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Lakefront Stress-Eraser

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 6-8

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.

Klara Tammany
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2017

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.


Monmouth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , And, of course a sink.
    Bathroom 2 - Actually a WC (toilet) upstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Actually two twins pushed together.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Futon in living room
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We don't pretend to offer luxury, but if all you need is all you NEED, we think you'll find everything you need on our peaceful lake.


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Lakefront Stress-Eraser
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
Richmond, Virginia

Beautiful and quiet

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston ma

Cozy and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Farmingdale, Maine

Lakefront Stress-Eraser

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio Heights, CA, USA

Better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Parrish, FL

Sand Pond Memories

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! It was really nice to have you with us. Do come again. Klara
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Outer Banks, NC

Sand Pond Delight

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Lewiston or Hallowell
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Portland to Nova Scotia & Casco Bay, Rockland
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Three closeby
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Portland (and Brunswick closer)
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
95 & 295
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Lewiston (also Hallowell, Brunswick, Portland)
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Popham and Reid State Parks
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Rent by week only in July and August with weekly turnover on Saturdays. Check out by 10:00 a.m. Check in after 4:00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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