|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Located in South Addison, a quiet lobster fishing village, the cottage contains a living/dining area, galley kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a year-round porch leading onto an outside deck with a gas grill. The bathroom/utility room has a shower, sink, and toilet. The downstairs bedroom has a queen size bed. The loft has two twin beds. There is a futon on the year-round porch that makes into a bed.
High tide is a good time to explore with the two kayaks provided. Bring your camera for once in a lifetime shots of the local wildlife.
This is a great spot to watch osprey and eagles looking for fish. When the lobsters are shedding their shells, it attracts seals that can be seen in the harbor. Shore birds abound during the spring and fall migration times. October is a prime time to see migrating ducks. Old squaw, teal, black, mallard and eider are most common. There is a 20-45X Bushnell spotting scope on the porch to enhance the views in the harbor.
John grew up in Massachusetts. I, Mary Rose, was raised in Minnesota. We met and married at Glacier National Park in Montana in 1973. In 1975 we moved to Maine.
Mary Rose Pray purchased this cottage in 1985
We settled in central Maine in 1975. John's dream though was to be a lobster fisherman so we moved to Addison in 1985. The first time we saw this property we fell in love with the view. We call it our million dollar view! Our first summer there we built our little log home on the shore with the help of our three children. The picture above we took returning from an afternoon enjoying a water outing around Eastern Harbor. Always changing, the views outside our dining and porch windows are better than television!
Downeast Maine is a unique getaway that we always look forward coming home to. Now our nine grandchildren enjoy spending time at our cottage on the shore. We hope our guests find pleasure in the quiet and beauty of the area as much as we do.
This rustic cabin was well maintained and well equipped. However, one must remember to bring queen sheets and towels!
The ever-changing harbour views can be enjoyed even more by way of the telescope thoughtfully provided. The library at Addison has two Apple computers for public use (open Wed and Sat only!) and good cell phone reception can be had at the near end of the Cape Split Island bridge. I also got some Wi-Fi connection at the 4-Corners supermarket in Columbia.
The nearest post office is at Addison. Fresh lobsters available in So. Addison.
A road map of Maine is a big help when exploring the surroundings! Don't miss the quaint town of Jonesport, and the Bayview Seafood, home of the "Best Lobster Roll in Maine & Massachusetts" with picnic tables overlooking the harbour. The Library in Jonesport also has public computers. Owners Mary Rose and John Pray stocked a goodly number of entertainment videos, and reading material, and are very helpful with any questions. By the way, the kitchen comes with a good supply of basic necessities and spices. Jamie, the local house manager, is also quite helpful.
All in all, after two weeks on the road, a week in this calming place was exactly what we needed!
what a great place to get away and enjoy a true "Downeast" vacation. This cottage is clean and cozy, with all the amenities needed to make yourself at home. The telescope looking out over the bay provided hours of entertainment, such as watching the lobster boats at work and seals and eagles doing their thing.
Opportunities to hike the BoldCoast are close by .,.,., paddling the bays or numerous freshwater lakes are all close by .,.,., seafood markets and restaurants are close by(our favorite was Helens in Machias)..,,., we even found a couple sand beaches on the ocean.
Thank you Mary for opening your cottage to us for a wonderful week!!!
Quiet and secluded. Everything was just great. Enjoyed kayaking on the bay. Ate lobster right off the boat and purchased straight across the bay from the cabin. Enjoyed biking around the area. We even went swimming at the little beach a mile west of the cabin.
The cottage is very comfortable with a rustic feel. You will feel away from it all as it is quite a drive from the main roads, but if peace and quiet is what you are after it is great. There is no internet or cell coverage here so those addicted to their phones need not apply.
We mostly used the place as a base of operations for day trips to the local towns and beautiful hiking parks in the area. I did take a wonderful paddle in the Kayak with my son that was fabulous, just watch the tides as coming in was a bit of a hike getting back. The only draw back we found was the beach area is very muddy. Not good for exploring, but more for the views and watching shore birds. The spotting scope was a huge bonus! The sandy walking beach is just 5min. away so take your beach strolls there, its fabulous.
We stayed at the cottage for 1 week this July, 2015. Cottage is very nice, clean and neat. Everything was according to the website. Location is very remote and nice for quiet and peaceful getaway. Cottage has a nice bedroom on the first floor for adults and loft on the second floor for kids or teens. Also it had a room on the first floor with pull-out bed ( if you want to separate your snoring significant other) or you can just use it as a sitting area to enjoy the view of the harbor from inside the house. Kitchen is not very big but had everything we needed for cooking. Bathroom is huge and as I sad everything was very clean. It took about 1.5 hours to get to Bar Harbor, about 30 min. to local hospital and laundry and about 15 min for local grocery store which is very nice and have big variety of vegetarian food which was a big surprise for us. Cottage does not have the Internet or Wi-Fi or cellphone signal. So be prepared! It was fine with my husband and I but our teens were "just dying" without the internet (and I have to say they knew it will be a week without the Internet!). We were not able to use free Wi-Fi at the local library not sure why..... House have a land line which worked perfect and regular (not a flat screen) TV with VCR and DVD.
If you a looking for quite and relaxing vacation this is cottage for you! Harbor is beautiful! Local beach clean and quite! Perfect place for active people or just someone who wants to get away form the big city! We would definitely recommend this place to all our friend and family!
Everything at this place is as advertised. Everything was clean and ready to go. There were good directions for how to use the cottage and equipment, as well as tips for things in the area. We had a great time exploring this part of Maine - hiking trails, exploring the harbor in the kayaks, seeing lots of great wildlife (eagles, ospreys, seals). I even managed to catch some fish in the harbor from the kayak. It's off the beaten path, which is a plus in my book. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to get away and relax!
Downeast Sunrise Trail (85 miles of scenic rail trail that runs the entire Downeast area for bicycles or ATVs)
Columbia Falls - Ruggles House Museum & Columbia Falls Pottery Shop
Pleasant River Boat Tours in Addison (tour the islands, haul some lobster traps or see the puffins on Capt. Paul's lobster boat)
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
During the summer season, a 7 day stay is required from a Saturday to a Saturday. Check-in is at 4 p.m. on the Saturday you arrive and check-out is 10 a.m. on the Saturday you leave. Off season shorter stays will be considered. Long term renters are welcome.