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Ideal 2-family, Huge Main Room, Great Beach, Screened Porch/Patio with Fireplace

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

6+ Bedrooms, 4+ Bathrooms, Sleeps 14, Located on one of the great Maine Lakes!

Enjoy a 5-star vacation home and all of your favorite freshwater activities - swimming, kayaking, playing on a sandy beach, fishing off the dock, or just sitting by the water. Our dock can handle large boats, and if you don't have one to bring, a rental boat can be delivered to Little Sebago so you can enjoy lake cruising, water skiing and boarding, tubing, and fishing.

Beyond the property itself, it's only 25 miles to Freeport and Portland for great dining, shopping, and cultural experiences. The fall is a great time of year to be at the lake with apple picking, hayrides, nature walks, and a great foliage season. 30 minutes away is Rattlesnake Mountain, which has beautiful hiking (and no rattlesnakes). During the winter months, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country-skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating (if the conditions are right) are all available out the front door, and we are within reasonable driving distance of some great downhill skiing.

The house (we call it “The Lodge”) was built in 2013 with LEED-Platinum construction standards in mind. It was built on the same spot where our extended family’s first Little Sebago “camp” used to sit. It was hard for some of us to see it go, but the design of the new Lodge was based on many years of vacationing together in this exact location, and our whole family thinks it’s great!

The property has beautiful landscaping and mature trees. The waterside of the property has an outside granite stairway with a stainless handrail that winds down from the main floor’s screened porch to a terrace where there is another entrance, directly into the lower-level hallway. The stairway then goes a few more steps down to a partially-shaded grassy area - an ideal spot to spend time near the water, lounging or lake-watching. Nearby is a large waters-edge deck, an extra-large dock, a storage shed holding six life jackets of various sizes (and with room for your stuff), and two kayaks for your use. But the main outside attraction, for many, is the great private beach, with nice natural sand and a very gradual descent into Little Sebago’s great water. A float completes the waterfront, and the swimming is excellent in both directions.

The heart of the Lodge is the great room, which features a modern kitchen that can handle a crowd with ease, a large island with 6 bar chairs, a 12-person dining table, a round table for games and puzzles that seats 6, plenty of comfy furniture for lounging, and big windows for light, views, and breezes. There are beautiful wood floors and finishes throughout.

The Lodge’s bedrooms come in two basic types, “large” and “flexible”. There are 2 “large” bedrooms. The large bedroom on the main level is wheelchair accessible and has great sound insulation from the the rest of the house, so it can be good for folks who don’t want to deal with stairs or who may want to go to bed earlier than others. It has a two extra-long twin beds that can be cinched together to make a king bed, great storage, and a compartmentalized full bath (3 lavs) that can be made either private or accessible from the great room. The other large bedroom, on the upper level, is actually a “suite” that occupies that entire floor. It has the same twin/king bed set-up, great storage, and its own full bath. And it also has a “nook” room with two regular-length twin mattresses on the floor for children, if needed.

The four “flexible” bedrooms are on the lower level, which has a center hallway and a pair of these rooms on each side. These four bedrooms are the same size, and each has its own door, 2 extra-long twin beds (that can also be cinched together to make a king bed), 2 night stands on rollers, and 2 wardrobe closets on rollers. The wardrobe closets that sit between each pair of rooms create a moveable wall that provides a good visual barrier (but not as much sound privacy as a real wall). For each pair of lower level bedrooms, this makes it possible to put 2 extra-long twin beds in each bedroom, or 3 extra-long twin beds in one bedroom and 1 in the other if you prefer. And any two extra-long twins can be made into a king.

Also on the lower level are two compartmentalized full bathrooms. One full bath has one room with a stacked full-size laundry set and countertop lav, which leads to another room with a toilet or a third room with a shower. The other full bath on the lower level has one room with 3 countertop lavs, which leads to another room with a toilet or a third room with a tub/shower.

The top part of the driveway is paved and is fine for parking, but it also has a heavy-duty adjustable basketball hoop and court (balls are provided). From there, the driveway slopes down toward the Lodge where there are 3-4 parking spaces close to the main entrance. (There are also 3 "upper"' parking spaces.) The waterside of the Lodge faces west (great sunsets), and it sits on the southeast edge of Little Sebago Lake’s large central basin and across from Spider Island.

All that said, many of us think the best part of this house is not really in the house or completely outside - it’s the screened porch. This porch features a vaulted ceiling, two ceiling fans, a stone fireplace, and screen “walls” on three sides that roll up or down, from the floor into the ceiling, at the touch of a button. It is often enjoyed all day and then well into the evening for outside dining, fireside chatting or singing, and s’mores!

More Details

John Newlin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About John Newlin

This property is now jointly owned by four branches of our family; "son" John is now doing most of the rental management. Family members have owned the property since 1997, but in 2012 the old "camp" was torn down and replaced by a new, energy-efficient home under the great leadership of eldest sister, Tammie. We hope you will come to enjoy it as much as we do!


The Extended Newlin Clan

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for this amazing home, which we so enjoyed on our 2nd annual family vacation. Beautiful, functional space that was perfect for our growing family of small children 0-4. You spared no small detail - everything was extremely comfortable. We hope to be back again for evenings by the fireplace, mornings on the beach, afternoons on the dock, and lots of cooking in the kitchen. (We especially enjoyed the 1000 piece from puzzle - insane!!)

Aug 2014
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Gray House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main Level - toilet , tub , shower , Total of 3 lavs, large countertop, wheelchair accessible
    Upper Level - toilet , shower
    Lower Level 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Compartmentalized - total of 3 lavs
    Lower Level 2 - toilet , shower , Compartmentalized, includes stacked full-size laundry
  • We provide at least "starter" amounts of toilet paper and hand soap in each bathroom.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Main Level - 2 X-long Twins separate or make King; full bath attached
    Upper Level - 2 X-long Twins separate or make King; full bath attached
    Lower Level - SE - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
    Lower Level - SW - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
    Lower Level - NW - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
    Lower Level - NE - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Renters will need to provide their own beach, bath, hand, and kitchen towels, but there is a good washer/dryer set, so there's no need to bring lots of extra towels. There is no TV, but there are lots of games and a great sandy beach!


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Ideal 2-family, Huge Main Room, Great Beach, Screened Porch/Patio with Fireplace
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
McMurray, PA

A truly exceptional home

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing, fresh, new, versatile accomodation. Loved the sound deadening door that meant the kids could sleep and the adults could play games in the large living room. We had beds for 14 and used them all. Bathrooms one each floor with 2 of them where 8 slept was great. The lake and waterms were a super hits. Kayaks, lifejackets, firepit... And loons calling from both ends of the lake. The kitchen had everything we needed. I can't think of anything better. Unless fish could be noodled out of the water. All had a great time of family. Thanks so much for renting your amazing home.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review - so glad to hear you enjoyed your time! John
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Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house in a gorgeous setting. The house has excellent furnishings and you can tell it was very thoughtfully designed - for example, the soundproof door separating the common area from sleeping rooms. The owner was extremely reasonable to work with, and consistently returned calls/messages in a timely manner.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your generous review - we try!
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Lodge on Little Sebago

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home with amazing views of the lake. Well equipped and very clean with everything we needed and more. My favorite space was the patio (with retractable screens) with the beautiful stone fireplace. Great place for our family to get together after my son's graduation from Saint Joseph's College.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review - the patio is our favorite feature, too!
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Great stay, great host

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time (despite some crummy weather in the first weekend of May) at this beautiful cabin. Perfect set up for a guys weekend as all of the beds can be split up into twins. Outdoor covered porch with a fireplace was a great escape from the rain, and large common area enabled everyone to hang out. Thanks to John for helping us set up!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review - we hope you'll stay with us again!
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Perfect House for Groups!

  • 5 of 5

I work as a guide for an organization that runs creative retreats for local youth, and my group stayed at The Lodge for a weekend in September. John was responsive from our first inquiry; he answered questions, and sent additional information without delay. The process to book was easy and the contract is clear and comprehensive.

The house is amazing! They could not have designed a better space for a large group. The variable sleeping options were unlike anything we’d seen before, there are plenty of bathrooms, and the living/cooking/dining space combo was perfect for our group. You can’t beat being on the water, and the outdoor fireplace with optional screens was really great. The house was very clean, and the kitchen featured all of the items necessary for our large meals.

John was easy to reach on the weekend we were there, and the refund was issued promptly. I absolutely recommend this space, and we hope to get back to it!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so happy to hear that the space worked for your group, and we hope you'll come back!
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  • 5 of 5

Great Time. Great Place! We've been renting places on various lakes for the past 8 years and this is by far the best place we have ever stayed at. The pictures online don't do the place justice. Above and beyond what we could have imagined. Kids loved it! Adults loved it! We're looking forward to renting again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that high praise! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at our "Lodge". We hope it works out for you to stay with us again soon! John
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Nearest Airport
23.6 Miles
Portland Jetport, 30 Minutes Away
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Casco Bay Lines 36 Minutes away
Nearest Golf
6.8 Miles
Spring Meadows Golf Club 13 Minutes Away
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Downeaster 33 Minutes Away
Nearest Motorway
6.1 Miles
Maine Turnpike Gray 11 Minutes Away
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Chute's Family Restaurant (Breakfast/Lunch)
Nearest Ski
35.5 Miles
Shawnee Peak 54 Minutes Away
Nearest Beach
Beach on Property
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Main Peak Season 2017
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2 Weeks in September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Snow 2017-2018
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 7 2018
2 night minimum stay
May-June 2018
May 4 2018 - Jun 14 2018
2 night minimum stay
8 Nights in Mid-June 2018
Jun 15 2018 - Jun 22 2018
2 night minimum stay
Newlin Family 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Jul 19 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
Carton Reunion 2018
Jul 20 2018 - Jul 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
5 Nights in Late July 2018
Jul 23 2018 - Jul 27 2018
5 night minimum stay
Main Peak Season 2018
Jul 28 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
6 Nights in Late August
Aug 25 2018 - Aug 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
2 Weeks in September 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Sep 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
Snow 2018-2019
Dec 1 2018 - Jan 6 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Booking Fee $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $660
Post-stay Cleaning Fee $425 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

• Rentals for less than the minimum number of nights may be available - please feel free to inquire.
• We will rent only to persons age 30 or older. The person agreeing to the Rental Agreement must provide a legible copy of their driver's license or other government-issued photo ID.
• We will tentatively reserve your time slot as soon as we receive notice from you that you will be sending us this Agreement (signed by one or two members of your group) and a payment.
• If you choose to use HomeAway’s online payment system, please pay the full amount (entire rental, booking fee, taxes, Homeaway Service Fee, and refundable damage deposit) as per instructions on the website. Then please send us the signed Agreement via email scan or regular mail.
• If you choose to pay the old-fashioned way, please mail us your signed Agreement, ID copy, and a deposit check (personal or bank) for 50% of the total amount, by the end of the next business day via USPS Priority Rate, which is usually about $6 (or via a faster method if you prefer), and provide us with a tracking number for that mailing. If we don't receive a tracking number for this mailing from you by the end of the next business day (by phone, text message, or email), your tentative reservation will be subject to cancellation. (By the same token, if you use the check method of payment, we will send your damage deposit check back to you via USPS Priority Rate, and we'll send you a tracking number for that mailing.) The remaining 50% will be due upon your arrival on the Check-in Date.
• Once we receive your payment, signed Agreement, and ID, we will sign the Agreement, acknowledge receipt of your payment on the Agreement, and return a scanned copy to you.
• If you cancel a booked reservation, for any reason, we will attempt to re-rent the timeslot, and any amount of time re-rented will be refunded to you, pro-rata, less a service charge of 20% of the 50% deposit. We encourage all renters to purchase traveler’s insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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