"The Mr and I spent a week at Haley Hideaway with our 4 kids, dog and 4 of our own kayaks this July. HH gets an easy A from us, for a bunch of reasons: 1. Everyone fit in the house, which doesn't always happen with a family our size. 2. It was clean, like really clean; the windowsills didn't have dirt or bugs between the screens and the windows, which a lot of owners overlook, based on my experiences renting lake houses in Maine. 3. It's an exceptionally peaceful, quiet area. Other than some brief noise from nearby ATVing on the first day, we were left to enjoy the silence.
The house is in great shape and had everything we needed. The other reviewers didn't lie. I brought things I didn't need, like my Vitamix (they have a decent-looking blender there), my velour bedspread (what, I hate other people's bedding! However, I never used it because the master bedroom has a...wait for it...really nice velour bedspread.) We enjoyed having 2 TV areas, and brought our PS4 (video game thingy), and had an easy hookup since both TVs are from the HDMI 1 and 2 era. I never played air hockey, but I can still hear the echoes of it because the kids ran to it every time we entered the house. You know what's really nice about this house? The mud room. That is just brilliant in a rental cabin. We had everyone leave their shoes there which kept the place pretty tidy. On the last day, I noticed there's a vacuum cleaner in the master closet. Oh well.
The pond appears to have been formed by a dam, which makes for some interesting kayaking scenery. Submerged trees twist and protrude from the clear water around the edges. On some of the banks, there are fields of rocks and boulders presumably left over from glacial activity. We spotted several baitfish traps and spoke with the fisherman tending to them. I think he was the only other person any of us encountered on the pond itself!
The kids liked being able to paddle from HH directly to Pine Tree Frosty for lunch and ice cream. There is an easy place to pull in the boats next to the picnic table area. We also tried the "Thai" place next door, which turned out to be more of an Asian cuisine place, but the food was ok.
The kids enjoyed Rangeley Lake State Park & Smalls Falls. I enjoyed the reliable wireless signal. Our only dislike was the grill, which didn't get hot enough. To be fair: my husband is uniquely bad at grilling & I didn't bother to help. He said the grill is dumb. Do with that what you will. A+ Haley Hideaway!!!"
Guest: kate g.
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 17, 2016