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Charming Family Home on Scenic Wells Harbor and River Estuary

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View of house from a sandy point in the harbor.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This Drakes Island house has been a special family gathering place for over 50 years. Sitting on six acres of waterfront real estate on Wells Harbor, this cape is a quiet getaway on a semi-private road. Swim, paddle, sail and fish when the tide is high. Sit on the end of the boardwalk and watch the seals sunning 100 yards away on the marsh. Watch the tide drop 10 feet to expose acres of sand bar. Dig for clams and play tag on the sand bar at low tide. Play tennis on the clay court sheltered in the trees behind the house. Ride beach bikes around the island. Run 3 miles down one of the longest sand beaches in Maine to the Rachael Carson preserve. Walk around the point and skip stones in the harbor. Walk 5 minutes to the front beach. Surf and swim. Sit under an umbrella on the granite terrace, sheltered from the wind between the garage and the house. This house provides everything a family could want on vacation.

The wood-paneled interior is simple, warm and welcoming. The open downstairs plan is great for family get-togethers. The kitchen, dining and living rooms open onto one another with expansive views over the harbor. A round dining-room table with a wide lazy susan seats ten easily. The kitchen has modern stainless appliances and is a wonderful group cooking area.

Once the sun has set over the horizon, mosquitoes sometimes venture out over the salt marsh, so settle down in the living room to play cribbage; retreat to the study to read, play the piano, listen to music or watch TV. Work is frowned upon while at Drakes, but there is wireless access if it will help relax you the next day on the beach.

Tuck yourself into one of 5 bedrooms, one master downstairs, or one of the four bedrooms upstairs, 2 with views over the harbor, and 2 with bunk beds that the kids will love.

If you haven’t read between the lines yet, this is a wonderful home that we are opening up for just a few weeks a year to a handful of special families who are looking for a memorable vacation. This is not an elegant resort, but a real home with family photos, shells we've collected over the years, and a rich layering of three generations. This special waterfront location has been host to several family weddings and is available to a few select others each summer.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this wonderful and cherished location. Good luck with your vacation search!

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Master Bedroom: 1 double

    Downstairs owners bedroom with access to 2 bathrooms....moreless

  • Harborfront 1: 2 twin/ single

    Beautiful harbor views from this second floor bedroom....moreless

  • Harborfront 2: 1 queen

    Panoramic harbor views from this 2nd floor bedroom....moreless

  • Bunkroom 1: 1 bunk bed

    This fun kid's room has views to the harbor and woods....moreless

  • Bunkroom 2: 1 bunk bed

    This fun kid's room has distant ocean views....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Master bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Newly renovated in 2012. Direct access to master BR....moreless

  • Master 1/2 bath: toilet

    This cute bathroom is private to the master BR....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Harborfront views from this 2nd floor bathroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • This is perfect venue for weddings, though only a few will be permitted during each season. Ask about details....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Quiet, private location on 6 acres of waterfront land....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Spectacularly sited on Wells Harbor with direct access to the water....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Round community dining room table with lazy susan with a bay window looking out over the harbor....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    One bay of the garage holds bikes, tools and other summer toys....moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Room for 7 cars in the driveway and adjacent grassy parking area....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Not necessary or available during the summer months....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    This open, country kitchen overlooks the dining room and living room....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Newly installed stainless refrigerator....moreless

  • Stove:

    Newly installed stainless range....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Bicycles:

    Several beach bikes are great for touring the island or getting to the beach quickly....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Granite terrace, protected from the wind, overlooking the harbor. A great spot to watch sunsets....moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearby golf courses at Arundel (George Bush's local course), Webhanet, and Old Marsh. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    Private clay tennis court, shared with the local community association....moreless

 

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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$5,250 $21,000

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $750 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $700 Nightly

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Full payment and $500 security deposit due one month before the start of your stay.


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Route 1
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Old Marsh Country Club
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 95
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Maine Diner
70 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mt. Pleasant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Drakes Island Beach

Car: Necessary

Drakes Island is a beautiful beach and harbor community with convenient access to many scenic southern Maine towns and attractions such as Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, York, and the outlets in Kittery. One could dock a fishing boat at the marina across the harbor and boat to the house and in the ocean at mid to high tide. A wonderful family vacation spot!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1960

About the owner: The family built this fitting Royal Barry Wills house on 6 acres of secluded waterfront real estate. It has been a family retreat for over 50 years. We have opened it up for a few weeks of summer rental to a few special families, and will consider it for weddings.

Why the Owner Chose Drakes Island:
This beautiful waterfront land was owned for generations by a local family, who finally agreed to sell it to our charming parents in the late 1950s.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is a uniquely quiet and charming spot on Wells Harbor. It features a wonderfully changing view of tides, seals, birds, and harbor activity. The sunsets will remembered forever.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • View of house from a sandy point in the harbor.

    View of house from a sandy point in the harbor.

  • Quiet one-way street; garage peeking over the trees.

    Quiet one-way street; garage peeking over the trees.

  • Royal Barry Wills Cape design, all new windows and just re-sided.

    Royal Barry Wills Cape design, all new windows and just re-sided.

  • Views from the terrace, sheltered from wind.

    Views from the terrace, sheltered from wind.

  • Semi-private clay tennis court surrounded by woods across from the house.

    Semi-private clay tennis court surrounded by woods across from the house.

  • Well equipped kitchen with new stainless appliances.

    Well equipped kitchen with new stainless appliances.

  • Living-room looks out to wildlife estuary beyond.

    Living-room looks out to wildlife estuary beyond.

  • A quiet study with a piano, pull out sofa, and TV.  A great game room for kids.

    A quiet study with a piano, pull out sofa, and TV. A great game room for kids.

  • Upstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds and views to boardwalk and harbor.

    Upstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds and views to boardwalk and harbor.

  • East-facing bunk room for the kids with views  to the marsh and front beach.

    East-facing bunk room for the kids with views to the marsh and front beach.

  • Fall colors from the yard.

    Fall colors from the yard.

  • The front beach - a fabulous place to walk, swim, surf and run!

    The front beach - a fabulous place to walk, swim, surf and run!

  • Secluded harborfront location surrounded by fields and woods.

    Secluded harborfront location surrounded by fields and woods.

  • Semi-private road access.

    Semi-private road access.

  • High tide in Wells Harbor.

    High tide in Wells Harbor.

  • Wood boardwalk extends across marsh to the water's edge.

    Wood boardwalk extends across marsh to the water's edge.

  • Open concept kitchen and living spaces.

    Open concept kitchen and living spaces.

  • Communal round dining room table with a 'lazy susan' for serving food.

    Communal round dining room table with a 'lazy susan' for serving food.

  • Bay window opens out onto harbor.  Open kitchen beyond.

    Bay window opens out onto harbor. Open kitchen beyond.

  • First master bedroom with views through the living room to the harbor.

    First master bedroom with views through the living room to the harbor.

  • Harbor-front bedroom with queen bed.

    Harbor-front bedroom with queen bed.

  • West-facing bunk room with views to harbor and woods.

    West-facing bunk room with views to harbor and woods.

  • Boating, kayaking, and paddle-boarding in the harbor with a full-service marina.

    Boating, kayaking, and paddle-boarding in the harbor with a full-service marina.

  • Front beach access a 5-minute walk; quicker on one of our beach-bomber bikes.

    Front beach access a 5-minute walk; quicker on one of our beach-bomber bikes.

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