As you drive down the private association road toward our Three Island View house, you'll see why you'll enjoy your stay. The view of the New Meadows River opens before you. ('River' is a misnomer; it's an 'embayment' or extension of Casco Bay.) Once inside, the chalet-style house’s open feel directs you to these extensive ocean water views, and you’ll spend much of your time on the large wrap-around deck with both gas and charcoal grills. The spectacular sunrises from the house will invite you to be an early riser (though they're best in the fall and spring).
Set on two private acres with a large yard and over 300 feet of owned ocean water frontage, the house looks out to a tidal basin replete with bird life - and clams to be dug for dinner (permit needed). Herons, osprey, wild turkeys, and even a pair of pileated woodpeckers are visitors to the yard. We've watched bald eagles circle overhead. Lobster boats lie in constant view from the house. Your morning coffee from our deck will taste extra special.
Our house is a wonderful place for a vacation retreat. It is in a small association of year-round homes, not with other vacation houses.. At the end of the road, maybe 500 feet away, is the Association dock from which you can launch a canoe or kayak to explore the coves of the area -- or just get lost in the moment. (Note: the location marker on the nearby map isn't perfect, but close.)
. ** The Appeal: Peaceful, Beautiful, Away From It All, Yet Convenient **
The Location: Our house lies in the Cundy’s Harbor part of Sebascodegan Island in Harpswell. (Don’t worry; you don’t need a boat. The Gurnet bridge crosses from Brunswick to Harpswell.) Three miles to the south is the quaint, picturesque, working fishing village of Cundy's Harbor with its lobster pounds, small shops and Holbrooks Restaurant, a classic eat-in-the-rough dockside eatery with views that will make you linger over your meal. (See my photo to the upper right.)
. ** Do check out our YouTube video for a tour of our house.**
Harpswell itself is a great town to explore. Bowdoin has an ocean study center on Orr's Island with easy trails along the Harpswell Sound. Over the unique crib stone bridge lies Bailey Island, which has town beaches, Lands End, and the Giant Stairs town park with walks along the granite rocks on the water.
The Area -- Harpswell & Brunswick: While very private, convenience is a key feature of the house. You’re just 6 miles (a pleasant 10 minutes) to Cooks Corner (Route 1) in Brunswick, which has all the shopping you could want. Nearby downtown Brunswick features unique shops, including an old mill building on the river that has been converted into an antique mall, and many truly fine, yet casual, restaurants. In fact, Brunswick has become noted as a 'foody' town.
Should a rainy day befall your stay, the town has museums and sites to explore at handsome Bowdoin College. Museums include the Perry-MacMillan Artic Museum and a splendid, newly renovated art museum. Maine Summer Theatre and the International Music Festival are on campus. The General Joshua Chamberlain Museum, famous for turning the tide at Gettysburg, is across the street. If you're a history buff, it's a must. Off campus is the Pejepscot Museum, the town’s historical museum.
Beyond Harpswell & Brunswick: Freeport (think: LL Bean and scores of outlet stores) is ten minutes south of Brunswick and Portland is an easy 45 minutes from the house. Portland is a wonderful, small city with much to offer, including the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate and the Old Port Exchange.
Five minutes north of Cooks Corner on Route 1 brings you to Bath, a shipbuilding town still centered on the Bath Iron Works. (Note the mammoth cranes that dot the skyline.) Like Brunswick, Bath is replete with interesting shops and more fine restaurants. At the Maine Maritime museum you can take boat rides on the Kennebec River and maybe see a Navy frigate launch, as we did in 2012.
Beyond Bath, Down East Maine extends before you along Route 1. Reid and Popham Beach State Parks are nearby, both fun to explore with good beaches. Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Pemaquid, Camden, and the rest of the peninsulas of mid-coastal Maine are easy day trips. We even had guests go to Acadia as a day trip, though we wouldn't recommend that.
To help you plan your trip, we provide renters with a House Guide, which has information about the house and about the area, including sightseeing, shopping, restaurant listings with our own reviews, and emergency information (which we hope you won't need). We also have a basket full of local maps and tourist brochures you are welcome to use.
Final Details: Note that our house is pet friendly; we bring our cats occasionally. (They earn their keep.) If you have severe pet allergies, this may not be the house for you; weekly cleanings may not remove all pet hair. (One of our parents has mild allergies and does just fine on her visits.)
Of course, we have WiFi access with high-speed internet speeds, and a DVD player for the living room TV. But bring your own laptop. Our landline phone includes toll-free calling in the US and Canada.
See our own web page link nearby for more photos and details. See pricing below, which includes use of linens. We also stock the house with at least starter supplies of basic household consumables (laundry & dish detergents, soap, paper towels, etc.) so you don't have to run to the store immediately upon arrival.
Check the availability calendar link below for open weeks. Rental period is from Saturday to Saturday in peak summer season. We do long weekend rentals in fall and spring -- minimum charge of 3 days -- but we only do full week rentals in peak season.
Please email us for more information. We do not include our phone number here because it just leads to a bevy of annoying telemarketing calls. Really.
While you may use the Association dock, the rental does not include 'docking privileges,' that is, you can't dock a motor boat there. Canoe, kayak, and boat rentals are available very close by.
And not to throw cold water on your wonderful idea for a wedding by the sea, but we do not host wedding parties at our house. The logistics would just be too daunting.
PS. If some of this copy sounds familiar from other property listings, it's because I write such good copy that others have 'borrowed' it.
We are a professional couple, living in New England. One of us is a software engineering manager for a large data storage company and is a flutist in a community concert band. The other is a consultant who helps companies connect with their customers through feedback surveys. He is also an adjunct operations management professor at Boston-area business schools. The photo is of Fred enjoying the view at nearby Holbrook's eat-in-the-rough restaurant in Cundy's Harbor -- a must for a visit.
One of us is a Bowdoin grad from the mid-'70s and always loved the area. In fact, he lived nearby in Cundy's Harbor for a couple of years after finishing at Bowdoin. The other has family connections to Boothbay Harbor. We both love Maine, the people, and the way of life. We cherish the weeks when we use the house ourselves, even if we're working on the house, and someday may call this house our home.
The reasons we love the house:
1) Privacy and space. You likely won't hear the neighbors. If 20 cars go by the house each day, that's a traffic jam.
2) The relaxing feel of the ocean. It's not open ocean, but sitting on the deck or on the dock, you can get lost in the moment. While you don't get deep-water, open ocean, you do get...
3) Convenience. While having the relaxing feel of Maine oceanfront, you're just an easy 10-15 minutes to all the shopping you could want and a quick ride to Route 1 and Interstate 295 for day trips. Our guests agree. See the reviews.
4) Birdlife. The ocean frontage draws many birds. Follow the Link to Maine Vacation Rental web page and see our photos all taken on the property or from the Association dock.