I intend to give Chateau Mer an honest review. And to be honest, it is an absolutely wonderful light-filled house and setting. It has been modernized with every convenience; plenty of kitchen supplies, great laundry, etc. Huge picture windows open up the glorious view and sunrises. Yet the feel of an old Maine cottage is maintained. The owner wants nothing more than to make your stay a great one. Ours was a first time adult family reunion complete with grandchildren. That table is worth the rental alone. It sat our entire family + guests. . So often one rents a large capacity house and there is nowhere to enjoy a family dinner together, which should be the civil end of your exciting day.
And your day will be exciting even if you don't visit the many great nearby venues. (Don't miss Acadia on a clear day - start early). Down a long stairway though the hemlocks, you come upon a long sandy beach and a spot for fires and s'mores at night and kayaking (do bring) on the gentle ocean of this inlet. The beach has a wonderfully private feel. The huge deck above is perfect for deck activities, and has a beautiful new gas grill. Also a perfect spot for the grandparents to enjoy the family below.
Rainy days were no problem. A wonderful fireplace, lots of wood, tons of games, lots of places to sit all over the house. There's a room for any mood, as it were. Need a crowd? Huge living room. Need to be alone? Lots of quiet places. The cousins loved their own sleeping "attic" which is so filled with things to play with, we were amazed. Even a costume box for putting on plays! So many owners put things away. Barbara fills her lovely, creative, fun and funky home with things to see and enjoy. (Even be amazed at!) If you're thinking of renting Chateau Mer, be honest with yourselves; if you are not willing to respect, enjoy and maintain what's here, go to a cheap motel. We want it to be just as special when we return.
O.K. Honest review: cons. Could use some more chests for clothing. If the owner is at home in her house just above, she seems ubiquitous. I'm sure she has no intent to intimidate, but she cannot avoid being quite close to your activities. But, hey, you're not renting an island!
We had such a memorable time. Thank you, Barbara
P.S. Would be a terrific spot for a group of adults,too.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Reading these comments makes me know I have done the right thing in not removing all the trappings of the lives my children and myself. People have been so respectful and seem to enjoy all the surprises.
PS...I DO have a little garage apartment but I am rarely in residence when I am renting the cottage ; ) !
Helpful votes: 9/9
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