This South Bristol 19th c. Cape in picturesque Christmas Cove on Rutherford Island has new amenities yet retains its charm as a shipbuilder's home.
The home has been remodeled and updated with a large eat-in gourmet kitchen and tastefully decorated with local antiques and artwork. Honed black marble countertops, kitchen island with seating for 5, top brand appliances including KitchenAid and Thermador gas burners, Damariscotta Pottery tile work, and well-stocked kitchen make for a wonderful retreat. New England charm abounds in this well-appointed cottage with top-grade bedding, down pillows and comforters and new mattresses. Outdoor living is equally inviting with a covered front porch, fire pit, and large outdoor screened-in porch. The cottage is surrounded by gardens and lawn with woods on three sides.
In addition to the full bathroom and two half bathrooms, there's an outdoor shower with hot/cold water. High-speed internet access is available.
Christmas Cove is well known as one of Maine’s prettiest harbors. The destination of many yachtsmen, the island is peaceful and serene. It's easily accessible over a swing bridge from the working harbor village of South Bristol.
The Coveside Bar & Restaurant is just down the street and serves lunch and dinner. They also have a lively and fun bar with live music on weekends during the summer months. Access to dingy docks and mooring rentals are available at the Coveside Marina. Not far is South Bristol, a historic working fishing village that offers limited additional dining and grocery shopping options.
It is a smallish island with summer homes and year-round residents (maybe 100). In the summer months, there are many families with their children. While the area feels remote and peaceful, in many ways it has all the modern-day comforts.
So. Bristol is an active fishing village with commercial lobster and fishing boats plus two small markets and delis.
An enjoyable outing is a drive to Pemaquid Point and also the harbor (about 20 -30 minutes drive) for touring of the historic lighthouse and old fort, antique and art stores, and additional seaside restaurants. There's a very nice sandy beach there, as well. It's also close to where you can catch the ferry for a day on Monhegan Island, an absolute must if you have the time.
The closest town is Damariscotta. It's about 15-minute drive away with a couple grocery stores, bookstore, restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries and fun shopping. A great stop on the way is Walpole Barn for tasteful house gifts, oysters, and wine. They host fun wine tastings on the weekends.