Southmeadow Cottages are located on Boyden Lake in Perry, Maine. We’re Way Down East, in the eastern-most part of the United States. Calais, Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick are 16 miles north and Eastport is 12 miles to the east.
The business began when my grandfather, “Pappy” built the original cottages over 80 years ago for friends from Eastport to summer in. Originally Pappy was a professional photographer in Eastport, but later maintained a farm at the lake with over 500 apples trees, fifteen hives of bees and a greenhouse, In the over 500 glass plate negatives that have survived there are many images of life on the homestead in the 1920s.
The five cottages, located along a half-mile stretch of shorefront can’t be seen one from the other, affording seclusion and privacy. Boyden Lake is five miles long and two miles wide and is spring fed. The sunsets across the lake are spectacular, especially when you’re out in a canoe, and the lake surface is a sheet of gold and magenta. Each cottage has its own private dock.
There is an active eagle’s nest nearby that can be viewed from the water and often eagles can be seen soaring over the lake, or perched in the tall pines along the shore.
Loons, with their haunting and eerie calls, summer on Boyden Lake and, along with kingfishers, woodpeckers, owls, hawks, hummingbirds, warblers and numerous other birds form a wonderful opportunity for birders and others.
Among the animals who inhabit the area woods are deer, moose, rabbits, raccoons and squirrels to name a few.
Boyden is a prime bass fishing lake, along with land-locked salmon and perch. A license is required to fish the fresh water, but not for salt water.
The rustic cottages, located close to the lake shore, are comfortably furnished and supplied with blankets and pillows. Guests are requested to bring their own linens and towels, however these can be provided with a small fee for those coming by plane. Each cottage has a full kitchen and bath and either a deck or a screened porch. A wood stove in each cottage takes away the morning and evening chill, with wood being provided. An outdoor charcoal grill and picnic table are at each one.
Canoes, kayaks and row boats (with life jackets) are available for those who don’t bring their own.