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Cagasa Cottage is a friendly place originally designed for an inter-generational family with mobility issues and a dog. It is a sunny cottage with bright east and south light, ocean views from most rooms, centrally located and very joyful comfortable place to stay.
There are two bedrooms outfitted with queen beds, and a 'bunk room' that has a double bed with a twin upper bunk, a free-standing twin bed and a trundle bed underneath it. The cottage is appropriate for no more than 7 adults, but you can reach ten because there is room for three kids: on the trundle, in the 'Harry Potter Room', and the upper twin bunk. There is also a port-a-crib available.
Downstairs is a fully-outfitted galley kitchen with views of the ocean from the sink. Next to that is the enclosed sunroom with the dining area and a reading nook with a couch.
The 'Maine Room' behind that has a conversation area, card table for puzzles or games, a bar, a fireplace, and the special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs, outfitted with a twin mattress and bunches of pillows.
To the north of this room is a downstairs master bedroom with a queen bed. The adjoining bathroom has a 3'x5' step-in shower alcove with a bath chair and/or a wash tub for bathing sticky children.
Upstairs is a beadboard paneled bathroom with a shower stall. The ocean-view upstairs south bedroom has a queen bed and a writing desk overlooking the water. The east bedroom has three twin beds (including the trundle and top bunk) and a full (double) bed.
We've set up the place to be handicap friendly: there is a 30' metal ramp up to the front door. The downstairs bathroom has a step-in alcove shower and chair-height toilet. (Be aware, though, that there are some elevation changes between rooms of up to 2' in one place and doors are not ADA compliant.)
Dogs are allowed with an extra non-refundable $100 cleaning fee. We provide food and water dishes, a crate suitable for a dog up to 90 pounds, and tie-outs in case you wish to secure your pet while you're away from the cottage. We clean carefully after pets, but people who are allergic to pet fur should look elsewhere.
Please no smoking in the house, but there's a an ash bucket and seating on both the east and west decks for smoking outside.
A main attraction of Peaks Island is to walk or bike or rollerblade the four mile loop around the island. It goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. The south windows at Cagasa Cottage all look out onto the Seashore Road and you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself.
There are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones within a five minute walk. Be sure to check out the 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles.
There are two decks: the east deck is larger and acts as the front porch. We often take a cup of coffee out and sit on the steps enjoying the air in the morning. It's also a nice place to find shade in the afternoon. The west deck is in the small enclosed garden and has nice views of the ocean, including breakers off of Cushing Island. It has a round table with an umbrella for shade that seats five and a rectangular table that can seat six, so that's where we have our lobster feasts. The special surprise deck, however, is kitty corner across the street on the back porch of 5th Maine Museum. We often bring a tablecloth and a picnic and eat lunch over there, hanging over the ocean with breathtaking views. It's 10 degrees colder there, so bring a sweater and please port your trash home and clean up after yourself. The museum is staffed by volunteers and runs by donations.
Amenities: wifi, gas grill, microwave, full-size oven range, dishwasher, toaster, Keurig coffee-maker, an old drip coffee maker that uses #4 cone filters, pancake griddle, crock pot, cooking and baking utensils, towels, first aid kit, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, handicap ramp, first-floor step-in shower, ground-level washer/dryer, central heat, air conditioner in one bedroom (and fans in the rest), parking for one easily and more if crowded.
Linens - nice ones - are available for a separate fee.
Things it does NOT have: no TV, no phone (there is cell service), no bathtub (although there's a wash-tub for bathing sticky sun-blocked small children in the shower alcove.) We usually don't stock paper products like plates and napkins, but there may be some left here.
Other notes: The ferry costs about $62 to go over with your car and a driver on Mondays (higher on week-ends) and roughly $8/person although you can buy a commuter five-pack at a discount. I'll leave some K-cups for the coffee maker but you'll probably want to bring some if you drink much coffee. There's a store on the island that sells basic groceries and beer and wine, but you will probably want to do some menu planning and bring some of your own groceries. There is a Whole Foods Market and a Schwan truck that deliver on the island but you'd want to order ahead for Schwan.
WE HAVE A FOUR NIGHT MINIMUM: we want this to be a place families could come back to each year so we try to keep the place open for people who love the island and seek to return. Please do not inquire about nightly rates for one or two nights: we drive 3 hours each way to clean between guests. We hold to that 4 night minimum in the off season. In July and August we have a SIX NIGHT MINIMUM.
We generally rent six nights starting Monday and ending Sunday this year, but inquire about different arrival/departure dates for an extra 'fast change-over' fee. (Or rent for two weeks and get the middle night free!)
Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions.
Keywords: 3 bedroom, sleeps 8+ in bedrooms, ground floor master bedroom, handicap friendly, dog friendly, ocean view
The family that designed this cottage had an 11 year old boy. Come discover the 'Harry Potter Room'! The entire island is very kid friendly. There's a changing table, safety covers on outlets, toddler trundle bed and baby gate for the stairs. The twin upper bunk in the east bunkroom has railings all around it and there's a bed rail to help kids not fall out of the free-standing twin, too....moreless
We charge a $100 non-refundable pet deposit. Animals are not allowed on furniture: a crate is provided for crate-trained dogs. Not appropriate for dogs that need to sleep on the bed or are unrestrained while you're out of the house. No cats, please....moreless
There is a ramp into the house but the doors are not ADA compliant width. There is a lip on the shower that keeps it from being a roll-in, but is suitable for someone with a walker. There are grab bars and a wheelchair turning radius in the bathroom. There are various small elevation changes between rooms with thresholds at entrances that are about 1/2' high....moreless
We have a variety of classic games: Yahtzee, Cribbage, Backgammon, Chess, as well as some more recent ones that may revolve: RummiKube, Sequence, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, etc....moreless
We do not currently have a TV in the cottage. We watch TV on computers and for big games we go down to the Pub for a big screen. Let us know if this is a dealbreaker, we are considering adding a TV....moreless
Six chairs come with the set, the table expands to make room for two more folding chairs (near the fireplace) and drag the wooden chair from the downstairs bedroom in to make a ninth captain's chair....moreless
There is a small room conditioner suitable for cooling one bedroom that is currently installed in the downstairs master suite. There are also fans, and windows open to catch ocean breezes. Air conditioning is not typically necessary at any time of the year in Coastal Maine, but we were fine when it hit a record 100 degrees in July!...moreless
(2) There is a deck on the east side at the entrance with a grill: it's a nice place to have your coffee on the step. The west side deck, although smaller, has a pleasant view and is in an enclosed garden. It is outfitted with a round table and umbrella and seats four easily. (A folding banquet table seats an additional six in a pinch, with room for more on the lawn.) There is also a nice south lawn appropriate for sunning and/or games....moreless
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Sep 16 - Jun 15, 2016
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
6 night minimum mid-June- mid-September = $1575 plus linens and dog fee. Stay two weeks and get one night free, so 14 nights = $3400.
$925 minimum in mid-May to Mid-June and mid-September through Mid-October for long week-ends, linens provided but you have to launder them yourself. We call it a "four night" minimum but it's really a $925 whether or not you need all four nights.
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What is there to do on the island? The main attraction is walking around the island: a four mile loop that goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. That's the main attraction. People walk it, rollerblade it, ride rented bikes around it... but if you're not into moving you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself as this house looks straight down onto Seashore Ave.
Of course there is the ocean: there are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones, including a 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles. There is horseback riding and a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises from the ferry terminal.
But there's more than just the ocean: there is also Portland! Take the 20 minute ferry ride to Old Port and catch a cab to anywhere in the city!
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: Cagasa Cottage is owned by Ben and Wendy Marsden. Ben works in Information Technology at Smith College in Northampton, MA and Wendy is a CPA in Greenfield, MA. We bought the cottage as a place to vacation during our April post-tax-season vacations and as a handicapped friendly place to stay with our elderly parents on the island for a month each summer. The Cottage is named after our three children. Caroline works at B.U. in Boston and is in graduate school, too; Gary is launching a career in resort management and currently works for Killington in the winter and the VT State Parks in the summer, and Sammy is in high school. We hope to retire to this cottage someday, and figure all the stuff we're doing to make it lovely for renters, as well as elder-friendly, will be helpful to us one day, too!
Why the Owner Chose Peaks Island:
Peaks Island is the perfect combination of friendly small New England village, breath-taking views of the rocky coast, and access to the hustle and bustle and culture and amenities of a major city a short ferry ride away. It's just not a commercial place: there are three restaurants (no chains), and a family-run grocery store. There are family movies on Saturday nights at the library's community room and concerts at the church and 5th Maine Museum, and sailing and tennis at TEIA, but mostly this is a sleepy New England village that just happened to be surrounded by ocean on one side and harbor on the other. It is blissfully friendly. If you ever tire of walking the four mile loop around the island then you can explore the interior. There are freshly laid paths through conservation areas that hikers and horses both appreciate. You'll run across deer, but no squirrels on this island. One of the benefits of being so close to Portland is that you can get into town for the evening: go to Old Port, take a cab or a bus to the Maine Mall, or visit the museums, performing arts venues or take a cruise. We've had a really good experience with getting help from visiting nurses while we were there for a month with our elderly parents. The village has an EMT or paramedic on duty at all times and Maine Medical Center is just a short ambulance boat ride away. There is a health clinic on the island as well that is staffed by excellent caregivers.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is a very sunny home with bright east and south light filling the rooms. The water views are peeking through everywhere. Even the basement workshop has water views! There is a large grassy yard good for playing (watch for a badminton net) and two smaller garden yards good for sitting around outside on a pleasant day. The house comes outfitted with a keurig coffee maker that makes individual cups of coffee or instant hot water for tea or cocoa. There's also a bar with colorful wine glasses. There are several good reading spots and a desk overlooking the water in case you want to sit and write. There is no TV in this house and VRBO makes that sound like a BAD thing. I'd call it an amenity, but we are considering adding one so let us know your opinion. Children have their own nook, with a special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs stocked with jigsaw puzzles and games and a few books (some for grown-ups, too.) There's a kayak rental place on the island and there are various harbor cruises and you can take sailing lessons at TEIA. There's a place to buy lobster straight off the boat. (There's all the gear you need for a lobster dinner for 9 at the cottage.) But there's more than just the ocean: there is also quite a bit of interior wooded trails and a WWII bunker that used to house two 16' guns to protect the Portland shipyards. There are also a few lookout towers still around the island from that period. It's fun to explore the interior on foot, mountainbike or rent a horse for a trail ride. It's a nice size to give the children the run of the island. There's culture, too. There's a Civil War museum (this was a favorite vacation spot for Civil War veterans) and there are movies on Saturday nights in the library. The library allows summer people to borrow books. There are two nice restaurants with seating right over the harbor and a Pub at the Inn. There's take-out pizza from Hannigan's as well.
The driveway is off a dead-end street with room for two cars. There's a ramp.
The dining area, looking from the kitchen. Those south windows have water views
Looking towards the Harry Potter Room. Speakers on the mantel hook to your iPod
Going from the dining area towards the yellow downstairs queen bedroom.
Downstairs bathroom is handicap accessible with alcove spa shower.
Alcove spa shower. Infant/toddler tub under the changing table.
View from Seashore Rd looking north (house faces south.) Entrance on east side.
The view from the upstairs Ocean Bedroom writing desk in winter.
The two upstairs bedrooms share one rustic bathroom with a shower stall.
The west deck is in an enclosed garden. It has the best water views.
There's everything you need to make a lobsterfest for nine at the cottage.
The south lawn. A flag lot goes down to Seashore Ave and we all share this yard.
Kitchen view as you enter. Full-sized fridge and keurig coffee maker too.
The futon couch is comfy for reading.
Bonus Room! A Harry Potter room under the stairs has room to play or sleep.
The downstairs bedroom with east light streaming in. There's an attached bath.
Handicap-friendly downstairs bathroom.
Queen bed in south bedroom with ocean views.
The writing table in the upstairs queen bedroom faces the water.
East bunkroom has twin w/ trundle under, full with twin upper bunk, & portacrib.
Ground floor utility room has ironing board, dog crate, fans & spare chairs.
The view from the west deck, looking at Whitehead
The gate to the private west garden
We're 1/2 mile from the ferry, but nearly to the back shore, over by 5th Maine.
This listing was first published here in 2011.
Date last modified - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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