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The Way Life Should Be!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths (Sleeps 6) - Summer months, bunkhouse available, sleeps 2

No cars, no noise, just the rustle of a breeze through the pine trees, the song of a chickadee and the occasional call of a loon. You work hard. You deserve a break! This is Jennie Cottage, in Northern Maine, the most forested state in the country. Located about one hour north of Bangor, the cottage is an easy 10 minute drive from I-95. It is close to Baxter State Park, the newly designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (87,500 acres of wilderness) and beautiful Mt. Katahdin (the start or end point of the Appalachian Trail). Canada is about 1 hour away and Acadia National Park is a 2.5 hour trip. With virtually no traffic, on a dirt road, the property is very child friendly (although supervision is a must near the lake, of course). Well-behaved dogs are welcome, too!

Inside, you’ll find a knotty pine interior which features a cozy living room with a large TV and a DVD player (bring your own DVD’s). A new addition to the cottage is satellite TV and high-speed internet service. There is a spacious dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The kitchen has everything you might need, including a refrigerator/freezer, electric range, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and even a bread machine. The water is well water, from an underground spring and we do have hot water! Towels and bed linens are provided but you might want to bring beach towels.

The cottage sleeps six–one bedroom has a full-sized bed with an ultra-comfy memory foam mattress and the other bedroom has two twin beds, both with memory foam mattresses. There are also two twin-sized Aerobeds that you can put on the floor for two more people. The beds are dressed with high-quality sheets and fluffy, goose down comforters are available for each.

In the summer months, the bunkhouse is available and sleeps 2. The bunkhouse has no electricity and no heat and even in the summertime, nights in Maine can be fairly chilly--but it could be the perfect spot for adventurous kids with flashlights!

There is no landline phone and cell service depends on your carrier.

Outside, is the wild beauty of Plunkett Pond, which is a mere 50 feet from the back door. You can practically roll out of bed and into the lake! A 2-person, sturdy, inflatable boat is available, as well as a single-seat kayak and life jackets. You can cruise the 435 acres of sparkling clean water, observing a wide variety of wildlife, including red squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers, muskrats, raccoons, moose, deer, fox, eagles, ospreys, kingfishers, partridge and of course, Maine’s famous loons. If you prefer to relax, you can lounge by the water’s edge, watching the reflection of the clouds in the water until you drift off into a peaceful nap in your lakeside hammock. There is also a small dock and a picnic table. In the evening, you can build a crackling fire in the outdoor fireplace while listening to the loons and bull frogs. Roast some weenies or make s’mores! There is also a charcoal grill available, so you can cook your freshly caught fish on the grill! Bring your fishing gear!

(Please be aware that this site, as well as any other site, has scammers. These criminals will pose as the owner of the property and steal your money. If anyone asks you to deposit money directly into a Barclays Bank account, do NOT do it, as that is the preferred bank of these types and usually, all involved are uncooperative about getting your money back, so please be careful and make sure you are dealing with the real owner. Also, please keep in mind that some weeks shown as unavailable on the calendar may still be available, so please ask if you have a specific week or weeks in mind).

We would love for you to be our guests at Jennie Cottage. We like to think that our lakeside retreat captures the essence of the Maine state slogan, “Maine: Life as it should be.” Your memories of your vacation here will last a lifetime.

More Details

Jeanie Piecara
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Jeanie Piecara

I'm originally from Pennsylvania and have always loved green, rural places. I now live and work in New York City but I visit Maine frequently, to get my 'fix' of the wilderness!

Jeanie Piecara purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jeanie Piecara chose Northern Maine

We love our little house and we hope you will, too. I named it Jennie Cottage in honor of my mom, who passed away a few years ago. From the first time I visited this area of Maine, I knew I wanted to be there and my goal was to buy a house where I could roll out of bed and into a lake. Happily, that's exactly what I got!

What makes this cottage unique

The first time I saw the cottage, I stepped out of the car and the first thing I noticed was the lovely smell in the air. It smelled so fresh and clean--leaves and pine. And then, looking at the lake from the lawn; it was so serene and blue, and all around, Chickadees were singing. It sounds like a Disney movie! But honestly, that's the way it was--and is. Once I stepped into this pretty little cottage, I knew right then I had to have it. And even better, now we can share it with other people. It's peaceful, quiet and the whole property just has a really nice atmosphere, I think. If you choose to stay here, we know you'll have many happy memories.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Jennie Cottage a full week and we were very pleased with the property. It was cozy, clean, and well-equipped. This location is VERY quiet, especially at night. If you are a writer, looking for peace and quiet, this is the place! There are houses around, but at a reasonable distance apart and the neighbors are very friendly, but not pushy. The location is excellent: close to I-95 and north of Lincoln (good shopping & supplies). A gravel road (about a mile) is the entry and great for walking (also easy to drive in a sedan). It was so cool (for us Texans) that we didn't swim (daytime highs were low 70's), but the cool nights guaranteed a great night's sleep (the mattresses/pillows are very comfy). The cottage is fully furnished, all you need to bring are clothes and beach towels if you swim. There's even a kayak and a rubber boat. The only downside is no cell phone service in the area although the owner thoughtfully provides a "hot spot" for checking emails. We would definitely rent this cottage again!
Aug 2015
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Benedicta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • We have hot water (something you don't always find in cottages in northern Maine), as well as a real toilet (not compost). Also, we have well water--not lake water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom with double bed sleeps two. There are two twin beds in the second bedroom. There is also an inflatable twin bed which you can put on the floor for one more person. In the summertime, the bunkhouse is open, which sleeps 2 more, making the maximum capacity of the property 7. Please keep in mind, however, that the bunkhouse has no heat and no electricity.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountaineering
  • swimming

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

The Way Life Should Be!
average rating of 4.571429 based on 8 reviews

Spectacular vacation!!! Amazing family memories were made :)

  • 5 of 5

My children and I spent the past two weeks at Jennie Cottage. It was a wonderful experience. The owner, Jeanie, is one of the kindest people I've ever dealt with - she's incredibly helpful and it was a great rental experience. We made so many incredible memories these past two weeks. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, birdwatching (the Loons and the Bald Eagles are so incredible! We saw them every single day!), stargazing (you will not find a more amazing sky!) just plain sitting and relaxing and enjoying the sheer peace of Plunkett Pond. The neighbors, Ken and Mary, restored my faith in humanity and human kindness. They are just the nicest people you will ever meet. Ken helped my kids make the most amazing bird feeder to remember our time at Jennie Cottage. I can go on and on. It's just a wonderful place and was a great family experience. I'm grateful to have had it.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The only thing I can say is that it was 100% my pleasure to have you and your children as my guests! And not only were you lovely guests, you're lovely people! I'm so glad you all had a nice, relaxing time and and that the Milky Way cooperated! Come back ANYtime. I'd be thrilled to have you visit again and so would Ken and Mary!
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Peaceful !

  • 4 of 5

My family and I had a very relaxing time ! Cottage was cozy and comfortable..View was Amazing ! Owner of Jennie Cottage very pleasant . Highly recommended !!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and ai had an awesome time at the cabin. BEST PLACE WE HAVE BEEN TO SO FAR..Quiet place..very good neighbors..lake was beautiful. .and The owner was a peach.Cabin had everything we family and I really enjoyed our stay..We will definetly be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had such a good time and thank you for being such lovely guests! And of course, you are welcome back anytime!
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Gorgeous and tranquil

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely spot in a very quiet and peaceful area, to be interrupted only by the sound of loons and other birds. The house provides a wide array of amenities, and is very clean and well maintained. The owner is super friendly, helpful, and very detail oriented, even leaving treats for children and pets!

The view is breathtaking (as seen in the photo), and the pond is extremely accessible right from the back yard of the house, for kayaking, swimming or fishing. If you are looking for a break from the rat race in a beautiful spot, this is IT. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful scenic location

  • 3 of 5

This is a rustic remote location with a lovely view of the lake and very friendly owner. Baxter State Park is very accessible - both North and South. Hire a canoe for $1 per hour at Trout Brook and paddle to the lake to look for birds and beavers. Visit Sandy Pond to look for Moose and white tailed deer. Walk the AT at Kathadin stream campsite - either to Baxter Peak or Daicey Pond.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Slice of Heaven !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a glorious and peaceful time away from the grind of daily life, this is it. I have rented this cottage twice and each time, I did not want to leave. It is everything that the listing describes and more. Lying in the hammock as the sun sets over the lake....kayaking across the lake and stopping to admire the view....listening to the loons....indescribable. The cottage is extremely quaint and well-maintained,. I will most definitely be back again, and would highly recommend a stay if you a looking for a slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I'm very happy you had such a nice time and if you're so inclined, I look forward to seeing you again next year!
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Car: necessary

We're about 45 minutes away from Baxter State Park (Mt. Katahdin), if you're in the mood to climb a mountain! The Bear Den is a local pub/restaurant/pizza place, about 10 minutes away. You can't miss it--it has a giant stuffed black bear on the roof. Groceries are available about 30 minutes away at the general store in Sherman. In Patten, about 40 minutes away, is a supermarket, hardware store, drug store, cafe and a few other shops.


Rates & Availability

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Please note that well-behaved dogs are welcomed but unfortunately, cats (due to allergy concerns) or pets of any other kind are not accepted.

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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