|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This large cottage sits on the crest of a hill overlooking a protected cove and Frenchman Bay, 200 yards below. Meadows and woods surround the property. A spacious deck off the rear of the house provides a wonderful view and gathering area, perfect for lunch, grilling, or glass of wine with cheese before dinner.
The three bedrooms and full bath are found upstairs. The “master bedroom” overlooks the bay and includes a sink and mirror. The second bedroom has a double bed and attached half-bath. The third bedroom has four single beds.
The first floor's large, open living room offers a view to the bay and mountains, a dining area, and a wood-burning fireplace. The kitchen has an adjoining washer and dryer, and a half-bath. A screened-in porch attached to the kitchen can serve as a breakfast alcove, or more sleep area.
A few steps from the house is a screened, hot-water, outdoor shower. The shower has an adjoining room for changing and drying.
Walk down the hill from the house and you will reach a large cove, where a boat can be moored and kayaks kept on shore. The bay waters feature remarkable clarity, dolphins and seals, and nearby islands open for exploring.
Also within walking distance is a spring-fed pool (belonging to the town) which has a sand beach and sunbathing platform. For golfers, a scenic, 9-hole, public course, Bonnie Blinks, is about 1.5 miles away. The town also has tennis courts.
Nearby tide pools, paths, and sand beaches provide a natural playground for children. Hiking and exploring opportunities also abound.
I want to give a big thank you for our lovely stage at Ledge. I can't even begin to list all the ways in which we enjoyed our stay, although a few deserve special mention. The house was terrific with much charm, and I found the written history (by Edith Rowe?) fascinating. The views from every point around the house were so restful on the eyes. The people who we met---both in the area and in Maine in general---were welcoming. I would be remiss in not mentioning the lobster, which is plentiful, delicious, and easy to find around every corner. In a nutshell, Maine provided nature's best in every way.
As predicted, we did not get to do all that was on our "list" for vacation, but that simply means that another trip is in order!
Thank you again for your hospitality. Your personal contact before and during our stay, many helpful hints, and suggestions regarding activities and locations to visit were a wonderful, welcoming personal touch.
For nine wonderful months of July my husband and I, joined now and then by various adult children, rented Ledge in Sorrento, Maine. As the listing description is completely accurate, I will relate the particular pleasures we savored. First of all, its perch. High above the water, it offers a sweeping view of bay, islands, and Acadia National Park's peaks. Linked to the charm of the perch is what the deck offers. We started the day sitting there with our early morning coffee, watching cedar waxwings dive for blueberries in the meadow patch and trying to sort out
the different warbler songs. Parulas and black throated greens were constant companions, as well as a nonstop singing red eyed vireo,
but hermit thrushes, other warblers, woodpeckers all joined in. Actually, if the weather was nice we ate all our meals on the deck. Over the years I have a great collection of photos recording the ever-changing cloud patterns over the mountains, often as they were reflected in our before-dinner glasses of wine! Then there is the garden, which I reported on to the owner a few summers ago:
"The garden is flourishing. We have had fresh lettuce in salad every day and just shared some of the beautiful and very abundant thyme with Heather who couldn't find any at the market. New crop of lettuce on the way. Scallions, leeks, parsley, lemon balm, marjoram and chives are all exuberantly preening. And the very Japanese like dripping-water- into-a-stone-basin centerpiece is working perfectly."
If you have younger children, the spring fed, surrounded by sand, town pool is a 5 minute walk from the cottage, complete with life guard and children ranging from toddlers to teenagers. And there are countless other activities available for children, as the listing described.
As for activities, attractions and restaurants, all abound. Biking and hiking in Acadia National Park, sailing, early morning kayaking right off the shore ---a 5 minute walk down the hill to the shoreline below the cottage where I could keep my kayak, croquet, golf and tennis in the village. Great restaurants in Bar Harbor---a 20 minute motor boat ride away, or a 50 minute drive---as well as excellent restaurants in neighboring towns.
We are no longer renting Ledge because we have acquired a son-in-law and new baby so need a different configuration of bedrooms, but we will sorely miss it.
Coastal Maine offers a treasure of natural scenery and recreational opportunities. This house near the water puts you within easy reach of kayaking, boating, golf, swimming, and hiking. Major tourist draws such as Acadia National Park and bustling Bar Harbor lie across the bay. Quieter natural attractions include the granite cliffs of Schoodic Point, the hike up Schoodic Mountain, and swimming from the sand beaches at nearby lakes. Winter Harbor has a retail lobster 'depot' and restaurants with traditional Maine fare.The major commercial center of Ellesworth is a 25-minute drive away, and has outlet stores, a Home Depot, and supplies for your stay.
For the fit and adventurous, the hike to the top of Mt. Champlain via the Cliff Trail will challenge and reward you. A stop for ice cream cones on the way home always seems a timely diversion!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1500 -$2,000 rates
Discounts for long-term stays
Weekly specials after Labor Day
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.