This lovingly restored cape has all the charm of an old Pemaquid farmhouse and all the comforts you could want for a stay on the coast. Recent renovations by the owners' own restoration company preserved 19th-century details like the wide floorboards, tucked-away cozy bedrooms, and many-paned windows, and added updated bathrooms and laundry facilities, wi-fi, and a gorgeous, high-ceilinged open kitchen/sitting room. This kitchen is the best I've ever seen in years of Pemaquid summers: fully stocked with high-quality tableware, utensils, appliances, and well-made furnishings. The grounds (think fields rolling down to the river, grassy lawns, native flower gardens, ancient trees, hammock and tire swing) are beautifully maintained, with plenty of room for kids to romp, Adirondack chairs for lounging, and an outdoor grilling/dining area just off the kitchen.
The house itself is well-aired, full of light, and was spotless on our arrival. It felt like the perfect size for our little family, but somehow, there was also more than enough room for multiple siblings, friends, and cousins to visit without feeling crowded! There are big open social areas, peaceful corners for quiet time, a long dining room table, shelves full of board games the kids actually wanted to play---for once, we were actually content to just hang around the house on rainy days (and there are always rainy days). The property is tucked away but only a short drive from the beach, the lighthouse, and the market, Shaw's and the Monhegan ferry, Bristol and Round Pond villages, Muscongus Bay Lobster Company and fisherman's coops for dockside seafood right out of the water, and other favorite spots; for more shops and restaurants, Damariscotta is only 20 minutes in the other direction.
The fact is, Pemaquid is basically the best summer spot in the world. I love that it has all the amenities and only a fraction of the tourist craziness you get down the coast, I love that the villages and history and residents aren't buried in development, I love that there's so little traffic. But what I really love is the old-school magic: summer and sea and that something that can't be described...but whatever it is, this house has it. We'll be back every summer the owners will have us. It's just a wonderful place to be, and you can feel it the minute you walk in the door. When you get there, you'll see what I mean.