Enjoy life in the Maine woods. Sit on the dock or deck and watch osprey and bald eagles fly overhead and loons and great blue heron catch fish. Enjoy a refreshing swim out to the float and lie in the sun. Canoe down the lake to numerous private coves and picnic spots. (There are five cottages south of us then the rest of the shoreline is under resource protection and has no cottages.) End your day snug in bed, listening to the tremolo call of the loons.
Long Pond is a ten mile long lake in Central Maine. It is located in the towns of Mount Vernon, Belgrade and Rome. The cottage is on the southern, quieter, half of the lake. The village of Belgrade Lakes is on the northern half of the lake and is accessible by water if you wish. The two halves of the lake are connected by a narrow passage under a bridge at Castle Island. Fishermen can catch large and small mouth bass, northern pike, perch, pickerel and brown trout in its waters. Fishing boats can be rented at Castle Island Camps a few miles across the lake. Larger boats for water skiing are also available from other locals. There is a state boat landing at Castle Island if you bring your own boat.
The cottage was rebuilt in 1990 with knotty pine paneling throughout. It has a large living-dining-kitchen area with cathedral ceiling overlooking the lake. There are two bedrooms on the main floor and a loft upstairs. The small bedroom has two twin beds. The master bedroom, also with a cathedral ceiling, has a king size bed. The master bedroom also has a triple sliding glass door opening onto the private side deck overlooking the lake. The loft has two twin beds and a day bed. The cottage has two bathrooms, one with a shower and the second with a washer and dryer. There is electric heat in both bedrooms as well as a woodstove in the living area to keep you comfortable on cool summer mornings. You are welcome to use the gas grill on the deck but no other outdoor fires are allowed. The side deck wraps around a large rock and is private because we own the two adjacent lots on that side.
The property includes 300 feet of lakefront part of which is a small sandy beach that is perfect for young children to swim or for launching your canoe or kayak. There is a dock with tie ups for two boats as well as a float to swim to.
The town of Mount Vernon is a ten minute drive. There you can find a gas station, very well stocked country store and the Post Office Cafe for delicious breakfasts and lunches overlooking Minnehonk Lake. There are also several gift and antique shops. Augusta with several shopping malls and supermarkets is about 30 minutes away.
There are hiking trails just out the back door of the cottage plus many more within a short drive.
Long Pond Cottage is available for weekly rental, Saturday to Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend. Rent is $1400 per week plus a $500 security deposit plus references if this is your first time renting from us. We supply all sheets and towels. Discounts are available for multiweek or off-season rentals. Sorry, but we cannot allow pets or smokers- NO EXCEPTIONS.
Peaceful Lakefront Cottage on Beautiful Long Pond Mount Vernon, Maine
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The cottage is located on the southern half of Long Pond. It is over a mile down a very good dirt road. If you canoe or kayak south of us you pass 5 other cottages and then have undeveloped shoreline to explore. This area of Maine is special as it has many lakes and is a little over an hour from the picturesque coastal communities such as Camden, Boothbay and Pemaquid. It is the same distance from the western mountains such as Tumbledown which is a wonderful hike with a cool pond for a swim at the top.
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Last updated on February 23, 2015
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We spent a week here in June 2013 and had a great time. This cottage is ideal for anyone who would like a quiet traditional Maine getaway (think On Golden Pond) to a place with plentiful opportunities for peaceful kayaking or fishing on a big, beautiful lake with little competition from speedboats, jet skis, and the like. The dock area was very easy to reach with our four boats and plenty big for keeping the boats out of the water when we weren't down there. It was also easy to get from the dock into and out of the boats, and having the swim platform was an extra bonus that our teenage sons loved. The cottage is located in a very secluded area (off a well maintained unpaved road), with only a couple of close neighbors; when you kayak out, you can quickly be over in a part of the lake where there are no cottages, but interesting coves to explore and rocks to climb on. The house itself is very cozy and comfortable, with lots of windows that can be opened to capture lake breezes. The very large, bright sitting area in the master bedroom was our favorite indoor space and is especially pleasant if you have rainy days where you have to stay inside and read. Our teenage sons loved the loft sleeping area and the cozy paneled downstairs bedroom--both great places to curl up with a favorite . . . iPhone. The owners were great to deal with in communicating ahead of time about the rental, and very responsive to the couple of minor issues that arose during our stay. They had equipped the house well with all of those little things you need like spices, dishwasher detergent, garbage bags, etc., so we weren't having to constantly make lists and run out (a 20-30 min round trip) to get stuff. In sum, a relaxing Maine lakeside respite, perfect for a family or couple looking to spend quality time together.
We spent a beautiful week in June at this cottage. During our stay, we kayaked the lake and saw loons, otters, herons, eagles, and turtles. The house itself was immaculate, with ever possible need foreseen. The owner has thoughtfully provided everything from linens to boardgames to reading material. He was gracious and welcoming. We would definitely return to Long Pond Cottage!
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