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Luxury Lakefront Estate with Private Beaches: Ideal for Reunions, Corp. Retreats

Bridgton, ME, USA
  • Estate10000 sqft
  • Bedrooms15
  • Sleeps34
  • Bathrooms9
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

3 homes combine to sleep 36; or rent individual home to sleep 6, 12, or 14

This spectacular, 41-acre Maine estate draws guests from around the world to its peaceful, private, park-like setting on clear, warm Highland Lake with comfortably elegant, newly refurbished homes and various resort facilities. Built as the dream home of an opera superstar in 1915, the Main House was designed by a prominent architect at the behest of Norway's King to provide amble space for entertaining and perfect acoustics for gatherings of world renown musicians. The estate was purchased and expanded by a shipping and banking magnate who added resort facilities and additional buildings to create a family compound complete with 2 sandy beaches, part of an island, a giant, overwater boathouse (with ballroom), clay tennis court, pier, acres of gardens, sports fields, and woods. Guests may golf across the street.

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Property Manager

Diane Darneille

Member Since 2010
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 31, 2018
About Diane Darneille

Our family has owned Nawandyn Estate for over 90 years! We are deeply committed to maintaining, improving and sharing it. We delight in making the unique and wonderful Nawandyn Estate experience available to our guests.

Diane Darneille purchased this Estate in 1926

Why Diane Darneille chose Bridgton

Olivia Fremstad bought the original land parcels for the views, sandy beaches, proximity to her voice coach and the serenity that she credited for her greatest performances. Our grandfather, who headed the largest shipping fleet on the Atlantic wanted a wonderful lake property within easy commute of Portland, Maine (where his business was based) on a warm, calm lake away from ocean fog. He wanted an extraordinary property which he could expand into a family compound with a full array of activities. We particularly value the lifetime of memories of great times spent with family and friends at Nawandyn Estate, the privacy, serenity, breathtaking natural beauty of this place, the unique combination of features that can't be duplicated, and the friendly Bridgton community.

What makes this Estate unique

Bridgton is where those who really know Maine choose to go. It is a peaceful, scenic, small town with authentic Maine flavor. Yet, it offers the amenities of a much larger metropolitan area including a state-of-the-art hospital and top notch grocery store. Unlike other towns in Maine's Lake Region, Bridgton has a sense of community and genuinely welcomes visitors. It is centrally located between the ocean and mountains and continues to be a hub for artists and musicians. Nawandyn is situated in the area's premier location on Highland Ridge virtually across the street from an 18-hole golf course, with panoramic western views of Highland Lake, mountains and sunsets.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 34
      • Main House Master Sitting Room
        2 twin/ single, May add 2 gel-foam cots to Main House sitting room
      • Guest House 2nd Floor Living Room
        1 king, Living Room can be converted to bedroom -1 King or 2 twins
      • Guest House 6th Bedroom-1 step from Ground Level
        2 twin/ single, or choose 1 King/Queen
      • Carriage House East Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, Can be converted to 1 king
      • Main House Yellow Room
        1 king, Can be converted into 2 Twins
      • Main House Green Room
        1 king, Can be converted into 2 Twins
      • Carriage House NW Bedroom
        1 king, Can be converted into 2 Twins
      • Carriage House SW Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, Can be converted into 1 King
      • Guest House 2nd Floor Master Suite
        1 king, Can be converted into 2 twins
      • Main House Pink Suite Bedroom
        3 twin/ single, Can be converted to 1 king and 1 twin
      • Main House Blue Bedroom
        3 twin/ single, Can be converted to 1 king and 1 twin
      • Guest House SE Bedroom
        2 twin/ single, 5 steps from ground -1 king + 2 gel-foam cots/toddler beds
      • Guest House Sail Room
        2 twin/ single, 1 step from ground level
      • Guest House Captain's Quarters
        1 king, 1 step from ground-king can be converted into 2 Twins
      • Guest House 1st Floor Master Bedroom
        1 king, 3 steps from ground; king can be converted into 2 twins
      • Main House Master Suite Bedroom
        1 king, Adjoining sitting room can sleep 2 on gel-foam cots
      • The Main House is normally configued to sleep 12 guests, the Carriage House, 6 guests, and the Guest House is normally configured to sleep 12 guests. Up to two additional guests may be added to both the Main House and Guest House. Each bedroom has cross ventilation, a fan, a heater and extra blankets. Also, the Carriage House has centrally located air conditioning and heat, plus a building exhaust fan. Three toddler beds are available.


      • 9 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • MH 1st Floor Bathroom
      • MH Master Suite Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • MH Pink Suite Bathroom
        toilet, tub
      • MH Hall Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • CH Bathroom
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Event Center ADA Compliant
        toilet, shower, This is a ground level handicapped accessible full bathroom
      • GH Downstairs Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • GH Nautical Suite Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • MH Blue Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Shared by Blue and Yellow Rooms
      • GH Upstairs Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathrooms are stocked with soaps, toilet paper, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and bath mats. All have safety grab bars. The tubs have anti-slip mats. There is a ceiling fan/light/heater in the Main House Master Bathroom, Carriage House Bathroom, Guest House Nautical Bathroom and Event Center Bathroom.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Beachfront
          2 sandy beaches on property
        • Lake
        • Lake View
          Enjoy sunset, lake and mountain views from this western facing lake property
        • Lakefront
          1,100 feet of waterfront plus part of a nearby island
        • Mountain
        • Mountain View
          View of Pleasant Mountain, White Mountain Range & Mt. Washington
        • Resort
        • Town


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Catering available


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                      All rooms have cross ventilation. The Carriage House has a central exhaust fan and air conditioning in the central hall. The Event Center has air conditioning.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      2 clothes dryers (1 in Main House, 1 in Guest House) plus anti-static dryer sheets
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      All rooms have access to individual heaters. The Carriage House and Event Center have central heat and air conditioning.
                    • Internet
                      Internet access is available both wirelessly and via ethernet cable.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                      sheets, pillows, blankets, comforters/bed spreads, table cloths
                    • Living Area
                    • Living Room
                      The Main House's 35'x20' Living Room and adjoining porches are configured to seat 40 people, even more, when the 28 dining room chairs are added. The Guest House has both a living room & great room.
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      Parking is available near each residence and near the beach plus in the fields.
                    • Telephone
                      A landline is available for local calls. Cell phone signal is available across the entire property
                    • Thermos Bottle
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Each guest receives a beach towel, bath towel, and a washcloth. All bathrooms have hand towels. Dish towels are provided as well.
                    • Washing Machine
                      2 washing machines (1 in Main House, 1 in Guest House) plus laundry detergent
                    • Wireless Internet
                      High-speed wireless internet is available in all of the residences and across the landscaped grounds and tennis court.


                        • Kitchen
                          There are 3 well-equipped kitchens (1 per house) plus a wet bar/mini-kitchen.
                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                          3 coffee makers, 2 food processors & 2 blenders, waffle makers
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Baking pans, casserole dishes, mixing bowls, graters, peelers, electric beater, salad spinners, spatulas, BBQ Utensils, lobster pots, hot pads, etc.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          48 place settings of china/pottery dishes, crystal wine glasses, stainless steel eating utensils plus comparable numbers in plastic. All items are dishwasher safe. Serving dishes are provided too.
                        • Dishwasher
                          3 dishwashers plus dishwasher soap
                        • Freezer
                          4 freezers
                        • Catering Available
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                          3 microwave ovens
                        • Oven
                          4 electric ovens
                        • Pantry Items
                          salt, pepper, coffee filters, candles, picnic baskets, coolers, thermos, trash bags, paper towels AND fresh herbs including mint from the garden
                        • Refrigerator
                          4 refrigerators, including 2 with ice makers
                        • Stove
                          14 electric stove burners
                        • Toaster
                          Toasters handle 8 slices of bread at a time.


                            • Dining
                              Main House: seats 28 in the Dining Room +6 in kitchen +4 on screened kitchen porch+8 on terrace. Guest House seats 16 between kitchen and screened porch. Carriage House seats 6. Event Center seats 60.
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 28 people


                                • Piano
                                • Books
                                  Each residence has a wide collection of adult and children books.
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                  1 DVD Player & 1 Blu-Ray Player
                                • Game Room
                                  Boathouse has a ping-pong table, piano, games & puzzles plus card tables and a lounge area. Event/Activities Center has a mini-pool table, games & puzzles, wet bar, giant TV, lounge areas.
                                • Games
                                  INDOOR: cards, poker chips, board games (adult & child), puzzles (adult and child); OUTDOOR: Tennis, volleyball, badminton, croquet, Wiffle ball, soccer, football, kickball, bean bag toss, etc
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                  small-scale pool table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                  3 televisions, including a 75" smart, flat screen
                                • Toys
                                  beach toys
                                • Video Library
                                  Videos are available from the local library (on loan) and Redbox (for rent);


                                    • Outdoor Entertainment Area
                                    • Balcony
                                      Carriage House has balcony with a bistro table and 2 chairs with lake, mountain and sunset views.
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Bicycles
                                      2 - 3 bicycles are provided along with helmets. A bicycle rack is provided. More bicycles may be rented.
                                    • Boat
                                      A large row boat is provided. Power boats may be rented and tied up to our 40' pier. Sailboats may be rented too.
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Boat with Paddles
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      2 terraces with lawn furniture.
                                    • Golf
                                      Our guests have access, at discounted prices, to an 18-hole course, designed by Tillinghast and a golf driving range within 1/4 mile of the estate's entry.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      4 kayaks (including 1 for two persons) are provided. Canoes and more kayaks are available for rent.
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There are 10 gardens, acres of lawns, even more acres of fields and woods.
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      There are 3 propane BBQ grills each with a separate gas burner, 1 of which is located at the waterfront along with a picnic table and benches.
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      3 screened porches plus 1 with roof but no screening.
                                    • Raft
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Tennis
                                      A clay tennis court, rackets and 1 can of balls are available onsite. Four hard tennis courts are available for rent nearby.
                                    • Tennis Court
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      large swim raft, 2 paddle boards, foam float mattresses (7 adult & 7 child-size), life preservers (adult, child and infant sizes), sand buckets, shovels & toy trucks, fishing poles


                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          There are 3 bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms on the ground floor of the Guest House. The Activities/Event Center has an ADA-compliant full bathroom (with curbless shower) at ground level.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Massage
                                            • Private Chef


                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • photography
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • water sports
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • ski lift privileges
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Main House occupants have exclusive use of the 2nd floor of the boathouse & roughly 2 acres of grounds surrounding the Main House. They have shared use of the resort facilities and most of the remaining 41 acres, including a long, sandy beach (with a propane grill & picnic table), a 40-foot pier, a swim raft, part of an island, 950 feet of mainland waterfront, a clay tennis court, many acres of gardens, fields & forest. They may play golf at the 18-hole course just 1/4 mile away. Fishing poles, tennis rackets, croquet, a tandem kayak, a row boat, foam float mattresses, life preservers, buckets & shovels for making sandcastles, etc. are available. Power boats & water skis may be rented locally. Weekly housekeeping is provided; additional housekeeping may be arranged. The services of a private chef or caterer &/or separate rooms in local restaurants may be arranged. Each bedroom has extra blankets, a fan & a heater. See www.MaineLakeEstate.com for more details.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  30 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Ultimate Haven of Incredible Beauty

                                                                  Deborah K.

                                                                  Picture yourself arriving at Nawandyn Estate: You turn on to a driveway marked by stone pillars and lined by pine hedges that extend as far as the eye can see. As you drive ahead, your excitement builds. Then, at the end of the hedges, your jaw drops as you behold this private haven of incredible natural beauty. You are welcomed by abundant flowers, singing birds, fresh air, clear water, sandy beaches and so much more! There is calming visual harmony. Everywhere you turn there is another beckoning vista to explore. The stress and chaos of daily life are quickly forgotten.

                                                                  It is no wonder that my friends and I keep coming back to this unique and wonderful place. The surprise is that the owners continually find ways to make it even better. This year, they transformed the previously unused ground floor of the Carriage House into a huge, inviting great room complete with wet bar/small kitchen and full, handicapped-accessible bathroom. It is ideally suited for weddings, retreats, workshops, as well as simply hanging out. This space became our group’s central gathering place, when we weren’t at the beach. The comfortable furnishings can be moved around to suit the desired purpose. There are windows on all four sides, even all along the wall of doors that open onto landscaped grounds. The views are amazing. When you are inside, you feel completely connected to the outside. Whatever the weather or time of day, this is a great place to be. Here we lounged, dined, played indoor games, held a movie night and watched members of our group play sports on the lawn nearby.

                                                                  The photos of Nawandyn Estate at www.MaineLakeEstate.com are wonderful, but they don’t do the place justice. Nawandyn’s many pieces fit together in some way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.

                                                                  May you be fortunate enough to stay at Nawandyn Estate.

                                                                  Wonderful property for large family gathering!

                                                                  Karen K.

                                                                  We have held our annual family reunion at Nawandyn for a number of years and we keep coming back. The kitchens are well equipped and quite functional. The location is gorgeous with gardens, tennis courts and a lakefront beach. The multiple buildings give our large group plenty of space to spread out.

                                                                  Nawandyn has loads of charm and history. The estate was built by an opera singer in the early 20th century, and has a lovely room with a grand piano, which is kept in tune (in case you have musical needs). Last summer we hosted an operatic recital in the room and the acoustics were fabulous.

                                                                  The property large and old, but very well maintained. The owners are available to help out if needed and have always been quite responsive and eager to please.

                                                                  Wonderful reunion spot

                                                                  We rented Nawandyn in July 2017 for a week-long college reunion group, including spouses and kids, and had a fantastic time. At 28 guests, we had plenty of room to spread out, yet the main house was sufficiently large to accommodate all of us for dinners inside or on the lawn overlooking the lake. The main attraction is definitely the lake (a 5 minute walk from the main houses), with a terrific beach and boat house and plenty of water craft, on a lake that’s large enough to tube and ski but secluded enough to feel nearly empty. But we also took advantage of the sprawling grounds for group activities including croquet, volleyball and tennis. Diane and Hopewell were extremely attentive hosts, with detailed knowledge of the lake, surrounding area and activities. They also arranged a cook to prepare dinners for our large group, which worked out splendidly. We highly recommend Nawandyn and hope to come back someday.

                                                                  Fantastic place for a memorable gathering

                                                                  Dillon G.

                                                                  My partner and I held a celebration of our marriage with a small gathering of family and friends here. The property was amazing and Diane was so helpful! The place lends itself to group activities (highlighted by the incredible boat house) or just quite conversation in small groups. We had a memorable weekend here and would recommend it to everyone.

                                                                  Wonderful Maine Retreat - Bliss!

                                                                  zachary b.

                                                                  The Nawandyn Estate is a serene piece of heaven in the Maine woods. Sitting amongst beautifully maintained grounds full of flowers and tall trees, Nawandyn was the perfect place for our big family reunion. We had guests of all ages, from 75-newborn and this property handled them all with aplomb. The main house is big and airy with gorgeous lake views. Kitchen is gigantic. Property is clean and well maintained. Diane, was a great and clear communicator throughout the booking process - she even arranged for extra cleaning and cooking staff we hired.

                                                                  The private lake access is really the crown jewel of this secluded, expansive property. A 5 minute walk down a private wooded path and you are on your own private beach on an uncrowded lake. The property's boat house has all the toys you could ever want - boats, floats, toys, fishing rods, etc. There are lounge chairs and a picnic table and wonderful smooth sand at your feet.

                                                                  I'd highly recommend Nawandyn for anyone looking for a break from the norm and especially those looking to gather a large group and make memories that will last a lifetime.

                                                                  Ultimate Vacation Property

                                                                  Mary Anne L.

                                                                  The peacefulness and beauty of Nawandyn make it feel like you're stepping into another world. Warm, clear, water; beautiful flowers and tall trees; well-maintained grounds and pristine living space...allowed our large family group to spread out and enjoy the many amenities that this amazing property has to offer. The onsite owners were extremely cordial and helpful--I highly recommend Nawandyn!


                                                                  Bridgton, ME, USA

                                                                  Nawandyn Estate is located in the center of Maine's Lake Region just 2-1/2 miles from the Main Street of Bridgton, Maine. Down East Magazine described Bridgton as “warm and welcoming,” “peaceful and scenic,” “authentic [Maine]” and “the best kept secret in Maine.” Nawandyn Estate has a prime location on the Eastern shore of quiet, clear, warm Highland Lake, virtually across the street from an 18-hole golf course designed by Tillinghast. Guests are conveniently located to services, yet have privacy on this beautiful, peaceful, 41-acre estate. Between the wide array of resort facilities at Nawandyn Estate and the activities available nearby, there is something to engage everyone. National Geographic has picked the mountains seen from Nawandyn Estate as one of the 10 best fall vacation destinations in the world!

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  $75 - $85
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  A signed Rental Agreement is required. Pay Reservation Deposit and Balance by HomeAway's electronic check option to avoid a substantial credit card processing fee. Balance is due 120 days in advance of rental period. Neither reservation deposit nor balance is refundable. We do NOT accept HomeAway's damage protection approaches. For full property rental, we require a refundable security deposit of $3,500 to be paid by bank check (due 15 days in advance of rental period). Contact owner of "Nawandyn Estate" for details.

                                                                  30 Reviews
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