|Space||3,000 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 18 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Refundable Pet Deposit||$250|
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.