About the property
- Cottage840 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Lake & mountain view 2BR 2BA - Summer Getaway!
Panoramic Views Of Lake/Mtns w Golf, Fishing, & Beach.
'Ash' cottage is nestled in the pines just 300 feet from two white sand beaches and crystal-clear Kezar Lake. Sitting on the screened in porch having a coffee or sipping a glass of wine, you can look out over the waters of Kezar Lake and the stunning ranges of white mountains framing the lake. Sitting by the cottage, surrounded by blueberry bushes and groves full of protected lady slippers, you may hear the call of loons or see a bald eagle fly overhead.
White sand beaches with swim floats and adirondack chairs beckon for lazy days of swimming and reading a good book. The waterskiing and fishing are incredible, and kayaks and canoes are available for your use to explore the waters of Kezar. You can rent pontoons or ski boats at the nearby Marina, or arrange to bring your boat. There are two beautiful beaches for your use - a quieter private beach with chaises lounges and beach chairs shared by a handful of cabins, and a town beach that is perfect for children. Both have white sands, crystal clear waters, and swim floats.
The cottage itself is peaceful, calm, clean and comfortable. Soaring cathedral ceilings, large windows with wavy glass that let in ample light, a beautiful craftsman fireplace with inset quartz pieces, and a screened in porch to watch the sunsets are some of the wonderful features of Ash cottage.
Unspoiled and traditional, Ash cottage has nonetheless been meticulously maintained and is clean and comfortable. Each bedroom as it's own private bathroom with full bath, and the living room has couch, chairs, coffee table, a small dining table, a TV/DVD/VCR, and the fireplace. There is a 3/4 size refrigerator, a 4-burner stove, a small grill, coffee-maker, and microwave (but note no full oven at this time.) The screened in porch has couch and chairs and a small dining table.
Outside find adirondack chairs as well as nearby picnic tables, grills, and fire pits for your use. A large dock is shared by several cabins. On a 400-acre property, there is a swingset for children, and a tennis court shared with several other cabins. A white sand beach with a swim float, chairs and chaise longes is private but shared by a handful of cabins.
It is hard to capture and describe both the beauty and the amazing diversity of things to do in the area. Many have tried, and the result is many accolades both for the lake and the area attractions.
* Kezar Lake was rated in the top 3 most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic
* Kezar Lake was rated a 'world-class bass-fishing lake' by bassmaster magazine
* Kezar Lake Country Club (open to public and 2 miles away) is ranked 'the #1 Golfing Value in New England' by the New England Golf Guide 2013
* Ebenezer's Pub (2 miles away) is ranked as the number one beer bar in the world for 5 years in a row by Beer Advocate Magazine.
One of the incredible things about staying at the cottage is that you can choose between the beach or boating right there at the lake, or exploring the area and everything it has to offer (golfing, shopping, dining, hiking, and more). Be sure to read more about the amazing activities in the area in that section of this listing.
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 10, 2018
About Susan Hayhurst
We are a family of four who live in Portland, Maine, who fell in love with Kezar Lake at first sight. We love the peacefulness of the cabin and its surroundings, combined with all of the activities in the area.
Susan Hayhurst purchased this Cottage in 2013
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A great, rustic cabin in a great location. We were really happy with our decision!
We stayed at Ash Cottage for a week in mid-July and had a wonderful time (our second year renting!). The house is an airy, rustic, cozy place. It is simply decorated in traditional northeast cabin style (plenty of moose imagery!). Numerous windows throughout ensure a cheery setting. Kyle and Susan are responsive, conscientious owners. From the first to the second year, they had added a loft to the house. The loft wasn’t going to work for us and our three younger kids (all 5 and under) because of the steep ladder, so the owners took it upon themselves to set up a safety system to prevent access to the lower steps. The loft, however, did look like a great option for a young teen or older to have a little private nook to sleep and there is decent angled headroom. Kyle and Susan also made other improvements from one year to the next, including renovations to one of their bathrooms.The two bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The back bedroom tends to get a little hotter and stuffier, so you may want to make sure to keep the fans running. The front porch is certainly a highlight of the house and a place where we also spent a lot of time. It is screened in and provides a fantastic view of the beautiful lake and mountains. It’s a great place to have morning coffee or a late night glass of wine. We often heard loons crooning throughout our stay. The porch seconds as a partial kitchen as well. The refrigerator is out there along with a 4-burner stove (no oven) with a cabinet for pans below it. Probably the most awkward thing about the cottage is that you have to cook on this porch but to access the “kitchen sink,” you have to walk through a little bit of the living room and then a bedroom. You do get used to it though, and in fact we enjoyed having an excuse to be out on the porch even more. But it does make clean up a little challenging. It is a double stainless sink, which is helpful. Just outside the front porch, there is a fire pit with two adult and two child-sized Adirondack chairs. This is a fun site for marshmallow roasting. I will warn you that this most recent time we stayed, the mosquitos were pretty brutal from 6pm on, so come fully stocked with bug spray! Another highlight of the nearby outside area is a wealth of blueberry bushes. The kids absolutely loved picking and eating them. We had two great blueberry pancake breakfasts! The lake is a very short walk and perfect for young children (slow grade and very clear). Another fantastic visit!
no kitchen included
This cottage at Kezar is a quaint place to stay, well maintained and clean. However, there is absolutely no kitchen in the cottage. The kitchen sink is located in the bathroom (yuck, but that is correct, right next to the toilet - in fact my friends tried to take selfies of them on the john while someone was doing dishes). The dishes are located in a corner of the living room, and the stove and the refrigerator are located on the porch. No where to easily chop and prepare things, and no easy clean up. Dishes would dry in front of the toilet - put the seat down please! If you have no intentions of cooking or eating at your place, this cabin is otherwise a great place to stay. The place has that Maine cabin charm I like, and the lake is beautiful. I would not stay here again, since I do love to cook, and found this cabin to be inconvenient for that. Additionally, I found it to be overpriced as a result of this issue. I think its cheaper per night to stay at the Inn across the road. Same great access to the lake from there too. This cabin is also located right by the town beach area. Not a bad place to be, but not as quiet as a secluded section of the lake would be.
UPDATE 2017: We have completed some renovations to the cottage since this review, including putting a wall and door between the bathroom and the sink.
Dear August 20 renters:
We are very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience and were bothered by the nontraditional set up of the cabin.
The cabin is lovely but also nontraditional and admittedly "campy" in its layout/kitchen, which comes from the history of the cabins being built in the early 1900s as “rustic” getaways. One thing we actually really love about our cabin is that it has been changed very little from the early 1900s but has been preserved quite well, complete with high ceilings and old knotty pine. The indoor-outdoor kitchen arrangement and the double kitchen sink in the master bathroom is something we've discussed and actually came out on not wanting to change. We actually really enjoy cooking out on the porch stove or outdoor grill, with the sunset and sound of loons all around. We realize this is not for everyone (and we can understand your frustration, as someone who likes a big kitchen for cooking), but it has also been commented on as a positive by many of our previous and repeat renters. Carrying dishes to do them in the double sink of the master bathroom also takes an extra step, but we (and many of our renters) have found it to be fine. (Because it is a deep double kitchen sink, we have tried to dedicate the left half for dishes and the right half for hand-washing.)
We do realize that this indoor/outdoor set up is not for everybody. Because of the nontraditional layout, we have tried to make sure the website was clear so that someone who likes to bake a lot or have a formal/traditional kitchen would not be disappointed; the non-traditional layout has also been mentioned (in a positive way) by some of our previous reviews. Based on your feedback, though, we will try to make clearer on the website the non-traditional kitchen set-up.
We want all of our guests to love the cabin as much as we do. We are very sorry that we didn’t learn about your unhappiness during your stay; we would have welcomed the chance to try to make things better for you, such as by offering a refund or partial refund to permit you to move to a nearby location if that was an option. In any event, we apologize that the set-up affected your vacation and hope that some of the other positives you mentioned resulted in a good stay overall.
Susan and Kyle
Fantastic trip at a lovely cabin!
We had a fantastic time on our recent trip to Maine and we couldn't have hoped for a better cabin and area to stay in. The cabin is situated within a small community on Kezar Lake. You can see the breathtaking views of the lake from your front porch and there is a community beach a stones throw away from your door. There are fire pits, swing sets and picnic tables; a restaurant on site and an ice cream stand! You are minutes from some of the countries best hiking and one of the top craft beer bars in the country! All of this within the comforts a fully furnished cozy cabin.
What an awesome place!
This place is exactly what I was looking for during my trip to Maine. I really enjoyed how close it was to the water, where we swam and enjoyed the floating dock. We enjoyed a campfire while we cooked from the indoor/outdoor kitchen area. The only time we went inside was to sleep. The showers were hot with good water pressure, and I left feeling completely rejuvenated.
It's also extremely close to one of the best restaurants/bars I've ever been to, Ebenezer's and an excellent trail for hiking with an incredible view.
Perfect lakeside cottage from another era
Ash cottage is the perfect getaway cottage on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Pine walls, a stone fireplace, and indoor/outdoor kitchen on a perfect screened-in porch all combine to make this a getaway worth going back to again and again (which we did in September!). The lake is astounding and we enjoyed kayaking on it at all hours (although the hour after sunset was our favorite). Comfortable beds, full bathrooms and a generous living room all add to the comfort. Meals on the screened-in porch, listening to the loons and looking at the lake couldn't be better.
Susan and Kyle made sure we had everything we needed. All together - our two perfect visits to Ash cottage will not be our last!
'Ash' cottage is surrounded by world-class views, water activities, golfing, hiking, and even the world's top rated beer pub: * Kezar Lake was rated in the top 3 most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic * Kezar Lake was rated a 'world-class bass-fishing lake' by bassmaster magazine * Kezar Lake Country Club (open to public and 2 miles away) is ranked 'the #1 Golfing Value in New England' by the New England Golf Guide 2013 * Ebenezer's Pub (2 miles away) is ranked as the number one beer bar in the world for 5 years in a row by Beer Advocate Magazine. There is truly something for everyone in this area. Water activities abound the shores of Kezar Lake, rated by National Geographic as one of the three most beautiful lakes in the world. Kids will love swimming in our two white sand beaches with swim floats. You can relax and watch incredible sunsets behind the peaks of the white mountains, which frame Kezar Lake. Kayaks, canoes, and a paddleboat are available for visitors. Kezar Lake is 9 miles long, 2,510 acres, and reaches a depth of 155 feet. It's smooth, protected waters are wonderful for boating and waterskiing. The fishing is top-rated, literally: Kezar Lake is ranked at Bassmaster magazine as a world-class bass-fishing lakes (one of only 3 in Maine.) According to DeLorme's Maine Fishing Depth maps, you can catch brook trout, brown trout, salmon, lake trout (togue), largemouth and smallmouth bass, and more. The Kezar Lake Country Club is an 18 hole, par 72 course designed in 1924 by Donald Ross, with excellent accessibility and rates. Located at the border of the golf course is Ebenezer's Pub, with 35 Belgian beers on tap, 700 kinds of bottled beer, excellent food, and screened in dining under twinkling lights. Watersports, fishing, golfing, hiking, dining....all of this with the backdrop of towering pines and the white mountains. Speaking of mountains, it is a short trip to amazing hiking in the White Mountains National Park and the Presidential range including majestic Mount Washington; closer to home the Greater Lovell Land Trust has maps to miles of nearby trails. Wonderful shopping and restaurants are a 30 minute trip away in North Conway, NH. Or walk a quarter mile up the hill to an antique shop, gourmet general store with coffee and New York Times, or delicious restaurant. Quaint towns like Fryeburg (home of the Fryeburg fair) and lakefront Bridgeton, and Bethel (by Sunday River Resort) are an easy visit for shopping, exploring, and antiquing. For even more ideas, visit Ebenezer's Pub's webpage 'When in Town' for information and links for many other regional activities for families (including Story Land, Santa's Village, Alpine Slide, Mt. Washington Cog Railway, Conway Scenic Railway), outdoor enthusiasts (Kezar Lake Marina, Saco River Canoe and Kayak, Ski resorts, and more), culture lovers (Magic Lantern Movie Theatre, live music and performances at the Stone Mountain Arts Center), and for shoppers and spa-lovers (Settler's Green Outlet Village, North Conway Shopping, Bridgton Shopping, Bonnema Potters, and the Spa and Thorn Hill.) http://www.ebenezerspub.net/Whenintown.html Lakes, mountains, music and culture, gourmet food and beer, shopping, golf, and more.... there is so much variety and something to do for every age and every taste.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
2016 Season Pricing (May 30 - September 5): 1250/week, 1 week minimum, Saturday to Saturday. (Other timing arranged on case-by-case basis.) All have an additional 7% tax, $50 cleaning fee, & $200 refundable damage deposit.