About the property
- Farmhouse2300 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
4 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse with 2 water view camps. Perfect for families/guests
Built in the late 1700's by Japheth Washburn, The Gott Farm is one of the original platted properties of Wayne, Maine. The town was incorporated in 1796. The Farm's cattle pastures once covered the eastern hillsides of Lake Androscoggin, comprising several hundred acres. Gott Farm has been continuously inhabited for over 200 years. The Gott family owned the farm for three generations until the Lawrence family purchased it in the 1950's. In the 1960's the Lawrence family sold the farm to Nathalie and Rhyno Stinchfield. They lived here for 30 years, until a few years after Rhyno’s death. Nathalie was determined to sell to respectful new owners. W.A.P. John and Julie Ritter became the delighted stewards of this wonderful property in 1997 and have loved and nurtured it ever since.
For the designer/craftsman couple from the Midwest, the Gott Farm has been an ongoing renovation project: originally as a summertime experience for their twin daughters, now as a special place of rest and relaxation for families and small groups. To learn about all the wonderful things to do in Wayne and our part of Maine, go search for "wondrous wayne" and you'll find a comprehensive list of nearby activities and day trips!
With 10 acres and 450 ft of lakeshore with stone fence lines that vector deep into the woods, the farm continues to be a serene retreat from a hectic world.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 09, 2018
About W.A.P. John
We grew up in the car culture suburbs of Detroit, went to University of Michigan and now live in Ann Arbor where we run a company called Grafaktri Inc., that designs and builds environmental graphics of all types.
W.A.P. John purchased this Farmhouse in 1997
Why W.A.P. John chose Wayne
The beauty. The history. The serenity. The deep roots and softened edges. The plants. The space. The animals. Our neighbors.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Secluded, yet not isolated. One can feel a connection here to an earlier place and time. Wildlife are drawn to the open vistas. You can sometimes hear your heart beat.
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Beyond all expectations! It had everything you could ask for for the perfect family vacation.
The house and grounds were beautiful. The town was lovely and everyone was so freindly! There was plenty of room for our three grown children son in law and new grandchild. I hope a new tradition has just begun!
Comfortable and relaxing!
Our family enjoyed a comfortable and relaxing week at Gott Farm! It was perfect for children, parents, and grandparents! Plenty of room to spend quality time together. Beautiful surroundings, quiet, cool weather. A tree swing that was a huge hit!! Comfortable house with open floor plan that kept everyone connected. Super, spacious laundry/bathroom upstairs that made life easier. The separate cabin was also a special, beautiful place to go and enjoy the beauty of the lake. The blueberry picking was fantastic!! We all thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to any families wanting to have a special experience together. Many wonderful memories were made this past week. I cannot wait to see the book of pictures that our daughter-in-law will put together filled with all our memories of the week! Special thanks to Dwain and W.A.P. John for such quick responses whenever we had questions!
Blissfully relaxing stay
As someone who spends about 10 weeks a year traveling around the world, I can say with confidence that if you're looking for a place to just tune out and take it easy, this is the place! It is also very comfortable and surprisingly convenient. The location on the lake was just right. Loved the green space for lots of games. The tree swing was a bonus for all our kids. Between the camp and the house, we had plenty of space for 4 adults and 4 children. We all took turns sleeping in the camp so we could enjoy the sounds of the lake water and loons. We also particularly appreciated all the toys, kitchen equipment and staples that were made available for us. In many cases, it seems that they were brand new and purchased just for our convenience. We had thought we would do lots of adventures, while basing ourselves in Wayne, but then it turned out that we enjoyed the house and the grounds so much, we ended up spending every day just playing in the water or hanging out around the house. We also loved the enormous variety of books that we could peruse. All in all, it was such a great time and we only wish we could have stayed longer. Thanks to Dwain and Hildie for taking good care of us!
Great location for a family vacation
This is the second year I have rented the Gott Farm house. It's a beautiful old farmhouse that has all of the modern amenities you need. The house was very clean upon check in - which is very important to me. It's a steep hike down to the water but everybody made the trip without incident. I rented a pontoon boat from Beacon Boat Rentals and was able to arrange a mooring at the local yacht club by purchasing a $95 annual membership. Wayne is very quaint and the Gott Farm is a perfect place to stay when you are there.
Private, peaceful waterfront with lots of history and wildlife.
We had 2 generations who all grew up on the lake. It was wonderful to visit friends and family. The home was well stocked with spices, pots, cooking pans, food wraps, etc. The home had games and books and the beds and bedding were excellent. Thank you for a wonderful stay! We look forward to our next visit!
We upgraded all the linens this year to 100% cotton...They might be a little wrinkly , but are soft and cool, perfect for Maine evenings...enjoy! ;-)
I loved staying at Gott Farm! I grew up in Wayne and felt like I was at home. The peacefulness and serenity were just what I needed.
Thank you Julie and John:)
Located around two beautiful lakes in central Maine, within an hour's drive of mountains and the ocean, Wayne is a wonderful community of about 1100 year-round residents who live close to nature and embrace the small town fellowship. With the Cary Library, the Community Church, the General Store and the Ladd Rec Center as touch points in their lives, they honor family, friends (new and old) and tradition.