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Maine Beach Cottage - Sleeps 23 .

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, + sleeping attic- air conditioned, + 2 queen futons in Great Room

The property address is 58 Hersey Retreat Road, Sandy Point, Maine 04972. This is a beach front property. Use MAp Quest to view location.

Rates starting May 2017 NOTE: $300.00-$600.00 a night. HomeAway quotes the LOWEST price. Check below for when you want to visit. This cottage sleeps 23 people.

You can pay using HomeAway , PayPal or personal check to me. Ask for contract for details.

My Sandy Point, Maine property has 267 feet of private sand beach and 2.1 acres of land. The big cottage has a warm, welcoming ambience and the capacity to sleep 23 in beds with six bedrooms, a den, and loft. There are 2.5 baths. The cottage has radiant-heated tile floors, spectacular ocean views through glass walls, two decks facing the ocean and 50mg high-speed internet.

Only 2% of the Maine coast is sandy. You can camp on my beach or simply relax in a delightful, screened beach shack and enjoy the fire pit. Odem’s Ledge, with 50 harbor seals, is within sight of the cottage, and we had a deep-water mooring for our Friendship sloop.

My acre across the street is a wild flower, lupine field with a grape arbor terrace where several weddings have been staged. The field also has a bearing apple and peach tree (5 bushels this year), high bush blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, herbs and a small vegetable garden.

January -April (Negotiable- see below) Partial Weeks Available

May and September $3000 (Weekly) Partial Weeks Available

June/July/August $4200 (Weekly) Friday is check in day Weekly Only. Discounts for multiple weeks. I would encourage you to contact me by phone for details and prices for your specific situation. 612 845 0416.

Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, sailing, schooner rides, fishing, lobster boat rides, whale watching, swimming, horseback riding, sleigh rides, golf, tennis, lighthouse tours, kite flying, historic tours and homes, galleries, antiques, 103 acre oceanfront state park surrounding property, Sandy Point Public Beach, private beach access, blueberry picking, lobster bakes, seasonal festivals, views of Fort Point State Park with lighthouse within 5 miles driving distance, Fort Knox State Park within 5 miles driving distance, local restaurants with various ambiance located nearby, centrally located for day trips to: Camden, Belfast, Bangor, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park.

2 mile beach starts in front of the cottage. Many camp right down at Fort Morgan. There is a table and fire pit and chairs down there. I also own the property across the street and there are several nice places to camp over there. See the websites following for pictures.

The water in front of the house is the Atlantic ocean. There IS a lagoon that warms it up when the tide comes in. My kids and visitors played in it. The beach has a wonderful beach house, toys, horse shoes etc.

My cottage works really well for family groups, weddings and reunions. There are plenty of nooks and crannies for privacy, a road where 5 cars a day go by for biking, a beautiful private beach and 30 miles from both Bar Harbor and Camden-perfect for touring.

Barbara ran the Sandy Point Art School for 10 years. Her studio space is on the ground level and is available for your use. Paper, paints, crayons etc are available for your use. Especially on rainy days!!

This unique Sandy Point, Maine rental enjoys all the amenities of Chateau Mer (beach, wildflower garden and surrounding sites and activities).


This unique Sandy Point, Maine rental enjoys all the amenities of Chateau Mer (deck view, beach, wildflower garden and surrounding sites and activities). This is where I stay most of the summer. The Nest has its own high speed internet account where you can stream Netflix and/ or work online. I teach my class at a northern Minnesota university classes in The Nest.

The Nest has its own deck with a two person hot tub, shower, flush toilet, 3/4 refrigerator, large toaster oven, hot plate and microwave. Small electric heater and charcoal fireplace to take the autumn and spring chill chill away.

The Nest also has access to my studio which has power tools, drill press and all the hand tools needed to create sculptures from found objects. In Season (June 15 – August 30) $950.00 a week or $700.00 with Chateau Mer rental. Off Season $700 a week or $500 with Chateau Mer rental.

Trade anytime outside July and August. June and September are spectacular. Come for the leaves in October. Have Thanksgiving on my 18 foot table!! Sit around the fireplace on Christmas with your entire family!! Crosscountry ski or snow shoe. Ski at Herman Mountain or the Camden Snow Bowl- just 30 miles away.

During the summer: I am in and out on FRIDAY.

If you are interested, the first deposit reserves the cottage.

Ask for the contract. Please feel free to call me at 612 845 0416 with any questions. VRBO has recently started ripping off emails. I think you can still see my websites with many more pictures and testimonies. If you search my name- Barbara Bridges- you will also find more data.

Please read the following information and see more pictures here:

More Details

Barbara Bridges
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 5, 2017

About Barbara Bridges

Barbara is a Maine native. She lived full time with her children at Chateau Mer for a decade. She has owned the cottage for 37 years. Dr. Barbara Bridges is a professor at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. She has made a career in online teaching and learning. Barbara's relationship with teachers, students and schools began in Maine where she started teaching art in 1976. She has worked with teachers, artists and students since that time in Maine, Mexico, the Caribbean, and in Minnesota. Barbara holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota where she taught and supervised student teachers for 5 years, interacting with over 50 metro area school and teachers. Barbara was named 1998 Minnesota Art Higher Educator of the Year by the Art Educators of Minnesota. Her doctoral research focused on cross-cultural iconography—how cultures see themselves and represent themselves with symbols (sometimes called 'art'). As her students will testify, multiple perspectives and their implication on school pedagogy are a primary interest of hers. Allyn and Bacon recently published her Paradigm Deconstruction Charts. Dr. Bridges is also an artist who uses the Modernist themes of rootlessness, lack of identity, solitude and social fragmentation to create a style of historiographic, record keeping , community building artworks with their roots in postmodernism. These assemblages, which she stylistically identifies as 'recoradari', focus on a quest for self knowledge through symbolic identification and manipulation of traditional art materials and techniques.

Barbara Bridges purchased this house in 1980

Why Barbara Bridges chose Sandy Point

. Chateau Mer was my family home. You will find artifacts from around the world and created by my hand during my 65 years on the planet at the cottage.

Only 2% of the Maine coast is sand. You can camp on my beach. Where can you do THAT in this day and age?

I also own the wildflower field across the street. You could be married there!

What makes this house unique

This is not your typical rental. I have left everything in the cottage. You will have selections of 40 spices, food in the pantry, a gourmet kitchen, toys in the toy cabinet, 30 games in the game cupboard, wood in the wood box, beach toys, walking sticks, fabulous art and more. Just bring a jacket and a bathing suit!


Sandy Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 23 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Den - 2 twin/ single
    Master - 1 king
    Grotto - 2 twin/ single
    Great Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queens
    Toy Room - 1 queen
    Mexican Suite - 4 twin/ single , OR 2 twins and one King
    Library - 1 queen , Blow Up Queen
    Sleeping Attic - Air Conditioned - 4 twin/ single , PLUS six sleeping mats and bags
  • This house sleeps 17 in beds, 4 on the Great Room Futons, and 6 in an air conditioned sleeping loft - 23 in total
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 11 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Just bring your personal items. Everything else is already at Chateau Mer


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Maine Beach Cottage - Sleeps 23 .
average rating of 4.902439 based on 41 reviews

Holiday for the cousins to play together, bunk together and enjoy each other!

  • 5 of 5

I realize the weather is by chance, BUT we had an 80* sunny day in October, AND the kids were in the ocean!! Barbara brought over fresh tomatoes and herbs from her garden (we happened to be making chili) Thank you! and shared some great stories of the house. We arrived much later than we originally planned and she worked with us on that and made time in her schedule the next morning to come over and give us the run through on the house - remote controlled ceiling fans with lights - no wonder we couldn't find the right switch! We had a 13 year old and 6 cousins between the age of 3 and 7 and their parents and grandmother - Chateau Mer worked great for us! There are (many) steps/stairs to the beach and Gram with her arthritic knees made it to the beach. There are benches placed on the landings to take a break on the way up (or just to enjoy nature) Her beach is complete with chairs and fire pit and beach toys for the kids. We roasted hot dogs and ate lunch right on the beach! There were plenty of options for sleeping and for getting away from the crowd when you needed a few minutes to yourself. We had enough room for parking - we came in 4 vehicles. Another plus is the washer and dryer - you know the kids are going to get dirty and wet playing on a beach . . .

I hope if you are considering Chateau Mer you will call Barbara with any questions. She was great to work with.

The location seems to be central to many sight seeing options - if you want to give up any time at Chateau Mer.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Blaine's were a delightful family and watching the grandkids swim on the beach in mid-October was a sweet experience for me.
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Great house for extended family and friend's to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a family wedding up the street and we rented this house in order to have a relaxing time. During the course of the week we had people come and go, different family members stay for a few nights and then head home. It was really a great house for this atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot

  • 4 of 5

Every year my family gets together for a family vacation. This year we chose Maine. The house was great. It was on a quiet street with amazing views of the sunrise. It had a nice private beach that you could walk along, have campfires by, and a nice "tree hut" for the kids to play in. It was nice and relaxing as we enjoyed playing games and each other's company. There is a lot to do in the area if you don't mind taking a drive. We went to bar harbor, Acadia, Belfast, Bangor, and to this awesome park that had water slides and other activities for kids to do. My favorite part though was that the table was big enough to fit all of us to sit down together for dinner. Definitely worth the visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer Fun Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

I'm not a frequent reviewer of anything, but when I have an exceptional experience I feel it's warranted. I had planned a week long mini-reunion for my cousins with travelers coming from all around the country to meet up in Sandy Point. The setting was perfect and Barbara's hospitality was amazing. We used the whole house, from the basement art room to the kid's bunks in the loft, big dinners at the long tables, long lazy evenings by the fire pit at the beach. Everyone had a great time and the coziness made it easy for everyone to get reacquainted. The location is also perfect for classic Maine day trips, among our favorites...paddling in Bar Harbor, Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, hiking Great Pond Mountain, a visit to Reny's in Belfast and sampling local restaurants. You can't go wrong here.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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south windsor, ct

Great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We have learned that staying in a home for a vacation is a little more work then a hotel but is a lot more friendly. This home allowed a great place to eat at one long dining table, a great room with a fire place, luckily we did not need it in June, a deck for competitive dart games or a place just to sit and read, and a beach that kept the young one occupied with filing the ocean with rocks as well as a fire pit for loads of night time fun. We were there for a wedding right down the road and there was plenty of space and mirrors for everyone to get ready and out the door on time. No small feat for a family of 16. Having the linen supplied and the beds made made it so much easier to get settled in. Finding all the nooks and crannies and beds was a good way to explore the house. There were toys for the little ones and books for all. The kitchen was great. Lots of dishes and glasses for all of us. It was well stocked with gadgets. At an hour from Acadia and bar harbor, 30 min from Bangor the family split up and went in different directions, always meeting back for dinner. several trips to young's lobster for lunch were made. Stairs to the beach were difficult but I just had a total knee and was able to make it down and up. Hopefully we will be able to visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would love to have your family visit again. They were delightful.
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Louisville, CO

Gorgeous home. Magical views off the porch to the ocean on one side & fairy gardens on the other

  • 5 of 5

We typically go to OBX but am SOOO glad the family chose this place. It was wonderful and had something for everyone. The temp was perfect, the landscaping was stunning with flowers, gardens, large trees and a small get away tree house on the beach overlooking a fire ring with chairs which we roasted marshmallows & told ghost stories one night. My brother was able to sail his boat right off the beach and there were nesting Osprey right down the beach in addition to seeing bald eagles and loons. The garden path across the way wound through a private archway to a secluded hammock & bench surrounded by small figures and surprises in the middle of the fairy gardens. It reminded me of CO where we're from. We did a trip to the Acadia National park (& stopped at the L.L. Bean outlet on the way) but easily could have stayed at the house the entire time. There were all kinds of games, large areas to play and a space to do art. It was indeed magical and the host was AMAZING. I feel grateful to have made her acquaintance and would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This family made the most amazing fairy house. It was a delight to have them visit.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Bar Harbor Rockland
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Just Barbs
Nearest Ski
30 Miles

Chateau Mer is ON Sandy Point Beach:

Not sure if you are using GPS. My street address is: 58 Hersey Retreat Rd. Sandy Point, Maine 04972. but the Google maps does not show me in the correct location. I am ON MY PRIVATE BEACH just north of Mossy Rock Road.

I would advise 95 to Augusta and route 3 east to Belfast.

North on Route 1 to Stockton Springs. Keep going until you get to the Rocky Ridge Motel ( we call it the Raunchy Ridge) on the left.

Directly across the street is the Steam Boat Wharf Road. Proceed to the 4 corners and take a left. Follow the water for 1/4 mile and my place is on the right.

Angels (from Mexico) on the garage!


My first trip to Great Pond was with my daughter’s nursery school class. YES! This is a kid friendly hike of about an hour which brings you above the tree line and delivers spectacular views. Not developed. Kind of a local secret…someone has to show you the trailhead!!

If you stand on the Chateau Mer deck and look across the bay to the mainland, you will see Great Pond Mountain to the left. If you can see Great Pond, that means when you are on the top of Great Pond, you can see …well… the entire Penobscot Bay area!

After we leave Great Pond we will drive about ¼ of a mile to the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery where we will leave you in the knowledgable hands of the Fishery staff. You may also want to stay and have a picnic lunch. Gay Dion, at the Good Kettle, would be delighted to pack those for you and deliver them to the cottage before you leave!

Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery was established in 1889 to raise and stock juvenile Atlantic salmon for Maine waters. Craig Brook currently supports seven river specific brood stocks of Atlantic salmon.

The Species is Protected Wild and hatchery reared Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine's smaller rivers were listed as endangered under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. In July 2009 Atlantic salmon populations of the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers were added for protection, along with a designation of critical habitat for the entire geographic range of wild salmon in Maine.

There are numerous visitor opportunities at Craig Brook including:

• Boat launch and picnic area on Alamoosook Lake

• Boat launch and picnic area on Craig Pond

• Nature trail with interpretive signs

• Indoor Visitor Center with watershed, stewardship and historical themed displays

• Library and Archives (Access by request only)

• Public restrooms

• Atlantic Salmon Flyfishing Museum, operated by the Friends of Craig Brook

Trade anytime outside July and August. June and September are spectacular. Come for the leaves in October. Have Thanksgiving on my 18 foot table!! Sit around the fireplace on Christmas with your entire family!! Cross Country ski or snow shoe. Ski at Herman Mountain or the Camden Snow Bowl- just 30 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rentals outside June, July and August are subject to negotiation. Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice. If you have a wedding at the cottage, there will be a $100 wedding cleaning fee. I have a two pet maximum and charge $50 per pet. Payment on arrival. Indicate on the contract.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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