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Charming Lakefront Cottage

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights

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Our charming and cozy, beautifully restored 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage is located in the historic Camp Benson area on Lake Sebasticook in Newport, ME. Originally built in 1900, it is literally right on top of the water and has some of the most amazing views on the lake from sun rise to sunset!

The first story includes an updated kitchen complete with butcher block island and modern appliances, living room (including pull-out queen sofa bed), gas fireplace and full bath with shower. The kitchen opens up to a spacious wrap around deck that looks out over the lake...our favorite feature of the cottage! Upstairs in the loft area you will find a bedroom with one queen bed, one twin bed and window air conditioning unit. Downstairs is the second bedroom and includes a queen bed, gas heating stove, and a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door that provides even more amazing views of the water. The downstairs level also includes a washer and dryer. Our cottage comfortably sleeps up to 7, is non-smoking, and is pet-free.

Alongside the cottage is a small swimming beach area (deeded to this property and our very friendly neighbors). Two kayaks and a paddle boat are included for touring around the water and two bicycles for exploring the land. The property also includes a propane grill on the deck.

Although our property is in great condition, each year we strive to make updates and renovations that only further enhance the property and amenities.

Interested in a day trip? Moosehead Lake is approximately 52 miles from the cottage and Bar Harbor is approximately 70 miles. Want to stay local? The grocery store, butcher, gas station, and restaurants are within a few miles. Also, locally and accessible from the cottage, is a trail suited for hiking, biking, walking, running, or ATVing. If you like to fish and boat, there is a public boat landing nearby for launching your boat and our dock will gladly moor your boat/water toys for your stay. The lake is stocked each year with bass making it fun to participate in the many bass tournaments held each summer.

I grew up on Lake Sebasticook and it has always been our dream to own a little piece of this amazing and relaxing community. We look forward to sharing it with you!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Sara Lyskawa
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2016

About Sara Lyskawa

I (Sara) am a native of central Maine and so it goes without saying that this state, Lake Sebasticook, and our cottage is the place where I have experienced some of my most cherished childhood and adulthood memories. Something that my husband and I can now pass onto our own children. Abigail (3) and Aiden (11 weeks) will have the luxury of vacationing at the lake each summer creating memories that will last a lifetime. I attended the University of Maine, Orono and currently work part-time as a clinical dietitian in the Greenville, SC area. My husband (Michigan native) attended Notre Dame and is employed by General Electric. We met while as a result of my husband being relocated to Bangor for 3 years. We purchased this property while vacationing/visiting family two summers ago and it was love at first sight. It has been so fun returning to a place where I grew up.

Sara Lyskawa purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Sara Lyskawa chose Maine Highlands

Welcome to Camp Benson of Lake Sebasticook! A place that is very near and dear to my heart for over 30+ years. My great grandparents owned a camp not too far from our current property, but unfortunately, burned down in the late 1960's. Luckily my grandparents resurrected another camp in its spot until the land/camp was eventually deeded over to my brother in the late 1980's. He has since torn down that camp and re-built a home where he and his family now live year-round. I have some of the most amazing memories on this lake, especially summer months as a child, which have only continued into my adulthood. From learning to water ski, building play boats, fishing with my grandfather on the end of the dock, canoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, racing up and down the camp road by foot or bike, and learning to drive the boat, this is a very special place to me and my family. We are so thrilled to be sharing our cottage and this area with you. My husband Alan and I welcome you, your family, and your friends to what we consider our little slice of heaven. We hope you enjoy our cottage and develop a similar passion for this beautiful lake and all its offerings throughout your stay. This is truly the perfect place to fall in love with Lake Sebasticook and Maine - the way life should be.

What makes this cottage unique

First and foremost, a large appeal to purchasing our property was the fact that I had grown up on this lake. Specifically, this property really spoke to my husband and I as the views from the deck are breathtaking as well as owning property directly on the lake. We saw this property as a place to come each summer and drop our suitcases at the door and head outside to begin the fun with family and friends. The sunrise and sunset views are a perfect way to begin and end each day. Nothing measures up to a morning cup of coffee or relaxing glass of wine on the deck and taking in natures beauty and the sounds of the loons. The cottage is warm and cozy, a perfect getaway from our hectic lives in Greenville, SC. For us, it was the perfect location as my immediate family is within a few miles and so vacationing near family was a huge appeal for us as well. We truly love vacationing here as it is chance to create memories with our own family as well as an opportunity to get away from it all.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Charming Lakefront Cottage
average rating of 4.2222223 based on 9 reviews
Southbury, CT

Adorable lakeside retreat

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was very clean, organized and well equipped. Smell of water was a little bothersome but we knew that ahead of time. Perfect lake location. Very comfortable. Sara was very helpful with regards to any questions we may have.

Took many day trips to Moosehead Lake, Fort Knox, Bar Harbor.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had the best time during our 5 night stay at this beautiful lake house. A place that is cozy and offers everything one needs. The lake house was clean, comfortable, organized with beautiful views of the sunrise and sunsets. Our days were spent swimming, playing, relaxing, cook outs and fires on the beach area. Many memories were made!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love that it's right on the lake

  • 3 of 5

Great location but needs AC and pest control. Too many spiders and got bites and too hot to sleep most nights.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our property as we welcome all feedback whether positive or negative. Please know that we make every effort to make our guests comfortable and happy during their stay. Our cottage is our little slice of heaven and we hope that our guests feel the same way. We have fully disclosed the amenities and extras that come with the cottage on the VRBO website. All this information is readily available to our guests prior, during, and post stay. Ie. AC unit loft level is available for use to our guests. We do apologize about the spider issue, but please know we do routinely use a pest control service. We have had no other complaints about spiders, but nonetheless we will contact our pest control service to be sure there is not something new going on. It's hard to be completely spider-free or insect-free unfortunately as they love to breed in and around water. Thank you again for your feedback and please know we consider all feedback to be equally valuable.
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Beautiful Camp

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time over Memorial Day weekend. The place was clean and tidy. Everything as expected. We entertained family throughout the weekend and the wrap around decks, lawn space and inside floor space felt spacious. Would highly recommend this spot for just relaxing. Very quiet. Loved the sound of the loons on the lake. Fishing off the dock was a bonus for the kids. The weekend we were there, the perch may have been spawning as they were right up close to the shore making fishing very easy for the novices. All in all, an excellent stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Maine Vacation

  • 4 of 5

LOVED the Camp Bensen area...cottage is beautiful...beach area perfect...had a wonderful time with memories I will cherish.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Puyallup, WA

Enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was very enjoyable. The sunrises were amazing during the time we were there! We enjoyed the tranquility of being on the lake. The cottage was comfortable for four adults, very clean and well kept. We would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
The M Room Sports Pub
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Palmyra Golf Course
Nearest Train
105 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-95 (North and South)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
74 Miles
Sugarloaf Mountain
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Peaks-Kenny State Park
Car: necessary

If you are seeking the ultimate in relaxation and the chance to unplug from mainstream society, then this is the destination for you. Our cottage is located in central ME and is based in a small, peaceful, and close knit community where traffic and large crowds are irrelevant and peace and quiet are on the daily agenda. Newport, ME, the hub and heart of the Sebasticook region, is situated on Lake Sebasticook. Notably, Lake Sebasticook is the only lake in the state of Maine contained by one town. Area features include: Newport Cultural Center (public library and historical society museum), Vic Firth (drumstick manufacturer), gateway to the Moosehead region via Moosehead Trail, and area restaurants/shopping venues. Be sure to check out Dragonfly Farm and Winery. Sebasticook Valley appeals to the outdoorsmen as well as lending itself to various local events throughout the year.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Newport, Maine Highlands

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £164

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Note check in time is 4pm on day of arrival and 11am is check out on day of departure.
While we typically only rent for full weeks during the peak summer season, we will consider shorter duration stays if within 4 weeks of the arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Newport in Maine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 810 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Loft - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Master bedroom with queen size bed overlooking the lake via sliding glass doors which open up to the dock/lake. Bedroom also includes a fireplace, dresser, and alternate side door leading to outside. Loft area with a lake view includes a double bed, twin bed, pack & play, air conditioning unit, and wardrobe hangers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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