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Rustic Cabin on Tunk Lake Water Front Maine

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom upstairs, Downstairs open plan 3 beds, 1 full Bathroom (sleeps 5)

Located on the shore of beautiful Tunk Lake in Downeast Maine is this rustic fishing camp. The camp, originally using only propane gas for lights and refrigeration and an old fashion wood burning kitchen stove for cooking, has been upgraded over time to electricity for lighting and the refrigerator. There has also been a gas stove/oven added in the kitchen to supplement the wood stove. A wood burning parlor stove and propane burning heater will provide any additional heating requirements, no matter what the weather. The kitchen is stocked with the usual compliment of dishes and utensils. Bring sleeping bags if you like we provide one set of sheets for each bed there are blankets.

Water is readily available in the lake, just outside the front door if you like an early morning swim or during the day.

For your convenience, we also just added running water in the kitchen sink and a new bathroom complete with hot water for the shower and sink. If you're looking for a real rustic experience, just keep that door closed and use the outhouse behind the woodshed

Pristine Tunk Lake is located about midway between Ellsworth and Machias on State route 182. There is a State maintained boat launch area approximately 2-3 minutes from camp. The lake features fishing for landlocked salmon, togue and brown trout along with the usual selection of sunfish and shiners for the younger kids to catch from the shore.

More Details

Sue Smith
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Sue Smith

Tunk Lake has been in our family for over 60 years.

Why Sue Smith chose Cherryfield

Its quiet and relaxing and the view is wonderful.


Cherryfield Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , New
  • Newly added 2011.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 3 Additional Single Beds in Living Area
  • To go upstairs you would have to go up a pull down set of ladder stairs that come down from the ceiling. Downstairs you have 3 single size beds 2 of which can be hooked together to make a double bed.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a wonderful Cabin. If you like simple pleasures and enjoy relaxation this is it. Tunk Lake is one of the cleanest Lakes in Maine and has Landlock Salmon, Togue and Brown Trout as well as sunfish and perch for the kids. Boat rentals are available close by. Check-in time is 3 PM on the day of arrival and check-out time is 10 AM on the day of departure. This is to allow time for cleaning and setup between visitors.


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Rustic Cabin on Tunk Lake Water Front Maine
average rating of 4.409091 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Gordon and Sue

Thank you for sharing your awesome cottage! We loved the rustic, but modern bathroom. The loons and there calling each other are amazing. And yes you can catch fish off dock! The lake is soo clean and breathtaking. We can't wait to go back next year! Gordon and Sue are so helpful, kind and very thoughtful as they left us a beautiful welcome basket! May I add they even had a green bone for our dog Dilly, which she loved! Thank you again for the awesome relaxing vacation! Highly recommend you staying at this beautiful cottage!! See you next year 😊

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you all stay at the cottage and we are glad you all enjoyed it. Dilly as well by the sound of it had as much fun as you. Tunk lake is a very clean lake like you said I think as there are so few properties on it the water is so clear. Thank you again and we do hope to see you next year.
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Peaceful relaxing beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Gordon and Sue,

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome cottage. We sat out on the deck everyday and it was breathtaking. Tunk lake is the cleanest lake we have ever seen. The cottage is rustic but also modernized. The old fashioned stove and wood stove is beautiful. Barhabor and Acadia is about 45 min. away which is awesome. The loons were really cool. The cottage was very clean and had everything you could possibly need. The fire pit was a lot of fun also. Thank you for the wonderful and thoughtful welcome basket and may I add the green bone for Dilly who absolutely loved it! The only bad remark I can make is leaving!!! We wish it was ours! I wish you both the best and see you next year!

Pete, Regina and Dilly

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words you are wonderful guests and we really enjoyed you staying at our cottage. It is so peaceful and nice sitting on the dock listening to the Loons we had many of them this year with babies which hopefully means more next spring. Hope to see you back next year. Thank you for taking such good care of our cottage.
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View from back of cabin was beautiful and location were ideal

  • 3 of 5

This cabin is difficult to find it you are arriving after dark. The sleeping arrangement was less than ideal as the single beds were extremely uncomfortable and even if you combine 2 single beds, the mattresses constantly seperate if you move while sleeping. The carpet throughout could really use a replacement as it was so stained and dirty.

The bathroom was very clean, however when you need to shower, you need to turn the propane water heater on about 35-40 min prior to showering, so some sort of sign or note would be helpful. There was a lot of mold present on the front door window blinds-they could use a good bleach cleaning! Overall, the location was amazing, the cabin could use some TLC and our recommendations would be to replace the appliances, carpeting and put new much more comfortable mattresses.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry you did not use the full size bed upstairs which is new. We had the new postupedic mattresses for downstairs made by a company in California and we are not happy with the nylon zip covers they placed on them and will be looking into a different covering. The carpet is shampooed after each renter leaves we are sorry if it was not up to your expectations. We actually put the carpets down to make the fishing camp a little cozier for people. The electric heater is instant hot water so long as you leave it plugged in during your stay if you unplug it you can expect to let it heat for approx 10 minutes. We looked at your comment on the blinds on the front door that is not mold it is paint. The cottage is very dry and we have never had any sort of mold issues having asthma I am particularly careful about such things. We are sorry our fishing camp was not what you expected we did try to accommodate you when you cancelled originally as your dog was sick and then again when you were able to come with your dog. We do a thorough cleaning after a pet has been there due to folks with allergies. Thank you for staying at Tunk.
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Augusta Maine USA

Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is our 5th stay at this cottage on wonderful Tunk Lake. This lake must be the cleanest in Maine that we have ever stayed at you can see the bottom. We had some yummy salmon. We also cooked lobsters on the outside fire ring. The cottage is called a fishing camp in their description but it has everything we have a great time each year and go home rested ready to go back to work. I like to sit on the wharf and read and listen to the Loons calling really different to the city we live in. Thanks again for letting us stay. B and N

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks it was a pleasure having you stay with us again. Hope to see you again next year.
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 4 of 5

My family has stayed at this camp four times. It's tucked away off Route 182 in Downeast Maine. Listen to the loons as you take a quiet morning kayak paddle. Fish off the dock. Rent a motor boat and explore the lake. Sit by the campfire and tell stories. Paddle to 'jumping rock' and go for a swim. Collect wild blueberries along the shoreline. Drive to Milbridge and buy lobsters to cook at Inland Seafood. Hike nearby Tunk Mountain. Stay up late and look at the stars, planets and Milky Way.

Truly relax at this small, remote camp that used to be an old Maine fishing camp. Things to bring to make your stay more enjoyable: kayaks, canoe, fishing gear, paddleboat, spices and recipes to cook, pillows, books, art materials, iPod, towels and friends. Rent a boat to explore the lake. You'll get a sense of how deep and clear the lake is that surrounded by protected forest. No jet skis allowed which keeps it so peaceful. Eat at Tracy's Lobster Shack in Sullivan or the Pizza 182 down the road. They have BYOB in outdoor dining area.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming back to Tunk and all the things you do while you are there it is always a pleasure having you stay and we look forward to next year.
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  • 5 of 5

This is our 5th year at Sunset by the Lake and each time the relaxation by the lake only gets better. It makes us think of how lucky we are to be able to drive into rural Maine and have such beauty all around. It is definitely my Husband and my special place to go every Summer.

The owners are very accommodating and the cabin is as stated rustic but it is very comfortable and everything is available.

Once again many thanks for letting us stay at your beautiful secret on Tunk Lake. Hope we see you next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Becky it is a pleasure having you stay every year and to know you have such a restful time. I love the loons calling as well.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton or Bangor
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Trenton Golf club
Nearest Train
100 Miles
brunswick Maine
Nearest Motorway
42 Miles
I 95
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Clam Shack Rte 1
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor
Car: not necessary

We are in a quiet relaxing spot. If you want to go sightseeing it is a great place to be you have Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor around 30 mins drive with beautiful scenery. Plenty of Lobster restaurants in the Summer with great seafood.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

State of Maine Lodging Tax 9%
Security Deposit $250 which is fully refundable at end of rental after inspection.

Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel your reservation up to 6 weeks prior to your arrival with a $100 penalty. If the property is subsequently rented for the same time period, the $100 penalty will also be returned. If the cancellation occurs less than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the reservation, you will not receive any refund.

We understand that this policy does not agree with the stated HomeAway refund policy but we do not agree with HomeAway being in a position to force a cancellation policy upon us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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