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Afterglow Cottage on Great Pond

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

This picturesque lake cottage (Afterglow) is literally 'On Golden Pond' which is actually Great Pond. With 46 miles of shoreline, it is the largest lake in the Belgrade Lakes Chain and is one of the largest bodies of water in the world named 'pond'. The cottage has a rich history from its original owner, acclaimed illustrator and artist, Mary Lane McMillan as the sight of the McMillan School of Fine Arts Vacation School during the 1920s and 1930s.

The great room offers plenty of space to eat at the picnic table, recline in the La-Z Boy recliners, enjoy the WI-FI network, watch TV or a DVD, read or just relax and enjoy the view of the lake. The two story stone fireplace with insert can provide heat on a chilly evening. At night, it is not unusual to hear the enchanting call of loons on the lake, and we have even seen Ospreys perched in the branches just off the screened in porch.

The kitchen was fully renovated in 2012 and it also offers cool delicious well water from our private well. The cottage features a WI-FI network, cable TV and DVD plus three sleeping areas with quiet new ceiling fans and a fully screened porch overlooking the beautiful golden sunsets across the cove. You can enjoy delicious grilled meals from the gas range on the deck. The 32' dock with sitting area and mooring plus the use of two kayaks for our guests at no additional cost provides plenty of ways to enjoy the water! The ocean kayak is incredibly stable and is perfect for first time paddlers while the second kayak is also easy for beginners to master. Several islands are just a short paddle away. A mere 10 minute paddle from your dock 'Darkest Africa' as my childhood friends and I used to call it, awaits your exploration. While the name may be testament to the childhood exaggerations of a youthful perspective, it is still a picturesque little stream where you may catch a glimpse of turtles sunning themselves above the lily pads if you are lucky.

After spending a week at Afterglow, your memories will be ready to harken you back to the time when you experienced first-hand 'The Way Life Should Be' 'On Golden Pond' in Maine.

Keywords: Camp, waterfront, lake, pond, seasonal, lakeside

More Details

Tom and Maureen McAvoy
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 30, 2017

About Tom and Maureen McAvoy

I was born and raised in nearby Waterville, Maine and spent nearly every day of every summer until college barefoot, shirtless and carefree in the white cottage that borders this cottage to the north. My wife and I are retired US Naval Officers and some of my favorite things to do are kayaking around Great Pond, swimming, walking, biking and playing with our dogs and traveling to see new places.

Tom and Maureen McAvoy purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Tom and Maureen McAvoy chose Kennebec Valley (Central Maine)

I grew up spending my summers next to this cottage and have fond memories of the puppet shows that Mary Lane McMillan used to stage in the great room for the children in the area.

What makes this cottage unique

Kayaking on the lake, including island hopping, swimming, walking and biking along the roads and even snorkeling along the shore of the lake or out around the islands.


Rome Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in each of first floor bedrooms., Twin or Single Beds (3) Three twin/single beds in the second floor bedroom, Queen Sleep Sofa (1) located in living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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Afterglow Cottage on Great Pond
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

overall we enjoyed Afterglow

  • 4 of 5

we enjoyed the swimming and kayaking and the family of loons on the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at Afterglow Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was clean, comfortable, and nicer in person then the photos. Me and the kids had a great time fishing for small mouth bass, and enjoyed some great hiking in the area. The islands on the pond were a lot of fun to explore, and the wildlife was great Loons, bald eagle's. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterville, ME

Our experience at Afterglow Cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was easy to find. The photos were very good, but the cottage was even nicer in person. There was lots of space when our family came to visit. Our grandchildren had a great time. The binder that was supplied was full of helpful information regarding restaurants and things to do especially for people who are not from the area. We would definitely recommend the property to a friend or relative. We had perfect weather for the whole week.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Nyack, New York

The glow on Afterglow

  • 5 of 5

Great place to relax for a vacation. Very clean and everything that you need for cooking was provided in the kitchen. The screened in porch overlooking the lake was wonderful and of course there was the beautiful lake and the loons every night.

Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eliot, Me.

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the AfterGlow cottage the last week in July, 2012. We stayed with my sister her husband my son and grandson. The Lake was beautiful and very clean. We only wish there was more dock space to be able to sit down near the water in chairs. the kids were also disappointed because there was not a floating deck out further to dive off of. We moved one of the tables outside on the porch so we could eat outside and play games which worked out great. The cottage was very clean and equipped with everything you could need. The only thing we wish we had was a blender to make frozen coctails. They had plenty of games for the kids to play. The owners were very helpful answering our questions. We would recommend this cottage to family and friends. We had a great time! very relaxing....

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Daphne, Alabama

Wonderful Vacation Experience

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our vacation on Great Pond. Afterglow Cottage was wonderful - very clean and spacious. It exceeded our expectations, it was truly a home away from home! We especially enjoyed the huge screen porch where we would sit and enjoy our morning coffee and listen to the loons calling out on the lake. The lake was breathtakingly beautiful. The fishing was great, too. My husband and nephew caught a lot of fish! We really did not want to leave at the end of the week. The owners are also fantastic - they went out of their way to answer any questions we had, and even supplied us with a binder at the cottage which was chock full of local information. We would definitely recommend Afterglow Cottage to anyone who wants a clean, comfortable place to stay on the most beautiful lake we've ever seen. Thank you Tom and Maureen for everything!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Belgrade Lakes, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Belgrade Lakes, Maine

New England Music Camp in nearby Sidney provides free summer outdoor concerts. Lakewood Theatre in nearby Madison, ME is one of Americas oldest and most famous summer theatres which offers exceptional performances of comedies, dramas, musicals, and children's shows from late-May through mid-September.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Damage Deposit $150

Cancellations: refund available only if cottage is re-rented.
Rentals are Saturday through Saturday. Check-in 2 p.m. Check-out 10 a.m.
Cottage must be cleaned and all items restored to their original locations prior to check-out.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Weekly rate $1295. To confirm a reservation, send a deposit of 50% by mail to owner. Full payment required 45 days prior to rental period. Refundable damage deposit of $150 due with final payment. Additional $75 required per pet per week.

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.