|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This picturesque lake cottage (Afterglow) is literally 'On Golden Pond' which is actually Great Pond. With 46 miles of shoreline, it is the largest lake in the Belgrade Lakes Chain and is one of the largest bodies of water in the world named 'pond'. The cottage has a rich history from its original owner, acclaimed illustrator and artist, Mary Lane McMillan as the sight of the McMillan School of Fine Arts Vacation School during the 1920s and 1930s.
The great room offers plenty of space to eat at the picnic table, recline in the La-Z Boy recliners, enjoy the WI-FI network, watch TV or a DVD, read or just relax and enjoy the view of the lake. The two story stone fireplace with insert can provide heat on a chilly evening. At night, it is not unusual to hear the enchanting call of loons on the lake, and we have even seen Ospreys perched in the branches just off the screened in porch.
The kitchen was fully renovated in 2012 and it also offers cool delicious well water from our private well. The cottage features a WI-FI network, cable TV and DVD plus three sleeping areas with quiet new ceiling fans and a fully screened porch overlooking the beautiful golden sunsets across the cove. You can enjoy delicious grilled meals from the gas range on the deck. The 32' dock with sitting area and mooring plus the use of two kayaks for our guests at no additional cost provides plenty of ways to enjoy the water! The ocean kayak is incredibly stable and is perfect for first time paddlers while the second kayak is also easy for beginners to master. Several islands are just a short paddle away. A mere 10 minute paddle from your dock 'Darkest Africa' as my childhood friends and I used to call it, awaits your exploration. While the name may be testament to the childhood exaggerations of a youthful perspective, it is still a picturesque little stream where you may catch a glimpse of turtles sunning themselves above the lily pads if you are lucky.
After spending a week at Afterglow, your memories will be ready to harken you back to the time when you experienced first-hand 'The Way Life Should Be' 'On Golden Pond' in Maine.
Keywords: Camp, waterfront, lake, pond, seasonal, lakeside
I was born and raised in nearby Waterville, Maine and spent nearly every day of every summer until college barefoot, shirtless and carefree in the white cottage that borders this cottage to the north. My wife and I are retired US Naval Officers and some of my favorite things to do are kayaking around Great Pond, swimming, walking, biking and playing with our dogs and traveling to see new places.
Tom and Maureen McAvoy purchased this cottage in 1981
I grew up spending my summers next to this cottage and have fond memories of the puppet shows that Mary Lane McMillan used to stage in the great room for the children in the area.
Kayaking on the lake, including island hopping, swimming, walking and biking along the roads and even snorkeling along the shore of the lake or out around the islands.
Cottage was clean, comfortable, and nicer in person then the photos. Me and the kids had a great time fishing for small mouth bass, and enjoyed some great hiking in the area. The islands on the pond were a lot of fun to explore, and the wildlife was great Loons, bald eagle's. Will definitely stay here again.
The cottage was easy to find. The photos were very good, but the cottage was even nicer in person. There was lots of space when our family came to visit. Our grandchildren had a great time. The binder that was supplied was full of helpful information regarding restaurants and things to do especially for people who are not from the area. We would definitely recommend the property to a friend or relative. We had perfect weather for the whole week.
Great place to relax for a vacation. Very clean and everything that you need for cooking was provided in the kitchen. The screened in porch overlooking the lake was wonderful and of course there was the beautiful lake and the loons every night.
We stayed at the AfterGlow cottage the last week in July, 2012. We stayed with my sister her husband my son and grandson. The Lake was beautiful and very clean. We only wish there was more dock space to be able to sit down near the water in chairs. the kids were also disappointed because there was not a floating deck out further to dive off of. We moved one of the tables outside on the porch so we could eat outside and play games which worked out great. The cottage was very clean and equipped with everything you could need. The only thing we wish we had was a blender to make frozen coctails. They had plenty of games for the kids to play. The owners were very helpful answering our questions. We would recommend this cottage to family and friends. We had a great time! very relaxing....
We absolutely loved our vacation on Great Pond. Afterglow Cottage was wonderful - very clean and spacious. It exceeded our expectations, it was truly a home away from home! We especially enjoyed the huge screen porch where we would sit and enjoy our morning coffee and listen to the loons calling out on the lake. The lake was breathtakingly beautiful. The fishing was great, too. My husband and nephew caught a lot of fish! We really did not want to leave at the end of the week. The owners are also fantastic - they went out of their way to answer any questions we had, and even supplied us with a binder at the cottage which was chock full of local information. We would definitely recommend Afterglow Cottage to anyone who wants a clean, comfortable place to stay on the most beautiful lake we've ever seen. Thank you Tom and Maureen for everything!
New England Music Camp in nearby Sidney provides free summer outdoor concerts. Lakewood Theatre in nearby Madison, ME is one of Americas oldest and most famous summer theatres which offers exceptional performances of comedies, dramas, musicals, and children's shows from late-May through mid-September.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|Per pet/per week||$75|
Cancellations: refund available only if cottage is re-rented.
Rentals are Saturday through Saturday. Check-in 2 p.m. Check-out 10 a.m.
Cottage must be cleaned and all items restored to their original locations prior to check-out.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Weekly rate $1295. To confirm a reservation, send a deposit of 50% by mail to owner. Full payment required 45 days prior to rental period. Refundable damage deposit of $150 due with final payment. Additional $75 required per pet per week.