The Ultimate Escape
Submitted: June 7, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
We could have not asked for a better place to spend 5 days hiding from the world. Everything about Al and Ginger's "Beautiful Cottage" is beautiful indeed. I agree with other visitors that the couple obviously takes great pride in their home and are very thoughtful about what visitors want/need.
The location of this house is breathtaking -- right on the water, hidden away from all other houses -- and you can see the trees and water from just about every place you can stand in the house. We decided on this location because it looked like a tree house and indeed it felt just like that - especially waking up to see trees over head through the sun light, and the trees and water in front of us from the huge bedroom windows.
The property is very well stocked and we enjoyed mornings and evenings filled with cooking local fish -- especially the ridiculously affordable lobster! -- and vegetables.
We unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) had 5 straight days of rain so were forced indoors, unable to enjoy the private dock or amazing fire pit, but it was a great excuse to just sit inside and read, watch movies and play some of their many board games.
Harpswell is a very neat place, made up of a chain of islands connected by bridges - and we had a great time stopping by Cook's Lobster Shack, getting some great wines at the Black Sheep, and just poking around the islands.
Brunswick and Freeport are both short drives and Portland is only about an hour away, so it's also easy to get to more bustling life, go shopping, or find a great restaurant.....though we did very little of this because it was too hard to leave the beautiful cottage!
Thanks to Al and Ginger for opening up their perfect home away!
Owner's Response: Having someone enjoy our cottage so much - that is what makes it worthwhile!
We do our best to think of what we want on a vacation and then work to provide it. I am glad to know the board games were used - we have jigsaw puzzles, too.
We always hope everyone enjoys our home as much as we do.
Thank you for staying and we hope to welcome you back soon.
Al & Ginger
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