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A Charming Waterfront Cottage with Touches of Elegance

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

Two Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms; Sleeps 5

A refreshingly furnished, privately owned and managed cottage, Beckoning Bay offers the serenity of nature, water activities, and close access to Midcoast Maine charms. Its blend of casual and sophistication sets the mood for comfort in this cottage on three acres fronting The Great Salt Bay, Maine's first Marine Protected Area. A highlight of Beckoning Bay is its 12x44 foot enclosed waterside porch. You choose whether to relax and watch unspoiled nature or get closer on the water in the provided rowing dory,and kayaks. It's a private setting yet only a mile from the twin towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle with restaurants, shops and theater (live and cinema).

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018


Newcastle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms include vanities
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    additional sleeping available - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep sofa; additional pullout single, plus a rollaway cot.
  • One bedroom is large; the other bedroom is small.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Property Type: All seasons livability; single level floor plan... Theme: Comfort, Nurture by Nature, and light filled... General: Window A/C available....Dining: Multiple areas for two, four, and six...Waterfront: 300 feet of shoreline with dock,float and boats; Fire pit... If children or grandchildren are involved, nearby are whale watching and puffin cruises, a 'petting' aquarium, a steam train village, and working waterfronts with each day's catch.


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A Charming Waterfront Cottage with Touches of Elegance
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews
New York City

We Loved it Here

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with this home. The pristine grounds, the view from every window, the fabulous porch, and the warm hospitality of the owners made this a wonderful vacation for us. The house was very well maintained, in a great location, and the attential to detail was right on. The artfully placed antiques, the collection of books on the area, binoculars for creature watching (we took them on a whale watch), charcoal grill, fire pit, kayak, etc... The amenities were all there for us. We had perfect summer weather every day, and even got a full September moon on our last night.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2009
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always pleased when a family's experiences are so positive.
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Mid-Coast Maine Beauty!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Beckoning Bay Cottage to celebrate our 40th anniversary. What initially attracted us was the picture of the sunroom at the back of the house which almost looked too good to be true! Well, the truth be known, it's actually even better than the pictures show and an amazing place to relax and refresh before and after a day of exploring the Mid-Coast area. The cottage was immaculately clean and provided anything and everything we could have wanted or needed.

The location of the cottage was also great - enabling us to easily travel from Freeport to Camden and visit all the quaint, little towns like Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Boothbay, and New Harbor in between. (Don't let the line at Red's Eats discourage you - just do it for the best lobster rolls in the world!) Mostly, though, when we think of location, we think of just enjoying the sunroom and back yard, complete with an outside patio (where we ate breakfast each morning), fire pit, and boat dock on the lake.

David was a wonderful host, meeting us at the cottage when we arrived to show us around and making himself available for any questions we might have. When we realized that we had left a bag at the front door, he even graciously mailed it to us right away - and followed up!

Don't hesitate to stay at this "hidden gem" of a home. We hope it will "beckon" us back many times in the future!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow!!! It is certainly appreciated when guests are so enthusiastic about their stay at our Cottage and visit to our mid-coast region of Maine... thanks and do come back!
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Ideal Spot for a Fall Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great trip to Beckoning Bay over the Columbus Day weekend. Thank you for your hospitality and thoughtful gift basket David!

The cottage's enclosed porch and boat access were our favorite features. We enjoyed the view of the moon on the lake at night while playing board games and reading, and we watched the beautiful sunrise from the breakfast table each morning. With 3 kayaks and a canoe at the dock, we could all explore the lake together.

The cottage had all of the modern conveniences. The kitchen was well-equipped and two bathrooms were a luxury for an aunt traveling with her sister's family of 4.

Though it rained for 1/2 of the weekend, there was plenty to see and do in the nearby towns of coastal ME. Newcastle was an ideal location for day tripping to Portland, Freeport, Boothbay and Rockland...and the pumpkin festival in Damariscotta was a hit with the kids.

Thanks again David!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most pleased you enjoyed the Cottage, our towns, and this region of Maine and you used the Kayaks on Great Salt Bay. Sorry about the rain! David
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Salt Lake City, Utah

Perfect house on the Salt Bay.

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely immaculate. Layout was perfect and David greeted us when we arrived. Thank you. It was a pleasure and it worked perfectly for our needs. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Always pleased to read such comments, especially when the Cottage met needs and expectations. We look forward to your return...
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Lake Worth Fl

Good Morning Sunrise!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our wonderful vacation at Beckoning Bay. After adjusting our body clocks we began waking up at dawn to spectacular sunrises each morning. Enjoyed coffee and breakfast on the expansive porch overlooking the Great Salt Bay.

This is a lovely home tastefully appointed and very welcoming. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy vacation. Just minutes from Damariscotta restaurants and shops. Conveniently located to travel around the mid coast. We love exploring this beautiful area and the location is perfect for fun filled day trips. Could not ask for a more gracious and attentive host. David is thoughtful, informative and kind. We were fortunate to vacation here and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased when our guests discover the "treasures" of this area of Maine which we enjoy every day!
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Western NC

Appropriately Named....

  • 5 of 5

Pictures represent the house well, but the home not at all. They can't convey the quiet of the property, the joy you feel when you awake overlooking the Salt Bay, or the contentment that awaits after returning from a day of sightseeing.

When we walked in the door I thought - this is going to be a great week....and I was right! Owner has thought of everything needed to make your stay pleasantly comfortable. Lawn is loaded with flowering bushes, of which I cut some and created small inside arrangements. There is a dock AND a fire ring. The yard is on a slight hill, but not at all difficult. (and I am presently handicapped). But the view is great from the house too - in all weather! Necessities are here; no need to rush off to Hannafords after a long travel day. But when you are ready, it is a short drive away, along with a chain drug store, a Dollar Tree, a shop selling Artisan Bread, a fresh produce stand, and others I just never made it into.

Downtown is a charming mix of stores, cafes and restaurants. This is the hometown of Reny's, a Maine Classic. Pemaquid and its' beautiful lighthouse are a short 15minutes away, and my favorite lobster pound (Muscungous) is only a few minutes farther. Close to Rte 1, you are perfectly situated to explore the best of the Maine Coast.

The lay-out of the house is great - everything on 1 level, both baths are in the hall, and the kitchen is open - allowing you to visit friends or enjoy the view. All are spotless. Furniture is "cozy, comfortable, coastal cottage" with some beautiful antiques mixed in - all in a restful palette of blue and yellow, with cranberry accents. If you need extra sleeping arrangements, the porch and sunroom can be used, leaving the living room, kitchen, and baths for the earliest risers. There is a modest, nicely furnished deck, single car garage and charcoal grill. No plastic chairs, threadbare sheets, or postage sized towels here. Imagine that you had a generous, wealthy Aunt who lived in Maine. This would be her home.

During the years, we have rented 30+ homes, all over the country. None have exceeded our expectations as has Beckoning Bay. It is truly a vacation haven, with lovely owners who genuinely want you to love the home, and the area, as much as they do.

The ONLY thing I would love to see is a gas log insert in the living room. Of course, then I might never leave, which would cause problems for everyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, how does one respond adequately to a review like this? It's a compliment to be the "Maine Uncle and Aunt" (surely not wealthy though!) of our guests, and I am pleased to report a gas fireplace insert is in the capital improvement plan for 2016!
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
Portland (PWM)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Newcastle Publick House
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
7.5 Miles
Wavenock Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Newcastle Publik House
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Pemaquid Beach (Ocean)
Car: necessary

Damariscotta is the gateway to the historic Bristol peninsula with its famed Pemaquid Lighthouse and rocky ledges (and on the US Mint's Maine quarter!) quaint fishing villages, and captivating scenes for your easel and canvas or camera. US Route 1 downeast or upwest will reveal additional Maine charm and great memories.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $135
Tax Rate 9.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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