Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Optional Bunkhouse, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4-8)
Jenn and Burr Shaw
About Jenn and Burr Shaw
Jenn and I both ended up here near Acadia National Park for much of the same reason. We have always enjoyed what this area offers--hiking the trails of Acadia, horseback riding on the carriage roads, and sailing in the coastal islands. We both knew we would raise a family here. We've been living on Mt Desert Island for 18 years now(about an hour from the lake) and now have three children who also enjoy sailing, riding hiking, and fishing with us. Oh yeah, we also have an over-affectionate Portuguese Water dog, Briar, and two spoiled horses.
Jenn and Burr Shaw purchased this Cabin in 2001
Why Jenn and Burr Shaw chose Ellsworth
This is a unique property situated quite literally on the lake shore. It's quiet and beautiful but not out of reach of shops and restauraunts. Our family has been coming to this lake for many years. It was by chance that Jenn and I settled just and hour away from this magical spot. It is and always will be a place for family traditions; a meeting place where we can touch base and work together on projects while building family history.
What makes this Cabin unique
Walking on to the deck overlooking the lake, you can't avoid forgetting the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Your attention is invariably drawn to the loons calling to each other across the lake, to the bald eagle that makes it's rounds overhead while going back and forth to his nest on Dees Island; there is a feeling that this place is out in the middle of nowhere--a 10 minute paddle to the inlet in the early morning will often reward you with trout for breakfast and a moose sighting. The water is clear and inviting, and many summer days have been spent more in the lake than gazing over its beauty. Yet, within an hour, you can be hiking up Cadillac Mountain for a view of the Maine Coast, or heading out of Bar Harbor in search of whales or spending an evening in town.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A wonderful, relaxing and peaceful getaway!
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The access to the boat, the fire pit, having the kayaks, canoe, the hundreds of movies and the floating dock gave us plenty to do. There are neighbors around but it was a very quiet area. The bonus was the bunk house that has a full bathroom in it. This was great for my adult kids to feel like they had their own space. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
A glorious week!
We loved our week at the Shaw camp! The lake, of course, is the centerpiece, but the cabin is perfectly set up for enjoying all the lake has to offer. My son fell in love with the motorboat, and my favorite activity was kayaking around nearby Blueberry Island and looking out for loons. The night sky at Branch Lake is a sight to behold... sunrise, sunset, and moonrise are all worth changing your sleep schedule for. We saw turtles, hummingbirds, and ducks with their ducklings -- and one morning a bald eagle perched on a treetop right next to the deck, just hanging out! We ate all our meals on the deck overlooking the lake, except for the couple of rainy evenings, when we enjoyed the very extensive movie collection :) The kitchen is thoughtfully well-stocked. We grilled some dinners on the deck, and also used the firepit for s'mores. While our group didn't end up being big enough to need the beds in the bunk house, I thought the bunk house was very charming and cozy--the pictures don't do it justice! We may just sleep in there next time, as it's much more accessible to its bathroom (you need to take the outside stairs to get to the bathroom in the A-frame house, which wasn't a big deal, but when it rained at night, we got a little damp...!). We spent one day in Acadia, and did the kid-friendly Ship Harbor Trail at low tide so that we could observe the animals in the tidepools on the rocky shore. Branch Lake is a special place, and I'm thankful Jenn and Burr shared their cabin with us so we could experience it for one glorious week. Thank you!!
Pristine lake and lakehouse
We spent the week out on the lake with the kayaks, canoes, and aluminum boat. Fishing was great, the water was so clean you can see the bottom at least 10 feet down. My kids swam to the float and around the dock most of the day. We had a great time and are planning on returning next year.
Branch Lake Vacation
My family and I had a great stay at this property. We loved the location with the lake, view, dock, boats and peacefulness. We spent the week outside on the lake and in Acadia and are hoping to return again.
Incredible Lakefront Camp
This was our second time staying with Jenn and Burr and it was even more wonderful than the first. The addition of a third kayak and swimming platform were nice touches, and it doesn’t get much better than relaxing on the back deck overlooking the lake. We will definitely be back hopefully for years to come.
Beautifully secluded and serene. Friendly neighbors, very helpful to newbies. LOL
Cabin rustic and very homey. A bit smaller than expected. But we didn't want to be indoors anyway. Cabin was clean well stocked kitchen and pantry. Made cooking simpler and a really nice grill also. Fishing swimming and lots of tranquility. Kayaks and boat made teenagers very happy and busy. Watching fireworks around the lake was very special,everyone was respectful for the peace and quiet of all involved. Really didn't want to leave. Great family time. Not recommended for handicapped or anyone with mobility issue as staircases are very steep.
Of course I think we were there for the first heat wave ever! Ac was a bit lacking.
This private lakeshore camp is located within an hour's drive from Acadia National Park. Acadia is famous for its beautiful views of the coastal islands, granite beaches, whale watching and shopping in Bar Harbor. The cottage is located on the western shore of Branch lake; minutes from Bangor to the West and Ellsworth to the East, providing an experience of classic Maine natural beauty.