Rangeley Maine Vacation home, Mountains and Lakes.
|Per night||$200 - $250|
You will have water access (1/2 mile from house) to a 6 acre association park located directly on Rangeley lake. Swim, kayak, canoe, fish, sun, barbeque, or launch your boat from here directly onto the lake.
Ski Saddleback just minutes away, easy snowmachine connections to Rangeley Lake and ITS trails right from the property.
Built in 2005, custom home 3 BR, 2 BA, Loft, near gourmet kitchen, Great room with fireplace. Master BR shares fireplace. Panoramic views from every room within house.
Home has automatic backup generator to run entire home.
Garage and unfinished basement
Computer, hi-speed wireless, Satellite TV, phone (no long distance)
Pet available with approval and deposit.
"Eagles Rest" was named after a family of Bald Eagles who share the mountain with us each summer.
You will be perched 1000 feet above Rangeley lake with a dramatic 210 degree panaromic westerly exposure to enjoy exceptional sunsets over the lake, Greenvale Cove and the western mountains.
Home is fully equiped, all you need to supply is food and beverage.
From your door step you have access to the area's best Skiing, (10 minutes to Saddleback), fishing, hiking, mountain biking, ATV, and Snowmobile trails, (connection to ITS trails or Rangeley lake 1/2 mile via local trails). You will find both Blueberry and Raspberry patches on the property and surrounding area to eat off the bush or collect for baking.
You will be surrounded by nature, and it will come to you. Deer, turkeys, hummingbirds, moose, fox, and rabbits routinely venture onto the property.
You will have access (1/2 mile from house) to a 6 acre association park located directly on Rangeley lake. Swim, kayak, canoe, fish, sun, barbeque, or launch your boat from here directly onto the lake.
Bill Van Mater
Abnaki Indians set up hunting and fishing camps alongside the area's 111 lakes and ponds. They were followed by well-to-do "flatlanders" (anyone from south of New Hampshire) who, around the time of the Civil War, were drawn to the Region by the same outdoor activities that had attracted the Abnakis.
Today, the Rangeley Lakes Region continues to draw vacationers seeking a year-round playground. Its setting, recreational opportunities, and other attributes also have gained wider recognition. Rand McNally included the area -- along with major cities, popular national parks, and other much larger, better-known destinations -- on its list of "best vacation places in America."
The tiny town of Rangeley, with 1,200 permanent residents, is perched at the center of this enticing vacation region. The little village captures the quaint nostalgia of a Norman Rockwell painting.
Main Street is lined by single-story frame buildings that house shops, a handful of restaurants, and a small movie theater. No stop lights interrupt the sparse flow of traffic, much of it cars with a canoe on top and huge trucks groaning beneath loads of fresh-cut logs. Nearby Oquossoc (Indian for "landing place") is even smaller. Perched between Rangeley and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes, it is home to three restaurants, a small grocery store, a fishing and sports shop, a marina, post office, and folks who really like the quiet.
This picture-postcard scene varies little throughout the year. Yet each season in the Rangeley Lakes Region offers its own choice of activities for which the landscape and lakes provide a perfect setting.
Fishing is what helped bring Rangeley to the attention of the outside world; and anglers who test their skill and luck, especially in the spring and fall, soon learn why. Around the turn of the century, these were the best-known native brook trout waters in the world, yielding giants so huge that visitors had trouble believing they were brookies.
Later, stocked landlocked salmon took hold and joined trout as a choice catch. Today's visitor may pursue the descendants of lunker trout and salmon that have made the Region a fishing mecca, particularly for fly casting.
Hikers follow trails that criss-cross the woods. Others prefer the stretch of the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail that passes within nine miles of Rangeley. Mountain bikes enable even inexperienced peddlers to traverse country roads that follow the rolling hills, while steeper mountains challenge the most seasoned expert.
The Mingo Springs Golf Course is played and praised by duffers and low handicappers alike. It is known as one of the most scenic layouts in all of New England, with Saddleback Mountain rising to the east and meandering lakes stretching as far as the eye can see to the west.
Those who prefer water to dry land take to the Rangeley chain of lakes in canoes, sail and power boats, and old-fashioned Rangeley boats -- unique wooden crafts that were built specifically for local lake travel. In recent years, windsurf sails have joined in, taking advantage of breezes that blow down onto the lake waters from the surrounding mountains.
Fall gives Mother Nature an opportunity to put on her most dazzling Technicolor display. Splashes of vivid reds, flaming oranges, and a full rainbow of colors are set off by the blue lake waters.
Fall also demonstrates why the Rangeley Lakes Region is popular with hunters. Trophy white-tail deer and bear are abundant. Small game flourishes in fields and forests. Ruffed grouse are among game birds that take flight at the sound of an approaching footstep.
Those interested in close encounters with wildlife also have plenty of opportunities. Early morning canoeists on the Kennebago River look for deer, osprey, beaver, otter, mink, and the gigantic moose. Another good bet for meeting moose is during a dawn or dusk drive out of town on Route 16.
Winter in Rangeley is synonymous with some of the best snowmobiling anywhere. A 150-mile network of clearly marked, well-groomed trails interconnects with other systems that lead throughout Maine and into Canada. A season-long calendar of races, festivals, and other special events attracts snowmobile enthusiasts from near and far. For up-to-date conditions December through April, call the Snowmobile Trail Condition Hotline.
Skiing is also first rate. Saddleback remains the last uncrowded big mountain ski experience in New England. The 4,116-foot high peak boasts 40 Alpine trails and plenty of lift capacity. Top-to-bottom snowmaking augments over 200 inches of annual snowfall to keep slopes open and active from November into April. For a current trail-condition report, call the Saddleback Sno-Phone.
Cross-country skiers may follow nearly 25 km of trails through rolling woodlands at Saddleback Ski Area or enjoy the meticulously-groomed and tracked 75-km Rangeley Lakes Cross Country Ski Trail System located just outside of Rangeley Village, maintained by the Rangeley Lakes Cross-Country Ski Club. More adventurous ski tour participants prefer to venture off along the network of logging roads and other side trails that lace the surrounding woods.
No matter what time of year they choose to enjoy the Rangeley Lakes Region, visitors also may choose from a something-for-everyone variety of inviting accommodations. They include comfortable country inns, intimate bed and breakfasts, convenient motels, private home rentals, sporting complexes, camping areas and rustic housekeeping cottages that, in this part of the world, are called "camps."
Indeed, travelers with any type of accommodation preference, those who prefer any kind of outdoor activity, people seeking a vacation alternative at any time of year -- all are likely to find what they want at the Rangeley Lakes Region of Maine. That includes plenty of nature at its most magnificent in which to pursue favorite sports and recreation, commune with the outdoors, or perhaps just relax with a good book.
In its rating of outstanding destinations, Rand McNally described the Rangeley Lakes Region as "one of America's few remaining vacation spots where one can truly escape most of the disadvantages of civilization." Who's to argue with such a respected source?
|Jul 01 2010||Dec 31 2013||$200||$250||$1,200||$2,600||3 nights|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 7%|
|Deposits: Pet allowed with approval and $500 deposit, $400 refundable after departure review. Security deposit $500, refundable after departure review. Reservation deposit 50% of stay, 50% refund if cancelled 15 days or more of reservation date, No refund if cancelled 14 days or less of reservation date.|
|Payment Options: Money Order, Cashier's Check, Personal Check|
|Other Fees: Departure cleaning fee of $100 for weekly and monthly rentals|
September 2, 2013
Just spent a week at this house and it was amazing. The view from the deck is truly wonderful and the house is well appointed. The kitchen is as advertised and has everything you would need to prepare a great meal. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to get away.
August 12, 2013
This was the best place we've stayed so far in Maine. I have rented several homes in the past years, this home and Rangeley was the best! The home was spotless, and the views of mountains and the lake was amazing. We picked a perfect week, 60s for highs and 40s at night with blue skies. The owner of property Bill was very helpful and accommodating. We were hoping to see a moose while here, we actually saw two, that was amazing. We also saw deer on the property in the front and saw porcupine waddle by several times in the evenings, that was amazing. It was very hard to leave, wish we could have stayed longer, look forward to coming again!
Kelly Monarca Paige
October 11, 2012
The house is beautiful and the setting is so peaceful. From the deck we saw deer, turkey and a bald eagle. You could not beat the views. Fly fishing was amazing. The house is exceptionally well maintained and the decor is completely in tune with the area. It was a perfect vacation destination for our family of six. Looking back, we wish we had more information on the water access to the lake itself, but since we did mostly fly fishing, it was not a huge priority for us. I am sure, had we asked, Bill would have provided us with all the information we needed. Next time, we may spend more time on the lake. Bill was so helpful and accommodating. We look forward to returning again someday!!
October 10, 2012
We had never been to Maine before and this was a most enjoyable experience! The home was absolutely lovely! It had beautiful views of the lake and we had everything we could need at this home... The town was quaint and delightful and our time there was refreshing! We especially enjoyed the wildlife we saw! I never saw a moose in the wild before so they were my favorite!
September 19, 2012
Our stay was perfect. Great weather. Amazing accomodations. The owner of property was easy to contact and very accomodating. We are looking forward to next year. Hope to do it again. Beautiful spot with plenty to do in the area.
August 16, 2012
We couldn't have been happier with this rental. We live in Portland, ME and needed a quiet getaway for a long weekend, and this was perfect. Well-appointed, nicely decorated, absolutely spotless home, and the pictures don't even do justice to how beautiful it (and the view!) is. We had a wonderful time, and it was terribly hard to leave their lovely clean, clutterfree home to come home to our own real life! ;-) Thanks so much Bill, we hope to be back!
July 18, 2012
This was a great place to stay. Georgeous views, immaculately clean, very well appointed kitchen. Everything you need! The only thing we needed was food. I would very much recommend this home, and will definitely be back!
September 6, 2011
Tranquility At Its Best. Everything As Stated In Description Except The Pictures Do Not Show How Quaint And Well Appointed This Vacation Home Is. The View, The Quiet Serene Mornings With A Coffee On The Dock, Reading Books On The Porch While The Humming Birds Flit In And Out. Unless You Need The Action Of A Sebago Lake Area, This Is The Place For A True Relax. And To See Moose Is Truly An Inspiring Experience, There Was A-lot More Looking Than Sighting But Well Worth It. Wildlife Abounds From The Deer On The Road To This Home, To The Cry Of A Loon.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
August 15, 2011
We had a fantastic vacation in this cottage. Bill was more than helpful, even stopping by on the first night to ensure that we were comfortably settled in. The pictures certainly do not do justice to the amazing view over Rangeley lake. The deck is awesome to just sit with binoculaurs in hand. Saw a couple of moose on the roads, and even had a family of deer grazing in the backyard. Would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone. Thanks again Bill for allowing us to experience your beautiful home as if it was ours. So much appreciated. regards, Jean.
March 14, 2011
The pictures on this site of this home do not even begin to show the beauty...the house is charming, clean, well decorated and just picture perfect. Their kitchen was stocked with utensils, pots & pans and bake ware better than my own kitchen at home! The bedrooms were all a good size and my children especially loved sleeping in the loft area. The Master bedroom was gorgeous. I miss waking up to the views out the slider! This was our first visit to Rangeley, ME ever and the owner was so kind to leave information on the area including a hand drawn map of the trails with some recommended routes to snowmobile on. I have rented many homes in the past but this home was by far the best for the price. I look forward to returning again soon.
Picturesque ! 5 stars
We had a fantastic vacation in this cottage. Bill was more than helpful, even stopping by on the first night to ensure that we were comfortably settled in. The pictures certainly do not do justice to the amazing view over Rangeley lake. The deck is awesome to just sit with binoculaurs in hand. Saw a couple of moose on the roads, and even had a family of deer grazing in the backyard. Would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone. Thanks again Bill for allowing us to experience your beautiful home as if it was ours. So much appreciated. regards,
Jean G. August 2011
Montreal, Quebec, Canada