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Classic Shingled Lakeside Cottage on Maine's Beautiful Down East Coast

49 reviews
While away a summer afternoon on a lovely, flower-bedecked porch with views of the lake.
1 of 61While away a summer afternoon on a lovely, flower-bedecked porch with views of the lake.
Overview
6 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
10 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
ONLY TWO WEEKS AVAILABLE TO RENT KILL KARE FOR SUMMER 2018! It's a gift to discover - in our demanding, busy and sometimes turbulent world - a spot where you can find peace. A place where life's pace is slower, where you can reconnect with what matters most - family, friends and the beauty of the natural world around you - and where you can stop, breathe and stare into a memorable summer sunset. Kill Kare is such a place. Some have called it 'magical'. Kill Kare is uniquely located in a pine forest on the shores of a pristine freshwater lake on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine's Down East coast - only 1/4 mile inland from the ocean waters of the Penobscot Bay. So named because you can come here to 'kill your cares,' the cottage has been in our family since it was built in 1917. There ...ONLY TWO WEEKS AVAILABLE TO RENT KILL KARE FOR SUMMER 2018! It's a gift to discover - in our demanding, busy and sometimes turbulent world - a spot where you can find peace. A place where life's pace is slower, where you can reconnect with what matters most - family, friends and the beauty of the natural world around you - and where you can stop, breathe and stare into a memorable summer sunset. Kill Kare is such a place. Some have called it 'magical'. Kill Kare is uniquely located in a pine forest on the shores of a pristine freshwater lake on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine's Down East coast - only 1/4 mile inland from the ocean waters of the Penobscot Bay. So named because you can come here to 'kill your cares,' the cottage has been in our family since it was built in 1917. There is a warm spirit about this home that provides both energy and peace - a place to recharge and to unwind. It is an ideal family retreat where you can do as much or as little as you please. Its deeply wooded site on a sparkling lake offers a beautiful setting to enjoy a variety of water sports. Much more comfortable for swimming and boating than the nearby salt waters, the lake is literally outside your front door. The cottage faces west so imagine yourself sitting on the expansive wrap-around porch - feeling as though you are on your own private yacht - and enjoying a stunning sunset. Later in the evening, venture out onto the porch and take in the stars that are so bright they seem to pop out of the sky. There is ample seating and dining options on the porch with magnificent water and waterfowl views. Kill Kare's inviting living room with plenty of comfortable seating is anchored by a large fieldstone fireplace. We supply the wood for your cozy fires in the evenings. There is also a dining room, and a well-equipped country kitchen with eat-in space. Six bedrooms (two queen-sized, two single twins and two double twins) allow Kill Kare to comfortably accommodate a maximum of ten guests. There are two and one-half baths. One full bath on the first floor with tub and shower is adjacent to the downstairs queen-sized room. A second full bath with tub is adjacent to the upstairs queen-sized room. There is a half bath at the end of the upstairs hall. Additionally, there is a separate shower room on the first floor. We have developed an online Renter's Guide in which we share numerous suggestions of things to do and see, where to shop and eat and what to hike and climb in our area. It is a wonderful resource that is always being updated. There will be a hard copy of the Guide in Kill Kare when you arrive. 2018 marks Kill Kare's 11th rental season and we have been celebrating over 100 summers on Walker Pond. For several years in a row - based on the many favorable guest reviews - we have been rated 'Excellent' and 'Top Vacation Rental' from TripAdvisor and FlipKey. Come sit on the porch and let the sound of gently lapping waves soothe your soul as your cares just slip away. This is lakeside living at its best. Join us and make some memories! More
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Books
Ceiling Fans
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Alarm Clock
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Fax
Freezer
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Microwave
Boat Available
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Fireplace
Deck
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Reviews (49)

1 - 5 of 49 reviews

Reviewed 15 September 2016

I always look forward to my Maine summer getaway at Kill Kare Kamp. Beautiful home on the water. I have great memories of reading a book on the wraparound porch, kayaking around the lake and having a lobster dinner while watching the sunset. Great location...More

Thank Inspiration669978
Management response:Responded 15 September 2016

Thanks so much, Mary Ellen! We always love having you, your family and friends with us on the Pond. Looking forward to another reunion in 2017!

Reviewed 10 September 2016

What a wonderful time we had at Kill Kare at the edge of a pristine lake. Our house was full of old world charm and certainly lived up to all expectations. It was equipped with everything we needed to enhance our stay.....definitely home from home....More

1  Thank Jet440930
Management response:Responded 10 September 2016

Thanks so much for your glowing words, Margo. It was indeed our pleasure to have you and your friends at Kill Kare this summer! Dan and I loved our evening together on the porch and we look forward to more good times in 2017.!

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Loved every minute there. A true lake country experience. The house is beautiful, rustic, charming. The care given to us by the owners was impressive . They were caring and made special effort to be sure we were comfortable. The house provided all we needed.We...More

Thank Cruiser595141
Management response:Responded 28 August 2016

Thanks, so much, for this lovely review! It was indeed our pleasure to have you and your family and friends with us in July. We so enjoyed getting to know you and hope that our paths will cross again.

Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Such an amazing spot - right on the edge of a pristine lake and facing west for glorious sunsets. We loved our stay at Kill Kare!

Thank Katherine C
Management response:Responded 11 August 2016

Thanks, Katie! It was our pleasure to have you, Charlie and your family with us this summer. See you in 2017!

Reviewed 8 August 2016

Another wonderful vacation in the prettiest, cleanest and most relaxing place you could hope for. Killkare is a classic Maine cottage that is kept beautifully by The Larsons. This past July, we had our second family reunion here and it was just as lovely at...More

Thank EileenGia
Management response:Responded 10 August 2016

Lovely! Thanks so much, Eileen, for your kind words. It's always our pleasure to have you and your family at Kill Kare. Here's to 2017!

About the Owner
Catherine L
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2011
Interaction with guests
In 2008, we turned our family cottage into an inviting and comfortable retreat for families to enjoy. While we rent Kill Kare, our family spends the summer up the hill in our carriage house apartment called Chinook. We're hands-on hosts (without being intrusive) and are happy to help guests take full advantage of their Down East experience. We greatly enjoy meeting all of our guests and have had the pleasure of making many new friends over the course of the decade we've been sharing our home with others. I would like to add that I answer every single inquiry that I receive with a personal email.
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About the neighbourhood
Just minutes away from our mile-long private drive are breath-taking maritime views along Maine's Down East rock-bound coast with quaint fishing villages, inviting gift shops, first-class restaurants, art galleries, book stores, artist colonies, antique shops, local farmers' markets and superb seafood freshly caught from the cold Maine waters. Kill Kare is a perfect base from which to explore the beauty that is Maine and the scenic towns and areas along the nearby coast: Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonington, Castine, Cape Rosier, Camden, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.
Getting around
A car is definitely necessary to get around as Kill Kare is in the woods on the coast.
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