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Charming Family Home on Scenic Wells Harbor and River Estuary

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Secluded harborfront location surrounded by fields and woods.

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Last updated: 06/27/2013

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

Drakes Island house 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 sun themselves 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 often come 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 television. 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 together. 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.

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

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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • 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

          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
          • 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
          • Jet Skiing
          • 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:

            This will not be 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

          • Lawn / Garden
          • Outdoor Grill
          • Tennis:

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

           

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          Base Rate
          7 night min stay

          $5,250 $21,000

          Discounts: 14 nights or more: $720 Nightly

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

          Additional information about rental rates

          Additional Fees and Taxes:

          $200 cleaning fee for professional cleaning of the house after your departure.


          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 in 1960 on 6 acres of secluded waterfront real estate. It has been a family retreat for over 50 years. We have just opened it up for a few weeks of summer rental to a few special families.

          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 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.


          Contact us

          Speaks: english

           

          Photos

          • Secluded harborfront location surrounded by fields and woods.

            Secluded harborfront location surrounded by fields and woods.

          • 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.

          • Harbor view from the road.

            Harbor view from the road.

          • 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.

          • New dishwasher and six-burner stainless steel gas stove.

            New dishwasher and six-burner stainless steel gas stove.

          • Waterfront upstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds (one out of sight to right).

            Waterfront upstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds (one out of sight to right).

          • On front of house, two upstairs bedrooms each have a bunk bed.

            On front of house, two upstairs bedrooms each have a bunk bed.

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

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

          • Channel access to the ocean between protective stone jetties.

            Channel access to the ocean between protective stone jetties.

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

            View of house from a sandy point in the harbor.

          • 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.

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

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

          • Living-room looks out to wildlife estuary beyond.

            Living-room looks out to wildlife estuary beyond.

          • Kitchen overlooks terrace to left and harbor to right.

            Kitchen overlooks terrace to left and harbor to right.

          • Upstairs, 4 bedrooms, all with water views. Each sleeps two.

            Upstairs, 4 bedrooms, all with water views. Each sleeps two.

          • Views from upstairs bedroom to harbor.

            Views from upstairs bedroom to harbor.

          • Beach access a 5-minute walk away.

            Beach access a 5-minute walk away.

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

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

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          Date last modified - Monday, September 29, 2014

          $5,250 per week (USD)
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          5 Bedroom / 2.5+ Bathroom
          Sleeps 10

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          Member since: 2013
          Speaks: english
          • Calendar last updated: 06/27/2013
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