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High Point Overlooking The Ocean And Islands

Pemaquid, Bristol, ME, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Overlooking Pemaquid Harbor, the ocean and the islands, High Point is a historic home built by a sea captain. It is beautifully maintained and has a wrap-around covered porch and also a large open deck with expansive views of the lawns, rolling meadows, as well as the ocean. A short walk down the hill is the Pemaquid Fishermen's Co-op. From High Point you can watch the lobster boats go through the islands in the morning and arrive home at sunset.

The Victorian style home has an open double living room with a sliding door onto the original wrap-around porch, a formal dining room, a well-equipped spacious family kitchen opening into a glass enclosed sunroom with a dining table and a lovely wicker seating area. A sliding door opens from the sunroom onto a large deck which looks out over the 'million dollar' view. The deck is an incomparable place to enjoy your morning coffee and in the evening a magical place to watch the sunset while relaxing with hors d'oeuvres, evening wine and having family dinners by candlelight.

The upstairs has three airy, bright bedrooms, and also features a small library off the master bedroom as well as a cozy New England alcove bedroom with a single bed. There are two full bathrooms upstairs and a half-bath downstairs.



Katie Gesten

Member Since 2012
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within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 02, 2018
About Katie Gesten

My two brothers, sister and I inherited High Point from our parents in 2007. They maintained their home magnificently and furnished it with antiques and Thomas Moser furniture. My siblings and I grew up in Connecticut and our parents bought High Point when we were teenagers...hoping for escape time from us, I'm sure! They retired full time to Maine in 1972. I live with my family in the mountains of Colorado. My three children and I, along with my brothers, sister and their kids, have spent every summer in Maine exploring the beaches, tidal rocks and pools, hiking islands, kayaking, canoeing rivers and learning to live without all the craziness and pressures of 'the real world.' Maine is how life should be!

Katie Gesten purchased this House in 1965

Why Katie Gesten chose Pemaquid Harbor

My brothers, sister and I are understandably very attached to High Point. Not only because it was our parents home but it has always represented uninterrupted family time. It is a large, uniquely Maine, comfortable, sunny house surrounded by lawns, flowers, views and magical lighting. The memories are endless of croquet on the lawn in hysterical laughter, hours on the beaches with my parents and their grandchildren catching crabs, making sand sculptures, celebrating birthdays on the large deck, after dinner ice cream cones in New Harbor, day trips on the ferry to Monhegan Island to hike all day and build fairy houses in Cathedral Woods, and loud family lobster dinners at Pemaquid or Round Pond lobster docks. High Point is surrounded by summertime action of parades, historical events, art shows and galleries, antiques and an old-fashion movie theater. I could go on and on................

What makes this House unique

High Point is located in a part of Maine that has many attractions but never feels touristy! Pemaquid Beach has a long white beach and dunes and it is easy to find a quiet spot to read or nap! The area is physically so breathtakingly beautiful. Exploratory road trips or bike rides take you to surprising beauty around every corner. Walpole Barn hosts wine tasting at tables in their apple orchard and two libraries offer children's hours. The historic digs at Fort William Henry date back to before the French and Indian War and sometimes they offer to have volunteers join in and learn archaeological techniques! The Carpenters Boatshop is fascinating to visit and they also offer classes. There is something for every age and every interest nearby.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Queen size bed (1) In the master bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (5) Two rooms with two single beds and the alcove bedroom has one single bed. There are large fans in every closet for each room.


        • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
          • 2.5

          Location Type

            • Near The Ocean
            • Ocean View
              Wrap around views of Pemaquid River, islands and the endless ocean views.


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Parking
                          a shared driveway
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                          All beds are beautifully made upon arrival.
                        • Living Room
                          Bright, open double living room with TV and card table for games and puzzles.
                        • Mobile Phone
                          Sometimes they work......sometimes they don't!
                        • Heating
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Telephone
                          The telephone has free long distance which is a big upgrade!
                        • Towels Provided
                          Beach and bath towels are provided.
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wood Fireplace


                            • Microwave
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  There is a formal dining room and a dinner table the seats 6 in the sunroom. The formal dining room is depicted in one of the photos.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      Many old and varied books in two different libraries.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      puzzles, backgammon, checkers, croquet
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                      One in the living room and a small TV in the master bedroom.
                                    • VCR


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          There is an old fashioned wrap around deck and a large deck. Both have stairs to the lawns and views of the ocean!
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Kayak rentals nearby.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          New Weber Propane Grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • not suitable for children

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  THE OCEAN!!!!


                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • whale watching
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • Sorry, but we do not accept children or pets. This was our parents home and it has a lot of fine furniture, antique rugs and collectors items.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      6 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Our favorite place in Maine. The view is spectacular in any weather.

                                                                      Pat JGrafton, VT. USA

                                                                      The best view on the Pemaquid peninsula. Always our favorite place to. stay. A comfortable well equipped home that a family can enjoy. Plenty of room for everyone.

                                                                      Wonderful Stay

                                                                      Donald M.

                                                                      We had a wonderful time staying in the well-loved family home. The house is spacious and well furnished with a lovely view of the inlet and islands beyond. Pemaquid is an excellent base for touring mid-coast Maine, and there is much to do and see in the area.. The owners were great to deal with.

                                                                      We couldn't have imagined a better stay. Wifi is spotty,

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you so much for taking the time to write a response! We love that you felt what a comfortable family home High Point is and that you were so appreciative of the wonderful, expansive ocean views.

                                                                      Internet is a tough challenge out on the peninsula! Sometimes it is a nice break from technology~~~But we are trying to improve it!!!!

                                                                      The Perfect New England Maine Vacation Getaway!

                                                                      ShashyFort Lauderdale, Florida

                                                                      I LOVED my Maine Vacation from the moment I arrived at this beautiful home right up until the day I had to leave vowing to return next year same time same place! It is difficult to capture the beauty of this property in a picture. It was everything and so much more than I expected. This historical, picturesque home with its magnificent, majestic views captured the spirit of Maine! I loved everything about this home : the charming sun room, fireplace, the bedroom I stayed in with beautiful views of the water, I could feel the happiness of the home from so many special touches throughout. I loved exploring all of the many nearby towns, lighthouses, and botanical gardens. Shopping was wonderful and the lobster was delicious everywhere! The owners are wonderful people who accommodated our every need. I

                                                                      highly recommend this property and will return. . Don't miss this small town treasure!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you, Sharon! I'm so glad High Point was everything you said you were looking for in a very special Maine family home. It sounds as though you explored so much and there are so many more art galleries, islands and restaurants left to visit!

                                                                      Maine at its Very Best

                                                                      scichickWeston, Florida

                                                                      I strongly recommend High Point for people who want to experience the true Maine, gorgeous scenery and the comforts of home. The view from High Point is fabulous. It overlooks a lovely harbor replete with lobster boats. For those who love fresh seafood, it is available just a quick stroll down the hill. Fresh lobster and steamers galore at a very affordable price. The house is lovely and exceedingly comfortable with a sun porch that invites lingering over morning coffee as you gaze over the harbor and a guest house that affords privacy yet all the comforts of home. The kitchen in the main house is well equipped and the living room invites you to relax and lounge around to your hearts content. Within driving distance are quaint Maine towns that you will want to explore; restaurants offering delicious lobster rolls and a rich apple orchard that invites picking and will delight both children and city dwellers. High Point is a place you will want to visit to give your children a lovely country experience or to rekindle your romantic life. It is a place where you will love to arrive and then hate to leave. It is just lovely from the wild flowers that you gather to fill the vases inside the house to the welcoming hosts who do everything to make the stay memorable.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      WOW! You are a wonderful writer! Thank you so much for the thoughtful, from the heart review. You captured the essence of High Point and the Pemaquid area. AND, there's so much more for you to explore and discover!!!!

                                                                      Extra Comfortable, Magnificent View


                                                                      Two weeks in an expansive, especially comfortable home affording from its living room, large deck and bedrooms an unparalleled downhill view of Pemaquid Harbor, several small islands and, ultimately, the Atlantic. Charming towns, each with its own character and specialty shops, are within easy driving distance. A special treat for us was our visit to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, which features the work of the Wyeth family. Towels and bed linens provided. Large kitchen. Sun room/breakfast room joins kitchen and deck. Double living rooms. Nicely appointed dining room. Comfortable beds.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Dick and Marion, I'm so happy you were able to enjoy so many special aspects of High Point and the Pemaquid area WITH THREE GENERATIONS together for vacation!!!! Hopefully someday you two can visit alone..............and enjoy the peaceful beauty and ALL the other art galleries. The Winslow Homer Art Studio is now open if you get reservations a year in advance!

                                                                      Family get together

                                                                      Pat JGrafton, VT. USA

                                                                      One of the best rentals we have had to date on the Pemaquid Pennisula. The location is beautiful. The house sits on a high hill with full view of the lobsterman's harbor on the left and to the right a panoramic view of the harbor flowing into the ocean dotted with an island. The home is an elegant New England Victorian style with many antiques yet comfortable rooms. It is very upscale Maine and a wonderful place for an adult family gathering. We are going back this year. My favorite spot for morning coffee and an evening cocktail: the large deck off the kitchen with its panoramic setting.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      I am so thrilled you enjoy all the wonders and the magnificent views that Pemaquid Harbor and High Point offer and that you are returning this summer! The home and antiques ARE special and I got a kick out of your comment about High Point being a perfect "adult family gathering" place! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review!!!


                                                                      Pemaquid, Bristol, ME, USA

                                                                      High Point is an easy walk to a working lobster dock and small restaurant that has the 2nd most beautiful view on the coast of Maine. It is also a short drive to Pemaquid Beach, the famous Pemaquid Lighthouse, historic Fort William Henry, a fresh water swimming pond, kayak and canoe rentals, tennis, a beautiful golf course, public docks for fishing, a ferry for seal, whale and puffin watches as well as remarkable day trips to the hiking and artist colony of Monhegan Island. The Botanic Gardens, in close by Boothbay Harbor, are phenomenal!


                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      Refundable less $500.00 per week up to 30 days in advance of rental. Non-refundable within 30 days of rental. Rental runs Saturday-Saturday. Check in after 4 pm, check out before 10 am.

                                                                      6 Reviews
                                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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