Maine Cabin Master's Eco-Cabins
Tucked among mature pine and hemlocks, projecting out over the edge of Cobbossee Stream, the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary offers visitors an escape to nature in the Maine woods. While the setting feels remote, it is remarkably central to many of Maine’s most popular attractions. Recently renovated by Maine Cabin Masters, the eco-cabins are professionally and artfully crafted. The Cobbossee is famous for its fishing, and at more than sixty feet deep it makes for wonderful swimming and recreation. The cabins are self-service and require a short hike from the parking area (luggage cart provided).
This property is managed by the Kennebec Land Trust. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupancy: Up to 6
Bed: 2 Double
Bath: 1 w/composting toilet
- Water Access - Shared Dock
- Trail Access - To be completed Fall 2019
10% Discount to Kennebec Land Trust Members. Call KLT office for the code to be entered at checkout.
By signing the Rental Agreement, the guest agrees:
To leave the premises in the same order, state of repair, and cleanliness in which they were found; not to bring or keep pets; to depart by 10 a.m.; to leave the keys where they were found upon arrival; and not to exceed the maximum number of persons allowed for the sleeping accommodations provided. If more than the permitted number of persons is found occupying the unit, the Agreement may be immediately revoked. If an excessive cleanup of the unit is required, additional charges shall be levied against the guest. Such a determination will be made at the discretion of KLT. The guest is responsible for the conduct of their guests and visitors, and all terms apply to the visitors of the guest. KLT staff may inspect the premises at any time with reasonable notice.
- All properties are non-smoking.
- Occupancy numbers are strictly enforced. Do not exceed the maximum allowed number of occupants at a property. Occupancy limits include both day and overnight guests.
- No campers or other recreational vehicles are allowed at the property.
- Pets are prohibited.
- Guests must be twenty-one years of age or older to enter into a rental agreement.
There is a seven (7) night minimum for most advanced bookings during peak season (June 29 - October 31).
Damage Deposit: A $500 refundable damage deposit is due at the time the reservation. The Guest’s credit card will be pre-authorized,but not charged. The Owner may use, apply, retain or hold any part of the damage deposit for any damages or deficiencies, including those that occur in reletting the rented property. In the event that the Guest shall comply with all of the terms of this rental agreement, the deposit shall be refunded.
Cancellation Fee: A 95% refund will be provided if Guest cancels 90 days prior to the reservation start date. In all other cases, Guest shall forfeit the entire rental fee paid to Owner pursuant to this agreement.
The occupancy limit stated on the Rental Agreement and the listing sheet may not be exceeded without the express written permission of KLT. No campers or motor homes can be parked on the rental property for the purpose of adding extra sleeping space.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
The cabins are equipped with furniture and basic furnishings such as pots, pans, dishes, and flatware. Guests may not rearrange the furniture.
No dogs, cats, or other animals may be kept in or upon the premises without KLT's written consent. Service dogs are permitted.
Guests should leave the property neat and tidy, with the dishes and cookware clean, the floors swept, and trash/recyclables removed from the property.
All items in the cabins are furnished by the Kennebec Land Trust and should be left in good working order. In the case of malfunction of the equipment, KLT will use its best efforts to arrange for timely repairs.
Guests shall not maintain sound systems which are clearly audible from neighboring residences or cottages and shall not conduct or permit activities which shall constitute a disturbance of the peace to such neighboring properties.
Use of fireworks of any sort is prohibited on the premises.
Guest shall not harass, injure or molest wildlife in, on or about the premises. Absolutely no hunting is permitted on the premises.
Guest shall maintain garbage or waste securely contained within receptacles provided by Owner for this purpose and Guest shall not cause or allow any littering upon the premises.
The Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary was generously bequeathed to the Kennebec Land Trust in November 2016 upon owner Kendra Wakefield Shaw’s passing. Its 113 acres feature historic cabins and 4,000 feet of frontage on Cobbossee Stream in West Gardiner. The stream reaches a depth of sixty feet, creating a pond-like environment. The property’s coniferous and deciduous woods, vernal pools, and wetlands are important habitat for many species of birds, mammals, and plants.
This is a special place, easily accessible to Maine's population centers, yet the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary offers the solitude and relaxation of a much more remote location. The Wakefield family enjoyed these cabins for over a hundred years, and we are pleased to share the experience with both the local community and visitors to Maine.
Two of the original cabins have recently been renovated by the highly esteemed Maine Cabin Masters. The project was documented on the DIY television show and will be available to view online. The cabins are accessible only by foot, about a quarter-mile walk on a camp road from a small parking area (three cars per cabin maximum). Carts will be provided for hauling your gear.
The cabins have simple kitchens with hand-pumped water (bring drinking water or be prepared to filter or treat water) and a gas cook stove, composting toilets, a gas stove for heat, solar-powered lights, porches overlooking the stream, a shared dock, and a shared campfire pit.
These are self-serve cabins, offered with an expectation that guests will check in independently, clean up after themselves, and practice leave-no-trace principles.
All revenue from cabin rentals will support the long-term maintenance of the Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary; KLT programming, including future workshops with guest artists, writers, and scientists; and KLT’s goals of protecting wildlife habitat and water quality, providing low-impact recreation opportunities, and preserving local heritage and culture.
Cobbossee Stream and the nearby Kennebec River were once home to thousands of Abenaki people. The names Cobbosseecontee and Kennebec are derived from Abenaki words meaning “plentiful with sturgeon” and “long reach,” respectively. Before first contact with European settlers, there were nearly 3000 Abenaki people in the Cobbossee watershed area. These Native Americans made use of the plentiful natural resources found within the area’s bodies of water and along their banks, and in the nearby forest. Following European settlement and the introduction of diseases, very few native people survived.
The first European explorers traversed what is now known as West Gardiner as early as the mid-1600s. Some of the first settlers in Gardiner (then called Gardinerstown) established residences in the 1760s. Following the end of the Revolutionary War, much of the land was divided into large lots to meet the needs of an influx of new settlers. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century families dramatically changed the landscape of the Cobbossee watershed. Large tracts of woodlands were cleared for agriculture, industry, and homes.
Kendra Shaw’s great-great-grandfather, James Davis, and his son Warren were the first to farm the family land. The 1880 Maine Agricultural Census shows that the hundred-acre Davis family farm had thirty acres of tilled land, twenty-five acres left as untilled fields, and the remainder woodlands. The family owned twenty-nine sheep, eight cattle (two working oxen, five dairy cows, and one other), one swine, and twenty chickens. In 1879 the farm produced two hundred pounds of butter and fifty-six pounds of fleece. The total value of the farm was $2,500. The substantial stone walls that now stand in the forest provide evidence of the agricultural history of the land.
The Wakefield Wildlife Sanctuary provides a diversity of habitats for many species of animals. This diversity also supports an abundance of upland and wetland flowers, ferns, graminoids (grasses, sedges, and rushes), shrubs, and trees.
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