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Enjoy a Stay On The Sheepscot River

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

About the property

Situated on many acres, the Cottage has 2 bedrooms/2 baths with lovely views.

Enjoy this beautiful custom newly built 4-season cottage style home located on the Sheepscot River. A gently sloping lawn leads to the banks of the River, the dock, and Long Pond Lake, two of Maine's beautiful and interesting bodies of water.

Centrally located in Midcoast Maine to the cities/towns of Augusta, Belfast, Rockland, Camden, Lincolnville, Boothbay, and Damariscotta, there is shopping, waterfront activities, restaurants, concerts, museums, parks, and hiking within a 20-40 minute drive. Canoes and kayaks take the paddler downstream into the 2.5-mile pond; a dock is conveniently located in the river for easy access to use the canoes and kayaks.

This home has all the modern conveniences while affording its guests an authentic Maine riverside vacation experience. The surroundings are privately located on multiple acres. Two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, sleeps 4. Two café style tables/chairs on the porch and the property has an outdoor fire pit that includes split firewood situated on the riverbank with comfortable lawn chairs. The front porch faces the river and the lake.

***In addition to summering at the cottage, we also rent during the beautiful fall foliage season. Winter brings snowmobiling (near the property), ice fishing, and cross country skiing opportunities. WE HOST YEAR-ROUND.

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Property Manager
Marianne Buehler
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 31, 2016

About Marianne Buehler

I have lived most of my life near or on the water in Maine. There are many special places to visit and spend time, such as on the Sheepscot River where there is rejuvenating quietude and opportunities to be on the water.

Marianne Buehler purchased this house in 2014

Why Marianne Buehler chose Mount Desert Island

My sons completed building the River Cottage in 2014 as a legacy home for us and travelers to enjoy a special environment surrounded by engaging nature and quietude. The property is central to the areas of Augusta, Rockland, Belfast, and Camden.

What makes this house unique

We are in love with our home because it is immersed in nature with unique vegetation, a natural setting, and opportunities to spend time in and on the water. Wildlife such as deer, beavers, birds, moose, and other critters may be seen in the neighborhood. Relax on the chairs, porch, lawn, or picnic table!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Enjoy a Stay On The Sheepscot River
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
Witzmannsberg, Germany

Quiet Winter Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Set in a beautiful location, off the beaten track and yet with all the mod-cons, this cottage wowed us as we opened the door and stepped into the warmth from the cold.

The views from every window were perfect, we watched squirrels climb the leaf-less trees, chunks of ice flow down the river, the sunset over the lake, and sunrise over the woods, and of course, a full moon shining in every window. It was all very breathtaking!

The cottage is ideally located to visit the bigger towns along the coast if one wishes, but offers enough solitude for those, like us, looking to get away from the hubbub.

The owner was extremely friendly and accommodating and we felt right at home.

We hope to have the chance to visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and Tara enjoying the River Cottage with some quiet time away where time slows down and relaxation sets in.
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Delightful Cottage In The Woods

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed several times in this delightful cottage in the woods. It's is clean, well stocked, nicely designed and a wonderful place to get away. However, if you want to not stay too far away from sights, you are close to Augusta or the coast. Marianne (the owner) is close by if needed, and attentive to a renters comfort or needs. Highly recommended as a spot to rest, read, explore, create art and slow down from a hectic pace. The porch is THE best spot! Was not interested nor needed internet. Was happy to leave that daily contact behind and get back to nature. The location is gorgeous!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vicky, so glad to hear that you have enjoyed the repeated stays at the River Cottage! We look forward to seeing you again...!
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Wonderful Week!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent one of the most relaxing weeks ever at this cottage. What a beautiful, peaceful setting. We watched the sun rise in the morning over the river and the sun set over the lake. We traveled 2 days to the coast and explored Camden and Rockland. We hiked Camden Hills which is a must see. You can also drive to the top if the hike is too much. The scenery from the top is spectacular. Owls Head lighthouse is worth the trip as well. The highlight of our trip, however, was relaxing at the house. The house is adorable. Very clean and comfortable and completely stocked with everything you would need. We canoed and fished. The foliage was breathtaking. We sat in the chairs by the water and talked. It is so peaceful and quiet, the only sounds heard were the acorns falling from the trees. The owner, Marianne and her son Nate could not have been more accommodating! Thank you! We would highly recommend this home and hope to come back next summer!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Christine, I am so happy you enjoyed a variety of great Maine places to visit! You have inspired me to make a more detailed list of adventuring for those who stay at the Cottage.
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Little Cabin in the Woods

  • 3 of 5

A little cabin just right for 2 adults. Beware of your internet use, we were socked with a $215 overage bill at checkout. (Claimed that we used 18 Gigabytes during 3 weeks.) Surprising for us because we did not stream music or videos, just checked email and surfed the web in the evening. We were not given any warnings that we had gone over our allotment. We actually disconnected the modern the last 2 days of our 3 week stay when Marianne told us that we were getting close to the limit. The documentation provided to support this charge looked like a word document. A request for an invoice from the internet provider that showed the property address was ignored. No other entertainment opportunities were given for evenings save 2 decks of cards and a pile of old magazines. The closest town is a 30 minute drive.

The kitchen is fairly well equipped although there is no microwave and only one lid for pots and pans. The fire pit by the river is rusted through in spots and has holes in the bottom. There is no outdoor grill for cooking.

The river is supposed to lead to a lake but two large beaver dams prohibited us from doing more than a 20 minute paddle back and forth on the small stream that runs through the property.

The beds are thin mattresses on slatted frames - no boxsprings. The master bed has a bit thicker mattress but the twins are simply futon mattresses. In addition, and perhaps most important, is that the skylights do not have any shades or covers. Be prepared to wake up during a full moon and when the sun rises early in the morning.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Response from owner: The renters’ son came to my house in February of this year to give his parents an iphone tour of my cottage. I was also asked many questions from his mother before they booked. The River Cottage is a beautiful home on the banks of the Sheepscot River with an Internet that is expensive due to the currently limited options available. I provide 1 gigabyte per week, Verizon charges by the gigabyte for overages. Renters are informed of this in writing before they arrive. This information is also on my VRBO website. When I greet my guests I reiterate the Internet situation. In this case I was told, “no worries, we will pay whatever the bill is.” I offered to let her know when each gigabyte was used—I was told that the bill would be paid. Adult children also stayed at the cottage (not listed on the contract) and the Internet documentation showed heavy usage at all hours of the day and night. The renters were provided detailed and multiple documentation from Verizon. *The good news is that a better Internet option will be in Somerville soon! Regarding the professional custom-made kitchen amenities, all pots have lids and there is a full spectrum of cooking equipment that renters have appreciated. The fire pit has multiple metal layers and is located directly on the river with comfortable chairs. The river levels below the beaver dam have been affected by drought conditions. My summer renters rallied and enjoyed the challenge of getting around the lower water near the beaver dam. After my renters left the cottage, I scanned the interior. One of the couch’s arm was broken off and all of my nice dish towels had disappeared. I asked the renter to make good on the couch—she told me “it was old and like that when we arrived.“ The contemporary couch is a few years old. If anyone reads my 5 star VRBO or Airbnb reviews, it is obvious that I care about my property and want my guests to be happy and enjoy their stay.
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Quiet Riverside Cottage in Maine Woods

  • 5 of 5

Well designed and simply furnished 2 bedroom cottage is perfect for some quiet time. Very complete kitchen allows for easy meal prep and dining. Washer and dryer great for longer stays. Variety of water craft for exploring the river. Fabulous large covered porch with view of the river is perfect for reading, meals or just watching the river. Would love to come back in the fall when the leaves turn. Very clean and all was in good working order, plus Marianne is available and very accommodating with suggestions, directions and a friendly dog. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks much for your stay! The autumn trees turning this season are magnificent. Wish you were here to enjoy...
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Halifax, NS

Perfect Maine Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

This new and modern cottage is a perfect spot for some quality downtime with family. The place is fully stocked with everything you need (& I really mean everything. I've done many cottage rentals and none have had the amount of details and extras available here!)

We paddled on the river, cooked our dinner in the firepit, enjoyed morning coffee on the cottage veranda, played many board games and throughly felted relaxed.

We made day trips to Camden, Rockport, Georgetown (Reid State Park), Freeport and Augusta. All within an hour or so drive.

Marianne lives close by and was promptly available for questions and deal with any issues.

Lovely stay! Book this cottage - you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed the property while at the River Cottage! Thanks much for appreciating our efforts for our guests...
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Augusta, Maine
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Rockland Maine
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Route 17
Car: necessary

Nestled on the banks of the Sheepscot River in Somerville, Maine, the River Cottage overlooks the river with distant views to Long Pond Lake. Canoes and kayaks take the paddler downstream into the 2.5-mile lake; a dock is conveniently located in the river for easy water access. Eagles and Great Blue Herons nest along the river and wildflowers cover the embankments. The surroundings are privately located on multiple acres. The cottage was recently built and ready to be enjoyed. No neighbors can be seen or heard from the cottage, very private.

Centrally located in Midcoast Maine to the cities/towns of Augusta, Belfast, Rockland, Camden, Lincolnville, Boothbay, Damariscotta, and Portland (~1 hour drive), there is shopping, oceanfront activities, restaurants, local art shows, concerts, museums, parks, and hiking within a 20-40 minute drive. Hussey's General Store (groceries+) is 10 minutes from the cottage--a local icon.


Rates & Availability

Somerville House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 30 2017 - Jun 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rental Rates listed above. Additional fees include 8% of the rental fee.

The number of people over 4 pay $10 each per night.

*If for some reason a renter cancellation is necessary, you can book another time at the River Cottage using the prepayment funds.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Somerville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bathroom has a sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs full-bath with large shower, toilet, and heater.
  • The upstairs half-bath (toilet + sink) has a lovely view of the river and rising moon.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , A half bath is located between the two bedrooms.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , A half bath is located between the two bedrooms.
  • The master bedroom windows look towards Long Pond Lake and overlooks the river. The bed has a brand new mattress.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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