3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Gourmet Kitchen, Open Living/Dining, Spectacular Views
- english, french
Fiona and her family have been coming to Maine since 1992 when they bought Harbor Cottage as their summer home. Fiona lived in Manhattan for over twenty years, raising her two sons there, and worked variously in the publishing and the fashion worlds as an editor, stylist and writer. She continues to write occasionally for The World of Interiors. Fiona was also for several years the director of a London-based contemporary art gallery, showing the work of leading British and South African artists in her Manhattan loft, designed by Sheila Bonnell who later designed the renovations of Harbor Cottage. Fiona went back to school when her youngest son was in high school and holds an MA in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan. Tony was a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales when he met Fiona in Cape Town some years ago. They were married in Maine, in a church and field about a mile away from Harbor Cottage. Tony is currently in practice with Matrix Chambers, a leading human rights chambers in London. Tony is a veteran boat builder and sailor who as a student paddled a kayak from Cambridge to Malta. Less ambitious now, he contents himself in Maine sailing his small wooden dinghy, Squanto. Tony shares with Fiona her love of the sea, swimming, camping, hiking, cooking and gathering with family and friends in Maine. Fiona and Tony have recently completed a summer cabin on their small offshore island not far from Harbor Cottage where they will be spending their summers. This enables them to rent Harbor Cottage.
Fiona purchased this House in 1992
Why Fiona chose Saint George
Harbor Cottage was a case of love at first sight. Its open position out on the water's edge, protected bay with a small wetland to the east, and ravishing views made it a dream summer cottage. Originally the Martinsville village store, in the mid-20th century Harbor Cottage was moved closer to the shore and turned around so its large glass windows face the sea. The guest house next to it was originally an eccentric cabin, much loved by everyone who bravely stayed in it before it was renovated. When Tony and Fiona married they decided to invest in fully renovating the property for year round use. Although the property is not large, its position on the shore is inimitable, and its tidal views an endless source of delight. Architect Sheila Bonnell redesigned the property, substantially reconfiguring the interiors of both houses with a contemporary sensibility that pays tribute to Maine's traditional seaside houses. The guest house was rebuilt as a two-bedroom house, and Harbor cottage was turned into a handsome one-bedroomed house with a cook’s kitchen. The antique linens used throughout the interiors and most of the vintage pieces came from antique and textile specialist Sharon Mrozinski at the Marston House in Wiscasset. In keeping with Maine tradition, a few years later a small boathouse was added creating a group of shingled structures.
What makes this House unique
Harbor Cottage and guest house were conceived as places for play and rest, for reading, dreaming, doing projects, cooking and eating, and falling on the grass in the summer sunshine after the long New York winters.The changing tidal landscape turns everyone into birdwatchers because we see so many different kinds of sea birds every day, and feel we know our returning families of ducks, herons and ospreys. The houses' close proximity to the shore is protected by large offshore islands making our bay unusually peaceful, and its tidal nature keeps out large boats.The uncluttered interiors of the rooms allow the light and sea views to be part of every moment spent there.
Max guests: 6
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
The perfect stay
Couldn't ask for anything more!
Not just a dream
This was our second summer at Harbor Cottage and all the wonderful things we remembered and loved about it still delivered. Fiona and Tony are responsive hosts who clearly care very much for their home - it feels personal. The view of the harbor from the back porch is spectacular and ever changing. Really, that provided some of our best entertainment! Kayaking is great and at high tide you can swim off the rocks right behind the house. A particular plus if you're having friends or family visit is the separate cottage.
Totally charming and well-equipped for guests. We've become very attached to the wonderful farm and studio right across the street where we picked up fresh produce and other goodies every day they were open. Only thing to be aware of (and we've decided it's worth it given all that the house offers) is that the house sits close to the main road that runs the length of the peninsula and there is early morning truck noise and occasional fast moving traffic.
Lovely home in a perfect setting. You will not want to leave. You just can't stop looking at the view. Pictures do not do it justice. Good location for day trips to other small towns. Lobster is great! Fiona was very helpful and easy to work with.
Thank you for being such appreciative guests - I am so glad you made the most of Harbor Cottage and the guest house, and enjoyed the local area. I hope you may come back.
With warm wishes to you all - Fiona
Harbor Cottage was everything we had hoped for. The sighting of the cottage is a feast for the eyes on a wide tidal cove, with easy access to the water for kayaking and swimming at high tide. The aesthetic of the cottage is clean and simple - - all that's needed. A big plus is the guest cottage that has its own kitchenette, bathroom and outdoor shower. We had friends and family visit and having that bit of separation and privacy was perfect for everyone. Fiona was extremely responsive in all our exchanges and the property caretaker helped us out promptly with a couple of small issues. We absolutely loved our time there. One thing to be aware of is that the house sits close to the road, and while it's not a super highway, it's the main road going down the peninsula and cars can be heard from the house. It's not an isolated cottage down an unpaved road as some others that we have rented in Maine. That said, we would enthusiastically return.
Magical Ocean Cottage
5 stars for sure. The combination from the charm of the cottage and the view of the ocean is something extra special which is greater than the either could achieve alone. It's magic has to be lived to grasp. I could go into a lot of description but the bottom line is "Would we recommend this place?" and you would get seven of us giving an A+. Memories for a lifetime. Thank you Fiona for sharing your piece of paradise with us.
Thank you Jon, and to your delightful three-generational family who made such good use of our much loved Harbor Cottage and Guest House. You all came from a long way and I know it took some co-ordinating of young families on your part, and I am so glad it was such a happy time for you all. We hope you will find your way back to us.
We are located on the St George peninsula in Mid-coast Maine. Our home is situated on the shore of a quiet tidal bay between two quintessential Maine coastal villages, both with deep-water working harbors, public landings, lobster wharves and magnificent sea views. For over a century the clear light and open coastal landscape with offshore islands, wide sand beaches and working harbors has drawn artists and writers, including three generations of the Wyeth family, and EB White, Edna St Vincent Millay, Paul Theroux.
Our area is renowned for its farmers' markets. From Spring through Fall we visit different ones on different days - including two in our own Martinsville - bringing home artisanal bread and cheeses, bright green salads and summer vegetables and shiny glass jars of pickles and preserves. Our region of Maine is known for the quality of its farm-raised lamb, beef, pork and poultry, and in season we buy smoked duck and fresh venison, all sourced in the surrounding farmlands and wild areas.
We have many working lobster wharves in our immediate vicinity. Just minutes away from us at Port Clyde, Tenants Harbor and at Miller’s Lobsters in Wheeler Bay, fresh lobsters and clams are served on the dock all summer long.
The nearby towns of Rockland, Rockport and Camden are all within 15 - 25 minutes' drive from Harbor Cottage. These three closely linked coastal towns form the heart of the mid-Coast region. Each has its own character, activities and pleasures. Sightseeing to national parks, nature preserves and historic lighthouses, hiking trails, bird-watching cruises and ferry trips to surrounding big islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Isleboro; plenty of shopping, eating out and visits to fine art, maritime and transportation museums. Rockport's Golf Course is internationally renowned for its greens beside the ocean. Rockland's Lobster Festival and Boat Show draw many visitors each year and the deep water sailing harbors of Rockport and Camden attract yachts from around the world. Camden is the home of the classic Maine schooners, and its waterfront in summer throngs with boats of every size and kind. The Camden Film Festival, the Apprentice School for boatbuilders in Rockland and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport all contribute to a vibrant cultural community.
Close to home at Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde there are tennis courts, sailing classes for kids, an excellent sea kayak rental service and lessons for kayakers and board sailors. Sailing regularly from Port Clyde, ferries go out to Monhegan Island, famous for its historic artists' colony, fine cliff walks and hiking. Port Clyde's working lighthouse at Marshall Point and its small museum is much loved by visitors and locals alike. Puffin cruises and whale-watching leave daily from nearby Port Clyde, taking visitors out past different old lighthouses and around splendid offshore islands.
Drawing on the rich resources of our part of Maine, and making full use of the abundant local food supply, are many great places to eat out, including several nationally ranked restaurants. Our favorites are The Slipway in Thomaston (10 minutes' drive) Cafe Miranda and Primo in Rockland, Shepherd's Pie in Rockport, and Long Grain in Camden.
For those who love to cook at home - we do - there are excellent gourmet stores - a favorite is Bleecker and Flamm in Rockport. The Good Tern Co-Op in Rockland sells fresh produce directly from small Maine farmers, including delicious Jersey milk, cream and yoghurt. When you don't want to eat out or cook, Harbor Cottage is located diagonally across the road from Hedgerow market, selling home grown salad greens, herbs and vegetables and prepared foods by local caterers Green Bean Catering.
Our area is beautiful and different at all times of year and even in summer is seldom overcrowded. Summer in Maine is a perfect combination of clear, hot and sunny days, fresh afternoon breezes, and warm, starry nights. The sea is cold but everyone swims anyway, and local quarries have warm water swimming in beautiful wild settings. Fall is a fine season to vacation with us, with dazzling foliage and wonderful walks. The towns remain active through Fall, but the absence of summer crowds makes them a more intimate experience. Winter is cold and beautiful, and especially in January - March, deep in snow. Winter light over our bay is clear and saturated with color. Sunsets stain the clear skies plum pink, and at dawn we watch the silent golden sunrise over the cold sea, and delight in the small ducks that feed at our shore.
In all seasons and weathers our favorite activity is being home, watching the sea and wide sky in front of us at all lights and tides.