|Minimum Stay||2 - 90 nights|
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Property on Sebago Cove Sleeps 8
Our four-season home is located on Sebago Cove, on the northern end of Sebago Lake. Our cove is not only peaceful and quiet, but the rare boat traffic makes for more enjoyable swimming, kayaking and other water activities. We are but four miles from the causeway where you'll find local restaurants (many featuring live music), outdoor bars, a large public beach area as well as boat tours.
Our home has just undergone a full renovation. We have three bedrooms (2 queen beds, 2 twins and a trundle bed), a large, open kitchen with dishwasher and fully updated bathroom. In addition, our home features a large comfortable living area with a heart warming 10-foot wide fire place. A sun room off the living area makes a nice get-away spot or cool sleeping area for guests. Two of the bedrooms, as well as the kitchen and living area, have lovely views of the lake. There are new wood and/or marble floors throughout the home.
The kitchen is stocked with everything you'll need to prepare for your summer parties; however, if you prefer cooking by the lake while listening to the loons, an outside grill is provided. At water's edge, you'll find a private walkout sandy beach, as well as a dock to play on or hitch a boat to. There are several marinas around the corner that offer boat rentals.
For your enjoyment and convenience, we have books to read, games to play, and plenty of firewood for late night campfires under the stars. We also have an LED tv, cable, wi-fi, DVD player, and telephone service.
We also own the home across the street that has an additional two bedrooms and is on a half acre of land, great for lawn games and activities. This home is available for rent if you are looking for a total of 5 bedrooms or would like a separate space for guests. Please inquire if you are interested in both properties.
Please note there are approximately 2 flights of stairs to get from the house to the water. Also Sebago lake is a Milfoil control area, which means there are efforts to remove this invasive plant from areas of the cove. Generally, this does not impact the areas in the channel and near the dock, however if you are boating you should avoid areas not near docks and the channel. If you plan on bringing a boat from out of state, please do your due diligence in obtaining proper boating permits for the state of Maine.
**Please note that we only rent out by the week during the summer. Thanks! **
Hello there! My name is Kirsten and my husband, Adam and I purchased this home in 2013 and have been renovating it ever since. I grew up in central Maine, in the Belgrade Lakes region and have been looking forward to owning a home on the water since I was a kid. We love to buy old neglected homes and bring them back to life...almost as much as antiquing in this area. Its a gold mine! I am a pediatric nurse and Adam is an epidemiologist by day, and handy man at night.
Kirsten Simmons purchased this house in 2013
If you are looking to vacation on a lakefront property, but don't want to compromise on the luxuries of your home, this is your place! The whole house has just been renovated and will be sure to please even the toughest of mother-in-laws!
We love this home because of how peaceful it is to sit on the outdoor sectional on the deck with your feet up, drink in hand, and the loons singing in the background.
The house was adorable, clean and well stocked with everything you could need for cooking. There were plenty of extra linens and towels and having the washer and dryer was a big bonus. Although it was a bit of a walk down to the water, we brought a little cooler of drinks and snacks down to save a few trips. There is a small beach which our 3 year old had a ball building sandcastles and finding frogs and fish. The milfoil did not bother us much as we enjoyed just relaxing on the floats, which were provided including an air pump. We did rent a boat from Causeway Marina and would highly recommend it although it was over an hour to get the boat back to the house and you have to go through channel locks so make sure you have cash. The area was great with plenty to do and places to eat. We mostly cooked at the house but had dinner at Rick's Cafe one night and the nachos were amazing! There are grocery, liquor stores and pharmacy within 10 minutes which was nice. The owners were very helpful and gave lots of tips of places to go and were always quick to respond. We had no problems but they seemed like they would have gone above and beyond to make sure we had a great stay. We had a wonderful, relaxing time and plan to go back again next year!
Sebago Lake is a beautiful lake. We had a wonderful time boating, kneeboarding, and swimming! And we had perfect weather.
The owners were helpful and answered our questions. But we found that the pictures and description of the house didn't match up. The kitchen and bathroom were nice. But the kitchen does not have a well stocked pantry as described. It was very limited, so be sure to bring your own spices if you plan to cook. Also make sure to bring your own toilet paper and paper towels as the supply was very limited. All the decking is very dinghy and the room that is described as a sun porch is most certainly not a sun porch. It is a storage area with a fridge that doesn't work. There is no relaxation station raft as shown in the pictures and described in the email the owners send which was disappointing as our kids were looking forward to it. The bedrooms are musty. And the kitchen table only has seating for 4.
And if you are bringing a boat from out of state make sure to buy a milfoil protection sticker for $20.00. We didn't know about this and received a $130.00 ticket from the game warden. The owners covered $50 of it but I feel they should have covered the whole ticket since they were unaware of this and didn't inform us of it.
Overall we enjoyed the area very much but we were disappointed in the house and would not recommend it or return to this house.
Was the listing description accurate regarding the location, layout, amenities, etc ? - Description was accurate for the layout. I would recommend listing the washer and dryer as an amenity as this makes a huge difference on what is packed. The Private Beach on Sebago Cove was a bit small, especially after the boat is docked. We needed to do some raking to clear the bottom. This camp is on Sebago Cove which is a quiet part of the lake. If you are renting a boat you will need to pass under a bridge to get to and from the larger part of the lake.
Was the property clean and well-maintained ? Property was in good condition. Recent re-model of the layout was charming. I would recommend a few additional dining room chairs be added to accommodate the more than 4 guests.
Did the owner provide good customer service ? - The owner checked in with me several times to see how things were going.
Would you recommend to friends and family? - As charming as the camp was it is important to know (as the picture shows) to get down to the lake you need to take several steps down and up. Keep this in mind if you are traveling with toddlers and elderly. We travel with my in-laws and she was not able to do the steps and spent most of her time on the deck above. The fire pit is charming as well, but it is located at the bottom of the hill next to the stairs.
What activities, attractions and restaurants did you like or dislike near by ? We vacation in the Naples area every year and have rented camps on Sebago, Long Lake, Panther Pond and many more bodies of water. We enjoy Naples and all the restaurants around. We rented our boat from Kettle Cover Marina Casco. We also have dinner at Rick's café and have rented water equipment from Captain Dingley's. The camp had a canoe and kayak for use which was an extra bonus.
I have to admit that at first glance from the front of the house, I was concerned the house would not live up to my expectations. I was wrong! Once I opened the door and saw the open and updated kitchen and living room my concerns were eliminated. We are a family with five teenage boys and we had plenty of room and never felt cramped, plenty of space. The bathroom is also newly updated. By the dock was a hammock and a fire pit. Though we could jump off the dock to swim due to milfoil, there were plenty of other water activities to keep us busy. The owners went way above and beyond to fulfill our needs and requests! I highly recommend renting this property!
To not give a five star review to really great people isn't easy, but this is about the property not the owners, and as the "renter" I would have appreciated a more accurate description from both prior reviewers and the owners so that I could have made a more informed decision.
The pros: A nice and well equipped kitchen, a thoughtfully appointed bath, and comfortable well appointed bedrooms.
The cons: This is a "high bank" property. This means its a real hike up and down from the water. Regardless of your level of fitness you'll find yourself thinking twice before heading down to make sure you've got everything.....Once you get down to the water you'll quickly learn this isn't the beautiful Lake Sebago, not even close....it's a mill foil choked back water that happens to be connected to the lake....The water depth at the midpoint of the dock is 5 feet pror to the lake being lowered in July as it is every year....According to the neighbor, the lake was soon to be lowered by a couple of feet which would put the depth at the dock at around three feet...While I think the owners are working diligently at improving the property every year, there is much to do:
The back deck was mildew covered and dirty. A quick pressure wash would have gone far.
The back deck's railing has no posts, only ballisters that are tacked on with a few finish nails. These nails are pulling out in many places and someone leaning against the railings is not safe.
The grill is beyond a piece of junk. Old, rusted, no coals. It's ready for the trash.
The fridge on the three season porch doesn't work well and it's freezer is loaded with mold.
The dishwasher isn't workng. (a part has been ordered)
The sun porch has no furniture other than 4 barrel chairs and a cast iron bench.
There is much to be done on this property and even when complete it will never be a five star Sebago property, It's location just won't allow it.
Although we had a few days of rain, we absolutely enjoyed this great place and will come again year after year! Despite the fact that we had a few problems with trying to get away for a long weekend, (our problems, not the owners), they did everything in their power to help us plan a much needed getaway and were helpful in letting us extend our vacation to include a Monday morning departure. As soon as we opened the door, we knew that we had booked the right place. The place is tastefully decorated with adequate, comfy furniture including cable TV and phone service. The bedrooms had comfortable beds that were covered with higher end sheets, comforters and pillows and the mattresses were so comfortable that we all slept late into the morning! Everything was spotlessly cleaned when we arrived and the cabinets were stocked with just about any condiment that you will need. The bathroom was spotless and had a great assortment of towels including beach towels. There is a hairdryer and other toiletries under the vanity. Basically, you don't have to bring anything except I noticed there was no iron or ironing board, but there is a full size washer and dryer if you don't want to go home with a bunch of dirty laundry! I don't even think I can say enough good things about the location! Just walk out the back door and you are at a beautiful dock and a little private beach that the kids would love! There is a place on the dock to tie a boat or just spend the day swimming and fishing! Sit out by the fire-pit or swing in the hammock or take the canoe for a spin! It is a beautiful, peaceful view. At days end, there is a barbeque to cook on and a picnic table to sit at if you want to eat outside. The owners are absolutely great and very responsive to our needs. They have a great list of things to do next to the telephone and the code for the Wi-Fi is listed here. ^You are very close to the Causeway where you can go for ice cream, food, sporting goods like fishing gear, water rafts and you can rent just about anything you need to have fun on the lake like a speed boat, jet-ski or a pontoon boat! The location is great. There is even a supermarket and a post-office within 5 or 6 miles. This place is great for families. Rent this place. You will not be disappointed!
There are many great family friendly restaurants just four miles down the road as well as a huge public beach for the kids to play on, if they get bored with the private beach right in front of the house! There is also an amusement park in the next town over that has bumper cars, mini-golf, and much more. There are also several outdoor bars with live music on weekend nights. If you like to golf, the Point Sebago golf resort is right down the road. There is also an amusement park for both the kids and adults that has go karts, mini-golf and much more just a few miles down the road. Portland and the Old Port are only 45 minutes away if you like great restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Also, if you like nature, the Sebago Lake State Park is only 2 miles down the road.
* Please note that we only rent out by the week in the summer *
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
90 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.