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Ocean Bay Solitude with Sunsets

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Last updated: 08/31/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Franklin house description

The house sits on a hillside surrounded by 14 acres of land (woods, meadows, lawn around house) with no neighbors in view. A meadow slopes down from the house about 200 feet to the bay, in which you will see a variety of water birds and over which the sun sets. Enjoy morning coffee on the sun porch, eat at the table on the deck, sit on the shoreside bench and watch the changing colors of the water plus the occasional lobster boat. Taunton Bay's tidal waters are relatively shallow in our cove (mean depth 3') and thus warmer than the ocean. Children will enjoy climbing on the rocks and playing on the cobble beach and in the calm water. Beyond the cove the bay affords good kayaking or canoeing, with seal haul-out rocks, a deep channel heading seaward, and reversing rapids at Tidal Falls park in Hancock.
A large, fully- equipped kitchen has sliding glass doors to a three-season sunporch; sliding screen doors lead from the porch to the main deck. The living room has a gas-burning fireplace, flat-panel TV, futon couch and rocking chair. The dining area has a table and six chairs; a card table can expand the seating or be used for puzzles and games. Sliding screen doors from the dining area also open to the main deck.
There are three bedrooms: 1) a master suite with screened windows on three sides, a queen-size bed, double sinks, a walk-in shower, ceiling fan, and a walk-in closet with dresser; 2) a bedroom with a double bed; 3) one with two twin beds--both these bedrooms have built-in storage. There is also a futon in the living room and a roll-away bed for sleeping flexibility. The main bathroom has a tub with glass shower doors and includes a laundry area.
A small deck with bench-rail outside the master suite is reached through the back door.
You will find books, including dictionaries, novels, guides to the birds, flowers, trees, and other natural and historical attractions of the area, children's books and games, and some art supplies.

Activities: Bar Harbor offers sightseeing and whale-watching boat trips, art galleries, and a fine museum of native American culture. Acadia National Park has many hiking and biking trails (cross-country skiing in winter) and magnificent views. It also has an ocean beach and a nice family beach at Echo Lake. Don’t forget to visit the Schoodic Point branch, which is uncrowded even in summer. Kayak rentals are available near the house. The area has many picturesque small towns, ranging from Machias in the east to Blue Hill and Castine in the west to towns on Mount Desert Island. Ellsworth offers movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping. In summer, the usual activities include golf, mini-golf, water slide. Unusual activities include a lumberjack show and a chainsaw artist show.

Food: The area has many fine restaurants, ranging from gourmet elegance to fried clams and lobsters. For shopping, Ellsworth has supermarkets, gourmet shops, wine. The road to Mount Desert Island has several lobster pounds. Local organic meats and produce are available.

Other shopping: Ellsworth has bookstores new and used, boutiques and antiques.


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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                We have grandchildren, so there are toys, games, art materials, books, balls, Lego, Tinkertoys. There is also an antique wooden high chair and a child's toilet seat....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Sorry, but allowing pets would exclude people with allergies from renting....moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                Master suite with adjoining bath: 2 sinks, walk-in shower....moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 double

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              • Convertible bed(s)

                There is a rollaway bed that can be used for a child....moreless

              • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This serves as the living room couch and could be useful for a guest for a night or two but should not be considered as a full-time bedroom....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Washer and dryer in this bathroom, which serves two bedrooms...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                Master suite bathroom has two sinks, walk-in shower....moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                Flat-panel. There is no cable in this area, and we do not have satellite....moreless

              • Toys:

                Games (Chutes and Ladders, Battleship), art materials, books, balls, Lego, Tinkertoys, small cars, sand toys. Puzzles....moreless

              • VCR

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

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

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Miniature Golf
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Ocean View
              • Oceanfront

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Sailing
              • Skiing
              • Snowmobiling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Gas dryer....moreless

              • Garage:

                Two-car garage with garage door openers, separate from the house....moreless

              • Gas Fireplace:

                Glass-fronted fireplace in living room...moreless

              • Heating:

                Circulating hot water throughout; heated floor in master suite....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                All beds have blankets and comforters for cool nights....moreless

              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell phone coverage in Maine is often chancy. Some of our friends get coverage at our house; we don't, even though we have the same carrier (AT&T). Verizon is also known to have coverage....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                We are in the middle of 14 acres of woods and meadows. The winding drive is about 700 feet long. There is parking for three cars by the house, other space near the garage....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Two-car garage separate from the house with large parking area....moreless

              • Telephone
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                It is a top loader....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                The router is in the master suite. The user manual with password (WEP) is on the desk's shelf. The WEP is also on the bottom of the router....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Baking sheet and pans, lobster pot, cast iron and non-stick skillets, colander, salad spinner, some decent knives, cutting boards, microplane grater, lemon reamer, butter-warmers and crackers and picks (for the lobster). Placemats and cloth napkins....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                All dishes, glassware, flatware for 8....moreless

              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen:

                Gas range, dishwasher, top-freezer refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker....moreless

              • Microwave

              Outside

              • Deck / Patio:

                The decks all have a bench/railing. There is also an outside table and chairs....moreless

               

              Reviews

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              June 28 - September 6, 2014: $1325/wk + 8% Maine tax, Saturday to Saturday
              May 24 - June 28, Sept. 6 - Oct. 25: $1150/wk + 8% Maine tax, Saturday to Saturday
              Other seasons negotiable; rates subject to change before booking
              15% discount for additional weeks
              $300 security deposit
              Pay in full to secure booking; no refunds unless we can re-rent for same dates
              We accept personal checks and credit cards through Paypal
              Check-in time 4 P.M.; check-out time 10 A.M.
              

              Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.


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              Location

              Car: Necessary

              Whale watching and boat trips, Art galleries, Nature walks, Chainsaw artist show, Sightseeing flights

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1998

              About the owner: My husband and I grew up in New York and Connecticut, but our academic careers (we are both music historians) took us to the Midwest. Our children both went to college in New England, and as soon as the younger one graduated (from Bates College in Maine), we bought this second home, hoping it would be our retirement home. Now retired, we are torn between grandchildren in the Midwest and Canada, so we haven't moved to Maine, but we come several times a year to enjoy life 'the way life should be.' Our grandson and granddaughter visit often, which is why you will find toys, children's books, and art materials in our house, along with all the kitchen and dining equipment necessary to entertain our family and our friends, both local and from away.

              Why the Owner Chose Franklin:
              We were introduced to the area by friends who had retired here, and we were delighted with the community. There are wonderful dining-out opportunities in the area. We can hike, ski, snowshoe, or swim in Acadia National Park, take a sightseeing trip on a sailboat or lobster boat. There are used bookstores, antiques shops, art galleries and craft shops, and an L. L. Bean outlet. There are various musical events ranging from bluegrass to Beethoven. We can drive to the quaint town of St. Andrews, Canada, for lunch and be home by dinner time. We have mountains, oceans, lakes, forests, bogs, and gardens to explore. In the winter we can cross-country ski from our door.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              We never tire of watching the changing light on the water of Taunton Bay, from our morning coffee to sunset, whenever it comes. Summer or winter, we can watch the bay from the dining area, the sun porch, or the master suite (even from its shower!) Sighting a bald eagle flying over our property is a thrill that happens almost every time we visit. Our cobble beach provides access to the bay's shallow, calm water in summer or its fantastic ice formations in winter. At very low tides we have harvested mussels for lunch.


              Contact us

              Speaks: english

               

              Photos

              • Looking up from the shore.

                Looking up from the shore.

              • Late summer lunch time

                Late summer lunch time

              • Looking to main deck from lower deck

                Looking to main deck from lower deck

              • Living and dining area with gas fireplace

                Living and dining area with gas fireplace

              • Kitchen

                Kitchen

              • Main bathroom; laundry room behind door. Twin b.r. door reflected in mirror.

                Main bathroom; laundry room behind door. Twin b.r. door reflected in mirror.

              • Master suite with bathroom door open. Walk-in closet with dresser. Ceiling fan.

                Master suite with bathroom door open. Walk-in closet with dresser. Ceiling fan.

              • Master bath from walk-in shower. Toilet behind opened door, 2nd sink hidden.

                Master bath from walk-in shower. Toilet behind opened door, 2nd sink hidden.

              • Small deck with bench and stairs to beach at low tide.

                Small deck with bench and stairs to beach at low tide.

              • Beach at very low tide.

                Beach at very low tide.

              • Early September sunset.

                Early September sunset.

              • The main deck off the sun porch and dining room.

                The main deck off the sun porch and dining room.

              • Looking from the main deck to the lower deck.

                Looking from the main deck to the lower deck.

              • From front hall through to master suite at end.

                From front hall through to master suite at end.

              • Ready for dinner. Screened sliding doors open to main deck.

                Ready for dinner. Screened sliding doors open to main deck.

              • Twin bedroom. Windows slide open, have screens. There are 2 closets with shelves

                Twin bedroom. Windows slide open, have screens. There are 2 closets with shelves

              • Double-bed room, with sliding screened windows, shelved closets.

                Double-bed room, with sliding screened windows, shelved closets.

              • View of bay from sitting area of master suite. Screened windows crank open.

                View of bay from sitting area of master suite. Screened windows crank open.

              • Shower entrance. Radiant heated floor, tiledbench seat, adjustable hgt shwr head

                Shower entrance. Radiant heated floor, tiledbench seat, adjustable hgt shwr head

              • Beach at half tide.

                Beach at half tide.

              • Beach at very high tide.

                Beach at very high tide.

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Sunday, December 21, 2014

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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

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              Member since: 2011
              Speaks: english
              • Calendar last updated: 08/31/2014
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              708-383-0464

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