Private spacious log cabin on lake, 3 bed, 2bath, hot tub, 4 boats, fishing
I left my native New Zealand with plans to travel widely but did not get further than the Caribbean and North America before settling down in the northeast of the US! After the hectic years of child rearing and establishing a career, it was a joy to find this wonderful log house in the western mountains and lakes region of Maine. There is similar scenic beauty and relaxed outdoor lifestyle to that of New Zealand, and those great neighbors! So friendly and helpful. The Maine culinary and farm cultures are constantly evolving, enhancing the quality of life. We love to stop by the roadside stands for fresh vegetables, fruit, grass-fed beef, home-made organic bread, free range eggs! The farm to table movement just keeps growing in Maine. The local supermarket has outstanding seafood but there are many other sources too.
Why Kay chose Farmington
The moment we saw the house, we loved it! As soon as we stepped inside and saw its charm and excellent design, we knew that this was the special family retreat we had dreamed of. Peace and privacy with super friendly neighbors as well - it's an unbeatable combination. We've been here more than ten years now and every year we enjoy it more! Every year we find different hiking trails, meet new people, find more historical and sightseeing spots and even better restaurants and roadside stands.
What makes this Cabin unique
What could be better than breakfast on the deck, watching the early morning mist rise from the water and a string of ducklings following mother to their own breakfast. Then there is the decision on whether to have the canoe-kayak race or go fishing or try to get that perfect photo of a loon, or go over to Freeport for some outlet shopping and a bowl of lobster bisque at nearby Harraseeket Restaurant - so fresh and good! We can do a few lengths out to the swim raft and back, then go into Farmington to get some heirloom tomatoes from the farmers' market and an ice cream from Giffords. Tomorrow we will go hiking - or maybe just swing in the hammock and not do too much at all!
Pool / Spa
Smoking outside the house only please.
ONE dog, 50lb max., non-aggressive breed.
Life jackets, all sizes. Lake edge water shallow.
See House Manual for detailed information - copy sent to guests before arrival, and hard copy available in house.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The place was beautiful. The pictures did not do it justice. Kids enjoyed all the activities on the pond and spent hours on it each day. House was equipped with everything we needed. We loved it and hope to go back next year.
Kiwi Lodge was everything we wanted for our relaxing vacation. Very beautiful log cabin, which has everything you need,on the lake. Had a great time kayaking and fishing. Kay was quick to get back to me with my questions...Thank you!!
My husband and I had a great time at kiwi lodge!
The fish were jumping and the eagles were flying. The home was very clean, very comfortable and quite relaxing, everything to ensure a wonderful vacation! Kayaking was wonderful, it was also nice to take a short drive into town if we wanted and know that when we were tired we had a spot that felt like home away from home! The owner was a pleasure to deal with, very responsive! I would look to stay here again if we decide on visiting this lovely area of Maine in the future!
Kiwi lodge was a wonderful respite!
Just want to emphasize how the Kiwi Lodge is one fine place for a vacation. It's the best by far in the 5 years we've been renting vacation spots for us and our kids & grandchildren.
Just returned from our first stay at Kiwi Lodge. For reference, we're a family of five, three children & two parents, and the youngest kiddo is 12. Kiwi Lodge is beautiful. Was spotless upon arrival, and well equipped. We had a few very hot days during our stay so being on the lake was especially appreciated. The kayaks, paddle boat, and canoe were so much fun. We were in them daily. One of the nights that we went out on the dock to look at the stars, (magnificent each night), we heard loons. Played badminton and enjoyed the hot tub. Took an afternoon to go on a hike, Round Top Trail, in the Kennebec Highlands. Picked up lobster rolls twice from Arkay's Pizza in Farmington. Ate at Gifford's Ice Cream twice as well! Very nice staff at both of these places. If you venture into Portland, the lobster rolls from the Bite into Maine Lobster Roll food truck that is at Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth are so worth the drive.
Our family had endured an extremely stressful month prior to our trip. To say that we ALL needed a break is frankly, an understatement and Kiwi Lodge delivered. My husband said that he had never had such a relaxing vacation. We've stayed at a fair amount of rentals by owner so I feel qualified in saying that Kay is one of the best out there. She was always available for a quick question either before or during our stay. She exudes a genuine hospitality that you can feel despite being miles apart. Kay is a gem.
This review isn't as eloquent as I would like but it is sincere. I recommend Kiwi Lodge without reservation, pun intended. :) We live multiple states away but do hope to return one day to this charming home.
As Always Everything was Perfect!
It was my third time staying here. Usually it is with my husband and another couple, this time it was a girls weekend, with my old friends from college. They are now all huge Kiwi Lodge Fans too. We had incredible weather, and never left the property. Thank you so much for a fabulous time, once again!
Jamie, we are delighted to know that the girls' retreat went so well! There is so much to do in the surrounding area but for a group of friends who are combining a career outside the home with caring for a family, it is a wonderful thing to take time off to reconnect and enjoy the beauty, peace and comfort of Kiwi Lodge in the process!
We look forward to seeing you again.
Kay and the Kiwi Lodge team
We send our guests information on what to see and do and where to eat in the local area and region. These are family-tested recommendations! There is much to see and do in the region - if you can tear yourself away from the comfort and peace of relaxing at Kiwi Lodge!
Farmington has lovely walking paths through the woods. SugarWood Gallery in Farmington has wonderful handcrafted furniture and many other locally made items of beauty and interest. Visit the library, in a beautiful centuries old building with an unusual glass floor on the upper level. Eat at Homestead Restaurant on Broadway in Farmington.
Drive 20-40 minutes to local farmsteads, historic small towns like Hallowell, a historic riverside town with good restaurants and great antiques shops. There are antique stores everywhere!