|Space||2,300 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Leave your car in the driveway, just 3 blocks from Main Street and 5 blocks from the Harbor! Spread out into 4 bedrooms, a gracious, well-maintained family home on a double lot, live-on front porch. Tall 1880's windows pour light onto warm pine floors. A generous living room opens to private back garden and fire circle. Bedrooms each have a private sitting area to be alone while together. Kitchen has all amenities; washer & dryer, cable TV and wifi available. Offstreet parking for 2 cars. Non-smoking, partially wheelchair accessible, pets considered.
4 bedrooms: 2 twins, 1 queen, 1 queen, 1 twin
Full tub/shower bath second floor
Full bath/shower 1st floor off double sleeping room
1/2 bath off kitchen
Although Joan grew up in Pittsburgh, she has lived her adult life in New England, raising a family in Vermont and moving to Maine in 2006. She has been a vocational counselor, consultant to small non-profits, interim UCC minister on 2 Maine islands and currently hosts retreat guests during the winter months. Joan loves to cook for friends or guests, and also knows how to give them privacy.
Owner / Property Manager purchased this house in 2007
I love getting lost in the lush, private yard that connects me to nature, yet is only minutes to films, food, music,art, playgrounds and the buzz of a small town. In 5 minutes I hear the sound of the ocean's waves, watch the ferry and sailboats come and go, and sit on the boardwalk for the sunset. Right away, the house felt like home to my adult son and daughter when they visited from Maryland and California; my grandsons (6, 9, 13) quickly found
sidewalks for their scooters, a park 3 blocks away, a beach for collecting sea glass, a walkable library and a home that feels like they had always been coming here.
This is truly a home that has stood the test of time, and welcomes both quiet couples or lively families.
Life in this part of Maine is 'just the right size'. The stresses of a more complex life 'from away' slowly melt. Using Rockland as a hub provides just the right mix of relaxation and adventure. The house itself has a welcoming energy that guests comment on as they walk in the door. The wavy glass in the windows, warm hand-turned woodwork, bevelled glass in the front doors and well-worn 140 year old pine floors give the feeling of being a part of history, when Rockland was a thriving boatbulding and trading city for Boston and New York. A short walk to the Farnsworth Homestead at the Museum takes you back to the Victorian 1870's as this house used to be furnished......while displaying contempory sculpture in the garden and three generations of Wyeths and other American paintings in its galleries. Most of the house windows face south or east to the large yard. Some front north to a quiet street (only four blocks long), that is minutes away from activity of town and peace of the ocean. On this block you will find the 'three sisters', 3 Victorian houses built with the same exterior and a few distinguishing differences. Neighbors are both native to Rockland or have moved here 'from away.'
The moment we walked in the door, the space felt serene and welcoming. The house itself is lovely, with lots of antique charm but all the modern amenities as well. The many bedroom options and 2.5 baths kept our group of 6 very comfortable, with space to stretch out. The kitchen is well stocked with sharp knives, the right pans, spices, and all the tools that seem to be missing from other rentals (very important if you're hosting a Christmas dinner for 10!) Though we didn't use it in December, the spacious outdoor area looks like a wonderful place to gather in the summer.
The location of the house is perfect; only a few blocks away from Main St, which has plenty of wonderful shops, restaurants, galleries, and a museum. Joan was only a text or call away and was very kind and accommodating. This was our first time staying here and we hope to stay again in the future!
The owner has gone out of her way to provide guests with anything you could imagine. The kitchen is fully stocked with tools, and even spices. Just bring your clothes, and enjoy all that Rockland and the islands has to offer, which is mostly walkable, but also close to Camden and Rockport. Enough room to invite other guests to join you. We're thinking of booking for next year already.
Just finished a month at this wonderful home. We are repeat renters and will be back this fall and again next year.
Joan's home is perfectly located to take advantage of Rockland's burgeoning art, culture and virtually all of mid-coast Maine's points of interest. It's walking distance to museums, galleries, bakeries, restaurants and the Maine Ferry System terminal. An hour's drive brings you to many more POI's than you can enjoy in a week.
Joan is close by, always accessible and a dream to work with. Her home is lovely, functional and can accommodate family groups. The property is large, well maintained and flowers are in bloom throughout the summer. We often have family and friends visit while we are there.
We doubt that you can find a better home, location or host on the Maine coast.
This home is perfect for family reunions with enough space for everyone to have time together and time alone. We were a family of seven, which consisted of 3 married couples and another adult. Very quiet neighborhood. We loved the location which was walking distance to the little shops and restaurants in town. We went salt water fishing, bike riding, swimming, and enjoyed the many beaches. The porch is where we spent most of the time and the flower gardens are beautiful. Joan is wonderful to work with. She is available, had great suggestions, and genuinely wants this time in her home to be a vacation for her guest. The little touches of beauty in her home such as fresh flowers and homemade soaps were greatly appreciated. We would definitely rent this home again when returning to the area.
On short notice, I was notified that myself and my team of employees were going to be stuck in Rockland Maine for two weeks. Joan was gracious in accommodating us on such short notice, her home care provider and plow guy lives directly across the street (also very nice)and was very easy going through the entirety of the stay. Occasionally checking the weather (80+inches of snow in 2 weeks) and offering suggestions on local attractions. Very much appreciated, and certainly will look this home up next time were in town! Parking is limited- only two spots- so plan accordingly!
Joan's home is filled with historic charm and in a great location. Walk to Rockland's main streets, harbor and ferry terminal. Beautiful yard and night time fun around the fire pit. Joan is a dream to work with.
What a blessing to live in our friendly, walkable small town on the water. Remember to slow down and breathe in Maine.
DAY 1, you might walk 3 blks to Atlantic Baking Co, pick up coffee & pastry and walk 4 blks to harbor boardwalk bench or Sandy Beach. Help kids collect sea glass and rock climb. Circle back to Main St and pick up live concert or film tickets at Strand theater and a bag of locally roasted Rock City coffee for morning. After lunch on front porch, retrace your steps 2 blocks to enjoy your favorite paintings at the Wyeth Center Museum or Lighthouse Museum, schedule a massage while the kids do the playground & library, then pick up ferry schedule (passengers, bikes or cars).
DAY 2 Perhaps take ferry to Vinalhaven Lane's Island Preserve and fresh seafood at the Harbor Gawker. Return on last ferry for dinner on Rockland's Main St.
DAY 3 you might have your morning coffee in the back garden, then drive 10 min. to the walkable mile-long Rockland Lighthouse Breakwater, the pounding sea at Owl’s Head Lighthouse,to the top of Camden Hills’ for wild blueberries and head-clearing views over Penobscot Bay, or 10 minutes to Waterman's rustic lobster pound right on the water. While there, have their James Beard award-winning pies!
DAY 4, you could explore picturesque Camden Village 15 minutes away, hoose one of the windjammer cruises, or venture to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, a 2 hour drive.
BY DAY 6, enjoy staying right at home with Rock City coffee, ABC baked goods and the newspaper on your front porch, stroll to Main St for Matinicus Island lobster rolls, or pick up fresh Vinalhaven lobster at Jess' Seafood Market and cook it up here. Give the family the memory of a fire in the backyard with smores for the kids and a good wine for the grownups.
WANT AN ADULT EVENING OUT? Choose from a unique array of walking distance quality restaurants for meals and cocktails, including Cafe Miranda, In Good Company, Fog, Rustica, Suzuki's Sushi, Waterworks, Bricks, Sunfire Mexican....or a 5 minute drive to Primo.
DINNER OUT WITH THE KIDS? Sure, at LHBurger, Rockland Restaurant, Thorndike pizza & ice cream, McD, Dunkin Donuts, Appleby's are options.
LEAVE THE CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY! and walk to any of the following festivals held in Harbor Park on the ocean
North Atlantic Blues Festival July 12-14
66th Lobster Festival July 31-Aug 4
Maine Boats and Harbor Show Aug 9-11
or venture out of town to
Thomaston 4th of July 5 minutes parade, bbq, booths
Maine Wild Blueberry Festival: 45 minutes, Aug 17-24
Common Ground Fair, 45 min. Union, Sept 20-22
The Great Windsor Fair, 45 min. Windsor, Aug 25-Sept 2
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 20 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Cleaning and Mowing||$200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.