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Shady Cove Cottage- a place to come home to...

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Sidney Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 6 Sleeps

There is nothing like a vacation spent on Beautiful Messalonskee Lake, part of the famous Belgrade Lakes chain. Our cottage is located steps away from the waters edge- great for swimming, boating, watching fabulous sunsets or simply listening to the loons.

The cottage is a 3 bedroom, 1 bath with cozy, knotty pine interior and has a large porch great for eating and relaxing- several porch rockers to take in the sights and sounds of the lake. Hammock outdoors for those late afternoon naps...

For the fisherman, Messalonskee offers Trout, Bass, and phenomenal Northern Pike- all are here waiting for you to cast a line.

This is the destination that will give you that special lake vacation experience....

  • pets considered

Laurie Aho
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2016
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About Laurie Aho

My name is Laurie, and my husband Mark and I are the 2nd generation owners of Shady Cove Cottage. We have 3 grown children, 2 cats and a lovable golden retriever. We are both from MA and grew up vacationing in Maine and surrounding areas.

Why Laurie Aho chose Belgrade Lakes

Shady Cove Cottage has been in the family for almost 40 years- 3 generations have enjoyed fishing, swimming and boating (as well as great bbq's!). Its a place we all come home to, to create new memories and remember the old. We would love to share that experience with you! It brings us so much happiness when we hear how other families have made their stay special. A lot of laughter, good times and yes, even peace and quiet have taken place here!


based on 8 traveler reviews

Shady Cove Cottage- a place to come home to...
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

On Golden Pond

  • 5 of 5

This is our fourth summer at this little gem of a cottage. Without being ostentatious (because that wouldn't feel like Maine!), it has all the simple comforts that allow you to sink back and breathe deeply of the peace and beauty. We're pretty relaxed people in general, but Shady Cove Cottage always proves that it's possible to soften up even more. Love the rocking chairs in the dining porch (in fact love ALL the chairs and sofas so thoughtfully placed in virtually every spot where a person would want to sit down to read, gaze at the lake, or catch some shade). Love the call of the loons in the mornings and evenings. Most of all, love that beautiful air, which comes off the lake like a kiss. Laurie Aho takes wonderful care of her guests, and your overall experience is one of feeling tremendously WELCOME. We're beyond delighted that we discovered this delicious little getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Amazing Place!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful time at Shady Cove Cottage. The place is very cozy and very well kept. It is roomy and has a simply breathtaking view of Lake Messalonskee. Sunsets on the dock are memorable and relaxing. I absolutely recommend this place if you want a nice, quiet, relaxing place to unwind and enjoy a vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to Shady Cove for a few years now and each time I come it seems to get better and better. I have made some amazing memories while staying here and certainly there will be many more made! To describe this destination in one word is hard to do but I would say the word would be paradise. From the beautiful scenery, to the lake and right down to the camp itself, this place feels so peaceful that you cannot help but slow down and forget all that's going on in your world. I would definitely suggest you look into booking a weekend or even a week here because you are not going to want to leave!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Waking up to see the beautiful lake right outside the huge window in the main room made me smile every morning. My husband and I brought our 3 daughters, ages 9,6,5 and our dog for a whole week and not once did I hear "I'm bored"! We played in the water, jumped off the dock, went for walks, napped in the hammock, fished, ate our dinner on the screened in porch while watching breathtaking sunsets, I even read a novel while listening to the water *sigh* can I go back already? Everything was so clean and tidy and there was plenty of storage for us to bring our food for the week. Being 20 minuets from a superwalmart helped in case we forgot anything. My husband grilled just about every night on the propane grill and we loved having a fire pit after dinner for smores with the kids. We are counting down the days to be able to go again! The owners were so nice and very helpful, we would recommend this to our friends for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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The property was inviting, clean and cozy!

  • 5 of 5

I was so impressed with this home away from home.Laurie made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our vacation. If you enjoy creation this is the place to be. I've never been anywhere like it and I hope to return soon. The loons are calling me back to the lake and the sunsets and starry nights are inspiring! Eagles soar and fishing is great! And though you have the seclusion of Shady Cove Cottage there was plenty of places to go just 15 minutes away at the most.

This was my favorite vacation , and a glimpse of my dream to live on the Lake someday. I'm so glad we had this opportunity to stop and relax and enjoy the time away. My husband and I will return as soon as we can:)

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Amazing Holiday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time!! The cabin was very clean, had everything we needed and more,,,very well stocked kitchen, bedrooms good sizes, clean bathroom. The owner was so good to deal with from the beginning and even while we were there:) The lake was great, kids caught many, many fish! Sunsets were some of the best I've ever seen. Loved the location, 10 miles to Augusta or Waterville-rained one afternoon so went and did some shopping! We definitely plan on going back next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Fishing.

* Special Events.

* Hiking.

* Shopping.

* Golf.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Water Sports.

* Music Camp Concerts.

* Fishing.

* Hiking..

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Swimming.

* Boating.

* Special Events/ Concerts.

* Relax!..

The Maine Coast, Western Mountains and L.L. Bean are all within an hours drive. Augusta and Waterville are about a 20 minute drive and offer shopping, restaurants, cinemas and golf courses.


Rates & Availability

Sidney Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Linens and towels $25
Pet Fee $25
2 Kayaks rental $50
Cleaning fee $25

Weekly Rate: $800 - $1000

$800 per week for May 12th thru June 23, 2017. $1000 for June 24th thru September 4, 2017. September 5 thru September 30 2017 is $800 per week.Cleaning fee is mandatory charge. Kayaks and linens are optional- pets must be approved first.

Check in: Saturday 2:00 PM Check out: 10:00 AM (No later Than!)

We require a booking deposit of 50% to confirm reservation, with full payment received 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Sidney Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Family
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
-2 queen size beds -1 double/ bunk bed -futon -fully equipped kitchen/ gas stove, microwave, coffee maker, refrig, cookware and dishes -tv and dvd player -private dock -gas grill -ac unit -woodstove -Boat launch 3 minutes away -cell phones work in area -Linens: blankets and pillows provided, bring your own sheets and towels

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