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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.

WE ALSO OFFER "GOOD TO GO GROCERS". While staying on Ingham Pond, we can now offer you delivery service for your groceries upon arrival if you'd like. If you are interested or have questions please contact owners.

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

More Details

Roger & Elaine Karabin
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

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 Mount Vernon

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. One feature that our guests like, is the ability to be able to drive right up to the Cottage. For someone with difficulty walking, being able to walk in from the driveway without any steps is a plus along with a first floor bedroom and bathroom. 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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
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
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 , There is also a clean, modern outside privy.
  • 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
  • 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
  • fitness center
  • 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. A small air compressor is on site for pumping up tires and floats. 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.


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One Of Belgrade Lakes Best Kept Secrets, Very Private & 10 Feet From Waters Edge
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Natick, MA, USA

A little slice of heaven in central Maine

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th year running staying at the Cottage on Ingham Pond. It is our happy place- the whole family greatly looks forward to this week every year, for it's peaceful and scenic beauty, and cozy, rustic comforts. Roger and Elaine are marvelous hosts. Can't wait for next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our dog Olive, had such a wonderful vacation at the cottage. We loved that not only that it was private but so peaceful! The cottage felt like home. This rental is a must if your vacation check list includes a clean cottage for R&R, sunsets, and outdoor adventure. We can not wait to stay again!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Roger and Elaine's cottage for a week and had an incredible time. The property is beautiful, private, and has everything you could want. The location on Ingham Pond is very quiet but is only a short boat ride from Long Pond. We loved listening to the loon family and watching them feed their two baby chicks and come right up to the dock. We saw otters in the stream almost every night as we returned to the cottage. We visited the field one night and I have never seen so many lightning bugs in my life. My daughter and our dog had an absolute blast swimming off the dock and my son and I spent a lot of time fishing off the dock or from the canoe. We loved cruising on Long Pond but honestly by the end of the week we were happy to stay on Ingham Pond and just enjoy the peace and quiet and the beautiful sunsets. The owners are very friendly and welcoming and Roger even called to check in and make sure we had everything we needed. The cottage isn't very big but with 4 of us plus the dog we were very comfortable. This was one of our best vacations ever and we cant wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ah sweet seclusion

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is beautiful, well maintained, nicely furnished and well equipped with almost anything you could want or need. The property is massive and awe inspiring. The driveway from the road to the cabin are quite steep but the views you get make it completely worth it. Highly recommend it if you're looking for peace and quiet. Roger was wonderful and always available to answer any questions. Hopefully we will be returning to stay sometime again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A best kept secret that hopefully remains a secret

  • 5 of 5

How can you describe perfection? We arrived through the gates to a view that made my wife yell at me to stop the car so she could take pictures of the gorgeous water view as you enter the property. Driving down the lane to the cottage you slowly go back to a simpler way of life. A wonderful week of good food from the kitchen and grill, great sunset views, and communing with nature especially the family of Loons that visit daily. Great kayaking in Ingham pond, swimming, floating in the inner tubes and most importantly taking the paddle boat out for sunset on the pond. Great views of the water from the cottage which is decorated to share a family history of warmth and love from not only the owners but from everyone that has visited. The diary of those that have had the privilege to stay here reads like a non fiction novel. You get a rare insight into those that have stayed and grown up on this lovely property. We only hope we are able to visit once again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Natick, MA, USA

Beautiful location, impeccably maintained and furnished house.

  • 5 of 5

One of our favorite places on the planet. The whole family loves it. Can't wait to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • 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, Ole Post Office Cafe, Sadie's
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100

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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.