House, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11)
About Cheryl Begin
I have been the owner of this property since we built it in 2002. Built with my husband most of it was hand crafted and designed by our builder and ourselves.
Cheryl Begin purchased this House in 2002
What makes this House unique
Bedroom layout is as follows: First floor; one Master bedroom with King bed. First floor: one semi-private room (glass french doors) with 2 twin beds. Second floor 2 private rooms each with a queen or full bed. Open loft area with 2 twin beds and one queen bed.
No events where guest list exceeds 20
Pets allowed and renter must notify owner
No fireworks of any kind
No ATV’s allowed around property
No outdoor bands allowed or other loud activities
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Beautiful place to stay!
We loved our stay in Raymond! It’s a beautiful house on beautiful property. The cell service is not great so he prepared for that! The wireless didn’t work for the first couple days but the owner was very accommodating and communicated clearly with us and got it fixed as soon as she could!
Home Away from Home
My wife and I have enjoyed several stays at this log home on Crescent Lake. On two occasions, we’ve invited friends from Europe to join us. And a few years ago we had a handful of our oldest friends meet there for a 30 year college reunion. What keeps us so enthusiastic about coming back and about sharing this place with our friends is the fact that it doesn’t feel like a “rental”. As soon as we arrive, the house feels like a home, and everybody we’ve been there with feels equally comfortable as soon as they walk in the door.
Since I really enjoy being outdoors, I’m never at a loss for things to do in Raymond. Crescent lake is the perfect size for casual trips in either of the two canoes that have always been down by the dock. Not everybody has been up for a climb to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. But I’ve tried to make it a daily routine and gotten some magnificent photos from its overlooks that face at least four of the region’s lakes. Everybody I’ve been there with has especially enjoyed gathering on the screened-in porch for meals and for conversation. The younger kids have spent hours searching for minerals in the crushed granite drive that leads down to the house. And they just loved the nearby Maine Wildlife Park. My wife’s absolute favorite memory is the sound of the loons, especially at night. I’m not much of a TV enthusiast, myself. But everybody else was impressed by the cable service that seemed to offer just about every channel that they could ask for. Day or night, I personally prefer watching nature unfold at the end of the exceptionally spacious dock.
This year, we arrived in the off-season and were delighted to be there for the onset of autumn color. At times, we felt like we were the only people on the entire lake and the tranquility was an added bonus to our stay. We brought our own kayaks this time, and after a little trial and error managed to navigate all the way from the log home into Sebago Lake! It’s an all-day trip, and I wouldn’t recommend it to the casual paddler. But for any serious kayaker or canoeist who doesn’t mind a couple of short portages, it’s an exceptional run!
Thanks for another memorable vacation. And we’ll look forward to coming back next year!
My family spent a wonderful week at this very special log home. The house is a grand structure with plenty of living space and bedrooms to fit everyone. We (including the dog) appreciated the spacious, private setting. The kitchen was well supplied with cooking necessities, but we were unable to use the gas grill. There were several steps down to the water. These were mostly enjoyed by our 5 yr old grandson as his personal stair master. Ah youth! The lake is a dream. We explored it and fished from my son's canoe outfitted with electric motor. Often spotted the Bald Eagles. Good hiking nearby.
On a rainy day we sought the comfort of the living room and watched 4 episodes of Dexter.
We had a wonderful one week vacation in this log house. We consisted of my husband & myself, 4 young adult children and one infant grandchild. We swam to the float, fished, and used the 2 canoes. We enjoyed the screened in porch and eating our meals out there.
The kitchen was well supplied with utensils, pots & pans,etc., but the interior of the cabinets was in total disarray. I felt compelled to organize them upon our arrival if I was going to cook meals for a whole week here. I have stayed in many other VRBO homes and I felt this house was not attended to as well compared to other homes I've rented.
The house is set back from the lake in the woods and is in the shade most of the day. Several high hat lights in the cathedral ceiling were burnt out and due to the ceiling height, there was no way for us to replace them. The balance of the lighting in the house is inadequate and since the house is in a shaded location, it was rather dark. We needed to keep lights on most of the time during the day while we were in the house. More floor, table lamps, or track lighting would be a simple remedy. IT was also very dark over the sink and in the kitchen, especially at night.
The waterfront dock has an eastern exposure and the sun passed overhead at about 2:00 in the afternoon, leaving the waterfront in the shade for the rest of the day.
The master bed has a deep mattress on it, and if I was informed of this ahead of time, I would have brought deep cornered bottom sheets. Regular fitted bottom sheets do not stay on. The master bed was also missing a mattress cover and I was curious/suspicious whether the blankets which were piled in the closets had all been washed after the previous visitors. These two thoughts left me slightly uncomfortable.
Regardless, the house was roomy and spacious and we just loved being in Maine.
I'm always grateful for reviews from my guests, including comments that can help me enhance the experience for my future renters. I have alerted my cleaning crew to be more attentive to organizing the kitchen cupboards so cooking items would be a bit more orderly. Also, as luck would have it many of the bulbs in the lighting fixtures burned out prior to or during this guests visit. All bulbs have been replaced and I've added some pole lamps since this review. Additionally I've updated my cottage info to include detail on the king mattress, which has a cover on it now. It was being professionally laundered during that time frame. My property faces East so the sun does indeed lose its intensity in the afternoon. During the hottest months of July and August some guests like this fact as it provides a welcome break from the sun and heat. It's a matter of preference I suppose. Once again, I SO appreciate candid feedback so I may continue in my efforts to make my place as comfortable as possible for my guests. Much appreciated! Thanks.
My girlfriends and I stayed here for a girls retreat. It was perfect. I brought my yellow lab and had a blast. She swam in the water jumping off the dock and drying in the sun. The kitchen had everything we needed and there was always plenty of hot water for everyone. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the home was much larger in person than the pictures could really show. It had such great details in railings and fireplace, antique mirrors and large bedrooms, plenty of woods for my dog to explore and dock space to accommodate all of us lounging in the sun. I highly recommend this LLBean catalog home! The owner was very friendly and accommodating and you can tell she takes great pride in her property. It's large enough to accommodate 3+ families for a group vacation. I'll be back with my husband and two other couples in 2015. He'll love the fishing!
Peace and quiet = serenity from my hectic lifestyle
I have had the good fortune of staying at this lovely camp...OK...house of the lake on 2 separate occasions. I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed both times that I stayed there. The lake is calm and is great to canoe on. One of my favorite memories of the my stay involved a race around the island from the dock and back. It still brings a smile to my face even today when I think about it. The camp/house is spacious and beautiful and would be a great place to spend a week on an annual basis. I highly recommend anyone to contact the owner to reserve their stay! As a sidenote, if you like hiking, I am told there is a great trail nearby.