Oceanfront Cottage in Downeast Maine, Solar Power
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Milbridge cottage description
This unique cottage is in a very scenic area, still largely off the beaten path. The cottage is perched on a granite ledge a stone’s throw from Pigeon Hill Bay. It has superb views of the ocean, the shifting tides (tides run about 14 feet), colorful sunsets across the bay, wildlife such as great blue herons and eagles, the spruce-clad coastline and islands, and lobster boats at work.
The cottage is “off the grid” - not attached to the electric power lines, which end several hundred feet up the road. Solar panels on the roof provide electricity to operate the water pump and run a couple electric reading lights. There is enough juice to charge your cell phone or lap top. The refrigerator, wall and ceiling lamps, hot water heater, and magnificent vintage range run on propane gas. The living room includes a large collection of books, as well as puzzles and games, for those foggy Maine days. The kitchen is equipped with every sort of non-electric gadget you are likely to need. In addition to the queen bed in the master bedroom, there is an inflatable queen bed for the second bedroom, which also has four bunk beds.
The shoreline is rugged pink granite, not sand. There is a beach on the other side of Tom Leighton Point, not far away, that has a natural seawall and sometimes a sand beach, though there are some years when the currents carry most of the sand away from the shore. The water is cold, but the bold do swim in it! There are several lakes in the area that provide excellent swimming. Depending on the season, berry-lovers can find blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, lingon berries, and finally cranberries in the fall. Shellfish lovers can collect mussels along the shore; clams are hard to find due to commercial clamming.
Milbridge, which is about five miles away, is a working town, rather than a tourist town. It has a new supermarket, library with computers and also with wifi that you access from outside the building at any time, post office, Laundromat, a gift shop or two, and – unusual in a town so small – an old-fashioned single-screen movie theater.
There are many wonderful options for day trips in the area, with Acadia National Park at the top of the list. It has hundreds of miles of hiking trails and carriage paths, a rugged dramatic coastline and “mountains,” and even a few sand beaches, and of course the tourist town of Bar Harbor. The town of Ellsworth, on the way to Acadia, offers plenty of options for shopping and amusements. We have a notebook in the cottage with descriptions and maps for finding good hikes and other activities.
You can still find a number of small towns along the coast where the harbor is full of lobster boats. There are some good restaurants, too, though you really have to track them down. Campobello Island, where you can visit Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s summer “cottage,” lies just over the border in Canada, in the Bay of Fundy.
Minimum stay: one week.
Keywords: Cottage, Cabin, House
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
- Children Welcome:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Just the basics: tub with shower, sink, toilet.
Kitchen & Dining
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- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Wood Stove
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Winery Tours
- Sight Seeing
- Scenic Drives
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A Timeless Coastal Retreat
A Timeless Coastal Retreat
We've rented many a Maine cottage before, but never found a place with the character and seclusion of this Milbridge gem. Gaslight warms the comfortably furnished rooms in the evenings, and the glassed, screened sun porch offers superb views of a broad tidal inlet (home to a thriving lobstering fleet)--and a spectacular star show at night. The place is very well equipped--we found not just the household necessities, but also a century-old wind-up console Victrola (with 78s!), an eclectic library...and mussels for the picking at low tide, just down the lane.
- Guest Kay/Bill (Waterville, VT)
- Date of stay 08/25/13
- Review Submitted 09/04/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway.
couple from PA
couple from PA
We had a wonderful time at the cottage! This is a perfect place for real Maine lovers. The cottage is right at the water with beautiful views! From the cottage you can walk along the coast up to the point or go through the wood to the beach, which is beautiful! Our dog enjoyed the daily hikes in Arcadia and the Bold coast, which are close by and plenty, even a trip to Canada is not far. We did a day trip to Bar Harbor via ferry, that was fun! The "off the grid" sounded a little scary at first, but it was not much different as a regular cottage. We just where a little bit more cautious of our water usage and the gas lamps worked perfectly and gave a nice ambient at night! We definitely enjoyed our stay and had a good time exploring "down east"!
- Guest mgavs (PA)
- Date of stay 07/07/13
- Review Submitted 07/24/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+, pet owners.
Lovely spot Downeast
Lovely spot Downeast
Very livable family retreat with needed amenities without TV or Internet distractions. Bring bug dope but hike the many trails within minutes of this delightful cabin.
- Guest Joel K.
- Date of stay 06/02/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners.
Down East Maine Cabin
Down East Maine Cabin
My wife and I have vacationed for months at this cabin each Fall for the past 25 years and intend to continue doing so. It is a wonderful vacation cabin on a part of the coast of Maine that is just now being discovered. It is a secluded tranquil lovely spot, located seven miles from town of Milbridge at the end of Tom Leighton Point. It is the last cabin with none others in sight or sound. It is perched on a granite outcrop just above the bay with a wonderful view of the nearby islands. The cabin itself is quite adequate, comfortable, clean, well maintained and with the usual amenities as described in the listing. The solar system provides limited but useful electricity. The caretaker is helpful and responsive. The owners vacation at the cabin themselves, pay attention to its upkeep, and are pleasant to deal with. The nearby town, Milbridge, has all of the needed necessities in the way of a grocery store, launder mat, bank and library. Nearby is the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge It is a 2,000 acre peninsular jutting out into the Gulf of Maine and considered one of the jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge office is located in Milbridge. Further away and a 45 minute drive is the town of Ellsworth with all of the shopping possibilities anyone would want. It is also the gateway to Acadia National Park.
- Guest Steve (Hume, Virginia, USA)
- Date of stay 09/03/12
- Review Submitted 03/21/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, sightseeing, people with disabilities, age 55+, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Quiet and Fun
Quiet and Fun
We have a wonderful week here. Harvested our own mussels, enjoyed local lobster, hiking, lake swimming and relaxing. We like to cook and the kitchen was one of the best equipped kitchens we've run into in a rental. Our kids had a great time and got a big kick out of the victrola. We look forward to returning in the future.
- Guest tangledup (United States)
- Date of stay 08/26/12
- Review Submitted 02/11/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers.
Eagles and lobster pots
Eagles and lobster pots
Eagles, ospreys, ravens, eiders, gulls etc, etc. Counted, with binoculars, over 3,000 lobster pot buoys. The cabin feels frozen in the 1950s. Lingonberries and blueberries in season. Wonderful sunsets. Perhaps a diesel powered lobster boat working 50 yards away from your bedroom at 6am! A view of Pigeon Hill Bay (and Pigeon Hill) and multiple islands. Walk to the uninhabited point or McClellan Park (marvelous headlands and stormy ocean) for expansive ocean views.
- Guest Hank and Jill (Annandale, VA)
- Date of stay 08/21/11
- Review Submitted 02/15/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Glorious ocean view, nice ledges for the athletic (launching requires care) who want to kayak or swim, and off-grid charm get you started. The cabin (really a full house) library of Maine books is great. The rhythm of life here is endless kayak trips followed by bathing in the setting sun on the deck or in the cozy sun room, with a nice wood stove standing by for chilly evenings. Recommend that you arrive during daylight and get a couple propane lights turned on before dark. Whatever the weather, walk to the end of the road and check out the shoreline at the tip of the peninsula. McClellan Park, a couple miles back toward town, has magnificent ledges and great picnic spots; it's a nice walk from the cabin.
- Guest Bill (reston)
- Date of stay 10/01/11
- Review Submitted 10/18/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Just what we needed!
Just what we needed!
My wife and I spent a week in Millbridge at the end of June and absolutely loved this cottage - we hope to return next year. It's absolutely charming, and has some wonderful quirks like an immaculate 1930s stove and a working Victrola! (I'd only seen one in old movies). It's also exactly what two overworked professionals needed: off the grid without any TVs, phones, or computers. We spent mornings sipping coffee on the porch watching lobster boats, afternoons hiking, and evenings cooking big meals of seafood caught that morning and enjoying a glass of wine as the sun set over the water. It's a great place to get away and recharge. One of the best things about staying here is the fact that the owners have thought of everything you might need or want to do, and have created well-organized binders full of valuable information and maps. Having never been to Down East Maine before, this information made all the difference in the world.
- Guest Tony (Connecticut)
- Date of stay 06/26/11
- Review Submitted 08/10/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, age 55+, pet owners, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
late May to early June: $475/week mid-June, July, August: $625/week September: $625/week October: $500 for early October; negotiable for late October We rent BY THE WEEK ONLY (Sunday to Saturday); no partial week rentals. November-May: closed. We usually start taking reservations in late February. State of Maine lodging tax of eight percent will be added to the weekly rate.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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- Nearest Airport: Bangor International Airport at 65 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: US Route 1 in Milbridge at 5 Miles
- Nearest Beach: The cottage is on the shore. at Milbridge
- Nearest Golf: Winter Harbor at 23 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Milbridge at 5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1975
About the owner: The cottage, which was purchased by our mother, belongs to sisters Lara and Deborah Levison. Deborah and her husband are both economics professors living in Minneapolis, MN with their daughter. Lara lives in Washington, DC and works as a congressional liaison for a federal agency.
Why the Owner Chose Milbridge:
Our family is from New England, and we had visited Downeast Maine a number of times before our mother decided to buy a vacation cottage in the areas.
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Cottage and deck face the ocean on two sides
Living room with wood stove. The windows face Pigeon Hill Bay and the sunset.
The kitchen windows, like most of our windows, have a lovely view of the bay.
In the master bedroom, looking toward the kitchen.
The sunporch: the perfect place to nap or read.
This is the shoreline directly below the cottage, with the tide going down.
The dramatic tip of Tom Leighton Point, which is open to the public.
Sunset view from the deck of the cottage.
The cottage viewed from a kayak at high tide.
The kitchen, seen from the living room.
Master bedroom (it is much wider than it appears in this photo)
The bunk room as two sets of twin bunk beds and a queen-sized aerobed if needed.
The deck is great place for a lobster dinner with a sunset view.
On the shore below the cottage, looking in the other direction.
Coffee on the deck as the fog rolls around on the bay.
The cottage seen from the water at low tide (it gets a bit lower than this).
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2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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