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James A. Smith

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Moot Point - a fully equipped, classic log cabin close to the sea

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Boothbay Harbor Area Cabin Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with an up-close, stunning view of Linekin Bay

Special Notice: Moot Point has been listed for sale with the Boothbay Harbor real estate firm of Tindal and Callahan. See - appalachee - rd If the cabin is still for sale by the time of your stay, you may be asked to make the interior of the cabin presentable and to permit a showing of the cabin by the broker on 24 hours notice.

Description: Master bedroom has Queen bed. Each of the other bedrooms has a twin bed. 2 bathrooms, massive stone fireplace with plenty of dry firewood, covered front porch with breathtaking views of Linekin Bay. Hammock in the back yard. Fully equipped kitchen, microwave, air-conditioning, internet and wireless connections, and cable TV/VCR/DVD. Your trail leads you to your own private deep water dock. Path lighted at night leads from private parking space for two cars to this charming cabin by the sea. Short walking distance to a private, sandy beach on 11 acre Appalachee Pond, where you can swim, canoe or kayak. Close to a hiking trail in a land trust nature preserve.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James A. Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About James A. Smith

Sally and Jim Smith met in college and married in Georgetown in 1959. Jim graduated from Columbia Law School in 1961 and immediately joined Squire, Sanders & Dempsey headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Jim became a partner in the firm, specializing as a trial lawyer in complex corporate, banking and securities litigation. In the meantime, the Smith family became four, with the addition of Hugh and Sarah.

James A. Smith purchased this cabin in 1983

Why James A. Smith chose Boothbay Harbor Area

The Smths discovered Maine in 1969. We rented in the Boothbay Harbor region and came to think of Boothbay Harbor as our summer hometown. After years of renting summer cottages in the early 1980s, we started to look for our own cottage. When we first saw Moot Point in the fall of 1982, it was love at first sight. Since purchasing Moot Point, we have been improving it. After Jim retired in 1994, we started spending every summer at Moot Point. In 2008, we built a second cottage on the other side of Appalachee Road, and since that time, we have rented Moot Point when Hugh or Sarah and their families are not using it.

What makes this cabin unique

After looking at dozens of places, our Boothbay Harbor real estate agent drove us to Appalachee Shores. She stopped the car near the entrance - so that we could see Appalachee Pond in all its glory. Hundreds of various colored water lilies were in full bloom, like a Monet painting. When we got to the cabin, my breath was taken away. The shining wood beams and the massive stone fireplace presented an interior that was warm and welcoming. The view of Linekin Bay - just yards below us - was thrilling, more beautiful than we dreamed possible. And to be able to walk down our own path to our private dock and float meant that we could really be a part of Linekin Bay. Which turned out to be true. Over the years, at night we would go down to the float and lie on our backs. On a clear night we would watch the stars shoot across the dark, dark sky.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Moot Point - a fully equipped, classic log cabin close to the sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

A Maine Classic

  • 5 of 5

We have rented 10 different cabins in recent years in Mid-Coast Maine, and this one is the classiest and coziest. It's what you've probably dreamed a cabin in Maine ought to look like.

It's only 2 miles from Boothbay Harbor, 2.5 from a large supermarket, but it's tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac and a world away. It's surrounded by trees, yet has a terrific view to the ocean, with wind and waves the only sounds.

It's 20 yards down a stone-stepped path, and another 20 yards down to the dock from the cabin. The cabin comes with a canoe you can use on Appalachee Pond, a block's distance away. The pond has a great beach for kids and is very pretty to canoe around, but you'll cover the whole thing in half an hour. The owners allowed us to bring the canoe to tidewater as we are very avid canoers, and we had many great paddles around Linekin Bay, which is about 3 miles long and half that wide, with several islands to paddle around. Each day we were passed by busy lobster boats pulling their traps and circled above by osprey. There is a floating dock you can leave the canoe on overnight. You can access the water at any tide, unlike other places we've stayed at where the dock is high and dry at low tide.

The bedrooms are not large, but adequate. The main bedroom has a queen bed, the other two a twin bed each, and there are two bathrooms, each one between the main bedroom and one of the single rooms. One of the single rooms is on the ocean side, with nice views to the water and waves on the shore lulling you to sleep.

The kitchen was well-equipped. The dining table was well-lit and large. The living room is the real treasure here: large and almost glowing from the log walls, log beams, and shiny wooden floor with colorful rugs about. There is a large plush sofa and easy chairs, also well-lit, and in a corner another table where we could spread out maps or do a jigsaw puzzle, had we ever found the time. Finally, there is a porch on the water side where you can spend many pleasant hours reading and listening to the waves.

Boothbay Harbor and area attractions are nearby. If you enjoy hiking, the Boothbay Region Land Trust owns and maintains many nature preserves nearby, including one right next to Appalachee Pond. They have downloadable trail maps on their website.

The owners live right across the road and are very helpful. Between them and the beauty of the cabin and the area, it was very hard to leave. We’re already making plans to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cabin provides for the perfect Maine Coast experience! Tucked among tall pines down a beautiful gravel road, the location is private and feels remote, yet is only minutes from Boothbay town center. Situated on a somewhat steep hillside overlooking Linekin Bay, the cabin is rustic and quaint, well equipped, and clean. The view from the porch of Linekin Bay is fantastic, with lobster boats drifting by and an occasional Osprey diving for a catch. The boat dock is a huge bonus, great for sunning, kayaking, or a cold swim. Our daughter (7) preferred the beautiful lake, just a short walk up the hill, with a nice sandy beach, friendly people, and warmer water. Just up the gravel road from the lake is a trailhead to preserve land, with miles of trails for hiking or running. The location really can't be beat!

The owners, Jim and Sally Smith, are kind and engaging, and just a short walk up the path if needed. We found the cabin to be completely stocked, including plenty of warm blankets, firewood, and even charcoal for the grill.

Be sure to checkout Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens nearby. It's truly a world class garden, and a pleasant way to spend a whole day (great for a picnic).

Moot Point is perfect for someone seeking an engaging, rustic Maine experience, and not a generic hotel or B&B stay. It ranks as one of our family's best vacations, and we will definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning, warm, comfortable. inviting

  • 5 of 5

Every comment is in the superlative. The cabin is a haven of comfort. Beds are comfortable; amenities provided; scenery is superb! I will be back next year for two weeks!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Charming Cabin in Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Moot Point Cottage in Boothbay Harbor was one of the best vacation experiences we've ever had. The log cabin is comfortable and loaded with charm and the view over the bay from the huge back porch is spectacular. We especially loved swimming in the freshwater pond just steps from the cabin, as the water was warm and it had a soft, sandy bottom. The location was ideal for us because the cabin is nestled in a woodsy area, yet it's very convenient to get to the bustle of Boothbay Harbor with so many great restaurants and shopping. By car it's only a few minutes and by foot a lovely, scenic walk of about 25 minutes. The owners of the cottage, the Smiths, live nearby and were friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. Moot Point is one of those rare places we enjoyed so much that we plan to return again and again.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Porltand International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Thistle Inn
Nearest Ferry
49 Miles
Rockland, ME
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Boothbay Country Club (open to the public)
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Wiscasset, ME
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
state routes 96 and 27
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Rocktide Inn and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Hendricks Head Beach, Southport
Car: necessary

Boothbay Harbor in summer is alive with lobster and fishing boats and scores of luxurious motor yachts and tall masted sail boats, all plying the waters of one of the largest and most beautiful harbors on the east coast. The Town has over 25 outstanding restaurants serving fine wines and cuisine, whether it be seafood, steak or Italian. Take one of the many excursion boats to see lighthouses, or to Burnt Island, Damariscove Island, or Monhegan, or to see the seals, puffins and whales. Go deep sea fishing for cod, mackerel, tuna, haddock or striped bass. Rent a kayak or a bike to explore, at your own pace, our gorgeous rocky coast. Take an evening sail on a Friendship Sloop or a schooner to watch the sun sink into the sea. Go to our historic Opera House to listen to nationally known artists play jazz, ragtime or the blues, or to the Boothbay Playhouse to enjoy a Broadway musical or play. Take your child to the Aquarium to see the lobsters, fish and other marine life that dwell beneath the surface of the sea, or to the Railway Village to ride on a narrow gauge steam train. Visit shops in town which offer high quality glass, pottery, traditional and designer clothing, handmade jewelry, gifts, toys and original art in almost every media. Enjoy locally handmade salt-water taffy, fudge or ice cream. Rest for a moment in our waterfront park, cross our historic footbridge, or drive our country roads to Southport, Boothbay, Edgecomb, East Boothbay and Ocean Point. Explore the over 30 miles of hiking trails maintained by our local land trust and see and hear many of Maine's most beautiful birds. Visit the spectacular 250 acre Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, one of the finest in the nation. Whatever you do, come to Boothbay Harbor - and live life as life should be lived!


Rates & Availability

Boothbay Harbor Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Please see Notice on the first page of this advertisement: Moot Point is for sale and special terms will be in the rental agreement: if Moot Point is sold and the new buyer does not wish to honor any rental agreements, on 31 days notice before your arrival, your reservation may be cancelled and 150% of your deposit refunded. Owner commits to use best efforts to assist you in finding a comparable rental in the Boothbay Harbor region. If Moot Point is still for sale at the time of your rental, the second special term in your rental agreement will be that on 24 hours notice, you will permit a showing of the cabin.

The initial deposit of 1/2 total rent due on booking. Balance due 2 weeks before the commencement of the Term. Maine Sales tax of 9% plus a security deposit of $200 is also due and payable 2 weeks before the commencement of the Term. The security deposit is refunded two weeks after the end of the Term, except for any deduction for unusual loss or damage (normal wear and tear excepted.)

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Boothbay Harbor Area Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The large bathroom has abundant storage space. Also has baseboard electric heat. The second bathroom is located between the master bedroom and the front bedroom. The tub, washstand and toilet in the second bathroom are made of blue tile.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom connects to a large bath with shower, toilet and washstand. The large bath in turn connects to the back bedroom, which also has a door to the dinning aea. The front bedroom is just a few steps away from the second bathroom (full bath)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
As stated above, this lovely cabin was placed on the market in the summer of 2015. The price is $480,000 based on an appraisal done in June, 2015. If you are interested, please let me know and I will put in touch with the broker, Tindal and Callahan. James A. Smith, agent for the owner

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