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Craftsman Open Concept, LAKEFRONT, Timber Frame Log Home/w PIZZA OVEN, linens

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Quiet private neighborhood, dock, walk to town, comes complete w/linens, canoes

This private year-round home on Norway Lake is perfect if you love nature and enjoy outdoor activities.

According to our guests-by far the Pizza oven is the number one activity. Especially for those that love to cook, or have memories of "the old country"

Our most common guests consist of multi-generational or family reunions who are meeting from various distant locations. There's something for everyone. Three night guests are usually those involved in a wedding at Granite Ridge Estate, or girls' weekend.

• SPARKLING CLEAN with simple decor and uncluttered living on three levels.

A place you walk into and say WOW! The craftsmanship is extraordinary!! "So much better than the pictures"

• The kitchen has loads of extras, including spices and some sundries. A full pantry of cooking appliances. Linens and beach towels included.

• We have over an acre of land with 240' of water frontage with just a short walk to the town center.

• Close enough to the ocean and Portland, but far enough to be alone and at peace with nature. No city noises; no ringing phones-- unless it’s yours. You can open up the walls of French doors and feel like you’re living outside, but without the bugs. You can turn on the radio, TV with cable, or access the WIFI to check your emails, but still hear the peepers and the loons. You can cook everything in the wood fired pizza oven, over the fire pit, use the convection/microwave, or regular oven.

• Grill inside the pizza oven, out on the gas grill, or over the fire.

• We have deep water access, if you bring your own motor boat or rent from one of the local marinas. White’s Marina directly across the lake offers boat rentals & supplies gas.

The public beach is located near Lake Store and boat launch, 2 miles away. We do not have a beach. We have a small shaded sandy section for small children & canoe entry. This home is a wonderful place for an adult retreat, casino or girls/guys weekend, a vacation spot for those who enjoy different activities,

• A perfect home for multi-generational family gatherings, with a first floor bedroom and gradual sloping grade to the dock. It's centrally located for area activities.

Here are our favorite things about Maine: The sunset from the dock and going across the lake to Boomers for lunch via boat, float, skis, ice skates, or snowmobile. Sitting under the porch during a rain storm or feeding the tamed chipmunks. We are at one with nature, but so close to civilization; we see otters, deer, lunar moths and the green frogs that stick to our windows, but could shop at major grocery stores right down the street.

We listen to the loons and the peepers on a warm summer night but could go to the casino, county fair, or drive-in movie instead. We enjoy clam bakes and Lobster meals over the bon-fire, followed with marshmallow roasting and baked apples. We love the view of the hemlocks covered in snow and a visit to the Victorian Poland House and wonder at Steve’s talent for decorating every inch, or walking downtown early morning to pick up the paper and a coffee and fresh pastry at the local bakery, or lounging on a comfy couch at the Nomad Cafe. Shopping at the indoor yard-sale, Pa’s Trading Post, antiquing or enjoy one of the many antique auctions. There's live entertainment locally at the Pub's and restaurants and fine dining with reservations suggested.

Norway hosts many of the local events, Triathlon, arts festival, fishing derby, snowmobile festival...

• Stepfalls is one of our favorite hikes because you climb up the waterfall. It’s only about 35 minutes from the house. You could even bring along our gold pan, or stop to mine for tourmaline on the way home.

• The kids/adults love to spend the day water tubing/fishing, or sledding/tubing/skiing, followed by a pizza party where everyone makes their own favorite pizza.

• There’s plenty to do at night: watch a movie, play board games, sing to karaoke -4 microphones, bumper pool, ping pong, or head up town to local shops that offer knitting, beading and bingo.

• We’re close to several golf courses: Norway, Poland Springs & Sunday River and have direct access from the house to the snowmobile, ATV and cross country ski trails. (not publicly advertised) There’s great skiing and snow tubing, at many local resorts. During the winter (snow permitting) we usually have a sledding hill from the back porch down to the lake. (at your own risk, we have plenty of sleds) There is also a skating park in Norway, we have assorted skates and cross-country skis that you're welcome to use at your own risk.

This art loving community has down to earth living with friendly people who smile when you say hello. We build huge memories here with friends and family. That’s why we love it. We think you’ll love it, too!

More Details

Owner
Linda Corapi
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, some french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Linda Corapi

I'm a Mother of two grown children, one an artist and another a biologist. I've owned my own business for over 25 years, Gardens Galore: a Gallery, Gift Store in Woburn, MA and sell Real Estate in Massachusetts for RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services in Stoneham, which is just north of Boston.

I'm also very active in the horticultural community and love Iris flowers. I share my passion for gardening with presentations to garden clubs, volunteering and designing landscapes. I'm a member of many organizations including the Maine Iris society which holds their annual shows and meeting less than 30 minutes away in Auburn, ME.

I have a busy schedule and no intention of retiring anytime soon. My heart is here in Maine, but my wallet is in MA.

Eventually, I'd love to own one of those shops downtown and have a design studio/gift shop. Norway looks like the picture perfect ski town and eventually I'll be a part of it. I'm waiting until my student loans are paid off.

I have a few hobbies, sewing, beading and creating leaded glass art.

My family is spread throughout the country, Oregon, Colorado, North Dakota, Virginia, MA and Maine. We get together once or twice a year, for a celebration, or family reunion.

Linda Corapi purchased this house in 2003

Why Linda Corapi chose Maine

My family and I helped to build our dream home, with Joe Healey, a craftsman from Bridgton Maine, owner of Old Time Timber Framing. The kids and I lived in a tent during the summer with a solar shower and portable facilities. My sister's lake house is only 20 minutes away, so if we needed a break it was easy. My Brother's in-laws live in Fryeburg, so he's close, too. We all enjoy each others company and have similar interests so it just made sense to build a home here. Luckily I have a flexible schedule so I'm able to spend time here and in MA working remotely.

When I was moving from my primary home to Maine, I happened to find a box of old cookbooks from my Grandmother. I knew her as living in MA, she passed away when I was 16 and I was too young to ask her about her history. I was shocked to see a cookbook from Norway Congregational Church but even more so when I saw her name on the label. Looks like I've come back to my roots.

My Father loved to fish and when I was a child we rented cottages across the country. We never worried about seat belts and the station wagon had a folding seat way in the back. So we fit 6-7 kids, Mom, Dad, Nana, my aunt and the dog. Along the way we'd stop for lunch and if there was water Dad was fishing. I can vividly remember the raccoon raiding our campsite and Dad's evening catch from the bucket.

The first summer this house was built, my son and his school friend took the canoe out fishing. They were about 9. They were determined to try under the dock at the marina. Next thing I know I see them coming back in a hurry creating a wake behind the canoe. It wasn't speed that created the wake it was the big large mouth bass they couldn't take off the hook. I'd say maybe 6 lbs, (by their standards)nice and fat anyway. I learned to turn the barb down on the hook after that. It's too bad my Father wasn't around to see this home and that fish. He would be so proud.

What makes this house unique

We never expected to love the pizza oven as much as we do. We hardly ever use the regular oven. It's the center of every party. I treat myself to grilled fish, steak and small little baked dishes. My Son loves to cook ribs with his special barbecue sauce and my Daughter has mastered my Brother's pizza dough recipe. We've made the entire Thanksgiving dinner in the one oven. Including the pies. It stays hot for hours. You can use all the leftover pizza toppings for quiche the next morning and usually it just takes a small fire to bring it back up to 375, if it's not hot enough. One year I hosted my Nephews wedding party, we had about 50 people and served 22 pizzas and a few calzones.

The first winter we were here it snowed almost every day. (this year has been about the same) We love it. We live on a private road so I can cross- country ski on the trails in our neighborhood without worrying about snowmobiles being on the same route. The snowmobile trail goes down our road and across the street, or across the lake depending on the direction you're headed. You can access route 89 a major snowmobile route in the state. It's breathtaking to see the forest covered in snow, especially riding through a pine grove, or crossing a bridge in the swamp on a warm winter day, or the view from the hill on the golf course that overlooks the lake. Sometimes the snow is so deep it almost touches the porch roof.

During the summer when the kids were young all I did was tow them on the big water tube. Luckily we don't have a lot of boating traffic and there's enough room for everyone to have their own space.

As far as nature is concerned: the last couple of years we've seen eagles nesting and a family of otters moved in near the dock. The loons usually nest somewhere near our house, and the occasional Great Blue Herring will perch near the water. We have a range of woodpeckers, from Pileated to Flickers. Our feeders keep the finches, nuthatches and chickadees happy

Guestbook comments from the owner

For our annual family vacation, we stayed at a beautiful log house in Norway, Maine. Our immediate family consists of my husband and myself, three daughters, two spouses and three grandchildren. The house was located on a beautiful part of the lake while being located within very close walking distance of downtown Norway.



The house is lovely and furnished with any conceivable appliance, linen, toiletry, as well as an over abundance of spices and staples. All we needed to complete our vacation was our bathing suits and meat and vegetables to prepare meals.



The lot gently slopes to the water where the whole family enjoyed the nice deck, deck chairs, kayak, canoe and 8-man float. We did not use the fishing gear because the children were too busy with water activities.



The large dining area is where we usually congregated to eat and play games. (There was every game you could possibly imagine.). We never once turned on the large flat-screen tv or used the gaming videos or movies. Everyone enjoyed the ping pong table and darts in the basement.



Through no fault of Linda's and not to take away from our total experience, we really needed one more bedroom and bathroom-although, it worked for us because there were at least three inflatable mattresses.



Our family all gave this years vacation experience a strong five-star rating.
Jul 2016
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Amenities

Norway House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • You break it. You replace it.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fully size washer and dryer
  • You should have everything you'll need: TP, face cloths, towels, soap, tooth paste, shampoo & conditioner, moisturizer, cleaning supplies, misc. first aid items.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Located on the first floor.
    guest bedroom - 1 queen , This is the only upper bedroom that has a ceiling.
    Upper Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Upper bedroom - 1 queen
    Lower level living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen sleep sofa
    Main Level Living Room Sofa bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size sleep sofa
  • all queen size. Simple: Pillow top mattresses with dust covers, Cotton Sheets, Cotton Quilts, soft blankets, hypo-allergenic pillows, or down comforters if needed. Two of the bedrooms upstairs are open above the 10' wall to the timber frame and main room.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
You can walk in and feel like you are home. You'll have basic coffee, tea some dry goods. There is usually something you can make with what's available, or a can of soup, until you have time to shop. There is a convenient store open 24hrs in the center of town if you need something late at night. The grocery store in less than 5 minutes away. You'll have all the pots and pans, the serving dishes, the wine screw, knives, napkins, glassware and other misc. cooking items. You'll have shampoo, soap, TP, paper towels, band-aides, tweezers, toothpaste, etc. Basic cleaning supplies. If you're thinking of coming to ski, fish, or hike just for the weekend -it's simple. Everything is there waiting for you. Great for last minute get-away with the girls, or couples weekend at the casino.

Reviews

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5

Charming Norway Lake House

  • 5 of 5

Great and comfortable stay at the charming Norway Lake House. My family stayed for my wedding at Granite Ridge and the location to downtown and the venue were perfect. Very rustic and charming; a little buggy but to be expected that time of year. Linda is very helpful and very knowledgeable of the area. We unfortunately couldn't take advantage of all the amenities because of the wedding - might have to just come back :)

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's too bad you couldn't post a wedding photo. Granite Ridge is beautiful. Our styles fit together since we both have timberframes. We'd love to have you back for your anniversary. We could arrange a private chef to help you with the wood fired oven either for pizzas and some appetizers or something more formal. We also have guitarists for singing around the campfire. June is buggy. But the rest of the year is fantastic. Especially with a little wind off the lake. Let me know when you're ready. Thank you for keeping my home beautiful. You're welcome back anytime. Linda
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Lake home near town - great week!

  • 4 of 5

Property was as advertised - an open concept log home, nice kitchen (loved the pizza oven), 2 large full baths, small living room with windows all around, and a great dining table that easily sat 8. The bedrooms have comfy beds and cotton sheets, 3 with lake views. Outside is wooded down to lovely lake, with a good dock. Side yards are grassy, one with a fire pit that we used every night. We rented a pontoon boat from White's across the lake and this was lovely for fishing and swimming, caught perch, bass, pickerel. Town was a 15 minute walk with lots to do - the Norway Brewery had amazing food and atmosphere, the public library was really great for kid activities, and there's good coffee shop and a couple restaurants. Only negatives for me about property were a moderate amount of road noise from across the lake (which you might learn to ignore), and the fact that the bedrooms are open above (fully disclosed at the vrbo website by the owner - who was great by the way!). We had little kids who were up and down at night which was disruptive to the adults without kids, but that was really our problem!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is beautiful. We had plenty of room for 8 adults. We loved the pizza oven. Everyone should try it!!! The water is shallow and has some reeds but it is clear and we swam everyday. We used the floats (there were plenty) to stay on top of the water. We walked into town and enjoyed the shops and the brewery - very nice.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house. Well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

The house was so well equipped with everything you would need. The place was extremely clean. My family had a wonderful vacation and would go back tomorrow if we could.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous, peaceful, Maine getaway

  • 4 of 5

Myself and a group of friends rented this property a week ago and had a blast. We went fishing off the dock, rented a boat across the lake, and cooked many meals in the wood fired oven. It was a gorgeous timber frame home, plenty of sleeping space, and plenty of recreational opportunities. I would reccommend this property to anyone who wants a peaceful getaway on a Maine lake.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to hear that our guests took advantage of all the toys. You were so clean we couldn't even tell you were there. You're welcome back anytime. Thank you for staying.
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Great House!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for a long weekend, the experience was fantastic. We had a lovely stay--skied at Sunday River, used the pizza oven and had a blast in the basement with the games (table pool, ping pong and darts). The owner was a pleasure to work with, I was very impressed by her attention to detail and prompt communication. Highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. It's a pleasure sharing our home with a family that appreciates everything and takes care of the property. We hope you'll come back sometime. Thanks again. Linda
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Map

76 Pleasant Street
"Call or visit their website for the menu. Wonderful atmosphere, quiet small room settings. ..."
McLaughlin Garden
Boomers
"On the lake with an outdoor patio. Pull up by boat, or snowmobile. Great hand-cut french fri..."
Maurice Restaurant Fancais
Step Falls Hiking Trail
"Our favorite spot. Gentle hike by land or up the waterfall."
Cyndi's Dockside Restaurant
"Casual dining on the lake. "
Fiber & Vine
"Great selection of yarn and wine. Open week nights, or anytime to sit and knit."
Dunkin' Donuts
"Somethings never change. Great coffee without the designer price tag."
McDonald's
Creaser Jewelers
Painted Mermaid Gallery & Studio
Maurice Restaurant Fancais
Cafe Nomad
Route 26 Antiques Books
"A coop. antique mall. "
Oxford Casino
Pa's Tradin Co
Poland Spring Preservation Society
Top Gun of Maine
Ruby Rose Frozen Custard
"The best Apple Crisp Sunday!"
White Mountain National Forest
Maine Wildlife Park
Gallery 302
"Wonderful Art Co-op."
Lively Accents
"Classes anytime, great selection of beaded jewelry"
Green Machine Bike Shop
"Bike Rentals, repairs and rides"
Woodman's Sporting Goods
"Hunting supplies, Fishing licenses"
Lake Store
"Bakery, general store, lottery, newspaper, misc."
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Norway Brewery
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
76 Pleasant Street, Boomers,
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Mt. Abrams, Shawnee Peak, Sunday River
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Pennassewassee Public Beach
Car: recommended

Centrally located between North Conway, NH and Portland Maine. You could be at the ocean in under an hour. Close to many ski areas including Sunday River. Many public golf courses including one in Norway & Poland Springs. Oxford County Fair grounds, Oxford Casino, Oxford Speedway. Things to do in the area: http://bit.ly/1jFHUf1 Approx. 45 minutes to Fryeburg Fairgrounds and Portland

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Rates & Availability

Norway House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
August Season
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Week before, during labor day
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,750
 
 
Fall Season 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
$425
$2,750
$10,000
 
 
Winter
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$500
$3,000
 
 
Mid-Late Winter
Jan 8 2018 - Feb 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
$500
 
 
Winter Vacation
Feb 18 2018 - Mar 18 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Late Spring
Apr 28 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$550
$2,750
 
 
June
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
$550
$2,750
 
 
prebook Summer 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
$2,800
 
 
Fall 2018
Sep 2 2018 - Nov 17 2018
3 night minimum stay
$550
$2,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$2,750
$10,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99
Damage Deposit $500

No Pets Please. My family has allergies. No Events without permission/Fees apply. Smaller payments after the initial deposit can be arranged.

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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