Booking for Winter2012/2013--Lakefront, Private, 3 Boats, Pets
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- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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
Keywords: waterfront, lakefront,cottage, private, pet-friendly, 4-season, family-oriented, year-round
- 2 story
- 756 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Limited Accessibility:
- Pets Considered:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Children Welcome:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
Chosen by an owner who loves to cook! Items you don't expect to find in camp: rice cooker, muffin tins, roasting pan, jar and stick blenders, angel food cake pan, cookie sheet, casserole dishes...morecollapse
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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....morecollapse
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- CD Player
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- Kayak / Canoe:
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Autumn Foliage
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Fitness Center
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Ice Skating
- Wildlife Viewing
- Recreation Center
- Live Theater
- Coin Laundry
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Freshwater Fishing
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. ...morecollapse
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A wonderful time...
A wonderful time...
A beautiful place, lovely people, a wonderful time. We definitely want to go back again!
- Guest Vicki S.
- Date of stay 09/08/12
- Review Submitted 09/20/12
A quiet retreat
A quiet retreat
A truly lovely place to spend a quiet vacation. The cabin has been furnished with loving care, with all amenities to make for a relaxed and comfortable stay. We provide rave reviews for the property owner and resident manager.
- Guest ARC
- Date of stay 08/11/12
- Review Submitted 09/20/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Blast at Pinehurst Too
Blast at Pinehurst Too
We had an absolute blast at Pinehurst too. The accomodations were excellent. Very warm, welcoming and cozy cottage as well as very clean.. The dock was great for swimming and tanning. Best part was the paddle boat and fishing. The community around Sand Pond very friendly and the fire works on July4th were amazing. We watched right from the dock. Highly recommended. We will be back next summer for sure. Shopping close by in Farmington and the town of Farmington was so quaint. Loved Mooseville. Thanks Carol and Wendy for everything. Oh yes, the historical items around the cabin were very intresting and charming.
- Guest Bev
- Date of stay 06/30/12
- Review Submitted 07/20/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: Pleased to see the acknowledgment of my rental agent Wendy who along with property manager Mike and cleaner Stephi keep vacationing at my cottage easy. Farmington has some fun shops like Mooseville, Twice Told Tales for used books and Doak & Devaney for new, and a new Thai restaurant this year. Guests report the main draws remain the fishing, swimming, boating in an environment that makes people not want to leave.
Everything...and then some
Everything...and then some
If you want to relax, unwind, and unplug, this is the place for you! With four children, three 10 year olds and an 11 month old, along with our beagle, we kept our fingers crossed this cabin was all it promised...it was, and more! The warm welcome we found on the table from the owner proved only the beginning of a fabulous retreat from the hectic pace of daily life. Over a bottle of wine we savored our first night together in the peace and quiet of Maine. The kids took out the paddle boat, checking up on the ducklings that swam by the dock every morning, fished off the dock, and hardly believed it when Mom caught the biggest fish of everyone - and 18" largemouth bass. Though it rained a few days while we were up there, Farmington, as promised, was only a hop, skip and jump away; we also found a treasure trove of board games we didn't have (and hadn't heard of!) under the stairs. If you're looking for a place to unwind, reunite with the family, hang outside to watch for shooting stars while making s'mores, this is the place to be. I appreciated being warned of the bugs; they were right on the money! Bug spray is a must....right there with a good book, watching the sunset, listening to the loons, and enjoying the finest Maine has to offer. A must visit again!
- Guest Lissa G.
- Date of stay 06/23/12
- Review Submitted 07/03/12
Owner response: Matching the expectations of guests is what I as an owner hope for! I clarified with my property manager just what bugs are present--June flies and no-see-ums, inevitable in the Maine woods--and confirmed that the consistent spraying we do for carpenter ants and mosquitoes has occurred. I will personally check out the effects when I arrive next week, restock the book case with summer reading, keep the board games fresh, and install a hammock.
"Lucky in Maine" or "Husky does Sand Pond"
"Lucky in Maine" or "Husky does Sand Pond"
My elderly parents, my Husky dog, "Lucky", and my husband and I spent the month of October this year (2011) at Pinehurst Too on charming Sand Pond in Chesterville, Maine. We enjoyed ourselves so much, that we are definitely considering spending a Fall month at this venue next year! The quaint cottage is exactly as it is described here by the owner, in this listing, and the property was very clean and well-maintained when we arrived. We were welcomed by a fire that had been started in the stove by the property managers, so things would be nice and toasty for us when we arrived. Pictures you will see here give a very accurate depiction of the place, except the pictures are not able to reveal all of the charm that's here! I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family. In fact, my son and his family are thinking about coming here for a vacation, after they paid us a visit, while we were staying here! A girlfriend of mine who visited said that she thought Pinehurst Too had the very best view of the water on Sand Pond, and we walked around the pond several times. Carol, the owner, made sure that we had everything we wanted or needed, and she was kind enough to leave the dock, a paddle boat, and a canoe in the water for us, despite it beginning to get pretty chilly. We went out in the paddle boat one day with Lucky going along for the ride (he didn't do much paddling!), and when we came in to dock, he fell into the water! He's a Husky, so it was okay, but it is just one of the memorable stories we will have about our Sand Pond stay! It's wonderful that Carol's property is "pet friendly" because that meant that we were able to bring Lucky along for the vacation, rather than leaving him at the kennel, as we frequently have to. We particularly enjoyed Calzolaio Pasta Company in Wilton, which is apparently an old Bass Shoe Factory, converted to a very nice and interesting restaurant, but there was really nothing we saw or did here that we didn't like. I wholeheartedly give this vacation destination five stars, and I would recommend it to young and old alike, as well as pet owners and non-pet owners alike. And Lucky likewise gives it five stars (despite that falling in the pond thing!), and recommends it to all kinds of dogs, even small, fluffy ones! Hoping to see you in 2012, Carol!
- Guest K. Hope V.
- Date of stay 10/01/11
- Review Submitted 11/09/11
Owner response: I particularly appreciate this guest's comment about the charm of the place, not as easily visible in the photos, as it is unpretentious and comfortable. I'm also glad to see the endorsement for the Calzolaio Pasta Company, which isn't just the best local restaurant, but can be favorably compared to more trendy vacation locales with more competitive restaurants. I also like that this review reflects my intention to do what I can to cater to a guest's requests: it certainly wasn't my property manager's preference to leave the dock in the water so late in the season, brrrr., he needed a wet suit to take it out! Also, fall is a really nice time to visit this area, with brilliant foliage and very few residents on the pond, so much solitude accompanied only by the sounds of nature.
Just About Perfect
Just About Perfect
Wicked cute pond, cozy cottage stocked with everything we could have asked for, lovely weather, we could have happily stayed another week (at least until school started). Adults loved it, kids loved it, dogs LOVED it. Caretaker checked in with us, but wasn't the least intrusive, and his lovely daughters were polite and friendly, offering to hang out with our kids. If only every Joe and his cousin didn't feel the need to ride up and down the road on a four wheeler several times a day, it would have been truely perfect. But as the title says, it was just about perfect, and that is good enough for me to want to come back again someday.
- Guest Nic
- Date of stay 08/20/11
- Review Submitted 08/30/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: I'm always happy when a guest has a great experience at my cottage, and takes the time to credit my property manager and his just right level of contact and readiness to ensure everything is in working order. I aim for "truth in advertising," and recently updated my description in my posting of the level of privacy and solitude in my cottage to reflect an increase in vehicle and ATV traffic on the dirt road between the cottage and the pond due to the addition of a seventh cottage between mine and the end of the dead-end road, that I had not observed until last month. That traffic is at its height in July and early August, but lessens nearer the end of the summer and in the fall and spring. I'm glad this guest's experience rated 5 stars and the yen to return.
Spent a week at this cottage with a group of friends, and we had the nicest time! I loved the seclusion, and the use of the boats was extra special. I must say the nicest thing about this place is the caretakers. They went out of their way to answer all our silly questions, and made sure we were comfortable. They, along with a very nice neighbor lady, offered some great tips on places to go and where to shop! Don't let the square footage in the description fool you. This cottage is laid out with great use of space. There were 6 of us, and we had plenty of room to move about. The beds are very comfortable too The only complaint I had was that I wish I had brought my dog! The area is very dog-friendly, and nearly every person we saw (which really wasn't that many!) was walking a dog. Even our daily 4-wheeler with his running spaniel alongside was an amusing treat! Every single one of them stopped to say "Hey"...such friendly people in this neck of the woods! The loons are wonderful. I wish I could have brought one home to sing to me. I will really miss that! We hope to be back to Maine, and would not consider another place to stay!
- Guest Jennifer
- Date of stay 08/21/10
- Review Submitted 09/08/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Our vacation was amazing. Pinehurst Too is lovely and your pond is wonderful. In my 44 years I have never had better fishing. We caught15 plus bass 2 lbs. or bigger, spending most of our week on the pond. The loons are just so fun to watch. The boat rides will be remembered as fun and exciting. Jumping off in the middle of the pond for a refreshing swim was incredible. Your cottage is great. Thank you, Carol.
- Guest Steve,Sue,Shadow
- Date of stay 07/17/10
- Review Submitted 08/13/10
Exhale and Breathe
Exhale and Breathe
It has been 15 years since my husband and I stayed in a cabin on Locke Pond (just behind Sand Pond). Now, 5 kids later, we felt that everyone was finally old enough for the long van ride from Maryland for a lake-side vacation. My husband found your lovely cabin online, and we scheduled this vacation. As soon as we arrived at your cabin in Maine, we exhaled all of the stress of city living, and breathed-in the fresh Maine mountain air. We knew at that moment that it was going to be a restful vacation. Favorite activities of the week included rides on all three boats, swimming in the lake, fishing, watching the two sets of momma and baby ducks on the pond, counting up the different species of wildlife that we saw, (including my run-in with a porcupine on a walk around the pond!), lake-side night-time fires while listening to the loons and roasting marshmallows for s'mores, and laying on the dock at night and looking at the stars. (One of our kids exclaimed, "There are a lot more stars here in Maine than there are in Baltimore, Maryland!") I especially enjoyed reading on the porch and on the dock, and my children greatly enjoyed playing and exploring outside. Even rainy days were pleasant as we listened to the rain while we read, played games, and watched movies. A special "shout-out" goes to Mike, the property manager and Stephie, the housekeeper, who are not only lovely people (along with their daughter, Ashley, whom my children adored), but also care for the property as if were their own and treat the guests as friends. Thank you for following your dream, purchasing, improving, and furnishing this lovely cabin. We hope to have many summer vacations here and have already reserved for 2011!
- Guest Beth & Steven
- Date of stay 06/04/10
- Review Submitted 08/06/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Home Away From Home
Home Away From Home
Do not be afraid to rent this gem ! Carol (owner) and Mike(property manager) go to the extreme to make sure everything is in perfect order. Everything you need to enjoy your stay is here and works !! As a vacation rental owner, I am proud to recommend this cottage. You will not be disappointed.
- Guest Mo
- Date of stay 07/10/10
- Review Submitted 08/03/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: I'm particularly pleased to see my property manager Mike complimented as he and his wife Stephie (and daughter Ashley and mother Alice) work as a seamless team to clean, repair, maintain and otherwise ensure my cottage stays in tip top shape for guests.
Weekly rentals: May and June, July 2013 til 4th, Sept after Labor Day $700 Weekly rentals: July 4 through Labor Day weekend 2013 $900 Weekly rentals: Oct & April, $700, Nov-March $750 Monthly rentals only in off season: Sept-May, $1,000/month Check-In Time Is 3:00 PM Saturday, Check-Out Time Is 11:00 AM Saturday $400Deposit At Booking, Balance Plus Security Deposit Due 2 weeks prior to arrival All rates are subject to 7% Maine Lodging Tax and $400 security deposit Weekends and partial weeks considered in spring and fall only.
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- Nearest Airport: Augusta at 35 Miles
- Nearest Train: Portland at 70 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: 156 at 4 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Portland at 70 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Calzolaio Pasta Company, Wilton (good microbrews) at 8 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Titcomb Mountain at 10 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Wilton at 8 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Calzolaio Pasta Company, Wilton at 8 Miles
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 Chesterville:
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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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
Eat-in kitchen, with new stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, blender
Master bedroom on first floor, double bed, computer table/printer
3rd bedroom, 2 terrific twin beds
Fall view from the front porch, overlooking Sand Pond/private dock/grill/firepit
Private dock, 13' wide at the octagon, pedal boat & canoe provided
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
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