About the property
- Cottage2500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
5 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 8
'Evergreen Anchorage' has had many roles over the last century- a 1920's guest house, a tea room and an antique store. One can walk down the garden path to the sandy beach and snug anchorage, ride bikes to the 'Back Shore', with its granite ledges, berry bushes and through the interior wooded dirt roads and winding paths to ponds, glades & old submarine towers. The day starts on the east side morning sun porch and the late afternoons become evening on the western porch while sitting in rockers and watch the sun set over sailboats, ferries and fishing boats working their way through Diamond Island Passage.
The Evergreen Landing Cottages: This quiet eastern end of the island is dotted with small turn-of-the-century cottages sitting on a hillside above what was , 75 years ago, the third ferry landing for the island. Many years ago the dock was taken out in a storm, leaving a sheltered anchorage with several small pleasure boats and a small crescent beach where families gather and kayakers set off to explore the bay. Just past the beach is the eastern end of Peaks Island, tiny Pumpkin Knob, and Hussey Sound, where boats head off from Portland, Falmouth and the islands for down east destinations. Our cottage is on a road above the landing that has turned from pavement into a well-maintained gravel road ending in a dead end. The only traffic is the neighbors and bicyclists/walkers who took a wrong turn going around the island.
Island Activities: Trefethen Landing is a short stroll back toward the ferry landing, where the TEIA offers guest memberships for play on three clay tennis courts. It offers a large dock and extensive anchorage. There is fishing for striped bass on the rugged back shore or for mackerel down front, at the Casco Bay Lines ferry landing; up the hill from the landing one can rent fishing poles or any additional bikes needed. In this village area are four restaurants, gas pumps, a post office, rental moorings, the grocery store, a lobster pound, several small gift and art shops, the library, police station and health center. Cookouts are popular along the shingle beaches or on the granite ledges that make up much of the back shore facing the open Atlantic. Many artists who live and work on the island offer welcome visits to their studios and offer monthly 'art walks.' Kayak rental is also available, but serious kayakers will want to bring their boats and explore the many nearby islands.
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- Apr 14, 2018
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The perfect home to spend time with family!
From the moment we arrived we felt completely at home, and in awe of the beautiful, clean decor and comfortable surroundings! There were lovely details and thoughtful amenities in every room. The seaglass window is spectacular! The porch was our favorite gathering place and we enjoyed everything from coffee to cocktails, and sunsets to charades out there, all while enjoying the lovely view of the water! The kitchen was fully stocked with every cooking utensil imagineable, and we enjoyed barbecues and lobster dinners all week! The new outdoor shower was perfect after a long bike ride around the island and a day at the beach. The location is perfect, and the charm of the house is so special. The owners thought of everything to make our stay relaxing and fun-filled. We look forward to coming back as soon as we can! Thank you for sharing this one-of-a-kind family home with us!
This cottage was amazing. Mary Jo was a pleasure to deal with and happily answered all of my questions (and I had a lot) via e-mail, in a timely fashion. When we arrived, my first impression was that this cottage is so much bigger than it looks online (and it looks big online). It was so spacious - there were 4 adults and 3 kids who stayed in this home and we had an entire bedroom and a few beds leftover. Lots of decks - so much time spent on the upstairs deck watching the boats go by in the evenings and listening to the clanging buoys. This home is located in a quiet part of the island away from the ferry dock, which was a big bonus for us. We biked everywhere and nearby beaches are within walking distance. Such fond memories made here in a place where everything was thought of for us. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy. Thank you for such a great week, Mary Jo and family!
Quintessential Maine Retreat
Our family of 5 adults, one child and two teens thoroughly enjoyed our recent week at this iconic and historic home. Greeted with floral bouquets, a welcome basket, and every imaginable aspect of true Maine hospitality, each family member immediately sought out a "nook of their own" -and there are plenty! Breakfast in the "morning room", quiet book reads in the "secret porch" downstairs, naps in the upstairs indoor porch, dinners on the front porch, and yes, even meteor showers on the top deck while sipping wine, were all part of the daily routine. When cousins came over to visit one evening, the ample living room found us all playing Charades, then Trivia, and as the youngsters tired and took to their rooms with laptops, the adults had spirited discussions about how to solve world issues. A kitchen/pantry made with "foodies" in mind, every need anticipated, every convenience, every minute detail already planned for, made our stay by far the most pleasurable of any in our half dozen years of leasing on Peak's. The decorating here is a labor of love: straight from a Victoria or Country Living magazine, only more practical, more personal. With bikes provided, we all got a daily dose of exercise while walking and biking to the nearby beaches and events held on the island. A truly idyllic vacation we hope to repeat in years to come!
Impressive summer cottage. We spent a week in August with family/friends. We had a wonderful, true vacation. The home is described perfectly. It is truly charming. We found it to be very clean and all the comforts of home. All 5 bedrooms were filled with charm. All the linens were provided, which always makes travel easier. The views from the back porch are lovely, we enjoyed dining there in the evening. The view from the top deck..even better! The owners graciously provided beach chairs,lawn games and bikes, and were always available a phone call/email away. We would absolutely recommend to friends/relatives and have already booked our week for next year!
This place is fabulous!
What a lovely, magical cottage! We had a family reunion of 8 adults, and just loved it. It was like staying in a cozy, rustic high-end resort. It was spotlessly clean and very well equipped with anything you might need either in the kitchen or at the beach or just for bike riding. The owners even made beautiful flower arrangements for our arrival! The bedrooms are all spacious and the beds are VERY comfortable! There are so many venues of decks and porches to sit and read or eat or talk. It's a great quiet location far away from the hubbub of the big city of Peak's Island. Sunsets are fabulous. Walks are wonderful. It's about 6 miles all the way around the island. I don't think we could have found a more wonderful place!
Wonderful island retreat
What a gem! This Maine cottage was super clean, completely comfortable, and very well-equipped for our family vacation. From the bikes in the shed to the ice machine in the pantry, Mary-Jo and her sister have thought of everything a family might need to enjoy an island escape. The kids loved running around in the huge yard and the adults loved sitting on the porch, watching the boats pass. We all appreciated being in a quiet part of the island where we could hear bell buoys and birds instead of traffic. There are a few reasons why this house might be slightly better suited to older kids (we had three kids under the age of four): the stairs have no safety railing and there is a lot of beautiful but very breakable pottery and china decorating the house. But we just kept a close eye on the boys and everyone was fine. The owners are really friendly and accommodating (and accessible -- I emailed questions to Mary-Jo several times during our stay, and she got back to me quickly). Evergreen Anchorage is a perfect spot for a Maine family vacation.
Peaks Island is a classic Maine summer community where kids can swim, go crabbing, fishing, bicycling, visit the library or the ice cream shop. The cars drive at 20 mph and bicycling is the best way to go on errands to the store, the lobster pound, an artist's studio or a tag sale tour. Portland, a small, quiet city, with wonderful restaurants, bakeries, museums, stores and galleries and a farmers' market is an enjoyable 20 minute ferry ride away. Other Activities: art walks; tag sales; bicycling; cook-outs on the rocks,kayaking,island tours
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A $300.00 security deposit is required. Renters can choose to have week's end cleaning done, or do it themselves. During the months of June and September we will consider extended weekends. June weeks have a Friday turnover.Other months have a Sunday turnover day. There is no heating.