|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
The air clear and clean and foggy days are even better. Sleeping at night is quiet - heavenly really. The bright and sunny living room has a large bay window with 'coke bottle' glass and is a great place to watch TV, play board games or read and relax. There is a private, hot and cold outdoor shower. You can grill fresh fish with propane gas on the large back deck and watch boats and the amazing Friars Bay tide. Most evenings you will enjoy the amazing lights and colors of our Campobello sunsets. The fog often rolls in right over the house and the fog horn can lull you to sleep. You'll love dining with a view of Friar's Bay as it changes almost by the hour. The Bay of Fundy's 42 foot tide change is only a 1/2 day's drive. Three of 4 bedrooms have waterfront views. All bedrooms are upstairs. (Special arrangements can be made for a downstairs bedroom setup - please call Dave or Lydia a week in advance). For modern communications we provide wireless internet, local phone, cable TV and a 6-disc-CD player. Games like crochet, badminton and board/card games are available at the house. There is a washer and a dryer for your personal use (we ask for some help cleaning linens after your visit so you don't go over your cleaning fee - which is included in the rent). The well water might be the coldest water you've ever gotten from a tap. Guest often say 'it's the hottest AND the coldest water I've ever felt'. Sink down into the claw foot tub upstairs or enjoy the private outdoor shower overlooking Friars Bay. Everyone raves about the outdoor shower. The large, sunny kitchen has a new stove and dishwasher. You can use the electric baseboard heat for chilly mornings. Fans and small, portable heaters are there for you comfort also.
This home was built by one of Campobello's oldest families, the Gough family in 1904. After retiring with 40 years in the Leon County School system, Dave and Lydia purchased the house in 2007 to begin refurbishing it. The first thing they did was paint it periwinkle blue. Islanders nickname it the 'Barney House' because it's the large, purple house on the hill. Dave and Lydia work every spring on the house and have refurbished the main house entirely. We are still working on the second side of the house and the additional 3 bedrooms should be available by the summer of 2013. We are both retired and live in Florida most of the year. Our active, Volunteer of the Year, 92 year old father, Rocco, and more active 4 year old grandson keep us busy and happy for months on end. Still, there is nothing like the relief from the Florida heat when we visit Friars Bay Retreat 'just for fun'. We're learning to play golf at the golf course FDR built, in spite of the local sheep farmers. We look forward to years of working and playing on the island and really love sharing the place with others for part of the summer.
Lydia or Dave Giordano purchased this chateau / country house in 2007
Cross over the Rooselvelt Memorial Bridge onto the only International Park in the world, The Rooselvelt International Park on Campobello Island. The restored Rooselvelt summer home is fun and interesting for young and old because the family had children, sailboats, tennis and so much more. 'Tea With Eleanor' is offered 7 days a week during the summer season (be sure to get those tickets before 10AM). The Herring Cove Provential Park and Golf Course has 9 holes and a nice little club house with very good eats and drinks. You will tee off with the Atlantic Ocean just to your left. The East Quoddy Lighthouse is open to enjoy during the summer season and is a cool (temp wise) place to go when the temperature gets over 72 degrees. The Campobello Public Library and Museum is another historic site to see. It is a short walk from the house. All ages enjoy bird watching, whale watching, easy hikes and harbors with working and sailing boats galore.
When we moved to Campobello we had not done any research about the island, so to speak. We simply fell in love with the house, long distance, from a picture. When we visited the first time, in the snow, the idea of taking on a project like this was almost overwhelming. There was so much work to do and it is so far away from where we are retired in Florida. But it was, and is, one of those places that makes you feel - well - different and good and happy and relaxed all at once - when you step over the doorway. We had a vision and with those small samples of rooms and colors from Home Depot, (seriously, we had never done anything like this) we've refurbished and redecorated every room on the main side of the house. But, more than that, we've seen whales, lots of times. We sit and watch seals play, 7 days a week if we want. We go the the US side and visit towns and small cities founded in 1747!!!! We love to eat on the deck and cook on the grill. And we really love eating at the wonderful restaurants on the island and across the Rooselvelt Bridge in Lubec, ME. Our very favorite time in the area is Pirate Days - a dual-city festival every year on the US side. We dress like pirates, we dress our 2 Shitzus like pirates and we hang out with other people doing the same thing for a few days each year. Besides all of this we have met and become friends with families who've lived there for generations. We've worked with the library and come to love the history of the island. Eleanor Rooselvelt used to ride her bike on North Road, in front of the house, to the old Post Office and the only phone on the island. And then there are the whales. It's become almost a spiritual experience finding a way to spend some time with these amazing animals. Sometimes we just take a 10 minute drive to the lighthouse to spend an hour of listening to the local guys talk about the day, the weather, the tides, the past.....it's the very best time ever.
Our time here was exactly what we were looking for quite, peaceful and relaxing. Not much to do but reconnect with family and watch nature. The problems started after we left. The owner emailed saying the home was left "ship shape" and was returning our security deposit in full. We ran into several issues with our booking due to the owners self admitted mistakes, for which they took ownership. They even offered discounts on the rental fee if we would still stay there. That is where the problems started. Apparently I was not really supposed to accept their offer, it was not genuine, I feel deceived. At this point they have cancelled their check for the security deposit, saying they will write another for what they concider fair. Please note I never asked for a discount of any kind, it was offered and accepted. I cant wait to see what they concider fair. So I guess this is a case of buyer beware.
What a wonderful cottage - we went for five days in August. We have stayed in a number of VRBO rental cottages, and never had a cleaner one! We played wiffle ball on the lawn, walked along the beach, and it was a really great vacation. The house was plenty large enough, especially with four bedrooms. Well equiped kitchen, a great living space, beautiful views. My kids made me play "Clue" with them every night! Beautifully decorated, restful, very nicely maintained, and the caretaker lives next door if anything were to come up, and she was super nice.
Campobello was fun to visit. We drove back and forth to Lubek, where there were three or four restaurants. Took the ferry to Eastport one day, and we rented kayaks for the day in Lubek as well. We counted 27 seals in one spot!
This was a pretty easy drive from Boston, too. A nice trip up the Maine coast, and getting a bit north of Acadia meant no crowds at all.
I can't say enough great things about the cottage - a nice getaway and a super property.
Cross over the Rooselvelt Campobello Memorial Bridge from Lubec, ME, onto Campobello Island to visit the The Rooselvelt Campobello International Park, the only international park in the world. The restored Rooselvelt summer home is fun for
young and old and 'Tea With Eleanor' is offered 7 days a week during the summer season (be sure to get those tickets by 10AM). The Herring Cove Provential Park and Golf Course has 9 holes. You will tee off overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The East Quoddy Lighthouse is open to enjoy during the summer season and is a cool place to go when the temperature gets over 72 degrees. The Campobello Public Library and Museum is another historic site to see. It is a short walk from the house. Everyone can enjoy bird watching, whale watching, easy hikes and harbors with working and sailing boats galore.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
We will provide a list of things that are at the house for your convenience. Like an iron, hairdryer, cleaning tools and products, games, folding chairs, kitchen things and so on.
Refundable Deposit paid no less than 30 days of arriving
NO PETS allowed.
Deposit are returned quickly if no damage is reported
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.