Brand New Post & Beam with Private Waterfront
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Brand-new, waterfront, post and beam cottage overlooking Vinal Cove, a tidal cove. Secluded and private (located across the cove from a nature preserve), yet only an eight-minute drive to town. Windows offer great views of the cove, Daylily gardens, and woods.
The cove is a mud flat at low tide, making for great bird viewing with herons, terns, osprey, bald eagles, ducks, and kingfishers to be enjoyed. At high tide the water is over your head, for great salt-water swimming and kayaking. When you are in the house at high tide you feel like you are on a houseboat, you are so close to the water.
The deck is only ten feet from the water (this is a new home on an old camp site, so the location this close to the water is very unusual, and "grandfathered"). An open kitchen/living/dining area features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and cherry cabinets. The kitchen, bath, & entry have tile floors, & the rest of the house has red birch floors.
The livingroom couch opens up into a full-size bed. Two bedrooms (one a queen, one a full) also have garden and woods views. The tiled bath has a granite vanity, full tub/shower with lobster & crab tiles on the shower walls, a fan, & a skylight. In the entire camp the beams are Douglas fir & the ceilings are pickled pine.
Located on the site of a former saw mill, the flywheel from the sawmill stands as a giant 'sculpture' in the spectacular daylily gardens. Lots of dragonflies & hummingbirds. We have gorgeous sunrises, as we face somewhat east, amazing moonrises, & sunsets often reflect in the cove.
The ferry ride to Vinalhaven from Rockland is breathtaking, and you arrive in the harbor of the largest lobster fleet in Maine, over 100 lobster boats ply the local waters. Buy the freshest lobster in the world from the dock of the Lobster Co-op, to cook at home, or dine in one of the towns' great restaurants, featuring the best in home cooking. Lobster dinners, seafood chowder, and crab rolls are local specialties.
On Main Street there are several shops & restaurants. Visit the Paper Store, which is everything its name implies. You can order the Times, pick up magazines and books, or receive a fax here, (and find a huge selection of fudge, cards and gifts).
Go for ice cream to the Harbor Wharf. Try the Harbor Gawker (featuring a huge eat-in or take-out menu), & Island Spirits (a great wine, pate & cheese shop). Go to their wine tastings! There is a large IGA grocery & liquor store, Second Hand Prose (a used book store), Elaine's New Era Gallery, (Elaine is from Away, but her gallery rocks, as Phil will testify!) Kids love GO FISH! for penny candy & toys. Dine at The Haven, (harbor side make reservations, or just drop in on the street side), Tibb's Bar & Restaurant, The Pizza Pit, & more.
At the Harbor Wharf you can eat at Donna's Surfside Restaurant for breakfast (and sometimes dinner). Donna has the most amazing crab omelettes, homebaked blueberry muffins, & her famous fishcakes (if you haven't tried one of these you haven't lived!) & so much more. At Surfside you can dine indoors or out, with great harbor views & lots of local color. Work out at Island Fitness, or shop at Everything Country or the Fisherman's Friend, open early (for fish hooks), or open late, (for that last minute pint of Hagan Das), all at the Harbor Wharf. You can also visit The Fog Gallery, the Arts and Recreation Center (the ARC), and the Town Library. There are massage therapists & beauty specialists also on the island.
There are three freshwater swimming holes on Vinalhaven, located in former granite quarries, they offer great warm water swimming in uniquely picturesque settings. Geary's Beach (brr) offers excellent salt water swimming. There are lots of nature trails for hiking, and kayak excursions to local destinations. Many activities, including art openings, concerts, film showings, yard sales, yoga classes, poetry readings, nature walks & talks, church bean suppers, quilt raffles, wine tastings, etc. are published in the weekly newsletter, "The Wind", and posted about town. There is a new playground at the school.
There is a great Historical Society with exhibits of granite quarrying, fishing, lobstering, & apple farming, which were some of the mainstays of the local economy & survival in the 1800s. Granite from Vinalhaven was used to build the Brooklyn Bridge! On Saturday mornings there is a local Fleamarket, one of the social high points of the week on our island.
It is a great place to meet new people and enjoy local arts, crafts, photography, baked goods, knitting, jewelry, clothing, rugs, kids making homemade lemonade and whatever else they are in to at the moment, (are you possibly in need of a painted rock? these are sometimes offered &, thus, in demand), jams, fresh berries, bunches of native garlic, vegetables, flowers, & just plain good old used & second hand stuff.
There is a golf course and a theatre group located on nearby North Haven Island.
Visit one of the nature preserves, Lane's Island, (which is a local favorite for its nature trails), & lots of other woodland & beach locations. There is a sandy town beach, several parks, & a lighthouse, many with picnic tables, as well.
Learn more about Vinalhaven on their website.
Keywords: Brand New Post & Beam Cottage
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Convertible bed(s)
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Gas Fireplace
- Parking Off Street
Local Phone, AM/FM Radio and tape player, New China, Glassware, Pots and Pans, Ceiling Fan in living room/kitchen, Waterfront Deck with Picnic Table and Deck Furniture, Bikes, 2 person kayak with rudder, Box of Games for Young and Old, Nature has also provided a granite 'hollow' at the water's edge for launching your kayak or canoe, or bringing it above the high tide line when you return, without having to get your feet wet or muddy....morecollapse
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Live Theater
- Rock Climbing
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Golfing, Museum, Musseling, Canoeing, Yoga Classes, Scenic Photography
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A fabulous week
A fabulous week
My stay at this rental cottage was outstanding. I am a single New Yorker woman in my 30s and was in need of a writing retreat. Since I would need to work indoors, I was looking for an interior that was rustic but also upscale, and with a water view that "felt" like I was outside. The cottage is all that and more. It is all rustic wood on the inside, but the elegant post and beam structure and the high-end furnishings and kitchen give it a modern, high-end feel (if the Four Seasons were to build a small guest cottage in Maine it would replicate this!). And the front of the cottage, as you can see in the pictures, is ALL windows, so when you sit inside you feel like you are outside. It is cozy but the loft layout gives it a spacious feel. The hardwood floors are beautiful; the whole effect of the living room is not unlike the most beautiful yoga studio you've ever seen, which I turned it into a few mornings. Everything is well beyond what you would expect in a rental, especially the kitchen appliances and equipment. (The knife set is better than the Henckels set I have at home; the dishware, bowls, oversized coffee mugs all match and are what I would have bought for my own home.) The deck outside is of the highest quality and perfectly positioned to watch the cove change with the tide, the sun, the weather, etc.... it is always different. And while I have focused on the interior, the water view here is unbelievably amazing. The location is not far from town, a short drive in for a strong cup of coffee at the ARCafe (don't miss the blueberry oaties) or a lobster roll at the Harbor Gawker (don't miss the crab biscuits, which are basically fritters) or a stroll through the New Era gallery (don't miss its amazing separate gallery building outside.) You will never see the whole island in a week, but the hike into the Basin off of Wharf's Quarry road and Lane's Island are not to be missed. Runs and bike rides up Calderwood Neck road are rolling hills that reveal water views at every turn. There are a few older bikes and a kayak available to use-- Vinalhaven must also be experienced from the water. I can't recommend the cottage enough, especially as a writer's or artist's retreat.
- Guest Leigh G.
- Date of stay 08/27/11
- Review Submitted 09/07/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.
Our stay at Vinal Cove was probably the best experience in all our years of renting vacation spots. The "cabin" was extremely well done with nothing but the best appointments inside. The view is so spectacular that we stopped calling it a million dollar view and started using the billion adjective. Wendy and Joel were very accomodating and patiently relieved our angst about the ferry crossing since we constantly worried about even getting on the ferry at all. (Email me and I'll tell you all about it from a newcomer's standpoint.) We hope to return on a regular basis and experience "island time" to its fullest.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 07/01/06
- Review Submitted 07/11/06
Owner response: Dear Gerry, We also had a very positive experience with you both, and your guests. You treated the cottage like your own home, and we are very grateful for how well you took care of it! Thanks so much, you are welcome back any time! Thanks also for being such a great neighbor, too. With all our e-mails I feel like we are friends without even meeting. Warm regards, Wendy and Joel
Guest comment entered by owner
We had a great set of tenants at our Vinalhaven home this season, and we want to personally thank you all for taking such good care of our home. Our caretaker has visited the cottage at the end of the season and pronounced it: "Spotless!". Thanks again so much, and if you have any comments you'd care to add to our guestbook we'd greatly appreciate it! Warmly, Wendy and Joel
- Guest N/A
- Date of stay 10/09/05
- Review Submitted 10/09/05
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, $1500/week. Labor Day to the end of September $1200/week. May, prior to Memorial Day Weekend, & October, $1500/week. We offer Discounts for Three Consecutive Weeks or More. We accept Checks and Money Orders. One half week Security Deposit required. $75 cleaning fee at end of stay. Thanks! Weeks generally run Saturday to Saturday.
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About the owner: The house was built 7 year ago. Everything is custom in it as you can see by the photos. It is a unique location being so close to town and yet so private.
Why the Owner Chose Vinalhaven:
The first time a rented a house on Vinalhaven I fell in love with it. The beauty of the natural areas and the warmth of the people were so enticing. I have come back year after year to my good fortune.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
My home is a beautiful example of Post and Beam Design. The Douglas Fir beams are absolutely beautiful and the interior details were executed by a master carpenter. Please review the photos to see the warm and beauty of the house
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View from the deck on Vinal Cove.
Sunset from the deck
The house on the cove.
Maine room of house.
Outside deck with barbecue.
House and cove
The house at night with garden.
View from the Living Room
Kitchen Granite Island and dinning room table.
Outside deck with barbecue.
Front door and living room view.
Sunset from deck.
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