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Oceanfront Cottage in Downeast Maine, Solar Power

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Cottage and deck face the ocean on two sides

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Last updated: 07/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Internet:No
  • 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

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            Dogs and other pets are welcome, but please, no cats, because some of our family members are allergic to cats....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Kid-friendly except for toddlers - a fall from the deck could be hazardous....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Absolutely no smoking, thanks....moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Queen bed, bureau, desk, electric light for reading in bed....moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 4 bunk bed

            2 bunk beds=4 twin beds. 1 queen inflatable bed available....moreless

          • Sunroom: 1 twin/ single

            Wonderful views of the ocean from this bed!...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1) In addition, we have an inflatable queen bed., Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (2) There are two bunk beds, accomodating four people....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1

            ...moreless

          • Just the basics: tub with shower, sink, toilet.

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            The dining area is in the kitchen, and when both leaves are extended, the table can seat 8 (snuggly). Dine outside on the deck too!...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            We have a French press and Melitta filter. The solar system does not provide enough power to support an electric coffee maker....moreless

          • Oven:

            The oven thermostat has become inaccurate, but the temperature can be monitored with the oven thermometer....moreless

          • Stove:

            The range dates from the 1930s and includes three gas burners, broiler, and oven. Great to cook on!...moreless

          • Toaster:

            We have a camp toaster, which you place on top of the gas burner on the stove to make your toast....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            We keep some herbs, spices, and baking supplies available for guests. ...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Fully equipped with dishes and utensils....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Fully equipped with pots and pans....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            8...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Kitchen
          • Seating for 8 people

          Amenities

          • Parking:

            Outdoor parking in our driveway....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            Outdoor parking....moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Wood Stove
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room

          Entertainment

          • Music Library:

            We have a Victrola and a small selection of records to play on it. ...moreless

          • Books:

            Our library includes a collection of books about Maine....moreless

          • Games:

            We have a selection of board games and puzzles....moreless

          Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                Beautiful views of the bay, including sunsets over Pigeon Hill Bay and spectacular displays of lightning over the water when there are thunderstorms....moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic

              Location & View

                  • Oceanfront:

                    The cottage is on the shore of Pigeon Hill Bay in Milbridge, Maine, with views of the bay, nearby islands, and Petit Manan peninsula....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Cinemas
                  • Sailing
                  • Swimming
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Medical Services
                  • Laundromat
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Boating
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Shelling
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Library
                  • Churches
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Restaurants
                  • Walking
                  • Cycling
                   

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                  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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                  Last updated: 07/05/2014
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                  Location

                  65 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Bangor International Airport
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  US Route 1 in Milbridge
                  Milbridge
                  Nearest Beach
                  The cottage is on the shore.
                  23 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Winter Harbor
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Milbridge

                  Car: Necessary

                  Visit McClellan Park, about two miles from the cottage, to see the most spectacular rocky shore in the area; best when the waves are big! For gentler activities, Milbridge has several art galleries, a gift shop, and wonderful pies at the 'Fisherman's Wife.'

                   

                  Owner info

                  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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                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Cottage and deck face the ocean on two sides

                    Cottage and deck face the ocean on two sides

                  • The deck is great place for a lobster dinner with a sunset view.

                    The deck is great place for a lobster dinner with a sunset view.

                  • The sunporch:  the perfect place to nap or read.

                    The sunporch: the perfect place to nap or read.

                  • The kitchen features an ocean view and a 1930s gas range.

                    The kitchen features an ocean view and a 1930s gas range.

                  • Master bedroom (it is much wider than it appears in this photo)

                    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 bunk room as two sets of twin bunk beds and a queen-sized aerobed if needed.

                  • On the shore below the cottage, looking in the other direction.

                    On the shore below the cottage, looking in the other direction.

                  • Sunset view from the deck of the cottage.

                    Sunset view from the deck of the cottage.

                  • Sunset view from the shore by the cottage, looking across Pigeon Hill Bay.

                    Sunset view from the shore by the cottage, looking across Pigeon Hill Bay.

                  • The cottage seen from the water at low tide (it gets a bit lower than this).

                    The cottage seen from the water at low tide (it gets a bit lower than this).

                  • Bunchberry (a relative of dogwood) blooming in June.

                    Bunchberry (a relative of dogwood) blooming in June.

                  • The cottage viewed from a kayak at high tide.

                    The cottage viewed from a kayak at high tide.

                  • Another view of our spacious deck.

                    Another view of our spacious deck.

                  • Living room with wood stove. The windows face Pigeon Hill Bay and the sunset.

                    Living room with wood stove. The windows face Pigeon Hill Bay and the sunset.

                  • The kitchen and vintage cabinets were repainted this year (2014).

                    The kitchen and vintage cabinets were repainted this year (2014).

                  • In the master bedroom, looking toward the kitchen.

                    In the master bedroom, looking toward the kitchen.

                  • This is the shoreline directly below the cottage, with the tide going down.

                    This is the shoreline directly below the cottage, with the tide going down.

                  • Coffee on the deck as the fog rolls around on the bay.

                    Coffee on the deck as the fog rolls around on the bay.

                  • Sunset view looking southerly toward the tip of Petit Manan Point.

                    Sunset view looking southerly toward the tip of Petit Manan Point.

                  • Similar view during the day

                    Similar view during the day

                  • Offshore islands, seen from the tip of Tom Leighton Point.

                    Offshore islands, seen from the tip of Tom Leighton Point.

                  • Petit Manan Lighthouse, from trail in Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

                    Petit Manan Lighthouse, from trail in Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

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                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 7

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