About the property
- Cottage676 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Adjacent to our home in a private association with tennis and deep-water dock.
The best days are yet to come and after this long, snowy winter we're REALLY looking forward to spring and summer!! The Fish House built in 2009, is an architect designed, year-round waterfront carriage house in mid-coast Maine, an hour and a half north of Portland. We have easy access to much of the state and are only 9 miles from Rockland, with it's award-winning restaurants, museums and the sight-seeing opportunities nearby. Camden and it's treasures are just a 15 minute ride beyond. Our property is part of a private homeowner’s association with tennis courts and deep-water dock, with miles of safe gravel roads and hiking trails, all available to residents and guests. There is only one house barely visible from ours and nature abounds with a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, great blue herons, egrets, osprey, foxes and seals. Last summer we had a seal playing for several weeks just off our property! We are fortunate to have 3 1/2 acres of fir and spruce trees, as well as blueberry, vegetable and flowering gardens. Being sited next to a conservation area on one side, with 350 feet of our own shorefront on two sides, we feel like we live in paradise - and we welcome you to join us!
From the little covered patio, the Fish House opens to an inviting entryway, which leads to a flight of stairs and the main living space. Designed for two adults to spend weeks at a time, you will be greeted by a wall of windows overlooking much of the property, Horn Barn Cove and Muscongus Bay just beyond. There is a separate, cozy bedroom with large closets and storage, a full bathroom with gleaming white tub and luxury bed and bath linens. With comfortable, high-end furniture our guests can sit and relax, prepare a meal in the well-equipped kitchen and dine indoors - or outside at the picnic table. Our shorefront is a short walk through our yard and down a little path to the granite-lined coast where you can wade and look for treasures or just sit, relax and listen to the water lap against the rocks. For swimming and kayaking, our association dock with kayak ramp is just at the end of the street. There are miles of safe roads on which to bike, both in our immediate area and throughout the mid coast. For a real treat, upon return from your adventures you can make use of our heated, outdoor shower!
Whether you’re looking for total peace and quiet or prefer an active vacation, there are lots of options in our area. While some of our guests have come and never left the property for days at a time, Rockland and Camden are just 9 and 18 miles away respectively. Both have supermarkets, specialty food stores and the big box options just ten minutes away is the well-stocked, old-school market. Ten minutes away is a lobster pound, where you can purchase lobsters fresh caught that day and there are numerous casual seafood restaurants nearby. This area is also home to several of the highest ranked restaurants in the Northeast. Numerous other notable attractions include the well-known Farnsworth Art Museum, the Olsen House depicted in one of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous paintings and the breathtaking views from the top of Mr. Battie in Camden. To the north, Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor can be a day trip adventure. From Portland, with its vibrant restaurant and arts scene, numerous other scenic coastal towns are fun to explore. We keep an updated collection of various activities and day excursions and encourage our guests to add to it.
Maine is known for the quality of light here, which affords unbelievable sunsets... and the lack of ambient light in this area yields a night sky with stars and planets so brightly visible that the night sky, alone, is worth the trip. Mid- coast Maine has long been home to – or a destination for - artists and writers for many decades and the scenery is truly inspirational. Once we experienced the coast of Maine, we knew this area is special and all of our guests have agreed. Please feel free to contact us for additional information...
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About Chris Gray
Bill and I have been married for 40+ years and lived and worked most of our lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, raising our three children. While we lived in the woods, we headed for the coast every chance we had in Connecticut, Rhode Island, or ultimately Maine. We've had a series of sailboats and Bill loves to fish for stripers - thus the "Fish House". After vacationing in Maine for twenty years, when planning our retirement, there was no question as to where we wanted to be - and after finding our incredible property in this wonderful neighborhood, Cushing, Maine, became our home. We are here full-time and with so many activities available, we are always busy!
Chris Gray purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Chris Gray chose Cushing
Cushing, Maine provides easy access to the best of mid coast Maine. We are a day-trip away from Acadia National Park and have endless sight-seeing options nearby, as well as fantastic restaurants, museums, and stores - and we are only an hour-and-a-half from Portland and the airport. We chose this property because it is 3 1/2 acres bordered on one side by conservation land and on two sides by the salt water, which changes color throughout the day. So, we are surrounded by incredible natural beauty and peace and quiet. Yet, as part of a homeowner's association on a large parcel of land, we share a tennis court and deep-water dock. We built the Fish House and our main home with walls of windows in every room to take advantage of the ever-changing views outside, which eliminates the need for "art" on walls. Our guests, some of whom have been unaccustomed to "being in the woods", have enjoyed having our home next door to the Fish House, and with the living areas and views from our home on the opposite side from the Fish House, everyone has their own privacy. Having hosted scores of friends and family, as well as our son and daughter-in-law's wedding, we are well-versed in what our guests enjoy when they visit and we love to share our property with others....
What makes this Cottage unique
From the Fish House there are vistas clear out to the ocean and while you feel like you're in the trees from the inside, the shore is less than 100 feet away and at high tide, you can hear the water lap against the shore. Our guests love to sit in the silence of the tree-covered lichen field next to the Fish House, wander the shore and the trail throughout our property and relax in any of the adirondack chairs scattered about. And everyone loves the outdoor shower!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful location, wonderful hosts
Thanks, Mike! We're so glad you and Tony had such a nice time! Glad the trip to the lobster pound produced dinner for you and that you were able to get up to Acadia. Having had some experience in the mid-coast region I bet you understand now why we chose Cushing for our home. Hope to see you back in the summer...meanwhile, Happy Holidays!!
Chris and Bill
A Beautiful Setting and Comfortable Stay
The Fish House is a great place to make your home base while visiting mid-coast Maine. The house is immaculately clean and new with everything you need – a comfortable bed, empty closets to unpack your things, a full kitchen and bath, and a nice living space with a beautiful view of the cove and uninterrupted Wifi. The property sits on the waterfront where you can bird watch while sitting on the Adirondack chairs. Although the Fish House is right on the owners property we felt very comfortable with privacy. Owners Chris and Bill were extremely helpful with recommendations in the area specifically geared to what we were looking for. There was no “roughing” it here. After long drives and day-long hikes we really appreciated coming back to the Fish House. We highly recommend it!
Thanks for your wonderful review, Pam - we're so glad you enjoyed your first trip to Maine! I know you were a bit concerned about coming later in September but you actually had one of the best weeks of the season! You sure were busy exploring some of the areas south of us, like Boothbay, did a good job of tasting Camden and Rockland - and still made it up to Acadia to experience those gorgeous views. And since you love the fall, many of the trees put on a show for you!
We do hope you consider returning to Maine - maybe for a winter visit?!
A Perfect Blend of Rustic and Civilized
We loved our stay at Fish House. It’s a small, single-bedroom house, so it’s not huge, but that was perfect for my wife and me, since it was just the two of us. More importantly, it’s simply beautiful. The house itself is really nice, with high quality finishes throughout, a very comfortable bed, a terrific recliner to kick back and read or draw in, a comfy loveseat, and a small but perfectly functional kitchen. The house is full of light as there are windows on all sides, and the picture window that looks out onto the property and down into the bay is amazing. I spent plenty of time just standing and staring out that window, looking for birds or just soaking in nature’s grandeur. We also walked down and sat on the bay a few times. From there, using the provided binoculars, we spotted a heron, an osprey and a couple of seals. Seals!
As mentioned in the property details online, the Fish House is right next door to the owner’s home. I just want to reassure anyone who might be worried about privacy that it was not an issue whatsoever. Chris and Bill are lovely, considerate hosts. They never intruded upon our visit in any way. We did bump into them a few times and they were always super friendly and nice, and full of great suggestions for things to do in the area.
And the area really does offer a ton of stuff to do and great places to eat. We visited the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, which we really enjoyed. We took a boat ride to Monhegan Island, which was beautiful. We took a kayak tour in Camden State Park that was wonderful. (NOTE: If you want to kayak in the bay at the Fish House, you can rent kayaks, but I recommend you call a rental place early in your trip — we found kayaks get booked up quickly.) We ate amazing lobster rolls at McLoons Lobster Shack and had terrific meals at Hearth and Francine Bistro, just to name a few. And all of this was within easy driving distance, often only a half hour away.
This was our first trip to Maine, and we absolutely loved it. Staying at Fish House was the perfect introduction to the area for us. It was a terrific blend of rustic and civilized. We were able to relax and be in nature, but also go out and do stuff when we wanted. I wholeheartedly recommend Fish House.
Thanks so much for your lovely review of the Fish House and your first visit to Maine! We think that you and Liz did an amazing job getting the most out of your week with us. The drawings you did of our property are, "suitable for framing" and illustrate (excuse the pun!) your appreciation for the beauty that abounds in our neighborhood. I know that you guys came, primarily, to relax and it seems like you balanced that with a perfect sampling of sightseeing and new adventures. It was fun for Bill and I to hear how excited you guys were about everything you did - and how much you enjoyed the midcoast of Maine.
As you and Liz return to your busy lives in the city - and as perfect guests - we hope you think of Maine often and return to stay with us at some point in the coming years...
Ultra confort in Cushing
Everything is as shown and impeccably clean. Chris & Bill are enthusiastic hosts and will do their best to make your stay special. they do have a dog but she is extremely well behaved and never even approached us without permission. Most everything in the rental is high quality. I recommend trying to first arrive at the rental during the day because the address numbers are about 5" high, painted in black on a rock at the end of the drive - they do have a small spotlight on it at night. You should consider carefully if this is the place for you before booking though. The property itself is in a private community where each place has a couple acres. Giving you a secluded but not isolated feel. There are numerous windows with gorgeous views but it can also feel a bit like a fish bowl. The driveway comes directly onto the one set of windows into the great room. The other great room set of windows gives you a wonderful view of the bay but also goes directly over Chris's yard and part of the home. Their are thick shades on these windows that can be used but the open windows also allow for whatever you're saying to be easily heard in the yard/driveway below. Large windows in the bedroom and bathroom look out into a wonderfully forested preserve but have no privacy shade, curtain or anything else. Naturally topped counters and kitchen table mean that you need to wipe them dry and not let water sit on them to avoid any permanent staining. They high gloss wood floors look fantastic but also mean shoes should be removed at the base of the steps. You do have a great enclosed entry with hooks, seats & some extra space before the steps up. No conveniences, restaurants or shopping are within walking distance. This property can be a unique gem for those who can appreciate what it has to offer .
Thanks for your 5-star review of your stay at the Fish House, Mary! We're glad you found it, 'as advertised', and that you appreciated the quality of the contents of our rental. We're so glad you enjoyed exploring the midcoast of Maine, taking a boat trip out to see the puffins and touring the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. It sounds like a highlight for you and Mike was being able to watch the seals right off our property!
We wish you well in your travels...
Chris and Bill Gray
Wonderful little get away!
We loved our stay at the 'Fish House'. Our hosts, Chris and Bill couldn't have been nicer or more helpful! The accomodations they provided were cozy, clean and inviting with a beautiful view of the water. This was a rare find for us and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here as well as the opportunity to meet Chris and Bill.
Thanks, Jeanne! It was so nice to get to know you and Mel and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! You seemed to enjoy the restaurants, Farnsworth museum and other suggestions that we made and we look forward to exploring some of the hiking trails you found. It seems that the combination of the peace and quiet of our property and taking advantage of activities in the area, suited you well. We do hope that you return to Maine at some point in the near future as you've just scratched the surface of what the midcoast has to offer! May our paths cross again, soon...
Chris and Bill Gray August 12, 2017
Nature preserves with hiking trails abound and some have guided tours. Bird-watching is a popular pastime for residents and visitors. The Camden Snow Bowl is nearby for skiing and snowboarding. Mid coast Maine is also a major hub for boats of all kinds and Penobscot Bay always has boating activity, from wooden schooners to fishing boats of all sizes. It is mandatory that all visitors to Maine consume lobster (just kidding!) but lobster-eating is a major activity and a main reason so many visitors return each year.