About the property
- Cottage1330 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
4 Bedrooms 1.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 adults plus 2 children in bunk-beds
Located on the mainland at the Ocean's edge in a beautiful cove looking out at Clark Island and the open sea, our cottage was built in the classic rustic Maine style of the mid twentieth Century. The Township of Clark Island is one of a group of small Towns located on the St. George Peninsula. The peninsula is alive with boaters, bicycle clubs on vacation and legions of kayakers visiting Penobscot Bay. From the little lobstering village of Port Clyde at one end (with daily ferry service to Monhegan Island) to the Town of Rockland at the other end (in 2009 voted the second best small town to live in in the USA by Budget Travel; ) the whole area is considered the heart of mid-coast Maine. At the foot of the road the cottage is located on, there is the Craignair Inn of Clark Island, with a gourmet restaurant. This area is why they call Maine 'Vacationland, where life is the way it ought to be.' Call (207) 593 - 7183 or (978) 201 3954
Easy to get to: Knox County airport is 5 miles from the cottage, with up to 8 direct flights daily to Boston's Logan airport on Cape Air Airlines. Under $70 each way, with car rental available at airport. Or drive from Boston in under 4 hours.
Ferry to Nova Scotia from Rockland. Hourly, daily or weeklong schooner tours from Rockland and Camden.
Jim and Linda McConchie
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- within a few hours
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
About Jim and Linda McConchie
Retired Attorney (James) and Former Manager of the Freedom Trail in Boston (Linda); Jim studied at Colby College and haven't missed a trip to Maine every year since1949.
Jim and Linda McConchie purchased this Cottage in 1956
Why Jim and Linda McConchie chose Clark Island
Ownership now resides in Trust for a third generation and soon a fourth, ensuring family use for more generations to come. This is a classic Maine cottage, built in the 1950's in that style that has almost disappeared due to the high cost of waterfront land and the McMansions being built as the original cottages disappear. Fifty feet from the water's edge, with a screened porch enabling sitting outside and listening to the ocean, the cottage has been thoroughly updated and modernized, but still captures that era when waterfront cottages were part of nature, not castles to sit in and look out at it. Everything one needs for lobster and clam cookouts on the rocks, barbeques plus a firepit for s'mores, and views across to Clark Island and the open sea. Large windows from the bedrooms on the ocean side offer views unchanged from the day it was built. Watch the lobster boats right out front; kayak from right out front, or just watch the constant activity of the seagulls, seals, osprey, fox, deer, even an occasional moose and a family of eagles. This is the heart and the essence of mid-coast Maine living. 'Maine, the way life ought to be.'
What makes this Cottage unique
This cottage offers a chance to relive the New England and Maine lifestyle from the middle of the last century. Thoroughly modernized, with cable, large Sony TV, internet, WII, Blueray and a charming fireplace and stacks of wood right outside. At the same time, you are a fifteen minute drive away from the towns and villages in the heart of mid-coast Maine.
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Perfect place to enjoy coastal Maine
We spent one week in this Clark Island cottage. We were with my 97-year old Mother. The cottage had two very comfortable bedrooms with great ocean views (two other bedrooms are in the front). The house is very close to the rocky shore and at high tide the water comes pleasantly close to the screened in porch. It is on a very quiet street and the neighbors are not visible from the house, affording complete privacy. The location is a bit remote from restaurants, etc., most of which require at least a 15 minute drive. (There is one inn/restaurant within walking distance.)The cottage was clean and the owner was accessible and helpful. We completely enjoyed our visit and would definitely consider a return visit.
Thank you for your nice review. We hope you and your mother will visit us again in the future!
Idyllic seaside vacation
We enjoyed a wonderful week in this cottage with fantastic views of the ocean. Each day we spotted seagulls, loons, and cormorants as well as kayakers, sailers and lobster boat fishermen. The house is very comfortable with plenty of amenities, including an outdoor grill, Adirondack chairs, and a screened porch. We loved the quiet neighborhood with plenty of places to walk and bike. The cottage is close to some restaurants offering fresh seafood and waterfront dining, but we cooked most of our meals in the cottage's well-stocked kitchen. It's hard to beat the view of coastal Maine right in the front yard! We also really appreciated the opportunity to bring our dogs to this lovely place. We hope we can return soon.
Thank you. Ann, for your lovely review. You and your four legged friends will always be welcome at Clark Island1
Classic Cottage with wonderful location
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Clark Island. When we rent houses we always try to find the best locations and houses with character. This place gets high marks on both. It's quiet with a great view and it feels like a proper cottage. I enjoyed a wonderful nap on the screened front porch with a cool breeze while listening to the waves lap against the shore. The master bed was one of the most comfortable we have found in a long time. We travel with our dogs and really appreciate owners that allow pets. This was by far the best of four rental houses we stayed in this "road trip". I would definitely rent this house again.
Thank you for your kind words. We are fortunate in that guests that just want to lay back and relax can readily do so, while other guests that want to get out and see everything can keep busy all week long. There is so much to do...or not do. It is up to you.
Better than promised
Beautiful private setting--comfortable home with nothing overlooked for guest's convenience. Extremely clean with professional looking decor and luxurious bedding. Can't wait to go back.
Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Idyllic ocean front cottage with kayak launch site
We spent a lovely week at this cottage which is located in a very private area of Midcoast Maine. Although we are Mainers, this spot surpassed our expectations. We are well accustomed to enjoying the Maine coast but this property is an A+. There were 5 Millenials with us and they rave about this experience. We rented kayaks from Port Clyde Kayak. They delivered and picked up the kayaks. The "kids" kayaked every day, even when the weather was misty and a bit chilly. The cottage itself is a gem. It afforded us all privacy and communal time. The TV and the internet are excellent so we were able to watch first-run movies and TV shows. We cooked every evening and had the equipment we needed for fairly complicated dishes. On the days that were less than perfect, we drove to the Farnsworth Museum and the Olsen House to enjoy Andrew Wyeth. Rockport and Camden have restaurants and a vineyard for wine tasting. This rental was to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Medical School. We all agree that it was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scenery as well as the comfort of the cottage. Our communication with Jim was excellent which made the entire experience easy and without hassle. This rental is a very good value. Thanks again, Jim, for a memorable time!
We have had a number of favorable reviews over the years, but yours is unique in that you were a group of six Maine residents familiar with what one might expect while spending a week on the ocean early in the season. There is so much to see and do that even a foggy day or two can be spent checking out the numerous places there are to visit in the area. Thank you, fellow Mainers, for your kind words.
Lovely place to stay, highly recommended
Jim quickly responded to our initial inquiry and made the entire process easy! He checked in after our arrival to make sure we had what we needed and were comfortable. The cottage has beautiful views, is very comfortable and private. We enjoyed "hanging" out and our dog felt very much at home (sorry for all the dog hair). We followed Jim's advice re: restaurants and enjoyed meals at Watermans (now closed permanently), Millers, Primo, Happy Clam, Home Kitchen, Café Miranda etc. Thoroughly relaxing trip and a great place to stay. Thank you for sharing your cottage with us. It was wonderful!!!
Linda and I appreciate your kind comments about your vacation in Maine. There are so many things to do while you are there, at the cottage and in the area. It is also, of course, doggy heaven for pets. And don't worry about pet hairs...our cleaning crew are masters at taking care of that! We hope you will come back soon. Jim
Other Activities: Famous Rockland Lobster Festival early August
Golf: Rockland and Samoset courses 20 minutes
Ski: Camden Snow Bowl 30 minutes
Additional information about rental rates
1500 - 2500 Other lengths of stay negotiable. Pets are always welcome, we do not require any security deposits or pet deposits (just a daily poop patrol)