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Romantic Oceanfront Camp for Two

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 92 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Relax, unwind, enjoy nature, create, rejuvenate, treat yourself.

Our camp is one of the original buildings at the historic Miles Fresh Air Camp founded in 1924 and was used as the dormitory. Babe Ruth and Ruth Gordon were two of the notable visitors of the children’s camp. It was purchased by the former owner in the early 1950s and converted into the floor plan you see today, but we have added a few features since we bought the property in 1996.

The camp has been featured in the September 1997 issue of Country Living magazine, July-August 1999 Country Living GARDENER magazine, Out on the Porch 2001 Calendar (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2001), Gardens Maine Style (DownEast Books, 2001), and Country Living: The New Look of Country (Hearst Books, 2004). (Sorry, the flowers you see in the photos are seasonal when we are in residence.)

Enjoy all your meals outdoors in the screened porch or inside with a full view of the water.

Although the camp is approximately 1,000 sq. ft., it sleeps only two in one queen bed in an ocean view bedroom (pictured). The other bedroom is Sharon's studio, and we use a third room as a library, Jeff's office, and the laundry room (lucky Jeff). The living room with fireplace, dining area, and kitchen are pictured. Bath with shower is off the hallway.

Minimum one week (7 night) stay, but we are flexible on start day. We aren't a Saturday thru Saturday only operation. If we have a few open days between week-long reservations, we might make an exception to the 7 night minimum, but it would depend on our housekeeper's schedule.

We've added some conveniences for the 2016 season, but still no TV. Why ruin the views and the quiet (but don't miss 'In Tune by Ten' on Maine Public Broadcast Radio at 90.1 fm or 90.5 fm).

BE SURE TO CHECK THE "AMENITIES" FOR A LIST OF OUR FEATURES (i.e. Internet, kitchen furnishings, etc.)

Check-in time: 4:00 p.m., check-out time: 11:00 a.m. unless prior arrangements are made.

Visit our web site for a Guide Guide and more information.

Receipt of your payment is your acknowledgement that you have read the information on this web site, and you thereby agree to our policies. (See Notes on the Rates page.)

More Details

Owner
Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy
Member since: 2011
Speaks english, We use Google Translate for other languages.
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
90%
Calendar last updated:
7 November, 2017

About Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy

Sharon Lovejoy is an author and illustrator of books about nature and gardening, children's books, and novels. Jeff Prostovich, her husband, is a her business manager and literary agent and a California real estate broker.

Sharon and Jeff also own Comfort Found Literary Lodging (vrbo 386838), a hide-away for book lovers in the middle of the charming, New England village of Damariscotta. It is steps from the river, theatre, bookstores, 12 restaurants, shops, galleries, and the wonderful Skidompha Library.

Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Jeff Prostovich and Sharon Lovejoy chose South Bristol

Long story short, we were in the right place at the right time. Dumb luck.

Years ago, I read the 19th century writings of Sarah Orne Jewett and fell in love with Maine. For years, we visited the Damariscotta/Bristol peninsula region and searched for an old property close to the water.

One autumn our real estate agent called to tell us there was a property coming up for sale on a private road–a road that seldom had anything on the market. Though we thought we knew every hidden area on the peninsula, we’d never been on this private, one lane road that threads along Little Harbor and faces John’s Bay.

When we came upon the cottage, virtually untouched since 1950, I kissed the shutters. “We found it,” I said, and Jeff agreed, though he saw all the hard work ahead. For the next few months, we readied the cottage through a series of changes for an upcoming magazine shoot. 

Though we’ve owned it since 1996, we never take it for granted. Weather permitting, we eat our meals out on the screened porch where we watch the sun and moon rise over Pemaquid Point.

What makes this cottage unique

Peace. The glimmer and shifting of the ocean and sky. The scent of sea. Mile long private road perfect for walking. The sight of billowing sails. The putt, putt, putt of lobster boats. The flash of the Pemaquid light on fog and clouds. Indian pipes poking through the leaves. Terns and Gannets diving into dark waters.  A Bald Eagle holding court on the ledge in front of the cottage. The high, piercing call of the osprey. Pink Lady Slippers blooming among the blueberries. Chickadees and nuthatches, jays, goldfinches, and Phoebes everywhere. A tame chipmunk and a greedy squirrel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Paradise by the Sea, rolling waves, soaring birds, country roads, a kayak adventure in heavy winds. Glad to be back to this cozy cabin, in comfort and elegance, surrounded by beauty. Dinners w(ith) local ingredients. Pemaquid food store, great pies and Maine Salmon- local strawberries, blueberries, a Feast!...Working here is not an effort but a pleasure. Thank for your sharing this paradise you have created with the help of Nature.
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Portland JetPort
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Coveside Restaurant
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Wawenock Country Club (public course)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Coveside Restaurant
Car: necessary

Amenities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Shower stall, sink, and toilet. Electric room heater.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Wake up to the sight and sounds of the ocean from this comfortable queen sized bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Seatle
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy, great view, close to a beach, we hope to be back.

  • Review Submitted: 05/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A Slice of Serenity

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cottage has a magnificent view that inspires creativity and peace. You can sit on the back porch for hours drawing, painting, reading, taking photographs, chatting, meditating, sipping wine, and enjoying life. We had a wonderful time and left sadly, but refreshed.

  • Review Submitted: 16/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely and beautifully appointed.

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well-furnished and well-maintained, comfortable, beautiful, and private--perfect for a true vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 15/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a lovely week. The location is awesome- tucked away on a quieter peninsula on the mid-coast, away from the touristy areas but plenty to keep us busy. We kayaked, hiked, fished, ate at Shaws in New Harbor, Coveside, Round Top Ice Cream, Crissy's. The house was perfect for us - right on water and super cozy. We had fires on the cool nights, watched the boats from the rocking chairs on the porch, and cooked several yummy meals in the kitchen (the finish on the cast iron pans is superb). My only recommendation would be a new mattress; it was quite soft for 2 people. I would return to another stay, it was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you had a good time, but are sorry that you found the mattress as too soft. We bought the mattress new in 2011, and it gets used at most only 5 months a year. It is a pillow top mattress, and we haven't had any complaints by guests. We will check it for comfort when we arrive next month and inquire with other guests. Thanks for bringing it to our attention and see what we can do to alleviate the problem for other guests. Glad you liked the iron pans. Our favorite, too.
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5

Peace and Comfort on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

If you love peace and comfort and the presence of the ocean right outside your door, this is the perfect getaway. We spent hours reading and watching the water in the ever-changing light. The camp is charming without being precious, festooned with antique curios and old books. A wonderful place for writing and watching the ebb and flow of the tide and reflecting on the goodness of life.

  • Review Submitted: 26/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife had a great stay the first week of August. This cottage is right on the rocky shore looking out toward the bay and ocean. It is a good area to explore, although there is only some walking or hiking right around the cottage. Short car rides in the area can take you to land preserves with 1-2 miles hikes. Lobster and steamers are available right in town at a couple locations, and Coveside Marina and Restaurant has a more complete menu. A little further takes you to Damariscotta and more of a selection. If you like golf, the Wawenock Course in Walpole, about 7 miles away is open to the public.

Drives to Wiscasset, Bath, Rockland, Camden are a little further with all that they have to offer.

My wife and I wanted a place to relax, read, walk and be by the ocean and it was ideal. I would not take small children or even teenagers to this cottage unless they like to do these things.

  • Review Submitted: 19/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Miles Road is a one mile long, private, unpaved road along John's Bay. Very little traffic. In the evening, we enjoy longer walks down to the tip of the peninsula, with view of Christmas Cove and John's Bay out to Monhegan Island, along some paved roads which make it easier to see porcupines in the dark. The Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association publish guides for other close-by trails for longer hikes.
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in South Bristol, Maine

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7 night minimum stay
AU$1,318
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

Please note new service fee policy by VRBO/Homeaway added to the quoted rate. Owner does not profit from the service fee that VRBO/Homeaway retains as a booking fee. Receipt of your payment is your acknowledgement that you have read the information on this web site, and you thereby agree to our policies.

Check-in time: 4:00 p.m., check-out time: 11:00 a.m. unless prior arrangements are made.

Guests agree to a $300 surcharge if the non-smoking or no pet policies are violated.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund if cancellation is 30 days or more before arrival. Credit for amounts paid if cancellation is 30 days or less before arrival. If we can re-book the house for your scheduled stay, you will have the option of a full refund or a credit toward a future stay.

Rates for stays less than 30 days are subject to Maine State Use Tax.

When length of stay is reduced within 30 days of your scheduled arrival, credit only for unused nights.

Property damage protection is an option for our guests. We receive no compensation from the service provider. We do not collect a security deposit, however our guests will be held responsible for any damages (breakage, stains, etc.) to the property that occur during their stay. If a guest notices any damages to the property upon check-in, the guest is responsible for notifying us within 24 hours of the beginning of their stay or the guest may be held liable for such damages. If a guest causes any damages, we like to be notified immediately and determine what actions we need to take to remedy the situation.

Guests shall keep and maintain the camp in clean and secure condition during their stay and must leave the property in the same condition as it was found upon arrival, excluding normal wear and tear. Our housekeeper will change the bedding, remake the beds, and launder the towels.

We welcome questions before you make your reservation and during your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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