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Central Maine USA!4 SN Fantastic Nature Lover's Paradise-Lakeside Camp for: quiet, BBQ, swimming, boating, hike, firepit ski/play/sporty. Boston 3 hrs, near Portland. Romantic Get A Way, Rustic Retreat: Fireside, can sleep 4-8 See MANY Pics! NoPets
"Nature Lovers Paradise- Lakeside" is a comfortable and very cozy FOUR SEASON Camp...sleep, BBQ, right on the water's or ice edge! Has a waterside setting, Big Stove, a computerized furnace, DISH TV and a dishwasher. A Really Cool very Rustic Camp centrally located for 4 Season fun and other Maine attractions. Not only hiking and biking nearby, close enough to drive to both ocean and ski lodges. Plus other sports like: snow tubing, X country ski, ATV.. or walk/ snowmobile from yard, lake or road onto nearby trails plus more. Very convenient.. too much fun to imagine! Or just plain veg. out and HAVE FUN relaxing, cooking, playing games, or watch old videos during cooler/wetter weather times.
WE REST YOUR TOES WHILE YOU REST YOUR SOUL at this comfortable, perfectly imperfect sort of cluttered place!
Only 3/4 hr. No. of Portland, ME. USA (Portland is a nice ocean side city with a Jet Port)
What to do? Lots: This perfectly not perfect camp is on a nice little lake. A popular and fun little, old cottage. Since it is centrally located in Maine ...the drive times to attractions are 05 minutes to about an hour and a half +/-. At the camp: water play, row, canoe, beach, fish, wood fires, (scubba diving/wind sailing lessons booked ahead.)Inland you can hike, bike, go climbing, x country ski/snowshoe on Carters X country ski trails (15 kilometers of trails-with a warm up lodge, store and equipment rentals.) In addition...Ski nearby at 7 locations: Lost Valley, Shawnee Peak, Conway (Tourist Shopping, Mtn. Climbing and Ski Cranmore Mtn.,) Mt. Abrams, Sunday River Ski Resort, a day trip to Sugarloaf Mtn. is hearty; but I go, and it is my favorite resort and ski area. Snow Tubing is down the road a piece. It can be fun at night too; if coming in Fri night from the South. Right out the door of my camp... I walk, x country ski or snow shoe on the lake, the dirt roads, or into the forest. You can snowmobile from here too, to the Casino they say. There are some snowmobile woods trails- a short quick drive or walk up Rt 11 from my driveway. The snow mobile trails are usually packed and good for walking/snowshoeing/or X country skiing a few miles too.. I can also go skating if someone clears the ice off. Outside on the lower deck is a deckside fireplace chiminae, for sitting around outside on cushioned lawn chairs and basking in the summer or winter sun. Being on the lakeside in any season is so..beautiful when the sun pours in, to relax.
There are many local restaurants (5 min. pizza, half hour/hr. almost anything you want) within many driving times for decent food so you do not have to cook in all the time. Yet, I have a fully equipped kitchen and there are three grocery stores plus health food stores etc.
Inside the Nature Lover's Paradise camp, enjoy: Dish TV, and a great big video library. Play video, dvd and cd's, lots of games and cards. Feed a cozy wood stove.
WIFI and modern appliances! Hope this begins to help with your planning. A lot more description details follow.
The place easily sleeps four, has 7 beds (3 beds sleep 2 people.)
The cost is 115 per night (November through May) plus a 65 cleaning fee. A 100 deposit is held on your cc about a week before arrival. When you book, you pay in full by cc plus some small AIRbnb fees. Since I do not know those air fees I can not quote them to you. Look for them on the screen. My June through October nightly booking rates go up to 135 per night. They used to be 168, so I feel they are fair at 135 in the current market for the past 2 years. This camp is a good value! At initial inquiry, please include your estimated number of guests. Note: If the Air calendar says the dates are available feel free to book it without asking me first. If I have a rare issue I will simply Decline the booking and or do a discussion with you. OK? Thank you!
More planning details: You have just discovered a 1907 East Shore piece of PARADISE in the famous Poland Spring Area of Maine, USA, It is a cozy 1907's renovated camp; surrounded by "old growth pines and water." It is easy to get too. It's situated on popular Tripp Lake. On maps Tripp Lake is referred to as "Tripp Pond" But locally everyone calls it Tripp Lake. It is only a 3/4 hour North from Portland, it's 10 minutes from a Casino, and 15 minutes plus, to many attractions. (more details further on)
For 67 years, our family's camp has slowly been maturing into a nicer little cottage, resting its old timbers only 22 feet from the water/ice. A "Great Place" for booking your vacation week, short stays, week end getaways or monthly retreats. More about what to do there? This camp is centrally located between several great places: The drive time is 05 minutes to about an hour +: You can snow shoe on the Carters X country ski trails nearby (15 kilometers of trails , and 2 hrs. to Sugarloaf for Regee week end in late March/Apr.
Many concierge services can also be available with pre-discussion and agreed upon additional (website hidden): Cooking, pick up at station or Casino .....just inquire, discuss and pay. How could I help you relax and safely arrive in a strange place to you?
RELAX is the word here. Easy Does It! Enjoy the OUTDOORS and the huge old wood stove's heat for fun. For some people the brain shift to doing some camping and breaking the everyday routine is relaxing. This fun and funky place can do that for you, but you will have to leave the critic at home and bring a sense of humor.
This Lakeside camp is THE site for EASY CAMPING METHODS: running lake water, hot running water, shower and tub, modern appliances, soft carpeting, wood beams, wood stove, computerized furnace, many beds and a lot more. "Lets camp and, deal with camp kind of stuff-just do something different! " LET"S HAVE SOME DYNAMICS! It is so PERFECTLY "not perfect," camping with the "fun in funky" that's still alive.
Think of this central location this way: This "Nature Lovers Paradise-Lakeside" location is a four-season rest and recreation camp. You can easily STAY and PLAY or Go and PLAY. You can STAY and swim, water ski, canoe, kayak, hike, bike, ATV/UTV, X Country ski, skate, BBQ, cook, read ... do a lobster feed etc. Or GO AND PLAY to nature walks/golf at the Poland Spring Resort's course, walk the Preservation Park Nature Trails, do Agriculture Family Fun stuff, eat out, summer playhouse theaters, gamble at Oxford Casino, tourist shop Freeport, Portland or Conway, Portland Lighthouse, drive to the OOB pier & ocean/arcade, do snow sport day or night ski trips to Sunday River, Sugarloaf Ski Resort (s), Shawnee Peak, Lost Valley, Conway, tourist the White Mtns (N.H.), go to Fryeburg Maine's huge Country Fair (end of Sept), Plus, close to the cottage is the Poland Spring's STATE PARK big sandy beach.
Today Non Potable Water: Though certainly "A Chef's Paradise for cooking supplies" and cooking gear....we are used to the camp's cooking and showering with, but do not tend to drink, the LAKE WATER though; right now. The Owner Does Supply lots of fresh spring water... or feel free to bring your own label. This cottage and its running tap lake water is located on top of the famous and pristine Poland Springs aquifer's healing waters area.
This camp is named "Nature Lovers Paradise- Lakeside!" You would be staying at a site between lake water, with a camp and other buildings with wood piles and stuff. It is up on slightly higher ground from the lake. A vernal pool: with bullfrogs, fairy shrimp and a bird sanctuary are behind the camp. Eventually, way out back are woods and higher ground. It is a somewhat of a perfect Feng Shui landscape site for resting. For summer, keep in mind that due to many breezes people say "this is NOT a "mosquitoes galore " buggy kind of place at all. All camps have bugs. But we are not one of the real buggy kind at all.
Enjoy all kinds of Nature's critters and plants. Fish from the dock, and if you see a flea inside, feed it to a frog outside. (Just kidding of course.) Be real about camping expectations though. Please arrive and depart with an attitude of gratitude about Nature's little creatures. Try to leave your professional critic at home or in the office. The owner humbly wants you to know that simply due to the NATURE OF CAMPING please come prepared for a "true nature of camping." It is not perfect here. There is no tar, or grass to mow here. If you are a "tuned in reality camper," then great!
The cottage yards are not only bright in the morning, as it faces East for Morning sun, it faces West where Sunsets are Born.
Enjoy, Nature Lovers Paradise Lakeside... With its' East Shore setting...159' waterfront beach area, a dock, canoe, kayak, typical sandy bottom, lake grasses, sandy beach in season, fishing and lakeside views. Relax with 3 DECKS/ 5 grills: one large deck on the West side with charcoal and gas BBQs, a gas hotplate and running water double sink, an East side deck with a breakfast cafe table and charcoal BBQ. The 3rd lower level deck over the waterfront area (or skating rink,) has a deck fireplace and chairs. The lake and wharf style dock accommodates your water ski boat. Plus a big lakeside fire-pit gives the wood burning smells of camping.Yet, indoors the modern gas range ups your camp into a fully equipped cottage kitchen.
Atmosphere Description: A single lane, wooded, private gravel drive curves toward the camp in a family, vacation minded neighborhood. Professional, family style NEIGHBORS, other renters, and the workshop, sauna, ice fishing house, and owner's bunkhouse/office- studio are close by. People, including the owner, quietly come and go. Synopsis: It is a private driveway, yet there are other buildings and people nearby doing stuff: campfires, fishing, swimming, boating, relaxed campfire talking, laughing, fireworks, children noises and mostly pretty quiet fun playing around types of activities. It is a "close/caring" and friendly neighborhood type of atmosphere, with weekly changing groups of company. In addition are the joyous sounds of the ELITE "Tripp Lake Camp" from across the lake during July and August only. Your yard/beach area feels pretty private in relationship to the many buildings around it. You are not in the wilderness. But if you want total privacy/wilderness...See my 2nd camp in Buckfield, Maine USA listing on Air...Nature Lovers Paradise - Mountainside!
Right now approaching Summer it is very quiet. Summer and the forth of July week is the noisiest. Though a private setting, due to large yard and 156" total property beachside, it is usually a lot more quiet Sunday night on, during the week and after Labor Day weekend through leaf peeping season. In the winter it is pretty much a silent retreat. This is a 4 Season "Maine Paradise Rental"
Now, come on.. take a tour INSIDE this comfortable, antique style cottage. It has an open floor plan. The main room is the 180 degree Lake View living room, which is framed with large rough beams, earth tones, wall to wall carpeting, splashes of color. The seating includes double bed convertible couch, rocker/recliner, huge overstuffed chair with matching ottoman, glider chair and a 3/4 bed along the windows; overlooking the lake.
Stepping out of the living room toward the fully equipped kitchen you will find pine slab counter tops, oak floors, a cozy dining area with a bay window facing the lake's sunsets in a cafe-like setting. A huge and wonderful wood stove, along with all the wood supplies, heats the whole place in the winter (along with a monitor- computerized furnace.) Welcome good heart campers and tired travelers!
There are TWO BEDROOMS, one up and one downstairs.
1.The first downstairs bedroom comes with two small windows, good ventilation, a bunkbed and Queen memory foam bed. It is located off the living room. Door opens into a 3/4bathroom. An open concept space that goes into the living room is closed off by the old beautiful piano. Due to its open concept, with the movable piano, this downstairs bedroom can be converted to HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE upon request. Yes, there is no wall on that side of the room. the heavy piano is quite a wall in itself. Video TV is also in this bedroom along with a large video library.
2. A short, steep stairway leads upstairs to another bedroom, complete with a double futon, single bed, Victorian chair, ceiling fan, AC, windows overlooking the lake plus an ancient claw foot tub; with its gold painted toe nails- enticing you to REST YOUR TRAVELING TOES AND SOULS! There is a DVD and Video TV upstairs too. You can "watch" it while; in the tub. Or just lay back and relax, then dry off and flop into bed.
3.The Living Room has a double bed couch and right next to an open window by the lake is a favorite 3/4 memory foam (two mattresses) bed, on the floor, facing DISH TV.
Expect rural, not city communication dynamics.
Camp games: Darts, horse shoes, bad mitten, puzzles, bingo, books, and cards and several board games.
Just a little more detail:
Nature Lovers Paradise-Lakeside is located in the Poland Springs Area , near Portland and other surrounding towns such as Norway/So. Paris, Paris, Oxford, Naples, Lewiston/Auburn. located between the ocean and the mountains. Located between the Ocean and Mountains, the Poland Spring Area is famous for its "Healing Waters and Historical Golf Course;" Maybe you have heard of the famous bottled Poland Spring. This camp sits in on the aquafer's area.
Port city is a nickname for Portland, the largest city in Southern Maine, plus remember "Freeport," the hometown of LL Bean's- famous outlet shoppers paradise....both are only 45 minutes away. And so is the Desert of Maine. OOB refers to Old Orchard Beach. It is only about an hour away.
Ya!.... Skiers, hikers, bikers and climbers this place is your Nature Lovers Paradise to go to and from. Sunday River Ski Resort, Golf and a Casino are only 4 to 40 miles away. Check out Harvest Hill Farm's Pumpkin Land web site, Skin Divers Paradise and Wind surfing lessons are available too. Trip Lake is 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. It is ideal for bringing your motorboat, canoe, or kayak and is a good fishing lake year round.
Driving your car is your best means of transportation. Public transit is cab services. No local buses. But, I can pick you up at the Portland or Lewiston Maine Bus Stations. Yes, there are local restaurants.
Maine, known as "Vacation Land" awaits.. come and enjoy NOW!
Guests have access to the main camp/cottage building, three decks, 3 grills, firepit, deck fireplace, lawn/deck furniture, boats etc, parking lot, private driveway with owner, 60' beachfront, dock for your boat, ice and beach in season, walking trails, shopping and local attractions.
Interaction with Guests
Your host will orient you to the camp's FUN in FUNky ways for your convenience. Other interaction is simply your choice. She has lives here and has a small studio/bunkhouse camp next door. She quietly may or may not quietly come and go while you are enjoying the main camp and the property. Romantic Getaways require privacy, yet cultural exchanges are good social fun sometimes (pre-arranged.) As a guest, just let Trudy know ahead of time, what you need and want from her. She is very respectful of your privacy and yet very happy to help your stay and give you full filling accommodations
Atmosphere Description: A single lane, wooded, gravel drive privately curves toward the cottage. It is located in a family vacation minded neighborhood. Professional, retired, family style NEIGHBORS, and the owner's bunkhouse/office- studio are close by. People, including the owner, quietly come and go at their camps. Though the camp you are renting has its private driveway, there are buildings and people nearby doing stuff like: fishing, swimming, boating, relaxed campfire, hot tubing, talking, laughing, fireworks, children noises and mostly pretty quiet fun, playing around. It is a "close/caring" and friendly neighborhood type of atmosphere, with sometimes weekly changing groups of company. In addition are the joyous sounds of the ELITE "Tripp Lake Girls Camp" from across the lake during July and August only.
Driving your car is your best means of transportation. Public transit is cab services.
If you need Trudy to pick you up etc. at the Bus Station or Airport, you can always Ask!
Other Things to Note
A unique, warm and cozy rural old, cluttered camp like setting. This is nice camp/cottage! It supplies you so you can travel light or get off the road and rest, quick and relax! Linens and BNB foods are available.
More beds than shown in pics, now. Map is wrong, it is smack on the waterfront!
Kitchen Rule: Grease goes in the grease containers (not down the drain, please), Property Rules: No Pets with exceptions (only seeing eye dogs type, additional $60 per pet fee.) No smoking inside the cottage. Safety: Just for you to be aware: There are tree roots that stick up above ground. There are fresh water clams and shells in season... Rule:They are not edible and have sharp shells. Do not jump down hard on some of them. Rule: We rake the lake weeds, not the ground's pine needles, please if you see a rake...do not rake!.
Rule: Docks, decks, tree roots and... running... do not go hand in hand.
Extra Safety: Note about Tap Water: We only cook, rinse veggies, shower and laundry with the tap water. We do not drink the tap water. The tap water is the old fashion " camp's lake water method," at this time. We do wash veggies etc, with it and then quickly extra rinse with spring water though. Manager provides bottled or fresh spring water. We brush our teeth with spring water too. Part of the "fun" in funky.
We do have a spring water well. But at this time it is under maintenance. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Check in and Check out: Check In: Anytime after 4 PM. Your night arrival/late is common for me. Just text or call as you leave Portland. I can estimate your arrivel time by this notification. Then call me when you get into the yard. Enter through the glass sliding doors. Lights will be on. Keys are near the microwave. Check out is noon. Please just make sure I know what sheets to wash. Put towels into the washing machine. Close trash bags. Use the big black trash container out back. We do recycle bottles etc, and compost. All containers are provided.
Use camp policies for other guidance.
Trudy is a great host! She is very welcoming and communicative, answering all of our questions and making our stay great! The house is very cozy, and has a beautiful water views and a dock. We really enjoyed sipping coffee out there and taking the kayaks and canoes out on the lake. The firepit was very nice as well. All in all it was a fantastic time and we wouldn't hesitate coming back.
Pictures don't do this cabin justice.
It was like being taken to a classic lakeside camp/retreat of times gone by. This place has a million dollar
Imagine our delight at watching sunset and moon-set too
( mid August ) across the water with a pristine undeveloped far shore.
If you want others to pamper YOU - go to the Poland Resort - but if you are a camper at heart , come pamper yourself HERE and enjoy the firepit at night under the ancient pines with just you and your loved ones.loved ones.
My husband and I traveled to this cabin with our two young daughters and could not have had a better experience! The location is a beautiful spot on a very peaceful lake. The setting is rustic, but with any amenity you can think of, it is a very relaxing way to rough it. With small kids, that washer/dryer and dishwasher were godsends, and we had absolutely anything we could think of needing available to us. There is a lovely little sandy beach, and when we were there in mid-August, the water was quite warm and shallow. About 50 feet out, my 8 year old could still touch bottom, so it was great that they had such great range to play! We enjoyed just relaxing at the cottage, but there are all kinds of fun activities nearby. We recommend just about everything we went to in Naples, which is maybe a 20 minute drive away. Lots of good restaurants around, but the kitchen is equipped with absolutely everything you can think of, so you can also cook to your heart's content. Definitely give this place a try!
Trudy is the best! Great place with unending charm. Wish I had more time to say there. Will be back next year!
Trudy was a great host! She went out of her way to help, the view to the lake was fantastic, very peaceful.
Trudy was a perfect host and very careful with us. The home is very lovely and contain everything you need. Thank you for your kind attention for each of us Trudy!
We booked Trudy's place for a 4th of July/40th birthday celebration. We had the best 4th of July EVER! Trudy is a gracious and flexible host. Read what she writes (accurately!) in the description: this is an older place, so don't expect perfection. Expect plenty of character and an eclectic collection of "camp" stuff that obviously has taken years to accumulate. There's three decks, a fire pit AND a Chiminea, plus two dock areas and even an outdoor sink, so our group could spread out at times and have quiet moments when desired. It's really sort of a mini-compound, with lots of nooks and crannies and places to gather. This place beams with character. The neighbors are friendly families and Trudy comes and goes from the small artist's studio on the property. Property is exactly as described. A perfect place for a lakeside getaway. Highly recommended!
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