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Fred

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Cundy's Hbr Oceanfront - Private, peaceful & convenient

16 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Harpswell House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom, 1.75 bath, sleeps 6-8

As you drive down the private association road toward our Three Island View house, you'll see why you'll enjoy your stay. The view of the New Meadows River opens before you. ('River' is a misnomer; it's an 'embayment' or extension of Casco Bay.) Once inside, the chalet-style house’s open feel directs you to these extensive ocean water views, and you’ll spend much of your time on the large wrap-around deck with deck furniture and BBQ grill. The spectacular sunrises from the house will invite you to be an early riser (though they're best in the fall and spring).

Set on two private acres with a large yard and over 300 feet of owned ocean water frontage, the house looks out to a tidal basin replete with bird life - and clams to be dug for dinner (permit needed). Herons, osprey, wild turkeys, and even a pair of pileated woodpeckers are visitors to the yard. We've watched bald eagles circle overhead. Lobster boats lie in constant view from the house. Your morning coffee from our deck will taste extra special.

Our house is a wonderful place for a vacation retreat. It is in a small association of year-round homes, not with other vacation houses. At the end of the road, a leisurely 3-minute walk away, lies the Association dock from which you can launch a canoe or kayak to explore the coves of the area -- or just get lost in the moment.

>>> The Appeal: Peaceful, Beautiful, Away From It All, Yet Convenient <<<

THE LOCATION: Our house lies in the Cundy’s Harbor part of Sebascodegan Island in Harpswell. (Don’t worry; you don’t need a boat. The Gurnet bridge crosses from Brunswick to Harpswell.) Three miles to the south is the quaint, picturesque, working fishing village of Cundy's Harbor with its lobster pounds, small shops and Holbrooks Restaurant, a classic eat-in-the-rough dockside eatery with views that will make you linger over your meal. (See photos.)

>>> Do check out our YouTube video for a tour of our house. (We painted the house last fall and haven't yet had a chance to redo the video. That's why the still photos look different.)

Harpswell itself is a great town to explore. Bowdoin has an ocean study center on Orr's Island with easy trails along the Harpswell Sound. Over the unique crib stone bridge lies Bailey Island, which has town beaches, Lands End, and the Giant Stairs town park with walks along the granite rocks on the water.

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THE AREA -- HARPSWELL & BRUNSWICK: While very private, convenience is a key feature of the house. You’re just 6 miles (an easy 10 minutes) to Cooks Corner (Route 1) in Brunswick, which has all the shopping you could want. Nearby downtown Brunswick features unique shops, including an old mill building on the river that has been converted into an antique mall, and many truly fine, yet casual, restaurants. In fact, Brunswick has become noted as a 'foody' town.

Should a rainy day befall your stay, the town has museums and sites to explore at handsome Bowdoin College. Museums include the Perry-MacMillan Artic Museum and a splendid, newly renovated art museum. Maine Summer Theatre and the International Music Festival are on campus. The General Joshua Chamberlain Museum, famous for turning the tide at Gettysburg, is across the street. If you're a history buff, it's a must. Off campus is the Pejepscot Museum, the town’s historical museum.

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BEYOND HARPSWELL & BRUNSWICK: Freeport (think: LL Bean and scores of outlet stores) is ten minutes south of Brunswick and Portland is an easy 45 minutes from the house. Portland is a wonderful, small city with much to offer, including the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate and the Old Port Exchange.

Five minutes north of Cooks Corner on Route 1 brings you to Bath, a shipbuilding town still centered on the Bath Iron Works. (Note the mammoth cranes that dot the skyline.) Like Brunswick, Bath is replete with interesting shops and more fine restaurants. At the Maine Maritime museum you can take boat rides on the Kennebec River and maybe see a Navy frigate launch, as we did in 2012.

Beyond Bath, Down East Maine extends before you along Route 1. Reid and Popham Beach State Parks are nearby, both fun to explore with good beaches. Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Pemaquid, Camden, and the rest of the peninsulas of mid-coastal Maine are easy day trips. We even had guests go to Acadia as a day trip, though we wouldn't recommend that.

The fact that we're within easy reach of highways makes the return from day trips more enjoyable. Bailey Island is beautiful, but driving there after a long day trip or evening on the town takes some fun away.

To help you plan your trip, we provide renters with a House Guide, which has information about the house and about the area, including sightseeing, shopping, restaurant listings with our own reviews, and emergency information (which we hope you won't need). We also have a basket full of local maps and tourist brochures you are welcome to use.

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FINAL DETAILS: Note that our house is pet friendly; we bring our cats occasionally. (They earn their keep.) If you have severe pet allergies, this may not be the house for you; weekly cleanings may not remove all pet hair. (One of our parents has mild allergies and does just fine on her visits.)

Of course, we have WiFi access with high-speed internet, a DVD player for the living room LCD TV with HDMI and VGA cables so you can plug in your laptop.

See our own web page link nearby for more photos and details. Pricing includes use of linens. We also stock the house with at least starter supplies of basic household consumables (laundry & dish detergents, soap, paper towels, etc.) so you don't have to run to the store immediately upon arrival.

Rental period is from Saturday to Saturday in peak summer season. We do long weekend rentals in fall and spring -- minimum charge of 3 days -- but we only do full week rentals in peak season.

And not to throw cold water on your wonderful idea for a wedding by the sea, but we do not host wedding parties at our house. The logistics would just be too daunting.

Please email us for more information. We do not include our phone number here because it just leads to a bevy of annoying telemarketing calls. Really.

PS. If some of this copy sounds familiar from other property listings, it's because I write such good copy that others have 'borrowed' it.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Fred (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Fred

We are a professional couple, living in New England. One of us is a software engineering manager for a large data storage company and is a flutist in a community concert band. The other is a consultant who helps companies connect with their customers through feedback surveys. He is also an adjunct operations management professor at Boston-area business schools. The photo is of Fred enjoying the view at nearby Holbrook's eat-in-the-rough restaurant in Cundy's Harbor -- a must for a visit.

Fred purchased this house in 2006

Why Fred chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

One of us is a Bowdoin grad from the mid-'70s and always loved the area. In fact, he lived nearby in Cundy's Harbor for a couple of years after finishing at Bowdoin. The other has family connections to Boothbay Harbor. We both love Maine, the people, and the way of life. We cherish the weeks when we use the house ourselves, even if we're working on the house, and someday may call this house our home.

What makes this house unique

The reasons we love the house:

1) Privacy and space. You likely won't hear the neighbors. If 20 cars go by the house each day, that's a traffic jam.

2) The relaxing feel of the ocean. It's not open ocean, but sitting on the deck or on the dock, you can get lost in the moment. While you don't get deep-water, open ocean, you do get...

3) Convenience. While having the relaxing feel of Maine oceanfront, you're just an easy 10-15 minutes to all the shopping you could want and a quick ride to Route 1 and Interstate 295 for day trips. Our guests agree. See the reviews.

4) Birdlife. The ocean frontage draws many birds. Follow the Link to Maine Vacation Rental web page and see our photos all taken on the property or from the Association dock.

Reviews

4.5
based on 16 traveler reviews

Cundy's Hbr Oceanfront - Private, peaceful & convenient
average rating of 4.5 based on 16 reviews
5

Very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully relaxing property! We were looking for a location to unwind in advance of the new school year, and this certianly delivered.We would return.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad our place fit the bill so well!
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5

Lovely, lovely

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience of Maine, and we were utterly charmed, both by Maine and this by house. The house was very comfortable, very quiet and peaceful. Breakfast on the sunny deck under a cloudless sky, watching the boats in the water is a great start to the day! The kitchen was very well equipped. The owner and the manager could not have been more helpful.

Do have a meal at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick. If you get an ice cream from the take away ice cream place on Maine Street (Bowdoin College end), you can take it across to the town green - you might be lucky, as we were, and discover a country/rock band performing.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad our Maine hospitality met your expectations. Maybe Maine will beckon again...
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5

Relaxing Week Exploring Mid-Coast

  • 5 of 5

Having never spent extended time in the mid-coast area, this was a perfect location for a relaxing week exploring the area. Easy access to Brunswick, Bath, and Freeport, as well as Orr's and Bailey Islands. Property as described. Cozy, pet friendly, well-maintained home with good amenities, attentive owner and property manager. Nicely private with great views.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at our place. We hope you will return and explore more of mid-coastal Maine.
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5

Relaxing Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently moved to Maine and need a place for the winter while we got adjusted. We found this great place in Harpswell. It's quiet, relaxing, and the sunrise's are great! We would see wild turkey, Heron's, Pileated Wood peckers (woody the wood pecker) and more on a regular basis. To top it all off the owner was pleasure to work with!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always good to have our off-season renters enjoy a winter stay. While it may be cold, they do get the best sunrises. Glad this was a good intro to Maine.
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5

Wonderful Place on Maine Coast!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place on the Maine coast. Cozy house with excellent views of classic Maine coast. Location location location! We felt as though we were inthe best part of Maine. Convienient to every place we wanted to visit and when we wanted to stay home it was cozy as could be.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Nice House, Great Location, Wonderful Experience

  • 4 of 5

We know this area of mid-coastal Maine well, and this house was a great find for our fall vacation. The delightful views from the deck were complemented by a very comfortable, clean, well-maintained house that included lots of basic items not included in other rentals we've done. While the views made us want to stay put, the house is very convenient to shopping, great dining in Brunswick, and day trips down the coast. The manager and owner made us feel very welcome. We'll be visiting again.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your time in our home.
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Portland Int'l Jetport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Winners Pub (and others) at Cooks Corner
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Brunswick Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Brunswick Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-295 @ Topsham 10 miles; Route 1 @ Brunswick
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Holbrooks, Cundy's Harbor; Gurnet Trading, Rt 24
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Mackerel Cove town beach
Car: necessary

Wonderful place to view ocean bird life, in part due to the tidal pools. Herons, egrets, osprey, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles all on property or on ocean frontage.

Kayaking is popular in this area of the New Meadows River. Rental places nearby. (For some reason VRBO/HomeAway don't include kayaking or canoeing in their list of 'Activities.')

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Rates & Availability

Harpswell House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Late Peak Season
Sep 12 2016 - Oct 15 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,400
$4,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Early spring
May 1 2017 - May 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$175
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Peak Season
May 25 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,400
$4,760
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$175
From
$200
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
$3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

VRBO & HomeAway made rate posting complicated. More simply:
Peak: $1600/week. 7 night min.
Early & Late Peak: $1400/week. 3 night min. @$225-250/nt
Off Peak: $1000/week. 3 night min. @$175-200/nt
For groups > 6, $5/nt/person over 6
Changeover day is Saturday. No exceptions during peak.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Harpswell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • With a full bath on each floor, someone who may have trouble navigating stairs can stay on the first (ground) floor in our '2nd bedroom' right next to the bathroom with the shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sofa coach
  • Queen size Beds (1) in Master Bedroom with 4' memory foam pad., Double Beds (1) in 2nd bedroom with 4' memory foam pad., (1) Sleeper Coach
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
The bird life is tremendous, in part because of the tidal pools. Go down to the dock at low tide at daybreak with your coffee, binoculars, and a camera and enjoy the show the shore birds provide.

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