Lakeside Cottage on Maine's Down East Coast

Kill Kare Kamp on the shores of Walker Pond
Kill Kare Kamp on the shores of Walker PondEnjoy a lazy afternoon on the wrap around porchTake in the sunset from your perch on the porchOr, tuck into a good book in the swingSit in front of a cozy fire in the eveningOur fully equipped country kitchen even has a viewEnjoy a meal of fresh Maine produce and seafoodBorrow a book to read by the fireFirst floor queen room with adjacent bathUpstairs queen room with adjacent bathUpstairs woodside doubleUpstairs lakeside doubleUpstairs woodside singleUpstairs lakeside singleA summer sunset from Kill Kare\'s porchOur lake in the foreground with Penobscot BayUpstairs reading/TV roomFirst floor full bathUpstairs full bathUpstairs half bathOur fully equipped country kitchenThe Larson family looks forward to welcoming youWe're so lucky to have Loons on the lakeOur resident Bald EagleA lobsterman with the day's catchLobster - fresh from Maine's cold watersFarmers' markets abound in our areaAcadia seen from Blue HillDay is doneJoin us, won't you?
38 Topside Drive, Sedgwick, ME 04676

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Overview

Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 10
Type: Cottage
Per week: $1,800 - $3,100
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes

Description of the Sedgwick vacation cottage rental

Kill Kare is uniquely located in a pine forest on the shores of a pristine freshwater lake on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine's Down East coast - only 1/4 mile inland from the ocean waters of the Penobscot Bay. So named because you can come here to “kill your cares,” the cottage has been in our family since it was built in 1917. There is a warm spirit about this home that provides both energy and peace - a place to recharge and to unwind.

It is an ideal family retreat where you can do as much or as little as you please. Its deeply wooded site on a sparkling lake offers a beautiful setting to enjoy a variety of water sports. Much more comfortable for swimming and boating than the nearby salt waters, the lake is literally outside your front door.

The cottage faces west so imagine yourself sitting on the porch - feeling as though you are on your own private yacht - and enjoying a stunning sunset. Later in the evening, venture out onto the porch and take in the stars that are so bright they seem to pop out of the sky.

Kill Kare's inviting living room with ample seating is anchored by a large fieldstone fireplace. There is also a dining room, and a well-equipped country kitchen with eat-in space. Six bedrooms (two queen-sized, six twins) and two and one-half baths (one with bath and one with bath/shower) comfortably accommodate a total of ten guests.

2014 marks Kill Kare's 7th rental season. For two years in a row - based on many favorable guest reviews - we have been rated "Excellent" and "Top Vacation Rental" for 2011 and 2012 from TripAdvisor and FlipKey.

Come sit on the porch and let the sound of gently lapping waves soothe your soul as your cares just slip away. This is lakeside living at its best. Join us!

Area Information

Just minutes away from our mile-long private drive are breath-taking maritime views along Maine's Down East rock-bound coast with quaint fishing villages, inviting gift shops, first-class restaurants, art galleries, book stores, artist colonies, antique shops, local farmers’ markets and superb seafood freshly caught from the cold Maine waters.

Kill Kare is a perfect base from which to explore the beauty that is Maine and the scenic towns and areas along the nearby coast: Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonington, Castine, Cape Rosier, Camden, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

We have created an extensive online Renter's Guide that is available to guests and includes all kinds of information about the cottage, it's history, driving directions, contact information, and loads of suggestions for what to do and see, what to hike and climb and where to shop and eat in the area. It is a wonderful resource that guests refer to frequently. There will be a hard copy of this information when you arrive at the cottage.

Availability Calendar

Rates

Begins Ends Week
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Weekend
Night
Weekly Monthly Min
Stay
Jun 15 2014 Jun 28 2014 - - $2,800 - 1 Week
Jun 29 2014 Aug 30 2014 - - $3,100 - 1 Week
Aug 31 2014 Sep 13 2014 - - $2,400 - 1 Week
Sep 14 2014 Sep 21 2014 - - $1,800 - 1 Week
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 8%
Deposits: Rental fee is inclusive of the cleaning fee. A Maine State Lodging tax (currently at 8%) is in addition to the rental fee. A refundable security deposit ($500) (and pet deposit ($250) if applicable) is required at signing. The balance will be due 30 days prior to arrival. An invoice will be sent at that time. If your application is made within four weeks of the start of your rental period, the total amount will be due immediately.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Cancellation Policy: Should you not utilize the specific time reserved or if you cancel your reservation less than three (3) months prior to occupancy, all funds shall be retained (other than the security deposit) unless the cottage is re-rented by another party at the same rate for the same period of time. If the latter occurs, all funds will be refunded.

Amenities

  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 6 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Fireplace
  • Lakefront
  • Porch
  • Beach Towels
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • View (Lake)
  • Deck
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Parking Included
  • View (Water)
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • High Speed Internet
  • Pet Friendly
  • Waterfront
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Antenna)
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Activities

  • Boating
    (onsite)
  • Sailing
    (onsite)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (22 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (onsite)
  • Snorkeling
    (onsite)
  • Playground
    (8 miles)
  • Tennis
    (22 miles)
  • Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Water Skiing
    (onsite)
  • Restaurant
    (8 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (25 miles)
  • Hiking
    (onsite)
  • Windsurfing
    (onsite)
  • Shopping Area
    (8 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (25 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (onsite)
  • Ocean
    (2 miles)
  • Golf
    (12 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (25 miles)
  • Lake
    (onsite)
  • Grocery Store
    (4 miles)


Other Vacation Rental Amenities

Kill Kare is located directly on a fresh water lake so swimming and boating - canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, sailing and snorkeling are all possible. Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby - they are delivered and picked up. (Baby equipment can also be rented from the same outfit.) Check out the online Renter's Guide for suggestions on how to enjoy your Down East vacation.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Guestbook

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013

This was my second trip to Kill Kare, and once again, the cottage exceeded my expectations. The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and drips with the kind of timeless Down East charm that makes for the perfect Maine getaway. The home is beautifully furnished with a lifetime of antiques and decorations that give it a wonderful sense of authenticity and comfort. Our days were spent fishing on the lake (largemouth bass were biting shad lures), exploring the lush surroundings, and making daytrips to the myriad coastal villages in the area. If you can bring yourself to leave the tranquility of Walker Pond for the day, I recommend you head to a local lobster pound and bring back fresh Maine lobsters; the kitchen has absolutely everything you need to prepare a wonderful meal. My only regret is that I had to leave, but I will be back very soon.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013

If you love all things Maine then this is the place for you. â¨Kill Kare will love you back and restore you to your most joyful self so quickly it will take your breath away. The lake view draws you out to the wraparound porch the moment you walk in the door. You will want to live the rest of your life on that porch.â¨Cathy and Dan are the most welcoming and gracious hosts and have supplied with meticulous detail all things to do in the area, which are many and exciting or interesting and physically challenging if you wish. â¨Kill Kare is wonderful from the porch to the wonderful stone fireplace to the chef quality equipped kitchen to the beautifully furnished bedrooms. The antiques and memorabilia in the house are an integral part of the Kill Kare experience.â¨Kill Kare Kamp should be on most everyone's bucket list.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013

We had a wonderful family vacation at Kill Kare this summer. We loved sitting on the porch watching the beautiful sun sets, kyaking in the mornings, and playing board games after dinner. The Larson's are gracious hosts making the stay very comfortable. We would love to return in the future.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


This was my 5th year, renting the cottage. Each year has been very relaxing, sitting on the porch or at the kitchen table, visiting with family and friends. The sunsets across the lake are amazing. If seeing them from the porch isn't good enough, just drive the mile up the dirt road, take a right on rt. 15 to the top of Caterpillar Hill to the view over Walker Pond, all the way to the Camden Hills, Penobscot Bay and Deer Isle. There is lots to do and see in the area, from Castine to Stonington to Bar Harbor and Acadia. The only drawback is that you must be ready to drive to see things. The cottage is remote and other than the road in there is no where to walk. Cathy has supplied lots of information on places to see and dine when you do venture out. For dining in, there is an excellent grocery store in Blue Hill, only about 20 minutes away. I'll be back next year.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


Really among my favorite places to be in the world. Hours on the porch, a roaring fire for chilly evenings and a gorgeously clean, clear, refreshing lake to jump into anytime of any day. I have been renting on the Maine coast for fifteen years and never found a more perfect spot than this, to which I've returned -- with an ever-expanding roster of friends and family -- for five years running now. The house is clean, the kitchen stocked with every pot, pan and wine opener you could need. Nearby markets and restaurants and warm (ish!) ocean beaches mean that fresh seafood, vegetables and saltwater are just minutes away, but the location, down a long drive into the woods and on an unbelievably peaceful lake, makes you feel like you've found your own private paradise. Just note that this is a Maine camp, not a luxury hotel. While it is amply outfitted with games, books, comfortable furniture, towels, bedding, a grill and cooking implements, it's not a slick, full-service resort kind of place. It's for people who looking to spend time close to water, wind, wildlife and pine trees. As long as that's what you're after, you simply won't find a better vacation choice. Enjoy!

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


Being here is everything we love about Maine. Can't wait for our next visit.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


Another memorable trip for the SigEp guys from Randolph-Macon! Cannot wait to come back to Kill Kare and enjoy more peace and tranquility. Thank you for making our 2nd trip as memorable as the first.

What an incredible first trip to Maine! It was everything I expected and more...I look forward to many more trips to Kill Kare.

Another incredible trip and can't wait to come back. Hopefully sooner than four years from now!

Maine is definitely a welcome break during the work year and a good place to catch up with friends. Thank you!

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


I feel so privileged to have been invited to your lovely home on Walker Pond by my friends. The most magical place I know. I will miss it very much and hope to be invited back!

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


What a wonderful week we have had! I could not have imagined a more perfect setting, something out of a wonderful dream or distant memory and time. We have so enjoyed the porch, the fire, the lake, the quiet, the sunsets...Holding these memories of late summer at Kill Kare very tightly so that they stay with me through the cold winter months and long after (until next year hopefully!)

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


Over the years I have learned to manage my expectations...but Kill Kare has far exceeded my greatest.
This place, this home reflects everything that you and your family have lovingly invested over the last century. The beauty, the history, the honor of this unique spot is evident from the moment we arrived. Thank you for sharing it with us.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


Everyone had a great time! Especially loved the porch! We spent many hours fishing, swimming, kayaking and reading. Thanks for sharing this wonderful house. And, the chocolate mint brownies were delicious! Hope we will have the opportunity to visit again.

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013

A wonderful place to spend the week of our 50th wedding anniversary with our family. It was perfection!

We had a great time! Thank you so much for letting us stay in this beautiful 20th century cabin. It was perfect!

Loved everything about the house. It was the perfect place to celebrate our parents' 50th anniversary. Thank you so much!

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013


An authentic Maine cottage steeped in nostalgia. This lakeside home is a family treasure, lovingly cared for. Its site by the lake is spectacular, facing west for wonderful sunsets on the wraparound porch. The owners are present and available, and lovely people. This was a memorable getaway!

From the Kill Kare Guest Book - 2013

Such a special and beautiful place! Reminded us all of our own camp days. Kill Kare was a perfect introduction to Maine for us first timers. Most enjoyed relaxing by the lake - but had a wonderful time exploring the area as well (Jordan Pond, Deer Isle, Acadia, Stonington...) Kill Kare is a treasure and we can't wait to return! Thanks for everything!

I look forward all year long to the soothing I know my soul will receive at Kill Kare - still, I believe, one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Stunning sunsets, the smell of balsam and the cry of loons...and I never had to leave the porch! Kill Kare embraced me from the moment I walked in the door. It is inviting, rich in history and has the best and biggest fireplace I have ever had the pleasure of falling asleep in front of. The location is unbeatable - sitting right on the lake but just minutes from the salt water and great hiking trails. The Larson's warmth and generous spirit were the icing on the cake!

Kill Kare Kamp is heavenly and it has been a real treat to get to know you and your family. Thank you for a memorable week.

If this isn't heaven on earth, it has to be close!!

A perfect two weeks. Thank you so much for this place we love returning to and that our kids are growing up in every summer....With so much affection - can't wait till next year...

Thank you for this absolutely outstanding experience. Your house is beautiful and so special! Absolutely loved everything about it.

Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine such a beautiful place! We feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to visit Maine and experience such peace. Thank you, Cathy and Dan, for your warm hospitality...Will hopefully bring the entire clan next year!

What an incredible week - from the amazing house to the big dipper to seeing the bald eagle - time got away from us and we had a trip of a lifetime!...We had never experienced a lake house before and this was a wonderful retreat. Enjoyed every minute! Thanks to Cathy and Dan - so grateful for the time spent with our family and friends.

A lovely home! Clearly many happy memories have been made here - thank you for helping me make my own.

Eight people were introduced to Walker Pond and Kill Kare on this trip and it was a great experience for all of us. This is truly a gem of a home. Cathy, thanks so much for everything and I hope that Kill Kare "kontinues" on for years to come.

Enjoyed every minute of this beautiful place - thank you for sharing it with us. We're happy to be part of the Kill Kare Kamp "family". And to future guests - I highly suggest laying on the dock at night and watching the spectacular starry sky.

This was an amazing and unforgettable week. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home and its history with us!

Great time! Always loved Maine, but never quit like this...Thanks Kill Kare - a time not to forget!!

Just wonderful!! Truly the best house we've had - and we've had many. All my "kares" are washed away.

Simply lovely, warm, beautiful! I am a little girl back in my grandparents' camp but better. Thank you for sharing this grand house (home) with us and for your impeccable attention to detail!!!

Great time! The cottage lived up to all of our expectations. Thanks for the memories!

Enjoyed our time with old friends and new friends and seeing the beautiful sights. Perfect vacation!

This is such a special place - great for relaxing and restoration...The idyllic setting made everything more special. The sounds - of the waves lapping, of the loons and of the quiet - will remain etched in my memory. Thank you.

If you love Maine, as we all do, there is no better place in the state - maybe eve the world - to be than at Kill Kare Kamp. There is everything and more to sustain, soothe, enlighten and entertain come rain or shine. The little saying gracing the table in the living room says it best: "How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards." Thank you, Cathy, for letting our family and friends become a wee part of the history of the truly magical Kill Kare Kamp.

Kill Kare has proven to be an ideal place for our family and the annual reunion to gather. its history and peaceful setting on Walker Pond was perfect for evenings on the porch, gathering inside around a cozy fire and just talking amongst ourselves about our history in this area. We saw the resident bald eagle, the family of otters and the loons on the Pond. This place has so much to offer. Thanks for letting us share this beautiful spot which your family has maintained on Walker Pond.

Words cannot express how much this week has meant to me. We'll be back!

Most wonderful, cozy, beautiful, fun place with good friends and a great "landlady".

Loved the loons and eagles. Loved the porch. Loved the lake. Loved everything!

What a great place! I'd never been to this part of the US before and I can't wait to come back!! Loved every minute of everything!!

We all agreed that our time here was just what the doctor ordered! We spent almost all of our time on the amazing porch reading, talking, eating and listening to the loons. Our golden retriever LOVED the lake, the porch and the dock. None of us wants to leave and only wish we could stay longer...Thanks for a wonderful stay. We're already thinking about our stay here next year.

From lobsters and drinks with Cathy to exploring Acadia National Park - and everything in between - our stay at Kill Kare Kamp has been magical. The history of the house is fascinating and Cathy tells it with the pride it deserves. It has been fantastic to spend a week relaxing, eating and most importantly, making a wonderful new friend. Looking forward to returning.

Thank you so much! I have loved every moment of our time at Kill Kare. It is the perfect spot for a family reunion. In fact, I am already looking forward to next year!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:What is there to do at Kill Kare?
A:The fresh water lake is right at your front door - ideal for swimming and boating. Enjoy relaxing on the wrap around porch and exploring the beauty of the countryside. Shop at local farmers' markets and taste mouthwatering fresh seafood freshly caught from Maine's cold waters. If you like to cook, our kitchen is fully equipped (even a professional chef and cookbook author loved it!). Our extensive online Renter's Guide is chockablock full of suggestions for things to do and see, what to hike and climb and where to eat and shop.
Q:What makes Kill Kare special?
A:Kill Kare is a warm and welcoming cottage ideally located right on a freshwater lake on the coast. It is perfect for families and friends to enjoy. The expansive wrap around porch beckons you to read, relax and find inner peace while the sound of the waves gently washes your cares away. We have many repeat guests who can't seem to get enough of the serenity and beauty of the surroundings. Kill Kare was so named because you come here to "kill your cares".
Q:Where can we rent boats?
A:The Activity Shop in nearby Blue Hill rents canoes and kayaks for your use. They also have baby equipment - cribs, highchairs, etc. They know Kill Kare well and will have your boat(s) delivered - along with paddles and life vests - the day of your arrival and will pick them up at the end of your stay. We can provide all the details.
Q:May we bring our pet?
A:We understand that pets are a genuine part of the family so well-behaved cats and dogs are welcome at Kill Kare with prior notice and a refundable $250.00 pet deposit. We ask that they be treated for ticks and fleas prior to their arrival, be up to date on all shots and that you not allow them on the furniture or to wander off a leash.
Q:Where is the nearest hospital, animal hospital, grocery store?
A:The nearest hospital and animal hospital are in Blue Hill which is only eight miles from Kill Kare. The closest grocery store (Eggemoggin Country Store) - for a short list - is about three miles from the house. Trade Winds Market, a full-service grocery store (which includes wine and liquor) is in Blue Hill. Our online Renter's Guide will have all this information and more.
Q:Are linens, laundry services provided?
A:All bed and bath linens are provided. A washer and dryer are located on the first floor adjacent to the kitchen.
Q:Where can I get a good lobster?
A:Not far! Check out the online Renter's Guide.

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Catherine Larson

Catherine Larson

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    My family and I live outside of Washington DC during the winter months. My husband and I have a 25- year- old son who graduated from Randolph- Macon College and now works for NPR. I was raised in Baltimore, graduated from The Bryn Mawr School and Hollins University in VA where I spent my junior year...
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