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Island Paradise: Historic Cottage, Waterfalls, Great Swimming!

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Last updated: 03/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Bungalow
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms (Queen) + Convertible bed(Queen)), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-9)

$900 a week...$850 a week off season!! Enjoy your own private island get away! This 1.8 acre island in the middle of the Ossipee River is yours for a week or the entire summer. Drive across the sturdy cement bridge and feel your cares slip away. You can fish for Bass, kayak or canoe up to the Porter Covered Bridge, walk to the local donut shop or ice cream hut or attend an auction in the village of Kezar Falls.
This historic c. 1924 John Calvin Stevens cottage has original doors, woodwork and stained glass. Built for the local mill owner's family as a getaway, it still has a lot to offer. There are sweeping cathedral ceilings, a fireplace for ambiance and a wood cookstove in the kitchen. Have morning coffee in the cozy breakfast room overlooking the waterfalls. The modern kitchen has a microwave, coffee maker and all the dishes, pots and pans you will need. The large bath room has a separate tub and shower. There's one queen bed, one double bed, a sofa bed for 2, plus a blow up bed for company if you need it. Bring your own linens and towels or use ours; there's a laundromat close by. Relax in the rockers for Happy Hour on the large screened porch or have a nightly campfire at the outside fireplace, fire wood provided. You may pick the tomatoes out front if they are ripe.
You can fish, swim and boat in the clean Ossipee River. And it is actually warm as it comes from Ossipee Lake! Bring your own kyack or use ours. On the north side of the island the sound of the waterfalls will lull you to sleep! On the south side you may see almost perfect reflections in the water although it does have a gentle current. Use our inner tubes and just float for hours, and the village church bells may wake you every morning. There is no beach or shallow entry for very young children.
There is very little TV reception so we over 200 DVDs and VCR tapes, I hope you like the oldies. We also have cards, puzzles and board games and an assortment of books. Outside is badminton or horse shoes.
Enjoy a church supper nearby. Drive 4 miles to Cornish to visit 12 Antique shops. Fine dining are close by in picturesque Cornish village. The White Mountains and major outlet shopping in North Conway are 30 minutes away. Ocean beaches and Portland, Maine's largest city, are a 50 minute drive. LL Beans in Freeport is an hours drive. Come visit our island paradise! You'll want to return.

Keywords: historic bungalow, private island with bridge,walk to village amenities, sleeps 5-7
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/07/2017

Property Type

  • Bungalow

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 9
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    if you block off the bridge entry, pets can roam the island. We had one renter last year complain that the second he let his dog out of the car the dog ran across the bridge. The island is dog friendly. We have a dog leash law in Maine. Please pick up after your pet....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    smoking outside only, smoking is not allowed on the screen porch!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 4-9

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • This is a private island in the middle of a river. There is a bridge to the island. The local mill owner had a canal build to power his mill. This created an island and in 1924 had this cottage built as a get away. His daughter also taught piano and was a local girl scout leader. They had meetings at the cottage....moreless


  • DVD Player:

    We have over 200 DVDs and VCR tapes. There is a combination DVD/VCR machines. A lot of the media is dated....moreless

  • Television:

    There are only 2 channels available. The TV has an HDMI slot....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and the honeymooners, Laurel and Hardy,...moreless


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    This property is in a village where everything you need is with-in walking distance...moreless

  • Water View:

    Waterview from most windows and the porch...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Island is surrounded by water....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    We installed a heat pump in 2016...moreless

  • Heating:

    One bedroom, bathroom and the TV room have electric heat. We also installed a heat pump for heat and air conditioning....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bring your own if you prefer...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided:

    Bring your own if you prefer...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    There is a wood stove for heat in the living area and a wood cook stove in the kitchen....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    There are mountain bikes to ride around town or where ever....moreless

  • Golf:

    There is a small but nice golf course about 10 miles away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    There are 2 kayaks available and a canoe....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas Grill. It is dated but works very well....moreless



Write a review 4.3
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$150 $160
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$900 $3,300

Changeover Day: Sunday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates



One half is required to reserve the dates. This is applied to the total bill. Thirty days before arrival, the remainder is required. If a date is required and 30 days isn't possible, then the owner will meet you at the island and it will be cash only.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/07/2017
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75 Miles
Nearest Airport
PWM Jetport
75 Miles
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bay Haven (Seafood )

Car: Necessary

Borrow our inner tubes and drive up to the covered bridge and float down the river. Excellent fishing and swimming in the river.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: We are both local real estate brokers specializing in antique homes and homes with character. Jim also has a handyman business so he has done most of the repairs to this cottage. He took off 6 layers of linoleum and plywood to get back to the orignal wood floors in the kitchen. He took a small storage closet and added 2 large windows to create a breakfast room with a view of the waterfalls. We went to local auctions and found some antique furniture for this special cottage. We have really enjoyed our work weekends here and the more we were here the more we decided to keep and enjoy this property for a long time.

Why the Owner Chose Kezar Falls, Porter, ME, USA:
I grew up in this village of Kezar Falls and used to ride my bike to this island for weekly Girl Scout meetings on the large front porch. My family now lives nearby in Cornish so it is a chance to reconnect with them. We also had a get together for my 45th high school class reunion here and had 35 visitors comfortably for a great evening of reminiscing. We even strung Christmas twinkle lights on the bridge railings. In the fall on a warm sunny October day we gave a suprise 60th Anniversary brunch for my mother and father and all their friends. It was alot of fun. This cottage was on a house tour as a fund raiser for the local historical society and we got great reviews!!

The Unique Benefits at this Bungalow:
We enjoy the peace and quiet...privacy and relaxation...warm water to swim in, fresh tomatoes at the door and a delightful place to entertain. At the end of the season we ended up with five bottles each of mustard and rellish because of all the friends who came for a cookout and brought things! The quiet, the privacy, the underlying hum of the waterfalls...a unique vacation!!!

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/07/2017

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  • This is looking upriver from the bridge.

    This is looking upriver from the bridge.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 09, 2017

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