LOVELL, Maine — A 100-year-old lodge, nestled among towering pines on the shores of Kezar Lake, is getting a new lease on life.
Formerly known as Farringtons and The Pleasant Point Inn, Scott and Beth Cooper purchased what is now The Lodge at Pleasant Point in April of 2019. They are joined by their daughter and her husband, Brianna and Nicholas Kemp, as proprietors of the property, which includes 12 rooms, a cottage with three additional units and an 80-seat restaurant.
From the time they purchased the lodge in April until they reopened it in June, the Coopers and Kemps made major improvements to the property.
Among the renovations: new roof; new windows in the dining room “to provide a better view while dining,” said Brianna Kemp; and the addition of a full-service bar “made out of all repurposed materials primarily from the lodge itself.”
Also, the front desk has been relocated to be closer to the main entrance, and the original check-in area is now a small gift shop offering locally-made products.
The downstairs bathrooms were completely redone, and all the guest rooms were repainted and updated with all new fixtures. The rooms were also equipped with new beds and linen. And the kitchen was redone as well, “adding in all new equipment and updating everything to code,” Kemp said.
One thing that will never change is the property’s serene setting.
“The setting of the lodge is what sets us apart,” Kemp said. “It’s located right on Kezar Lake, surrounded by the tallest and most beautiful pine trees. Not only do you have fantastic views of the lake, but the White Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop. Guests get to enjoy their own private beach while visiting, and they get to enjoy endless amounts of outdoor activities, from boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, ATV riding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.”
She added: “The lodge’s goal is to provide an authentic Maine experience and show guests all the different elements of this wonderful state.”
Special ski, golf, fishing and snowmobile packages are offered, and Kemp said weddings and functions are “another focus for the lodge” in 2020.
The lodge itself has a “long and unique” history,” Kemp said.
“It has such a special place in so many people’s hearts,” she said. “So much of the community has either worked at the lodge over the years, or even been a part of a wedding or some sort of event held at Pleasant Point.”
The upgrades to the property are ongoing.
“We look to continue with improving the look of the guest rooms and common areas to make it an oasis from home,” Kemp said. “We also look to grow the wedding aspect of the business.”
The lodge and dining room are open year-round, although the cabin is for seasonal rentals only. Restaurant hours are Thursday through Sunday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“We offer a full menu with gluten-free options,” Kemp said. “All of our menu options are made to order with fresh ingredients. We offer a variety of different entrees. Our main goal is to provide variety and quality dishes.”