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In 1879, when Captain Elliot Gamage built his Mansard-roofed Second Empire house, South Bristol, Maine was a quiet, coastal village. He picked a location where he could watch over his father's boat building operations and his own boats coming and going through the Gut - the narrow passage and harbor between the Damariscotta River and John's Bay.
South Bristol has not changed much in 119 years. Captain Gamage's home, Anodyne House, is available to rent by the week. Come and enjoy the quiet life of South Bristol and mid-coast Maine.
Anodyne House, located 150 feet from the shore, has 11 rooms, four upstairs bedrooms that sleeps seven, two full baths, a wrap around porch with screened dining pavilion, Victorian decor, central heat, private yard with wonderful flower gardens, and all the amenities. The large living room has a new fireplace and lots of books. The dining room seats 10 people easily. The kitchen is very well equipped and we have both a gas and charcoal grill. A large veranda wraps around the south, east, and north sides of the east wing of the house and includes a screened octagonal dining pavilion.
WIFI and high speed, broadband internet connection of course but no TV.
We offer the additional rental of the house's 'East Wing'. This room, with its summer cottage decor, is attached to the main house. It has a private bath and fireplace. A laundry room comes with the East Wing. It can be either a second family room with DVD player, projector and screen bedroom that sleeps 2 on a very comfortable convertible sofa (yes it is really comfortable)- your call.
Anodyne House is in a village setting on the Western Gut in South Bristol Village, about 75 feet from the waterfront. There are views across the small harbor. Just out of sight, but only a few hundred yards away, is the bridge connecting the mainland to Rutherford's Island and Christmas Cove. On the other side of the bridge is the Eastern Gut where most of So. Bristol's fishing fleet is moored. Shipyard Road is a quarter mile long dead-end road which winds along the shore with 19th century summer cottages at the end.
The house sits on 3/4 acre of lawn, gardens and trees, bordered on three sides by tall cedars and oaks. Although it is in the middle of the village, it is very private, . There are flower gardens, fruit trees, a tiny stream, a greenhouse, a hen house with real live chickens and plenty of lawn.
The house is well suited to families with small children as well as elderly guests and is a wonderful setting for small weddings and multi generational family vacations.
Betsy and I (Dave) are native coastal Mainers. Her family has been coming to South Bristol since 1900 and I was raised on the water in Kennebunkport. We are both still working professionals. Gardening, boating, cooking (Betsy), town history (Dave), contradancing and maintaining Anodyne House are our pastimes.
We have a small oyster farm too.
David Andrews purchased this house in 1996
Anodyne House is our winter residence. We have a family summer cottage not far from the Anodyne House. We live in South Bristol because it is a quiet, friendly town that typifies the coast of Maine. Our summer guests have found the same to be true for them.
Anodyne House has hard to describe magic. She is a comfortable old house that that seems to bring out the best in everyone. Summer family gatherings, small wedding, a week of relaxing..that is what she is best at.
Gorgeous....authentic.....historic.....inspiring....cheerful....artful- a true home away from home!! My family and friends have been renting a beautiful house in Cushing, Maine for many years at the end of June, on a point very dear to us. Last August we decided to go back to Maine's coastal paradise for another week's rental at a different location. Anodyne House took our breath away! It's character, atmosphere, light, art, antiques, flowers- all surrounded by the owners' memories of people and events dear to them in photographs and books. It's bedroom windows opening to the sounds of the harbor, and
the curtains dancing with the breeze! The gazebo porch, with candles and fresh flowers on the table, music coming from the living room ...beckoning you and your guests to sit and share. The sunny balcony deck overlooking the daily activities of the harbor and the historic bridge. The yards are stunning! You want to run around barefoot the second you get there, and mingle with the flowers and say hi to the chickens! And....the water! Kayaking is spectacular, especially exploring the coastline around to Christmas Cove. South Bristol is a charming village, with it's friendly grocery/cafe and fishing atmosphere. So many beautiful drives reach out from the town to places like Round Pond, New Harbor, and Pemaquid. Art galleries and antique shops dot the landscape, and you will never not see something worth looking at!!
David and Betsy are remarkable people! We are so glad we found them, and their very special home. Anodyne House is truly a very special discovery...a place to return to!
We spent a week in the Anodyne House for our annual trip with our good friends. There were 6 of us, and we had a blast. The house had plenty of room and the amenities were good. The grounds around the house are beautiful! We enjoyed eating dinner in the screened in porch most evenings, overlooking the harbor. We brought our paddle boards and were able to launch them right across the street from the house which was great. We loved taking walks around South Bristol Island, stopping in at Island Grocery for a coffee or a tasty frozen custard!
This vacation was just what we needed--relaxing, quiet, and the way life should be! We enjoyed being close enough to other towns like Camden, Bath, and Boothbay Harbor so we could see and do a lot of fun things. We happened to be in South Bristol during the town's Centennial celebration and enjoyed taking part in the 5k.
We hope to make it back up to South Bristol at some point. We really enjoyed a relaxing stay at the Anodyne House!
Our 3 generation family had a wonderful vacation at Annodyne House. The house is comfortable and spacious with lots of interesting furniture and decorations and kitchen utensils. The owner/host, Dave, is friendly and full of helpful hints and information. The gardens are delightful and the gardener friendly. The chickens were quiet but fun to visit. The location is really interesting. We could see the working harbor and the lobsta boats going in and out. We could easily walk to the Gut, where the swing bridge was located and then beyond onto the Island to explore (great bakery). The attached gazebo was perfect for meals and the rooftop deck/balcony was great in the morning to sit and have coffee on! Do not hesitate to book your vacation at Annodyne House in South Bristol, Maine!
Anodyne House is a lovely, old home..yes, home - not a sterile vacation house, where you can sit back and relax. The house is an authentic old NE house and decorated very nicely with old photos and pieces of furniture. their book cases are amazing.. Best of all the house is situated right across from a working harbor. The deck on the second floor affords lovely views of the harbor. the screened-in gazebo is a wonderful place to eat meals and has a great view - plenty of seating for eating or reading or just losing yourself in time. The kitchen is exceedingly well equipped. Dave, the owner, is extremely kind and very helpful. the gardens are lovely and the hens are fun to visit (you don't know they're there until you wander out to see them in their coop). But really the host and the house are the draw. It's quiet and calm, clean, and comfortable. We rented both the house and the "annex" and that was perfect for my older parents so they didn't have to deal with the stairs. A lovely place and would be at the top of my list to stay at again if i headed back to Maine. (our teenager loved the house too...especially going every morning over the "gut" to Island Grocery with her dad to get muffins for breakfast. we really enjoyed the ice house, Rachel Carson salt pond and the 4th of July parade in Round Pond.) a wonderful place to decompress and enjoy some time away
Took the whole family and had a great week. We have two married kids and one single and it worked great for us. Great location. You are really on water but away from tourist yet close to light houses and many other fun activities. Lots of space and provided all we needed.
South Bristol village is the sort of place you come to enjoy the best of a Maine coast family summer vacation. No tourist 'traps', no late night lights, no traffic, no hassle. We have a true working waterfront and the best lobsters and fresh seafood there is anywhere. If you have a small boat, you can use our dinghy dock privileges.
Christmas Cove, on Rutherford Island, a classic Maine coast yachting destination is an easy walk away.
Check out South Bristol, the Pemaquid peninsular and mid-coast Maine on the web. You will not be disappointed vacation here.
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
We rent only by the week during July and August- Saturday to Saturday. Rent is for main house that sleeps 7 on second floor. Add $350/week for the East Wing bedroom that sleeps 2 on first floor (no stairs).
Check or Paypal- 50% deposit with remainder due 30 days before arrival date.