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If you are looking for a relaxing and memorable vacation away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life; a vacation where you can reconnect with family or friends, or enjoy peaceful solitude, then you will find no better vacation spot than the cozy Carriage House, set across the lawn from the soft white sand of secluded Sandy River Beach; where the forest meets the sea, and nature abounds. You will enjoy magnificent ocean views and comfy accommodations. Our woodland, marsh, and beach offer discovery of a variety wildlife, including the occasional moose, deer, eagle, harbor seal or porpoise. Stroll the ½ mile sandy beach collecting sea glass and other treasures washed in by the gentling rolling waves. Explore tide-pools, the rockweed covered granite ledges, and the streams of our salt water estuary, to find tidal treasures. At low tide, hike across the sand bar to explore a nearby island. Or just relax on the beach, watching the lobster boats travel the bay hauling their daily catch, and the sailboats off in the distance. You can experience breathtaking sunrises, the spectacular glow of the moon as it rises over the ocean, and wonderfully starry, starry nights. Be lulled to sleep by the rolling ocean waves and evergreens blowing with the night time breeze.
The cozy Carriage House with an extremely efficient open floor plan, and well equipped kitchen, feels much larger than its actual size The oven and stove are electric and the kitchen window offers a view of our woodland and estuary. The dining table sits in front of a bay window with a view of the ocean and tree covered islands. The inviting sitting area has a propane stove, small library, satellite TV, and DVD and CD players. The cottage has two cozy bedrooms each with double beds, and a full bath. The larger bedroom also has a double hide-a-bed. The front deck offers an additional relaxing or entertaining area, and an ocean view.
The Carriage House is part of a family owned complex that includes another rental cottages, and in addition to the private white sand beach also includes a 10 acre salt water marsh, a boat ramp and anchorage (26' boat maximum), all available for your use.
My brothers and I grew up in New England, visiting our grandparents at their cottage on Sandy River Beach every summer of our childhood, creating wonderful memories of the beach and our grandparents. Even after moving to California, the love of our time spent at the beach with our grandparents drew us back to Sandy River Beach as many summers as possible. As adults, my brothers returned to Jonesport, and they are an integral part of the Jonesport community. I have continued to return to Sandy River Beach each summer, with my California husband, our children, and now our grandchildren in tow. We spent many summer vacations in the Carriage House before purchasing the Sandpiper cottage right next door. In 2008 I inherited the Carriage House, renovated it, and continued renting it as my grandparents, and then my father had done for over 50 years, to wonderful families, many of whom have carried on a family tradition of annually renting our family cottages for multiple generations.
The Carriage House is so named because its original structure was built in 1893 to store the carriages for a small victorian beach house that sits slightly to the left in front of it. It is one of a very few rental cottages in Jonesport that sits on a private sand beach; and the only one on property with access to a private estuary and boat launch. The combination of fresh and salt water areas offers our visiting families a fun and unique water play experience. The estuary also offers a wide variety of wild life viewing for our nature admiring quests.
The Carriage House is small, but all who stay here remark how cozy, comfortable and spacious it is for its size. My brothersand I live on the adjacent properties to the Carriage House to offer onsite management and plenty of local information. My nephew who is a lobster fisherman will deliver the 'lobsters to order' to your door!!! We rent the Sandpiper cottage as well, which is also listed on Homeaway, Families sometimes rent both cottages for family reunions or for vacations with friends.
I was looking for ocean out the door and cozy cabin to spend a week with my mom and husband. This fit the bill perfectly. It was a fabulous weather week, and we spend at least 75 percent of our time on the beach in our little cabana. The cabin was just right for us, and we didn't need to go anywhere, just be there. Thank you for fulfilling a dream of mine.
My husband and I picked the Carriage House as a place to rest and spend some quality time together. This cozy cottage provided just what we needed. The cottage is comfortable, well stocked, and clean. The owners Kathie and Bob were there when we arrived and immediately made us feel welcome and this continued throughout our stay. The location and camp are amazing BUT Kathie and Bob's kindness made the stay SO enjoyable. They provided information on the area, included my husband in their golf trips and even a boat ride of the harbor. This vacation spot is definitely on out list to do again!!!
We got away to the Carriage House to relax and heal - and that is just what we were able to do. The layout of the cottage fit our needs (An 82 year old and a person recovering from knee surgery). Easy access within the cottage which is all on one level. Rustic in design, it was charming and had everything we could desire, from kitchen to bedrooms and a delightful deck to have our morning breakfast at. The real star is being outside. From sitting outside on the deck, or on the beach which was just steps away. Each day we walked the sandy beach and found little treasures. At low tide you can walk out along a sandbar to one of the islands. Lobster and seafood abounds whether you prepare it yourself in the lobster pot or on the charcoal grill - or if you eat out at one of the area eateries. The couch is a bit worn out and as it is the main seat we found it hard (with my knee and my mum's age) to get up from once seated - but we solved that problem by placing the cushions from the couch in one of the bedrooms on top of the ones on the couch in the living room and that worked like a charm. Believe me, that was the only minus and it would not stop me from going back to the peace and relaxation of this delightful getaway.
If you enjoy hiking, there are a number of nature trails in the area. We walked the conservation trail on Beal's Island which is just a twenty minute drive away - and we took a one day excursion along the Bold Coast into Lubec and did a hike there as well. Lubec is a one hour drive. If you want to go to Canada, remember your passport!!
If you love to kayak this beach gives you great access. My knee kept me from it, but our neighbors in the other cottage brought kayaks, and even went for an overnight camping with their children on an island that they were able to reach leaving from the beach.
The owners are very responsive to your needs both before (via email) and during your visit. They live across the street and are very available, friendly people. Thank you for making this time I got to spend with my mum such a great time and the fondest of memories now that we are home.
This cute little cottage sits in the perfect setting. The cottage itself is so comfy and has so much charm. The cottage is very clean and has everything you need as if you were at home. Their is a washer and dryer located directly next to the cottage under the carport that is very convenient. From the front deck you can look out in the morning while sipping on a cup of coffee and enjoy the beauty of the islands and ocean. After walking, playing and combing the peaceful private beach they have a little foot washing station to wash off all the sand. This is my family's second time visiting the carriage house and it never fails us. This time around we encountered some cooler days but we had already planned on heading inland to bar harbor to bring the kids to the Wild Acadia Fun park and Water slides. That place was perfect for my young kids. They enjoyed hours of fun!!! We then took a drive up the scenic Cadillac Mountain. We enjoyed many meals at Bayview Takeout in Beals and a delicious blueberry pie from blueberry land. We shopped at the local grocery store Manafords for some yummy steaks and picked up some fresh lobsters from Look lobster wharf. The owners are very pleasant to work with when booking this place. While there you are greeted by John who is the most pleasant man we have encountered while on vacation. He looks to make your stay as pleasant has he can. On our first trip he took our family out on a lobster boat and we learned about lobstering. He then took us for a nice boat ride tour of one of the islands and ocean where we saw seals and the beautiful surroundings. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone. Thanks for allowing us to rent this great little cottage. :)
Upon our arrival, we were greeted and made to feel like one of the family and we did ! The cottage has everything you need to have an enjoyable vacation. The kitchen is fully equipped and even had a lobster pot, which we used a few times. Carriage House is just a short drive to the area Lobster company. Being within steps of the Sandy River Beach was amazing and the view is incredible. We received many great recommendations for local attractions in the area. There are hiking trails on the Great Wass Island that we enjoyed. Our educational tour of the DownEast Institute was amazing and I'm glad we didn't miss it. This is a vacation my family will never forget. Hopefully , we can plan a return trip soon because it was so hard to leave.
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My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
15% discount for off season dates: May 23-June 13, and September 1 - October 10.
$75 discount for additional weeks rented after the first week.
Deposit of 50% of the rent to reserve the dates. Send check to owner. Remainder plus sales tax due, with a check upon arrival.
Sandy River Beach is located 4 miles from the small and quaint fishing village of Jonesport, which touts being the 'lobster boat capital of the world'. Lobster boat races are part of the extensive July 4th celebration. Purchase lobsters, clams or mussels at the local wharfs to steam at the cottage. The local grocery stores offer all the accompaniments to complete your authentic 'downeast lobster feed'. Visit the local electric train display, the Downeast Institute shell fish hatchery, the Peabody Memorial library, the Sardine Museum, farmer’s market, the Hamilton Marine Hardware store and the Bay View takeout to experience the local flavor, or hike through Great Wass Island Nature Preserve to experience the coastal ecosystem at its best.
There are historical sites and attractions throughout this area of Downeast Maine, including an original 1940's movie theatre in Millbridge featuring the latest movies, the Historic Burnham Tavern (1770) and the annual Blueberry festival in Machias, in August.
Whalewatching, a number of 9 hole golf courses, Campobello Island (summer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt), Quoddy Head Lighthouse and state park, and the Bar Harbor Acadia National Park regions are each 20-90 minute drives from Sandy River Beach.