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Amazing Private Lakefront Camp on 10 Acres

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Beautifully renovated classic Maine camp with tongue and groove solid pine panel walls, pine beadboard ceiling, wide pumpkin pine floors, extensive outdoor deck area, large screen porch, super nice cedar boardwalk from cottage to shore, cozy lakeside cedar sun deck area adjacent to floating dock system. Great swimming and fishing right off dock.

Bedroom one has a hand made cedar log and twig double bed and is located in the main camp. Bedroom two provides privacy and is located in a seperate bunk house away from the main camp with its own wrap around deck and hammock. Inside is a snug room with built in full size futon bed.

Use of canoe and 3 kayaks. There is also a 24 foot pontoon boat with a swim ladder just offshore that provides additional space to relax, or rental can be arranged. Miles of pine studded shoreline to seek out trophy bass, salmon, and trout, or just paddle along quietly watching overhead for a glimpse of our resident bald eagles and ospreys. Dozens of loons summer here and are not only spectacular to watch but also provide incredible symphonies of sound in the evenings. We are lucky to have a new baby loon chick this year visible from the dock. Excellent wild high bush blueberries in season (late July/early August) along shoreline. Kennebec Highlands hiking trails only 15 minutes away. Parker Pond Headland trail can be reached by car or boat, and makes a nice canoe/hike/canoe trip. Small library of outdoor books and traditional board games.

There is not a 'modern' bathroom. Instead you have a newly built, charming and exquisitely clean out house. There is also a separately located outdoor shower with hot water. Both the privy and shower have views to the lake. The kitchen has a traditional lake water system at the sink tap and a water cooler filled with local spring water for drinking.

All of this has been purposefully designed and built to have the minimal environmental impact upon the land and water as possible.

Keywords: Camp, Cabin, Lake House, traditional, authentic, newly renovated, waterfront, Mount Vernon, Belgrade Lakes area

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Ed Libby
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 30, 2017

About Ed Libby

I am a Maineac. I love Maine. I love the outdoors whether its backcountry skiing, fly casting a remote trout pond, or hiking the local woods. I try to live my life by the rhythms of the seasons. Maple sugaring, mud season, fiddleheads, smelt runs, hex hatches, berry picking, summer doldrums giving way to the indisputable clarity of September air, fall harvests, apple cider parties, first frost, first snow,deer season, ice in, pond skating, ice fishing, powder days, ice out... these are the things that I prefer to schedule my life by.

Ed Libby purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Ed Libby chose Maine

Unspoiled, unhurried, undeveloped. This lake is an undiscovered gem, giving a “northwoods” lake experience without the drive. Parker Pond is the best kept secret in central Maine and coveted by all who know of it. Clean water, great fishing, spectacular scenery. Simply beautiful, beautifully simple.

What makes this cottage unique

This camp was renovated mostly with wood harvested from property that I own and it was milled by people I know. The wide pine flooring, probably the widest you’ve ever seen, was sought out and finally secured from the estate of Neil Welliver, a renowned American landscape painter who lived in Lincolnville Maine. Friends and family helped build and create the vision that had so long been stored in my head. The crowning achievement of this vision may be the cedar boardwalk, dubbed ' the Golden Gate of boardwalks” by a friend, which allows you to walk barefoot from your bedroom to the lake without ever touching the ground, perfect for that morning wake up swim or just going down to the dock to enjoy your morning coffee. Inside the camp is a little like stepping into an LL Bean catalog, with original artwork, wildlife, and outdoor gear accenting the décor, most of which was handed down to me from my grandparents. This is the real deal.


Chesterville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Good cell phone service


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Amazing Private Lakefront Camp on 10 Acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

True Maine camp experiance

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved Ed's camp on parker pond. It provided us a true Maine camp experience. The comfort of the cabin and bunk house were a great retreat for my wife, 10 year old and 13 year old sons and myself. We will never forget the beautiful boardwalk that makes its way from the camp through the forest to the lake. We paddled, fished and explored the lake and its islands for days. We saw Loons, eagles, deer, fox and lots of fish! The local Farm stands and cafe's in the surrounding area were a big hit for lunch out or making dinner at camp. On a rainy day we went to the State Museum in Augusta which provided 4 floors of incredible Maine heritage. We cant wait to return soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

FANTASTIC, Peaceful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for four days and would have even tried to add an extra day if we didn't have to get back home. The camp was the perfect size for a couple and extremely cozy set back in the woods off a gravel road. It was spotlessly clean when we arrived. We spent our days kayaking around Parker "Pond" (it is a REALLY big pond. And so much more beautiful than we had imagined) and hanging out on the dock. Great kayaking as there are some nice little islands to stop on and the shallow parts of the water are crystal clear down to the bottom. We were surprised that the pond was so empty - we only encountered a few speed boats/other kayakers, even on the weekend.

Ed has both a gas and charcoal grill which we enjoyed using, and there is an amazing screened in porch for eating dinner and avoiding the mosquitoes. There's an outdoor shower with plentiful hot water.

The outhouse might be difficult for anyone who has mobility issues, as it is set back a little bit on a slight slope and there are leaves. Also the refrigerator was small, so it may be hard to really stock up for a week+ stay, but for us it was fine.

Recommendations: 1. COME HERE! 2. Bring bug spray. 3. Bring groceries etc from home, though there is a small store a ways down the road and apparently a farmer's market somewhere in the area. We preferred not having to leave once we arrived.

Ed was extremely helpful and responsive by both phone and email.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kaitlin, I am glad you had such a great time! In Maine, the words "Lake" and "Pond" have no distinct meaning, so your observation of this "Pond" really being more like a "Lake" is normal. In fact, Parker Pond covers over 1500 acres in surface area and is 4 miles long and 76 feet deep! We chose the apartment size fridge deliberately to make the most effecient use of space and offer a large cooler on the deck for drinks to optimize fridge space for food items. Also, while we know it is hard to leave once you arrive, we encourage guests to support the local farmers, markets, and restaurants. You can take in a real Maine experience, get top quality fresh products, and help the local proprietors who eke out a year round living here, all at the same time. Thanks again for the kind words and hope to have you back next year! Ed
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Rockland, ME

The Best!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year in a row my three buddies and I stayed at the camp and we're hoping to make it an annual destination. We love how quiet and peaceful the Pond is in the fall - we spend a lot of time paddling and exploring the islands - and how cozy and inviting the camp is at the end of the day. It's the perfect place to relax and see how truly beautiful central Maine is!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Added a night couldn't leave

  • 5 of 5

If you want to be in a private setting on the gem of the bel grades. This is the place. My brother and I had a wonderful stay and even added a night because it was so beautiful. I will definitely be coming back next fall

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys got a taste of what many consider to be the best time of year to be in Maine....FALL! Dry and temperate with the lake water still comfortable for swimming and an amazing display of red and yellow foliage reflecting off the lake. Parker Pond becomes transcendent. Glad to hear you had good success catching Northern Pike in the neighboring lakes. See you next year.
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Authentic and Charming Lakeside Camp

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this place from the moment we walked in the door. It was like a combo of walking into Grandpa's camp and Grandma's house; quaint furnishings, antique kitchenware and carefully redone woodwork. There are three tables for meals: inside, on the porch and on the deck.

We had fun tromping down the boardwalk to the water. We picked lots of blueberries from the nearby islands via the kayak. Enjoyed jumping off the pontoon boat into the warm water. The lake is quiet and feels remote because all camps are set back from the water. The loons are the noisiest inhabitants of the lake; a great concert everyday!

This cabin is exactly as described. If you are not afraid of a well-maintained outhouse and can go a few days swimming instead of showering you will most likely love this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We added an outdoor shower with a great view of the lake this year!
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Scarborough, Maine

Parker Pond Perfect

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I love this great "remote" spot. It's an easy 1.5 hour drive from Portland, Maine. The quaint cabin is clean and charming, perfect for a weekend getaway. A short walk from the deck down the boardwalk leads to the dock on Parker Pond where one can kayak, fish, swim, or just relax. This "pond" is definitely a hidden gem. Privacy is guaranteed. Provisions can be purchased at the nearby Mt. Vernon General Store, the real thing. We love the whole experience and will be coming back this summer. We think you will enjoy it too.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Chesterville Cottage Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pontoon Boat $500 $0
Tax Rate 8.0%

Unfortunately because of bad experiences, pets are no longer allowed on the premises. If a pet is brought to the premises, guests will be asked to leave immediately and all rent and deposit paid will be forfeited.

By check. 50% at time of reservation and the balance 30 days prior to arrival.

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lots more boating available on local lakes ponds and rivers very close by


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