Cottage, SMALL 900 sq. ft., 1 acre, very private & sunny patio. 1 mile from sm. town w/ 3 bistros, 3 restaurants,3 take out places, golf club & a river& sm market w/fab wine/beer selection.
11 miles from 6 beaches. 12 mi to Portsmouth NH - loaded w/historic charm & a true foodie heaven. 1 hr 15 min to Boston.
Cozy& quiet,all-white bedroom, queen-sized bed, office area, SMALL den w/ two chairs&reading lamps.
10 mi to 45 factory outlets stores.
I-95 N&S 9 miles away
NO dogs. NO smokers.
The house is located in what is known as the Seacoast area, in a very historic small town. For those not from New England, it will strike you as the quintessential NE town as depicted in many movies.
Excellent choice if you are attending a wedding or other event at The Barn at The Outlook Golf Course or Spring Hill).
The house sits off the road a bit, but its big selling point is the very private back patio where there will be chairs so you may enjoy the very mature trees and established garden area. You have complete privacy there.
In Summer chairs are put there for your comfort, along with a small table.
The "office area" features a very large glass desk which is perfect for creative endeavors or for the work you promised yourself you wouldn't do on vacation!
Guests can use what is shown in the photos, which includes essentially the whole house. The house has one SMALL TV only, with basic cable in the bedroom.
A smaller dwelling is at the back of the house with its own private entrance. It is rarely used in Summer and if it is, the guest is told that that is the case.
The garden area is an acre. Lots of privacy there.
There is a pond connected to the property but can absolutely NOT be used by guests as it is part of a private property.
There are a few boat launches in the small town to be used if you bring a canoe or kayak with you.
The ocean, for sea-kayaks is about 11 miles away.
Interaction with guests
Respecting your privacy is important to me, but at times, Lynn, my helper, or the gardener will be around to mow and strim, etc..
I have written a three page guide to the area telling you of great places to see, eat, drink, swim, walk, shop and relax. It includes a bit of local history and places that are hiding-in-plain-sight sort of places that tourists rarely just stumble upon. Too much information to include here, so if you email me through the site and send me your private email, I will forward this to you along with basic quirks, suggestions and safety measures related to the cottage.
Either I, or my assistant will be available for questions and concerns. We have know each other for a long time and worked together for quite awhile.
We both are very approachable and have the same attitude about customer service: We simply want you to be very happy and comfortable staying with us.
Several days before checking in, I will send you a list of quirks of the cottage-all houses have them-and a short list of safety measures I ask you to take while staying there. Reading and acknowledging this document (in writing via email) is REQUIRED a few days before check in.
Once in a blue moon, one of us may be staying in another part of the house that has an entrance completely separate from where will be staying. That only happens very rarely. You will be told ahead of time if that need should occur.
Other things to note
Natural insect repellant and citronella candles will be provided if you are staying in Summer. Less natural insect repellant will be provided, too. The patio area is sprayed the day before each guests arrive to make the area as insect free as possible so the outside can be fully enjoyed. New England is gorgeous, but it does come complete with insects in the warmer months.
The design of the house makes the house feel naturally air-conditioned. If a visitor has not travelled in New England during a humid spell, as sometimes occurs in the Summer, their instinct may be to fling open the windows to feel cooler-thereby letting in all the humid air. That totally defeats the purpose of keeping this house cool.
The trick that works best in a house of this type is to leave the windows closed and during the day close the curtains on only 2 of the 9 windows. That keeps the heat out.
The house comes with two box fans to move air around, which helps if there is a prolonged humid period.
Lots of windows to open if it is glorious weather. Only ask that they are all closed if you are going out for a period of time.
-There is a FOUR night minimum for your stay
- There is a pond near the property which guests are NOT allowed to access as it is private property.
-The washer and dryer is NOT for the use of guests, just the cleaning staff. An extremely clean laundromat is located 2miles away and is open 12 hours a day. It is located right next door to a wonderful café with the best breakfasts in the Seacoast area.
TWO guests only. The house has one queen-size bed. The house is SMALL and this rental is not intended to accommodate extra guests.
Have an intense love of a peaceful home surrounded by nature. It is important how the setting sunlight plays off the walls and that the door is open to the private patio for morning coffee, wine, beer, bubbles under the stars (as much as weather allows).
This cottage provides those things spades. It is not grand; it is cozy, comfortable, welcoming. Happy that you are interested in staying.
Me: an urban-loving heart: art/culture focused and a confirmed raucous English football fan.
Gracious living on a budget is my aim; martinis feature heavily. So does keeping fit.
Huge pride in the charms of the great State of Maine, in all its seasons, except mud season!
Lobster, the ocean, foodie heaven galore is on the doorstep of this cottage.
Golf, boat-launches, biking and hiking trails just a few short minutes away.
I provide, in advance of your stay, a three page memo I wrote of many good options for dining, hiking, swimming, biking, boating and shopping in the area and many brochures and restaurant menus for local and favorite places are left for you on the glass desk. While some mentioned are my very favorites, I have no affiliation with those businesses. Having lived in the area all my life, I can guide you to some hiding- in- plain- sight sort of gems (and point out "especially worth trying" places to drink and eat).
Big hope that you will feel welcome to enjoy all that from this little slice of heaven. Will give my best to ensure your comfort and offer lots of pointers on getting to know Maine (and the very close-by historic New Hampshire coast, as well as easy access by public transportation to Boston).
Coffee & tea provided, as are shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, hair dryer and straighteners.