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South Bristol, Updated Christmas Cove Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This South Bristol 19th c. Cape in picturesque Christmas Cove on Rutherford Island has new amenities yet retains its charm as a shipbuilder's home.

The home has been remodeled and updated with a large eat-in gourmet kitchen and tastefully decorated with local antiques and artwork. Honed black marble counter tops, kitchen island with seating for 5, top brand appliances including KitchenAid and Thermador gas burners, Damariscotta Pottery tile work, and well stocked kitchen make for a wonderful retreat. New England charm abounds in this well appointed cottage with top-grade bedding, down pillows and comforters and new mattresses. Outdoor living is equally inviting with a covered front porch, fire pit, and large outdoor screened-in porch. The cottage is surrounded by gardens and lawn with has access to woods on three sides.

In addition to the full bathroom and two half bathrooms there's an outdoor shower with hot/cold water. High speed internet access is available.

Christmas Cove is well known as one of Maine’s prettiest harbors. The destination of many yachtsmen, the island is peaceful and serene. It's easily accessible over a swing bridge from the working harbor village of South Bristol.

The Coveside Bar & Restaurant, just down the street, serves lunch and dinner. Access to dingy docks and mooring rentals are available at the Coveside Marina. South Bristol is a historic working fishing village and offers additional dining and shopping options.

It is a smallish island with summer homes and year-round residents (maybe 100). In the summer months there are many families and kids. The area feels remote and peaceful yet has all the modern-day comforts.

So. Bristol is an active fishing village with many commercial lobster and fishing boats, two small markets and delis.

A wonderful outing is a drive to Pemaquid Point and also the harbor (about 20 -30 minutes drive) for touring of the historic lighthouse and old fort, antique and art stores, and additional seaside restaurants. There's a very nice sandy beach there, as well. It's also close to where you can catch the ferry for a day on Monhegan Island, an absolute must if you have the time.

The closest town is Damariscotta. It's about 15 minute drive away with couple grocery stores, bookstore, restaurants, antiques shops and art galleries and fun shopping. A great stop on the way is Walpole Barn for tasteful house gifts, oysters, and wine. They host fun wine tastings on the weekends.

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Melissa Welles
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Melissa Welles

We have spent many summers in this house and love the area.

Melissa Welles purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Melissa Welles chose Christmas Cove

Kayaking, swimming, hiking/walking and biking; oysters and wine from Walpole Barn, pre-cooked lobsters and steamers from the Co-op or the Coveside for lunch and dinner.

What makes this cottage unique

Many sightseeing options, comfortable and well appointed home.


Christmas Cove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Hot & cold water
  • One indoor bath/shower, outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , large room
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • California king bed in master bedroom; 2 Twin Beds in each bedroom. Note: new mattresses w/down comforters and pillows.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Newly remodeled gourmet kitchen with 5 burner gas stove, dishwasher, oven, microwave, icemaker. High speed internet with wireless and two phone lines, propane BBQ grill, washing machine & dryer, outdoor shower, large covered porch, screened dining/ sleeping porch, lawn. Smoking not allowed.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

We love the island and the house

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the cottage at Christmas Cove and we weren't disappointed. The location is perfect. The house has everything we needed plus a kitchen I wish I could take home with me. I complained about a few ants after a rainy day and the owner sent someone to deal with them a few hours after I texted her. We were grateful and impressed by the quick response. We hope to stay again next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We love Christmas Cove, and we loved the cottage. Everything was as advertised: beautiful views, lovely rooms, and great working kitchen with everything you'd need. Maybe next year we'll do more than make toast and coffee. The porch is the best room not in the house, I regret that we didn't spend more time lounging. The only problem for some will be the steep and shallow stairs which might be dangerous for older guests. Also, Google maps sent us to the other end of the street. Other than that, the place is perfect and we hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful week at Christmas Cove Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is so charming and well appointed. Beautifully decorated and very well kept. It's off the beaten path, but suitable as a home base for visiting the Midcoast region.

Upon our arrival there were fresh cut flowers on the dining room table to welcome us. We enjoyed cooking many of our meals in the large cook's kitchen. There's a deck off the kitchen where we liked to grill on warm evenings, as well as a large screened in area to dine al fresco.

The front porch was the perfect place to relax and listen to the birds or the foghorn and decompress after a long day of touring. The yard surrounding the house is nice for youngsters to run off some energy. Our son loved his big room with a library of storybooks for bedtime, plus toys and games to play.

The owner is very friendly and provided lots of useful information about the area, and promptly answered all my questions.

We wish we could have stayed longer. It was a great family holiday and we would love to return next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Pemaquid Beach
Car: necessary

Hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, biking (outstanding road biking on quiet roads), swimming, sightseeing, restaurants, historic sites, antiquing, and many interesting places to explore. Boat ramp, dingy dock, moorings are available for rent - all within walking distance. Christmas Cove Restaurant & Bar with live music close by. South Bristol Fisherman's Co-Op serving live and cook lobsters and steamers to go.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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