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The house is named the Carousel because it is an octagon, designed with rooms arranged around about a massive central post. It is a cozy, two bedroom house on a rocky bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The house has a spectacular view of Metinic, Two Bush and Matinicus Islands. It sits on a quiet dead-end road near the village of Tenants Harbor and in the small community of Harts Neck. Tenants Harbor is about 12 miles from Rockland, an interesting town with museums and galleries.
The layout consists, moving counter-clockwise, of the front hall, 2 bedrooms, each with a newly renovated private bathroom, a welcoming living room/dining room facing the ocean and a well equipped, updated kitchen with gas stove and dishwasher. Upstairs, there is a loft with two beds that overlooks the living room. A porch off the dining room overlooks the cliffs and is the perfect place to relax or to entertain. Upstairs, there is an open loft with skylights, ideal as a studio or third bedroom. There is heat from an airtight Reliant wood stove, a gas monitor and baseboard electric units. For rainy days there is also also cable TV and a DVD player.
The ocean is endlessly fascinating! With a clear northwester, you can see hundreds of islands, yachts and lobsterman pulling their traps, while in the fog, you are enclosed in your private world. There are many wonderful places to walk or ride bikes, and renters have the use of a private dock and tennis court nearby. The town also offers warm water quarry swimming and the opportunity for boating of all kinds. The Rockland area has many terrific restaurants, galleries and museums.
Families looking for day camp for their children could take advantage of the excellent Blueberry Cove camp down the street.
An added note: no one should visit without taking the day trip out to Monhegan!
Keywords: Ocean-view, seaside, quiet, secluded
This was our second year to spend a week in September at the Carousel. We will definitely want to return again and again. The house is beautifully located on a bluff overlooking the ocean with a deck that offers gorgeous views of the sunrise, the ocean with working lobster boats and, of course, the sound of surf pounding below. One special feature that we loved was the way the sun warms the deck in the morning so that even on chilly September morings it was comfortable to sit outside and enjoy coffee with the view. Inside, the house is well equipped for cooking and relaxing. We loved the comfortable living room with its many windows, making it possible to enjoy the view even on rainy or stormy days. There are two bedrooms downstairs, each with its own bathroom (beautifully rennovated) and a bed upstairs in the loft. The only problem I could find with the house is that a couple sleeping upstairs cannot access a bathroom without going through one of the downstairs bedrooms. If children are sleeping in the loft ths might be ok, but not for, say, a third couple. Otherwise, I would say the house is perfect. If you prefer to do something other than sit on the deck, there are lovely places to visit nearby - for example, the Marshall Point Lighthouse, the little village of Port Clyde, Drift-in Beach, the Lobster Lane Used Bookstore (unfortunately only open on weekends) and Monhegan Island which has a nice boat ride to get there and some wonderful hiking. The house and its surroundings are all a very special experience!
We spent a lovely week at the carousel cottage -- loving the view, the sound of the waves on the rocks below and enjoying cooking in the newly remodeled kitchen. We highly recommend the house to families, or two couples. You won't want to leave once you get there!
Amazing location. Quiet and beautiful view of the coast and sea. Excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. Clean and well managed. All details were expertly and pleasantly handled. Photos of property give very good view of the actual facility.
We had a charming 5 night stay in this beautiful house, with all the intentions of doing so many things- however, we found it hard to tear ourselves away from the property- its stunning views and peaceful location drew us in and we found it hard to leave! We did visit Arcadia Park, which was amazing but our favorite was the day trip to Monhegan Island- a must do! We are hoping to come back next year (and the year after that!)
You won't find a more charming place along the coast of Maine. The whole front of the house facing the ocean is windows. You fall asleep at night listening to the waves crashing on the rocks below. The kitchen has been newly renovated and is bright and cheery. The bathrooms have just been updated and are great. There is so much to do in Tenant's Harbor or, if you like, nothing at all. We had a rainstorm one evening with the most spectacular double rainbow over the ocean. This place is quiet and peaceful. There are books and movies; the internet access is great; and the climb down to the rocks is fun. You would do well to give this place a second and third look. We love it.
My husband and I have repeatedly rented the Carousel as a get-away from the stresses of life. I have even written a book over those years. So that's the way we use it, but one could hike the trails, rent a kayak, take a ferry to Monhegan.
This year there were many improvements. The kitchen was enlarged and updated. It was fun to cook and my guess is that it's a 5 star kitchen even a five star chef would love.
The bathrooms had lovely makeovers and, for us, the most important addition was a nice heater which takes the chill of off-season visits.
The location is perfectly situated up high right on the ocean. My favorite part is going to sleep to the sound of the waves, and awaking to them in a different rhythm, a different tide.
My husband loves good restaurants and we particularly like the Dip Net in Port Clyde, Slip Way in Thomaston and Primo in Rockland.
We would, of course, recommend you come visit.
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