Sunrise Cottage on Mahalas Lane
Located in Owls Head, this quaint and unique 1930s cottage is nestled near the end of Mahalas Lane, a private lane, hence, our email address, Mahalas16@gmail.com (505.459.3111). A guest of the cottage, the author, Marianne Cushing, has had published (December 2013) her debut novel, Mahalas Lane (the lane of the cottage), which uses the cottage as a point of reference for her investigation-romance work of art. Overlooking Crocketts Beach and Penobscot Bay, Mahalas Lane is serene and relaxing, a true seaside get-away.
Crocketts Beach, when the tide is out a bit, is a perfectly sandy beach all the way out into the water. Children, less fragile than adults, do not seem to mind at all the refreshing aspects of the Maine water, and enjoy the swimming without having to negotiate bothersome rocks with their feet. (Adults seem to appreciate this pleasing aspect as well.)
Crocketts Beach is especially well-suited for kayaking and provides for a nice ability to explore, by kayak, Seaglass Island (a very small island about 1/4 mile off the beach which you can almost walk to at low tide), nearby Crescent Beach and Sheep's Island. There are really only about three other cottages-homes on Crocketts Beach, so the beach is private and unique in that sense as well. On the south side of the property line landscape by the beach house, there is a walking path that runs through the trees along the south side of the beach house down to the shoreline that residents of the lane have used and are permitted to use for at least going over the passed 86 years. Any other non-guest foot traffic to the shoreline through the cottage property is not permitted. The cottage provides its own private access to the shoreline from its own private cottage property grounds which run to and meet the shoreline, the perspective of which is captured in the accompanying photographs.
The cottage is architecturally unique, reminiscent of a ship with a bowed front, with pristine white ship-lap throughout and a built-in bed.
A split-rail fence contains the ample yard and natural gardens surround the house. It is a pleasing space any time of the day; sit on the patio for morning coffee and watch the sunrise over the ocean or stroll down to the ocean-front beach house for an afternoon of reading.
The main house (cottage), approximately 196' from the shoreline, and the beach house, approximately 72' from the shoreline, have five bedrooms (two king and three queen Mission style platform beds from LL Bean) and the carriage house, approximately 49' from the main house (cottage), with four Mission style twin platform beds from LL Bean can sleep four in a way that has the sensibility of a camp-bunk house. The downstairs and upstairs master bedrooms have Mission style platform king beds from LL Bean and ocean views and adjoining bathrooms.
The well-equipped kitchen has spectacular views of the water and opens into the living room and dining room areas, both with ocean views. Plenty of windows offer natural light and light sea breezes.
There are three bedrooms upstairs and one full bath. The first bedroom has a queen Mission style platform bed from LL Bean and the second bedroom has a queen Mission style platform bed from LL Bean and one twin built-in bed. Both have views of the water and comfortable furnishings.
The third upstairs bedroom, a master bedroom, has a private bath and one Mission style platform king bed from LL Bean with an ocean view.
There is also a beach cottage on the property, located at the water’s edge. The guest cottage offers sleeping space for two on a queen Mission style platform bed from LL Bean, as well as a campaign style desk-table, two slipcovered sitting chairs, a state-of-the-art BioLet 65XL composting commode situated in the beach cottage's exterior closet, an under-counter refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster oven, a flat screen television, cable television, Blu-Ray DVD player and Internet WI-FI, a countertop water dispenser and a spacious deck with a panoramic view of the ocean. This is the perfect place to sit and watch the day come to an end.
There is also a carriage house which has the sensibility of a camp-bunk house as it has two slipcovered couches, a 46" Samsung flat screen television, cable television, a Blu-Ray DVD player, an XBOX360 game box-station, a coffee table and four Mission style twin platform beds from LL Bean. In this sense, the carriage house offers some additional space for some peace and quiet or for children-young adults to have some space for themselves for a bit.
The location of Mahalas Lane is ideal. Owls Head is home of the Transportation Museum, the Owls Head General Store (home of the award-winning Loaded 7-Napkin Burger and old-time penny candy) and the Owls Head Lighthouse where Spot, the Springer spaniel, is buried by the lighthouse bell (see the true story of Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue).
Owls Head is a small, quiet community just minutes from Rockland (the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Primo Restaurant, In Good Company wine bar, Fiore premium Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Planet Toys and Jess's Market for lobsters and fresh seafood - Down East Magazine's readers' choice for best seafood market in Maine).
Thomaston, Rockport and Camden are also nearby. Rockport is the setting for the Samoset Resort (the well-appointed La Bella Vita restaurant with a magnificent view of Penobscot Bay, the tranquil, fresh, clean, seaside aesthetic of The Spa and a beautiful seaside, championship golf course) and Maine Sport Outfitters (offering for purchase or rental items for almost any conceivable sporting interest ranging from kayaking, biking and running to camping and winter sports).
These larger cities offer museums, restaurants, shopping, festivals and endless cultural activities. Cape Air flies into (and out of) Owls Head (the Knox County Regional Airport) from Boston (a one hour flight) and other regional locations. Car rentals (Budget) can be made from the Knox County Regional Airport.
The cottage offers a washer and dryer, Bosch dishwasher, hair dryer, hand held clothes steamer, cable television in the cottage, the carriage house and the beach house and Internet Wi-Fi connection in the cottage and the beach house.