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Historic Shipbuilder's Home

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,932 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 14-max. 10 adults)

If you are looking to experience an elegant, quintessentially New England shingle-style ‘cottage’, “The Dunes’ will fit the bill. It is exceedingly spacious, yet cozy. Built in 1896 by a prominent Maine shipbuilder (and Vice Presidential candidate), the house still features the original fine paneling and furnishings. Since that time, the house has been lovingly maintained by the family. Plumbing, heating and wiring have been thoroughly updated within the last 5 years and the kitchen and laundry rooms were remodeled in 2010. The eat-in kitchen, with a walk-in food pantry, is fully outfitted with china, every kitchen gadget, pots and pans, 2 toasters, 2 refrigerators, a new dishwasher, a new stove, a food processor, blender, mixer, and a coffee maker.

The house features 7 large bedrooms and 5 full baths on 3 separate floors, 2 living rooms, a dining room, sunroom and a sundeck, The 2 bedrooms on the 3rd floor (5 beds), with adjoining bath, are particularly well suited for children. We have a puzzle/game closet and a large swing set in the backyard.

The Dunes can accommodate a large group (14 max). The rental rates quoted are for the maximum number of 10.- Over that number (up to 4) will be charged a $50/night surcharge. Pets by prior permission only. CAVEATS: NO RVS OR CAMPER VANS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY PER THE COVENANTS OF OUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. Anyone living in the house has full use of the house during their stay. However, except for the occasional dinner or party, the house is not available as a 'base' for other members of your group not residing in the house.

This house is strictly a summer home, available in June, July and Sept. We, the owners, use the house from August 1 until after Labor Day.

The house is located in a private summer community and is adjacent to a 700 acre seaside preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy. From the deck and east-facing rooms, there is a breathtaking, unobstructed view of beach, ocean and islands, including Sequin Island Lighthouse. This untouched beach is a 5 minute walk from the house. It’s a 4 mile long packed-sand walking beach, prized by local surfers for its excellent breakers, and is the best kept secret in Maine (see thumbnail). The tidal river is perfect for kayaking and striped bass fishing and the marshes offer clamming.

Golf at Sebasco Harbor Resort is a 10 minute car ride away.

Bath is the nearest town for shopping. Its a famous shipbuilding center and is home to the well-respected Maine Maritime Museum.

Easy Day trips:

The Peery Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College in Brunswick (1/2 hr.);

Freeport (45 min.), chock full of outlets and the LL Bean flagship store;

Portland (1-1/4 hrs.) and its vibrant Old Port district;

A boat trip from Port Clyde to the renowned artist colony of Mongehan Island, where galleries and hiking/biking trails dot the waterfront;

Antiquing in 'Maine's Prettiest Village', Wiscasset (1/2 hour);

Shopping and dining in the busy town of Boothbay Harbor (45 min.);

Touring the fabulous Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens near Boothbay Harbor;

Driving to the top of the Camden Hills (1-1/2 hrs.) and viewing the Wyeths at the Farnsworth Museum in nearby Rockland;

Driving to the Shaker Colony at Sabbathday Lake or the Sebago Lake region

Please contact me for additional pictures, and other details about the house.

Keywords: Luxury oceanview house

More Details

Polly Crawford
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Polly Crawford

Most of the year, I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my husband, an electrical contractor. However, we gather as a family in Maine as often as possible.

Polly Crawford purchased this house in 1896

What makes this house unique

The Dunes is one of the great New England summer ‘cottages’. It is beautifully built and is spacious and elegant, yet cozy. The community (Small Point) where this house is located is laced with walking paths and has the most amazing, uncrowded beach. You can view spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the deck and from most of the bedrooms. Please contact me for many more pictures and any questions you may have.


Phippsburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5932 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No camper vans or RVs allowed on the property. No boom boxes allowed on beach.
  • The tenants are asked not to rearrange furniture.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2) , Twin or Single Beds (8), Child Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Because this is coastal Maine and the weather can vary widely, we have an oil furnace for chilly nights and fans for all the bedrooms for midsummer.


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Historic Shipbuilder's Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Western Mass.

Beautiful historic home & amazing beach!

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family have stayed in this beautiful historic home for three years now. The space for our children, their spouses and children is so beautiful, private, and comfortable. We played games and did puzzles on the sunporch, relaxed a lot on the generous deck, played wiffle ball on the lawn, and gathered in groups in the living room. Making our meals in teams, we found the kitchen wonderfully organized with everything we needed.

You could have a terrific vacation just around the house, but the huge beach is really magical! All ages, even the smallest children loved walking, playing in the myriad tide pools, swimming, fishing, and kayaking. It is best several hours either side of low tide, but we enjoyed it all immensely. And even on the fourth of July there were very few people on this large expanse of lovely sand. It is a unique experience - probably on the whole East coast! And on foggy days it was especially wonderful.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Maine

Maine gathering

  • 5 of 5

When out family arrived at this beautiful seaside home and had the chance to explore a bit, I thought: “The VBRO description of this property doesn’t do it justice.” For our purposes, staying here for a week proved to be a very wise decision. Even though 14 of us shared this space, there was more than ample room. Four separate areas in this solidly constructed home – the front porch, a glassed-in sunroom, the living room and the dining room – invite group gatherings. The kitchen is very well-equipped and designed in a practical manner for those who love to cook. An attached pantry, along with a second refrigerator (near the washing machine and dryer), provide ample storage. Bedrooms and bathrooms offer coupled private personal space, and he very size of this property ensures quiet escape for anyone who needs a nap, time alone, or a place to read every article in the Sunday New York Times (whether hard copy or via the Internet). The nearby beach spectacular. During the day, views from the water-facing rooms and front porch are serene. After dark, walk out to the porch and check out the stars on cloud-free nights. This is as wonderful a place as we’ve found and we definitely plan to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grosse Pointe Park

Historic, spacious home with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! We had a family reunion here over the fourth of July; 11 people plus a few more over the weekend. The home was spacious and lovely, even the third floor bedrooms were large with amazing views. This house has historic charm, the rooms are immaculate, the beds are comfortable and the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities are large and completely up to date. I think this is the first house I have rented where I was not lamenting about the lack of kitchen supplies and tools! The beach is a short walk away, but it is gorgeous, unlike any other beach I have been to in Maine. It is best when the tide is low in the middle of the day, so you have more time for enjoying it. I would highly recommend this home to all. We did not have small children with us, but they would love the beach! Polly (owner) is very helpful and informative! We took the ferry to Monhegan Island from New Harbor, visited the Maine Botanical Gardens, the Maine Maritime Museum and Bath Iron Works. Loved it all!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burbank, CA

Have stayed more thn once

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house thats very well maintained. It is full of antiques and beautiful furniture and paintings, yet its comfortable and roomy. It works equally well with large or small to medium size groups. The view from the front deck is breathtaking at dawn (use mosquito spray.)

  • Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Real Gem!

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly special historic property with spectacular views of and nearby access to one of Maine's most beautiful and pristine beaches. The classic shingle style house has been meticulously maintained and preserved by the same family since it was built in the late 19th century. We rented it on multiple occasions and had a wonderful experience every time. It is nicely furnished, clean, and able to accommodate a large number of people comfortably. There are tennis courts, a golf course and a day camp nearby. It is a great spot -- we can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ohio USA

Wonderful family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My family of 14 stayed here in July and had a wonderful time. The children(8 ranging in age from 3 to 12) were able to walk to the beach in a matter of minutes, play in the spacious yard and have plenty of room in the house to play without bothering their parents. The kitchen has ample room for several people to cook while the children ate. We had a lobster dinner in the dining room and a cocktail party for forty on the deck while the children had their own party inside. A truly awsome experience and we look forward to returning in 2012.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Portland Maine (PWM)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Lobster House
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sebasco Harbor Resort
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Brunswick Maine
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Route 209
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Lobster House
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Small Point
Car: necessary

There is a children's day camp in our community which operates in July. Because I am a shareholder of the Small Point Club, you are allowed to use those facilities (lunch and dinner meals, yoga, art shows).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 9.0%

I am required by the State of Maine to collect and remit 9% sales tax on all rental income (excluding damage deposit which is refundable). One-Third of rent due at lease signing plus the $1000 refundable damage deposit. Remainder of rent and 9% Maine renter's tax due 60 days prior to rent date. Lease agreement will explain other details. If Tenant cancels 60 days or more before occupancy, 50% of the Rental Deposit is refundable. If Tenant cancel 30-60 days before occupancy, the entire Rental Deposit is non-refundable. For cancellations less than 30 days before occupancy, 40% of the total rent will be returned IF landlord is able to re-rent The Dunes before the dates of Tenant's scheduled occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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