About Chris Hoelzel
My father, Dr. Norman Hoelzel purchased this property in the 50's. I have been vacationing here for over 55 years, and before that, my grandparents owned a cottage on the water across from my current home. My own family now vacations here. When my father passed away, I built a new home and since I can't use it year round, I decided to rent it on home away so others could enjoy it too.
Why Chris Hoelzel chose Porter
This property is unique in the fact that it has been owned by the same family for over 55 years, the grandparents owned property here 65 years ago. A lot of history.
What makes this House unique
It is a true Maine wood cottage on the water. So many outdoor activities. Great place for a family vacation.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
House Rules are posted in the unit.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Just a perfect experience
This house had everything and more. It has the wow factor once you enter the house with the gorgeous view of the lake and the windows that cover the whole wall. Super clean! The beds were very comfortable. The water pressure was really good. The house has all the fun toys to spend the day by the water (kayaks, canoes, tubes, snorkeling, noodles, etc). One of my favorite things to do was driving on the mile long unpaved road to and from the house. Kitchen has everything you need. Hearing the loons at night is such an amazing sound. My daughter is still talking about "our 'cation house". One thing about the house being in the middle of the woods is that there are ticks and other bugs, but if you check yourself and your loved one you will be ok.
The caretaker (Mr. Wilson) was really nice and helpful. We look forward to making more memories in this house!
Thank you Mr. Hoelzel!
Beautiful Spacious Cabin on a Quiet Lake
The cottage delivered on everything we were looking for - full amenities in a secluded spot on a quiet lake in Maine.
Perfect for a secluded, nature-filled getaway
Unforgettable. The pictures really don’t do it justice.
Biggest pros: incredible seclusion in nature (waking up to the sound of birds chirping, the occasional woodpecker, and loons in the distance), the cabin (a humble but beautiful property constructed with wood from the lot itself), the peaceful view of and easy access to the water, washer/dryer (came in handy and is a load off the mind, no pun intended). Linens, pillowcases, and towels were included, which was wonderful. Ken, the caretaker, who happens to be the person who designed and built the place, was very welcoming and helpful. I enjoyed hearing the story behind the cabin and all its details. Also, there was a ton of camp wood available for us to use; we only needed to top up once during our one-week stay.
Biggest downside: there were a lot of bugs - ticks in particular were frequently found on our bodies (mostly dog ticks, so easy to spot, but we did find a few deer ticks). Totally fine as long as you do a thorough body check every night. Additionally, the cabin regulated heat very well simply by opening windows for a cross breeze, but on the hottest nights it got pretty warm regardless.
A couple of tips: the private driveway was long and a little rugged, so drive an appropriate vehicle. The power did go out for a time during a stormy day but it was resolved within a couple of hours.
Overall I loved the place and would definitely return another time. I doubt I could find something better in southern Maine of the same quality and value. Highly recommend.
Wonderful get away in a beautiful home
We spent a week in this wonderful place and enjoyed it tremendously. The house is very spacious, inammaculately clean and fully equipped. It is remote enough, so you enjoy the silence of the woods and close enough to any amenities you might need. Ken Wilson is a wonderful caretaker of the place and Chris Hoelzel is very kind and responsive.
Recommend highly and we will certainly be returning!
We took our four children (ages 9 - 17) here for a few days and had a great time!! This house is stunning and was very spacious for all of us!! We hated to leave! They have a fully stocked linen closet, so the only thing you really need to bring are beach towels -- leave the bed linens and bath towels at home!
The owner is exceptionally flexible and gracious and the caretakers of the property are most pleasant!
We had limited cell service with other iPhone users (for texts), but the house had wifi. This home is situated on a crystal clear lake that was fabulous for swimming, canoeing and kayaking...the fish that lived here were elusive during our stay. We found a little floating dock down a few yards from the front of the property, where we hung out most afternoons. Overall, it was a pretty secluded property so it was quiet. We all got to appreciate nature a little more while here! :)
Truly fabulous! Thank you for opening your home and for being most accommodating to our group!
Secluded, Peaceful Lake Getaway
This lake home was just what my husband and I needed to escape and decompress for the week.Chris, the owner and Ken, the care-taker were very helpful and attentive. If you want zero traffic, no neighbors and sweet sounds of the Loons, birds and chipmunks, this is where you need to be! We enjoyed kayaking every day. We also took the canoe out. The cleanest, clearest water we've EVER seen. Built a fire in the massive stone fireplace almost every night.Close to lots of great hiking trails.
Downfalls: the fish did not want to be caught or seen; the ticks in the yard were really bad; the master bed is only a double? futon-type and not very comfortable.The driveway is '0.9' miles of gravel, dirt and grass- you have to be willing and up for an adventure! Overall, it was everything we wanted- except to leave. Thanks for making your home available for others to soak in the phenomenal serenity!
Thank you for such a great review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay. We also love the peacefulness and privacy. There is a queen size bed in the master bedroom and a full size futon on the lower level. Due to the very rainy Spring, all of Maine experienced a larger than normal hatch of insects for the Spring. As the warm weather approaches from the end of June, through July and August the insects die off.
Go to: facebook.com/HoelzelMaineLakeHouse to see more details and photos of the property.