USA Maine Acadia Ellsworth Listing #17751

Carefree Point - Ellsworth, ME

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19 reviews
Max. occupancy: 5 (4 adults) 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 1 bedroom  plus loft 1 bathroom 2 dog max  (75 lb weight limit) 
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Quiet Lakefront Cottage w/ a Firepit, Private Beach, Dock, & Two Kayaks

Take in all that nature has to offer at this Downeast Maine lakefront cottage. Perfect for families, this home is ideal for those wanting to unwind and get offline, with a small dock, kayaks, and a wonderful lakefront location, a gas grill for summer BBQs, and a firepit for enjoying the evening air and watching the sunset.

What’s nearby:
Located 25 miles north of Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island, this home is in a prime location to explore Maine's central coast. Birdwatchers will love the Stanwood Homestead Museum and Bird Sanctuary, which offers 200 acres of diverse terrain and wildlife via various trails. During the weekend, catch the Downeast Scenic Railroad for a 90-minute trip back in time or stop by one of Ellsworth's many restaurants for a lobster roll.

Things to know:
Full kitchen (no dishwasher)
Includes a sofabed in the living area
Two kayaks and two adult life vests available
Small dock is shared with the home next door

A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation.

Parking Notes: Park just off the road by the steps to the cottage or in the yard on the back side of the home.

Dock Details: Small dock-not suitable for diving

Water Access: There is a small beach on the lake and a pier for water access. The pier is shared with the home next door.

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.


Heating & cooling

Central AC
Partial AC

Kitchen & dining





Water view






Nearby activities & attractions


On-site activities

Board games



Gas grill : Private



19 reviews

Denise H. Jul 2021
This is a nice cottage with plenty of clean towels, clean house, good size shower with plenty of hot water. The furniture is dated, it is a camp after all so we expect that with this type of rental. However, we did not find the chairs uncomfortable. The beds seemed new and firm and comfortable enough. It is a short walk to the lake like one minute or less. Can’t really see much of the lake from cabin but a nice private sitting area by sandy beach and campfire with a picnic table near the water. We brought our own kayaks but my kids who came to visit for the day used the ones at cabin and found them to be easy to paddle. The grill although it works is on it’s last leg. It is all rusted out inside. You may want to bring a small portable grill with you. It took a little while to get it lit. It is a little over 2 mile dirt road to get to cabin. Private, with neighbors on both sides… it is a typical lake front with houses nearby but we had no problems with noise and felt secluded enough. We had an issue with the septic tank over flowing a little but we called vacassa and they sent some one the same day to fix it. We were pleased with the responsiveness of management. Just one thing missing….storage. Shelving units or a cabinet would be helpful. We had to leave our clothing in the suit cases and left them open on the couch. There is no place to put your things at all. The closet could use a shelf unit with a clothing rod above. The two small dressers in the place were filled with linens and not useable. We had a wonderful stay just wish they had storage space. Maybe this will be upgraded by owners some day? We brought a tension rod and curtain for bathroom window. All other windows have a curtain not sure why they missed this one which I think is most important place you want a curtain. Overall very pleased and would recommend. It is a camp folks… don’t expect luxurious furniture. Most important to us is cleanliness and a decent bed and shower which it has.
Manager response:
we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We will be sure to pass your suggestions along to our local manager who will work with our homeowner to make necessary upgrades. We look forward to hosting you again!
Sean S. Jul 2021
Would have given this house 4 stars, but we arrived to the cabin with the septic overflowing and had to deal with the smell of sewage for 5 days. There was also a sputtering/spitting water system that made taking showers or washing dishes unpredictable. Staff came out to take care or both issues, but this meant 3 different days of waiting for repairmen and adjusting our plans. The beach area at lake was very nice and we spent much of our time there. The cabin was comfortable and had all the amenities we need. Albeit some items like the fridge and toaster could definitely be replaced. We did have an enjoyable time, but I would not book again with this listing.
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Sean. We are sincerely sorry to hear about the issues you encountered during your stay. Please know that this is not the standard grade of presentation that we provide, and we take your feedback very seriously. We appreciate you reaching out to us right away regarding this issue, and for allowing the local staff the opportunity to work toward a resolution. We have shared your comments regarding updates needed with the local manager who will work with the homeowner to make any necessary upgrades. We hope you will allow us the chance to provide you with a truly exceptional vacation experience in the future.
Stacy S. May 2021
We really enjoyed our stay at the lake cabin! We loved having campfires by the lake and being able to kayak out around the small islands! The bed was super comfortable and we would love to stay again!
Monica H. May 2021
This was a cute rustic experience. It had hot showers and clean space. We had just finish camping so this place was perfect and had what we needed. It is very secluded so make sure you bring everything you need. There is a little stand off the main road where you can purchase firewood. There were lots of bugs since it had been raining the days before. Once we got the fire going the bugs where not an issue. The roads were not paved so it's not so easy to go in and out to town. Acadia National park is about 50 minute drive and there are lots of stores on the way for groceries, fast food etc. We didn't have an issue with the beds or furniture. There is an older chair that wasn't the best but we just didn't sit there. We didn't use the the grill so can't provide feedback on this.
Kendall J. Oct 2020
My husband and I booked this cabin to ensure we were extremely isolated and could enjoy a quiet and peaceful vacation. After an 11 hour drive from Maryland, we woke Thursday morning to men cutting down trees with chainsaws and an huge tree chopper parked right outside the bedroom window at 7am. I called the “caretaker” and received no help there. Needless to say the stay was pretty much ruined from there on out. I understand that work needs to be done on a wooded property but the VERY least you could do is schedule it when no one was there or just let the people that are staying there know that the work is happening.

The furniture is extremely uncomfortable. You can feel the springs when you sit down. The beds are also incredibly uncomfortable.

The water in the shower turns off when you’re trying to take a shower.

The refrigerator leaks water from the freezer on to all your food.

Everything is just old and run down and needs a major facelift. Even some basic new furniture would be an improvement.

The location, as long as no one is cutting down trees.

The firepit was a really nice feature and we spent most of our time by the firepit.
Manager response:
Hello Kendall, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We have provided your valuable feedback to our local manager regarding the issues with the furniture not being comfortable. They have repaired the shower and are currently working to fix the leak in the freezer. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustrations. We hope we have the chance to host you again.
woodruff w. Aug 2020
The cabin is totally adorable and has beautiful pine wood throughout. The sandy beach is great with kids and the water is crystal clear.
Nadia B. Jul 2020
This was our first family cabin rental. We thought the cabin was cute and rustic. The kayaks were a great way to enjoy the beautiful lake so we appreciated this amenity. We also loved the fire pit; we enjoyed roasting marshmallows at night. We traveled to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Drive which were about 40 minutes away.

Minor issues: living room light was out. Cabin isn’t well lit so it was a bit inconvenient. Back door didn’t have a handle so we made our own. It appeared people were just using the peeled panel to open it. There was a small closet but no hanger to hang clothes.

Be aware: many large rocks surrounding shore so you can’t swim freely into water. This was a concern of ours since we had a toddler. Also, make sure to pack water shoes.

Wireless service can be spotty in area so GPS might get faulty and direct you down alternate road Black Island Way. Do not take this road unless you have large truck that can weather more rugged terrain.

Brittany B. Jul 2020
Our family of four and dog had a great experience at carefree point! We lived kayaking and the easy access waterfront. It was a quintessential camp and was very homey. It had everything we needed and didn’t have to leave for anything. One thing not listed is that there is a DVD player in the cabin. This would have been helpful to know as we did get a bit of rain on our trip and would have brought a family movie.

We did adventure into town one afternoon and got some ice cream!

Would definitely recommend and would stay again!
Richard S. Oct 2019
We loved carefree point!! It was rustic enough to feel unplugged, but provided all the amenities needed for our weekend stay! We enjoyed every minute! Coffee by a morning fire, overlooking that beautiful lake, was my favorite part! We will definitely be back, and highly recommend this beautiful spot!
Cynthia E S. Oct 2019
Awesome quiet, beautiful lake and wildlife
Lori H. Aug 2019
Our family of four (4 and 3 year olds) loved our time at Carefree Point. The cabin was cozy and it felt like you were at your own family’s lake cabin. The water access is beautiful and the lake was so warm. Our kids enjoyed fishing off the dock, swimming, and riding in the kayaks. The cabin is the perfect location for those looking to spend some time in Acadia but adventure beyond as well. We spent our mornings in the park hiking and afternoons and evenings at the cabin swimming and relaxing. This is definitely on our “return to” list!
Catherine M. Jul 2019
Nous avons beaucoup aimé notre semaine en famille dans ce chalet. Les couchers de soleil étaient tout à fait incroyable et les enfants ont adoré se baigner dans le lac. L'espace y était sécuritaire pour eux. Il faut calculer environ 45 minutes à 1 heure pour se rendre à Bar Harbor ou au parc national. Nous y sommes allé deux fois pendant notre séjour, la route se fait bien. Très belle semaine nous recommandons!
Dennis O. Oct 2018
Very quiet area. Nice lake and view. Very clean with all the basic amenities.
Holland R. Oct 2018
We loved this cabin for our small family of 3. It was cozy and clean, but what stood out the most was the quiet surroundings and awesome waterfront! Our 2 year old loved walking around the cabin and along the beach and was able to do so freely without getting tripped up. The cabin had everything we needed to cook our own meals and be quite comfortable. We will definitely be visiting again!
Lev F. Sep 2018
I want to emphasize that our stay at the property was extremely enjoyable.
My wife and I commented on the professionalism and service orientation of Vacasa as an issue with was settled.
Again we appreciated this home as it was immaculate when we arrived; and would definitely consider renting this site or another through Vacasa for a future vacation. As this was our 30th wedding anniversary we won't wait until the 40th to utilize Vacasa's services.
Lizzie B. Aug 2018
We had a lovely small family weekend at Carefree Point. The owners were around and made themselves available to be helpful and also ensured that we had sufficient privacy and that we enjoyed our time. The home is beautifully simple and rustic with a slight retro flair. The beach front and the lake are glorious. We had all that we needed and really loved our time. Can't wait to return!
Kelly S. Aug 2018
It was quiet and at a beautiful location. It looks like the owner has been making some changes/repairs. Some inexpensive updates would make this place much nicer though. Please keep in mind it is a cabin, not a resort. The furnishings in main living were uncomfortable. So if you want to cozy up on a chair or couch...not happening. Toaster oven cord is too short to use unless you move it to the floor and then it doesn't really work very well. They could replace the small appliances (toaster oven and microwave) for under $100. I thought the place had a washer and dryer (my mistake, they didn't say they did) which was the main reason we picked this place over a hotel. It was beautiful there and nice and quiet. It is close in miles to Acadia National park, but it takes 40 minutes to get there from this location. I still think I would stay here again though!
Manager response:
The toaster plugs in behind the fridge, and we do apologize if housekeeping missed returning it to its place. We have suggested some updates to the owners based on this feedback. Thank you!