|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Come and relax on the spacious deck over the shore of picturesque Branch Lake, jump in the crystal clear water, or take an early morning canoe or kayak to catch a moose at the inlet stream. This camp consists of a simple A-Frame with a first floor kitchen and a bathroom and common area opening to a large deck above the shoreline. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, with windows overlooking the deck and lake; and a smaller room with two single beds.
Walk down the stairs from the deck to the private dock complete with kayaks and a canoe. A 14' fishing boat with an 8hp motor is also available.
Whether you plan on spending your days relaxing or playing on the lake, traveling to nearby Acadia National Park, or heading to Bar Harbor for a night out--you'll find fun, adventure and stories to bring home with you.
Jenn and I both ended up here near Acadia National Park for much of the same reason. We have always enjoyed what this area offers--hiking the trails of Acadia, horseback riding on the carriage roads, and sailing in the coastal islands. We both knew we would raise a family here. We've been living on Mt Desert Island for 18 years now(about an hour from the lake) and now have three children who also enjoy sailing, riding hiking, and fishing with us. Oh yeah, we also have an over-affectionate Portuguese Water dog, Briar, and two spoiled horses.
Jenn and Burr Shaw purchased this cabin in 2001
This is a unique property situated quite literally on the lake shore. It's quiet and beautiful but not out of reach of shops and restauraunts. Our family has been coming to this lake for many years. It was by chance that Jenn and I settled just and hour away from this magical spot. It is and always will be a place for family traditions; a meeting place where we can touch base and work together on projects while building family history.
Walking on to the deck overlooking the lake, you can't avoid forgetting the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Your attention is invariably drawn to the loons calling to each other across the lake, to the bald eagle that makes it's rounds overhead while going back and forth to his nest on Dees Island; there is a feeling that this place is out in the middle of nowhere--a 10 minute paddle to the inlet in the early morning will often reward you with trout for breakfast and a moose sighting. The water is clear and inviting, and many summer days have been spent more in the lake than gazing over its beauty. Yet, within an hour, you can be hiking up Cadillac Mountain for a view of the Maine Coast, or heading out of Bar Harbor in search of whales or spending an evening in town.
-Great deck and dock space.
-kayaks and canoe on site were a bonus.
-Would recommend renting the bunkhouse if you want separate sleeping quarters since the 3 beds in the main cabin are only separated by a curtain.
-Owners are very responsive and keep the cabin well stocked.
We have spent an amazing week (July 16 - 23, 2016) in Jenn and Burr's little red house. The property location is excellent, the lake is beautiful for swimming, kayaking and fishing (a few not small smallmouth bass were caught right from the dock). Loons were swimming near the same dock every morning and evening on a midweek days. We liked the deck and had all our meals outside. At night we were taking advantage from huge movie collection provided by owners. And, of course, there are many shacks around with lobsters available...
Another great plus is a close proximity to Acadia National Park (approximately 40 minutes by car). That was a real dilemma to decide: stay on a beautiful lake or go to beautiful Acadia (we divided our time equally but returned to the lake for evening swim and kayaking). Communication with owners was very reliable. All our requests were timely answered. Thank you, Burr!
We will definitely consider this place for our next Maine vacation...
We had a wonderful time at the Shaw's camp, it was the perfect get away for us.. We have a six month old daughter and were able to enjoy the beautiful lake, views from the deck and proximity to Acadia and Bar Harbor while keeping our little one comfortable and happy. We hope to come back another year and would highly recommend this little piece of Maine heaven.
Marcie, Sean and Andi!
This little A-frame was great for my wife, son, his friend, and our border collie to relax for a week. But for one day of rain, the weather was perfect. We ate every meal out on the deck, except during the one day of rain. The location was ideal on Branch lake with access to the small motor boat that allowed us to tour the lake and get some amazing smallmouth bass fishing in. We all caught some nice fish with the best ones coming straight off of the home's docks!! Our border collie had a blast jumping off the dock and swimming around while we relaxed on the deck. The best part was that it was a protected and quiet area of the lake. Friends of ours where on the western side and much more exposed to winds blowing across the lake. We were able to visit them thanks to the small boat and outboard that we got as part of the rental!
Access to Acadia was very easy and a short 40 minute drive away. The town of Ellsworth had all the supplies we needed, including Dorr Market for some stunning lobsters and amazing clam chowdah! There were several grocery stores with good selection and a Walmart where we got our fishing licenses. The cabin itself was very well stocked and had everything we could have wanted inside and out - including kayaks and a canoe. My 14 year old son and his friend took the kayaks out nearly every day! The fire pit was also great to make some shmores after dark. Cut wood was supplied in a covered wood pile. We also used the high end BBQ grill and the propane stand/pot to boil the lobsters we bought.
We decided four stars vs. five because we would have liked the upstairs bedrooms and downstairs living area to be connected internally (you have to walk outside to the deck from the kitchen/great room area and then go up an external set of stairs to the bedroom - only bathroom is also downstairs). Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the interiors are a bit dated. Regardless, all was clean and comfortable - and as I mentioned above, we stayed outside most of the time, only staying in to watch movies in the evening (incredible collection of movies on the hard drive attached to the TV) and to sleep at night.
To end on a high note, the owners, Burr and Jenn Shaw, were great in answering questions and addressing concerns. The only real issue being some confusion by VRBO on returning our security deposit (not the owners' fault at all!). Burr helped tremendously in getting it all straightened out quickly. THANKS!!
Our family of 6 (4 young kids under 9) spent the week of July 4th at this beautiful camp. The property and view of the lake was exceptional! Quiet and relaxing...we felt as though we were the only people on the lake as there was very little boat traffic or noise from others. We used the kayaks and canoe daily... loved exploring the lake and all the wildlife surrounding it (bald eagles, loons, etc). Kids fished right off the dock as well as from optional boat we rented for the week from the owner. Water was warm and inviting for swimming. Kids spent many hours swimming to/from floating dock and jumping from it. Convenient location as it is only a short 45 minute drive to Acadia and Bar Harbor... we spent several days at both and would HIGHLY recommend it! The cabin itself is fully stocked with kitchen/dining essentials,, linens, towels, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed the deck with outdoor dining seating... ate all meals out there enjoying the view! Interior of cabin outdated... but what you get on the outside (view, property, etc) makes up for it ten-fold! We would definitely return and stay at this beautiful camp! Owners are extremely friendly and responsive!
We stayed for 10 days the end of June. The weather was great in the mid 70's and the lake was warm enough to swim in. Our first time visiting Maine and this cabin was a great place to stay. The lake house is nice and the guest house is a great addition. 3 Kayaks included, nice heavy canoe and 14ft fishing boat was an added bonus. The lake is quiet from boat traffic and affords you hours of kayaking or fishing or just sitting on the deck or dock to enjoy reading a good book. Close to Bar Harbor and Acadia for a day trip of shopping, hiking and exploring the coastline. The owners are really nice and super supportive to make your trip welcoming! We will definately stay here again if we vacation in Maine again.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Off Season Fall
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Bunk House per week||$150|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|14' boat and motor/week||$150|
This private lakeshore camp is located within an hour's drive from Acadia National Park. Acadia is famous for its beautiful views of the coastal islands, granite beaches, whale watching and shopping in Bar Harbor. The cottage is located on the western shore of Branch lake; minutes from Bangor to the West and Ellsworth to the East, providing an experience of classic Maine natural beauty.