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Booking for 2015--Lakefront, Private, Dog-Friendly, Canoe and Kayak

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Cottage is 20 feet from Sand Pond, great view from sleeping/dining porch

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Waterfront cottage on Sand Pond in the beautiful western Maine mountains, rustic but newly modernized, fridge and washer new in 2012, all other appliances and water heater new in 2008 or later, fully furnished kitchen, towels and linens provided. As a new owner in 2008 I've made it cozy and welcoming. One step up to cottage, bathroom and master bedroom on first floor, gentle slope and a few stairs to lakefront and dock make it feasible for elder guests. It is small (756 square feet) but sleeps 3-6 adults comfortably. Cathedral ceiling and new Hunter ceiling fan in living room make it feel spacious and airy. Living room with cathedral ceiling, screened in porch, and downstairs bedroom have ceiling fans; 2 upstairs bedrooms and each has a floor fan and cross-ventilation. This is a quiet (except during snowmobile season) winterized camp with a shallow (average depth 13 feet, 23 feet at its deepest point), warm, sandy pond, 40' dock with octagon, across a dead-end dirt road (and snowmobile trail, fun for mountain biking and hiking), so it may not be suitable for toddlers as other camps' residents do use the road. State certified as a Lake Smart house in August 2009, use of eco-friendly products required. Generator installed 2012.

BOATING AND FISHING: the pond is known to be full of large-mouth bass and white and yellow perch, and loons serenade each summer evening. 2-person canoe, 4-person pedal boat, 1 older kayak, 7 life vests provided. No large motorboats are present on the pond, but guests are welcome to bring a kayak, rowboat, or canoe.

PLEASURES AT THE CAMP:
This is a very rural area, not for those who want constant entertainment, but great for reading on the front porch (completely screened in during April 2009, only first two photos reflect this) overlooking the pond or on the large octagonal dock or sitting in front of the wood stove. There is also a propane heater for the colder months (year-round, insulated cottage). Fire pit and picnic table at the water's edge. Most popular activities: listening for the loons, sunset watching, swimming, boating, and hiking, berry picking, chilling in a porch rocking chair, lobster grilling, gathering with friends around the fire pit after sunset, board games. NEW FOR 2013: land line phone in cottage. Cell phone reception is good on the porch, at least for Verizon and Maine Cellular subscribers: iffy reception for ATT, TMobile, Sprint. HDTV Satellite/high speed internet/WiFi installed June 2009; tv reception cannot be guaranteed during cloudy weather.

THINGS TO ENJOY NEARBY:
You can quickly find small town life 10 miles away in Farmington and at the University of Maine, shopping, a movie theatre, summer concerts and summer theatre nearby, a couple of interesting restaurants, three independent bookstores, an ice cream stand and a summer farmer's market. 15 minutes to pick strawberries and blueberries in season and buy freshly caught lobster. Half an hour to Mt. Blue State Park, 45 minutes north to scenic Rangeley with brilliant fall foliage and dramatic mountain views (and you may see moose), skiing locally at Titcomb Mountain and it's equidistant from Saddleback, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River. Sand Pond is about 3 1/2 hours from Boston.

PRIVATE BUT NOT 'OFF THE GRID':
While you cannot see a neighboring camp, noise is amplified over water, so if someone nearby puts 20 people around their fire pit and has a party, you are going to hear it. This does not happen often, it's not a frat party area, mostly owner occupied, but absolute quiet cannot be guaranteed. Also, this is not the last camp on this dead-end road: 7 neighbors farther down the road do use it, so cars, trucks, ATVs, bicycles, people walking or running with their dogs do come right in front of the cottage.

WEEKEND RENTALS CONSIDERED DURING THE SPRING AND FALL SEASONS


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 756 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Bedroom decorated for young children, board games; dirt road between cottage and dock/pond ....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    One step to porch and entry door; bathroom on first floor, large stall shower, but too narrow for wheelchair access. Several concrete steps to dock....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    If smoke is detected or renter puts cigarette holes in the screens, cleaning/repair fee will be deducted from security...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs will be considered with an additional pet deposit. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to confirm your rental....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    first floor bedroom ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    this 2nd floor bedroom is decorated for children...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    2nd floor bedroom; portacrib fits fine under the window....moreless

  • Sleeping Porch

    you could put sleeping bags out here on a warm dry night....moreless

  • New in 2015: queen bed in large upstairs bedroom, double in downstairs bedroom. Two solid birch twin beds in second upstairs bedroom with mattresses of a quality not usually found in rental properties....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Door wheelchair accessible but not shower. Clothes washer & Dryer in bathroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 40' seasonal dock with octagon, 1 older but sound kayaks, 2-person canoe and pedal boat, 7 life vests. Guests are welcome to bring kayaks, bicycles. New cedar picnic table in 2011. Firepit new June 2009. Hammock added July 2012! If you are going to fish you need a Maine license, available for 1-3-7-15 days or all season, online at www.state.me.us/ifw/licenses_permits/fishing.htm. Buy locally or via credit card online and print immediately. Great masseuse 10 miles away....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    book case in upstairs double bedroom contains vacation reading...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    new in 2012...moreless

  • Games:

    Monopoly, Scrabble, Scategories, Clue, cards, jigsaw puzzles...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirectTV satellite installed May 2009. Basic channels only (no HBO, SHO) Reception not guaranteed on cloudy nights, sorry!...moreless

  • Television:

    HDTV flat screen new in 2008...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    very limited selection of VHS and DVD movies, bring your own...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake:

    Cottage faces 81-acre pond in a private cove and has its own dock....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Cottage is perhaps 30 feet from lake, across the private dirt road, great direct view from porch. 5 cement steps down to the dock. Firepit, picnic table, charcoal grill, hammock. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    on a private dirt road in the woods, with no other houses nearby, 10 miles from town....moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    oval table (seats 6) and 4 chairs in kitchen, round cast aluminum table on porch and 4 chairs, picnic table in front yard overlooking the pond....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    new 9000 BTU air conditioner installed in the living room in late July 2013...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access:

    Hussey Communications installed fiber optic high speed internet June 10 2009--strong microwave signal....moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    new 2008...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance:

    unlimited incoming/outgoing calls anywhere in US...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Propane heater to back up woodstove....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    primary heat is woodstove; backup is propane....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Beds will be made up with fresh sheets before you arrive. Plenty of towels and beach towels are provided, as well as kitchen towels, tablecloths, napkins....moreless

  • Living Room:

    cozy, with cathedral ceiling, picture window overlooking lake, Hunter ceiling fan, and woodstove...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Room for 2-3 cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Room for 3 cars...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Next to shed....moreless

  • Printer
  • Telephone:

    Fairpoint Communications land line installed 2013; cell reception is only fair and only in the road, sometimes in second-floor bedrooms...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    including beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    new Speed Queen washer August 2012...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless router allows you to use your laptop anywhere in the cottage, on the porch, probably on the dock! HP printer also supplied....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    For experienced users only; stove-cut wood supplied....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    uses basket filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Chosen by an owner who loves to cook! Rice cooker, muffin tins, roasting pan, jar and stick blenders, angel food cake pan, cookie sheet, crockpot, barbecue tools...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    plentiful dishes, wine glasses, coffee mugs, salad bowls, serving dishes...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New 2008...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Exceptionally well equipped, eat-in kitchen with a table and 4 chairs...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    New 2008...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    owner leaves some spices, but no temptations for critters--this is the woods!...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New July 2012; note that a 24', 10 cubic foot is the biggest available for the space....moreless

  • Stove:

    Propane stove new in 2008 with electronic ignition (no pilot)...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    4-slice...moreless

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

    pedal boat seats 4...moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

    Front porch runs width of cottage, was completely screened in April 2009, has ceiling fan and lights, three rocking chairs, dining table and 4 chairs...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    1 sound older kayak, 1 2-person canoe...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal, Weber. Also there is a fire pit right on the water, great to sit around at night. Property is sprayed for mosquitoes which really makes a difference....moreless

  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Across front of cottage, screened in, table and four chairs, ceiling fan, reading lights, overlooks pond...moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Equidistant from Sugarloaf and Bethel, about 45-60 minutes each. Local skiing at Titcomb Mountain...moreless

  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Floating dock in water deep enough to dive, added June 2013, in addition to existing 40' dock with octagon....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High summer
Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay

$900

Changeover Day: Saturday

Fall
Aug 29 - Oct 30, 2015
7 night min stay

$700
Winter
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2016
7 night min stay

$750 $1,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • refundable pet deposit $100
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

Check in is 3pm; check out is 11am.

In case of cancellation, deposit will be returned only if the property is re-rented for the period you reserved. The full week's rent is charged for partial weeks.

$400 Deposit At Booking, Balance Plus $400 Security Deposit Due 2 weeks prior to arrival. All rates are subject to 8% Maine Lodging Tax and $400 security deposit; additional pet deposit of $100 for pets accepted with proof of current rabies vaccination. Your reservation is not confirmed until receipt of contract, deposit, and proof of current rabies vaccination.


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Last updated: 06/16/2015
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Location

35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Augusta
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Calzolaio Pasta Company, Wilton (good microbrews)
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Wilton
70 Miles
Nearest Train
Portland
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
156
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Calzolaio Pasta Company, Wilton
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
Titcomb Mountain
70 Miles
Nearest Beach
Portland

Car: Necessary

Guest passes to U. Maine at Farmington's gym with exercise equipment are available for purchase. On snowmobile trail ITS 82 and in the summer we see an occasional ATV. While you cannot see a neighboring camp, noise is amplified over water, so if someone nearby puts 20 people around their fire pit and has a party, you are going to hear it. This does not happen often, it's not a frat party area, mostly owner occupied, but absolute quiet cannot be guaranteed. Also, this is not the last camp on this dead-end road: 7 neighbors farther down the road do use it, so cars, trucks, ATVs, bicycles, people walking or running with their dogs do come right in front of the cottage.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: I'm a university administrator in New York City but need peace and quiet to balance that life. My great-grandfather bought a lakefront cottage in western Maine in the 1880s and I spent part of every summer of my childhood falling in love with this part of Maine and learning why generations of my family, mostly born in Jersey City, kept coming back to this very special place. Of course I brought my daughter here as a child to make sure she fell in love with it too!

Why the Owner Chose Farmington:
Sand Pond is 10 miles from a university town with some intellectual life, two good bookstores, a few good places to eat including a memorable ice-cream stand, a fresh-from-the-ocean lobster store, shopping for all the essentials, but not a mall in sight. It's too small for big noisy boats. There are only 30-odd camps on the pond and a similar number on Locke Pond right behind it off the same private road. I like the curvy country roads (in summer anyway), the warm shallow pond for swimming, the fact that I can't see or hear a neighbor but know several friendly folks are a phone call or a 2-minute drive away.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Compared to the last rental I took before buying, where a neighboring camp sounded like a remake of Animal House every weekend, this place is pristine and quiet. Loons serenade their partners every night. I like being able to build a fire in the wood stove, cook for my friends, sit on the porch with a glass of wine and a book, or on the dock with one hand in the pond. You can boat around the pond and never see another human, or wave to children on a floating dock. Most of these cottages have not been gentrified or razed and replaced by McMansions, so it feels like a step back to a saner time and simpler pleasures--board games, jigsaw puzzles provided. If this scene makes you smile like it does me, you'll enjoy a stay here.


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Photos

  • Cottage is 20 feet from Sand Pond, great view from sleeping/dining porch

    Cottage is 20 feet from Sand Pond, great view from sleeping/dining porch

  • Picture of the cove taken from my boat--not a neighbor in sight

    Picture of the cove taken from my boat--not a neighbor in sight

  • Eat-in kitchen, with new stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, blender

    Eat-in kitchen, with new stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, blender

  • Master bedroom on first floor, double bed, computer table/printer

    Master bedroom on first floor, double bed, computer table/printer

  • 3rd bedroom, 2  terrific  twin beds

    3rd bedroom, 2 terrific twin beds

  • Fall view from the front porch, overlooking Sand Pond/private dock/grill/firepit

    Fall view from the front porch, overlooking Sand Pond/private dock/grill/firepit

  • Private dock, 13' wide at the octagon, pedal boat & canoe provided

    Private dock, 13' wide at the octagon, pedal boat & canoe provided

  • living room with cathedral ceiling, stairs to second floor, wood stove

    living room with cathedral ceiling, stairs to second floor, wood stove

  • 2nd bedroom, big window just added on left wall has views of Locke Pond

    2nd bedroom, big window just added on left wall has views of Locke Pond

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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within a few hours
  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 06/16/2015
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