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Woods, Water and Tranquilty

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps (7) seven.

Serenity abounds in this private, wooded seasonal home in

central Maine on spring fed, mile long, clean swimming, Ripley Pond. Come relax

in this fully equipped, 3 bedroom, 2 bath newer home on dead end

road. This bright open home layout with spiral staircase and

cathedral ceilings is only 6 miles from town for all your

supplies. Only 1-1/2 hours from coastal Maine including Bar

Harbor or 1 hour to Beautiful Moosehead Lake. Bangor

Airport only 45 minutes away, Portland 2 hours, 4 hour drive from Boston. Dogs are welcomed.


The central Maine community of Dexter is situated in a small valley along Route 7 that runs north from the intersection of Route 95 in Newport and continues toward the Dover-Foxcroft and Sebec Lake and Moosehead Lake in Greenville. It was incorporated in 1816 when Maine became the 23rd state in 1820.

The Town has a population of approximately 5,000 +/- year round residents and is conveniently located; transit time to either Bangor or Waterville in a little less than an hour, Newport is 20 min. drive or you can be in Portland in about 2 hours. Bar Harbor, Rockland, Rockport are only 1-1/2 hrs. away. L.L.Bean 1-1/2 hrs. away.

The Town also has a great nine-hole municipal golf course and driving range, a public beach and picnic areas, plus boasts one of Maine's best small municipal regional airport's which offers 3,000 feet of lighted paved runway. Additionally, snowmobiling, fishing, water sports, and hunting are all popular recreational activities associated with the area.

More Details

Property Manager
AnnMarie Wintle
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Simply amazing, hidden gem

This place is unbelievable. The home is beautiful and the remote location makes it a perfect place to relax, unwind, meditate and just disconnect from real life for a bit. My family and I took advantage of their three night special and visited over Labor day weekend with our dogs.They had a blast scoping the area and hanging out by the pond. The house has everything you need. The owners are SUPER nice and will even call to make sure you found the place ok and check to make sure if you have any questions about the place etc. There are kayaks on site as well as a paddle boat and some inflatable water toys. The kitchen is fully equipped, you will need absolutely nothing but food which you can either bring or just run to the local grocery store which isn't far. The house isnt easily found on GPS or google maps but the owners are able to send very easy to follow directions. The owners also provide some DVDs, you should definitely bring some more for indoor entertainment or little ones if you are bringing any. I even left a few DVDs I brought with me because I hope to return to visit again!
Sep 2016
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Ripley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
- Washer,Dryer - Linens - TV (Satellite) - Gas Grill - Dishwasher - 2 Large Decks - Patio Furniture - Refrigerator - Stove - Dishes,Pots & Pans - Microwave - Toaster - VCR/DVD - Telephone (Local calls) - Blender - Coffee Maker - (1) Queen Bed - (2) Full Sized Bed - (1) Full sized Sofa Bed Take a single day trip up to Millinocket to go white water rafting with Three Rivers Outpost on the Penobscot river. Class V rapids.


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Woods, Water and Tranquilty
average rating of 4.75 based on 49 reviews

Woods, water and tranquility as promised!

  • 5 of 5

This amazing lake house really was everything and more it was promised to be! Our family really enjoyed all the amenities it offered and had the most wonderful week there...we really could have stayed longer! Very clean, homey and inviting and all you really do need to bring is your personal items and beach towels as everything else is provided, even reading materials and games. The water was warm and clean and the kids and Dad enjoyed the rope swing too! We had many relaxing kayak rides and the loons let our daughter get close enough to get some great pictures. She also caught some pretty big bass! Can't say enough about this wonderful place! Many thanks to Frank and Anne Marie for allowing us to share their wonderful home! We definitely hope to be back next year!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hallidays; we do try to consider the various interests of our guests, from books, movies and board games. We'd love to have you as a repeat guest. Enjoy the remainder of the summer Frank & AnnMarie
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The house and property are absolutely perfect!

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed the spacious rooms and open floor plan. The semi finished basement was perfect for doing our laundry and hanging around on the rainy day we were there. Being that there were 9 of us, we really liked having two fully functioning bathrooms, my son especially liked the jacuzzi jets in the downstairs tub! We never ran out of hot water either! And, again, being that there were 9 of us (2of which were babies), we the house could have used more blankets (I think there was 4 or 5). The grill could be replaced, otherwise use aluminum foil and watch the flames (low is not too low). We ran out of toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags two days into our 10 day stay. Maybe these things aren't usually supplied, and we just got lucky at the other places we have rented. Upon arriving the floors were rather filthy, we just wore our shoes/flipflops inside, otherwise our socks were getting filthy. We were on vacation, I certainly was not mopping all those floors! Overall, the house was very accommodating for the amount of room we needed and we really enjoyed our time there!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your input regarding your stay at our home at the Lake. I'm appalled at the thought of the floors being in the state you described, I will certainly speak to the current housekeeper as this is in no way acceptable and we do sincerely apologize.; a change is due. Another apology regarding the grill; at the beginning of the season we knew it would have to be replaced soon but assumed it had another season of acceptable grilling. I do wish it would have been brought to our attention sooner as we would have replaced it on the spot. Your are correct, there are 5 blankets for the 3 beds and 1 portable mattress available with some light weight throws over in the Living Room; I'm thinking this should be sufficient for summer use. In regard to the paper products; we supply an average amount for our guests, extras need to be purchased. In spite of the issues we are pleased that all 9 of you enjoyed your stay; please remember for any future reservations that we generally only allow 7 guests maximum
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Comfy house

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The home was comfortable and spacious. Anne Marie was very pleasant to deal with when we had some satellite issues. Would definitely recommend this home for a family or two. We had 4 adults and 3 kids with plenty of space.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay, tree limbs adjusted for improved satellite reception without loosing the "woodsy" atmosphere.
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Summer Trip 2017

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic home! Well-maintained. Fully equipped. Great owner contact. Highly recommended. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks , you are more than welcome to visit us any time. Stay well Frank & AnnMarie Wintle
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  • 5 of 5

An amazing place to relax and be one with nature. perfect for familes

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we certainly try to maintain the natural beauty of the area. Hope to see you again
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Fantastic vacation rental experience!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved the house...the layout was terrific! and the property and amenities were beautiful!! We all thoroughly enjoyed the swimming dock, kayaks and paddleboat and Ripley Pond!! We found the house clean and well maintained. Working with the owners was a great experience...they were attentive and friendly:) We enjoyed the local community of Dexter, Maine...especially Scavengers Antiques! We had the best breakfast ever at Sunrise Restaurant and Bakery...the cinnamon buns were so delicious!! And lobster dinner at Anglers in Newport, Maine was a great treat!! A wonderful vacation experience!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed our little slice of paradise. We look forward to having you again.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bangor Int. Airport
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
SunRise Cafe
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Swimming.

* Boating.

* Golf.

* Shopping.

* Site Seeing.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Swimming.

* Hike.

* Kayak.

* Paddleboat..

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Cookout.

* Biking.

* Hiking.

* Site Seeing.

* Swimming.

- Fire Pit & Wood -

- Dock for your Boat

- 2 Kayaks

- Paddle Boat

- Patio Furniture

- Golf ,6 Miles Away

- Platform With Table & Chairs by the Water.

- Dirt road for bicycling (bring your bike) - Recreation Room With Air Hockey Table - Casino 45 min. away - White Water Rafting 1-1/2 Hr. Away.

-Horseshoe Pit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Maintenance $125
Refundable damage deposit $200

Min. Four (4) night stays will be considered in Spring and Fall Seasons. Please call for pricing.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.