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Location, Location, Location, Acadia National Park, Coastal Maine, Camp Charm.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,225 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 2 full Bathrooms, 1 1/2 bathroom, Sleeps 12, Sauna, Bar, dive tower

Branch lake is known as one of the top rated lakes in Maine for its water purity and very unique sparse population as its the watershed for Ellsworth. Less than half the lakeshore is developed, especially the Southern end, making one feel wonderfully cutoff from civilization! Mainguy's is one of the nicest or best camps on Branch Lake for its location and amenities just off Route 1, center lake location, deep water frontage with a dive tower, small beach, lakeside fireplace and exceptional knotty pine interior with top of the line appliances, new beds, dry sauna, bar, stereo system, Wifi & two Samsung 55 inch LCD TV's with full cable. The year round house/camp was totally gutted from top to bottom and remodeled a few years ago and is just 40 feet from the waters edge. Ideally designed for families or 2 couples as there are 2 separate indoor entertainment areas. There is 1 ground floor bedroom with a queen, 2 bedrooms with full beds, 1 master king bedroom on the 3rd level which has a 1/2 bathroom, and a bunk bedroom along with a loft hosting a very plush full futon bed. The kitchen is completely remodeled with state of the art appliances, dual oven, 36 inch fridge with ice maker , dual gas stove and dishwasher along with a convection microwave oven. Hardwood flooring is laid throughout the 1st floor including the kitchen along with new wrap around quartz countertops. The house has all new linen and towels you will need along with all kitchen utensils and dishes. The rooms are all carpeted except for the master bedroom with hardwood flooring. The ground floor has industrial carpeting as the sliding glass door exit finds you right near the sand beach and can handle the sandy traffic in and out. The hammock right near the dock is often fought over during the day or evening as a perch to watch the fire in the lakeside fireplace. Sunsets from the deck are magic! A very scenic 30 minute drive takes you into the famed Acadia National Park or towards Bucksport to start a must do memorable drive along the coastline down to Camden with all the roadside charm and antique shopping.

Peter Mainguy & Heather Carle
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Peter Mainguy & Heather Carle

I am currently the General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore and have been in the hospitality industry for 30 years throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East/Gulf and now Asia. I consider Maine home and will eventually stay there once my career ends. I have two other properties in Liberty Maine as I love the topography, people, fresh air, simplicity, wilderness with key infrastructure at your doorstep along with the incredible charm of the coastal area between Bar Harbor and Camden.

Peter Mainguy & Heather Carle purchased this house in 1993

Why Peter Mainguy & Heather Carle chose Acadia

I went to Husson University in Bangor Maine. Having grown up in Europe, I had never seen such pristine wilderness within reach of major infrastructure at an affordable price. I fell in love with the idea of owning a camp on the water immediately and call it home as I travelled the world. I finally found this place on Branch that ticked off all the boxes and over the years, built it from its simple seasonal beginnings into my idea of what a lakeside camp should look, feel like and offer. I wanted a place that was easy to access, close to everything, offer great swimming from the shore yet be able to pull up in a sailboat with a keel, stunning water views, be close to the waters edge, and to top it all off, feel like I was in a very isolated area.

What makes this house unique

Again, besides the incredible location just off route 1, lake centered, the lot is surrounded by the best homes on the lake, just on the cusp of a small bay overlooking a little private public island. The small beach is ideal for swimming off of and the dive tower offering kids and adults alike hours of entertainment. Mornings are exceptionally tranquil with picturesque sunsets in the evenings. The moments of roasting some marsh-mellows over an open fire at the lakes edge while sipping some wine or enjoying a beer will forever be etched in your memory. I have pulled in Salmon, trout and bass off my dock in the early mornings but mostly enjoy the swimming and snorkeling just off the property. I love boating to the 2 public beaches. One is right across the lake from the property next to a public boat launch and the other at the Southern tip under a bridge next to the dam. There are a few small islands in the Northern end. What I call a benefit is the fact of many unmarked rocks throughout the lake fun to explore and a nightmare for non lake dwellers keeping public boating significantly down. Branch Lake is essentially a giant well with its deepest point of 124 feet! A great hike off the beaten path only 13.2 miles away (or drive your jeep up the steep rock face!!) is the abandoned but safe to climb Bald Mountain Fire Tower which offers stunning views of Branch and surrounding area. The easy recognizable pathway due to the bare rock starts at the bottom of Johnson's Road just a few yards off Bald Mountain Road.


Ellsworth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3225 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ground floor with dual shower, 2 sinks, toilet, sauna, W/D
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , 3rd level, toilet and sink, right off the master room.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 1st level bathroom has dual sinks, toilet, walk in shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master, desk, drawers, TV, 2 windows with black out
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ceiling Fan, 2 windows with black out, closet
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Ceiling Fan, 2 windows with black out, closet, drawer
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds, 1 window with black out, drawer
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Ground floor, 2 drawers, 1 window with black out
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , Loft, plush futon, across Master from catwalk, ceiling fan,
  • All linen, pillows and mattresses are new
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Location, Location, Location, Acadia National Park, Coastal Maine, Camp Charm.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Great Property for a family get together!

  • 5 of 5

Great location for day trips on the Maine Coast.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Perfect vacation home.

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing house that is well laid out. It has all the amenities you could ask for. The lake is beautiful and so relaxing. The high dive was so much fun. Enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Everything you could ask for in a lake vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home and all the amenities for a great vacation. Heather and Peter are wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed. Looking forward to coming back next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Relaxing, Restful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

There were 12 in our party, 6 adults and 6 kids and we had plenty of room to spread out. The house is very comfortable with plenty of sofas and comfy chairs, although there could be better lighting in the main rooms for reading and game playing. The beds, linens and towels are top notch. FYI, there is a king, one queen and two full beds, not three queen beds as stated, which isn't a huge deal but the adults who are used to bigger beds should take note. The place is super clean and well taken care of. Heather is on top of any issues and just a phone call away. The biggest draw for all of us, kids and adults alike, was the lake. The high dive provided hours upon hours of entertainment and competition. There are two great kayaks for your use and a big lake to explore. If you plan to rent a boat, please do so in advance. We made the mistake of waiting too late and there were none available for us, but the lake beckons to be explored. This was our best Maine vacation yet, and I would highly recommend this house as your choice of landing. We would definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Outsanding rental

  • 5 of 5

I have nothing but great things to say about our rental experience. The owners were very friendly and extremely accomodating. Their home is well laid out and child friendly. They made some recent upgrades, adding a 3rd half bath that made the home very accomodating to larger families. We rented a potoon boat while staying there as well. The dock has very deep water near the diving tower and easily accomdated mooring. This rental definitely earned our five star rating.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 4 of 5

Great stay. Clean, nice shore area, plenty of space, and beautiful lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would really love to know what was missing for the 5th star? :-) Thank you so much for your visit, the time taken for the review and hope to be of service again in the future. Warm regards Peter Mainguy & Heather Carle
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Bangor Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
19 Miles
Finn's Irish Pub on Main Street, Ellsworth
Nearest Ferry
31 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Lucerne Golf
Nearest Motorway
24 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Jaspers on High Street, Ellsworth
Nearest Ski
121 Miles
Nearest Beach
On property
Car: necessary

There are many must see sites along the coast from Acadia National Park, climb the 'Bee Hive' Fort Knox in Bucksport, dining in Camden but something exciting nearby is climbing the Fire Tower on Bald Mountain 31.2 miles from the camp. Drive North on 1A towards Bangor a few miles and take the road on your right clued Winkumpaugh, after a few miles take a right onto Happytown Road which leads onto Bald Mountain Road. Very shortly thereafter is a road to your right as the road bends called Johnsons Road. The path is a hundred or so yards down the road. Its possible for the very brave to drive up the path as its pure rock face, but very steep. If your brakes fail on decent...... The Fire Tower offers stunning views and is abandoned but safe/sturdy.

For those of you wanting to rent a motorized boat, there is lake delivery & pickup from downeastboatrentals and owner is Robert Marshal and can be reached on 207-565 2087 or 207-460 6898.


Rates & Availability

Ellsworth House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Apr 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2018 - Jun 8 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 9 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 1 2018 - Nov 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Nov 3 2018 - Apr 12 2019
7 night minimum stay
Apr 13 2019 - Jun 7 2019
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $150

Dear Valued Guest/s
Please do not park your cars in the driveway below the start of the house as just beneath the surface is the cement storage tank and leach field. It would be very embarrassing for all of us to pull your car out of the tank! You can drive over it to unload items below but do not let it sit there.
Please note that C/I is at 4 PM & C/O is at 10 AM Sat. to Sat.
Best regards

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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