About the property
- House1600 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
This peaceful, coastal retreat on the rocky (but inviting) shoreline overlooking Watts and Cutler coves, offers more than 200 feet of shoreline with easy access for boating, swimming, rock climbing, wading, and exploring. Enjoy morning coffee by the water, and at dusk linger over a glass of wine as the sunset deepens.
The main house, renovated in 2007 offers open plan living with floor-to-ceiling windows, well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows, living room and dining area, all with spacious water views, a full tiled bath, and large deck --all overlooking a saltwater tidal inlet of the St. George River. Just a few feet away (but a world apart), the guest cottage (the Refuge) offers a light-filled bedroom and bath, cathedral ceiling, private deck, and stunning water views. Both main and guest houses (rented together) are just feet from water's edge. Both offer clean lines; light, flowing spaces; wood floors, furnished with elegance and simplicity. At the end of a quiet lane, this airy home sits on a large, gently sloping lawn with rocky outcroppings, mature trees, and gardens --all set against an ever-changing, dramatic backdrop of water and sky.
Explore the river by kayak (3) or canoe (1), swim from the shore, pick berries and peaches in season, dabble in tide pools, watch herons, eagles, eider ducks, osprey, and eagles, as well as the occasional seal, otter, and loon. Enjoy lingering sunsets over the water, and starry night skies. Outdoor amenities include Adirondack chairs, fire pit, 3 kayaks, canoe, charcoal grill, hammock, swing, and picnic table. River Watch offers comfort, ease, and peace of mind.
This waterfront getaway is within easy reach of beaches, museums, galleries, cafes, bookstores, as well as film, music, and live performance venues, renowned restaurants with eclectic cuisines, lovely fishing villages, lighthouses, farm stands and farmers markets. (Not to mention the highly-regarded lobster shacks that dot the coast.) Or kick back (in our hammock under the trees) and do less.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Kathryn Liebowitz
My husband (a photographer) and I searched for years for a foothold in the coast of Maine. After visits to the mainland and stays on Monhegan Island, and Spruce Head, the St. George Peninsula felt 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.
Kathryn Liebowitz purchased this House in 2006
Why Kathryn Liebowitz chose Saint George
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 Rockland. 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 the rocky coast 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.
What makes this House unique
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 in the harbor, or a 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 sunset 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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Another fabulous stay at River Watch
Kathryn and Joe really keep their property wonderfully maintained. Every year there are improvements, this year a 3rd kayak was added (yay!). The interior remains beautiful with an open floor plan that takes advantage of all the natural light. The guest house (The Refuge) is just as beautiful and peaceful. Outside, too, remains beautiful with the huge grass lawn, fun tree swing, a fire pit, plenty of Adirondack chairs and my personal favorite, a hammock under the trees. River Watch remains 5 stars in my book!
Thank you for the generous review, Diane! So happy you and your family enjoy the house and surroundings.
A serene wonderful way to be with our family.
Beautiful waterfront location.
The private cabin with its own bathroom and veranda is a special retreat. The main house has a very open feeling with living, dining and game areas. On the outside deck are comfortable chairs, from which we watched Fourth of July fireworks.The property and home were nicely appointed, well maintained and spotlessly clean.
Our family very much enjoyed the kayaks and canoe.
We are looking forward to our return stay this coming year.
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are delighted you will return to River Watch next year.
Another Fabulous Riverwatch Vacation
This was our second time renting Riverwatch, and it was just as wonderful as the the first. First of all, the house is ideally located, tastefully decorated and perfectly configured for our family of four. It's on a beautiful spot along the St George River and is close to lovely beaches and the towns of Tenants Harbor and Rockland. While we've been vacationing in this area for years, we're always on the lookout for new discoveries. The beach on Clark Island was this year's favorite. For our family, one of the best aspects of this particular rental is the fact that the master bed and bath are in a separate cottage, just a few feet from the main house. It is very clear that the owners take good care of their property and continue to make updates and improvements. The new couch and outdoor chairs were a big plus, for example. Speaking of the owners, Kathryn is wonderful to deal with. She answers emails promptly, communicates thoroughly and seems genuinely concerned that her guests all have a wonderful time. We did and can't wait to return. Thank you Kathryn and Joe!
A Perfect Vacation
From the moment we arrived and looked out at the river and spectacular vistas we knew we’d come to a very special place – and it only got better! Glorious sunsets, interesting wildlife, shooting stars, great weather for 2 weeks (we were so fortunate!), perfect kayaking, expansive lawns, and beckoning shoreline that our 4-year old grandson had such fun exploring. We loved River Watch with its every amenity and such responsive owners. The worst part was saying the inevitable “good-bye,” only tempered by the hope that we would return.
lovely property + responsive owners = amazing week
When I first started researching a Maine vacation property to rent for a week I focused on traditional coastal cottages. What I found was that most of properties were, well--a bit too rustic for my tastes or the cost too high. When I came across River Watch it immediately caught my attention. Although it was a more modern cottage, it met all of our other wants and needs. I sent an email with a few questions to the owners, Kathryn and Joe, and it was promptly answered with warmth and friendliness. In fact, Kathryn was truly a pleasure to deal with throughout the entire rental process.
When we arrived at the cottage and opened the door to that incredible view--wow! It was heaven. Simply put, you have 180-degrees of peaceful water views. The deck with the Adirondack recliners as well as the chairs next to the water enabled us to enjoy six beautiful sunsets. The main cottage (and small guest house, which our college-age son used) had all the amenities imaginable; it was obvious that Kathryn and Joe put much thought into the needs and comfort of their renters. The den area (with that incredible view) had comfortable furniture, flat-screen TV, DVR, stereo system and a supply of DVD movies to peruse on rainy days (of which we had only one!) There was no cable/satellite TV, but there was high-speed internet and wifi and honestly, we did not miss watching TV shows one bit! The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you would need to cook dinner using the fresh ingredients you could buy at the local markets and farm stands. There was even a charcoal grill in the shed that we used twice. The large bathroom had a full supply of bath and beach towels and under the sink was sun block and mosquito repellant. The bathroom in the guesthouse was similarily supplied. There was a full-size washer and dryer in the garage, as well as laundry detergent, spot remover spray and dryer sheets. The living area with the fireplace at the front of the house was not used by us very much, since it was pleasantly warm while we were there. But I can imagine a toasty fire would be nice to sit around when there's more of a chill in the evening air. The bedrooms were of a decent size with small closets that easily held a week's worth of clothes. The property was fairly close to several charming villages and Rockland for any major supplies.
It was difficult to leave this beautiful place but we hope to come back someday!
Hint--take the ferry from Port Clyde to Monhegan Island.
Thanks so much for the generous and thoughtful review. Joe and I are so happy to know River Watch matched your expectations and enhanced your experience of mid-coast Maine. It's so rewarding to hear from our guests. The pleasure they take in River Watch, and their obvious care, makes all the difference!
What a lovely, perfect, peaceful place to recharge our batteries. River Watch is heavenly and Kathryn is an absolute pleasure in terms of making arrangements. The house is fully equipped with everything that's needed. The house is clean and light-filled, the indoors is as wonderful as the outdoors, so we were happy rain or shine.
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
Rates & Availability
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In the high season we can only rent from Saturday to Saturday. We as for no more than six people in your rental party, please, and we appreciate no smoking inside the house. Thank you very much!