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Lake House Vacation Retreat and Nature Getaway

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Cozy vacation 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 19 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 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 we come here from our Cambridge Mass home, we love how deeply we sleep, and how rested we feel when we return to the city. We feel connected with nature and each other after visiting. Kids often respond find 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 master sleeping loft and a daybed and convertible futon sofa bed in the living room.
It sleeps 3 couples (4 if the sofa bed is used) plus one person on the day bed.
The bathroom with natural wood has a skylight, a shower and a clothes washer/dryer.
The house has a gas furnace, a thermostat, is fully insulated and offers with radiant floor heating as well as a fireplace/wood-stove.
The wood burning stove in the living room has a glass front and screen, functioning as both 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 webpage at 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
We 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 webpage at 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
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1255 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 9
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We charge $20 per dog night...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Master bedroom: 1 double


  • Guest bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Single bed can convert to a double bed...moreless

  • Living room: 1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 bunk bed

    Living room has day bed and a couch that opens to double bed...moreless

  • Sleeping loft: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Loft has a double size futon bed...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Shower has great skylight!...moreless


  • Books:

    There is a large selection of good vacation and classic reading scattered around the various book shelves in the house....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    The house is stocked with numerous games in the living room game cabinet....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Accepts blue tooth allowing guests to play music stored on their smart phones or other blue tooth devices....moreless

  • Toys:

    Some toys are usually available in the living room game cabinet....moreless


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


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

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....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Rural:

    The property is located on nineteen acres of wooded land....moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Water View:

    The house overlooks the lake shore....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The house has two kayacks and one canoe as well as stationary and floating swimming docks....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    In Vermont Castings wood burning stove....moreless

  • Heating:

    The house has radiant heating provided by our propane furnace...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    House has an Internet based VOIP phone with free service throughout the US and Canada...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    We stock ample wood for the Vermont Castings wood burning fireplace and stove...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    A number of esprsso makers...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    Well stocked kitchen includes a breakfast nook with windows overlooking lake....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator


  • Boat:

    I have a rowboat suitable for fishing available for guest use....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    I have two kayaks and a canoe available for guest summer use....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    I maintain flotation devices for guest use....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $15
  • Taxes Not included


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

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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54 Miles
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
11.7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sandy River Golf Course
54 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 4
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8.2 Miles
Nearest Ski
Titcomb Mountain Ski Resort

Car: Necessary


Owner info

About the owner: 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 bought 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 the Owner Chose Industry, ME, USA:
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 and also because each time that I leave the city to stay on the property I wonder afresh at its wondrous revivifying qualities.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Guests in front of house in winter

    Guests in front of house in winter

  • Fall foliage from living room

    Fall foliage from living room

  • Daybed with guest

    Daybed with guest

  • Kitchen granite counter, microwave, and stove

    Kitchen granite counter, microwave, and stove

  • Main downstairs bedroom

    Main downstairs bedroom

  • Sleeping loft

    Sleeping loft

  • Front Deck Overlooking Lake

    Front Deck Overlooking Lake

  • Sailboat arriving at house dock

    Sailboat arriving at house dock

  • House from driveway

    House from driveway

  • From living room window

    From living room window

  • Fall foliage

    Fall foliage

  • Our docks with reflections

    Our docks with reflections

  • House in Autumn

    House in Autumn

  • Living room day bed with yoga inversion slings

    Living room day bed with yoga inversion slings

  • Kitchen showing granite counter, sink, and stove

    Kitchen showing granite counter, sink, and stove

  • Living room fire in wood burning stove

    Living room fire in wood burning stove

  • Guest bedroom

    Guest bedroom

  • Bathroom sink and granite counter

    Bathroom sink and granite counter

  • Side Deck Showing Picnic Table, Shed, and Firewood

    Side Deck Showing Picnic Table, Shed, and Firewood

  • Our kayaks and wind surfing board between house stationary and floating dock

    Our kayaks and wind surfing board between house stationary and floating dock

  • Yoga in our woods

    Yoga in our woods

  • Fog lifts over lake

    Fog lifts over lake

  • Float dock with relections

    Float dock with relections

  • Lake in winter

    Lake in winter

VRBO #656331

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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