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Fiona

Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french

Idyllic Family Home On Serene Tidal Bay, Dazzling Views, Designer Interiors.

13 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Saint George holiday house

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Gourmet Kitchen, Open Living/Dining, Spectacular Views

Harbor Cottage is a deeply comfortable, architect-renovated seaside home furnished with sensitivity to its idyllic location on the shore of a serene bay. Just a short walk across the lawn is an architect-designed, two-bedroomed guest house. The property is always let as one property. Most of our guests staying at Harbor Cottage make use of the guest house for additional accommodation and others, including artists and writers, use it as a quiet place to work on projects.

Built-in day-beds in both houses provide quiet places to read, work and nap. Each house has a wood-burning stove for the Fall and winter months. There is high-speed internet, a CD player and a DVD player with a large screen in Harbor Cottage. The guest house is intentionally free of these.

The main house (Harbor Cottage) is double-storied, its large master bedroom upstairs looking out to sea and offshore islands. It has a queen-sized bed, ample closets and bookshelves, and a desk overlooking the wetland estuary. There is a full bathroom with deep tub bath and hand-held rinsing shower, and a separate laundry room. An outdoor shower, built of cedar, is attached to the house. Downstairs the open plan living and dining room has large windows facing the sea. There is a well-equipped gourmet kitchen with 5-burner Gaggenau gas hob, a Sub-Zero fridge/freezer, and dishwasher. The generous dining and living area comfortably seats 6 - 8 people and there is a wood burning stove in the living area. A long antique vintner's table is used as a desk, set in front of the sea view. Windows on all exposures offer views of water and wetland, and flood the house with light.

The single-storied, two-bedroom guest house allows our property to be used as a generous family home. The guest house is simply furnished and comfortably sleeps four people in two bedrooms, each with queen-sized beds. Each bedroom has closets and shelves, and the small full bathroom has a tub bath and hand-held rinsing shower. There is also an outdoor shower with stunning sea views attached to the side of the guest house. Our guest-house kitchen is equipped for preparing coffee, tea and simple meals, with a small refrigerator, toaster oven, electric toaster, electric cordless kettle, microwave and coffee maker. In the open plan guest house living area there is a wood burning stove, a generous daybed with linen slipcovers, comfortable chairs, an antique pine kitchen table and a desk. The guest house is quiet, sun-filled, and its large screened cabin windows open out fully to catch passing breezes.

Harbor Cottage and the guest house share the same dazzling views of sea and offshore islands and have direct access to the water for playing on the rocks, swimming, fishing and kayaking. Facing due south, both cottage and guest house share endlessly changing views of light and sea. An old millpond nearby streams into the sea to the east side of our land where a small wetland is a haven for ducks, terns, herons, migratory and sea birds.

Our home is ideal for couples, families and when more than one generation of a family want to vacation together. Older kids love the guest house, giving their parents peace and quiet in the main house. Grandparents sometimes share the guest house with younger children. Couples often use the guest house for working on projects. The two-house arrangement allows people to enjoy quiet times in between sharing meals and activities.

We provide a large dome-type Weber charcoal outdoor grill, and there is a picnic table with benches set on the front lawn that comfortably seats 8. We regularly eat breakfast and lunch at the outdoor table, and our outdoor lobster and corn suppers round the picnic table are a messy summer ritual.

In summer we swim off our front rocks, and launch our kayak through a passage in the rugosa rose hedge. Talented fishermen friends catch sea bass off our rocks! In late summer the shore in front of our two houses is tinted blue with sea heather and lavender, and in Autumn the grasses and wild roses turn russet and golden. Year-round our view of the tidal bay and offshore islands is a source of pleasure and wonder.

Each house has been renovated with fidelity to its own modest history and character. Together they express our deeply felt love for the tradition of such wooden houses and the ways of life they stand for along the shores of Maine, and our wish to perpetuate them.

Our home is available all year for rent.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Fiona (Owner)
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french

About Fiona

Fiona and her family have been coming to Maine since 1992 when they bought Harbor Cottage as their summer home. Fiona lived in Manhattan for over twenty years, raising her two sons there, and worked variously in the publishing and the fashion worlds as an editor, stylist and writer. She continues to write occasionally for The World of Interiors. Fiona was also for several years the director of a London-based contemporary art gallery, showing the work of leading British and South African artists in her Manhattan loft, designed by Sheila Bonnell who later designed the renovations of Harbor Cottage.

Fiona went back to school when her youngest son was in high school and holds an MA in Psychiatry and Religion from Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Tony was a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales when he met Fiona in Cape Town some years ago. They were married in Maine, in a church and field about a mile away from Harbor Cottage. Tony is currently in practice with Matrix Chambers, a leading human rights chambers in London. Tony is a veteran boat builder and sailor who as a student paddled a kayak from Cambridge to Malta. Less ambitious now, he contents himself in Maine sailing his small wooden dinghy, Squanto. Tony shares with Fiona her love of the sea, swimming, camping, hiking, cooking and gathering with family and friends in Maine. Fiona and Tony have recently completed a summer cabin on their small offshore island not far from Harbor Cottage where they will be spending their summers. This enables them to rent Harbor Cottage.

Fiona purchased this house in 1992

Why Fiona chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

Harbor Cottage was a case of love at first sight. Its open position out on the water's edge, protected bay with a small wetland to the east, and ravishing views made it a dream summer cottage.

Originally the Martinsville village store, in the mid-20th century Harbor Cottage was moved closer to the shore and turned around so its large glass windows face the sea. The guest house next to it was originally an eccentric cabin, much loved by everyone who bravely stayed in it before it was renovated. When Tony and Fiona married they decided to invest in fully renovating the property for year round use. Although the property is not large, its position on the shore is inimitable, and its tidal views an endless source of delight.

Architect Sheila Bonnell redesigned the property, substantially reconfiguring the interiors of both houses with a contemporary sensibility that pays tribute to Maine's traditional seaside houses. The guest house was rebuilt as a two-bedroom house, and Harbor cottage was turned into a handsome one-bedroomed house with a cook’s kitchen. The antique linens used throughout the interiors and most of the vintage pieces came from antique and textile specialist Sharon Mrozinski at the Marston House in Wiscasset.

In keeping with Maine tradition, a few years later a small boathouse was added creating a group of shingled structures.

What makes this house unique

Harbor Cottage and guest house were conceived as places for play and rest, for reading, dreaming, doing projects, cooking and eating, and falling on the grass in the summer sunshine after the long New York winters.The changing tidal landscape turns everyone into birdwatchers because we see so many different kinds of sea birds every day, and feel we know our returning families of ducks, herons and ospreys. The houses' close proximity to the shore is protected by large offshore islands making our bay unusually peaceful, and its tidal nature keeps out large boats.The uncluttered interiors of the rooms allow the light and sea views to be part of every moment spent there.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are here in your divine little piece of heaven. Soooo beautiful and calming, thank you....Thank you so much for the use of your dear little cottage, us girls had a ball, we took pics, swam and watched the tides.
Sep 2014
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Reviews

5
based on 13 traveller reviews

Idyllic Family Home On Serene Tidal Bay, Dazzling Views, Designer Interiors.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Philadelphia
5

a very special place

  • 5 of 5

I rented the cottage by myself for a short artist retreat. I had plans of drawing and making art for 4 days. But I ended up sitting on the porch watching the tide roll in and out, observing the antics of the many birds on the inlet, sitting in front of a fire while drinking wine and eating lobster stew and looking at the stars at night. It is the perfect place to basically do nothing.

The house got me to slow down and chill out with its charm. It is a truly comfortable, peaceful, relaxing and a little bit of magical place.

Fiona and her husband were attentive and their suggestions were spot on. As a city person I did have to take one break from the relaxation (ha!) and do a day of touring so I took a boat ride over to Monhegan Island suggested by Fiona. It was wonderful. I'll need to spend more time there on my next trip. All in all I can't recommend this place enough although I don't want it to become too popular so I can book it again next year. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your delightful description of your experience at Harbor Cottage and your generous review. You have made the most of it, and made it your own, which is the best outcome we could wish for. Thank you too for the lovely drawing of a pear you left for us. The pear comes from a tree in the garden I planted with my son about 15 years ago, and which after heavy pruning this spring has produced an astonishing crop! We are so glad you came, thank you, and we hope you will return often.
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5

Stunning interiors, thoughtful accomodations

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at Harbor Cottage. The owners were again tremendously kind leaving a personal note and goodies to welcome us. This time we did a bit of entertaining while in the cottage and each guest was struck by the supremely tasteful interiors and the well equipped kitchen.

It is, indeed, a privilege to settle in to such a tranquil environment featuring magnificent views, artfully chosen furnishings and fine books. A resounding salute to Fiona and Tony who have created this oasis. We are grateful for your care in arranging a haven so in tune with the beauty of the surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your sensitive appreciation and warm review of Harbor Cottage and Guest House. Sharing it with rental guests like you is a genuine pleasure for us. Thank you also for bringing your friends! It is a great place for having friends visit, the two houses allowing both for privacy and social get-togethers round the kitchen table at meal times. We were delighted to welcome you back, and hope that you will come to Harbor Cottage for many years yet.
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Baltimore, Maryland
5

Idyllic respite in mid-coast Maine

  • 5 of 5

Our family was looking forward to staying at Harbor Cottage, but our experience far surpassed our already high expectations. I had to pinch myself to believe we were waking up each day in this gorgeous property on such a beautiful cove that was ever-changing with the tides and weather. Both cottages are meticulously decorated, yet make you feel right at home. The amenities are plentiful, with nice surprises such as fresh coffee beans and Maine raspberry jam. The location is ideal for getting away from the bustle, but close enough to enjoy fine restaurants and activities within a half-hour drive or less. I can't remember a family vacation that we all enjoyed so very much. We hope to return and can't recommend this property enough. Thank you, Fiona, for a truly memorable stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful in winter too!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed during a freakishly cold few days during the winter, but the heater and the wood stove kept us toasty. The cove was iced over and just shimmered. We awoke to the most beautiful view from the master bedroom, and I spent much of the time on the daybed downstairs, reading and looking out the window. The house is simply but beautifully decorated, and has all of the essentials. Everything was perfectly clean and well kept up. I can't imagine anyone having anything other than a peaceful and happy time staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A perfect place to relax and reconnect

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed at this house 12 years ago and loved it then. It has since been very cleverly renovated, but lost none of it's simple charm. The tidal bay is a birders paradise - a great place to swim and kayak too. The day beds are a lovely place to sit and curl up with a book, day dream or snooze. The outdoor showers are fantastic 'rooms with views'.

Fiona and Tony are charming and thoughtful hosts for whom nothing is too much trouble. They clearly love this home and this area and are keen for others to enjoy and cherish their time here. We certainly did! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a warm review - it was a treat for us to welcome you back to the house and cottage after so many years. It was especially fun to meet again your now grown and delightful young adults whom I remember so well when they first came to Maine as young children. We hope you all will return often - and thank you for this generous review. Fiona and Tony
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5

Beautiful Home, Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the most wonderful summer vacation at Harbor Cottage. The setting is beautiful and the view changes constantly as the tide goes out, sun goes down, fog rolls in, etc.

The houses are beautifully designed. Fiona has extraordinary taste and has very thoughtfully designed her home. She has managed to strike a perfect balance between minimalist but comfortable and sophisticated but welcoming. The property is perfectly maintained, everything functions perfectly, the kitchen is well-stocked and all the appliances appear to be new and function well.

We enjoyed the area and spent lots of time hiking, kayaking, visiting Rockland and swimming at a nearby quarry. We also enjoyed hanging out at the house and reading, cooking and relaxing.

Fiona and Tony are lovely people and gracious hosts. They are helpful, friendly and generous. I highly recommend their beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and generous review, and for your detailed account of the aspects of the house that you enjoyed. It's a great encouragement to us, and makes renting Harbor Cottage a real pleasure. Your family and delightful friends made such good use of the time and place, and we hope very much you and the children will return. Thank you for being such model guests - and kind. Fiona and Tony
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Knox County Regional Airport, Rockland
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Port Clyde
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Rockland, Maine
Nearest Train
87 Miles
Amtrak to Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
36 Miles
I 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Drift Inn Beach
Car: necessary

We are located on the St George peninsula in Mid-coast Maine. Our home is situated on the shore of a quiet tidal bay between two quintessential Maine coastal villages, both with deep-water working harbors, public landings, lobster wharves and magnificent sea views. For over a century the clear light and open coastal landscape with offshore islands, wide sand beaches and working harbors has drawn artists and writers, including three generations of the Wyeth family, and EB White, Edna St Vincent Millay, Paul Theroux.

Our area is renowned for its farmers' markets. From Spring through Fall we visit different ones on different days - including two in our own Martinsville - bringing home artisanal bread and cheeses, bright green salads and summer vegetables and shiny glass jars of pickles and preserves. Our region of Maine is known for the quality of its farm-raised lamb, beef, pork and poultry, and in season we buy smoked duck and fresh venison, all sourced in the surrounding farmlands and wild areas.

We have many working lobster wharves in our immediate vicinity. Just minutes away from us at Port Clyde, Tenants Harbor and at Miller’s Lobsters in Wheeler Bay, fresh lobsters and clams are served on the dock all summer long.

The nearby towns of Rockland, Rockport and Camden are all within 15 - 25 minutes' drive from Harbor Cottage. These three closely linked coastal towns form the heart of the mid-Coast region. Each has its own character, activities and pleasures. Sightseeing to national parks, nature preserves and historic lighthouses, hiking trails, bird-watching cruises and ferry trips to surrounding big islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven and Isleboro; plenty of shopping, eating out and visits to fine art, maritime and transportation museums. Rockport's Golf Course is internationally renowned for its greens beside the ocean. Rockland's Lobster Festival and Boat Show draw many visitors each year and the deep water sailing harbors of Rockport and Camden attract yachts from around the world. Camden is the home of the classic Maine schooners, and its waterfront in summer throngs with boats of every size and kind. The Camden Film Festival, the Apprentice School for boatbuilders in Rockland and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport all contribute to a vibrant cultural community.

Close to home at Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde there are tennis courts, sailing classes for kids, an excellent sea kayak rental service and lessons for kayakers and board sailors. Sailing regularly from Port Clyde, ferries go out to Monhegan Island, famous for its historic artists' colony, fine cliff walks and hiking. Port Clyde's working lighthouse at Marshall Point and its small museum is much loved by visitors and locals alike. Puffin cruises and whale-watching leave daily from nearby Port Clyde, taking visitors out past different old lighthouses and around splendid offshore islands.

Drawing on the rich resources of our part of Maine, and making full use of the abundant local food supply, are many great places to eat out, including several nationally ranked restaurants. Our favorites are The Slipway in Thomaston (10 minutes' drive) Cafe Miranda and Primo in Rockland, Shepherd's Pie in Rockport, and Long Grain in Camden.

For those who love to cook at home - we do - there are excellent gourmet stores - a favorite is Bleecker and Flamm in Rockport. The Good Tern Co-Op in Rockland sells fresh produce directly from small Maine farmers, including delicious Jersey milk, cream and yoghurt. When you don't want to eat out or cook, Harbor Cottage is located diagonally across the road from Hedgerow market, selling home grown salad greens, herbs and vegetables and prepared foods by local caterers Green Bean Catering.

Our area is beautiful and different at all times of year and even in summer is seldom overcrowded. Summer in Maine is a perfect combination of clear, hot and sunny days, fresh afternoon breezes, and warm, starry nights. The sea is cold but everyone swims anyway, and local quarries have warm water swimming in beautiful wild settings. Fall is a fine season to vacation with us, with dazzling foliage and wonderful walks. The towns remain active through Fall, but the absence of summer crowds makes them a more intimate experience. Winter is cold and beautiful, and especially in January - March, deep in snow. Winter light over our bay is clear and saturated with color. Sunsets stain the clear skies plum pink, and at dawn we watch the silent golden sunrise over the cold sea, and delight in the small ducks that feed at our shore.

In all seasons and weathers our favorite activity is being home, watching the sea and wide sky in front of us at all lights and tides.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Saint George, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2016
11 Sep 2016 - 2 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
A$437
A$2,687
 
 
Winter 2016-2017
3 Dec 2016 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$2,687
 
 
Spring 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$437
A$2,687
 
 
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$4,030
 
 
Fall 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$437
A$2,687
 
 
Winter 2017 -2018
3 Dec 2017 - 14 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
A$2,687
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Harbor Cottage is available year round for rentals.
We have a minimum 3 night stay during Spring and Fall. In Summer and Winter a minimum stay of one week is required.
Our Winter rates are based on a week's stay. Please contact us to discuss Winter rates if you are interested in a longer stay.

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Saint George, Maine

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , outdoor shower
  • Two full bathrooms with deep tub baths and hand held rinsing showers. Two outdoor showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • Three bedrooms, all with sea and garden views, each with queen sized beds and built in closets.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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