4 bedrooms, 2 sleeping lofts and a small bunkhouse with 2 sets of bunkbeds
- 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 Newcastle
Because it's gently rustic, on the beautiful Damariscotta River, has a pool and room for an extended family and private, yet close to town.
What makes this Cabin unique
Rented as one unit the cabins afford room to spread out. Also, there's the great 60 ft. long river deck, the kayaks, the river, the pool, the real log cabin living room, the fireplace, …….. and on and on!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The way life should be!
Turn back time in this amazing riverfront gem located a mile from Damariscotta. The sounds of birds, the ebb and flow of the 10-foot tidal draw, cool evenings and the slamming of screen doors all entail what summer should be. There is a certain majestic beauty about the porch of the log cabin, reading, having wine and enjoying friends surrounded by nature and the beautiful river and town views. For big groups and families, this 3 cabin/lodge retreat is perfect for everyone having their own space. Your family can kayak to town to eat oysters, have breakfast at Chrissy's, or shop at the stores. We look forward to visiting this special place every year and owners Bill and Polly could not be any nicer or more accommodating.
Upon arrival we met Bill the owner. He took us to the rental and gave us a quick tour and pointed out things he thought might be helpful during our stay. We picked this property for its location, the second kitchen, and pool, and we chose perfectly. During high tide the River was our playground, the kayaks were in constant use by my family, and the pool provided a cooling off spot during low tide. The 60 ft. long deck on the main building was a favorite gathering spot. The property is well stocked with the essentials, even the beach towels were provided.
Sitting around on our last night we all agreed it had been everything we had hoped for and a great time was had by all.
Wonderful Family Memories
We LOVED this rental property. Close for visits to Popham Beach, Pemaquid, Boothbay and Camden. Spacious for everyone and spent quality family time with family dinners and game nights. Used the kayaks and canoe for short paddle to quaint Damariscotta. Bill was an outstanding host, making sure we had everything we needed and great communication. Would love to visit again some day!!!
Outstanding hosts! Amazing local... spectacular water views
Whike kayaking off the pier, we were graced with a flyover of two American bald eagles, an auspicious omen on the eve of my son’s nuptials! Just one of the many amazing encounters with the fauna of mid coast Maine.
This welcoming property was thoroughly enjoyed by our large family, and we have rich memories of our magical days at Camp Ma—and nights in front of the inviting warmth of the wood burning stove.
My family and I were in Maine for a wedding. Camp Big Ma was perfect for us for the entire week!
The property and its accommodations are unique - on the water, nestled and blended into the woodlands on shore, spacious cabins and sleeping areas all connected by a porch overlooking the water, two kitchens well equipped, dining areas inside and out, quiet, lighted walking paths throughout the property, antique furnishings, and much, much more! An original log cabin stands as the center of the retreat with a fireplace and soft comfortable chairs, period lighting, with sleeping lifts on both sides, and charm unequalled in all of Maine in my family’s opinion. A swimming pool is available as well. Canoes and kayaks are on the dock for guests to use.
The owners/managers are available, accommodating, and helpful to guests in locating local restaurants, shopping, bakery, community theatre, and anything else on one’s agenda for a costal Maine vacation, family retreat, or in our case, a destination wedding in Damariscotta, Maine. Friends and family from all over the US and foreign countries have memories not to be soon forgotten for having been at Camp Big Ma, aka River Retreat, in mid-September 2918.
We plan to return to The River Retreat for future family gatherings. Thank you Mr Bill Vaughn for your kindness and helpfulness during our stay.
Thanks, so much, Ray. Loved having your family and friends here in 2018 vs. 2918!!! Ha! Come back soon. Bill
Couldn’t have had a better time for our family reunion. The setting is stunningly beautiful and the houses are set up perfectly...could have accommodated way more people than the 9 of us. Great for kids and adults with a ton of awesome activities at the houses, in the water and nearby. Close to good food. Bill clearly takes a lot of pride in his place and was super attentive and friendly.
Thanks so much!!
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.