind enough to take us out on his lake for fishing one day. I really wanted to hear and see a lot of loons, and I was not disappointed! We also saw the local bald eagle, which we thought was pretty exciting. The photos do not do the cabin justice, it is so much more cozy and homey than the pictures convey. We had everything we needed. We did use the charcoal grill twice, but I have to admit, I really prefer a gas grill when I'm on vacation; if I'm going to wait for charcoal to get going, I'd just as soon cook on a campfire. Also because we had rain several nights, I did wish the grill was closer to the house. The pond, fire pit and grill are across the road from the cabin - it wasn't too inconvenient but I do mention it because I hadn't realized that before we arrived. There was some occasional car "traffic" on the road at the beginning and end of the weekend, but other than that, no too many others passed by.

Overall, this is a great vacation cabin. I'm sure we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for these comments, and the challenge to produce better pictures! I like to underpromise and overdeliver, and agree that the charm of this place doesn't quite come through. I've clarified in the posting for future guests that the firepit and grill are across the road from the cottage. I chose a charcoal grill as I think it produces better flavor than gas, but we are contemplating putting a deck on the back of the cottage with a gas grill. Look forward to your return.
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend, his 12-year old son, my dog and myself were looking for a waterfront Maine cabin at an affordable price and Carol (the owner) reached out to me via email (I had posted an ad in "temporary housing wanted" on Craigslist, not thinking *anybody* would actually read it and/or respond). After seeing the photos and getting a quote, I booked it. Carol was very accommodating; our schedules did not allow for a weeklong stay and she allowed us a shorter visit. I was hoping this weekend would help bring my boyfriend's son and I closer, as we are in the process of becoming a family. This trip (and this place) did just that.

We spent the sunny days on the dock, enjoying the fresh air and watching the ducks and loons. My boyfriend's son floated in the tranquil water on the inner tube. A canoe and pedal boat were also provided (previous rain had unfortunately filled them with water and, due to BOTH our bad backs, we couldn't empty them. No big deal.) We took advantage of the serenity & solace of the location and the comfortable and well-equipped cabin. Although on the smaller side, three of us fit very comfortably and had plenty of room. More than enough towels, kitchen accessories, reading materials, games, etc. were available. There was a "guide" binder which had many recommendations of things to do and see in the area. We ended up eating (twice) at Calzolaio Pasta Co. in Wilton - absolutely delicious and a charming restaurant. Had a scrumptious breakfast in Farmington at Homestead Bakery Restaurant. Explored the nearby towns, shops, scenery, etc.

My dog also loved it here! Not much of a swimmer, he waded in the shallow end of the pond, lounged on the dock with us, played fetch and enjoyed the sounds & smells of nature. There was very little traffic on the road and, when there was, drivers were slow and respectful.

All in all, this was a relaxing, fun, comfortable weekend in a cozy cabin in a beautiful spot. Best of all, it gave the three of us a chance to get to know each other better and enjoy time together as the family we soon hope to be.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great month on the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for the full month of May. Hearing the loons and kayaking with them was awesome! The cabin has everything you could need. Everyone was very friendly, including Mike & Stephanie. They are the go to couple for the cabin and provided friendly great help whenever we needed it. Even allowed me to put my kayak in on Locke Pond so I could paddle out to the beaver dams.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Setting for Fall Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Carol's cute and cozy home on Sand Pond was the ideal setting for a family reunion that included people from Louisiana, Missouri, and Massachusetts. I hope to continue renting this home for the month of October, as I have for the past several years. We never fail to have a great time. Once again, Lucky, our Husky/Shepherd also loved the Maine air, and lying in front of the wood stove. Thanks Carol.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Calzolaio Pasta Company, Wilton (good microbrews)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Calzolaio Pasta Company, Wilton
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Titcomb Mountain
Nearest Beach
70 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
access road
Nearest Point of Interest
Calzolaio's Pasta
Nearest Point of Interest
Gifford's Ice Cream Stand
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Chesterville Mall
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Doak & Devaney
Nearest Point of Interest
UMF gym
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Chesterville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring/early summer
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall (monthly starts Oct)
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

refundable pet deposit $100
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.0%

Check in is 3pm; check out is 11am.
In case of cancellation, deposit will be returned only if the property is re-rented for the period you reserved. The full week's rent is charged for partial weeks.
Maine lodging tax will increase to 9% on January 1, 2016.

Partial weeks/long weekends considered except in July and August. Nights after first two @$175 each are reduced. Ask for details.

$400 Deposit At Booking, Balance Plus $400 Security Deposit Due 2 weeks prior to arrival. All rates are subject to 9% Maine Lodging Tax and $400 security deposit; additional pet deposit of $100 for pets accepted with proof of current rabies vaccination. Your reservation is not confirmed until receipt of contract, deposit, and proof of current rabies vaccination.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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