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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house


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. !


Winthrop House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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.


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Gorgeous sunsets at this charming cottage,pristine Maranacook Lake, Winthrop ME
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Beautiful lake

  • 4 of 5

My family was able to stay on the lake for 3 weeks. We enjoyed the time together and the lake at all times of the day. The weather was a delightful change from our home state of Florida! The location was very good for day trips to Freeport, Augusta, Damariscotta, and Bar Harbor. The cottage was large enough for us and the side yard was a great place to sit and relax. We created some great memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Feeding Hills, MA

Comfort, serenity, and convenience!

  • 4 of 5

Lovely lakefront cottage with all the comforts of home.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice little lakeside cabin

  • 5 of 5

Nice cabin in a great location on Maranacook lake. Sunsets are gorgeous and the loons serenade the end of the day.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Philippa!
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Westfield, MA

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: June 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: December 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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Diane Harwood
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2017


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

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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