About the cottage
Nestled at the end of a private camp road, the cottage sits in a sunny clearing that opens to the shore, with woods on either side. It has 300 feet of private shoreline, and abuts a half-mile stretch of undeveloped waterfront to the north. Little Wilson Pond is 1 mile long by .5 mile wide, 112 acres in size. Its clean, clear water is suitable for swimming, boating and fishing, and its depth (56 feet) allows it to support both cold- and warm-water fish species. There is no public boat launch on the lake, so it is peaceful and uncrowded, providing good opportunities for wildlife-watching.
The cottage features an elevated deck where you can grill and dine, or relax and watch the lake in all its phases. Swimmers can cannonball off the dock and swim out to the anchored float, or ease into the water on the sandy bottom beside the dock. Toddlers can wade in the small pebbly beach that doubles as a boat launch. A rowboat and kayaks are provided. Fish include bass for the serious angler and sunfish for the kids. For shore-based fun, you can play horseshoes, croquet, badminton — or sack out in the hammock hung beneath the cedar tree. Build a campfire in the fire pit and pull up the lawn chairs for a marshmallow roast or a ghost story. Puzzles, board games, and a large collection of books provide indoor entertainment.
Nearby Lewiston and Auburn offer a variety of restaurants and cuisines, a movie theater, art museum at Bates College, and Museum L/A which chronicles the history of the mill towns and those who worked here. Supermarket, farm stands, bakery, take-out options, and ice cream are all within a 10 minute drive. Also nearby are hiking trails, golf course, miniature golf, antique stores, and a local cidermaker with tasting room. Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, with extensive hike/bike trails, is a 10 minute drive east, while many of the best hikes in Maine’s Western mountains lie within an hour’s drive west and north. The area offers a full schedule of summer fairs, local outdoor concerts, summer theater including the Theater at Monmouth, and the world class Bates College Dance Festival.
Kitchen: Fully equipped with gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, blender – even a waffle iron and wine glasses! Eat in the kitchen with a full view of the water, watch the sun rise over the pond from the breakfast nook, or cook on the gas grill and dine on the deck overlooking the pond.
Bathroom: Full bath with toilet, basin, tub/shower and storage.
Sleeping: First-floor bedroom with double bed; loft with double at one end and double plus twin at the other end. Fold-out double in the living room.
Heating: A hot air furnace provides warmth for chilly mornings and evenings.
Outdoor amenities: Deck with outdoor dining, gas grill, dock, fire pit, hammock, lawn for outdoor games, rowboat, 6 kayaks.
Safety: The cottage is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguisher, and life jackets for boating (8 adults and 2 toddler).