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The Loon's Nest on Lake Damariscotta

Newcastle, ME, USA
  • House1710 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

Built in 2002, this all log structure features all the comforts of a home, but we call it a cottage as it sits lakeside, is decorated with life's comforts in mind, and offers the serenity of lake-life with ocean access nearby. Enjoy a morning fishing or kayaking, then hop in the lake that reaches 80 degrees by mid-July. For the more adventuresome, bring a boat for sailing, waterskiing, or just a cruise up and down this 14 mile long lake. Our place is at the narrow end, a mile above the dam that separates the lake from the Damariscotta River and offers low boat traffic, great fishing, and a dock location where you can enter and exit the lake in about 8 feet of water. Come enjoy this piece of paradise offering kayaks, a canoe, private dock, and shared float you can swim to. At day's end, return to the peace and quiet of your 3 bedroom log home with a screened-in porch spanning the width of the cottage and extending 14 feet toward the lake added in 2012. Rain or Shine, this is the place to be. Oh, and don't forget those cool Maine evenings where you can enjoy a blanket mid-summer! If that's not enough for you, the quaint town of Damariscotta is only 5 miles away and offers boutique shopping, great restaurant options, a full service grocery store and a place or two to grab a cocktail!


Chap Kistler - Owner of THE NEST

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 03, 2018
About Chap Kistler - Owner of THE NEST

One of two log homes on the property (see THE LODGE, vrbo 350800). Built in the early 2000's as a family homestead. Kim and I, along with our three kids spend as much time as we can in the Summer at THE LODGE and rent THE NEST from May through October.

Chap Kistler - Owner of THE NEST purchased this House in 2003

Why Chap Kistler - Owner of THE NEST chose Newcastle

Quiet summers in Maine. Cool nights. Lobster and Clams. Great Fishing, Warm lake (almost 80 degrees by July 4). Kayaks and Canoes, or bring your own powerboat. Some of the best large and small mouth bass fishing this country has to offer. Coastal options within a 15 minute drive. great town for shopping. Close enough, yet far enough away from Freeport Maine if you want outlet shopping. What more could you want?

What makes this House unique

Both THE NEST and THE LODGE were build by a local builder. Solid construction and great location


    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Downstairs - Master suite
        1 king, Pocket door to separate bathroom from living room/kitchen
      • Upstairs
        1 queen
      • Upstairs - Bunk room
        1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, 1 murphy bed, Not sure what a Murphy bed is, but has a trundle bed
      • King size beds (1) Master bedroom - 1st floor; Queen size Beds (1) Bedroom #1 upstairs; Bedroom #2 upstairs (1 set of bunk beds, 1 daybed, 1 trundle) We do not provide the crib, but walk in closet in master bedroom will easily hold a crib or pack-n-play


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Downstairs Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Shared, or can be closed off to form master suite
      • Upstairs Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • 2

      Location Type

        • Lake View
        • Lakefront
          200 ft. back from the water, with private dock for swimming, lounging, boating
        • Ski-Out
          Waterski!, Wakeboard!


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Clothes Dryer
                • Heating
                  Renai gas heater for downstairs common area
                • Parking Off Street
                  you have your own driveway and parking area
                • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                  Plenty of parking
                • Telephone
                  but, please use cell phones. No long distance
                • Washing Machine
                • Wood Fireplace
                  firewood provided


                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Cooking Utensils
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Refrig/Freezer, Microwave, Stove, Oven, dishwasher
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove


                        • Dining
                          Plus plenty of seating on porch which has a 4-person picnic table and plenty of other seating
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 6 people


                            • CD Player
                            • DVD Player
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              DishTV top 120 & local channels
                            • Television
                              Living Room Upstairs bedroom #2


                                • Deck / Patio
                                  14' x 24' screen in porch overlooking lake
                                • Kayak / Canoe
                                  Between the Lodge and the Nest there are 4 kayaks and 2 canoes to share. Life jackets and paddles provided. Also 4 SUPs
                                • Outdoor Grill


                                    • wheelchair inaccessible


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • health/beauty spa
                                        • library
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • recreation center
                                        • restaurants
                                        • theme parks
                                        • water parks

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • boating
                                            • eco tourism
                                            • miniature golf
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • whale watching
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • mountaineering
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • jet skiing
                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • snorkeling
                                                    • snorkeling/diving
                                                    • surf fishing
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water skiing
                                                    • water tubing
                                                    • whitewater rafting
                                                    • wind-surfing

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 9:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                      11 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      The cabin is beautiful and clean. The owner is available for any questions. The lake is amazing

                                                      kelley h.South Windsor , CT

                                                      Our family of 5 had an amazing time at the Loon's Nest. We enjoyed all of the available activities. We kayaked, paddle boarded and our children especially enjoyed the water trampoline and the large floats in the water. The cabin is roomy and clean and the screened in porch was nice for having dinner on and playing games at night. Our family cannot wait to go back again!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thanks. We hope to see you again!

                                                      Heaven on Earth

                                                      Marlene K.

                                                      It was August, the lakes healing, warm waters invited us every morning and afternoon to climb off the well equipped for sunning and swimming dock. Good thing too, because the view from the house and the lodging were so perfectly designed that it was hard leaving the comfy leather couches or the lounges on the screened in porch. We were even able to have a fire a few nights in the well designed fire place with a hearty stack of wood to burn, too. We come back every year and this year was a bit more social than our usual stay - the house accommodated gratiously as did the sourrounding areas of Maine to discover, especially the Farm Markets (with fresh, just picked strawberries, home made dilly beans and the cheeses). Our guests were most impressed! Our host was most gratious and easily responsive when we needed to contact them about a situation. The house was so clean it still looks new. Highly recommended Home away!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Glad to hear that you enjoy this special setting year after year. You are always welcome back!

                                                      Beautiful spot on Damariscotta Lake

                                                      Charlene O.

                                                      We have stayed at The Loon's nest for a number of years now. Every year the cabin is ready for us - clean and a welcome start to a wonderful week in Maine. Chap Kistler is always terrific about letting us know if there are any issues to be aware of- there was some very minimal water dripping in the bathroom this year - but he warned us about it before hand and had already called the plumber to take care of it. We always appreciate having a heads up and knowing that he is on top of taking care of the place. We only wish there was WiFi for the times you need to keep in touch or stay connected before or after a day of fun. Cell service and internet connection via mobile phone is tough and spotty in rural Maine. We'll be back again next summer for sure - the best rental cabin on Damariscotta Lake!

                                                      A little slice of paradise

                                                      KevinEssington, PA

                                                      We love this place! Whenever we're here we feel calm and relaxed. The tranquility of the Lion's nest helps us regroup and center ourselves from the hecticness of the outside world.


                                                      KevinEssington, PA

                                                      We have been coming here for a long time now and wouldn't have it any other way! The Loon's Nest is a wonderful place to go to relax and rejuvenate! There is so many things to see and do in the surrounding areas or you can be just as content relaxing on the deck or sitting on the porch listening to the loon's and other sounds of the woods! There's so much to do in the area that we would love to stay two weeks instead of just one!

                                                      Long time visitors!

                                                      Teresa and Stephen H.King of Prussia, PA

                                                      Excellent vacation spot! Easy access to wonderful dining and tons of sightseeing. We spent days both driving around seeing the sights AND hanging out at The Nest. Both equally enjoyable. The accommodations were very comfortable and perfect for our whole family. Thanks!


                                                      Newcastle, ME, USA

                                                      Moody's Diner, Damariscotta River Grill, King Eider's Pub, Schooner's Landing, Shaw's, Round Pound, Anchor Inn just to name a few

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                                                      Linens/towels not included and must be provided by renter. Pillows, blanket, bedspreads included. Departure time of 9 AM is critical for providing adequate time for cleaning.

                                                      11 Reviews
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