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Quaint Summer Vacation Home on Beautiful Balch Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, and sunroom (Sleeps 8)

If you are looking to escape to a summer getaway... tucked away within the sprawling pine trees and nestled upon a beautiful lake amidst the loons and the flora and fauna that is quintessential Maine ... then look no further. The HI Camp, located on beautiful Balch Lake in the Lakes Region of Southern Maine in the quaint village of West Newfield, is a lovely, newly renovated 1930's two bedroom plus sleeping porch lakefront cottage with lake views, a private dock and 30 feet of shoreline -- all on the property.

The home and grounds underwent a complete renovation in 2009 and while it boasts all of today's modern conveniences, including a laundry room with washer and dryer, updated appliances , including a small dishwasher, internet access, HD cable TV and an interior update... it still maintains the antique charm of a bungalow built in the 1930s.

Bring your personal small watercraft to ski, fish or boat, kayak or rowboat to explore the lake (If you don't have your own, there are a single and double kayak and a rowboat for you to use), enjoy loon watching, go swimming, hike up Mt. Chicorua in neighboring New Hampshire, go outlet shopping or take a scenic 30 mile drive to Maine's famous coastline for a lobster dinner. There is much to see and do while vacationing here and it is all nearby. In addition, the Hi Camp is located in a quaint lake community of cottages called Shady Nook, which provides for your unlimited and free use of tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, basketball court and a recreation center that hosts summer events such as community cookouts, parties and celebrations, movie nights, a triathlon in September and even a weekly kid's camp. Or, you could come with a good book, relax in an Adirondack chair and take it all in!

Keywords: Camp, Cottage, Cabin, Lake House, Lakes Region in Southern Maine, New Hampshire

More Details

Kristen Ingmire
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Kristen Ingmire

The HI Camp is owned by two sets of related families, one from Georgia and the other from Connecticut.

Kristen Ingmire purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Kristen Ingmire chose Southern Coast

Four generations of our families have been 'summering' here, and because of that, the Lakes Region holds special significance to us. As we to continued to foster this nostalgia with our expanding families, it became more difficult for all of us to vacation together. So when the HI Camp became available in 2008, we decided to purchase it as a family investment. When not rented, we will continue to bring future generations of families to Balch Lake to experience this special place.

What makes this cottage unique

The advantages to staying at the HI Camp are that you will enjoy the lake views, your own private dock and a private beachfront ... without having to pay lake-front prices.


West Newfield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom also is equipped with a hair dryer, soaps and shampoo/conditioner.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 bunk bed , sleeps 6
    Bedroom - master - 1 queen
  • The second bedroom contains a TV and DVD player and a heater.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Quaint Summer Vacation Home on Beautiful Balch Lake
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful Labor Day weekend at this property.......everything was great and we totally enjoyed ourselves.......we would recommend this property........

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy lake cabin amongst the pines

  • 5 of 5

From the second we pulled into the Shady Nook community we felt at home. It was a beautiful drive in from the main road with an amazing view of beautiful Balch Lake. The cabin was super cute and cozy and the caretakers felt like family! They took care of our every need and then some! One rainy morning we woke up to find a printed mapquest and a local paper stuck in our door with a note "places to go for a rainy day". Beautiful lake, beautiful house and beautiful people. Is there anything else you could ask for on your vacation?

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love that guests feel so at home and part of the community. This is the "Shady Nook way!"
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Doogle Returns!

  • 5 of 5

Even better than last month's stay....perfect cottage, perfect weather, perfect lobster....perfect friends who hosted the visit. I miss the place already and I will be back for multiple weeks again next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Doogle & Family"

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful return visit...excellent cottage, great location, owners very helpful and friendly. We had a great time enjoying all that Balch has to offer. I am returning later this summer and I plan on being there every year I am able...been coming to Balch for nearly 20 visits since first coming up in my children and grand wee ones know what a joy it is, and this cottage is ideal.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that year over year, you continue to make great memories with your family at this special place!
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Relaxing Cottage Weekend

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage for a long weekend get-away. We relaxed, read, kayaked, antiqued, relaxed, walked around the lake, drake coffee and did we say relaxed? The cottage was well stocked with everything we could think of. The decor was charming, the couches so comfortable, and the setting ideal. We sat and read in the sunroom with the vintage windows wide open and turned on the electric fireplace in the morning while we sipped our coffee. Thank you everything was perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you all were able to enjoy your weekend and our camp! Thanks for staying with us!
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Cozy retreat nestled among the pines!

  • 5 of 5

Hi Camp is by far our favorite family get away. It is in a quaint and lovely setting. So peaceful and the views of Balch Lake are perfect. The people in this wonderful community are very welcoming and pleasant. Bob and Elaine have always made our stay so comfortable and enjoyable.

Hi Camp is a most cozy setting and very inviting. The kitchen is well stocked and the cabin has everything you would need. The real plus is the recreation center right down the road from the camp. Our family loves basketball so it is a treat to have the so close by. There is of course plenty of opportunity to swim and to enjoy lovely Balch Lake. What can I say - we found a hidden gem among the pines!!! Looking forward to our stay this summer. Dawn C.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dawn! We are so glad you all are continuing to make such fond family memories at Balch Lake and the Hi Camp. See you again this summer!
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

West Newfield Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 27 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
FALL Season
Sep 5 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee-at checkout $50

We ask that you leave the camp neat and orderly upon check out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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