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Tidal Cove- Informal Charming Cottage Rebuilt to Passive Cozy

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

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.

Guest's comments:

'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

More Details

Owner
Susan Myer Riley
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 29, 2017

About Susan Myer Riley

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

Why Susan Myer Riley chose Portland & Casco Bay

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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 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 to watch the change of tides and weather from inside and out.

Amenities

Harpswell Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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(2 traveler reviews)

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Wonderful view from an amazing house

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at Spartina and it was one of the nicest we've had. This was the first trip to Maine for our children and Harpswell was the perfect spot to take them and relax. The tidal cove was always busy with wildlife and the huge glass windows in the house allowed us to watch the fisherman and birds all day. Susan was attentive in making sure we had everything we needed before and during our stay. We also loved reading about the 20+ year transformation of this home and how efficient it has become. We can't wait to book another trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unplugged

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place to completely unwind and our stay at Spartina accomplished that objective. Thank you Susan for a wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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