Rory is the dog in residence, pet friendly welcome if your dog is well behaved...Sunset from screened porch
Restored camp nestled in the Maine woods
Restored camp nestled in the Maine woods
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
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Our little camp is ready for your rest and relaxation on Graham Lake, Maine. Quiet setting, 15 miles from Ellsworth and 24 miles from incredible Mount Desert Island. Escape the island crowds and experience Maine how locals do...upta camp! Lovingly restored and available for limited weeks.

The space

This is a little camp situated on Graham Lake, in Mariaville, Maine. Graham is 26 miles long, shallow and perfect for kayaking and experiencing a quiet lake atmosphere. Loons, Eagles and many species of fish make this lake home. The lake is a working lake, with a small hydro damn at distal end, and unique as its shallowness deters high speed boating and jet-skis. This quiet, family-oriented area is meant for a couple or family intent on star gazing and reading, fire-fly catching and bird watching. If intent on late nights and a party atmosphere, this property is perhaps not your best choice. A bunk room with two single beds, and a small dock with the use of 3 kayaks is included in stay. Nearby are neighbors where fresh eggs can be purchased, and The Otis General store is just a few miles away for necessities. The camp does not have central heat, so to maintain warmth and the water service when temperatures drop below freezing, the wood stove will need to be maintained to keep camp cozy. In the fall months, water levels of the lake recede, and the area in front of camp becomes an estuary where birds migrate, and water access is still possible but is a short walk from the property.

Guest access

There is WiFi, and decent cell phone service if you have to have your phone on (pity!).
There is a book exchange, please feel free to take one and leave one if you have one.
The use of 2 Old Town kayaks, a small rowboat, and a little dock with two fishing poles are available.
This area around the camp is shallow and perfect for young children to wade and play.
Kitchen amenities include a propane stove top and large convection table top oven, toaster, tea kettle and French Press and a Keurig, as well as a refrigerator and full kitchen. Weber propane BBQ and one tank of fuel also included.
There is a beverage fridge on the screened porch and a water cooler with 2 jugs of water.

Interaction with guests

On arrival and departure and as needed for any concerns

Other things to note

This camp has experienced a complete renovation, and is one of the first camps to be constructed in area in 1960's.


Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Essentials

Prices
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $72 NZD
Security Deposit $215 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 10PM
Check out by 11AM

Please treat our camp with the same respect that we do. This is a small but cherished, clean and tidy camp. There will be towels and bed linens provided, and cleaning supplies including a vacuum for your use to keep camp upta snuff!
There are many fallen trees that can be used for a camp fire which will need a burn permit issued by Mariaville's Fire Marshall. Please do not use our split wood for this purpose. Fire wood for the wood stove should be used very sparingly should temperatures drop. Well behaved, non-scratching, non-chewing pets are permitted, please clean up after their constitutionals and keep off furniture.
Strict no-smoking in house/ screened porch policy. If you do smoke on grounds please leave nothing behind.
During hunting season, the camp cannot be used for this purpose.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay.
From Sep 1 - Nov 6, 2017 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

18 Reviews

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Hayley User Profile
September 2017
Kim and Brad's cabin in the woods is even more wonderful in real life than the photos show it to be! Before we arrived Kim was great at responding to our enquiries and questions in real time. On arriving at the cabin we were really blown away - it's situated in a quiet location in the woods, off the beaten track with a long garden leading all the way down to the lake. Our puppy thought all his Christmases had come at once :-) We loved all the little touches around the cabin such as wine in the fridge, treat biscuits for puppy, yogurt for breakfast in the fridge and even chocolates on our pillows! We also found the dressing gowns a nice comfy surprise and were especially handy for the chilly mornings. There were little toiletries for use as well as a small hairdryer. We used the grill every night to cook dinner and ate on the porch overlooking the lake. They even had cintronella candles for the night insects - really they had thought of everything! The cabin was super cosy, and one evening when it rained we curled up with the wood burner on and watched Netflix. The internet was good, and there was a selection of DVDs as well as books and games (hubby beat me at a game of Jenga!) so you could never get bored even on the darkest day. In terms of the local area, Acadia National Park is only an hour away and is a must-do. There is an area called long pond where dogs can go leash free. We got up at 4am to watch the sun rise on Cadillac Mountain. There are also lots of nearby beaches such as Curtis Cove and Cartis Beach. We hiked with puppy to the waterfall which was lovely. Kim and Brad have hiking maps and tips in the cabin for your use - another nice touch. Throughout our trip Kim was swift at responding to any questions we had or to give us tips and suggestions. We would absolutely come back and stay next year! It was a wonderful respite from city life. Thank you Kim, Brad and Rory!

Brandon User Profile
August 2017
Cozy cabin with modern amenities in an incredible location. Lots to do in the area, but all the comforts of home in a scenic location to make relaxing effortless. Cabin is as described in listing. We would definitely stay here again. Kim was great with communication and handles any questions promptly.

Kella User Profile
August 2017
We had a great time at the cottage! It was quirky (the way we like it), had everything we needed and was very cozy! We loved eating breakfast on the screen porch and our son loved the bunks! Close to Ellsworth for restaurants and shopping.

Joy User Profile
August 2017
We had such a memorable stay at Camp Silsby! As other reviews have stated, Kim went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. So many thoughtful touches, cold wine on our arrival and goodies for our kids! My kids loved the bunk beds built into the wall, they were so much more roomy and comfortable than we expected. And the bed in the guest room is lovely! We spent two days in Acadia which was a magical place! But we were happy to mix it up with some more relaxing days around Camp Silsby, we took a great hike to Mariaville Falls (one warning: have kids wear water shoes to swim there, lots of hooks from fishermen!) And spent another day at the Beech Pond beach which was another great spot. We really enjoyed kayaking and fishing on Graham Lake, and having our morning coffee and breakfast on the porch. I would highly recommend anyone looking for some R&R. Thank you Kim and Brad for sharing your cabin!

Lorna User Profile
August 2017
We loved our week long stay at Kim and Brad's camp! Everything about it was even better than it seemed on airbnb, the camp was adorably decorated and well equipped for our family of 4 and our dog! Kim was very responsive to our questions both before and during our stay. When we needed a hose hooked up for our dog Brad came right over! We really enjoyed meeting Kim and Brad and of course their dog Rory, they were very friendly and welcoming and gave us great suggestions on things to do tailored to our questions about the area. The kayaks were great and we went out on the water many times. We enjoyed seeing bald eagles, herons, ducks, hummingbirds and more! The screened in porch was a great relaxing spot any time of day! The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped for cooking. All in all we were very comfortable and felt right at home! We would definitely return for another stay!

Ann User Profile
July 2017
Kim and Brad's cottage is perfect. It has the feel of a laid-back lakeside cottage, but all the amenities and comfort you could ask for. The kitchen was well appointed, the beds comfortable, and the porch a perfect place to linger over meals and watch the lake. The location is tremendous- isolated enough to feel like you've escaped from life, but close enough to stores, restaurants, and hiking. The boats were great, and my family really enjoyed the fishing. Kim was a great host, and very responsive. We hope to have the opportunity to stay there again soon.

Heather User Profile
July 2017
Kim and Brad's cabin was exactly what we had in mind for our vacation. The location is scenic and quiet. The cabin itself has been beautifully renovated. Everything was clean, and well stocked. We made several trips back and forth to Acadia National park but also spent a lot of time on the screened in porch, kayaking on the lake and taking walks. We look forward to returning next year!

Ellsworth, Maine, United StatesJoined in April 2016
Kim User ProfileKim is a superhost.

I am a nurse and have lived in Maine since 1993. My husband and I love Maine and are originally from Canada. We love to restore old houses, travel, and explore the state when we are not fixing up a project. We love old houses, and Camp Silsby called to us for some restoration and improvement. We both love meeting people who also love to travel. I couldn't live without an incredible cup of tea, a a run, even if its a slow one, and a dream of the next place to visit. Currently for me that is Italy, and for Brad, South America. Life's motto: A change is as good as a rest!

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