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Coveside Waterfront Secluded Cottage on Seal Cove

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

People who stay with us comment on the peace and beauty of the place. Some relax on the porch and listen to the wind in the trees. Others spend their days out on walks in the area, or go for drives around the beautiful peninsulas of mid-coast Maine.

The cabin has been remodeled with a new kitchen and additional bedroom. There is a large living room/great room for reading, talking, and relaxing. We have purposely avoided bringing in cable or TV so you can enjoy the nature around you. For those who just can't get too far away, we have wifi and even an Amazon Echo Dot. You can walk to water's edge in seconds, and put your kayaks in for a paddle around the Cove or out to the Damariscotta River.

One bedroom has a queen bed, closet, and bureau; the other bedroom has a double bed, closet, and bureau. The great room has two sofas, soft chairs, and a dining area for six. The bathroom has a full tub and shower.

Seal Cove is teeming with wildlife and you'll have a great view of the seals and waterfowl from the bench in front of the cabin.

Most of our guests have been returning for years. It is a very special place.

Keywords: Cabin, Cottage, home, house, cozy, warm, secluded, water, waterfront, Seal Cove

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Gordon Morrell
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Gordon Morrell

Sheila and Gordon live in Santa Barbara, California for 9 months a year, and in South Bristol for 3. Their grown daughters live in California but come to South Bristol every summer, as they have for the last 25 years. For the last four years they have been accompanied by our grandchildren, so now three generations of our family enjoy the area.

Gordon is EVP of a software company in Goleta, CA; Sheila is an artist who sells her work in Damariscotta, just a few miles from the cabin.

We've been married since 1976, have been living in the same house since 1979, and have had the property in Maine (next door to the cabin) since 1991. While change is good, good things don't have to change.

Gordon Morrell purchased this cabin in 1997

Why Gordon Morrell chose South Bristol

We fell in love with the South Bristol area quite by accident. We were on our way home from a vacation on North Haven Island when we turned off Hwy 1 at Damariscotta. Three months later we owned the property on Pine Bluff Lane and have spent some time there every summer.

What makes this cabin unique

What we love most about the area is that it provides peace and quiet when you want it, and yet there is plenty to do all around. Whether hiking (or walking on the trails nearby), fishing, boating, kayaking, or shopping and visiting the many restaurants nearby, there's something for everyone.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in South Bristol, Maine

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • If you need to cancel, we will refund the entire amount of your payment as soon as the dates are booked by another guest.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1)
  • CD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
The cottage has a screened porch for sitting out at night.


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Coveside Waterfront Secluded Cottage on Seal Cove
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Lovely digs and sweet people

  • 5 of 5

Echoing the previous reviews to say that this rental had everything we could have wanted and more for ourselves and our two kids, 5 and 7. Extremely comfortable, peaceful, and well-appointed, in a terrific spot within spitting distance of gorgeous coastline to explore, great meals and cute towns. The little beach, changing tides, rocks and sea creatures were endlessly fascinating for my city kids; my daughter liked to run around the yard shouting "I'm living the dream!" The whole area was very friendly, low-key, and accessible; it was easy to feel at home. Gordon and Sheila were so kind and welcoming, full of great tips for local spots. I would stay here again in an instant and hope we can. Many thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "I'm living the dream!" is exactly how we feel when we are here on Seal Cove - and I think all of our guests feel the same way. Thanks for the great review. We enjoyed meeting your wonderful family and spending a little time with you watching the tide come in. This has been an interesting summer because we have had three "new" guests - not repeats. Nice to see that everyone is enjoying their time here.
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Peace and tranquilaty!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this cabin with my kids, 3 and 6, for a week and it was absolute bliss! The cabin was open and airy, spacious yet cozy. It was perfect for our little family. There was a lot to do and see close by but I mostly just loved sitting by the water while the kids explored the beach. I joined in sometimes too of course! We found so many snails, hermit crabs and a horseshoe crab even came up on to land to say hello to us. The kids spent hours just throwing rocks in the water, playing in the mud when the tide was out and searching for hermit crabs and treasures. We used the kayaks to check out the little "islands" at low tide which was a big adventure. My daughter said she felt like an explorer. Inside has everything needed to be comfortable including cozy beds, lots of natural light, essential kitchen items and that screened in porch is pure heaven! After the kids were in bed I enjoyed a glass of wine and a few chapters of a book on the porch and felt completely relaxed! During the day we ate our lunches and dinners on the porch, did some watercolor painting and played games. The owners were close by, we're so kind, and readily available to answer any questions while at the same time respecting our privacy. Being there alone with just the kids I felt safe having them right next door. We took a few morning trips to a lovely beach close by and there are also 2 playgrounds at the local schools open to the public that the kids really enjoyed. I cried when it was time to leave and I will always carry with me the memories of our time there. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us!


  • Review Submitted: 31/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Amy. It was so great to meet you and to see your kids exploring and enjoying. Nothing like playing in the shallow water, right? Glad the serenity spoke to you as it does to most of our guests. Hope to see you again!
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Greenville, PA

Hidden Gem in Maine

  • 5 of 5

I'm hesitant to review this lovely cottage on Seal Cove not because the stay was average, but because I'm selfish and don't want others to discover this hidden gem!!! My young family has vacationed in the Pemaquid area for the last 7 years, but staying cove side is quite the experience. This was are second year and you'll hear no complaints! Our 6 and 3 year olds love walking right down to the water to explore and help launch kayaks and paddle around the cove looking for wildlife and "treasures." It is extremely peaceful (with the exception of our children squealing/screaming in excitement). This year start we saw hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, a variety of birds and seals. We spotted seals everyday. One day we saw 22 seals basking on the rocks at one time! They even joined us kayaking.

Groceries, shops, and lobster coops are a short drive away. The kitchen has everything you need to make your meals and having linens provided is a bonus. Gordon and Sheila have thought of everything you may need to make you stay fun and relaxing. We can't wait to come back next year!!

  • Review Submitted: 21/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for these great comments. It's been a few years since we were last reviewed, because most of our guests return year after year. We agree - this is a hidden gem in a quiet but very accessible and gorgeous part of Maine. See you next summer!
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Rockville, MD

You won't find a better vacation spot than this!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at this cottage, and it felt like home the moment we stepped through the front door. We love this place and can't say enough about it! We kid the owners that one day this will be ours, but in the meantime we love "borrowing" it from them! Very clean and well-maintained, you don't have to worry about anything. We had many seals on the rocks in the cove this year - not so many last year - and enjoyed kayaking this year for the first time. The seals would pop their heads up to let you know they were close by. Be sure to visit the Maine Botanical Gardens while you are here -- just a 25 minute drive away.

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we love having our repeat guests return year after year to enjoy this wonderful place as much as we do. And our (grown) children are pretty fond of it, too, so we expect it to stay in the family for at least a few more years!
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Vienna, VA


  • 5 of 5

My family has been coming to this part of Maine for many years and this was by far our favorite place that we have stayed. The location is perfect - secluded and quiet, but still close to town for anything you need. The cabin itself is clean, very comfortable, and very well equipped. We enjoyed many relaxing afternoons reading on the screened in porch overlooking the water. My son absolutely loved the small beach just steps away from the cabin and we all loved watching the seals play in the water. We can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 18/07/2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love reading "can't wait to come back." Most of our guests are repeat visitors, which says everything about this special place. We're also happy to hear about children's experiences ... since our grandkids will be running around here soon, too!
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Even Nicer Than Expected

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation experience! The cabin and the location exceeded our expectations - beautiful, quiet spot and a cozy home-away-from-home atmosphere. The cabin was spotless and tastefully decorated, partly with Sheila's art. Put our kayaks in the water and enjoyed Seal Cove and Damariscotta River, spying eagles and lots of seals. Great location to reach New Harbor, Pemaquid & Round Pond quickly, with beautiful hiking trails nearby. Gordon and Sheila are terrific, friendly hosts, ready to help out in any way they can. If you are new to the area, be sure to check the list of restaurants and places to visit that they put together. Both thumbs up!

  • Review Submitted: 31/07/2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Now we're thinking that we should change our overview of the cottage ... and use this review instead! We are so gratified when our guests enjoy their stays here. It's truly a wonderful place, which is why Maine is "Vacationland" and "The Way Life Should Be."
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Rockland, Maine
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Walpole (9 holes)
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Pemaquid Beach
Car: necessary

VRBO says this section is for 'certain unique activities' that are not listed above. We think Seal Cove is unique and we believe you will, too. Sheila and Gordon live in the house next to the cottage and if schedules allow, we love to meet our guests over a glass of wine, some cheese and crackers, and together we watch the sun set over the cove. How unique is that?


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in South Bristol, Maine

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$79.29
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$201.58

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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