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Magnificent Views - Oceanside Cottage

Jim and Linda McConchie

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Speaks: english, italian
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Jim and Linda McConchie

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Magnificent Views - Oceanside Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Clark Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms 1.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 adults plus 2 children in bunk-beds

Located on the mainland at the Ocean's edge in a beautiful cove looking out at Clark Island and the open sea, our cottage was built in the classic rustic Maine style of the mid twentieth Century. The Township of Clark Island is one of a group of small Towns located on the St. George Peninsula. The peninsula is alive with boaters, bicycle clubs on vacation and legions of kayakers visiting Penobscot Bay. From the little lobstering village of Port Clyde at one end (with daily ferry service to Monhegan Island) to the Town of Rockland at the other end (in 2009 voted the second best small town to live in in the USA by Budget Travel; ) the whole area is considered the heart of mid-coast Maine. At the foot of the road the cottage is located on, there is the Craignair Inn of Clark Island, with a gourmet restaurant. This area is why they call Maine 'Vacationland, where life is the way it ought to be.' Call (207) 593 - 7183 or (978) 201 3954

Easy to get to: Knox County airport is 5 miles from the cottage, with up to 8 direct flights daily to Boston's Logan airport on Cape Air Airlines. Under $70 each way, with car rental available at airport. Or drive from Boston in under 4 hours.

Ferry to Nova Scotia from Rockland. Hourly, daily or weeklong schooner tours from Rockland and Camden.

Just in : In 2012 Rockland was voted one of the top nine Best small U.S, Towns for Food by

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim and Linda McConchie (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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About Jim and Linda McConchie

Retired Attorney (James) and Former Manager of the Freedom Trail in Boston (Linda); Jim studied at Colby College and haven't missed a trip to Maine every year since1949.

Jim and Linda McConchie purchased this cottage in 1956

Why Jim and Linda McConchie chose Clark Island

Ownership now resides in Trust for a third generation and soon a fourth, ensuring family use for more generations to come. This is a classic Maine cottage, built in the 1950's in that style that has almost disappeared due to the high cost of waterfront land and the McMansions being built as the original cottages disappear. Fifty feet from the water's edge, with a screened porch enabling sitting outside and listening to the ocean, the cottage has been thoroughly updated and modernized, but still captures that era when waterfront cottages were part of nature, not castles to sit in and look out at it.

Everything one needs for lobster and clam cookouts on the rocks, barbeques plus a firepit for s'mores, and views across to Clark Island and the open sea.

Large windows from the bedrooms on the ocean side offer views unchanged from the day it was built.

Watch the lobster boats right out front; kayak from right out front, or just watch the constant activity of the seagulls, seals, osprey, fox, deer, even an occasional moose and a family of eagles. This is the heart and the essence of mid-coast Maine living.

'Maine, the way life ought to be.'

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage offers a chance to relive the New England and Maine lifestyle from the middle of the last century. Thoroughly modernized, with cable, large Sony TV, internet, WII, Blueray and a charming fireplace and stacks of wood right outside. At the same time, you are a fifteen minute drive away from the towns and villages in the heart of mid-coast Maine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Jim,

Where to begin other than to tell you how very much we enjoyed the cottage!? As I mentioned to you on the phone, we have been renting in the area on and off for the past 20 years and have never experienced such bliss. The view is fantastic and we felt we were almost on a house boat. We love the light and your choice of white furniture

is perfect. ( Many of our former cottages were dark with brown panelling.) The furniture is very comfortable, again not always the case, and having a TV was indeed an extra bonus.

The best part of all is the screened-in porch. We lived out there and have never found one in previous cottages.

I could go on and on, but suffice to say, we are thrilled that we found you and would love to return next summer. I am trying to see if we could manage two weeks rather than one.

We send good wishes to you and your family and we will be in touch!


Aug 2012
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Magnificent Views - Oceanside Cottage
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews
Booneville, Ar

Star D.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect getaway with the solitude that we were looking for and a view that is beyond words. It was a perfect winter getaway. It was a spectacular setting with the snow and ocean. Even while sitting in the living room with the fire you still were able to see out the 2 picture windows. The cottage is very large and it felt like coming home. It had everything that we needed plus more. I cannot thank the owners enough, They definitely went above and beyond. My family and I have stayed at 20 or more vacation rentals over the last couple of years and I would place this at number 1. You are missing out if you do not go during the winter, the setting you will experience will stay with you for a long time. I also want to recommend if your looking for a local restaurant not one of those chain places is Rockland Café out of all the places we dined at they are the best. Fresh homemade food. (You would swear that your Grandmother or Mom was in the back cooking)

Thank you again Jim and Linda for sharing your amazing home with us, We look forward to staying again.

The Dyer Family

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. All the more appreciated because you spent a week in March here during the incredibly rough winter we had this year. The beauty you experienced being Oceanside when the snow is piled up is extraordinary. The fireplace and the 52' cable TV become all the more alluring. Most of all, however, is the almost absolute silence you experience. Just the sound of waves 50 ' away and the sea gulls is as relaxing as it gets. Fortunately, Maine is equipped to handle any type of weather, so one can stay in or go at as you please. We were happy to hear that your visit led to your daughter applying for early admission to college in Maine. We hope to see you again soon!

Excellent cottage with a great view and solitude

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from our vacation, with our family, from this wonderful cottage. The four bedrooms gave us all the space we needed and the rest of the cottage was superb. This was our first stay at the cottage but it will not be our last. We plan on going back next year for our 11th annual family vacation. The screen porch is large enough to accomodate our entire family. Just perfect for us.

Thank you Jim and Linda

The Frechette, Fall and Goodman Families.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denis : We are happy to learn that your "gathering of the clans" was a complete success. Three adult couples with their kids found that the cottage suited their needs perfectly. That is the definition of a "Maine Cottage" as this one is having been built in the 1950.s. The original idea was the build right at the water's edge; with fabulous views, and allow room for a couple or several couples, with kids and/or pets, who want to be able comfortably to stay indoors; sit together on the screened porch and enjoy the tides and wildlife... or visit the many places to go in Mid-Coast Maine. We have already reserved your time for next summer. See you then.
Decatur, GA

The Good Life

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week we just enjoyed!!! The big people loved the screened in in the morning, watching the gulls and the families of ducks, the littles in the group loved the rocks, playing croquet and roasting marshmallows on the fire pit. This lovely cottage is comfortable, including the beds and well kitted out for everything you could need....even has a teapot! The decor is welcoming but not froofy or confining, so we truly felt we were at home, and not in a museum. We greatly enjoyed our walks, looking for shells, fishing at Tenant's Harbor (thanks to some kind lobstermen, we had plenty of chum for bait), sailing on a schooner out of Camden Harbor, having lobster boils, gazing at the stars at night, listening to the water lapping on the rocks, and best of all for these breezes! There were 7 in our party and we had plenty of room to live, and when our Maine family came to visit for afternoons, we had plenty of room and lots of fun. The wi-fi is solid and my husband will tell you that the TV reception was great, as he didn't miss any of Wimbledon or the World Cup. The only down side about this little cottage was having to leave! We can't wait to return!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to learn just how much 7 people (three generations) can cram into a week's vacation! You obviously managed to tap in to most of the highlights. We hope you left enough other things to do so that you can return another time! Warm Regards, Jim and Linda


  • 5 of 5

We are reluctant to write this review because we don't want too many people to know about this place! Seriously. But since the accommodations were so first class, we feel obligated to the owners of this true gem.

From the fine linens and comfy beds to the warm fireplace overlooking the water, you might just forget that you are in a house rental and not a 5-star resort.

The large windows provide spectacular views of the bay and a privately owned island. The island which is accesssible from the main road has a few walking trails that are open to the neighborhood. Taking a good walk was key for us because we cooked up a storm each night! The rustic kitchen is complete with high grade cookware which makes preparing meals a breeze. After dinner, we would relax by the fire and watch the large flat-screen TV outfitted with a roku (great for streaming movies and shows.)

There is a lot of skepticism involved in renting a place for a vacation. This cottage is everything it claims and MORE! We set out looking for a nice spot to relax by a fire and look out at the water. This place exceeded all of our expectations. We couldnt have picked a better spot for a family getaway.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marie and Matt : Thank you for your kind words. New parents with a six month old baby and a dog are not our typical November renters, but perhaps your comments will change that. This time of year guarantees beautiful views; a roaring fireplace, an entertainment center and complete tranquility.. We are glad you enjoyed our new fire pit and hope that you used our s,mores utensils. Some things in life are never outgrown. Fall and Winter in Maine are not for everyone, but for an Oceanside complete New England experience we feel our completely updated authentic 1950's Maine Cottage can't be beat. Please come back soon. Warm Regards, Jim and Linda

Kayaking Heaven and so much more

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week on Clark Island. The house was comfortable, having everything we needed, and more. We never tired of the ocean view and having direct access to the sea. We enjoyed watching the lobster boats and dropping our kayaks into the water and paddling for a few hours. My wife spent a lot of time reading in an Adirondack chair feeling the breeze, and our dog spent most of his time sitting next to her or patrolling the large rocks on the ocean’s edge. I, along with our three boys (ages 9, 11 and 18) went kayaking one or two times a day, usually for a couple of hours. The ocean tide moves the water level about 10 feet every six hours, and we enjoyed paddling around the various islands within a mile or two of the house, watching the birds and harbor seals as we paddled past the various color combinations of lobster buoys. The many uninhabited islands served as exciting rest stops to explore the shells and rocks.

At the house, there is a long stretch of rocks that angles down toward the water, making launching and landing kayaks reliable and easy, and the owner of the house offered that as the best path to the sea at any state of tide, and it was. However, we found it fun to identify new places to launch and land along the rocky coast of the property’s oceanic boundary.

A short walk down the street led to a public coastal spot where the slow slope of the sand combined with the tidal shifts caused the water’s edge to move a few hundred yards from high tide to low tide. Hermit crabs, other types of crabs and sea critters were easy to spot, making Maine-style beach exploring a blast. We did this for hours. We took a short drive into town and walked the nearly mile long breakwater into the middle of Rockland Harbor, spotting star fish of all sizes along the rocks.

We were able to do so many things from the Clark Island retreat. We took a short drive to Port Clyde and then took the ferry to Monhegan Island for hiking and absorbing the spectacular views of the cliffs and the birds. We saw seals and porpoises along the way.

The seafood is excellent and abundant, and we took full advantage of the grill at the house to enjoy a seaside cookout almost every night.

The owners of the house were very helpful with tips and recommendations. I can’t imagine a place that would have been a better match for our family.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark : Thank you for your kind review. Mid coast Maine and particularly the St. George peninsula have long been considered premier kayaking destinations in Maine, due to all of the coves, inlets and uninhabited little islands that populate the area. Just to the left side of our ocean frontage, there is a launching spot that many of our guests use. Some bring their own kayaks, and some rent them nearby at Port Clyde, but in either case the safety of launching into sheltered Clark Island Cove and the ability to go for miles while remaining near land has a solid appeal to kayakers of all ages. Our neighbor, until he was in his late 70's, went out almost every day of the year, including winter! The sight of him paddling around wearing a wetsuit in January was either inspiring or terrifying depending on one's point of view. We are more of the crackling fire and a good book type when temperatures drop into the teens, but the beauty of the ocean in mid-winter is there for everyone. During the summer, a number of kayaking clubs stay in the local Inns and they can b seen everywhere. The same is true of bicycling clubs, due to the less trafficked roads on the peninsula, and the many little towns and villages. These are a couple of the reasons why they call Maine Vacationland.

Wonderful location, but expensive

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this very peaceful location, but there were some disappointments, and due to the high cost of renting this cottage compared to other cottages we have rented in Maine, we can only give it a 3 star rating. It is indeed a wonderful location right on the water with gorgeous views. We walked to Clark Island, had delicious dinners at the local inn ($$$), and took naps on the hammock. We appreciate that we were able to bring our dogs, too, and they loved it. The cottage is small, but the expansive living room gives it a more open feeling and the screen porch adds to the old Maine charm. The two front bedrooms were very comfortable. The bedroom with the twin beds was acceptably comfortable, but the bunks were not. The living room furniture is very comfy. However, the large screen TV dominates the open living room, which can be a problem if everyone in your party isn't like-minded about watching TV. We found the interior a bit musty and always damp, even on the sunny days, and the kitchen is very old fashioned, although workable. I had asked the owners if we could launch kayaks from out front and they assured me that others have done so. I am an experienced paddler and there is no access into the water without slipping and sliding over wet rocks and boulders. Compared to other waterfront homes we have rented in Steuben, Acadia, Owls Head, Deer Isle, and Lamoine, the total amount we paid for an August week was too much for this quaint little cottage with a very pretty view.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review was very helpful and has prompted us to make some changes. We will post a photo on our site and in the cottage of where to launch a kayak and be very specific in instructions to future guests. So many guests have enjoyed kayaking from the front of our property, as does our 75 yr-old neighbor who launches almost every day of the year! We haven't heard before that the bunk beds are not comfortable. We note on our site that this room is recommended for use by children. Boating along the shore is tidal and seasonal, and it is likely that the rainy, foggy week reported by this guest limited recreational and lobster boating. We see boats along our shore and across the horizon most of the time. As for the price, our sold-out record for three consecutive summers and 5- star ratings from most of our guests suggest to us that it is reasonable. Our rate has remained the same for 3 years. We take great care to ensure that our guests have a comfortable, very clean and aesthetically pleasing environment and appreciate any feedback that will help us adhere to this standard. Thank you to all of our guests who take the time to offer comments. Jim and Linda


Car: necessary

Other Activities: Famous Rockland Lobster Destival 8/4 - 8/8

Golf: Rockland and Samoset courses 20 minutes

Ski: Camden Snow Bowl 30 minutes


Rates & Availability

From $1,500 Per week

Clark Island Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Winter
Oct 4 2014 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 30 2015 - Jun 19 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2015 - Sep 4 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall shoulder
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 3 2015 - Jun 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes 1500 - 2250
Other lengths of stay negotiable. Pets are always welcome, we do not require any security deposits or pet deposits (just a daily poop patrol)
2014 rentals, 50% down, 50% 30 days before arrival.
2015 rentals 25% down, 25% by January 3, 2015 50% 30 days before arrival

deposits non-refundable unless replacement found
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Clark Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1330 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Half Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 child bed , Bunk beds
  • The Master bedroom has a kingsized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and a down comforter, there is a half bathroom attached and a large picture window overlooking the granite rocks and the changing tide. Another bedroom, the original Master bedroom, has a queensized brass bed with its own picture window and beautiful view (also with Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforter), A third bedroom has twin beds, and a fourth has a two bed bunk bed setup for kids.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
The kitchen has an old fashioned enamel sink, and a new stove and fridge. Living room is equipped with state-of-the-art Giant screen Sony TV with Blu-ray, Wii and ROKU. The adjoining storeroom has a clothes washer and dryer. Outside, there is plenty of parking, a picnic table, chairs, barbeque, lobster bake setup and a hammock. Kayaks can be rented nearby, and you can launch right out front. The ocean has seals, loons, osprey, seagulls, a pair of bald eagles, yachts, schooners and an occasional lobster boat hauling traps outside your bedroom. Deer and Fox are often seen walking along the shore. The island opposite the cottage has a connecting causeway and a large quarry swimming hole everyone uses. The island is a 100 acre undeveloped paradise for hikers and explorers. Please visit the Craignair website to learn about sports, theater, antique shops, the world famous Rockland Lobster Festival and the dozens of things to see and do all within a thirty minute drive.

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