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Kathie Nielsen

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

Year Round Coastal Cottage, Classic Feel, Modern Amenities, Recently Built

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Unwined is a 1 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Cottage that Sleeps 5/6

Located on 2+ acres in an exclusive community on the water you will find that UnWined offers a relaxing atmosphere in a beautiful setting on the coast of Maine. Built as a place to do just that, let go of the pressure of everyday life and UnWined.

On the back of UnWined you will find two porches, downstairs with it's classic blue ceiling and dining area and upstairs with it's wire railing and uninterrupted view of the gardens and cove. At night the stars shine brilliantly above. Step off the porch into the back yard and down the steps to the waterfront.

With windows open, enjoy the babbling brook in the woods to the left of the cottage or listen to the waves upon the rocks. Keep an eye out for our eagles, they are never far. A walk up the hill will provide you with exceptional views of the river, nearby mountains and of course the ocean.

Although UnWined is one bedroom, it sleeps as many as 6 with its pullout sleeper and the daybed in the window on the stream side of the house. The master bath includes a soaking tub with high end fixtures and the shower has an overhead as well as a hand held. Grab a book, find a chair, inside in front of the fire or out back and let go. Looking for Lobster? The ones (most of the year there are buoys) in the backyard can be bought from the local lobsterman at the Cushing Harbor, just down Pleasant Point Rd.

Grab a book, find a chair, inside or out and let go.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Kathie Nielsen (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english

About Kathie Nielsen

Gerry and I have been married for 29 years and have three kids, our primary home is in Texas. We both grew up in the northeast and have always missed the seasons, the food, and love the feel that Maine has of a place that time has stood still in many ways. We fell in love with the coast of Maine thanks to our family who lives in the midcoast year round and when we found this community and our lot, we knew we had to build a place to run away to.

Kathie Nielsen purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Kathie Nielsen chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

For years, we had talked of the 'ideal' area for us. We always said water was a must, mountains would be great. Our family loves American history and Maine is filled with it, from antiques to Joshua Chamberlain. And then our family moved up here and built the house of their dreams. On a trip with them, we fell in love. When we walked on our lot, we knew the cottage had to have windows on the stream side, so we could hear the waterfall and of course we had to maximize our views of the water. My dad went to camp in Maine as a boy he's now 87 and his parents sailed into Rockport Harbor to see him, we have history here. Having a husband in the maritime industry, Maine's rich Maritime history and culture was a natural fit. It is a place of dreams but the hardworking resilient Mainers keep you grounded. A place where dreams are big and memories are made.

What makes this cottage unique

UnWined is my original design, the original drawings are on a cocktail napkin, drawn on the night we bought the property. My vision for the cottage was a blend of old and new, we've redone many houses but this is my first venture into design from the ground up. We hope that you enjoy the cottage as much as we do, many of the items you find here are in fact 'reclaimed' or antiques.

'Smuggles'. He is the horse that sits atop UnWined, purchased at a local antique shop in Rockland. We thought we got a great deal on him, that's another story. He is actually a 'Smugglers horse' circa 1880 and is solid copper and was atop a barn in Union, Maine until he landed here.

Newel post at the base of the Stairs: Circa 1800's and found on Ebay, we had our builder retrofit it for our landing.

Flooring: Reclaimed Oak Barnwood, from the same supplier who handle 'This Old House'.

Fireplace Mantle: This too is an original, Gerry and I drove to New Hampshire, bought a beam from an architectural salvage yard and had a local carpenter create the mantle, the beam is over 200 years old.

Bathroom Door Upstairs: Yup, it's a real barn door with the original hardware that we refinished.

The Cupola light and front lights are actual brass ship lights that have been restored and retrofitted for modern use.

Gilles: Our fish on the upstairs wall, carved from a piece of Driftwood.

The sunsets are pretty spectacular and a walk up the hill regardless of the season will always cause a smile or a wistful look at the view. Keep your eyes pealed, our pair of bald eagles is never far.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We (my wife, two daughters and I) just came back from a most wonderful memorable stay at “Unwined" for our Christmas Holidays. It was the most perfect Christmas ever; black starry nights, plenty of white snow, warm fire in the fireplace, breathtaking views of the outdoors scenery and a truly great house.

The first surprise for us, as we arrived at the house close to midnight, was to wake up the next morning with a stunning view, through the double French-doors, of slowly moving coastal/inland waters and tall pine-trees right at your feet. Well worth the long drive to get there.

The neighbors, who were not even in easy view of the house, were very friendly and invited us to brunch on Christmas Day, as they traditionally do every year for the neighborhood. This was such a nice and pleasant experience. Very nice people indeed!

The house is brand new and beautifully decorated with a great lay-out. The house is fully equipped with good quality dinner- and cooking-ware, a large refrigerator, gas-stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer.

The place offers tranquility indoors as well as outdoors. We took many long hikes in winter wonderland during our stay. All that was needed was to dress up warm, bring a camera and step out the front door.

We fell in love with "UnWined", we felt sad leaving "UnWined" and we look forward to return to "UnWined" soon.
Dec 2013
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Year Round Coastal Cottage, Classic Feel, Modern Amenities, Recently Built
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

Absolute serenity!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting a vacation home in Maine and from the moment we stepped foot on the property we knew it was going to be an amazing stay.

UnWined completely exceeded our expectations!

Everything from the beautiful setting with river views to the well-appointed and thoughtfully designed home provided the perfect escape from city life. The owners have taken great care to provide all of the amenities.

We rented kayaks and paddle boards from the recommended outdoor shop that delivered and picked up the equipment. We also brought our own floats and spent many lazy hours on the river.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable time at UnWined and we did not want to leave. Hope to be back again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so glad that your stay at UnWined was everything and more than you had hoped for! It was built with love as a place where memories are made and we look to forward to your return. Kathie and Gerry
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Fabulous Cottage -- Mint Condition & Well-Equipped

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Unwined cottage for three weeks in late June / early July. Although the cottage is not inexpensive, it is in s superb, quiet location on a large lot overlooking the water and was also top notch in cottage quality and amenities. For example, the kitchen is just not 'equipped,' it is stocked with all high-end appliances and (gasp!) even matching dinnerware, a wide variety of specialty gadgets, and etc. The cottage itself is rather small and isn't really designed to host guests. But the space that is available for the couple occupying the cottage is plenty ample. While we had a glitch or two during our extended stay, the owner responded to emails nearly instantly, and solutions were promptly found. As our third experience with different summer cottage rentals in Maine over the last five years, this was by far the very best and is to be highly recommended. Congratulations to the owners.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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You will never want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

The location lends itself to tranquility and peacefulness from the minute you arrive. The views and sunsets are spectacular. The house is immaculate and well equipped. This was our first visit to this part of Maine and we will definitely be returning. The owner couldn't have been more helpful and responsive. The sounds of nature surround the home and you never see or hear another vehicle. A perfect place to recharge and unwined!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful write up Lynn. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at UnWined and would love to have you come back. UnWined was built with love as a place where memories are made, we are glad that you too have made some during your stay.
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What an absolute gem!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a perfect blend of antique charm and brand new, luxury accommodations. We never wanted to leave the house as it's location is one of complete serenity and peacefulness. I can not wait to go back and would love to experience this home - and unspoiled part of Maine - in all seasons. The home is spotlessly clean and very well-appointed with all the supplies you will need for your stay. The owner is communicative and extremely helpful in answering any questions you may have. Nearby Rockland is quite adorable and has many nice shops and restaurants. But seriously, you won't want to leave the cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so glad that UnWined proved to be the place that you can let go a bit and enjoy your surroundings. UnWined was built with love, a place where memories are made. We look forward to your return.
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The cottage was very nice. No access to water.

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was very nice. Disappointed there was no access to the water from the house. For the price, it should have been clearer. For the same size cottage a little more south last year, we had a dock and less expensive and the seals and lobster boats were visitors every day. We also had neighbors who were very welcoming and a pleasure to meet. Spent more time in car getting to site seeing regions. We will not be going north anymore but staying more mid-coast. At every trip no matter where we stay, I always leave a small thank you gift on our homeowners kitchen table when we leave. Never heard a word from them. We were disappointed this year with our vacation but there is next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: UnWined has a beautiful set of stairs to our beach and waterfront (pictures can be found on the website and our Facebook page). Unfortunately we were unable to spend much time at UnWined this summer and were not at the cottage to receive your gift until after your stay and post. We arrived some weeks later it was very thoughtful of you.
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Two Perfect Weeks!

  • 5 of 5

From the minute I turned into the drive, I was mesmerized. As I stepped into Unwined, I knew that the next two weeks would be wonderful! The owners had already been very helpful and we have absolutely nothing to be unhappy about. The house is extremely comfortable, very clean and exceptionally well thought through. The way the well appointed kitchen is set up, two people working on a meal, and the doors of the frig, are not an issue! The back porch, the woodwork, the lights, and that wonderful afternoon nap spot by the bay windows turn the walk upstairs into a how much better can it get, question. Well, those double doors onto the upstairs deck, wow! Sleeping with them wide open so that one can hear the wonderful quiet, is priceless. The upstairs bath matches the kitchen in comfort and wisdom as far as the set up is. Since it was summer, and did not want to waste time away from the outdoors, I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful shower. The owners have sparred no expense on making sure that the big ticket items are of the best quality. I will enjoy the bathtub and fireplace when we visit in the winter! We both left Unwined totally relaxed and full of eagle, heron, hawk, and fox sightings. The hermit thrush kept us company all day and of course the chickadees, juncos and woodpeckers were busy keeping up with the thrush! We found it extremely helpful that we know our way around and we didn't have to be away from Unwined too long. Beth's from Warren, Jess's from Rockland, Rayre and the cheese store from Rockport and of course Primo's for our special celebrations made the stay extremely fun and easy. Blue Hill, Acadia, Tenant's Harbor and all the antiquing one can handle, are all fun stops. If one knits or spins, Over the Rainbow in Rockland, is the store to get even more yarn!

All in all, Can't wait for our Winter visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. When we designed UnWined our hope was that it would become a place where memories would be made.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Knox County Regional Airport
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
The Slipway
Car: necessary

We have partnered with a local concierge who can provide you with groceries for your stay, boat rentals, baby sitting services and any additional assistance you may require.

Midcoast Maine is known for it's extraordinary beauty, quaint towns, lighthouses, art and artisans. Looking for things to do? A short drive will get you to downtown Rockland, known for it's museums, fabulous restaurants and galleries. Owls Head for it's transportation museum. Rockport harbor known for it's quaint beauty and Camden for it's tall ships. Thomaston once was the shipbuilding capitol of the United States, a walking tour of the homes built in the 1800's carries you back in time.


Rates & Availability

Cushing Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Years 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

If you have any questions regarding the property or payment terms please contact us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Cushing Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot tub, vessel sink, rain shower head and handheld.
    Second Bath - toilet , Located downstairs, it has a toilet and sink.
  • High End furnishings Carrara marble, Victoria Albert etc.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Memory Foam Mattress
    Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , High Quality Queen sized Sleeper Sofa in Living Room
    Window Bed - 1 twin/ single , Built-in Window Bed downstairs
  • Scenic cove views from the upstairs master bedroom with twin French doors leading to second floor deck. Downstairs is a high quality Queen Sleeper Sofa and a built-in Window bed that can sleep one adult or two children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Listen for the lobster boats out back on summer and fall mornings, walk to the top of the hill, enjoy the views or the sunset.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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