Woods, Water & Tranquility

HouseKitcken/Breakfast NookSprial staircaseView from two bedroom loftLakeAir Hockey tableSit on PlatformUpstair Bedroom 1Deck facing water
“ Excellent ”
27 Reviews
Fire Road 96, Ripley, ME 04971


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 7
Type: Home
Per week: $900 - $1,500
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the Ripley vacation home rental
Serenity abounds in this private, wooded year round home in
central Maine on spring fed, mile long, clean swimming, Ripley Pond. Come relax in this fully equipped, 3 bedroom, 2 bath newer home on dead end road.
This bright open home layout with spiral staircase and
cathedral ceilings is only 6 miles from the town of Dexter for all your supplies. Dogs are welcome.
Area Information
Only 1.5 hours from coastal Maine including Bar
Harbor, Camden "The Jewel of the Coast" or 1 hour to Beautiful Moosehead Lake. LL Bean is 1-1/2 hrs. away. Bangor
Airport only 45 minutes away, Portland 2 hour, 4 hour drive from Boston.

The central Maine community of Dexter is situated in a small valley along Route 7 that runs north from the intersection of Route 95 in Newport and continues toward the Dover-Foxcroft and Sebec Lake and Moosehead Lake in Greenville. It was incorporated in 1816 and Maine became the 23rd state in 1820.
The Town has a population of approximately 5,000 +/- year round residents and is conveniently located; transit time to either Bangor or Waterville in a little less than an hour, Newport is 20 min. drive or you can be in Portland in about 2 hours. Bar Harbor, Rockland, Rockport are only 1-1/2 hrs. away.

The Town also has a great nine-hole municipal golf course and driving range, a public beach and picnic areas, plus boasts one of Maine's best small municipal regional airport's which offers 3,000 feet of lighted paved runway. Additionally, snowmobiling, fishing, water sports, and hunting are all popular recreational activities associated with the area.
Take a single day trip up to Millinocket to go white water rafting with Three Rivers Outpost on the Penobscot river. Class V rapids.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jun 01 2015 Jun 29 2015 - - $900 - 1 Week
Jun 29 2015 Aug 31 2015 - - $1,500 - 1 Week
Aug 31 2015 Oct 26 2015 - - $900 - 1 Week
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Deposits: SECURITY DEPOSIT- A damage/reservation deposit of $200 is required, which will be refunded after departure provided provisions are met.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: There are NO cleaning fees or any other hidden fees.


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Double Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Porch
  • Beach Towels
  • Game Room
  • Lakefront
  • View (Lake)
  • Deck
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Water)
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Waterfront
  • Fireplace
  • Kayak
  • Pet Friendly
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Shopping Area
    (6 miles)
  • Bowling
    (20 miles)
  • Boating
  • Golf
    (6 miles)
  • Tennis
    (6 miles)
  • Pool
    (20 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Grocery Store
    (6 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (10 miles)
  • Racquetball
    (20 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (6 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (10 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (25 miles)
  • Hiking
  • Park
    (6 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (15 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (25 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Playground
    (6 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
- Large Deck
- Fire Pit & Wood
- Paddle Boat(provided free on site)
- Two Kayaks (provided free on site)
- Horseshoe Pit (on site)
- Platform With Table & Chairs by the Water.
- Recreation Room With Air Hockey Table.
- Great dirt road for bicycling.(Bring your bike)
- whirlpool tub.
- White Water Rafting 1-1/2 Hr. Away.
- Casino 45 min. Away.
- Movie Theater 50 miles away.
- Satellite TV

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Ripley, Maine

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Vicki Soderberg Mishler

Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Wonderful house on Ripley Pond

We really loved our 2 weeks in this home. It was so peaceful and quiet, that we wanted to stay longer. Too bad someone else had booked it. :) The little town of Dexter was fun to spend time in too.

Frank Parker

Denver, Colorado 80247


I found the stay here to be as promised very peaceful and refreshing. "like on Golden Pond."

Jill OLoughlin

Norwell Ma.


Beautiful home ,nice lake ,very quiet , no internet . The weather needs to co-operate ; we had a couple rainy days with not a whole lot to do. If you don't mind driving there are nice day trips to Acadia and Camden both about 90 minutes away. if you like remoteness and solitude this is the place for you.


Owner's reply:

Thanks for your response; you're correct, the remoteness is not suited for everyone, however there are many things to do within 30-45 minutes of our home including many other lakes in the Greenville or Bangor areas. As brochures at the house indicate there is plenty to do in Bangor including museums, Steven Kings home, festivals, malls etc. The day trips would also include lighthouses, restaurants, antique shops/boutiques and many boating excursions. No internet ala Woods Water & Tranquility.

ALee Graczykowski

Edgartown, MA

Amazing Vacation

This was my families second time vacationing in Ripley. We now fondly consider this our go to place to rejuvenate our souls. Rain or shine.. this property allows us to focus on being a family.. playing games, fishing, kayaking.. swimming.. making smores... with all the comforts of home . We love that we can bring our dog too! A get away from it all kind of place! We can't wait for our 3rd trip to Ripley!

CIndy Steinharter

Yarmouth, ME

Truly, Lovely

My family (2 adults, and boys ages 15 and 13) had a wonderful vacation at this home. We spent lots of time on the kayaks and swimming. We also pedaled many miles on our bikes. One of the advantages of this location is its proximity to the ITS between Newport and Dover-Foxcroft. This trail system is wonderful for biking. We explored every mile on different outings stopping at different villages along the route for snacks. The house is very clean, and very comfortable. The furnishings are in good condition. The kitchen is well supplied. All the appliances were in excellent working order. The gas grill worked great. The only negative was the lack of good cell phone service- not 3G. Unfortunately, I need to be able to connect to work and with no 3G access and no internet at the house, I had to go in to town twice a day to use the free wifi at Dunkin Donuts. This does not detract from the home, I knew there was no internet access and I know that one cannot rely on decent cell phone service in this part of Maine. I just want other renters to be forewarned.


Owner's reply:

Thanks for the review Cindy, so glad to hear that everyone had a great time. Being so remote cell service kinda depends on which way the wind's blowing. Much better in the fall when the leaves are off the trees. Hope you visit us again. Frank & AnnMarie

Cynthia Watkins


Beautiful Getaway!

This is a beautiful house with everything you need. We enjoyed sitting by the water, fishing, kayaking and going out in the paddleboat. Everyone enjoyed the stay, even the dog. :)

Caitlyn Kelly

San Jose, CA

An Oasis

The owners were accomedating and welcoming, not to mention they keep the place prestine! This is not a hunting cabin - this is luxury and all the comforts of home, if your home is this fortunate. I will definitely return. Incredibly peaceful


Owner's reply:

Thank-you, Hope to see you again. Stay well

Cathy Spencer


Great time!

The property was exactly as pictured and was perfect! We couldn't have asked for better weather. The area was extremely peaceful and hearing the loons was quite an experience. We enjoyed the kayak, paddle boat, swimming, and cooking smores over the fire pit. The house was extremely clean and spacious. I would highly recommend this for any family needing to get away and just unwind and relax for the week.


Owner's reply:

Thank you, we're so glad you had a great vacation, we offer discounts to our return guests so keep us in mind next year. The Wintles

ed m


comfortable and quiet

The house is in excellent condition, clean, comfortable and modern. The area at the lake was beautiful and peaceful. Everything you needed from kayaks, to fire pit and a dock were there. We had a great time

anita l


True escape!

We loved our peaceful stay at Ripley pond. THe house was very nice and the views just lovely (plus the songs of loons on the pond were the icing on the cake!). Going out on the pond in the paddle boat was a highlight! It truly is a place to simply unwind. Being a remote location, be prepared to cook! If you are like me (scratch cook!!) make sure you pack what you need as I did find the kitchen tools somewhat limited. (ie,, no measuring spoons, spices other than salt and pepper) There were no grill cooking tools either so...be prepared. We ended up buying what we needed in Dexter (including a hairdryer) . Only real disappointment was that the pond was extremely rocky, not the best for swimming especially for children. Knowing all this, we would come back as we did have a wonderful and very tranquil week.


Owner's reply:

Thank you for your comments,we're happy to hear that you enjoyed the surroundings and saddened to hear of your concerns. Unfortunately it's difficult to control the items that come up "missing" including grill utensils. Please note that we do not provide any food items, including spices due to possible guest allergies. As the Pond is more of a lake rather than a beach, rocks are part of the natural environment which can be difficult for small children without water shoes, a small pool is on site

The Howard Family


Best Vacation Ever !

Our family had the pleasure of staying here during the last week of August 2012. We were hoping to get away and unplug with our kids. We got what we wanted and much more. The property is very beautiful, private, and quiet. The house was spotless and had everything we could possibly need. We did go on a few day trips, but the majority of our time was spent at the water, fishing, kayaking, swimming, etc. The owners are friendly and easy to communicate with. They called us when we arrived and at the end of our week, just to make sure everything was good. We would highly recommend this property to anyone who wants to get away from it all. We left with amazing memories, and our kids often ask us when we are going back ! Thank you for sharing your beautiful spot with our family.


Owner's reply:

Thank-you for the wonderful review, so glad you had a great vacation. Hope to have you back in the future... Frank& AnnMarie Wintle

Melissa Berube

Peabody, MA USA

Very peaceful

We had a great time! The water was very warm, the kids loved the rope swing and the dock to jump off of. We all enjoyed using the paddle boats and kyacks. What we enjoyed most of all was just being together in a beautiful house on the lake. The only draw back was it got a little stuffy at night, but everything elese was wonderful. Would rent again!

Kim Jordan

Sparta, NJ

Great Place to Relax

This home was beautiful and clean. The owners were great with communication and even called to welcome us. We were able go out in the kayaks, relax on the hammock and enjoy coffee on the deck overlooking the lake. It was 45 minutes to Bangor and less than 2 hours to Bar Harbor where we went on an incredible whale watch. The only thing I suggest is to check the weather forecast before you go...our first night was pretty hot! Wish we would have brought a window fan. The rest of the week we had perfect weather and with the windows open...it was perfect for sleeping!

Glenise Lemming Ewalt

Lafayette, IN and Waterbury CT

Back to nature

We stayed Saturday to Saturday at WW&T house on the lake and it was way too short. We felt we could've stayed for the summer ! Fantastic setting, wonderful, comfortable house with everything you could need for your stay. If you ever wanted to venture from the property you'll find so many things to see and do, too many to list. We definitely would go back again and again. Its a great place to rent !


Owner's reply:

Glad to hear everything was satisfactory, we look forward to seeing you again with a repeat guest discount! Have a wonderful summer! Frank & AnnMarie

Elspeth Hannaford

Kennebunkport, ME USA

relaxing by the lake

This Ripley lakeside rental was a joy and a welcomed respite for our family vacation. The house was spotless and very comfortable, with a modern kitchen and beautiful views of the lake below from the living room. The grounds were wonderful, with plenty of space and seclusion. This house was near the end of a wooded road, and had a nice dock, hammock, kayaks, and paddle boat to enjoy the water. We had a nice bonfire every night in the large fire pit provided. The owners were a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to renting with them again!


Owner's reply:

We look forward to seeing you again!

Sandy Smythe

Leechburg, PA

Peace and Serenity

Just spent the last week at this Ripley rental...could not have been any better. The house is spotless, and has anything that you could need except your clothes! The owners are great, and strive to make your vacation stay fantastic. The house, the lake, the loons, the peace and quiet....all you could ask for! Also a good starting point for day trips to Moosehead Lake area, Bar Harbor, and up to Millinocket for Baxter state park. My family and I are currently traveling home from the house, and already can't wait to come back again next year. Maybe for two weeks instead of just one! Definitely will be back! We have been coming to Maine for over 20 years for vacation, and this trip definitely makes the list for one of our best visits yet! Tom, Sandy, and Olivia Smythe


Owner's reply:

So glad that everything met your needs, we'd be more than happy to accomodate you again at our return guest rate. Hope to see you again. Frank & AnnMarie

Lesley Duncan

Warren, NJ

Fabulous week away!

My family had a wonderful week away at the lovely house on Ripley Pond. We loaded up the car with my in-laws out visiting from Australia, my two boys (10 & 14), my husband & I, and our dog. We all had a wonderful time - relaxing, reading, walking, biking, kayaking, and so many other activities. We played horse-shoes and fished for hours! The pond is so peaceful, especially early in the morning and late at night - it was lovely to see and hear the loons! We would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for both excitement and relaxation!!

Gail Fallon

Gaithersburg, MD USA

Ripley Pond Revisited

We made a return visit to Ripley Pond for two weeks (one week wasn't enough in 2009). The house served our puposes well -- just right size for our children and grandchildren to join us for the first week and as a base for exploration for the second. The location is convenient for exploring the Maine Highlands as well as coastal attractions, especially Acadia National Park. Kayaking around the pond is a delight (loons, water lilies, beautiful sunsets) as well as roasting marshmallows around the fire pit. The peace and quiet gave us an opportunity to read and remove ourselves from our work-a-day worlds (invaluable). For those who truly wish to "get away from it all," we highly recommend a week or two on Ripley Pond.

The Goodwin's

Charlotte, NC


We enjoyed so much our stay at your beautiful home in Ripley. Everything anyone could need for a relaxing vacation was provided. The home is so lovely, location is close to everything needed. We enjoyed all that nature has to offer, with swimming and boating. Thanks so much.

Yves Goyette

Mtl, QC

Wonderful vacation !

We truly enjoyed our week at your home, thank you! We had all the comforts of home while in the woods and on the lake. We also did a little fishing in lake Wassookeag, hiking in Greenville, took a drive to Birch Point Beach State park, had lunch in Camden and we also visited the Moosehead lake region. Such a great family vacation!

Kerry Barnes

Oxford, MA

Exactly what you imagine!

We just stayed at this beautiful home and trust us, we didnt want to leave! The pictures on this site do not do this location justice. It is everything the owners state and more. We loved the open floor plan and the setting. The pond is more like a small lake. We brought up kayaks and had a lovely time exploring/fishing (there are two on the property if you dont have one). Due to cooler weather and a bit of rain during the last two days we only swam one day. The dock/location are perfect. There was never a dull moment. If you are stuck inside, go for a run on the treadmill, watch some tv or play a game! We had a blast inside and out! We cant wait to go back! PS. The kitchen has everything you need. We made big dinners each night and never searched for a untensil or pan.

Jean True

Wrentham, MA

Maine mini vacation--2 couples

This rental house was just as described. It was very spacious, cozy and located in a quiet, secluded wooded area on a lovely lake setting. It was just perfect for 2 couples looking for accomodations while visting friends in Dexter (15 minutes away). The 2 full bathrooms (1 on main floor near master bdrm and 1 upstairs w/2 bdrms) were the draw for us as we wanted to have a private bathroom for each couple. It was cold so we did not swim or boat but having the option in warmer weather would be a plus. We definetely would rent this home again. The owner was very concerned that our needs were met and called us upon arrival and before departure which was much appreciated.


Townsend, MA

Relaxing, Quiet and Peaceful

Very nice place to vacation. Have three boys ages 15 to 8. All had a great time. Water was great for swimming, boating and fishing.

Janet Clark

Clarksville, Indiana

Maine Vacation

The house was just as promised. It was spotless and very spacious. The grounds were beautiful and the lake was absolutely gorgeous. It was great having the paddle boat.This is a perfect house for family vacations. Lots of room. The owners were great to work with and wanted to make sure that you had everything that you needed. It should be noted that the house does not have A/C. For the most part it is not needed with the beautiful weather but we had a very hot week and would have been nice to come home to a cool house. There are fans that were a great help. The house was so well equipped that all you needed to do is unpack and start having fun!!!

Sarah Blackford

Quincy, Ma.


Exactly as pictured and then some. We felt like we were back in time,relaxing on sacred land. This is a exceptional home and place to gain peace of mind and listen to the loons and sounds of mother nature and watch the stars at night. We loved the country roads.

Gail Fallon

Gaithersburg, MD USA

Just as advertised!

We enjoyed the woods, the water, and the tranquility immensely. This is an exceptional vacation rental -- we recommend it highly to those who want to "get away from it all."


Centreville, Va

Get away from it all!

If you want to get away from it all this is the place to be! Very nice house on the water. Very quiet. It's a bit of the "beaten path" so if you intend to visit other area's make sure you check the distances. If you intend on visting Bar Harbor and Moosehead Lake area it's a good "in between" place to stay. Cell phone service limited and no wifi. Nice surrounding property and no close neighbors!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Everything we wanted & more!
btidmatt (Philadelphia)
Review submitted: October 16, 2011 Date of arrival: September 17, 2011

My girlfriend and I came looking for a vacation getaway to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of city life and that's exactly what we got. Not only was the house spotless and well-maintained but it afforded us all the daily necessities (pots/pans/washer/dryer/etc.) as well as simple luxuries like waterfront dining, fire pit and scenic views. Highly recommended for anyone looking for seclusion and tranquility - we'll definitely be back again next year!

Recommended for: families with teenagers, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway
Helpful votes: 0 / 0

Home Away From Home! (Arrival Date: July 15, 2011)
This home was the perfect place for a family of four (two children 11 & 17) and a Golden Retriever!! There was so much to do at the home that you didn't think about being bored!!! Paddle boat, two kayaks, tree rope swing into pond (kids loved it!!) air hockey table, swimming, enjoying nature, listening to the loons, laying in hammock (watching kids swim) and seeing beavers and fox! We spent a day at Lake Moosehead and took a 4.5 hr steamship boat to Mt. Kineo - breathtaking (1 hr away) We also saw a moose and family of deers on the back roads! The house is modern, fully-equipped, clean, well-maintained. The owner was very nice and helpful. The town is about 15 minutes away for anything you need. It's a perfect place for re-connecting with your family - we had so many laughs!!!! Thank you once again for letting us stay in your home!! We already wish we were back there!! The Souza's Acushnet, Ma.

Family Vacation
I was nervous that the pictures were deceiving and the place was smaller once there. We were not disappointed, dare I say I was even more pleased when we walked in. It was clean and spacious, the perfect getaway. There is a desk that you can read what past travelers say and things to do, this was interesting and a great help. I liked that Anna called to see if we got there ok and called on the last night to see how the week went and to see if there was anything to be improved upon. We were at the lake every morning, it was so private. The water was great to swim in and we Kayaked around the whole lake. I have been to a lot of places like Hawaii,Florida and North Carolina and have loved them but I think this spot was a gem and I couldn't have been more pleased with our first trip to Maine.
Date of arrival: July 10, 2010 Nese (Pittsburgh)

My fiancé and I greatly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home on the lake. We had never visited Maine before and after staying here were thinking about buying a house there. It is so peaceful and relaxing. We were able to take our two dogs (Pomeranian and Shiba Inu) for the week and that was wonderful. We got them life jackets and took them out on the kick boat and other than the wicked sunburn I received it was great! It was a little too cold to swim but we sat out on the lake and put our feet in and just did a lot of relaxing. We went up to Moosehead lake and spotted several moose which was awesome and took the dogs on some trail walks (our little one, the pom, was not really wanting to do all that walking so I mostly had to carry her) but it was really neat seeing all of the different kinds of birds and wildlife. We saw a lot of foxes up near Moosehead and some pretty cool loons on the lake at the house. Also, there were lots of mosquitoes, bring the OFF for sure! We visited Bar Harbor and did not feel that it was too far - we had checked the maps before coming and knew what to expect as far as distance goes but we also enjoy longer rides in the car - we were able to see more of Maine that way. We also went and saw Stephen Kings house which was awesome!! So all in all - we had a great time, the house was amazing and clean and the owners were unbelievably helpful as I had one million questions before we rented their home. Thanks and hopefully we can go up again soon!!
Date of arrival: June 12, 2010 Gia/Milo (ct)

No complaints, the only regret we have is that we couldn't stay another week. We will sure try to return next year. This place is absolutely beautiful! We had a great time playing in the water, kayaking at night (we even saw shooting stars), telling stories around the camp fire which we will never forget and hiking Borestone mountain. This is the best! Date of arrival: August 8, 2009 Benders

Isolated Beauty
Off the beatin' path. Great grocery store in town. Moosehead Lake really nice, Bar Harbor farther than anticipated.Enjoyed the pond alot. Date of arrival: July 25, 2009 Reynolds

Wonderful Time!
we had a wonderful time, both in this immaculate home and playing in the water. We look forward to returning some day. Hint to others: "take the back roads, it's much quicker to most destinations" We don't think we could have found a better place for the money! The peace and quiet were just what we needed to "get away" for some meaningful family time. Thanks again... Date of arrival: July 18, 2009

WOW! How much would you sell this for? Please email or call us with details, we might be interested, thanks for a great week. Date of arrival: June 12, 2010 Cunninham

The home was exactly as described, only the pictures don't depict the beauty exactly. The scenery is incredible and the home had everything we needed! The owners were responsive, easy to deal with and very welcoming. We created many wonderful family memories here. Sure to return, thank you for a great time!
Date of arrival: June 26, 2010

Best Vacation,
Our family had a great time here,so impressed with everything. peace and quiet sure is nice! we discovered many "out of the way places" that "locals" suggested, be sure to talk to them as they have good suggestions. The water and kayaks were sooo much fun! We'd like to return. Be sure to look for moose in Greenville (maps provided)
Date of arrival: August 15, 2009

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