The SpaceCompleted in 2013 with LEED-Platinum construction standards in mind, this new home (we call it “The Lodge”) is built on the same spot where our extended family’s first Little Sebago “camp” used to sit. It was hard for some of us to see it go, but the design of the new Lodge was based on many years of vacationing together in this exact location, and our whole family thinks it’s great!
The entire property has beautiful landscaping and mature trees. The waterside of the property has an outside granite stairway with a stainless handrail that winds down from the main floor’s screened porch to a terrace where there is another entrance, directly into the lower-level hallway. The stairway then goes a few more steps down to a partially-shaded grassy area - an ideal spot to spend time near the water, lounging or lake-watching. Nearby is a large waters-edge deck, an extra-large dock, and a storage shed for your beach stuff. But the main outside attraction, for many, is the great private beach, with nice natural sand and a shallow descent into Little Sebago’s great water. A float completes the waterfront, and the swimming is excellent in both directions.
The heart of the Lodge is the great room, which features a modern kitchen that can handle a crowd with ease, a large island with 6 bar chairs, a 12-person dining table, a round table for games and puzzles that seats 6, plenty of comfy furniture for lounging, and big windows for light, views, and breezes. There are beautiful wood floors and finishes throughout.
The Lodge’s bedrooms come in two basic types, “large” and “flexible”. There are 2 “large” bedrooms. The large bedroom on the main level is wheelchair accessible and has great sound insulation from the the rest of the house, so it can be good for folks who don’t want to deal with stairs or who may want to go to bed earlier than others. It has a two extra-long twin beds that can be cinched together to make a king bed, great storage, and a compartmentalized full bath (3 lavs) that can be made either private or accessible from the great room. The other large bedroom, on the upper level, is actually a “suite” that occupies that entire floor. It has the same twin/king bed set-up, great storage, and its own full bath. And it also has a “nook” room with two regular-length twin mattresses on the floor for children, if needed.
The four “flexible” bedrooms are on the lower level, which has a center hallway and a pair of these rooms on each side. These four bedrooms are the same size, and each has its own door, 2 extra-long twin beds (that can also be cinched together to make a king bed), 2 night stands on rollers, and 2 wardrobe closets on rollers. The wardrobe closets that sit between each pair of rooms create a moveable wall that provides a good visual barrier (but not as much sound privacy as a real wall). For each pair of lower level bedrooms, this makes it possible to put 2 extra-long twin beds in each bedroom, or 3 extra-long twin beds in one bedroom and 1 in the other if you prefer. And any two twins can be made into a king.
Also on the lower level are two compartmentalized full bathrooms. One full bath has one room with a stacked full-size laundry set and countertop lav, which leads to another room with a toilet or a third room with a shower. The other full bath on the lower level has one room with 3 countertop lavs, which leads to another room with a toilet or a third room with a tub/shower.
The top part of the driveway is paved and is fine for parking, but it also has a heavy-duty adjustable basketball hoop and court (balls are provided). From there, the driveway slopes down toward the Lodge where there are 3-4 parking spaces close to the main entrance. (There are also two 'roadside' parking spaces.) The waterside of the Lodge faces west, and it sits on the southeast edge of Little Sebago Lake’s large central basin and across from Spider Island.
All that said, many of us think the best part of this house is not really in the house or completely outside - it’s the screened porch. This porch features a vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan, stone fireplace, and screen “walls” on three sides that roll up or down, from floor into ceiling, at the touch of a button. It is often enjoyed all day and well into the evening for outside dining, fireside chatting or singing, and s’mores! Guest AccessThe place is yours! Interaction with GuestsThis property is now jointly owned by four branches of our family; "son" John is now doing most of the rental management. Family members have owned the property since 1997, but in 2012 the old "camp" was torn down and replaced by a new, energy-efficient home under the great leadership of eldest sister, Tammie. We hope you will come to enjoy it as much as we do! John is lives about 45 minutes from the property, and his happy to help out!
The Extended Newlin Clan The NeighborhoodBeach, Swimming, Fishing on site. Easy drive to the ocean: 30 minutes to Portland, Freeport or Lewiston. 45 Minutes to Brunswick. Getting AroundAirport 30 minute drive (Portland). Nearest Ferry -Casco Bay Lines 36 Minutes away. Nearest Train- Downeaster 33 Minutes Away. Nearest Highway -Maine Turnpike Gray 11 Minutes Away. Nearest Skiing -Shawnee Peak 54 Minutes Away. Nearest Golf Course -Spring Meadows Golf Club 13 Minutes Away. Nearest Restaurant- Chute's Family Restaurant (Breakfast/Lunch). Other Things to NoteAdditional Amenities: Hi-speed Wifi. A landline is provided for toll-free and emergency calls only. Dining table seats 12; kitchen island seats 6, and game table seats 6. Pillows, mattress pads, blankets, and comforters are provided. A partner company, LSL Services, can provide sheets and pillowcases for an additional fee of $18 per Twin and $24 per King. Washer machine - HE detergent only. Parking- 3-4 parking spaces near main entrance, 3-4 additional parking spaces nearer the road (but not on the road). Grill- One full tank of propane is provided for a one-week rental. Decks - The waters-edge deck is next to the beach. With the screened porch's screen walls rolled-up, it also becomes a covered patio. 2 Kayaks and paddles (and 6 life jackets of different sizes) are provided for guest use. Additional kayaks and canoes can be rented separately from local companies that will deliver and pick-up.
Renters will need to provide their own beach, bath, hand, and kitchen towels. There is no TV, but there are lots of games and a great sandy beach! Guests must also provide their own meals.