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Romantic Oceanfront Camp for Two

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Relax, unwind, enjoy nature, create, rejuvenate, treat yourself.

Our camp is one of the original buildings at the historic Miles Fresh Air Camp founded in 1924 and was used as the dormitory. Babe Ruth and Ruth Gordon were two of the notable visitors of the children’s camp. It was purchased by the former owner in the early 1950s and converted into the floor plan you see today, but we have added a few features since we bought the property in 1996.

The camp has been featured in the September 1997 issue of Country Living magazine, July-August 1999 Country Living GARDENER magazine, Out on the Porch 2001 Calendar (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2001), Gardens Maine Style (DownEast Books, 2001), and Country Living: The New Look of Country (Hearst Books, 2004). (Sorry, the flowers you see in the photos are seasonal when we are in residence.)

Enjoy all your meals outdoors in the screened porch or inside with a full view of the water.

Although the camp is approximately 1,000 sq. ft., it sleeps only two in one queen bed in an ocean view bedroom (pictured). The other bedroom is Sharon's studio, and we use a third room as a library, Jeff's office, and the laundry room (lucky Jeff). The living room with fireplace, dining area, and kitchen are pictured. Bath with shower is off the hallway.

Minimum one week (7 night) stay, but we are flexible on start day. We aren't a Saturday thru Saturday only operation. If we have a few open days between week-long reservations, we might make an exception to the 7 night minimum, but it would depend on our housekeeper's schedule.

We've added some conveniences for the 2016 season, but still no TV. Why ruin the views and the quiet (but don't miss 'In Tune by Ten' on Maine Public Broadcast Radio at 90.1 fm or 90.5 fm).

BE SURE TO CHECK THE "AMENITIES" FOR A LIST OF OUR FEATURES (i.e. Internet, kitchen furnishings, etc.)

Check-in time: 4:00 p.m., check-out time: 11:00 a.m. unless prior arrangements are made.

Visit our web site for a Guide Guide and more information.

Receipt of your payment is your acknowledgement that you have read the information on this web site, and you thereby agree to our policies. (See Notes on the Rates page.)

More Details

Owner
Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy

Sharon Lovejoy is an author and illustrator of books about nature and gardening, children's books, and novels. Jeff Prostovich, her husband, is a her business manager and literary agent and a California real estate broker.

Sharon and Jeff also own Comfort Found Literary Lodging (vrbo 386838), a hide-away for book lovers in the middle of the charming, New England village of Damariscotta. It is steps from the river, theatre, bookstores, 12 restaurants, shops, galleries, and the wonderful Skidompha Library.

Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy chose Mid-Coast & Islands

Long story short, we were in the right place at the right time. Dumb luck.

Years ago, I read the 19th century writings of Sarah Orne Jewett and fell in love with Maine. For years, we visited the Damariscotta/Bristol peninsula region and searched for an old property close to the water.

One autumn our real estate agent called to tell us there was a property coming up for sale on a private road–a road that seldom had anything on the market. Though we thought we knew every hidden area on the peninsula, we’d never been on this private, one lane road that threads along Little Harbor and faces John’s Bay.

When we came upon the cottage, virtually untouched since 1950, I kissed the shutters. “We found it,” I said, and Jeff agreed, though he saw all the hard work ahead. For the next few months, we readied the cottage through a series of changes for an upcoming magazine shoot. 

Though we’ve owned it since 1996, we never take it for granted. Weather permitting, we eat our meals out on the screened porch where we watch the sun and moon rise over Pemaquid Point.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace. The glimmer and shifting of the ocean and sky. The scent of sea. Mile long private road perfect for walking. The sight of billowing sails. The putt, putt, putt of lobster boats. The flash of the Pemaquid light on fog and clouds. Indian pipes poking through the leaves. Terns and Gannets diving into dark waters.  A Bald Eagle holding court on the ledge in front of the cottage. The high, piercing call of the osprey. Pink Lady Slippers blooming among the blueberries. Chickadees and nuthatches, jays, goldfinches, and Phoebes everywhere. A tame chipmunk and a greedy squirrel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely time, wonderful view, lots of lobsters & steamers. My husband got a fish off the rocks! A cunner fish, record size! Lots of R + R & reading. Love the no TV idea. Hope to come again. Thank you for sharing.
Jun 2016
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Amenities

South Bristol Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower stall, sink, and toilet. Electric room heater.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Wake up to the sight and sounds of the ocean from this comfortable queen sized bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing

Reviews

5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Romantic Oceanfront Camp for Two
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Thetford Center, Vermont
5

Peace and Comfort on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

If you love peace and comfort and the presence of the ocean right outside your door, this is the perfect getaway. We spent hours reading and watching the water in the ever-changing light. The camp is charming without being precious, festooned with antique curios and old books. A wonderful place for writing and watching the ebb and flow of the tide and reflecting on the goodness of life.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife had a great stay the first week of August. This cottage is right on the rocky shore looking out toward the bay and ocean. It is a good area to explore, although there is only some walking or hiking right around the cottage. Short car rides in the area can take you to land preserves with 1-2 miles hikes. Lobster and steamers are available right in town at a couple locations, and Coveside Marina and Restaurant has a more complete menu. A little further takes you to Damariscotta and more of a selection. If you like golf, the Wawenock Course in Walpole, about 7 miles away is open to the public.

Drives to Wiscasset, Bath, Rockland, Camden are a little further with all that they have to offer.

My wife and I wanted a place to relax, read, walk and be by the ocean and it was ideal. I would not take small children or even teenagers to this cottage unless they like to do these things.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Miles Road is a one mile long, private, unpaved road along John's Bay. Very little traffic. In the evening, we enjoy longer walks down to the tip of the peninsula, with view of Christmas Cove and John's Bay out to Monhegan Island, along some paved roads which make it easier to see porcupines in the dark. The Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association publish guides for other close-by trails for longer hikes.
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5

Bob and Donna Besst

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for such a warm, inviting home away from home. Everything about our stay was simply wonderful. We really enjoyed the comfy over size chairs, the serene view, and the peaceful feeling of relaxing on the porch. Maine was everything we wanted and more. We enjoyed every single minute at the cabin. We thank you again for making your home available and we look forward to coming back again soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donna, Thank you for allowing us to share our little piece of heaven with you. We're glad you enjoyed your stay. Keep our Comfort Found Literary Lodging (VRBO #386838) in Damarsicotta in mind if the camp isn't available next time you visit the area. It is a year round apartment in the heart of town. Video available on the listing. Till next time, Jeff and Sharon
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5

Cozy Cottage with Fantastic Views

  • 5 of 5

We have visited South Bristol many times before, but this was our first time at this wonderful cottage. We were welcomed by our FAVORITE VIEWS across John's Bay to Pemaquid Point and out to "open ocean". The granite boulder strewn shore made us wish for "young legs" that could leap from boulder to boulder. The frequent traffic of lobster boats, sailboats, ducks, etc. breezed by...and there were more lobster buoys in view than we could count! The cottage is cozy and "delightfully" decorated in "Cottage" style... 'Colorful rag rugs on painted floors, old signage, vintage picnic baskets, yellow ware, benches, cupboards, a stone fireplace, book filled shelves & tabletops, comfortable furniture, a good bed, and a rocking chair lined porch.

Because the purpose of our time in Maine this year was relaxation, we dialed down to "low activity" level, cherishing our hours to ...talk, ...dream, ...read, ...rest...and read some more -- and what a perfect place to do just that! But we slept so well on the comfy bed each night, with the sound of the waves lapping the shore, that we were energized every day or so to venture out. So many sights, hikes, and activities are within an hour or less of South Bristol in any direction!

The South Bristol lobstermen's co-op steamed two large lobsters for us in their LARGE cooking pot on our first night and several thereafter. We brought them "home" and consumed them with 2 ears of sweet corn...yum! We DO love Maine lobster, and to be able to purchase it reasonably and nearby is a special treat that we frequently enjoyed.

Early one evening we were driving into Damariscotta to get Round Top's maple walnut ice cream cones, when suddenly we saw crossing the road in front of us a mama Mallard followed by seven TINY Ducklings -- and was she ever rushing those guys to HURRY across. Of course, we stopped...and flashed the lights for oncoming traffic to stop. What a SPECIAL sight it was!! Make Way For Ducklings!!!

Our forays out were ALL eventful and fun!!! However, our most restful and regenerative time was spent ABSORBING the water views, the sounds, and the peace of the cottage! We DO, indeed, hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tidewater, VA
5

Ten+ Stars: Can't wait to return

  • 5 of 5

I talk too much, and I love to write. But I don't have words for my week in South Bristol, ME. In the days leading up to my vistit I had terrifying buyers remorse. I immediately regretted how isolated the house was and couldn't get past "don't drink the water." The drive from Portland was a scenic 90 minutes filled with anxiety. As soon as I turned on to the drive up to the house I was certain I was lost and the National Guard would be looking for me by dawn.

I couldn't have been more wrong (or more RIGHT based on my 1st instincts!) This cottage is divine. I could have never in my wildest dreams imagined anything so close to heaven. Just when I was sure I was lost, the woods opened up revealing yet another prefect little hidden Maine cove. Two more driveways down and I was there. Heaven. The cottage is perfect. I referred to it several times as "rustic" but that might not be the right word. It's immaculately clean and decorated like something from the pages of a magazine... oh wait, that's because it is straight from more than one magazine! It had every amenity I could imagine. There must be several hundred books in the house, my idea of nirvana. The view is arguably the best in all of the state! Weather permitting, you MUST sleep with the windows open. On the first night I woke several times thinking I heard thunder... only when the sun came up did I realize it was the OCEAN crashing on the ledge!

I thought I'd spend seven days traveling up and down Route 1 but on THREE of those days, I couldn't bring myself to leave the house. I found the BEST sea glass, several pieces of milk glass and pottery. I picked dozens of mussels from the rocks and ate like a queen! It took a few days for me to get the Wi-Fi working which may have been divine intervention as disconnecting was why I was there! There's just no end. The bed is possibly the most comfortable ever, I had no trouble with the charming vintage stove. It took a flashlight to figure it out but once I saw how the damper opened it was easy breezy and I had the BEST fires every night and morst mornings! The water was a non-issue. There were at least eight one-gallon jugs of water and I bought a six/eight pack of small bottles to refill. Never thought twice about it.

I could go on forever but I'm running out of characters! Jeff & Sharon were WONDERFUL hosts. My questions were answered within the hour, they even checked in to be sure I was OK.

PERFECT!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Molly, for your kind and appreciative words. We feel the same way you do about the place. I try to error on the side of caution about the water. In the 19 years we've owned the property, nobody has gotten sick from the water, but some people might feel uncomfortable if they see the open reservoir. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Your review brought tears to Sharon's eyes we miss it so much, but it makes up happy others enjoy it the way we do, We often think about traveling up the coast to explore, but nothing can compare so why settle for less? Thanks again for your review. Much appreciated. Jeff and Sharon
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland JetPort
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Coveside Restaurant
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Wawenock Country Club (public course)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Coveside Restaurant
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

South Bristol Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Please note new service fee policy by VRBO/Homeaway added to the quoted rate. Owner does not profit from the service fee that VRBO/Homeaway retains as a booking fee. Receipt of your payment is your acknowledgement that you have read the information on this web site, and you thereby agree to our policies.

Check-in time: 4:00 p.m., check-out time: 11:00 a.m. unless prior arrangements are made.

Guests agree to a $300 surcharge if the non-smoking or no pet policies are violated.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund if cancellation is 30 days or more before arrival. Credit for amounts paid if cancellation is 30 days or less before arrival. If we can re-book the house for your scheduled stay, you will have the option of a full refund or a credit toward a future stay.

Rates for stays less than 30 days are subject to Maine State Use Tax.

When length of stay is reduced within 30 days of your scheduled arrival, credit only for unused nights.

Property damage protection is an option for our guests. We receive no compensation from the service provider. We do not collect a security deposit, however our guests will be held responsible for any damages (breakage, stains, etc.) to the property that occur during their stay. If a guest notices any damages to the property upon check-in, the guest is responsible for notifying us within 24 hours of the beginning of their stay or the guest may be held liable for such damages. If a guest causes any damages, we like to be notified immediately and determine what actions we need to take to remedy the situation.

Guests shall keep and maintain the camp in clean and secure condition during their stay and must leave the property in the same condition as it was found upon arrival, excluding normal wear and tear. Our housekeeper will change the bedding, remake the beds, and launder the towels.

We welcome questions before you make your reservation and during your stay.

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.
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