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Japanese Style Lakehouse Featured in Better Homes & Gardens

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Lake House with Water View on Left


Last updated: 07/12/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Enjoy the peace and serenity of the Japanese style at Little Sebago Lake. Located on a wooded peninsula at the Narrows, with the lake on both sides, the property has a sand beach (with new dock and float), and more than 400 feet of shorefront.

The open plan of the house, which was designed to adapt traditional Japanese rural architecture to a wooded lakefront setting, employs lots of glass, sliders and skylights, porches and engawas to embrace the natural world. The main level is dominated by a great room, a high ceilinged, timbered space with a fireplace that encompasses the living room, dining room, and fully-equipped island kitchen. The views of the surrounding woodland and lake are a constant source of pleasure.

On the second floor balcony, shojii screens set off the master bedroom suite with king-size platform bed, and European-style bathroom. A window in the tiled shower and the private balcony overlook a pine grove. The guest bedroom below, a tatami-floored space with its own private entrance, sleeps two adults on queen-size Japanese style platform bed (new in 2013) or two children. It is set off from its adjoining bathroom (also with shower) by more sliding screens. Although this bedroom is ideal for both adults and children, kids and teenagers really like having their own special sleeping loft with two futons above the ell off the living room. Altogether we can comfortably accommodate 6 people - but only up to four 4 adults. See additional short-term guest space below.

Special features of the ell, which are reminiscent of a Japanese teahouse, include the traditional tokonoma, an alcove for displaying Asian art, and the floor-level viewing window facing the lake. Two more futons here can used for overnight guests, or just to lounge and relax.

For early risers, a typical vacation day at the lake might start with watching the sunrise from your own sand beach. You might even spot an eagle soaring overhead or fishing in our cove. After breakfast spend a lazy morning sunning, swimming, or exploring the lake by canoe. Spring-fed Little Sebago Lake is ideal for children because of the gradual drop off and excellent water quality, which is monitored by an active owner’s association that also provides a boating safety patrol during the season. Power boats can be rented locally. If you bring your own boat, there is a public launch site on the western shore of the second lake. The lake is stocked with bass and trout; some of the larger bass often swim around your dock, which is shared with the neighbor’s cottage to the east (owned by the same family).

Afternoons might be spent playing outdoor games in the level clearing west of the house and there is a ping-pong table set up in the adjoining pine grove. Or for a change of pace, try reading or napping in the hammock strung between two trees in a clearing southwest of the house. Later on in the day, step out on the porch deck for the golden sunset hour, also the best place to trace the path of a moon rise over the lake. Dine inside or barbecue and eat dinner on the cantilevered screened porch, another great place to watch the sun go down.

All of southern Maine’s attractions - lighthouses and rocky seacoast, historic villages, mountains, and pine forests – are all within a short drive. An up-to-date list of suggestions on where to eat and what to see in the region can be found in the house guest book, but here’s a sampling: For younger kids, check out the amusement park on the road to Raymond or the wild animal zoo in Gray, always popular on a rainy day. Dine at home with takeout steamed lobster from Bob’s in Windham or try one of the local family-style restaurants. Try ocean kayaking, or take the cog railway to the top of Mt. Washington. Browse the craft shops and art galleries in Portland’s Old Port, Maine’s premier tourist destination. Treat yourselves to dinner at one of its many highly rated restaurants, or check out the club scene and pubs that are very popular with the young at heart.

See 'Better Homes and Gardens.' Decorating Spring 1996, pp. 44-55 (reprint included in guest book).

Keywords: Little Sebago Lake, Lake House, Lake Cottage


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Lease signers must be at least 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Loft + Den


  • King size bed (1) Foam mattress on platform, Queen size Bed (1) on platform (new), Futons for overnight guests in study or in children's loft...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Sand beach, lake views from three sides of house, outdoor game space, games provided, plus ping pong table in pine grove....moreless


  • Books:

    Many paperbacks for summer reading ...moreless

  • Games:

    Board games, cards, croquet, horseshoes, ping-pong. ...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    older TV with newer antenna...moreless

  • Television


  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Two dining areas (indoors and on screened porch); both tables seat 6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer in house...moreless

  • Heating:

    Forced-air furnace with thermostat ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Also comforters, quilts, and blankets...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Room for three cars...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer in house...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Built-in, European-style metal firebox with glass doors. Firewood provided....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Complete with mixing bowls, pots and pans, griddle, baking pans. and cooking utensils ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Several sets of dishes, glassware, and cutlery for 6-8 people, along with salad bowls and casseroles for serving and baking. Appliances include toaster, waffle iron, and coffee pot. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Built-in under counter ...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Separate electric wall oven...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Continuous perimeter deck with screened porch at northwest corner; stone patio ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Roofed deck section w chairs and side tables. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    uses bottled gas (provided) ...moreless



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7 night min stay


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $240 Nightly

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $50
  • Tax Rate 8%


All payments by personal check. $300 non-refundable, reservation deposit payable in advance, with personalized lease (emailed by owner) for tenant's signature. Due date for balance of rental fee and cancellation provisions in lease. Weekly rate subject to change. Inquire about discount for multiple weeks.

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Last updated: 07/12/2015
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Year Purchased: 1995

About: The culmination of a lifelong interest in Japanese culture, the lakehouse was a collaboration between the owner, an architectural historian, and her son, a design builder, now the property manager. We've been delighted to share the house with family and friends since it was completed in 1995.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Family, friends, and guests always tell us how the Japanese style of living evokes feelings of peace and harmony -- better than a spa vacation!!

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  • Lake House with Water View on Left

    Lake House with Water View on Left

  • Your Own Sand Beach

    Your Own Sand Beach

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Master Bedroom with King-Size Platform Bed

    Master Bedroom with King-Size Platform Bed

  • Porch and Deck for Viewing Sunsets and Moon Path on Lake

    Porch and Deck for Viewing Sunsets and Moon Path on Lake

  • New Dock

    New Dock

  • Clear Water

    Clear Water

  • Lower Lake from Your Beach

    Lower Lake from Your Beach

  • Living Room Facing West (Fireplace on Left)

    Living Room Facing West (Fireplace on Left)

  • Island Kitchen with Master Bedroom Balcony Above

    Island Kitchen with Master Bedroom Balcony Above

  • Guest Bedroom with Tatami Floor

    Guest Bedroom with Tatami Floor

  • Screened Porch Overlooking Woods and Hunger Bay to West.

    Screened Porch Overlooking Woods and Hunger Bay to West.

  • Hammock Hideaway

    Hammock Hideaway

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