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All rooms have beautiful sea and island views in this spectacular traditional cottage on five acres of unspoiled pine forest on an island very close to shore...you drive to your island hideaway in five minutes in a small outboard skiff. Watch ospreys, eagles, seals, and herons as you breakfast on a front porch with sprawling island views, or in front of a fireplace. Use our kayaks to discover uninhabited islands, fish from the dock, buy lobsters directly from the lobster boats, or just sit on the porch or the dock and listen to the sounds of nature around you.
The home is both elegant and rustic. There is a screened eating porch, a romantic master bedroom with cathedral ceilings and places to work and relax flooded with light and sea views. Near world class outlet shopping, historic sites. Please only apply if you are comfortable driving a small boat with an outboard motor.
Children are welcome of course! And it is the perfect place for them to be active and discover nature. But because of the rocky shore, dock and stairs, it might not be the most relaxing place for a vacation with toddlers, though some of our regular renters have toddlers and love it!...moreless
$500. to reserve your dates/ 75% by May 1/Balance 1 month before move in date.
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The house is on an island very close to the shore. You will have your own parking place in the lot on the mainland, and from there you can find fresh groceries and wonderful lobster restaurants 10 minutes away. On our land, the shore is rocky and wooded, but nearby on Bailey Island there is a little sandy beach, and a bit farther north is Popham beach, on the the most beautiful national seashores there is. In historic Brunswick Maine, 15-20 minutes away, there are super markets, shops, movies, bowling, antiques, miniature golf and a wide variety of restaurants. Since it is a college town, there is also summer stock theatre and museums. A little father on is Freeport, home of the original LL Bean store, and the best outlet shopping on the east coast, but all in a charming New England town with great food, minutes forom the ocean.
Year Purchased: 1995
About the owner: I work in a small college in Westchester County, New York. The picture is not exactly glamorous, but it shows how happy it makes me to go to Pole island in Maine. My children are grown now and I have a new job that does not let me spend the whole summer on the island any more. So I am happy to be able to share it with others!
Why the Owner Chose Pole Island: Harpswell, Maine is one of the most beautiful places in the world. My children were brought up in New York City, and I wanted them to have a place to go to in the summer in which they could experience unadulterated nature. There is not a day that you do not encounter animals, plants and wild views that transform your experience. We explored endlessly, and I know it had a big impact on their lives.
The Unique Benefits at this House: When I go to Pole Island, I love waking up early in the morning and taking my tea out in the kayak, paddling quietly through inlets. Sometimes I make drawings or take photos of the birds and animals I see. I also like to work there. It is so calm. (Well, the boys looked at it another way...swimming off the dock, fishing in the morning, king of the mountain off the kayaks, squirt gun wars...and endless games at the tree house!)
It is also an amazing family place. It is often cool enough at night to have a fire in the fireplace, and we play Scrabble or Risk together, in a way we probably wouldn't if everyone was attached to their computers or glued to the TV as we often are at home. It s magical in those moments.