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'the Shire' a Charming Waterfront Cabin on Rangeley Lake

(24 Reviews)

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy a romantic moon rise over the mountains and lake while sitting by a campfire with a drink and your loved one(s)! What could be better? Located just a few feet from the lake,it has everything one would need to enjoy a stay in the Rangeley Lakes area.
The first floor consists of a living area with a gas viewing stove and large windows with window seats that open out towards the lake and a bedroom with a queen size log bed.
There is a deck on the rear with a gas grill and table set. 2 Kayaks, water floats and a canoe are available at no cost.
2 built in single beds (built in with reading lamps) and a double complete the loft. The yard is large enough for games (we have boccie and badminton on hand).
We are within walking distance to restaurants, groceries, ice cream shop, boat rentals, tennis, plus hiking trails; and only a few miles from the quaint town of Rangeley, and Saddleback Ski Area.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, ice maker and gas cook stove, bath also serves as a laundry with front load washer and dryer.
There is a floating dock with a swim area and plenty of room to tie up your boat.
The natural beauty and wildlife are abundant. Wildlife spotting trips are a favorite pastime either by car or kayak. Listen to the loons at night under a star filled sky; away from light pollution, it amazing! Relax, get away from it all, put your feet up or get them to take you up Bald Mountain Trail. The view is incredible!
This cabin is perfect for a couple, or groups (families) of no more than six. We look forward to working with you to provide information about the area and to ensure you have everything you need to make your stay delightfully memorable. Check us out on facebook! The Shire Rangeley Maine.

Dock space is available for your boat, trailer storage can be arranged at no cost. Boating/skiing/snowmobiling/ swimming/hunting/fishing/hiking/wildlife viewing is what this area is all about. Snowmobile from your door, swim or sunbathe by the lake, keep the boat handy, what ever your choice, you'll find our cabin clean, comfortable, well stocked and a good value for your money.

Listen as the loons soothe you to sleep, watch beautiful sunrises,moon rises, kayak in the peaceful (most of the time) waters of Oquossoc cove. You will love this cabin! it's immaculate, has nice bedding, books to lend, and a lovely view

Have a campfire lakeside, or move the table to dine lakeside as well. This is an escape from the everyday to a world of beauty and serenity.

There are ceiling fans up and down, windows placed for utmost privacy.

Long term winter rates available. Please call.

Keywords: Cabin, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, paddle boarding, wake boarding, water skiing, jet skiing, hunting, lake, snowmobiling, kayak, boating, hiking, Saddleback, dock,wildlife, fishing, water frontage, golf, swimming, immaculate, fully equipped, bedding, long term winter, romantic, dock, winter rental, short term, cozy, clean, washer, dryer, pet friendly, stargazing, meteor showers, amature astrology, lunar events, photography, canoeing, relaxing. For more about "The Shire" visit us on facebook! There are some great pics, videos, info etc.....
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 650 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be 21 or older....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The loft is great for kids, they love it up there! It is accessed by a spiral stairway, with a gate at the top opening. Those with toddelers should be aware of this. The boat slip is ideal for small children to play in....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Outdoor receptacles are provided....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We love dogs and permit small dogs as long as they are non aggressive. There is an extra fee of $10.00 per day should you bring your dog....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Loft


  • Queen size Beds (1) Log queen bed with side tables and lamps., Double Beds (1) Double bed in loft., Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 built in single beds in loft area with built in storage underneath and wall lights for reading. So cozy!...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Free use of on site kayaks (2) and canoe when available (usually they are waiting for a paddler)! Lake frontage provides an opportunity for x- country skiing or snowmobiling from the door. Swimming is excellent as well as fishing and boating. We also have a Big Mable to tow behind your boat or just float around and other water floats. Lawn games are available as well....moreless


  • Books:

    Lending library, maps...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Downtown Rangeley has many shops. restaurants, 4 wheeler and snowmobile rentals and bowling. ...moreless

  • Lake View:

    The property is on the lake. From the property you have a great south east view looking all the way down the lake towards Saddleback....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Property is 75 feet from waters edge. Listen to the loons on a summer night, take a dip before bed, snowmobile from your door. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mountains surround Rangeley Lake and are visible from the lake front....moreless

  • Rural:

    This area is a wildlife heaven. You may see moose, bear, fox, deer etc... we have had moose, bear and deer visit us here at The Shire!...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    You may want to xcountry ski or snowshoe out of your door onto Rangeley Lake when frozen securely....moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    xcountry or snowshoe right here on the lake!...moreless

  • Village:

    Oquossoc is a village in Rangeley. At the corner (.08 miles) you can find most of everyday items you may need. Milk, veggies, takeout, restaurants, post, pizza and sandwiches'....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    The cabin is on the water....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Table can be extended with leaves, extra folding chairs. High chair upon request....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    stack front load...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    Vermont Castings Gas viewing stove: looks like a wood stove...moreless

  • Heating:

    Basement is heated providing warm floors in winter. Vermont Castings stove heats the house even when it's -30....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Comfy quilts, pillows and clean linens provided. Table linens....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Has 2 window seats, sofa, large windows looking out at the lake, flat screen, easy chair, throws, pillows....moreless

  • Parking:

    For 2 vehicles behind cabin....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Plowed parking area provided....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Off site storage/parking is available at our business in Rangeley....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Hand, dish, face cloths, plenty of all....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stack front load...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:



  • Catering Available:

    The Gingerbread House features dinners 'to go'. You must pick up and return the dishes....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip, Cuisinart...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Owner's happy to accommodate special cooking needs if possible. Just ask, we may have that special pot or pan you need....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher:

    New, full size...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is efficiently designed with all new appliances, well equipped, extra pots, pans, etc available upon request. Also have a large outdoor cooker, for clams, corn or lobster available....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Above range with exhaust fan to outside....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, coffee filters, TP, paper towels, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner. Enough to get you started, please replace as needed....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size with ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas viewing Vermont Castings...moreless

  • Toaster:

    2 slice...moreless


  • Boat:

    small row boat...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck with table 6 chairs, away from the lake side where it is sheltered from the wind. Dining lakeside is preferable if weather permits....moreless

  • Golf:

    Mingo Springs is nearby...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 kayaks...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas with propane tank. We provide the gas....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski xcountry from your door on the frozen lake or snowshoe. Downhill is close by at Saddleback, xcountry trails as well at the xcountry ski club....moreless

  • Tennis:

    .08 miles...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    life jackets, tubes, noodles...moreless



Write a review 5
from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Spring 2017
Apr 1 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Memorial Day
May 26 - May 29, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Spring
May 30 - Jun 23, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Jun 24 - Jul 14, 2017
7 night min stay

Nightly Rate
Jul 15 - Jul 22, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 23 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay

Early Autumn
Sep 5 - Oct 2, 2017
2 night min stay
Nightly Rate
Oct 3 - Oct 3, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Autumn
Oct 4 - Oct 12, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,250 $3,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Additional guests over 4 $140 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $70 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Tax Rate 9%


Cancellation policy in brief: 61 days prior, no problem, full refund of deposit and any payments. 60-31 days prior, forfeit 1/2 payment and deposit. 30 days prior, does not warrant any return of funds. However, we are willing to work with our guests! Without making a promise, we will try our best to rent for the time you reserved if you must cancel. If possible we will refund your $$$$ in full if we can rebook!

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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150 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.07 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Gingerbread House
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.07 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Gingerbread House
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rangeley State Park

Car: Necessary

4 wheeling, Wildlife Tours, Kennebago River Wildlife Viewing Trips, stargazing at our beautiful dark sky free from most light pollution!, Moose watching, The best Fly Fishing and guides in the area available. Dog sledding can also be arranged by appointment. Moose Alley provides entertainment on cold rainy days, lots of fun for adults and kids. Lake tours by boat. Massage therapists are available in town or by booking well ahead they will come to the cabin for a completely relaxing and private experience. Campfire ring, lakeside. There are many concerts and festivals going on throughout the region all summer, check the Rangeley Chamber on line for listings.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1985

About the owner: We call it 'The Shire' because it is green and peaceful, the kids named it after the idealistic area in the Tolkien trilogy! They (now adults) always talk of returning to 'The Shire'; like it's magical name, it is a place one yearns to return to. Originally from R.I. I grew up craving to live in Rangeley, as my family has vacationed here since the 1940's. I have always been in love with the town, the surrounding natural beauty and the activities available in the area. Bob fell in love with it as well, prompting us to buy this unique property. It is an ideal location, with one of the best views on the lake. Close to amenities but yet away from it all. We love to snowmobile, ski, travel, play with our little dogs, attend music festivals and playing games. Campfires are the favorite pastime on summer evenings as well as dinners lakeside, watching the moonrise to the songs of the loons. It is truly magical.

Why the Owner Chose Oquossoc, Rangeley, ME, USA:
After working hard for many years, there was no choice when it came to selecting Rangeley for our second home. It's pristine beauty offers 4 seasons of outdoor fun. It's remote, yet close to hiking trails, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, Rangeley is a very special area, it has so much to offer, beauty, peace, fine dining, outdoor sports and indoor fun as well ( Moose Alley-bowling,pool, darts etc...) for those rainy days. Just the smell of the fresh clean mountain air is enough to make you want to stay; not to mention the view from the property and the wildlife surrounding us. Don't be surprised should you see a moose swimming across the cove, or see a deer leap through the woods. It's always exciting to be visited by our furry friends!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The lake frontage, the view is fantastic, hearing the water and loons at night through open windows, lulling us to sleep. The endless starlit sky, is just amazing. Access to snowmobile trails system, xcountry ski from the door on the lake if safe! When the temps are high,swim out to the huge raft, get in, relax! Let the little ones play in the boat slip. Put an air mattress on the ground on a clear night and stargaze!

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The bunkhouse at The Shire

    The bunkhouse at The Shire

  • Cabin from the back looking towards the lake.

    Cabin from the back looking towards the lake.

  • Built in bunks on 2nd floor.

    Built in bunks on 2nd floor.

  • Good morning!

    Good morning!

  • Experience our world!

    Experience our world!

  • Campfire time! Bring out the smores!

    Campfire time! Bring out the smores!

  • A young moose visits The Shire!

    A young moose visits The Shire!

  • Deer crossing the lake at night.

    Deer crossing the lake at night.

  • Lupine field

    Lupine field

  • Fly fishing at Steep Bank Pool.

    Fly fishing at Steep Bank Pool.

  • Beautiful red sunrise from the lawn of "The Shire"

    Beautiful red sunrise from the lawn of "The Shire"

  • The dock with benches, swim, dock your boat, enjoy the island float and view!

    The dock with benches, swim, dock your boat, enjoy the island float and view!

  • 1st Floor Living area/ door to Queen Bedrrom/spiral to loft

    1st Floor Living area/ door to Queen Bedrrom/spiral to loft

  • Loft with double on left,, built -in singles on right

    Loft with double on left,, built -in singles on right

  • Double in loft

    Double in loft

  • Summer fun!

    Summer fun!

  • Having fun with our guests!

    Having fun with our guests!

  • Evening


  • Small's Falls

    Small's Falls

  • Early morning mist.

    Early morning mist.

  • A guest out for a morning paddle.

    A guest out for a morning paddle.

  • Height of Land Rt 17

    Height of Land Rt 17

VRBO #146688

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 30, 2017

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