Our 'Casa Two' is a unique 1920’s cottage (classic Maine “camp”) in Monmouth, Maine. This is a seasonal property - only open end of May through early October. On Sand Pond, one of five small lakes in the Tacoma Lakes chain - crystal clear water, shore about 6' from lakeside porch, wade in is sandy. Quiet weekdays, some motor boat traffic weekends. Enjoy cool nights, and warm days perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking walking, reading, writing, thinking, not thinking, and deep relaxation. Breakfast on the porch, lunch outside, dine at a fine restaurant in Lewiston/Auburn, and return for a bedtime lullaby sung by loons.
- Cottage1000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 6-8
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Klara Tammany
I live in Maine year-round, in Auburn which is about a 30 minute drive away. A sister and her family are in Raleigh NC and a brother and his family in the DC area. Together we own two cottages side by side - rent this one and use the other next door. I am the Executive Director of a small non-profit that is a day-drop-in center for women in the inner city of Lewiston.
Klara Tammany purchased this Cottage in 1987
Why Klara Tammany chose Monmouth
Our parents purchased the property from the original owners who built the houses in the 1920s. They are traditional, simple Maine “camps.” Our family has enjoyed them now for just over 30 years. We bought the first house in 1981 and various family members continue to use it each summer. We bought the house next door in 1987, so we would have a protected little compound. That's the one we rent. We have good neighbors on either side, and a small patch of woods between the houses and the road. Our parents spent 6 months of every year there, grandchildren grew up there, creating wonderful memories and good Karma.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Tacoma Lakes are off the beaten path, and less crowded than the bigger lakes. Being spring fed, they are known to be some of the cleanest in Maine. They warm up well and offer great swimming, and fishing – including bass. We regularly see osprey, heron, loons, kingfishers, an occasional eagle and of course loons. A branch of the Thorncrag bird sanctuary (centered in Lewiston, and one of the largest in New England) is about a half mile down the road. The lake has a sandy bottom where you enter, until about knee deep. There is a small dock and a cozy hammock between two sturdy pines by the lake – the best place for reading and napping. I or another family member is usually in the house next door, to greet you when you arrive and if you should have questions or needs. We'll also bring new renters blueberry muffins! The summer Dance Festival at Bates College in Lewiston, and the Monmouth Theater a few miles away, are both top quality events, and there is music and theater in Brunswick. Further, but still easy day trips are ocean beaches or mountains: Popham and Reid State park for beaches, Camden, Rockland/Rockport seaside towns, Owl's Head and Popham favorite light houses. Portland has a great art museum, incredible restaurants, and the Old Port and lighthouse, just a bit over an hour away. Freeport and LL Bean is just 45 minutes away. Quaint village of Hallowell about a 20 min drive with Vaughn Woods there for a great walk. A good country store with all the basics is about 2 miles away. Full grocery stores are in Gardiner (10 miles), or Lewiston, (15 miles). And then there’s Reny’s – “a Maine invention!” – also in Gardiner.
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Beautiful and quiet
What a beautiful view you have looking out over the lake from the back porch or sitting on the dock! It was so nice and peaceful here and Klara was great. We would definitely stay here again!
Cozy and comfortable
The cottage is right on the lake surrounded by pine trees. The house is quaint and comfortable and very cozy. It was very clean and the beds are amazingly comfortable. Would highly recommend.
We were very pleased with our summer "Lake House" for our week this summer.
We hope to return another week next year if good health continues.
Property and pictures were described correctly. Great GET AWAY!
Owner and family were very friendly and helpful.
The only sounds heard at night were the loons which lulled us to sleep.
Better than the pictures!
This was the most fantastic place for our family to visit. It was quiet - no phones, no TV and the only sound was either the loons or frogs at night. We took advantage of the kayaks and boats and explored Sand Pond and swam in the lake not 6 feet from the back door. We ventured into town to buy live lobsters ($8 each!) and have lunch and even visited a local u-pick strawberry field. We agreed that it had to be the most low key and enjoyable trip we have had evah! Klara's kindness was above and beyond and so is here camp!
Sand Pond Memories
We had a wonderful stay at this Sand Pond cottage - everything we needed was provided. The view was awesome and the swimming, canoeing and kayaking is excellent - lots of geese, ducks and loons "singing" their lonely songs each night. We made some wonderful family memories this vacation!
Thank you for the review! It was really nice to have you with us. Do come again. Klara
Sand Pond Delight
What a wonderful time my family spent at this quaint camp last summer! We boated on the lake, drove into town for ice cream, slept to the sound of loons. Camp is shady and cool with lake breezes, rooms are outfitted simply and comfortably, kitchen has all that you need for a big meal or small snack. Space enough to get away from everyone for a read or a nap. The views! Sitting on the screened in back porch with family/friends or by yourself looking out at pond with morning coffee or a late night glass of wine was just wicked cool!
Live summer stock theater is close by in village of Monmouth; with even more to do in Lewiston/Auburn, or Augusta/Gardiner, Brunswick/Freeport (LL Bean) and Portland all within 45 min drive or less. Scenic seashores, and spectacular mountains are close enough for easy day trips. In Lewiston is Bates College with a top notch summer dance festival, a hot air balloon festival in August, largest bird sanctuary in n'east - Thorncrag. Common Ground Fair in Unity 3rd weekend of September about a 1.5 hour drive. Leaf season usually early October.