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Cozy, lakefront cottage on beautiful Thompson Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 928 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

We invite you to enjoy our quintessential Maine camp. Perfectly located affording a spectacular view of beautiful Thompson Lake, rated as one of the "top 10 lakes" in Maine. This traditional camp offers 2 bedrooms, a loft area for sleeping, fully appointed kitchen, spacious bathroom, comfy living room with amazing lake view and best of all, a wonderful screened porch. A new dock installed in 2016. Internet available. Enjoy campfires by the lake, kayaking (2 kayaks provided), fishing, swimming, and taking in the amazing views. Relax on screened in porch to the call of the loons, and the majestic eagles soaring across the sparkling lake! Shopping & restaurants are conveniently located minutes away in Norway. Shopping or dining in Portland or Freeport only 1 hour away. Just imagine the wonderful memories you will make with family & friends.

Dorie Zuidervliet
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Dorie Zuidervliet

My husband, Dan & I live in Bridgewater, NJ. We both attended colleges in Pennsylvania. We have 3 sons, 3 dogs, 1 cat & a Chinchilla, named Scooby-doo.

Dorie Zuidervliet purchased this cabin in 2017

Why Dorie Zuidervliet chose Otisfield

We fell in love with Maine after visiting my cousin who lives on local Long Lake. We have so many fond memories with family & friends that we knew purchasing a camp was a must for us!

What makes this cabin unique

When we came to see this property we had to hike through 4 feet of snow. After all it was February! As soon as we stepped into the kitchen we said "wow"! The view is awesome. We find that everyone has the same reaction. We fell in love with the rustic decor and the screened in porch. To us it encompasses all the elements of a traditional Maine camp.


Otisfield Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 928 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Large Bedroom - 1 queen , This bedroom also has an air conditioner.
    Second Bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , full size futon
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , This area accessed by a ladder.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Our camp draws water from the lake. We do provide containers to obtain drinking & cooking water at the local Otisfield town office, 1.2 miles away. We provide blankets, pillows & comforters, sheets, bath & kitchen towels.


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Cozy, lakefront cottage on beautiful Thompson Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful property owned by folks aiming to please on a gorgeous lakefront setting

  • 5 of 5

Our experience exceeded our expectations of a lakeside family vacation!

It became very apparent that the owners have put much time and thought into shaping our experience. All possible cottage stay needs were all provided with detailed notes thoughtfully placed to help navigate the property as well as the local community. There was not a thing we wished for that was not included. We enjoyed lots of kayaking during which there were eagle sightings as well as an island where loon nesting grounds are protected.

Local store “the new outpost” has a well stocked variety store/take out cafe just a 2/10 mile walk with welcoming and friendly staff. Hannaford grocery store also only 7 miles away was well stocked and friendly. A stand out detail is that all the furnishings both interior and exterior were very comfortable. We have never encountered that with previous rentals. It was a great vacation and we are ready to return again next year. Thanks to the owners for being such great hosts!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all your kind words. My main goal as an owner is to provide my renters with a home that is not just comfortable and appealing but also has all the accommodations needed. I hope you and your family had a wonderful time and created some everlasting memories.
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage called Bear Necessities became a beautiful retreat for my husband and I . We stayed for a week Sept 9 to 16 and I am happy to report that the swimming was still good ...though mornings mostly, as the wharf became enveloped in shade after about 1 pm ( and I do like to dry off in the sun ) :) That being said the trees provided a beautiful shady canopy over the porch most times and my husband loved that !Air temps mid to low seventies .The cabin was private and all we encountered were chipmunks , squirrels ...oh and the cutest inch worm :) . I made use of the fire pit a few evenings ... some firewood had been neatly stacked and left nearby.

Inside , the bed was comfy , the decor superb ( felt like we were on golden pond ) , and I particularly loved the little bear footstool. All necessities were provided . We appreciated the Keurig for morning coffee ...there were even pods to use , which we replaced most of ...thank - you . Electric oven worked well as did the heater ...evenings .

We enjoyed the covered veranda with comfortable seating , also the Adirondack chairs out front ...great reading spots . The gurgling sound the waves made hitting those rocks as I sat became the PERFECT focus for meditating . I highly recommend this cottage at this time of year for peace and quiet , for those who love to swim and read , and for a place to enjoy quality time with a partner . Kudos to the owners for all the detail provided that made arrival , the stay itself and departure ...a breeze .

Hard to top this one .

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bear Bones Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. Cabin is what a lake cabin should be. The owners provided everything you could want to have. The dock and mooring worked well. The kitchen was well stocked. The views and the screened porch were wonderful.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic, Clean and Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Place was great for anyone looking for classic Maine camp, but not wanting to give up on most of the basic comforts of home.

The name "Bear Necessities" is cute, but a bit misleading as the place was better equipped than we expected. We brought extras such as blankets, some kitchenware and supplies etc., but everything there was in nice shape and well organized, so it wasn't really necessary to bring anything but the sheets, towels and toiletries. We didn't bring a lot of food, expecting to take a break from cooking by eating out much of the time. However, we enjoyed just hanging around the place so much that it was easier to make basic meals at the cabin and relax on the porch. There is a Hannaford supermarket less than 15 minutes away that made for an easy trip for supplies. Also, there is a small variety store a 3 minute walk or paddle away for sandwiches, burgers, pizza and ice cream.

A couple of other things to take note of. The living area is large enough with plenty of seating and an extra game table. This, combined with the screened porch, made it feel roomier than expected, even with two teenagers. Also, there are no closets, but extras can be stored away in the larger master bedroom so they aren't in the way. The cabin is in the shade most of the day, so it never got too hot. Although we didn't need it, there is electric heat in both the main living area and bathroom to take the edge off a chilly morning. The bathroom is roomy, recently renovated and as nice as most hotel bathrooms. Boats can be rented at Thompson Marina, a short drive away. Basically, a great simple and relaxing getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful cottage and view

  • 5 of 5

From the time you entered the front door and looking over the beautiful view of Thompson Lake it was breath taking. We enjoyed the homey feel of the cottage. The screened in porch is a wonderful feature. I was able to sit and just watch the world go by with a good book. Our daughter enjoyed the lake for may hours either by kayak, paddle boarding, just floating in tube, swimming and looking at the fish and by fishing off the dock. We had a fire each night and watched the moon rise, roasted marshmallows and enjoyed the quiet. The little store down the road had what we needed and the New Outpost food was amazing. This is definitely a cottage to go to and relax and not feel like you have to be on the move all the time. We are looking forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location and the camp was directly on the water

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place. We really enjoyed the porch which overlooked the lake. We sat there in the evenings and really relaxed. We have stayed in other places in the past and this place really supplied all that we needed for our vacation. Can't wait to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Restaurant
3.9 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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