Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 12)
About John Holbrook
John and Susan Holbrook have four daughters and own an educational tour and travel company in North Carolina.
Why John Holbrook chose South Bristol
Every summer since 1973 our extended family has made the annual pilgramige to this very special place, McFarlands Cove, in South Bristol,Maine. Our family has grown in size over the years and I felt it was neccessary to acquire the adjacent property to the one that has been so special to us for so long. I rented this property last summer and loved it so much I purchased it as soon as I discovered that it was on the market.
What makes this Cottage unique
The fishing is outstanding right off of the dock !
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Quintessential Maine! A rustic but luxurious cabin on an absolutely breathtaking waterfront. We enjoyed many seafood dinners on the picnic table overlooking the cove. Our children enjoyed kayaking daily. Our host could not have been more friendly or responsive. A perfect stay!
A rare getaway
This vintage cottage allowed us to share the seaside experience we had as children with our own kids - lots of space to gather, lots of comfortable and private sleeping options, and truly breathtaking surroundings. We also appreciated the work the owners had done to update the small things that really make a multigenerational stay a pleasure (woodfire, games cabinet, well-stocked kitchen equipment, wireless network). Things were laid out intuitively and the housekeeper, groundskeeper, and owner were all available to us during our visit. There were twelve of us staying in the cottage (ranging from 11-50 years old), and all agreed that after a week together it was hard to tear ourselves away. A vacation miracle!
What an amazing place! If you rent from John you won’t be disappointed. The dinning room table is huge and perfect for a large number of quests. We went to the fisherman Co-ops and eat lobster at the house almost every night (Osiers in South Bristol). The adults (minus a dad or two who had to help the kids) sat on the porch and enjoyed watching the kids fish of the dock all day! You won’t be disappointed...
Amazing Maine Experience!
I can't imagine a better Maine experience; a well appointed classical cottage in a quiet private cove with dock and just minutes from the village of South Bristol. The house is wonderful. A well maintained historic, rustic style cottage upgraded to embrace an open plan and all the modern amenities. The view from the porch is spectacular and I never got tired of sitting in one of the rocking chairs and gazing over it as I read my book. I spent a week here with my family and my sister's family, which included our adult children. It has five bedrooms, most with queen beds, and a large dining table that seats ten. It is hard to find a house that will accommodate a larger party, all of whom are adults and don't fit comfortably in twin beds. We were able to keep our boat at the dock and also to fish from it, and there are picnic tables and a fire pit for outdoor entertaining. The house was very clean and comfortably furnished. I couldn't have asked for more. We had a fabulous week; I didn't want to leave! The Holbrooks were great hosts and saw to our every need.
Fantastic coveside cottage
This is our 2nd year renting the cottage for our full family vacation. We have 12 people and all had space and plenty of room to relax, read, nap, play games and enjoy the water. It is quite warm & stuffy upstairs, but recent additions of fans and window fans have helped. For us it was not an issue as we preferred being outside on porch, deck, boat or dock during day.
The paths to dock are steep, so we got good workouts everyday. I would not advise these paths for older folks who don’t feel able bodied. There is a fire pit we enjoyed many evenings and plenty of cards, games and puzzles available for rainy days, should they happen.
The owner was truly hospitable, available, easy to reach and eager to offer any comforts or solve any problems we had. He allowed us use of canoe, kayaks, safety flotations and fishing gear. We have a harder time leaving this place every time we rent here!
Fantastic Family Vacation
This is one-of-a-kind place. It is peaceful. The view is magnificent. We had a family reunion there (12). We swam, kayaked, fished, and enjoyed the camp fire in the evenings. The location is beautiful. The cabin is rustic but spacious and well appointed.
South Bristol, Maine