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One of a Kind Lakeside Home - Birchmere

SuperhostWoodstock, Maine, Estados Unidos
Casa inteira hospedado por Jenny & Seth
14 hóspedes4 quartos10 camas1 banheiro e meio
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Birchmere, built in 1902 by the late Dr. Frederick Kinsman, is for families and groups of friends that are looking for a unique vacation home. Tucked away in peaceful solitude, its location affords a comfortable level of seclusion but remains close enough to amenities and attractions for those wishing to explore Southern Maine.

O espaço
Birchmere, as originally named by Dr. Frederick Kinsman because of the abundance of birch trees on the estate, was built as a summer vacation home for the Kinsman family. The home is situated on eight acres with five hundred feet of water frontage on the backside of Bryant Pond/Lake Christopher. The home has a dock that is situated in seven feet of clear lake water and is great for family cannon ball competitions or viewing spectacular sunsets. Nestled at the base of Mount Christopher, the property has direct access to well-maintained hiking trails with rewarding vistas for those who summit. If you are anything like our family, once you arrive and get settled you won’t want to go anywhere else!

Last year we were fortunate enough to become Birchmere’s current stewards. With the help of local craftsmen, we have worked to restore Birchmere and outfit it with modern conveniences. While we are in the final stages of Birchmere’s restoration, we thought we’d share this one ofd a kind place with other families and gatherings of friends.

Everything about this home is an adventure, including access. The home is situated at the end of a camp road that begins at the Maine University 4H camp. Given the steep grade of the hill as you leave the 4H camp to get onto the camp road, A 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. While one can do it in a 2wd vehicle it is less stressful and better for the road with a 4wd. A 4wd also allows for us to honor the 4H camp’s 5mph limit by not having guests excessively accelerating to climb the hill. With all that said, one doesn’t need a monster truck to access the camp. We just want there to be no surprises for our guests in order to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.
There is ample parking for 3 vehicles near the home, but overflow parking can be accommodated at town parking, which is close by at the public beach access approximately one mile away.

The kitchen – this kitchen is ready for the preparation of simple camp meals to gourmet seafood nights. It is outfitted with all modern amenities to include a dishwasher, new refrigerator, and garbage disposal. The kitchen also has a commercial range with two ovens, six burners, large griddle, and broiler. The kitchen has all you need to feed the hungry hordes as they return from the lake or trails.

Bathrooms – Birchmere has 1.5 baths. The half bath is located off the lower-level mudroom. Upstairs there is a separate toilet room is adjacent to the main bathroom which has a sink and a clawfoot tub with shower.

Mudroom – great place to have the kids take off their shoes as they enter. It has a large utility sink for washing up and plenty of hooks for storing jackets and sweaters.

Three-season porch – whether taking your morning coffee, settling in for a good book, or game night the porch does not disappoint. It has seating for 12 with a small table with four chairs. The gray couch you see in the pictures is a pull-out queen-sized bed for those who want to feel a little closer to nature as they slumber. The porch offers sweeping views of the lake and is filled by natural light during the day and sounds of the loons at night.

Dining room – set right off the kitchen with a convenient serving window is a great space for “the adult table”. The table is set for six but has an additional leaf to easily seat eight.

Living room – with a couch, three chairs, built-in benches, is another great space to hangout any time of day.

Open Lake-side porch – is a great place to kick back in one of the three rocking chairs and just take in nature and all its splendor.

Upstairs office – located on the backside of the house, the office has a full-sized futon, printer for your convenience, and the wireless router.

Bedroom 1 – located on the backside of the house with a full-sized bed, blackout curtains, dresser, and a ceiling fan to keep the air moving for those rare warm nights.

Bedroom 2 – located on the lakeside of the house, it has a queen-sized bed with lake views, a ceiling fan, dresser, and blackout curtains.

Bedroom 3 – is the largest bedroom with a queen-sized bed, two dressers, blackout curtains, and a ceiling fan on the backside of the house.

Bedroom 4, the bunk room – situated on the lakeside, this room has two single beds and two bunk beds and offers easy sleeping for six. Every bed has its own light for nighttime reading. This room is the perfect kid room! Your kids will want to retire to this room to hang with the other kids and snuggle up with a good book. Also, like the other bedrooms it has blackout curtains. Our six-year old daughter has been known to sleep-in until 9:00 am! This is a great room for the kids to refuel for the next day's adventures.

We have uploaded a number of pictures for you to assess the property and determine if it’s a good fit. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Birchmere’s history:
While one can find the original article by searching Google for “Birchmere Lake Christopher“, here is a excerpt from Kathleen Bean’s article which appeared in the March 19th 2001 edition of the local paper the Sun Journal that contains a quick summary of the property’s history:
"In the summer of 1900, Dr. Frederick J. Kinsman, a professor at the General Theological Seminary of New York, and Episcopal Bishop of Delaware, came to Bryant Pond for his summer vacation. He had been looking for a place in Maine to build a summer home, and decided this was the ideal spot. His parents, and his sister Cornelia, who lived with him, were in agreement.
In 1901 he bought a large piece of land with one-third of a mile of waterfront on Lake Christopher on the opposite side of the lake from the village of Bryant Pond. They planned the house that same year. That summer, trees were cut where the cottage was to be built, as well as on surrounding land, opening cup paths up the Side of nearby Mt Christopher, with views overlooking the lake with its islands.
Among the remaining trees were beeches, maples , birches, hemlocks, and other evergreens. Because of the large number of yellow birch trees, the name Birchmere was chosen for the future home of Dr. Kinsman and this family.
The house was built in 1902 by Charles Adams of Norway. Materials were brought over the ice by a wagon drawn by a team of horses. Since there was no road, in the summer the house would be reached by boat. (In 1924 a boat house was built, and a motorboat procured). The building was constructed to harmonize with its setting with shrubbery screening the lower part of the house. The most outstanding feature were the beautiful windows, set close together across the front and sides, with arched tops set with glass like the fanes over doors of New England Colonial homes.
Kinsman an this family occupied Birchmere for more than 30 years..."

Dr. Frederick Joseph Kinsman also authored a number of theological articles and books while staying at Birchmere (see his Wikipedia page for a good rundown of his work). Perhaps the most notable book, given his prominence in the Episcopalian Church, is his 1924 book Americanism and Catholicism. An archived version can be read online by searching Google “Americanism and Catholicism kinsman” in Google. In this book he signs the forward of the book from Birchmere.
Birchmere, built in 1902 by the late Dr. Frederick Kinsman, is for families and groups of friends that are looking for a unique vacation home. Tucked away in peaceful solitude, its location affords a comfortable level of seclusion but remains close enough to amenities and attractions for those wishing to explore Southern Maine.

O espaço
Birchmere, as originally named by Dr. Frederick Kinsman be…

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Woodstock, Maine, Estados Unidos

Located in the quant village of Bryant Pond, Birchmere is a great place to stay put or venture out.

Bryant Pond
The town hub is Breau's Too. It has a good take out menu and a small grocery section. We also have an 14' old-fashioned candlestick phone at the center of town -- Bryant Pond was the last town in the U.S. to give up their hand-cranked telephones.

Greenwood - (4 miles) 8 minutes
Birthplace of Leon Leonwood Bean (i.e., L.L. Bean), has a great little healthy eatery named The Local Hub.

Bethel - (10 miles) 15 minutes
Great dining options, small grocery store, and an amazing bakery/cafe. Also home to a couple breweries and our favorite beverage store Bethel Beverage.

Mt Washington - (40 miles) 50 minutes
You can drive yourself up Mt. Washington and earn the coveted "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" bumper sticker.

Portland - (65 miles) 1 hour 20 minutes
Great city for sight seeing, tons of great food, and a high concentration of Maine's amazing craft breweries. Also, if you are looking for a little time on the coast or beach Crescent beach state park just south of Portland is a great option.
Located in the quant village of Bryant Pond, Birchmere is a great place to stay put or venture out.

Bryant Pond
The town hub is Breau's Too. It has a good take out menu and a small grocery sect…

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