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Magnificent Views - Oceanside Cottage

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,330 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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.

More Details

Owner
Jim and Linda McConchie
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

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 Spruce Head

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Jim,

Where to begin other than to tell you how very much we enjoyed the cottage!? As I mentioned to you on the phone, we have been renting in the area on and off for the past 20 years and have never experienced such bliss. The view is fantastic and we felt we were almost on a house boat. We love the light and your choice of white furniture



is perfect. ( Many of our former cottages were dark with brown panelling.) The furniture is very comfortable, again not always the case, and having a TV was indeed an extra bonus.





The best part of all is the screened-in porch. We lived out there and have never found one in previous cottages.



I could go on and on, but suffice to say, we are thrilled that we found you and would love to return next summer. I am trying to see if we could manage two weeks rather than one.



We send good wishes to you and your family and we will be in touch!



Warmly,



Maggie
Aug 2012
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Map

Car: necessary

Other Activities: Famous Rockland Lobster Festival early August

Golf: Rockland and Samoset courses 20 minutes

Ski: Camden Snow Bowl 30 minutes

Amenities

Clark Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1330 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Half Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 child bed , Bunk beds
  • The Master bedroom has a kingsized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and a down comforter, there is a half bathroom attached and a large picture window overlooking the granite rocks and the changing tide. Another bedroom, the original Master bedroom, has a queensized brass bed with its own picture window and beautiful view (also with Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforter), A third bedroom has twin beds, and a fourth has a two bed bunk bed setup for kids.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
The kitchen has an old fashioned enamel sink, and a new stove, dishwasher & fridge. Living room is equipped with state-of-the-art Giant screen Sony TV with Blu-ray, Wii and ROKU. The adjoining storeroom has a clothes washer and dryer. Outside, there is plenty of parking, a picnic table, chairs, barbeque, lobster bake setup and a hammock. Kayaks can be rented nearby, and you can launch right out front. The ocean has seals, loons, osprey, seagulls, a pair of bald eagles, yachts, schooners and an occasional lobster boat hauling traps outside your bedroom. Deer and Fox are often seen walking along the shore. The island opposite the cottage has a connecting causeway and a large quarry swimming hole everyone uses. The island is a 100 acre undeveloped paradise for hikers and explorers. Please visit the Craignair website to learn about sports, theater, antique shops, the world famous Rockland Lobster Festival and the dozens of things to see and do all within a thirty minute drive.

Reviews

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Magnificent Views - Oceanside Cottage
average rating of 4.909091 based on 23 reviews
5

Perfect place to enjoy coastal Maine

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. We hope you and your mother will visit us again in the future!
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5

Idyllic seaside vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Ann, for your lovely review. You and your four legged friends will always be welcome at Clark Island1
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New Orleans, LA
5

Classic Cottage with wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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5

Better than promised

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
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5

Idyllic ocean front cottage with kayak launch site

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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lindenhurst IL USA
5

Lovely place to stay, highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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)

2017 rentals, 25% down, 25% January 1, 2017 50% 30 days before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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