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“Sunset Lodge” a Maine lakefront cottage with charming guest house

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lodge has 3 BRs, 1 bath, sleeps 6. Guest House w bath and loft sleeps 4

Built in 1919 and updated to provide all modern amenities while preserving the historic feel of a true Maine “camp,” this private end-of-the-road cottage features a first floor bedroom, den/guest room, airy sleeping loft, new eat-in kitchen, open dining/living room, updated bathroom with original claw foot tub/shower, sun porch and outdoor porch. The water’s edge renovated “pump house” provides a perfect rainy day playhouse or additional sleeping space for two. The guest house, which is included with the rental during the months of July and August and an additional $250 in June and Sept, provides the extra space to comfortably include another family, grandparents, in-laws or just a chance to spread out a bit and have an extra bath and porch.

A private dock, plus a sandy entry down a short path, and canoe and kayaks are yours to enjoy all Howard Pond has to offer - boating, trout and salmon fishing, swimming or just lazing on the dock . Sunset Lodge basks in the sun all day and catches the final rays and dramatic sunsets.

The nearby Mahoosuc and White Mountains provide world-class hiking while the Androscoggin River in Hanover village offers outstanding fly and spin fishing for trout and bass. Guide services available for a float down the Androscoggin or other outdoor adventures.

Sunset Lodge: Experience “Sunset Lodge”, the quintessential Maine lakefront summer cottage on pristine Howard Pond, a breathtakingly beautiful, mountain-encircled, deep water lake in western Maine. Just 1 ½ hours from Portland and 20 minutes to Bethel (fine dining, shopping, groceries, movies) this accessible yet secluded vacation spot will take you thousands of miles and 100 years from your everyday life.

Nearby Hiking and Fishing: The nearby Mahoosuc and White Mountains provide world-class hiking while the Androscoggin River at the foot of Howard Pond Avenue offers outstanding fly and spin fishing for trout and small mouth bass. Fishermen will enjoy both wading and drift boating. Guide services are available and a public landing is located behind the Town Hall.

Howard Pond: A private dock, beach and canoe are yours to enjoy all Howard Pond has to offer – boating, fishing (trout and land locked salmon), swimming or just lazing the afternoon away on the dock with your toes in the water. The aptly named “Sunset Lodge” basks in the sun all day and catches the final rays and dramatic sunsets from its western facing porches and dock.

More Details

Peter and Lisa Adams
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Peter and Lisa Adams

We own our own camp next to Sunset Lodge and have enjoyed Howard Pond since 1990. In our free time, when not relaxing at the pond, we enjoy traveling and have had the chance to stay in great apartments and homes around the country and overseas. We bring back from our travels ideas about how to improve Sunset Lodge and always welcome feedback for improvements, too.

Peter and Lisa Adams purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Peter and Lisa Adams chose Hanover

The unique feature of this property is its combinations of authentic camp life with all the modern amenities. Sunset Lodge has gorgeous open stud construction and hardwood floors throughout. You will be staying in a true Maine "camp" as we call our mountain/lake hideaways in Maine. We spend much of our summertime next door and know how to fully enjoy the pond and the surrounding area. We try to provide you with everything you need to make the most of your precious vacation time.

What makes this cottage unique

You will feel very remote, but in fact are just a 15 minute drive from the very lovely village of Bethel. From the house you will see only a few other houses around the pond;

most are hidden away. The lake and mountain views are fabulously beautiful, as are the spectacular sunsets from the dock or porches.


Hanover Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • This is a 100+ year old house far from the closest fire station. No open fires allowed. Grilling in the side yard is fine, but not on the porch.
  • No diving or jumping from the dock. The water becomes deep a few feet out, but is not deep enough for jumping or diving from the dock.
  • We have several pfd's at the house, but encourage you to bring ones that would properly fit your children or other non-swimmers.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Washer/Dryer
  • There is a clawfoot tub/shower, toilet, sink and W/D in Sunset Lodge. For those tenants who choose to also rent the Guest House, there is also a 3/4 bath (shower, toilet) with a sink in the Guest House kitchenette.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , (sleeping loft)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , ('pump house')
  • Bedroom 1: first floor master bedroom facing pond. Bedroom 2: second floor spacious sleeping loft with double and two twins and lots of space to play. Bedroom 3: the lakeside 'Pump House' is the perfect rainy day playhouse or converts to sleeping for two additional people. In addition, open den converts to a sleeping area for two people on a futon. For those tenants who choose to also rent the Guest House there is additional sleeping for 4: one double and two twins.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


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“Sunset Lodge” a Maine lakefront cottage with charming guest house
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Gaithersburg, MD

Our Favorite Week of the Year!

  • 5 of 5

For the past 4 summers, my family has been traveling from Maryland to Maine to enjoy a relaxing week at Sunset Lodge on Howard Pond. Sunset Lodge is a quintessential Maine cabin that has been restored to perfectly capture how simple life can be in Maine's beautiful outdoors, while also providing modern amenities to keep life easy. The main lodge and guest house are clean and well-kept and can comfortably accommodate multiple families. The loft is spacious and has been the perfect spot for our older kids to spread out. We have also taken advantage of the furnished pump house on the waters edge, which has room for 2 to spend a quiet night and capture the early morning call of the resident loons. Our children have enjoyed countless hours fishing off the dock, swimming in the wonderfully sandy swimming/wading area, and canoeing and kayaking on the quiet pond. On the occasional rainy day, there are plenty of games, movies and books provided in the cabin to keep everyone entertained. We were delighted last year to also have the opportunity to enjoy a campfire under the stars in the newly added fire pit. The lodge is aptly named as sunsets on the porch overlooking the pond are spectacular. Peter and Lisa are the perfect hosts - they extend plenty of privacy, but are available at a moments notice if necessary. The week always goes by too quickly. We look forward to our next trip up to Sunset Lodge!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

All the prior 5 stars reviews were very accurate. It has a rustic ambience with modern amenities.

We loved the simplistic layout with little nooks, cozy corners and plenty of comfortable sleeping options. The kitchen and bath updates blended well with the original interior. It was spacious but warm and welcoming. The well considered amenities were appreciated - quiet dishwasher, gas cook stove, washer/dryer, internet access. For lodge entertainment, we found plenty of good books, some favorite magazines, fun games and a respectable collection of movies.

I think the only thing we didn't like was leaving!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Deering, New Hampshire

True Gem

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week at Sunset Lodge. It was everything we hoped it would be—it had the ambience, the charm and the privacy we were looking for. The place even had a romantic feel to it. The loft was perfect for our 11 year old as he had that huge space to himself, and our older son enjoyed the pump house right near the water (there was ample room in the cottage but he liked the privacy of the pump house). The pond itself is breathtaking, and we particularly enjoyed the inlet we discovered on the other side of the pond (and the loons). And the sunsets are unbelievable. You have a very beautiful cottage and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a perfect, tranquil getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

we have stayed at sunset for two years now. we love the pond and the mountains. the cottage is perfect..the whole family was able to share in dinner making and sleep restfully to the singing of the loons

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Sunset Lodge was everything we were looking for - somewhat rustic, but with all the amenities we wanted for a relaxing vacation. The pond is quiet and beautiful, and a great place for birdwatching - we saw a bald eagle the first morning!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2008
  • Stayed: July 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manchester NH

Peaceful, magical, private getaway

  • 5 of 5

Sunset lodge was fantastic. It is a private quiet location. The lodge has a rustic appearance and feel with the ease of modern appliances, updated electrical and plumbing. There is an outdoor grill and indoor gas stove for cooking. The town of Bethel is 20 minutes away with a good grocery store, movie theater and video store. We had a cold beer on tap at one of the local pubs in Bethel which was especially refreshing on the 93 degree day we had in early June. Howard pond is clean, good for swimming kayaking and watching loons. We were able to kayak daily. The spot is especially quite as there are few motorized boats on the pond. We used the camp as a base to hike Old Speck Mountain and Saddleback Mountains. The place is tranquil so if you need a place to come to decompress from daily life this is perfect. Sunset lodge is impeccably maintained and the owners were great to deal with. I would love to come back again in the future. It is a beautiful, magical spot.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2008
  • Stayed: June 2008
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Nearest Airport
71 Miles
Portland, Maine (PWM)
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
several in Bethel
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Sunday River Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
a variety in Bethel, ME
Car: necessary

Howard Pond is a mountain lake, nestled between Plumbago, Dimmock and Howard mountains in Western Maine. A one mile trip up Howard Pond Road brings you to the clear fresh waters of the 140-acre pond that reaches depths of over 100 feet. The pond is beautiful for swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for trout and land-locked salmon. The pond is stocked annually by the State. At the foot of the hill is the Androscoggin River with nearby opportunities for float trips and shoreline fishing for bass and trout. The Appalachian Trail and Grafton Notch State Park are all within a half hour's drive. Shorter hikes can be found out the front door or within a few minutes drive. Nearby Bethel is a year round center for tourism in Maine with numerous restaurants and shops as well as traditional and health food groceries. The Sunday River Resort offers spa services year round. Rumford offers an excellent Hannaford grocery store and several restaurants. Mt. Washington Observatory, an hour and a quarter drive from Howard Pond, is the highest spot in the Northeast.

Other Activities: hiking




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

A charming guest house is available for rent with the cottage for an additional $500. Guest house sleeps 4 and features a downstairs bedroom/living room/bath and upstairs sleeping loft. Front porch with pond views. Minifridge, coffee pot, toaster, gives your guests/extra family members freedom to relax in their own space. The Guest House will not be rented to another party during your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund