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Bill Vaughan

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, wife speaks French

Unique Damariscotta River retreat with pool

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Damariscotta-Newcastle Cabin Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 sleeping lofts and a small bunkhouse with 2 sets of bunkbeds

This unique property is a wonderful family retreat right on the beautiful Damariscotta River only 1.5 miles from the quaint village of Damariscotta. We are nestled in 13 acres of private woods and yet it is close to many attractions. You can kayak to town on one of our kayaks, swim in the river (at high tide as river is tidal) or in the pool, hike around the property or read on the relaxing 60 ft. covered river deck. This property was owned at one time by the Schraft candy family and even has 2 old digs on the property. The original log cabin is the living room cabin with stone fireplace and 2 small sleeping lofts. There is a kitchen/dining room cabin with a wood stove and a great family table overlooking the river, also a 2 bedroom cabin with 2 bathrooms and laundry room below. These 3 cabins are connected by a deck and wonderful covered porch.

Then the upper cabin (about 20 yards up the hill) has a king bedroom, bath, kitchen and living room with pullout sofa, which can be a private bedroom as it has its own door & porch. The king also has its own screen porch.

Down another 80 yd. path is the small bunkhouse, which has 2 sets of bunks and its own separate bathroom (sink, shower and compost toilet) and porch. This is truly a unique getaway for a family and friends. We fell in love with it in 1988 and last year built our year-round home a ways up the hill from the cabins. We know you will enjoy our little piece of heaven in mid-coast Maine. (Please note we rent by the week only in the summer.)

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bill Vaughan (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english, wife speaks French

About Bill Vaughan

We are from Virginia Beach and started coming to Maine in 1976, when we were married. My wife's grand father had a house in Yarmouth, ME and we stayed there a few summers. As our kids, and their first cousins got older, we hunted for rentals on the rivers. We found this place in 1988 and loved it. We named it 'Camp Big MA' for my mother-in-law, who would bring her grand kids up here from Virginia for their summer 'camp' experience.

My wife and I (along with many in-laws) rented the cabins for 9 summers before we bought it, as we couldn't let it go when it came on the market. We then purchased the adjacent 10 acres in 2002 and built a house on it in 2011. We live here year round now and love our location. It/s very private yet only 1 and half miles from Damariscotta, a quaint year round harbor town, with many attractions.

Bill Vaughan purchased this cabin in 1998

Why Bill Vaughan chose Maine

Because it's gently rustic, on the beautiful Damariscotta River, room for an extended family and private, yet close to town.

What makes this cabin unique

The great 60 ft. long river deck, the kayaks, the river, the pool, the real log cabin living room, …….. and on and on!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)
Unique Damariscotta River retreat with pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
5

Family Retreat Magic

  • 5 of 5

What a magical place. It's our second year and it's just as amazing as last year. It's the perfect mix of having your own lodge and cabins in the woods yet close enough to canoe into the amazing town of Damariscotta. The kids spent all day in the water, high tide in the river and low tide in the pool. Bill & Polly are excellent hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope to see you next year!!
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5

Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a glorious week in August with my six adult siblings during our annual gathering without significant others, children, or grandchildren. We could have planted ourselves all week on the long porch overlooking the river and spent the time reading, catching up, playing cards, enjoying morning coffee and evening cocktail hour and been perfectly happy in this little slice of heaven, but didn't want to miss out on kayaking on the river, gallery hopping, shopping, and eating lobster in nearby coastal towns of Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Rockland and Camden. Everything about our stay was exceptional. In the main cabin, all the rooms have views of the river and the many large screened windows allow for plenty of fresh air to circulate. Even on hot days, the temperature always felt about 10 degrees cooler at the cabin than in town. The original log cabin living room area has the feel of an old hunting lodge. The upper cabin called "the Eagle's Nest" has two bedrooms, each with its own private screened in reading porch, that also face the river. The views from here are spectacular. There are four single beds in the bunk house so the place can accommodate a lot more people than the seven we had in our group. Everything was clean and well maintained and the kitchen was fully equipped with all that was necessary for cooking and serving meals. The owners have cleared paths around the cabins for short walks through the lovely wooded and very private property; several longer hikes are located just short driving distances away on beautiful local preserves and public land trusts. Bill and Polly are wonderfully responsive and friendly hosts.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Anne! Hope you come again real soon!
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Nyack, NY, USA
5

Amazing spot and beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this beautiful venue with 11 adults and 2 kids. Surprisingly there were still beds to spare! Everyone had a nice comfy well equipped room for quite time and then the house afforded spaces for gatherings. The kitchen and dinning room were excellent for cooking meals for several people and the dinning table easily accommodated our whole group with a beautiful view of the river. Having the dock to the river and the access to canoes and kayaks was great! You could even kayak right into downtown Darmiscotta! We absolutely loved our stay and would definitely recommend this venue to anyone. Bill was an incredibly nice and accommodating host. We should have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much!!!
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Damariscotta, Maine
5

Didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

My women's book group held its annual weekend retreat here this week and we were thrilled to be in a such a lovely, well-appointed house and setting. Bill was a gracious host, checking in with us about any questions or needs we had. The cabins were all clean and fresh smelling, hiking paths through the pristine woods newly mowed, kitchen had every tool we needed for 3 days of gourmet meals, and the pool was an amazing bonus. We kayaked down river, swam in the pool, played scrabble, did art projects on the deck, danced at night, and cooked up a storm. Bill was amenable to booking us for next year's weekend retreat already! I will definitely look into renting this property the next time I have a number of out of town guests coming to stay. It feels like a remote and private getaway yet is only minutes from town. It has the feel of a classic, rustic Maine cottage but with modern updates in the kitchen and bathrooms, a stay here is not "roughing it" at all. Beds and linens were very comfy. Plenty of bath and beach towels. Great place!!!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for coming. Hope to see you guys next year!
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Damariscotta, Maine
5

Didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

My women's book group held its annual weekend retreat here this week and we were thrilled to be in a such a lovely, well-appointed house and setting. Bill was a gracious host, checking in with us about any questions or needs we had. The cabins were all clean and fresh smelling, hiking paths through the pristine woods newly mowed, kitchen had every tool we needed for 3 days of gourmet meals, and the pool was an amazing bonus. We kayaked down river, swam in the pool, played scrabble, did art projects on the deck, danced at night, and cooked up a storm. Bill was amenable to booking us for next year's weekend retreat already! I will definitely look into renting this property the next time I have a number of out of town guests coming to stay. It feels like a remote and private getaway yet is only minutes from town. It has the feel of a classic, rustic Maine cottage but with modern updates in the kitchen and bathrooms, a stay here is not "roughing it" at all. Beds and linens were very comfy. Plenty of bath and beach towels. Great place!!!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is our second year vacationing here with a mix of adults and kids. The property is so beautiful and beautifully maintained. The beds are comfy, the kitchen is well stocked with cookware and great for cooking in. There are ample places to congregate with friends and family and others to spend quiet time reading or drawing. The pool is great for a low tide swip and jumping in the river at high tide was the focal point of each day.

Town is an easy drive (or kayak) away with great grocery options and there are wonderful places to discover throughout the region. Favorites for us included Muscongus Bay Lobster Co. and Coveside in South Bristol. We also enjoyed a brief afternoon looking at antiques in Wiscasset. There are tons of local preserves for easy hiking and you may catch sight of seals just a brief, easy, kayak trip away from the doc.

We can't imagine a summer week away anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Erin. Love your family. Looking forward to seeing you next year!
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Public House and King Eiders Pub
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
New Harbor
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
South Bristol
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Brunswick, ME (Downeast train)
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Public House
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Pemaquid Beach
Car: necessary

You walk down a path from the driveway to a unique, peaceful retreat on our 13 acres of woods along the Damariscotta River into a world all your own. We call it Camp Big Ma. In addition to the lower cabins and upper cabin we have a small bunkhouse with 2 sets of bunk beds and its own bathroom & compost toilet. This is a perfect family getaway or retreat where you can spread out, swim in the river at high tide and in the pool whenever, hike around the woods and even to town or just read on the relaxing river deck. There are hiking trails galore, closest one being Dodge Point (2 miles away) that is wonderful and is dog friendly. Pemoquid Point lighthouse is a great place to view the ocean and climb on the rocks. In Damariscotta, which you can see easily from the cabins, there are a handful of good restaurants, quaint shops, the Maine Coast Bookstore, a library, the Lincoln Theater (HD broadcasts, movies and occasional plays), a YMCA, a lovely harbor and more. We are an hour north of Portland, 20 minutes from Boothbay Harbor and 40 minutes south of Camden. A perfect spot! The dock and pool are common areas, so occasionally, my wife and I (and visiting family members) will use the pool and dock, but will not get in your way.

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Rates & Availability

Damariscotta-Newcastle Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
2016
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,100
 
 
Spring 2017
May 20 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,200
$11,000
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Nov 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
$415
$2,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 9.0%

Weekly only during the summer
rate plus 8% sales tax and $150 cleaning fee

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Amenities

Damariscotta-Newcastle Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 2 bathroom under bedroom cabin 1 bathroom in Eagles Nest cabin 1 bathroom for bunkhouse
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    sleeping loft 1 - 1 twin/ single
    sleeping loft 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Eagles Nest - 1 king
    Bunkhouse - 4 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a path down to the cabins from the driveway, so people with walking problems may find it difficult. The Eagles Nest is closest to the driveway, about10 steps down. Friendly pets are welcome for a charge of $100. My wife and I live up the hill a ways from the cabins and we have 2 visla dogs who would love another dog to play with. I also have a kabota 4 wheeler that can carry luggage, etc., if I am available. We do share the pool and dock with our guests.

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