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Little Gatsby House, Historical Lake Front Cottage - 100 Feet frontage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Elegant Historic Cottage On The Lake -lots Of Lake Views And Sheltered Porches.

The Little Gatsby House is a charming elegant treasure built in 1907, and still has some of it's original furnishings. Once you step over the threshold you feel like you are entering into the past. A time when life was simpler, slower, and more relaxing. This cottage has close proximity to everything, 100 feet of Lake frontage with beautiful views, peaceful surroundings, glorious sunsets, gentle breezes, and the call of the loons. The enclosed porches which surround the cottage on three sides provide warm and dry living conditions in case of inclement weather as well as an open-air environment when the weather is fine. They span two stories and provide lots of area to enjoy dining, games, sleeping, reading, or quiet conversation. Everywhere you look are beautiful views. The lake itself is so peaceful and private, you'll be happy just to sit on the shore with a good book and a cup of tea.

Property Manager
Patty Taylor
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Patty Taylor

After Eric worked as an Engineer for 25 years and Patty worked as a Systems Analyst/Manager for 29 years, they decided to change career paths and started their own Construction and Property Management Company. We would love to have you visit! Patty & Eric

Patty Taylor purchased this house in 1907

Why Patty Taylor chose Sebago Lake

Eric and Patty own the cottage next to this one and talked the owners into offering The Little Gatsby House to others so that they may enjoy the Lake cottage experience and build family memories to last a lifetime.

What makes this house unique

The Little Gatsby House has plenty of history. It was once the site of the ice house for the area. Ice was cut out of the lake, stored in sawdust, and loaded onto horse drawn carriages to be used in home refrigerators. It was once used as a boys camp called 'The Porches', where boys from 5 to 10 years of age came for the summer to escape the city life.

The Countess Da Gama (a descendent of the explorer 'Vasco Da Gama') and her son lived here during World War II.


Standish House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Half Bath off the kitchen on the 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Large full bath with garden tub on 2nd floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Master bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Easy access to Portland, Old Orchard Beach and the ocean, 60 minutes to outlets and White Mountains of New Hampshire. We are also only 10 miles from St. Josephs College. OUTSIDE FEATURES: Both sun and shade areas. Large lawn area, Parking area for 4 cars, dock, Gas Grill, Fire Pit, Picnic table, Adirondack chairs, Lounge chairs, Life preservers, canoe, and 2 kayaks. BEACH AREA: 100 feet of private waterfront including a 20 foot dock. Sandy and rocky beach areas out to sand bottom– 4 stairs to water— retaining wall—clear water-(there is no marshy, grassy, slimy stuff)—gradual drop-off. There is a large public sand beach on the other side of the lake, accessible by boat or car.


4.8/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Little Gatsby House, Historical Lake Front Cottage - 100 Feet frontage
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
south carolina

Ginny and Jay

  • 4 of 5

2nd year staying at the "Gatsby" and it only gets better!!! The added TV area on the 2nd floor porch was a nice quiet retreat and Having the Trundle bed in the 2nd floor bedroom made it a great sleeping arrangement for little ones that want to be close to their parents. There is even a portable privacy divider that we brought in from the porch. All in all another wonderful week on the lake!!!!!.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so fortunate to have great guests like your family coming back year after year. It is fun to see how the kids have grown. Your patronage and suggestions allow for improvements to our cottages that benefit all. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Thanks!
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Gatsby House

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time at the Gatsby House! The lake was beautiful and offered great kayaking with lots of wildlife. It was a great place to relax and had everything that we needed!

Thanks again Patty and Eric for everything!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking such good care of our cottage. You and your friends were perfect guests. Thanks also for bringing us the best homemade maple syrup we have ever tasted from your family business in Vermont! Come and stay with us again!
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Ginny and Jay

  • 5 of 5

The previous reviews say it all. This is the 2nd year that we have rented from Patty and Eric. They have done a remarkable job getting the Gatsby House ready for visitors. You really only have to pack a suitcase because everything else is provided. The house is so comfortable and the porches are awesome!! Everything is spotless. We enjoy the peacefulness of the lake but also enjoy the nearby shopping and PAPA"S ICE CREAM STORE!! YUM! YUM! Thank you Patty and Eric for another wonderful Maine vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so fortunate to have GREAT guests like you and your family, that appreciate and take such great care of our Cottage. Let's keep in touch through the winter. We look forward to your visit next year! Thanks! Patty & Eric
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Scarsdale, NY

We hope to return again.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we had. Two weeks of great fun in this spotlessly clean, peaceful, beautiful place where books abound and the kitchen is well stocked. We had a dinner party for 22 and needed only veggies from the local farmer and an array of fresh seafood from a nearby fish monger (a.k.a. road side stand). Sleeping quarters seem endless – take your choice, the solitude of one of the lovely bedrooms or the vast, seemingly open air space on the grand second floor porch. The dock, kayaks, canoe, and row boat make a cruise on the lake with its islands, rock formations and loons an easy outing. A few steps lead to the water and a sandy bottom where we all (ages 10 to 75) enjoyed swimming every day.

The Gatsby would be a grand historic villa on another continent. In Maine, The Gatsby is simply a camp. It’s an elegant, charming camp with all the conveniences of modern living. You get both turn of the 21st century modern amenities and turn of the 20th century old world charm. Two floors of porch area look out over the crystal clear waters of Watchic Lake and offer a near perfect vista of breathtaking sunsets. I say near perfect because the real perfect spot for viewing the sunset is on the bench at the edge of the lake – and what divine sunsets we saw!

The immediate area of Standish offers convenient shopping, places to eat and plenty to do. Patty provided wonderful, easy to use information on the local area. Standish is located about mid-way between the rocky coast of Maine (Portland its city, beaches galore and spectacular lighthouses) and the splendor of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains National Forest. We spent most days at the Gatsby enjoying the lake, some touring the sea shore and some climbing the mountains. I think that qualifies as the very best vacation. Thank you Patty and Eric, our new friends, for all you have done to make the Gatsby a fabulous, fun vacation destination. We hope to return again

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for submitting a review for us. It is a pleasure to offer our place to such a nice family and to know you enjoyed our little haven as much as we do. We thank you for having us over for a fabulous dinner, twice! and for taking such great care of The Gatsby. We have now made some new friends in New York, and look forward to seeing you again. Patty & Eric
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Reading, MA

Great House, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My family had a fabulous vacation and loved staying at the Gatsby House! The location is perfect; right on the lake and in a quiet, secluded spot but only 5 minutes from the grocery store and things to do. The interior was spotless and comfortabe and Patty and Eric had thought of everything that we might need; there was laundry detergent, soap, towels, clean linens, etc. Such a treat when traveling with small children not to have to pack or buy everything. Kitchen was well stocked as well, living room has a new tv/dvd player and fast internet. Key for us was good, quality mattresses since we've stayed at houses with terrible beds. House is overall really interesting and fun to explore, especially if you like older homes with a lot of history. Exterior was great as well; lake is right out the back door and shallow with sandy area for small kids. Nice grassy front and back yard for playing. House is stocked with life preservers, rafts, etc. and has kayaks and row boat. Patty and Eric also provide an abundence of information on area attractions and activities including their favorite restaurants with menus. We did a day trip to Portland and one to Cornish where there are lots of cute antique stores and restaurants. Couldn't have asked for a better rental house for our week in Maine! We would definitely rent here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jen & Family...Thanks for taking the time to submit a review on our cottage, and for all the praise! We work hard to provide a very clean, convenient, and comfortable place for people to unwind from the tensions of everyday life. We are so happy to share our special place with you and your nice family. You are wonderful guests, and we would love to have you stay with us again!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
PWM-Portland International Jetport, Portland Maine
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Maine Street Grill, Standish, Maine
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Driving Range, Standish Maine
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster, Portland Maine
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 113
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Inlet, Standish Maine
Nearest Ski
32 Miles
Shawnee Peak Ski Resort, Bridgeton, Maine
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kiawanis Beach on Watchic Lake
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Standish House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 24 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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