Open sunny cottage at head of Basin Cove where the tide ebbs and flows inviting herons and egrets to scavage along the water's edge. Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking from the front dock at high tide. Peaceful to view the scene via a wall of windows while sitting by the wood stove on a rainy day, or from the surrounding deck in the afternoon sun or evening shade.
Enjoy a bike ride to the nearby Dolphin Marina Restaurant for their homemade fish chowder and blueberry muffins. Fresh lobsters and summer corn available for Maine summer dining. For those inclined to venture out - concerts at The Bowdoin College Summer Music Festival, musicals at The Maine State Theater in Brunswick, The Walker Museum at Bowdoin, The Wyeth Center in Rockland, The Portland Museum of Art, shopping at L.L. Bean and outlet stores in Freeport (30 minutes) plus many area gift shops... or stay put and hang out in the hammock with a good book.
'Truly restorative time...a peaceful, glorious spot.' Linda W.
'I awakened happily to the simplicity of 'Spartina'.' Deborah L.
'All the birds were here at 7am for a feeding frenzy as the tide came in.' Jim R
'Amazing that swimming was a possibility and extremely refreshing. The rhythm of the
tides and the light are particularly stunning.' Deborah and James D.
'Different mood and changes in the water with the tides and weather conditions were
fascinating. We especially appreciated how clean everything was and having a house
with so many great books and a well stocked kitchen.' Ron and family
'Beautiful surroundings. So many memories to take home...a true respite from our city
life in Houston. No smog, no sirens, no air-conditioning (how nice!). we breathed
easier here.' The W family
We had a great time canoeing, swimming, playing Monopoly and Risk. The cove was a
nice backdrop to look at and we spent lots of time reading. All in all, it was a
wonderful vacation.' brothers Sam and Harry
'Without 'Spartina' our week in Maine would have passed without much of a sense of
'Maineness'.' Mike and Katherine
Nine nights and ten days - it's just not enough. There is no substitute for the Maine
coast and South Harpswell in particular. We love it here!' Gene and Marilyn
Keywords: Charming Cottage
I was born and raised in Maine. After 15 years away, living in Germany and Seattle, I returned to enjoy the changing seasons, green forests, open ocean, downeast personalities, and of course my family.
Susan Myer Riley purchased this cottage in 1988
I bought 'Spartina' in 1988 as an investment and began making improvements. Spartina is a type of dune grass and it is the title of a book by John Casey. In 2010 my husband and I raised the old 'Spartina' and built a new passive solar cottage that has a nautical nordic look and feel.
It is astounding to read renter's comments in the cottage journal. I have been fortunate to attract people who, like us, enjoy this cozy simple spot right on Basin Cove...people who appreciate unrushed time to watch birds along the changing tides, catch up on their reading, visit nearby places of interest, or simply stay home, cook a good meal and watch the sunset across the cove.
In 2009-10 we tore down the original building and designed a new passive solar cottage that is also comfortable and cozy. We have stayed there during all four seasons now and love it......fun to watch the change of tides and weather from inside and out.
Great place to unwind and unplug. View of cove right out your front door. Sit on the end of the dock and meditate. Cook great meals in the fully outfitted kitchen as you watch the tides come and go. Sip coffee on the deck and take an outdoor shower while watching the birds on the shoreline.
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Owner will email all pertinent information prior to your arrival.....directions, key combination, cottage details, etc.
Check payable to owner. Half by end of January - balance by end of April.