Charming 3BR Cottage Overlooking Johns Bay and Christmas Cove!

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Johns Bay Cottage


Last updated: 09/28/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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Property description

Johns Bay Cottage is part of the McFarland Estate in the center of Christmas Cove. The estate contains over an acre of lawns and gardens with commanding views of the Cove, Johns Bay and the Atlantic. In addition to the cottage, there are two other residences and a boat-building barn on the compound, which was once the center of boat building in the area.

Everything has been rebuilt since 2007, from plumbing, electric, roof and floors to the interior. Renovated bedrooms, baths and kitchen boast stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, linens, kitchen utensils and china. Upper level bedroom with twin bed and full bath just completed in 2011. Separate deep, drilled well with excellent water and water filtration system -best water on the Island! Digital TV, 32" with high-definition cable bundle. High Speed Wireless Internet Access is provided - FREE! Unlimited nation-wide telephone calling - FREE! Entire compound protected by auto-start and auto-switch generator. Air conditioning window units installed on both levels. 24 hour handyman and professional cleaning service.

Rutherford Island is the quintessential Maine coastal getaway--sea views all around, glittering night skies, perfect summer temperatures. When you return home from antiquing, touring, sailing or other salty sports, enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while you watch the sun set over Christmas Cove, listen to the waves crashing on Johns Bay, and stare at the amazing night stars and Milky Way. Do bring your telescope!

We have an apartment above the garage that may also be rented, please contact owner for details.

Keywords: bungalo, beach house


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Handicap ramp to front door....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Adjacent boat-builder's barn stores easels and paint tables for use by oil painters or store your bikes, kayaks & boating equipment. We often host 'Bridge-in-the-Barn' twice a week. Players welcome!...moreless


  • Satellite / Cable


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    From deck look out at Johns Bay and the Atlantic. From the front windows or front yard, look out at Christmas Cove and the mouth of the Damariscotta River....moreless

  • Village:

    South Bristol, 1 mile away, has a restaurant & convenience store--Harborside, a restaurant/wharf, Osier's, an antique shop/art gallery, a fisherman's coop, a pier and picturesque swing bridge...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Dining table seats six with views of both Christmas Cove and Johns Bay. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Not usually needed, but available in master BR and upper BR...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Generator on property in case of power outage...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Next to house...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Includes Beach Towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Nearby. Not one stop sign between house and golf course! Friendly clubhouse with restaurant service....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Cottage overlooks flower garden and lawns sloping down towards Christmas Cove....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Special offer: $100 per Week Early Booking Discount!

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Offer for: Jun 1, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016 View calendar

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Jun 25 - Sep 3, 2016
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  • cleaning $125
  • Tax Rate 8%

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Last updated: 09/28/2015
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    "Great views from the deck as you enjoy the lobster and fish specials. Watch the Hardy Boats..."

  • Coveside Restaurant & Marina

    "Good food and fantastic views of Christmas Cove and all its sailboats! Service can be slow,..."

  • Harborside Grocery & Grill

    "Besty and Sam are the best! They run a super operation with the best blueberry pancakes any..."

  • Lobsterman's Wharf

60 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Wawenock Country Club
South Bristol
Nearest Motorway
Route 129
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sand Cove

windjammer cruises

Hardy Boat cruises to artist colony on Monhegan Island, to see puffins, whale watching, lighthouse tour


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2009

About the owner: Though we live in Virginia much of the year, we eagerly await summers in Maine. We are often in residence in the other home on the compound and would be happy to answer any questions guests may have. While Leo is retired from government service, Bobbee is still active in real estate in VA. Leo is a sailing, golf and model airplane enthusiast. Bobbee enjoys oil painting and swimming. Both of us love to share our enthusiasm for the area with visitors!

Why the Owner Chose South Bristol:
We visited friends in Christmas Cove for many years and were always eager to return, as we loved the sea, the sailboats and the peacefulness of the area. In 2009 we had an opportunity to purchase the perfect property in the perfect location, directly across from the Cove. Now we look forward to driving through the quaint town of South Bristol to our perfect island getaway.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Crossing the swing bridge onto Rutherford Island and driving a mile, past the church and through the woods to the property, you will immediately relax. Here you can listen to the sea and experience nature with a Rachel Carson sense of wonder.

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  • Johns Bay Cottage

    Johns Bay Cottage

  • All New Kitchen

    All New Kitchen

  • Master Bedroom with King Bed

    Master Bedroom with King Bed

  • View of Christmas Cove

    View of Christmas Cove

  • View of Johns Bay from Deck

    View of Johns Bay from Deck

  • Living Room and Dining Room - Note Boathook Curtain Rods

    Living Room and Dining Room - Note Boathook Curtain Rods

  • Bedroom with Twin Beds

    Bedroom with Twin Beds

  • Boatbuilding Barn, Storage for Paintings, Bikes, etc.

    Boatbuilding Barn, Storage for Paintings, Bikes, etc.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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