Westport Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Your summer retreat awaits you at the most charming, Trading Post, built in the early 1800's. Watch osprey, great blue heron, seals, eagles, sea gulls, lobster boats, sailboats, and yachts from your private 32 foot deck. The first floor living/dining area and master bedroom (king) sport sliding doors to deck-- these 8 & 11 foot walls of glass reveal sweeping southeastern views of the pristine saltwater river- the Sheepscot. Like a slide show the scenes are constantly changing. Since this 'over-water' unique gem serves as our guest house it has limited availability during the season and is not your 'typical' rental property thus quite well equipped. Listed on National Register of Historic Places with over 100 private acres of woods, fields, coves and extensive, accessible waterfront for you to explore. Launch kayaks or canoes (available for delivery). Dock, run and float are just steps from the Trading Post.Secluded location yet still easily accessible to mid-coast attractions.
Restored and renovated for comfort yet replete with its original charm and original features: counters, split lathe ceiling and wide plank flooring from the early 1800's. Ground floor: bedroom with spectacular 11 foot glass wall of sliding glass doors looking out to water, bathroom, kitchen/living area with second, screened, sliding glass door opening to large deck with 180 degree views of the river. Lounge chairs, lounge sofa, wrought iron round table and chairs with umbrella greet you on the expansive deck. Upstairs: open loft type bedroom with skylights.
Not suitable for small children.
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a fabulous week at the Trading Post--the cottage was delightful and the weather superb! The moon was full that week and we'll always remember sitting on the deck watching it rise over the river and island each evening,
often silhouetting the eiders and other waterfowl cruising about the cove. We did a great deal of cooking and thoroughly enjoyed using the kitchen with the realization it really was the local store for so long; before arriving we had not
appreciated the rich history of the Trading Post and the estate as a whole.
We had several lengthy and interesting kayaking expeditions, including twice crossing the river and exploring behind Barters Island and passing through the "Ovens Mouth" into the bays and coves in the Cross River beyond. Once enroute home we hailed a lobsterman and brought back four lobsters straight from his boat. Following your suggestion, we enjoyed going over the hammock, and also ventured out onto the "spit" for nice views back to the house across the cove. Plenty of birdlife,
including a bald eagle overhead the first morning, the "resident" kingfisher, heron, solitary sandpiper and of course the turkeys roaming the lawns and, one morning, out on the spit. Lots of interesting ducks, and the last two nights a pair of loons
were out on the river, probably starting on their migration south.
The local shops were very convenient, and we enjoyed our visits to Simpsons seafood and to Treats in Wiscasset, the obligatory lunch at Red's Eats, and dinner at Le Garage (again, moonrise over the harbor) and the Squire Tarbox Inn with its nice Swiss owners and a very pleasant waitress from Serbia. A real gem locally also was the Bunyun Reserve with its delightful trails and views at the south end of the island.
Incidentally, we also made some additions and updates to the blue guest guidebook at the Trading Post; other than that we hopefully left it as we found it. We had the chance to meet the housekeeper --hopefully I have the name right) and just wish we'd had the chance to meet you as well. It would have been fun to hear more of the history of the estate and the Lilly family--interesting to us particularly since we are both medical scientists ourselves!
Thank you so much for making it possible for us to stay in such a wonderful spot! No doubt we will be inquiring about future opportunities to for return visits in the coming years.
Leslie B. Lilly, Advertising with CyberRentals since 1999
If you want waterfront this property has the most accessible waterfront and the most sweeping views of any property offered. The dock is NOT down 100 steps to the waterfront. The building has sweeping panoramic views that are constantly changing. For you kayak enthusiasts, this is a dram location.