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Charming Cliff Cottage On the Water

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 , Full Bath. 1/2 bath

The Davis Cottage is a charming 100 year old dwelling that nestles atop a 30 foot cliff overlooking the Penobscot Bay. It has its own steps down the cliff to the shore. and is located in the tiny village of Sandy Point, Maine. Stockton Springs surrounds Sandy Point, so the official address is 196 Hersey Retreat Road, Stockton Springs, Maine 04981. We lost our post office (the second oldest in Maine) a few years ago and some of us still cling to calling it Sandy Point.

It is 40 to 45 minutes from Bar Harbor (and Acadia National Park) to the north, plus Camden (home of the tall ships schooner fleet) to the south.

There are two levels to the house: the tower, and the main floor.

The tower and main floor of the cottage have ocean views.

It is centrally heated with 3 bedrooms.

There is a full bath with claw footed tub, spacious shower, washer and dryer, plus a half bath attached to the master bedroom in the tower. The kitchen has a dishwasher, new stove/oven, refrigerator and microwave, plus a bagel toaster and coffee pot.

There is high speed internet but no cable television.

The central part of the cottage is the original building, built as an 8 sided tower with the living room as the base of the tower and the master bedroom at its top. The tower itself was built in the early 1900’s while the dining room, kitchen and bedrooms were added as time went by.

Because of their unique shape, the cottage, and the 8 sided tower built to the south were called The Birdcages. The tower to the south fell into disrepair and the tower to the north, which became The Davis Cottage, eventually lost its distinctive shape with the addition of several rooms. The foundation of the south tower is still visible as a charming rock garden viewed out the south window of the dining room.

The Davis family bought the cottage in the 70’s but have been visiting Sandy Point since the early 1900’s when another family cottage in north Sandy Point was purchased. Eventually, a total of 4 cottages were all filled with family.

You will also find an interesting old fireplace for a cozy fire if the evening turns chilly. Outside on the front patio, overlooking the ocean, is a granite firepit. Lots of firewood provided.

The cottage comfortably sleeps 6 in beds. It is completely furnished with knotty pine and wooden floors throughout the main floor.

The cottage windows are screened and open easily. There is a landline phone with free long distance nation-wide and free internet access. Throughout the cottage should be everything you need for a comfortable stay. Just be “nosy” and open every cabinet and drawer. You’ll find everything from band aids and bug spray to spices and zip lock bags…not to mention beach towels, toilet paper galore and lots of paper towels Dunkin Donuts (caf and decaf)coffee and coffee filters. Ever since buying a labeler I have nearly labeled everything!

Bedroom #1 The Master Bedroom

Stairs from the kitchen lead up to a small private landing that contains a ½ bath, small walk-in closet, a writing desk and doorway to the master bedroom. The master bedroom is the top of the original 8 sided tower and is approximately 14 feet round. It has a comfortable queen sized bed, two dressers, a recliner for reading, plus a panoramic view of the bay. There is a door for privacy.

Bedroom #2 The Guestroom by the Kitchen

The second bedroom is just off the kitchen and contains an exceptionally comfortable queen sized bed, a small dresser, closet and recliner. The bedroom has two windows overlooking the westernmost woods and is just a short walk across the kitchen to the main bathroom. It is 8 x 14 feet. This bedroom also has a door for privacy.

Bedroom #3

The third bedroom extends off the living room and is the north wing of the cottage. It has French doors that open to the outside patio and a full view of sunrise over the bay. There are two twin beds covered with matelesse bedspreads. The room also has a large dresser, wall hooks for clothes and a writing desk. Privacy can be obtained by drawing curtains that completely shield the bedroom from the living room. Those using this room will walk through the living room, dining room and kitchen to reach the master bath. This room is also 8 x 14 feet. It is hoped that the lack of a real door is off-set by the spectacular bedside sunrise view out the patio french doors.

The dining room comfortably seats 6 and in addition to the fireplace in the living room, there is a granite fire pit on the front patio, overlooking the water. Firewood is provided.

Hiking, biking, kayaking, schooner rides, fishing, lobster boat rides, whale watching, swimming, horseback riding, golf, tennis, lighthouse tours, kite flying, historic tours and homes, galleries, and antiques are all nearby. The property itself is abutted by a 103 acre oceanfront state park. (An easy hiking trail is just 4 light poles north of the tiny house across the road). Sandy Point Public beach is a minute (.3 mile) down the road at the four-way stop.

Indulge in blueberry picking, strawberry picking, lobster and clam bakes, fine dining, a tour of Revolutionary Fort Knox, or a trip up to the very top of the new (and astonishing) Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Don’t miss the Searsport Maritime Museum plus the shops and unique architecture of Belfast. There is always a festival, art show, free lecture, or local theater to attend.

Also, if it happens to rain, the cottage is full of books and games to play. Enjoy!

The Davis family is delighted to share their cottage with you and hope you have a wonderful stay.

To contact the owner call Gail Davis Gannon at 321-576-5886 or email.

More Details

Gail D Gannon
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Gail D Gannon

I am a retired senior high school counselor (7years) and 8th grade teacher (26 years). I can leap a dozen teenagers in a single bound and have nerves of steel.

My other home is in Melbourne, Florida, where I spend 6 months of the year, and I love to rent my Sandy Point home to people who want to experience Maine.

Gail D Gannon purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Gail D Gannon chose Sandy Point

My parents bought this cottage in the early 70's and passed it on to me. The plan is that it will stay in the family for generations. My family has been coming to Sandy Point since the early 1900's, and finally the family cottage became so full and busy that my parents bought their own place. My aunts, uncles, and cousins have filled three other cottages for years.

What makes this cottage unique

The Davis cottage is so warm and cozy. It is very old but has all the amenities without any of the down-side of a 100 year old house. The view of Penobscot Bay from the front patio is wonderful and there are steps down the cliff to the shore. The neighbors are kind and will treat you as a local.

There is very friendly dog next door named Ginger, who will not come onto the property as she has an invisible fence.

It is a very 'doggy' neighborhood with many owners walking their dogs in the mornings.

All dogs must be on leashes.


Sandy Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • I will refund your deposit if I can rent the house again for the dates cancelled.
  • Please be careful operating the French door handles. There is a sign on the door telling you how to operate them.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 Main bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Opens off kitchen - claw footed tub-shower - washer/dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , and sink. It is attached to tower bedroom
  • The master bath has a claw-footed tub, roomy shower, toilet, sink, washer and dryer. The half bath has a sink and toilet. Towels and lots of toilet paper are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Close to full bathroom. Opens from kitchen.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 double , Twin beds made into a king-sized, curtain for privacy
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , small bath (sink/toilet) top of 8 sided tower...master
  • All of the mattresses are new and extremely comfortable. A good night's sleep is wonderful! The configuration: 2 twin beds, two queen beds
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
You'll find an ironing board and iron on both levels. Full sized vacuum cleaner for main floor. No carpets in the tower so Swiffer is provided if you should need it.


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(27 traveler reviews)

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Charming Cliff Cottage On the Water
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews
Salem, ma


  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful:the cottage, the view, the beach below, the proximity to French’s Point for the wedding!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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  • 3 of 5

We had a nice stay. Thank you again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quintessential Maine!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely Maine cabin with a great view, good for 6 people. Well stocked and very organized. Owner is very polite and easy to work with. Not far from Bucksport, or other Maine villages to visit and tour. We stayed for my sister's wedding only a couple hundred yards away at French's Point. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a delight to have you herr. Gail
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Belle Isle


  • 5 of 5

Just what we were looking for —- total relaxation!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A clean, charming, comfortable, and well equipped place!

  • 4 of 5

Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed this home and location. The views were amazing and the home was quite nice. The owner thought of lots of little extras to have in the home. We were in the area for a wedding and many of our other family members came to see our beautiful house and location and enjoy kayaking in our back yard. No fault of the owner, but the dog next door did wake us bright and early each morning and continued to bark through much of the day.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. Ginger, my neighbor's dog does have a deep woof and can get excited if she sees a chipmunk. Ginger's owner is getting her a no-bark collar as I type this!
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Peaceful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in a very nice location. The house had everything we needed for our four night stay. Apparently it was much warmer than it typically gets during this time of year so we did our best with the fans provided. From the house you can walk right down to the shore, hop on beautiful wooded trails, and visit a nice State Beach. You are 5 minutes from a really cool old fort and 42 story bridge observatory. It took us about an hour to get to Acadia but it was well worth the trip. Best dinner we had nearby the cottage was at Macleods and best breakfast was at the Island Rise and Shine, both in Bucksport.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We have all been reeling from the heat this summer. It has been very unlike Maine.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bucksport Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.8 Miles
Barb's Diner
Car: necessary

Locally, you’ll find everything you need and lots of fun things to do on the stretch of US1 between Bucksport and Belfast. The following is a list of services and things to do, with mileage, for that particular strip of road:

Traveling south on US1 to Belfast: use Steamboat Wharf Road to enter US 1

.1 miles: Mark’s Garage: highly recommended for top-notch work and reasonable prices.

578 US1,

Stockton Springs, Maine 04981


1.5 miles: Perry’s Sunoco: the nearest gas plus subs, pizza, fresh crabmeat and groceries.

1.9 miles: Main Street Market: small grocery store. A good source of sandwiches and lobster.

208 Main Street

Stockton Springs, Maine


2.8 miles: Barb’s Diner and the turn-off to Fort Point State Park

3.7 miles: the first flea market.

5.2 miles: Angler’s Restaurant: considered one of the best diners in the State

215 E. Maine Street

Searsport, Maine


5.5 miles: Silkweeds Country Crafts: lots of gifts plus a second flea market beside it.

191 E. Main Street

Searsport, Maine 04974

I have a much longer list I would be happy to email you. There is a Hannaford's just 5 miles north on US 1. Also within 5 miles is a Revolutionary War fort (Fort Knox) and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and observatory.

The observatory and bridge are the official start to Down East Maine.

Also: as an FYI, the cottage is:

31 miles to Bar Harbor

24 miles to Camden

32 miles to Rockland

19 miles to Bangor

28 miles to Mt. Desert Island

12 miles to Belfast

32 miles to Owls Head

29 miles to Bass Harbor light

29 miles to SW Harbor

check out Sail Acadia, Maine State Sea Kayak


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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