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Beautiful, Private Oceanfront Cottage on Penobscot Bay

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Wild Rose is a lovely cottage situated on an acre of land that abuts Penobscot Bay. It is adjacent to Moose Pointe State Park, which is accessible from the rocky beach behind the cottage.


If you would like to see a short video of the town of Belfast, go to youtube and search Belfast, Maine. The video named Belfast, Maine has lovely images of the town.

Words cannot adequately describe the feeling you will have when you reach this destination. Please scroll down to the end of this web page for the link for more pictures. If privacy and natural beauty are what you are looking for, look no further. Spend the day on the deck, relax in the hammock overlooking the ocean, or explore the beach while watching the ships sail by. Watch the lobster boats making their rounds, and the seagulls and loons circling overhead. Hike Mt. Battie in nearby Camden for amazing views, experience the quaint shops, antique and art galleries and unique restaurants in Searsport, Belfast and Camden or explore the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland (visit nearby Owls Head Transportation Museum and stop in for fried clams at the Dip Net in Port Clyde). Take a day trip to Acadia National Park where you can hike Cadillac Mountain, take a carriage ride, eat popovers at the Jordan Pond House, or hike along the coast at Sand Beach for dramatic cliffside views. Hop on a boat in Belfast Harbor and head over to Castine to explore an old Maine harbor town. Take your car on the ferry to Isleboro and have a picnic on a beautiful summer island. Visit the new Penobscot Bay Bridge in Bucksport, only three like it in the United States (go up to the observatory if you're truly brave). In the evening, feast on lobster at home or at nearby Young's Lobster Pound, take a stroll through the galleries of Belfast on the Friday night tour, have a romantic dinner at one of the many beautiful Inns in the area or just curl up by the fire, or chill out on the deck under a canopy of stars.

Wild Rose is a unique, oceanfront cottage, located on a private acre, fashioned after the home of famous Swedish artist Carl Larsson. 'Here I experienced that unspeakably sweet feeling of seclusion from the clamor and noise of the world.' That is how the artist Carl Larsson described his home in Sweden and what inspired the builders of Wild Rose. The location is first-rate; Wild Rose is in the heart of the beautiful mid-coast of Maine.

A winding lane leads to the house, which sits on one acre overlooking a luxurious green lawn and 140 feet of pristine beachfront. The front door opens into an entry hall with a view, as the windows opposite the door overlook a small patio, the lawn, and the ocean beyond. When you walk in, your senses will be delighted at every turn. The first thing to meet your eyes upon entering is the view of the Penobscot Bay, from the wall of windows in every room of the cottage. To the left is the living room that has a cozy feel, with a beautiful gas fireplace, comfortable couches and a flat screen TV. Off of the living room is the master bedroom, with an amazing canopied bed that will leave you feeling like a king or queen in his or her castle. There is a private bath in the master suite.

Wild Rose has an adorable kitchen with a built-in banquette, perfect for meals or playing games, which are included in the cottage. Off of the kitchen is a guest bedroom with two twin beds and a private bath. The house also contains a large loft bedroom with a queen size bed and the best views in the cottage. Great outdoor spaces, including a breezeway, deck and large grassy area, lead to the ocean. The cottage has steps to the beach for walks and hunts for treasures of the sea. An added bonus is the Moose Point State Park located directly next to the cottage. Access is available from the beach; there is a beautiful trail running alongside the ocean and through the woods that is great for morning exercise.

Because the house is down a lane, and because it is laid out so the bedroom suites are at opposite ends of the house, it has that 'unspeakable sweet feeling of seclusion' Larsson so valued. And because the many windows on both wings of the house look down the grassy slope to the water, those inside can savor the ocean at every turn. The views are southerly to Castine and Isleboro.

Off the back, a deck spans both wings of the house, and the patio sheltered between them is warm and protected even in winter. Inside, in the peak of the house over the patio, is a delightful sleeping loft with a rail, gate, and hand-crafted ship's ladder.

Wild Rose is a rare find - a glorious year round house on the coast of Maine. It is located 5 minutes from the town of Searsport, wherein you will find a quaint little town center, a maritime musuem, restaurants, a family owned food market and great antique shops. Ten minutes south is the town of Belfast, a sizable town with an historical downtown center filled with lovely shops, very good restaurants, numerous art galleries, an old-fashioned movie theater and playhouse, coffee houses, and even a great martini/wine bar overlooking the harbor. Within Belfast you can experience Thursday night dancing in the streets, the Friday morning Farmer's Market and Gallery Night every Friday night. Heading south a few more minutes you will reach Linconville Beach, then Camden. Acadia National Park is a one hour drive to the north. Bangor Airport is about 45 minutes from the cottage.

If you are looking for a place that offers serenity, privacy, charm and a great location, then Wild Rose Cottage is the place for you. New delicious restaurants include Delvinos and The Lost Kitchen

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More Details

Larry Kellogg
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 14, 2018

About Larry Kellogg

We live in South Florida, and enjoy escaping the summer heat for the cool Maine days. We love to hike, enjoy good cuisine, watching sunset views over the Bay from our back deck. Mostly, we enjoy the calm relaxing environment that the Wild Rose creates.

Larry Kellogg purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Larry Kellogg chose Searsport

My family and I visited the Mid-Coast of Maine and fell in love with the area. We were impressed by the natural beauty and

variety of activities available. On any given

day you can hike, bike, visit antique shops,

go boating, eat at delicious restaurants, visit museums or shop in quaint stores in the

many surrounding towns. Not to miss: a full day at Acadia National Park, only an hour drive at most.

What makes this cottage unique

At Wild Rose you will feel secluded from the world, yet be within five or ten minutes of a thriving town with many good restaurants and shops. Our location is directly next to a wonderful state park, Moose Point. This is a great bonus as you can reach the park by beach from our back yard, and have access to a wonderful, flat trail for daily exercise.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We're here and it's magnificent. When we got to Portland, we drove up the coast and I oohed and aahed at every town we went through. I'm sitting on your new couch (it's beautiful) and have the windows open. There is a beautiful breeze and I can hear the ocean. It's heaven.
Sep 2011
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Searsport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) There is a Pack and Play for babies.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Ocean Kayak, beautiful garden, walking trail next door (beach access) at Moose Point State Park


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful, Private Oceanfront Cottage on Penobscot Bay
average rating of 4.923077 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful, peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this property several times over the years, and we just love it. It is nothing fancy , but it is always clean, comfortable and inviting. The fact we could bring our pets this trip was a big plus for us. Wild Rose Cottage is close enough to town that getting to the grocery or coffee shop is a quick and easy. The state park next door makes a great place for a walk or a bike ride. Our favorite thing, however, is to just sit out back and look at the bay.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We'll be back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Wild Rose Cottage Summer of '17

  • 4 of 5

Every year I gather them from near and far to capture those fantastic childhood memories we tell stories of when we grow up. I knew this house had all the makings of a fairy tale adventure. My daughter fell in love with the Yellow Rose Room soon to be dubbed The Versailles Room; she's a French major and that room was fit for a Queen. We really should have given up the Captain's Loft to our son. The salt got into his veins and the sailor came out in him strong. He stayed in Belfast at the end of our vacation and joined the crew of The Schooner Timberwind for the summer. But I too am a sailor and once I climbed that ladder and looked out those windows at the bay, I was hooked on the Captain's Loft. So our son graciously took the South Wing for his respite; he had the rest of the summer to climb a ladder. We enjoyed every meal together at the table in the alcove safely protected from the wind. And the Stars....ahhh...we saw the Milky Way while listening to the waves caressing the shoreline every night. The hikes to Moose Point were a breath of fresh air. We had amazing adventures in the bay with kayaking over to Sears Island, and it's beautifully protected lands, then sailing into the sunset in Belfast Bay. We hiked Acadia twice from it's tallest Cadillac point to it's lowest point at the Atlantic. And everyday we tried a new local brew: Rock Harbor, Marshall's Wharf, Belfast Brewery, Atlantic. Friends were made wherever we went and old friends were found just up the road visiting their dad. Our dog Musket loved running across the lawn playing ball with our son, climbing down the steps leading to the bay, and hoping right into my kayak for a paddle. It was a grand adventure.

Wish You Were Here...

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Northborough, MA, USA

Beautiful house and property better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in the Wild Rose - the house is really nice, views from the deck are amazing and the lawn rolls right down to the ocean where you will find a semi private rocky shore where kids will hunt for sea glass and crabs while parents can build beach fires with ample supplies of driftwood. We saw dolphins, seals, a bald eagle being harassed by several other species and many fireflies.

The house is also very well stocked from the kitchen to games etc for rainy days.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful vacation at the Wild Rose Cottage. Our young daughter thought she was staying at Anna and Elsa's summer house with the cottage's cute Nordic feel. The Penobscot revealed many treasures including sea stars, sand dollars, and sea glass. Whether it was a quick trip out on the bay in the kayak or a road trip up Cadillac Mt., the Wild Rose cottage served as a terrific home base.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Columbus, OH and Boston, MA


  • 5 of 5

The Wild Rose exudes charm and was the perfect setting for our family vacation. From watching the harbor seals and loons in the bay, to relaxing to the ocean sounds in the hammock, to exploring Acadia National Park, and traveling inland to catch a glimpse of the elusive moose, this quaint cottage proved itself as an ideal place for fun and relaxation. It's close location to Belfast and Searsport gave us quick access to restaurants and groceries and to art, history, and unique shopping experiences. Evening cards around the kitchen table or time spent star gazing and making S'mores in the fire ring off the porch provided special family memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing your clean, comfortable home with us. Our only regret is that the time went by way too quickly!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Bangor, ME
Car: necessary

The Wild Rose is adjacent to Moose Pointe State Park, which is accessible from the beach behind the property. It is also within 45 minutes of Acadia National Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150
Pet Fee $75

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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