About Sara Lyskawa
I (Sara) am a native of central Maine and so it goes without saying that Maine, Lake Sebasticook, and our cottage is the place where I have experienced some of my most cherished childhood and adulthood memories. Something that my husband and I can now pass onto our own children. Abigail (7) and Aiden (4) have the luxury of vacationing at the lake each summer creating memories that will last a lifetime. I attended the University of Maine, Orono and currently work part-time as a clinical dietitian in the Greenville, SC area. My husband (Michigan native) attended Notre Dame and is employed by General Electric. We purchased this property while vacationing/visiting family 6 years ago and it was love at first sight. It has been so fun returning to a place where I grew up.
Sara Lyskawa purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Sara Lyskawa chose Newport
Welcome to Camp Benson of Lake Sebasticook! A place that is very near and dear to my heart for 30+ years. My great grandparents owned a camp not too far from our current property, but unfortunately, burned down in the late 1960's. Luckily my grandparents resurrected another camp in its spot until the land/camp was eventually deeded over to my brother in the late 1980's. He has since re-built a home where he and his family now live year-round. I have some of the most amazing memories on this lake. From learning to water ski, building play boats, fishing with my grandfather on the end of the dock, canoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, racing up and down the camp road by foot or bike, and learning to drive the boat. lake Sebasticook is very near and dear to my heart. We are so thrilled to be able to share our cottage and this area with you. My husband Alan and I welcome you, your family, and your friends to what we consider our little slice of heaven. We hope you enjoy our cottage and develop a similar passion for this beautiful lake and all its offerings throughout your stay. This is truly the perfect place to fall in love with Lake Sebasticook and Maine - the way life should be.
What makes this Cottage unique
First and foremost, a large appeal to purchasing our property was the fact that I had grown up on this lake. Specifically, this property really spoke to my husband and I as the views from the deck are breathtaking given the large wrap around deck. We saw this property as a place to come each summer and drop our suitcases at the door and head outside to begin the fun with family and friends. The sunrise and sunset views are a perfect way to begin and end each day. Nothing measures up to a morning cup of coffee or relaxing glass of wine on the deck and taking in natures beauty and the sounds of the loons. The cottage is warm and cozy, a perfect getaway from our hectic lives in Greenville, SC. For us, it was the perfect location as my immediate family is within a few miles and so vacationing near family was a huge appeal for us as well. We truly love vacationing here as it is chance to create memories with our own family as well as an opportunity to get away from it all.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:23
If smoking on the premises, please dispose of butts appropriately. Please do not leave them on the beach, dock, or grass.
During your stay, if you notice something is not working properly/or damage is done, please notify us immediately so we may help to rectify the issue.
No pets are permitted at any time on the premises.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very close to the lake. Lots of wildlife. Loved the dock with the awesome chairs.
I had a business meeting in Corrinna so I checked out VRBO to see if anything was available on Lake Sebasticook. I am so glad I did because I found this little gem of a place for my girlfriend and I.
The place is well situated and so cute and well appointed. It faces nearly due east so we got to see spectacular sunrises.
We loved the beautiful views and the calmness of the lake. It was so relaxing!! I was a bit annoyed when I discovered there was no wi-fi but turns out it really was a blessing. I haven't picked up a book in years and I found time to read on while here and really enjoyed it. I felt like I had totally disconnected from the mad mad world we live in.
The cabin is well equipped and has everything you need from pots and pans to any fishing gear you would need to try fishing of the dock. There is a handy reference guide (binder) with all sorts of information you need to know about the cabin and about the area. I just can't say enough good things about this place. We'll probably be back.
There was one issue with the water. After a couple of days, there seemed to be dwindling water pressure. I thought maybe the cabin was on a shared line with neighbors and they were using the water at the same time thus reducing the pressure. On the last day there, there wasn't even enough pressure to get a trickle out of the sink. I then realized that there is an inline water filter and extra filters near the washing machine. When I removed the filter, I discovered the problem. It was clogged with sediment (which is it's job). I removed the clogged filter and put in a new one.. Bingo.. lots of water again!! Perhaps this little tidbit could be added to the handy reference guide so if others run into the same problem they'll know how to change the filter.
Quaint Little Lakeside Getaway
We loved our stay at this property. Anything you would ever need is available regarding the amenities with so many extra perks. It's a wonderful neighborhood where everyone is friendly. The sunrises are something you just have to see! You can fill your day with as little or as much as you want with activities. Thank you for sharing your property with us!
We had a nice peaceful stay at this cottage. I loved waking up and going to bed with the sounds of the lake. Just sitting outside and enjoying the view!
The cottage on the lake was fantastic! Fair warning to those seeking out this property: it’s on one of the more upbeat sides of the lake where everyone has a great time. Sara was an amazing host and responded very quickly to the few questions I had for her. Definitely going to keep this place in mind for the future!
If you are seeking the ultimate in relaxation and the chance to unplug from mainstream society, then this is the destination for you. Our cottage is located in central ME and is based in a small, peaceful, and close knit community where traffic and large crowds are irrelevant and peace and quiet are on the daily agenda. Newport, ME, the hub and heart of the Sebasticook region, is situated on Lake Sebasticook. Notably, Lake Sebasticook is the only lake in the state of Maine contained by one town. Area features include: Newport Cultural Center (public library and historical society museum), Vic Firth (drumstick manufacturer), gateway to the Moosehead region via Moosehead Trail, and area restaurants/shopping venues. Be sure to check out Dragonfly Farm and Winery. Sebasticook Valley appeals to the outdoorsmen as well as lending itself to various local events throughout the year.