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Booking now for fall 2015! Maybe we should call it Hummingbird Lodge? The beautiful, tiny ruby throated hummingbirds are everywhere at Kiwi Lodge, enjoying the sugar water in the feeders on the deck. Aggressive birds - they will chase away another male attempting to use the other side of the feeder! Fearless, too. You can easily hear the whirring of their wings, beating more than 50 times a second, while they wait for the replenished feeder to be rehung. They have completed their arduous trek back to Maine and the eastern US after their winter in Central America, and they need all the food they can get to raise their young and keep pollinating the flowering trees and bushes of Maine.
Log House amenities: Summer is special in your well-designed, cozy log house on almost two private acres of lawn and woods. The spacious Kiwi Lodge kitchen has every appliance; 2 types of blenders, 2 types of coffee maker, mixer, waffle iron, toaster, microwave, full range of cookware. Basic pantry items - flour, sugar, oil, rice, condiments, spices, tea, coffee - for your convenience. The long solid wood hand-made dining table overlooks the lake, easily seats 8 guests.
All beds are Maine artisan-made with top-of-the-line mattresses, pillow top on both sides. On upper level, there is one king bed room, the other has a queen and a full bed. The third bedroom with double/twin bunk bed and a family room are on the garden level. Beyond the sliding doors to the lawn are volleyball/badminton net, pickle ball, horseshoes, croquet, 55' dock and swim raft anchored in lake. Living room and family room have large, flat screen TVs; Internet/WiFi, cable, Roku, X-Box Kinect, Wii (bring your own games), free calls in US from landline ‘phone. There are many board games, movies, books, CD player.
There are washer, dryer, vacuum cleaner, hand vacuum; cleaning supplies, dishwasher soap, and generous initial supplies of paper goods. Linens and towels are supplied. Please bring your own swim/hot tub towels. On the deck are a gas/charcoal grill, picnic table and Adirondack chairs.
Local Area: Kiwi Lodge is on a small, secret lake in Western Maine; a few minutes from the charming university town of Farmington: shopping, restaurants, movies, golf courses, wonderful hiking, and great lobster, of course! We provide lots of recommendations for what to do, where to go, where to eat. Take one of the easy day trips to the delectable restaurants of Portland, plus lighthouses, observatory; outlet shopping in Freeport; hiking up Bald Mountain (hike is 3.5 miles R/T) near Rangeley, and so many other hikes including a short, super-easy walk in the woods, half an hour away, manageable for even small children; a boat trip on Moosehead Lake in Greenville: Western Maine opportunities for recreation are endless. Drive further north at dawn or dusk to see deer or moose, once we saw a small bear cross the road.
The lake at Kiwi Lodge: You will hear loons, ducks, bullfrogs; you may see beavers, muskrats (usually swimming across the lake at dusk) and turtles; bald eagles often hover. The fish come so daringly close to the lake edge, their dorsal fins are above water. Guests fish off the end of the dock. Birds wake early; porcupines stroll the roads at midnight.
The canoe, paddle boat and two kayaks are all included with your rental. Life jackets available in all sizes.
Contact us; booking now for the glorious Maine fall season and summer 2016.
Children love the bunk bed in the lower bedroom! The water around the dock is shallow, ideal for smaller children. Life jackets available for all child sizes. The two smaller kayaks are popular with 7-8 year olds (and adults)....moreless
Your dog is welcome. One dog only please, non-aggressive breed. Details on lease agreement....moreless
There is a ramp for access to the main level of the house and the deck. The property is accessible, and is regularly used by, those in wheelchairs. May not be suitable for motorised wheelchairs. Call for details....moreless
One of the bedrooms on the upper level has a King size rustic style bed, hand-crafted by local artisan from Maine cedar wood. The other bedroom has a Queen size and a full size bed, both also hand crafted by a Maine artisan, from quarter sawn oak, in classical style. The lower level has another rustic style bunk bed, full size lower level and twin size upper level. It is heavy and totally stable, with wide steps to the top bunk which has a side rail. There is also a futon in the living room, and a sleep/play pen for a small child. ...moreless
Bathroom on the upper level has tub/shower combination and twin washbasins, plus a large closet for towels and personal items. Hair dryer provided.
The bathroom on the lower level has a shower. There is a large laundry closet, with washer, dryer and shelving holding laundry supplies....moreless
The property is almost two acres; the house is surrounded by a wide lawn on all sides that slopes gradually towards more than 100 feet of lakefront. There are no neighbors on one side, and a thick screen of pines, birch, oak, ash, maple and other trees give complete privacy on the other side. Lake is in front, and another screen of trees is between lawn and road. The new 55 foot dock is four feet wide, opening out to an octagonal area that has space for seating while you are surrounded by water. This is a green oasis in summer; in fall the colors of the leaves are glorious, a wall of brilliant yellow, red, scarlet, spreading up the hills from the lake....moreless
Many books for your enjoyment, in living room and family room. ...moreless
In living room. Movies can also be played in family room....moreless
Family room downstairs, with second large flat screen TV, Wii, X-Box Kinect. ...moreless
Many board and card games and puzzles available....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Living room and family room have cable connection with many channels available to enjoy on the large flat screen HD TVs. ...moreless
Two large flat screen TVs, in living room and in family room. 50 inches in family room, 42 inches in living room....moreless
Video Game Console:
XBox Kinect 360 and Wii in family room - fabulous fun. Some games preloaded, others available. Bring your favorites....moreless
Small DVD library of classic favorite movies....moreless
Away From It All
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Local Services & Businesses
The lawn around the house slopes down to the lakefront and the 55' dock. ...moreless
The house is about 150 feet from the water's edge. The dining room and living room windows look out across the upper deck to the lake. The family room downstairs also looks out over the lake....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Seating for 8 people
High speed broadband internet available: WiFi and modem....moreless
Excellent linens provided: carefully selected for quality and comfort....moreless
Spacious living room on main floor and a family room on lower level, with comfortable couches and love seats. Both with large flat screen TVs and cable. Many books and family games available....moreless
Drip and plunge style available, as well as espresso pot....moreless
All essential cooking utensils, and more, are provided - set of saucepans, set of frying pans, baking dishes of all sizes, microwave cookware, cast iron dutch oven and, of course, the lobster pot!...moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
Full range: Fiestaware dining set, glasses, wine glasses, mugs, cups, serving bowls of all sizes, salad bowls, servers, plastic dinnerware to use outside, cutlery set, knives, cooking & grill utensils. ...moreless
Large kitchen extending to dining room with view over deck and lake. On the other side of this open plan floor is the living room with view of lake and screen of trees that provide privacy. All walls, beamed ceilings and the living room floor are of a warm honey colored pine....moreless
Many items: flour, rice, pasta, oatmeal, oil, salt, pepper, sugar, variety of spices and condiments, all kept within expiry date. Guests say Kiwi Lodge has the best-stocked pantry they've ever found....moreless
Large refrigerator with ice maker and filtered water in the kitchen...moreless
Wrap-around deck on upper level, with two doors opening off main floor of the house. The lower level has a patio opening off the family room. The hot tub is on this lower level, as well as storage container for boating equipment and supplies....moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Large canoe and two one-person kayaks included with your rental....moreless
Pool / Spa
Large outdoor hot tub facing lake, has recliner shaped seat and additional seats to accommodate at least six people....moreless
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About the owner: Maine has the same beautiful green hills as our native New Zealand, and the same friendly simplicity of life amongst a small population. The people have time to be helpful. They are happy to chat with you and love to share their knowledge of the area, but will not intrude if you prefer to remain in peaceful solitude. The woods and lakes and rivers give endless opportunities for outdoor recreation or time to quietly reflect and catch up with yourself. If that is not enough, the coast is not far away with the lighthouse near Portland echoing with history, world class restaurants and fun shops.
There is no better place for decelerating during a summer vacation.
Why the Owner Chose Farmington: The moment we saw the house, we felt the attraction of its appearance and surroundings. The moment we stepped inside and saw its charm and excellent design, we knew that this was the special family retreat we had dreamed of. The location is quiet and private, but the local people are very friendly neighbors if you want to be sociable. It is easy to get to other interesting places in Maine, if we can drag ourselves away from having fun on the lake. We can go fishing, or float in the kayak and watch the fish. We can walk around the lake, through the woods, or paddle around the shore in the canoe. Each year, we discover different hiking trails, meet new people, find fun shops in Farmington, more sightseeing spots and even better restaurants.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge: The house was designed for year-round living. Perhaps this is why you feel immediately at home there. There is endless enjoyment from having breakfast on the deck, watching the early morning mist rise from the water. Then there is the decision on whether to have the canoe-kayak race or go fishing or try to get that perfect photo of a loon, or go over to Freeport for some outlet shopping and a bowl of lobster bisque at nearby Harraseeket Restaurant - so fresh and good! We can do a few lengths out to the swim raft and back, then go into Farmington to get some heirloom tomatoes from the farmers' market and an ice cream from Giffords. Tomorrow we will go hiking - or maybe just sit in the water hammock and not do too much at all!