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Chris Castner

Member since: 2013
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Cozy Home on China Lake with dock

3 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this South China holiday house

Our home is newly rebuilt and expanded to provide an open feeling.

The Lake House has many features that make it ideal for a couple or family to enjoy the summer life on China Lake. Bass fishing is at the end of the dock, in the cove or many other spots around the lake. There are 2 kayaks and a large canoe with paddles and life jackets for enjoying the lake.

Inside our house, the living area is a great room with large flat screen TV with DVD player,comfortable chairs and couches. We offer both cable and wifi for your use. There is dining room and counter seating for up to 7 people. The kitchen has granite counter top, refrigerator, dish washer, gas range, and is fully equiped. The bathroom has a shower and there is plenty of hot water with the gas on-demand hot water heater!

The bed room and sleeping area are located on the cool lower level. The bed room has a queen bed and there are two twin beds in the sleeping area. There is a TV in the sleeping area. The laundry room has a with new large washer & dryer.

Outside we have a wrap around deck and large sitting area with tables and chairs. There is also a Webber grill for outdoor cooking. The view from the deck is the lake and Green Island.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Chris Castner (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks english

About Chris Castner

Our family has been visiting China Lake since 1978 when we bought Green Island. The Lake house property gave us access to the island. A few years ago we decided to expand and renovate the house. We now live in the house most of the year.

Chris Castner purchased this house in 1985


based on 3 traveller reviews

Cozy Home on China Lake with dock
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Cozy inexpensive getaway

  • 4 of 5

The home is generally what is described in the listing, but the photos could be updated for the outside. The pictures don't do the inside justice, as the main floor is much larger than it seems. The wifi was quite spotty and dropped a lot, which wasn't that bad for us, but don't expect to do that much. If you wanted a cozy cottage in the form of a house, this is it. A lake house should have a decorum of cleanliness over a cottage. It wasn't overtly dirty or anything, just small things. If you like spiders, spiderwebs in all corners of the house (inside and out), then you'll be at home here. The kayaks and canoe were in similar condition. Also, the musty smell in the downstairs (sleeping area) might have been around for a few years. Other than those two gripes, the home is reasonably clean. Again, all a value for the money spent. I mentioned the spider issue to the owner in a written correspondence and encouraged a dialogue, but it appears he didn't want to reciprocate. Sadly, it's nothing a day of cleaning won't fix- which makes it look lazy. If I was given free time there, I'd return and enjoy it, but I wouldn't necessarily pay for a return trip. This is great for an inexpensive or first trip renting a home like this.


-Away from everything, but reasonably close to modern amenities (grocery store, local shops, within 30 minutes of a small city)

-Spacious rooms and wrapping deck

-Sufficient equipment provided

-Value for money is high


-"Naturally air conditioned" means windows and ceiling fans. If it's more than 85 degrees and/or 75% humidity, it gets pretty bad on the main floor. Only be concerned if you mind the heat.

-Deposit took >2 weeks to be received back (I live <200 miles away)- this is for those that expect it back within that time frame. I know he had 30 days by law, but apparently other owners try and get it back in 7-10 days.


-Cleaniness- if you expect something well taken care of, this may not meet your expectations

-Outside is constricted with brush overgrowth- don't expect a wide open space with lots of room to do things outside

-Dock needs some cleaning/repair/modernization- don't spend too much time there

-Not swimmer friendly- murky and muddy

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very proud of our recently renovated and expanded house on China Lake. The focus of the house is the lake. The house features a dramatic lake view, new appliances, tile flours thru out, granite kitchen counter, and new master bedroom on the lower level. We live in the house 9 months of the year and enjoy all that the lake has to offer. The house is clean and neat when we rent it in the summer with over 30 satisfied rentals in the past 3 years. Any spiders are removed during cleaning. The 2 kayaks and the canoe are 3 years old and in excellent condition with life jackets provided. The house is on a mostly wooded lot with no lawn but a lovely flower garden with apple/cherry trees near the road.
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  • 5 of 5

Great location and accommodation

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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wonderful time

  • 4 of 5

The location was lovely, we had great weather, only low was we were not able to get a boat for fishing.

Clean, roomy, loved the decks, and the vacation was very restful for all.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Augusta, ME
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Natanis Golf Club
Nearest Beach
0.33 Miles
Green Island

China Lake is well known for both boating and bass fishing.

5 or 6 tournaments are run on the lake each season.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in South China, Maine

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$653
Tax Rate 9.0%

There is a $500 security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in South China, Maine

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • There is a full size shower. Vanity with mirror and storage.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom has a queen size bed, 2 closets and sitting area with flat screen TV. Sleeping area also in the basement has 2 twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing