Cagasa Cottage is a friendly place originally designed for an inter-generational family with mobility issues and a dog. It is a sunny cottage with bright east and south light, ocean views from most rooms, centrally located and very joyful comfortable place to stay.
There are two bedrooms outfitted with queen beds, and a 'bunk room' that has a double bed with a twin upper bunk, a free-standing twin bed and a trundle bed underneath it. The cottage is appropriate for no more than 7 adults, but you can reach ten because there is room for three kids: on the trundle, in the 'Harry Potter Room', and the upper twin bunk. There is also a port-a-crib available.
Downstairs is a fully-outfitted kitchen with views of the ocean from the sink. Next to that is the enclosed sunroom with the dining area and a reading nook with a couch.
The 'Maine Room' behind that has a conversation area, card table for puzzles or games, a bar, a fireplace, and the special 'Harry Potter Room' under the stairs, outfitted with a twin mattress and bunches of pillows.
To the north of this room is a downstairs master bedroom with a queen bed. The adjoining bathroom has a 3'x5' step-in shower alcove with a bath chair and/or a wash tub for bathing sticky children.
Upstairs is a beadboard paneled bathroom with a shower stall. The ocean-view upstairs south bedroom has a queen bed and a writing desk overlooking the water. The east-facing "bunkroom" has three twin beds (including the trundle and top bunk) and a full (double) bed.
We've set up the place to be handicap friendly: there is a 30' metal ramp up to the front door. The downstairs bathroom has a step-in alcove shower and chair-height toilet. (Be aware, though, that there are some elevation changes between rooms of up to 2' in one place and doors are not ADA compliant.)
Dogs are allowed with an extra non-refundable $100 cleaning fee. We provide food and water dishes, a crate suitable for a dog up to 90 pounds, and tie-outs in case you wish to secure your pet while you're away from the cottage. We clean carefully after pets, but people who are allergic to pet fur should look elsewhere.
Please no smoking in the house, but there's a an ash bucket and seating on both the east and west decks for smoking outside.
A main attraction of Peaks Island is to walk or bike or rollerblade the four mile loop around the island. It goes through the village but also around the back shore with views of other islands and the nothingness of the ocean. The south windows at Cagasa Cottage all look out onto the Seashore Road and you can make a sport of watching people even if you're not into doing the loop yourself.
There are a couple of sandy beaches and a lot of rocky ones within a five minute walk. Be sure to check out the 'sculpture beach' where people make rock towers that are quite ambitious sometimes... way better than sand castles.
There are two decks: the east deck is larger and acts as the front porch. We often take a cup of coffee out and sit on the steps enjoying the air in the morning. It's also a nice place to find shade in the afternoon. The west deck is in the small enclosed garden and has nice views of the ocean, including breakers off of Cushing Island. It has a round table with an umbrella for shade that seats five and a rectangular table that can seat six, so that's where we have our lobster feasts.
The special surprise deck, however, is kitty corner across the street on the back porch of 5th Maine Museum. We often bring a tablecloth and a picnic and eat lunch over there, hanging over the ocean with breathtaking views. It's 10 degrees colder there, so bring a sweater and please port your trash home and clean up after yourself. The museum is staffed by volunteers and runs by donations.
Amenities: wifi, gas grill, microwave, full-size oven range, dishwasher, toaster, Keurig coffee-maker, a drip coffee maker that uses #4 cone filters, pancake griddle, crock pot, cooking and baking utensils, bath towels, first aid kit, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, handicap ramp, first-floor step-in shower, ground-level washer/dryer, central heat, air conditioner in one bedroom (and fans in the rest), parking for one easily and more if crowded.
Linens - nice ones - are available for a separate $75 linen service fee which includes making the beds and doing the laundry afterwards. Or you can bring your own - let me know when you book.
Things it does NOT have: no TV (though we can set up a monitor for you to watch using your computer if you want), no phone (there is cell service), no bathtub (although there's a wash-tub for bathing sticky sun-blocked small children in the shower alcove.) We usually don't stock paper products like paper towels, plates and napkins, but there may be some left here.
Things you'll find stocked at the cottage: spices, soap, at least four rolls of toilet paper, gas for the gas grill, bedspreads and pillows (blankets and linens are available for a separate charge), the tools to make a lobster dinner, a dozen or so decaf and regular K-cups for the Keurig, tea bags, sugar, whatever condiments were left by the owner or previous tenants in the fridge (it's cleared out each spring), cleaning supplies, soaps, detergents, some first aid supplies (ibuprofen, aloe, band-aids), some beach gear (chairs), at least one mountain-bike, probably a few flashlights for exploring Battery Steele: this is a well-equipped family's vacation home we open up to guests for the summer months.
Other notes: The ferry costs about $62 to go over with your car and a driver on Mondays (higher on week-ends) and roughly $8/person although you can buy a commuter five-pack at a discount. There's a store on the island that sells basic groceries and beer and wine, but you will probably want to do some menu planning and bring some of your own groceries. There is a Whole Foods Market and a Schwan truck that deliver on the island but you'd want to order ahead for Schwan.
WE HAVE A SIX NIGHT MINIMUM: we want this to be a place families could come back to each year so we try to keep the place open for people who love the island and seek to return. Please do not inquire about nightly rates for week-ends: we drive 3 hours each way to clean between guests. We will occasionally doa 4 night minimum in the off season, but in July and August we have a SIX NIGHT MINIMUM.
We generally prefer to start the week on Sunday or Monday: the highways and ferry are really hard on Saturdays. If you stay two weeks you get a night free.
Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions.
Keywords: 3 bedroom, sleeps 7+ in bedrooms, ground floor master bedroom, handicap friendly, dog friendly, ocean view