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One Of Belgrade Lakes Best Kept Secrets, Very Private & 10 Feet From Waters Edge

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath+Privy, Open Kitchen Floor Plan, Large Windows, Screened Porch

As you enter the private gated entrance to The Cottage On Ingham Pond and descend through our fields, you will be in awe at the most picturesque vista in the Belgrade Lakes area. So beautiful a sight that it has been featured twice in Down East magazine.

Located 10 feet from the waters edge on pristine Ingham Pond, The Cottage On Ingham Pond offers easy boating access to Long Pond and Belgrade Lakes Village. A kayakers heaven!! Standup paddle boarder's heaven!! Fisherman's heaven!!. We have a lot to offer. Comfortable, cozy, peaceful, private, bright and cheery with all the amenities best describes The Cottage On Ingham Pond. The western exposure provides awesome sunsets across the water.

Tastefully decorated to sleep 8 with a first floor queen size bedroom. The second floor has 2 bedrooms. One bedroom has a full size bed located directly under a large skylight so that you can enjoy the starry nights. The other bedroom offers a full size bed and bunk beds.

Spacious first floor bathroom with a shower. An outside privy is also in place if so desired. The open floor plan with large windows includes the kitchen, dining area and family room with a Direct TV flat screen. WIFI is in place and can be utilized while sitting in the Adirondack chairs on the large T shaped dock or in one of the hammocks.

We have a deep drilled well that provides some of the best cold drinking water that you ever drank. No need to buy bottled water. Linens and towels are provided along with a washing machine and dryer for your personal use.

There is a covered front porch and a large screened porch. The screened porch has a table with chairs and rocking chairs so that you can enjoy the evenings outside bug free listening to the loons and owls. Every year Ingham Pond is home to a loon family that likes to hang out in front of The Cottage and entertain our guests. WE STRICTLY FORBID JET SKIES AND WAKEBOARD BOATS. For your boating and swimming pleasure we offer 2 kayaks, 1 canoe, a paddleboat for the kids or young at heart and a swim float. Fishing boats can be rented from Castle Island Camps and Belgrade Boat Rentals. If you bring your own boat you can launch it at the public boat launch on Long Pond and take the scenic cruise down Long Pond and Ingham Stream back to The Cottage.

Ingham Pond is a prized fishing area known for its large Pike, Large and Small Mouth Bass and Black Crappie. The record Black Crappie for the State of Maine was caught in Ingham Pond in 2013!

Smoking is not allowed inside any of our buildings. Any butts must be disposed of in the outside fireplace. Besides the outside fireplace and woodshed there is a charcoal grill for barbequing.

While staying at The Cottage On Ingham Pond, you should go up to the field on a clear night and check out the Milky Way Galaxy. It will appear directly overhead and is really something to see.

Centrally located on the several hundred acres of our property, we offer vast undisturbed water frontage and miles of private gravel roads, trails and breath taking views to make your Maine stay memorable.

Check in is anytime after 2pm. Check out is 10am.

More Details

Roger & Elaine Karabin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Roger & Elaine Karabin

I grew up coming to this area for vacations. My father and uncle bought the old Ingham Farm in 1953 which was about a mile from the Cottage. Every summer vacation and long weekends we traveled up from Connecticut to be here. My wife and I grew up in Plainville, CT. We married in September, l981. Having an appreciation for preserving old things we purchased a 1780 Cape in Plymouth, Ct that needed much restoration and tender loving care. The labor of love began and continued in Maine with the purchase of the Cottage. 'Work details' with friends and family were ongoing through holiday weekends and vacation time. Everyone contributed their talents combining outings and pleasure with everything we experienced. The camaraderie of our friends and family runs deep in the fabric of the Maine experience and what made the Cottage such a special place. We began renting the Cottage in 1994 during the months of July and August. Many families return each year making their own special memories. They thank us for sharing a piece of heaven and that they feel like they are coming home. Now that we are retired, we spend a great deal of time year round at our other home on Ingham Pond.

Roger & Elaine Karabin purchased this cottage in 1975

Why Roger & Elaine Karabin chose Kennebec Valley (Central Maine)

When I purchased the Cottage in 1975 it did not look anything like it looks today. After getting married in 1981 we started to fix it up. We had no power or running water and the only way to get to it was by boat. We hauled everything by boat. Food, water, propane for the gas lights and gas refrigerator, along with runs to the emergency room were all done by boat. Many times these trips were made at night in the fog and rain. Some of the best northern lights sightings we experienced were spotted on clear nights during these trips. Once our sons arrived we purchased the property behind us and decided to build a road and bring in power. That was in 1991. The following year the old camp was dismantled [except the front wall where the picture window is located]. We designed and built the present day cottage.

The fields that you travel through on the way to the Cottage were not there when we purchased the property. It was all woods. An ole timer told us that when he was a kid the entire side of the hill was pasture and that the view was fabulous. So in 1994 we clear cut the land and brought it back to fields. This was a massive undertaking but the finished product was well worth it. Through the years we acquired adjacent properties to increase our holdings and prevent any potential development.

In 2001 we purchased an old camp to the east of the Cottage. We dismantled the old camp and designed and built an Adirondack style home on the site. This is a year round home and home to our youngest son. We all greatly enjoy the peace and serenity of the Ingham Pond area.

What makes this cottage unique

One cannot fully explain all the benefits that the Cottage has to offer. You really have to experience being here. This is why we have many guests that have returned every year for the past 15-20 years!! 2015 was our first year advertizing with VRBO.


Mount Vernon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1+ - toilet , shower
  • Besides a large bathroom there is also a large clean, updated outside privy. The privy is located in the storage shed which is adjacent to the house. Inside the shed is a separate room that houses the privy which is bright, cheery and looks like a room in the cottage. This is not your "run of the mill" normal outhouse.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
  • Bedroom 1- First floor bedroom has a queen size bed, bureau and closet. There is a large window over looking the pond and electric heat if needed. Bedroom 2 - Second floor bedroom has a double size bed that is located directly under a large skylight. There is also a closet, two bureaus and large window over looking the pond. Bedroom 3 - Second floor bedroom sleeps 4. There is a double size bed and a bunk bed. This bedroom has a closet and a large bureau. All bedrooms have small fans.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Good fishing right from the dock. Miles of ATV trails that can be accessed directly from The Cottage for those guests that care to bring their own ATVs and do some exploring. LL Bean and the coast are only a one hour drive from the Cottage. Mount Washington is 2 hours away. Colby College and Thomas College are less than 30 minutes away. Kents Hill School is 15 minutes away.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

One Of Belgrade Lakes Best Kept Secrets, Very Private & 10 Feet From Waters Edge
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful relaxing place!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our two nights! The house is spotless and had everything we could need. The lake is beautiful and peaceful. If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, this is your spot!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A breathe of fresh air- much needed private peaceful escape away from reality

  • 5 of 5

This location was absolutely perfect. It was private, secluded and the views were breathtaking. The cottage was so homey and tastefully decorated. The attention to detail was everywhere throughout the property. When we first arrived, I was in awe of the depth of beauty and found myself frozen on the Adirondack chair at the edge of the dock unable to move. The water was calm, the colors were reflecting off the water, there was little to no sound allowing a true feeling of peace away from the hustle bustle of everyday life. The cottage had an amazing stove which was going when we arrived. We enjoyed the fire and kept it going throughout most of our stay. We saw otters, beavers, and blue herons. We fished a little and caught a few 3-4 LB Bass and one 5 LB Pike. Kids enjoyed the kayaks and we even went swimming in the rain. An amazing place to make memories as a family. Would highly recommend this rental. The property is amazing and the owners are such a nice couple. Super friendly, helpful and just sincerely kind. Ingham pond was so beautiful and we all had an amazing time. Paula & Mike Gibbs

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Natick, MA, USA

Beautiful, peaceful lakefront

  • 5 of 5

This was our second vacation at the Cottage on Ingham pond, and we plan to come back year after year. Its quiet setting both in the woods and right on the water makes it the perfect retreat for my family. The owners are so nice and helpful and everything is there that you could want, including linens and a washer/dryer, wifi, and a well-decorated, comfortable setting with room for all. The kyaking is divine and the water pure zen for the soul. We were there with 4 teenagers and they all had a great time enjoying nature (so nice to get them away from their screens, and me too!). The loon family is sweet and we even saw a moose this year. Dreaming of next year already!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet pretty little cottage on the lake

  • 4 of 5

Had a very nice five day stay on Ingham Pond. The location is very pleasant with stunning views driving in. A bit out of the way but only a fifteen minute drive to nearby towns. Right on the rocky shore surrounded by white pines and hemlocks. Windows everywhere! Great views but the younger people had trouble sleeping past 5:00 AM sunrise due to lack of shades. Interior is very clean and comfortable. Three small bedrooms could sleep eight. No room to leave a suitcase open but this is a cottage and not a hotel room. One good sized bathroom. Wish we had another half bath or even an outdoor privy for our family. Roger was very helpful and considerate. He brought over another canoe when the aluminum canoe at the cottage leaked.

Lots of fishermen on the water coming right to the dock. We caught some small pike and a large black crappie.

Canoed the length of the streams around the pond up into Long Pond. Saw loons, herons, wood ducks, yellow warbler, red winged black birds, mallards, hummingbirds, swallows..... Heard a moose across the pond but no sighting. If you like the outdoors this is the place to be.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Natick, MA, USA

Amazing Maine lake retreat for the family!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have had a better time or a better experience. It's a bit remote so if you're looking to shop or to have easy access to commercial area, this is not for you. But if you want a spectacularly beautiful retreat on a practically undeveloped pond with views and wildlife, great swimming, and all the comforts of home, then you will be in heaven. The cottage itself is beautifully decorated and comfortable. We had 6 people - 4 teens - and we had enough living space for everyone with sleeping space to spare. The dogs also had the vacation of a lifetime with swimming right off the dock. Roger and Elaine have thought of everything you'd need, just bring your food and get cozy. The water is clean, the sunsets are picture perfect, and the tranquility is divine. We plan to make this our annual vacation spot!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Belgrade Area Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage in an excellent location. Roger was very helpful and responsive throughout whole process. Would certainly recommend anyone looking for a lake house in the area. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Sunset Grill Good food in a relaxed atmosphere
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Belgrade Lakes Golf Course PRO 18 hole course
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Village Inn, Post Office Cafe, Wings Hill Inn
Nearest Beach
62 Miles
Popham Beach State Park
Car: necessary

Often referred to by our guests as 'one of the areas best kept secrets' because of it's tranquil private setting, western exposure for beautiful sunsets and feeling like you are in a wildlife sanctuary. The private gated road leading through our fields to the Cottage offers the one of the best views in the Belgrade Lakes area. With the Cottage being situated on several hundred acres, we offer miles of private gravel roads and trails for mountain biking, walking the dog or taking a peaceful stroll and clearing the mind. Ingham Pond offers some of the best Pike, Large and Small mouth Bass and Black Crappie fishing in the Belgrade Lakes area. The Maine state record for Black Crappie was caught here on Ingham Pond.


Rates & Availability

Mount Vernon Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Any cancelations will be refunded all monies only if we can re-rent your scheduled stay period. [Per case basis]
Upon approval of your reservation, a Rental Agreement will be emailed to you for your signature and return.

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