5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 9
What makes this House unique
Dock and beach. Big historic house with lots of land and space for games. Great screened porch for gathering, enjoying meals, and watching the sunset. House surrounded by large yards and fields of trees and wild flowers. Piano for sing-alongs, concerts, or just playing. No cleaning or other fees.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Great for big families
I’ve stayed at Clifford House a number of summers in a row, with different mixes of my brothers, cousins, and their spouses. The thing I like about this place is, it has two “units” (connected by a hall), each one has its own living room and kitchen, so everyone can “do their own thing” on their own schedule. Not to mention a big screened-in porch with great views. The lawns are so big, you can have croquet, volleyball, and Frisbee-throwing all at once, with room to spare. And there’s an interesting set of books in one of the hallways. And then, of course, it’s got a dock. What’s not to like?
Love this place!
My husband and I, who live in Maine, have spent our summer vacation week (or sometimes 2 weeks) at the Clifford House in South Bristol, Maine, every summer for the past TEN years. This fact alone will tell you how much we like it there. The house, large lawn, dock and small beach area are perfect for us and our three kids. We sometimes have other family or friends visit and stay overnight and there is plenty for room for that. The owners are wonderful people who are always helpful and informative. The area is beautiful and the whole experience is extremely relaxing, which is why we choose to spend our time there year after year.
excellent choice for large family gathering
Centrally located in what we would consider "Old Maine", this was the perfect fit for our family of 7 adults. Our family is close but we also enjoy our space and that was satisfied with two kitchens, two living areas and bedrooms spaced about the house, not to mention the large property for outside fun.
We found the house to be fully equipped with everything we needed. We like to dine out but we also like to cook and never wanted for anything.
My husband enjoyed casting off the pier where he caught mullet at high tide receding and tossed them back to live another day. We gathered on the pier at sunset to enjoy the brilliant colors and searched the beach for treasures at low tide.
The Boothbay area botanical garden was a great trip where everything was in full bloom, we took pictures and ideas home with us. Also spent a day at Pemaquid Point lighthouse, rock outcroppings and gorgeous beach.
It was a short drive to New Harbor where we took the ferry to Monhegan Island, no cars are allowed and history dates back to John Smith. We hiked the paths and climbed rocks and when we were hot and exhausted we came around a bend and found a brewery, of all things. They served cold beer in real glasses, none of that throwaway plastic! It was great!. Some of the group continued on to the Puffin Cruise and were not disappointed.
We found a great fish market and other tourist stuff in Demariscotta but for the most part we enjoyed the small businesses within walking distance of our house.
We cooked lobsters just one night and then decided we preferred the Fisherman's Co-op to steam them for us while we sat on their dock (BYOB) and enjoyed watching the fishermen prep their boats or unload the catch of the day.
All in all it was an excellent stay at the Clifford House, the perfect owners friendly and helpful but never intrusive. It's a bit of a trip from our home in Wisconsin but hope to return again in the future. Thank you John and family!
Beautiful location, perfect vacation spot!
I was lucky enough to spend a week at Clifford House this past August and enjoyed every second! The house itself is beautiful, well kept, and has plenty of space for any activity we desired, whether it was cocktails on the porch, cooking dinner in one or both kitchens, or just relaxing with coffee in the sunny breakfast nook. We were lucky enough to have spectacular weather throughout our stay and spent plenty of time enjoying the view out on the dock. South Bristol itself was lovely to bike or run around (although watch out, there are plenty of hills to keep you guessing!), and is the perfect amount of relaxed/off the tourist path without feeling like being in the middle of nowhere. There was also plenty to do in the surrounding area - the Boothbay Botanical Gardens were a beautiful attraction, and Pemequid Point may be my new favorite place on earth with it's spectacular rock formations and crashing waves! We also enjoyed checking out local breweries in Boothbay and on Monhegan Island and eating our way through plenty of seafood. I would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone looking for a getaway - this house is truly a gem - would love to return for another stay in the future!
We have spent a week at the Clifford House each summer for the last four years. The house is clean, charming and so Maine. The beautiful yard is expansive and perfect for young and old to play games or enjoy the magnificent view. The dock is great for fishing and water sports. The children love to walk to the local stores and restaurant. Pemaquid, a beautiful beach and swimming location is only 15 minutes away. We have no qualms about highly recommending the experience of a stay at the Clifford House.
The Flanagan Family
Our favorite summer location!
We feel that the Clifford House is our Maine home! We have been going there for the last 5 years and look forward to it each year. Each year we find another thing to love, kickball on the large lawn, a talent show in the living room, kayak races to the Gut, fishing off the dock and of course enjoying lobster and family while watching a beautiful sunset. We have kids of all ages from 6 to 76 and everyone loves their time. If you want to spend an amazing week with your family in a beautiful corner of the world, then I highly recommend the Clifford House. We are counting the days until we get back!
Clifford's Cove is 1/4 mile from open ocean. Clifford House has a spacious yard with plenty of room for volleyball and croquet. Use of the dock and float are included. Boat moorings are available at Christmas Cove, which is within walking distance. Boothbay Harbor, Pemaquid State Park and Beach, boat rentals, boat rides, moorings, and golf course are nearby.
Golf: Public golf course is 10 miles away.
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