The Sea Urchin Cottage is on the north end of beautiful Campobello Island, home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's beloved summer home and the museum and International Park which bear his name. Campobello Island is connected by bridge to Lubec, Maine, home of the renowned candy-striped West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost point of the United States.
Within walking distance of the picturesque East Quoddy Head Harbor Lighthouse, the Sea Urchin sits on a cliff overlooking a sandy beach steps from your doorstep! With the woods behind the cottage, the Passamaquoddy Bay in front of the cottage, and the cliffs rising up from the beach on each side of the cottage, the Sea Urchin offers unparalleled privacy and seclusion and an unbelievably beautiful view. Whales and Eagles pass by often.
View whales, seals, porpoises, ospreys, eagles, and beautiful sunsets, whimsical sailboats, working fishing boats and huge cargo ships from your dining room table, from the attached deck, or from the screened-in tree house which sleeps three people! Camping pads are provided in the tree house, but you must bring sleeping bags.
Built by a boat builder, the Sea Urchin is compact, but can sleep up to six people inside the cottage.
We have two cottages available to rent side by side, each on their own 3 acres of land. Please inquire.
Have a large family? Rent the Whale of a View and the Sea Urchin next door! Both cottages are private and located on their own private 3 acres. They are connected by a trail along the shore through the woods. There is also a small 1 bedroom cottage located on the property which is private from both of these cottages that is available for overflow crowds for an additional fee. Please inquire.
Whales, porpoise, seals, and eagles from your front window!! Not to mention the lovely private beach and cozy cottage. A truly beautiful spot. Owners, Dennis and Margaret are delightful and very helpful. Not a place for lots of shopping or nightlife, but the sunsets are entertaining enough and if you sit quietly you can hear the porpoise and whales breathing as they swim by. Now that's entertainment!! There is plenty to see and do in the nearby area, if you can tear yourself away from the Sea Urchin. Machias Seal Island has thousands of puffins until mid August. This was an amazing trip and tours are available from the lovely village of Cutler about 45 minutes from the Sea Urchin. Local whale watching trips are available and are really great fun. I would recommend Capt Riddle's just down the road. It's a fairly small, but safe, boat, not overcrowded and whales come up close. There are also many beautiful lighthouses nearby. East Quoddy Head is within walking distance. Restaurants on Campobello Island were hit or miss. We found this to be very surprising, but owners, Dennis & Margaret will steer you in the right direction, and Lubec also has a few good spots. Cohill's Inn is good, and definately the Home Port Inn. You can also buy live lobster, steam them at the cottage, role up your sleeves and dig in. Wonderful!! This is an outstanding place to stay if you love wildlife, nature, and natural beauty.
What a fantastic vacation!
The cottage was exactly as described. The rustic qualities reminded you of what it was like to be at the cottage as a kid. It was clean and had everything that we needed for the week.
Our family enjoyed the abundant wildlife that was right off the large decks. We saw at least one whale 6 of 7 days, with the porpoise, seals and bald eagles making frequent passes each day. Our daughter spent many hours combing the large, private beach for all kinds of sea treasures.
The island offered enough activities that we did not have time to leave and visit surrounding areas. The East Quoddy lighthouse is a short 2km walk to the parking area. A big thank you to Brandon at Capt. Riddles whale watching for a great tour. We also visited the FDR park with the attractions and many scenic trails. The lobster at the Family Fisheries restaurant was so fresh and sweet.
Thank you to Dennis and family for sharing your little oasis with us. Can't wait to return.
If what you seek is a view of the ocean, eagles, seals, the foggy a.m., etc, here's your place. New screened in porch offers a window to the world that is superb. (Note to Dennis-that captains wheel might be better placed-just sayin).
Comfortable porch and just a great room/area for relaxing---where we stayed most of the time. Outdoor deck equally as nice...but the bugs were in mid-season form, so...
Small place-couple small bedrooms, living room, kitchen...didn't want a barn---didn't get one. Lots and lots of stuff in the place...lots.
Kitchen functional. Refridge may be near its shelf life expiry date---esp frezer, but it works. Stove works...bathroom compact but ok...in general the entire place was ok. Not exceptional...ok.
The view is the attraction. 52 steps to the beach on a steep stairwell...land is steeply tilted from back of house up hill to parking area for your vehicle...facts---keep in mind if you rent.
Tree house for kids very cool...could see myself there as a kid...would be a huge plus for families.
Beach all stone (as is the entire island). Certainly private...can build fires there, etc...but remember those 52 steps.
Overall ok. The view is what you are paying for...
We had the priviledge of spending 3 nights at this cottage. The cottage had all the gadgets we could need, but the real feature was the beauty of the ocean in front of us. I spent one morning, sitting with my coffee watching and LISTENING to 4 whales, 2 on either side of the cottage. We found starfish, sea urchin, saw harbour seals, porpoises, and whales almost daily. The local restaurant sold lobster for dinner, the whale watching tour was great, and the lighthouse at then end of the island was unbelieveable. The stairway to the beach was a bit steep, and had 50 stairs but do-able Not much to do other than that on the island, but, for a quiet, relaxing vacation with the wildlife, I personally cannot wait to go back.
In Aug. 2010 my husband, 15yr old son and myself stayed here for a week.
The cottage was cute and had everything we needed.
If you love the nature, you will love it. The cottage is tucked in a bit of a wooded area but faced the Bay of Fundy. The tides were amazing to watch roll in and out...with the tides, came fresh food for the whales. Morning coffees outside while watching porpoises playing in the water, hearing the blows from the Fin whales as they tell us we will see them soon was so exciting to all of us. We saw many whales swim past the cottage. No binoculars needed. I was thrilled. The reason we chose this cottage was because we were told we would see lots of wildlife, including whales. We were NOT disappointed.
The owner was wonderful to deal with.
We plan to visit again.
I almost hesitate to write this- because I'm afraid the cottage will be even harder to book next time!
My husband and my 2 14 year old sons (who are super hard to impress) and I spent an incredible week here. We were greeted by whales and a seal in the cove. For the remaining week, we were treated to a similar show every day. We timed everything we did on the tide and the whales and dolphins schedule. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the deck, beach and tidepools. Although we did sneak in some hiking on the beautiful trails at the park.
The cottage is small, clean, well maintained and appointed and completely private.
While we stayed at Sea Urchin, I was illustrating a picture book for kids about the overall health of the ocean. It made me appreciate even more, the beauty and fragility around me.
Beach combing- at low tide search for star fish, sea urchins, sand dollars and shards of ancient sea glass or pottery.
Have bonfires on the beach while watching the sunset over the ocean (contingent upon the dry/no burn restrictions).
Walk to the lighthouse and at low tide walk on the ocean floor to the island where the East Quoddy Head Harbor Lighthouse sits.
Walk to the Head Harbor to watch the fishing boats or to catch a ride on a whale watch tour or a deep sea fishing trip.
Kayaking- book your kayak a mile down the road.
Spectacular 9 hole golf course.
Tour the Roosevelt International Park which includes the faithfully restored summer house of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and many miles of beautiful hiking trails, park drives, lovely beaches for picnicking, rock collecting and beach combing.
Visit Herring Cove, Campobello's public beach, with picnic and playground equipment.
Other Activities: Hiking, nature walks, tide pool exploring