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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms plus living room with stunning water views and easy walk to shore.

Castaway Cottage

Picture a place where fresh seafood abounds. . . where you can step out the back door, enjoy the salty scent of sea, and pick fresh vegetables and flowers right from your own private garden overlooking the water.

As you dine on this delicious fare, you will see unforgettable sunsets while savoring some of the freshest food on earth - harvested that very day.

Imagine all this in the comfort of a cozy, romantic cottage where simple pleasures make time stand still.

Simple pleasures like sitting on a new sofa, fresh coffee in hand, watching the morning tide come and go through the panoramic windows overlooking the harbor.

Or a stroll down the shore road to see clam diggers out on the mud flats harvesting the clams you will eat later that day.

Or a walk on the beach where the only sign of another person is the sea art left behind in the sand.

Imagine having a lunch with you – crab meat sandwiches would be nice, and stopping along the beach to gaze out at the islands and ocean while sampling its fruits.

A trip to the wharf to pick up the clams and to watch the lobster boats come in with their haul. Picture trying to choose between steamers and lobsters and deciding to have both!

Back at Castaway Cottage the lobster pot awaits as well as all the accoutrements needed. Now that dinner is planned imagine cozying up in the lighthouse room for some afternoon reading. There's room for two on the built-in bench bed.

Amazing how the sea air causes sleepiness - and enhances the appetite. Thank goodness for the clams AND lobster!

Visualize heading out to the garden in the late afternoon sunshine, after a good rest, to select vegetables and flowers for tonight's table. Can you see a bottle of Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc with this meal?

After sunset imagine lighting the pellet stove with push button ease, making up a tray of tea and dark chocolate laced with blueberries, cranberries and almonds and settling in to watch a favorite show on PBS.

Picture yourself ascending the stairs and nestling into new beds with new quilts – washed and scented with the same fresh air you have enjoyed all day.

The only thing you are likely to hear, apart from the light sound of waves lapping on the shore, will be the early morning bahing of some sheep at a farmhouse two hundred yards away, or the light rumbling of the lobster fishermen headed for the wharf to catch your next dinner of lobster.

A stay at Castaway brings rest, relaxation and comfort. Just read the reviews. We even have a housekeeper who keeps the place spotless. Her name is Mrs. Hughes.


This charming ocean side cottage overlooking Eastern Harbor has clear water views and easy access to the water's edge for boat launching or beach combing via a 60 yard shore road.

Located in an isolated fishing village, the cottage is only ninety minutes northeast of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park and thirty minutes southwest of Machias.

The cottage has delightful gardens stocked with shasta daisies, rose campions and pansies (to name a few). There is garden furniture on the lawn overlooking the flowerbeds and the ocean.

Equipped with all modern conveniences (oil central heating, washer, dryer, flat screen TV, microwave, coffee maker and blender) the cottage is very comfortable. It It sleeps from two to five.

Sleeping Arrangements: There is a master bedroom upstairs with two twin beds which are pushed together for greater coziness, there's a built-in bed in the lighthouse room downstairs, as well as new sofa bed in the sitting room.

Small pets may be allowed - please ask owners.

More Details

Property Manager
Alan and Brenda Jepson
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Alan and Brenda Jepson

Alan and I are film makers for Maine PBS. I just love South Addison and have been coming here since I was 9 months old to spend summers with my grandparents. In 1986 we bought this wonderful cottage - a true romantic getaway and we have been renting it out ever since.

Alan and Brenda Jepson purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Alan and Brenda Jepson chose South Addison

Mooseneck, as the area is known, is really magical. The sea air sharpens the appetite and at the same time has a relaxing effect. Folks tell us they sleep so well here. We have added a lot to the cottage over the years - original paintings done by local listed artists and quilts made by local crafts people. The house is light and airy. The views are stunning. It is a great place to rest and relax. We are happy to share it with others so they have the same happy experience here that I have had for nearly sixty years!

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage is very charming and even quaint. It feels like taking a trip into an enchanted place as soon as you walk through the door. I stayed here as a child and so it has many special memories for me. We have included features like a delightful flower garden overlooking the water, as well as organic vegetable garden to enhance the dining experience. Imagine fresh lobster, Maine potatoes, freshly picked vegetables of your choice from a garden with ocean views, and fresh blueberry pie for dessert. These are just some of the things that give our visitors special memories of this cottage. Downeast Maine is such a beautiful place. We provide visitors in advance with a copy of our DVD we made for Maine PBS about the Downeast area (there is a clip on this site) and we give our guests a Downeast Calendar we make each year. It reminds them of the wonderful vacation they had at our cottage since many of the photos are from this location. We hope you have a chance to enjoy it too!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved our visit in your delightful home! What an amazing place to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. The view is beautiful - even through the fog! Your garden was a great location for breakfast. The house is comfortable, and it was so nice to come in and see the exquisite beach roses on the bureau and table. Thank you! We hope to come back to rest, play, read and laugh in your home on the sea in beautiful South Addison.
Jul 2006
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South Addison Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • bathroom is 26sq ft in measurement
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Sleeper Sofa - 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is one upstairs bedroom with two twin beds, one downstairs bedroom with a single bed, and there is a sofa bed in the sitting room.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • wind-surfing
2 twins (pushed together) upstairs,1 built-in bed downstairs, 1 sleep sofa in the sitting room. L.L. Bean weather radio; lawn furniture; fully equipped kitchen; numerous maps and tourist brochures. Extensive flower beds. We have a pellet stove which is very easy to use and we supply pellets We have a vegetable garden with organic vegetables in season. The owners are film makers (we have been making films for Maine PBS for 30 years) and we mail to you a free DVD we made for Maine PBS called 'Postcards From Way Down East' which contains 37 chapters showing the many activities to do locally. You may see a clip from the show on


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average rating of 4.9333334 based on 36 reviews

Charming Cottage with a Wonderful View of Tidal Waters

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was all we expected and more. The interior is very nicely decorated with comfortable furniture and a kitchen well stocked with cookware, utensils, and serving items. The best feature is the view. One can sit inside on the couch or outside to watch spectacular sunsets and the tides going in and out. Traveling around the town of Addison , one can get a sense of the native life of downeast Maine. The owners left plenty of reading material to guide visitors to explore the area far and wide. We recommend this cottage to anyone seeking natural beauty and a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location!

  • 4 of 5

We recently stayed in this cottage with out two young daughters. The cottage was small but we had plenty of room. The cottage was clean and the owners were very helpful and answered all of our questions. There are numerous hiking trials within 30 minutes of the cottage which offered breathtaking views. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our stay at Brenda and Alan's cottage

  • 4 of 5

We really liked our stay at at Alan and Brenda's cottage. The cottage had all we needed for our stay. Twice we used the furnace because it did get nippy at night! The cottage is well insulated and it heated up nicely. We brought water with us. Because we've had tap water that was less then what we liked at other places in Maine. But here the water was very good. There are a couple of things that caused me to only give 4 stars instead of 5. We did not sleep upstairs because it was very difficult for us to go up and down the stairs. We both have some joint issues which caused this to be hard. And the other thing is the bathroom is tiny! Fully functional, but tiny! Small detail. But wanted to note this. The area around Addison is very pretty with a lot of things to see. We saw Eagles and a seal. And believe it or not. We saw a beaver in the saltwater! Which is pretty rare. Shopping can be a bit of a challenge. Which we knew because we know the area. The shop and save located about 10 minutes from the cottage carries most of what you'll need. We did take one trip to Walmart located in Ellsworth. Which is over an hour away to stock up big on other items. If you do go to Ellsworth. Then I recommend stopping at Jordans. A nice roadside eatery which carries a surprising amount of food choices. You'll pass this on the right on the Downeast Highway heading into Ellsworth. The weather for the week we were there was fantastic other then one day it misted and was foggy. And one night we had Gale warnings which shook the place up a touch. I was beginning to wonder if we would wake up in OZ! All in all. I do recommend staying here. The view from the backyard is worth the cost of staying here. We spent hours outback with the cameras and binocular watching the wildlife and the folks out digging up clams or whatever at low tide.Alan and Brenda were very helpful in answering the questions we had in regards to the cottage. And with my questions about the beaver I saw.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, Steve. Sorry it was difficult going upstairs, but that you enjoyed the views. We do have a small bathroom (we measured it to be 26 square feet,) but we hope the white tiling - from floor to ceiling, showed just how clean the bathroom is. We have added photos of the bathroom to help prospective visitors. It's great, Steve, that you saw, and photographed so much wildlife while at the cottage. Yes, there are sometimes gales here and we really feel the wind so close to the ocean. That's why we have metal lawn and deck furniture - so it stays put! So happy you had the chance to enjoy our cottage.
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Great cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! Well appointed cottage. Fantastic host. The vegetable garden was a treat! Beautiful views. Great host.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Barbara. So glad you enjoyed the cottage and the vegetables. You were wonderful guests, too, and we are happy you were able to get away and have a fun time. Brenda and Alan
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Lovely Quiet Place to relax and refresh

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home amidst a garden and facing the bay. Lobster pound right down the road; private beaches nearby in walkable distances. Everything plentiful; my favorite was the pellet stove that kept things warm on the chilly nights. Using upstairs isn't an easy task with low ceiling (I am short). Padding for second bedroom and sofa bed would help. The owners were easy to communicate with and extremely helpful for finding places to explore and suggest places to dine. Best suggestion was for whaling trip, which turns out was one of only a few still taking people out. (Eastport Windjammers). Excellent trip!

Keep early closing times for shops and restaurants in mind; some were already closed for the season so check before driving distances.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad Sandra was able to visit this fall and to enjoy autumn Downeast. We have taken up her suggestions of adding toppers for the downstairs bedroom and sofa bed. And after measuring the upstairs ceiling (it is 6 feet 2 and a half inches tall) we will re-configure the beds when single travelers come to visit to make it easier to make use of the full height. Thanks for the suggestions, Sandra!
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a lovely quiet spot to relax

  • 5 of 5

This is the quintessential Maine cottage - wide painted plank floors, a view of the cove, and fresh lobsters just down the road. We enjoyed our stay here - it was a very quiet peaceful location. The garden area was just the right place for some time in the sun reading and the cottage was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for sharing your place with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Golf
21 Miles
Barren View Golf Course - Jonesboro
Nearest Train
170 Miles
The Downeaster, Portland
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
US Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
10.8 Miles
Seafood Shack, 191 US Highway One, Columbia, ME
Nearest Beach
2.7 Miles
Bernie's Beach
Car: recommended

There are many beautiful walks right near the cottage which overlooks Eastern Harbor. The cottage is a 100 yard walk to the shore and there is also a lovely sandy beach 2.7 miles away. Local amusements include: a trip to the wharf to buy lobster, fishing off the wharf, Great Auk Beach, the Town Landing and Town Public Beach. It is an excellent location for kayaking or canoeing with easy access to the water. It's also a great location for bicycling with very little traffic. Other nearby excursions include a Lobster Boat Trip, Columbia Falls Pottery Shop, Bartlett Winery Estate (for wine tastings), Roque Bluffs State Park, Schoodic Point and the Ruggles House.

Other Activities: a visit to the Blueberry Dome, puffin trip, and seafood restaurants


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaner $60 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100

We have a comprehensive, up-to-date hospitality manager making it very easy to plan your vacation in detail before you even arrive Downeast.

For stays of less than seven days, please contact us at 1-207-896-3416 or email us at Thanks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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