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Very Bright, clean and cozy private lakefront Maine Cottage sitting right at the water's edge on a wrap-around point in a secluded, sunny cove of 3500 + acre, peacefull Great Moose Lake (Hartland, Maine). Fully-equipped, modern kitchen, comfortably sleeps 4-6, 2.5-acre property with 365 feet of beautiful, private, birch, pine, and spruce-lined, western and southerly-facing shoreline, with a sunny shallow sandy beach on a sheltered, quiet cove, and up-close, panoramic views of the lake. Great Moose Lake is quiet and not developed like the Belgrade Lakes Region or Sebago Lakes area of southwestern Maine. You may see a few fishing boats drift by on the weekends, but during the week you may feel as if you have the lake to yourself. Most of the cottage interior is finished in knotty pine or wood paneling and carpeted.
Just over 3 hours north of Boston, MA, an hour from Augusta and Bangor (major airport), and approximately 20 minutes off the Maine Turnpike/Route 95 exit 150 (Pittsfield/Hartland), this cottage is easy to access via a private road.
This private cottage is very close to the waters edge, sits on 2.5 level wooded acres and is ideal for families, including Grandma and Grandpa along for the memories! It has everything you need to unwind, recharge your batteries and get away from it all.
The western and southerly-facing shoreline wraps around a point into a peaceful, small cove idea for swimming, with lots of sun on the beach, deck, or in the hammock, with beautiful views and sunsets off the front deck or by the camp fire pit while roasting S'mores and listening to the loons. The sandy beach is gradual and shallow enough for wading and for supervised children to enjoy, yet further out, the protected cove is plenty deep for swimming or a boat. The sheltered cove warms up faster than the open water of the main lake.
The cottage and shore front have awesome views of the lake. Four large sliding glass doors wrap around the front and side of the cottage flooding the kitchen, dining and main living areas with sunlight and panoramic views of the lake and its central islands.
The spacious updated kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking and eating utensils, refrigerator, new coffee maker, new toaster, can opener, electric stove, new microwave, etc. for your home-cooked meals. The kitchen window over the sink looks out over the beach and cove.
The dining area just across the kitchen breakfast bar is surrounded by the sliding glass doors and has a country-style wooden table with seating for six.
The dining and main living areas have an open-beamed cathedral ceiling with a remote controlled ceiling fan and overhead dimmable lights, sofa, rocking chair, an overstuffed comfy chair for enjoying a favorite book, satellite TV, new DVD player (bring your favorite movies as I'm in the process of rebuilding my DVD library), and a wood stove for ambiance or taking the edge off any cool early or late-season nights. The cottage has a telephone landline for local calls and dial-up internet service. Your complete comfort and relaxation is assured.
The first bedroom has a new comfortable double bed with a large picture window looking out over the cove and its own satellite TV with remote, DVD player, and clock; the second bedroom has a bunk bed with a window looking out towards the woods behind the cottage, and there is a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed in the main living room next to the TV/DVD player and woodstove. Both bedrooms have a dresser, oscillating fan, nightstand(s) with lamp(s), a closet, and electric blankets (rarely needed) to stay cozy on cool nights. All pillows, pillow covers, and mattress covers are new for your comfort. The bathroom has another window facing the woods, the usual sink and toilet, a 3'X4' roomy shower with heated exhaust fan, and a storage closet. The cottage has a full-sized electric water heater to ensure plenty of hot water. The cottage interior is 700 square feet in size with plenty of space as you can see from the pictures. Four Adirondack chairs (cushions provided), a small cocktail table, and grill await you on the wrap-around deck facing the lake just outside the sliding glass doors.
Great Moose Lake is a mixed cold/warm water fishery, with excellent fishing and is even stocked with brown trout annually. Small and Large-mouth bass, white and yellow perch, and pickerel are also plentiful. Brook trout can be found in the colder tributaries of the lake and in numerous nearby streams and ponds.
If you have a canoe, kayak, or boat it can be safely launched, beached and tied up next to the cottage, but great fishing can be had right off the beach and the rocks in front of the cottage without the need for a boat. A public boat launch is just up the road on the lake. For sunning and swimming, the beach faces south into the sun and the cove is relatively shallow, so it tends to warm up quicker than the deeper main body of the lake out front. Great Moose Lake has one of the largest loon populations in the state and they are everywhere. They will greet you in the morning and serenade you to sleep at night. If you're lucky, you'll see fuzzy brown loon chicks riding on their parents' backs. Bald Eagles, King Fishers, and Ospreys also nest along the lake and are frequently spotted diving for fish. A beaver frequents the cove and painted turtles sun themselves on the rocks. A Pine Marten lives near the cottage and can sometimes be seen darting by.
Great Moose Lake truely is a tranquil get-away and you probably won't want to spend much time away from the cottage, but there are numerous beautiful destinations available nearby should you desire to take advantage of day trips.
Groceries, Netties (restaurant), Wright's General Store, a laundromat, auto repair, hardware, other services and supplies are just a short drive into the quiet town of Hartland. Larger stores and a greater selction can be found in nearby Pittsfield or Newport. There is a public municipal airport Pittsfield should you have your own plane and wish to fly in.
Baxter State Park, Acadia National Park, and the historic coastal towns of Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Searsport, Eastport, and Lubec all make for excellent day trips. Other nearby activities available in the area include: quaint restaurants; several golf courses; a microbrewery (Oak Tree); shopping; wilderness, hunting and fishing guide services; early-season white water rafting; hiking; exploring; camping; wildlife photography opportunities, etc. As far as outdoor activities are concerned, you name it and you can find it, but you may find that the peacefullness and serenity of the cottage and lake are all you need.
Keywords: 2 BR/1B cottage, Great Moose Lake, central maine, close to Waters Edge, private, tranquil cove, beautiful panaramic views, sandy beach, 365 feet of south facing shore front, sunsets, stars, wildlife, loons, fishing, boating, swimming, attractions nearby, peaceful, sunny, satelliteTV, DVD, internet, phone, woodstove, campfire pit, fully equiped modern kitchen, knotty pine interior, yard, weekly rental, perfect for families, non-smoking, no pets
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Jun 28 - Sep 12, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Sunday
Sep 13 - Oct 3, 2015
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Sunday
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Additional activities include walking, hiking, exploring, camping, wildlife photography, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, sunning; fall foliage is breathtaking; great fishing for small and large mouth bass, white and yellow perch, pickerel, stocked brown trout, brook trout in tributaries, bass and pickerel fishing very good right off rocks in front of cottage; guide services nearby, scenic and historic Maine Coastal towns, Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park within a short drive for excellent day trips; Great Moose Lake is about 3 hours north of Boston, one hour from Augusta and Bangor, and only 20-25 minutes off exit 150 of the Maine Turnpike/Route 95 (Pittsfield exit); groceries, gas, laundromat, post office, hardware store, bank, other necessities and supplies available within 10 minutes in close-by, quaint town of Hartland; Walmart, Marine Store, and larger hardware store 30 minutes away in Newport; Great Moose Lake is perfectly located between the southern edge of the remote North Maine Woods and small towns to the south and east.. Everything for you to relax and unwind is here.
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: I earned my degree in wildlife biology from the University of Maine at Orono in the 1980s, explored around the state and made some life-long friendships. I had to move back home to the New Jersey/ Pennsylvania area after college where I still live and work in the Environmental Field. I have always enjoyed the out of doors. I particularly enjoy golfing, hiking, skiing, fishing, canoeing, and just plain being outside. New England and Maine in particular have always been some of my favorite year-round destinations. The times I've spent on the lakes of Maine with my siblings, parents, children, extended family and friends are some of my best memories. 'Down time' off the grid, in the woods, at the lake is priceless and helps me keep things in perspective. The most important things in my life are health, happiness, friends, a good spiritual life, and my 2 grown children whom I never get to spend enough time with.
Why the Owner Chose Hartland:
I imagined having a lakefront get-away ever since our family summer vacations on Thompson Lake near Otisfield, ME in the late 1970s and 80s. After searching throughout New England for years, I was drawn back to Maine for several reasons, namely it's unique character, the people, solitude, old friends, and a persistent longing to get back to The North Woods. While in college in the 1970s I spent some time (in the dead of winter) on Great Moose Lake with a friend who owns property on the eastern shore. After a lot of looking and research, I decided to take a closer look here and I found this cottage on the southern shore of the lake and everything fell into place. The location had me from first sight. My family, friends and I spend as much time as possible at the cottage. When I retire I may even get another dog and this place will be my summertime Golden Pond. Great Moose Lake is remote enough to provide the tranquility I look for, yet it's easy to get to and I am close enough to old friends that I can always get out to see them or have them visit. Hartland is close to Baxter State Park and the Maine Coast, two more of my favorite places. Maine is a different place and a road less traveled, and there are lots of year-round things to do here....or you can just do nothing in this beautiful place.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I bought this cottage from a family that had owned it for 29 years. It was an emotional experience for them to let go of it and the realization of a dream for me. I enjoy maintaining and working on the cottage and property to make it better for everyone, paddling and fishing around the lake's coves and islands, and having friends, family (and ultimately grand children) visit this special place. I recharge my batteries here and get away from the rat race. Sometimes it takes a day or two to get used to the solitude at the cottage and then it can be very difficuIt to leave after some time there. I find the lake and the call of the loons extremely soothing. Opening the cottage up for summer rentals allows me a some personal freedom and sharing this beautiful place with other families brings smiles to everyone.
Peaceful Sunset over Great Moose Lake from Lakefront Deck Chairs and Fire Pit
A Peaceful Scene on Great Moose Lake (a.k.a. Moose Pond) in early fall 10/2013.
Autumn view of cottage on a mirror smooth lake day across the private quiet cove
Fully-equipped modern kitchen w/fridge, elec. stove, microwave,breakfast bar,etc
Sunny panoramic views of cove and lake from spacious dining area,table seats six
Queen pull-out sofa bed in main area w/ceiling fan,cool lake breezes, woods view
Master bedroom dresser, night stands, alarm clock, 2nd sat. TV/DVD with remotes.
Fullbath,3'X4'shower,sink,toilet,mirror, med&linen cabinets,knotty pine,heat fan
Sandy,shallow,sunny,south-facing warm private beach in quiet cove. Boat launch.
Private wooded lot, view of islands and lake from deck and grilling area on deck
Southeastern view along cottage property beach and part of the natural shoreline
Beautiful, glassy-still morning sunrise across cove from the deck,kitchen & MBR.
Solitary loon on Great Moose Lake with early autumn colors reflecting Fall 2013.
Spring 2012 - Sandy,shallow beach,clear water warms up for sunning and swimming.
Front of cottage w/sunny deck,chairs,grill,shaded hammock in the trees,fire pit.
Kitchen, breakfast bar ,sunny dining area, beach and lake right outside doorstep
Cozy Living Area, Open-beamed ceiling,Satellite TV, DVD, ceiling fan,lake views.
Master bedroom, double bed, lamps, closet, picture windows overlook cove & beach
2nd BR,bunk beds,dresser,closet,night stand,lamp,pillows&comforters,woods view.
Cloudless day from deck and camp fire pit, amazing sunsets and stars at night.
Large deck for lounging,reading,watching loons & eagles,adkchairs&grill included
Warm days, gorgeous evening sunsets, cool nights, and family time at the lake!
Rocks in the water along the shore showing the water clarity in Great Moose Lake
Natural 365' shoreline surrounds the entire point w/beach and easy water access.
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