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Beach House with Private Sand Beach

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,120 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

The quintessential beach house, with a private sand beach

Come to Rockport and stay in the beach house at "Duck Down"! September is often warm enough for swimming and boating, and October is all about the fall foliage surrounding Rockport Harbor and environs. Resident seals, egrets, mallards, gulls, cormorants, and the belted kingfisher will keep you company during your stay.

When you dine at the beach house you are directly over the water on the deck and a private sand beach is right outside your door.

Also, don't miss our amazing video. Just scroll past the last photo and take a look!

“Duck Down” is very privately located at the end of a cul-de-sac; the very end of which is Rockport Harbor, in mid-coast Maine, on Penobscot Bay, famous for fabulous boating and mouth-watering lobsters. We still have an active fleet of lobstermen here in the Harbor.

Among the unique features of this waterfront residential compound is the private, sand beach – a rarity in these parts, a beach house directly on the beach, perennial gardens, vegetable and herb gardens, and exquisite landscaping with large boulder walls and masses of rosa rugosa.

Granite steps in the landscaping lead to the beach house and private sand beach. Here you will find the quintessential Maine beach house where sand on the floor is de rigueur. There is a living room with glass sliding doors that lead out onto the deck. Another door in the living room area leads you to the beach. In this room, you will also find a gas fired stove with glass front. There is a pullman kitchen here, as well as a powder room.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms with water views furnished with queen size beds. There is a full bathroom with a combination shower and tub and ample sink and counter space.

Last, and most importantly, is the private sand beach. Set up the beach umbrella, pull out the chairs from the beach toy shed, and sit awhile. Make a beach fire with s'mores for dessert, collect beach glass and innumerable shells. Watch the boats and the osprey nest. Generally kick back and enjoy!

Guests can rent kayaks (there are two available for tenants) and bicycles (there are three available for tenants) right in Rockport, take a sail on the schooner “Heron”, visit the nearby charming towns of Camden, with Camden Hills State Park overlooking the whole of Penobscot Bay, as well as a number of historic schooners; Rockland, where the Farnsworth Art Museum is well noted for its Wyeth collection covering three generations, and many high quality art galleries. One can also go farther afield up to Acadia National Park, or south to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor or to the hip and happening city of Portland.

Cultural offerings abound, including the Bay Chamber Concerts in the historic Rockport Opera House, and Shakespearean plays presented in plein aire in the Bok Amphitheater. This marvel was designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, at the National Historic Landmark -the Camden Public Library.

When you are ready to take a break from lobsters on the beach house deck, you can head for an amazing array of restaurants with chefs who have received James Beard awards, like Primo in Rockland, charming bistros like Francine in Camden, and the internationally acclaimed Natalie’s at the Camden Harbor Inn. If you want something really nearby, take a short walk into the quaint village to visit Eighteen Central Street or Nina June.

So come to “Duck Down”, have a beach fire (wood included) , see the sites, sail on the Bay, play a round of golf, or just spend the day barefoot on your own private sand beach collecting sea glass and wonderful memories.

More Details

Owner
Marsha Steinglass
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About Marsha Steinglass

We moved to Maine from Westport, Connecticut because we fell in love with the ocean, the Harbor, the beautiful villages, and the private sand beach on our property. It was originally an acre with 200' of shorefront. We remodeled the boat shop on the beach, and we now call it the 'Beach House.' Then in 2008 we charmed (okay, begged) the internationally famous Hugh Newell Jacobsen to design a house for us on a slightly higher elevation here, which is featured in the October 2010 Architectural Digest. Along the way, we had two sons and sold 1/3 of the original acre. We and our boys sailed in the summer and skied at the local ski hill the 'Snowbowl' in the winter. We all took two adventurous sailing trips together, one to the Bahamas and one to the Caribbean. We have bought and sold investment property locally as well as managed our own rentals over the past 30 years.

Marsha Steinglass purchased this house in 1973

Why Marsha Steinglass chose Mid-Coast & Islands

My husband and I grew up in the New York City area. When we were 25 years old and lived in Westport, CT, we discovered Maine on one of our exploring trips to find a place for Vic to set up his veterinary practice. We drove through Camden and Rockport and took the ferry out to Islesboro Island and we were hooked. Much to the consternation of our parents, we packed up and went to live in Maine in a tiny little house with a private sand beach. It was the first house we ever purchased, and we really knew nothing about the house. We went through it with the real estate broker by candle light. When it boiled down to it, all we cared about was the private sand beach. We slept on the beach in sleeping bags the first night of our ownership. Then we ourselves renovated the boat repair shop located directly on the beach and moved into it. Our children grew up in it, we heated with wood, and brought our groceries down the hill to the Boat House by sled in the winter.

Our sons grew up while we weren't looking, and now have their own homes. Vic and I retired five years ago, shortly thereafter we had this amazing house built. After 41 years we are still here and hope to be here forever.

What makes this house unique

In 1973, when we were kids, we bought this little house and boat shop and rolled up our sleeves to work on the property. We renovated the boat shop and moved in, started a family,

We joke that we have moved three times, all on the same wonderful property. So the things that drew us here were, once again, the beach, the beautiful yet sophisticated little towns,and the warmth of the people who accepted us and took us under their wings to welcome us to Maine. Our kids are expert skiers, fisherman, and sailors because we brought them up here. They respect the environment, and were schooled in wonderful small and safe schools. We love to work on landscaping and construction, and every once in awhile, we take time to enjoy our beloved beach. We agree with the slogan that this state offers 'the way life should be.'

Amenities

Rockport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1120 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , This is the 1/2 bath on the lower level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , This is the bathroom on the 2nd floor
  • The flooring in the bathroom on the second floor and the powder room on the first floor of the Beach House is finished wood.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This is the second bedroom in the beach house.
  • The bedrooms in the Beach House are carpeted and are very simple, in a beach house style.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There will be a landscape company in charge of mowing the lawns on the property as well as a person in charge of checking on things in general and the gardens. Tenants are invited to participate in the care of the gardens if so desired. A house cleaning service comes between tenants.

Reviews

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Beach House with Private Sand Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Greenville SC
5

Wonderful anniversary week

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Duck Down. It was our 50th anniversary celebration with our family of 8. We had the beach house and the main house (Architectural Digest 2010) The private beach, the rowboat, the kayaks, and the bicycles were all put to use. We enjoyed walking to Rockport to Nina Junes. We enjoyed biking through the residential neighborhood homes and gardens of Rockport and Camden. We enjoyed cutting flowers in the garden and herbs in the herb garden. We had a bonfire on the beach and fixed S'mores. It was below the high tide mark and the beach was pristine the next morning. We enjoyed the ferry to Monhegan and McCloon's Lobster. We had several meals using the gas grill as well as a steamed lobster meal.We had a wonderful Anniversary Dinner in a private room in the Italian Restaurant at the Samoset after enjoying drinks and appetizers on the oceanfront patio. Camden shops and the Shakespeare Festival were great. Camden Sports and the Maine State Prison shop for model boats on Thomaston was nearby. We collected LOTS of seaglass. Marcia and Vince were great hosts! We hated to leave. If you haven't BEEN to the area before Wyeth country and Rockland are close by and Tall ship 1/2 day sails are available.

Papadoc Greenville SC

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much to Papadoc and his family! We hope to see you again someday at "Duck Down"!
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Bedford Corners, New York
5

Stunning house in spectacularly beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in Rockport at Duck Down this summer. I’m not sure where to start to describe the property. The Steinglasses are outstanding hosts and were available by phone/text messaging. This is their year-round house and it is maintained in impeccable condition and outfitted with everything you would need. We were greeted by a warm pie in the oven and a generous gift certificate for fresh lobsters at a local seafood shop.

The house is a stunning contemporary house designed by one of the world's great architects. If you appreciate modern architecture then you will feel like you died and went to heaven. The spaces are open with very high ceilings and light and it just feels good to be in the spaces. The kitchen is open and very well stocked. There is a large dining room table for 8. The living room furniture is very comfortable. The two bedrooms downstairs are large and well outfitted. The master bathroom is a masterpiece of minimalist clean design with a beautiful double shower and a soaking tub.

The boathouse is very charming and a fully functional house with an awesome deck perched over the water, its own bathroom and a great outdoor shower. It has two bedrooms and is very private and separate from the main house.

The highlight of the whole experience is the gorgeous piece of property overlooking the magical harbor of Rockport. The house sits perched above the harbor with unbelievable views out toward Penobscot Bay. There is a large sandy beach below the house to which you have full access. There is a boathouse with kayaks, equipment and outdoor games. The kids spent hours playing in the sand, wading in the (cold) water, playing with the various outdoor games provided, etc. The view of the harbor is incomparable from the house. We spent hours on the deck off the second level living space enjoying the view. It is located one minute from the center of the little village of Rockport. We ate our best meal of the week at 18Central oyster bar restaurant in Rockport. Supermarkets are nearby.

There are numerous outdoor activities available nearby, including a kayaking trip, hiking trip, swimming in a lake and working out at the local YMCA. Fresh produce is available nearby.

In summary, this is a SPECTACULAR house in a STUNNING location with numerous opportunities for activities nearby. If you have an opportunity to rent this house you will not be disappointed in any way. We can’t wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your amazing appreciation of "Duck Down". We try hard to be good landlords and to present a good product. Your acknowledgement of our efforts is heartwarming!
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Greenville SC
5

Grammar correction

  • 5 of 5

Maine Sports and Thomaston prison store WERE

nearby (not was)

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Another fabulous Duck Down experience!

  • 5 of 5

Hard to believe we topped last years Duck Down stay, but we did! Another wonderful week spent with friends re visiting some of our favorite places and restaurants in Camden, Rockland and Boothbay Harbor. The house is lovely, all the comforts you could dream of with an amazing view of the harbor. So many things to fall in love with, the view, the private beach, the garden full of fresh vegi's & herbs. The neighborhood is charming and an excellent place to get out for an early morning walk/jog. Plenty of lobster and clams to chow down on. Be sure to visit Kerry & Patrick at Rockport Lobster. They are amazing, never let you down! Thank you Vic and Marsha for sharing your jewel of a home with us. It was so nice to finally meet you both and spend some time together! So all we can say is until next time!! #duckdown #rockportme #lobster #kerry&patrick #memories

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For our Georgian friends, we so enjoyed your stay here at "Duck Down." Everyone in town knows you now and are awaiting your return!
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5

Couldn't have made a better choice!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in this wonderful home called "Duck Down" for a week during the month of June. We came from Florida to enjoy the beautiful Maine weather and scenery. Both Vic and Marsha greeted us upon our arrival to show us the workings of their home. We immediately felt like family as everything in their home immediately became ours including liquor in the liquor cabinet. The only Caveat was that if we finished a bottle to "please replace it". My wife and I fell in love with the home, the location, and most of all the view of the Harbor with our own private beach. The home is modern with all the creature comforts one could expect and more.... You could tell immediately that the owners have a lot of pride in ownership. We rode bikes into Camden (10 minutes or less) and had a short drive into either Camden or Rockland both just minutes away. Thank you Vic and Marsh for one of the most special weeks of our lives!!!!! Debbie and Scott

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Whoa! We are so very complimented by this review! We can't thank you enough for your kind comments. We hope to see you in Rockport again. Vic and Marsha
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5

Gorgeous home on Rockport Harbor

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Duck Down for a week last summer. The house is lovely architecturally and was pristinely clean upon our arrival. The view is second to none. The kitchen had every appliance and item we needed - with one tiny exception which was rectified by the property manager personally and immediately. The private beach is a treasure, especially for my two sons who spent every possible hour walking on the rocks and watching (and catching) crabs and seaweed in the tides. Marsha and Vic, the property owners, were very helpful and easy and pleasant to work with. I can not say one negative thing about Duck Down! We are returning this coming summer and staying longer, which speaks for itself.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is what makes being a landlord so much fun! Good friends, good cheer, and unabashed enthusiasm.
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Nearest Airport
9.6 Miles
Knox County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nina June and Oyster Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Lincolnville and Rockland
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Goose River and Samoset Resort
Nearest Train
90 Miles
Portland
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
I95
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nina June and Oyster Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
Private sand beach on the property
Car: recommended

Resident seals, egrets, mallards, gulls, cormorants, and the belteted kingfisher will keep you company during your stay.

When you dine at the beach house you are directly over the water on the deck.

“Duck Down” is very privately located at the end of a cul-de-sac; the very end is Rockport Harbor, in mid-coast Maine, on Penobscot Bay, famous for fabulous boating and mouth-watering lobsters. We still have an active fleet of lobstermen here in the Harbor.

Among the unique features of this waterfront residential compound is the private, sand beach – a rarity in these parts, a beach house directly on the beach, perennial gardens, vegetable and herb gardens, and exquisite landscaping with large boulder walls and masses of rosa rugosa.

Guests can rent kayaks and bicycles right in Rockport, take a sail on the schooner “Heron”, visit the nearby charming towns of Camden, with Camden Hills State Park overlooking the whole of Penobscot Bay, as well as a number of historic schooners; Rockland, where the Farnsworth Art Museum is well noted for its Wyeth collection covering three generations, and many high quality art galleries. One can also go farther afield up to Acadia National Park, or south to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor or to the hip and happening city of Portland.

Cultural offerings abound, including the Bay Chamber Concerts in the historic Rockport Opera House, and Shakespearean plays presented in plein aire in the Bok Amphitheatre. This marvel was designed by landscape architect Fletcher Steele, at the National Historic Landmark -the Camden Public Library.

When you are ready to take a break from lobsters on the balcony dining area or the beach house deck, you can head for an amazing array of restaurants with chefs who have received James Beard awards, like Primo in Rockland, charming bistros like Francine in Camden, and the internationally acclaimed Natalie’s at the Camden Harbor Inn. If you want something really nearby, take a short walk into the quaint village to visit Shepherd’s Pie or Salt Water Farm.

So come to “Duck Down”, have a beach fire (wood included) , see the sites, sail on the Bay, play a round of golf, or just spend the day barefoot on your own private sand beach collecting sea glass and wonderful memories..

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Fifty percent of the total rental is due upon reservation. There is no refund if plans change, unless the vacancy can be filled. The remainder along with the security deposit is due one week before arrival. Payment by personal check is preferred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.