|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Master bedroom has queen bed, second bedroom has twin bunk beds, third bedroom is a sleeping porch with a full bed. All new beds, all new mattresses. This cottage was one of five guest cottages that along with her 'Bungalow' formed the estate of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Frequent visitors to 'The Bungalow' were writers such as Jack London, who may have written Call of the Wild in this very cottage (or down the street in a local tavern). The floors are warped with age but the wood paneling is warm with the memories of the visitors who were drawn to this neighborhood for it became the site for many social gatherings that brought together literary and artistic figures of the day. Ella Wheeler Wilcox described this spot in her poem GRANITE BAY
At Granite Bay, such beauty lies,
In rocks, in waters and in skies,
As poets dream of Paradise.
The rocks that clasp fair Granite Bay
First saw her charms at break of day
And flushed to pink from somber gray.
To guard this bay from rude alarms
And shelter her from all that harms
Great trees reach out protecting arms.
Down to the very water's edge,
Between the granite rocks they wedge,
And watch in silence from each ledge.
Defending points and islands stand
And reefs of rocks run out from land,
To keep rude billows well in hand.
The river and the bay are friends;
One slender arm the river bends
And all her anchored boats defends.
So much one island loves her grace,
He fronts all dangers in his place,
To shield the beauty of her face.
Loved by the forest and the shore,
While sun and moon, and skies adore,
The strong rocks hold her evermore.
At Granite Bay the wild winds rest;
The sunlight is her welcome guest;
The moon goes mad upon her breast.
Not here is heard the sea gulls' scream.
They come, but only come to dream:
Far out at sea their sorrows seem.
At Granite Bay, far out at sea
My cares and troubles seem to me;
Love, joy and hope remain, these three.
Though forth my wandering footsteps stray,
To realms and regions far away,
My heart dwells here, in Granite Bay.
My family just finished staying a week here at this cottage, and it was ideal for the 4 of us. It is just as pictured: cozy and comfortable, yet one block walk to the private beach. The neighborhood is filled with super friendly people who are happy to get to know you and chat as they walk their dogs. The sleeping arrangements worked out great, with a futon on the sleeping porch for one son, the bunk beds in a separate room for 2 other kids, and I had the master. There is only one bathroom and it is up a steep flight of stairs, but it is large and the shower is awesome. Also has super washer and dryer that we used a lot.
The beach is fairly small but so private-lots of days no one was there. Swimming was good, and the shoreline is lovely. Beach towels were provided, as well as a couple of chairs. Even though the property is small, we were able to entertain a party of 10 without difficulty. There is a great grocery store nearby-5 minute drive-and we were able to stock up on everything we needed. There is a small grill in the backyard which we used constantly. And there are several good lobster/seafood/burger restaurants that are a 10 minute drive and excellent.
The owner Kathy was available whenever we needed help. Even though she was super busy, when my son wanted an additional sports channel for a soccer match, she was able to get it for us on very short notice.
If you don't need too much space and love old historic beach cottages with slanting floors and lots of charm, I would definitely recommend this property.
Thimble Islands, 7 miles away
Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary, 10.3 miles away
Lighthouse Point Park, 4.5 miles
Pawson Park Wildlife Marsh, 5.3 miles away
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 15 2017 - Oct 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$600|
There are two parking spaces only belonging to the house. It is so close to the beach that parking other than in the spaces belonging to the house is not permitted by the Short Beach Association. The grass yard is only 40 square feet, in other words, no yard whatsoever ! The BBQ grill behind the house is on a brick patio which is 60 square feet (tiny), and there is no picnic table out there.
Half due at time of reservation, by check or using PayPal.
Half due one month before arrival at the house.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.