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Cundy's Harbor Oceanfront House - Private, Peaceful, Beautiful, & Convenient

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Dine with views of the New Meadows 'River.'

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Last updated: 09/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Harpswell (N,S,E&W) house description

As you drive down the private association road toward our Three Island View house, you'll see why you'll enjoy your stay. The view of the New Meadows River opens before you. ('River' is a misnomer; it's an 'embayment' or extension of Casco Bay.) Once inside, the chalet-style house’s open feel directs you to these extensive ocean water views, and you’ll spend much of your time on the large wrap-around deck with both gas and charcoal grills. The spectacular sunrises from the house will invite you to be an early riser (though they're best in the fall and spring).

Set on two private acres with a large yard and over 300 feet of owned ocean water frontage, the house looks out to a tidal basin replete with bird life - and clams to be dug for dinner (permit needed). Herons, osprey, wild turkeys, and even a pair of pileated woodpeckers are visitors to the yard. We've watched bald eagles circle overhead. Lobster boats lie in constant view from the house. Your morning coffee from our deck will taste extra special.

Our house is a wonderful place for a vacation retreat. It is in a small association of year-round homes, not with other vacation houses.. At the end of the road, maybe 500 feet away, is the Association dock from which you can launch a canoe or kayak to explore the coves of the area -- or just get lost in the moment. (Note: the location marker on the nearby map isn't perfect, but close.)

. ** The Appeal: Peaceful, Beautiful, Away From It All, Yet Convenient **

The Location: Our house lies in the Cundy’s Harbor part of Sebascodegan Island in Harpswell. (Don’t worry; you don’t need a boat. The Gurnet bridge crosses from Brunswick to Harpswell.) Three miles to the south is the quaint, picturesque, working fishing village of Cundy's Harbor with its lobster pounds, small shops and Holbrooks Restaurant, a classic eat-in-the-rough dockside eatery with views that will make you linger over your meal. (See my photo to the upper right.)

. ** Do check out our YouTube video for a tour of our house.**

Harpswell itself is a great town to explore. Bowdoin has an ocean study center on Orr's Island with easy trails along the Harpswell Sound. Over the unique crib stone bridge lies Bailey Island, which has town beaches, Lands End, and the Giant Stairs town park with walks along the granite rocks on the water.

The Area -- Harpswell & Brunswick: While very private, convenience is a key feature of the house. You’re just 6 miles (a pleasant 10 minutes) to Cooks Corner (Route 1) in Brunswick, which has all the shopping you could want. Nearby downtown Brunswick features unique shops, including an old mill building on the river that has been converted into an antique mall, and many truly fine, yet casual, restaurants. In fact, Brunswick has become noted as a 'foody' town.

Should a rainy day befall your stay, the town has museums and sites to explore at handsome Bowdoin College. Museums include the Perry-MacMillan Artic Museum and a splendid, newly renovated art museum. Maine Summer Theatre and the International Music Festival are on campus. The General Joshua Chamberlain Museum, famous for turning the tide at Gettysburg, is across the street. If you're a history buff, it's a must. Off campus is the Pejepscot Museum, the town’s historical museum.

Beyond Harpswell & Brunswick: Freeport (think: LL Bean and scores of outlet stores) is ten minutes south of Brunswick and Portland is an easy 45 minutes from the house. Portland is a wonderful, small city with much to offer, including the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate and the Old Port Exchange.

Five minutes north of Cooks Corner on Route 1 brings you to Bath, a shipbuilding town still centered on the Bath Iron Works. (Note the mammoth cranes that dot the skyline.) Like Brunswick, Bath is replete with interesting shops and more fine restaurants. At the Maine Maritime museum you can take boat rides on the Kennebec River and maybe see a Navy frigate launch, as we did in 2012.

Beyond Bath, Down East Maine extends before you along Route 1. Reid and Popham Beach State Parks are nearby, both fun to explore with good beaches. Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Pemaquid, Camden, and the rest of the peninsulas of mid-coastal Maine are easy day trips. We even had guests go to Acadia as a day trip, though we wouldn't recommend that.

To help you plan your trip, we provide renters with a House Guide, which has information about the house and about the area, including sightseeing, shopping, restaurant listings with our own reviews, and emergency information (which we hope you won't need). We also have a basket full of local maps and tourist brochures you are welcome to use.

Final Details: Note that our house is pet friendly; we bring our cats occasionally. (They earn their keep.) If you have severe pet allergies, this may not be the house for you; weekly cleanings may not remove all pet hair. (One of our parents has mild allergies and does just fine on her visits.)

Of course, we have WiFi access with high-speed internet speeds, and a DVD player for the living room TV. But bring your own laptop. Our landline phone includes toll-free calling in the US and Canada.

See our own web page link nearby for more photos and details. See pricing below, which includes use of linens. We also stock the house with at least starter supplies of basic household consumables (laundry & dish detergents, soap, paper towels, etc.) so you don't have to run to the store immediately upon arrival.

Check the availability calendar link below for open weeks. Rental period is from Saturday to Saturday in peak summer season. We do long weekend rentals in fall and spring -- minimum charge of 3 days -- but we only do full week rentals in peak season.

Please email us for more information. We do not include our phone number here because it just leads to a bevy of annoying telemarketing calls. Really.

While you may use the Association dock, the rental does not include 'docking privileges,' that is, you can't dock a motor boat there. Canoe, kayak, and boat rentals are available very close by.

And not to throw cold water on your wonderful idea for a wedding by the sea, but we do not host wedding parties at our house. The logistics would just be too daunting.

PS. If some of this copy sounds familiar from other property listings, it's because I write such good copy that others have 'borrowed' it.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

            Pets are an extra $50/week/pet. Also, an extra $100/pet security deposit requested. We're pet lovers, but we know they can do damage and lead to more cleaning. Please tell us about your pets....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            ...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            Trundle bed...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1) in Master Bedroom with 4' memory foam pad., Double Beds (1) in 2nd bedroom with 4' memory foam pad., Twin or Single Beds (1) The twin has a trundle bed under it. So, this is essentially 2 twin beds. It is in a small room. Best for kids., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper Coach has a fitted, 4' memory foam pad for high level of comfort. Also, a futon coach that can be used for bedding....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

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          • With a full bath on each floor, someone who may have trouble navigating stairs can stay on the first (ground) floor in our '2nd bedroom' right next to the bathroom with the shower....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • The bird life is tremendous, in part because of the tidal pools. Go down to the dock at low tide at daybreak with your coffee, binoculars, and a camera and enjoy the show the shore birds provide....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Various board games, etc. There should be a croquet set. ...moreless

              • Music Library:

                ** Note: Stereo has iPod cradle. ** Bring your personal music library....moreless

              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Cable package with about 50 channels. Internet with wifi....moreless

              • Stereo:

                with iPod cradle...moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              Location Type

              • Oceanfront:

                315 of owned frontage. House has full view of water frontage. Additional 200 feet of frontage at the Association dock about 500 feet away....moreless

              • Rural

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services

              sports and adventure activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                You'll probably want to eat on the deck, but the views from the dining room aren't bad either!...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 6 people

              General

              • Activities Guide
              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Broadband Access:

                Cable modem with 20mb download speed. Wifi....moreless

              • Ceiling Fans
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Filtered Water
              • Garage
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                This is a year-round house with central heating....moreless

              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Views to the water......moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking
              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone:

                Landline phone in the house with voice mail and toll-free calls to US (excl. 411) Cell phone signal good for ATT, Verizon, TMobile, US Cellular. Sprint marginal. ...moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet:

                Open Wifi....moreless

              Kitchen

              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Blender
              • Coffee Grinder
              • Coffee Maker:

                and coffee bean grinder...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                We have a very well stocked kitchen. ...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                All the appliances, pots, pans, dishes, etc. you should need, including lobster pot with crackers and picks. ...moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Freezer:

                part of fridge...moreless

              • Grill
              • Kitchen:

                Well equipped kitchen -- with views of the water. The gas grill is nearby on the deck....moreless

              • Lobster Pot
              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                propane...moreless

              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster:

                Both 4 slice toaster and toaster oven....moreless

              Outside

              • Barbecue
              • Beach Chairs
              • Binoculars
              • Deck / Patio:

                Extensive wrap-around elevated deck with 2 deck tables, umbrellas, 6 deck chairs, lounge. Water views throughout....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Kayak rentals nearby. They can be easily launched at very nearby Association Dock. ...moreless

              • Large Cooler
              • Lawn / Garden:

                Extensive front yard. Can be wet if recent rain. Various edible berries may be in season....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                large propane grill...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Wood Deck

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  forms of payment

                      • Accept Credit Card
                       

                      Reviews

                      Write a review 4.5
                      from 16 traveler reviews
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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Late Peak Season
                      Sep 7 - Oct 3, 2014
                      4 night min stay
                      $200 $225
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $1,400 $4,760

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

                      Late Fall
                      Oct 5 - Dec 31, 2014
                      4 night min stay
                      $150 $175
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $1,000 $3,400
                      Early Spring
                      May 1 - May 21, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $150 $175
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $1,000

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

                      Early Peak Season
                      May 22 - Jun 27, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      $200 $225
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $1,400 $4,760

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

                      Peak Summer
                      Jun 28 - Sep 12, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      $1,700 $5,440

                      Changeover Day: Saturday


                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

                      My Standard Rate
                      4 night min stay
                      $150 $175
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $1,000 $3,200

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $4 per night, per additional guest

                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Pet Fee $50 + tax
                      • Tax Rate 8%

                      Notes:

                      VRBO & HomeAway made rate posting complicated. More simply:

                      Peak: $1700/week. 7 night min.

                      Early & Late Peak: $1400/week. 3 night min. @$200-225/nt

                      Off Peak: $1000/week. 3 night min. @$150-175/nt

                      $100 cleaning fee waived for full week rentals

                      For groups > 6, $5/nt/person over 6

                      Changeover day is Saturday. No exceptions during peak.

                      15% off for 2 week rentals

                      20% off for 4 weeks. "Month"=4 weeks

                      50% due at contract to hold dates.

                      Balance due along with $500 security deposit one month prior to rental start.

                      Full refund if cancel more than one month prior.

                      If cancel within one month, full refund less 10% ** if we are able to rent out the house for your lease period.**


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                      Last updated: 09/11/2014
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                      Location

                      45 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Portland Int'l Jetport
                      6 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Winners Pub (and others) at Cooks Corner
                      11 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Brunswick Golf Club
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Brunswick Amtrack
                      6 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      I-295 @ Topsham 10 miles; Route 1 @ Brunswick
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Holbrooks, Cundy's Harbor; Gurnet Trading, Rt 24
                      10 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Mackerel Cove town beach

                      Car: Necessary

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2006

                      About the owner: We are a professional couple, living in New England. One of us is a software engineering manager for a large data storage company and is a flutist in a community concert band. The other is a consultant who helps companies connect with their customers through feedback surveys. He is also an adjunct operations management professor at Boston-area business schools. The photo is of Fred enjoying the view at nearby Holbrook's eat-in-the-rough restaurant in Cundy's Harbor -- a must for a visit.

                      Why the Owner Chose Harpswell (N,S,E&W):
                      One of us is a Bowdoin grad from the mid-'70s and always loved the area. In fact, he lived nearby in Cundy's Harbor for a couple of years after finishing at Bowdoin. The other has family connections to Boothbay Harbor. We both love Maine, the people, and the way of life. We cherish the weeks when we use the house ourselves, even if we're working on the house, and someday may call this house our home.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      The reasons we love the house: 1) Privacy and space. You likely won't hear the neighbors. If 20 cars go by the house each day, that's a traffic jam. 2) The relaxing feel of the ocean. It's not open ocean, but sitting on the deck or on the dock, you can get lost in the moment. While you don't get deep-water, open ocean, you do get... 3) Convenience. While having the relaxing feel of Maine oceanfront, you're just an easy 10-15 minutes to all the shopping you could want and a quick ride to Route 1 and Interstate 295 for day trips. Our guests agree. See the reviews. 4) Birdlife. The ocean frontage draws many birds. Follow the Link to Maine Vacation Rental web page and see our photos all taken on the property or from the Association dock.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                      Links to more information:

                       

                      Photos

                      • Dine with views of the New Meadows 'River.'

                        Dine with views of the New Meadows 'River.'

                      • Water views from the house.

                        Water views from the house.

                      • Sunrise from our deck - though they're best in the fall.

                        Sunrise from our deck - though they're best in the fall.

                      • Close by Association Dock with Morning Fog low over Three Islands

                        Close by Association Dock with Morning Fog low over Three Islands

                      • Holbrook's Restaurant in Cundy's Harbor. Eat-in-the-rough joy.

                        Holbrook's Restaurant in Cundy's Harbor. Eat-in-the-rough joy.

                      • Master Bed Room

                        Master Bed Room

                      • Our 'Second' Bedroom -- on the 1st floor next to the downstairs bath.

                        Our 'Second' Bedroom -- on the 1st floor next to the downstairs bath.

                      • Morning sun lights the Living Room -- photo taken from the Dining Room

                        Morning sun lights the Living Room -- photo taken from the Dining Room

                      • Our well-appointed Kitchen.  Photo taken from the Dining Room.

                        Our well-appointed Kitchen. Photo taken from the Dining Room.

                      • Pileated woodpeckers chicks in a nearby tree waiting to be fed.

                        Pileated woodpeckers chicks in a nearby tree waiting to be fed.

                      • Egret landing.  View from the dock area.

                        Egret landing. View from the dock area.

                      • Looking toward our water frontage from the dock - with kayaker in view

                        Looking toward our water frontage from the dock - with kayaker in view

                      • Note the 2 tables with umbrellas on the large, wrap-around deck.

                        Note the 2 tables with umbrellas on the large, wrap-around deck.

                      • House faces large yard & water frontage. Note: deck, its furnishings & garage.

                        House faces large yard & water frontage. Note: deck, its furnishings & garage.

                      • Lobster boat in view from the deck.

                        Lobster boat in view from the deck.

                      • Views at the dock. A great place to relax or launch a kayak.

                        Views at the dock. A great place to relax or launch a kayak.

                      • View of Cundy's Harbor from the dining deck at Holbrook's Restaurant.

                        View of Cundy's Harbor from the dining deck at Holbrook's Restaurant.

                      • Master bedroom -- bureaus and mirror. There's also a high chest.

                        Master bedroom -- bureaus and mirror. There's also a high chest.

                      • Water views from the Living Room, looking over back of coach.

                        Water views from the Living Room, looking over back of coach.

                      • Dining room that looks out to the water -- photo take from living room

                        Dining room that looks out to the water -- photo take from living room

                      • Pileated woodpecker on edge of property.  Seen from the deck.

                        Pileated woodpecker on edge of property. Seen from the deck.

                      • Wild turkeys in our front yard (hopefully munching on ticks).

                        Wild turkeys in our front yard (hopefully munching on ticks).

                      • Heron searching for lunch.  View from the dock.

                        Heron searching for lunch. View from the dock.

                      • USS Michael Murphy takes its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works in 2012.

                        USS Michael Murphy takes its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works in 2012.

                      $150 - $243 per night (USD)
                      16

                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

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                      Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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