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Drone pic of Santa Claus Lake facing the Guest Lodge. Red square in lake is our swim dock. Thanks to friend and professional photographer Julien Jarry! www.julienjarry.com
Guest Lodge at Santa Claus Lake
Guest Lodge at Santa Claus Lake
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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Secluded, log-sided cabin just 40 ft. from pristine lake shore. In addition to modern amenities, comes with lovely stone fireplace, private swimming dock, an enclosed outdoor shower with dressing room, a rowboat, canoe and loons to serenade you!

The space

The cabin was built in 1970 by Rob's father and grandparents when there was no Lake Drive or Christmas Lane; they brought the materials across the lake by boat and cleared the lot by hand to start. Then they built Lake Drive to make it easier. The mason who built the stone fireplace for them did so by hand, using stones he spent over a year searching for and finding one by one within 20 miles of the Guest Lodge; none were hewn, but used just as they were found. The Lodge was since renovated in 2013 and 2014, adding many improvements while carefully maintaining the cabin's original simplicity and charm. There are families who have been coming to the Guest Lodge since the 70's, with children who now return as adults with their families. The 81-acre lake, known by locals as 'Staples Pond,' was immediately dubbed Santa Claus Lake by Rob's father upon seeing an aerial view - it looks just like Santa with his pack on.
Whether your great love is hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, antiquing, fishing, riding an antique steam train, renting a jet ski, or photographing the beautiful mountains, lakes and wildlife, the Franklin County area holds many interesting and fun things to see and do. Although many guests simply prefer to rest and enjoy the mesmerizing peace and quiet, wildlife and fishing or hiking right on this beautiful forest property, and only leave to go to Giffords' for some ice cream.

Guest access

You will have the whole cabin and property to yourself, private access to the lake with swimming dock, and use of the canoe, row boat and enclosed outdoor shower. (Note: outdoor shower is in use between Memorial day and Labor Day.)

Interaction with guests

We are only a phone call away if you have any questions or concerns. We also provide you with lots of information about the cabin and the surrounding area before you go, to help you plan your trip...and there is a big looseleaf notebook in the cabin, filled with brochures and info on area attractions.

Other things to note

There's a charcoal grill on the back porch. There is no cable service in Temple, Maine, but we have a DVD player and movies to watch, as well as bookshelves filled with books, and some games and puzzles. There is a printer/scanner/copier on the desk in the living room. The great room has a big, strong ceiling fan which is wonderful when the temperature rises, and keeps the heat circulating when the weather is cold as well. There is also an air-conditioner and an attic fan that helps keep the temperature down on those rare hot days in Maine, as well as two ceiling fans out on the back porch.
We are a seasonal property - open from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving and closed during the winter months. During the summer we rent only by the week (Saturday to Saturday), and in the fall we have a 3-night minimum.

Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Essentials
Prices
Extra people $10 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $75
Weekly Discount: 34%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

Please no smoking or candles.
Pets: Housebroken, well-behaved dogs only, with an additional $100 extra service cleaning fee per week or stay (if under a week) if you bring your canine family member. (No other pets allowed.)
No motor boats are allowed on the lake, as we want to keep it a quiet and welcoming place for the loons who return every year to raise their babies - as well as a restful place for our guests.
Most of our renters have been coming for years and treat the Lodge as their own. The natural environment and wildlife are a special part of the experience and we ask our guests to please respect both.

Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Availability
3 nights minimum stay

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Angelique User Profile
October 2017
This house is super cute and you can tell the owners have taken extremely good care of it. Very clean, very quiet and secluded. I never saw a single other person the whole time we were at the house. The lake is lovely, house is cozy and adorable. The queen bed is probably the most comfortable bed I've ever slept on, on vacation. I would definitely recommend to a friend. We took the Height of Land Loop tour that they suggested which was a nice way to see the surrounding area and get some great photos. Owners were responsive and thoughtful.

Liz User Profile
August 2017
The lodge is lovely and well cared for. The pond quiet and peaceful. We had a great time touring the pond in the canoe, fishing and listening to the loons. Favorite part was the cool end of summer nights in front of the fire with a good book!

Mariah User Profile
August 2017
We enjoyed every bit of our stay. The cabin was exactly as it was described. It was a great place for our family to relax and enjoy each others company. Everything you could imagine was provided for us at the guest lodge and Rob and Beth responded to all of our calls and texts.

Marcia User Profile
July 2017
If you are looking for a little slice of heaven, look no further! Our time at the Guest Lodge was absolute bliss. We were able to unplug and immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of Santa Claus Lake and truly enjoy our time together as a family. Rob and Beth saw to every detail to ensure our stay was comfortable, safe and wonderful!
Rob And Beth User Profile
Response from Rob And Beth:
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Santa Claus Lake! Thank you for the lovely reviews you've given us. We look forward to having you as our guests again!
July 2017

Kevin User Profile
October 2016
We had an absolutely great stay at the Guest Lodge. I was exactly what we were looking for. Whether it was canoeing on the lake or hiking on the trails it was all very relaxing. The fall foliage was outstanding and I do not think we could have timed it any better. Rob and Beth have thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable. All the amenities that the Guest Lodge provided, added to a great week. Thank you for keeping the Guest Lodge pet friendly as our dog Nala enjoyed her stay also. This is truly a 5 star location and we look forward to a return trip in the future. Rob and Beth, Thank you for your hospitality. Kevin and Denise

Kimberly User Profile
September 2016
We couldn't have been happier with our experience. The cabin and surrounding area was amazing - quiet, peaceful and relaxing. We wanted to get away from it all and was not disappointed. What it made it extra-special was that we could bring our dog, Jackson, who had a blast! Rob and Beth provided all we could need from toiletries to a large pot to steam our lobsters. We will definitely be coming back. Thanks for everything, Rob & Beth!

Kristen User Profile
September 2016
Rob and Beth - This was the most wonderful place we have ever stayed! It was the most relaxed I have felt in over 6 years. Beautiful home, spectacular location and unforgettable weekend. We could not have asked for me from a weekend getaway! You made us feel so welcomed; from the fresh flowers on the table to the wonderful instructions. My only regret is only staying two nights! We will indeed be back. With heartfelt appreciation and thanks - Kristen, Bill & Presley

Stamford, Connecticut, United StatesJoined in July 2015
Rob And Beth User Profile
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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