What is unique about our 'on the Rocks' location?
If you have ever dreamed of having a home on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this is the ultimate Maine experience! Our house sits on the same dramatic oceanfront cliff as the picturesque Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (selected for the U.S. Maine commemorative quarter)and has forever ocean views! Stroll to the lighthouse along the Cliff Rd for an AM coffee/fresh-baked muffin at the Seagull Shop or in the evening for fabulous sunsets! Bring plenty of film. Photo opps galore! This is picture postcard Maine with fishing villages, harbors, and coves. The movie Time In A Bottle (Kevin Cosner) was filmed here.
Why select our house?
Watch waves crash into the rocks below from floor-to-ceiling window walls in the great room/dining room/ master bedroom, and picture window in master bath. Awaken to sunrises over the ocean, seabirds, busy lobster boats, and COOL northeast breezes directly from the sea ! We are on the dramatic Atlantic Ocean side of the peninsula - not the bay. And if you are lucky to experience a storm at sea, you are in for a spectacular show, viewed from the comfort of your living room chair! Sleep at night to the waves lapping, or watch the moonlight dance like diamonds on the water from your bed in the master bedroom (Jeanne's favorite sight).
Our contemporary home was designed and built by an architect for his personal retirement, but he became ill. We fell in love with the open light-filled plan with lofty cedar cathedral ceilings in ALL rooms, even the baths! Three sliders open to the ocean deck. High clerestory windows in the great room pull in even more ocean breezes and the large size room welcomes families and get-togethers. All rooms are on one floor. The well-equipped kitchen has a 4'x7' eating island and abundant cabinets along 3 walls. Furnishings are Ethan Allen, and Pottery Barn. Our baths were redone 2010. See more photos and info in our descriptions on the site.
Our location is a nature retreat, back from the road and noise, perfect for building special memories, yet nearby are 2 restaurants within 1/2 mile, within 3 miles is a white quartz sand beach, within 5 miles, an intertidal preserve, well-stocked grocery, fresh lobster right off the boat at Shaw's Lobster pound/restaurant, Boat Tours to puffins, seals, & Monhegan Island, historical fort, art galleries, antiques, kayaking, local crafts, etc. Quaint shops and restaurants are found in Damariscotta (15 miles), Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor (45 min.). Further afield are the Owl's Head Aeronautical Museum, the Wyeth Collection, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland (1 hour). Brochures are in the house with more to discover. Or you can unwind and do nothing - and enjoy living by the edge of the sea!
Keywords: House/Oceanfront/Large Great Room
Hello! We are Jeanne and Ted, and this is our dream home. Ted, an engineer, was impressed with the solid construction. Jeanne an artist, was 'blown away' by the panoramic open ocean view and everchanging views of the sea and sky. The surrounding natural beauty inspires some of Jeanne's paintings found on the walls.
jeanne klaus purchased this house in 2005
Jeanne has wonderful memories of her youth, painting and studying at Schoodic Point in the Winter Harbor area. We wanted to find a home with the dramatic cliffs she so fondly remembered but closer than being so far north, and easier to reach by car. Yet, we wanted the private seclusion of a real Maine experience without the crowds of tourists. We explored several peninsulas before we discovered Pemaquid Point, - then we looked no further!
Our house is a year round house with heat, so our favorite time to come here is during the quiet seasons. Ted likes to read in one of our comfy Ekornes Stressless chairs, and loves watching the huge waves during a storm at sea. Jeanne finds lots of subjects to paint at the lighthouse and or at the picturesque harbors. Our children and grandchildren love the family reunions and call their vacations 'an old-fashioned vacation'! Our rental season is usually from mid June through the first half of September. We hope you will enjoy living 'on the Rocks' as much as we do!
After having a lobster roll at "Red's" in Wiscasset, we arrived at On The Rocks, still decked in Autumn splender. "Frankenstorm Sandy" was coming up the coast. We were delighted to find strong surf, and continued to hear the crashing waves throughout the night - one of the many reasons we love staying at On The Rocks so much!
This was our 3rd stay here, so we quickly settled in, taking photos of the many moods that we so enjoy in Oct., an early fog, sunset brilliance, a dripping rain, and even a gorgeous full moon. We got up early to photograph the spectacular sunrises over Monhegan Island - often going back to bed!
As reports of "Sandy's" approach raised apprehensions, we debated whether to head home early. But we would be driving into the storm, and the opportunity to witness a hurricane (indeed - "The Storm of the Century"!) on the edge of the ocean was too tempting to pass up. So we "hunkered down" and prepared for a show.
And what a show it was! Truly a unique experience. The "Symphony of the Sea" was breathtaking. To our surprise we retained power throughout the worst of the storm. We took picture after picture (literally hundreds), each wave suggesting the next one would be even more spectacular - and often they were! The pounding and crashing continued all night and into Tuesday, and the wind was at 60-70+ mph on the wind gauge on the wall. The surf was still performing, the entire coastline a foaming cauldron, as we packed up and secured the house. We stopped by the lighthouse where a large crowd had gathered. Facing the long drive home, we finally had to tear ourselves away from the display.
All in all - a fantastic vacation!
Jeanne and Ted - Thank you so much for the opportunity to not only share such a special spot on the coast, but also to have witnessed the fury- and Beauty! - of a major storm.
Good stuff first. We stayed here with my family as sort of a reunion. My Parents, my sister & spouse, my brother & spouse.The house only sleeps six and they are VERY firm about this. No squeezing people in on the couch.That being the case my husband and I stayed with relatives until my brother left (they were only with us part of the week) We moved over on Tuesday.The house is situated on a cliff and views of the ocean are stunning and the house is designed so that you are able to see the ocean from not only the living room(sliders that open onto a deck)but also the master bedroom. the sound of the waves crashing on the cliffs below is deafening. Spent mornings drinking coffee on the deck and If you are up early enough, you will be able to see Lobster boats pulling in traps right in front of you.At night with a glass of wine is even better. Coming home I can honestly say that I missed the sound of the waves very, very badly! We had the good fortune of spectacular weather (only one day of fog) and being able to view many sunrises and moon sets over the water, Gorgeous! I cannot stress enough how healing and magical it is. There is a wood burning fireplace (buy your own firewood) We took advantage of the fireplace on the foggy day and it was very relaxing to have a "stay in" day with a nice fire, it took the chill and the damp out and we enjoyed some old movies. One of the bedrooms has a small library with a nice selection of Books. I will recommend "Lighthouse Horrors" for some good old fashioned scary stories (Perfect reading for being in Maine on vacation with the sound of the waves in the background)The ocean is accessible by means of a steep path to the left of the house & there is a rope rigged up to assist you getting down to the cliffs,spent many hours just laying on the rocks and sunning & reading. Do not advise swimming here as the waves and the currents are too strong. Now the bad;The living room furniture needs updating. It is comfortable but worn.The dishwasher turns on at random,the dryer was not in good working order,TV is ancient &Flat screens are so cheap nowadays.No excuse not to update especially for over $2000.00 a week. The guest bedroom queen mattress needs replacement, old and probably one of the most uncomfortable mattresses my husband and I have ever slept & we traveled all over the world, (all of Europe) They need to update this mattress! Other then this id recommend this property.
We doubled our time at On the Rocks for 2014 and our stay has been as great as it was in 2013 (see review below). Sadly, we are 3 days from checking out, but out time has been wonderful with perfect weather, good R&R and fun. Thanks again, Jeanne and Ted for sharing your wonderful home with us - we plan to return in 2015! Martha & Tammy
In all of my trips to Maine over the years, this trip and incredible time in your home was my most favorite. On the Rocks is most excellent and so conducive to REST AND RELAXATION. My mom and I had a spectacular time this week, even being socked in by terrible weather most of the time it was still wonderful. On our last day we finally saw the fabulous sunrise and stars at night. And, on Labor Day, the spectacular lighnting and rain storm was unbelievable. They say we had 5 - 6 inches of rain, but it seemed like more. We experienced everything and our last hurrah was having massages on the deck this morning, complete with high tide, birds, ducks, lobster boats and an excellent masseuse. If anyone would like such a deckside decadent experience, I've left the card of a great massage therapist who makes house calls. Thank you, Jeanne and Ted for sharing your dream home with us. We are ready to come back in 2014. Tammy & Martha (Mom and daughter)
We celebrated our daughter's birthday week at "On The Rocks"! She will have memories of climbing to the top of the lighthouse, dinner at Round Pond fishing village, breakfast on the deck while watching the lobster boats, being made a mermaid in the sand at the beach, and seeing seals for the first time! We all agreed it was the greatest "old fashion vacation" ever! - It brought back lots of memories for me!
P.S. The constant sound of waves breaking on the rocks - PRICELESS!
Wonderful view. Inspiring backdrop of pounding surf on the rocks below. Great location for creative relaxation. Just a hop, skip and jump to the Pemaquid lighthouse and the Seagull restaurant and gift shop. Nearby New Harbor is a charming village to explore.
Short Walk on Cliff Rd (12th house on the ocean cliff) from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, 2 restaurants within 1/2 mile, 5 miles to Beach, 3 miles to Boat Tours for Seals, Puffin Watching, or Monhegan Island.