Spacious 1890s Waterfront Home on Pristine Maine Lake
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Great East Lake lodge description
Turn back the clock to a simpler time without compromising your modern conveniences! This waterfront home features high ceilings, original wood paneling, an immense fireplace, wavy-glass windows and period furniture (including a piano) along with a fully updated gourmet kitchen, extra-comfortable mattresses and 3.5 luxurious bathrooms. View the crystal-clear lake from the sunset deck, lakeside porch or third-floor balcony; the water is literally 30 feet from the house. Bathrooms feature a jacuzzi tub and steam shower. Enjoy breakfast around the kitchen table, which comfortably seats eight and offers stunning views. The kitchen features deluxe appliances and extensive equipment. Swim out to the raft, sail the sunfish, kayak, go fishing, or just read a book on the porch. The house is just an hour away from beautiful Ogunquit Beach on the Maine coast, and the charming town of Kennebunkport, while New Hampshire's White Mountains can be reached in an hour and a half.
Living on the Lake: The Great East Lake experience is one of simplicity, calm, and connection with your loved ones. It is not Disneyland! There is plenty to do (sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing, cycling, ping pong, playing pool, watching DVDs on the big TV, board games, piano-playing, reading, sunset watching, blue berrying), but this is not a fast-moving, high-tech environment. The options for eating out are limited and movies are 45 minutes away. However, the lake offers loon songs every evening, beautiful sunsets, more stars than you've ever seen in the night sky, days that seem to just roll out apart from any particular schedule, and an opportunity to get back to the basics. Those desiring endless action should not come here. But for those who want to build family memories or great friendships or just reconnect with nature, this is the place! Take a skinny dip, have a steam shower, cook a great meal together...soon you won't even care about what's on TV!
Location on the Lake: This house was one of the first to be built on the lake and the original owners chose the best possible spot! There is no better place to watch the sunset and there are multiple decks and porches from which to enjoy it. It is also well located for both sailing and kayaking as it sits at a point where both the broad and the narrow parts of the lake are easily available. Finally, its underwater rock formations have made it well-recognized as one of the premiere sites on the lake for bass fishing. You will have to bring your own fishing tackle, but you can fish from shore or use the larger kayak. Also, if you bring your bikes, there is a wonderful 17-mile ride around the lake, and we can provide you with a map.
In Maine there are water quality standards that qualify a lake as 'pristine.' Great East Lake's clarity ratings are twice as good as the top category. Many people on the lake still use the lake water to drink, although our well water is probably safer and tastes delicious
Nearby activities: The house is located approximately one hour west of the Maine coast. There, you will find charming towns like Kennebunkport and Ogunquit, with great restaurants and unique shops, as well as beautiful sandy beaches. If you travel west from the house, you will reach Wolfeboro, NH, another charming town right on Lake Winnepesaukee. Heading north, you can reach Mt Chocorua, the southernmost mountain of the White Mountain range, in about an hour. There are great hiking trails here, with 'Champney Brook' offering a fairly easy yet beautiful experience. If you continue north on Route 16, you can reach North Conway, NH, where there is both extensive outlet shopping and a quaint town. This is the gateway to the Whites, which offer excellent hiking and great scenery. You can even drive to the top of Mt Washington in your car. If you need a theme park to make your vacation complete, 'Storyland' in Glenn, NH can fit the bill and it is only an hour and a half north.
- 4500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Great attention was paid to the bathrooms which were renovated in 2001. The downstairs bathroom features a slate-lined shower, unusual 'pebble' motif floor and Arts & Crafts vanity. One bathroom upstairs has a jacuzzi tub with shower spray, lined in tumbled stone with a mural of fresh water fish. It also has an Arts & Crafts vanity with unusual cast iron fixtures and a comfy cork floor. The largest bathroom (12x12) boasts a 7x7 steam room, with dual European shower heads and intricate tile pattern, even on the ceiling! Lie down on the two long benches, crank up the steam and let all the tension leave your body! This bathroom also includes a chair and reading lamp as well as a bronze above-counter sink on an antique vanity. The half bath is located between the master bedroom and a twin bedroom and can be used by both or restricted to the master....moreless
- The kitchen was designed for someone who really loves to cook and prefers to do so communally. There are two sinks, a 48' Viking stove, sub-zero fridge, and best of all, a large table where appreciative eaters can congregate. Dishes are a combination of antique and new and there are ample, quality utensils and equipment. Music is limited to a portable CD player but there is wireless internet and great cell coverage. There is no cable TV, but there is a large flat screen TV on the third floor and a DVD player. Specific water equipment includes one double and one single kayak (although more singles could be loaned from next door), a sunfish sail boat, and a swim raft moored out front. Fishing and biking are great but you would need to provide your own equipment. The place is simply perfect for family reunions but does not offer a first-floor bedroom for seniors....moreless
- DVD Player
- Books For Kids
- Ping Pong Table
- Pool Table
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Dining Area
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Basic Soaps
- Toilet Paper
- Wireless Internet
- Mobile Phone
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Grinder
- Lobster Pot
- Boat With Paddles
- Boat Dock
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Kayak / Canoe
Pool / Spa
- Steam Shower
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Wonderful Fall Family Weekend
Wonderful Fall Family Weekend
Our 3 generational family returned to this wonderful house on Great East Lake in Acton, ME. for our 3 rd family weekend in late Sept 2012. The house lends itself perfectly for a family gathering with large common rooms, lots of seating, with comfortable but not fussy spaces. The grandchildren could escape to the third floor rec room or the lake. They remarked that the house and its authentic restoration reminded them that Teddy Roosevelt had stayed there and some of it might be the same doors it wood etc we were seeing today. We enjoyed the dock, swimming in the pristine waters of the lake, followed by a hot tub and steam shower. Kayaking, sunfish sailing topped off the days. The family even fit in apple picking and a hay ride near by. We were treated to the overly-large crescent moon setting across the lake. The house was fresh and clean; kitchen wonderfully equipped. We will go back again- hopefully for longer than just a weekend
- Guest Constance B. (-)
- Date of stay 09/21/12
- Review Submitted 09/27/12
Lovely Great East Lake: The Lake is great - this property not so.
Lovely Great East Lake: The Lake is great - this property not so.
The lake is absolutely wonderful, as it has always been. The home itself, was disappointing in that it could have been cleaner and in better repair. Lots of screens were torn, had holes, etc. The stove was a wonderful, industrial stove, but VERY dirty. We spent almost three hours scrubbing and cleaning it. The porches had not been swept in a while and especially the front, was not inviting as a place to sit and hang-out.We used the vacuum system, but we felt it wasn't pulling, so we emptied the bag in the basement which we could tell had not been emptied for a long time as it was full to the brim. Even with the emptying, it didn't work that well, and it seems it could use a servicing. One of the bedrooms had animal droppings in the trundle bed, and we did not want to use it. While we were aware that critters can get in to a home, we feel that the owner should have had the beds checked for animals LIVING in them. The refrigerator was wonderful, and was clean, and the steam shower was awesome. There was a compactor in the kitchen, but when it was full, we searched all over for compact bags, and couldn't fine any. Also, even though the antique furniture had some charm, the bedroom drawers were very hard to open, and pretty musty. Lastly, I was upfront telling the owner that we had broken three wine glasses and an old bowl broke when my daugnter-law picked it up, so we are not sure it wasn't already cracked. The owner deducted $50 from our security deposit, and I feel that was an over estimate because the wine glasses could have replaced for no more than $ 20 in TJ MAXX or discount store, and the old bowl probably wasn't worth much, and if if was antique, it shouldn't have been left out when renting. While I would certainly return to Great East Lake, I would not rent this property again.
- Guest Willett (Avon, OH)
- Date of stay 06/30/12
- Review Submitted 08/05/12
We had our couples retreat there and the place was perfect. It was warm and inviting with plenty of actives to keep us busy for our entire stay. When booking the property the owner was extremely pleasant as well as flexible. We never rent the same home twice for our couple retreat but we will definitely rent it again. Everyone enjoyed there stay without anything negative to say. We look forward to returning in the summer.
- Guest Marie (Randolph, MA)
- Date of stay 10/29/10
- Review Submitted 11/17/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children.
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7 night min stay
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7% Maine state tax
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View of the house with the lake just beyond.
Watch the sunset from this roomy porch.
Living room with huge fireplace.
Kitchen table: seats 8 comfortably.
Twin beds ideal for family reunions.
7x7 Steam shower in luxurous bathroom.
A beautiful spot for a wedding!
The peaceful pleasure of a lake vacation.
View from the lake
Dining room table and piano
King pillow-top bed in master BR.
Slate-lined corner shower and custom vanity.
Best spot for sunsets on Great East Lake.
3rd floor pool table with access to Eagle's Nest.
View from the front porch.