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Island Paradise: Historic Cottage, Waterfalls, Great Swimming!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms (Queen) + Convertible bed(Queen)), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-9)

Enjoy your own private island get away! This 1.8 acre island in the middle of the Ossipee River is yours for a week or the entire summer. Drive across the sturdy cement bridge and feel your cares slip away. You can fish for Bass, kayak or canoe up to the Porter Covered Bridge, walk to the local donut shop or ice cream hut or attend an auction in the village of Kezar Falls.

This historic c. 1924 John Calvin Stevens cottage has original doors, woodwork and stained glass. Built for the local mill owner's family as a getaway, it still has a lot to offer. There are sweeping cathedral ceilings, a fireplace for ambiance and a wood cookstove in the kitchen. Have morning coffee in the cozy breakfast room overlooking the waterfalls. The modern kitchen has a microwave, coffee maker and all the dishes, pots and pans you will need. The large bath room has a separate tub and shower. There's one queen bed, one double bed, a sofa bed for 2, plus a blow up bed for company if you need it. Bring your own linens and towels or use ours; there's a laundromat close by. Relax in the rockers for Happy Hour on the large screened porch or have a nightly campfire at the outside fireplace, fire wood provided. You may pick the tomatoes out front if they are ripe.

You can fish, swim and boat in the clean Ossipee River. And it is actually warm as it comes from Ossipee Lake! Bring your own kyack or use ours. On the north side of the island the sound of the waterfalls will lull you to sleep! On the south side you may see almost perfect reflections in the water although it does have a gentle current. Use our inner tubes and just float for hours, and the village church bells may wake you every morning. There is no beach or shallow entry for very young children.

There is very little TV reception so we over 200 DVDs and VCR tapes, I hope you like the oldies. We also have cards, puzzles and board games and an assortment of books. Outside is badminton or horse shoes.

Enjoy a church supper nearby. Drive 4 miles to Cornish to visit 12 Antique shops. Fine dining are close by in picturesque Cornish village. The White Mountains and major outlet shopping in North Conway are 30 minutes away. Ocean beaches and Portland, Maine's largest city, are a 50 minute drive. LL Beans in Freeport is an hours drive. Come visit our island paradise! You'll want to return.

Keywords: historic bungalow, private island with bridge,walk to village amenities, sleeps 6

More Details

Jim Hanscom and Linda Griffin
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Jim Hanscom and Linda Griffin

We are both local real estate brokers specializing in antique homes and homes with character. Jim also has a handyman business so he has done most of the repairs to this cottage. He took off 6 layers of linoleum and plywood to get back to the orignal wood floors in the kitchen. He took a small storage closet and added 2 large windows to create a breakfast room with a view of the waterfalls. We went to local auctions and found some antique furniture for this special cottage. We have really enjoyed our work weekends here and the more we were here the more we decided to keep and enjoy this property for a long time.

Jim Hanscom and Linda Griffin purchased this bungalow in 2009

Why Jim Hanscom and Linda Griffin chose Kezar Falls

I grew up in this village of Kezar Falls and used to ride my bike to this island for weekly Girl Scout meetings on the large front porch. My family now lives nearby in Cornish so it is a chance to reconnect with them. We also had a get together for my 45th high school class reunion here and had 35 visitors comfortably for a great evening of reminiscing. We even strung Christmas twinkle lights on the bridge railings. In the fall on a warm sunny October day we gave a suprise 60th Anniversary brunch for my mother and father and all their friends. It was alot of fun. This cottage was on a house tour as a fund raiser for the local historical society and we got great reviews!!

What makes this bungalow unique

We enjoy the peace and quiet...privacy and relaxation...warm water to swim in, fresh tomatoes at the door and a delightful place to entertain. At the end of the season we ended up with five bottles each of mustard and rellish because of all the friends who came for a cookout and brought things! The quiet, the privacy, the underlying hum of the waterfalls...a unique vacation!!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really had a great time and this is a beautiful spot.
Aug 2010
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Kezar Falls Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa opens to sleep 2, blow up bed for 1 or 2 more and one cot.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
This is a private island in the middle of a river. There is a bridge to the island. The local mill owner had a canal build to power his mill. This created an island and in 1924 had this cottage built as a get away. His daughter also taught piano and was a local girl scout leader. They had meetings at the cottage.


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Island Paradise: Historic Cottage, Waterfalls, Great Swimming!
average rating of 4.352941 based on 18 reviews

A terrific getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this property very much! Plenty of room and everything needed for a week with 3 young boys. We canoed, kayaked, swam, fished and explored to our hearts content. While it was a bit off the beaten tourist path -we were able to visit many fun Maine sights like Sebago Lake, beaches, the White Mountains and more. We even went horse back riding! Having the island to ourselves was a real treat! Thank you for a great summer vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jersey City, NJ

Wonderful historical bungalow

  • 4 of 5

A 1924 bungalow filled with both antiques and comfortable nooks and corners for reading, napping, creating art. Nice little town. The bakery is amazing! And great sandwiches and pizzas from the Village Variety. We very much enjoyed this island paradise for a month.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded little bit of paradise in Parsonsfield.

  • 5 of 5

I can not tell you how much my family enjoyed this property. Its secluded, safe, and homey. The property is clean, comfortable, and has every amenity needed. The owners are friendly, down to earth, and easily accessible. The area surrounding this little piece of heaven is wonderful with adorable shops, lovely scenery, and yummy restaurants. Yummy eats at Krista's, Sofia's, and Bay Haven. We loved the historical component of this property. We loved the tour by the owner. We loved that we could have a fire, use of canoe/kayaks, and the river that we kayaked on was so beautiful. There were neighbors even waving and saying hello. My family enjoyed the fishing, the little bridge, the fire ring for roasting marshmallows, and all the comforts of home that this property has to offer. We did the local fair, the fourth of July parade, and the local fireworks. All were well worth it. This property is located in the center of everything, for it is less then an hour to the outlets-North Conway, to the beach -Old Orchard Beach, to the lake-Sebago, and to waterfront and mall-Portland. You can have whatever your heart desires on your vacation, which we did. It definitely was the one of the top vacations in my own home state that I have enjoyed in my 43 years living. Thank you, Jim Hanscom and Linda Griffin, for having us.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property was beautiful, and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures online do not do the property justice. The home was beautiful inside and the front screened in porch was a nice place to sit and relax. The location was great, even though you were close to amenities like a small grocery store, laundry mat and even a library, the property itself felt like your piece of relaxation and privacy. The property was well maintained and clean. We enjoyed sitting by the fire pit in the evening, having coffee in the little sitting area and listening to the water cascade in the mornings. Also the church bells and the hymns every morning and evening were wonderful. The coast is only an hour away and major shopping stores in Windham were only 30 minutes. My two sons and their wives took the canoe and kayaks that are available out on the river, although the river was low during our stay, they still had a good time. The owners were helpful, and answered our calls promptly and kept us informed. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to go back there real soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful escape with so much to do!

  • 5 of 5

We just left and we can't say enough good things about this lovely cottage. It made us fall in love with Maine and we hope to return again! It was all the fun of camping but with the indoor amenities of running water, bathroom, etc. The historic cottage is gorgeous with it's exposed beams, stained glass windows, breakfast nook that overlooks the river...not to mention river views from every room. We felt like we were in our own private park, but in a cute little town. A great restaurant in Bayhaven where there's lobster, lobster, lobster. Everyone at Bayhaven were so sweet and fun! They loved my service dog. It was so great to be able to bring the pups and let them run and have as much of a vacation as we did. Building fires, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying some cocktails and making great memories with friends with the sound of the Ossippee River all around. Thank you Jim and Linda for sharing this beautiful spot...We selfishly hope you don't retire to the cottage too soon;)

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, New York

Forever return visitors!

  • 5 of 5

Love this place. We were back for a third year and Jim and Linda made a bunch of improvements to the house--including beautiful new wood on the floor and a new patio and fire pit in the yard. It's adorable and charming, the area is great, nothing too fancy and feels like a real home away from home!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
PWM Jetport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Bay Haven (Seafood )
Car: necessary

Borrow our inner tubes and drive up to the covered bridge and float down the river. Excellent fishing and swimming in the river.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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