A quiet retreat on Lake Arrowhead, Maine

Lauren G. said...

August 4, 2016:  Best  vacation home ever!  Did not want to leave!

Date of stay:  7/16/16 to 7/23/16

Lisa G. said...

September 1, 2014:  Quaint yet campy

Date of stay:  August, 2014

After having another cottage fall through, we were lucky to find "Camp George" on VRBO at the last minute.  We knew from the pictures and all of the "toys" (kayaks/canoes, etc.) available that we would be in for a relaxing and fun family friendly vacation.  When we arrived we were welcomed by a basket of goodies to make s'mores for our evenings by the campfire.  Everything we needed for an enjoyable vacation was here.  George was very attentive and when he couldn't get to the cottage to make sure everything was acceptable before our stay, he sent someone in his place.  In addition, he followed up with an e-mail just to check in.  The Camp George book provided with the cottage details was very helpful.  We rented the pontoon boat available, kayaked and canoed.  We were lucky enough on our last evening to see the Bald Eagle!  (travelers from Nashua, NH)

M&KD said...

September 28, 2014:  Perfect little cabin for some scenic, cozy, R&R

Date of stay:  September, 2014

Camp George was exactly what we hoped it would be and were looking for in the beginning half of our amazing Maine trip!  The cabin was very clean, and very well stocked with everything you would have in the comforts of your own home.  George and Audrey make you feel welcome from the personalized basket left for us to the little notes around the cabin telling you everything from light locations to which remote to use.  The view is incredible and the use of paddle boats, kayaks, and pontoon boat are wonderful!  A perfect morning was waking up and having a cup of coffee in the hammock taking in the nature and fresh air.  We look forward to staying a whole week at Camp George next year!  (travelers from Mufreesboro, Tennessee)

Jo P. said...

Jul 25, 2015:  Excellent facilities

Date of stay:  7/18/15 to 7/25/15

We loved Camp George!  A lot more than we were expecting, a huge amount of information with detailed maps of how to get to each of the recommended restaurants or attractions.  The children were straight out in the kayaks as soon as we arrived.  We were lucky enough to see bald eagles from the canoe and having early evening drinks on the pontoon was a joy.  Had an electric storm one evening and sat in the porch with the lights out and watched an amazing spectacle.  Mr. Vargish (George) is a lovely man to deal with and nothing is too much trouble.  Thank you for a fantastic week!  (travelers from UK)

Stephen L. said...

Aug 8, 2015:  Wonderful place to stay

Date of stay:  8/8/15 to 8/22/15

Camp George was a very memorable experience for me and my family.  The cottage itself was meticulous and well organized.  It also included a greeting basket welcoming our arrival with a kit to make s'mores.  George was excellent to work with and has a great set-up for exploring the lake.  We ended up renting his pontoon boat and caught a ton of bass.  I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to get away from it all!

Tiffany B. said...

July 30, 2017:  Awesome!!  The best!!  A++++

Date of Stay:  July 15, 2017 to July 22, 2017

The cottage was awesome!!  On our arrival we noticed how clean and nicely decorated it was.  There were no problems finding things or answering any questions we had - there were notebooks with instructions and tons of pamphlets for activities and sightseeing.  The furniture was very well taken care of and the mattresses and pillows were ultra comfortable.  There were no people in the nearby cottages so it was very private.  And the fishing was great!!  Every time you threw the line in you got a bite.  The one thing we didn't care for was the for rent weekly sign in the cove by the lake.  There was one up by the road, understandably so, but the one by  the lake hindered the view.  We's probably buy this place if it was for sale though!

Robert H. said...

August 13, 2016:  The cottage is amazing.  Everything we could want and more.

Date of stay:  August 6, 2016 to August 13, 2016

It's amazing.  Will be coming back next year!!!!

Patty C. said...

August 5, 2017:  Fantastic, well equipped, cozy, clean, perfect location and George was wonderful!

Date of Stay:  July 30, 2017 to August 5, 2017

Larry and I spent our honeymoon at Camp George.  We entered a clean and cozy cottage.  On the counter was a personalized gift basket welcoming us.  We immediately sat down and went through all the informational material, binders full of what to do, how to do it, where to go and every question answered.  We rented the pontoon boat, which was truly fantastic and fun way to explore the lake.  Every day we had lunch on the boat.  We also used the paddle boat, canoe, and kayaks.  We saw eagles, blue heron and loons.  The town of Cornish is a short drive away and absolutely charming.  We visited the Friendly River Music store which is guitar heaven!  Camp George is 48 minutes from Portland if you want to go to the ocean.  We hiked Sawyer Ridge, wear bug spray and good hiking shoes.  We really enjoyed our stay and especially our host, George who made our stay especially fun and pleasant.  Many thanks, George!

Patty and Larry

Damian S. said...

July 16, 2017:  Relaxed vacation on the lake

Date of stay:  July 1, 2017 to July 8, 2017

We visited Maine for the first time In July 2017 and had a blast. We chose Camp George due to the location directly on the lake and all the amenities provided. The only thing we regretted was not staying longer.
We had never kayaked, canoed, or driven a pontoon boat before and we did all of the above, as well as swimming in the warm water! George kindly provided everything we needed - even down to mosquito repellant!
Despite the peaceful lakeside woodland location there are 2 supermarkets within a 10 minute drive in Limerick. The cabin is carefully tended for and everything worked flawlessly.
We were lucky enough to meet George who drove over (on the 4th of July!) just to show us around the controls of the pontoon boat as I was a bit apprehensive. It was really nice to chat with him, and the boat was really easy to control after his expert tuition.
We hope to be back soon!  (travelers from Glasgow, Scotland)

Elizabeth H.  said…
August 9, 2016:  Great location!
Date of stay:  July 30, 2016 to August 6, 2016

 My husband, our two sons and I just spent a wonderful week at Camp George! Camp was very cozy and comfortable. The guys spent hours fishing and caught 4 Bass ranging from 16-18 inches along with lots of perch. Very peaceful and relaxing. Finished porch overlooking lake was a great place to hang out, have dinner and read!! Rented the pontoon boat for two days which the boys loved!! Owner George Vargish was very helpful and accommodating!

Bob H. said...

August 12, 2017:  Relaxing

Date of Stay:  August 5, 2017 to August 12, 2017

Another great trip to Camp George.  Will be back next year.  The property is very well maintained by the owners.  I would recommend this cottage to anyone.

Jessica D. said…
August 6, 2016:  Lovely quiet getaway
Date of stay:  July 23, 2016 to July 30, 2016

 We had a wonderful week at Camp George. The kayaks and paddle boat were used daily! The kids splashed in the gradual entry water at the dock and we swam at the beach down the road. The owner clearly puts a lot of effort to make sure we had a nice stay, which we appreciated.

Daniel G. said...

August 17, 2014:  Fantastic family vacation

Date of stay:  August, 2014

What a great find.  I've been to other cottages in ME over the years and George's attention to detail put his cottage in the top bracket!  The fully stocked house, available pontoon boat, Tiki torches, DVDs for all age groups (for bad weather), fire pit, and the two clubhouses with indoor pools really made this house a treasure!  The fishing in Arrowhead was fantastic.  Can't wait to spend more summers in Camp George!  (travelers from Newton, Massachusetts)

Chris F. said...

September 8, 2016:   Another great week at Camp George!

Date of stay:  August 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016

This is our second year staying at Camp George and once again, we had a blast.  It's a nice little home away from home.  Our two kids (7 & 4) love staying here and immediately asked when we were coming back again.  This year we discovered Love Island while canoeing.  A must find if you're planning on staying.  There's a rope swing and great fishing.  We always look forward to coming back.  Thank you again, Camp George for giving our family a great space for a truly relaxing vacation.

Dave and Sue N.  said...

Oct. 20, 2015:    Great Lake Cottage!

Date of stay:  10/3/15 to 10/10/15

We had a wonderful week at Camp George!  The cabin is spotless, so comfortable, and has everything anyone could possibly need for an active (pontoon, kayaks, canoe) or relaxing (hammock, comfortable chairs outside, fire pit) for watching the world go by vacation.  There was so much information provided about the area, from activities to restaurants, etc.  There were games, DVD movies, outdoor games provided.  The enclosed porch was wonderfully bright and provided a perfect view of Lake Arrowhead.  We went to the apple orchard pumpkin patch and had a great time.  Took day trips to the Fryeburg Fair, Portland, and Freeport.  It was a beautiful week at a great camp!  Thank you, George and Audrey for making this a perfect place for a wonderful getaway.

Chris F. said...

Aug 25, 2015:  Fantastic Lakeside Getaway!

Date of stay:  8/15/15 to 8/22/15

We can't say enough about how much we loved Camp George.  The cottage was perfect for our family of 4, but could easily work for a family of 6.  All of the amenities you need are available.  The kids loved the S'mores kit that awaited us upon arrival.  We didn't rent the pontoon boat this time around, but definitely got our use of just hanging out and jumping off of it.  We canoed, we fished, we splashed, we played, we sat by the fire and made S'mores, we relaxed, and most importantly we had a wonderful time together as a family.  We also got to make use of the Lake Arrowhead clubhouse, which was perfect on our one and only rainy day.  The cottage is located in a little cove off the larger part of the lake, which was so nice, quiet and quaint.  The neighbors around us were so friendly.  The kids (and us as well) didn't want to leave.  George was so easy to work with and provided every detail about the cabin and surrounding areas.  We are already looking forward to our next vacation here at Camp George!  Thank you again!!!

Patrick H. said...

August 22, 2017:  Great vacation!

Date of Stay:  August 12, 2017 to August 19, 2017

The cottage was beautiful and on a great piece of lakeside property.  We would definitely go again.

Barbara D. said...

July 18, 2016:  Lovely cottage, relaxing, but with enough activity options!

Date of stay:  7/9/16 to 7/16/16

We had a very nice stay at Camp George, from the moment we arrived when there were s'mores ingredients and a nice note welcoming us.  The cottage was clean and lovely, and actually was nicer than it looked in the pictures!  Lots of space, indoors and out, for relaxing, playing and having fun.  The guide of local activities was terrific.  We went disc golfing, a fun and cheap activity that we otherwise wouldn't have tried!  We had a wonderful week, reconnecting as a family!  I would definitely recommend staying at Camp George!

Camp George was amazing. I can not say enough about the kindness of the owner or the beauty of the property. The pictures do not do it justice. We had plenty of space indoors, with my boyfriend, teenage daughter & her friend, & 2 senior citizens. The house was perfect & the outdoor fun was even better. Plenty of outdoor toys for fun or relaxation. We explored the lake, found the eagles & their nest, & had a day at Love Island playing on the rope swing in the water & catching some fish. We had good luck with bass, perch, blue gills, & crappie fishing in the cove from the dock, from the kayaks, & out on the pontoon boat. We also enjoyed 2 short day trips to both Portland (Eventide has the best food) & Boothbay harbor, where we enjoyed a puffin cruise. There is so much to do or enjoy doing nothing at all in the tranquility of this beautiful camp. The only problem we encounter was that we couldn't stay forever. My family can not wait to return.

Nancy P. said...

August 2, 2017:  Fantastic Vacation at Camp George

Date of Stay:  July 22, 2017 to July 30, 2017

We had a great time on our 2nd visit to Camp George.  The cottage is clean and has all the creature comforts including a gift basket of s'mores for roasting on the fire.  The lake is nice and quiet and easily explored on the 4 kayaks, canoe, paddle boat and pontoon boat.  Caught lots of fish and saw eagles while kayaking.  Being centrally located between the mountains and the beach, we enjoyed the fabulous ride to the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire on the cog railway.  Awesome - even our teens loved it.  Visited the Old Port section of Portland and enjoyed hiking in wildlife reserves near and along the ocean.  Highly recommend the Portland Head lighthouse.  Mostly, we just enjoyed the serenity and beauty of the surroundings and made great family memories.  Thank you George and Audrey for generously sharing your slice of paradise.  We look forward to a 3rd visit!

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Adam G. said... 

March 23, 2016:  Comfortable cottage, beautiful location.

Date of stay:  3/13/16 to 3/19/16

My wife and I stayed at Camp George for a week in March 2016.  The cottage is a beautiful and cozy. And the owners are great hosts, they provided us with all the amenities and information that we needed to have a great week in Maine. We stayed in Early spring, so we did not do many outdoor activities near the lake, but I imagine in the summer that many of your hour will be spent outside. The location is perfect and opportunities are endless. 45 minutes to Portland and 45 minutes to Kennebunkport. You can still take your family for day trips or dinners. The drive is easy and scenic. And you can retreat into the woods on the lake for a fire at night. I will stay here again, and I will recommend this property to anyone.

Joe R. said...
July 17, 2017:  PARADISE at Camp George
Date of Stay:  July 8, 2017 to July 14, 2017

Had a great time at Camp George. George could not have been more pleasant and accommodating.  George goes above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and feel as if this was your place during your stay. Fishing was great and in the cove, I caught Northern Pike, Perch, Blue Gills/Sunnies and Large Mouth Bass.  Everything you needed and more was there for you and then some, both inside and outside the cabin.  The only problem I had was, I wish I could capture the time back I had from falling asleep in the hammock (LOL).  So peaceful and relaxing even when I was awake.  Thank you George for everything and looking forward to next years return...... Joe n Carol Centereach, New York

Aaron P. said...

July 8, 2014:  Amazing cottage in a beautiful location

Date of stay:  June, 2014

Lakefront, firepit, paddleboats and canoes etc, all the amenities and comforts you could want in a vacation rental.  We took short day trips to whale watch, the ocean, city life, lighthouses, covered bridge etc but the best times were spent with family in this beautiful and private location.  We loved the lake and dock area.  Thanks to George for thinking of every detail and providing detailed info and directions for all local attractions and restaurants.  Couldn't be more pleased and I hope to return again, this vacation will be remembered for sure!  (Our first guest from  Lockport, New York)

Jennifer S. said...

August 27, 2017:  Great cottage, perfect for our family vacation!

Date of Stay:  August 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017

We normally vacation in North Carolina but decided to visit Maine this year.  Camp George couldn't have been more perfect for our family's vacation.  My kids (6 & 2) had a blast.  They loved going out in the paddle boat, kayaking and jumping off the dock.  They especially loved the gift basket of s'mores supplies.  My husband was more than happy to be able to go out fishing every day.  The cottage is clean and we all felt comfortable and at home during our stay.  There were binders full of useful information about the cottage, local restaurants and activity ideas.  I'm so glad we decided to visit Maine for the first time and that we chose to stay at Camp George.  My oldest daughter is already asking when we can go back.  (travelers from East Windsor, CT)

Veronica G. said...

October 4, 2017:  Great Fall Getaway

Date of Stay:  September 27, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Me and my husband loved our stay at Camp George. The house was clean, spacious and had everything we needed for a few days away from the city. The lake was serene and had lots of nooks to explore making our morning kayak rides relaxing and interesting...not a boring open oval like some lakes. George was attentive, had many great recommendations to provide and made sure all of our needs were met. I would highly recommend a stay here.

Steve said...

August 4, 2014:  Nice quiet place

Date of stay:  July, 2014

Very Nice place With Lakefront, firepit, paddleboats and canoe etc., all the amenities and comforts you could want in a vacation rental.  Great with kid.  Thank you.  (travelers from Rickmond, Quebec)


Nancy P. said...

Sept. 8, 2015:  Camp George Rocks!

Date of stay:  8/22/15 to 8/29/15

My family of 4 (kids 13 and 17) absolutely fell in love with "Camp George".  Perfect lakeside location, quaint moose-themed decor, comfy beds, huge enclosed porch, complimentary s'mores on the fire pit, sandy area near the dock, 82 degree water temp, and tons of watercraft.  We all got to explore the lake together in the 4 kayaks, canoe, paddle boat and pontoon boat.  Most days we were alone on the lake.  It was like having our own private peaceful retreat.  Saw the eagle several times and a loon.  We took a couple of short trips to the Old Port section of Portland, Portland Head Light, Sebago Lake and hiked up Douglas Mountain and were rewarded with a 360 degree view of the surrounding lakes and even Mt. Washington.  The cottage is spotless and has all the modern conveniences.  Even before our visit, the owners were most gracious in answering questions about the rental.  They welcomed us on our first day and kindly showed us around.  They also supplied tons of very helpful information regarding the cottage and nearby restaurants/attractions.  There is no shortage of things to do, but if you want to relax, I would take a quiet paddle on the lake or a snooze in the hammock.  There is something for everyone.  We  enjoyed our first vacation in Maine.  The only bad part was that we had to leave.  Can't wait to visit "Camp George" again!  Thank you George & Audrey for generously sharing your cottage.

Melissa R. said...

Sep 2, 2015:  Very nice lake cottage!

Date of stay:  8/1/15 to 8/8/15

Thank you so much for opening your lake house to rentals.  The cottage is incredibly clean and well organized.  The kitchen is stocked with all the dishes and pots and pans you can imagine.  The bedrooms are comfortable and the ability to use the futon on the porch was so nice.  However the best part about the rental is the location directly on the water with its own dock.  The sandy beach was perfect for children swimming and the dock was fun to jump off of too.  Thank you for providing the kayaks as both kids are now pros!  The lake itself is peaceful and quiet so kayaking was just perfect.  We even saw a pair of golden eagles on one of our paddles.  Thank you!  Highly recommended!

Marlene M. said...

August 10, 2014:  Camp George

Date of stay:  August, 2014

I arrived before sunset and paddled out by kayak to see the eagle nest.  I lucked out!!  Two eagles were flying above the nest and appeared to have food.  Once you get out on the water all you see is wilderness and sky.  Very nice and relaxing.

The house is very comfortable.  I love the moose and woods decorations.  I enjoyed sleeping on the porch.  The porch is all windows that slide open.  I felt like I was camping.  I could hear all the sounds of the forest.

The fire pit is big and overlooks the great view.  We cooked steaks on the fire and s'mores.  The house has all the conveniences too.  TV, games, books, lots of boats!  Thank you for a great vacation.  (travelers from Florence, Massachusetts)

Patti M. said...

September 9, 2017:  Best vacation ever!

Date of Stay:  August 26, 2017 to September 2, 2017

Camp George provided every single thing that we were looking for in a relaxing vacation.  The property sits on a small private cove that looks out into the larger portion of the lake.  The camp itself is extremely clean, cozy and well maintained with a cabin atmosphere and a unique "moose" decor theme in every room.  When we first arrived there was a moose bucket gift basket with our name personalized on it.  It was full of s'more goodies and two "Camp George" coffee mug souvenirs!  The porch with windows all around is a nice large space for the whole family to enjoy.  My teenagers loved being able to sleep out there on the futon with their own privacy and their own TV with movies and games.  The icing on the cake for us was the ability to take the pontoon boat out for a few hours a day to tour the lake and watch eagles soar and enjoy spectacular sunsets.  We also just hung out on the boat while docked and just relaxed for hours.  We couldn't have asked for anything more as the owner covered it all and then some going above and beyond to provide their guests with the perfect vacation getaway.  We can't thank George enough for his incredible hospitality and the privilege to stay in his home for a whole week.  It was truly the best relaxing, stress free vacation experience ever and I would go back in a heartbeat.  (our first travelers from Maine)

Chaim said...

July 14, 2015:  Peace and serenity on perfect house on the lake and the perfect nicest owner

Date of stay:  July, 2014

We post this review a year after our stay only because i thought i posted and saw it didn't go thru last year...

We rented houses on lakes around the country for many times in the past 10 years mostly thru VRBO. our family of 4+2 unanimous this was the best. Not best design or fancy stuff but a pure great place. best location on the lake, great boats for us to use, very clean and organized and on top a very nice owner who helped us on the process of planning our vacation. We will come again for sure!  (travelers from Jerusalem, Israel)

Tammy F. said...

August 11, 2014:  Great Lakeside Vacation

Date of stay:  July, 2014

My husband and I spent a fun filled week here with our four boys.  The boys had a great time swimming, fishing, kayaking, taking out the canoe to explore the islands and have a lake adventure.  The cottage is clean, cozy and was comfortable for the six of us with room to spread out a bit.  The boys enjoyed cooking on the camp fire and roasting marshmallows.  George was a pleasure to deal with and went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great stay.  (travelers from E. Hampton, Connecticut)