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1890 Summer Cottage on an Ocean Bluff

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

This Maine summer cottage on Bailey Island sits on a high bluff overlooking the ocean. First bought by great, great grandparents on their honeymoon trip, it has been in the family for over 125 years. The bedrooms are beautiful, the dining room is large and sunny, and the view is spectacular! Enjoy sitting on the covered porch with a cup of coffee in the morning, watching the sun rise “out of the ocean”, lobster men hauling their traps and sailboats passing by. Settle in the hammock for a lazy afternoon with a good book or explore the island, collect shells on the beaches, rent a kayak and skim along the waves or go fishing. The college town of Brunswick, just a 25 minute drive away, is great for antiquing and to see summer stock theater. Visit the Maine Maritime Museum in nearby Bath, go outlet shopping in Freeport or travel just beyond to browse Portland's historic waterfront. Dine at the island's restaurants or cook lobster at home. Fun for couples and great for families!

Kate Eubank
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Kate Eubank

First seen on a honeymoon trip. Subsequently bought and lovingly added to almost every summer since.

Kate Eubank purchased this cottage in 1898

Guestbook comments from the owner


We are back from our wonderful visit to the Mainstay and all are in agreement it exceeded our expectations ... as we walked around the south side of the cottage to the front our stresses and concerns evaporated and I was transported back through the years of visits with grandparents & parents going back to 1957. And the weather was very cooperative ... it ended all too soon !

We had the great pleasure of meeting Cinda and chatting as she was tending the garden out by the road. The property is lovely, I'm certain in no small part to her green thumb !

We loved the construction of the cottage with it's myriad twists & turns and closets and doors with elevated doorknobs. Daughter Emily and fiance Adam are English major grads who fell in love with the amazing book collection ... Adam, a speed reader, read 4 books during the week ! I read through both Bailey Island history books & feel like a native now. If I had to choose a single feature of the cottage that infused me with the 100+ year history, it is the post adjoining the piano alcove with all the height measurements and dates, going back to the 1920's !

Circumstances permitting, we are strongly in agreement to return for the same week in 2014.

All of us offer our thanks and gratitude to your family for the opportunity to enjoy the Maine experience from this very special perspective.
Jun 2013
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Bailey Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Upstairs - toilet , tub
    Bathroom Downstairs - toilet , shower
  • Shower Downstairs and Claw Foot Tub Upstairs
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 2 child bed
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Onsite Parking with space for boat and trailer. Nearby launch.


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1890 Summer Cottage on an Ocean Bluff
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

the best...

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Memorable Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a great family experience. It exceeded our expectations.

The pictures and descriptions are accurate and well representative of the property.

The home is very well maintained and exceptionally clean. We were comfortable day and night.

The yard is great for playing and set well back from the road so there was no need to hawk over the children.

We loved the island and surrounding areas. It is a wonderful place to just "be". We read, did puzzles, played games, and climbed countless rocks.

We recommend this home highly to family's. It easily accommodated our family of five and another.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing, Charming, Preserved, Classic Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We fell instantly in love with this house. From the moment we entered we were in awe of the well-preserved old-time feel of the place. And throughout the week we continued to find little details both in structure and decor that we found so interesting. The home is as it was, yet has the modern touches where needed for completely enjoyable stay. This is an old place, and yet it is kept up so well, it was super clean. There are so many cozy spots to relax, and the bedrooms were comfortable. The kitchen looks unassuming, but is completely stocked with everything you could need. The outside amenities were also incredible - the view, the porch, and the large lawn area (perfect for lawn games). The owners were also very communicative and helpful.

We had a wonderful stay at the Ocean Bluff cottage, and would rent it again when we would like a quiet vacation. We tried too hard this time to keep the kids busy and felt we drove too much, so next time we bring kayaks...

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Waterbury Center, VT

Great ocean side cottage

  • 5 of 5

Mainstay is a wonderful house. 4 Queen or king sized beds/bedrooms, plus 2 other rooms with 3 small beds. Just an incredible place to be, fantastic ocean views, almost constant cooling summer breeze, due to the combination of it's high location and being directly between Mackerel Cove and the ocean. 2nd year there and hope to repeat next year.

This is the epitome of a Maine summer cottage on the ocean.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Joint NYer Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous family vacation at the Mainstay! It is on a bluff so be mindful with young children. None the less our children had a fantastic experience. It was a magical vacation where children's imaginations were kicked into high gear as they explored the house, Bailey Island, and other local attractions. They keep asking when we are returning. Beautiful family memories were made. The house was well equipped for two families. The hospitality was amazing. Thank you for a lovely vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harwinton, CT

stunning views and beautiful charm

  • 5 of 5

stepping foot in this house is like stepping back in time. i just loved the history of it and all the pictures throughout the house that were taken a century ago. i absolutely loved sitting on the porch in the morning and watching the sunrise with my cup of tea. we stayed in the porch bed room and listening to the waves crash below as i fell asleep was just awesome. this house is not for those that want a luxurious stay, but it was rustic and comfortable and cozy and that's just what i wanted. great vacation house!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
95 N
Car: necessary

Take a day's excursion on the Island Ferry weaving through beautiful islands to Portland and back!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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