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Lake House Wooded Vacation Retreat and Nature Getaway

Farmington, ME, USA
  • House1255 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cozy lakeside home in the Maine woods for families and groups of up to 9 people

Do you want a kid-friendly place for a family vacation? In search of a spot for a romantic getaway, a spiritual retreat, time with a group of friends who love skiing and or being together? Do you need a quiet and beautiful setting in which to study, read, write, create, reflect, recharge, work, or pursue a spiritual quest? Do you like skiing or other winter sports? Do you want an escape surrounded by natural beauty? Would you like a personal spiritual or yoga retreat? Are you an artist, writer or musician who wants to tap into your inner well of creativity?

Our beautiful, year round vacation home is located in The Western Maine Mountain Region on 22 wooded acres on Clearwater Lake, one of Maine's most pristine, spring-fed lakes. The lake has six-and-one-half miles of shore line with a maximum depth of 135 feet. It is near the culturally rich college town of Farmington, Maine and a little under 200 miles distant from Boston.

It feels nourishing here on Clearwater Lake. We can slow down and not be interrupted, and enjoy beautiful views from the house's windows as well as venturing into (or on) the lake and the surrounding woods.

When I come here from my Cambridge Mass home, I love how deeply I sleep, and how rested I feel when I return to the city. I feel more deeply connected with nature after visiting. Kids delight in finding new adventure and fun outside their usual activities.

Enjoy a morning cup of tea or coffee out on the large wrap around deck in the warmer weather.

In cooler or inclement weather gaze at the lake and its surrounding wooded hills through the floor-to-ceiling living room windows.

In wintry weather, enjoy the panoramic view from inside looking through the picture windows at the surrounding mountains, the trees, the snow and ice, and sky. The scene is always changing with mist appearing and disappearing, with sunsets and sunrises, and with visiting birds and other wildlife.

The house has a large deck with a grill with a large picnic table. You can enjoy the deck, reading and resting or simply watching the lake.

Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, the location abounds in opportunities for outdoor play and nature viewing.


The home is fully winterized and can sleep 9 people.

It has 2 downstairs bedrooms, a romantic sleeping loft, a daybed, and convertible futon sofa bed in the living room.

The house has beds for 3 couples (4 if the sofa bed is used) plus one person on the day bed.

The bathroom is built of natural wood. It has a skylight, a shower, and a clothes washer/dryer.

The house has a propane furnace, a state-of-the-art thermostat, is fully insulated, has radiant floor heating and a fireplace/wood burning stove.

The living room wood burning stove has a glass front and screen. It functions both as a cozy fireplace and a source of extra warmth.

There is a land-line phone with toll-free calling throughout the US and Canada.

The house has wired and wireless high-speed Internet.

In the large, comfortable living room one can curl up on the day bed, couch or in a chair and enjoy a book, music, a warm fire and the many views of the lake and surroundings.

The living room has a well-stocked board game cabinet filled with chess, checkers, monopoly and many other board games.

The full modern kitchen has a refrigerator, stove and microwave along with utensils, pots and pans, a blender, and most everything you have at home for cooking.

The lake side of the house has floor-to-ceiling picture windows so you can be safe from the elements inside as you view constantly changing beautiful outdoor vistas.

Year Round

The views of the lake and surrounding mountains around are always stunning, no matter the season.

The house is remote and private yet easily accessible by car.

It is a perfect spot for a romantic getaway, a spiritual retreat, a group of friends who love skiing and or being together, or as a place to recharge one's creative juices.

Visitors have finished writing projects and written songs inspired by the location.

Enjoy the romance of the wood stove and the comfort of warm floors.

Feel cozy, safe, and nurtured in every season.

On clear nights one has spectacular views of the stars.

The house is very private as it is surrounded by acres of woods on three sides and the lake on the fourth.

The nearby town of Farmington has a campus of The University of Maine and always has a variety of diverse cultural offerings including adult theater, children's theater, dance and live music.

Farmington also offers good new and used bookstores, a multiplex cinema, grocery shopping, gift stores and much more.

See current and near-term local events on the Daily Bulldog web site.

Winter Use:

The house is on a dirt road accessed from a paved road. The dirt road is about one mile long and goes down a hill to reach the house. In the winter this road is plowed and year-round residents drive it daily. However, it can get icy. Four wheel drive and/or snow tires are advisable.


Ski on nearby (within 15 minutes) Titcomb Mountain with 16 alpine trails for all skill levels and many cross-country skiing trails.

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort, on Maine's second highest peak is the only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing in the East. It is 40 - 60 minutes away.

Saddleback Mountain with 66 trails and 5 lifts is an one hour and 23 minutes away.

Sunday River Ski Resort offering 132 trails, 671 acres, and 8 interconnected mountains is an hour and 20 minutes distant.

Cross-country skiing

Ice skating


Ice fishing - see our Fishing Laws And Regulations page on our ClearwaterEscapes website to learn about local fishing laws and regulations.

Spring, Summer and Fall Use

Our house is available in winter months, and the 'camp' (what Mainers call a non-winterized cottage) is available in the warmer months from May to October.

It is great for a variety of water sports.


Boating. The house has a canoe, two kayaks, a child's canoe, a row boat, and by special arrangement the use of our two sailboats.

Water skiing

Hiking - on our property and from the property to nearby trails


Fall Foliage is spectacular!

Most evenings one is serenaded to sleep by the loons that call the lake home.


The house is a 200 mile drive from Cambridge, MA. We usually drive it in a bit under four hours.

The nearby town of Farmington (6 miles) is a college town with friendly people and local happenings and eateries.



Wired and wireless Internet connectivity


Canoes, kayaks, sailboats and rowboat


Dog Friendly, no cats

Kid Friendly

I love how kids find ways to entertain themselves here, creatively and without a television! The house has lots of books and games for children, with a basket of toys and a box of Legos.

Smoking Not Allowed

Seasonal local activities










Jet Skiing




Hatha Yoga: mats, inversion swing, and props at house with free community class in town.


Mountain Biking

Cross Country Skiing

Downhill/Alpine Skiing




Wildlife Viewing

Kayaking and canoeing

Table Tennis


Fishing - see our Fishing Laws And Regulations webpage at on our clearwaterescapes website to learn about local fishing laws and regulations.

Rock Climbing

Fitness Center/Gym

Health/Beauty Spa

Basketball Court in town, at park, and at UMF fitness center


Cinema and six screen local movie theaters

Museums and galleries

Horseback Riding



Victor Oppenheimer

Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
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About Victor Oppenheimer

I've been spending summers on this property since it was originally purchased by my Mother and stepfather when I was a young teenager. After my mother passed away, I purchased the property from my step father. In recent years my own teen aged son and I have been living on the property during the warmer months and in Cambridge Massachusetts in the colder times.

Why Victor Oppenheimer chose Industry

I bought this property from my step father because throughout my life I have found it to be a place of exceptional peace and beauty. Each time that I leave the city to stay on the property I wonder afresh at its wondrous revivifying qualities.

What makes this House unique

I love the combination the property offers of natural beauty and providing a personal retreat on the one hand and having easy access to the many cultural activities offered in the nearby college town of Farmington.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
      • Master bedroom
        1 double
      • Guest bedroom
        2 twin/ single, Single bed can convert to a double bed
      • Living room
        1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 bunk bed, Living room has day bed and a couch that opens to double bed
      • Sleeping loft
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Loft has a double size futon bed


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom
          toilet, shower, Shower has great skylight!

          Location Type

            • Lake View
              There is a gorgeous and expansive view of much of the lake from the numerous windows and from the deck overlooking the water.
            • Lakefront
              The house is located on the lakefront. Sitting in the living room looking through the floor to ceiling windows the lake seems to come right up to the house.
            • Rural
              The property is located on nineteen acres of wooded land.
            • Village
              Nearby Farmington Maine houses a campus of the University of Maine. It is a culturally rich town with bookstores, cinemas, many restaurants, and regularly scheduled cultural performances.
            • Water View
              The house overlooks the lake shore.
            • Waterfront
              The house has two kayacks and one canoe as well as stationary and floating swimming docks.


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Heating
                          The house has radiant heating provided by our propane furnace
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Fireplace
                          In Vermont Castings wood burning stove.
                        • Parking
                        • Telephone
                          House has an Internet based VOIP phone with free service throughout the US and Canada
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wood Stove
                          We stock ample wood for the Vermont Castings wood burning fireplace and stove


                            • Coffee Maker
                              A number of esprsso makers
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                              Well stocked kitchen includes a breakfast nook with windows overlooking lake.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster
                              Nice toaster oven


                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      There is a large selection of good vacation and classic reading scattered around the various book shelves in the house.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      The house is stocked with numerous games in the living room game cabinet.
                                    • Stereo
                                      Accepts blue tooth allowing guests to play music stored on their smart phones or other blue tooth devices.
                                    • Toys
                                      Some toys are usually available in the living room game cabinet.


                                        • Boat
                                          I have a rowboat suitable for fishing available for guest use.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          I have two kayaks and a canoe available for guest summer use.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          I maintain flotation devices for guest use.


                                            • wheelchair accessible


                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • photography
                                                    • boating
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              6 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              ABSOLUTELY breath taking. Amazing view.

                                                              We had an amazing stay. The house is clean has everything you could need. Just bring food. The view of the sunrise is amazing.


                                                              Andy D.

                                                              Enjoy it

                                                              Nice cabin on the lake in the woods but very close to very thing in town

                                                              Wendee R.

                                                              Great place, great place to bring your well trained dog. We were very comfortable and enjoyed our stay. My son loved the cabin. Skiied the local mountain, hiked in the back woods. Our dog loved that !

                                                              The only thing I would have wished for is kindling to help start the wood stove as the wood seemed alittle green so has harder to get going. Once started warm and cozy! Thanks Victor for letting us stay in your cozy cabin! Hope to visit again sometime.

                                                              Breathtaking views, wonderful place to relax and recharge

                                                              Daria A.

                                                              We rented this lovely cabin on the lake to celebrate my husband's birthday. The place is magical, it's located in a very secluded area and it has everything you might need! When we got to the cabin the lake was still frozen, which was a little disappointing, but then in the morning we woke up and the lake somehow completely melted overnight! In general, it was a great stay and would hope to come back again soon!

                                                              Perfect location and a great place to rent!

                                                              Amanda B.

                                                              My husband and I just enjoyed a stay at this home on Clearwater Lake. Great fishing spot. The fish were a bit picky but we had success in the end! The home is really a perfect location for ice fishing. You can set your traps and go inside to warm up without loosing site of your flags. The kitchen is well equipped and has everything and more than you need. It is very warm and the radiant heat flooring is always welcomed on these cold Maine days. As we are not skiers, we stayed at the residence the entire time. Although there are plenty of seating and sleeping areas, I have to say that the beds are a bit on the short side. My husband is in the tallish end, and his feet did overhang the beds. The seating was also a bit on the uncomfortable side in the living area- but the view definitely helps to relieve any discomfort. The bathroom is lovely- I have to say that having a washer and dryer anywhere you go is just amazing. The linen closet has everything you need and more! One thing I did want to note, although it is listed as a non smoking location, smoking has definitely happened in the home in the past and if you are a non smoker that is apparent on entering the home- perhaps the time of year with all of the widows closed made it a bit more noticeable. We do not personally have any allergies to worry about and after a bit of airing out, it was completely fine, but if you have small children or are highly sensitive I can see how this may cause a bit of a concern especially in the winter. Overall the place is lovely and we would definitely stay again.

                                                              Great getaway

                                                              Jeffrey F.

                                                              If your looking for a quiet place away from everything this is it. Beautiful house we went out there to do some skiing spent two days at sugarloaf it's about 35 miles away We had five adults and two dogs plenty of room for us. He has everything you need there just bring food. There are a lot of good restaurant right in Farmington about five miles. We even visited the brewery tumbledown good beer.. The house was great I hope to go back.


                                                              Farmington, ME, USA

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Additional Guest Fee

                                                              The weekly rate is for a stay of seven consecutive days starting on any weekday. The "weekend" rate applies to a stay from a Friday afternoon until the following Sunday morning or from a Saturday afternoon until the following Monday morning. Guest arrivals should be after 4:30 pm and departures by noon unless you have made alternate arrangements with us. Approved dogs cost $15/night

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