|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Located on a quiet, dead-end road, Yellow Dog Cottage is located in a sunny clearing right at the ocean’s edge. Out front is a cove that forms a network of tidal pools at low tide that are great for exploring. It's a comfortable, peaceful and relaxing place to spend your vacation.
The house has an open floor plan with a fireplace in the living room that opens onto an well-equipted, eat-in kitchen with everything you’ll need to feel at home. The sun porch off the kitchen has windows on 3 sides and water views on 2 sides and is great for reading, eating, relaxing, and playing board games.
You can enjoy fresh-caught lobsters delivered to our dock by our neighbor who runs his lobster boat in the waters of the bay off the house.
Outside, we have a gas grill, picnic table, outdoor fireplace and Adirondack chairs down by the water’s edge. We have our own ramp and float, a deep-water mooring right in front of the house, and a natural boat launch, that are all available for your use.
There's great kayaking in the area and you can put in right in front of the house. The Muscongus Bay area boasts some of the best kayaking, sailing, and motoring on the coast of Maine and is just minutes away by boat. Town, with local supermarkets, cafes, gas stations, and drugstores and the famous Moody's Diner, are about 20 minutes away by car.
We welcome your well-behaved dog with prior approval and an additional fee -- please inquire. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the house or on the porches.
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Yellow Dog Cottage is conveniently located for easy day trips to all of coastal Maine's attractions. It's just 45 minutes from Boothbay Harbor, and from the Camden, Rockland, and Rockport areas. It's 90 minutes to L.L. Bean, Freeport's outlet shopping, Popham Beach, and Reid State Park. And it's just two hours from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Nearby community theater at the renowned Waldo Theatre is just minutes away.
I spent my summers growing up in Maine and introduced my husband to it before we were married. He (happily!) loved it as much as I did and 12 years ago we decided to look for our own place on the coast.
Katharine purchased this house in 2003
We fell in love with this property before we even got out of the car. I remember stepping out of the car on a beautiful November day, instantly in love with the view and the remarkable quiet. We actually purchased the house without ever having been inside, relying just on our peeks through the windows and the photos my parents took for us on a walk through they generously did for us after we had to return home. We still love spending time there, excited to arrive and sad to leave.
We love our house and the area. Waldoboro is a bit sleepy, even in the summer, off the main tourist path but with just enough to do. Many people familiar with the coast of Maine haven't heard of it, which is just how we like it. It's a great central location for day trips to all the wonderful places Maine has to offer.
We had a wonderful time here at Yellow Dog Cottage. The cottage is so comfortable and the view is spectacular.
Our days were filled with biking, paddling, walks, and relaxing at the water's edge in theAdirondack chairs. Lots of reading and watching Harlan lobstering with the tides ebbing in and out.
We had delicious lobsters and clams thanks to Harlan, who was so kind. What friendly neighbors you have here.
Our evenings were filled with beautiful sunsets, campfires, drinks, shooting stars, and great conversation with loved ones.
We had such a relaxing vacation and we will treasure our memories of this little piece of heaven, Thank you for sharing your home with us, We hope to return next year.
-Julie, Michael, Judy, and Tom from Massachusetts
Yellow Dog Cottage offers everything that’s to love about Maine: Gorgeous water views, tidal pools outside your door, and plenty to do within an easy half-hour drive if you want to shop, sample the local restaurants, or meander about and explore the area. We loved eating at Moody’s Diner on Route 1, and had plenty of leftovers for another meal. Within an easy half-hour drive you can visit the town of Damariscotta to the south, Damariscotta Lake State Park to the north, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland to the northeast.
The town of Damariscotta is a treasure – we particularly liked King Eider’s Pub, Salt Bay Café, and the Maine Coast Bookshop. Damariscotta Lake Park is a great place to bring the family – the water is clear and calm, and there’s a wide sandy beach. The Farnsworth Art Museum is a great place to see the artwork of three generations of the Wyeths.
The cottage is cozy, clean, and comfortable, and Katharine and Paul are very attentive and are genuinely interested in ensuring their guests enjoy their stay. I highly recommend Yellow Dog Cottage!
We have been staying at this lovely home every August for many years now. My family just loves it. Cozy inside and the most wonderful views outside. Lobsters to the dock, picnics in the yard. It is just the most lovely and tranquil spot. It's conveniently located in a very quiet neighborhood but still a great jumping off location to explore lots of coastline towns and sights. We have made countless family memories here.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at yellow dog cottage. There was plenty of space, it was well equipped in all areas, kitchen, books and games...the upstairs was great for the kids.
Location was at the end of the road, so we could walk our dog without concer. We launched our kayaks from the dock and at the end of the day would sit with a cocktail enjoying the sunset in the Adirondack chairs. At night, we would make a fire in the firepit and have s'mores with the kids.
The caretaker is a lobsterman and will leave lobsters in a trap off the dock when you asked, nothing better!
Overall, a wonderful, relaxing stay, which is exactly what we needed.
If you enjoy simple pleasures of: taking time to appreciate the natural features of the Maine coast, watching a heron patiently catching its meals, listening to the ospreys call to their young in the nests, relaxing in an Adirondack chair as the tide goes out and comes in, you may be happy at the Yellow Dog Cottage.
We have rented the Yellow Dog Cottage for 8 consecutive years. We return each year for a week in August for the things we enjoy about the "Yellow Dog": a charming cottage that's well-equipped for a comfortable stay; a peaceful location with expansive water views and beautiful sunsets; the freshest lobsters delivered right to your dock upon request; great kayaking (we bring our own); a pleasant respite from the heat and humiditiy of NJ in August; and a very good rapport with the cottage owners and local caretakers and neighbors.
If you're looking for a spacious new luxury rental that's very close to fancy restaurants, shops, and lively entertainment...look elsewhere!
We've spent a week in September at Yellow Dog Cottage for the past 8 years. We'd never been to Waldoboro before, but loved the fact that we'd be able to launch our kayaks right from the house to explore the Medomak River and Muscongus Bay. What we got was so much more - each year has been more memorable than the last.
It's the perfect location from which to set off on hiking and paddling excursions in the Camden and Boothbay areas. If shopping is your thing - the lovely main streets of Rockland, Camden, Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor are all nearby. We love being in the area in September because the crowds have thinned out a lot.
And maybe you're like us - just thrilled to get away from it all and in need of some "chill" time. If that's the case you won't find a more peaceful spot. After each day's adventure we always try to get back to Yellow Dog in time for sunset - those Adirondack chairs are calling us! Some of our fondest memories have been spent sitting in those chairs.
Yellow Dog is equipped with everything you need for the perfect Maine vacation. You’ll sleep comfortably to the sounds of the river, the kitchen is well equipped, the living room and porch are perfect for curling up with a good book. If you can’t bring yourself to unplug, all your technological needs are met.
The accomodations are great for an assortment of gatherings - I imagine kids will love having the upstairs to themselves.
The homeowners, Katharine and Paul, have been so hospitable in sharing their home with us over the years –always attentive to any requests we have.
There’s an added bonus in that Yellow Dog’s caretakers are also great people and the husband is a lobsterman in the waters right in front of Yellow Dog! We eat lobster just that one week a year because we can’t imagine anything else coming close.
A week at Yellow Dog will rejuvenate and inspire you. Thanks Katharine and Paul for sharing your special spot with us!
We stayed at Yellow Dog Cottage in the summer of 2010. The location was amazing. The house is set on a sheltered, pristine cove with a private dock and gorgeous view. We rented kayaks and spent many hours paddling the beautiful tidal cove. Waldoboro is a very small town and is some ways away from the house, so you have to plan supply trips into town. It's a rural location, which suited us but might not be for everyone. The house was simple but comfortable, though the upstairs room was a little strange with virtually no light and no electrical outlets.
The biggest problem we had was with the water. We were told the house slept 5, and it was myself and my four children. We were very cautious with the water as we were told there was an elaborate water system in place due to the proximity to the cove and that as long as we "didn't use more water than is reasonable", it should be fine. Basically, we took two short showers in the morning and two short showers at night, with my youngest daughter fitting one in when she could. We ran the dishwasher once a day and that was about it, and we had MAJOR water problems. The water shut off entirely several times, requiring the local handyman to come in and reset everything followed by a long wait for the tanks to refill. During this time, we couldn't even flush the toilets.
Katherine did offer me a partial refund when I asked, but I was disappointed when I inquired about renting the cottage again this year to discover that the water situation has not been fixed. Furthermore, Katherine seemed to blame the problems on our "excessive" use of water, which was upsetting giving how cautiously we approached the whole situation while there. If the water can't be fixed because of the proximity to the cove, the listing should clearly state that this cottage sleeps less than 5, because in my opinion, it's perfectly reasonable to expect that each person get one brief shower a day.
The only other problem we had was the authorized use of the Yellow Dog dock by an early morning lobsterman. Said lobsterman was lovely, but the fish guts and traps strewn across the dock along with the excessive noise of his boat motor at 5am was not. Wish we'd known about this in advance.
All this said, if the noise doesn't bother you and you have only a couple of people (or don't plan on showering everyday) in residence, Yellow Dog offers a simple place to stay in a stunning location.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 4 2015 - May 16 2015
3 night minimum stay
May 17 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 13 2015 - Jan 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
|cleaning||$120 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
|Notes||During summer, minimum rental period is 1 week. Turnover day is Saturday.|
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