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Stunning, private oceanfront cottage with dock/mooring

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Gorgeous and airy 4br cottage in quiet setting with great views & private dock.

This beautiful and meticulously maintained cottage comfortably sleeps 8 with an updated, classy Maine decor and offers great sunsets across nearby islands. Check our website by clicking on the link below. It is located on a quiet cove and named for the osprey that soar above looking for fish. It is 4 scenic miles from downtown Boothbay Harbor, an adorable Maine village full of great shops, restaurants, bars and ice cream. The cottage is a fresh, quiet Maine getaway minutes from all kinds of fun activities, a dream vacation spot! It's a mile to the amazing Maine Botanical Gardens! Located at the end of a private road on beautiful Sawyers Island (accessible by car! No boat needed!) in Boothbay, Maine, it sits ten feet from the ocean. Recently renovated, the cottage is light and airy and offers lots of privacy. Unlike many Maine cottages it is fully equipped with all of the amenities you would need and want including hi-speed wireless internet and cable. It has a fully equipped eat-in kitchen with ocean views and is thoughtfully furnished with 100% cotton sheets, fresh new towels and new mattresses that are incredibly comfortable (this is so important to us when we travel too!). The grounds are perfect for those lobster cook outs and heated croquet games. This cottage and setting is the exact setting you've been dreaming of and the dock has provided our own children with their private star gazing spot, try it.

The large master bedroom has a queen size bed, high-end reading lights and private sitting area (we all need to escape now and then...). The cottage has a dock and float (with swim ladder) to make kayaking, looking at the seals or picnicking on the islands and water sports an easy pleasure. The dock is accessible by boat at quarter tide or above and flats out for part of the tide cycle. For boaters there is even a mooring included with the cottage! Cozy up infront of the gorgeous wood stove and there is a heating unit as well. The Boothbay Region offers a wide variety of summer activities and diversions and is near great shopping in Freeport and LL Bean. Portland is an easy hour and 15 minute drive from Boothbay. The ferry to Monhegan Island leaves from Boothbay and is a favorite day trip. Camden and Rockport are also easy and fun day trips from the house. It is a destination vacation spot for those in the know looking for a quiet relaxing time.

Amenities: Linens are included (650 thread cotton and fresh towels)


Private dock and float (with swim ladder)

Private mooring

Wireless internet and cable TV

Sound system with Ipod dock

Answering Machine (I think someone left a message on it a few years ago...)

Monitor heating system

Coffee Maker


Bagel sized toaster





Activities: Nearby the area offers the following:

Basketball Courts


Bike Rentals

Boat Rentals/Charters


Deep Sea and Striper Fishing

Dining at local lobster docks

Fly Fishing

Hiking/Biking Trails

Kayaking - great setting



Scuba Diving

Tennis Courts

Whale Watching

Area: It's an easy drive to Freeport's town of factory outlets and L. L. Bean. The 250 acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is about a mile away. A day trip to Monhegan is a popular trip and there are numerous hiking trails on the Boothbay Region Land Trust properties located all around the house.

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park is just a side day trip away.

Many art studios are available all along the Maine coast. The famous Farnsworth Gallery in Rockland houses numerous Wyeth family paintings.

More Details

Charlie Birlem
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, german, very basic german
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Charlie Birlem

I am a recently widowed retiree (but not 'over the hill or so our kids tell me anyway), who grew up in Maine and have fulfilled our dream of retiring home to Maine! This cottage was our family cottage and we raised our children with summers here (this is a photo of myself and our new granddaughter, Norah). I am from Southwest Harbor, on Mount Desert Island and come from a long line of sea captains who resided on Cranberry Island. So I understand the beauty of Maine and know much of what couples and friends are seeking in a vacation. I live in the Boothbay area and am available whenever you need but I am an unobtrusive home owner! I hope you come and enjoy the magic of Osprey Watch!

Charlie Birlem purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Charlie Birlem chose Boothbay

This is a stunning, private and quiet setting on desirable Sawyers Island (accessible by car). It is near the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the unique Trevett Country Store, yet not far from 'downtown Boothbay Harbor'. There are many opportunities for walking, photography and kayaking from our float. We are surrounded by islands and there are many seals on the ledges just off this setting. You will hear them barking at night.

What makes this cottage unique

The views are always interesting and vary during the day as the cottage faces southwest. Evening sunsets can be spectacular and there is a good deal of boat traffic across the head of the cove - both tour boats from the harbor and local fishing boats.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Boothbay, Maine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Recently updated and it works!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , sitting area, water view
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , water view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , water view
  • Master Is quiet, has a recliner for reading, a sitting area and game table with water views.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • deck chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • veranda
  • Water Skis
  • wooden decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Email about wheelchair access so we can explain. Baby ready with crib, playpen, stroller, toys and high chair.


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Stunning, private oceanfront cottage with dock/mooring
average rating of 4.851852 based on 27 reviews

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

My wife, dog and I vacationed here the week of Labor Day, and are already looking forward to returning again. It truly felt like our home way from home, with every amenity one needs and more. The cottage was thoroughly clean and comfortable, providing the perfect place to sit in the quiet and watch boats go by, or serve as a jumping off point to downtown and the many wonderful parks and trails the area provides. Charlie was great and offered some tips for attractions / things to do / etc. I definitely recommend this cottage to anyone looking to experience Maine in an ideal setting.

  • Review Submitted: 07/09/2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view, clean and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was exactly as described. It was clean, well-equipped, and comfortable. It was the perfect place for our family to relax and enjoy the view!

  • Review Submitted: 31/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Instant relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This was the second year we've stayed at Charlie's cottage and I think we appreciated it, even more, this time around. Its location is perfect being right on the cove with easy access to kayaking and there are multiple sitting areas in and around the cottage for everyone to relax and unwind in their own space. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay and the owner was a gentleman. He was attentive, meeting us the day we arrived - wanting us to enjoy everything the area has to offer. The cottage was light filled and very clean. The location was private but near to the places we wanted to see and an easy trip to a great fish market (for the lobsters we ate multiple evenings) and the supermarket for everything else which may not sound like much but it really mattered!

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Happy with our Stay, but don't expect the waterfront view all day.

  • 3 of 5

Property came as advertised with newer appliances, comfortable beds, and beautiful porch. The view however, is of mud when it's low tide which can be a good portion of the day. When it's high tide, the view is gorgeous but I think this is something folks should know going in.

  • Review Submitted: 30/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a disappointing review since renting for 32 years, this is the first comment on the tides. We explain up front in the description that..."The dock is accessible by boat at quarter tide or above and flats out for part of the tide cycle." The tides are 10' on average and the dock not accessible for 3 or 4 of 12 hours in a cycle, hardly a "good part of the day" as reported here. My feeling is they didn't read the description or house rules which we post and encourage guests to become familiar with. We had other issues with this group and perhaps this is the echo of that.
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Wonderful cottage on the Ocean

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage in a private setting with wonderful water views. The recently added deck offers ocean breezes that really add to the experience. If you enjoy walking or running the roads are infrequently travelled and there are endless ocean vistas along many routes. Wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 25/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
McSeagull's, et. al., Boothbay Harbor, ME
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Balmy Days to Monhegan Island
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Boothbay Harbor Country Club
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Brunswick, ME, Amtrak's Downeaster
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Rt. 27
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor
Nearest Ski
90 Miles
Sunday River, Bethel, ME
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Hendrick's Head, Southport, ME
Car: necessary

Located on the beautiful Boothbay peninsula along the western shore among a group of islands. All you will see from the cottage are islands, boats and seals.

Other Activities: Kayaking

Golf: Boothbay Country Club is a lovely 18 hole course with a full service and popular restaurant. Guests may call for tee times and arrange carts. Check the website for more information and course layout.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Boothbay, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Peak
21 Apr 2018 - 23 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season
24 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
Off Peak
8 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$120.95 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$268.78
Pet Fee AU$134.39 + Tax

$500 deposit with booking, bring up to one half by Feb. 1st and balance due 30 days before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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