"Your Maine Retreat" offers a warm cabin-like feel, on the Penobscot River.
About Jeff Underwood
We have always wanted to have a place in Maine. A place to provide an escape and a place to appreciate and experience all that Maine has to offer. We are a fitness minded couple that enjoys experiencing nature, the outdoors and the many different activities that come with it. We cross country ski, snowshoe, hike, and kayak. Making trips to explore and experience the small towns and venues which are not heavily traveled is also a passion of ours. We are foodies - discovering small, out of the way places to eat and relax, a great way to experience new culinary delights. All of which we can do right from "Your Maine Retreat," either right out our door or within a short drive. We are excited to share "Your Maine Retreat" with others.
Jeff Underwood purchased this House in 2005
Why Jeff Underwood chose Sandy Point
"Your Maine Retreat" is centrally located providing easy access to many types of activities. It is within striking distance for day trips to Acadia National Park to the north , Camden to the south, and even the Freeport outlets (home of LL Bean), a bit further south. There are numerous outdoor activities throughout the area, from hikes of various difficulties, to many small Maine towns to explore. There is fishing and excellent birding available nearby. If you're a biker, you will find trips of various lengths and difficulties right from the house or nearby. Mountain biking is also available within the area. If you're adventurous, you can make a full day trip to the Baxter State Park region and explore "northern Maine" and its wildness. Yet, if you are looking to relax, you need to go no where. "Your Maine Retreat" is directly across the street from Sandy Point State Park, which offers the only beach on the Penobscot River. A great place to walk along the beach, explore the river shore, and/or hike the park paths through the surrounding woods. You could make a very short drive up the road and explore the Fort Knox State Park and view Maine from the Park's Penobscot Narrows Observatory (one of only two such observatories, in the world). On a clear day you may see Mt. Katahdin, to the north. If you prefer reading and quiet, then the solitude of "Your Maine Retreat" will offer the respite you are seeking. If you happen to be attending a wedding at French's Point, we are right down the street, within walking distance, if you wish.
What makes this House unique
"Your Maine Retreat" is truly unique. It is constructed of lumber and large timbers from old factories. Part of the decor includes three trees as part of the house structure and design. One being the large central focal point in the open first floor. There are two wooden drive wheels, which supported belt drives from old water driven factories, incorporated into two ceiling lights, along with an old street light, as the outside light, from Old Town, Maine. There are two antique sinks incorporated into the bath rooms. It is an eclectic Maine experience, unlike any others. If you like the outdoors and a natural setting you will find "Your Maine Retreat" relaxing and rewarding. All of this, while providing the needs for a comfortable, quiet visit.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Our Maine Retreat is a no smoking property, including outside the home. The interior is unique with trees which are incorporated into the design and are decorative in nature. They are not for climbing, sitting, or carving initials. The house is on a septic system, nothing other than toilet tissues should be disposed of or thrown into the toilets. A word of caution - the stairs in the home are steep and everyone, especially children and elderly, should make use of the handrails.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Rustic but very, very clean and great location!
We chose this property to be near friends who were also renting on the same road. it is on a quiet road, very convenient to Route 1, but just across from the beach (no view). It is a beautiful drive to Acadia and other wonderful spots on the coast. Not luxurious, but whimsical, comfortable, and very, very clean.
Mosquito farm! Bring Repellent!
We love Maine, we visit almost every year. This is the worst place we have ever rented. We made it work and had a great time but it was a challenge. The house is unfinished; it’s a rough cabin. The trees inside are a beautiful part of the decor. But it is a challenge to enjoy the decor when the basics don’t work well. It was a small step above camping - we were out of the elements, had bathroom facilities and beds. If you want to cook, don’t stay here. If you don’t want to bathe in repellent, don’t stay here. The kitchen is not equipped to accommodate cooking; so many things wrong with the kitchen - the stove is awkwardly positioned and difficult to use, all the utensils are a hodgepodge of useless, old dirty tools, no vent fan, wood everywhere absorbing water and rotting ( unsanitary). We had to buy a can opener because the one in the house was completely rusted! The shower is like the kitchen; no water pressure, no light ( we rigged a light so we could see), there is rotting wood in the shower too; so even after bathing we didn’t feel clean. There is no WiFi and phone service is spotty, so you need to know everything about the area, including distances and closing times of restaurants , etc. , no washer/dryer so pack a lot of clothes unless you want to spend your vacation at a laundromat, and the beds are uncomfortable. However, there is an over abundance of mosquitos! Bring multiple cans of repellent. Don’t open the door without being fully coated with bug spray. Once we got out of the neighborhood we didn’t experience many mosquitos.
Great little spot!
Perfect place to stay for a wedding down the road!
Charming cabin in the woods
This house is a charming and rustic yet well appointed cabin. We saw some beautiful fall colors and are looking forward to returning to the area. The house has no wifi, so if you're looking for connectivity you won't find it here. Cell service is good.
Convenient to French’s Point for weddings
It was a very convenient place to stay for a wedding at French’s Point. A few little tweaks would make it better. There is a light switch to go up the stairs at the bottom, but when you get to the top, there is no switch to turn that light off. The stairs are not designed properly, the risers are of very uneven heights. But our biggest disappointment was that there was no WiFi. As I looked back at the property description, it needs changing. The first part where it lists the amenities, it says internet. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, underneath the availability calendar , it says no WiFi. I guess I never scrolled down that far, since I had already read that there was internet listed in the top part. Since there is really no cell service and no land line, we were happy to discover a public interest phone across the street at the parking lot for the beach, in case of emergencies.
Not Quite What We Expected
Our Maine Retreat is for sure a unique property, located in a lovely spot near a state beach area. My family and I were not prepared by the description in VBRO, though, for the fact that the cabin is a work in progress, not a completed vacation home. There are lots of unfinished areas in the house and that was not mentioned in the listing. I would have preferred that information up front before deciding to book, and it may not have changed my mind about staying there, just my expectations.
The sleeping arrangements are a bit awkward. There is only one double bed, and it is topped with a very low bunkbed, so low in fact that my husband and I had no real option but to sleep in separate beds, not something we would have chosen for a time meant for togetherness. The steps leading upstairs are quite steep, and though our family managed them fine, I would not recommend for anyone with balance or strength issues or for families with small children.
Those things said, if you go in realizing that this home is clearly a product of enthusiastic DIYers and is still in the process of being completed, it is a pleasant place for a retreat. The kitchen is well equipped, there are some very interesting architectural features, lots of effort has gone into using reclaimed/ recycled material, and the area around the home is pleasant and serene.