About the property
- Farmhouse2500 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps 11
Hartwell House has origins in the 1770s and expanded in the 1800s and 1970s. It is in a protected cove off Ebenecook Bay with deep water accesss for all water activities. Located on the fully contained community of Southport Island and accessible via a bridge. Hartwell House is within 15 minutes of its more famous, and oft times more 'busy' neighbor, Boothbay Harbor. In addition to a private dock, the house offers:
. An immense living/family room with fireplace
. A charming country eat-in kitchen with fireplace
. Cable and high speed internet
. A well planted patio on a sweeping front lawn that edges the cove
. Many edible offerings from the blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb, apples and grapes that grow on the property (While edibility depends on when you are there, the beauty of the growth is constant)
Pets on a case by case basis
Kayaks available for your use
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Family vacation with something for everyone
What a fabulous house. So warm and homey and the setting is FABULOUS. Right on a cove. Inexperienced kyackers can learn on the quiet cove in front of the house and the more experienced can go into the ocean or just go along the shore and see the beautiful homes and scenery. The grandkids love the playhouse and huge lawn to play games. In the evening you can come into a huge family room with a wonderful fireplace. A perfect ending to a perfect day. A real family experience with something to do for everyone.
Wonderful and Charming House to Spend Summer Days
The Hartwell House was everything we could've hoped for- and more! My husband, three children and I stayed here over the summer and it was such a wonderful experience. The owners are so nice and were very easy to communicate with. The house has amazing views of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and we could see them from almost every room in the house.
The living room is large and very cozy. We spent many evenings watching family movies and playing games. The kitchen has a lot of counter space so we could cook lobster dinners and many other meals. The bedrooms all have character and the beds were all very comfortable. All three of my children fell in LOVE with the playhouse on the property, which we found out was built by the owners themselves! The playhouse has a set of built-in bunkbeds, a granite countertop, and a mini fridge and freezer. I was served many "meals" from my girls :) The patio is nice and large and includes a table, chairs, and a grill. There is a large lawn that rolls down towards the water- perfect for family kickball!
One of my favorite things we got to do while at the house was take multiple kayak rides off of the house's dock. The kayaks are included in the rental, and we got to paddle all around the cove. The house is also a two minute drive to Hendricks Head Beach which we spent a lot of time at. Boothbay Harbor (a ten minute drive from the house) was bustling every time we went in, and they have everything from candy shops to used book stores.
In the end, we absolutely loved staying at the Hartwell House- we couldn't have asked for anything better :) The whole family cannot wait for our time up there next year.
Charming and comfortable summer cottage
My family has rented this lovely Maine house for the past four summers. Located on Southport Island, the house has wonderful access to everything Boothbay Harbor has to offer.
The house is perched above a quiet cove with gorgeous views of the water from bedrooms, kitchen and the large, comfy den. We enjoyed many afternoons on the pretty patio and watched beautiful sunsets from the lawn. An expansive lawn stretches down to the water and dock, perfect for letting children run and play. Raspberry bushes produce fruit in July, which provides a fun family activity. We actually collected enough raspberries two summers to a make cobblers!
If you choose, you can kayak around some of the small islands which is lots of fun. This past summer we saw harbor seals and playful dolphins while kayaking just minutes from the cove! This house provides both life jackets and kayaks without any additional charge (which is a huge plus)! Also, my youngest child fell in love with the adorable playhouse...spending hours playing in it each day.
All of the bedrooms are nicely decorated and cared for and have comfortable beds in them. Plenty of blankets are available for chilly nights.
The den is a nice large size that can accommodate families playing games and relaxing at night. Plenty of books, games and puzzles are available. The den also has a fireplace, desk, daybed and a nice large plate glass window that looks out to the water.
I loved the charming country kitchen with a view down to the water and out to the side yard. We cooked many of our meals in this kitchen and found it to be the right size for a family of six, with everything we needed from lobster pots to coffee maker. Also, there is a nice grill out on the patio that we used to grill fish and steaks.
The island has a general store, library and two great waterfront restaurants and there are many more just a 5 - 10 minute drive. Also, you will find a hiking trail on the island down by the low water beach, Hendricks Head Beach.
The owners have provided friendly customer service, responding promptly when ever we had questions. There is a caretaker who lives nearby who also promptly came out to the house the few times we needed his assistance.
Bottom line: This home has so much character and is so comfortable, that I cannot imagine a better summer rental on the island.
We have stayed here several times in the last few years. House has everything needed. The owners' ongoing improvements and the beautiful setting are very special. Memories created here with friends and family will last forever.
Southport Island offers unique views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sheepscot River. A relatively large island, but isolated from the 'buzz' of Boothbay Harbor, it has its own marina, grocery store, post office, library, several churches and beach. There are places to hike, history to absorb and great places to eat. Boothbay Harbor is, arguably, the quintessence of Maine. While is has maintained its fishing and ship building heritage, it offers all you want to view, eat and buy.