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Best view of the lake!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-6)

Enjoy Maine the way it used to be in this well kept cottage located on Damariscotta Lake. You'll savor the beautiful views from the enclosed front porch overlooking Great Bay. Complete with boat dock, kayaks , picnic area, fire pit, barbecue and more, this 3 bedroom cottage will bring you back to a time when living was simple and peaceful.

Amenities: 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, Dock, Fully Furnished Enclosed Porch With Panoramic Lake View, Charcoal Grill, TV, VCR, DVD, Blankets/Pillows, Dishes/Utensils, Pots/Pans, Toaster, Coffeemaker. Beds: 2 Full, 2 single. Pets not allowed. No smoking.

Tracey Metzger
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Tracey Metzger

George and Ethel Hartner bought the Hartner Homestead in the early '80s after vacationing in the area since the end of WWII. While they are no longer with us, the Hartner clan now lovingly cares for this family treasure and gather annually to honor its heritage and its legacy. It is with great pride that we welcome vacationers to enjoy the magic of our beloved cottage.

Tracey Metzger purchased this cottage in 1982

Why Tracey Metzger chose Mid-Coast & Islands

So often vacation areas are billed as 'get aways.' But this place brings a new meaning to the term. It's rustic charm and peaceful, panaramic views transform young and old to a time where abundant simple experiences--lake swimming, fishing, hiking, campfires, and family games--help us remember that the simple things in life are indeed the best.

What makes this cottage unique

There are many breathtaking views in this beautiful world. The view from this property ranks right up there with any of them.


Jefferson Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , small bathroom downstairs with shower
  • 2 baths
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Best view of the lake!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Great views and sunrises each day, laid back and relaxing. Listing was pretty much spot on .

  • 5 of 5

House is in a great location on great bay, and everything the posting says is true, very clean and kept up. All the family picture give it a homey feel and history. It's a short boat trip to state beach. Look out at lake from porch , dock is great place for kids to fish and swim. Far enough away from everything but near enough to enjoy the town and restaurants . Be sure to catch mass at St. Patrick's church . The house is big enough for your family or cozy enough for a couples getaway. You really do'nt have to bring much with you have games,life vest,fishing poles, kayaks and friendly neighbors. WiFi is spotty but also makes it that much more enjoyable being out of touch of everything, almost any restaurant or store has wifi if you need to catch up on something or post your trip.. Ha ba blast and the family wants to go back already. Enjoy the simple life! And kick back. Thanks

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experience! We are so glad that you enjoyed the cottage and the area. We hope you will return!
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Simply beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

A charmer! Hartmer Homestead is a rustic cottage on a beautiful lake. Without the distraction of TV we enjoyed puzzles, games and lots of swimming! Another favorite activity was kayaking to nearby islands. Thanks for reminding my family and me that simple pleasures are best!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what we hoped for

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, from 2 years to 70! Lots of morning sun meant it warmed up quickly, but things were in the shade by the heat of midday. Both the refrigerator and cook stove are full size (as of this review they were not shown in the pictures), and the kitchen was fully equipped (including two lobster pots!). Tracey was very responsive throughout the reservation process and when we had questions leading up to our stay. I would definitely rent it again!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are SO glad that everyone enjoyed their stay - especially considering the age range :) We would love to have you return!
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Perfect Getaway, Cute Camp/Cottage in a Beautiful Area

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I took 1 teen and my 84 year-old father. They loved it. Walked into an old-fashioned (that's a good thing) authentic 2-story camp and we had a great time. 2 kayaks with life preservers saved me the trouble of humping ours up. Close to Camden and Booth Bay Harbor.

Great people to work with- went out of their way to make it once for us!

Pops said it was his best vacation ever.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Don, We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed the cottage and the lake.(especially your dad!!) Looking forward to having you visit again for another trip!
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Perfect recipe for a wonderful relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My Family stayed and thoroughly enjoyed our week at this cozy cabin! Its the perfect blend of rustic, peacefulness, with the comforts of home! The view is just the best!! The sounds of the loons, the water lapping at the shore...It would be pretty hard NOT to enjoy this lovely place! We traveled to Round Pond for lobster, and followed up with Ice Cream at Round Top, or the Scoop. YUM! Our family joke is you can't have lobster for dinner with out ice cream. We love going into the towns of Damariscotta and Booth Bay for a little shopping and sight seeing. This year we traveled up to Acadia for the first time saw some beautiful views, from Cadilac Mountain, Thunder hole was neat as was seal harbor. We finished up our day in Acadia on a carriage ride which was fun and relaxing. We had a lovely dinner at the West Street Grill in Bar Harbor and traveled back to relax the next days away at our lovely cabin on the lake! We will be looking forward to our next visit. I have been coming to Damariscotta lake since I was a little girl. This is our first time at this cabin....It will NOT be our last. Loved it! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lorin, Thank you for your feedback and tips of places to visit in the surrounding area. Our cottage is really so perfectly located to enjoy the area and still have a peaceful place to return to or relax at! All your favorites are ours too!! (especially the ice-cream!) Looking forward to having you back!
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What you are looking for in a Maine vacation

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this cozy cottage. We have two small children, 4 and 6, who still talk about "the red house." We fished, kayaked, hiked, relaxed, did some sightseeing. We wish our stay was longer. We will definitely be back next year and hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your little ones enjoyed! Looking forward to having you stay in the future...thank you for sharing!
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Damariscotta Lake Farm Restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Damariscotta Lake Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Jefferson Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

Laundry drop off and pick can be arranged by renter through Damariscotta Lake Farm for a cost of $10 per load. No pets allowed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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