My family has rented this lovely Maine house for the past four summers. Located on Southport Island, the house has wonderful access to everything Boothbay Harbor has to offer.
The house is perched above a quiet cove with gorgeous views of the water from bedrooms, kitchen and the large, comfy den. We enjoyed many afternoons on the pretty patio and watched beautiful sunsets from the lawn. An expansive lawn stretches down to the water and dock, perfect for letting children run and play. Raspberry bushes produce fruit in July, which provides a fun family activity. We actually collected enough raspberries two summers to a make cobblers!
If you choose, you can kayak around some of the small islands which is lots of fun. This past summer we saw harbor seals and playful dolphins while kayaking just minutes from the cove! This house provides both life jackets and kayaks without any additional charge (which is a huge plus)! Also, my youngest child fell in love with the adorable playhouse...spending hours playing in it each day.
All of the bedrooms are nicely decorated and cared for and have comfortable beds in them. Plenty of blankets are available for chilly nights.
The den is a nice large size that can accommodate families playing games and relaxing at night. Plenty of books, games and puzzles are available. The den also has a fireplace, desk, daybed and a nice large plate glass window that looks out to the water.
I loved the charming country kitchen with a view down to the water and out to the side yard. We cooked many of our meals in this kitchen and found it to be the right size for a family of six, with everything we needed from lobster pots to coffee maker. Also, there is a nice grill out on the patio that we used to grill fish and steaks.
The island has a general store, library and two great waterfront restaurants and there are many more just a 5 - 10 minute drive. Also, you will find a hiking trail on the island down by the low water beach, Hendricks Head Beach.
The owners have provided friendly customer service, responding promptly when ever we had questions. There is a caretaker who lives nearby who also promptly came out to the house the few times we needed his assistance.
Bottom line: This home has so much character and is so comfortable, that I cannot imagine a better summer rental on the island.