About the property
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On the water with views of Acadia, 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, steps to the ocean
Located on scenic Parker Point Road, our home, Edgewater, is just two miles from the center of the village of Blue Hill and is situated on it's own little peninsula overlooking Blue Hill Bay. It's a Maine classic, a charming gray-shingle cape from the front, looking deceptively like a single-story home, but with a dramatic two-level façade in back, featuring large bay windows and two decks facing the ocean. The wooded acre-and-a-half lot has more than 200 yards of oceanfront and is just steps away to a sweet cove and beach at low tide. Perfect for kayaking or canoeing.
The upper-floor entry level has two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and a deck facing the ocean, looking out to gorgeous sunrises over the bay. There is an attached bathroom with a handicap-accessible shower. All linens and towels, including beach towels, are provided. The second bedroom has two full-size beds, with down comforters, and a water view through pines.
The double-sized living room is very comfortable and is nicely decorated with classicly casual furnishings, antiques, a fireplace and cable TV. The ocean views from the living room are spectacular. Enjoy watching lobstermen pull up their traps and sailboats glide by. All manner of water birds, seals and wildlife abound. Because there is a full- height, walk-out lower level, the living room is on the upper level at the back of house, and from that elevated perch, the vistas of the bay are breathtaking. A large deck, which is accessible from both the living room and the dining room, is the perfect place to relax, dine, eat lobster, soak up the sun, have cocktails, listen to loons at dusk and view stars in brilliantly clear night skies
The eat-in kitchen is fully equipped, with an extensive collection of cooking utensils, china, flatware, glassware, and linens. There is a large refrigerator, an oven/range, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, two sinks and lobster pots. There is a half bath and pantry off the kitchen.
A two-car, attached garage with washer and dryer is off the kitchen.
A full-height, walk-out lower level with tall windows also has stunning ocean views. There is a large, comfy family room with a second satellite TV. There is also a queen-sized, pull-out sofa in the family room which can sleep two more. A nice-sized third bedroom on the lower level has a queen- size bed, a walk-in closet and sliding glass doors which open to more amazing ocean views. Another full bath with a shower is adjacent to this lower-level bedroom. A fourth bedroom with a queen bed and an in-suite bathroom is also on the lower level.
A grassy yard leading down to the water is great place to watch kids play, to soak up the sea air in an Adirondack chair or cook out on a charcoal grill.
The house comes equipped with high-speed internet, cable TV, and actually has central air conditioning, a rarity in Maine, although it is hardly ever needed.
The house is only five minutes from the lovely coastal village of Blue Hill. There is a good-size Tradewinds grocery store in the village, as well as a drug store, a library, a bookstore, a wine shop, a bakery, several charming independent retail shops and galleries, including our favorite, The Meadow of Blue Hill. The village also has a fine-dining restaurant (Arborvine), a classic bar and grill (Marlintini's), a lobster shack ( the Fishnet) and the Blue Hill Co-op for great local produce, and organic foods.
Acadia National Park and the mountains of Mount Desert Island, which you can see from Edgewater's decks, are only a 45 minute drive away and are must-visit highlights of any trip to the region. The nearby tourist port of Bar Harbor is always a fun experience before or after Acadia.
Blue Hill is half an hour from beautiful, historic Castine, the home of the Maine Maritime Academy. The scenic drive to Deer Isle and Stonington, a classic commercial lobstering village, is well worth the trip.
A little over 60 miles away, in Rockland, is the Farnsworth Art Museum which features works by three generations of Wyeths, N. C., Andrew, and James, along with works by other artists from Maine. You'll find numerous antique shops along the route to Rockland.
Closer to home, a hike to the top of Blue Hill affords incredible views and a good work-out. There are plenty of local farmers' markets weekly, and there is the Blue Hill Fair. And for the intrepid antique buff, opportunities are all around. Still, you'll find it hard to leave the fragrance of salt water and pines and the enchanting ocean views of Edgewater.
The house is very close to water on two sides, it has two decks well above ground level and it isn't child-proofed. The two decks are a particular concern to us as owners. To facilitate snow removal, there are nine-inch gaps between the bottoms of safety railings and deck surfaces. Our worst nightmare is that an adventurous toddler could be unattended (even for a few moments), could go out to one of the desks, could slip easily through its safety-rail gap and could fall more than ten feet to hard gravel below. As a consequence, we prefer not to rent to families with children under the age of six.
Anne and Steve Dotson
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Anne and Steve Dotson
After nearly 30 years of going to Maine every summer with our kids, and now our grandkids, and renting wonderful homes on the shore, we finally bought our own piece of paradise in 2014. This is our home away from home, and we have furnished it as if we lived here full time. We live in Columbus, Ohio when we aren't in "our Maine". Steve is retired and Anne is still working (but not for much longer). As very experienced renters, we have tried to think of everything that you might like, need and want in a vacation home, and we have provided it at Edgewater.
Anne and Steve Dotson purchased this House in 2014
Why Anne and Steve Dotson chose Blue Hill
We have always adored the village of Blue Hill, and we started going there over a decade ago, after many years of vacationing in mid- coast Maine near Boothbay Harbor. Parker Point, in particular, is such a beautiful road with many lovely homes. Last October, on the last day of our vacation, we noticed this sweet house which had just come on the market. It was love at first sight, and we were captivated by the location and truly gorgeous views. Plus, it was the perfect size for us at this stage of our lives, AND it had two first floor bedrooms. SO we bought it, and celebrated our first of many Christmases in Blue Hill in 2014
What makes this House unique
What we love about this house is that it's "quiet in the front, and a party in the back". It looks deceptively like a sweet little one-story cape from the front, facing Parker Point Road, but then -- WOW -- when seen from the back. The ocean side is magnificent, with two stories and two large bay-window additions done a few years ago. There is water on three sides with land jutting out on its own little peninsula. The drop-off to a small cove is not very steep, and the little gravel beach is perfect for hanging out at low tide with kids and buckets, which is not always possible on the Maine coast. All this serene beauty and we are only 5 minutes out of Blue Hill. So whether you need to drive to town for a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, or a bottle of wine, or almost any convenience it is only moments away.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Precious Time / Precious Memories
As a gradually aging physician, I was fast looking for a familiar place
to recharge and reconnect with partner and old childhood friends; and
given my many happy memories of visits to Mt. Desert and the Blue Hill
Peninsula, this part of Maine seemed to stand out as the right place. Well,
Blue Hill indeed remains the lovely coastal Maine village it has always been
and Edgewater is beautifully tucked into one of the most quiet and inviting
parts of this small town. The house feels at once both elegantly understated
and welcoming while the property is pleasingly private. Perfectly sited with
many windows and decks, the house's interior seems to magically spill out
onto the cove below and Blue Hill Bay beyond. The owners' entire account
of the house matches precisely except, perhaps, for an important descriptive
omission of the level of sheer serenity which seems to just bathe the place.
The owner could not have been more convivial and helpful by phone, email
and letter. So, here's to you, Steve! We all thank you for a week that will always
be remembered and treasured. Cheers!
Jim, Beth, Ron and Karen
We really enjoyed our week at this property. The household was well equipped for making dinner in house, including linens which made for less packing on our part. The view was spectacular! We arrived to a very clean house. We drove some of our days out to Acadia Park and Bar Harbor. The town of Blue Hill is quaint and inviting. We also rented kayaks for the week and enjoyed beautiful rides along the coastline. Its very calm and peaceful. As others have mentioned the home has DVD's for viewing, books, puzzles etc. I highly recommend it for families. The owners are great communicators and responsive. See for yourself!
This was our 3rd rental in blue hill and by far our favorite. Well stocked home with lots of sleeping options. All rooms very private.. we love Parker Point ! Steve is a wonderful host.
A Magical Week in Blue Hill
If waking up every morning to the day’s soft light and an unobstructed view of the sun rising above Acadia sounds good to you. Or wandering along the private shore behind your house to count the endless hermit crabs. Or spending hours in front of a glorious bay window, sipping a glass of wine and gazing at the water ebbing and flowing with the tides. Or cooking that special dinner with friends or family while watching the mist settle upon the bay. Or finishing the day with thousands of stars above. And then sleeping through the night with not a sound besides nature herself. If any of this sounds wonderful, you can have them all every day you spend at Edgewater. What a magical week it was.
Thank you, Steve and Ann, for sharing your perfect home with travelers wanting to experience the tranquility and loveliness of Maine.
What is the one thing I would change? Nothing!
In our welcoming notebook about Edgewater for guests to read, Anne and I write that we want our guests to feel -- pampered. When Eileen writes in rhapsody in describibg her experiences, we could not possibly be more pleased.
Gorgeous home with breathtaking views
The Edgewater is a gorgeous home on a gorgeous property. The owners have thought of every detail to make your stay tcomfortable and enjoyable. Our family enjoyed daytrips to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbour, Camden and Rockland. We would go back again in a heartbeat!
Beautiful house - perfect jumping off point
The house was perfect for our group of six. Everyone had their own space. Location was close enough to Acadia for day trips but not overly touristy. Charming town, good restaurants, and plenty of hiking! The house had everything we needed and the owners were great to work with. We particularly enjoyed the fire pit in the evenings. Sunrises over the water were also a highlight. We rented kayaks and the bay was very calm and serene. I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a great Maine experience. Our family voted this one of our best vacations to date.
Rates & Availability
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Cancellation Policy: payments for rental charges and lodging tax are not refundable UNLESS another reservation (or reservations) is made for the same calendar period by another guest(s). Payment of damage deposit ($500) is fully refundable.