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Sprague River fills for kayaking and empties for clamming, walking to ocean

Sprague River fills for kayaking and empties for clamming, walking to ocean Living room w/wood stove, two comfortable couches (one not shown) + chairs. Low tide from porch looking over river + dunes to Seguin Island, ocean Southwest deck Access to river and ocean, all on foot from deck house Eastern porch Looking south along Sprague River Master bedroom faces river views to east + opens up on deck, wraps east - west Sprague marsh, east Kitchen includes bar + 4 stools (not shown).  Formal dining table in living room Sprague marsh with Sprague River beyond Seguin Light House Sprague River low tide looking south From the cliff looking down east towards Popham

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Last updated: 02/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Phippsburg cottage description

River House is a beautiful Deck House cottage located on a private point of land and beach. Our immediate neighbor is the 700 acre Morse Mountain nature preserve at the eastern border of the Sprague River marsh. This area offers birding, fishing, hiking and swimming in the Sprague River and the ocean.

Master bedroom has a queen bed and bathroom with tub/shower, though we prefer the outdoor shower. Second bedroom has both a double and a single bed with bathroom and shower. This cottage is best suited for no more than five guests.

Direct on-foot access to secluded sandy beach at River House and/or wade/kayak across the river to reach the ocean in minutes. Cottage features floor to ceiling glass and outstanding views of ocean, islands, sand dunes, river, marsh with wrap-around mahogany deck. Situated on a tidal river AND the ocean, this house is totally unique!

Your days will revolve around the tides. Fish for Striped Bass, dig for clams, kayak the river and walk miles on a beach of white sand. Bird life abounds -- eagle, osprey, shore birds and our 'family' of hummingbirds. Enjoy the morning sun over breakfast on the eastern deck; cocktails on the western side as the sun sets, reflecting orange and magenta light off the islands on view. Sleep to the sounds of the ocean and the fog horn on Seguin Island.


Keywords: Deck House/cottage, Floor-to-ceiling windows/Deck

Property Type

  • 1589 sq. ft.
  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            River House is perfect for one couple or one couple with one to two well-behaved children interested in beach activity and nature....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking is not tolerated anywhere on this property or beach....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1

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          • Bathroom 2

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          • Master bedroom includes bathroom with tub shower. Second bedroom includes bathroom and shower. We encourage use of privately situated outdoor shower as much as possible. ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Casual breakfast, lunch and dinner table between kitchen and east deck provides eat-in kitchen. More formal dinner table in dining area off living room. Dining table seats 6 - 8....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            New convection oven and cook top; coffee bean grinder and drip coffee maker (filters provided); microwave; hand mixer for baking; Weber gas grill on deck....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Medium sized refrigerator with small freezer above. Ice cube trays available....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Drip coffee maker, #4 filters provided. Electric coffee grinder....moreless

          • Stove:

            Electric Glass top cook stove with one oven....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Fully equipped basic kitchen. ...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Microwave

          Amenities

          • Washing Machine:

            Water is a precious and expensive commodity on the coast. Stackable apartment size washer dryer in closet. Please leave dirty linens for me to wash in my regular size washing machine in Freeport....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Small dryer is top part of stackable washer dryer at River House. Please leave linens and towels for me to wash at home....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Private driveway. Upon arrival pls. drive to very end to off-load your belongings at kitchen door. ...moreless

          • Living Room:

            Wood stove, dining area, vaulted ceiling, views of marsh, river, ocean and islands....moreless

          • Heating:

            Wood heat and solar gain provide the two currently available sources of heat....moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            Firewood provided...moreless

          • Hair Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Fish for Striped Bass in river, kayak and canoe provided, eagles, ospreys, walk for miles on sandy ocean beach, total privacy in pristine setting. For more pictures and information please copy this link to your browser: http://riverhouserent.googlepages.com/home...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                Current local magazines, some old classic books and cookbooks; some newer cookbooks....moreless

              • Game Room:

                Living room is game room. We have several board games and card decks....moreless

              • Stereo
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Telephone:

                All local and national calls are included in rent, as well as Internet....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Bring your laptop and sit on the deck. Great high-speed connection....moreless

              • Free Long Distance:

                Unlimited local and national phone + Internet...moreless

              • Broadband Access:

                Wireless Internet provided...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                700 sq.ft. of deck wraps around east, south and west sides of cottage. Cook on gas grill, entertain, sunbathe, eat lobsters, play . Sliding glass doors invite the views in and take you out from the living room, kitchen and master bedroom....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Indestructible one person yellow kayak and canoe for transporting across the river or exploring the inner tributaries. Old-ish life jackets. Paddles provided. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Location & View

              • Beachfront:

                River House is located on its own private sand beach on a river that weaves through salt marsh, in 700 acres of conservation land. The eastern and southern views from River House deck show no development of any kind. On the western side, you see four houses tucked into a cliff in the distance. River House is both completely secluded and completely open to the natural environment. From our beach, you cross the river by foot (all in sand), and in a minute you arrive at the ocean...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                Little Morse Mountain, part of a 700 acre nature preserve with abundant opportunities for birding, striped bass fishing, hiking, swimming and on-foot access to the ocean....moreless

              • Oceanfront:

                River House is directly on a sand beach of its own, a tidal river and the ocean. No houses or development of any kind are between River House and the ocean...moreless

              Activities

              • Mountain Biking
              • Surfing
              • Golf
              • Sailing
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Cycling
              • Swimming
              • Kayaking
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Cinemas
              • Shopping
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Miniature Golf
              • Shelling
              • Antiquing
              • Boating
              • Sight Seeing

              Other Activities

                  • Very near Sebasco Estates (dining, golf, boating, fitness, Bingo); Morse Mountain (hiking); Popham Beach; Bath and Bowdoin College (live theatre). But you won't want to leave once you arrive because you have your own sandy beach and the ocean!...moreless
                   

                  Reviews

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                  • Absolutely Gorgeous Sunrises

                    Absolutely Gorgeous Sunrises

                    • Guest Joanne & Paul (-)
                    • Date of stay 09/08/12
                    • Review Submitted 10/26/12
                    My husband & I spent 3 weeks at the river house this past September. The location for us was perfect. My husband is a fisherman & enjoyed the opportunity to successfully fish for stripers just below the house. The enormous windows and deck, the gas BBQ, well-equipped kitchen were real pluses. My husband was especially impressed with the sharp kitchen knives. We enjoyed hiking the Morse Conservancy trail to Seawall Beach, eating clams at Percy's Store in Popham, lunch at North Creek Farm, shopping at the farmer's market in Bath & exploring the penninsula. Anthony & Lucretia at the Hidden Cottages bait & gift shop were very friendly and helpful. We found Abbie to be avaiiable & also very helpful during our stay. We would recommend this property to those who like fishing, seclusion, love nature & beautiful scenery. We plan to return again!

                    Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • Wonderful Relaxing Vacation

                    Wonderful Relaxing Vacation

                    • Guest DebbieW (Madison, AL)
                    • Date of stay 09/12/11
                    • Review Submitted 09/28/11
                    Abbie - thank you so much for making your home available to us. We had a wonderful, relaxing 9 days at The River House. The views are breathtaking and amazing, watching the tides come in and out. I ventured out to try clamming, didn't get any but had a great time walking the tidal basin. We watched a young eagle, a trio of wild turkey, a chipmunk, a pair of loons and a deer all from the window views. We spent several hours at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath (a must see if you are in the area). Spent a day in Boothbay and went to the Botanical Gardens, gorgeous in their fall colors. Day trips were easy to do and then home to River House to watch the tides. Couldn't have been better. And did I mention lobster, lobster, steamers and lobster? The house is exactly as shown in your photos and we could not have been happier. The wood heater took the chill out of the cool September nights. It was a perfect vacation. Thank you.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • Delightful Getaway

                    Delightful Getaway

                    • Guest David (Brentwood, TN)
                    • Date of stay 07/09/11
                    • Review Submitted 07/28/11
                    River House provides an extraordinarily beautiful, natural setting with pristine views and a lovely house. It is tastefully and functionally decorated, and very well supplied with everything you will need for a terrific stay. We enjoyed clamming, walking on the beach and most of all enjoying fabulous views from the deck which spans 3 sides of the house. We are looking forward to our next visit.

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                  • Beautiful, with tides out of every window and miles of ocean front views

                    Beautiful, with tides out of every window and miles of ocean front views

                    • Guest WG (Huguenot NY)
                    • Date of stay 09/08/10
                    • Review Submitted 09/14/10
                    Beautiful cabin with deck you live on ... inside all windows show spectacular views. the high tide comes to your deck, low tide leaves miles of mostly empty beaches. clean, spacious inside to cook clams from the beach, lobsters, and other maine products from the local area. Very private ... at night the only light is a light house on an island on the ocean. All is available from the deck steps. Thank you for making this available to us, Abbie!

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                  • New England Delight

                    New England Delight

                    • Guest Ellen E. (Dallas, TX)
                    • Date of stay 07/17/10
                    • Review Submitted 08/20/10
                    Our family spent a restful July week at River House. We wish we could transport this charming house to all our vacation destinations. The property was clean and cozy, but really it's all about the windows and the amazing views. Our family has been to many beaches around the world; this one rates way up there for privacy and the lovely fine sand. Amazingly nobody seemed to mind that the water was on the cool side. We didn't go in much past knee height. Overall we had a wonderful time. Thank you, Abbie.

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                  • River House: The Perfect Place to Replenish, Refresh and Relax with Nature's Rhythms

                    River House: The Perfect Place to Replenish, Refresh and Relax with Nature's Rhythms

                    • Guest Michelle (Portland, Maine,USA)
                    • Date of stay 07/24/10
                    • Review Submitted 07/27/10
                    We had a memorable time in this breath taking setting- where the river and marsh meets the sea! Pictures can not capture the beauty- much like a camera can not capture the true vastness of the blue sky when pointed straight up...it merely looks blue.The home is light and open-it truly feels as if you are outside vs. being in a cottage. So how do you describe a 3 dimensional experience? We were treated to full moon complete with blue heron fishing right in front of the deck. It was like the Wonder of Camping with the Comforts of Home. And the place is clean- my own mother type of clean- with all of the special touches of a home because the owner shares so many treasures! It is a rare find in a rental. I hope everyone enjoys and respects the place so we can return one day for a longer stay! (Special note- if you are a bird watcher this is your dream home. Visiting hummingbirds etc. daily)

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/2

                  • Fabulous

                    Fabulous

                    • Guest Courtney (New England)
                    • Date of stay 06/05/10
                    • Review Submitted 06/27/10
                    A truly unique setting - unbelievably private and peaceful. No one around but the seagulls, herons and fish hawks. If your idea of a good vacation is a deck with beautiful views, strolling on beautiful beaches, canoeing/kayaking and just enjoying the sounds and smells of the ocean, this is a wonderful spot. Highly recommend!

                    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with young children.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                    • Guest Anonymous
                    • Date of stay 06/24/08
                    • Review Submitted 06/24/08
                    Abbie -- What a beautiful home. Scott and I greatly enjoyed the silence and the beauty of the beach, water and night sky. We enjoyed a bright sunny first day, and then the fog and thunderstorms! It was more perfect than we imagined. Thank you for sharing your home with us. I can't express how much we like being out and away from everything. The beach walks and other hikes were lovely -- thanks for the tide tips. We hope to come again. Cordially, Courtney and Scott

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                  • Guest comment entered by owner

                    • Guest Marion Preston
                    • Date of stay 06/23/08
                    • Review Submitted 06/23/08
                    Dear Abbie, Thanks so much for renting your lovely house to us. We had a wonderful time.

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Early Summer
                  Jun 15 - Jul 5, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $2,600
                  High Season
                  Jul 6 - Aug 31, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $2,800
                  Early Fall
                  Sep 1 - Sep 14, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  $2,400

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Cleaning Fee $150
                  • Tax Rate 7%

                  Notes:

                  Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please review Lease carefully for specific information about cancellation policy.

                  It is understood that household breakage and/or damage during time of stay is the renter's responsibility.

                  Dates are confirmed upon Owner receipt of signed Short Term Lease and one-half of rental fee as security deposit. Lease and Welcome letter is mailed or sent electronically upon request.


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                  Last updated: 02/13/2014
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                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1983

                  About the owner: My ancestors bought coastal property in Phippsburg in the late 1800's. In the mid-1970's my grandmother built a deck house at the water's edge below the larger family compound. I am now the steward of River House. My husband and I live in Freeport, Maine.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  Privacy, the sound and smell of the ocean, wild life, the natural light, peace and quiet. When we are at River House all of our attention and activities are focused on the tides right outside our window. If the tide is coming in we might kayak up the tributaries of the Sprague River, or fish for Striped bass on the banks of the marsh. If the tide is going out, we may throw ourselves in the river to float down to the ocean, or cross the river to the big beach for a long walk to Popham. When the tide is low we dig for clams or cross the river on foot for a swim or a paddle in the ocean. At the end of the day, we like to sit on the deck with cocktails, as we watch the changing light wash the Seguin Island lighthouse in a warm hue of orange, pink and gold. In my opinion, it doesn't get better than this!


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                  Photos

                  • Sprague River fills for kayaking and empties for clamming, walking to ocean

                    Sprague River fills for kayaking and empties for clamming, walking to ocean

                  • Low tide from porch looking over river + dunes to Seguin Island, ocean

                    Low tide from porch looking over river + dunes to Seguin Island, ocean

                  • Access to river and ocean, all on foot from deck house

                    Access to river and ocean, all on foot from deck house

                  • Looking south along Sprague River

                    Looking south along Sprague River

                  • Sprague marsh, east

                    Sprague marsh, east

                  • Sprague marsh with Sprague River beyond

                    Sprague marsh with Sprague River beyond

                  • Sprague River low tide looking south

                    Sprague River low tide looking south

                  • Living room w/wood stove, two comfortable couches (one not shown) + chairs.

                    Living room w/wood stove, two comfortable couches (one not shown) + chairs.

                  • Southwest deck

                    Southwest deck

                  • Eastern porch

                    Eastern porch

                  • Master bedroom faces river views to east + opens up on deck, wraps east - west

                    Master bedroom faces river views to east + opens up on deck, wraps east - west

                  • Kitchen includes bar + 4 stools (not shown).  Formal dining table in living room

                    Kitchen includes bar + 4 stools (not shown). Formal dining table in living room

                  • Seguin Light House

                    Seguin Light House

                  • From the cliff looking down east towards Popham

                    From the cliff looking down east towards Popham

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                  Date last modified - Thursday, January 02, 2014

                  $2,400 - $2,800 per week (USD)
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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 5

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                  Minimum stay: 7 nights
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