Cagasa Cottage is a friendly place designed for an intergenerational family with a dog. It is a sunny cottage with bright east and south light, ocean views from most rooms, centrally located and very joyful comfortable place to stay.
Downstairs is a fully-outfitted galley kitchen with views of the ocean from the sink. Next to that is the enclosed sunroom with the dining area and a reading nook with a futon couch. (We consider this overflow sleeping for people just staying a night or two, because it does crowd the house to have that futon out of commission as a couch, plus it is neither comfortable nor private. This cottage is appropriate for no more than 6 adults to stay the week, or fewer adults and a bunch of kids.)
The 'Maine Room' behind that has a conversation area, card table for puzzles or games, a bar, a fireplace, and the special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs.
To the north of this room is a downstairs master bedroom with a queen bed. The adjoining bathroom has a 3'x5' step-in shower alcove with a bath chair and/or a wash tub for bathing sticky children.
Upstairs is a beadboard paneled bathroom with a shower stall. The ocean-view upstairs south bedroom has a queen bed and a writing desk overlooking the water. The east bedroom has three twin beds (including the trundle.)
We've set up the place to be handicap friendly: there is a 30' metal ramp up to the front door. The downstairs bathroom has a step-in alcove shower and chair-height toilet. (Be aware, though, that there are some elevation changes between rooms of up to 2' in one place and doors are not ADA compliant.)
Dogs are allowed with an extra non-refundable $100 cleaning fee. We clean carefully after pets, but people who are allergic to pet fur should look elsewhere.
Please no smoking in the house, but there's a an ash bucket and seating on both the east and west decks for smoking outside.
A main attraction of Peaks Island is to walk or bike or rollerblade the four mile loop around the island. It goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. The south windows at Cagasa Cottage all look out onto the Seashore Road and you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself.
There are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones within a five minute walk. Be sure to check out the 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles.
There are two decks: the east deck is larger and acts as the front porch. We often take a cup of coffee out and sit on the steps enjoying the air in the morning. It's also a nice place to find shade in the afternoon. The west deck is in the small enclosed garden and has nice views of the ocean, including breakers off of Cushing Island. It has a round table with an umbrella for shade that seats five and a rectangular table that can seat six, so that's where we have our lobster feasts. The special surprise deck, however, is kitty corner across the street on the back porch of 5th Maine Museum. We often bring a tablecloth and a picnic and eat lunch over there, hanging over the ocean with breathtaking views. It's 10 degrees colder there, so bring a sweater and please port your trash home and clean up after yourself. The museum is staffed by volunteers and runs by donations.
Amenities: wifi, gas grill, microwave, full-size oven range, dishwasher, toaster, Keurig coffee-maker, an old drip coffee maker that uses #4 cone filters, pancake griddle, crock pot, cooking and baking utensils, sheets and towels, first aid kit, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, handicap ramp, first-floor step-in shower, washer/dryer, central heat, air conditioner in one bedroom, parking for one easily and more if crowded.
Things it does NOT have: no TV, no phone (there is cell service), no bathtub (although there's a wash-tub for bathing sticky sun-blocked small children in the shower alcove.) No paper for tracking game scores or drawing. We usually don't stock paper products like plates and napkins, but there may be some left here.
Other notes: The ferry costs about $62 to go over with your car and a driver on Mondays (higher on week-ends) and roughly $8/person although you can buy a commuter five-pack at a discount. I'll leave some K-cups for the coffee maker but you'll probably want to bring some if you drink much coffee. There's a store on the island that sells basic groceries and beer and wine, but you will probably want to do some menu planning and bring some of your own groceries. There is a Whole Foods Market and a Schwan truck that deliver on the island but you'd want to order ahead for Schwan.
WE HAVE A FOUR NIGHT MINIMUM: we want this to be a place families could come back to each year so we try to keep the place open for people who love the island and seek to return. Please do not inquire about nightly rates for one or two nights: we drive 3 hours each way to clean between guests. We hold to that 4 night minimum in the off season and in July and August we have a six night minimum.
We generally rent six nights starting Monday and ending Sunday this year, but inquire about different arrival/departure dates for an extra 'fast change-over' fee. (Or rent for two weeks and get the middle night free!)
Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions.
Keywords: 3 bedroom, sleeps 7 in bedrooms, ground floor master bedroom, handicap friendly, dog friendly, ocean view
Cagasa Cottage is owned by Ben and Wendy Marsden. Ben works in Information Technology at Smith College in Northampton, MA and Wendy is a CPA in Greenfield, MA. We bought the cottage as a place to vacation during our April post-tax-season vacations and as a handicapped friendly place to stay with our elderly parents on the island for a month each summer.
The Cottage is named after our three children. Caroline is finishing up her junior year abroad in China, Gary is graduating this June from high school, and Sammy is finishing up 6th grade.
We hope to retire to this cottage someday, and figure all the stuff we're doing to make it elder-friendly now will be helpful to us one day, too!
Peaks Island is the perfect combination of friendly small New England village, breath-taking views of the rocky coast, and access to the hustle and bustle and culture and amenities of a major city a short ferry ride away.
It's just not a commercial place: there are three restaurants (no chains), and a family-run grocery store. There are family movies on Saturday nights at the library's community room and concerts at the church and 5th Maine Museum, and sailing and tennis at TEIA, but mostly this is a sleepy New England village that just happened to be surrounded by ocean on one side and harbor on the other. It is blissfully friendly.
If you ever tire of walking the four mile loop around the island then you can explore the interior. There are freshly laid paths through conservation areas that hikers and horses both appreciate. You'll run across deer, but no squirrels on this island.
One of the benefits of being so close to Portland is that you can get into town for the evening: go to Old Port, take a cab or a bus to the Maine Mall, or visit the museums, performing arts venues or take a cruise.
We've had a really good experience with getting help from visiting nurses while we were there for a month with our elderly parents. The village has an EMT or paramedic on duty at all times and Maine Medical Center is just a short ambulance boat ride away. There is a health clinic on the island as well that is staffed by excellent caregivers.
This is a very sunny home with bright east and south light filling the rooms. The water views are peeking through everywhere. Even the basement workshop has water views!
There is a large grassy yard good for playing (watch for a badminton net) and two smaller garden yards good for sitting around outside on a pleasant day.
The house comes outfitted with a keurig coffee maker that makes individual cups of coffee or instant hot water for tea or cocoa. There's also a bar with colorful wine glasses.
There are several good reading spots and a desk overlooking the water in case you want to sit and write.
There is no TV in this house and VRBO makes that sound like a BAD thing. I'd call it an amenity, but we are considering adding one so let us know your opinion.
Children have their own nook, with a special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs stocked with jigsaw puzzles and games and a few books (some for grown-ups, too.)
There's a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises and you can take sailing lessons at TEIA. There's a place to buy lobster straight off the boat. (There's all the gear you need for a lobster dinner for 9 at the cottage.)
But there's more than just the ocean: there is also quite a bit of interior wooded trails and a WWII bunker that used to house two 16' guns to protect the Portland shipyards. There are also a few lookout towers still around the island from that period. It's fun to explore the interior on foot, mountainbike or rent a horse for a trail ride. It's a nice size to give the children the run of the island.
There's culture, too. There's a Civil War museum (this was a favorite vacation spot for Civil War veterans) and there are movies on Saturday nights in the library. The library allows summer people to borrow books. There are two nice restaurants with seating right over the harbor and a Pub at the Inn. There's take-out pizza from Hannigan's as well.
What is there to do on the island? The main attraction is walking around the island: a four mile loop that goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. That's the main attraction. People walk it, rollerblade it, ride rented bikes around it... but if you're not into moving you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself as this house looks straight down onto Seashore Ave.
Of course there is the ocean: there are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones, including a 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles. There is horseback riding and a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises from the ferry terminal.
But there's more than just the ocean: there is also Portland! Take the 20 minute ferry ride to Old Port and catch a cab to anywhere in the city!
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|Discounts: 11 nights or more: $225 Nightly|
|6 night minimum in mid-June through mid-September for $1500/week
$900 minimum in mid-May to Mid-June and mid-September through Mid-October for long week-ends
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