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Beautiful Private Lakefront Home With Outdoor Hot Tub

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Set On 1.5 Very Private Acres With 250' On Locke Pond

Welcome to 'The Mancamp'! This beautiful home boasts 250' of private lakefront on Locke Pond. If you're looking to spend a week just kicking back, relaxing in the hammock, fishing, kayaking, and relaxing in the private hot tub, you've found the right place. This home sleeps 7 and has 2 king sized beds, one full size bed and a full/twin bunk. It has one large bathroom on the main floor of living with washer and dryer, and the basement has a small second bathroom with toilet/small vanity/shower. This home boasts a beautiful western view and amazingly dark beautiful night time skies. The decks wrap almost all the way around the house to maximize your outdoor living, with a private 6 man hot tub to the north and a screen porch to the south, all with fantastic views of the lake. The house is on a hill as is seen in the photos, so older legs may have a bit of a hard time and that should be a factor in your consideration of this house. The basement is partially finished, it's a work in progress (you can see the photos). If "partially finished" freaks you out, then this is not the place for you. Whenever I get a chance I do additional work on the house. It's not a danger zone or a construction zone, but I do want to point out that not all the finish carpentry is done, so you can see some of the wiring/plumbing/insulation in the basement.

This home comes with everything you need to enjoy your stay, all linens are included and the house is professionally cleaned prior to your arrival. Included in your rental are 3 wall mounted TVs, DirecTV access, xBox and Wii, 2 kayaks, a paddle boat, a swimming area, and swim float, a standalone air conditioner (not central air), WiFi, etc... the only thing not included is my pontoon boat, that can be rented separately for the week. The house has been designed with the views in mind, all rooms that face the lake are wall to wall glass and the well furnished decks maximize these beautiful views.

The lake itself, Locke pond in chesterville, is a spring fed pond that’s 135 acres total. It is just under one mile long and ½ mile wide. The frontage has a suitable swim area to the right (north), I rake it out every year to keep it clean and swimmable. The water drops off gradually and a swim float is provided. The substrate is a cross between rock, sand and silt, I’ve always worn sandals when I swim here. The lake is primarily a warm water fishery, the large mouth bass fishing has always been fantastic. Other fish that are common are yellow and white perch, catfish and pickerel.

Please note, I offer two types of rentals, 5 night and 7 night, all 5 night rentals are from Sunday evening to Friday evening, and 7 night rentals are Friday – Friday, no exception. I do this to offer a good discount on 5 night rentals, but also to maximize the number of weekends that I get up to use the house.

On a personal note, this home has been a labor of love for me, I purchased a small camp 12 years ago and have been adding to it ever since. I’ve fallen in love with the area, the lake, the wildlife, you name it, I love it. It’s a get away from it all for sure, nice and quiet, very very secluded and peaceful. If you’re looking for a quiet rest away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then this is your place. The college town of Farmington is only 15 minutes away, so as secluded as this is, it’s also not far away from all the restaurants, movie theaters, quaint shops, etc…

Oh! One other thing, if you’re into cycling, then this is a mecca for you, there are hills everywhere, and if you’re looking for some good challenging rides, then let me know, I’d be happy to share some of the routes I’ve mapped out over the years.

Pets… if your dog is quiet, then he/she is welcome. I’m allergic to cats so I can’t allow them.

Finally, a word on winter rentals. Maine is an extraordinary place, year round, including winter, as a matter of fact, I enjoy the house far more in the winter then I do in the summer, I'm just that kind of guy. I am hesitant to rent the house out in the winter time for no other reason then "life is difficult" in Maine in the winter, so it takes someone who is winter hearty to enjoy a rental in the winter time. For me to even consider renting to you in the winter, please let me know that you have experience with nasty new england winters, you have no aversion to shoveling should you need to, you are not a complainer, you can handle cold and you are truly a "go with the flow" kind of person. Far too many people envision driving up on a heated driveway with a perfectly cleared walkway to a 72 degree chalet overlooking gentle flurries in the mountains. That's not this house. You will likely need 4wd to get to the house, crampons on your feet to make it down the hill without falling down, good winter clothing, a good attitude, when the wind comes off the lake the house can be drafty (I put window insulation up to minimize this)... what I'm getting at is I'm willing to rent, but only if you're from hearty stock. There are two propane heaters in the house which can keep the house warm. There is a generator in case of emergency. 4 night minimum, there's just too much expense (opening the house, shutting down the house, cleaning, etc...) to allow for less. I may (or may not) have a snowmobile or two available for an extra $150 per night per snowmobile, waiver required.

More Details

John Lanoue
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About John Lanoue

I bought this home in 2000, it was a tiny little camp (this is maine-speak for lakefront, 3 season, no foundation, out house, no indoor plumbing, etc...) and have been working on it ever since. This has truly been a labor of love for me, rebuilding this home from the ground up and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I live in NH, work in Burlington, MA but spend my weekends in Maine. In that photo, that's me and my trusty silky terriers, Kevin and Tommy, they're pretty well known in the area as I let them run free. I'm a jack of all trades for sure, I work in the software development industry as a development manager for the most successful video editing software in the industry, but I love dressing down, going fishing, having a frosty brew, and working on the house on the weekends. I take tremendous pride in my work and I hope you enjoy what you see when you come to the mancamp.

John Lanoue purchased this cottage in 2000

Why John Lanoue chose Chesterville

The mancamp was a gift from the heavens. I had the good fortune of spending a weekend in August 2000 with a good friend of mine up by flagstaff lake. I immediately fell in love with the area and sought to buy something that I could work on. Along came the mancamp, it was the first house I looked at and I had it purchased by nightfall of that same day. I've been working on it ever since. The house truly has all the comforts of home, but it's in the middle of nowhere and only 15 minutes from civilization. My daughters have pretty much grown up at that house and on this lake, we've spent countless days swimming in the lake, playing on the swim float, fishing for large mouth bass and enjoying the maple syrup that I make from the maple trees on the property. The story behind 'the mancamp'... when my daughter Laura was little, she had a lisp, and she was saying 'Maine camp' but my brother in law always thought she was saying 'mancamp' and that's the name that stuck!

As it stands now, the house is pretty much done but I still tinker on it on the weekends... if you come to visit, you'll notice the footprints of a guy not quite done with his house ;-) some trim is not painted, the basement still has some work to do, just things like that. If you come to visit then you'll love it as much as I do as long as you know what you're in for... this is not a place to go for tourist traps, it's a place to go to to relax, commune with nature, take some hikes, etc...


Chesterville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Basement Bathroom - toilet , shower , Small bathroom, approx 4x8, toilet, stand up shower, vanity
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Full Bath, Washer/Dryer
  • Shower, vanity, toilet, washer & dryer
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Basement Bedroom - 1 king , King sized bed in the partially finished basement
    Alletta Room - 1 bunk bed , The Alletta Room has a full bed below and a twin up top
    Full sized bed in Loft - 1 queen , Full sized bed in the Loft
    Northern Room King Bed - 1 king , Lots of windows in this room, definitely for the early riser
  • The Alletta room and the basement bedroom are quite private, the loft bedroom is an open loft and the northern room has a shutter door and is surrounded by windows, so this room should be for the early riser(s) in your group.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Locke pond is a very private lake, it has no public access so the only people on the pond are folks who live here and rent here. The fishing has always been fantastic (large mouth bass and other warm water species). In the winter time, I do allow rentals, but only to self professed 'Hearty' specimens. With a signed liability waiver, I allow use of my two snowmobiles in the winter time.


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average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews
Boston, MA

Great week away! I like to think of it as glamping at its finest!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend, dog, and I had a great time. The view was amazing with beautiful and extremely colorful sunsets and sunrises. We also spent time out on the recliner chairs on the dock stargazing. We even saw some shooting stars! We loved listening to the loons all week, made a fire in the fire pit by the water almost every night, and enjoyed grilling on the deck.

We took full advantage of the kayaks and the peddleboat all week. The peddleboat was actually perfect for taking our small dog out fishing. We would pack a cooler with food and head out. Sunrise and sunset were the best for fishing. We could 3 huge large mouth bass one morning, along with multiple pike, sunfish, and perch. We don't always fish and my boyfriend actually picked up a rod for himself (I had one) at the local Walmart during the trip.

The location of the camp was great. The cabin was far enough away from everything and everyone, with a drive through the woods on a dirt road. There are neighbors, but lots of space and privacy. The dirt road was well maintained and our new little Corolla had no issues.

There is a Walmart, grocery store, and hardware store a short drive away in Farmington. The area is beautiful. It is easy enough to get everything at once or to go back and forth. There is also a closer store in Chesterville with the basics and food. Farmington is a nice town to spend half an afternoon in and Tumbledown Brewery is on the drive back. There is also a place to get fresh lobsters to cook at the cabin on the same road! John had everything you need for a nice lobster dinner on the deck. He also explains where to go for everything and is very thorough.

The cabin itself was large and well done. As John explains, some parts are still a work in progress, but we loved the upstairs where we mostly spent our time indoors. Nice views, comfortable furniture, large deck, tons of seating, and a hot tub. You can tell that this place has been added and that a lot of time and energy has gone into the cabin.

Overall, I would recommend this place for a great time away. "Glamping" at its finest! Camping (not too fancy) but in comfort and with hot showers. Perfect for just me, my boyfriend, and dog, but we talked about how perfect this would be with another couple or two. If we had more people at the cabin we would have loved to rent the pontoon boat as well. The one thing to be aware of is that the walk to and from the house is a bit steep so I wouldn't recommend for it for everyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting both of you! I'm glad you had the right mindset for "the mancamp", it is a wonderful regenerating experience for those that understand what this escape is all about :-)
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New Boston New Hampshire

spacious and private

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our late summer stay at the Mancamp. Locke Pond is a very quiet pond, great for kayaking, swimming and fishing. The camp has plenty of room to spread out either inside or on the upper deck. What we liked best is the woods on either side of the property keeps your privacy from neighbors on either side. We hope to be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The owner was very helpful. Great fishing.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and comfortable with easy access to a wonderful lake.

  • 4 of 5

We all had a great time. The house is big with several levels and all necessary amenities. The lake is beautiful. My wife and I loved kayaking, especially in the marsh. My kids enjoyed the fishing. We all had a great time swimming.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Get Away From Hectic Everyday Life

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Mancamp with my wife for our first anniversary in late September. The Mancamp is perfect - very quiet lake and spot and a large house with everything you need and lots of space. Had great weather for the time of year that made cruising on the lake in the pontoon boat (available for a small extra fee) the highlight. Make sure to stock up on food at the grocery store, because the place is so relaxing you won't want to leave too much! Thanks John!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amherst, NH

Peace and Tranquility on Locke Pond

  • 5 of 5

This past week, my wife and I rented the camp and were looking for a combination of creature comforts and rustic charm, on a pond. We found it here and didn't want to leave! Between the peaceful quiet setting, the mesmerizing pond and its loons, and nearby conveniences, we had a truly relaxing vacation. We are already talking about a return trip. Waking up early to see the mist rising from the pond, one morning, we were rewarded by the beautiful sound of the calling loons. Later we would kayack out to take photos of them, and even lucked out when a bald eagle flew above us. Another great photo and another great memory!

We enjoyed lunch and dinner out on the deck, looking out over the water, and the screen porch was a great place to read into the night, feeling like we were outside, and still enjoying the sounds of wildlife, after sundown. Another great feature that we used was the fireplace at the edge of the water. And with no light pollution in the area, the stars were even more brilliant than usual.

When we look for a place to vacation, it's important to us to feel we are renting from a reputable host. Our host was most accommodating and easy to work with. We highly recommend renting this property, and we do plan to return. Next time, we'll bring our hiking gear and plan some time on the trails nearby.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Wilson Lake Country Club
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Sunday River
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sand Pond Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

All weekly rentals are Friday 3:00pm check in and Friday 10:00am check out
All 5 night rentals are Sunday 3:00pm check in and Friday 10:00am check out
3 night rentals allowed in the offseason (up until mid June and after Labor day)
All rentals are subject to an 9% state of Maine lodging tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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