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Historic Shipbuilder's Home

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Last updated: 02/26/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

If you are looking to experience an elegant, quintessentially New England shingle-style ‘cottage’, “The Dunes’ will fit the bill. It is exceedingly spacious, yet cozy. Built in 1896 by a prominent Maine shipbuilder (and Vice Presidential candidate), the house still features the original fine paneling and furnishings. Since that time, the house has been lovingly maintained by the family. Plumbing, heating and wiring have been thoroughly updated within the last 5 years and the kitchen and laundry rooms were remodeled in 2010. The eat-in kitchen, with a walk-in food pantry, is fully outfitted with china, every kitchen gadget, pots and pans, 2 toasters, 2 refrigerators, a new dishwasher, a new stove, a food processor, blender, mixer, and a coffee maker.

The house features 7 large bedrooms and 5 full baths on 3 separate floors, 2 living rooms, a dining room, sunroom and a sundeck, The 2 bedrooms on the 3rd floor (5 beds), with adjoining bath, are particularly well suited for children. We have a puzzle/game closet and a large swing set in the backyard.

The Dunes can accommodate a large group (10 max). The rental rates quoted are for the maximum number - over that number will be charged a surcharge. CAVEATS: NO RVS OR CAMPER VANS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY PER THE COVENANTS OF OUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. Anyone living in the house has full use of the house during their stay. However, except for the occasional dinner or party, the house is not available as a 'base' for other members of your group not residing in the house.

This house is strictly a summer home, available in June, July and Sept. We, the owners, use the house from August 1 until Labor Day.

The house is located in a private summer community and is adjacent to a 700 acre seaside preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy. From the deck and east-facing rooms, there is a breathtaking, unobstructed view of beach, ocean and islands, including Sequin Island Lighthouse. This untouched beach is a 5 minute walk from the house. It’s a 4 mile long packed-sand walking beach, prized by local surfers for its excellent breakers, and is the best kept secret in Maine (see thumbnail). The tidal river is perfect for kayaking and striped bass fishing and the marshes offer clamming.

Tennis (2 Har-Tru courts) is a minute’s walk to the next private road over and golf at Sebasco Harbor Resort is a 10 minute car ride away.

Bath is the nearest town for shopping. Its a famous shipbuilding center and is home to the well-respected Maine Maritime Museum.

Easy Day trips:
The Peery Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College in Brunswick (1/2 hr.);
Freeport (45 min.), chock full of outlets and the LL Bean flagship store;
Portland (1-1/4 hrs.) and its vibrant Old Port district;
A boat trip from Port Clyde to the renowned artist colony of Mongehan Island, where galleries and hiking/biking trails dot the waterfront;
Antiquing in 'Maine's Prettiest Village', Wiscasset (1/2 hour);
Shopping and dining in the busy town of Boothbay Harbor (45 min.);
Touring the fabulous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens near Boothbay Harbor;
Driving to the top of the Camden Hills (1-1/2 hrs.) and viewing the Wyeths at the Farnsworth Museum in nearby Rockland;
Driving to the Shaker Colony at Sabbathday Lake or the Sebago Lake region

Please contact me for additional pictures, and other details about the house.

Keywords: Luxury oceanview house


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are negotiable. Please contact me about your pet....moreless

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Because this is coastal Maine and the weather can vary widely, we have an oil furnace for chilly nights and fans for all the bedrooms for midsummer....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Oil furnace. There are fans in all bedrooms for hot nights....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens provided BUT NOT TOWELS...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Please park on the gravel driveway if possible and not on the grass in the front yard.. There is a grassy strip in front of our stone wall along our access road (Hyde Road) that can be used....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    No RVs or campers allowed...moreless

  • Telephone:


  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    The kitchen is fully outfitted with every possible utensil.We do not have a crockpot....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic condiments are in the pantry....moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    At Sebasco Harbor Resort about 15 minutes away...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill in yard...moreless



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Sept. 2015
Sep 9 - Sep 25, 2015
7 night min stay


Rates are based on 10 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland Maine (PWM)
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Lobster House
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sebasco Harbor Resort
20 Miles
Nearest Train
Brunswick Maine
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Lobster House
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Small Point

Car: Necessary

There is a day camp in our community which operates in July and August.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1890

About the owner: Most of the year, I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, an electrical contractor. However, we gather as a family in Maine as often as possible.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Dunes is one of the great New England summer ‘cottages’. It is beautifully built and is spacious and elegant, yet cozy. The community (Small Point) where this house is located is laced with walking paths and has the most amazing, uncrowded beach. You can view spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the deck and from most of the bedrooms. Please contact me for many more pictures and any questions you may have.

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Speaks: english



  • Small Point Beach

    Small Point Beach

  • Backyard


  • Front hall

    Front hall

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Kitchen


  • 2nd Fl. BR

    2nd Fl. BR

  • Sundeck with view of ocean/islands

    Sundeck with view of ocean/islands

  • East view

    East view

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Sunporch


  • Downstairs BR

    Downstairs BR

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