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1 mile walk from Bath yet almost isolated-10 ft tide and eagles. Perfection!!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8) or just perfect for 2 people.

This wonderful 1850 classic Maine farmhouse has been completely renovated, with a spectacular 14 x 40 waterside wing creating a four-rooms-in-one 'great room'.  This house is wonderful, warm, and inviting 12 months a year.  One expects the Maine Summer to be glorious, with warm days and cool nights. And it IS. BUT Fall is spectacular with the leaves changing and the autumn evening sun hi-lighting the New England fall foliage across the bay.  The Osprey migrate in late fall and the Bald Eagles happily move into their nest for fishing on the island right in front of our house but remain in their own expanded nest right off our deck. Winter and the snow and the quiet times are spectacular in the cozy house. The outdoor hot tub is exhilarating as the snow lands on your nose. Spring happily arrives, the goldfinches return to the feeder, and the jonquils, lilacs, and tulips emerge.  In other words, in our house, you can discover the 'real Maine' 12 months a year.Standing at the dishwashing and counter-dining fire-slate island, you can chat with friends sitting in the family area and spot the eagle hunting from the Osprey nest on the island in the middle of Pleasant Cove. While you are preparing the next meal, you will be able to enjoy the 6 burner Viking range, double wall ovens, a self contained warming drawer, and a separate free standing ice-maker.  This is truly a gourmet chef's delight kitchen!!! (In fact, cooking classes have been given in this kitchen.)Sitting before the open wood-burning classic fireplace in the living room, you can look out over the family dining table made of 200 year old polished pine planks seating 12 (16 with the 'company boards') with Pleasant Cove behind the wall of windows.The golden sunrises and reflected sunsets on the far shore are not to be missed.Beyond the original 1850 'old front door' and staircase is the downstairs bedroom with private bath. Don't miss the wall of cabinets re-assembled from the original country kitchen.The floor of the bath is the original floor from the birthing room in which the seven Reed sisters were born in the early 1900s (there's a seven sisters climbing rose on the trellis by the full length water-side deck in their honor).Upstairs, the original bedroom has been restored with brass beds and Maine/European country furnishings. You look out on the granite trackbed of the original Boston to Bangor single track with its charming wood bridge, the front door to the property.Three bedrooms on the water side all have their own unique views of the Sasanoa ... you can see all the way to Georgetown Island and the sacred Indian burial grounds at Hockomock Rock.The Chocolate Room has a large walk-in closet and private bath. Linking the other bedrooms with a large shared bath with built-in laundry is a lofted hallway, playroom video room. Don't miss the peek through 'elf's door' from the sleeping loft in the Peach Room ... a perfect venue for a puppet show, or just a terrific way to catch a cross breeze on a cool Maine summer's night.Of course, those summer evenings are also well-spent on the fully screened in south side porch or the hot tub on the deck. From both, it's an easy walk to the deep water dock, for a swim, canoe or kayak ride, or open woodside campfire.  It's Maine!No Smoking, Please.Please be advised that there is an attached, but SEPARATE 'granny flat,' or 'mother-in-law apartment' which is NOT included in the rental.  From time to time, the owner may be staying in this attached flat, which in NO WAY affects your rental.  This is a separate unit.  If you would like further details, please drop us an email.  The house is limited to a MAXIMUM of EIGHT guests over age 3.  Yes, children count. 

This is truly a 'family' house. Those coming here should expect to feel comfortable and 'at home' here. We leave spices and condiments for your enjoyment and just hope that you will take great pleasure in relaxing and having a good time with your friends and/or family. Please check the glowing reviews that our guests have written over the years. Welcome to Maine, 'the way life should be'.

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Judy Tilson
Member since: 2004
Speaks: german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Judy Tilson

We are a happily retired couple with 4 grown kids and 11 grandchildren. Our professional lives have required travel worldwide and while we continue to travel, Graywoods is our favorite place to be although we do divide our time between Chapel Hill and Maine. We love answering questions from our renters!

Judy Tilson purchased this house in 1991

Why Judy Tilson chose Boothbay Harbor Area

We chose to buy a family home in this location as it is within walking distance to Bath and has a view that simply does not end. We only started renting the house when our children were not able to use it. This house is too special not to share and when purchased was never intended to be a rental.

What makes this house unique

This is a special place. The dining room table seats fourteen and is the starting point for many wonderful conversations. The house is about being! Outside there are lovely gardens and a walk through the woods to a dock with great boating and swimming - when the tide is right! The city of Bath, Maine is within walking distance and you get to walk right by the Dairy Queen to get there. There are so many wonderful things to do here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful time our family had at Graywoods. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed our time swimming off the dock and taking the kayaks and canoe out. We also had a great time shopping in Freeport but had even more fun shopping in Bath. Reny's and Now You're Cooking are not to be missed. We cannot wait to come back to Graywoods and next time we may have time to hike and even go to Boothbay. It was a great vacation..
Jul 2010
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Woolwich House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - Downstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , There is a full bathroom attached to this bedroom
    Bedroom 3 Peach Bedroom - 1 double , This has a water view
    Monhegan Bedroom - 1 double , This room has a waterview
    Bedroom 5 Lemonade Room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 Master bedroom - 1 queen , A water view and a full bath attached
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
this is a great place for a family, girls weekend, or a romantic getaway. What's not to like!!


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1 mile walk from Bath yet almost isolated-10 ft tide and eagles. Perfection!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Tranquil, comfortable family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six just spent Memorial Day at Graywoods in Woolwich, Maine, close to Brunswick and Portland, to gather for a family member's college graduation. We had a lovely weekend: the home is indeed perfect, with cozy seating positioned by picture windows overlooking the river and estuary for bird watching (eagles in their nest!) and cloud watching. The kitchen is a cook's dream, well-equipped to handle family and visiting guests. The bedrooms were large and comfortable. Walking to the river's edge is a delight. Owners Judy and her husband are very thoughtful and helpful hosts-- and we all enjoyed friendly conversation. This is a spot not to be missed and we hope someday to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations to the wonderful Bowdoin graduate. We were so honored to have him and his fabulous extended family stay in our home. We will be watching Julian's career!!
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It's true -- the perfect house, anytime of the year.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Graywood's, the first two winters ago, and then just this past spring. I would have to begin by saying that the most remarkable feature of the property is the immediate sense one gets of feeling at home. It is truly striking. This stems, I think, from the fact that Graywoods has in fact been a family home for generations (it seems) and the owners have had the good sense to leave it as such. Not only does the layout of the home live comfortably, but it is decorated in an easy and eclectic style. There is plenty of room to stretch out, four comfortable bedrooms up stairs, and the fine presence of a downstairs bedroom (with bath) for anyone who might have trouble with stairs.

The setting is lovely and peaceful, overlooking a large bay, and though it may not be the endless infinitude of an ocean view, it does have a similarly open feel (if you absolutely need the beach and sound of surf this is probably not for you). My favorite spot was in an Adirondack chair on the lawn reading my vacation Tom Clancy novel; a close second was lunch on the screened in porch. There is the additional fact that, being at the boundary of woods and water, there was an interesting variety of birds. Certainly the presence of the eagles -- their nest was right there, not 100 feet from us -- was stunning; they were our neighbors, not some distant presence. Nearby are both Reid beach and Popham beach, and I spotted my first Yellow Warbler on one outing! And if you need a little touch of "city life" the town of Bath is just a quick hop over the bridge. It is a sweet little town.

The only downside, if I may say, was a degree of road sound from Route 1 in the distance, but this was a low grade background that fades away. The home itself is tucked away along a warren of back roads, and dead ends right up to the water. The last stretch takes one over a little bridge and there is an almost magical sense of entering a forgotten and enchanted world...

The owner, Judy, has been a delight to work with, and any issues that may have come up were dealt with promptly (this recent visit, for example, the thermostat had somehow been set to "Cooling Mode", but this was addressed literally within minutes of my notifying her).

I would highly recommend Graywoods.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having returnees particularly when they have come at two different times of the year. Our family loves Graywoods and for those who have stayed with us, they - and their families -are also part of our family. The White Noise of Route 1 lessens when the trees are fully out and when the breeze blows off the water and then there is no sound. The price we pay for the slight noise is the accessibility to Bath, Bowdoin, and LL Bean. Believe it or not we have all had multiple discussions regarding the proximity to Route 1 and have decided that it is nice to be able to walk across the big bridge into Bath and its coffee shop (less than one mile away) and mighty fine other advantages..... Thanks for taking the time to write the review......and come back with your family. Judy
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Fairview, NC, USA

Thanksgiving Week at Greywoods

  • 5 of 5

A trip to Maine has been on our family's wish list for many years, and Greywoods was the perfect place for it. The home was loaded with charm, and the service and care from the owners was outstanding. The location was also great. The home feels private, but is very close to downtown Bath. It is also conveniently located for day trips to other interesting sites in Maine (and only a couple of hours from Boston). We arrived at night and woke up the next morning to a beautiful sunrise and a show from two bald eagles nesting in the yard, and the week just got better and better! This home exceeded all of our expectations!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to be at Graywoods. We are so glad that the eagles shared your joy with the location!
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The perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Greywoods for 5 days with 4 generations, while enjoying a nearby wedding in Bath. The home was a perfect fit, with plenty of room for 3 couples, one great grandma and one toddler! Anything you could have ever needed was there for us to use, including plenty of toys and books for the toddler. The view of the river was stunning, along with the bald eagles and osprey. The setting was very relaxing, and we made use of the kayaks, canoe and hot tub. The open living area and kitchen made it easy for us to eat casual meals together, as well as a couple lobster dinners. The screened in porch was a bonus with two comfortable rockers. We loved having so much space, both inside and out. A very convenient location for many activities! Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful spot

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Greywoods for our daughter's college graduation. It was a wonderful experience! Owners are incredibly friendly and thoughtful - going out of their way to place flowers on the lovely screened in porch when they learned we were planning a small gathering of our daughter's friends and their families after the ceremony. Beautiful location - roomy, comfortable home, great kitchen from which we were very easily able to cater for a party of 25+ guests. The bald eagle nest on the property - easily visible from the back deck complete with two nesting birds - was an unexpected delight. Can't recommend enough!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new england

Perfect Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for three nights (our only regret is we couldn't stay longer). There were four adults four children (ages 1.5 to 7) and one dog. We had the best time. This house is HUGE and there was plenty of space to spread out. It was great because there were some toys there for the kids and pack n plays, as well as lots of books. We got to do a little sledding. there is a small hill that is perfect for little ones.

The kitchen is amazing and well stocked! I mean it is a COOKS KITCHEN! all the appliances and giant pots you would need for a feast. It really makes it feel like a vacation.They have everything from wine glasses, cocktail shakers, ice maker and a kitchen aid mixer! next time I'll be bringing the fixings to make bread.

Also, the owners were very attentive. We couldn't find bathrooms and before we knew it, someone dropped off the bathrobes. The hot tub is amazing!

It really was a wonderful time and we are planning to go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Bookings made after 1/1/2015 will be $350 per night. Bookings for more than two weeks may be eligible for reduced rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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