- 6 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- sleeps 10
Description from the owner
Uniquely located in a pine forest on a pristine fresh water lake only 1/4 mile inland from the coastal waters of the Penobscot Bay, Kill Kare Kamp has remained in the same family since it was built in 1917. So named because you can go there to "kill your cares", the home has a warm spirit about it that brings both energy and peace - a place to recharge and unwind. The cottage is an ideal family retreat where you can do as much or as little as you please, a beautiful spot to enjoy a variety of water sports and the perfect base from which to explore the beauty that is Maine's Down East coast and the nearby towns of Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonin...Read more
Lakeside Cottage on Maine's Down East Coast
Additional Location Information
Kill Kare Kamp is located on Walker Pond, Sedgwick, Maine on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Built directly on a freshwater lake and only 1/4 mile inland from the salt waters of the Eggemoggin Reach and the Penobscot Bay. The cottage is about 50 miles from Bangor and Acadia National Park. Blue Hill, Castine, Brooklin, Deer Isle, Stonington and Camden are all within easy driving distance. Nearest airport is in Bangor. Additional airport in Portland - about a 3-hour drive.
Location Type Away from it all, Lake, Rural
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: October 22, 2013 ◀▶
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Date||Nightly Rate||Weekly Rate||Monthly Rate|
|Jun 15, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014 |
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Jun 30, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014 |
Peak Summer Season
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Sep 01, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014 |
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Sep 15, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014 |
Goodbye to Summer Week
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|All other dates ||$442||$3,100|
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Refundable pet security deposit | $250 per stay | Prior permission required for bringing a pet. They must be well-behaved and treated for fleas and ticks and be current on all immunizations.
- Tax rate | 8% of rent
- Maine State Rental Tax | 8% of rent | Currently at 8%
Additional notes from owner
Rentals are from Sunday to Sunday - mid-June to mid-September.
Cleaning fee is included in rental fee.
Half of the rental fee, a refundable $500 security deposit and the rental tax (8% of rental) are due at contract signing.
Balance is due 30 days prior to occupancy.
If your application is made within four weeks of the start of your rental period, the total amount is due immediately. All payments that are made within two weeks of the rental period must be paid by certified check or money order.
Well-behaved pets are welcome with a refundable $250 security deposit. Please verify they have been treated for ticks and fleas.
For your convenience, we accept personal checks and credit cards (Visa Mastercard, Discover) via PayPal
Cancellations: Should you not utilize the specific time reserved or if you cancel your reservation less than three months prior to occupancy, all funds shall be retained (other than the security deposit) unless the cottage is re-rented by another party at the same rate for the same period of time. If the latter occurs, all funds will be refunded.
- Clothes Dryer
- Charcoal Grill
- Dish Washer
- Gas Stove
- Washing Machine
- Pet friendly - Ask
- Suitable for children - Yes
- Suitable for the elderly - Ask
- Wheelchair accessible - Ask
- Away from it all
- 2346 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
A Serene Northern Getaway
This vacation spot tops all of the others I have stayed at, simply because of the lakeside setting. The wraparound porch takes full advantage of the breathtaking vista, and the canoeing and kayaking made for a fun outing during the day. Acadia National Park is just a short drive away, as are the lobster! There is a nostalgic local-first mindset in New England that brings one back to times gone by. If you need to relax and take a break from a busy lifestyle, there is no better place to get away.
Blue Hill, ME
A fabulous experience
An authentic Maine cottage steeped in nostalgia. This lakeside home is a family treasure, lovingly cared for. Its site by the lake is spectacular, facing west for wonderful sunsets on the wraparound porch. The owners are present and available, and lovely people. This was a memorable getaway!
The Perfect Place to Unwind
This was my second trip to Kill Kare, and once again, the cottage exceeded my expectations. The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and drips with the kind of timeless Down East charm that makes for the perfect Maine getaway. The home is beautifully furnished with a lifetime of antiques and decorations that give it a wonderful sense of authenticity and comfort. Our days were spent fishing on the lake (largemouth bass were biting shad lures), exploring the lush surroundings, and making daytrips to the myriad coastal villages in the area. If you can bring yourself to leave the tranquility of Walker Pond for the day, I recommend you head to a local lobster pound and bring back fresh Maine lobsters; the kitchen has absolutely everything you need to prepare a wonderful meal. My only regret is that I had to leave, but I will be back very soon.
Quintessential Maine Heaven!!!
If you love all things Maine then this is the place for you.
Kill Kare will love you back and restore you to your most joyful self so quickly it will take your breath away. The lake view draws you out to the wraparound porch the moment you walk in the door. You will want to live the rest of your life on that porch.
Cathy and Dan are the most welcoming and gracious hosts and have supplied with meticulous detail all things to do in the area, which are many and exciting or interesting and physically challenging if you wish.
Kill Kare is wonderful from the porch to the wonderful stone fireplace to the chef quality equipped kitchen to the beautifully furnished bedrooms. The antiques and memorabilia in the house are an integral part of the Kill Kare experience.
Kill Kare Kamp should be on most everyone's bucket list
A Most Peaceful Spot
We had a wonderful family vacation at Kill Kare this summer. We loved sitting on the porch watching the beautiful sun sets, kyaking in the mornings, and playing board games after dinner. The Larson's are gracious hosts making the stay very comfortable. We would love to return in the future.
The Baxter Family
Old Lyme, Ct
A perfect Maine experience in an idyllic setting.
Cathy Larsen went above and beyond with hospitality; offering a welcome basket with fresh banana bread and even offered treats and a ball for our dog to play with and a collar with tags and the phone # of the house.
She was available by phone for any needs or questions. She offered all kinds of information re activities, services and sights in the area.
The home was lovely with a rustic elegance and charm. The huge stone fireplace was wonderful and provided warmth on chilly nights---and always plenty of firewood. The beds were a bit uncomfortable but linens were fresh and clean.
The location perched right on the lake, with a wrap around porch was heavenly. The kitchen was fully stocked with all/everything we needed to prepare meals at home.
The home is very well situated, within an hour of acadia, Northeast, Bar Harbor and Stonington etc. The town of Blue Hill is within 10 mins and has a large, new shopping center with wonderful supermarket and Rite aid.
The setting on Walker Pond was perfect. Sunsets among the best ever seen. The Lake was clean and warm and easy to launch a kayak. The porch was ideal to sit and read, talk or rest. There was only one chaise. It would have been nice to have 2 and a couple of beach chairs on the dock for sunning.
All in all it was 5 star experience. We have already booked and reserved the same week for next year.
Perfect Maine experience
This was my 5th year, renting the cottage. Each year has been very relaxing, sitting on the porch or at the kitchen table, visiting with family and friends. The sunsets across the lake are amazing. If seeing them from the porch isn't good enough, just drive the mile up the dirt road, take a right on rt. 15 to the top of Caterpillar Hill to the view over Walker Pond, all the way to the Camden Hills, Penobscot Bay and Deer Isle. There is lots to do and see in the area, from Castine to Stonington to bar harbor and acadia. The only drawback is that you must be ready to drive to see things. The cottage is remote and other than the road in there is no where to walk. Cathy has supplied lots of information on places to see and dine when you do venture out. For dining in, there is an excellent grocery store in Blue Hill, only about 20 minutes away. I'll be back next year.
New York, New York
Luckiest spot in the world
Title: Luckiest spot in the world
Review: Really among my favorite places to be in the world. Hours on the porch, a roaring fire for chilly evenings and a gorgeously clean, clear, refreshing lake to jump into anytime of any day. I have been renting on the Maine coast for fifteen years and never found a more perfect spot than this, to which I've returned -- with an ever-expanding roster of friends and family -- for five years running now. The house is clean, the kitchen stocked with every pot, pan and wine opener you could need. Nearby markets and restaurants and warm (ish!) ocean beaches mean that fresh seafood, vegetables and saltwater are just minutes away, but the location, down a long drive into the woods and on an unbelievably peaceful lake, makes you feel like you've found your own private paradise. Just note that this is a Maine camp, not a luxury hotel. While it is amply outfitted with games, books, comfortable furniture, towels, bedding, a grill and cooking implements, it's not a slick, full-service resort kind of place. It's for people who looking to spend time close to water, wind, wildlife and pine trees. As long as that's what you're after, you simply won't find a better vacation choice. Enjoy!
A perfect escape
There is nothing like the summer culture in Maine, and I feel fortunate to have experienced it in this beautiful home in Sedgewick on the Blue Hill peninsula. The house is huge while maintaining a cozy, comfortable feel, and the amenities are exceptional. If you love to cook, then stop at the local farmers market to stock up, because you could make anything here. Cathy has made everything so perfectly organized and labeled that you could find your way around the kitchen with your eyes closed. Enjoy your morning coffee, lunch, or dinner on the incredible wrap around porch that sits right on the lake. If youdon't like to cook, there are plenty of little seafood stops in town where you can pick up high quality food at a great price. Make sure to check out the wine shop nearby too!
Either way, take advantage of Cathy's offer for a seafood dinner. We felt very lucky to have a New England expert teach us how to crack open a lobster. The food is rustic yet elegant, and the company is perfect. I can't recommend it enough!
Mary Ellen O'Mealia
Leaving Kill Kare isn't easy.
This was the second one week summer vacation/family reunion my family has spent at Kill Kare. The only hard part is packing up the car and heading down the driveway back towards reality when the vacation ends.
Kill Kare is truly a beautiful, totally relaxing spot to spend a week or two.
Two weeks would be ideal, the first week goes by very quickly.
The house is lovingly cared for by the Cathy and Dan and is literally in the perfect spot. If you are looking for the ideal place to unwind and spend time together this is it.
We rent kayaks for the week- The activity Shop in Blue Hill will deliver them to the cottage and pick them up. The "pond" is beautiful and we have been lucky enough to spot bald eagles on two occasions.
You cannot beat sunset cocktails on the front porch, go to the Wine Shop in Blue Hill for some great recommendations, they also sell cheese which is excellent. While you are there run next door to The Meadow of Blue Hill, it is an exceptional little gift shop.
The town of Blue Hill has a few quality restaurants and shops along with some really fantastic galleries. That is if you ever can coax yourself off of Kill Kare's front porch.
New York City
Unbeatable Lakeside cottage visit
This cottage, owned by the lovely Catherine and Dan Larson was the perfect setting for what surely will go down as one of our most memorable and special family vacations. The setting could not be more picturesque, with direct lake access, a fireplace and a bbq there is no reason to leave the house (apart from going to the food co-op or market in town of course). The cottage itself is filled with generations of antiques which only add to it's charm and make a good conversation piece. We spent most of our time on the wrap around deck overlooking the lake, canoeing, preparing family meals and roasting marshmallows at night. You will find everything you need in the cottage from linens and towels to a full kitchen. As the cottage is in the middle of the woods, there are lots of bugs - but by the second day, they didn't seem to bother us much. There are plenty of delicious nearby restaurants and great day trips to take, like to arcadia National Park, Bar Harbour and other Nearby towns.
Just an awesome spot! Would like to return and that should say
Guys - as you of all people know, this is an awesome spot. I think the only thing I would have changed is staying at the house more than we did! We obviously did not "economize" well as the house sleeps about ten and there were just two of us! Hopefully we'll get more of the clan there next time. First time visit to Maine and the Down East Coast but it will not be the last - just a great part of the Country. It was great meeting you and we know you work hard on the place and I would as well - it is really a jewell and can't even imagine your own history there. Dan - the French red was excellent and thanks again. Also, I realize that Texas Instruments and Hewlett Packard are different organizations - I think I confused myself that night on a couple of things. Hope to see you again - God Bless. Bob White p.s. Becky probably already sent a note.
Bob and Becky White
A little piece of heaven!
Our stay at Kill Kare Kamp was absolutely one of the best vacations we have ever taken. The home itself is a vacation! It offers anything you could possibly need to make your stay so comfortable and peaceful. Beautiful Walkers Pond.. actually a lake is just breathtaking. We rented a canoe and took trips around the lake at sunset and early morning. We loved watching the loons and hearing their calls at night. The house and setting is ideal for a large family. Families with small children and families with older children will all enjoy the home and lake. It offers a little something for everyone.If you are a reader the wrap around porch is an ideal spot to lounge and read. Kill Kare is close to many wonderful scenic towns and wonderful restaraunts. We most definitly plan on returning next year. It is a vacation to remember.
Perfect place to reconnect with friends and relax. The star-filled sky is a nightly must along with just relaxing on the porch. Another must is the lobster dinner done by the Larsons - I can't imagine a better place to enjoy the tastes of Maine...they are the most fabulous cooks and hosts on the East coast. Can't wait to go back again.
The Week I Fell In Love With Maine
Words can't describe how perfect this house is. Fully furnished, with owners who are ready and available to make your stay perfect. We had 9 adults, and never once felt cramped. The views are amazing. Secluded enough to feel like you're on your own island, but conveniently close to what you need or want to see. You can easily get to Bar Harbor or acadia, but you may never want to leave the porch! The home has an obvious history, and it will take you in the moment you arrive.
Perfect Lakehouse getaway
We had the vacation of a lifetime at KillKare. Our children (including our mountain dog Sully!) could not have been more welcomed and thrilled with the amazing home and property. We were joined by friends and had plenty of room for two families of 5. If you are looking for a true Maine experience and all the comforts of home look no further! I would happily go back and recommend this home with confidence.
Kill Kares Kamp really lived up to it's name!
I have rented several houses on the Penobscot and Deer Isle over the past decade and although I enjoyed each one, I truly hope to be able to rent Kill Kares Kamp for years to come! The description of this wonderful house and setting is as true as it is peaceful. My friends and I all have very stressful careers and could not have dreamed of a more relaxing vacation. This is what being in Maine was meant to be!
An exceptional vacation
Kill Kare is a wonderful rental for anyone whose idea of a great vacation is swimming, fishing, kayaking, looking for eagles, or sitting on a sunny porch or in front of a fire with a good book and a glass of wine. It's situated directly on a beautiful, pristine lake, a short drive from the Maine coast. The house is spacious and comfortable and well-appointed, though certainly rustic in some respects -- anyone who wants super-modern kitchens and sleek bathrooms, or who wants to keep a safe distance from wildlife, would be advised to vacation elsewhere (frankly, probably not in downeast Maine). For those who love the notion of a cozy, private camp right in the middle of the woods and a lake, will find Kill Kare the perfect spot for families or friends to spend a week together. It's one of my favorite places on earth.
Fair Haven, NJ
An awesome Maine Experience!
We loved our stay at Kill Kare Kamp! It was our first experience in Maine and Catherine and Dan made us feel right at home. The home is gorgeous and the setting picturesque.
We did the lobster dinner and enjoyed it so much! Yummy lobster and just a perfect evening.
Mary Ellen O'Mealia
Middletown New Jersey
Can't wait to back next summer!
Fell in love last summer with Kill Kare Kamp and cannot wait to go back in July of 2012. Cathy Larson is incredibly gracious and obviously takes great pride in the house and it's history. She also makes an incredible Lobster Dinner!
I was looking for a spot for my family (Two post college and two college students, an old spring spaniel and myself) to spend some time together just relaxing. We certainly found that and much more at Kill Kare. Loved kayaking on the lake, walking the property and visiting nearby Blue Hill with it's galleries and restaurants. Looked foward everyday to the glass of wine or beer on Kill Kare's front porch - such a beautiful spot with amazing sunsets!
Perfect Lakeside Summer Retreat!
We went to Kill Kare Kamp this summer to get the family together (parent + "kids" aged 20-25)and had a wonderful time. Kill Kare offers the perfect location to relax and enjoy each other's company. Its lakeside setting and proximity to national parks makes it perfect for an active family. The wraparound porch is perfect for reading.
Definitely have one of Cathy's Lobster Dinners, months later we are still talking about how amazing it was!
The Perfect Spot!
It is hard to find a vacation spot that is as homey as Kill Kare! Catherine Larson made us feel more than welcome from the time we pulled into the driveway until the time we left. We had five people and one dog and it was the perfect size.
Regardless of the weather, Kill Kare is the place to be. On rainy days, sitting on the most gorgeous wrap-around porch was equally as exciting as swimming and kayaking on the lake when it was sunny! Also, it is only a short drive acadia National Park--which has some of the most gorgeous hiking trails on the East Coast.
I would suggest that anyone--of any age--spend at least a week, and bring a camera!
The best of Maine
Main Line - Philadelphia suburbs
Four Winds Relived
What a wonderful way to experience the wonders of coastal Maine. The house was more than adaquete for five women and extremely well equipped. The wrap around porch with beautiful geraniums and a panaramic view of Walker Lake. Canoes & kayaks are available for rent and definitely a must. Day trips to Bar Harbor, Acadia Nat'l park and lobster rolls are a must.
The best part is the hospitality and availability of the owners. This cottage shows many generations of love and care.
If you are seeking the REAL Maine experience...Huge "Cottage" overlooking the lake....filled with history and wonderful antiques....watching georgous sunsets for the proch,...waking to the exquisite sound of loons and gentle water lapping the house you have found your spot.
Catherine and Dan Larson are the most gracious hosts, and in a blink you feel like you are "one of the family".
The delights are so many...the wrap around porch which feels like the deck of a ship as it actually juts out over the lake, the huge and oh so warm fireplace...so delightful to sit by on a summer night and play games or just commune with your friendsor family.
We were a group of nine, and the house never felt too crowded.. with so many wonderful day excursions to take we all had great experiences to share at the end of the day while dining on Maine's best( lobsters) on the porch.
We couldn't get enough.
Kill Kare Kamp does exactly that, it kills your cares and restores you to a sense of ease and tranquility not easily come by. I urge you to go, you will NOT be disappointed.
Beth Owens Davis
Revitalized by the sights, sounds and smells & possibilities...
Stunning sunsets, the smell of balsam and the cry of loons...and I never had to leave the porch! Kill Kare embraced me from the moment I walked in the door. It is inviting, rich in history and has the best and biggest fireplace I have ever had the pleasure of falling asleep in front of. The location is unbeatable - sitting right on the lake but just minutes from the salt water and great hiking trails. The Larson's warmth and generous spirit were the icing on the cake!
Gary and Debbie Miller
Enchanting Lakeside Cottage
Walking in the door is like walking back into a world of peaceful cottage living where fishing, swimming, and reading on the deck were part of daily life. A cozy sofa in front of a huge rock fireplace is the center of life. Family games in front of a roaring fire at night and cocktails on the deck at sunset are just a few of our memorable moments at this enchanting cottage. The dock was perfect for swimming and launching our kayaks. The lake is clean with a sandy bottom. Shallow enough for small children and deep enough to swim. The places to explore near by are endless. The area is also fantastic for bicycling. Wonderful back roads to explore. It was one of our all time memorable vacations. A must go back.
Astoria, New York
Gorgous Old-Timey Maine Camp in Ideal Spot
I was overjoyed that my family was able to rent this 6 bedroom camp in Maine on the lake where I grew up going to summer camp as a girl. Walker pond is an ideal spot, on a serene lake big enough for boating but only a few miles from the ocean. It is surrounded by state and national parks, restaurants, organic markets, historical sites, galleries, craft fairs, scenic fishing villages, and more. There were only 5 of us in the 6 bedroom house, but we enjoyed all the extra space. I spent mornings reading on the wrap around porch with coffee. The house is well maintained, comfortable, and lovely, and the caretakers will make sure you have everything you need. The best resource is a giant idea book of all the local attractions, near and far.