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Lake House Vacation Retreat and Nature Getaway

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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



More Details

Victor Oppenheimer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

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 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 Victor Oppenheimer chose Maine

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.

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Victor's place was all we had hoped it would be and more. Peaceful, serene, relaxing. The pics don't quite do it justice. We were looking for a relaxing, romantic weekend and that's what we got. We enjoyed the views of the lake from inside and out which were absolutely stunning. We spent time reading books, playing games and enjoying the lake. Check in wad a breeze and we had everything we needed. We can't wait to return in the summer to really enjoy the lake.
Sep 2014
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Lake House Vacation Retreat and Nature Getaway
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
11.7 Miles
Sandy River Golf Course
Nearest Train
54 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 4
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
8.2 Miles
Titcomb Mountain Ski Resort
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15

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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Industry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1255 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Shower has great skylight!
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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

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