“The cabin was cozy and comfortable and quiet. The old textiles and furniture and the wall (or ceiling) paintings made me feel connected to the past occupants and added to the marvelous feeling of the camp. I appreciate the work and decorative elements that are left in the cabins from the original family and from other artists, which acknowledge the history of Hewnoaks.”
Graced by pristine views of the White Mountain National Forest, Hewnoaks occupies 19 undisturbed acres on the eastern shore of Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine. The Hewnoaks cabins offer basic modern amenities while still retaining much of their early 1900s rustic décor and spirit.
The main lodge, Rambling Timbers, serves as home for our on-site coordinator and a gathering place for the artists. Our Communications Room is located on the porch off the kitchen. Here, residents can access wifi, make telephone calls (and receive messages) on the landline and find information on hiking trails and points of interest in the surrounding area.
Cellphone service is limited on the Hewnoaks property. Intermittent coverage can be found at various spots along Route 5 South towards Bridgton and Fryeburg, but the most reliable forms of communication are email, FaceTime and Skype. There is no wifi available in the cabins.
In addition to Rambling Timbers there are four individual cabins: Sans Souci, Viking Court, Pine Clad, and Alpine Hut. Artists and collaborative groups are assigned one of these four upon their arrival. All cabins offer unique and expansive lake views and have simple kitchens (including pots and pans, silverware and cleaning supplies etc.), bathrooms and bedrooms.
There is electricity and running water in each cabin, but no onsite laundry facilities are available. As Hewnoaks is a self-catering residency, residents should plan to bring their own food.
Workspace is contained within each artist’s cabin. There are no separate studio spaces for residents. Previous residents have been resourceful in figuring out how to live and work in the same place. It is also possible to work outside when conditions allow. Due to the historic nature of the cabins and general environmental concerns, projects need to be relatively clean. Artists should be prepared to bring all their own materials and supplies, including drop cloths if necessary.
Lake access is at the bottom of the hill. There is a dock for swimming and sunbathing. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets are available for all to use.
Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings. Although we love them, animals are not invited for residency stays. We are also unable to accommodate spouses or partners, children or overnight guests.