Midcoast Maine Nature Retreat House and Cottage
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- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Spacious three story house surrounded by Nature Conservancy preserve is perched on a bluff with spectacular views overlooking a pristine, undeveloped lake (Knight's Pond) just a 1 1/2 mile from Penobscot Bay. A romantic one bedroom guest cottage is included with the house during the summer, or may be rented separately in the off-season.
The house combines three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room/dining area w/ table seating ten people, fully equipped kitchen, balcony loft/lounge area, a third floor combination solarium/bedroom which provides breathtaking panoramic views. The cottage provides another bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom.
There is a large outdoor deck, charcoal grill, and screen house for evenings to keep away the bugs. Great swimming, boating, wilderness hiking right out the door. Solitude/privacy (almost 1/2 mile from nearest residence) and natural beauty, but close to restaurants, galleries, theaters, ocean beaches, and other coastal attractions.
Enjoy Maine at its natural best: The lake (Knight's Pond) and the surrounding land is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, along with tens of thousands of acres of other conservation lands including Camden Hills State Park, one of the hiking gems of the Maine coast. The lake is about 600' feet from the property, and accessible via a walking path. The beach area is a 15 minute walk. Penobscot Bay is a walkable 1 1/2 miles distant. Some of the best hiking is right out the door, including trails up to the top of Ducktrap Mountain, as well as an old Indian trail which extends around the lake. There is fantastic canoeing, and it is possible to canoe or kayak from Knight's Pond through a bog area into Pitcher Pond, and from there to the Ducktrap River which empties into Penobscot Bay
In the heart of one of Maine's premier locations: The retreat is only a short drive away from many of Maine's special coastal attractions and communities. There are many ferry connections nearby to places such as Vinalhaven, North Haven, Monhegan, and Isleboro of which Islesboro is the closest, providing excellent beaches, fishing, biking, touring and more. Activities in area include hiking, fresh and salt swimming, canoeing, island hopping, exploring seafaring towns and villages, golfing at a world class golf course overlooking the ocean, sea kayaking in Penobscot Bay, mountain climbing, sitting out on the harbor, deep sea fishing in the bay, antiquing, browsing the art colonies of Blue Hills and Castine, Rockport and Camden, enjoying some of the fine cuisine in the numerous world class restaurants scattered around the area. Also, browse the web for the Camden/Rockport/Belfast area attractions to find out more about this beautiful and fascinating region of Maine!
Keywords: house, lake, cottage, lodge, lake, view, ocean, backwoods, hike, swim, private, canoe
- 2200 sq. ft.
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Non Smoking Only
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Stove
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Deck / Patio
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Kayak / Canoe
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
- Jet Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
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Our family had an absolutely wonderful stay at this 3 story home in the woods. The cottage was perfect for 2 to 3 people to stay in with more privacy. The entire property is very private and quiet. It's close to Belfast and Camden for sight seeing and shopping. There's lots of space for a large dinner area and for groups of people to visit. We were in Maine for our daughter's wedding and had different groups of relatives visiting us at this rental. All were very impressed with the beauty of the woods and water views from windows and deck. We all just wished we could have stayed longer to enjoy the area which has much to offer. The house and cottage were clean and everything was in working order. The owners were helpful and pleasant. The property around the house is rustic.
- Guest Lee
- Date of stay 08/03/11
- Review Submitted 08/12/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
Great Family Place
Great Family Place
This was a perfect place for a young three generation family to spread out and relax. Knight's Pond was warm enough to swim in late June and all enjoyed fishing and canoeing. It was a pleasant five minute walk to the pond. We spent much time playing yard games in the yard outside the cottage. We swam at the Lincolnville Beach. Belfast is close for groceries and shopping and sightseeing. We sailed on the 1901 Friendship Sloop in Belfast and went deep sea fishing in Southwest Harbor. Both were great trips. The Wentworth Grocery in Northport was well equipped also. I would recommend this property without reserve to a family or group who want to spend a relaxing trip together and are not looking for high end amenities. Internet access. was spotty but all cell phones worked. A television and dvd player were available to play movies. No laundry facilities are on the property but we found a nice laundry facility next to the co-op in Belfast. The Co-op also has a great wine selection that is reasonably priced and a nice bakery/dine in restaurant. The house and cottage are clean, bright, welcoming and just the right size for such a group. The owner was welcoming and communicated well with me prior to our visit. My family agreed that we would not hesitate to return. Our collie and lab enjoyed the visit also. There are lots of stairs to get into the house and a steep driveway that might be a problem for anyone with mobility issues, but for us, it was not an issue.
- Guest Anna R.
- Date of stay 06/18/11
- Review Submitted 06/29/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, pet owners, families with young children, girls getaway, adventure seekers.
I stayed in the main house and cabin with a large group of young friends. Everything was clean and cozy, with beautiful bedrooms, rocking chairs gathered 'round a wood stove, etc. It's possible to cook for 12 in the medium-sized kitchen, but requires some resourcefulness! Bluff is not as dramatic as I'd expected from the pictures, and water is at least a 5 minute walk from the driveway of the house, but view of the hills and lake are still breathtaking. Lots of trails to walk on and explore. Made much use of the canoe and fishing rods at nearby boat launch, and built a lovely bonfire. Beware that cell phone reception can be extremely spotty, depending on the carrier, but there is fine reception and free wireless in town. We didn't do much in the way of exploring attractions, though there are many charming towns within driving distance. Owner provided great communication and service. All in all, we had what we needed and I loved the place. My friends and I are looking to come back next year!
- Guest Beth00
- Date of stay 05/12/09
- Review Submitted 05/30/09
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.
A week in the Maine woods
A week in the Maine woods
My family and I spent a week in this nice house surrounded by woods. It was quiet and comfortable. While there is not a view of the bay, there is a nice lake just a short walk away. You can swim or take the wonderful canoe that is provided. We were able to hike right from the house to summits that provided beautiful views. A short drive away brings you to Belfast, a nice town with good seafood and shopping or a bit longer drive takes you to other, larger towns or different hiking trails. The house itself has a nicely equipped kitchen. It has a TV although we couldn't get any reception so we used it for the WII we brought. The house doesn't come equipped with wireless but we did use the phone jack for dial up internet. The guest house was perfect for my brother-in-law who needs peace and quiet for his painting. We enjoyed the house and the time we had together in it.
- Guest Rapp
- Date of stay 07/27/08
- Review Submitted 08/05/08
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, pet owners, age 55+, adventure seekers.
northport, me 2008
northport, me 2008
Property is 'back in the woods', but relatively close to Camden and the coast. It is 2 properties on a hillside: a 3 story house and a cottage. House is spacious and well equipped for a large party. Cottage is really cute and suitable for a single/couple. Beach access is down dirt road approx 6 tenths of a mile. Beach is also public so all beach items and canoe must be transported back/forth. -House/cottage well equipped -Porch of house gets a lot of sun (awning/umbrella would be great -Beds are only doubles (1 queen) -Wireless (advertized) not available
- Guest yankee_roadkill
- Date of stay 07/13/08
- Review Submitted 07/23/08
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children.
Minimum 1 week rental in summer and 2 night minimum in off-seasons. Summer $1850 weekly for house and guest cottage Spring and Fall $250/nightly house and/or $150/nightly cottage Spring and Fall $950/weekly house only and cottage available for extra fee Fees subject to 7% Maine state sales tax
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Year Purchased: 1988
About the owner: I am a writer with a penchant for wilderness hiking, woodworking and carpentry, and my wife, Janet, is a social worker with a love for the great outdoors.
Why the Owner Chose Northport:
We fell in love with the property and purchased it with little other than a couple of rundown rustic cabins on the property. Over the years, we have built two new structures, a house and cottage, keeping in mind the beauty of the location and the need to keep it environmentally low impact while providing comfort, easy access and charming surroundings to our guests.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
There is little that the location does not provide, being in the midst of a large area of conservation wilderness lands, including lakes, mountains, rivers and ocean, but close enough to towns, cities, islands and other coastal attractions and amenities. But the most unique aspect are the unending views and vistas of one of the most spectacular and gorgeous spots on the Maine coast.
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View of house and retreat w/ Knight's Pond in foreground (taken from helicopter)
Partial view of living room in house w/ dining area in background
Guest cottage is tucked in the woods w/ nice lawn and screenhouse in front
Second floor bedroom
Looking out to Penobscot Bay from nearby trail
Stubby's Point (3-4 min. walk)
Sunset from the deck of house
Autumn view from solarium
View of house (center of photo) from Ducktrap Mtn.
View of islands from Ducktrap Mtn. trail across Knight's Pond
Camden Harbor at sunset (25 min. drive)
Knight's Pond dressed in fog (Stubby's Point near house - 5 min. walk)
Living room in the house (partial view).
Three story house sits on top of bluff. Cottage sits below.
Living room in cottage
Downtown Belfast (20 min. drive)
Belfast harbor about 20 minutes from the retreat
Tidal pool at mouth of Ducktrap River (nice walk)
Another view of pristine Knight's Pond w/ retreat to left of photo
Knight's Pond beach, a beautiful quiet, sandy spot to swim, canoe or kayak
Springtime view from the third floor solarium in house
Looking up at balcony from dining area
Beautiful spot at Ducktrap harbor (only the brave swim here - COLD)
Nice hike takes you to upper reaches of Ducktrap River shown here
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