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St. George house description

Contemporary, light-filled waterfront mid-coast Maine home with separate guest cottage on salt water tidal inlet with 200 feet of private shoreline along Watts and Cutler covers. Main house has 2 bedrooms with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, large bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, fireplace living room, sitting and eating area opening onto a deck -- all surrounded by water. Airy and allergen-free. Just a few feet away, the one-bedroom (with private bathroom) cathedral ceiling cottage (the Refuge) has sensational water views, and sliding glass doors onto its own deck. Both main and guest houses (rented together) are just feet from water's edge. Both offer flowing space, comfort, serenity, and privacy. At the end of a quiet lane, the property includes a large, gently sloping lawn, rocky outcroppings, mature trees, and cared-for ambiance. Explore the river by kayak or canoe, swim from the shore, pick berries and peaches in season, dabble your toes in tidal pools, walk the George River Highland paths, watch herons, eagles, eider ducks, etc. A quiet waterfront getaway within easy reach of famous museums, galleries, cafes, bookstores, film, music, and live performance venues, renowned restaurants, picturesque fishing villages, lighthouses, and farmers markets. Unique restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Mediterranean, organic, vegetarian, seafood, etc., and range from waterfront to courtyard, bistro to lobster shack. River Watch has Wi-Fi, DVD, fans, hammock, books, games, Adirondack chairs, charcoal grill, lobster pot, and all essentials for upscale meals (and easy cooking) overlooking the water (inside or out).

Mid-coast Maine, with its quiet fishing villages and serene harbors is famous among artists, writers, birders, and boaters for its rocky shoreline, gorgeous ocean vistas and landscapes, terrific walks (from Mt Batty in Camden to Birch Point State Park's rocky shoreline), its beaches, ponds, and ferries to Penobscot Bay islands of Vinal Haven and Monhegan, among others. Lighthouse enthusiasts will enjoy the Owls Head Light, Port Clyde's Marshall Light, and the mile-long pier walk to Rockland's Breakwater Light. The very walkable towns of Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, and Camden have abundant art galleries, new and used book shops, antique stores, cafes, restaurants, and music, film, and performance venues. The nearby Owls Head Transportation Museum features a unique collection of antique planes and cars (check for weekend events); the Farnsworth Museum is famous for its Wyeth collection, and features 19th-20th-21st century Maine artists. The area is well-known for its many art galleries, its puffin and island tours by schooner out of Camden, as well as farmers markets, golf courses, fishing, biking, hiking opportunities, lighthouse cruises, sea and river kayaking and more.

Keywords: Waterfront weekly rental, water views, 200 feet of shoreline, kayays, canoes, St.George Peninsula, contemporary home, mature plantings, spectacular, coastal property, St. George, Tenants Harbor, Rockland vicinity, mid-coast Maine, privacy, quiet, boating, swimming, fishing; pristine contemporary allergen-free home, 3-bedroom 2-bath, skylights, decks, waterfront, coastal Maine rental, weekly mid-coast Maine rental

Property Type

  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • House
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Floor to ceiling windows with water views and skylight ...moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Floor to ceiling windows with water views, and 2 skylights...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            Panoramic water views from the Refuge, ceiling fan and heat...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (3)

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            Sunny new bathroom with tile shower and tile floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            All new, with tile shower and tile floor; sunny and spacious...moreless

          • Clean, bright bathrooms with large tiled shower stalls, new toilets and sinks - equipped with hand and shower soaps, TP, tissue, towels.... ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Dining off the kitchen and overlooking the coast in this open plan home -- great for those who love to cook together, and those who love to lounge and chat with the chef(s)!...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            You will find sugar, flour, salt, pepper, various herbs and spices, teas, as well as paper and cloth drying towels, detergents, etc. ...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Oven
          • Freezer
          • Catering Available
          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Stove
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Toaster


          • Heating:

            Gas heaters...moreless

          • Garage
          • Washing Machine
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Parking Off Street
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Living Room
          • Towels Provided
          • Fireplace
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Iron & Board
          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • Our guests love to use the kayaks and canoe, enjoy the gorgeous sunsets over the water from Adirondack chairs, and love the location, secluded yet close to so many of mid-coast Maine's unique opportunities for dining, boating, fishing, walking, art-viewing, antiquing, golfing and more. ...moreless


              • Games:

                Classic Monopoly, Ouji Board, cards, etc. and outdoor equipment for badminton, croquet, whiffle ball ...moreless

              • Books:

                Good variety for aduolts and children (from 0 to 16) ...moreless

              • Toys:

                Puzzles, crayons, watercolors, paper ...moreless

              • CD Player
              • Video Library
              • Stereo
              • DVD Player
              • Music Library


              • Telephone:

                Local calls from the house phones, cell-phone reception. ...moreless

              • Broadband Access
              • Wireless Internet
              • Internet

              Outdoor Features

              • Golf:

                Various nearby golf courses in Rockland, as well as the famous Samoset Golf Resort in Rockport ...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Large well-cared for lawn to the water's edge, with gardens front and back...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                2 Kayaks 1 Canoe...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Deck / Patio
              • Wood Deck


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

              Location & View

              • Waterfront:

                River Watch overlooks Watts and Cutler coves on a wide stretch of the St. George River, with approx. 200 feet of shoreline for easy kayak and canoe launching as well as swimming. ...moreless

              • Water View:

                Water views from nearly every window -- a 3/4 circle of tidal coves ...moreless

              • Rural


                  • Necessary


                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Tennis
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Golf
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Kayaking
                  • Swimming
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Library
                  • Forests
                  • Churches
                  • Marina
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Cinemas
                  • Pond
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Boating
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shelling
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Antiquing

                  Other Activities

                      • Hop a ferry from Port Clyde (7 miles from River Watch) to stunning Monhegan Island, a birder's, artist's, walker's and naturalist's haven. Explore other Penobscot Bay Islands including Vinal Haven, North Haven, Matinicus, Isle au Haut, on ferries leaving from Rockland, Camden, and Northport. Take lighthouse, seal, and puffin or whale watching cruises. Enjoy local beaches including nearby Birch Point State Park in Thomaston, Crescent Beach in Owls Head, Shirt Tale Point on Lake Megunticook in Camden. Visit galleries and museums on the St. George Peninsula, and on the mainland in Rockland, Rockport, and Camden, including the Farnsworth Museum, the Transportation Museum (rare collection of antique cars and planes) the Lighthouse Museum, the Puffin Visitors Center, Montpelier House, Olson House, and others. Many river, ocean front, and mountain walking trails, including the Camden Hills Conservation Land and Georges River paths; a biker's (Rockland has two bike rental shops!)and boater's p...moreless


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                      • Amazing Week in Mane with my family

                        Amazing Week in Mane with my family

                        • Guest SabyBerry (Oregon)
                        • Date of stay 09/06/08
                        • Review Submitted 09/14/08
                        Kathryn and Joe have a beautiful house with all the amentities. The newly renovated (it looks like EVERYTHING is new) house is absolutely beautiful. There is no spot in the house where you can't look out and see water. The grounds are amazing - with plenty of lawn to play with our kids, complete with a hammock and outdoor lounge furniture. There were 2 sea kayaks that were great fun to use, and the kids LOVED jumping and leaping all over the rocks and beautiful boulders that line the waterfront part of the property. We could have stayed here another few weeks!!

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers.

                        Owner response: We are simply delighted to know our guests enjoy River Watch, as the beauty and quiet of the place is something we love to share with others.

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                      • we must come back --

                        we must come back --

                        • Guest Michael D.
                        • Date of stay 05/26/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/27/13
                        I usually don't write reviews of places we stay but - I feel compelled to do so since we found this place so marvelous and hope to return this summer as well. The place itself was immaculate. Great kitchen for cooking and great for eating outside. The 5 year old adored the water and looked for snails for hours while we put our feet up sat in the sun. One couple in our party was expecting a baby so they used the out building / bedroom bath which was perfect. It's tidy and cozy and allows for someone to turn in a little earlier than others if they'd like. Very smart for the owners to include a space like this. It's a quick drive into town for groceries, fresh fish and any supplies you need. So quiet at night we didn't want to leave....

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                      • Vacationland Perfection

                        Vacationland Perfection

                        • Guest Kerry S. (Oakland, CA)
                        • Date of stay 05/25/12
                        • Review Submitted 01/27/13
                        Wake up in the pre-dawn light and tiptoe through the dew to the river's edge. You can see the neighbor's boat through the mist but not much else. Breathe in deep draughts of fresh air. Let your mind unravel in the peace and quiet with only birds and fish to wait with you for dawn to break. Later the mist burns off, the kids awake, and the yard is full of their laughter as they play badminton, inspect tidal pools, wade along the shoreline and paddle around the cove with parents and friends. Catch up with old buddies. Read a few chapters of your summer novel. Wander into town to pick up some fresh catch for the grill. Sip a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. (You'll never forget the sunset!) Stay up late chatting in the living room. Sleep a deep sleep in near silence. Wake up and do it all again! I cannot say enough about this place. The setting is magical. The houses are spic 'n' span. The owners are both friendly and professional. The layout is like it was designed by an architect - every room has a view. It's intimate with plenty of space to wander off by yourself. Getting to town is a snap, but you feel like you're far out. Bring the people you love the most to Riverwatch. It's that good.

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                      • Perfect for Family Retreat

                        Perfect for Family Retreat

                        • Guest Lia M.
                        • Date of stay 09/14/12
                        • Review Submitted 11/01/12
                        We spent a few days at Riverwatch when the summer season had just passed. It was our second time back. We were four -- my mother, 1 yr old daughter, husband and me. Both the indoor and the outdoor space accomodated us in every activity, meal or quiet moment we were looking for. The house is on a spit of land that feels surrounded by water on nearly three sides. Its orientation and windows mean that you are never far from the water and its lapping, oak-framed edge. When we wanted adventure, we could step quickly outside to the shed, retrieve life jackets, and then walk the canoe a short distance and head out to explore the open waters. When we wanted to sit around, we could sip coffee on the point or read in the hammock. Inside, the open kitchen, living and dining space let us easily prepare meals all together while simultaneously feeding the baby. Clean up was quick because the house is carefully organized and equipped. The furnishings are extremely tasteful and modern. There is just enough art to feel warm and give visual interest, but nothing clutters or competes with the incredible view and the company you've brought. The Refuge is a bedroom and bathroom suite about 10 feet away from the main house. It gives extra privacy and is like a vacation from the vacation in the best sense. Finally, when we wanted to leave our family bliss on the point, we loved walking the breakwater in Rockland and then going to dinner at Shepard's Pie. A restaurant that was a bit like Riverwatch -- just the right balance of friendly and stylish (both the atmosphere and the food). Totally awesome place. We can't wait to go back.

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                      • River Watch

                        River Watch

                        • Guest ruth m.
                        • Date of stay 07/16/11
                        • Review Submitted 08/05/11
                        This property was ideal for our family. The kids (ages 3, 8, 10) had a blast running across the lawn, climbing on the rocks and kayaking. We spent several hours a day relaxing and letting the kids explore and run around. The view is unbelievable and a great place to view the tide coming in and out twice a day. The house was clean and stocked very well with all the amentities that it made everything comfortable and less hectic. There was never a need for paper towels or an extra bath towel. The refuge provided extra space and bathroom for our family. There are a few towns close by that are great for an afternoon drive for ice cream, quick grocery stops, and sightseeing. If ever in the area again, we would stay here again.

                        Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers.

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                      • Lobsters and Sunsets

                        Lobsters and Sunsets

                        • Guest John, Annette and Emily (Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK)
                        • Date of stay 08/07/10
                        • Review Submitted 11/15/10
                        We stayed at River Watch for the second week of our vacation in Maine and so we were looking for somewhere to relax, with great views and facilities to occupy our 13 year old daughter. We certainly found all we were looking for here. A lot of time was spent sitting outside, watching the heron fishing, the occasional visit of a lone seal and of course, the wonderful colours of the sunsets. Our daughter had fun looking for crabs in the rock pools. The property is very well equipped internally and we loved the bright open plan style of the living space. Outside you have the choice of relaxing on the porch or close to the river in the adirondack chairs. We had great fun out on the river both in the canoe and kayaks. On our first venture out in the canoe, we followed the heron which eventually led us to her four youngsters sheltering further up river. It was a shame we forgot to take the camera ! The property is also ideally situated for short drives out to scenic viewpoints and nearby restaurants. Rockland is a short drive away for all your needs and we were lucky to have arrived on the weekend of the Lobster Festival which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We ventured out to a few of the nearby galleries and managed to find a lovely painting of the Rockland Light to bring home to England. We had a lovely week at River Watch and would highly recommend it.

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

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                      • Cozy Riverwatch

                        Cozy Riverwatch

                        • Guest Stef 1 (Houston, Tx)
                        • Date of stay 06/27/09
                        • Review Submitted 11/07/09
                        Riverwatch is a cozy vacation house! We spent a week in June, (it was our second visit), thoroughly enjoying the kayaks and the canoe. We loved buying local fresh fish and vegetables to grill. Together we all cooked delicious meals in the well-stocked kitchen. Every needed utensil or pot was available. The house is spacious, clean, and comfortable. Views, which change with the tides, are mesmerizing. Beautiful sights of the outdoors are visible from every room. This house is very hard to leave. In fact, as you depart, you will immediately be planning your next visit to this retreat!

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children.

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      June rates
                      Jun 14 - Jun 27, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      Jun 28 - Aug 30, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      Aug 31 - Oct 11, 2014
                      3 night min stay


                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                      • Tax Rate 8%


                      We ask for a refundable security deposit of $300, half the total rent, and half the 8% Maine sales tax to confirm your reservation. All terms and conditions, including cancellation policy, are spelled out in our rental agreement. Assuming no damage to the property (a broken wine glass does not count) we refund your security deposit within 10 days of your departure.

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                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2006

                      About the owner: My husband (a photographer) and I searched for years for a foothold in mid-coast Maine, which, after visits to friends on the mainland and stays on Monhegan Island, had come to feel like home to us. When we found this 1970s lobster man's home in rather bad repair, the location captured our imaginations immediately. It helps to have an architect in the family. When my son-in-law stepped in to radically redesign the interior, we turned the small dark rooms into a stunning light-filled retreat with a focus on the surrounding water. (I am a flower designer and writer; the redesign and furnishing of River Watch turned into a creative project for many hands!) Summer and autumn guests add another dimension to River Watch. We are grateful for their continued interest and care for a place we treasure.

                      Why the Owner Chose St. George:
                      Let's face it, I fell in love with Rock City's Darkstar coffee, first; then the area. Joe, a photographer, had more aspiring reasons related to the landscape and the ever changing light... We'd spent several short idyllic holidays on Monhegan Island, but it wasn't until we rented a small cottage in Spruce Head that the St. George Peninsula started to resonate with that elusive sense of 'home.' We both love the wild beauty of Maine's mid-coast, which seems the 'real Maine' to us, combined with the rich cultural life -- the many artists and writers, the galleries, fine museums, gardens, and lighthouses, the ghostly coastal curiosities (old forts and wind-whipped shacks), the historic homes, the independent bookstores and cafes, the tides, starry nights, quiet intimacy of inland and river views, along with the exciting grandeur of the ocean, the islands that beckon, the independence, reserve, and pride of real Mainers...the list goes on, but it all began, as I say, with a fatal cup of Darkstar, or was it Guatemala Antigua at Rock City Cafe on Rockland's Main Street -- still there, still flourishing, as it should!

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      We both love what we do and take our occupations with us wherever we go. River Watch gives us plenty of quiet, privacy, and material. Sometimes even a trip five minutes down the road to Tenants Harbor to watch the boat activity seems an adventure; going further afield to explore the Georges River hiking paths, to hangout over coffee in Rockland, catch an art opening in Port Clyde (Greg Mort's annual open studio is so inspiring), take a day trip to the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, visit the alewife ladder at Damariscotta Mills, or buy fresh fish at Jess's Seafood Market in Rockland. And always it is about coming back to the changing light off River Watch, to our low tide visitor, the great blue heron, to a glass of wine while watching the sunset, and a meal with family and friends -- all these things amplify that sense of place so precious to us all. Our guests and family seem to feel the same!

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                      • Picnic island off River Watch

                        Picnic island off River Watch

                      • Fireplace living room

                        Fireplace living room

                      • Offshore kayaking

                        Offshore kayaking

                      • River Watch flotilla

                        River Watch flotilla

                      • View from the Refuge

                        View from the Refuge

                      • Tossed off the rocks at River Watch

                        Tossed off the rocks at River Watch

                      • Second main house bedroom

                        Second main house bedroom

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                      Date last modified - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

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