Updated Comfort and Old-Fashioned Charm Steps from the Water
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Peaks Island cottage description
The house is simply but completely furnished and colorfully decorated, for family use, not as a 'rental property.' Virtually everything in the cottage has some sentimental value, having been either handed down from parents and grandparents or repaired, purchased, or brought back from a journey by the current generation of the family… if it didn’t come with the house when our family purchased it in the late 1970’s.
The cottage is perfectly suited for a quiet family holiday. It is not appropriate for large groups or noisy parties.
In 2009 the house was re-shingled and insulated from the outside, to preserve the “cottage feel” inside. All the windows and screens were replaced and interior walls and trim freshly painted. Floors were sanded and varnished. A new full bath with shower and laundry room were added off the kitchen.
The house sits at the end of a quiet road, high above the sea, about 100 yards through the woods from the rocky shore of Josiah’s Cove. Though the cottage is not on the waterfront, from the porch you can see the ocean sparkling. A short steep walk down through what our grown children long ago dubbed 'The Magic Woods' brings you to the back yard of our other cottage and access to the rocks from which I have caught stripers.
The cottage is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
There is a wrap-around porch, perfect for breakfast, cocktails and afternoon reading or napping.
The comfortably furnished living room has windows on three sides, a working fireplace and a pass-through to the kitchen. There's a daybed for napping, a table in a corner perfect for Scrabble.
To reach the kitchen one passes through a small, formal dining room with built-in china cabinet.
To the right of the dining room is a new, large master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a rattan love seat and coffee table, big skylights, pine floors and paneling, and windows all around. It’s beautiful! Awaking to the ocean view is truly special.
The kitchen, re-done in 2002, is fully equipped with pots, pans, and plenty of china, flat ware, sharp knives, and other tools. There is a new gas range, a refrigerator with freezer, a microwave and a built-in dishwasher. We compost, so there is no dispose-all. The refrigerator, washer and dryer are in a new utility room just around the corner from the kitchen, to the right.
To the left beyond the kitchen is a new bathroom with shower. And on the way out to the woods there is wonderfully powerful outdoor shower, closed in up to about six feet but open to the trees and the sky above.
On the second floor there is a small full bath with claw foot tub, but no shower.
Off a central hallway there are five bedrooms, two with double beds, two with two twin beds, and one with one twin bed.
All have bureaus and closet space.
Keywords: cozy, well-equipped, sleeps 10, ocean view, quiet, outdoor shower, updated kitchen and new bath
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 2.25 We are considering the outdoor shower as a quarter of a bath
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Coffee Maker
- Linens Provided:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- You'll love the outdoor shower!
- DVD Player:
- CD Player
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Away From It All
- Basketball Court
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
This cozy cottage sits at the end of a dirt road at the north end of the island. From the porch, one can watch the lobster boats work while the sun rises over a distant lighthouse. Though up on a bluff in the trees, the cottage is close enough that you can hear the clang of the bell bouy and the voices of the lobstermen as they haul their pots. Inside you'll find a spacious master addition with easterly views of Casco Bay, a well-appointed kitchen, a nice bath with shower, and just out back a private outdoor shower, an island necessity. Upstairs there are plenty of bedrooms and a second bath, giving the feeling of a small bed and breakfast. Back downstairs, you can sit and read by a roaring fire, or enjoy the deep wicker chairs on the porch. Rent a golf cart or bikes for getting around, but use the taxi to haul your crew and bags from the ferry and more importantly, back to the ferry on the day of your relutant departure. The cabin is purely a summer place, with plenty of windows, beam and board construction, modern essentials such as a land line and free wi fi, and no television, a true plus. Although there are neighbors kitty corner across the cul de sac, the house is encircled on three sides by the open ocean vista and deep woods, giving kids plenty of room to roam and explore. We'd welcome the chance to return for a longer stay. Warning: There's a market for most items you could need, but if you want to cook lobsters and steamers, you'll have to bring them from town. Whole Foods will also ship to the ferry for pick up at the landing.
- Guest SoxFanFla (Miami, Florida)
- Date of stay 09/05/13
- Review Submitted 09/13/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thanks for those kind words. We love it too, of course! And the free delivery from Whole Foods is a plus we only recently discovered ourselves. One slight correction: There is in fact a lobsterman who sells his catch from a shack near the ferry dock on Peak Island ... when he is there. Usually late in the afternoon.
Perfect, Beautiful, Amazing Space
Perfect, Beautiful, Amazing Space
We LOVED this house, it was adorable inside and out. The views were good, better at the owners other property but if you need a house that is a little more updated this is the one to go with. We had the other half of our bridal party stay here and they had a blast. The house had a great kitchen and enough space for everyone to have their own room and great common spaces for everyone to hang out and relax. Thank you to the owners for making our stay so great, we were very pleased.
- Guest Roddy228 (Manchester, Michigan, USA)
- Date of stay 06/07/13
- Review Submitted 08/16/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
A slice of heaven
A slice of heaven
We (family of four with young-adult children) rented this lovely Maine "cottage" for a week in July 2012 and it was just as advertised. I put cottage in quotes because while it definitely has that wonderful summer cottage feel to it, it is much more spacious, but just as cozy, as a cozy cottage. The renovations have made it extremely livable and comfortable. We felt right at home the minute we walked in. We cooked several dinners in the kitchen and found everything (pots, pans, dishes, etc.) that we needed. The "host family" was responsive throughout, from our first inquiry about renting. And then there is Peaks Island...it is beautiful and being there is like going back to a much simpler, more peaceful time. It's small without feeling crowded and easy to get around. And Portland is an easy ferry ride away. You get the best of both worlds!
- Guest Sarah (New York City, NY)
- Date of stay 07/07/12
- Review Submitted 07/24/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
early May - June 28: $1,650 per week, Saturday-Saturday. June 28 - Labor Day: $2,300 per week, Saturday - Saturday, full weeks only. After Labor Day: $1,650 per week, Saturday-Saturday. In low season minimum rental is three nights @ $275. In addition we are required to collect 7% Maine lodging tax on all rents.
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Year Purchased: 1978
About the owner: Now that our parents have passed away, my sister and I are maintaining this special property for the benefit of our children, our grandchildren and our guests.
Why the Owner Chose Peaks Island:
Our parents chose Peaks Island because it was the perfect spot for family summer vacations. Peaks Island is a family summer paradise offering beaches, sailing, fishing, tennis and bicycling on safe roads. You'll see cars, but will enjoy stunning ocean views as you pedal or walk around the island. Visitors can shop at the local market or lobster shack and enjoy home-made meals on the porch, eat out at one of three restaurants on the island or sample the broad range of fare offered by chefs (some nationally known) in the city of Portland. Car and passenger ferries make the 20-minute crossing back and forth between mainland and island approximately every hour. Guided tours of the island via golf cart are available, and a visit to the museum dedicated to the Fifth Maine Civil War regiment is a must for history buffs.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Quiet relaxation in an unspoiled natural setting that is surrounded by the sea and yet close to the shopping, entertainment and first-class restaurants of Portland, one of America's most vibrant small cities.
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Ocean view from the porch
Front steps, master bedroom visible to right
Living room fireplace, pass-through to kitchen
Living room day bed, desk and game table
Kitchen range, sink, dishwasher
New downstairs bath
Back bedroom with painted furniture
Upstairs hall, sitting area
Prince Avenue cottage exterior
Game table in corner of living room
Master bedroom, downstairs
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