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The Riverhouse in Orland, ME

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Riverhouse - an all season rental is a small shingled cottage located along the Penobscot River. Completely renovated in 1987, the cottage affords our guests views of the river and bay. A walk through fields and adjoining shore path leads you to a secluded beach where you can fish, sunbathe, swim or walk for miles. Located along Maine's mid coast region, it provides a perfect 'place of port' for day excursions. The many antiques shops and fine restaurants in the neighboring towns provide the visitor with many avenues of enjoyment. Or, you may choose to relax, read or just take a nap in the afternoon sun on the deck surrounded by abundant rose bushes. Whatever your choice, your visit to this property will assuredly be a memborable one. The Riverhouse caters to those visitors who are accustomed to the conveniences of today's requirements in an atmosphere of comfort and grace.

Whether you arrive by motorcar, helicopter, seaplane, or motorlaunch, the Riverhouse will afford you the simple elegance that New Englanders have come to expect.

Keywords: riverhouse, cottage, scenic views, beach, comfort, boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking

More Details

Dan Brooks
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017

About Dan Brooks

I am originally from Orland (two houses away) and am now living back in Orland in my ancestral property. I am now retired from the corporate world and spend my time working on the property, as well as my Bangor home.

Dan Brooks purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Dan Brooks chose Acadia

I grew up 2 houses away and delivered papers to the owners as a kid. When the property became available, I knew I wanted it! Since the house needed 'everything', I decided to gut it to the shell and start over -- thus the pics display the finished product.

What makes this cottage unique

peace and quiet and relaxation


Penobscot Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom was remodeled in 2016 to include a large walk-in shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds - 1 in each room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Specialized services such as private chef or chauffeur are available at additional costs.


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

The Riverhouse in Orland, ME
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Quiet & quaint!

  • 3 of 5

This quiet & quaint locale was perfect for visiting Maine attractions by car. We enjoyed lovely drives, delicious lobster & gorgeous coastline daily, plus amazing Acadia National Park. The Riverhouse has stairs with two bedrooms up and the bathroom down. Owner Dan is pleasant & helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dover, NH

Nice Water Views from the deck

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Riverhouse over Thanksgiving and enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the area.

Dan is very accomodating and was quick to respond to any of our emails and requests.

The cottage is clean and nicely decorated and has very reliable internet which was very important as this was a working getaway for us.

We enjoyed exploring and sightseeing along the Maine Coast and stopped into Youngs for a delicious lobster roll while we were there.

Nice relaxing experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Central to many attractions

  • 5 of 5

Riverhouse was conveniently located to many attractions. Maps, brochures, and a folder about local attrations were there for us to peruse, and the owner offered many helpful suggestions for dining and sightseeing as well. The owner, Dan, was friendly and even stopped by to welcome us. The view from the back deck of Riverhouse was beautiful. The home was very clean and nicely decorated, and beds were comfortable. Perhaps a recliner or more comfortable seating for lounging would have been nice, but overall the stay was enjoyable and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Riverhouse in Orland, Maine

  • 5 of 5

Great stay, the house is charming, it's small but has everything you need! Great location for sightseeing, it's not so far off the main highways to add too much travel time, Castine is lovely, close to Bar Harbor and Acadia. We loved it, would definitely return! Dan is a gracious host and a font of knowledge on the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Center Conway, NH

Perfect Home Base

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the Riverhouse! With two young girls, having access to the river's shore via a short walk through the field was key. There was plenty of room for them to explore, find shells, collect rocks, etc. I did recommend this for families with young children (ours are 6 & 4) even though the house is on a fairly busy road - but again, there is plenty of room in the back of the house to roam. Orland was the perfect launching point to explore the surrounding areas - whether it was a short hike over in Blue Hill, or visiting the Penobscot Marine Museum, or exploring Fort Knox & the Narrows Bridge Observatory, or even a day trip over to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor - there was plenty to do within a short drive. Castine was also a beautiful step back in time. And if you're a fan of the children's author Robert McCloskey, why not a visit to Buck's Harbor and enjoy an ice cream at the same market as Lil Sal! Dan was a gracious host and the accommodations were modest and more than adequate. The house has an interesting history and is beautifully landscaped. And don't forget the sunsets from the back porch!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
MacLeod's or Dennett's
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Bucksport or Castine
Nearest Train
140 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
MacLeod's or Pentagoet
Car: necessary

"Near the artistic communities of Belfast, Blue Hill, Camden and Deer Isle, as well as many antiquing opportunities."


Rates & Availability

Penobscot Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off Season #2
Oct 7 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

9% state lodging tax is applicable; Check-in is 2:00 p.m. and check-out is by 10:00 a.m.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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