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1920's Cottage on Rutherford Island Overlooks Picturesque Harbor

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 90 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Located on Rutherford Island near Christmas Cove, this 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom renovated 1920s Sears Catalogue cottage is framed by natural ledge and lovely perennial gardens. Watch the pleasure and fishing boats from the deck while you enjoy lobster prepared by local fishermen's co-op. Harbour Ledges is only a 15-minute drive to Damariscotta, Pemaquid Beach & Lighthouse. Boat rentals and quiet island beach are within 5 minutes of the cottage. Kayak rentals and golfing are a short drive away. The cottage is tastefully decorated with antiques, heirlooms, art and oriental rugs. Master bedroom with queen size bed and guest bedroom with full size bed are located on the second floor. The kitchen is host to a 1920's Garland gas stove as well as modern amenities: microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster oven, Dansk china, bar ware. The living room has an easy to operate gas fireplace to take the chill off those sometimes cool Maine evenings. Cable HDTV, wireless, internet, VCR/DVD/CD included.

Donna Peaker-Ritzo
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Donna Peaker-Ritzo

I am a semi-retired holistic nurse and homeopathic educator and consultant who resides in Florida with time to enjoy Maine in the summers. After raising my family in S. Berwick, Maine and returning to school for healthcare and nursing, I spent time in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine before moving to Florida in 2009.

Donna Peaker-Ritzo purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Donna Peaker-Ritzo chose South Bristol

After a long hiatus from Maine, I began what became a three year search in 1995 to find a property in mid-coast Maine. I kept returning to S. Bristol and specifically Rutherford Island. From the moment I saw this 'little house on the harbor', I knew it was a keeper. The house is co-owned by myself and my daughter, Julie Erickson, a Maine resident.


South Bristol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
Coastal Botanical Gardens - Boothbay Farnsworth Art Museum - Rockland


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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1920's Cottage on Rutherford Island Overlooks Picturesque Harbor
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Home Again

  • 5 of 5

After being away from Maine for 34years Harbour Ledges was just what we needed. Our stay was the best. The cottage reminded us of all the wonderful things that the midcoast has to offer. A postcard view of the harbor, beautiful antique furnishings , cast iron fireplace, wide pine floors , charm plus.

If you feel that you need to get away from it all and RELAX then this is it ..

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ed and Sue, Thank you for your kind words and review of our beloved Maine cottage, Harbour Ledges. Your words captured your experience and speaks our feelings about the cottage as well. It was so nice to meet you. Again, thank you for being such caring guests. Donna & Julie, owners
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Annapolis, Maryland

A home away from home

  • 5 of 5

A very special cottage/home of lovely owners.

This very special home

A cook's delight

A bakers heaven

And a gardeners dream

Perfect soft cotton linens and really comfortable beds

If this is not enough to describe this home - the view and the location are magical and you begin to feel as if you are a real "Mainer"

All the tips and helpful hints are perfect - restaurants carry out and places to go and visit -

What more to say if you are lucky enough to rent this home in the future. than thank you Donna

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Barbara, for your thoughtful comments, Because we think of Harbour Ledges as our home-away-from-home we are pleased when our guests share our special experience too. Our best to you! Donn
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as advertised -a home away from home- even nice on a rainy day

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home with everything you need for a week -short drives to grocery and restaurants- South Bristol doesn't offer much besides picture post card views, a drawbridge and a convenience store with some real folks from Maine. Nice quiet spot with Wi-Fi and cable if thats your thing. Very nice owner and everyone was friendly. Would go again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Bob & Judy, Thank you for the positive review on VRBO about your stay at Harbour Ledges. I was pleased we were able to meet for a few moments prior to your departure. You and your family would be most welcome to stay in the future. For repeaters, I offer 10% discount on the rental fee. I requested your security deposit reimbursement and rated you 5-star guests! Happy trails... Donna
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Very restful

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely home. Found everything we needed for a comfortable and quiet stay

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Linda, Thank you for your positive review of your stay at Harbour Ledges. We are so pleased you enjoyed the rest and quiet here. We do too! I hope you were able to explore the area and find things you enjoy doing. Let us know if there is anything we can improve to make our guests' visits more interesting and comfortable. Also, I would like to thank you for maintaining the cottage and leaving it in such a clean state. Please send me your mailing address and I will mail your security deposit to you. Have a blessed summer. Donna Peaker Ritzo
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Comfortably back in time

  • 4 of 5

Harbour Lodges is a lovely 1930's style New England home on the shore of an inlet known as The Gut. It is so very peaceful, the main noise being acorns dropped by squirrels onto the roof! We have spent a week looking around the Pemaquid and Boothbay area, where life seems so slow and we have found rest and relaxation in the lovely old house. Not everything is old. The heating is quite up to date and the beds are definitely not old horse hair ones. Overall impression, 3000 mile trip, well worth it!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Loved our week in South Bristol

  • 5 of 5

Donna and her daughter have done a wonderful job of making this cozy little cottage a home away from home. The kitchen was well equipped, the sitting rooms accommodating, and the bedrooms and baths spacious enough for two couples to be very comfortable. We especially enjoyed the deck out back with its view of the cove - relaxing for our morning coffee and evening cocktails! Donna was very helpful with information about boat rentals and things to do in the area and we found this to be the perfect location to enjoy the surrounding area from Bath to Boothbay and Pemaquid to Demariscotta! Lots of wonderful hikes, drives, seafood spots, and shopping within 1/2 hour of the house. At first I was disappointed that there was no laundry facilities at the cottage, but we found a lovely drop office service 20 minutes away. I would recommend Harbor Ledges to anyone.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Portland Jet Port
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Coveside Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $90
Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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