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Rest easy in the Oaktagon Tree House of 1 Big Sustainable Island. This off the grid (no electricity) one-of-a-kind home is perched on a 14 acre, semi-private island 1/2 mile from shore on a Maine lake. The 900 sq. ft. octagonal home, built around a living Red Oak tree, is designed to make your stay comfortable, relaxing, and soothing. The setting has the sights & sounds of the best that Maine's natural beauty has to offer: fresh air, clean water, the sounds of loons on a quiet lake.
Inside the Oaktagon
The Oaktagon Tree House of 1 Big Sustainable Island is an octagonal home that gets its name from the living Red Oak tree that grows through the middle of the home. It's a great place to enjoy a family vacation, host a gathering, or just unplug from hustle and bustle. Step inside and you will be awestruck by the sweet pine panel aroma and the incredible lake view that is a Maine tradition.
It has an open cathedral living/dining room with two fold out futons, a small breakfast table and a large dining table that seats six.
A compact and complete kitchen has all of the cooking utensils you will need to prepare meals --just bring your favorite food, a block of ice, and we'll provide the kitchen to get the food prep done.
A small indoor 1/2 bath adds modern convenience to the experience. It is equipped with a composting toilet and hand sink. Bathing is done either in the lake, or using the solar shower that is included.
A small woodstove, kindling, and firewood come with the accommodations. (You can't visit Maine without at least seeing a woodstove!). Use it for cooking, creating some ambiance, or just taking the edge off a cool evening breeze.
The queen size comfy bed in the sleeping loft comes with linens as do the two couches that convert to beds in the living room. Another lounging option is to linger in the indoor hammock that you can attach to the tree in the living room.
Outside the Oaktagon
The large deck overlooks the canopy and Lake Annabesscook. It is perfect for grilling and enjoying an outdoor meal, bird watching, and having a firefly counting contest.
The Oaktagon comes equipped with a few fishing poles and a small tackle box with an assortment of jigs, flies, and line. You are welcome to use them -- just be sure to get a fishing permit before you do so you can be on the right side of Maine's fishing laws. Annabessacook is known as a world class bass fishery -- we don't even have to stock 'em -- it's that good!
Guests have exclusive access to the Oaktagon Tree House where they can enjoy privacy and shared access to 1 Big Sustainable Island.
There's lots to do on 1 Big Sustainable Island and (as has been the tradition for generations in the neighborhood) visitors are encouraged to stop by (so expect some company from the neighborhood on the island during daylight -- after dark, however, the island is closed to the public). Activities include:
Hiking or walking on more than a mile of trails
Relaxing under the gazebo
Swimming at Loon Point
Swinging off the rope swing at the lake's edge
Cooking over an open fire
Watching the sunset from Proposal Rock
Resting in one of the hammocks sprinkled about the island
Fishing off the dock
Interakcija s gostima
Kent and Jo are Registered Maine Guides and experienced boaters. Guests to the Oaktagon enjoy a boat ride to and from the island via pontoon boat and then have access to canoes and kayaks to explore the lake throughout their stay. Check in is usually at 2pm, check out is 11am.
Want to vacation with your dog? The Oaktagon is pet-friendly for most of our furry friends. The dog fee is $20 per night for one, $25 for two.
During the day, dogs should be leashed as there might be others visiting the island. Off leash after dark is ok.
Most cell providers register 3 bars on the island. If you have a smartphone, then you can get to the internet! Be sure to bring back up batteries for your phone, however, as there is no power.
Do not hesitate to call us if you have an emergency or any questions about your stay. Joanne can be reached at ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Kent can be reached at ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
We really appreciate folks leaving shoes on the porch. So, please, no outside shoes in the cabin.
Be careful on the steps and in the loft! An adult must supervise children in the loft at all times.
The composting toilet is self-sufficient. Please keep the bathroom door and the lid to the toilet closed to help the air flow go up and out the vent. In order for the system to work properly you must sit. (Feel free to use a tree outside if you prefer to stand.) After your contribution of #2 please add one scoop of composting material. (No need to add if only #1.) Only human waste goes in the toilet. No toilet paper, feminine products, condoms, dog waste, food or diapers please. Please put the used toilet paper in the trashcan next to the toilet.
Please separate your trash. Put the burnable waste in the bucket by the wood stove, and use it to start your fire in the wood stove or fire pit. There is a container for food scraps, one for recycling, and one for trash. Thank you!
The foot pump at the kitchen sink pulls rain water from the barrel outside. Pump it several times in order for the water to come out. Note: This is not suitable for drinking or cooking. The water in the glass jugs is from our well and is potable. We use lake water to wash our hands and dishes. We boil the lake water, use soap, and then rinse with warm potable water.
No smoking in the building at any time. No fireworks on the island at any time. Outside fires are allowed only in the fire pit. Attend the fire at all times. The fire should be kept inside the container – no flames above the rim. Keep a bucket of lake water next to the fire at all times. Wet the ground around the fire pit from time to time. Pay careful attention to the direction of the wind as it can change quickly. The bucket next to the wood stove is for burnable waste – perfect for starting fires. Candles may be lit as long as you are in the room. Please do not leave burning candles unattended. The fire extinguisher is hanging on the wall by the front door. In case of emergency, please call Kent (phone number hidden)) or Joanne (phone number hidden)). The volunteer fire department will be delayed in responding to a call on the island.
You will find the queen bed in the loft is made up. Let us know if you need sheets for the futon. We provide one towel for each guest.
We leave our dishes, pots and pans for your use. You will find dishcloths and cloth napkins. There is salt and pepper, a few spices, sugar and tea. We have biodegradable soap.
We supply a gas grill, propane, paddles, life jackets, a grill for the fire pit, gloves and wood carrier. Check the cupboard for first aid kit, extra candles, matches, lanterns, games and cards.
We welcome most dogs on the island. We charge $20/night for one dog, $25/night for two dogs non-refundable pet fee. In order to continue allowing dogs on the island we ask that you pick up after your dog. If you see other poop, please pick that up too. (Nothing worse than stepping on poop!) Please keep dogs off the furniture. We have a dog bed and a dog bowl for their comfort and use. Please have your dog under control. Never leave your dog unattended on the island.
Using the Wood Stove:
The Jotul wood stove in the Little Cabin Island was newly and professionally installed in 2015. Our guests have had warm and safe results with it ever since. Your first burn is already set up and match-ready for you.
Wood stoves require attention and monitoring. We have provided a temperature gauge that is mounted on the top of the stove. Be certain to use the air control lever on the door of the stove to keep the temperature of the stove in the 300 to 450 degree range (yellow) visible in the temperature gauge.
There are some specific procedures and safety precautions to follow when you want to enjoy the wood stove. Listed below are the manufacturer's instructions for building a fire from scratch and reloading the stove.
Building a Fire
A good fire will efficiently utilize your fuel, keep the glass in the door clean, keep emissions and creosote to an absolute minimum, require less work, and be very predictable.
•Set the air control lever fully to the right. Open the front door and cover the bottom of the stove with tightly crumpled newspaper. Criss-cross a generous double handful of dry kindling, such as split pieces of scrap lumber, on top of the paper. Place three or four 1"-2" split pieces of dry wood on top of the kindling.
•Light the paper evenly across the front and close the door.
•Continue to add 1" – 2" pieces of split dry wood until a healthy bed of glowing coals has formed.
•You can now add three or four small-to-medium pieces of wood. Allow this wood to burn for several minutes. Once you are sure the wood is burning well, adjust the air control to your desired heat output level. Avoid operating the stove with the air control closed completely.
•In order for secondary combustion to occur, the fire must be well established.
•If the fire dies out, the cause is most likely either an insufficient bed of coals, reducing the air supply too soon, or using wood that is either too large or not dry enough.
Reload the stove while it is still hot and there are plenty of hot coals to ignite the fresh fuel load. It is a good idea to include a smaller piece or two of wood at the base of the new load to help the stove recover more quickly to its operating temperature.
•Always wear gloves when tending the stove.
•Push the air control to the full open position (to the right).
•Wait a few seconds and open the door.
•Use a stove shovel or similar tool to break up any remaining charcoal and to drag some live embers toward the front where combustion air enters.
•Load the fuel (small pieces first).
•Close the door.
•Wait 5-10 minutes and adjust the air control to desired setting.
Note: If the charcoal bed present at reloading time is relatively deep (2"-3") and your wood is well seasoned, it is possible to add the fresh fuel load, close the door and reset the air control for the desired heat output rate within 5 minutes.
Warning: Do not overfire the wood stove. If any part of it glows, you are overfiring. A house fire or serious damage to the chimney or stove could result. Please refer to the temperature gauge on the top of the stove.
Cleaning out the stove: If the ashes need cleaning out, please let Joanne and Kent know as soon as possible. Do not attempt to clean the stove out on your own.
Please be sure to use the outside “fire pit wood" only in the fire pit. The inside “wood stove wood" is reserved for the wood stove use only, as we have taken the extra steps to cut, split and season it for safe and efficient burning.
The fire extinguisher is located by the front door.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kent or Jo and they will be glad to help. Kent ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Jo ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
THINGS TO DO
There is a canoe and/or kayak available for your leisure. Please keep one life jacket per adult in the boat or on your person while in use. Children must wear a life jacket while in a boat. The paddles and life jackets are in the shed. Please follow boating safety rules while on the lake.
We offer extra pontoon boat rides. If you want a lift back to your vehicle we are happy to do so. We ask $20 per round trip.
Fishing permits are $11 per person for a 24-hour period. You may purchase one online at: (URL HIDDEN) Augusta West Kampground, located on the north end of the lake, has permits and bait. You may also find bait at South Monmouth Market on Route 126 at the blinking light.
The lake and surrounding area is abundant with wildlife. Appreciate the animals from afar. You may come across a nesting area. Please do not disturb! Birds and turtles may become aggressive or abandon their nest if you get too close. Otherwise, the birds may come visit you if you sit very still. There are bird guidebooks in the cabin for your enjoyment.
Big Island is administered by Jo and Kent's non-profit, 1 Big Sustainable Island. During the summer months we often have events and activities scheduled which are open to the public. Check with Jo and Kent for more information or find (email hidden).
Please make an entry in the cabin logbook about your stay and feel free to read about what other friends have experienced during their visits to 1 Big Sustainable Island.
We do not charge a cleaning fee. We ask as you prepare to leave, please do your dishes and put them away, sweep or shake out the rugs, sweep the floors, and strip the sheets off the bed. If you prefer we handle the cleaning, please leave $50 and we will be happy to clean up. ☺
If something needs repair or replacement please let us know upon your departure.
We at 1 Big Sustainable Island welcome you and hope that you find your stay peaceful.
Jo and Kent
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