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Downeast Maine Coastal Retreat

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The house is set high on the land, affording an excellent water view.


Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

The newly renovated 1850 farm house is set high on a fifty five acre farmstead, surrounded by ten acres of open fields that lead to a spruce-fir forest. In front of the house, across the road, are three acres of field with 450 feet of frontage on Cobscook Bay. The screened porch looks directly at the water and beautiful sunrises. The climate is temperate and offers sea breezes that cool the house on the warmest summer days.

There is a sitting area at the rear of the house, accented by a rock boundary and perennial gardens. Night time in the backyard affords unprecedented stargazing, with zero light pollution. The level lawn on the north side of the house provides a safe and comfortable place for small children to play. The screened and furnished front porch is a great place for morning coffee or evening cocktails.

The shore in front of the house provides access to the bay for kayaking to explore the nearby sheltered coves and islands of the bay. The town landing, approximately 15 minutes away on Hersey Neck, offers deepwater access for larger craft at all tidal levels via a floating dock and boat ramp; ample free parking is provided. There is a public beach at the end of Leighton Neck Road, approximately 1.25 miles from the house.

Leighton Neck is located in the Cobscook Bay, a 40 square mile body of water. The Bay’s 200 miles of coastline embrace nine Maine and two New Brunswick communities. Cobscook Bay is unique among the estuaries of the eastern seaboard, as it is still a pristine marine ecosystem supporting hundreds of species, including the most productive scallop beds in Maine. It provides the nesting area for the largest population of Bald Eagles in the Northeast, and these birds can often be seen feeding or resting along the shore in front of the house. While sheltered by narrow access to both the larger Passamaquoddy Bay to the north and the enormous Bay of Fundy to the east, Cobscook is still subject to the massive Fundy tidal flows; a tidal range of 20 to 28 vertical feet occurs on our shorefront, providing a constantly changing marine environment.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 9
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • The downstairs bathroom has a shower with a shower chair and grab rail. The upstairs bathroom has a full size tub with hand shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Two light touring kayaks provided.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys:

    A closet in the dining room contains toys appropriate for 2-10 year olds....moreless


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Oceanfront:

    Over 700 feet of shoreline on Cobscook Bay...moreless

  • Rural
  • Waterfront:

    Two kayaks available for use in the Bay or via your cart to other inland ponds or bay locations....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    A large futon couch can also be used for sleeping, in addition to the two queen, two singles, and double beds....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    Both an electric automatic coffee maker and a stainless steel 6 cup filter press....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Complete set of pots, pans, skillets, baking dishes, baking sheets, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, glassware, flatware, and all necessary kitchen implements....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen has an automatic dishwasher and a gas range, and is completely furnished with dinnerware and cookware, as well as a wide selection of cooking spices....moreless

  • Oven:

    Full size gas oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Set of typical cooking spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Four burner gas....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two seagoing kayaks are provided, along with paddles, suitable life vests, and a kayak dolly....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 10 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Cleaning $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%


50% deposit is required to hold reservation. Deposit is refundable if notice of cancellation is given 60 days prior to arrival. Arrive at 4 pm on Saturday and depart by 11 am the following Saturday.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor International
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
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Car: Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Tom and Cathy Adelman wanted access to the Atlantic coast, a place to relax, and a house that we could share with friends, family, and guests who share our love for the environment of coastal Washington County, Maine.

Why the Owner Chose Pembroke, ME, USA:
After searching many times for coastal property, we found this homestead in coastal Washington County, Maine--the last stretch of undeveloped coast on the US Atlantic. The house had been vacant for over a decade and needed lots of work--so it was affordable. Tom and Cathy and two of their sons worked on it, along with three carpenters from the area. Cathy is an artist and art educator, and the house became her art project. The house captures the unique quality of northern light that is characteristic of Maine.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Lots of comfortable space, lots of light, access to the Cobscook Bay ecosystem, dramatic tide changes--up to 24 vertical feet. Our home provides a base from which you can explore the arts scene in Eastport, the harbors and park of Campobello Island, the shops and restaurants in Saint Andrews, NB. You can kayak from our shore and explore the bay and river system adjacent to our house--or you can put our kayaks on your car and explore area ponds and lakes. Enjoy the dramatic sunrises and sunsets from our porch or rear patio area.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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  • The house is set high on the land, affording an excellent water view.

    The house is set high on the land, affording an excellent water view.

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • View from East

    View from East

  • View from front porch

    View from front porch

  • Rear patio with partial view of the surrounding field.

    Rear patio with partial view of the surrounding field.

  • Living room

    Living room

VRBO #115725

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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