The cabin is a 20 x 30 two-story, rustic structure overlooking a nine-acre pond surrounded by 64 privately owned acres in a very remote setting. The cabin includes a living room, bedroom and kitchen area and an upstairs sleeping loft. There is a covered porch overlooking the pond.
Before making reservations, guests should understand the nature of the remote setting and its rustic amenities. Whitney Pond offers a classic, rustic experience uncommon in southwestern Maine. Appliances and lights run on propane, the toilet is an outhouse, there is no indoor plumbing or drinking water, and the swimming is enjoyable but can surprise those who have not experienced the tannin-stained brown waters in Maine’s shallow, warm water ponds.
Highly affordable rates. Available, by reservation only, for a rental of $99 per night. The recommended minimum stay is 3-7 nights, with the possibility of longer stays by special arrangement in advance. Reservations may be made at our AirBNB site. The place is pet friendly — dogs are permitted.
Access is via a two-mile rough dirt road navigable by suv’s, pick-up trucks or other vehicles with high clearance. A minimum eight-inch clearance is recommended.
- There is no electricity. Appliances and lights operate on propane.
- There is no drinking water; guests should bring potable water.
- Dish water and bathing water can be taken from the pond and heated on the stove
- Cell phone reception is unreliable. Cell service is available near Melby’s Store in North Waterford about 3 miles away.
- Toilet is an outhouse. Toilet paper not provided, though some for emergency use will be available.
- Wood is provided for the fireplace, woodstove and outside fireplace.
There is a swim dock. The pond is seven feet deep off the end. The water is slightly discolored from the natural tannins, but it is quite swimmable. The pond is weedy but with weed free swimming for a good distance off the end of the dock and beyond.
An aluminum rowboat and canoe are available.
There is a bedroom with one double bed. The living area has two bed-length window benches with cushions. A few more people can sleep on the floor if they bring padding. In the loft there are two double beds and plenty of room for people to sleep on the floor, again if they bring padding.
- Screened windows
- A large central fireplace in the living room
- Many chairs
- A breakfast bar and kitchen with dry sink (not running water, but graywater drain)
- A kitchen equipped with cutlery, glassware, plates, pots and pans, knives, cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, etc.
- A 4-burner propane cook stove
- A propane-operated refrigerator
- A small wood stove
- Propane lights throughout
Guests will need to provide their own transportation in, their own sheets, towels, blankets, and bedding, food and drinking water. Wash water can be taken from the pond. Guests also need to understand the rustic nature of the property before deciding to stay.
Guests are expected to pack out their trash and leave the building and grounds as they found them or better.
Preseason, post season and winter requests will be considered subject to seasonal access. The road is not plowed in winter and not recommended for use during mud season, typically from March 15 to April 15, with variability depending on winter and spring weather.
The minimum rental duration is two nights. The maximum rental is seven nights unless previous arrangements are made.
There is a small general store and restaurant (Melby’s) about a 15 -minute drive. There are also larger groceries stores in Norway or Bridgton both about 35 minutes away.