Great house on the water - amazing screened porch
Submitted: June 23, 2011
Stayed: June 2011
What a lovely, welcoming house right on the big wide Sheepscot River, which is tidal. Tastefully decorated and wonderful views from the big welcoming screened porch, complete with glider, lots of comfortable wicker chairs, a rocker, a dining table with chairs AND… off to the side, a gas grill with its own power vent! Why more homes in Maine don’t have screened porches like this is a mystery. Bug-free views 24/7!
We also appreciated that the main floor has three sitting areas to allow separation if you want it. All with water views. A great room off the kitchen, living/dining room, and sun room. And besides the big screened porch, there’s a large open deck with Adirondack chairs.
The bottom floor (basement level, but not a basement) is a HUGE and really nice game room with windows all along the water side. Ping pong, pool table, and a game/card table. Children’s book and play corner, a stereo. Even a punching bag. This is not a typical darkish game room… it’s sunny and bright. Accessed by spiral iron staircase, so you can keep an ear on the kids. Outside entrance, too.
Another great area for recreation is the very large, flat front lawn, which even has a soccer goal hidden off to one side. And there are various balls and sports paraphernalia in a closet.
We were just two couples, so we didn’t use all the facilities, but we plan to bring grandkids up in the future.
The floating dock is accessed by a set of fairly steep, but sturdy stairs that pass by a lush mossy wall. We liked the porch so much we didn’t go down to the dock much!
Location is definitely rural and “real.” Westport Island is a throwback area with a few simple stores, a few galleries and a lobster pound where you can buy lobsters very inexpensively right off the pier.
Easy drive to any of the towns on the coast including Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor, Bath, Brunswick and Freeport.
Portland airport is an hour, mostly on interstate.
Great antiquing area. We spent 2 days antiquing in Wiscasset, which has some of New England’s most interesting antique shops and a good multi-dealer market. Cabot market in Brunswick is also very good.
If you have the time, we loved the day trip to Monhegan Island from Boothbay Harbor. 12 miles off the coast. Feels like you have gone back 100 years. No cars, just a few old pick-ups. Great hiking from easy to hard. Fabulous views from huge rocky cliffs.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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