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Our secluded oceanfront cottage is located on Long Cove in Sullivan, Maine, just off the Schoodic National Scenic Byway (coastal US Hwy 1). A quarter-mile unpaved drive leads directly through our 15 forested acres to the water's edge. The 1,100 foot shoreline is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including eagles, ospreys, seals, deer and the occasional red fox. This family retreat has served as a honeymoon cottage as well as a favorite vacation spot for family and friends.
Nestled between two groves of evergreens, the cottage has a wrap-around deck and two large picture windows which allow visitors to relax and enjoy the quiet of the cove. Easily accessible walks along the rocky beach at low tide or following footpaths through the woods are just what the doctor ordered to soothe the stress of a hectic life. The sunsets are exquisite, and on a clear night the sky is so full of stars that it can be a challenge to identify constellations amid the expanse of the Milky Way.
The surrounding area is renowned for hiking, biking, kayaking, antiquing, and visiting superb artists' studios and galleries. Nearby family restaurants that are favorites of the locals offer lobster and other Down East specialties. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are 40 minutes to the southwest, and Winter Harbor and the entrance to Acadia's Schoodic Peninsula are 20 minutes to the northeast. A piece of Sullivan history, the property is part of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, preserved as-is for future generations to enjoy.
Living too many miles from Maine, siblings Jim and Susan decided to make this special place on Long Cove in Sullivan, Maine, available to vacation renters during part of the year. Throughout their childhood, the owners spent two weeks of every summer together with their family at the Sullivan home of their maternal grandfather, affectionately known as 'Bumpa.' The current cottage was built in 1971 on the wooded lot across U.S. Highway 1 from the original homestead.
Those family vacations left us with wonderful memories, such as:
• riding with 'Bumpa' in an open 1946 Willys Jeep to the corner store for comics and ice cream before breakfast
• swimming at Flanders or Molasses Ponds on a hot summer day
• collecting shells, driftwood, and colored glass along the beaches at Sorrento
• 'bowling' with naturally rounded stones at Grindstone Neck
• hikes on Mt. Desert Island, Schoodic Mountain, and even Mt. Katahdin
• drives around the Park Loop Road to see Egg Rock, Thunder Hole, and Otter Cliffs
• watching the awesome power of the surf at Schoodic Point
• picking wild blueberries and raspberries for wonderful tastes of summer
• searching for the constellations and witnessing the Perseid meteor showers on crystal-clear nights.
Visitors to this special place on Long Cove will take their own memories along with them when they leave. We hope they will return to create still more for many summers to come!
The area immediately surrounding Frenchman Bay Getaway is especially rich in artist studios and galleries. Your best guide to these is the yellow brochure “Artist Studio Tour Map” which is available in the cottage. The guide features a dozen studios in Sullivan, Franklin, Hancock, Winter Harbor and Ellsworth, all worth a visit and ideal for a gray or rainy day during your stay.
Two of our personal favorites happen to be just minutes away from the cottage:
Spring Woods Gallery, www.springwoodsgallery.com (Mon-Sat, 9am to 6pm)
Moosetrack Studio, www.moosetrackweaving.com (daily, 10am to 6pm, or by appt.)
In addition, the Gallery at Somes Sound, in Somesville, Mount Desert Island, is noted for fine paintings, sculpture and furniture. The Gallery website is here: http://galleryatsomessound.com/ .
The cottage exceeded our expectations. When we arrived everything was prepared for our two weeks' stay at
the clean and well maintained property. The owner provides helpful directions for the use of household appliances and
plenty of material concerning trips, restaurants, shopping etc. Cooking our dinners most of the time was made easy in the
well equipped kitchen. The location is perfect and we liked observing the change of tides. We spent a lot of time watching gulls, cormorants, a blue heron and even bald eagles across the cove.
We did some hiking in the near vicinity and especially loved Tunk Pond. The Acadia Loop offered great views, but the Schoodic Peninsula
Loop was even more fascinating and not so crowded.
We were very impressed by a boat trip on the R.L.Gott starting from Bass Harbour watching seals, various sea birds and several bald eagles.
A 45-minute flight in a Cessna operated by Acadia Air Tours revealed the dimensions and beauty of the region.
We would highly recommend this place and area to anyone who wants an undisturbed vacation in a comfortable cottage surrounded by fascinating sea- and landscapes.
Wonderful house in a great location! My wife and I wanted something secluded yet close to Acadia/Bar Harbor and we were very happy with our choice! Beautiful spot on Long Cove. Smelling the sea air and listening to the loons, gulls, and other wildlife - with very few signs of human activity other than the occasional kayak that went by - makes you feel like you're on a private retreat. When the tide is out you can walk pretty far on the mudflats and marvel at the thousands of hermit crabs that perch themselves on the rocks. Fabulous views from the wraparound deck. If you don't want to sit in the sun, sitting inside on the comfortable couches with the panoramic picture windows makes you feel like you're outside enjoying the view. The two side windows crank open and let in plenty of sea air and cooling breezes. The ceiling fans in the bedrooms kept the rooms comfortable at night, even in August. The master bedroom mattress is memory foam and very comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes etc. and the bathrooms are spacious. The wi-fi worked great.
We found plenty of good places to eat right on route 1 in nearby Hancock and Ellsworth, and there's an awesome breakfast place less than a mile up the road from the house. Acadia/Bar Harbor is close enough to do day trips and we especially enjoyed coming back to the solitude of the cove after a day out doing "touristy" things.
Susan was wonderful - very personable and friendly. She gave us detailed instructions on how to find the house and called to make sure we got there okay.
If you're looking to "get away" while still being close to civilization this is a great choice. We loved it so much we've already booked it for next year!
What a setting! The house was wonderful, very clean, well stocked with accessories & plenty of room. The real draw is the location as the property is completely secluded with a variety of wildlife. A family of bald eagles visited each day along with wild turkey, deer and an occasional seal in the cove. We lucked out with the weather as the days were sunny and dry followed by cool, comfortable nights (and a billion stars). The hiking at nearby Acadia is breathtaking and Bar Harbor is a fun little town. Would not hesitate to rent this house again in the future.
What can I say, this secluded cottage is wonderful!!! The view of the bay was beautiful! This home is well maintained, very clean, comfortable & quiet! The floor plan of this home was well thought out and felt spacious! The appliances (washer/dryer/microwave/oven) all were up-to-date and worked great! The owner was very attentive to our needs and even called us the first day of our arrival to make sure everything was fine. The location was perfect for exploring the beautiful coastal cities/parks of Maine including Bar Harbor, Lubec and Acadia National Park! Would of liked to just stay at the cottage and relax (it was that comfortable), but could only stay a week (which wasn't enough time to cover all the places we wanted see & things we wanted to do)! I would most definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone!!
We couldn't have been more pleased. Everything that you could want or use was in this house. We chose it for the location and amenities. Everyone had room to spread out. The location was lovely and very private. The first night there we seen an eagle and a seal in the inlet. Seen deters pulling in the driveway and seen a fox down the road. We were concerned about it being warm but the fans and breeze kept it very comfortable. Susan was great to work with and answered all of our many questions. I would recommend her place to anyone heading to Maine.
First off, you get what the website says - and more. A lovely secluded, quiet, comfy property, overlooking scenic backwaters with noticeable tide changes, with lots of birds & breathtaking starry nights. Susan clearly takes pains to stock the place up - there's a lot of attention to detail. The wife and I had a wonderful time here - languid late breakfasts, spend the day enjoying the national park/ bar harbor, and back home again after dinner. Only possible inevitable downside - be prepared to encounter mosquitos in the evening, and to use the insect repellents Susan has thoughtfully provided. All in all, we give this property a huge thumbs up, and would love to come back!
Situated on Frenchman Bay, midway between the Acadia National Park areas of Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula
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