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Quintessential Maine Summer Cottage on 2 acres with Private Shore Path

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Seawall Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Located in Southwest Harbor, with a private right of way to the shore, this well known summer home sits on 2 acres of lawns and meadows. A typical shingled summer Maine cottage built in 1930, this home was the inspiration for the children's book, Fudgemania written by Judy Blume, and you will recognize many features of the house in the book. Warm and inviting, with exposed pine beams, pine floors, and a massive stone fireplace, this home always creates wonderful summer memories for those who are lucky to be able to spend time in it. Whether it's croquet games on the lawn, swings on the bigwooden swing hung between two of the large oak trees which anchor the front yard, walks to the shore via a private short path, bar-b-cuing in the back yard, having a lobster bake at the water's edge, or biking and hiking on the many trails of Acadia, this warm and inviting home has long been the favorite of many summer guests.The layout of the house creates spacious comfort as well as privacy for its guests. Its five bedrooms and three bathrooms, two living rooms, intimate dining room, and picture perfect setting make it a very special spot to spend your Maine summer holiday.

Keywords: Cottage

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jennifer Richardson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
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About Jennifer Richardson

I am originally from Maine, but spent a good part of my life in The West Indies, where my husband and I owned and operated a private island resort. Now, I have four shops in the neighboring town of Northeast Harbor during the summer. I split my year between Florida and Maine, but my favorite place on the entire planet is at the shore just down the dirt road and private path from my house. The view is amazing, and the sense of peace, calm, and beauty never fails to inspire me. My second favorite place in the world is on the swing in my front yard in Maine.

Jennifer Richardson purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Jennifer Richardson chose Southwest Harbor

We weren't even looking for a house to buy, but when I saw this one, I was instantly captivated., and we bought the house within a week of having seen it for the first time. Ii welcomed me with its warmth and charm and made me feel comfortable and peaceful; that first impression has lasted with me since then, and it seems to have the same effects on all of my guests as well. There is something about a house that has created so many happy moments and memories for so many. People comment on it often and say you can almost "feel" it the minute you walk in for the first time. I must admit, partial as I am, I have to agree with them.

What makes this cottage unique

To be able to have breakfast at the water's edge, or to walk down and explore what the sea has brought in along the beach, is a wonderful plus to this property. The magnificence of the scenery takes your breath away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

When we pulled into the driveway and saw Sunnymead for the first time, I knew we had made the right choice. What a great house, and so well laid out for our family.Unlike many impersonal rental houses we've been in, this cottage exudes warmth and charm and has many touches which make it feel more like a home. The house is spacious inside...loved all the pine floors and exposed beams...Lots of lawns surround the house, and the access to the shore is a huge plus. What a spectacular spot to explore, to sit and have lunch, read a book, or watch sailboats racing with the Bear Island Lighthouse in the background. This is Maine at it's best.......we'll be back!!!
Aug 2011
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Quintessential Maine Summer Cottage on 2 acres with Private Shore Path
average rating of 4.25 based on 5 reviews
Fayetteville, WV, USA

Beautiful location, poor management of business

  • 2 of 5

My family and I checked in to this cottage and the first thing we noticed is it had not been fully laundered. Floors were filthy, the refrigerator as well. The beds had not been made. As if this wasn't disappointing enough after a 2 day drive, we found the toilets and showers had not been cleaned as well. I won't go into full detail of what we found there. So my family and I spent the first few hours after a long trip cleaning the house. We tried to salvage the initial let down, and enjoyed the next few days, as it is in a beautiful location. On day 3 (I believe) we had a strong storm come through, knocking out the internet. Considering we have teens in our family, this was a big deal. We tried everything we knew how to do as far as re-setting the wireless routers and such. Finally, my wife decided to call the owner (we had tried to not complain up until this point) to ask for help. We were told to contact the internet we had no choice but to handle it ourselves. After an hour on the phone with them, we had it back up and running. My wife had mentioned to the owner the problems we had with the place being dirty. She graciously apologized and as a token of her good will, she sent over 7 lobsters for us to cook. A nice gesture....until we tried using the lobster pot only to discover it had a hole in it. After the trip was over, I noticed that our deposit check that we had sent 6 months prior had never been deposited. We contacted the owner, who at that point said she had a copy of the deposit and the check and we should check with our bank again. We did, and no record of the check had ever been deposited. So, we contacted her again, and were simply told thanks for bringing it to her attention and please mail another check. Our bank is 1/2 hour away and we were required to cancel the check and sign the form in person. Grudgingly, we obliged and mailed out another check. A very frustrating experience indeed. We felt like we had to do a lot of work throughout the stay that paying guests should not have to. I personally am educated and 25 years employed in the hospitality industry, and this was not handled properly at all. She is fortunate we are patient and honest people. We were disheartened with our experience here, which is especially unfortunate considering we were celebrating our parent's 50th wedding anniversary. She did say that she would rectify the housekeeping problem for the future. For the next family's sake, I certainly hope so.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the owner of Sunnymead and the hostess for these guests, I was most upset and embarrassed when I learned that this year's cleaning staff who had replaced my long time housekeeper, did such an unacceptabe and poor job for these guests; on hearing of the condition of the house on their arrival, I apologized profusely and offered to rectify what I could. The guests were most kind and understanding and said it was not necessary. In addition to the welcoming gift I had left for them, I did send over a number of lobsters and a new lobster pot to them as a small apology It was the least I could do. The cleaning staff was replaced immediately, and their replacement has done a magnificent job this season. We have received only compliments which is the way it should be. The guests' deposit check somehow got lost in the mail or within the bank's systems; it has never turned up, and I expresed to them that I was most grateful to them for letting me know it had not been negotiated.The internet did go out on the island due to a storm during their stay; after contacting the provider, I was told by them that it would be more produtive if the guests, who were on site, could call them directly so that they could walk and talk them through what needed to be done, to rectify the problem. Sunnymead has provided 25 years of happy visits and created hundreds of equally happy memories for many guests and for my own family.I am so sorry that their stay was anything less than what it should have been..
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Vacation of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed this vacation more than we could have possible imagined. We arrived after dark so waking up at Sunnymead and discovering all the special things about the house and grounds was like Christmas morning! The three bedrooms in the main house were perfect for our son and his children, who are super-early risers. The rest of us (4 adults) were more than cozy and comfortable in our lovely rooms; the house provides so much space for an active family. It was the perfect home-base for all of our park activities (hiking, biking, climbing, etc) as well. Jennifer's delightful touches - the gazebo set for dinner, fresh flowers around and a personal note - made us feel like special guests. We read "Fudge-a-mania" by Judy Blume while there and especially enjoyed identifying the settings Blume referenced in the book. We visited Charlotte's Lobster Pound twice - it was so much fun and DELICIOUS! We appreciated being able to prepare and eat our meals at "home" when we were not out at one of the fabulous eateries. (Beals for lobster, Grumpy's for breakfast) We picked up fresh blueberry pies, fresh crabmeat and more. Heaven! We loved walking to the beach and exploring tidal pools. Truly, we could not have chosen a more perfectly "Maine" cottage and will remember this trip forever.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gaithersburg, MD

Perfect family vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our family use to camp on Mt. Desert Island years ago. We decided it was time to return but with real beds instead of tents and sleeping bags. Sunnymead is so charming and has such character. With adult children, we needed a house for everyone to have their own space. Our family of eight fit nicely here. The house is older and more like a real Maine cottage. It is well maintained and very clean. There are plenty of towels and bathrooms for everyone! The bedrooms are good size and the beds comfortable. We loved all the windows to open for the magnificent Maine breezes. The house is well supplied with dishes, glassware, pots and pans. The grounds are very nice with a good sized yard for children, surrounded by tall, lush trees. Our grandson LOVED the swing! We enjoyed dinner in the gazebo as well has taking our lobster dinner to the private shore area that is a brief walk from the house. Just remember flashlights if you stay til dark to stargaze. There are several picnic tables at the shore. Our grandson loved the history of the house as it relates to the book Fudgmania, and had fun looking for all the items mentioned. The house has one TV but you are in Maine and on vacation so I encourage you to not think about that! There is Internet available. The owner is so helpful. We had a minor issue in the first day and she was easy to contact and it was handled immediately. The house is not far from Southwest Harbor and is just off the road so it is very quiet and peaceful. Check out Cookies and More just up the street, or Little Notch Bakery for breakfast pastry in town. I hope it doesn't take me another 15 years to return!!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best Decision

  • 5 of 5

"Maine, the Way Life Should Be" certainly described our holiday at charming Sunnymead. It was an ideal match for our family's quest for the quintessential Maine cottage expereince. So well appointed and so cozy. Spacious grounds. Our family's favorite?-- our private right of way to the ocean's edge. Some days we stayed to read books, have a picnic and watch the boats and some days we enjoyed the golf and fabulous hiking. All in all--a perfect spot. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bar Harbor
Car: recommended


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
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Seawall Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms have tub and shower; one bathroom has shower only.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2). Please advise if you wish to have any single beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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