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Large Historic Oceanfront House and Apartment with Dock

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 9

Clifford House is situated on Clifford's Cove, a beautiful setting 1/4 mile from open ocean. The property is a five bedroom Victorian-period sea captain's house on 3 1/2 acres on Rutherford Island, South Bristol, Maine. The Island is connected to the mainland by a small bridge in the picturesque fishing village of South Bristol.

The main house has 3 bedrooms and one bath. The in-law apartment has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. A short hallway connects them. They each have living rooms and kitchens. The main house has a screened porch.

One bedroom and bath are on the ground floor with no stairs.

The main house and in-law are always rented together.

The house is surrounded by gardens, yards, fields of wild flowers, and woods. It is on a small country road that sees more walkers, joggers, and bicyclers than cars. A long stand of tall trees along the road provide privacy for the house and grounds. From the grounds you see no other buildings except for the caretaker’s cottage.

Clifford’s Cove is home to a small friendly summer colony of which Clifford House is by far the largest property available to rent. The property extends from a scenic country road to the water. The house is close enough to the water so that you can watch the fishing boats but far enough that they don’t wake you when they start working in the morning.

Clifford House is perfectly situated for a family vacation. It is private but not isolated. It is great for weddings and family reunions or for two families vacationing together.

High-speed internet is included.

We don’t charge a cleaning fee.

Boating: Boat and kayak rentals are available nearby. Mooring rental in our cove can be arranged.

Our availability calendar is always up-to-date, and we always respond to inquiries promptly. This site may tell you differently because it isn’t savvy about seasonal rentals.

For more information, you can look us up as Maine Clifford House or Clifford House Maine.

More Details


Christmas Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 queen
  • 2 rooms with 1 queen bed each, 1 room with one double bed, 1 room with 2 single beds, 1 room with one single bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Two kitchens; two living/dining rooms; two fireplaces; screened porch with view of ocean; piano; central heating; use of dock and float; golf course nearby; boat rentals nearby. Washer and dryer on premises. Linens not provided. High-speed internet is included. Ask about VCR and DVD player.


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Large Historic Oceanfront House and Apartment with Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews

Great for big families

  • 5 of 5

I’ve stayed at Clifford House a number of summers in a row, with different mixes of my brothers, cousins, and their spouses. The thing I like about this place is, it has two “units” (connected by a hall), each one has its own living room and kitchen, so everyone can “do their own thing” on their own schedule. Not to mention a big screened-in porch with great views. The lawns are so big, you can have croquet, volleyball, and Frisbee-throwing all at once, with room to spare. And there’s an interesting set of books in one of the hallways. And then, of course, it’s got a dock. What’s not to like?

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location, perfect vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

I was lucky enough to spend a week at Clifford House this past August and enjoyed every second! The house itself is beautiful, well kept, and has plenty of space for any activity we desired, whether it was cocktails on the porch, cooking dinner in one or both kitchens, or just relaxing with coffee in the sunny breakfast nook. We were lucky enough to have spectacular weather throughout our stay and spent plenty of time enjoying the view out on the dock. South Bristol itself was lovely to bike or run around (although watch out, there are plenty of hills to keep you guessing!), and is the perfect amount of relaxed/off the tourist path without feeling like being in the middle of nowhere. There was also plenty to do in the surrounding area - the Boothbay Botanical Gardens were a beautiful attraction, and Pemequid Point may be my new favorite place on earth with it's spectacular rock formations and crashing waves! We also enjoyed checking out local breweries in Boothbay and on Monhegan Island and eating our way through plenty of seafood. I would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone looking for a getaway - this house is truly a gem - would love to return for another stay in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our favorite summer location!

  • 5 of 5

We feel that the Clifford House is our Maine home! We have been going there for the last 5 years and look forward to it each year. Each year we find another thing to love, kickball on the large lawn, a talent show in the living room, kayak races to the Gut, fishing off the dock and of course enjoying lobster and family while watching a beautiful sunset. We have kids of all ages from 6 to 76 and everyone loves their time. If you want to spend an amazing week with your family in a beautiful corner of the world, then I highly recommend the Clifford House. We are counting the days until we get back!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clifford House

  • 5 of 5

We have spent a week at the Clifford House each summer for the last four years. The house is clean, charming and so Maine. The beautiful yard is expansive and perfect for young and old to play games or enjoy the magnificent view. The dock is great for fishing and water sports. The children love to walk to the local stores and restaurant. Pemaquid, a beautiful beach and swimming location is only 15 minutes away. We have no qualms about highly recommending the experience of a stay at the Clifford House.

The Flanagan Family

Fairfield, CT

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, who live in Maine, have spent our summer vacation week (or sometimes 2 weeks) at the Clifford House in South Bristol, Maine, every summer for the past TEN years. This fact alone will tell you how much we like it there. The house, large lawn, dock and small beach area are perfect for us and our three kids. We sometimes have other family or friends visit and stay overnight and there is plenty for room for that. The owners are wonderful people who are always helpful and informative. The area is beautiful and the whole experience is extremely relaxing, which is why we choose to spend our time there year after year.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding home for perfect Maine vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Clifford House several times over the past 10 years and have enjoyed every visit to the utmost. It is a magical place ....plenty of room for two families or a multigenerational gathering. Terrific location for exploring the Pemaquid area or just relaxing on the property with the beautiful water view as a backdrop. Great kayaking and fishing right from the dock.The Turners are accommodating and gracious hosts. A real find.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

What makes this house unique

Dock and beach.

Big historic house with lots of land and space for games.

Great screened porch for gathering, enjoying meals, and watching the sunset.

House surrounded by large yards and fields of trees and wild flowers.

Piano for sing-alongs, concerts, or just playing.

No cleaning or other fees.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Another magical week on Rutherford Island. Beautiful scenery, long walks, kayaking, relaxing on the porch, fishing, watching the sunset from the dock and a full moon rise from the yard, a boat ride to see the puffins, delicious meals, good company. A perfect vacation.
Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Beach
Cobble beach on the property. Public beach 5 miles
Car: recommended

Clifford's Cove is 1/4 mile from open ocean. Clifford House has a spacious yard with plenty of room for volleyball and croquet. Use of the dock and float are included. Boat moorings are available at Christmas Cove, which is within walking distance. Boothbay Harbor, Pemaquid State Park and Beach, boat rentals, boat rides, moorings, and golf course are nearby.

Golf: Public golf course is 10 miles away.

Don't let Homeaway tell you that our calendar isn't up-to-date. They just don't understand seasonal rentals. We always maintain our calendar.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

No Booking Fee. No cleaning fee. Inquire about other periods and shorter stays. Rates do not include state tax. Rates in calendar may be wrong. Our real rates for 2018 are: 5/26-6/29 $1550 per week. 6/30-9/7 $2200 per week, 9/8-10/27 $1550 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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