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Oceanfront Farmhouse! Comfortable & Charmingly Eclectic.

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View from the back of the house, the deck, and the back yard. Waterfront home.

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Last updated: 03/08/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Farmhouse
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3BR 2-story home, water access/views. Sleeps 6; most comfortable for 2-5 guests.

Soul and convenience! Our lovingly updated 1930s cape-style farmhouse is situated on high ground right above the mouth of the Narraguagus Bay. Eagles, ospreys and gulls soar overhead. Kitchen, dining area, and 2 of the 3 upstairs BR's overlook the bay, its islands, and the ocean (facing east for the sunrise).

"Gust House" isn't a misspelling, BTW: it's a tribute to the sea breezes--and sometimes high winds--here!
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Please inquire also about our other listing across the bay:
VRBO 653494 is a uniquely beautiful place.

March 2017 note: We welcome your inquiries about this property!
- If you're interested in renting and would like an availability update, please ask. It's a home we plan to sell, and our current lovely tenants hope to buy it. But circumstances can change, and we'll know more about their status with the process a little later in 2017.
- If you're looking to buy a house in the area, we can show it to you while you're here, in case our prospective buyers are not able to complete the hoped-for purchase.
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Renovated kitchen with granite tile counters & tile floor, updated tiled bathroom upstairs with whirlpool tub, downstairs powder room. Bedrooms and downstairs living areas have been redecorated, while retaining the house's best period charms: original wood floors, antique wallpapers, tin ceilings. Back deck overlooks the water, great for morning coffee, bird and lobster-boat watching, reading, & evening relaxation; and a large enclosed porch across the front (west) side of the house.

The house has its own landing with a spacious waterside deck too. Dabble your toes or swim from off the deck (minor rock climb down to the water). Easy launching of kayaks from the town dock, just around the corner. Gardens front and back.

Other amenities include high-speed cable internet/TV/movie/music services with new flat screen TV. For laundry, there is a washer & dryer in the (unfinished but serviceable) basement.

This is real Downeast Maine, in the midst of a lobstering community, overlooking a working harbor. Lobster pound (its pier seen from back of house) is a short walk away; neighbors often can supply fresh shellfish. Two miles from town in one direction and from lovely McLelland Park, like a tiny Acadia, in the other.

Though the house itself is conveniently located close to the road, the back yard, 2 decks, and interior of the house are quite private. The property has woods on one side, and is offset out of view of the (very nice) neighbor on the other side. Parking for up to 3 vehicles in the front driveway area.


Keywords: farmhouse, waterfront, ocean, bay, cape style, garden, deck, porch, waterside

Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, german, Note: French and German are partial, not fluent :)
Calendar last updated: 03/08/2017

Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1248 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Children of all ages are welcome, but we need to know a little about them (ages, etc.) before you book. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We maintain a low-allergen environment....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3

    ...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) with memory foam topper, Double Beds (1) with memory foam topper, Twin or Single Beds (2): High-riser type daybed in third bedroom provides 2 twin beds. Top twin mattress has memory foam topper. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Breathtaking view of the bay - islands - ocean and picturesque working lobster pound. Overall decor incorporates new comfort & safety features with preservation of period and original details including charming wallpapers - tin ceilings - original wood floors. NOTE: While we have had parties of 6 stay at the house, it's more comfortable with 5 or fewer guests. Dining table comfortably seats 6, and the kitchen peninsula has 2 stools. We can provide on request a large folding table, seating 6, which can be set up on the front porch or the back deck outside the kitchen/DR. Re: laundry facilities. Washer & dryer in basement work very well & are handy. But the area is a real basement, with rough-hewn stairs, low ceilings & pipes overhead. Tall or less adventurous guests may prefer the laundromat behind the supermarket in town (which has wi-fi). :)...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    See DVD player notes...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    In 2017 we'll be re-adding elements like DVD & audio systems; & we have DVD's, CD's & books available to borrow. House has been rented to full-timers for 2 years. Tell us what you'd like to see!...moreless

  • Games:

    See DVD player notes...moreless

  • Music Library:

    See DVD player notes...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    TV with TimeWarner cable & DVR for recording your favorite programs! audio equipment available; high-speed broadband internet, & router for access by more than one guest computer. Access to your internet movie subscription if you have one....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Part of LR A-V system. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Flatscreen, new in 2015. See more under Satellite/Cable...moreless

  • Video Library:

    See DVD player notes...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Landing leads down a flight of steps to the water. (You need to climb over some large rocks!) For actually launching boats or kayaks, we recommend the town dock, just around the corner....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    View of bay & islands, ocean, and the pier of the local working lobster pound. Watch the lobster boats of our neighbors come and go as they bring their catches in!...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Location on a rise over the mouth of the Narraguagus Bay and its islands, looks right out to the sea. ...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area (part of large LR/DR combination room) overlooks the water. Nice wooden table can seat up to 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Available window unit at the house, though no one has ever needed anything but the fans. ...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Time-Warner highspeed broadband cable....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In basement. See note under Washing Machine...moreless

  • Gas Fireplace:

    (2) One in living room, one in upstairs hall area. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    See 'gas fireplaces' info. ...moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed Time Warner broadband cable/internet/TV/Music services. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living room/dining room is one large subdivided room. Entertainment center, comfy seating....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Reception quality depends on your carrier. We haven't had anyone yet unable to connect with their cellular carrier. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Room for 4 vehicles....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Landline available on request through our TimeWarner package if your ell pone doesn't work, but most cell services get fine reception here. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    In basement. Please note: basement is unfinished & has low ceiling, but washer/dryer are perfectly serviceable. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Router in house. Mac & PC compatible; more than one computer can be logged in at once. BYO computer. Use inside, or take your laptop out to the deck! ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of pots & pans, including lobster pot. Knife set. Blender, coffee maker, pie & muffin tins, etc. If you don't see it & need it, ask, & we can probably bring over an extra from our house....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full range of dishes, glasses, coffee mugs, silverware, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Standard dishwasher....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully renovated, with granite-tile counters, brunch bar & center work island. Sea view over the sink! Dishwasher. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Canisters, basic herbs & spices....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Standard refrigerator-freezer combo...moreless

  • Stove:

    LP gas stove & oven....moreless

  • Toaster:

    4-slice, can accommodate bagels as well as regular toast....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Deck is raised over the back yard, making a balcony over the garden...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    TWO: Bi-level deck on back of house faces the ocean. Comfortable chairs. Large lower deck/landing is right over the water, has a built-in seat. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Several courses within about 40-60 minute drive. Course outside Roque Bluffs State Park, about 40 minutes away. ...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentable very nearby; town landing is just around the corner for launching....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Front gardens, back garden areas and lawn....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    House currently (Feb 2017) does not have a BBQ, as it's been off the vacation rental market for 2 years, but there is space for one on the back deck. Inquire, if this is important to you. ...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Enclosed front porch with screens. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub:

    Whirlpool bathtub in upstairs bathroom....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Birds: May-June- $800/wk
May 1 - Jun 29, 2017
4 night min stay
$125
$800
High Season (July-Aug) $900/wk
Jun 30 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$900
LaborDay Wknd:dates flexible
Sep 1 - Sep 4, 2017
4 night min stay

$1,000
flat fee
Leaf Peepers Sept-Oct: $800/wk
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$120
$800
NOV: 1-wk NaNoWriMo retreats
Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$120
$700 $2,400
Winter-spring
Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2018
7 night min stay

$700 $1,400
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$850
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • post-stay cleaning fee $60 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Bookings longer than 1 wk are welcome! We accept bookings of < 1 wk if they fit into our schedule.

All holiday wks (Mem.Day, 7/4, Labor Day): $1000

Writers! Annual NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers' Month) NOV. retreat: $700/wk or $2400 for the month. Draft that new novel! Space for 3 with your own bedroom, single or small- group booking.

Rates/availability subject to change till we have signed contract & cleared deposit. Please note that all payments, once made by the deadlines of 1) contract signing and 2) 60 days before check-in, are non-refundable, except for the cleaning fee, tax on cleaning fee, and security/damage deposit.

Rates during winter and early spring: pls. inquire. Longterm rentals receive priority during this period. ATM, the site isn't letting us add an additional category.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

Car: Necessary

In the area are wineries (with tours), organic farms, craftsperople and artists, bird/wildlife sanctuaries, kayaking, ocean tours with whale & puffin watches, clamming, picnicking, lakes, blueberry picking, a movie theater, museums, several excellent restaurants, massage therapy and chiropractors, and more!

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: We're former New York Staters, who camp-vacationed for over a decade in the Acadia area and other parts of coastal Maine, making 2 or 3 trips per summer. Finally we decided to buy a property on the water that we could fix up and enjoy coming to as our vacation home base, and to share with vacation renters too. I'm a writer, musician and songwriter, & found I did some of my best creative work at the house. Now, we live full-time across the Bay, where we operate a small music & arts center, the Sunrise County Arts Institute. This means that the owners of this property are now locals, and available easily for any issues or needs you have during your stay. We've become quite involved in community betterment on a number of fronts since we moved here full-time in 2014-15, and are part of the core group of people actively helping to make Milbridge a destination, not just a reservation on your vacation route.

Why the Owner Chose Milbridge, ME, USA:
The house is in lower Washington County, the last coastal county in Maine before Canada. It was an affordable locale, less touristy and crowded than Hancock County, and still within easy reach of the places we've come to love in the Acadia-Schoodic area -- plus gives us good access to artsy Lubeck and Eastport and Canada's coast in the other direction. Milbridge itself is a real town, not a tourist town. It's a tightly knit community, but also very friendly to friendly visitors. Our neighbors include lobster fishermen, teachers, skilled workers, artisans, farmers, various kinds of professionals, as well as retirees and others who came to visit and decided to relocate here. The town has all the needed amenities and some frills too. People are real here, unpretentious, and good neighbors who look out for each other and for us and our guests.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Having this house was what hooked us on moving to Milbridge permanently. When this house was our vacation foothold in Maine, as soon as we'd arrive after our day-long drive from the Hudson Valley, my spirit said 'Ahhhh'! -- either relaxing at the sight of the water in the daytime, or expanding as I looked up at the night sky with thousands of clear twinkling stars. Very little light pollution here! You can look at the bay and its islands all day from the back rooms & deck of the house, or the lower deck right over the water. Swimming right off that deck in the protected (if Maine-chilly) waters of a little cove. Nice tree-shaded walking in the area. Gardens on the property; eagles courting in the trees down by the water. We found it so lovely at the house that we didn't go far afield very often on our vacations. We enjoyed making meals and eating out on the back deck, the privacy of the house and back yard, the views. Bar Harbor and the main part of Acadia, which is spectacular, feel a bit touristy by comparison when you can have similar sights, sounds, rocks to climb, etc., all to yourself at parks much closer by, like the Schoodic Pt. part of Acadia, just half an hour away. But the house is great for adventurous tourists too: the location in Milbridge is perfect as a middle ground between the Acadia/MDI area and, in the other direction, places like Roque Bluffs, Jasper Beach, Lubeck, Eastport, and Campobello Island (bring your passports for that last one--Campobello is Canada.) BTW, about reviews: we've had this house off the summer-rental market for a couple of years, with long-term tenants, so our VRBO listing was dormant. We once had at least 10 rave reviews on the listing, though you'll only see 3 reviews here now. More available on request. The bald eagle photo here was taken by one of our guests from the back yard!


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Speaks: english, french, german, Note: French and German are partial, not fluent :)
Calendar last updated: 03/08/2017

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Photos

  • View from the back of the house, the deck, and the back yard. Waterfront home.

    View from the back of the house, the deck, and the back yard. Waterfront home.

  • Vacation renters from Maryland and Holland enjoying a lobsterfest on the deck!

    Vacation renters from Maryland and Holland enjoying a lobsterfest on the deck!

  • Standing on the waterside deck looking out over the bay to sea.

    Standing on the waterside deck looking out over the bay to sea.

  • Backyard: flowers, berries, and a tandem chair for sea-viewing! Waterfront home

    Backyard: flowers, berries, and a tandem chair for sea-viewing! Waterfront home

  • Looking from dining area into kitchen.  Kitchen also overlooks the water.

    Looking from dining area into kitchen. Kitchen also overlooks the water.

  • Cozy living room has extra bed in couch. Entertainment center: cable, DVR, audio

    Cozy living room has extra bed in couch. Entertainment center: cable, DVR, audio

  • &#39;Sea Dreams&#39; bedroom faces the water.  Queen bed with memory foam topper.

    'Sea Dreams' bedroom faces the water. Queen bed with memory foam topper.

  • 3rd bedroom facing west &amp; the road has 2 twin beds (1 trundle), spinet piano.

    3rd bedroom facing west & the road has 2 twin beds (1 trundle), spinet piano.

  • Back of house, with &#39;Fish Scales&#39; garden on left. Downhill behind you is the bay

    Back of house, with 'Fish Scales' garden on left. Downhill behind you is the bay

  • Looking down the stairway from backyard to the bay-level deck; water access.

    Looking down the stairway from backyard to the bay-level deck; water access.

  • House, lower deck/landing &amp; backyard --photo by one of our renters in a kayak!

    House, lower deck/landing & backyard --photo by one of our renters in a kayak!

  • Dining area overlooks the backyard, bay, ocean.  Waterfront home.

    Dining area overlooks the backyard, bay, ocean. Waterfront home.

  • Newly renovated kitchen, granite tile counters, water view

    Newly renovated kitchen, granite tile counters, water view

  • New powder room off living room.

    New powder room off living room.

  • &#39;Red Sails&#39; bedroom faces the water.  Double bed, wicker furnishings.

    'Red Sails' bedroom faces the water. Double bed, wicker furnishings.

  • Tiled full bathroom on 2nd floor has whirlpool tub and many comforts.

    Tiled full bathroom on 2nd floor has whirlpool tub and many comforts.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Saturday, March 18, 2017

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