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Gorgeous sunsets at this charming cottage,pristine Maranacook Lake, Winthrop ME

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms,- sleeps 11,1 full bath, 1 half bath lakefront home with WOW sunsets

Property sits right at water's edge. Beautiful outdoor areas for enjoying lake views.Lovely yard area w/ hosta gardens and a built-in firepit for nighlty bonfires! An upper deck w/ gas grill, a lower deck right on the water & a long dock with large float for docking boat or sunbathing. Upstairs includes full bath, a living room w/ fieldstone fireplace & knotty pine walls, 2 bedrooms, dining room w/ buffet & seating for 10, fully appliance kitchen with new dishwasher, laundry room w/ dryer & new topload washer.Downstairs includes family room with 2 full futons, a single bunk, a bedroom w/ a trundle bed(incl 2 single beds) & half bath just steps from swimming area. Steps down to the sandy bottomed swim area. Water level is fine for 4 yr. olds+. Easy for adults to wade w/ babies & toddlers.Has spectacular sunsets! Lake views are super from the inside too.Parking for 4-6 cars.Maranacook lake is one of the cleanest lakes in Maine offering great fishing. Bring your boat and cast away! Have 2 kayaks, a one seater and a two seater. !

Diane Harwood
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017


Winthrop House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • 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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , excellent shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , w/ utility sink
  • The 'Hosta House' has a full size bathroom upstairs. We added a toilet downstairs where the oil tank is. Everything is very tidy, just not stylish in the half bath. There is a large laundry room sink not far from the toilet. The toilet area is very conveniently located near the swimming area. No need to dry off, just run in, use the facilities, and back to swimming.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , twin trundle bed
    Family Room - 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 full size futons and 1 twin bunk
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Beds are all very comfortable. The 2 fold down futons have very good quality full size futon mattresses.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We have 2 kayaks to use. Our stove has 3 working burners. I have an additional brand-new plug -in burner .We have a ceiling fan in one of the bedrooms and we have an air conditioner in the upstairs bedroom and in the main living room. The cottage has internet availability. I'd also like to note that we rented to an actor who said that being in the house felt like being a captain to his houseboat because the water is that close to the house.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Gorgeous sunsets at this charming cottage,pristine Maranacook Lake, Winthrop ME
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

Best Place Ever

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here numerous times--Fall, Winter, Early Summer--and it's always great. Perched on the water, with wonderful views of the lake, you feel almost like you are on a boat. In the winter, it's like being on a town square, because you can watch people ice fishing, skiing, and walking their dogs on the frozen lake. The cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly need, from kitchen equipment to linens, and we particularly enjoyed making fires in the charming stone fireplace. Outside there's a deck, a garden and a dock for warm weather use. We enjoyed skiing on the lake and snowmobile trails, and there's a great cross-country ski place in Bethel, about an hour's drive from Winthrop. It's a short trip for good eats at the Emporium in Readfield, or to Hallowell for restaurants, antiques, and browsing. Best of all are the hosts, Diane and Greg, who are the proverbial salt of the earth. Greg is a mine of information on the local area, and Diane makes award-winning pottery in her Winthrop studio. Living across the street from the cottage, they have always made us feel at home during our stays and been incredibly responsive to our requests, even finding us other places to stay if they were booked up!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Philippa!
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Lovable Cottage on Large, Very Cean and Quiet Lake

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is simply a true charmer. It has all you need for a romantic get-a-way or a family-fun vacation. There are plenty of sleeping accommodations, a kitchen which is fully equipped for preparing meals, along with a cute dining area with great views of the lake. The deck is fabulous and nearly hangs over the water. It is perfect for cookouts and relaxing while watching the loons, eagles, hawks, fisherman, and boaters. The dock is great for lounging, sunning and fishing. It is also easy in and out when docking a boat. Maranacook Lake is a large, very clean and quiet lake with very limited boat and jet ski traffic. It has a free and well-maintained town (Winthrop) boat launch at the southern end of the lake. Bring you camera......the sunset pictures are ones you enlarge, frame and hang on your walls at home. We had a wonderful week and look forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review!!! That made my day! Our family loves the Hosta House so much ! It's so rewarding to hear that others realize the beauty as well!
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Northern Virginia

Great place to relax over winter holidays

  • 5 of 5

We were in town to visit family, enjoy some quiet time. This was a great location, convenient, well appointed, and great for our family with teens. The home was warm, unusual among Maine winter rental. We loved watching the lake change as the temperature dropped. The only thing missing was a snow storm!!! Thank you Diane for checking on us and answering our questions.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review! We want our guests to enjoy the Hosta House as much as we do! Hope you try again for a snow storm!
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Waterbury, VT

All I can say is AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

I have had several people ask how my vacation was in Maine, and all I can say was it was AMAZING. The location of the home is perfect, there is nothing you can think of that isn't there for you when you are staying. Enjoyed several evenings watching the sunset while floating in the kayak, and several mornings journaling on the dock. Plenty of room for a large family. A hour and 1/2 to the ocean can't be that, and have the lake as an option. Diane was wonderful making sure all went okay, and we were satisfied. Great hostess

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Vegas

Awsome place to relax!!

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for my husband and I while we visited family in the area. Although it was larger than what we needed for the two of us, we enjoyed having a gathering place for visiting. The pictures show exactly how the house is arranged. Diane is very friendly and helpful, loaning us a cooler for my husbands high school reunion. She told us that she would not bother us but was available by phone any time we needed her as she lives just across the road.

Our daughter and son-in-law really enjoyed the use of the kayaks for an evening ride on beautiful Marranacook Lake. The house is so close to the water you could cast a fishing line from the deck.

The kitchen is quaint (the stove is from the 60's) and is very well equipped with everything you would need to fix meals for your family plus guests. I was pleasantly surprised to have many spices, paper plates, plastic ware and dish soap available for us. There was also some food and all kinds of tea in the cabinets that we could enjoy. Everything was clean and just waiting for us to move in.

Having morning coffee while watching the loons on the lake was priceless. Our sunsets were also something to see.

Thank you Diane, for a wonderful place.

Art & Brenda

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place for a family vacation!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Hosta House last month and had a wonderful time. The Hosta House was perfect for the 11 of us that were together. The house was large enough so that we weren't running into each other when we turned around. The lake was right there and Dad and the grown sons spent hours throwing the Nerf football around in it. We had a sweltering hot week so the lake was most welcome. The back of the house faces the west for those gorgeous sunsets but be sure to keep the drapes drawn in the afternoon as it does heat up the upstairs through the lakeside windows/slider door. We enjoyed the lake, sailing, and kayaking. We had an 8 year old who loved the raft and a 3 year old who liked being able to be in the water close to shore as it wasn't deep. The Hosta House is fully equipped! I had brought a crockpot to make pot roast figuring they may not have it but sure enough they did! The yard is small with beautiful gardens and the most awesome firepit ever! When we weren't wallowing in the lake, we golfed at Cobbossee Colony Golf Course , a little 9 hole that suited us hackers very well. WE probably would have been frowned upon at the country club! We also went to DEW Animal Kingdom & Sanctuary. It's a small non profit zoo/rescue that entertained the two youngsters for an hour or so. Had good meals at Sully's, Peppers, Fast Eddies Drive In and ice cream at Tubby's. Diane and Greg were very welcoming and Diane was nice enough to search for the things we thought we forgot and to mail back the pair of shoes that we did! She also does wonderful pottery work and her workshop is in the downstairs of the house. We bought several pieces to bring home with us. Thank you Diane and Greg!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Augusta Jetport, Augusta Maine
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Peppers Bar & Grill or Sulleys in Winthrop
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Portland or Boothbay
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Monmouth, Maine
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rte. 202, Winthrop
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Peppers Bar & Grill or Sulleys
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mt. Abrams,Sunday River or Sugarloaf
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Ocean beaches in Bath/Brunswick,Portland area
Car: recommended

There are many lakes in the area for site-seeing. The reknown Theatre at Monmouth is just 15 minutes drive. 17 minute drive away is Hallowell well known for its antique shops and restaurants such as Slates, Joyces and The Liberal Cup to name a few. The seaside town of Portland or Boothbay Harbor is only a 11/4 hour drive away. There 's so many options for day or afternoon trips. You may not want to venture away much once you've spent time at the peaceful, relaxing lakefront get away!

Other Activities: D.E.W. Animal Kingdom 10 mins. away-fantastic intimate animal sanctuary.

Golf: Springbrook golf course in Leeds Maine- 15 mins away.

Natanus golf course in Vassleboro Maine-45 Mins away.

Ski: Lost Valley in Auburn Maine, 40 mins. away.Sugarloaf USA and Sunday River ski resorts- 1 1/2 hours away.


Rates & Availability

Winthrop House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 29 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
peak season
Jun 17 2017 - Jan 28 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

This deposit will be refunded(within 10 days of rental completion) when rental is complete and no damages have occurred.

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.
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