CENTER LOVELL – “A cherished retreat for all seasons,” this stunning home – “Wasumont,” after a local Indian chief – was built as a summer place in 1890.

Fully winterized now, it has been lovingly renovated, updated and expanded by its present owners, who have applied some inspired touches: In the custom kitchen, a banquette that provides the perfect spot to greet the morning. Off the side porch, a stone-and-cedar, rain-showerhead outdoor shower, which at eight feet long serves as a changing room, too.

And above the garage, a cathedral-ceiling gathering room of more than 800 square feet with wide-pine floor, exposed beams, handsome wainscoting, and extensive built-ins for books and entertainment equipment.

A charming tradition here calls for guests to write their names on small stones, which are saved, then placed at the dining table to designate seating when the guests are welcomed back. What a wonderful home this is for entertaining: There are scores of signed stones, on the table in the family room and on the living room fireplace’s classic Maine-cottage white mantel. The screened porch can accommodate a couple of dozen people enjoying cocktails and a glorious sunset on a summer evening.

The six-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot home on 3.7 acres is as warm and comfortable as it is spacious, and an ideal haven for a family. On the third level are two bedrooms whose built-ins include reading nooks in the dormers. There are three full baths, one 1/2, and a new master suite. The family room has a wood stove, overlooks gardens, and easily sits 12 for dining. The kitchen has a five-burner gas range and is a cook’s dream, combining beauty and utility.

Having been scrupulously maintained, Wasumont is immaculate and absolutely turn-key. Families will appreciate its being in the fine Fryeburg school district, and also the year-round range of recreational amenities, from skiing at Shawnee Peak and Sunday River to golfing at nearby Lake Kezar golf club and kayaking and boating on Kezar Lake, only a mile away, and on which the property has a slip.

The home at 1097 Main St. in Lovell is listed for sale at $749,000 by Liz Marcella of Chalmers Realty in Bridgton, and is being shown by appointment. For more information or to arrange a private viewing, contact Liz at 647-3311 ext. 1147; 632-7645; or at [email protected].

Real estate professionals please note that a $5,000 bonus will be paid to the buyer’s broker.

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