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Ideal 2-family, Huge Main Room, Great Beach, Screened Porch/Patio with Fireplace

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights


About the property

6+ Bedrooms, 4+ Bathrooms, Sleeps 14, Located on one of the great Maine Lakes!

Enjoy a 5-star vacation home and all of your favorite freshwater activities - swimming, kayaking, playing on a sandy beach, fishing off the dock, or just sitting by the water. Our dock can handle large boats, and if you don't have one to bring, a rental boat can be delivered to Little Sebago so you can enjoy lake cruising, water skiing and boarding, tubing, and fishing.

In terms of location, the property is less than 20 minutes from a commercial area with numerous restaurants, the beautiful Spring Meadows Golf Course, Seacoast Adventure (mini-golf, aerial, games, rides, and restaurant with music on weekends), a good lobster pound, and a relaxing spa. And it's less than 40 minutes to Freeport and Portland for great dining, shopping, and cultural experiences.

The fall is a great time of year to be at the lake with apple picking, hayrides, nature walks, and a great foliage season. Rattlesnake Mountain is 30 minutes away and has beautiful hiking (and no rattlesnakes). During the winter months, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country-skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating (if the conditions are right) are all available out the front door, and we are within reasonable driving distance of some great downhill skiing.

The home (we call it “The Lodge”) was built in 2013 with LEED-Platinum construction standards in mind. It was 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 it works great for family reunions and multiple family rentals!

The 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, a storage shed holding life jackets and paddles, and two sit-on-top kayaks (one double and one single). But the main outside attraction, for many, is the great private beach, with nice natural sand and a very gradual descent into the great water of Little Sebago Lake. 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 we can cinch together for you 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 we can also cinch 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 extra-long 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.

All that said, many of us think the best part of this house is not really in the house or the waterfront - it’s the screened porch. This porch features a vaulted ceiling, two ceiling fans, a stone fireplace, and screen “walls” on three sides that roll up or down, from the floor into the ceiling, at the touch of a button. It is often enjoyed all day and then well into the evening for outside dining, fireside chatting or singing, and s’mores!

The view of the lake from the home is to the west, so there are fabulous sunsets. The home sits on the southeast edge of Little Sebago Lake’s large central basin and across from Spider Island. The top part of the driveway is paved and is fine for parking, but it also has a basketball court and garage-mounted heavy-duty adjustable hoop - dunk away! (2 balls are provided). From there, the driveway slopes down toward the Lodge where there is parking for up to 6 vehicles very near the home. There is also parking for up to 4 more vehicles on the basketball court and next to the garage (except in the winter). Parking is not allowed alongside Qualey Road. In the winter, access to the home is via a different driveway that goes by a neighboring (but much smaller) home that our extended family also owns but doesn’t rent, and a second home (just beyond the smaller home) that we also own. (The latter sleeps 10 and is available as HomeAway #3846202.) Although it may sound a bit crowded, there is both space and vegetation between the homes, and the overall layout provides each home with a nice sense of privacy.

More Details

John Newlin
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2018

About John Newlin

This property is now jointly owned by four branches of our extended family. "Middle son" John is now doing most of the rental management. One branch of the family purchased a "camp" on the property in 1997 and enjoyed it for many years, but in 2012 it 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!


The Extended Newlin Family

John Newlin purchased this house in 1997

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for this amazing home, which we so enjoyed on our 2nd annual family vacation. Beautiful, functional space that was perfect for our growing family of small children 0-4. You spared no small detail - everything was extremely comfortable. We hope to be back again for evenings by the fireplace, mornings on the beach, afternoons on the dock, and lots of cooking in the kitchen. (We especially enjoyed the 1000 piece from puzzle - insane!!)

Aug 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Gray, Maine

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There is abundant "driveway" parking, but parking alongside Qualey Road will result in an automatic $100 deduction per car from your damage deposit.
  • Any evidence of smoking or fireworks found on the property will result in an automatic minimum deduction of $200 from your damage deposit.
  • Good recycling is assumed. Time spent by our cleaning crew due to poor recycling may result in an excess cleaning deduction from your damage deposit.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main Level - toilet , tub , shower , Total of 3 lavs, large countertop, wheelchair accessible
    Upper Level - toilet , shower
    Lower Level 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Compartmentalized - total of 3 lavs
    Lower Level 2 - toilet , shower , Compartmentalized, includes full-size laundry set
  • Each bathroom is equipped as follows for each rental: - One full dispenser of hand soap for each sink - One full dispenser of bodywash for each shower/tub - At least a "starter" amount of toilet paper for each toilet. Starting with 2019 rentals: - One hand towel per sink - One bath mat per tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Main Level - 2 X-long Twins separate or make King; full bath attached
    Upper Level - 2 X-long Twins separate or make King; full bath attached
    Lower Level - SE - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
    Lower Level - SW - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
    Lower Level - NW - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
    Lower Level - NE - 2 X-long Twins separate, or together to make a King
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Pillows, mattress pads, blankets, and comforters for all beds are provided. 2018 renters will still need to bring their own sheets and pillowcases or rent them separately for an additional cost of $18 per Twin and $24 per King. Also, 2018 renters will still need to bring their own beach, bath, hand, and kitchen towels, but there is a good washer/dryer set, so there's no need to bring lots of extras. Starting with 2019, there will be a required "Linens Fee" and the following will be provided as part of the property rental: - Sheets and pillowcases for all beds - One kitchen towel and dishcloth for each night of the rental - One hand towel per sink - One bath mat per tub/shower - 14 towel sets (each with beach, bath, hand, and washcloth). The Linens Fee in the quote that is automatically generated by the HomeAway system will be removed when we receive an inquiry for a 2018 booking. Spices, sugar, and other “consumable” kitchen items left behind by other guests may be available.


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Ideal 2-family, Huge Main Room, Great Beach, Screened Porch/Patio with Fireplace
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Amherst, MA

Great property!!! Great for large groups!!!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and a group of friends stayed here for NYE. There were 14 of us and the house was plenty big for our entire group. The bedrooms were great and John was very helpful with the bed setup arrangement. The main living/eating/cooking area was perfect and even with 14 of us, there was plenty of space to spread out. Would 100% return to this property winter or summer. Thanks John!!!

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, and our cleaning crew said you left the place in great shape - thanks for that, too!
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McMurray, PA

Excellent thoughtful design

  • 5 of 5

Amazing house. Top notch accommodations. Wonderful flexibility in set up for sleeping up to 14 people. My family have loved staying here. The little sandy beach and the lake turned my grandchildren into fish for most days. Kayaks were a hit with the adults. Can’t say enough positives.

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review - we hope to see you again!
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Westmoreland, NH

Best ever vacation house for a larger group!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second time at the house. The first time was with my family of 12; parents, children and grandchildren. This time it was for a week with four couples and a friend who have been vacationing together for thirty years. The unanimous verdict is that this is the best house we have ever rented.

The house has an incredibly well thought out design and is well equipped. The bedrooms are similar in size, so no one couple gets the enormous master bedroom while another gets the bunk room. The great room and kitchen are perfect for having everyone together without being cramped.

The porch area with the fireplace and screens to put down in the evening is lovely. We gathered there around a fire and listened to the loons on the lake. It was all memorable.

  • Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay - we're looking forward to seeing you again!
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More than we could imagine!

  • 5 of 5

We left with two questions:

Why can’r we stay longer, and

Why don’t the pictures do this marvelous home justice.

Answer to first question: others should have the opportunity to have this wonderful experience.

Answer to second question: some places are so spectacular that no photo can capture it.

We want to go again. The Judges. Concord NH

  • Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your glowing review, and we hope you'll come back soon!
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Fantastic house for large families!!!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this house because of its size and proximity to our daughter's wedding venue(William Allen Farm, Pownal, ME) Beautiful, clean and stocked with everything you need and then some. Having four bathrooms and the way they are set up, made it easy to prepare for the wedding day. Having a choice of bed size, XL twins or kings, makes it easy to customize for your families. It was a great home base to use for relatives to visit the day after the wedding. We held an open house and everyone gravitated toward the dock and patio. The great room is just that!! We were able to seat 22 guests for dinner that evening as well. We used the kayaks as well and having no TV was a bonus on Sunday!! No one sat in front watching football. Everyone enjoyed the lake and surroundings. The owner is wonderful to communicate with and has thought of everything in this wonderful home!! Hope to come back again sometime! Great for family reunions, weddings or even Christmas!!

Terry H. York, ME

  • Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad to hear our vacation home worked well for you! And thanks for a great review that mentions so many of the features our family loves about it as well. We hope to see you again soon!
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Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

This house is great and lives up to the description provided by the owner. Everything was clean and the kitchen was well supplied with utensils and cookware. The house is in a great location on Little Sebago, great launch point for our fishing expeditions!

  • Submitted: 6-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the great review!
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Portland Jetport, 30 minutes away
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Spring Meadows Golf Club, 13 minutes away
Nearest Train
28 Miles
Downeaster, 33 minutes away
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Exit 63 Maine Turnpike Gray, 11 minutes away
Nearest Ski
36 Miles
Shawnee Peak, 54 minutes away
Car: necessary

Additional Location Information:

Kayak Rental:

Additional kayaks can be rented from companies that will drop-off and pick-up right at the property:

Big Beaches:

There is a wonderful small-pebble beach at the property, but it’s not a huge beach. There are great public beaches on Big Sebago Lake at Sebago Lake State Park, 31 minutes away, and in Naples, 36 minutes away. As for ocean beaches, Old Orchard is 45 minutes away, and several other beaches are even closer.

Gray and North Windham:

The home is located between Gray (to the north) and North Windham (to the south) - both are about 15 minutes away, and Exit 63 of the Maine Turnpike is even closer. While Gray is a small town, it does have a good pizza place (Goody’s Pizzeria), Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Hannafords (supermarket), gas, hardware store, dairy bar, etc. The beautiful Spring Meadows golf course is in New Gloucester, the next town north. Golf Digest cit edit as a "venue worth the drive.” In autumn, the course is ablaze with fiery foliage. North Windham has a much larger commercial area and has a Hannafords, Shaws (supermarket), DQ, Seacoast Adventure (mini-golf, aerial, games and rides), movie theater, Walmart, Heaven and Earth Spa, etc. There are also several pubs and restaurants in North Windham, including one at Seacoast Adventure (that has music on weekends), Buck's BBQ, Gilbert's Chowder House, Bob’s Seafood (lobster pound), Applebees, and Rustler's Steak House. Chute's Family Restaurant in North Windham is our family's favorite breakfast place. For an affordable homestyle meal, Cole Farms, which is across the street from Spring Meadows Golf Course, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Favorite menu items include Maine crab rolls, fried shrimp and an extensive list of homemade desserts and ice creams. With a playground for the kids, Cole Farms is a great spot for family dining. For people interested in sports on TV in another setting, there are several pubs in North Windham about 15 minutes away that have TVs that can be viewed from bar stools - Buck's BBQ, Gilbert's Chowder House, Applebee’s, and Rustler's Steak House. In addition, Rustler's has a big TV in a separate room for watching sports - here is their url:

A Bit Further:

Our vacation home is about 35 minutes away from Portland, the largest city in Maine, which has become known for fabulous food, including many top-flight restaurants. Flatbread's is more modest, but it’s a favorite dinner spot for some of our family members - great pizza, right on the ocean. There are several breweries in Portland as well, including Geary’s, Shipyard, and Seadog. We are only 35 minutes away from the popular shopping outlets in Freeport, including L.L. Bean and the Maine Beer Company brewery and tasting room. The Oxford Casino is 34 minutes away. Skiing at Shawnee Peak is about 50 minutes away, Sunday River is about 1 hour and 25 minutes away, and Sugarloaf is about 2 hours and 20 minutes away.

More Info:

Two great sources of information about things to do in the area are the Sebago Lakes Region Area Guide ( and the Visit Greater Portland website (


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Gray, Maine

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Carton Reunion 2018
Jul 20 2018 - Jul 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
5 Nights in Late July 2018
Jul 23 2018 - Jul 27 2018
5 night minimum stay
Main Peak Season 2018
Jul 28 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
6 Nights in Late August
Aug 25 2018 - Aug 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
Two Weeks in September 2018
Sep 4 2018 - Sep 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
Holiday 2018-2019
Nov 21 2018 - Jan 6 2019
2 night minimum stay
May-June 2019
May 10 2019 - Jun 14 2019
2 night minimum stay
Mid-June Week 2019
Jun 15 2019 - Jun 21 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak 2019
Jun 22 2019 - Sep 2 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Two Weeks in September 2019
Sep 3 2019 - Sep 16 2019
2 night minimum stay
Holiday 2019-20
Nov 27 2019 - Jan 5 2020
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$295.76
Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,708.85

• We rent only to persons age 30 or older. To make a reservation, the person agreeing to the Rental Agreement (you) will need to send us a legible copy of your driver's license or other government-issued photo ID unless we already know you’re over 30.
• When we receive notice from you (via email, phone, or text) that you want to reserve specific dates, we will tentatively reserve those dates for you (assuming we’ve already indicated those dates are available for you to reserve),
• If you choose to use HomeAway’s online payment system, to finalize your reservation you will pay the full amount (entire rental, fees, taxes, and refundable damage deposit) as per instructions on the website. Making an online payment means you agree to the provisions of the Rental Agreement, so you don't need to send us a “paper” Rental Agreement, but we encourage you to print one for your records.
• If you choose to pay the old-fashioned way, to finalize your reservation you will: a) send us a completed and signed Rental Agreement (just pages 1 and 2 is fine) and your ID copy as attachments to an email or text message, by the end of the next business day; and b) send us your deposit check (personal or bank) for 50% of the Total Due such that we will receive it via USPS-mail within 4 business days, although you may send the Rental Agreement and ID in the same envelope as the check if you prefer. If we don't receive receive all 3 items within 4 business days, your tentative reservation will be subject to cancellation. Once we receive all 3 items we will sign the Rental Agreement, acknowledge receipt of your payment on the Agreement, and return a copy to you. The remaining 50% will be due upon your arrival.
• If, for any reason, you cancel a finalized reservation, we will attempt to re-rent the timeslot, and any amount of time re-rented will be refunded to you, pro-rata, less a service charge of 10% of the Total Due. We encourage all renters to purchase travelers’ insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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