People who stay with us comment on the peace and beauty of the place. Some relax on the porch and listen to the wind in the trees. Others spend their days out on walks in the area, or go for drives around the beautiful peninsulas of mid-coast Maine.
The cabin was remodeled in 2010 with a new kitchen, an additional bedroom, and an updated bathroom. There is a large living room with a fold-out couch and a single bed for guests. We have purposely avoided bringing in cable or TV, and the sound system is minimal so you can enjoy the nature around you. You can walk to water's edge in seconds, and put your kayaks in for a paddle around the Cove or out to the Damariscotta River.
Each bedroom has a double bed, closet, and bureau. The great room has a sofa bed, soft chairs, and a dining area for six. The bathroom has a full tub and shower.
Seal Cove is teeming with wildlife and you'll have a great view of the seals and waterfowl from the bench in front of the cabin.
Most of our guests have been returning for years. It is a very special place.
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Sheila and Gordon live in Santa Barbara, California for 9 months a year, and in South Bristol for 3. Their grown daughters live in California but come to South Bristol every summer, as they have for the last 21 years.
Gordon is COO of a software company in Goleta, CA; Sheila is an artist who sells her work in Damariscotta, just a few miles from the cabin.
We've been married since 1976, have been living in the same house since 1979, and have had the property in Maine (next door to the cabin) since 1991. While change is good, good things don't have to change.
Gordon Morrell purchased this cabin in 1997
We fell in love with the South Bristol area quite by accident. We were on our way home from a vacation on North Haven Island when we turned off Hwy 1 at Damariscotta. Three months later we owned the property on Pine Bluff Lane and have spent some time there every summer.
What we love most about the area is that it provides peace and quiet when you want it, and yet there is plenty to do all around. Whether hiking (or walking on the trails nearby), fishing, boating, kayaking, or shopping and visiting the many restaurants nearby, there's something for everyone.
This was our second year staying at this cottage, and it felt like home the moment we stepped through the front door. We love this place and can't say enough about it! We kid the owners that one day this will be ours, but in the meantime we love "borrowing" it from them! Very clean and well-maintained, you don't have to worry about anything. We had many seals on the rocks in the cove this year - not so many last year - and enjoyed kayaking this year for the first time. The seals would pop their heads up to let you know they were close by. Be sure to visit the Maine Botanical Gardens while you are here -- just a 25 minute drive away.
My family has been coming to this part of Maine for many years and this was by far our favorite place that we have stayed. The location is perfect - secluded and quiet, but still close to town for anything you need. The cabin itself is clean, very comfortable, and very well equipped. We enjoyed many relaxing afternoons reading on the screened in porch overlooking the water. My son absolutely loved the small beach just steps away from the cabin and we all loved watching the seals play in the water. We can't wait to come back!
Wonderful vacation experience! The cabin and the location exceeded our expectations - beautiful, quiet spot and a cozy home-away-from-home atmosphere. The cabin was spotless and tastefully decorated, partly with Sheila's art. Put our kayaks in the water and enjoyed Seal Cove and Damariscotta River, spying eagles and lots of seals. Great location to reach New Harbor, Pemaquid & Round Pond quickly, with beautiful hiking trails nearby. Gordon and Sheila are terrific, friendly hosts, ready to help out in any way they can. If you are new to the area, be sure to check the list of restaurants and places to visit that they put together. Both thumbs up!
What a great place to get away from it all! The cabin was clean, comfortable and a perfect location for relaxing and enjoying nature. Thank you for sharing your home with us! We hope to come back during the lovely (so we've heard) Maine autumn some day soon!
We have just returned from a lovely week at this charming cottage and we were delighted with everything! The location was perfect and a great base for trips to Pemaquid Point, Boothbay Harbor, Camden and Monhegan Island. We brought our kayaks and ventured out to view the seals in the cove and viewed fireworks for the 4th of July right on the water in nearby Damariscotta. It was the quintessential Maine vacation and it was all the more enjoyable as the cottage was perfect. A well equipped kitchen for cooking meals and comfortable beds. The screened-in porch was great at night for watching fireflies and having a glass (or two) of wine. The owners are fabulous and we would certainly stay at this property again!
What an incredible little cottage- It exceeded all of our expectations.
We were looking for a peaceful get a way and this cabin fit the bill. The owners have thought of every detail to make their guests comfortable- they even supply all of the lobster tools needed!
Our highlights included:
Many candlelight meals on the screen porch
Kayaking with the seals right out of the backyard
Every sunset was stunning
Very comfortable beds
And so many more...
We got to meet Gordon, one of the owners and is such a nice man. I wish our schedules had aligned so we could have shared a beer.
Looking forward to returning again and we are still talking about what a special place it is.
VRBO says this section is for 'certain unique activities' that are not listed above. We think Seal Cove is unique and we believe you will, too. Sheila and Gordon live in the house next to the cottage and if schedules allow, we love to meet our guests over a glass of wine, some cheese and crackers, and together we watch the sun set over the cove. How unique is that?