Comforts of home and a welcoming community
Our family of four adults and one 5-year-old stayed at Cook's Cottage over Labor Day weekend this year and loved the beautifully decorated, home-like space and amenities. The new sitting/sun room and deck offering views of both the sea and the bay are indeed very nice for the enjoyment of morning coffee and afternoon cocktails.
The communities of the Schoodic area are welcoming, offering a more genuine 'downeast' experience than busy Bar Harbor, and the Schoodic Peninsula is well worth visiting, if you're at all enamored of the many personalities of the sea. We took the owners' recommendations for day excursions and were not disappointed! We enjoyed the relative privacy of the location yet got our fill of the Acadia area -- a great first trip to Maine.
Why four stars? The stairs for access to three of the five bedrooms, which should be obvious by design but are worth noting. One flight is original to the architecture and very steep, and both would be a consideration for families with toddlers or older guests.
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: We thank this extended family for choosing Cook's Cottage for their stay in Winter Harbor. We, too, love the Schoodic Peninsula and all it has to offer for both visitors and year-round residents. As we have noted, Cook's Cottage is a restored and renovated farm house, built in 1893. We think it's original features add to the charm. There are two sets of stairs leading to the three upstairs bedrooms and the one in the front hallway (original to the house) is, indeed, somewhat steep. The other set is carpeted with 6" risers.
Younger knees will not have a problem with the front hallway stairs, as we have found with our family. But because the steepness of the stairs concerned us for families with toddlers (ours included), we purchased and make available for our guests, an adjustable and movable baby gate to fit at the top or bottom of the stairs as needed. With the baby gate in place, access to the upstairs bedrooms is in no way impeded as we have the second set of stairs, with a lockable door at the top for any needed toddler protection. For those who do not care for stairs of any kind, we offer a large downstairs master bedroom suite, with a spacious king bedroom (12ft. by 16ft.) including a seating area, a dressing area with space for a child-sized mattress (29" by 60"), plus bedding to fit it, and a downstairs full bath. We have also built a brand new downstairs bedroom, with twins that can be made separately or made together as a king, which is across the hall from a very functional half bath/laundry room. Very few homes in Maine have two downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, and we are pleased to be able to offer this feature to those with concerns about younger children or older knees.
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