Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7+)
- english, french
About Wendy Marsden
Cagasa Cottage is owned by Ben and Wendy Marsden. Ben works in Information Technology at Smith College in Northampton, MA and Wendy is a Certified Financial Planner and CPA in Greenfield, MA. We bought the cottage as a place to vacation during our April post-tax-season vacations and as a handicapped friendly place to stay with our elderly parents on the island for ourselves each summer. Along the way we discovered that we love it in the shoulder seasons, too! The Cottage is named after our three children. Caroline works at B.U. in Boston and is in graduate school, too; Gary works summer in the National Park Service and winters at ski resorts (currently at Copper Mountain in Colorado) and Sammy is graduating from high school in 2017. We hope to retire to this cottage someday, but for now we're renting it out a couple of weeks each summer. We figure all the stuff we're doing to make it lovely for renters, as well as elder-friendly, will be helpful to us one day, too! We are happy to share this wonderful place with people who appreciate the island the way we do. You'll find you are very welcome here.
Wendy Marsden purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why Wendy Marsden chose Peaks Island
Peaks Island is the perfect combination of friendly small New England village, breath-taking views of the rocky coast, and access to the hustle and bustle and culture and amenities of a major city a short ferry ride away. It's just not a commercial place: there are three restaurants (no chains), and a family-run grocery store. There are family movies on Saturday nights at the library's community room and concerts at the church and 5th Maine Museum, and sailing and tennis at TEIA, but mostly this is a sleepy New England village that just happened to be surrounded by ocean on one side and harbor on the other. It is blissfully friendly. If you ever tire of walking the four mile loop around the island then you can explore the interior. There are freshly laid paths through conservation areas that hikers and horses both appreciate. You'll run across deer, but no squirrels on this island. One of the benefits of being so close to Portland is that you can get into town for the evening: go to Old Port, take a cab or a bus to the Maine Mall, or visit the museums, performing arts venues or take a cruise. We've had a really good experience with getting help from visiting nurses while we were there for a month with our elderly parents. The village has an EMT or paramedic on duty at all times and Maine Medical Center is just a short ambulance boat ride away. There is a health clinic on the island as well that is staffed by excellent caregivers.
What makes this Cottage unique
This is a very sunny home with bright east and south light filling the rooms. The water views are peeking through everywhere. Even the basement workshop has water views! There is a large grassy yard good for playing (watch for a badminton net) and two smaller garden yards good for sitting around outside on a pleasant day. The house comes outfitted with a keurig coffee maker that makes individual cups of coffee or instant hot water for tea or cocoa. There's also a bar with colorful wine glasses. There are several good reading spots and a desk overlooking the water in case you want to sit and write. There is no TV in this house and VRBO makes that sound like a BAD thing. I'd call it an amenity, but we can add a large monitor for you to watch using your computer if you would like. Children have their own nook, with a special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs stocked with jigsaw puzzles and games and a few books (some for grown-ups, too.) There's a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises and you can take sailing lessons at TEIA. There's a place to buy lobster straight off the boat. (There's all the gear you need for a lobster dinner for 9 at the cottage.) But there's more than just the ocean: there is also quite a bit of interior wooded trails and a WWII bunker that used to house two 16' guns to protect the Portland shipyards. There are also a few lookout towers still around the island from that period. It's fun to explore the interior on foot, mountain-bike or rent a horse for a trail ride. It's a nice size to give the children the run of the island. There's culture, too. There's a Civil War museum (this was a favorite vacation spot for Civil War veterans) and there are movies on Saturday nights in the library. The library allows summer people to borrow books. There are two nice restaurants with seating right over the harbor and a Pub at the Inn. There's take-out pizza from Hannigan's as well.
Children allowed - Baby equipment is on hand.Baby equipment is on hand.
Pets allowed - Animals are not allowed on furniture. No cats.Animals are not allowed on furniture. No cats.
No parties/events - This is a home suitable for family vacations.This is a home suitable for family vacations.
No smoking - No smoking in the house. There are outside decks.No smoking in the house. There are outside decks.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 7 adults) - 2 queen bedrooms & bunkroom w/ double bed + twins2 queen bedrooms & bunkroom w/ double bed + twins
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great week at this property.
Location is perfect. House had everything you could need. Owner was pleasant to deal with. Highly recommend staying here.
Cagasa cottage was a great spot for anyone who has a disabled person in their party--it has a ramp, first floor bedroom and accessible bathroom. It's a cozy house with everything you would need. For the kids, the 'Harry Potter room' under the stairs was really special. The only thing I found wanting (and I'm being picky here) was that there wasn't an easy interface between indoor and outdoor areas--to get the the little back deck you have to go through a bedroom, and to get to the yard you have to go all the way around the house. But all in all, a wonderful place!
This was a lovely home adequately equipped and furnished for a disabled person. The setting was perfect and made our vacation perfect in every way.
Fantastic Stay On Peaks
Wendy and her family have created a perfect home away from home environment. There are labels, signs and tips posted everywhere in the house to help you settle in quickly. The house is clearly lovingly cared for and is both comfortable and well supplied. The location is fabulous! A quick walk up from the ferry but just far enough toward the back side of the island to feel friendly yet quiet. There are constant light breezes floating through the house that keep it cool and fresh feeling all the time.
We were a group of six. We all felt there was ample room for group hang out space as well as multiple options for quiet reading. One evening we had friends over for dinner and even with expanding to 12 people it all worked out perfectly. Everyone in our family loved staying at Cagasa Cottage.
The home was great for our stay. The owners left the place sparkling clean before we arrived. The home was very comfortable and airy. It had a great view of the back shore and the yard in front to play in.
There was an issue with a sink leaking and the dishwasher but Wendy had the plumber there the next day and it was fixed.
We loved every minute... thank you!
What is there to do on the island? The main attraction is walking around the island: a four mile loop that goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. That's the main attraction. People walk it, rollerblade it, ride rented bikes around it... but if you're not into moving you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself as this house looks straight down onto Seashore Ave.
Of course there is the ocean: there are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones, including a 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles. There is horseback riding and a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises from the ferry terminal.
But there's more than just the ocean: there is also Portland! Take the 20 minute ferry ride to Old Port and catch a cab to anywhere in the city!