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Fairytale Oceanfront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 BR, 1 1/2 BA, sleeps maximum of 6

Welcome to Compass Rose, a classic waterfront 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA cottage in lighthouse-studded Boothbay Harbor! The cottage is perched just 17' from the ocean's edge, an ideal vantage point for taking in panoramic views of the shining expanse of sea, hidden cove, lobster boats, sea birds and islands. Private amenities include a dock and deep water float, rocky shoreline, and even a 30' wide sandy entry swimming area from mid to high tide. The cottage is ideally located on a residential lane, yet walking or biking distance to the heart of the harbor with its wide collection of shops and restaurants. Lovingly maintained by a family of artists and writers since it was built in the 1920's, the cottage still charms with its over sized porch, brick fireplace, exposed beams, and vintage woodwork. Compass Rose truly captures the relaxing and unforgettable ambiance of authentic coastal Maine.

Compass Rose enjoys an ideal location, : about a mile to the heart of town, yet set on the side of a quiet point which is flanked by a beautiful waterfall, Appalachee Lake Preserve, and panoramic bay, cove, and island views. Enjoy recreational privileges at neighboring Linekin Bay Resort (heated pool, tennis, sailing) for a fee or their restaurant and bar which is open to the public. Lobster Cove and Barrett Park with picnic and outdoor concert facilities are just 1/2 mile walk/bike. Take your morning coffee down to the rocky shore to watch spectacular sunrises and to observe the activity of the graceful sailing vessels, lobster boats and sea birds including osprey and eider ducks. Row around the cove, fish for mackerel and striped bass off the dock, or Kayak to nearby islands. Enjoy ocean breezes and abundant sunshine from the cottage's over sized porch or private dock and float. All ages will enjoy searching for shells and tubing in the cottage's small, protected, sandy entry swimming area.

Rediscover simple joys.: Gather the family around the wood-burning fireplace, enjoy quality time around one of our old fashioned board games or puzzles. There are two cable TVs and DVD players and a stereo/CD/tape player along with popular books, magazines and DVDs of local interest, including a collection of Maine children's classics. Dine inside, or with ocean breezes on the outdoor covered dining alcove or sun porch (all with panoramic ocean views.) Enjoy personal touches, such as a guide to the area (with restaurant reviews), fishing poles, binoculars, floats, crab traps, yard games, free paperbacks, and the cottage album with photos and history dating back to the 1920's, and even a book of our favorite Maine recipes (including lobster stew, blueberry muffins and clam chowder, of course!)

A private family retreat for over 80 years, : Compass Rose Cottage has only recently been made available for rental. Virtually all of the cottage's original charms are intact: beamed ceilings, board and batten walls, bead board cabinetry, vintage light fixtures, wavy glass window panes and wood floors. The owners appreciate Compass Rose's rustic vintage charm, complimenting antique furnishings with comfortable 'coastal cottage' additions and high quality linens. The master bedroom has a dreamy quality, with new queen mattress, coordinating linens in pale blues, sage greens and whites, and a metal headboard, all to enhance the serene, panoramic ocean view. The kitchen, equipped by generations of loving moms, has modern appliances and is well stocked with everything you'd expect in a home, including coffee pot, blender, crock pot, baking dishes, griddle, microwave, BBQ tools, serving platters, bar glassware, cooler, ice bucket, lobster pot and crackers.

More Details

Laurie or Joe McCammon
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Laurie or Joe McCammon

The very first trip I took as a newborn was a day trip from Portland with my sister and parents to Boothbay Harbor. Since then, this area has been an annual destination for my family.

Laurie or Joe McCammon purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Laurie or Joe McCammon chose Maine

We found this property entirely by serendipity. We were exploring the scenic back roads around BBH and got out of the car at Linekin Bay Resort to take a walk, The cottage owner, Rosemary (for which we named the cottage) was in front of her cottage and we struck up a conversation. Her parents built the cottage by hand in the 1920's. We are still close friends.

What makes this cottage unique

We were simply captivated by the view - cove, bay, islands, sailboats, birds. It is hard to explain but the feeling inside the cottage is incredibly special, as if you can feel the decades of family joy and love the Corkums have experienced in it To us, it is worlds away, a return to an earlier simpler time when the real things mattered and things are quiet enough to really experience nature at its most glorious.


Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Many bars
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Monhegan and Squirrel Island Ferries
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Boothbay Harbor Country Club (public after 1PM)
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Many restaurants
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Barrett Park
Car: recommended

Boothbay Harbor is in the heart of Midcoast Maine, with Camden and Pemaquid to the north, Wiscasset and Georgetown to the south, and Monhegan Island to the east. It is just over 1 hour to Portland and 35 minutes to Freeport for outlet shopping and L.L. Bean. Activities unique to the Boothbay Harbor region: fresh Maine lobster, scenic drives, boating (marinas, sailboat and motorboat rentals, excursions including Puffin, whale watch, clambake and lighthouse tours, and ferry to Monhegan Island), kayaking, fishing (excursions including deep sea fishing), antiquing, art galleries, local crafts, golfing at Boothbay Harbor Golf Club, Boothbay Railway Museum, Fort Edgecomb, botanical gardens, extensive trail system covering a wide variety of ecosystems, vintage bowling alley, live summer theater, indoor and outdoor pool and tennis, restaurants (seaside, family, gourmet, ethnic, lobster pounds, takeout), first-run movie theater, fairs and festivals including the famed Windjammer Days in June.

Golf: Nearby golf privileges can be arranged at the private Boothbay Harbor Golf Club.


Boothbay Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2nd floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1st floor
  • Bathrooms are basic but with excellent water pressure and piping hot water. The second floor bathroom with angled ceilings has a new shower with dual shower heads (one hand-held) (no tub). It is equipped with generously sized fluffy towels and extra large beach towels (if linen service is requested), tissue and toilet paper, hair dryer, hand soap, first aid kit, scale, mirror, fan, and good lighting. Off the kitchen is the first floor half bath with small sink and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , oceanfront 2nd floor
    Bedroom 2 - 6 twin/ single , 2nd floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1st floor
  • The master bedroom enjoys a wall of windows with panoramic views of Linekin Bay, a new queen mattress with vintage style quilt, cozy electric blanket, and color cable TV with DVD player. All bedrooms have a rustic feel, with board and batten walls and beamed ceilings. (Please note that second floor rooms have angled ceilings, so may not be ideal for very tall guests.) A bedroom (with a/c two twin beds with memory foam toppers) is next to the master bedroom. On the first floor is a cozy guest room with small closet and comfortable double bed with memory foam topper.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Linens optional ($50.00 extra), gas Renai heat, dining service for 8, parking for 2 cars, 2 adult bikes, fishing poles, crab traps, swimming tubes, life jackets, yard games, binoculars, local nature guides, small DVD library, paperbacks, children's books, games, stereo/ CD/ipad input / tape player, cell phone accessible area, 2 DVD players, 2 cable TVs (in master bedroom & living room). Wood-burning fireplace with starter wood/kindling. Portable a/c units in LR & twin BR; Several window and floor fans provided, as are night lights, electric blankets and extra quilts, blankets and pillows. Sandy entry mini 'beach' on property; Protected cove and bay ideal for fishing, rowing, sailing and kayaking. Boat mooring for rent ($250/week) adjacent to cottage dock. Neighboring Linekin Bay Resort has a restaurant, bar, day passes available for a fee for pool, sailing, tennis.


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average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Summer cottage delight

  • 4 of 5

Compass Rose is a quintessential Maine cottage. Perfect for our family of 4. The deep water float was a major plus. We enjoyed the kayaks and watching lobster boats check their pots right in front of the cottage. The sunrises were spectacular! The cottage was fully equipped with anything you may need! Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boothbay Harbor Maine

This stay was amazing - Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was ideal - just like I expected. We absolutely loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We love old cottage architecture and feel - there is nothing better and Compass Rose has it ten-fold. The view from the porch was wonderful, especially watching the lobster boats work their traps in the morning. It was cooler than we anticipated, so we were glad for the fireplace and warm quilts!! Loved the layout, proximity to town, dock and upstairs bedroom with hinged windows. Was the perfect rental for our days in Boothbay. Thanks so much!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint little cove. A Classic Maine Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is your traditional Maine cottage on the rocky coast of Maine. Cute and cozy and well appointed. It's located in a quiet little cove that overlooks cabbage island. We saw puffins on some rocks approximately 100 yards away and small lobster boats working their traps. There are plenty of toys to borrow. There is a small monitor heater that does a nice job taking the chill off and a fireplace in the living room. There's plenty of nice, quiet roads to walk around the neighborhood also.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very cute and charming

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very cute and charming. It had that beach cottage look that I was looking for. It was also well supplied with almost anything we needed concerning dishes and linens. The view was fantastic, especially when the sun was coming up or at night with the moon on the water. The deck was one of our favorites along with the fireplace since it was still chilly when we were there. It was nice and cozy.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breathtaking views...

  • 5 of 5

There are so many positives that describe Linekin Bay. Research will tell you all the pluses about this tranquil, under populated, non-commercial cove only minutes from downtown. Breathtaking!

We had such a lovely week at Compass Rose cottage. You don't want for a thing.

It's all about their deck. The beauty of having three separate vantage points is that you are protected from almost all of the elements, I.e., a uncovered peninsula for #1 days, sheltered rocking chairs for #2 days and a partially enclosed section for #3 days. There are NO #4 & beyond days in Boothbay! Inside the house can best be described as a trip into the past w/wood burning fireplace(boy did we burn some wood), rocking chairs, fully equipped kitchen AND a welcoming bottle of wine and fresh flowers!

Their website is totally accurate. CR defines the words quaint and comfortable.

NOTE: As relatively active seniors we did have some difficulty with the entrance from the road, particularly at night. Fortunately they provide two flashlights to take with you when venturing out after dark. The path is lit but a bit rugged due to tree roots.

Also, the shower is on the second floor.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Sec. Deposit $200
Optional linens $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Pets may be allowed with prior approval of the cottage owner. . Well-behaved hypoallergenic breeds welcome - maximum 2 pets. . An additional pet deposit per animal of $100 may apply.

Those wanting a mooring may rent our mooring adjacent to the cottage for $175 per week. Those not wanting linen service (towels, beach towel, sheets) can request a $50 refund of the linen fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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