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Waterfront with Large Pier - Eastern Gut - Rutherford Island

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Property type cottage
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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

This is a modest house that once was a a stable, the village fire house and since 1939, a residence. Two bedrooms upstairs, kitchen and living room on the first floor and newly renovated ground level family/play room with elevated bunk area.

It is located just on to Rutherford Island, up a bit from the Swing Bridge on the left, facing into the Eastern Gut. The house has spectacular water views from 3 sides, with the sunrise over the Gut and sunset over the Damariscotta River. The land drops quickly to the pier, causing dramatic height and views from the kitchen and master bedroom. All the rooms (including the bathroom) have ocean views.

The Gut is in the village of South Bristol with shops, grocery stores, lobster pounds and 2 full service boat yards. Damariscotta is a 15 minute drive back up the river. Pemaquid sandy beaches are 15 minutes away. Hideaway beaches on Rutherford are close by.

This is a kayackers dream house. Christmas Cove is 2 miles on the south end of the island. Bring your big boat, moorings are available. A 36x40' pier is 35' from the back door with a gangway and float. This pier is located in the lee of most all summer breezes and gets hot during the daytime. There are 2 Old Town Kayaks on the pier for your use.

There is plenty of activity during the day in and out of the nearby swing bridge and it quiets down very nicely in the evening. Local long hikes and short ones right from the house. Eagles, osprey, loons, heron, starfish, crabs, little lobsters, seals, all kinds of gulls, traditional wood pleasure and work boats all to be seen daily without moving from the pier. 10' of tidal range, moving in and out every 12 hours.

This is a cozy house, perfect for a couple and a few kids or 2 couples. Plenty of interior photos upon request.

The bathroom was completely rebuilt in the winter 2015.

Keywords: Waterfront Cottage

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Chris Coose
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2016
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About Chris Coose

I've been a small wood sailboat enthusiast and restorer since I was a child. Residential choises have been made principally on the town's harbor. 20 years in Marblehead, 20 years on Mount Desert Island, near 20 years in Portland and maybe the next 20 in S. Bristol. Lisa and I just got real lucky with this sweet little house, with never an idea we could not only own a waterfront place but located most likely in one of the prettiest places in the world. We are likely to end up in S. Bristol year-round in a few years. Until then, we could use the extra income while we easliy share this place.

Chris Coose purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Chris Coose chose Mid-Coast & Islands

The Gut, South Bristol is the finest and one of most protected harbors on the east coast. Our wood boat is moored in the Gut year round 50' off the pier. Working up from the boat, we have a float and gangway attached to a 30 X 40' pier. 40' up from the pier is the house that overlooks the Gut from 3 floors. The house is a comfortable residence that is manageable, comfortable and affordable. Our 14 year old daughter and her friends get to play around the house, pier, boats and the Island like few other kids get to.

What makes this cottage unique

Pretty well described in the house profile. I will guarantee you won't be disappointed.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Waterfront with Large Pier - Eastern Gut - Rutherford Island
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Rustic charm for a perfect vacation!

  • 4 of 5

This cottage is the perfect getaway to experience mid-coast Maine's charm. The cottage is simple, but functional -- comfy beds and more than enough space for our family of 4. Views from the home are spectacular. We spent several nights hanging out on the deck, playing cards and looking for shooting stars. Cottage comes with 2 kayaks and a SUP which were great to explore the local coves. (We rented a 2nd double kayak so the 4 of us could go on expeditions ourselves.) Location is perfect -- fresh lobsters from pound across the harbor, short drive to great hikes, swimming, and dining. The only downside was the bathroom -- functional but a little rundown -- and even it had a great view from the window.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exquisite charm with serenity

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this gorgeous vacation home on Columbus Day weekend. It was so wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of greater Boston. Chris was warm and easy to work with allowing us to bring our beloved dog Oscar without hesitation. We went for walks along the main road, had breakfast at the cozy little cafe down the road, and attended the local pumpkin festival. The deck is huge with a picturesque view of the gut, we sat and watched the boats come in an out of the harbor with great peace and delight. There was WIFI, parking for 3 cars, 2 spacious bedrooms, blankets, books, board games, and kayaks for use. We basically had all the amenities of a 5-star hotel with the character and charm of this sleepy and nautical vacation home. South Bristol is a hidden gem and a must see and Chris was more than friendly and accommodating. We will be returning very soon.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palmer, Massachusetts

Magic Spot

  • 5 of 5

This place is magic. The sun rises on the water in the back and sets over the front of the house giving you beautiful views of sky and water. I am a painter and there is enough subject matter within walking distance of this house to keep me busy for months. The town of South Bristol is like going back in time. We would walk to the local restaurant/grocery/fishing pier for breakfast each morning and chat with the locals then go off to explore the various beaches, lighthouses or towns in all directions. Pemaquid Point is a short ride and one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the country. The house itself is cozy and inviting with lots of different levels. The kitchen and master bedroom have beautiful views of the harbor. The walkout basement is roomy and perfect for children with lots of games and cool platform beds. This is the type of house that is even warm and inviting on foggy, rainy days. A great place to curl up with your family, friends or just a good book. The dock off the back of the house has gorgeous views of the harbor. I painted the views from the deck but it is perfect for kayaking , paddle boarding or just having a glass of wine at sunset with fresh lobster purchased and cooked from the lobster pound just down the street. I have stayed at this place for the past three years in September and October and cannot recommend it enough. The light and weather at this time of year is spectacular. Chris is a marvelous host, attentive to whatever you may need and great on follow through with bookings and information on all the local points of interest. I hope to return for many years to come, Enjoy.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet spot

  • 4 of 5

Cute little house at a quiet spot of many. Many attractions within an hours drive or 15 minutes away. Owner was very easy to work with and very nice. Wish we lived closer so that we could do long weekends here.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seacoast, NH

Just what we were looking for

  • 5 of 5

This vacation on the water was just what we had hoped for. The house was charming and well located. The waterfront was really great, with the huge wharf on which to relax and entertain. We especially appreciated the kayaks, and used them to explore the harbor and Witch Island.

Our boat fit well on the dock, which was sheltered from the boat traffic and the weather.

The working waterfront gave us something to watch all the time, and the nearby fisherman's co-op provided delicious lobsters and clams.

We look forward to returning next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gloucester, Ma


  • 5 of 5

This has got to be one of the most special spots in the state of Maine-The house is simple but supplied with all you need and the location is fabulous! We spent an ideal week eating all our meals on the dock overlooking the harbor, kayaking, rowing, sailing and paddle boarding ( we brought the paddle board, the rest was there). Chris was a pleasure to deal with and we feel lucky to have gotten to spend time in this special place.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

South Bristol Cottage Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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South Bristol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Remodeled Winter 2014/15
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bunk Area - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
36'x40' pier 35' from back door of the house. Moorings available in one of the better protected harbors in Maine. Lobster pounds within rowing distance. Have lobsters delivered to the pier. Swell neighbors. Water views from every side of the house.

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