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Luxury Lakefront Estate with Private Beaches: Ideal for Reunions, Corp. Retreats

Bedrooms 15
Half Baths1
Space 10,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 homes combine to sleep 36; or rent individual home to sleep 6, 12, or 14

This spectacular, 41-acre Maine estate draws guests from around the world to its peaceful, private, park-like setting on clear, warm Highland Lake with comfortably elegant, newly refurbished homes and various resort facilities. Built as the dream home of an opera superstar in 1915, the Main House was designed by a prominent architect at the behest of Norway's King to provide amble space for entertaining and perfect acoustics for gatherings of world renown musicians. The estate was purchased and expanded by a shipping and banking magnate who added resort facilities and additional buildings to create a family compound complete with 2 sandy beaches, part of an island, a giant, overwater boathouse (with ballroom), clay tennis court, pier, acres of gardens, sports fields, and woods. Guests may golf across the street.

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Diane Darneille
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Diane Darneille

Our family has owned Nawandyn Estate for over 90 years! We are deeply committed to maintaining, improving and sharing it. We delight in making the unique and wonderful Nawandyn Estate experience available to our guests.

Diane Darneille purchased this estate in 1926

Why Diane Darneille chose Bridgton

Olivia Fremstad bought the original land parcels for the views, sandy beaches, proximity to her voice coach and the serenity that she credited for her greatest performances.

Our grandfather, who headed the largest shipping fleet on the Atlantic wanted a wonderful lake property within easy commute of Portland, Maine (where his business was based) on a warm, calm lake away from ocean fog. He wanted an extraordinary property which he could expand into a family compound with a full array of activities.

We particularly value the lifetime of memories of great times spent with family and friends at Nawandyn Estate, the privacy, serenity, breathtaking natural beauty of this place, the unique combination of features that can't be duplicated, and the friendly Bridgton community.

What makes this estate unique

Bridgton is where those who really know Maine choose to go. It is a peaceful, scenic, small town with authentic Maine flavor. Yet, it offers the amenities of a much larger metropolitan area including a state-of-the-art hospital and top notch grocery store. Unlike other towns in Maine's Lake Region, Bridgton has a sense of community and genuinely welcomes visitors. It is centrally located between the ocean and mountains and continues to be a hub for artists and musicians. Nawandyn is situated in the area's premier location on Highland Ridge virtually across the street from an 18-hole golf course, with panoramic western views of Highland Lake, mountains and sunsets.


Bridgton Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 34 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No campfires or other fires (other than in propane BBQs)
  • Overwater boathouse closed between dusk and dawn.
  • Signed liability release forms must be provided Owner in advance of arrival that covers every guest.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 28 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • MH Master Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower
    MH Pink Suite Bathroom - toilet , tub
    MH Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    CH Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    GH Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    GH Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    GH Nautical Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    MH Blue Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared by Blue and Yellow Rooms
    Event Center ADA Compliant - toilet , shower , This is a ground level handicapped accessible full bathroom
    MH 1st Floor Bathroom - toilet
  • Bathrooms are stocked with soaps, toilet paper, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and bath mats. All have safety grab bars. The tubs have anti-slip mats. There is a ceiling fan/light/heater in the Main House Master Bathroom, Carriage House Bathroom, Guest House Nautical Bathroom and Event Center Bathroom.
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
  • Guest House 2nd Floor Living Room - 1 king , Living Room can be converted to bedroom -1 King or 2 twins
    Guest House 6th Bedroom-1 step from Ground Level - 2 twin/ single , or choose 1 King/Queen
    Carriage House East Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Can be converted to 1 king
    Main House Yellow Room - 1 king , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    Main House Green Room - 1 king , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    Carriage House NW Bedroom - 1 king , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    Carriage House SW Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Can be converted into 1 King
    Main House Master Suite Bedroom - 1 king , Adjoining sitting room can sleep 2 on gel-foam cots
    Main House Pink Suite Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , Can be converted to 1 king and 1 twin
    Main House Blue Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , Can be converted to 1 king and 1 twin
    Guest House SE Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 5 steps from ground -1 king + 2 gel-foam cots/toddler beds
    Guest House Sail Room - 2 twin/ single , 1 step from ground level
    Guest House Captain's Quarters - 1 king , 1 step from ground-king can be converted into 2 Twins
    Guest House 1st Floor Master Bedroom - 1 king , 3 steps from ground; king can be converted into 2 twins
    Guest House 2nd Floor Master Suite - 1 king , Can be converted into 2 twins
    Main House Master Sitting Room - 2 twin/ single , May add 2 gel-foam cots to Main House sitting room
  • The Main House is normally configued to sleep 12 guests, the Carriage House, 6 guests, and the Guest House is normally configured to sleep 12 guests. Up to two additional guests may be added to both the Main House and Guest House. Each bedroom has cross ventilation, a fan, a heater and extra blankets. Also, the Carriage House has centrally located air conditioning and heat, plus a building exhaust fan. Three toddler beds are available.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 28 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Main House occupants have exclusive use of the 2nd floor of the boathouse & roughly 2 acres of grounds surrounding the Main House. They have shared use of the resort facilities and most of the remaining 41 acres, including a long, sandy beach (with a propane grill & picnic table), a 40-foot pier, a swim raft, part of an island, 950 feet of mainland waterfront, a clay tennis court, many acres of gardens, fields & forest. They may play golf at the 18-hole course just 1/4 mile away. Fishing poles, tennis rackets, croquet, a tandem kayak, a row boat, foam float mattresses, life preservers, buckets & shovels for making sandcastles, etc. are available. Power boats & water skis may be rented locally. Weekly housekeeping is provided; additional housekeeping may be arranged. The services of a private chef or caterer &/or separate rooms in local restaurants may be arranged. Each bedroom has extra blankets, a fan & a heater. See for more details.


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Luxury Lakefront Estate with Private Beaches: Ideal for Reunions, Corp. Retreats
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Ultimate Haven of Incredible Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Picture yourself arriving at Nawandyn Estate: You turn on to a driveway marked by stone pillars and lined by pine hedges that extend as far as the eye can see. As you drive ahead, your excitement builds. Then, at the end of the hedges, your jaw drops as you behold this private haven of incredible natural beauty. You are welcomed by abundant flowers, singing birds, fresh air, clear water, sandy beaches and so much more! There is calming visual harmony. Everywhere you turn there is another beckoning vista to explore. The stress and chaos of daily life are quickly forgotten.

It is no wonder that my friends and I keep coming back to this unique and wonderful place. The surprise is that the owners continually find ways to make it even better. This year, they transformed the previously unused ground floor of the Carriage House into a huge, inviting great room complete with wet bar/small kitchen and full, handicapped-accessible bathroom. It is ideally suited for weddings, retreats, workshops, as well as simply hanging out. This space became our group’s central gathering place, when we weren’t at the beach. The comfortable furnishings can be moved around to suit the desired purpose. There are windows on all four sides, even all along the wall of doors that open onto landscaped grounds. The views are amazing. When you are inside, you feel completely connected to the outside. Whatever the weather or time of day, this is a great place to be. Here we lounged, dined, played indoor games, held a movie night and watched members of our group play sports on the lawn nearby.

The photos of Nawandyn Estate at are wonderful, but they don’t do the place justice. Nawandyn’s many pieces fit together in some way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.

May you be fortunate enough to stay at Nawandyn Estate.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Wonderful property for large family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We have held our annual family reunion at Nawandyn for a number of years and we keep coming back. The kitchens are well equipped and quite functional. The location is gorgeous with gardens, tennis courts and a lakefront beach. The multiple buildings give our large group plenty of space to spread out.

Nawandyn has loads of charm and history. The estate was built by an opera singer in the early 20th century, and has a lovely room with a grand piano, which is kept in tune (in case you have musical needs). Last summer we hosted an operatic recital in the room and the acoustics were fabulous.

The property large and old, but very well maintained. The owners are available to help out if needed and have always been quite responsive and eager to please.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Wonderful reunion spot

  • 5 of 5

We rented Nawandyn in July 2017 for a week-long college reunion group, including spouses and kids, and had a fantastic time. At 28 guests, we had plenty of room to spread out, yet the main house was sufficiently large to accommodate all of us for dinners inside or on the lawn overlooking the lake. The main attraction is definitely the lake (a 5 minute walk from the main houses), with a terrific beach and boat house and plenty of water craft, on a lake that’s large enough to tube and ski but secluded enough to feel nearly empty. But we also took advantage of the sprawling grounds for group activities including croquet, volleyball and tennis. Diane and Hopewell were extremely attentive hosts, with detailed knowledge of the lake, surrounding area and activities. They also arranged a cook to prepare dinners for our large group, which worked out splendidly. We highly recommend Nawandyn and hope to come back someday.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Fantastic place for a memorable gathering

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I held a celebration of our marriage with a small gathering of family and friends here. The property was amazing and Diane was so helpful! The place lends itself to group activities (highlighted by the incredible boat house) or just quite conversation in small groups. We had a memorable weekend here and would recommend it to everyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Facilitates family reunions!

  • 5 of 5

We could not speak more positively about Nawandyn. It has been a fabulous destination for our extended family reunion for three years running. The houses, the land, the lake, the service all are top notch; everything from pristine water to kayaks to tennis to ping pong to a grand piano! Nothing is missing. As there's such a wide variety of activities on site, everyone from 5 years old to 78 was able to find just what they wanted to do during our stay. This helped make the family reunion a joy for all generations. You have found a gem!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Ultimate Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

The peacefulness and beauty of Nawandyn make it feel like you're stepping into another world. Warm, clear, water; beautiful flowers and tall trees; well-maintained grounds and pristine living space...allowed our large family group to spread out and enjoy the many amenities that this amazing property has to offer. The onsite owners were extremely cordial and helpful--I highly recommend Nawandyn!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Portland International Jetport (PWM)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Depot Street Tap House
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Bridgton Highlands Country Club
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 302 and Highland Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Beth's Kitchen Cafe
Nearest Beach
on property
Car: necessary

Nawandyn Estate is located in the center of Maine's Lake Region just 2-1/2 miles from the Main Street of Bridgton, Maine. Down East Magazine described Bridgton as “warm and welcoming,” “peaceful and scenic,” “authentic [Maine]” and “the best kept secret in Maine.” Nawandyn Estate has a prime location on the Eastern shore of quiet, clear, warm Highland Lake, virtually across the street from an 18-hole golf course designed by Tillinghast. Guests are conveniently located to services, yet have privacy on this beautiful, peaceful, 41-acre estate. Between the wide array of resort facilities at Nawandyn Estate and the activities available nearby, there is something to engage everyone.

National Geographic has picked the mountains seen from Nawandyn Estate as one of the 10 best fall vacation destinations in the world!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Laundry $1,000 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

A signed Rental Agreement is required. Pay Reservation Deposit and Balance by HomeAway's electronic check option to avoid a substantial credit card processing fee. Balance is due 120 days in advance of rental period. Neither reservation deposit nor balance is refundable. We do NOT accept HomeAway's damage protection approaches. We require a refundable security deposit be paid by bank check (due 15 days in advance of rental period). Contact owner of "Nawandyn Estate" for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund