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Classic Lakeside Cottage on Maine's Down East Coast - Our 10th Rental Season

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 10 & an amazing wrap-around porcho

There are only two July weeks available to rent Kill Kare for the 2017 season: July 2-9 and July 16-23. 2017 celebrates our 10th year of renting and the 100th anniversary of our beloved family cottage. Kill Kare is uniquely and ideally located in a pine forest on a pristine freshwater lake on the Down East coast of Maine, 1/4 mile from the Penobscot Bay. So named because here you can come to truly 'kill your cares', the cottage has been in our family since it was built in 1917. Some have called it "magical". There is a warm and gentle spirit to this home. Guests find that it provides both energy and peace - a place to recharge and to unwind. It is a private and restful vacation spot and a perfect base from which to explore nearby Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Castine, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Reached by a mile long private road, the property is peaceful and quiet - with the only interruption being the occasional call of the loons. Sitting on the generous porch - which faces west - you feel as though you are on shipboard while watching lovely sunsets. A small private dock and swim float allow access to the lake for swimming and boating. Inside, a well-appointed living room is anchored by a large field stone fireplace. There is also an inviting dining room and a well-equipped country kitchen with eat-in space. This is lakeside living at its best.

Our unique location: Located on Walker Pond on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Kill Kare offers a relaxing and secluded privacy, but is very convenient not only to scenic Eggemoggin Reach and Penobscot Bay, but also to the beautiful New England towns that dot the Down East coast. All within an easy drive are charming Blue Hill (lots to do here), Brooklin (Wooden Boat School), Castine (Maine Maritime Academy and tours of their training ship, The State of Maine), Deer Isle (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts), Stonington (ferry to Isle au Haut and lobster co-op), Camden (home port to timeless schooners), Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Acadia National Park and all the activities they offer. This area boasts some of the most impressive maritime scenery in the US and offers excellent restaurants (think lobsters and blueberries!), lovely gift and antique shops, artist colonies, farmers' markets, book stores, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, golf and unsurpassed opportunities to discover the natural beauty of Maine.

A family home: Kill Kare was originally built as a fishing cabin because our grandfather loved the sport. Our grandmother collected antiques she found in the area. Our family has filled the house with friends and laughter since 1917. Kill Kare is an ideal spot for a family (or two) to enjoy together. Savor a morning cup of coffee on the porch and watch the mist rise from the lake. Spend a lazy afternoon nestled in the wicker swing with a good book . Take a kayak out on the lake or have a swim. Watch a spectacular sunset while sipping a drink on the porch and listening to the loons calling to one another. Lay out on the dock after dark and marvel at the night sky. The stars and constellations seem close enough to touch. Inside, snuggle up near a roaring fire in the field stone fireplace. The mounted fish over the mantel came from the lake. Share a family meal by candlelight in our welcoming dining room. Rest deeply as the sound of waves lulls you to sleep and your cares slip away. Please join us and make some memories!

Incidentals: Distances from Kill Kare:

Bangor International Airport - 1 hour.

Portland International Airport - 3 hours.

Bar Harbor Airport - 1 hour.

Boston - 5 - 6 hour drive.

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital - 15 minutes.

Groceries, gas, take out restaurants - 5 minutes.

Bookstores, restaurants, gift and antique shops, larger grocery store - 15 minutes.

Kayak and canoe rentals (with paddles and life vests) nearby. They deliver and pick up.

There will be a book - a hard copy of our online Renter's Guide - at the cottage with information and guidelines about the house and recommendations of things to do and see, where to eat and shop to maximize your vacation enjoyment.

More Details

Catherine Larson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

About Catherine Larson

Having summered in Maine for practically my entire life, Kill Kare is a home and a haven for me. I grew up in the girls' summer camp - Camp Four Winds - that my mother started in 1946 and ran for over 50 years that was just up the lake from the cottage. As a result, I have grown to love and deeply appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Maine coast and all that it has to offer. It is my family's wish to share this treasure with you.

Catherine Larson purchased this cottage in 1917

Why Catherine Larson chose Downeast and Acadia

My grandparents built Kill Kare Kamp in 1917 as a fishing cabin. My mother and her brother grew up there in the summers as did my sister and I and our son is the fourth generation of our family to have called Kill Kare home. My grandmother and mother filled the cottage with antiques that create a warm and welcoming ambiance. And, my grandfather, my uncle and our son caught the fish that are over the mantle of the great fieldstone fireplace in the living room. If you look closely at the door jamb by the porch, you'll see years' worth of kids' heights marked on it. The cottage is imbued with my family's love of the place.

What makes this cottage unique

Living right on the water is a unique privilege not accorded to everyone. Kill Kare could not be built today because of environmental restrictions so we feel particularly fortunate to have been able to enjoy this venerable house for a century. 2017 marks Kill Kare's 100th year. Sitting on the expansive, wrap-around porch, you feel as though you are on your own private yacht. Nightly sunsets are a treat as are the brightly lit heavens that follow with stars so bright they seem within reach. The lake is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. And the picturesque maritime village that dot the Down East Maine coast are within an easy drive. Check out our online Renter's Guide - the 'Guide' link on our website - for our suggestions on what to do and see in the area. This is truly lakeside living at its best.

Guestbook comments from the owner

First whole week in September and the weather is cool but glorious. Skies have been clear with a little bit of fog on the lake in the morning. We have had a couple of loon sightings and daily visits from a hummingbird. Of course, there have been trips to Caterpillar Hill for sunset and Bar Harbor for shopping. The lack of traffic has been wonderful. One of the best days was spent going nowhere. We sat on the porch, sunbathing, reading, painting and staring into space. What a fabulous day to spend a day after driving up from home. Looking forward to doing the same thing next year! Can't wait for 2015!
Sep 2014
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Sedgwick Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We ask that you read and acknowledge your acceptance of our Safety Guidelines page on the Kill Kare Rental Agreement.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on the first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Located on the second floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Located on the second floor
    Bathroom 4 - shower , There is a separate shower in our first-floor laundry room.
  • Because our water source is from a well, we encourage our guests to be mindful of water use. The spring water is very good for drinking and makes your hair soft and shiny. Our septic system works well when not overtaxed.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs lake view - adjacent full bath and shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upstairs, lakeside - adjacent full bath and back steps!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs, lovely lake views, adjacent to 1/2 bath
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs, lake view
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs, lake views, next to 1/2 bath, kid-friendly
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs, woodland views, lovely morning light
  • The bedrooms all have lovely views of either the lake or the woods. Two queen sized beds happily accommodate adults and the singles are great for children. There are bathroom facilities on both floors. All bed linens, towels and beach towels are included in the rental.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Bring your iPod to enjoy your own music on our stereo dock. With regard to the elderly or infirm - there is a short path from the parking lot down to the house. We have successfully negotiated a wheel chair down this path in the past. Once in the house, there is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor (where the living and dining rooms are located as well as the kitchen) and only one step out onto the porch. Canoe and Kayak rentals in nearby Blue Hill. They will deliver boats, paddles and life vests and will also pick up. Order in advance as they get very busy during the summer months. The online Renter's Guide is an invaluable resource for those new to the area. It is full of suggestions for things to do and see, where to eat and shop and what to hike and climb. It is updated frequently and there will be a hard copy in the cottage along with restaurant menus and information on current events.


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Classic Lakeside Cottage on Maine's Down East Coast - Our 10th Rental Season
average rating of 5.0 based on 107 reviews

A spiritual and magical get away.

  • 5 of 5

This was the most relaxing vacation I have ever been on because of the cottage and the lake. It was quiet, peaceful, beautiful and fantastic. The home was like something out of a Robert Frost poem with a view from the eyes of Norman Rockwell. There was peace there as all you needed to do was sit on the porch and listen to the lake to decompress. The sound of the loons was spiritual and when you looked into the sky you were always looking for this majestic eagle to fly by and he didn't disappoint you if you were patient. It was relaxing to just fish, kayak, or canoe on the lake, We never left the property unless it was to go get supplies and food like lobster or clams. But what topped it all off were the sunsets that you became excited for to end the day and the beautiful night sky filled with endless stars. This was magical and this vacation and location were truly fantastic.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jo-Ann, for this most wonderful review of Kill Kare! Dan and I are so delighted that you, Frank and Hazel discovered us and found your visit with us to be so meaningful. It's always a pleasure to have such lovely guests who arrive as strangers and leave as friends. You and Frank (and Hazel - a uniquely sweet dog who has happily found her forever home with you) understood the Kill Kare experience and therefore could benefit from its magic. You found its soul. My grandfather was very prescient in naming Kill Kare because you really can kill your "kares" by just sitting on the porch and taking in the beauty of the surroundings. And, I agree, there is something spiritual in being so close to nature. I hope that our paths will cross again! In the meantime, may the peace you found at Kill Kare remain and sustain you in the months ahead. With our warmest regards, Cathy and Dan
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor, Maine
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Blue Hill
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Stonington, Deer Isle to Isle au Haut
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Deer Isle
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 15
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sargentville Beach, Eggemoggin Reach
Car: necessary

Uniquely situated, Kill Kare sits on the woodland shores of Walker Pond - a freshwater lake - which is located on the Down East coast of Maine on the scenic Blue Hill Peninsula. Walker Pond is about three miles long and about 1/2 mile at its widest point. The lake water is very temperate and is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. It is separated from the salt waters of the Eggemoggin Reach - part of the Penobscot Bay - by only 1/4 mile of land. We are blessed to have loons, eagles and ducks on the Pond. And since the cottage faces west, we are treated to memorable nightly sunsets and stars and constellations so bright you can almost touch them.

To leave Kill Kare, simply take our mile-long private drive and from there, you are only minutes away from breath-taking maritime views and quaint fishing villages with inviting shops, galleries and first-class restaurants. Farmers' markets in our area are worthy destinations. And, the seafood - caught daily from nearby cold, coastal waters - just can't get any fresher!

Our online Renter's Guide - the 'Guide' link on our website page - offers extensive suggestions on things to do and see, where to eat and shop and what to hike and climb in our area. Sorted by towns, there is plenty of information there to keep you as busy as you care to be. And, it is constantly updated. There will be a hard copy of this in the cottage for guests' use.

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing, golf and tennis, sailing, Kneisel Hall of Music, Wooden Boat School, Haystack School, arts and crafts galleries, steel drum concerts - check out the Renter's Guide!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Pet Fee $250
Damage Deposit $500

Cancellation Policy: Should you not utilize the specific time reserved or if you cancel your reservation less than three months prior to occupancy, all funds will be retained (except for the security deposit) unless the cottage is re-rented by another party at the same rate for the same period of time. If the latter occurs, all funds will be refunded. Security and Pet Deposits are refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.