Beautiful Maine Lakeside Log House, Many Amenities: Book Now for Best Fall Weeks
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- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Kiwi Lodge is a vacation rental offering privacy, peace and lots of amenities on one and a half acres of lawn and trees at the edge of a small lake in the Western Mountains and Lakes region of Maine. Kiwi Lodge is a beautiful log home with three bedrooms (featuring hand-made beds by Maine artisans) and two bathrooms, accommodating eight people with all the comforts of home plus lake, dock, boats, deck, swim raft, hot tub, outdoor fireplace and fire pit plus gas and charcoal grill on the deck, picnic table, volleyball/badminton, horseshoes - and a full range of audio-visual equipment including Wii and XBox Kinect in family room and living room. Wide dock with lots of boating options. Fish from the dock too! Large, level parking space. Perfect for families, groups of friends with three comfortable living levels including two living room areas and large kitchen/dining room with plenty of seating to congregate and relax while the meal is being prepared in the fully equipped kitchen. Luxuriate in the tranquility of the lake from the wrap-around deck or the 55 foot dock with octagonal section, perfect for lounging while you watch the loons or keep an eye on the kids jumping off the swim float. Soak in the six-person hot tub, cook on the gas-and-charcoal grill on the deck or the outdoor stove by the fire pit, enjoy the paddle boat, canoe and 2 kayaks, family room w/50 inch TV with cable, XBox Kinect 360, Wii. (Bring your own games.) Living room has 42 inch flat screen TV with cable, DSL high speed internet access with Wifi for your own laptop/iPad. Radio/CD player, many books and telephone (incoming and local calls only). Full bathroom and two bedrooms upstairs : king size bed in one, queen and full beds in the other. Family room and third bedroom on lawn level, with full lower bunk, twin upper bunk. Full size futon in living room on main or entry level, with second full bathroom and kitchen/dining area and living room. Additional photos available!
Kitchen is fully equipped:large refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser, dishwasher, stove with vent hood, microwave, drip and plunger coffee makers plus coffee bean grinder, hand blender, toaster, cake mixer. Washer and dryer.
This property has over an acre and a half of land with 140' of private lake frontage. It faces its own tiny bay with a 55' dock giving access to the lake, swim float and the paddle boat, canoe and kayaks that are included in your rental.
The lake has an area of over 100 acres - just right for paddling around in the kayak or canoe - and maximum depth of 23'. Fishing enthusiasts should expect to find small mouth and large mouth bass, chain pickerel, golden shiners, white or yellow perch on the end of their lines - sometimes from the end of the dock! The water is clear. If you sit quietly in the boat in the middle of the lake, expect to see the bottom of the lake and several of its inhabitants. Be sure to approach the loons very slowly; they usually dive just as you get the camera shot perfectly framed. If you want to bring your own boat, there is a public launch site on nearby Wilson Lake in Wilton.
The beauty and peace of the lake, the call of the loons, the enjoyment of the water and surroundings, combine to reduce stress levels immediately you arrive. Boating, swimming, fishing and relaxing are wonderful ways to enjoy the property, but there are many interesting things to see and do in this Western Mountains and Lakes region of Maine, within an hour or two's drive. This is a major hunting area in the fall, and there are many county fairs to enjoy. The foliage in the fall is glorious. Enjoy the fall colors from the deck or while hiking through the trails in the Farmington woods or nearby Mt Blue State Park.
The same chain of mountains as in Vermont and New Hampshire also carved their way through Maine, a few eons ago. The two major ski areas of Sunday River and Sugarloaf are each an hour away. Titcomb ski area is about ten minutes away in Farmington, Black Mountain near Rumford, about 28 miles away, Eaton Mountain near Skowhegan is about the same distance away in another direction. Skating, snow tubing, ice-fishing; all the fun winter sports are enjoyed in Maine.
Hunters please note: this is Wildlife Management District 16. Deadline for online applications is Aug 15! Check out the maine dot gov website for details. Drive short distances to very good hunting areas, come back to Kiwi Lodge after a long day out hunting to relax in comfort. This area of Maine has a lot of deer, not necessarily the largest in the state but many of them!
Keywords: Log House, privacy, lake, boating, swimming, swim raft, hot tub, fully equipped, vacation rental, ramp, pet friendly.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
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 smaller inflatable kayak is great for 5 years and up....morecollapse
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....morecollapse
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Convertible bed(s)
King size beds (1) Hand-crafted by local artisan from Maine cedar wood, in rustic style., Queen size Beds (1) Hand crafted by Maine artisan, from quarter sawn oak, in classical style., Double Beds (1) Hand crafted by Maine artisan, from quarter sawn oak in classical style., Baby Cribs (1) Sleep/play pen (Graco brand) available for small child. Please request when booking., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Futon available, full size, Bunk Beds (1) Also beautifully hand-made of Maine cedar in rustic style. Base of bunk is a full size bed, top level is a twin size bed. Very solid, very stable with wide steps leading to top bunk....morecollapse
- 2.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
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 also 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....morecollapse
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- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Linens Provided:
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The house is on over an acre of land, 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. 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....morecollapse
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- Video Game Console:
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access:
Pool & Spa
Deck / Patio:
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....morecollapse
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
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....morecollapse
- Lake View
- Water Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Tubing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Outlet Shopping
- Bird Watching
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
Hunters please note: this is Wildlife Management District 16. Deadline for online applications is Aug 15! Website: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/ Drive short distances to very good hunting areas, come back to Kiwi Lodge after a long day out hunting to relax in comfort. This area of Maine has a lot of deer, not necessarily the largest ones in the state but many of them....morecollapse
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Perfect Fall Getaway
Perfect Fall Getaway
My family of 5, with 3 kids under 7, stayed at the Kiwi Lodge for a week in October. The weather was chilly but the house was warm and inviting. Upon arrival, we noticed how clean the house was - this house has been maintained beautifully (which, unfortunately, is often not the case with rentals). Also, everything you might need is available for you. Grill, hot tub, game consoles, satellite television, iPod radio, laundry machines, and everything you'd need in the kitchen. We spent time almost every day using one of the 4 boats that are available for use on the lake. Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating were so much fun. We fished and played on the nice lawn out back. At night, we had fires in the fire pit down by the pond and made delicious s'mores. It was so nice that there was firewood, kindling, and newspaper ready to use. A few (minor) negatives: There were no shades in the bedrooms, so my kids were waking up with the sun. I've since learned that shades are on order so I suspect that this wouldn't be an issue in the future, but it was tough waking up so early. Also, we found the mattresses extremely firm. My wife, who has never had back issues before, had a very sore back by the end of the week. She's fine now after the first night sleeping at home. Lastly, we could not regulate the temperature of the hot tub. The first day it was perfect. The next day it was so hot we couldn't go in so we turned it down. The next day it was just warm and needed to be hotter so we turned it up a little and somehow, after a day, it was then so hot we couldn't use it. Perhaps we just don't know how it works, but the controls seem simple enough. We did have a wonderful time and we would not hesitate to return to Kiwi Lodge. The owner was so gracious and helpful - she supplied a lot of very helpful information about the area (spots for hiking, places to dine, etc) which was great in planning our week. Don't hesitate to book this gem.
- Guest Ross
- Date of stay 10/13/12
- Review Submitted 10/23/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children.
Owner response: This is very helpful feedback; our goal is perfection but we know there are always things to be improved! We often ask guests if they have suggestions, and those suggestions are always given very serious consideration. Earlier this summer, we added a CD player/radio to the living room and two comfortable chairs to the deck, after other guests said that they would have appreciated having those amenities. Yes, as already discussed with the family, shades will be installed in the two upstairs bedrooms next week, when we will be there to prepare the property for winter. Reading about the hot tub was a shock, though. It was thoroughly overhauled this summer, several new parts installed. The company will be out to check it again. The mattresses are top of the line, made by a factory near Biddeford in Maine. We made sure to get the type with attached pillow top on both sides of the mattress with the aim of having them softer on top with a firm layer beneath. On the one hand it is good that there have been only favorable comments about them up to now, but it is also very disappointing for us to have had even that one. Perhaps the memory foam pad which we have for the futon might have helped. This family were wonderful guests; they left the house in excellent condition. We are delighted that they enjoyed the property and the area so much. Maine vacations are the best!
Lovely Kiwi Lodge
Lovely Kiwi Lodge
This cottage is absolutely beautiful inside and out! The listing photos and descriptions are very accurate. The property is extremely clean and well-maintained. The owner, Kay, is a delightful person to work with. Upon our arrival, she left us a very kind welcoming note and a bottle of wine. The property manager, Paul, was very helpful and available to answer all of our questions. One morning we lost power around 10am due to very high winds that day. Paul contacted the power company to notify them of the outage. He offered to bring a small generator and a portable heater to us so we could take the chill off the cottage. We had plans to be out and about that day, so we gratefully declined that offer. By the time we returned to the cottage several hours later the power had been restored... and we had no further problems during the week. The cottage is located at the end of Sand Pond with a lovely view from the deck and dock. The area was very quiet during our week there (neighbors were not at their cottages). The peace and serenity we experienced was so good for our souls. We listened to the sounds of the loons and marveled at these awesome creatures. This spacious cottage has all the amenities of home. There is plenty to do at the cottage and surrounding area (we enjoy the town of Farmington with its many shops ... a trip to Renys is a must!). We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Kiwi Lodge!
- Guest Karen B.
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 10/16/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway.
My friends and I have had an autumn reunion for the past 14 years in various locales in the northern New England area. This is the first time we have stayed at this particular rental. The reunion couldn't have gone better thanks in great part to the fine accommodations, friendly assistance from the owners, and beautiful setting. I'd love to rent this house cabin again in the future.
- Guest Fall Guys
- Date of stay 09/28/12
- Review Submitted 10/08/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners.
We had a great time during our week at Kiwi Lodge. The house was extremely comfortable and so easy to settle into for our week's stay. We cooked dinner several nights and it was like being at home. Everything we needed was easily accessible, all we had to do was open cupboard doors to find the pots/pans, bowls and dinnerware...because it was all there!!! The wildlife on the pond was a highlight for us. We had several ducks who would hop onto the dock and wait for us to call them, at which point they would waddle up to the house and wait to be fed! The loons were incredible, and we were fortunate to have them swim very close to our dock so that we could take pictures. We enjoyed the paddle boat and the serene, peaceful feeling of Sand Pond. Did alot of relaxing!!! I would highly recommend this property if you are looking for peach and quiet.
- Guest looved the loons
- Date of stay 08/25/12
- Review Submitted 09/10/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing.
Wonderful Vacation Week!
Wonderful Vacation Week!
We spent a week at Kiwi Lodge and had a fantastic time. The log home is very spacious, clean and well-equipped. The furniture is very comfortable. We toasted marshmellows and relaxed in the hot tub daily. The home is very private and the cries of the loons were heard every night. Other than swimming and boating we also ventured around the area. Coos Canyon and Smalls Falls were both incredibly beautiful and fun - waterfall cascades with lots of swimming areas amongst the falls. Kay and her team were very easy to work with and very accomodating. On the way home our 6 yr old declared that this vacation was the best one. I highly recommend!
- Guest Lynnette W.
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 08/13/12
A Great Getaway!
A Great Getaway!
We loved our stay at Kiwi Lodge, it was really peaceful. We took the boats out for a lot of rides, enjoyed playing volleyball and badminton. The house was spotless and Paul was very nice. The only thing I didn't like was the week went by so fast!
- Guest Patty
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 07/30/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, people with disabilities, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway.
DIDN'T THINK IT COULD GET ANY BETTER, BUT IT DID!!!
DIDN'T THINK IT COULD GET ANY BETTER, BUT IT DID!!!
After a wonderful stay in 2011, we knew where we would vacation in 2012. We just spent another wonderful week at Kiwi Lodge!! Again, a beautiful note and beverages awaited our arrival. The beauty of the location is almost indescribable. The pictures and description are completely accurate. And it's amazing how the owner keeps adding new touches to the already wonderful existing ones: the beautifully crafted hat/coat rack, the variety of cool new water toys, the volleyball net. It really does have all of the comforts of home (and, frankly, some comforts we don't have!!). Everything we needed (and more) was there. This time, we grilled and used the stove. Kitchen tools, spices, mixing bowls....it was all there. We fished, enjoyed all of the boats, swam, watched the loons and baby ducks, enjoyed the hot tub, played volleyball & badminton, built campfires. The owner and her team are wonderful to talk to and deal with. They maintain the lodge in beautiful order. You can tell the pride they take in this beautiful property and in ensuring their guests have a comfortable stay. If we lived closer, we'd visit more often than annually. Places to check out in the area: Farmington's stores and the fabulous Harvest House Restaurant. Gifford's Ice Cream is incredible, too.
- Guest Pat
- Date of stay 06/23/12
- Review Submitted 07/09/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, people with disabilities, families with young children, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Only thing I did not like....Guest comment entered by owner
Only thing I did not like....
The only thing I did not like about Kiwi Lodge is..leaving. On the last morning my husband had to pry the canoe paddle from my fingers. We really had a wonderful time, always something to do..The boys could pop in and out of the boats easily, they were successful at fishing, the hot tub, big screen T.V.s were great, we hiked, rode bikes, loved the fire pit, star gazing at night on the dock was amazing. The lodge was immaculate. Writing brings back great memories. How I wish we were back there.
- Guest Nancy, MA
- Date of stay 07/30/11
- Review Submitted 03/03/12
Wonderful time! Beautiful location!
Wonderful time! Beautiful location!
We just returned from a week at Kiwi Lodge. It is just beautiful. It is exactly like the pictures, except the kitchen photo doesn't do it justice. It was for our 25th anniversary and was a dream. Kay had left us a bottle of champagne and a lovely card. She'd earlier sent us tons of information on what to see in the area. The maintenance man was friendly and helpful (he was there when we arrived setting up the hot tub for us). Kay called to check on us a few days after we arrived. So friendly. The quiet, getting to see the stars without any competing lights, the quail, chipmunk, ducks, loons kept us company. There was a fire ring down by the water that we didn't get to use as it was just a little too chilly for us. The cabin is roomy, love the church pew! Computer hookup was easy and consistent. There was room for many more than us, but for us, it was just right too! Thanks for all the attention to detail! The Ms
- Guest The Ms
- Date of stay 10/21/11
- Review Submitted 10/29/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
Absolutely exquisite inside and out!
Absolutely exquisite inside and out!
I was absolutely stunned when we arrived at Kiwi Lodge. I can't remember a more perfect setting for a country house amidst bright autumn foliage, green grass, deep blue sky and a glassy lake. The log cabin is beautifully built and rustic, with windows everywhere to take in the views. Everything was immaculate and lovingly prepared for my arrival, with an especially effective central heating system and updated kitchen. The furniture is comfy-cozy and electronic entertainment systems are avalailable in case you don't already have enough to do. The owner provides a paddle-boat, canoe and kayaks and other water-fun equipment. My favorite perch was at the table on the deck overlooking the lake. I had such a sense of peace and wellbeing in the still silence. Kiwi Lodge is wonderful for families, couples looking for a romantic hideaway, or even an individual who craves a bit of quiet in a beautiful get-away. The owner is wonderful, leaving a welcoming bottle of wine for her arriving guests. The cabin is also close enough to town for one to visit shops and restaurants. I can't recommend Kiwi Lodge highly enough. I look forward to my next visit!
- Guest Angela J.
- Date of stay 10/08/11
- Review Submitted 10/25/11
Owner response: Angie, thank you for this great review! Wonderful that you were able to fulfill that dream of visiting Maine: not so easy to do when you live in Dallas. I hope those memories of the peaceful, cool green environment will sustain you in the Texas summers, and inspire you to plan a return visit.
April, May: $1050/Week; $500/weekend, $150/extra night June: $1350/week July, August: $1700/week September: $1350/week Oct/Nov/Dec: $1400/week; $500/weekend, $150/extra night Rates do not include 7% Maine state tax. A $400 Security Deposit is required. Pet fee additional. To confirm your booking, 50% payment is required. Bookings over more than one rate period are pro-rated.
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- Nearest Airport: Portland International Jetport at 50 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Route I-95, at Auburn at 30 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Just down the lakeshore from Kiwi Lodge at 0.25 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Farmington at 8 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Titcomb Slopes, near Farmington at 8 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Wilson Lake Country Club, Wilton at 9 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Farmington at 8.5 Miles
About the owner: My earliest memories are of the green beauty of the New Zealand countryside, the simplicity of farm life. From that environment I moved in stages to the intense urban life of New York city where my career involved travel in many countries, including residence in Latin America. This opportunity to see some of the world was the achievement of a childhood goal, fueled by my passion for reading of lands far away. Life on the farm often seemed very remote from the rest of the world. But the achievement of a goal often leaves you wondering what comes next. As soon as I had the opportunity to stay in a lakeside cabin in Maine, I knew what came next. It was as if I had come home again.
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 retreat we had dreamed of. The location is quiet and private, but it is easy to meet 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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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!
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The perfect family vacation house: log house hidden in the trees on lake shore
The best activity of all: sitting and watching the loons; many other birds
New dock is 4' wide with octagon for sunning, reading. Kayak is part of 'fleet'
Welcome to Kiwi Lodge! Ramp sized for manual regular width wheelchairs.
Desk ready for your laptop/tablet with fast WiFi; phone for local/incoming calls
Big dining area, long maple table, antique pew: great for kitchen gatherings
Bedroom upstairs; king size bed handmade by local artisan. Top quality mattress
Downstairs bedroom, handmade bunk with full lower, twin top level.
Old dock still in place, useful to hold canoe stable while you get in!
View of another part of the shore, looking right from Kiwi Lodge
And another view from the deck
Many activities: volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, croquet, and fire pit, more
Fall reflections, during the peak October period of glorious foliage.
The Kiwi Lodge swim raft, anchored in water deep enough for cannonballs!
Enjoy TV/cable/movies/books in upper living room; WiFi, fast Internet connection
Spacious kitchen, fully equipped with every convenience.
Bright Fiesta ware in the colors of Maine! Plastic plates too for picnic table.
Queen and full size oak beds, also handmade in Maine. Same thick mattresses.
Family room downstairs, large TV, Kinect, Wii, sliding doors to lawn & hot tub.
Sun highlighting October foliage, paddling in to shore at Kiwi Lodge
From water's edge looking back to Kiwi Lodge. Fire pit just beyond lighthouse
Peak week in October, from the deck of Kiwi Lodge
More October reflections
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