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Classic Lakeside Cottage on Maine's Down East Coast - Our 10th Rental Season

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"If this isn't heaven on earth, it has to be very close!" (A Kill Kare guest)

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

6 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 10 & an amazing wrap-around porcho

There are only two July weeks available to rent Kill Kare for the 2017 season: July 2-9 and July 16-23. 2017 celebrates our 10th year of renting and the 100th anniversary of our beloved family cottage. Kill Kare is uniquely and ideally located in a pine forest on a pristine freshwater lake on the Down East coast of Maine, 1/4 mile from the Penobscot Bay. So named because here you can come to truly 'kill your cares', the cottage has been in our family since it was built in 1917. Some have called it "magical". There is a warm and gentle spirit to this home. Guests find that it provides both energy and peace - a place to recharge and to unwind. It is a private and restful vacation spot and a perfect base from which to explore nearby Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Castine, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Reached by a mile long private road, the property is peaceful and quiet - with the only interruption being the occasional call of the loons. Sitting on the generous porch - which faces west - you feel as though you are on shipboard while watching lovely sunsets. A small private dock and swim float allow access to the lake for swimming and boating. Inside, a well-appointed living room is anchored by a large field stone fireplace. There is also an inviting dining room and a well-equipped country kitchen with eat-in space. This is lakeside living at its best.

Our unique location: Located on Walker Pond on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Kill Kare offers a relaxing and secluded privacy, but is very convenient not only to scenic Eggemoggin Reach and Penobscot Bay, but also to the beautiful New England towns that dot the Down East coast. All within an easy drive are charming Blue Hill (lots to do here), Brooklin (Wooden Boat School), Castine (Maine Maritime Academy and tours of their training ship, The State of Maine), Deer Isle (Haystack Mountain School of Crafts), Stonington (ferry to Isle au Haut and lobster co-op), Camden (home port to timeless schooners), Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Acadia National Park and all the activities they offer. This area boasts some of the most impressive maritime scenery in the US and offers excellent restaurants (think lobsters and blueberries!), lovely gift and antique shops, artist colonies, farmers' markets, book stores, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, golf and unsurpassed opportunities to discover the natural beauty of Maine.

A family home: Kill Kare was originally built as a fishing cabin because our grandfather loved the sport. Our grandmother collected antiques she found in the area. Our family has filled the house with friends and laughter since 1917. Kill Kare is an ideal spot for a family (or two) to enjoy together. Savor a morning cup of coffee on the porch and watch the mist rise from the lake. Spend a lazy afternoon nestled in the wicker swing with a good book . Take a kayak out on the lake or have a swim. Watch a spectacular sunset while sipping a drink on the porch and listening to the loons calling to one another. Lay out on the dock after dark and marvel at the night sky. The stars and constellations seem close enough to touch. Inside, snuggle up near a roaring fire in the field stone fireplace. The mounted fish over the mantel came from the lake. Share a family meal by candlelight in our welcoming dining room. Rest deeply as the sound of waves lulls you to sleep and your cares slip away. Please join us and make some memories!

Incidentals: Distances from Kill Kare:
Bangor International Airport - 1 hour.
Portland International Airport - 3 hours.
Bar Harbor Airport - 1 hour.
Boston - 5 - 6 hour drive.
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital - 15 minutes.
Groceries, gas, take out restaurants - 5 minutes.
Bookstores, restaurants, gift and antique shops, larger grocery store - 15 minutes.

Kayak and canoe rentals (with paddles and life vests) nearby. They deliver and pick up.

There will be a book - a hard copy of our online Renter's Guide - at the cottage with information and guidelines about the house and recommendations of things to do and see, where to eat and shop to maximize your vacation enjoyment.

Owner

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/30/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets must be treated for ticks and fleas...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Downstairs lake view - adjacent full bath and shower...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Upstairs, lakeside - adjacent full bath and back steps!...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    Upstairs, lovely lake views, adjacent to 1/2 bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Upstairs, lake view...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

    Upstairs, lake views, next to 1/2 bath, kid-friendly...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single

    Upstairs, woodland views, lovely morning light...moreless

  • The bedrooms all have lovely views of either the lake or the woods. Two queen sized beds happily accommodate adults and the singles are great for children. There are bathroom facilities on both floors. All bed linens, towels and beach towels are included in the rental....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Located on the first floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Located on the second floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Located on the second floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: shower

    There is a separate shower in our first-floor laundry room....moreless

  • Because our water source is from a well, we encourage our guests to be mindful of water use. The spring water is very good for drinking and makes your hair soft and shiny. Our septic system works well when not overtaxed....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Bring your iPod to enjoy your own music on our stereo dock. With regard to the elderly or infirm - there is a short path from the parking lot down to the house. We have successfully negotiated a wheel chair down this path in the past. Once in the house, there is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor (where the living and dining rooms are located as well as the kitchen) and only one step out onto the porch. Canoe and Kayak rentals in nearby Blue Hill. They will deliver boats, paddles and life vests and will also pick up. Order in advance as they get very busy during the summer months. The online Renter's Guide is an invaluable resource for those new to the area. It is full of suggestions for things to do and see, where to eat and shop and what to hike and climb. It is updated frequently and there will be a hard copy in the cottage along with restaurant menus and information on current events....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A bookcase in the living room is full of books to borrow and enjoy....moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo:

    Bring your iPod. We also have a small bluetooth speaker....moreless

  • Television:

    A small TV and DVD for watching movies on rainy days. We have asked returning guests if cable TV would enhance their visit and they have responded with a resounding no. Enjoy the outdoors, they say!...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Lake:

    Much more temperate than the ocean salt waters, our fresh water lake is ideal for swimming and boating....moreless

  • Lake View:

    Sitting on our expansive, wrap-around porch, you will have the full view of Walker Pond - 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. Many have said they feel as though they are on their own private yacht!...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Located on the forested shores of Walker Pond, a freshwater lake, our home is only 1/4 mile - as the crow flies - from the Atlantic waters of Penobscot Bay....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Kill Kare is uniquely located on a fresh water lake only 1/4 mile inland from the headlands of the Penobscot Bay....moreless

  • Water View:

    Facing West, Kill Kare enjoys spectacular sunsets and night skies filled with stars and constellations....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    We offer a small dock and swim float to enhance your enjoyment of the lake....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Separate dining room seats 8-10. Table linens provided. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    No AC but window fans are provided for each room. And the natural fresh breeze off the lake is always refreshing....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    On the first floor next to the kitchen...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    A fire in the large fieldstone fireplace is a welcome end to the day. 'Fatwood' - a fire starter - and firewood are provided. Please see instructions on the mantel....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens provided including beach towels...moreless

  • Living Room:

    A large living room with ample seating in front of a large fieldstone fireplace. Kid's table for crafts and puzzles. Bring your iPod to enjoy your own music on the player....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking lot just up the small footpath from the cottage...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Covers all call nationwide and Canada. Use your credit card for international calls. Limited cell service. Important contact information is posted at each phone. Landline phone on desk at entrance....moreless

  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    On the first floor next to the kitchen...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Up the hill in the carriage house apartment. Sit in the Adirondack chairs or park your car outside and you can be connected. Guests have opted to not have wifi in the house. Enjoy the freedom! ...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Two...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Pots, pans, food processor, ice cream maker, toaster oven, casseroles, mixing bowls ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Ample dishes, glassware, utensils, pots and pans, cutlery. A Cuisinart food processor, blender, toaster, coffee makers, electric mixers are also included in the kitchen. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    We offer a fully equipped, eat-in country kitchen. Those who love to cook have found they are not in need of any equipment. Local Farmers' Markets and fresh seafood make cooking a real pleasure....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Gas...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We supply some staples like flour, sugar, salt and pepper, some spices, condiments, dishwasher/ing soap, hand soap,TP and paper towels. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Refrigerator/freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two...moreless

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Golf:

    Nearby - check online Renter's Guide...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Canoes and kayaks can be easily rented nearby. They are delivered and picked up. Check online Renter's Guide for details....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    My husband is the gardner. We have planted flowers appropriate to a cottage garden plus hanging baskets, window boxes and planters of colorful flowers to greet you as you arrive....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill and charcoal chimney to light the grill. Please provide your own charcoal....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Our expansive wrap-around porch is like a second living room. Plenty of seating/eating areas. Enjoy morning coffee, lazy summer afternoons, lovely sunsets and brilliant starlit nights on the porch. ...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Nearby - check online Renter's Guide...moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Jun 18 - Sep 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,400
Indian Summer
Sep 4 - Sep 10, 2017
7 night min stay

$3,000

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning fee $250
  • Refundable Pet Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Cancellation Policy: Should you not utilize the specific time reserved or if you cancel your reservation less than three months prior to occupancy, all funds will be retained (except for the security deposit) unless the cottage is re-rented by another party at the same rate for the same period of time. If the latter occurs, all funds will be refunded. Security and Pet Deposits are refundable.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor, Maine
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blue Hill
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Stonington, Deer Isle to Isle au Haut
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Deer Isle
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 15
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sedgwick
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sargentville Beach, Eggemoggin Reach

Car: Necessary

Uniquely situated, Kill Kare sits on the woodland shores of Walker Pond - a freshwater lake - which is located on the Down East coast of Maine on the scenic Blue Hill Peninsula. Walker Pond is about three miles long and about 1/2 mile at its widest point. The lake water is very temperate and is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. It is separated from the salt waters of the Eggemoggin Reach - part of the Penobscot Bay - by only 1/4 mile of land. We are blessed to have loons, eagles and ducks on the Pond. And since the cottage faces west, we are treated to memorable nightly sunsets and stars and constellations so bright you can almost touch them.

To leave Kill Kare, simply take our mile-long private drive and from there, you are only minutes away from breath-taking maritime views and quaint fishing villages with inviting shops, galleries and first-class restaurants. Farmers' markets in our area are worthy destinations. And, the seafood - caught daily from nearby cold, coastal waters - just can't get any fresher!

Our online Renter's Guide - the 'Guide' link on our website page - offers extensive suggestions on things to do and see, where to eat and shop and what to hike and climb in our area. Sorted by towns, there is plenty of information there to keep you as busy as you care to be. And, it is constantly updated. There will be a hard copy of this in the cottage for guests' use.

Other Activities: kayaking, canoeing, golf and tennis, sailing, Kneisel Hall of Music, Wooden Boat School, Haystack School, arts and crafts galleries, steel drum concerts - check out the Renter's Guide!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1917

About the owner: Having summered in Maine for practically my entire life, Kill Kare is a home and a haven for me. I grew up in the girls' summer camp - Camp Four Winds - that my mother started in 1946 and ran for over 50 years that was just up the lake from the cottage. As a result, I have grown to love and deeply appreciate the beauty and serenity of the Maine coast and all that it has to offer. It is my family's wish to share this treasure with you.

Why the Owner Chose Brooksville, ME, USA:
My grandparents built Kill Kare Kamp in 1917 as a fishing cabin. My mother and her brother grew up there in the summers as did my sister and I and our son is the fourth generation of our family to have called Kill Kare home. My grandmother and mother filled the cottage with antiques that create a warm and welcoming ambiance. And, my grandfather, my uncle and our son caught the fish that are over the mantle of the great fieldstone fireplace in the living room. If you look closely at the door jamb by the porch, you'll see years' worth of kids' heights marked on it. The cottage is imbued with my family's love of the place.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Living right on the water is a unique privilege not accorded to everyone. Kill Kare could not be built today because of environmental restrictions so we feel particularly fortunate to have been able to enjoy this venerable house for a century. 2017 marks Kill Kare's 100th year. Sitting on the expansive, wrap-around porch, you feel as though you are on your own private yacht. Nightly sunsets are a treat as are the brightly lit heavens that follow with stars so bright they seem within reach. The lake is ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. And the picturesque maritime village that dot the Down East Maine coast are within an easy drive. Check out our online Renter's Guide - the 'Guide' link on our website - for our suggestions on what to do and see in the area. This is truly lakeside living at its best.


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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/30/2017

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  • "If this isn't heaven on earth, it has to be very close!" (A Kill Kare guest)

    "If this isn't heaven on earth, it has to be very close!" (A Kill Kare guest)

  • While away a summer's afternoon with a good book in the swing

    While away a summer's afternoon with a good book in the swing

  • Our LR is anchored by a large fieldstone fireplace & lots of comfy seating

    Our LR is anchored by a large fieldstone fireplace & lots of comfy seating

  • Even our well-equipped eat-in kitchen has views of the water

    Even our well-equipped eat-in kitchen has views of the water

  • Downstairs Queen has an adjacent full bath and water views.

    Downstairs Queen has an adjacent full bath and water views.

  • Upstairs double twin with water views

    Upstairs double twin with water views

  • Upstairs single twin with lake view

    Upstairs single twin with lake view

  • Upstairs reading/TV room with a daybed to lounge on, books and a DVD library

    Upstairs reading/TV room with a daybed to lounge on, books and a DVD library

  • Kill Kare welcomes you with flowers and sunlight dancing off the lake

    Kill Kare welcomes you with flowers and sunlight dancing off the lake

  • Lobsters - freshly caught from the cold Maine water -don't get fresher than this

    Lobsters - freshly caught from the cold Maine water -don't get fresher than this

  • We are immensely fortunate to still enjoy loons, eagles and other wildlife

    We are immensely fortunate to still enjoy loons, eagles and other wildlife

  • We're in the cookbook! Look for Kill Kare Kamp Pot au Feu on page 175! Yum!

    We're in the cookbook! Look for Kill Kare Kamp Pot au Feu on page 175! Yum!

  • The lake is literally at your front door.

    The lake is literally at your front door.

  • There is ample comfortable seating on the porch to enjoy a summer afternoon

    There is ample comfortable seating on the porch to enjoy a summer afternoon

  • Enjoy a book from our library and your morning coffee at the picture window

    Enjoy a book from our library and your morning coffee at the picture window

  • Our DR has views of the lake and the woods.

    Our DR has views of the lake and the woods.

  • Upstairs Queen with water views and adjacent full bath

    Upstairs Queen with water views and adjacent full bath

  • Upstairs double twin with woodland views

    Upstairs double twin with woodland views

  • Under the eaves room with lake and woodland views.  Kids love this room!

    Under the eaves room with lake and woodland views. Kids love this room!

  • Our lake in the foreground with Penobscot Bay and Camden Hills in the distance

    Our lake in the foreground with Penobscot Bay and Camden Hills in the distance

  • View of Acadia and Mt. Cadillac from the rockbound coast just minutes from us

    View of Acadia and Mt. Cadillac from the rockbound coast just minutes from us

  • Lobsters are essential. We'll tell you where to get 'em and how to cook 'em

    Lobsters are essential. We'll tell you where to get 'em and how to cook 'em

  • Just one of the truly spectacular sunsets we enjoy from Kill Kare's porch

    Just one of the truly spectacular sunsets we enjoy from Kill Kare's porch

  • We welcome you to our home and Down East Maine.  Join us and make some memories!

    We welcome you to our home and Down East Maine. Join us and make some memories!

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