|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Welcome to Tir na nOg, which, according to Irish folklore, refers to a magical realm where everlasting youth, beauty, health and abundance reigns!
The road up to the Chops is a very early road dating from well before Bath separated from Georgetown in 1718.Due to the large numbers of Scots-Irish and Irish settlers, this area was known as 'Ireland'!
Zacheus Crooker and his wife Polly Merrit moved to this land after their marriage in 1800. They built the current home in 1845, where they raised their 12 children.
The hillside perch of the brick cape with later wooden addition allows an appreciation of its Federal qualities.
This spacious home has plenty of room for your family to relax and enjoy year round. The rooms are large, there are plenty of areas within the house which allow for quiet and serenity, 'away from the crowd' so to speak! The house is surrounded by trees and ample lawn space for both sunny and shaded relaxation outside. Greet the morning by watching the sunrise year round as it rises above Lines Island, just across the Kennebec River beyond the marshlands.
As you enter the house from the front door, you step into a booklined foyer that leads to the kitchen. On your left is the dining room, on the right it the 26'7' back to front living room with beautiful non working brick hearth. The kitchen is huge, plenty of room for preparing and cooking great meals on the antique butcher block island (purchased from an actual butcher), large eat in area, and views to the South and East. Off the kitchen you may retire to the oh so inviting cozy library, with books, working fireplace, tv, VCR and DVD player enclosed within antique wooden armoir. Enjoy free wifi from the terribly comfortable couch and a variety of oversize and rocking chairs for seating options.
Upstairs, you enter the second floor foyer, and encounter an additonal light filled reading nook with relaxing rose colored love seat and table.
To your right is the spacious master bedroom, which includes two Northern facing windows, a vintage Queen sized wooden bed, built in child bed, gorgeous non working fireplace, a chaise for resting and reading, vanity table/mirror, and plenty of room all around.
To your right off the foyer is the second bedroom, which holds a full size vintage brass headboard bed, window facing South, a bureau and a desk.
The spacious second floor powder room with separate shower plus antique clawfoot tub has beautiful wide plank pine floors, with a cozy tuffet for resting after your bath, Southern facing window adds beautiful light all day.
The house has many charming historic details, is extremely comfortable, and quiet. The layout of the space lends itself to plenty of space for privacy and socializing. Enjoy cooking in the huge kitchen with seprate eat-in dining area (see photo) and its copper pots, then relax in the regal dining room with river views, antiques and art galore.
The house is surrounded by Maple, Oak, Poplar, Birch and Willow trees, that host myriad feathered friends who enjoy the many feeders! Look out back to the field and woods beyond or gaze East, to the Bath Preservation marshland that separates you from the beatutiful Kennebec River and Lines Island.
Remote but acessible, you can retreat or flourish with all the fabulous surrounding ammenities including Reid State Park, Popham Beach, Bradbury Mountain State Park and nearby tourist attractions of Boothbary Harbor, L.L.Bean in nearby Freeport, shopping in downtown Bath and Brunswick with its many great restaurants, movie theatres, cultural festivals, art galleries, Kayak and canoe rentals available in Brunswick.
Downtown Bath has beautiful restaurants, cafes, bookstores, antiques, fashion and clothing stores,year round Sat Farmers market , a must do for visitor friendly socializing....meet the locals! Check out the Choclate Church for local listings of music, art and live theatre...just 12 minutes away from the house!
Enjoy whale watching and Coastal Botanical gardens in nearby Boothbay. Drive over to Brunswick to visit the Bowdin College campus and its Peary-MacMillian Artic Musuem and Bowdin College Art Musuuem: culture abounds!
Looking for a relaxing drive? Head out to scenic Orrs and Bailey Islands off Harpswell, Cundy's Harbor for fishing villages, fabulous restaurants, pursuit of the perfect whoopie pie, or relish another fabulous entry on your lobster roll 'must have' bucket list!
Travel up to Port Clyde or Boothbay to catch a ferry out to the outstanding vistas of Monhegan Island.
Staying closer to home enjoy the Bath Nature Preserve and its abutting 160 acres of nature and trails, just outside! the door! Just down the street to capture incredible views of bald eagles and many other feathered friends and wildlife around Merrymeeting Bay, where you can self launch kayaks and canoes that are available for rental in nearby Brunswick (Seaspray or Up the Creek Rentals). Check out Bath's Thorne Head, Whiskeap Trail and Sewall Woods nature preserves for additional adventurous or restful walks, depending on your mood!
I fell in love with this unique property at first sight, but the more I learned about the history of the Crooker family who farmed and operated a lumber mill on this original site (12 children lived in this home), the more I knew this was the perfect home for me.
The peninsula was called 'Ireland' because of the many eighteenth century settlers who were Irish or Scotch Irish.
The Bath nature preserve with it's 141 acres of untouched land means that I can imagine myself back in the days when the Crooker's first built the house, cutting and shipping logs down the Kennebec River, hearth fires glowing, sowing the hay in the back acres.
The property is a bird watcher's delight, remote, quiet and abutting the Butler Head Nature Preserve. Enjoy stargazing, nature trails for walking and hiking, with informational brochures that identify the local flora and fauna.
Lose yourself in the woods, walking through fields and curving roads to Butler Head Nature Preserve, then return home to the comforts afforded by a solid, original 18450 country home that ensures your visit will be comfortable, restful, quiet, and soothing, while offering you myriad opportunities for recreation, culture, fabulous restaurants, shops, musuems and art galleries, fishing villages, incredible beaches nearby.
Enjoy the Bath Maine experience and all it entails and then return to this beautiful home, on a slight rise in the road, looking out over fields, river and woods and imagine yourself as the original owners who built this amazing sturdy home in 1845.
It was just what the doctor ordered, staying in Elizabeth's peaceful and home. We were so happy to be close to Bath town center yet far enough away to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside. We slept well and caught up on lots of reading---we had our pick of comfortable spots to enjoy a cuppa and a good back. It must be magical in winter.
Will return in 2016. H & C Eastman
Such a lovely country home! :-)
I've rang in the New Year here not once... but twice! Once in 2010, and again this year in 2015... and I fell in Love all over again! This cozy home has such charm... and so welcoming with such comfortable furnishings! The fully appointed kitchen was great, whether you were making a nice pot of soup or just a mug of tea... and I so enjoyed watching the birds or a woodpecker at the feeders in the back yard! It was lovely to curl up with a book or a movie by the fire... or take a nice warm bath in the claw-foot tub... so relaxing, and I had the best night's sleep!
Elizabeth was a great hostess, very helpful with her recommendations! The town of Bath is so picturesque and quaint! I look forward to going back in the Spring and/or Summer months! And her suggestion to visit nearby Orrs Island and Bailey Island was spot on... so beautiful! Oh, and the Winter market in Brunswick... don't miss it! Such a charming home... I can't wait to go back! :-)
We enjoyed our stay in Bath tremendously ! The home is every bit as charming as the ad states- we would recommend it to anyone looking for a little getaway in picturesque New England ! The location is great, set in the country but just a quick trip into town. The owner is helpful, honest, informative and flexible. We will definitely be back!
My husband and I wanted a wintry romantic getaway from our busy life. We found it in your beautifully appointed historic farmhouse. Delightful ambiance, a true step back in time while being cozy, comfortable and also with modern amenities.
A beautiful spot to view the sunrise while having morning coffee and afternoon tea.
The location was perfect- close to town and restaurants but far enough away to embrace the soothing solitude.
We left rested and rejuvenated and will definitely return – perhaps in the spring/summer to enjoy the change of seasons.
The owner’s lovely home was immaculate down to the smallest details, which made our stay even better.
All in all beyond our expectations and we highly recommend!
John & Lisa
This is a wonderful home for those who want to enjoy peaceful country living but still be just minutes away from the restaurants and attractions of Bath. The acres of private grounds together with the river view made for a fabulous setting. Everything came as advertised, and the owner was so pleasant and helpful making sure we had everything we needed and providing suggestions for activities in the area. Highly recommended!
What a wonderful time we had staying at this historic home, just outside of Bath. We live in the city so it was so delightful to spend a week in this beautiful location. It felt as if we had stepped back in time and into another world. The house is so quiet, the furnishings were charming and we loved the fact that we were so close to nature. The wild turkeys and the native birds were a treat for these city folks.
It was such fun to explore the 8 acres of land and also to be so close to town. We loved shopping in downtown Bath, enjoying the Connemara Chicken &White Bean Chili at Byrnes Irish Pub in downtown Bath, after a day of sightseeing, and hitting the Farmer’s Markets in Brunswick and Bath. The craggy, coastal beach at Reid State Park is outstandingly beautiful, as was Popham Beach, both just 30 minutes away by car! In addition we popped down to Freeport to shop at LL Bean, plus enjoyed the art museum at nearby Bowdoin College.
We recommend this home to anyone. It was a perfect vacation and we look forward to returning.
Samuel and Grace Connoly
List of local Marinas
Maine Maritime Museum
Percy and Small Shipyard
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
207-443-1316 ext 321
Below the bridge, the only place for a berth or mooring is the Percy and Small Shipyard, located about a mile south of the bridge and part of the Maine Maritime Museum. Both dockage and moorings are available for visiting cruisers, and the rental of either includes admission to the museum.
Bath Fuel Comapny Marine
47 Commercial Street
Bath, ME 04530
207-443-3022 BFC Marine lies just above the bridge. Their floats are rented seasonally. Gas and water are available, and diesel can be delivered by truck. There is a small chandlery.
Bath Town Dock
Bath, ME 04530
The main float (between the large dolphins) for limited periods or overnight with reservations or permission. Depths are 15 feet at low, and fresh water is available. The town also rents a huge mooring.
Kennebec Tavern and Marina
119 Commercial St.
Bath, ME 04530
Kennebec Tavern and Marina (207-442-9636) lies north of the Town Landing. They rent heavy moorings to transients and keep space open on their floats for restaurant patrons. If there is a vacancy, they would be happy to put you on their docks. The fuel dock pumps gas and water and sells ice.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$66 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$663|