About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Sleeps 5.King, Queen, futon. 1.5 baths. WIFI Internet. Hot Tub. No smoking.
New four person hot tub in private location next to cabin. Ten pin lights on tub so you can tub at night and see the stars. See photo of hot tub. Clothing optional.
Cabin was built in 1986. Living-dining-kitchen area with fireplace, LL Bean leather sofa with ottoman, dining table, chairs, radio, CD player, book shelves, etc.
Completely new GE kitchen with gas range and oven, over the range microwave/convection oven, toaster oven, bottom drawer refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, disposal, illuminated lower cabinets, lighting under upper cabinets for Corian countertop, track lighting illuminates whole kitchen, etc.
Enclosed porch for dining and viewing lake through the trees.
2 tables, 6 chairs, wood box, charcoal grill.
Bedroom with custom made king bed with four storage drawers. Closet and chest of drawers.
Completely new bath with shower (no tub), custom-made cabinet with Corian counter top.
Utility room with Maytag washer and dryer.
Baseboard heat in each room with individual thermostats.
Companionway ladder with wide treads to rear loft. Front and rear lofts overlook living-dining-kitchen area.
Custom made Queen bed with three storage drawers in rear loft.
Custom made four drawer dresser next to queen bed.
Completely new half bath next to queen bed.
LL Bean futon, coffee table and TV cabinet for TV-DVD-VCR (no cable or satellite) in front loft.
Baseboard heat in front and rear lofts with individual thermostats.
Tool and equipment storage. Two kayaks, a single and a double. Central water filtering system. Hot water heater.
Cabin is surrounded with six acres of heavily forested, ruggedly beautiful, hilly land which form the TIP OF A PENINSULA which juts into the lake. Some gigantic boulders left from the ice-age! Two-thirds of the perimeter of the land is lakefront, although there are no sandy beaches. Cabin is at the end of a 4/10th of a mile private, well maintained unpaved road.
NO NEARBY CABINS. Nearest cabins are a five minute walk back up the road, well out of sight and sound.
A VERY PEACEFUL, QUIET, PRIVATE, SECLUDED PLACE. You hear mainly the birds, loons on the lake and wind in the trees - a nature's paradise. Because it is so private, cabin is frequently used by honeymooners.
Driveway gates are illuminated by three motion detector lights. Parking area illuminated by two motion detector lights. 85 foot walkway to dock and boating area is illuminated by six under the railing lights. Separate swimming area with footbridge to tiny island. Two chairs to view sunset and meteor shows in swimming area.
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Paul R. Smith
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Paul R. Smith
I am a retired apartment complex owner and lawyer who always wanted to build a vacation home in a rural, secluded, perhaps mountainous area and on a lake. In Maine I found this twelve year old modern cabin, already built, at the end of a very private road, deep in the woods, on six acres of fascinating land which form the entire tip of a peninsula going into a lake. The search was over! I made extensive improvements to the cabin, had a metal roof added, built a new GE kitchen and new bathroom, added a powder room, made king and queen beds and other furniture, enclosed the front porch, built a lighted walkway to the lake and a new dock, put in baseboard heat, added a new Maytag washer and dryer, and have just added a four person hot tub.
Paul R. Smith purchased this Cabin in 1998
Why Paul R. Smith chose Freedom
This location is so special. It is only about two and a half hours drive into Maine. It is very secluded. The cabin is at the end of a four tenths of a mile unpaved, well maintained, private road, so there is no traffic passing the cabin. The cabin is surrounded by six acres of beautiful, forested, hilly land which form the entire tip of a peninsula which juts out into the lake. There are no near neighbors, AND THERE NEVER WILL BE ANY NEAR NEIGHBORS! I will never have to listen to some other person's television, dogs, children, parties or whatever. I can swim naked if I wish, which I normally do! The lake is beautiful. Rarely is there a motorboat. I hear just the birds, wind in the trees and the wonderful loons. It is really a nature's paradise. It is only a twenty-five minute drive to Belfast, on the Penobscot Bay, when I need to get to a super market, or a variety of restaurants, or a hospital. Camden is also nearby, with its arty stuff. Waterville, about twenty five minutes to the west, is also available for more shopping.
What makes this Cabin unique
Because of the natural environment of the cabin, I can leave my life in Pennsylvania back in Pennsylvania! I can 'recharge my batteries' in a very peaceful, quiet, secluded place. I can relax in the new, private, hot tub, I have the pleasure of using a well appointed, completely new kitchen, with GE appliances, including a gas range and oven, bottom drawer refrigerator-freezer, disposal and dishwasher. The lower cabinets are illuminated, which makes it so easy to find things! I love the Corian counter tops. In the Great Room, with a ceiling to the top of the cabin, I can relax on a LL Bean leather sofa with ottoman. I can enjoy a fire in the fireplace if it is chilly. In the spring and fall I usually have a fire. I eat mostly in the enclosed front porch which overlooks the woods and lake and which is a step away from the kitchen. The king and queen beds are custom made with storage drawers and have firm mattresses with a 1 and 1/2 inch foam 'topper' and white down pillows. I have two kayaks, a single and a double, which go great on the lake. The eighty-five foot walkway to the lake has six lights under the railing so I can sit on the dock at 2:00 A.M. if I wish, or take a moonlight ride in the kayaks. Swimming is done in a different part of the lake from the dock. There is a short walk down to the lake over land that is beautiful enough to make a Hollywood movie, and this is the path to the swimming area. It is called 'the Point' You will see mention of the path to the point in the guest book. If you want to charcoal cook your dinner, there is a grill on the front deck. For tenants, there is a cabin manager a telephone call away who will help you as needed. She prepares the cabin between tenants. Believe it or not, she has rarely been called! There is a cabin manual which seems to answer any questions tenants might have. My phone number is also posted in the cabin, and I am rarely called.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Perfect for my Honeymoon and best vacation ever!!
It's hard to write a review that could capture the beauty and serenity of this place, but I'll try! My wife and I (mid-30's) booked a week for our honeymoon because we wanted an experience that was at our own leisure and away from crowds. Picking the right time of year helped us avoid more tourists in the towns we visited but we never heard another person, car or unnatural noise while at the cabin! Our first steps in there were magical. The smells of the wood, the fireplace...serenity. The views from the deck, the hot tub, the docks, the kayaks, the point, all were magnificent. You're not too far from most great places either. We missed out on Bangor and Camden, as they were places we wanted to get to but maybe next time! We visited Woodstock for Maine mineral adventures, Augusta and neighboring towns for shopping and massages, Acadia national park and Bar Harbor and Belfast twice for Meanwhile in Belfast for dinner (which you HAVE to go to). We spent the rest of our time relaxing by the fire, grilling delicious meals and relaxing in the hot tub. The scenery on every drive around the cabin is beautiful too. Everything we could have asked for or needed was stocked in the cabin. Our honeymoon was the best romantic, private and peaceful vacation we've ever had. Thanks to the owner and cabin manager for providing such an experience. We highly recommend this place!
Nature at its finest ... with creature comforts
Tucked into the side of a peaceful, wooded peninsula jutting out into tranquil Sandy Pond, this well loved and impeccably maintained cabin provided a perfect Maine retreat. Highlights included: Strolling to 'the Point' and sipping morning coffee as the eagles soared effortlessly above. Swimming in the pristine, refreshing lake water and drying off on the massive, sun-warmed boulders. Exploring the unique corners of the lake by kayak in the morning calm ... and by sparkling moonlight. Biking the scenic and rolling country roads. Relaxing in the hot tub while entertained by near constant activity at the perfectly located bird feeder. Gathering fantastic local farm produce and seafood during sightseeing trips to the coast and nearby villages. Reading by the flickering fireplace on a rainy afternoon. Toasting amazingly beautiful and ever-changing sunsets at 'the Point'. Eating simple dinners on the enclosed summer porch with the surrounding treetops subtly and beautifully lit. Falling asleep to rustle of the breeze through the trees and the periodic call of the resident loons.
The cabin was as attractive, comfortable and efficient as described by the owner, Paul, and other reviewers. Monica, the cabin manager, was very welcoming and helpful. We would highly recommend this property to those seeking a perfect mix of pristine lakeside nature and country living close to wonderful sight seeing on the Maine coast. We hope to return someday!
The eyrie nest
Update of Thoreau’s Maine Woods: Where would you take your Swiss relatives who had taken you the year before to the site where your father fought in World War? They wanted nature, hiking, birding, reading, music and restfulness. So did we. And so we came to this wonderful cabin near Freedom, Maine. We saw a bald eagle at Sandy Point and heard loons on the first evening. At every meal, chickadees and nut hatches entertained us at the creatively hung bird feeder outside the screened porch; we often heard a woodpecker in the woods. A loon did show itself to our cousin on a solitary walk. Paul’s cabin is much different than E.B. White’s. You will recall that White allowed the raccoons to live in the soffits so that he could watch their life. Paul has a very tight, modern cabin with every convenience you could want. There was enough wood in his shed for many days and instructions for novices on how to build a fire. My favorite items in the main room: the walnut drop-leaf table, reading lights every possible place you might sit, skylights that made the whole place warm and bright, the leather couch, the LL Bean rug with Maine creatures. I like to be surrounded by books and music and they were provided if you had not brought your own. I was deep into Reinhold Niebuhr and Cormac McCarthy, but made time for the cabin’s Andrew Jackson and May Sarton. We had brought CD's and enjoyed the cabin's wide selection, too. The cousins were upstairs and we were in the master bedroom. To note the level of care, the owner had been told that I was allergic to goose-down pillows, and my pillow had been switched to a non-allergenic one. The bedding was very comfortable. I oared myself in the single kayak around the point in Sandy Pond, the water still and warm in the late summer sun. We felt so at home we rearranged the porch, putting the table perpendicular to the screened wall so that the two couples faced each other. We ate simply but well, partly a result of the well-equipped kitchen. We used the hot tub, particularly delightful at nighttime with a view of the evening sky. We cannot describe the care with which this place has been created and how this care translates into a restfulness that comes over a person who enters with the tensions of the modern world only to find release and peace.
This Place Was Amazing
My wife and I have been many Places, but this was one of the nicest. The cabin was great and the setting was beautiful. We had our 2 small children with us and it was nice to just relax in the house and on the lake (with the kayaks or tubs we brought), or just sit in the Jacuzzi. Walking down to the “point” every morning was a highlight. It was also a good spot to go see some of the very scenic towns, like Camden, Belfast, Bar Harbor, Freeport and Portland. This is the first time we had ever rented a house and everything was great. The only problem was being there for a week makes you want to start looking for real-estate. This place really is what I would consider a dream cabin.
Second time here!
This was our second stay in this cabin in 3 years because we liked it so much. Everything is exactly as described in the listing. The pond was bit busier than last time though with it being the Fourth of July weekend and all. We didn't see the Eagle this year but we did see several loons, foxes, wood peckers, deer, and one crazy ring-necked pheasant that liked to chase our car up and down Goosepecker Ridge Road over several days. Search "Pheasant chases car in Freedom, Maine" on youtube for video of the pheasant.
We also ventured up to see the nearby Beaver Ridge wind turbines. Go to the very end of Sibley Rd for an up close look.
Since our first visit, the owner has had DSL internet installed. It was a great help for searching maps for places we wanted to go. Also the 2.5 Mbs download speed was perfectly fine for streaming online movies.
Thanks again for a great time!
Peace and quiet
The cabin is exactly as the owner describes. It is peaceful, quite, very clean, updated and rustic. The owner left informative information throughout the cabin so there is no questions, it's very helpful. The fishing was great, we caught and released small/large mouth bass, pickerel and yellow perch. The hot tub was clean and worked great. Very private location without feeling to remote as there are other cabins on the road leading up to it. We honeymooded here, it was out first experience with renting a vacation home. It was a great experience. The owner let us stay another night, as promised because we didn't arrive until Sunday and he didn't have the following week rented out. I would highly recommend this property to honeymooners, anyone seeking peace and quite, good fishing, rustic feel in the woods and families with older children. I would not recommend this cabin to families with children under 5. The decking to the pond is steep. Off the decking is rocky terrain and at the back of the cabin are stairs leading to a huge rock that a child could easily fall from. It's a wonderful place, but it would be a worrisome spot for families with young children. You don't feel like you NEED to go sightseeing when your here because everything is here, peace quite, hot tub and a beautiful pond to explore.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
One week minimum rental period. Saturday to Saturday rentals only. Rent stated for the month in which four or more days of the week occur is the rent for that week. 2nd consecutive week is $100 less than regular rate. Add 9% required Maine tax to all amounts. No security deposit is required. No additional fees of any kind. No rentals from November through April. In the event of a cancellation, all rental payments will be refunded, less a $100 cancellation fee, only if cabin is re-rented at the same rate for the same rental period.