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Hakuna Matata on a Private Island Log Cabin in a Maine lake!

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Enjoy the many natural gifts that surround this sweet little cabin.

Welcome to Blissville. Little Cabin Island will unwind and relax anyone and everyone. There are lots of possibilities without a whole lot of interruptions from the outside world. Think of it as a place with a timezone of its own, where one can just be centered and present without worrying about a thing.

Remember the simple life when you visit Little Cabin Island on Annabessacook Lake. Enjoy an amazing sunrise from the front porch of your very own private island cabin, take a swim off the dock, or paddle around and explore the pristine 1400 acre Annabessacook Lake. Unwind by the campfire, watch the sunset, and listen to the loons as they settle in for the night. Catch a glimpse of the eagles and osprey roosting in the trees overhead. Bring your fishing gear if you're so inclined for world class bass fishing!

We will ferry you to the island, and offer a canoe or kayaks for your enjoyment. If you choose to bring your own boat we will shuttle you to the public boat ramp on the lake, and offer parking for your car and trailer overnight. We also invite you to canoe over to the exclusive 1 Big Sustainable Island and hike this 14 acre gem, relax in one of the hammocks, or try your hand at the rope swing.

This off-the-grid (NO ELECTRICITY) open concept 600 square foot cabin has a sleeping loft with a queen size bed. The living area is furnished with a rocker, ottoman, a dining table for four and a futon that converts to a double bed. It is equipped with an indoor Biolet composting toilet.The kitchen area has an old-fashioned water pump, a supply of spring water from our bedrock well, and all the cooking utensils and equipment you will need to prepare your favorite food.

Little Cabin sits on its own 1/4 acre island in Annabessacook Lake. Enjoy 1400 acres of pristine surroundings in this rustic, off-the-grid cedar log cabin. The island's natural landscape allows for spectacular bird watching.

Rates include one canoe or two kayaks for the length of your stay, pit firewood, gas grill, coleman stove, kitchen/dining ware, and access to 1 Big Sustainable Island.

We will meet you at the dock at 2pm for a boat ride to the island. Check out is 11am.

Please remember: Your food! (Normally Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks); Cooler / Ice (Block ice lasts longer); Headlamp or Flashlight; Extra batteries; Sun protection; Insect repellent; Warm clothes (fleece or wool layers are recommended); Socks or slippers for inside the cabin (shoes left outside please); Water shoes (lake bottom has shells and rocks); Rain gear (just in case).



Do not hesitate to call us if you have an emergency or any questions about your stay. Joanne can be reached at 207.752.1190. Kent can be reached at 207.512.2524.


We really appreciate folks leaving shoes on the porch. So, please, no outside shoes in the cabin.


Be careful on the steps and in the loft! An adult must supervise children in the loft at all times.


The composting toilet is self-sufficient. Please keep the bathroom door and the lid to the toilet closed to help the air flow go up and out the vent. In order for the doors on the toilet to open to allow waste in, you must sit. (Feel free to use a tree outside if you prefer to stand.) After your contribution of #2 please add one scoop of composting material. (No need to add if only #1.) Only toilet paper and human waste go in the toilet. No feminine products or diapers please. If you pee only, put the used toilet paper in the trashcan next to the toilet.


Please separate your trash. Put the burnable waste in the crock by the jelly cupboard, and use it to start your fire in the fire pit. There is a container for compost, one for recycling, and one for trash. Thank you!


The hand pump at the kitchen sink pulls water from the lake. If you pump it several times and no water comes out, it needs to be primed. Pull the handle to the up position and pour water into the top of the pump until water flows out the spout. Then pump a number of times. Note: This is not suitable for drinking or cooking. The water in the glass jugs is from our well and is potable. We use lake water to wash our hands and dishes. We boil the lake water, use soap, and then rinse with warm potable water.


No fireworks on the island at any time. Outside fires are allowed only in the fire pit. Attend the fire at all times. The fire should be kept inside the container – no flames above the rim. Keep a bucket of lake water next to the fire at all times. Wet the ground around the fire pit from time to time. Pay careful attention to the direction of the wind as it can change quickly. The crock next to the jelly cupboard is for burnable waste – perfect for starting fires. Matches are in the jelly cupboard. Candles may be lit as long as you are in the room. Please do not leave burning candles unattended. The fire extinguisher is hanging on the wall next to the back door of the cabin. In case of emergency, please call Kent (207.512.2524) or Joanne (207.752.1190). The volunteer fire department will be delayed in responding to a call on the island.


We welcome most dogs on the island. We charge $20/night non-refundable pet fee ($25/night for two). In order to continue allowing dogs on the island we ask that you pick up after your dog. If you see other poop, please pick that up too. (Nothing worse than stepping on poop!) Please keep dogs off the furniture. We have a dog blanket and a dog bowl for their comfort and use. Please have your dog under control. Never leave your dog unattended on the island.



There is a canoe and/or kayak available for your leisure. Please keep one life jacket per adult in the boat or on your person while in use. Children must wear a life jacket while in a boat. The paddles and life jackets are in the shed. Please follow boating safety rules while on the lake.

Boat Rides:

We offer extra pontoon boat rides. If you want to come over to Big Island, or if you want a lift back to your vehicle we are happy to do so. We ask $20 per round trip.


Fishing permits are $11 per person for a 24-hour period. Augusta West Kampground, located on the north end of the lake, has permits and bait. You may also find bait at South Monmouth Market on Route 126 at the blinking light.


The lake and surrounding area is abundant with wildlife. Appreciate the animals from afar. You may come across a nesting area. Please do not disturb! Birds and turtles may become aggressive or abandon their nest if you get too close. Otherwise, the birds may come visit you if you sit very still. There are bird guidebooks in the cabin for your enjoyment.

Big Island:

To the east, in the center of the lake, is Big Island. It is administered by Jo and Kent’s non-profit, 1 Big Sustainable Island. During the summer months we often have events and activities scheduled which are open to the public. Check with Jo and Kent for more information or find us at

Log Book:

Please make an entry in the cabin logbook about your stay and feel free to read about what other friends have experienced during their visits to Little Cabin Island.


We do not charge a cleaning fee. We ask as you prepare to leave, please do your dishes and put them away, sweep the floors, and strip the sheets off the bed. If you prefer we handle the cleaning, please leave $50 and we will be happy to clean up. ☺

We at Little Cabin Island welcome you and hope that you find your stay peaceful and restoring.

Jo and Kent

More Details

Joanne Weiss
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, American Sign Language
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 February, 2018

About Joanne Weiss

Joanne and Kent are both registered Maine Guides. They invite you to visit 1 Big Sustainable Island, just a short paddle from Little Cabin Island. Enjoy a hike around this 14 acre gem, a nap in a hammock, or a dip in the lake via the rope swing.

Kent grew up on Annabessacook Lake, went to Brown University in Rhode Island, and came back to Maine in 2007 to build his dream. He has experience in teaching, environmental consulting, and entrepreneurship.

Joanne grew up in Philadelphia, and moved to New England in 1985. She owned and operated a bed and breakfast for 10 years. She has been a sign language interpreter since 1991, and loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Shadow was born in 2009. He is very gentle with humans, and he loves to chase fish, squirrels, skunks and porcupines (off the island!).

Joanne Weiss purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Joanne Weiss chose Monmouth

When you are on vacation at Little Cabin Island, you may enjoy the many natural gifts that surround this unique place. You'll have an opportunity to learn from the world around you!

What makes this cabin unique

We believe...

That relaxation can be found by being close to nature.

By being part of the rhythms of the lake, you can enhance balance.

That experiencing the natural beauty of the lake will help you 'find your place.'

By participating in a private retreat you will discover something new in yourself!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This little log cabin was perfect for a quiet weekend away. Such a pretty unspoiled place, made perfect by the wildlife sightings and calls at night. The bed upstairs was comfortable, so we slept well each night. Being able to allow our dog off-leash was nice for him, too. We didn't think he'd ever venture into the water (because he's a big chicken) but he was running and splashing and retrieving his ball by the end of our trip. One tip is to remember a cooler with ice. Don't know what I was thinking, but we didn't bring one for our food. Thankfully, Jo provided one for us. Much appreciated.
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Monmouth in Kennebec County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Our composting toilet is very clean, sanitary, and gentle on the environment. We supply a solar shower for washing up, but most of our guest simply go for a swim in the lake instead.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The sleeping loft bedroom has a water view. We supply linens for the comfy queen sized bed.
  • Games ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
Our guests tell us that the very best part of the island is the sunset hammock that hangs over the water. Perfect for reading a book, snoozing, and day dreaming!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Hakuna Matata on a Private Island Log Cabin in a Maine lake!
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Little Cabin Island...Hakuna Matata

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful, unique experience we had...peaceful, quite, serene and cozy. A true retreat that offers the best of nature, fresh water, fresh air, warmth of fire and beauty of the earth...in a simple, off the grid abode! Basic amenities provided, with an emphasis on sustainable practices of composting toilet, solar power lighting, propane fueled cooking and wood stove all nestled on a private island equipped with canoe, kayak, fishing poles & life jackets. Hammocks strategically in placed to see the spectacular views or take a nap..

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serene and Relaxing Little Cabin Island

  • 5 of 5

Little cabin island is a wonderful place to disconnect, unwind, and enjoy being close to nature. The cabin contains all you need for island life, and its simplicity and sustainability is refreshing and much appreciated. You can swim, paddle, explore, and kick back to watch the clouds drift by with the loons and bald eagles. Our dog was equally happy with our visit, and we had an incredible getaway. Jo and Kent were excellent hosts and we look forward to returning to the island in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Shawn and Christy: We loved having you as our guests and are looking forward to seeing you and Daisy again at Little Cabin Island!
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We were delighted by the island and our hosts

  • 5 of 5

We had two days of quiet peaceful time to reconnect with nature and with each other. The cabin, the island and the lake were each wonderful

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks John! We were happy to host you and your wife! The hammock, the cabin, and the island will be here for you the next time you want to hide from the hustle and bustle! Kent and Jo
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Perfect Getaway With Amazing Hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Kent and Jo made us feel welcome and took care of us before we even arrived. We got caught in traffic and were late and Kent had a backup plan in case it got too dark all planned out for us. He reminded us "we were on vacation" and made us feel like we shouldn't worry about a thing. He gave us a history of the lake and a tour of One Big Sustainable Island. You can tell that they are extremely passionate about what they do. Jo was always quick to answer any questions I had since the time of our reservation and was always thorough and very friendly.

Onto Little Cabin Island! The cabin itself is very well kept, clean and cozy. It has many nice and unique touches and is equipped with everything we needed for the weekend. There was a relaxing hammock thoughtfully hung over the edge of the lake where we spent some time reading. The bird watching was great and the fishing was the best around. We were able to let our dogs off the leash and not worry about having them run off somewhere and they really enjoyed it too! Our first night was so clear, when we looked up we saw the most beautiful night sky. It was amazing.

Overall we had a very relaxing weekend in the perfect island getaway. Thanks Kent and Jo!! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Danielle and Tom: We are glad you enjoyed Little Cabin Island and look forward to seeing you guys again. Be sure to bring the pups then, too! Kent and Jo
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I Can't Wait for Next Summer

  • 5 of 5

It's a neat, clean, cute, little cabin on a tiny little island in the middle of what seemed like our own private lake! It was just what were were looking for and better than we imagined from the pictures. All we had to bring was a cooler full of food and our clothes. Jo and Kent thought of everything else and were the best hosts.

Glen and I had the most romantic winter getaway. We did skiing, sledding, snow shoeing, and tooled around on our snowmobiles. Glen is a big ice fisherman and there was plenty of that. It was so nice that the wood stove was roaring away as we walked through the front door.

The house is rustic, natural, and wonderful. It has a retro kitchen that is fully equipped, a very comfortable queen size bed in the sleeping loft. The sunrises and sunsets are magnificent. We had 360 degrees of lake view.

Glen and I are looking forward to when the leaves are out and we can come back by boat! See you soon, Jo and Kent!


  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jan and Glen: It was our pleasure hosting you! We are looking forward to seeing you in June!
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Little Island Cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our goal for this stay was to be able to 'unplug' and remember what it is like to just relax. This rental provided us the perfect escape to reach our goal! We enjoyed the surrounding peacefulness of this island, the privacy, the sounds of the loon calls both day and night, cooking over the campfire each night, and relaxing on the hammock watching the sun setting for the day. The cabin was absolutely adorable and offered everything we needed for being off the grid. Jo & Kent were so friendly and helpful. They even checked to make sure we were doing well after the first night. We wouldn't hesitate recommending this little piece of paradise to friends and family and we look forward to our return trip!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words ~~ Guests like you are the reason why we share our island with others. We were so grateful to see how clean you left the cabin! Looking forward to your next visit ~~ In the meantime, be well.....
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Route 95
Car: necessary

When you come visit Little Cabin Island on Annabessacook Lake you are invited to take a canoe or kayak across to 1 Big Sustainable Island. Walk the 14 acre gem, swing in a hammock, and take a dip via the rope swing. We are happy to share some history of the area.

Cumston Hall is a beauty of a theater, and features Shakespeare productions during the summer.

Mount Pisgah is a 10 minute drive. Hike the 1.4 mile trail to the fire tower for spectacular 360 views of the many lakes in the region.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Monmouth, Maine

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £71.74
Pet Fee £14.35 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

We charge $25.00 per added person night over 2. $20 per pet night ($25.00 for two pets per night)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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