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The Barn House Overlooking Pemaquid Harbor

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, Bedroom 1: 2 twin beds, Bedroom 2: one queen

This open-concept rental property is the annex of a larger summer rental home, and is nicely separated from the main house by a large barn. The interior is a pleasant mix of traditional features, such as the large fireplace and pine floors, but with a distinctly modern feel with a large central space, bright streamlined kitchen and new bath upstairs. The 2 bedrooms upstairs are in the classic Maine style with antique furnishings, airy curtains and family quilts. Guests will enjoy wide views of Pemaquid Harbor from the vantage point of the new deck. The rolling yard and fields around the property further add to the sense of privacy. With an easy walk to a working lobster dock and restaurant with the most beautiful view on the coast of Maine, and only a short drive to Pemaquid Beach, the famous Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, and historic Fort William Henry. This location makes it possible to take advantage of all the Pemaquid area attractions while avoiding any crowds!


Keywords: Beautiful, Mid-Coast Maine, Pemaquid River, Island Views, Pemaquid Harbor, New Harbor, Shopping, Movies, Library and Theatre in Damariscotta, Lobster Dock and Restaurant, Ocean Views, Beaches, Hiking and Kayak Rental Nearby, Art Galleries, Antique Shops

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Katie Gesten
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2018

About Katie Gesten

My two brothers, sister and I inherited High Point and the Barn House from our parents in 2007. They maintained their homes magnificently. My siblings and I grew up in Connecticut and our parents bought High Point when we were teenagers...hoping for escape time from us, I'm sure! They retired full time to Maine in 1972 and designed and had the Barn House built years later. I live with my family in the mountains of Colorado. My three children and I, along with my brothers, sister and their kids, have spent every summer in Maine exploring the beaches, tidal rocks and pools, hiking islands, kayaking, canoeing rivers and learning to live without all the craziness and pressures of 'the real world.' Maine is how life should be!

Katie Gesten purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Katie Gesten chose Pemaquid

My siblings and I are, understandably, very attached to High Point and the Barn House. Not only because this was our parents home but it has always represented uninterrupted family time. The Barn House is an open, bright, uniquely Maine, comfortable cottage surrounded by lawns, flowers, views and magical lighting. The memories are endless of croquet on the lawn in hysterical laughter, hours on the beaches with my parents and their grandchildren catching crabs, making sand sculptures, after dinner ice cream cones in New Harbor, day trips on the ferry to Monhegan Island to hike all day and build fairy houses in Cathedral Woods, and loud family lobster dinners at Pemaquid or Round Pond lobster docks. The Barn House is surrounded by summertime action of parades, historical events, art shows and galleries, antiques and an old-fashion movie theater. I could go on and on................

What makes this cottage unique

The Barn House is located in a part of Maine that has many attractions but never feels touristy! Pemaquid Beach has a long white beach and dunes and it is easy to find a quiet spot to read or nap! The area is physically so breathtakingly beautiful. Exploratory road trips or bike rides take you to surprising beauty around every corner. Walpole Barn hosts wine tasting at tables in their apple orchard and two libraries offer children's hours. The historic digs at Fort William Henry date back to before the French and Indian War and sometimes they offer to have volunteers join in and learn archaeological techniques! The Carpenters Boatshop is fascinating to visit and they also offer classes. There is something for every age and every interest nearby.


Pemaquid Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • tub with shower, window, large counter/sink area, toilet of course!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Twin: 2 twins in one bedroom, a queen in other bedroom and a single bed on the loft. VERY STRICT policy of 5 guests maximum.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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The Barn House Overlooking Pemaquid Harbor
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Great Place, Great Location, and Fabulous Owner

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Barn House from 8/5 to 8/19/17. I would echo all the comments written by previous reviewers but add that I have never dealt with an owner who cared so deeply that you enjoyed your stay. I had emailed Katie with some questions only to have her call within minutes after which she felt more like a friend than owner. The pictures don't do justice to the beautiful harbor views looking East from the house. The house was spotlessly clean with fresh flowers greeting us on our arrival. Katie's map with her own suggestions was so helpful in guiding our day trips. The lobster rolls from the co-op down the hill were the best of the four places we tried, including Larson's in Damariscotta (also quite good). The Friday morning and Monday afternoon farmers markets in Damariscotta are a great source of wonderful bread and vegetables.

We would return to the Barn House without reservation.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim~You are so kind and your review is so informative and positive! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. My family loves that you had your own LOBSTER ROLL competition. That's a great, tasty contest! I didn't know about the Farmers Market so Thank You for that news. I'm thrilled you explored and never missed an opportunity to find new, special places. The Pemaquid Peninsula is X-tra special, full of so many, varied and endless things to do. Congratulations on doing them all and discovering new places for us to explore.
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Folsom, Louisiana

September in Maine

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent the month of September, 2014 at The Barn House and it exceeded our expectations in every way. The area is quiet (you have to go 20 miles to find a T-Shirt, there are great groceries, restaurants and resources very close by. Lots of short or long day trips in the is a must. The owner Katie is great and so are all the neighbors that we met. Definitely on our "To Do Again" list.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! I was so happy you explored Monhegan Island and experienced all the beauty, towns, art and antique galleries that the Pemaquid area offers. I found another visually fantastic hike after you left! Enjoy your warm winter! Katie
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The Barn House Pemaquid Harbor ME

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the Barn House. The house is very clean and rustic, and the area is extremely could only hear birds and the waves crashing on the rocks. I could have just stayed on the deck the whole time and been happy. I had never visited that area of Maine despite living in New England my whole life. I think it is by far the most beautiful part of Maine. The Barn house is set on a hill overlooking the harbor, you can literally walk next door and get fresh lobster and steamers at the Co-op...which is great after a long day when you don't feel like driving anywhere or cooking. The house is very cozy with the fireplace. Katie the owner is wonderful and provides a map with suggestions on places to visit and eat. We also found other stuff just by exploring. Monhegan Island is a must to visit. We will be back to the Barn house for sure, it was great. If you are looking for a quiet and laid back place to visit check this out.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds as though you got the Maine vacation you really were looking forward to for a long time! You certainly filled your days with a lot of activities. I'm so happy you had a super time!!
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  • 4 of 5

Beautiful little house with fantastic view of the harbor! So clean and inviting! Loved our time in Maine

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So thrilled that you two got to explore Maine for the first time! Thank you for choosing Pemaquid Harbor and the wonderful Barn House. I'm so happy you got such beautiful weather AND the internet connection has been repaired!!!
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Westchester, NY

Beautiful Pemaquid Maine Coast Vacation Location

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful trip there the last week of August. Excellent location in coastal Maine. We visited Pemaquid light house park, Pemaquid beach, Maine Coastal Botanical Garden, Maine State Aquarium, a day trip to Monhegan Island, kayaked in the harbor from Fort William Henry with our 5 year old twin boys. We loved the beautiful morning and evening views of Pemaquid harbor from the Barn House. Katie's tips and information map was very helpful! She tries her best to make our stay there with little kids the best comfortable possible. :

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey

The Best of Mid Coast Maine

  • 5 of 5

We have been vacationing in Maine for many years but this was our first visit to Pemaquid and we loved staying at the Barn House. It was very comfortable and relaxed while providing everything we wanted. The location and views are superb and the cottage airy and bright. We walked down the hill to the lobster coop many evening for dinner and enjoyed many of the local activities - lectures at the library in Bristol, old fashined church fairs and canoeing in Old Bristol. This is the real Maine. Katie and her family are terrific hosts and do everything to make your stay enjoyable. It's a perfect spot for a romantic getaway or family vacation and our pup Ellen was most content. Bravo, Barn House!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review! But, I must thank you!! Everyday you brought back trail maps, art show catalogs, stories of fabulous secret places, newly discovered cool little restaurants on unheard of coves and antique treasures from an old barn! Of course you didn't mention your canoe tip....I mean trip! You are right, the adventures in Pemaquid never end!
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Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
New Harbor
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Public course
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Pemaquid Beach
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Tax Rate 8.0%

Down payment refundable less $500.00 per week up to 30 days in advance of rental.

Non-refundable within 30 days of rental.

Home is available off season for a special rate. Summer rates apply June-October.

1/2 rental fees due when reserved- 1/2 rent + 1/2 tax + 1/2 cleaning = $585.00

Balance of rent due 2 weeks prior to arrival = $585.00

Rentals run Saturday to Saturday. Check in after 4 pm, check out before 10 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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