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Twin Oaks on Great Pond

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom Cottage 'on Golden Pond'

This picturesque lake cottage (Twin Oaks) is literally "On Golden Pond". The golden pond of movie fame is actually this great pond. With 46 miles of shoreline, it is the largest lake in the Belgrade Lakes chain and the largest body of water in the world named 'pond'. The cottage belonged to my grandfather who purchased it in the 1930s.

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 and there is at least one Bald Eagle that can be spotted on this end of the lake.

Cool delicious well water from our private well offers a no cost alternative to bottled water. The cottage features quiet new ceiling fans, WIFI Internet, HI-DEF flat screen TV with dvd and premium cable service. A huge fully screened porch overlooks the beautiful golden sunsets across the cove. You can enjoy delicious grilled meals from the gas grill in the yard. The 32' long 6' wide dock and landing with a fantastic 5' wide stairway with handrail into the water facilitates enjoying the water for people with limited mobility issues The use of two single kayaks for our guests at no additional cost provides plenty of ways to enjoy the water! The kayaks are stable and perfect for first time paddlers. Take lunch and picnic on the pond! Several islands are just a short paddle away. A mere 10 minute paddle from your dock 'darkest africa' as 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 or a blue heron fishing the shallow water if you are lucky.

After a stay at Twin Oaks, 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.

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Tom and Maureen McAvoy
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 28, 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 at this cottage. I left Maine for upstate New York for high school when my parents closed the Elmwood Hotel in Waterville, Maine and went to college at Cornell University. A Navy career took me around the world, but now I am looking forward to retiring back to Maine in late 2016. My wife and I are both retired US Naval Officers. Some of my favorite things to do are kayaking around Great Pond, swimming, walking, biking, playing with our dogs and traveling to see new places.

Tom and Maureen McAvoy purchased this cottage in 1935

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

My grandfather, Richard W. Begley originally purchased this cottage approximately 80 years ago. I was born and raised in nearby Waterville, Maine and spent nearly every summer until college at this cottage. I have fond memories of fishing off the dock and the puppet shows that Mary Lane McMillan held at the camp next door ("Afterglow") for the children in the area.

What makes this cottage unique

The huge screened in porch and nice landing that you can sit and enjoy the lake from are definite pluses. Kayaking on the lake with the 2 kayaks included with your rental at no extra cost is a relaxing way to enjoy and explore the lake. Island hopping, swimming, walking and biking along the roads and even snorkeling along the shore of the lake or out around the islands are fun ways to spend time on the lake. The lake also offers great fishing having been featured on national television shows for its great bass fishing.


Rome Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs half bath - toilet , Master and back bedrooms share this bathroom upstairs.
  • Full bathroom is on the first floor. Second floor has a half bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Bedroom window and door to roof offer lake views.
    Back Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Shares half bath with Master Bedroom
  • New double memory foam sofa bed in family room on first floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Tenants have to bring their own linens, paper products, including toilet paper and paper towels. Cottage must be thoroughly cleaned, trash bagged and placed in outdoor trashcans and all items restored to their original locations prior to check-out.


4.8/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Twin Oaks on Great Pond
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Wonderful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is peaceful and cozy. Our stay was beyond enjoyable with many cherished memories. I would definitely recommend the stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adventures of Contentment

  • 5 of 5

Lovely screened in porch where we spent all of our non-water time - all meals, playing cards, reading, listening and playing music, and communing with the ducks and loons. Kayaks were a great plus to meander near and far in the lake. Quiet neighbors and short walks in the area. Local well-marked hikes were available. Belgrade Village general store had everything one needed in a homey atmosphere. The local food vendors: Pete's Pig, Greek food truck were great. We look forward to returning again with our teenage daughters and our two dogs.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We work hard to provide a great experience for our guests and it is great to hear you will be back next year!
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Westwood, MA

Great family get away.

  • 5 of 5

This camp perfect for a family of four. Everything was clean and comfortable. We were in the area getting together with friends from out of the country and had fun with them at the camp. The large screened porch was a great place to sit and relax or play cards etc. The dock and the two kayaks offered hours of enjoyment. The camp is close to hiking trails and a cute little town complete with an ice cream shop. The open area was perfect for yard games. We grilled most nights but the kitchen worked well for the nights it rained. The screened porch was a great place to watch the lightning. All in all we had a wonderful time and would recommend this camp to anyone vacationing in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Porch area

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this lovely cottage for a week. My in laws from Texas stayed with us. So there was 4 of us. The cottage had everything we needed except a washer and dryer. We loved everything about the cottage and the lake is beautiful. Each morning we would climb down the stairs to the water and sit in the chairs to have coffee. One morning I even saw a beaver swim by us. The loons where out ever morning as well. We rented a boat down at the other end of the lake and kept it at the cottage for a few days. The fishing was amazing. The only draw back was that there is no beach area, so if you want to get in the water you have to climb down the stairs from the deck. So our dogs never got to get in the water. It has 1 1/2 bathrooms also. There is a 1/2 bath upstairs so you don't have to climb down the very narrow stairs at night. The cottage is more of a camp and for that reason we liked it just fine.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fee per pet per week $75
Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $75

Cancellations: refund available only if cottage is re-rented.
Rentals are Saturday through Saturday. Check-in 3 p.m. Check-out 10 a.m.
Cottage must be thoroughly cleaned, trash bagged and placed in outdoor trash cans and all items restored to their original locations prior to check-out.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Weekly rate $1095. 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 $100 due with final payment. Additional $50 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.

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