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Luxury Lakefront Estate with Private Beaches: Ideal for Reunions, Corp. Retreats

Bedrooms 13
Half Baths1
Space 929 m²
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 homes combine to sleep 36; or rent individual home to sleep 6, 12, or 14

This spectacular, 41-acre Maine estate draws guests from around the world to its peaceful, private, park-like setting on clear, warm Highland Lake with comfortably elegant, newly refurbished homes and various resort facilities. Built as the dream home of an opera superstar in 1915, the Main House was designed by a prominent architect at the behest of Norway's King to provide amble space for entertaining and perfect acoustics for gatherings of world renown musicians. The estate was purchased and expanded by a shipping and banking magnate who added resort facilities and additional buildings to create a family compound complete with 2 sandy beaches, part of an island, a giant, overwater boathouse (with ballroom), clay tennis court, pier, acres of gardens, sports fields, and woods. Guests may golf across the street.

Diane Darneille
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2017

Why Diane Darneille chose Western Maine

This is where those who really know Maine choose to go. Bridgton is a peaceful, scenic, small town with authentic Maine flavor. Yet, it offers the amenities of a much larger metropolitan area including a state-of-the-art hospital and top notch grocery store. Unlike other towns in Maine's Lake Region, Bridgton has a sense of community and genuinely welcomes visitors. It is centrally located between the ocean and mountains and continues to be a hub for artists and musicians. Nawandyn is situated in the area's premier location on Highland Ridge virtually across the street from an 18-hole golf course, with panoramic western views of mountains and sunsets.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate rental in Bridgton, Maine

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 929 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 32
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • soap
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 26 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • MH Master Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    MH Pink Suite Bathroom - toilet , bath (no shower)
    MH Hall Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    MH Main Floor Bathroom - toilet
    CH Bathroom - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    GH Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    GH Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    GH Nautical Suite Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    MH Blue Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , Shared by Blue and Yellow Rooms
  • Bathrooms are stocked with soaps, toilet paper, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and bath mats. All have safety grab bars. The tubs have anti-slip mats. The Main House Master Bath and the Guest House Nautical Bath have ceiling fan/light/heat units.
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • MH Blue Bedroom - 3 single bed
    MH Pink Suite Bedroom - 3 single bed
    MH Yellow Room - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    MH Green Room - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    CH NW Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    CH SW Bedroom - 2 single bed , Can be converted into 1 King
    CH Living Room/3rd Bedroom - 2 single bed
    GH Upstairs Master Suite - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    GH Downstairs Master Suite - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    GH Captain's Quarters - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be converted into 2 Twins
    GH Sail Room - 2 single bed
    MH Master Suite Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , Adjoining sitting room has view, fireplace and can sleep 2.
    GH SE Bedroom - 2 single bed , Can add 2 twin inflatable beds to sleep a total of 4.
  • The Main House is normally configued to sleep 12 guests, the Carriage House sleeps 6 guests, and the Guest House is normally configured to sleep 10 guests. Up to two additional guests may be added to both the Main House and Guest House for an additional fee. Each bedroom has cross ventilation, a fan and a heater.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Raft
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 28 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Main House occupants have exclusive use of the 2nd floor of the boathouse & roughly 2 acres of grounds surrounding the Main House. They have shared use of the resort facilities and most of the remaining 41 acres, including 2 sandy beaches (1 with a gas grill & picnic table), a 40-foot pier, a swim raft, part of an island, 930-feet of mainland waterfront, a clay tennis court, many acres of gardens, fields & forest. They may play golf at the 18-hole course just 1/4 mile away. Fishing poles, tennis rackets, croquet, a tandem kayak, a row boat, foam float mattresses, life preservers, buckets & shovels for making sandcastles, etc. are available. Power boats & water skis may be rented locally. Weekly housekeeping is provided; additional housekeeping may be arranged. The services of a private chef or caterer &/or separate rooms in local restaurants may be arranged. Each bedroom has extra blankets, a fan & a heater. See for more details.


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Luxury Lakefront Estate with Private Beaches: Ideal for Reunions, Corp. Retreats
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
San Francisco

Facilitates family reunions!

  • 5 of 5

We could not speak more positively about Nawandyn. It has been a fabulous destination for our extended family reunion for three years running. The houses, the land, the lake, the service all are top notch; everything from pristine water to kayaks to tennis to ping pong to a grand piano! Nothing is missing. As there's such a wide variety of activities on site, everyone from 5 years old to 78 was able to find just what they wanted to do during our stay. This helped make the family reunion a joy for all generations. You have found a gem!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ultimate Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

The peacefulness and beauty of Nawandyn make it feel like you're stepping into another world. Warm, clear, water; beautiful flowers and tall trees; well-maintained grounds and pristine living space...allowed our large family group to spread out and enjoy the many amenities that this amazing property has to offer. The onsite owners were extremely cordial and helpful--I highly recommend Nawandyn!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Maine Retreat - Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

The Nawandyn Estate is a serene piece of heaven in the Maine woods. Sitting amongst beautifully maintained grounds full of flowers and tall trees, Nawandyn was the perfect place for our big family reunion. We had guests of all ages, from 75-newborn and this property handled them all with aplomb. The main house is big and airy with gorgeous lake views. Kitchen is gigantic. Property is clean and well maintained. Diane, was a great and clear communicator throughout the booking process - she even arranged for extra cleaning and cooking staff we hired.

The private lake access is really the crown jewel of this secluded, expansive property. A 5 minute walk down a private wooded path and you are on your own private beach on an uncrowded lake. The property's boat house has all the toys you could ever want - boats, floats, toys, fishing rods, etc. There are lounge chairs and a picnic table and wonderful smooth sand at your feet.

I'd highly recommend Nawandyn for anyone looking for a break from the norm and especially those looking to gather a large group and make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 30 gathered for a reunion at Nawandyn in July. This is a fantastic property that exceeded our expectations. The houses are interesting/historic and well cared for. Everything was clean and tidy. The grounds and landscaping are gorgeous. We enjoyed tennis, lounging on the pretty beach, swimming, fishing and kayaking/paddle boarding. The water was perfect for swimming. We took day trips to Portland, Mt. Washington and Attitash. Diane the owner is attentive and available with good suggestions for activities.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our 24-person company had an amazing experience at Nawandyn and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the property and the accommodations. The grounds couldn't be more lovely. There are plenty of large-group meeting spaces, especially the boat house which was by far the crowd favorite. All of the activities - boating, tennis, volleyball, etc. - allowed for a lot of fun to be mixed with the more serious work.

Diane worked with us on all of the details, from big to small, to make sure our 5-day stay was a success and the retreat met the company's objectives. It was top-notch in every way.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

Nawandyn is a true treasure. Every member of our family reunion of 19 people ranging from 5 to 77 years old loved our week in gracious charming Nawandyn. We loved kayaking to the island, swimming to the float, croquet on the lawn, walking through the grounds, singing in the spacious living room, ping pong and tennis, having one dinner seating, quiet spots to read a book and more. We hope to be able to return again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Portland International Jetport (PWM)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Tannery Pub
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Bridgton Highlands Country Club
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 302 and Highland Road
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Beth's Kitchen Cafe
Car: necessary

Nawandyn Estate is located in Bridgton, Maine, the town described by Down East Magazine as “warm and welcoming,” “peaceful and scenic,” “authentic [Maine]” and “the best kept secret in Maine.” Nawandyn Estate has a prime location with panoramic views of Highland Lake, mountains in both Maine and New Hampshire and sunsets.

Between the wide array of facilities at Nawandyn Estate and the activities available nearby, there is something to engage everyone.

National Geographic has picked the mountains seen from Nawandyn Estate as one of the 10 best fall vacation destinations in the world!

Other Activities: Many additional activities are listed on the Resort Features and Local Attractions pages of Nawandyn Estate's

Golf: The Bridgton Highlands Country Club is located 1/4 mile away from Nawandyn Estate. Our guests receive a 10% discount on Golf, and can book tee times up to three days in advance.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday estate in Bridgton, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
EarlySummer 2017-Full Property
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 28 guests; add A$90 per night, per additional guest
Guest House-10 persons
29 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add A$90 per night, per additional guest
Mid-Summer 2017-Full Property
5 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 28 guests; add A$90 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer 2017-Full Property
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 28 guests; add A$90 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

A signed Rental Agreement required. Base rental price covers a maximum guest count of 10. Up to 2 more guests may be added for max. overnight head count of 12. No online payments accepted at this time. Balance is due 120 days in advance of rental period. Neither reservation deposit nor balance is refundable. Refundable security deposit of $1,000 due 15 days in advance of rental period. Contact owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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