Cry of the Loon Cottage on Quiet, Clean Maine lake

Lake as seen from dock areaN-side view with new roof & exterior paintingFront of cottage, seen from lake - showing dock (L) and float (R)Couch, dining area, kitchen (beyond wall), and front porch (seen through window)Interior staircase to two upstairs bedrooms, couch, & extra bunk under staircasePortion of kitchen, living room to left in photoBunk house, 100 feet from cottage and 25 feet from lakeInterior of private bunk house, with reading light, table and bureauDouble bed in upstairs bedroomDouble bedroom, upstairsTwin bedroom, second floorNW view with lake & improvements, July 2012View of lake from cottage porchAutumn view from bunkhouseFront of cottage, seen from dock by lake
“ Excellent ”
6 Reviews
Cullen Rd, Stoneham, ME 04231


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cottage
Per week: $1,400
Per month: $5,200
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Stoneham vacation cottage rental
Located on the western shore of Lake Keewaydin on a very quiet, private road, the cottage has a beautiful, open view across Lake Keewaydin to the east that provides beautiful sunrises or great evening viewing with backlighting that illuminates the mountains on the far shore. Many people who have stayed at the cottage remark at how pleasant and relaxing it is to either sip coffee on the dock in the morning sun; sit on the porch while they read, relax or socialize; and listen to the cry of the loons at any time of the day. Each year a pair of loons lives by the lake.

The cottage has a living room with stereo, sitting/TV/reading room, full bath with shower, and complete kitchen on the first floor. It has two bedrooms on the second floor - one with a double bed and the other with twin beds. A small, comfortable, single sleeping area is found under the staircase. It is heated by a substantial propane wall-mounted heater. The kitchen is fully equipped and complete with a gas stove, large refrigerator, sink and abundant counter areas and cabinets. It is surrounded on two sides by a large covered porch, with a 16-foot portion completely enclosed by screens. In addition, there is a very cozy, separate, Scandinavian-type bunk house close to the lake that contains two bunk beds, seating and a small, private porch - ideal for children or to just gain privacy. Outside, there is ample room for play by the lake, with a barbeque pit, gas grill, hammock and area for a horse-shoe game.

The cottage comes complete with a new DSL/WiFi connection, a canoe, two kayaks,a dock and a swimming float - assuring a great time by the lake. During the months of July and August, the lake water temperature near the surface is typically very comfortable – ranging from 74 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on whether there has been a great deal of warm weather, sun, wind and/or rain. The water is very clean because the leak is fed by streams from the mountains. Very few motorboats (only a few on weekends) and several conoes and kayaks use the lake. However, jet skis are not allowed on the lake. Many renters have had excellent fishing luck in the lake, where several large bass and trout have been caught. Therefore, the lake assures a unique experience and a range of opportunities to have a fun and relaxing vacation.
Area Information
The cottage is located about 2 miles from the center of the town of Stoneham, Maine, with its general store, and a mile from wilderness hiking trails. Lake Keewaydin is located in the mountains of Western Maine, within a 40-minute drive of North Conway, NH (and the shopping outlets) and less than one hour from Mount Washington, the highest point in the northeastern US and the Presidential Range of mountains. The Appalachian Trail is within a 30-minute drive. The Eastern portion of the White Mountain National Forest and its abundant hiking trails is located within less than one mile of the cottage (it starts across the lake). In addition, there are private paths and hiking trails throughout the region. Two public golf courses can be found within a 15 to 20-minute drive, one in Norway (9 holes) and another in Lovell (18 holes). One of the most unusual, fun pubs in the Northeast is adjacent to the second green of the Lake Kezar Country Club in Lovell. Within a 20-minute drive is the famous Deertrees Theater (summer playhouse), located in Harrison, Maine. This theater has a continuous stream of top-notch entertainment and plays during the summer months. There are several inns in the region that provide excellent dining experiences. The cottage has been found to be an ideal place for quiet relaxation or a convenient location for an active life of mountain swimming, boating, biking, walking or hiking.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jun 22 2015 Oct 20 2015 - - $1,400 $5,200 4 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Deposits: Damage deposit of $250. In addition, upon signing rental agreement, one half of total rental cost must also be provided. Deposit is forfeited if rental is cancelled less than six weeks prior to beginning of rental period. Remaining portion of rental cost must be paid by one month prior to beginning of rental period.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: Trash and garbage should be taken to local dump that is about four miles away. A charge of $25 may be made for each bag of trash left behind by a renter at the end of a rental period.


  • Beds

  • 1 Double Bed
  • 4 Twin Beds
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • Features

  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Outdoor Shower
  • View (Lake)
  • Beach Towels
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • View (Mountains)
  • Canoe
  • High Speed Internet
  • Ping Pong Table
  • View (Water)
  • Deck
  • Lakefront
  • Porch
  • Waterfront
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Linens Provided
  • Screened Porch
  • Appliances

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

  • Beach
  • Sailing
  • Hunting
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (10 miles)
  • Boating
  • Scuba Diving
  • Park
    (1 mile)
  • Miniature Golf
    (15 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Grocery Store
    (2 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (15 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Water Skiing
  • Restaurant
    (2 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (15 miles)
  • Hiking
  • Windsurfing
  • Golf
    (8 miles)
  • Tennis
    (15 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Horseback Riding
    (10 miles)
  • Water Park
    (25 miles)
  • Lake

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Many opportunities for mountain and wilderness hiking in the region, within a few miles. Dining at some of the local inns is outstanding. Golfing at local, picturesque courses is fun and reasonably priced. Many parties on the lake have children who enjoy "tubing" or just swimming from a raft. There is a private raft directly in front of the cottage. Canoeing is a major part of activities on the lake. Not many motor boaters use the lake.

Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Stoneham, Maine

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Cindy Henkelmann

Cindy Henkelmann

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Awesome place for families!

August 4, 2014

This cabin is the quintessential of a summer week on a Maine lake. It's quaint sense-of-place set the stage for a week of total relaxation and fun. We love the screened-in porch for hours of reading and all of our meals! The lake was crystal clear and refreshing; we could see the bottom of the lake when we kayaked. We also hiked and explored the beautiful Maine mountains. The wild blueberries were delicious; the mountaintop views, stunning! In the evenings, we read aloud Thoreau's "Maine Woods". It was our daughter's request, to spend a week on a lake in Maine following her graduation from high school. We couldn't have picked a better place - simple, beautiful and unforgettable. Thank you!

Bill Vachon

Owner's reply:

A great renter. They left the place in great shape. Thank you. Bill

bob gulardo

bob gulardo

Woodstock, Vermont

As advertised, the way it should be...

July 17, 2014

We have been staying at this particular lake for 20 years and this is the first time we rented this cottage. It is by far the best camp we have rented and we plan on going back as often as possible. It is clean, comfortable and very, very private. The owner is very pleasant and accommodating. The view is one of the best on the lake and everything you need to have a great vacation is included in the cottage (canoe, kayaks, outdoor fire pit and gas grill). The fishing right off the dock is great! I recommend this place without qualification.

Bill Vachon

Owner's reply:

The renters were outstanding. They were very helpful, humorous, respectful of the environment, and cleaned the cottage very well as you departed. It's very gratifying to see people who enjoy the woods and lake as much as I do. Bill (the owner)

Kevin Savoy

Kevin Savoy


Fun Times

August 12, 2013

If you are looking for a small pristine lake perfect for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking or just plain relaxing with a gorgeous view of the lake this is a perfect rental. The cottage is vintage Maine with pine paneling, comfortable furniture, large screen porch, fully functional kitchen and bath. The best feature is its privacy as it is surrounded by acres of woods and one of the longest shorelines on the lake. If you are looking for modern plastic and large screen TVs this is not the place. The swimming off the dock and float are excellent. The lake which is around a mile in radius is perfect with only a few motor boats and no jet skis allowed. We spent two weeks and could have spent another two easily. Towns for shopping (Norway, Bethel, and Fryeburg) are all within a 20 minute drive with a bevy of fine restaurants or fast food and groceries. So to sum it up a perfect spot for us for outdoor activities, reading and relaxing and exploring the surrounding attractions such as the White Mountains and Coast of Maine.

Bill Vachon

Owner's reply:

As property owner, I enjoyed the Savoy family immensely. The parents and two older children were great fun and left the cottage in pristine condition. Bill Vachon

The Stergis Family

The Stergis Family

Cape Cod Ma

Wonderful Vacation Spot

August 18, 2010

We have been going to Maine for years and have never had a better cottage! Place lived up to everything we hoped, from the great screened porch to bunk house, our family loved it.



Boston, MA USA

Excellent vacation

August 24, 2009

We really enjoyed our time here--the lake was the perfect temperature for swimming and it was nice to have our own private dock. Canoeing in the evening was relaxing, and there are some very nice hikes only a short drive away. The cottage is also a cozy, plesaant place to spend some time...very well equipped and homey. Highly recommended!



Boston, MA

A Fantastic Rental

July 29, 2009

I rented the place for a full week and it was outstanding. It was exceptionally clean and had all the amenities of home (washer/dryer, microwave, TV, DVD, etc.) plopped right down in the middle of a quiet, serene and secluded lakefront. The scenery was beautiful and the privacy was perfect. The fishing was very good (14 largemouth in 5 days, biggest was 3 lbs.) The lake temperature was warm enough to swim every day. I was able to read 4 books and especially enjoyed the screened in porch which had a GREAT view. In short, I would strongly recommend this place to anyone: families with kids or adults.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing time by the lake. I read four books in one week and slept like a baby for the first time in years. The sounds of the loons at night are enchanting.

RG (2008)
I have not been so relaxed in years. The quiet of the woods and the sounds of the birds is such a change from my normal life. We would love to own such a neat place.

CJ (2008)

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    I am a semi- retired mechanical engineer who has always loved the woods, mountains and lakes of northern New England. I still work part- time as a consultant on large wind turbine projects, but spend vast quantities of time as a volunteer on various boards - with work largely devoted to conservation...
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