This inviting 18th century 'get-away-from-it-all' dwelling on 7 acres at cove’s edge offers an idyllic setting for your dream wedding, a family reunion, or a relaxing vacation. While it comfortably sleeps 16, this home is cozy enough for singles or couples. It has a well-equipped kitchen, an inviting dining room, a large living room leading to a porch overlooking Heal Cove and the Tyler Islands,a sunny sitting room leading to a patio overlooking the pond, 7 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, a double-car garage, and almost 360 degrees of water views, complete with warm sunrises over a quiet pond and magnificent sunsets over its deep-water dock. The setting offers large lawn areas for playing volleyball, croquet, frisbee, bochee ball plus opportunities for fishing, biking, hiking wooded trails, canoeing, wind surfing, kayaking, or boating as well as area sightseeing, antiquing, and shopping. It’s unique charm is in the quiet it offers surrounded by nature while rocking on the screened porch overlooking the Tyler islands. Relaxing or socializing: it's all here.
Accessibility and Nearby Attractions: This home is accessible by bridge and situated well for those who enjoy exploring nearby tourist attractions, antiquing, visiting art galleries and restaurants found in the nearby towns: the picturesque village of Wiscasset, location of Red’s Eats world-famous for its lobster rolls and Treats of Maine reknown for its homebaked goods, great soups, fine wine selection and catering service; the bustling town of Boothbay Harbor offering the acclaimed Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens or boat trips to watch whales or puffins or a day trip to Monhegan Island as wells a railroad village or theatre.
Activities a Bit Further Away: For those wanting a bit further jaunt, it’s not far to other destinations: Pemaquid Point with the crashing surf and its historic lighthouse, not to mention the delicious food; Five Islands in Georgetown with lobster cooked and served on the pier; Rockland with its historic museum housing Wyeth paintings and a ferry to Vinalhaven; Camden with it’s wonderful shopping and hiking; or even to Augusta, with the historic State of Maine Museum. For those wanting a bit of beach time, it’s less than an hour to Popham Beach, complete with fort, or Reid State Park.
Shopping and Restaurants: For those interested in bargains and retail shopping, it’s only ½ hour to the weekend long flea market in Woolwich or a 45 minute drive to Freeport, home of LLBean and a plethora of outlet stores, and just an hour to Portland with its wide choices of fine Maine-based or ethnic restaurants. Internet access is available on an in-house computer.
While I am the contact person for this property, I share the joy and responsibility for maintaining it with my sisters and in-laws, our children and their spouses, partners, and friends. We are grateful to our parents, Jack and Jean Smith, not only for this property but for teaching us the importance of family and the value of balancing hard work with fun, and for instilling in us a love of nature. When we come together we start off with a bountiful family meal, then go straight to ‘the list’ of projects to be accomplished. But of course we always have time for family football or basketball, kayaking, playing games, reading, or just sitting on the porch enjoying the birds, the breeze, and the spectacular sunsets.
To develop a deeper appreciation for our property's unique beauty and charm, please go to our website: smithhousewestportisland.com where you'll find a gallery of over 50 pictures plus click on 'contact' and at the bottom is a google map virtual satellite tour of the entire 7 acre homestead. Move along the property and enjoy its spectacular views.
Driving around while visiting friends in the ‘40's, my parents were so struck with the beauty of this place that my father knocked on the door to inquire if the owner would sell. Indeed she was interested! Lacking sufficient funds, they struck an agreement: to divide the house; Mabel would live there until it was fully paid. The homestead has had many phases since the mill owners lived there in the late 1700's: first as a vacation place for our family before there was a bridge, electricity or plumbing; then refurbished for retirement in ‘71; and now, it continues to serve our parent's purpose as a place for the family to come together.
Our family has always enjoyed the quiet beauty of the natural surroundings of birds, ocean breezes and beautiful sunsets, kayaking through the islands, boating off to Robinhood or Five Islands for lobster on the pier, waterskiing, canoeing on the pond, or just sitting for hours on the porch, taking in the evening shadows and glorious sunsets. My son's wedding in 2009, however, helped up realize how ideal this spot is not only for those wanting to 'get away from it all' but also for those wanting this kind of idyllic setting for large gatherings, such weddings or reunions. There's room for the whole family to stay together, with nearby rental cottages for any overflow, ample parking for over 50 cars, a large flat lawn for playing games or setting up a 40x100 foot tent, a deep water dock for those bringing their own boat, a patio overlooking the pond, a fire pit by the barn overlooking the islands in Heal cover, and a wonderful gentle breeze that seems always to keep the temperature just right. The place is too uniquely beautiful not to share!