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'The Shire' a Charming Waterfront Cabin on Rangeley Lake

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Oquossoc - The Shire

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy a romantic moon rise over the mountains and lake while sitting by a campfire with a drink and your loved one(s)! What could be better? Located just a few feet from the lake,it has everything one would need to enjoy a stay in the Rangeley Lakes area.

The first floor consists of a living area with a gas viewing stove and large windows with window seats that open out towards the lake and a bedroom with a queen size log bed.

There is a deck on the rear with a gas grill and table set. 2 Kayaks, water floats and a canoe are available at no cost.

2 built in single beds (built in with reading lamps) and a double complete the loft. The yard is large enough for games (we have boccie and badminton on hand).

We are within walking distance to restaurants, groceries, ice cream shop, boat rentals, tennis, plus hiking trails; and only a few miles from the quaint town of Rangeley, and Saddleback Ski Area.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, ice maker and gas cook stove, bath also serves as a laundry with front load washer and dryer.

There is a floating dock with a swim area and plenty of room to tie up your boat.

The natural beauty and wildlife are abundant. Wildlife spotting trips are a favorite pastime either by car or kayak. Listen to the loons at night under a star filled sky; away from light pollution, it amazing! Relax, get away from it all, put your feet up or get them to take you up Bald Mountain Trail. The view is incredible!

This cabin is perfect for a couple, or groups (families) of no more than six. We look forward to working with you to provide information about the area and to ensure you have everything you need to make your stay delightfully memorable. Check us out on facebook! The Shire Rangeley Maine.

Dock space is available for your boat, trailer storage can be arranged at no cost. Boating/skiing/snowmobiling/ swimming/hunting/fishing/hiking/wildlife viewing is what this area is all about. Snowmobile from your door, swim or sunbathe by the lake, keep the boat handy, what ever your choice, you'll find our cabin clean, comfortable, well stocked and a good value for your money.

Listen as the loons soothe you to sleep, watch beautiful sunrises,moon rises, kayak in the peaceful (most of the time) waters of Oquossoc cove. You will love this cabin! it's immaculate, has nice bedding, books to lend, and a lovely view

Have a campfire lakeside, or move the table to dine lakeside as well. This is an escape from the everyday to a world of beauty and serenity.

There are ceiling fans up and down, windows placed for utmost privacy.

Long term winter rates available. Please call.

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More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2016
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About Jeannine

We call it 'The Shire' because it is green and peaceful, the kids named it after the idealistic area in the Tolkien trilogy! They (now adults) always talk of returning to 'The Shire'; like it's magical name, it is a place one yearns to return to. Originally from R.I. I grew up craving to live in Rangeley, as my family has vacationed here since the 1940's. I have always been in love with the town, the surrounding natural beauty and the activities available in the area. Bob fell in love with it as well, prompting us to buy this unique property. It is an ideal location, with one of the best views on the lake. Close to amenities but yet away from it all. We love to snowmobile, ski, travel, play with our little dogs, attend music festivals and playing games. Campfires are the favorite pastime on summer evenings as well as dinners lakeside, watching the moonrise to the songs of the loons. It is truly magical.

Jeannine purchased this cabin in 1985

Why Jeannine chose Maine

After working hard for many years, there was no choice when it came to selecting Rangeley for our second home. It's pristine beauty offers 4 seasons of outdoor fun. It's remote, yet close to hiking trails, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, Rangeley is a very special area, it has so much to offer, beauty, peace, fine dining, outdoor sports and indoor fun as well ( Moose Alley-bowling,pool, darts etc...) for those rainy days. Just the smell of the fresh clean mountain air is enough to make you want to stay; not to mention the view from the property and the wildlife surrounding us. Don't be surprised should you see a moose swimming across the cove, or see a deer leap through the woods. It's always exciting to be visited by our furry friends!

What makes this cabin unique

The lake frontage, the view is fantastic, hearing the water and loons at night through open windows, lulling us to sleep. The endless starlit sky, is just amazing. Access to snowmobile trails system, xcountry ski from the door on the lake if safe! When the temps are high,swim out to the huge raft, get in, relax! Let the little ones play in the boat slip. Put an air mattress on the ground on a clear night and stargaze! https://www.facebook.com/theshirerangeleymaine

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a wonderful stay! I wish we could have met you, but I hope you enjoyed your weekend away as well. The cabin was beautiful. The pictures on the internet do not do it justice. Your parents were so sweet. Please tell them we are sorry we didn't say goodbye. I didn't see movement in the house when we left and I didn't want to disturb them.

Thank you again. If we come back to the area we will be touch!


Martha & Shawn
Jun 2012
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based on 21 holidaymaker reviews

'The Shire' a Charming Waterfront Cabin on Rangeley Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage and the lake was gorgeous ! Very relaxing weekend in Rangeley. Loved the fall colors of the trees. The owners were very nice and accommodating. We will return for a longer stay at some point !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Missy, Autumn is beautiful time to visit! Hopefully next time your stay will be longer! There's so much more to explore! I'm so glad you enjoyed your accomodations and beauty of the Rangeley Lakes Region.
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to New England, and we chose The Shire based on the great reviews and the location for fall foliage. We were not disappointed! The cabin was perfect for the two of us, and could easily accommodate more guests. It has been well kept and was equipped with everything we needed to make ourselves at home. It was nice having Jeannine and Bob nearby in case we needed anything, and their hospitality made us feel welcome. We enjoyed so many things including phenomenal fall colors, the unmistakable sound of loons on the lake, kayaking on the lake, and breakfast at The Gingerbread House just up the street in Oquossoc. We hope to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Matt, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It was our pleasure to host you both. You hit it just right! The colors were at their fullest brilliance. The weather was still nice enough for kayaking, taking in the scenery from the lake is always more fun! Thanks for booking with us!
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Comfortable, cozy, immaculate. We had everything we needed, and more.

  • 5 of 5

The Shire cabin exceeded our expectations. Everything was new and well maintained. Bed was comfortable; decor was put together with a professional eye. Jeannine designed the layout of the interior and included details that really worked. Since it was just the two of us, we did not utilize the upstairs but noted that kids would be delighted with the upstairs bunks (which were plenty big enough for adults). We especially enjoyed the viewing gas stove, the window seats on the lakeside of the cabin, and the campfire next to the lake. Jeannine and Bob joined us on the first night at the campfire and we quickly realized that, if we were locals, they could have become friends. This is a beautiful part of the country. Views and hikes around the area are plentiful. If we ever return to the area, the Shire is where we will be!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for booking with us and for the wonderful review! Bob and I really enjoy hosting and helping visitors get the most out of their stay with us. We love this area so much, it's a joy to share it. We hope to see you again someday and agree, if you lived locally we would definitely be friends! All the best! Jeannine and Bob
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Great, very comfortable, well provisioned and laid out.

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin for a long weekend in September and could not have been more pleased. We found that even with 4 adults there was plenty of room and we had plenty of space. The Cabin was very clean and very comfortable. Since one of us inadvertently went swimming while fishing, we really appreciated the washer and dryer (at least the dryer). Bob and Jeannine were very welcoming and helpful. We intend to return very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased you enjoyed the cabin! Seeing our guests return is the best review ever. We take it as a sign we're doing something right! We enjoy hosting, meeting new people and sharing our property. It's been an amazing experience. Bob and I feel very fortunate as somehow we seem to attract a very special clientele. Thank you!
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Perfect. Just perfect.

  • 5 of 5

Stunning views, tastefully decorated, and warmly inviting, the owners have thought of just about everything to enhance our stay. The location is just perfect! Our lake views were amazing every hour of the day and night. Last night we sat out near the dock around a blazing fire our hosts prepared and stared at the stars. We were given our privacy, while at the same time encouraged to ask for anything we needed. We would love to come again'

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We would love to host you again! We're so happy you were pleased with your accommodations and found "The Shire" to be as beautiful as think it is. We've been told our photos just don't do it justice. It was our pleasure to meet you, as well and we thank you for your review. I'm sure it helps other potential guests get a sense of the type of rental we offer. All the best, Bob and Jeannine
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Absolutely amazing cabin, location, and hosts!

  • 5 of 5

I have to thank Jeannine and Bob for the use of their amazing little cabin on the lake. The location of the cabin right on the lake was just breathtaking in the morning during sunrise and in the afternoon during sunset. The cabin was so clean and cared for, I truly felt at home. I even said that, "I want to live in a cabin just like this!". I will definitely be planning a trip back to the Shire and hope to share another Moscow Mule with Jeannine. Their hospitality was so warm and welcoming. I just wish we could have stayed longer than a weekend. This is a beautiful little getaway spot that you almost don't want to tell others about because it's so nice and private and you'll want to make sure you book as soon as possible because it's just that wonderful. Thank you for the amazing stay!

We'll definitely be back to the Shire!

Shelby & Keith.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We enjoyed meeting and hosting the two of you as well! I'll have a Moscow Mule ready for you when you arrive next visit!
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Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.07 Miles
Gingerbread House
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
100 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.07 Miles
Gingerbread House
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Rangeley State Park
Car: necessary

4 wheeling, Wildlife Tours, Kennebago River Wildlife Viewing Trips, stargazing at our beautiful dark sky free from most light pollution!, Moose watching, The best Fly Fishing and guides in the area available. Dog sledding can also be arranged by appointment. Moose Alley provides entertainment on cold rainy days, lots of fun for adults and kids. Lake tours by boat. Massage therapists are available in town or by booking well ahead they will come to the cabin for a completely relaxing and private experience. Campfire ring, lakeside. There are many concerts and festivals going on throughout the region all summer, check the Rangeley Chamber on line for listings.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Oquossoc, Western Maine

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Pet Fee £57 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation policy in brief: 61 days prior, no problem, full refund of deposit and any payments. 60-31 days prior, forfeit 1/2 payment and deposit. 30 days prior, does not warrant any return of funds. However, we are willing to work with our guests! Without making a promise, we will try our best to rent for the time you reserved if you must cancel. If possible we will refund your $$$$ in full if we can rebook!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Oquossoc, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only, no tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Log queen bed with side tables and lamps., Double Beds (1) Double bed in loft., Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 built in single beds in loft area with built in storage underneath and wall lights for reading. So cozy!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Free use of on site kayaks (2) and canoe when available (usually they are waiting for a paddler)! Lake frontage provides an opportunity for x- country skiing or snowmobiling from the door. Swimming is excellent as well as fishing and boating. We also have a Big Mable to tow behind your boat or just float around and other water floats. Lawn games are available as well.

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