Oceanfront Home Overlooking Popham Beach and the Morse River(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home On Four Levels, Sleeps 8 Comfortably
Yassou is a 9-acre property overlooking the tidal Morse River and the 4-mile stretch of sand beaches known as Popham and Seawall – formed where the mouth of the Kennebec River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
There are 3 structures on the property – a main house and two out buildings. The house is 2,500 square-feet, spread over four levels, and built to take advantage of the views.
The ground floor has two bedrooms: The Family Bedroom, with a queen bed as well as a twin, and the Two Twins Bedroom. This floor has a full bath, a laundry area with washer and dryer, and a library room that features a small TV for watching one of the many VCR tapes in our collection.
The second floor, with its ocean views, houses the main living and dining areas with an open floor plan and a vaulted ceiling. The living room area is centered around a large cozy fireplace on the northern end of the main floor, with the dining area and the open-shelved kitchen with a breakfast bar on the south side.
Outside decks surround three sides of this level with a screened-in porch off the kitchen. Three sliding-glass doors provide easy access to the deck from this floor. There is also a full bath and master bedroom on this floor, with access from the bedroom to the quiet north side deck for morning coffee as the sun rises.
A loft above the main floor leads to another bedroom and stairs leading up to “The Tower,” which is a treat unto itself. Perched 35’ high, The Tower commands a 360° bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside and ocean. Five adults can comfortably sit in The Tower, which is a stunning place to watch the sunrise or sunset.
Two out-buildings complete the structures on the property. “Blossom,” nestled in the pines just beneath the main house, is a rustic bunkhouse. “The Gallery” is a workshop and storage shed just east of the main house.
For those interested in further exploration of the natural beauty of the property, two private nature trails, created and maintained by our family, provide instant access to adventurous hiking in the Maine woods, plus beautiful vistas along the Morse River and pristine salt marsh.
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Member since: 2014
- 2500 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Full bath on ground floor. Full bath on second floor.
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Botanical Garden
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Ocean View
Yassou is set high on a bluff overlooking the marsh, river, and beach. Surrounded by pristine land protected by The Nature Conservancy and Popham Beach State Park, Yassou is a serene oasis getaway....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Early Summer 2017
Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
High Season 2017
Jul 1 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Tax Rate 9%
A 50% deposit is due with submission of Rental Agreement by check or wire transfer.
The balance and $500 damage deposit due 30 days prior to arrival date.
Full refund of deposit (minus $100 cancellation fee) up to 90 days prior to reservation. No refund after that date.
If full payment is not received per agreement, contract week is jeopardized.
Damage deposit returned 10 days after departure.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Popham Beach (just 1/2 mile away), begins where the mouth of the Kennebeck River meets the ocean and extends for 2.5 miles, turning into Seawall Beach (just beyond the Morse river), which continues another mile and a half to the Small Point community.
Popham Beach has a lovely curved shape with spectacular views of several islands just off the coast, including Seguin with its lighthouse, and Fox Island, which can be accessed by foot at low tide.
Featuring the second largest sandy beach in the state of Maine, Popham Beach State Park is considered one of the nicest beaches on the East Coast. It covers 529 acres, and is well equipped with bathhouses, showers, picnic areas with grills, and hiking trails. Beach lifeguards are on duty at central beach stations throughout the summer months. Visitors enjoy fishing on the beach, swimming and body surfing, sun bathing, shell collecting, and board surfing when the tides are high.
The quaint village of Popham, 3 miles from Yassou, is perched at the mouth of the Kennebeck River at the tip of the penninsula where the beach begins. The village overlooks a beautiful natural harbor, Atkins Bay, filled with boats of all sizes and descriptions on one side, and the river and beach on the opposite side.
Popham village has two restaurants and a small grocery store, a library, church, hiking trails, and the historic landmark, Fort Popham, built in 1860 during the Civil War. A second fort, Fort Baldwin, built during World War II, sits atop nearby Sabino Hill. Parts of Popham Beach were used filming the movie, 'Message In A Bottle,' starring Kevin Costner.
The village of Popham is part of Phippsburg township, which boasts several beautiful peninsulas to explore; a golf course and tennis courts at Sebasco Resort; two nature preserves providing a variety of hiking trails; many places to kayak, canoe, sail or power-boat; several good restaurants specializing in local seafood; quaint local produce stands; and a charming gourmet farm store offering local organic produce, eggs, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, fine wines and beer, plus assorted gifts.
There are several museums in the area, including the Maine Maritime Museum; a multiplex movie theater and an art house cinema; lots of wonderful antique shops; plus a great variety of shopping options just a half hour drive in the Bath /Brunswick area. Freeport, which features major outlets including the L.L. Bean Flagship store, is a 45-minute drive. Boothbay Harbor, an hour's drive north, features boat sightseeing tours and whale-watching tours. Traveling to Portland can take 1 hour or more, depending upon traffic. Boston is a 3-hour drive.
Year Purchased: 1975
About the owner: Chuck and Mary Callanan built Yassou in 1975 as a summer home for their family of six children. Since then it's been a special and sacred place for 4 generations of Callanans. The entire extended family, (23 and counting) still comes together every year in August for our 'family meeting.' The home is now fully insulated, and electric heating now makes it possible to live comfortably at Yassou much of the year.
Why the Owner Chose Phippsburg, Maine, United States of America:
For a decade, our family rented property every August on Seawall Beach from the St. John family. In 1975 the St. John family donated their estate to the Nature Conservancy to be preserved in its wild state forever. Before the transfer, they sold five special lots of land as inholdings. Yassou is located on the largest and highest point of that land with unobstructed views of Spirit Pond preserve to the north, Bates Morse Mountain Conservancy to the west and Popham Beach state park to the south and east.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Yassou is perfect for both quiet, romantic get-aways and retreat weekends, as well as fun-filled family reunions. Popham Beach is the most obvious draw, but the unobstructed views and access to pristine wilderness are Yassou's most unique feature. So too is private access to the Morse river and Spirit Pond dam for fishing, clamming and swimming, as well as two private nature trails on the property and along the marsh.
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The rear view and entry with the Tower to the right
Front Deck looking out to the ocean
The screened in porch off the kitchen
Spacious kitchen provides open shelves
Main Floor Bathroom
Secluded section of the wraparound deck just off the Master bedroom
The cozy Tower bedroom features stunning views with windows on three sides.
The Tower's windows looking out to the ocean
The Family Bedroom-perfect for parents with a young child
The Twin Bedroom
Blossom: a perfect playhouse for kids or a more rustic bunkhouse getaway
Another beautiful sunrise on the beach
Main entry on lower level
The front deck, ocean side of home
Fully equipped kitchen
Large and bright open living area on main floor
The Master Bedroom with a door that leads to a secluded section of the deck.
The third level loft with stairs leading up to the Tower
The Tower is a favorite spot to view the spectacular 360 views
Stunning view of Popham Beach and the ocean from the deck - main level
The cheerful Library doubles as another bedroom with a full size futon sofa bed
The Gallery-a glorified shed for storing hardware and various supplies
Hike a sort trail to the Dam at Spirit Pond for great fishing or warmer swimming
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Sunday, January 15, 2017
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