We are booking for summer 2014. It's filling up faster than last year. Fair Fields Farm, the name of our Old Farmhouse with White Picket Fenced in Perennial Garden, on Casco Bay, in Freeport, Maine, an L.L. Bean catalogue house (2006) was bought from Christie's Real Estate, moved to the water from the road, and fully renovated. The new, deepwater well brings the freshest, purest water into the house daily. It is situated facing south, the sun warming the rooms in the winter, while the covered porch cools them in the summer. There's a hammock for long summer naps, wicker chairs for watching the bay, porch table for morning, afternoon and evening summer meals. Outdoor fire pit (or regular grill!) for grilling steaks and marshmallows. Old Indian trail through woods down to water. Kayaking, Canoeing. Freeport shops 3.8 miles; Wolfe's Neck State Park 1.0 miles; L.L. Bean's kayak school .5 mile; Wolfe's Neck Farm day camp for little ones and many other activities for adults 1.0 mile. Portland's fabulous restaurants 20 miles. Brunswick (6.0 miles away) and Freeport have some really good restaurants, too. Excellent farmer's markets in Brunswick.
Come stay at an idyllic private coastal Maine home (only 30 mins from the airport). The property is located off Flying Pt. Rd, 3.8 miles from Freeport Village, home to L.L. Bean, where throughout the summer on Saturday evenings there are free concerts on the green, hosted by Beans. There are great outlet stores, too, including Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, the Gap, Banana Republic. A great new toy store and gelato place there, too. There is all sorts of dining in Freeport from lobster on the wharf at the Harraseeket Yacht Club (no membership needed) to the New England Harraseeket Inn in town. You want more than Freeport? Portland's Old Port offers brew pubs and restaurants with local surf and turf, concert halls, Friday Art Walks, galleries, and ferries to the islands in the Bay. Take a bike, rent a bike, and go over for the day.
On the premises, a long deck that faces Maquoit Bay inside Casco Bay and beyond the open ocean. Children and adults alike can enjoy memorable breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the deck overlooking the bay, listening to the lobster boats collect their traps, the osprey locate their prey and call out for their children, the seagulls dropping the clams from above onto the rocks below. You look out at Little Flying Pt, Birch, Upper Goose, Lower Goose, and Sisters Islands as well as in the far distance Harpswell peninsula and Middle Bay. Eagle's island is not far where the recently renovated Admiral Peary's island residence is located. (An easy day trip). To the south, less than an hour, are some fabulous sandy beaches: Old Orchard, Ferry, Crescent, Scarborough and Higgins Beach. Or, less than an hour to the northeast, are the exquisite Popham Beach (be sure to go at low tide) and nearby historical forts. If you want to stay local, there's a small sandy beach in Winslow Park (3.0 miles)
Activities on-site include: - path to a private beach (not sandy), great for exploring marine life -- a kayak and canoe to explore FFF's private estuary, as well as Maquoit Bay and the islands of Casco Bay (maps here to show you the bay and which islands are kayak friendly) - Biking, hiking and large grass area--5 acres-- for the kids to enjoy. Other off-site activities include: (but definitely not limited to): The Maine Mall - South Portland, Portland Museum of Art - Portland, The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, Children's Museum of Maine - Portland, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park - Bristol, Reid State Park - Georgetown, Maine Maritime Museum - Bath, Maine Wildlife Park - Gray, Funtown Splashtown USA Amusement Park / Waterslide - Saco, Two Lights State Park - Cape Elizabeth, Fort Williams&Portland Headlight - Cape Elizabeth (One of the most photographed places in the United States), LL Bean's free (yes - FREE!) Summer Concerts - Freeport (Saturday nights.)
We are a small family that travels in the summer, often for the sole purpose of learning other languages, but sometimes just to learn other cultures and cuisines. We love our house, but like any family, we also love to travel and get out of Dodge, which makes it perfect for us to share our house with other families. One of us is a writer and anthropologist. The others of us are budding individuals, majors still undeclared.
All our lives we wanted to live in an old farmhouse on the water in Maine. So, finally, after living in Providence, Rhode Island, and Mexico City, for many years, we moved.
Character, charm, lovely views, close to what really counts: trees, summer breeze, open fields, views of the water, slow days, calm. For almost 200 years, families (we are the 5th family) have lived in this house.