Paradise Cottage is set in lush perennial gardens with woods behind and overlooking Linekin Bay on the ocean in Mid-Coast Maine with your own private beach on a small cove. We are just 3 miles from quaint Boothbay Harbor, yet our unique pastoral location makes us feel sequestered from the bustle of town. You can settle into the ebb and flow of tides, sunrise and sunset, and the harmony of wildlife. The twittering of birds and sloshing of waves are your surround sound. If you open your eyes early you can watch lobster boats slip out in the morning and then see the sunrise gradually work its way down the opposite shore. If the evening is still, listen for the distant tones of fog horns. March is for owls calling at night. April evenings are joyous with the return of laughing gulls and peepers singing from the pond. Yet live theater, antique shops, gourmet restaurants, boat excursions & art studios are close-by, plus golf, fishing, hiking, and relaxation! Kayak, swim or beach-comb right from our shore.
Rates at Paradise Cottage are per person:
September 7 - October 11, 2013, for 1 - 2 people $175/nt or $1190/week, and $1490/week for 4 - 6 people.
October 12, 2013 - May 23, 2014, is taken.
The month of June (actually May 24 - June 20, 2014) is $3000/month including utilities.
May 24 - June 20, 2014; $1190/week or $175/nt for 1 - 3 people; $1490/week for 4 - 6 people.
June 21 - July 4, 2014; $1390/week for 1 - 3 people, $1590/week for 4 - 6 people by the week only.
July 5 - August 22, 2014; $1590/week for 1 - 3 people, $1790/week for 4 - 6 people, by the week only.
August 23 - September 5, 2014; $1390/week for 1 - 3 people, $1590/week for 4 - 6 people, by the week only.
We do accept Visa and Master Card, but only if you are willing to pay an extra 2.75%. Check or cash is preferable. One half the total rent is payable in advance as a deposit to hold your time; the remainder is due on arrival. If you are unable to keep your reservation, we ask that you reschedule at another available time, or we can try to re-rent your dates less a $100 rebooking fee as long as you give us at least 30 days to do so.
Besides being mesmerized by the ripples on the water, during gardening seasons you will find calm in the blooms just outside the windows and off the porch. In summer read a book while you enjoy the dappled shade on the deck overlooking the water or on one of the benches in the colorful perennial garden. Watch seagulls, osprey, and an occasional eagle ride the updrafts. In winter you will observe a variety of ducks. Go beach-combing to discover varied creatures that abound along the shore of the Gulf of Maine. Borrow our kayak and paddle over the bay if it's calm. Writers will find Paradise Cottage a peaceful private spot where they can work on their manuscripts. Day hikes in one of the many land preserves are a favorite outdoor activity. Or, you can take a picnic to Ocean Point, and watch the waves roll in from the open sea, the lobster boats haul traps, and ships pass by. How about a romantic sail at sunset? Many boat excursions are offered in nearby Boothbay Harbor. You will also find lighthouse tours, museums, and art studios starting with ours next door! Some of the best eateries are right here in Boothbay!
In summer walk through the woods to the East Boothbay General Store for gourmet sandwiches, pizza, morning coffee and paper. The harbor is just three miles away, and offers many shops, boat excursions, and gourmet restaurants. Live theater has a dramatic presence with events nightly at the Opera House, and Family Night on Tuesdays. Afternoon tea is a yearly tradition with some of our long time renters. Visit the aquarium in summer, where children's programs and classes enhance the quality of the coastal experience. Take a short boat ride to Burnt Island (Mon or Thurs) where costumed guides re-enact life of a lighthouse keeper's family in the late '50's. Go antiquing, or gallery hopping starting with nearby Paradise Studio. L.L.Bean and other outlet stores are just an hour away in Freeport. Acadia National Park is a three to four hour drive down east, with miles of scenic coastline and quaint villages to explore in between. Perhaps you would like deep sea fishing or golf.
When I purchased the family property in 1997, it needed a complete overhaul. I alternated spending a month in Colorado and a month in Boothbay while Paradise Cottage (my Grandmother's summer house) was winterized and expanded, and Seanook (the vacation cottage of my childhood) was practically torn down and rebuilt. The early March morning after I arrived the final time to stay, I met Ron, who was working for my contractor on Seanook. Since then we have done all the work around the place ourselves. That winter we built a scale model of our future shop/studio on the diningroom table and broke ground in August 2000 on the third building.
Seanook was bought by my mother, a native Mainer, in 1947. At the time it was nothing more than a tiny three month bungalow, but as a child I loved the spot and everything about it. My life-long dream was to return here to live. Ron and I stay on the property year-round. Every season is our favorite! We are forever changing and improving wherever we can. In everything we do we try to maintain some of the rustic seaside character of the place, yet add to its charm.
To wake up every morning to the call of seabirds and songbirds and the lapping of little waves, to views of the head of the bay as the sun creeps down the opposite shore, and with the verdant Maine woods behind you is about as close to Paradise as one can get, and then to be bathed in fresh salt air all day long and to have that long view across the water right here for the looking any time gives you that relaxed 'aaah' feeling.