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Experience the serenity and charm of the Riddiford Cottage. In the family since 1947, the cottage communicates the warmth, character, and rustic beauty of Maine. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the setting surrounded by trees with glimpses of the Damariscotta River (ocean inlet) while you sip coffee on the wrap around deck, take a short walk to the water's edge and the historic swinging bridge in the active lobstering village of South Bristol, or venture out to nearby Pemaquid to visit the lighthouse or swim on the beach. There's no doubt that a vacation to be cherished awaits.
A little history...: In 1947, Charles Riddiford purchased this property from its previous, and only other, owner. He was a British citizen working as a cartographer for the National Geographic Society. His only stipulation before moving to the States was that he would get the summers off, which he did. The family began making this cottage its vacation destination, a tradition that has been carried on by his sons and grandchildren to the best of their abilities! We're happy to share this slice of the Riddiford family with you.
Things to do...: There are a number of hiking trails in the area - you should find some maps in the cottage. Ask the locals about some great trails not far from the elementary school. We also love getting lobster at the local co-op, sampling as much clam chowder as possible, visiting the Pemaquid Lighthouse and Beach, excursions to Damariscotta, Camden, Boothbay Harbor, Reid State Park, crackling fires, lazy mornings and walks viewing the lobster boats and quaint coastline.
My husband and I spent a week at this cottage and loved it! We were looking for a quiet place near the ocean that would give us a true flavor of the Maine seacoast. This area has not been ruined by the tourist trade as have places like Boothbay Harbor. The small towns of Damariscotta and South Bristol are delightful and relatively untouched by much of the commercialism that cheapens many towns along the coast.
The decor of the cottage is quaint and warm, with much of it being original to the time it was built (1920's, I think) As you sit on the porch on a quiet evening you can tell the chop of the water by the sound of the halyards hitting the masts of the many sailboats anchored in the small cove. It's a short walk to the fishing village of South Bristol where you can watch the drawbridge letting the fishing boats in and out, AND you can get great fresh fish in the small market there. The cottage is close to some wonderful tourist spots, such as Camden, a pretty sea town with great restaurants, Monehegan Island, one of Andrew Wyeth's homes, and Pemaquid Point, our favorite place to sit and view the rugged coast.
It's not very often one can experience a place near the ocean that has not been negatively effected by man and his need for commercial entertainment, but this area has held onto its originality. My husband and I will one day return, and we highly recommend it to others.,
This was our second visit here..and it was great! Spent lots of time eating lobsters and oysters available locally, and drove much of the area for some beautiful scenic views right from the car! Had my 87 year old mother along, she enjoyed the spaciousness and comfort of the cottage. We had fun browsing the shops in both Damriscotta and BoothBay, and ventured to an Alpaca Farm and Pemiquid lighthouse and museum. An especially good place if you are tired of the "high touristy" feel of Boothbay and Freeport. Best part of the week for me was the quiet mornings with my reading right out on the covered porch.
The property is clean and very well maintained and equipped. The beds and the furniture are comfortable and I could watch my Red Sox on the cable TV. We couldn't imagine a nicer cottage for our two week stay. The Riddifords have thought of everything to make the guests feel at home.
My friend and I have been bringing my four little ones to Maine for four years now, my husband's busiest work time is in the summer, so he cannot get away and go. This was our first year at the Riddiford Cottage, we absolutely LOVED it! It was so peaceful, but a short walk to the little village. Lots of room for two adults and four pre teen kids. We hope to stay again next year, and the bonus is that it is about an hour's drive less than our previous three years, which after traveling eight hours is quite a nice surprise! We really did just love the cottage, it is so well taken care of and it is obvious that the family that owns the cottage loves the cottage and cares about their guests as well. Thanks so much!!!!
A great property and a wonderful quiet location. We enjoyed the porch and eating outside. We were able to take day trips to see lighthouses, etc but then hibernate for periods of time also. The local fish co-op fed us well with lobster, clams and corn on the cob. The Rockland Lobster festival was in session and part of our group enjoyed the haunted tour of Wamiscotta. Thank you for a wonderful time. The house was clean and well maintained. I would recommend this property to others and the owner was great to work with.
We spent a week and SO enjoyed our time. Riddiford Cottage is just lovely.....lots of "homey" touches make it feel that you are at a family home, not a rental. The kitchen is fully appointed and there were lots of linens and towels. It is clearly a cottage that has been loved by the owner's family and that is passed on to us as visitors. Sitting on the porch in the evenings was so relaxing. The village of South Bristol was a 5 minute walk and you could watch the boats coming in/out of the harbor. Within an hour are so many fun things to do---Pemaquid Point lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor, Port Clyde Kayaks. We can't wait to come back again next year.
South Bristol is divided by the 'Gut,' a connecting waterway navigated frequently by lobstering boats via the swing bridge and capturing the quaint scene of Maine's bustling industry. Up the road fifteen minutes in Damariscotta are all the amenities of a small city, and nearby Boothbay Harbor (about 40 mins.) boasts whale watching, deep sea fishing, shopping, and historic venues. A bit farther down the road, one hour away, is the shopping center of Freeport, Maine: home of L.L. Bean and many other outlet stores.
Other Activities: kayaking
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
We only reserve at weekly rates.
$200 reservation deposit secures your dates, and the remainder ($700) due one month before rental date. We also collect a SEPARATE $100 security deposit which is returned after cleaning company confirms there has been no property damage.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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