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Beautiful Private Lakefront Home With Outdoor Hot Tub

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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 currently has one bathroom, but I'm investigating putting in a second. 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.

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.

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

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), etc... the only thing not included is my pontoon boat, that can be rented separately for the week.

I am willing to rent this house out during the winter time but only to a family that has experience with northern winters and the challenges they bring. Winter time is a remarkably peaceful, renewing, rewarding time in Maine, and if you're knowledgeable about do's and don'ts then it can be wonderful... I will rent the house out for $450/night including snowmobiles or $300/night without snowmobiles, 3 night minimum. If you rent the snowmobiles you will be required to sign a waiver and leave a $1000 security deposit.

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John Lanoue
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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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 Mountains & Lakes

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...


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Private Lakefront Home With Outdoor Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

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: Sep 2016
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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: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing little piece of Maine. I took my wife, 2 daughters (5 & 10), and my dog...none of us wanted to leave. The House is cozy & rustic, lake is perfect, & the view from the deck is like a post card. I will certainly return.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture Perfect Quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is the place to go if you want a beautiful and relaxing vacation. Even our dogs were distressing from all the city life we endure day to day. It was relaxing and breathtaking. To hear and see the loons and wildlife around you while fishing and boating is a wonderful experience. I recommend the lake house to any family who would enjoy the woods, rolling hills, beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Great for taking pictures or just looking at the scenery. Although they have TV, Cable, Movies we choose to UNPLUG for 90% of the vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Plenty of Room and Fun

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cabin for our daughter's UMF Graduation weekend. As we are from out of state and our daughter has made Farmington her home for the past few years, we wanted her to be able to celebrate with her friends and a hotel would not have been convenient. What her friends fondly referred to as "the Lake House" was perfect. Tons of open, clean space for family visiting from away and staying over night. And John was good enough to have the dock out for this early season weekend so the party guests could enjoy the kayaks, the pond, and just being outside on a beautiful day. From the hot tub to just sitting on the dock or playing games in the screened in porch, the Lake House made a memorable weekend even more so.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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lunenburg, ma

Peaceful & Serene -- Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a welcoming and spacious place to spend some quality time with your family and friends, and plenty of ways to get out and enjoy your surroundings, this is the perfect place for you. From the moment you walk in, the house is warm, clean and comfortable. We had so much fun kayaking around the pond, fishing, and swimming in the nice, cool water - and really, just embracing the opportunity to slow down and relax. The lot itself is wonderfully quiet and private, but everyone we passed while out on the pond was very neighborly and welcoming. There is plenty of room for everyone to kick back and relax, and the view from the back balcony is surely what Heaven must look like! We'll definitely be going back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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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

Chesterville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 18 2016 - Apr 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 2017
Apr 30 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

All weekly rentals are Friday 6:00pm check in and Friday 2:00pm check out
All 5 night rentals are Sunday 6:00pm check in and Friday 2:00pm check out
All rentals are subject to an 8% state of Maine lodging tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Chesterville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
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
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Full bathroom with x large shower, no bathtub
  • Shower, vanity, toilet, washer & dryer
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Northern Room King Bed - 1 king
    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
  • The bedrooms are not traditional bedrooms in that in order to maximize the living space, other than the alletta room, the beds are in the living areas. The photos do a great job showing the bedroom arrangements. All of the beds were hand made in log cabin styling by a local wordworking artisan.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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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