About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
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 rent the cabins as one unit. 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 (2 single beds in each). 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 second bedroom with 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 built our year-round home a ways up the hill from the cabins in 2010. 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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- Response time:
- within one day
- english, wife speaks French
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 22, 2018
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!
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I love this place!
Perfect retreat for family. Steep hill but so worth the lovely view on the peaceful tidal river.
Plenty of room on the porch for everyone
We stayed with Bill and Polly in July, 2016. There were 7 adults and 4 kids in our group, and the camp comfortably accommodated all of us. Our criteria in selecting a place for a 3-generation gathering was somewhere that had ample communal space as well as private spaces. The camp was perfect. All of the adults had bedrooms with doors. The kids opted to sleep in the loft above the living room, but when they are older, I expect they will happily sleep in the bunkhouse, away from bothersome parents. The porch was lovely -- plenty of room for everyone to stretch out with a book and enjoy the view. The kitchen had lots of room for food prep (many cooks in our group) and we enjoyed sitting around the table with the lovely views out onto the river. The kids enjoyed splashing in the pool , playing on the dock, and running along the trails. Water pressure in the showers was great and how nice to have a washer and dryer! And a dishwasher in the kitchen, too.
We could have spent more time in Damariscotta and surrounding towns, but it was so pleasant being at camp, relaxing, that it was hard to leave. That said, the Farnsworth Museum (and side trip to the Olson Farmhouse -- not to be missed, if you are an Andy Wyeth fan) , Pemaquid Lighthouse, and the Boothbay Railway Museum were fun diversions. My second grader, who'd recently completed a report on Henry Ford got to see an authentic Model T at the Railway museum, and we all enjoyed the train ride.
The Hannaford supermarket is awesome; great produce, prepared food, and a decent wine/beer selection. We chose to cook in most nights, but had delicious lobster at Muscungus, a fun family dinner at Newcastle Public House, and ice cream at Round Top.
Bill and Polly were gracious, helpful, friendly hosts. The kids loved petting Rosa and Olive, and Bill let them ride in the Kubota, which might have been the highlight of the trip. I look forward to a return visit.
Family Retreat Magic
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.
Hope to see you next year!!
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.
Thanks so much, Anne! Hope you come again real soon!
Amazing spot and beautiful view!
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!
Thanks so much!!!
Didn't want to leave!
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!!!
Thanks so much for coming. Hope to see you guys next year!
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.
Additional information about rental rates
Weekly only during the summer rate plus 8% sales tax and $150 cleaning fee