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Waterfront Contemporary -- Kayaks, Canoe, Gorgeous Views, and Easy Water Access

(12 Reviews)

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Last updated: 01/09/2017

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Serene retreat on gorgeous rocky (but inviting) shore overlooking tidal coves, allows plenty of access for boating, swimming, wading, and dabbling in tidal pools. The property includes a main house (2 bedrooms, open plan living room, dining area, kitchen, full tiled bath, and deck -- with floor to ceiling windows offering nearly 360 degree water views, and a separate guest cottage, with full bedroom and tiled bath, and its own deck and water views. The property is situated on a saltwater tidal inlet with private shoreline along Watts and Cutler coves. Main house has 2 bedrooms with skylights (with light-blocking shades) and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water; a large bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, fireplace living room, sitting and eating area opening onto a deck -- all surrounded by water. Just a few feet away, the one-bedroom (with bath) cathedral ceiling cottage has sensational water views, and sliding glass doors onto its own deck. Both main and guest houses (rented together) are just feet from water's edge. Both offer clean lines, flowing space, comfort, and easy vacation living. At the end of a quiet lane, the property includes a large, gently sloping lawn, rocky outcroppings, mature trees, and cared-for ambiance. Private, quiet setting. Airy and allergen-free. Explore the river by kayaks or canoe, swim from the shore, pick berries and peaches in season, dabble in tidal pools, walk the George River Highland paths, watch herons, eagles, eider ducks, osprey, seals (occasional), etc. A waterfront getaway within easy reach of famous museums, galleries, cafes, bookstores, film, music, and live performance venues, renowned restaurants, picturesque fishing villages, lighthouses, offshore islands, and farmers markets. Unique restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Japanese, Mediterranean, organic, vegetarian, seafood, etc. Close to several highly regarded lobster shacks. Enjoy free Netflix, along with Wi-Fi, books, games. Outdoor amenities include Adirondack chairs, fire pit, kayaks, canoe, charcoal grill, lobster pot, picnic table. Simple, elegant furnishings, and dining (inside and out) overlooking the water. Or kick back (in a hammock under the trees) and do less.
Mid-coast Maine, with its quiet fishing villages and picturesque harbors is famous among artists, writers, birders, and boaters for its rocky shoreline, gorgeous ocean vistas, terrific walks (from Mt Batty in Camden to Birch Point State Park's rocky shoreline), its beaches, ponds, and ferries to the Penobscot Bay islands of Vinal Haven and Monhegan, Ile a Haut, Ilsboro, and others. Lighthouse enthusiasts will enjoy the Owls Head Light, Port Clyde's Marshall Light, and the mile-long pier walk to Rockland's Breakwater Light. It’s fun to stroll through Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, and Camden with their many art galleries, book shops, antique stores, cafes, restaurants, and music, film, and performance venues. The nearby Owls Head Transportation Museum features a unique collection of antique planes and cars (check for weekend events); the Farnsworth Museum is famous for its Wyeth collection, 19th-20th-21st century Maine artists, and annual stunning exhibits that draw from other collections as well as their own. For vacationers, the puffin and island tours by schooner out of Camden, the farmers markets, golf courses, fishing, biking, and hiking opportunities, the lighthouse cruises, and sea and river kayaking, and the extensive biking routes, make this an attractive place to bring family and friends, or come for a quiet retreat. Out-of-town painters and writers have long made this area famous, and it’s easy to see why.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 01/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Floor to ceiling windows with water views and skylight ...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Floor to ceiling windows with water views, and 2 skylights...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Panoramic water views from the Refuge, ceiling fan and heat...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (3)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Sunny new bathroom with tile shower and tile floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    All new, with tile shower and tile floor; sunny and spacious...moreless

  • Clean, bright modern bathrooms newly designed and constructed with large tiled showers. Equipped with hand and shower soaps, TP, tissue, towels.... ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our guests love to use the kayaks and canoe, and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets over the water while lounging in Adirondack chairs. They report bird and wildlife sightings (from eagles to -- once -- a moose). The house and property are secluded yet close to so mid-coast Maine's unique opportunities for dining, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, art-viewing, antiquing, golfing, island-hopping, whale watching, and other adventures. Often, people say, returning to River Watch is the best part of going out! We have devoted much time and attention to the house and grounds since renovating the place in 2007, and continue to make improvements to enhance the quality of our guests' experience every year. It is a pleasure to share a place we love with others who appreciate it as much as we do....moreless


  • Books:

    Good variety for adults and children (from 0 to 16) ...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games:

    Classic Monopoly, Ouji Board, etc. ...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys:

    Puzzles, crayons, watercolors, paper, Lego...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Netflix available free to our guests...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Rural
  • Water View:

    Water views from nearly every window -- a 3/4 circle of tidal coves ...moreless

  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront:

    River Watch overlooks Watts and Cutler coves on a wide stretch of the St. George River, with approx. 200 feet of shoreline for easy kayak and canoe launching as well as swimming. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining off the kitchen, overlooking the coast in this open plan home. Perfect for those who love to cook together, and those who like to lounge and chat with the chef(s)!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    Laundry room in garage...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Efficient Rennai gas heaters in main house and guest cottage....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Comfortable sofas and chairs, lovely artisan woven rugs of wool and hemp, coffee table, side tables....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Adequate driveway parking for 2-3 cars. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cell-phone reception. ...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Krupps 10-cup electric drip coffee maker, as well as one-cup drip Melita filter setup for that solo cup of latte late in the day, ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you need, and more... We anticipate your needs. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Two sets of dishes, plenty of mugs, silverware, table cloth, mats, and cloth and paper napkins. The light-filled eating area overlooks the water....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New, quiet dishwasher....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Standard freezer above fridge....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Light, well-equipped kitchen with water views; new, quiet dishwasher, double sink, newer stove, and fridge. Central to this open plan house. All cleaning supplies included....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Convection and standard oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    You will find sugar, flour, salt, pepper, various herbs and spices, teas, as well as paper and cloth drying towels, detergents, etc. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Newer gas stove with convection oven. ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Various nearby golf courses in Rockland, as well as the famous Samoset Golf Resort in Rockport ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 Kayaks 1 Canoe...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Large well-cared for lawn to the water's edge, with gardens front and back...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck


from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,300 $9,200
Late Summer
Sep 2 - Oct 14, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,000 $8,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 9%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Knox County Airport, Rockland
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Happy Clam. Tenants Harbor
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Port Clyde ferry to Monhegan Island
80 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Thomaston Cafe
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Birch Point State Park

Car: Necessary

Hop a ferry from Port Clyde (7 miles from River Watch) to stunning Monhegan Island, a birder's, artist's, walker's and naturalist's haven. Explore other Penobscot Bay Islands including Vinal Haven, North Haven, Matinicus, Isle au Haut, on ferries leaving from Rockland, Camden, and Northport. Take lighthouse, seal, and puffin or whale watching cruises. Enjoy local beaches including nearby Birch Point State Park in Thomaston, Crescent Beach in Owls Head, Shirt Tale Point on Lake Megunticook in Camden. Visit galleries and museums on the St. George Peninsula, and on the mainland in Rockland, Rockport, and Camden, including the Farnsworth Museum, the Transportation Museum (rare collection of antique cars and planes) the Lighthouse Museum, the Puffin Visitors Center, Montpelier House, Olson House, and others. Many river, ocean front, and mountain walking trails, including the Camden Hills Conservation Land and Georges River paths; a biker's (Rockland has two bike rental shops!)and boater's p


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: My husband (a photographer) and I searched for years for a foothold in mid-coast Maine, which, after visits to friends on the mainland and stays on Monhegan Island, had come to feel like home to us. When we found this 1970s lobster man's home in rather bad repair, the location captured our imaginations immediately. It helps to have an architect in the family. When my son-in-law stepped in to radically redesign the interior, we turned the small dark rooms into a stunning light-filled retreat with a focus on the surrounding water. (The redesign and furnishing of River Watch turned into a creative project for many hands!) Summer and autumn guests add another dimension to River Watch. We are grateful for their continued interest and care for a place we treasure.

Why the Owner Chose Saint George, ME, USA:
It took just one cup of Rock City's Dark Star coffee and a week’s stay on Spruce Head Island in 2004 to turn us into mid-coast Maine enthusiasts. Of course my husband and I had links to the area that stretched further back, including our honeymoon on Monhegan Island, and numerous subsequent visits there and to the mainland. We love the landscape, the views, the artistic legacy of this part of the world, the walks, the tides, the light, and the wild beauty of Maine's mid-coast, which seems the 'real Maine' to us, combined with the rich cultural life -- the many artists and writers, galleries, fine museums, gardens, and lighthouses, the ghostly coastal curiosities (old forts and wind-whipped shacks), the independent bookstores and cafes, the starry nights, and the quiet intimacy of inland and river views. The sweep of the ocean, the islands that beckon, the independence, reserve, and pride of real Mainers. The list goes on, but it all began, as I say, with a fatal cup of Dark Star, or was it Guatemala Antigua at Rock City Cafe on Rockland's Main Street -- still there, still flourishing... along with so much else about the area.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
A photographer and a writer, we take our occupations with us wherever we go. River Watch gives us plenty of quiet, privacy, and material. Even a trip five minutes down the road to Tenants Harbor to watch the boat activity or walk around the lovely graveyard seems an adventure. Going further afield to explore the Georges River hiking paths, to catch a gallery opening in Port Clyde or Rockport, hike the Camden Hills, and visit the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland – these and so much more are always a delight. Our guests tell us that while they enjoy the riches of the area, and their local forays, they love even more returning to River Watch for a glass of wine while watching the sun set and the moon rise over the water, partaking of the things that amplify that sense of place so precious to us all.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 01/09/2017

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  • Picnic island off River Watch

    Picnic island off River Watch

  • View from the Refuge

    View from the Refuge

  • River Watch flotilla

    River Watch flotilla

  • Fireplace living room

    Fireplace living room

  • Offshore kayaking

    Offshore kayaking

  • Tossed off the rocks at River Watch

    Tossed off the rocks at River Watch

  • Second main house bedroom

    Second main house bedroom

  • Refuge bathroom with tiled shower

    Refuge bathroom with tiled shower

VRBO #288887

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 20, 2017

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