Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Booking for 2018 Lakefront, private, dog-friendly, canoe and now 2 kayaks

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


About the property

Affordable cozy waterfront cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6), pet friendly

Waterfront cottage on Sand Pond in the beautiful western Maine mountains, rustic but newly modernized, fully furnished kitchen, towels and linens provided. 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 or those with limited mobility. 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. 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 charcoal grill are right on the water, across the dirt road from the cottage. Gas grill added May 2017.

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, 2 new kayaks, 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). Air conditioner available for living room, used once in 2013, breezes from the pond usually keep it comfortable.

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. 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; 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 and bowling alley for rainy days. summer concerts and summer theatre nearby, a couple of interesting restaurants, two independent bookstores, an ice cream stand, antique stores in nearby towns, 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 and 90-+20 minutes from the coast.


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

More Details

Carol Anderson owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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.

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
  • 1 of 4


Chesterville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 756 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • $50 fee if either gas or charcoal grill is left dirty. Limit laundry and dishwasher to 2 loads/day. Use septic safe cleaners.
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 ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 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, 7 life vests. Guests are welcome to bring kayaks, bicycles. New cedar picnic table in 2011. Firepit rebuilt in 2017. 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Booking for 2018 Lakefront, private, dog-friendly, canoe and now 2 kayaks
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful Maine camp!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second September that my husband and I have spent at Pinehurst Too on Sand Pond. We love it! The camp has everything we need, and even kayaks and a canoe. Our dogs love it too. There are very nice hiking trails just steps away, and of course they love the water.

Hopefully we'll be back next year as well!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is no better endorsement of a vacation rental than a returning guest, and I am delighted that the attention I and my property manager and house cleaner pay to keeping Pinehurst Too immaculate and well outfitted makes for satisfied guests. It's a mutual effort--these are wonderful guests.
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

We liked the upgrades my boys had a great time with the kayaks and the canoe on the pond had a fire by the pond liked new chairs . looking forward to coming back in the future

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful little cottage overlooking Sand Pond. Loved reading on the screen porch and dinner at the picnic table watching the loons.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a review that illustrates the quiet ambiance, the feeling of being in a peaceful, beautiful retreat. Exactly what guests choose Pinehurst Too for.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Peabody, MA

Peaceful and private lakefront cottage in the woods

  • 5 of 5

My family, friends, cat and I spent a relaxing month at Pinehurst Too and loved every bit of it! The water was great, the cabin was homey and comfortable, the raft and kayaks were fun too! We loved the wildlife, especially the mother duck with 14 ducklings. We kept counting them during our stay, sure that there would be some losses, but no, there were 14 half grown ducklings when we left! The kitchen was extremely well equipped, and the screened in porch, with its gorgeous view of the lake, was where we ate most of our meals. We enjoyed the fire pit and the fireflies at night. The only less than perfect element for me was the mucky lake bottom, but a pair of swim shoes took care of that. We are already talking about coming back for a stay another time! Thank you for sharing your cabin with us, Carol.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to know your extended family, feline included, enjoyed your stay at Pinehurst Too. Thanks to your review, I am going to remind future guests to bring water shoes--forgot mine two weeks ago and I was sorry. While I was recently informed that mucky bottoms actually help to produce healthy lakes, we do attempt to keep the side to the right of the dock (when facing the pond) clear of leaves and vines, a tall order. I am going to increase our efforts in this regard.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Peace and quiet in a beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My mother, my 11 year old son, and I spent a week at Pinehurst Too. What a wonderful vacation spot! The cottage is well appointed with every amenity you can imagine. Sand Pond has so much wild life in the area. We spent the day enjoying the loons, ducks. turtles, and even a deer. We are looking forward to returning to this cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Appreciate the gracious review. I do keep the cottage stocked with all the amenities I think guests will enjoy, based on the 17 years I rented before I bought. Even I have not seen a deer in this space! I will encourage this guest to reserve early for her return visit; I've disappointed several people this year, including guests who wanted to return, but inquired too late.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Far Exceeded My Hopes

  • 5 of 5

My dog and I spent the entire month of May at this delightful cottage and could not have enjoyed it more. We love the outdoors and were never bored. Lots of local hikes, the pond is wonderful and the cottage has everything you might want to help you relax (dock, boats, grill, hammock, etc.). My first time in Western Maine and I will be returning, most definitely. Also, I found the nearby towns of Farmington and Wilton to be very enjoyable and charming. If you like ice cream - Giffords will be your new gold standard! On a practical level, Carol has done a great job with the cottage - its rustic charm is well complemented by all her upgrades and everything worked as advertised. If you need a quiet place to recharge - look no further.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review. This experience is what I aspire to deliver for my guests, with a lot of help from my local property manager and house cleaner team, Mike and Stephi. This gentleman was a terrific, appreciative guest and we look forward to a return stay.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
refundable pet deposit $100
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 increased to 9% on Jan 1 2016.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

You might like these similar properties