About the property
- House1800 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
Cherry Dip Cottage – a new multi-level cottage style vacation home. On a tidal cove of the West Bay on the Schoodic Peninsula. Our home offers all the warmth and charm of a Down East Maine seaside home. Leather couches and chairs in the main living room area and a flat screen TV. Bring your Kayaks as we have a staircase directly down to the water. Cherry Dip Cottage is pet friendly woopee!
We rent Saturday-Saturday, 7 nights.
We sold out all 17 weeks in 2014, 2015 so book now for 2016.
We have top of the line Bosch appliances for cooking for all you foodies. Bring your laptops and iPads as we have high speed Internet access and WiFi. The warm wood finishes and stone throughout the home generate a soft relaxing sensation. Watch eagles and abundant wildlife from the large windows that surround the front of the home. For the nature lover, walk among the tall pine and fir trees that surround our 2 acre lot.
The Cherry Dip Cottage is 12 minutes to the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park and 15 minutes to downtown Winter Harbor and the Grindstone Neck golf course. If you have any questions please ask us a question.
• Darthia Organic Farm
• Winter Harbor Co-op
• IGA Grocery
• Grindstone Golf Club
• 5 & 10 Winter Harbor
• Fisherman's Tavern
• Dorcas Public Library
• Chester Pikes Restaurant -voted top restaurant in Maine.
• Milbridge 10 miles.
• 44 North Restaurant
• 2 Banks & Movie Theater
• Drug Store
• Family Dollar
• Milbridge Restaurant
• Matthews Country Store
• Joshy's Drive up Food
• Mexican Restaurant
• Winter Harbor 10 miles
• Chase's Family Restaurant
• Nautica Pub
Keywords: waterfront home,gouldsboro,maine,schoodic point,downeast maine,downeast,vacation home,
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 7, 2018
About Matt Zito
Welcome to Cherry Dip Cottage. We are both avid golfers, kayakers and dog lovers. I am a travel industry entrepreneur and my wife is a master gardener.
Matt Zito purchased this House in 2007
Why Matt Zito chose Gouldsboro
After visiting Maine every summer for 10 years straight we decided to take the plunge and build a vacation home on the water in Acadia-Downeast Maine.
What makes this House unique
The house is surrounded by wildlife and the lot is very private including 2 acres and 250 ft. of tidal shoreline. You can walk the grounds and enjoy sitting at the waters edge on large ledge rock that jettisons out into the cove. There is a hammock down by the water as well. A private staircase will take you down to the water and the house is very accessible for Kayaking. Just leave your Kayaks by the water and walk back up the staircase. Our cove is great for beginners to Kayak as the water is like glass and flat. You can go out of the cove into the bigger water of West Bay by just paddling out about 5 minutes to the larger body of water. Enjoy the many perennial gardens that surround the property.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
This is a beautiful home! Everything works great and is just a beautiful, new but rustic house. The property is peaceful and beautiful scenery surrounds the home.
What a great property. Furnished with just about everything you could possibly need for your stay, comfortable, pretty location on the creek, and ideal for exploring this beautiful part of the country. I would definitely recommend it to couples or families. When you finally have enough of the lobster rolls then Vazquez Mexican take-out in nearby Milbridge is a great choice, or if you want to splurge then try Salt Box in Hancock. We really could not have enjoyed our stay more.
Nice Rental Home on the Schoodic Peninsula
My husband and I rented this home in Gouldsboro for a week in October and had a really nice time. The home was very comfortable, clean and private. When we first pulled into the driveway I did not expect it to be so close the the street but with that being said it is still completely private. The road off the main one only has 2 houses on it, this home and one other one that you cannot even see. It is also about 1/10th of a mile off the main road so you do not hear the traffic. Everything you need is in the home, including extra towels and blankets and there is always the washer and dryer which I find a big convenience. The bathrooms were a nice size with a relaxing jacuzzi tub in one and a nice enclosed shower in the other. There is a beautiful mint green and black bowl sink in the downstairs bathroom, very nice. The leather couches in the living room are very comfortable as was the king size bed. Some others mentioned they did not like the two twin beds put together to make a king but we slept great on them. One thing to mention is the stairs are very steep inside and out going down to the water. The outside stairs end and you have to climb down an embankment that could be tough for some people. I did not realize the water level was dependant on the tide flow at this location and it was very mucky and muddy while we were there. It didn't really matter to us as it was October and we had no plans on swimming! Our week was mainly sunny and in the 50's just how we love it. It was fun to explore this side of Acadia for a change and the main park is a little under an hour away so we spent three days there as well. We brought our baby (a little black pug named Walter) with us and he had a great time as well. There was even a pile of doggie towels and food/water bowls in the house if he needed them. He was scared of the stairs though and had to be carried down. Since we had Walter with us I cannot recommend any restaurants in the area but I can say they had a nice gas stove and most everything you needed to cook with. The owners were very helpful with questions and I had to call them as soon as we arrived since I had left my printed email at home with the house key information on it. Luckily they picked right up and we were inside the home in minutes. I would definitely recommend this home to anyone vacationing in the area and the price was very reasonable. I would come again as well. Thank you Matt and Nicole for sharing your home.
We had a great time at the cottage. As others have said, it's private and very quiet. Arcadia was closed but we found many other neat things to do. Great job Matt.
Philip, thanks so much for your comments.
The cottage is cozy, comfortable, very private and reasonably well-equipped--we found we even had everything we needed to cook a couple of live lobsters. We were there at leaf-peeping time and so we used the heater and the wood-burning stove. Both worked well. The site is very pretty. It is heavily treed and the leaves were turning gold and orange before our eyes, just as we had imagined. The house is on a small tidal inlet that the geese were using as a rest stop, landing and taking off on their migrations south.
The owner is very organized and provided helpful information before we arrived and in a binder kept at the house. We liked the recommendations we tried, particularly Chester Pike's restaurant for breakfast and dinner.
It is a great location for exploring. We used it as a comfortable home base and went on day trips to places like Schoodic Point (15 minutes), Acadia National Park (45 minutes), Bar Harbor (also 45 minutes), Deer Isle and Stonington (about 90 minutes), Northeast Harbor (45 minutes) and the Cranberry Islands (by mail boat from NE Harbor in the off season), Campobello (FDR's summer home, about 90 minutes), and even to Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Fundy (about 5 hours--an overnighter).
People should know that they have to drive several miles to just about any services and about 20-30 minutes to find a large market.
They also should know that although technically the cottage is on ocean water, it is a very small inlet. At the cottage, the inlet is narrow, shallow and far from the main bay. The water at the inlet by the house varies from almost no water, revealing a very muddy bottom, to a rather muddy brown tidal flow. Unless the water gets bluer during the summers, which I doubt, I cannot imagine going in the water, even to wade or launch a kayak. People should also know that the stairs to the basement and second floor are steep, as are the outside stairs down to the inlet, and would be difficult for small children and some older people.
It is very dog-accommodating because it has a safe area around the house with no car traffic at all and no likely tick exposure, plus nothing inside the house seems overly fragile.
We would go back and would recommend it for people who are looking for the right kind of experience and are not concerned about being able to use the water in the inlet or see the ocean.
Thank you for taking the time to leave some helpful information for future guests and kudos for exploring some of our Downeast scenic landmarks. As the owners of Cherry Dip Cottage who have lived in Gouldsboro since 2006, we'd like to point out while it does take 20 minutes to get to a big box store like Home Depot or Wal-Mart, we have a very nice Hannaford grocery store 10-miles from the cottage in Milbridge. In Milbridge you can find a drug store, 2 banks and 3 restaurants, a library and a Dollar General. They also have a very nice Farmer's Market on Saturday Mornings.
There are several seafood stands on Rt. 1 that sell fresh local seafood which we list in the Guide at the house. Winter Harbor a 10-mile drive from the house has a IGA grocery store, an authentic 5 & 10 General Store, a lobster co-op, a visitor center with cafe, a farmer's market on Tuesdays and 3 restaurants. Winter Harbor has a lovely 9-hole Golf Course called Grindstone Neck with ocean views from every hole.
Less than 5-miles from the house you will find Darthia Organic Farm selling fresh organic produce, eggs, flowers, and meat, 2 Post Offices, the Dorcas Library on the Ocean, The Eleanor Dixon Memorial Medical Clinic part of the Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth. There are 2 Gas Stations-Mini Markets with general provisions within 5-miles of the house.
We live on a 12-foot saltwater tidal cove, which has a 6-hour window between high and low tide. Our 250-ft of oceanfront is protected migratory shore land because of the expansive range of birds that nest here. The water is usually a sea salt blue during the summer months, but if it rains it can look brown. As avid kayakers ourselves, we leave our kayaks down by the hammock when in residence. We do swim in the cove but with shorty wetsuits. The West Bay is a 100-yard kayak from the back of our house, which opens out into the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, you can take a motorboat to Bar Harbor from our waterfront. It's 6-miles as the Crow Flies. You can also take the ferry from Winter Harbor to Bar Harbor. LL Bean also runs free buses to Bar Harbor from Schoodic Peninsula and they even have bike racks. If you do have a motorboat or jet ski there is a boat ramp less than 1/4 mile from our house directly across from Guzzle Road by the bridge. And don't be surprised to see local lobster boats using the cove behind our house to access the bay and their traps.
this rental did not live up to expectations.the lawns had not been mowed, the gardens were choked with weeds,the back yard is taken up by a "green house" which is nothing more than a plastic covered dome structure which is full of weeds and cast away lawn equipment.in addition, the front porches were covered in green mold and bird residue. both they and the furniture in the back yard need to be power washed. there was a very unattractive camper parked at the end of the driveway. based on the growth of weeds around it,it had obviously been there for a considerable amount of time. all in all the exterior of the home was a big disappointment.
the interior of the home also did not live up to expectations. the photos on the web site make it look much larger than it actually is. the furnishings are minimal. the much vaunted leather couches are badly rain stained and very unattractive. the master bedroom does not have a king size bed. what it does have is a great puzzlement. the bed consists of two twin size junior mattresses. which is to say that anyone over 5'2" would find their feet hanging over the bottom. an average adult male could not sleep in this bed. finally, there were instructions concerning blocking the morning sun --- hang blankets with the rocks which were supplied!!! really??
the bottom floor of this home is barely noted on the web site and with good reason. it is very musty due to the dampness. there is an obvious water problem around the base of the chimney.
this could be a stunning vacation retreat. but in its present condition i would not recommend renting
i wrote a similar email to the owner at the end of the stay and did not receive an acknowledgement so i am not hopeful that he is planning any sort of improvement on the condition of the home.
The previous 5-star VRBO home reviews speak volumes about our property. We responded immediately to this guest's concerns by phone and email. There was simply no pleasing this guest.
What this reviewer fails to mention is the following: Our private gardener was unable to tend the lawn and grounds because of severe rain but promptly stopped by on the day of their arrival and stated she would come the following morning and she did. The gardens are not choked with weeds but rather vegetables. Our gardener pointed out the lettuces, scallions, and radishes to the guests the following morning. We use the greenhouse in the spring to start the flowers and vegetables for the grounds. Our folks have removed their camper from the property as well.
We purchased most the furnishings for our home and outdoors from LL Bean. Their products are very well made. The king size bed does have two full size twins side by side as my wife and I prefer different mattresses. I am 6’ and my wife is 5' 6", we have no problems sleeping on the bed.
The bottom floor of the home provides a 16x16 walkout basement with two full size windows and a door leading to an outdoor deck. It also has a library of over a thousand books. There is a full size LL Bean Futon and another couch. In addition, there is a desk facing the water for guests who need to work a bit on vacation.
It should also be noted at no time did this guest ever request to leave during their 14-day stay. The guest should have booked their stay at the Ritz Carlton and not a private seaside vacation home in Maine.
Acadia National Park Schoodic section is 15 minutes from the home.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We only rent Saturdays to Saturdays from July 9-November 1. Rental Agreement is required to sign at time of booking.