Raymond, Maine, United States 04071
Luxury lake house on tranquil Panther Pond available for year-round vacation rental. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating, and relaxing with friends and family on 2+ acres of secluded lake front property and more than 200 feet of pristine, private waterfront.
We built this property in 2017 from the ground up with: a beautiful, luxury, custom home; extensive landscaping throughout the property; brand new furniture and linens; and professional decorating by My Sister's Garage. We spent years doing research and renting properties in the region ourselves and have worked tirelessly to make Raymond Retreat a luxurious escape above and beyond your typical rental camp.
The house has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and sleeps up to 14. The floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the water offer incredible views of Panther Pond in every season. There are also full or partial views of the lake from almost every room in the house due to our position on a peninsula. The house is just steps away from the waterfront, and the lot slopes gently down to the fire pit and dock for easy access to the lake.
Water Frontage and Entry:
The water near the property is crystal clear and excellent for swimming or boating. There is a sandy bottom that starts at wading depth by the shore and gradually deepens to about 6 feet deep at the end of the dock. In addition, we have a small sandy area with granite steps next to the dock as an additional entry point into the water. There is a mooring available for guests that choose to rent or bring a boat
Guests of Raymond Retreat will also have access to the Hawthorne Beach Club, a private sandy beach on Panther Pond about 8 minutes from the house by kayak or canoe.
We have taken great pains to ensure the house is stocked with everything you can think of for an enjoyable stay, and we are always open to suggestions from our guests on items we can add to continually improve each season. Our goal is to make sure your stay is as relaxing and stress free as possible, and we are just a phone call away if there is anything else you need.
Please Note: Our property turnover day is on Fridays during peak season, which means check-in and checkout times will only be scheduled on Fridays. This allows our housekeeping staff to dedicate their full effort to ensuring Raymond Retreat is in excellent condition for the next renter, rather than rushing to turn over multiple properties on Saturday.
Away From It All
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Children's Books and Toys
Deck / Patio / Balcony
Dishes & Utensils
Extra Pillows and Blankets
First Aid Kit
Iron & Board
Kayak / Canoe
Lawn / Garden
Pack 'n Play Travel Crib
Water Sports Gear
Rates and Availability
|Weeknight||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay||Max Stay|
|Standard Rate||$1195 / night||$1195 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
|Late Shoulder 2022Sep 09 2022 - Oct 31 2022||$1195 / night||$1195 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
|Thanksgiving 2022Nov 18 2022 - Nov 27 2022||$1195 / night||$1195 / night||N/A||N/A||4 nights||N/A|
|Holidays 2022Dec 23 2022 - Jan 01 2023||$1195 / night||$1495 / night||N/A||N/A||4 nights||N/A|
|Early Shoulder 2023May 19 2023 - Jun 22 2023||$1195 / night||$1195 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Summer 2023Jun 23 2023 - Sep 07 2023||$1495 / night||$1495 / night||N/A||N/A||7 nights||N/A|
Another great stay
We love Raymond retreat. The views of the pond from the house are so relaxing. The home is gorgeous from top to bottom. They haven’t missed a detail in providing a great stay with all the necessities .
Thank you for the review Diana and for being such great guests. We are happy to hear your group had a fun weekend, and we hope you will stay with us again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Amazing house, not far from Portland and other local activities. Very quiet and the lake is wonder. House looks and feels like it is brand new and recently built. Could not ask for a better Maine lake-front property.
Raymond retreat was the perfect stay!
Raymond retreat was the perfect stay! The house comes with everything you could think of and more. The view is stunning and the house is beautifully decorated. It comes with many options for water activities and a wonderful fire pit to gather around at night. Couldn’t have asked for a better stay.
The house and setting are amazing and our family had a wonderful getaway. The home is beautifully decorated with every amenity you could want. We rented a boat for the week and it was a luxury having quick and easy access to the boat at a moments notice. Can't recommend this home more!
Thank you for the review Jeff and for being such great guests. We are happy to hear your family had a fun weekend, and we hope you will stay with us again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Raymond retreat was as advertised!
Raymond retreat was as advertised! Multiple kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and fishing poles made this an awesome stay. The house is ideal for larger groups with plenty of space. You won’t find anything else like this out there - the perfect lake house!
The place is as good as the pictures!
The place is as good as the pictures! Raymond Retreat was a great spot for our end of summer annual getaway with two families. The house was immaculate and the overall setup was perfect. The location was awesome and the backyard molded into the woods/fire pit and then the Pond effortlessly. Mark and his family also provided a number of toys for the water, which made the experience that much better. Overall it was one of the best Airbnb experiences we’ve had and plan on coming back again.
Can’t say enough good things about Raymond retreat!
Cannot say enough good things about Raymond retreat! Even with a rainy weekend we had a phenomenal stay. We came for a bachelorette party and it was the perfect spot! The house is even more beautiful than its pictures which are hard to beat. Everything was very clean and organized making it easy to find whatever we needed. The house was stocked with everything imaginable. Mark contacted me before my stay to make sure any questions I had were answered and was incredibly accommodating throughout the weekend. I would recommend this property to anyone!
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect winter getaway!
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect winter getaway at Mark's house. It was even more beautiful in person, extremely well stocked, clean, and easily accessible, even with a little snow storm when we arrived. Very good communication, immediately available as needed, and accommodating to our requests. Wish we had time to stay longer, we would love to return in the future!
Raymond Retreat is an incredible place.
Raymond Retreat is an incredible place. The house is amazing, spacious layout and ideal location. It exceeded our expectations and our host was responsive and extremely helpful. Would highly recommend - just a beautiful home with everything you need.
Amazing place to stay
Amazing place to stay, clean, everything you could want. Host was amazing.
We had a great time at The Raymond Retreat
We had a great time at The Raymond Retreat. The communication was super easy and quick and the place looks exactly like it does on the pictures (actually even better in person). The property is beautifully situated on Panther Pond and with the perfect weather, we spent much time enjoying the outside property and utilizing all of the water amenities. Would absolutely recommend to stay there!
We had an amazing time at Raymond Retreat
We had an amazing time at Raymond Retreat and would love to visit again in the future. The house was gorgeous and fully loaded with all the gear we needed. Mark was very accommodating and a kind host. I'd recommend this place to everyone, thank you for everything!
Mark and Jessica's property is outstanding.
Mark and Jessica's property is outstanding. The home itself is large, open, bright, and clean, with fantastic layout and decor. It has everything you could need for an elongated stay, from kitchen amenities all the way through lake and lawn toys/games. The property itself is secluded and peaceful, with an private lawn and lakefront area nestled in the trees. You can tell that great care was put into designing the property and that the same care is put into operating it. Combine that with the proximity to town (for groceries, restaurants, etc.) and Portland for everything that beautiful city has to offer, and you have the perfect spot for a relaxing and refreshing getaway. Pro tip: Visit the Good Life Market for great local food/beer/wine and Bob's Seafood for a lobster roll. We visited both establishments multiple times during our stay.
Amazing weekend at the RR, everything we expected it to be from the pictures. The “pond” is awesome - it’s more like a lake, and the water is crystal clear with a sandy bottom! Overall the process was extremely simple and the owners are very cool....definitely would stay here again.
Amazing weekend at the RR, everything we expected it to be from the pictures. The pond is awesome - it’s more like a lake, and the water is crystal clear with a sandy bottom! Overall the process was extremely simple and the owners are very cool....definitely would stay here again.
Another great year at Raymond Retreat
This is our third year staying at this property, and Mark and Jessica have done an impressive job maintaining this property, and continue to be great hosts. This year our group of friends brought a couple of babies on the trip, and having a crib and pack and play available were very convenient. Thanks Mark and Jess for another great year! We look forward to returning next year.
Thanks David, we can't wait to see you again next year!
My family had the best time at Raymond Retreat! We were all blown away with the beautiful interior design of the home. The amount of amenities the house possessed was unreal. There was something for everyone of all ages! My family is ready to go back and visit again. We’ve rented at many places but this one is by far the best!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Jessica. We would love to host you and your family again anytime! Best, Mark and Jess
Raymond Retreat was absolutely perfect.
Raymond Retreat was absolutely perfect. We enjoyed the lake, especially use of the canoe, kayaks, and paddle boards. The kitchen had everything we needed and more. The entire home was impeccably clean and beautifully decorated. I hope to return in future summers!
Our family had an amazing time at Mark’s place, aptly named Raymond Retreat
Our family had an amazing time at Mark’s place, aptly named Raymond Retreat. The location is perfectly situated on Panther Pond. The home is generously appointed and sparkling clean. Communication with Mark was super easy, and he always responded quickly. The pictures only begin to give an idea of how beautiful the home is inside and outside! We would definitely come back to Raymond Retreat! Thank you so much Mark.
Beautiful light - filled home on a lake
This is a first class house with beautiful views of lovely Panther Pond. All your needs are taken care of here - from a stocked pantry to a fleet of kayaks and canoes. There’s even a cord of stocked fire wood for the campfire by the lake. The owner was very easy to communicate with and answered all our questions. We can’t wait to return !
Thank you Rod, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed all of the amenities at the house. We would love to host you again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
GO STAY HERE!
Raymond Retreat was the PERFECT spot for our girls weekend. The house was beautiful, spotless, and fully stocked with everything you could ever need. We never wanted to leave! Looking forward to my next stay here.
Thanks for 5* review and choosing Raymond Retreat. Come back soon!
The house is incredible - beautifully decorated, spacious, clean, and homey.
The house is incredible - beautifully decorated, spacious, clean, and homey. It felt like every potential need was taken care of from the stocked pantry, to the outdoor games/kayaks, down to the multiple towels per guest. The house feels private and secluded, but there's plenty to do with the lake right there and a nice fire pit. Mark was great to work with and was genuinely invested in making sure our group had a great stay - which we did!
We had a wonderful time at the Raymond Retreat.
We had a wonderful time at the Raymond Retreat. Mark was not only helpful and accommodating to our needs but was extremely quick with getting back to me on any questions I had. The house was beautiful and location was perfect. It came fully stocked with everything we needed and the supplies/amenities were top of the line. Enjoyed a day on the pond, relaxing in the yard and took a day trip to Portland. I would highly recommend the Raymond Retreat and certainly plan on coming back!
Raymond Retreat was the perfect getaway for my group of friends.
Raymond Retreat was the perfect getaway for my group of friends. Clean, stylish, easy to get to and plenty of room to breathe !!! Property is magnificent. I can’t wait to come back in the summer !
I highly recommend this place!
My friends and I planned a weekend getaway coming from Boston. The house was perfectly clean, fully-equipped, and very comfy. It was a perfect weekend to chill, barbecue, ice fish, and to have a bonfire. Mark was a generous host and easy to communicate with. He allowed us to stay after the check out time since no guests were coming the next day. I’d definitely come back again. I highly recommend this place!
Outstanding experience in an amazing house in a beautiful location.
Outstanding experience in an amazing house in a beautiful location. The property is delightful, well decorated and the thoughtfulness of little provisions is perfect. This is a true turn-key rental with all you could need in the kitchen. We stayed for thanksgiving and had everything we needed for production of a wonderful meal for the whole family. Really can’t fault the rental whatsoever.
We stayed at the Raymond Retreat for 5 days in early October and everything was amazing. The house was incredibly clean, well stocked with everything we needed, and beautifully decorated. We loved canoeing around Panther Pond and shopping at the Good Life market nearby. We hosted our small wedding at the Raymond Retreat, and it was perfect for a small, intimate gathering. Our guests loved it and now everyone wants to rent it for vacations and family reunions! Mark went above and beyond to be helpful and responsive, and he made planning our wedding so easy and fun. I definitely recommend the Raymond Retreat for a getaway!
Thank you so much for your review Jenn, and congratulations again on a beautiful wedding day! We would love to host you or your friends and family again for your next vacation. Best, Mark and Jessica
A true Retreat!
We rented this house for my husbands 40th birthday. No details were left unturned. Not only is the house well taken care of, it’s fully stocked with all the things you would need to make a complete vacation. The attention to detail, the view, the layout it was absolutely perfect. I want to come back and experience all the seasons! Thank you Raymond Retreat for exceeding all expectations- We can’t wait to come back!
Thank you Amy! We are so glad to hear your husband's celebration went well, hopefully it was a nice surprise. We are always updating and looking for suggestions for amenities to add to the house, it is great to know you were able to find everything you needed for your stay. Come back and visit us again! Best, Mark and Jessica
My stay at R&R was just as special as I had hoped it would be.
My stay at R&R was just as special as I had hoped it would be. The gorgeous house was just as advertised and comfortably slept 14. The lake was beautiful and the campfire was the perfect way to end our nights. 10/10 would recommend.
Amazing. Perfect. Relaxing. Good old fashion fun
The property was beautiful. Just being by the water puts you in a state of bliss. The house, the yard, and the amenities were just what we needed to have the perfect stay. All of us had a fantastic time and we can’t wait to do it again.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. So glad you had the chance to enjoy our blissful little corner of Maine. Come back and visit us again anytime! Best, Mark and Jessica
The House was amazing! The descriptions in the ad don’t do it justice. We Came up for a reunion with a large group of people and we were very impressed.
Thank you Angelo, we are so glad you hear you and your friends had an enjoyable stay. We hope you will come back and visit us again! Best, Mark and Jessica
Love this place
This was our second year staying here with some old friends from high school, and Mark and Jess have maintained the property pretty much perfectly. I honestly can't think of anything to comment on critically, the lawn is perfectly kept up so you can be outside playing lawn games in bare feet, the lake is clean and they've added paddle boards since last year, the house itself is impeccably maintained, and communicating with the owners is great since they're so responsive. Don't see any reason we won't be back for year three. Thanks Mark and Jess!
It was lovely having your group back for another season. Thanks for being such great guests, and we can't wait to see you again next year! Best, Mark and Jessica
This is our second time at the Raymond Retreat and we are just as happy with our stay this year as we were last year. There isn’t a detail missed at this great home. The best thing I could say is that we have already reserved a week for next year. The owners have covered every possible need for their guests and are totally responsive when needed. A perfect rental property.
Thank you Dan, can't wait to have you back for another great season! Best, Mark and Jessica
Beautiful home in a fantastic location.
What an amazing home!!! It ticked all the boxes for our family getaway and the owners didn’t miss one detail. We had EVERYTHING we needed and the property was big enough to feel private. Mark was extremely responsive and kind. The location is conveniently close to all the shops, activities and restaurants.
Hi Reagan, Thank you so much for your kind review. We loved having you as guests, please come back and visit us again anytime! Best, Mark and Jessica
A wonderful vacation!
My large extended family and I just returned from a great week at Raymond Retreat. The house was beautiful and well stocked. A detail that was much appreciated, and something I found sorely lacking at other lake rental properties. The owners clearly take pride in providing their guests with a top notch experience. Any questions that came up during our stay were address immediately. I would rent Raymond Retreat again in a heartbeat. Thanks Mark!
Thank you for your review Anthony. We love hearing feedback like this and are so thrilled your family enjoyed their stay. Come back and visit us again anytime! Best, Mark and Jess
Everything was perfect!
If you are looking for the perfect place for a vacation this is the place! Every detail has been thought of and prepared so that your vacation will be nothing but luxury and fun. Our family of 10 arrived to find a gorgeous setting and a house that was packed with fun. From the boats to experience the lake, to the kitchen fully decked out for real cooking, to the ample supply of towels, to the games and dvd's this place is prepared for you have fun. The setting is private and has lots of nooks to enjoy the outside (hammock, fire pit, deck, patio, and bench on the end of the dock). The decor is beautiful and comfortable. The owner is attentive and available to communicate very quickly. We had a week together that made for wonderful memories and look forward to returning again next year and for many years to come!
Thank you so much for the review Wendy! We are thrilled your family had a wonderful time and can't wait to welcome you back next season! Best, Mark and Jess
Beautiful house, perfect location, overall great experience
Raymond Retreat is absolutely the perfect place for a large group/family to spend some time on the water, by a campfire, or even just to relax in a luxurious and spacious house. Every detail is top notch; plenty of (comfortable) sleeping space, a ton of room to entertain, a gorgeous kitchen fit for large families, and ample space for outdoor relaxation (patio, porch, backyard, fire pit, dock, etc.). The setting alone makes this place worth looking into, let alone the pristine luxury house itself. This is a no-brainer 5 star rating, everything was just right, including Mark's professionalism and hospitality. If you're looking for a relaxing place for your group to stay, put Raymond Retreat on the top of your list.
Thank you for your review George! We are so happy to hear your group had a fun weekend and enjoyed all of our amenities. Please come back and visit us again anytime! Best, Mark and Jess
Great home in a beautiful location
We held a family celebration at Raymond Retreat in May '18 and it couldn't have turned out better. The house had great space for everyone with plenty to do while providing a true Maine experience on a spectacular lake. Everything was new, with high end finishings and fixtures. Mark made sure that we had a memorable visit. We will definitely try to return sometime in the future!
Thank you for the lovely review John! We are happy to hear your family enjoyed their stay and hope you will visit us again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Incredible place. Beautiful location on the lake. Supplied with everything one might need. Absolutely zero complaints. Thanks Mark!
Raymond Retreat was beyond our expectations for a lake front property. We had 16 close friends that stayed here all weekend and everyone slept comfortably. The house was very clean upon arrival and stocked with everything you need! I do recommend bringing extra firewood, trash bags, paper towels, paper plates, plastic cups. They have plenty of kitchen items to use, but we just wanted to minimize what we had to wash. Whatever you don’t use leave behind for the next renters. Take care of the owners and let them know what you leave extra of so they can keep their inventory accurate. This was no issue at all for us. Mark was exceptional in responding to my texts and emails leading up to the weekend, as well as throughout our stay to answer any questions or concerns. They leave a very fair guest checkout list. We rented two pontoon boats that were dropped off and picked up at the dock that was really the highlight of our weekend. Panther Pond was quiet, clean, great for swimming, tubing and boating! We all appreciate that Mark went above and beyond to take care of his renters and was understanding to meet all of our requests. We were a group of almost 30 year olds and I kept telling everyone that I could not wait to come back when we all had kids together. So, if you already have them you immediately need to have a stay here. Even though we were here for the summer, the pictures of the house during the winter look like an amazing Christmas or New Years time with family/friends! Side Note: Wal Mart and Shaw’s are less than 10 minutes away so make use of grocery shopping once you get closer to the property. Thanks again to Mark and Jessica! You have done an amazing job and I can see many memories made here for several families and friends in the future.
Thanks so much for the great review! We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful time and got a chance to enjoy boating on the lake during your stay. We hope to see you and your friends (and maybe families?) again in the future! Best, Mark and Jess
The house and surrounding area was amazing and provided a wonderful location for our wedding!
The pantry was well stocked and we found everything we could need for seasoning and preparing our meals. We hosted our wedding at Raymond Retreat and were able to have all of the kids and grandkids stay at the house with us for the whole weekend. We had an amazing time and will forever have a wonderful wedding memory tied to this perfect property! Thank you to Mark and Jessica for providing such a perfect place for our wedding!
Hi Mary-Lin, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are glad to hear your family had an enjoyable and memorable stay. Congratulations again to you and your husband. We hope you will come back and visit us again! Best, Mark and Jessica
The location is absolutely gorgeous and the house does not disappoint.
The location is absolutely gorgeous and the house does not disappoint. There is lots of privacy, the house is immaculate and well stocked with everything you could possibly need to have a fun and relaxing vacation. We rented the space for a corporate retreat and had a great time.
This home was immaculate and beautifully decorated
This home was immaculate and beautifully decorated- it had everything you need for a comfortable stay and then some! Highly recommend for families and large groups! Mark was eager to accommodate and quick to respond. If you are local or this is your first visit to Maine you won’t be disappointed!
Place was amazing. We didn’t want to leave
The Raymond Retreat was the nicest place I’ve ever stayed at. Everything was so enjoyable and organized and Mark was a simple text away if we had any questions regarding our stay. 10/10 will stay there again
Thank you for the review Eric and for being such great guests. We are happy to hear your group had a fun weekend, and we hope you will stay with us again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Amazing weekend at a gorgeous house!
I planned a retirement weekend for my husband and family. We had 15 family members staying at the "Raymond Retreat" for 3 nights. This property is amazing. Mark did not miss anything as far as accommodations. He thought of everything. There is nothing the house didn't have. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We can't wait to go back.
Thank you Cathy! We are so happy to hear your husband's celebration was success and that your family was able to enjoy a fun weekend getaway. Please come visit us again anytime. We would love to have you! Best, Mark and Jess
Christmas week 2017 at Raymond Retreat
Spotless. There is so much attention to detail for your comfort. My wife and I are clean freaks and this property far exceeded all expectations. We wanted to spend Christmas away from home, at home. The decorations and first class accommodations made this the best Christmas ever. Warm comfortable immaculate. The decorations made it feel like my own home. Turn key comfortable. Thank you Raymond Retreat.
Thank you Frank for your wonderful review and for joining us for Raymond Retreat's first holiday season! We are so glad you enjoyed the house and got to experience a real New England white Christmas. We hope you will come back again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Perfect escape from city life
Every summer and fall, a group of friends and I escape Boston for a cabin retreat. Raymond Retreat is aptly named: it proved to be the peaceful, secluded refuge from our hectic lives that we so very much needed. The house itself was stunning, with clear attention to details that did not go unnoticed. The decor was a perfect balance between comfort and sophistication. The kitchen was remarkably well-stocked: my large group of 16 had no issues whatsoever in finding what we needed to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table. The bedrooms were well appointed (that master bedroom bathroom is to die for!) and comfortable. The living room, with its massive windows looking over the lawn and pond, brimmed with light throughout the day. Even with 16 people, we never felt cramped. The outdoor space was no less impressive. The lawn was large and well-maintained; the fire pit was perfect for late night hangouts making s'mores; the furniture and hammock provided ample opportunities for comfort and leisure; the dock was a great spot to sip a morning coffee or read a book. The kayaks, canoe, and lawn games provided us with many, many hours of fun and relaxation. In short, Raymond Retreat met and exceeded all of our expectations. If you're looking for a place to reset your batteries in a beautiful natural spot, but still want modern amenities and comfort, this is the place for you. — Jonars S.
Hi Jonars, We greatly appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely, detailed review of Raymond Retreat. Everything you described is exactly why we do what we do. We are so happy you and your friends had an enjoyable weekend and hope you will visit us again soon. Best, Mark and Jessica
A Little Piece of Heaven
We loved every moment of our stay. Raymond Retreat was everything that we'd hope for and more. Waking up to the breathtaking sunrises and enjoying our nights by the fire pit, relaxing under the moonlit sky, was perfect. The best part though, was having our small, intimate wedding and sharing this beautiful, magical property with our loved ones. We are so grateful and feel so fortunate to have had our special day take place at the Raymond Retreat. Thank you, Mark & Jessica, for sharing your little piece of heaven with us! We look forward to visiting again someday - Shawn & Cynthia
Thank you for your lovely review Cynthia. We are so happy to hear your big day went well and that you had a wonderful stay at Raymond Retreat. Please come back and visit us again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Perfect spot on Panther Pond
No detail in the house was overlooked. We had a large group and every single comment all weekend was on how spectacular the inside and out was. It was a cold weekend so we were able to take full advantage of the fire pit, but also a few kayak trips to take in the scenery on Panther Pond. The kitchen had all the amenities we needed to make meals and store leftovers for the next day! We had a small overnight group of 14 people who kept asking when we could all come back for our next trip to the Raymond Retreat! We are so happy with this place and the owner was so great and very easy to work with. I have nothing but great things to say. Thanks for a perfect weekend!
Thanks so much Scott, we are glad to hear your reunion went well and everyone enjoyed the property. Come back and stay with us again soon! Best, Mark and Jess
Perfect house with all the ammenities you could ask for. Panther Pond is great for floating and fishing. By far the best rental experience I have ever had. Would definitely rent again.
Thanks Steve. We are so glad to hear your group had a great weekend at Raymond Retreat. Come back and visit us again anytime! Best, Mark and Jess
We just spent three amazing weeks at Raymond Retreat. We've rented in the area before but never found a property that had everything we were looking for. This property has it all! It's decorated beautifully, equipped with everything in the kitchen, games for the kids and adults and of course the stunning lake outside your door. We rented a boat for our stay and spent hours waterskiing, tubing, kayaking and floating in the sun. It was perfection! We are already booked for next year and the kids are counting the days until we go back. Thank you Mark and Jess for putting so much time and effort into creating the perfect retreat and sharing it with us.
Thank you so much Dana! We thrilled to hear you had a nice, relaxing vacation and are looking forward to welcoming you and your family back next summer. Best, Mark and Jess
Impeccably furnished property, prime location, well-designed home on a beautiful lake
I stayed at this property with a group of about 11 other friends for a week of relaxation, grilling and fun on the lake. Our group has been renting vacation homes in Maine each summer for ten years now, almost always staying at a new property each year, and we all agreed this was the best house we've rented. Obviously the property is brand new, so everything is totally up-to-date, but additionally we were impressed with the amount of thought that went into making this as comfortable a stay as possible. The bigger positives of the house, like the immaculate landscaping, the large number of windows that let sunlight pour in, and the cleanliness of the lake, are well complemented by "smaller" things like a garage full of lawn games, four canoes/kayaks available, or the labeling on drawers and cabinets, ample towels and linens, and the overall smart decor. Overall this property surpassed our expectations, the owners were very helpful and friendly, and we look forward to staying here again next summer. David
Thanks for your kind review David. Please come back anytime, and we hope Raymond Retreat can be your go-to vacation destination for years to come! Best, Mark and Jessica
Let me start by saying I am hesitant to give a five star review and say all of the good things about this gem because it will cause competition for us renewing a week for next year at potentially a greater cost! Now for the plaudits: The owner Mark has paid attention to every detail in this brand new home. Whether it is providing sheets and fresh towels for the week, or having float toys and Kayaks for guest's use, or simply the designer decorator interior, everything was perfect. The pictures of the house are a true depiction of what you will experience. However no pictures can capture the beauty of the lakefront. The 50 foot dock is great and we enjoyed many days just hanging out getting sun. The water is crystal clear. If there is one minor downside it is the water is quite shallow even 50 feet out at the end of the dock (3 ft) and the bottom is a bit mucky (totally solved with water shoes). I am pretty sure if Mark could have made the water deeper he would have given how responsive he was! In all this is by far the best home we have stayed at through VRBO. I highly recommend it to anyone regardless if you are coming with small children or you are a large party of adults like we were just as long as you don't pick our week next year.
Thanks for the great review Dan. We are glad to hear your group had such a wonderful time. It IS unfortunate that we can't control the water level on the lake. It is controlled in part by a dam, so it can fluctuate up and down a bit. We are looking into possibly adding a swim dock or extending the dock in the future, so stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you again next summer. Best, Mark and Jessica
This was a beautiful house in a beautiful location. The owner has thought of every need and supplied the house very well. Excellent watercraft provided. Several outdoor spaces to meet different needs... privacy, dining, fire pit, sun bathing. The second refrigerator was a great addition, too. Our large group enjoyed our time at Raymond Retreat.
Thanks for the wonderful review, Beth! We are so happy to hear that your family enjoyed their stay and we enjoyed the fun photos you shared with us as well. Come back and visit us again soon! Best, Mark and Jessica
Our 50th wedding anniversary celebration at Raymond Retreat was perfect.
The attention to detail in decorating the property was impeccable. From the interior appointments to the exterior landscaping, decks and rock work. The access to the water was excellent. From the sturdy dock to the stair access to the sandy beach. This was all very handy for using the kayaks, canoe and other assorted water toys that were provided at the property. Our group consisted of six adults and three children. We were all very comfortable with plenty of beds and restroom facilities. There were lots of games to keep the kids occupied indoors and out. Several evenings we took advantage of the fire pit to roast marsh mellows and talk about the great memories we were creating. Mark and Jess were very attentive whenever we contacted them for assistance whether it was before, during or after our stay. They always responded to our queries within an hour (usually less) of contacting them. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a quality experience in Maine. Thanks for everything, Richard Tucker & family Canyon Lake, CA
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for taking such good care of the house. Congratulations again on your big anniversary. Come back and visit us anytime! Best, Mark and Jessica
Amazing house and lakefront property!
My "family" of 13 stayed at Raymond Retreat the first week of July 2017. We could not have found a better place to stay - everything was Amazing! The owners really went above and beyond thinking of everything - from the well equipped, large kitchen, to the beautiful path leading to the fire pit and pristine lake. We will definitely be returning! You know when you look at pictures of a place online and wonder if the reality will be as nice as the pictures? Well, this house is even better than the pictures!
Hi Karen, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you and your group enjoyed your stay and hope we can welcome you back again soon! Best, Mark & Jessica
Fantastic property, wonderful owners. EVERY detail addressed. Can I have a sixth star??
We had the honor of being the first renters at Raymond Retreat. And what a treat for us! If you are searching for the perfect Maine camp, search no more. Here's what we loved about it: -The house is very well built. It's easy to see the pride and professionalism that went into building this house. Top-of-the-line Bertazzoni appliances; first quality landscaping; Anderson windows; gas fireplace; huge windows; claw foot tub in the master suite - wow.... -The house is very well equipped. The kitchen has EVERYTHING you need...obviously there are dishes and utensils...and also flashlights in every room...three kayaks and one canoe...skewers for making smores...batteries...light bulbs...games...DVDs...EVERYTHING! -Owners. The owners have clearly poured their heart and soul into building and equipping the house. Perfect owners to work with - accommodating and fair, responsive and responsible. -Panther Pond. What a great location! Close to Portland (which was good for us because unfortunately we had a couple of rainy days and day trips to Portland, Freeport, Portland Headlight were just what we needed). The lakefront is equipped with a well-made, very solid dock and granite stairs down to the water. And we enjoyed the open fire pit by the water. We will be back! Just do me a favor...stop searching for camps in Maine and book Raymond Retreat. I know this will not be the lowest priced property out there but there's a reason for that - a premium property deserves a premium price. You will not regret it. Thank you Meisters for a great week!
Thank you so much Tom! We sincerely appreciate all of your wonderful feedback and are so happy you and your family enjoyed yourselves. You were dream renters, and we hope you make it back again soon! Best, Mark & Jessica
AMAZING home for the entire family!
The Raymond Retreat is the PERFECT vacation home! Our family of 16, including 5 children, could not be happier with our stay. The property itself is absolutely gorgeous. It is brand new, spacious and fully equipped with everything we needed! It is secluded and private which we loved, but also had incredible views of the lake from all over the home. More importantly, everyone was able to sleep very comfortably with ample bathrooms. The property has so much to offer outdoors as well, which is where we ended up spending a majority of our time. The backyard was landscaped beautifully and had enough room for activities like playing catch with the kids or just lounging around. As you make your way past the yard, there is direct and easy access to the lake. All 16 of us were able to enjoy the lake together; some were kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming or just relaxing and observing on the bench. I couldn't believe how clean and clear the lake was! The water was also shallow enough near the dock that the kids were safe swimming. We already miss the Raymond Retreat, and will definitely be back. Thank you!!!
We are so thrilled to hear you and your family had a great weekend at Raymond Retreat. Come back and visit us again soon! -Mark and Jessica