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Spectacular Oceanfront House - Deep Water Dock

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

This spectacular oceanfront house sits on two acres and overlooks peaceful McFarland’s Cove, Johns Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The location is beautiful and idyllic. It’s located in the heart of New England’s most picturesque region, mid-coast Maine, and includes all the essentials to delight the senses: the smell of fresh sea air, the sounds of the lobster boats hauling in their catch, the taste of fresh seafood and local produce, and the lovely sunrise and sunset views enjoyed from the large porch overlooking the bay. From spring flowers to fall foliage, the area is serene and peaceful.

The house itself is unique and classic. It has exposed wood throughout, pine floors, a nice open floor plan which combines the living and dining rooms, and a fireplace to gather around at night. Outside, a large porch with rocking chairs and a wicker seating area provides a perfect spot to soak in the stunning views. Other features include Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, picnic tables, and a private dock (perfect for swimming and fishing) and mooring. A spacious lawn in the front allows for fun and games.

Although the house is a classic Maine oceanfront cottage, everything is brand new including all the appliances, all the beds (high-end Serta hotel beds), the linens (300+ thread count), the down blankets, the TV (a 39” HD flat screen with DirecTV), the DVD player with a movie library, and a fully furnished chef’s kitchen. We also have high speed wireless internet access.

The house has five bedrooms and sleeps 12 comfortably (one king, three queens, and one large bedroom with four XL single beds).

Island Grocer, a gourmet shop/deli, is two minutes down the road so you never have to worry about getting your morning latte with the daily New York Times. Additionally, there are many great restaurants minutes away.

Local attractions include:

• Pemaquid Lighthouse – perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the U.S.

• Boothbay Harbor – one of Maine’s most charming harbors with great shopping and restaurants

• Monhegan Island – a famous artist colony and long-time home of Andrew Wyeth

• Fort William Henry – A National Historic Landmark built in 1692

CONCIERGE service available. Please ask for details.


Keywords: Classic Maine House

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018

About The Owner

John and Susan Holbrook have four daughters and own an educational tour and travel company in North Carolina.

Why The Owner chose South Bristol

Every summer since 1973 our extended family has made the annual pilgramige to this very special place, MacFarlands Cove, in South Bristol,Maine. Our family has grown in size over the years and I felt it was neccessary to acquire the adjacent property to the one that has been so special to us for so long. I rented this property last summer and loved it so much I purchased it as soon as I discovered that it was on the market.

What makes this cottage unique

The fishing is outstanding right off of the dock !


South Bristol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , excellent for up to 6 kids !
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4) XL twins
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Spring water delivery, Firewood provided, and garbage removal included. Phone and high-speed wireless internet service included.


Relaxing and taking in the fabulous view of McFarland Cove

VRBO Bear stayed here

Oct 21, 2009

When the Bear, his family and friends arrived at this quaint cottage home in South Bristol, Maine, we were immediately charmed by its idyllic location. The cottage was nestled above McFarland’s Cove, a secluded and tranquil cove which led out to the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous trees dappled in autumn colors and a view of the bay that was postcard-perfect, the cottage was a real hidden gem! The cove and its calm turquoise waters were absolutely perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. We truly enjoyed watching the local lobstermen coming in and out of the bay as they pulled up their catch of the day. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to flag down a boat for some fresh Maine lobster straight from the sea! The cottage has a terrific deck overlooking the cove complete with plenty of comfy seating for relaxing and taking in the breathtaking views. We especially enjoyed watching the sunrise over the bay as there’s simply nothing as serene and as peaceful as an East Coast sunrise. The cottage’s interior was very cozy, with a great cabin feel and a warm fireplace to gather around with the family. The dining room boasted perfect bay views and was ideal for nightly dinner feasts as well as fun and games with family and friends. The rustic charm of the home included a fully stocked country kitchen and hotel grade beds… what more can a bear ask for?! The Bear had to pry himself from the luxuriousness of his bed to begin exploring Southern Maine. We walked the leaf-strewn roads, explored the beautiful coves and frolicked in the leaves. We enjoyed the local fare of “lobsta”, “clam chowda”, steamed and fried clams. We stopped at a few wineries in the Maine area for tastings. Plus, we toured a few of the neighboring towns of Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta, Camden, Rockland, and Pemaquid. Whether it’s autumn, winter, spring or summer, a scenic drive is best for photographing the area’s vivid landscape. There was so much beauty to be seen in Maine, you cannot take a bad photo of the region’s ponds, rivers and hidden coves. Overall, we enjoyed the beauty and history of the Pemaquid Lighthouse, historical homes, shops, and harbors. Maine’s motto tells it all… “Maine, the way life is supposed to be!” The VRBO Bear

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Spectacular Oceanfront House - Deep Water Dock
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
Baltimore-Washington area

Lovely house with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

Ours was a late October stay and the foliage was amazing. A large home for the two of us but we found it very cosy. There was a nice fireplace with plenty of wood for chilly evenings plus a large propane heater for chilly early mornings. The kitchen was extremely well-equipped - cuisinart pots and pans, several cast iron pans, great sharp knives, mixer, blender, toaster, griddle. Also plenty of bottled water as well water has a “taste”. Probably the only thing I missed was a Keurig coffee machine. Large fridge, great convection oven with cooktop and a dishwasher. The King bed was very comfortable and the comforter kept us warm at night. The amazing sunrise lit up our room and was breathtaking. The house is very comfortably furnished with room for lots of people. 3 BRs upstairs sleep 8 and bathroom w/shower. 2BR downstairs and bathroom with great claw foot bathtub equipped w/shower and a heater! Great private dock for fishing and the porch with 6 rockers was where we spent a lot of time watching the birds - saw a bald eagle several times, boats and overall beautiful views.

We hiked several beautiful well maintained trails and even with many places closed for the season we found and ate many a lobster, mussels and clams nearby. The town of Damariscotta was fun to visit and restaurants and shops were open. One rainy day we drove to LL Bean to shop & visit Freeport stores.

We had little cell service in the house (AT&T) which was actually pleasant. There was WiFi & Direct tv but we spent more time reading and relaxing - which was the point of our trip.

We highly recommend this beautiful warm well appointed home with beautiful landscaping and hope to find our way back again soon.

The Owner, John, was also very helpful & available by text or phone for any questions we had. Clearly they love their home in Maine and it shows!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Raleigh, NC, USA

Don't tell anybody about this place, it's awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Not sure where to begin, but the house, the location, the views, the scenery, the food were all spectacular. A great place to see Maine. Hard to beat a 10 drive to get fresh lobster from the coop, or if you're lucky, flag down a lobsterman checking his traps and buy them right off the boat! Plenty of things to do, but also a great place to not do lots of things and just plain relax and unwind. Sit on the porch in a rocking chair and watch the Osprey and the occaisional Eagle perch in the trees right in front of you.

The house and furnishings are great. Everything you need is there for cooking. Grocery shopping is 20 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

The house and property was exactly as described. There was plenty room for all of us, my husband and myself, our four adult kids and their spouses, girlfriends, as well as our granddaughter and a close family friend. We fished, and hiked, and biked, and walked, and toured Pemaquid lighthouse. We cooked and ate, and sat by the fire, both outside and in. We slept in cozy beds at night, and shared a huge lobster feast together around the huge dining table. We can't wait to go back and do it again! What a beautiful spot!!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Arlington, VA

Could not be more perfect

  • 5 of 5

This is a review I hate to write because I want to be able to rent this house again, year after year with no competition! We spent two weeks here, one with another family, and the house was perfect both for our large group and when we were alone with our family. It is a classic, spacious Maine cottage with all of the updates we would want but losing none of the midcoast charm we hoped for. The view is unparalleled, the kitchen inspired me to bake with the fresh blueberries I picked right outside the door, and the property offered a huge variety of fun pursuits for our boys. The owner is super responsive and helpful and I wouldn't change a thing. I will be dreaming all year about sitting on that incredible deck during happy hour, watching the ospreys hunting, and going for a sunset paddle.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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summer renter/family get together

  • 4 of 5

The listing description was accurate regarding the location. The house is situated on a beautiful piece of property that is quiet and serene with picturesque views. We loved sitting on the back porch to watch the osprey repeatedly dive for fish, and the lobster men setting and collecting their traps-very entertaining! I highly recommend bringing binoculars! The listing photos are reflective to the rental's appearance. A very clean home with great kitchen/dining amenities. The beds and bedding were very comfortable. The owner of the property answered all of our questions and had good correspondence. The caretaker of the property was delightful, kind and helpful. He made sure that we were situated upon arrival. Yes, I would recommend this place to friends and relatives. One thing to mention for families, is that laundry does need to be done in town.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Hampshire

Quiet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband had a big project on his hands when I asked that he find a place for our family and a few friends. A place that was in Maine..not touristy Maine, but true Maine. Someplace that was right on the water, large enough not to feel cramped, clean, beautiful, quaint, and with a fully equipped kitchen. John you were delightful to deal with and you spoke the truth when you suggested that your home would exceed our expectations. BOY did it!

We fell in love the second we walked in! The house is very well kept..with an extroidinarily well stocked kitchen! Seriously..those salad bowls were the BIGGEST bowls I have ever seen! The beds, as advertised were wonderfully comfortable..soft sheets, new sturdy beds! The (huge) dining room table saw amazing well as the picnic tables outside for our lobster bake. My most favorite spot in the house though was that porch! I have not found that much relaxation all summer long! What a view! The kids loved bunking up in the bedroom with the best view in the house..what a great room! They also loved how easily the fish were caught right off the dock! We kayaked and stand up paddled, fished, ate, imbibed, relaxed, played games, enjoyed fire pits, and fires in the living room. We played lacross in the front yard, visited the Fort, as well as the Pemaquid lighthouse. Perfect!

For a large group (we had up to 5 kids ages 8-12 and 7 adults), we never felt cramped and we never grew bored! There was nothing that we didn't have at our fingertips in this house. It truly was like walking into 'home'. We highly recommend this beautiful home!

Thanks again John for your communication, and for sharing your outstanding home with us! We would love to come back to enjoy it again!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates vary seasonally from $2000/wk to $3500wk. Rates are based on a maximum of 10 guests. The cottage sleeps up to 12 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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