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An Artful Home on the Ocean

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Beautiful, fully updated home on the coast of Maine.

Keywords: Right on the ocean with great views of the islands nearby. A thoroughly modern house with a beautiful garden.

Gwinavere Johnston
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Gwinavere Johnston

I live in Denver, CO but grew up in Wyoming. Why Maine? My deceased husband fell in love with Maine when he went to visit friends there. He introduced me to Maine after we were married. We rented a cottage for many years there, but then he decided he wanted his own place. Thus this house in Maine. I can't live in a place until it's perfect. This is perfect.

Gwinavere Johnston purchased this house in 1993

Why Gwinavere Johnston chose Boothbay Harbor Area

You should have seen this house when we bought it! The only thing that remains of the original house is the living room. The rest has been built new.

The art in the house is mostly by Maine artists although there are some artists displayed from as far away as France. We have lots of books in the bookcases for your reading pleasure. There are books on Maine, biographies, novels (mostly novels -- both old and new).

What makes this house unique

The view of the ocean is really wonderful--winter or summer. It's a year-round house, perfect for the holidays -- summer or winter. It's a great getaway fall, winter, spring or summer.

The garden, oh the garden, I didn't realize how fast things grown and big they get in Maine. Weeds too. We built the stairs to the ocean so we could get down the hill.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello again

We just wanted to tell you that we enjoyed your home well beyond our expectations. We have stayed in VRBO homes in many countries and 3 continents. We have stayed in a home on top of a small mountain overlooking Zihuatenjo Bay in Mexico and watched the sun come up every morning and thought that was purely magical. We rented a home in Mendoza, Argentina in a walled in compound with a 25 meter private pool with a gardener on premises that was absolutely old world and as beautiful as any home in Architectural Digest.

Your home was even more beautiful and fun to stay in. You have such great taste in art and the sailing motif you decorated the home in, is absolutely beautiful. With the views into the Bay of Maine as far as the eye could see out over the rocks, was hard to look away from. We opened all the windows and listened to the waves lap at the beach at night, and the low hum of the lobster boats working their pots to wake up to, in the morning. We never really wanted to leave, and venture out to shop and see the sights of Eastbay, which are after all, fantastic and centrally located; but we did. You can take day trip from here to everything you want to see, to have a true Maine Experience, which is what we really hoped for. We will definitely come again and hope your home is open to accommodate our schedule. Happy Travels,
Jul 2012
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Car: necessary

We own to low tide on a rocky beach, but there are a few beaches in the area with sand.


East Boothbay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Brand new kitchen and guest suite with bath. Great deck with nice deck furniture and outdoor grill. All kitchen amenities you could imagine -- dishwasher, gas stove, double sinks, etc. Pantry close by. This is the perfect vacation house!


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(16 traveler reviews)

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An Artful Home on the Ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

My Favorite

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a fabulous location. I have stayed here often and hope to keep coming back. The house is perfect for one or two couples, two to three individuals, or one very lucky person! Three bedrooms, three baths with space for all, together or separately. And the ocean is right there in front of you with wonderful views from the house and the deck. You can hear the surf from every room. Plus you can walk the two mile loop around the peninsula and see woods and water and sunrises and sunsets and not too many people.

Then there's the East Boothbay General Store which has everything you need - fresh bread and muffins, great coffee, sandwiches, pizza, wine and beer. You never have to go to town unless you want to. Boothbay Harbor is also wonderful - restaurants, delightful shops, boat trips. And be sure to visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. This house and this area is worth a week or two! You'll return home rested and relaxed, filled with the Zen of Maine!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this home! It was beautiful and peaceful. We loved the flowers, birds and critters , could set out on the deck and enjoy. Food in area was exceptional. Lobster, wild Maine blueberries and ice cream what more do I need to say. I look forward to being able to stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Property!

  • 5 of 5

This home is well-equipped, beautifully kept and very comfortable. The deck is perfect for relaxing, cooking out and enjoying the ocean view. We also loved the backyard garden. This property is located in the quiet residential community of Boothbay Shores and there are nearby neighbors. It is perfect if you are looking for peace and quiet, but if you are a rowdy party type you will not feel comfortable here. The location is some distance from the busy little village of Boothbay Harbor (10 minute drive maybe) and other attractions such as the very impressive Botanical Gardens. We didn't mind driving into the village for dining and shopping though, and we felt that our rental was a peaceful retreat compared to the hubbub of the crowded village. The beautiful coast of Maine never disappoints!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous holiday in a lovely cottage at a spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very comfortable with fantastic views and lovely walks nearby.

You can hear the sea from all rooms and we also had fun birdwatching

We will be back in a couple of years as a week wasn't long enough to explore everything the Boothbay area had to offer and we want to try more of the great restaurants in Boothbay harbour

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I hope you do come back. You got raves from our housecleaner!
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Fabulous ocean front/ best street in boothbay!

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from wonderful stay in this East Boothbay gem! Our third stay on King Phillips trail which is an amazing street right on the ocean in east Boothbay - perfect for morning and evening walks to start and end your days! The house was perfect - just what you need, with great views from the master bedroom and from the deck! Felt like you were sleeping right on the ocean with the windows open at night! Well stocked kitchen and very clean. Highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Second Stay

  • 5 of 5

As someone who only rents houses that have a lot of reviews, I assume the reason this house doesn't have even more of them is because people don't want the secret to get out. It's a beautifully-decorated home with gorgeous views from the large patio and huge master bedroom. The other two bedrooms can still hear the waves well with their windows open. It's quiet and private (and has comfortable furniture in the art-filled living room), but close to Boothbay Harbor where you can catch all kinds of sightseeing boats. It's also near Ocean Point, which is stunning, and the East Boothbay General Store, which you'll find yourself going to repeatedly because the food (breakfast, lunch, or gourmet pizza for dinner) is actually great. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.