About this listing
We offer a private room and bath at the only house on a 130 acre lake. Conveniently located minutes from New Brunswick Rt. 1 and the US border at Calais, Potters Lake is a peaceful destination from which to explore St. Andrews and the Fundy Isles.
We look forward to sharing our year-round lakeside home with you. Guests occupy the first floor bedroom with views of the lake and woods. There is one queen size bed with room for a child's cot (your 'Pack-n-Play' or our roll-away bed); private bath with shower.
Guests are welcome to make themselves comfortable on the first floor of the house. The large living room has two-story-high windows overlooking the lake and sunset views. On chilly evenings the fireplace will be blazing.
You are welcome to use the kitchen, gas BBQ, and laundry facilities.
The house is the only house on the lake. It has a private kilometer-long (half mile) lane. Bring your kayak, canoe, paddleboard, binoculars, camera, and explore the lake or just sit and relax.
Outdoors there is a fenced yard, and large deck off the kitchen with often-spectacular sunset views. The shoreline is lovely, with a wooden bench on a point jutting into the lake. Osprey, eagles, loons, and beavers are nearly daily visitors in the summer. Moose, otter, seasonal waterfowl and songbirds, and even an occasional bear might be seen. It's a shallow, rocky, spring-fed lake, and there's not much of a swimming beach, but you're welcome to try it at your own risk.
There is a TV in the house (not in the room) that can play DVD's and receives only PBS from Maine over the air (no cable).
Interaction with guests
This is our year-round home and we are usually on-site to greet guests and answer questions. We are happy to share a cup of coffee or glass of wine and assist with recommendations or show you around our lake. If you need something just ask, otherwise we'll respect your privacy. Iris, our 5 year old rescue dog, is friendly and quiet. She may be shy at first but as soon as you start petting her you'll have a dedicated friend. She enjoys the company and play of other dogs. Fair warning - she sheds and she's often wet (loves the lake).
Other things to note
No land-line phone. Canadian cell phones and some US phones work fine here. We use US Cellular which has a tower in nearby Calais, Maine. Guests are welcome to use our phone at the house.
WIFI - We currently use cellphone digital data for email, (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), and light surfing. We'll provide a hot-spot from our phone for your device if you'd like. If you need more speed or bandwidth there is free WIFI at an excellent Internet Cafe (Something's Brewing) and at the library in St. Stephen ten minutes away.
While you won't find our house immaculate (we mentioned dog hair, right?), we do our best to provide a comfortable and serene place for you to stay.
Other dogs welcome.
No smoking in the house.
We compost and recycle and are careful not to put anything harmful in our septic system.
Carry lifejackets when you go out in a boat - we have extras.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
Cate is an elementary school teacher and Bob is a professional musician (solo guitar). We both grew up on islands off the coast of Maine which led us to each other and to years of interesting work (boat captain, marine wildlife research) and travel. These days we balance our time and work between two year-round homes: one on a solitary lake in New Brunswick, Canada, and, the other on the edge of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Both are beautiful places for walking, watching wildlife, boating, relaxing with friends and family.