Peaceful relaxation is the pace on Lower Goose. Experience simple island living with the pleasure and comfort of basic amenities. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, the Atlantic seals, osprey and bald eagles. Lower Goose is a private island, with 166 acres and 10 private cottages.
Fabulous swimming from shore and from the private dock. Kayaks are included, for paddling around Lower Goose, nearby islands and ledges, to visit seals. Explore the island's shoreline for shells, sea glass and tidal treasures, and travel the woodland trails for flowers and fauna. Fishing, clamming and private lobstering excursions are available.
Breathtaking views from the front terrace, the dinning room and the living room provide constant pleasure. Enjoy cocktails on the pier and watch the boating activity at the Goslings anchorage.
The cottage offers a casual open layout. The main floor includes the kitchen, dining area, living room and one bedroom with full size bed. The upstairs provides a queen bed and three twin beds. The cottage is equipped with gas lights. The bath amenities include a wonderful outdoor shower, and an ecofriendly toilet facility.
Lower Goose Island is an easy 30 minute commute from the Royal River anchorage in Yarmouth. Boat transportation, aboard our 41' wooden boat, is included to Lower Goose for your arrival and departure. There is no public transportation to Lower Goose. Yarmouth offers food markets, and a local Farmers Market on Thursday afternoon. Additional boating excursions may be arranged, for a small fee, to include trips to Eagle Island to visit Admiral Perry's home, Jewel Island to visit WWII lookout towers and bunkers, or trips to the main land for shopping, antiquing, museums or historic sites.
Keywords: Maine island cottage, casco bay oceanfront
I grew up in Yarmouth, ME and on Casco Bay. My family started and still owns a boat yard on the Royal River in Yarmouth.
My parents, brothers and I built a cottage on Lower Goose Island in 1974. In 1985, I bought property on Lower Goose and a cottage and bunk house with my own family. This new post and beam cottage was built in 2010.
I have the good fortune and pleasure to enjoy nearly every weekend from early spring to late fall on Lower Goose. I have created several trails for walking and exploring the island. I truly enjoy my time spent on Lower Goose, whether I am relaxing, enjoying the summer sunshine or chipping brush and working in the woods.
I have a lobster boat, with which I lobster in the summer and scallop in the winter.
I look forward to my future retirement on Lower Goose Island.
Scott Dugas & Laura Wilkinson purchased this cottage in 1985
Lower Goose is a slice of heaven. Close and convenient to the mainland, but far enough removed to let the day to day routine evaporate and relaxation to take over.
Visiting Scott and Laura's lower goose island home is a wonderful family retreat providing the best of both worlds- an island escape with proximity to Freeport. In addition to relaxing in comfort at the house, we enjoy walking the trails, kayaking, fishing and scouring the rocky beaches for treasures at low tide. Daily swims off the dock continue a longstanding Maine family tradition and our girls love trips (in the rented whaler) to Paul's marina in Brunswick to get ice cream and penny candy. In past years we've also taken the short boat trip to Peary's Eagle Island state park and 'take out' at harraseeket lunch 'n lobster. The animated seals at Grassy 'seal' Ledge are a riot and the birds are a treat to watch. Osprey, eagles, eider ducks, terns, cormorants, gulls, great blue heron, egrets and even a couple of loons welcomed us this year.
Speaking of welcome, Laura and Scott are wonderful hosts, happy to share this slice of Casco Bay life. We look forward to first day 'sundown' dockside conversations and lobstering with them at week's end. The house is beautifully crafted and thoughtfully appointed with three bedrooms that work well for our four adult-one teen- two children family. The kitchen is outfitted with a gas refrigerator and stove and a full range of cookware and utensils.
With cozy accommodations, a generator available for charging electronics and decent cellular service, this isn't exactly roughing it! The 'composting toilet' and outdoor shower give you the option to tell your friends you were. :)
We love it here and look forward to our visit each year. Highly recommended.
We had the good fortune to spend some time on Lower Goose Island in this magical cottage complete with it's own dock, coastline and hand built hiking trails criss-crossing the island. The owners/hosts went out of their way to welcome us and make sure we had everything we wanted and needed to make our vacation over the top enjoyable. We kayaked along the shore and around the Gosling Islands just off of Lower Goose; we went lobstering and learned first hand what hard work it is, but also how fun it is; we even borrowed water skis (on site) and had our kids experience the first time joy of this sport. The cottage is a true work of art and hand craftsmanship. It is beautiful, with lots of extra details that were thought out (old restored doors, exposed beams that were recycled from previous projects) and it has all the amenities that you need: refridgerator, gas stove/over, gas BBQ grill, hot + cold running water and a fully stocked kitchen with any cooking tool you need. It sleeps 6-7 comfortably in 3 twins, 1 queen and 1 full bed. The views from the dining room table, living room and downstairs bedroom are out of this world. I would highly recommend a stay if you are looking for a fun family adventure, want plenty of activities to do, but also want a quiet place to decompress and read a good book!! We will undoubtedly be back next summer for a longer stay!
We had such an amazing time at the LowerGoose island cottage. Immaculatecottage and outhouse! Hot and cold water in outdoor shower a treat. Cottage is not only the epitome of island cottage/camp style and comfort but beautifully constructed and furnished w/ every conceivable amenity. We (two couples) spread out and had room for others (next time). The beds are excellent....so comfortable and the atmosphere so relaxing that our snorers forgot to snore!
Our hosts, Scott and Laura and Sally, the sweet lab, thought of everything. Lobstering and a succulent lobster feast were a bonus. All communications and the reservation process were timely and uneventful. Our hosts patiently put up with all our questions and generously shared their wisdom and experiences with us. Look forward to returning time and time again.
Three generations spent a second vacation at the cottage.We were warmly greeted by our hosts and had time to catch up on the events of the year on the boat ride from the Royal River Marina to the island..Since last year, grass has been planted and is growing at the side of the cottage and the garden is alive with fern and day lilies. A shed has been built which houses the generator where we charged our multitude of electronic devices and mobile phones.The upstairs bedrooms had some new decorations. We found Casco Bay and Lower Goose to be as beautiful as ever and to offer many things to do.We hiked around the island and through its interior where we saw a dramatic stand of beech trees.The girls fished in the early morning from the dock and at breakfast, we shared a taste of their catch of small fish which we cooked up on the porch grill.We kayaked, swam, made two trips to Mares Point for penny candy for the girls and Jumpin Judy's Java for the adults. We kayaked around the island and over to the seals who rewarded us with their vocal performances. An osprey nest was close by and we saw and heard the birds as we sat on the front terrace enjoying one of the many spectacular views of the bay. The cottage is comfortably furnished and has a well appointed kitchen. Its long dining table is conducive to sharing family meals and adventures of the day.After dinner, by the light of gas lamps, we migrated to the living room to read, work on a jigsaw puzzle or just enjoy the view.The downstairs bedroom looks out on the bay and while still in bed enabled us to welcome each morning as the sun rose or the fog rolled in. The upstairs bedrooms are spacious and also have wonderful views. On our last evening, a large rainbow arced across the sky above the bay, a fitting end to a wonderful vacation. All in all, this cottage and its owners are better than advertised. It is a beautiful, well maintained and clean property with lots to do and warm welcoming hosts. We highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the beauty and peacefulness of being on an island in Casco Bay.
I don't think you can beat this location if you're looking for the loveliest ocean views and access, relaxation and the perfect mix of the outdoors and comfort. My fiance and I stayed out for a week and wished we could have stayed for the whole summer. The mix of "camping" (outhouse, which might be the cleanest I've ever used, outdoor shower with warm water, gas lights, etc.) with the comforts of home (awesome kitchen with fridge and every utensil you would ever need, comfy beds and furniture) make it something of an adventure without really having to be inconvenienced at all.
It was the perfect getaway from phones, computers, work and every other mainland distraction. Island life for a week was a great way to recharge.
My husband and I recently went here for our honeymoon and it was perfect! We wanted to go somewhere remote, but we didn't want to spend 2 days flying. We had looked into a ton of rentals, but they were missing the feeling of luxury that we wanted for our honeymoon. When we saw the photos of this cottage, we knew that we'd found the right place.
The house is gorgeous -- it was a perfect a mix of rustic and shabby chic. We loved spending time on the outdoor patio, private dock and the yard that overlooked the ocean. It was such a peaceful vacation -- we kayaked, visited the neighboring islands, explored Lower Goose by foot and of course sat by the fire pit every night.
And the owners were so helpful throughout the entire process from booking to leaving -- we couldn't have been more pleased and will definitely be going back (the place was a great size so we'll have to bring friends next time)!