Waterfront with Large Pier - Eastern Gut - Rutherford Island
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
South Bristol cottage description
This is a modest house that once was a a stable, the village fire house and since 1939, a residence. Two bedrooms upstairs, kitchen and living room on the first floor and newly renovated ground level family/play room with elevated bunk area.
It is located just on to Rutherford Island, up a bit from the Swing Bridge on the left, facing into the Eastern Gut. The house has spectacular water views from 3 sides, with the sunrise over the Gut and sunset over the Damariscotta River. The land drops quickly to the pier, causing dramatic height and views from the kitchen and master bedroom. All the rooms (including the bathroom) have ocean views.
The Gut is in the village of South Bristol with shops, grocery stores, lobster pounds and 2 full service boat yards. Damariscotta is a 15 minute drive back up the river. Pemaquid sandy beaches are 15 minutes away. Hideaway beaches on Rutherford are close by.
This is a kayackers dream house. Christmas Cove is 2 miles on the south end of the island. Bring your big boat, moorings are available. A 36x40' pier is 35' from the back door with a gangway and float. This pier is located in the lee of most all summer breezes and gets hot during the daytime. There are 2 Old Town Kayaks on the pier for your use.
There is plenty of activity during the day in and out of the nearby swing bridge and it quiets down very nicely in the evening. Local long hikes and short ones right from the house. Eagles, osprey, loons, heron, starfish, crabs, little lobsters, seals, all kinds of gulls, traditional wood pleasure and work boats all to be seen daily without moving from the pier. 10' of tidal range, moving in and out every 12 hours.
This is a cozy house, perfect for a couple and a few kids or 2 couples. Plenty of interior photos upon request.
Rental price recently reduced.
Keywords: Waterfront Cottage
- 3 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Catering Available
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- DVD Player
- Video Games
- Music Library
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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Cute little house at a quiet spot of many. Many attractions within an hours drive or 15 minutes away. Owner was very easy to work with and very nice. Wish we lived closer so that we could do long weekends here.
- Guest Jessica R.
- Date of stay 09/07/13
- Review Submitted 09/17/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
Just what we were looking for
Just what we were looking for
This vacation on the water was just what we had hoped for. The house was charming and well located. The waterfront was really great, with the huge wharf on which to relax and entertain. We especially appreciated the kayaks, and used them to explore the harbor and Witch Island. Our boat fit well on the dock, which was sheltered from the boat traffic and the weather. The working waterfront gave us something to watch all the time, and the nearby fisherman's co-op provided delicious lobsters and clams. We look forward to returning next summer!
- Guest Brad & Sue (Seacoast, NH)
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 09/11/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+.
This has got to be one of the most special spots in the state of Maine-The house is simple but supplied with all you need and the location is fabulous! We spent an ideal week eating all our meals on the dock overlooking the harbor, kayaking, rowing, sailing and paddle boarding ( we brought the paddle board, the rest was there). Chris was a pleasure to deal with and we feel lucky to have gotten to spend time in this special place.
- Guest EAT LOCAL (Gloucester, Ma)
- Date of stay 07/29/12
- Review Submitted 08/06/12
Old-school Maine haborfront heaven
Old-school Maine haborfront heaven
Just back from a week of July-Maine living here, next to the sweet 1930s-era drawbridge, the calm harbor that turns to gold at sunset and the working waterfront where we watched lobstermen haul traps as we paddled by on the canoe and a kayak that came with the place. It was my first time renting from old Maine friends. The house is just a few doors in from where South Bristol's peninsula stops and continues on by bridge as Rutherford Island, like a jagged dot at the end of an exclamation point. The house dates back to the late 1800s when it was the town fire hall. Right next to the historical society with a giant anchor on the lawn commemorating the Canadian shipwreck that locals helped rescue, the house, with old wood floors that feel soft on bare feet, is comfortable and eclectic: Nautical maps of the coast and islands on the wall. The master bedroom had one of the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept in & a harbor view we never tired of. We went to the dock to sip morning coffee, eat lobster with messy abandon & watch the boys play on the tire swing. This was a great family home base: 12-year-olds had a basement hangout w. twin beds and TV for video games. The kitchen with a wall stretch of counter was a roomy workspace with more of that dreamy view. It was well-stocked w. cooking tools – even a long pancake griddle. Bought lobster to steam just doors away. Found gourmet black raspberry frozen custard at grocery around the corner with crisp Martha Stewart charm. Ate the best raspberry pie at the funky-elegant Christmas Cove restaurant. Made short car trips to a freshwater swimming hole, sandy Pemaquid beach and Fort Henry with a great kid scavenger hunt quiz of 17th-century archeological finds. Boys wanted to stay longer. Eager for next summer so we can do this again… :-)
- Guest buffalogirlsong (Buffalo, NY)
- Date of stay 07/16/12
- Review Submitted 07/22/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, pet owners, girls getaway.
July & Sept. .. $1000/week Aug ......... $1250/week Other months $800/week
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: I've been a small wood sailboat enthusiast and restorer since I was a child. Residential choises have been made principally on the town's harbor. 20 years in Marblehead, 20 years on Mount Desert Island, near 20 years in Portland and maybe the next 20 in S. Bristol. Lisa and I just got real lucky with this sweet little house, with never an idea we could not only own a waterfront place but located most likely in one of the prettiest places in the world. We are likely to end up in S. Bristol year-round in a few years. Until then, we could use the extra income while we easliy share this place.
Why the Owner Chose South Bristol:
The Gut, South Bristol is the finest and one of most protected harbors on the east coast. Our wood boat is moored in the Gut year round 50' off the pier. Working up from the boat, we have a float and gangway attached to a 30 X 40' pier. 40' up from the pier is the house that overlooks the Gut from 3 floors. The house is a comfortable residence that is manageable, comfortable and affordable. Our 14 year old daughter and her friends get to play around the house, pier, boats and the Island like few other kids get to.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Pretty well described in the house profile. I will guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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