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Cundy's Hbr Oceanfront - Private, Peaceful & Convenient

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Last updated: 12/01/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

As you drive down the private association road toward our Three Island View house, you'll see why you'll enjoy your stay. The view of the New Meadows River opens before you. ('River' is a misnomer; it's an 'embayment' or extension of Casco Bay.) Once inside, the chalet-style house’s open feel directs you to these extensive ocean water views, and you’ll spend much of your time on the large wrap-around deck with deck furniture and BBQ grill. The spectacular sunrises from the house will invite you to be an early riser (though they're best in the fall and spring).

Set on two private acres with a large yard and over 300 feet of owned ocean water frontage, the house looks out to a tidal basin replete with bird life - and clams to be dug for dinner (permit needed). Herons, osprey, wild turkeys, and even a pair of pileated woodpeckers are visitors to the yard. We've watched bald eagles circle overhead. Lobster boats lie in constant view from the house. Your morning coffee from our deck will taste extra special.

Our house is a wonderful place for a vacation retreat. It is in a small association of year-round homes, not with other vacation houses. At the end of the road, a leisurely 3-minute walk away, lies the Association dock from which you can launch a canoe or kayak to explore the coves of the area -- or just get lost in the moment.

>>> The Appeal: Peaceful, Beautiful, Away From It All, Yet Convenient <<<

THE LOCATION: Our house lies in the Cundy’s Harbor part of Sebascodegan Island in Harpswell. (Don’t worry; you don’t need a boat. The Gurnet bridge crosses from Brunswick to Harpswell.) Three miles to the south is the quaint, picturesque, working fishing village of Cundy's Harbor with its lobster pounds, small shops and Holbrooks Restaurant, a classic eat-in-the-rough dockside eatery with views that will make you linger over your meal. (See photos.)

>>> Do check out our YouTube video for a tour of our house. (We painted the house last fall and haven't yet had a chance to redo the video. That's why the still photos look different.)

Harpswell itself is a great town to explore. Bowdoin has an ocean study center on Orr's Island with easy trails along the Harpswell Sound. Over the unique crib stone bridge lies Bailey Island, which has town beaches, Lands End, and the Giant Stairs town park with walks along the granite rocks on the water.

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THE AREA -- HARPSWELL & BRUNSWICK: While very private, convenience is a key feature of the house. You’re just 6 miles (an easy 10 minutes) to Cooks Corner (Route 1) in Brunswick, which has all the shopping you could want. Nearby downtown Brunswick features unique shops, including an old mill building on the river that has been converted into an antique mall, and many truly fine, yet casual, restaurants. In fact, Brunswick has become noted as a 'foody' town.

Should a rainy day befall your stay, the town has museums and sites to explore at handsome Bowdoin College. Museums include the Perry-MacMillan Artic Museum and a splendid, newly renovated art museum. Maine Summer Theatre and the International Music Festival are on campus. The General Joshua Chamberlain Museum, famous for turning the tide at Gettysburg, is across the street. If you're a history buff, it's a must. Off campus is the Pejepscot Museum, the town’s historical museum.

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BEYOND HARPSWELL & BRUNSWICK: Freeport (think: LL Bean and scores of outlet stores) is ten minutes south of Brunswick and Portland is an easy 45 minutes from the house. Portland is a wonderful, small city with much to offer, including the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate and the Old Port Exchange.

Five minutes north of Cooks Corner on Route 1 brings you to Bath, a shipbuilding town still centered on the Bath Iron Works. (Note the mammoth cranes that dot the skyline.) Like Brunswick, Bath is replete with interesting shops and more fine restaurants. At the Maine Maritime museum you can take boat rides on the Kennebec River and maybe see a Navy frigate launch, as we did in 2012.

Beyond Bath, Down East Maine extends before you along Route 1. Reid and Popham Beach State Parks are nearby, both fun to explore with good beaches. Boothbay Harbor, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Pemaquid, Camden, and the rest of the peninsulas of mid-coastal Maine are easy day trips. We even had guests go to Acadia as a day trip, though we wouldn't recommend that.

The fact that we're within easy reach of highways makes the return from day trips more enjoyable. Bailey Island is beautiful, but driving there after a long day trip or evening on the town takes some fun away.

To help you plan your trip, we provide renters with a House Guide, which has information about the house and about the area, including sightseeing, shopping, restaurant listings with our own reviews, and emergency information (which we hope you won't need). We also have a basket full of local maps and tourist brochures you are welcome to use.

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FINAL DETAILS: Note that our house is pet friendly; we bring our cats occasionally. (They earn their keep.) If you have severe pet allergies, this may not be the house for you; weekly cleanings may not remove all pet hair. (One of our parents has mild allergies and does just fine on her visits.)

Of course, we have WiFi access with high-speed internet, a DVD player for the living room LCD TV with HDMI and VGA cables so you can plug in your laptop.

See our own web page link nearby for more photos and details. Pricing includes use of linens. We also stock the house with at least starter supplies of basic household consumables (laundry & dish detergents, soap, paper towels, etc.) so you don't have to run to the store immediately upon arrival.

Rental period is from Saturday to Saturday in peak summer season. We do long weekend rentals in fall and spring -- minimum charge of 3 days -- but we only do full week rentals in peak season.

And not to throw cold water on your wonderful idea for a wedding by the sea, but we do not host wedding parties at our house. The logistics would just be too daunting.

Please email us for more information. We do not include our phone number here because it just leads to a bevy of annoying telemarketing calls. Really.

PS. If some of this copy sounds familiar from other property listings, it's because I write such good copy that others have 'borrowed' it.

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Owner

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Limited Accessibility:

    4 steps to the deck need to be navigated. The stairway to the deck (see video) is very wide. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Please tell us breeds. Pet fee and extra security deposit requested....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    sofa coach...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) in Master Bedroom with 4' memory foam pad., Double Beds (1) in 2nd bedroom with 4' memory foam pad., (1) Sleeper Coach ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • With a full bath on each floor, someone who may have trouble navigating stairs can stay on the first (ground) floor in our '2nd bedroom' right next to the bathroom with the shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The bird life is tremendous, in part because of the tidal pools. Go down to the dock at low tide at daybreak with your coffee, binoculars, and a camera and enjoy the show the shore birds provide....moreless

Entertainment

  • Music Library:

    Some CDs....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Stereo has iPod cradle -- but for older iPods. Bring your MP3 cable to plug in....moreless

  • Television:

    LCD TV -- the pictures of the living room show an older one. 45 channel package plus HBO. HDMI & VGA cables for plugging in your laptop....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some DVDs. ...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    315 of owned frontage. House has full view of water frontage. Additional 200 feet of frontage at the Association dock about a 3-minute walk....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    View to the water. Weather permitting, you'll be dining frequently on our deck. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    This is a full-season house....moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    *No* phone. Everyone uses their cell. Good signal for Verizon & ATT. Mediocre for Sprint....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    with grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    both 4 slice toaster and toaster oven....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Extensive wrap-around deck with full water views....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Good area to kayak. Rental places nearby....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    About 1 acre of lawn in front of house. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane and charcoal....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early spring
May 1 - May 24, 2017
3 night min stay
$150 $175
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Early Peak Season
May 25 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$225 $250
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,400 $4,760

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Peak
Jul 1 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,800

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$175 $200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000 $3,200

Rates are based on 5 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

VRBO & HomeAway made rate posting complicated. More simply:

Peak: $1600/week. 7 night min.

Early & Late Peak: $1400/week. 3 night min. @$225-250/nt

Off Peak: $1000/week. 3 night min. @$175-200/nt

For groups > 6, $5/nt/person over 6

Changeover day is Saturday. No exceptions during peak.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

45 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland Int'l Jetport
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Winners Pub (and others) at Cooks Corner
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
Brunswick Golf Club
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Brunswick Amtrack
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-295 @ Topsham 10 miles; Route 1 @ Brunswick
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Holbrooks, Cundy's Harbor; Gurnet Trading, Rt 24
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Mackerel Cove town beach

Car: Necessary

Wonderful place to view ocean bird life, in part due to the tidal pools. Herons, egrets, osprey, pileated woodpeckers, bald eagles all on property or on ocean frontage.

Kayaking is popular in this area of the New Meadows River. Rental places nearby. (For some reason VRBO/HomeAway don't include kayaking or canoeing in their list of 'Activities.')

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: We are a professional couple, living in New England. One of us is a software engineering manager for a large data storage company and is a flutist in a community concert band. The other is a consultant who helps companies connect with their customers through feedback surveys. He is also an adjunct operations management professor at Boston-area business schools. The photo is of Fred enjoying the view at nearby Holbrook's eat-in-the-rough restaurant in Cundy's Harbor -- a must for a visit.

Why the Owner Chose Harpswell, ME, USA:
One of us is a Bowdoin grad from the mid-'70s and always loved the area. In fact, he lived nearby in Cundy's Harbor for a couple of years after finishing at Bowdoin. The other has family connections to Boothbay Harbor. We both love Maine, the people, and the way of life. We cherish the weeks when we use the house ourselves, even if we're working on the house, and someday may call this house our home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The reasons we love the house: 1) Privacy and space. You likely won't hear the neighbors. If 20 cars go by the house each day, that's a traffic jam. 2) The relaxing feel of the ocean. It's not open ocean, but sitting on the deck or on the dock, you can get lost in the moment. While you don't get deep-water, open ocean, you do get... 3) Convenience. While having the relaxing feel of Maine oceanfront, you're just an easy 10-15 minutes to all the shopping you could want and a quick ride to Route 1 and Interstate 295 for day trips. Our guests agree. See the reviews. 4) Birdlife. The ocean frontage draws many birds. Follow the Link to Maine Vacation Rental web page and see our photos all taken on the property or from the Association dock.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/01/2016

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Photos

  • Water views from the deck.

    Water views from the deck.

  • Water views from the deck.  Even a 27mm lens can&#39;t capture the full breadth.

    Water views from the deck. Even a 27mm lens can't capture the full breadth.

  • Part of the extensive water views from the deck

    Part of the extensive water views from the deck

  • Relaxing at the Association dock.

    Relaxing at the Association dock.

  • View of Cundy&#39;s Harbor from the dining deck at Holbrook&#39;s Restaurant.

    View of Cundy's Harbor from the dining deck at Holbrook's Restaurant.

  • Dining area from the living room

    Dining area from the living room

  • Living room from the dining room

    Living room from the dining room

  • Water views from the dining room table

    Water views from the dining room table

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Pileated woodpecker on edge of property.  Seen from the deck.

    Pileated woodpecker on edge of property. Seen from the deck.

  • Egret landing.  View from the dock area.

    Egret landing. View from the dock area.

  • Looking toward our water frontage from the dock - with kayaker in view

    Looking toward our water frontage from the dock - with kayaker in view

  • Note the large deck and yard

    Note the large deck and yard

  • Panorama shot with iPhone.

    Panorama shot with iPhone.

  • Sunrise from our deck - though they&#39;re best in the fall.

    Sunrise from our deck - though they're best in the fall.

  • Views at the dock. A great place to relax or launch a kayak.

    Views at the dock. A great place to relax or launch a kayak.

  • Dining area from the kitchen.  Note the water views.

    Dining area from the kitchen. Note the water views.

  • Living room views toward the water

    Living room views toward the water

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • 2nd bedroom

    2nd bedroom

  • Pileated woodpeckers chicks in a nearby tree waiting to be fed.

    Pileated woodpeckers chicks in a nearby tree waiting to be fed.

  • Heron searching for lunch.  View from the dock.

    Heron searching for lunch. View from the dock.

  • Holbrook&#39;s Restaurant in Cundy&#39;s Harbor. Eat-in-the-rough joy. A must!

    Holbrook's Restaurant in Cundy's Harbor. Eat-in-the-rough joy. A must!

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Cundy's Hbr Oceanfront - Private, peaceful & convenient

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