Cottage style studio with private entrance! It’s warm and cozy in our spacious and inviting studio apartment now and cool in the summer! Summer dates are filling up quickly! Explore Harpswell and its 216 miles of coastline! Mid Coast Maine is a nature lover's paradise! Lobster, shopping, restaurants! Walking trails! Beaches! We are close to Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Orr's/Bailey Island (both part of Harpswell) and Freeport.
Please note that minimum number of nights stay may vary.
Make your plans now for a summer to remember in Harpswell! We are consistently fully booked for the summer and early fall season. Welcome to your home away from home! We recently added an extra sleeping option.
You will find our insider tips to be invaluable and they will make your stay so much more enjoyable! No added cleaning fee! Pet-free space! Seasonal a/c window unit and propane “woodstove” heater with flames ambiance and lots of warmth for the cooler months! Picture a toasty fire with real flames. Ahhhhh! And, according to our guests, the queen bed is extremely comfy!
No drafty seasonal space - bask in year-round comfort regardless of the weather! A nice hot shower with well water! (like all families with a well, we still need to be mindful of excessive usage - thank you in advance for your help with this!) We’ve even had guests hunker down during a blizzard a few times! The propane heater will even work on the rare occasion that the power goes off during a storm. We usually have plenty of space for more than one vehicle - kindly let us know in advance, though, if you plan on bringing more than one vehicle or an oversized vehicle, trailer, etc.
Once you are here, you will appreciate how stunning this area is! Our studio is a good value in desirable Harpswell and our gateway location is excellent (as noted by many of our guests) for getting out and exploring the area and beyond.
We are THE BEST-SITUATED AirBnb on the Route 24 side of Harpswell leading down to Orrs and Bailey Island for visiting Bath, Brunswick and Topsham and for getting on the highway to venture further. All of these towns are just a few miles and less than 15 minutes away. Bowdoin College is just 6 miles (12 minutes) away. The studio is located at the back of our house considerably far from the road.
If you reserve with us, upon your arrival we promise to give you all the local insider tips (some that you can’t find in a guidebook) to make your stay even more enjoyable. Please read our description and house rules carefully in their entirety and let us know if you have any questions.
Our 488 square foot (45 square meters) studio on one level (slight step up between rooms) with private entrance, bedroom area, large efficiency kitchenette (see details below) and private shower bath is bright, airy (lots of windows and high ceilings), well-insulated and very inviting! The decor is comfortable and eclectic rather than contemporary.
You have your own personal sun space with seasonal gas grill, table and chairs outside. Lovely garden and water views from our property! And for an even better view of the water, check out our little sitting spaces across the road - a spectacular view of the New Meadows River! We have tidal water access. All use of this area is at your own risk. Water shoes or sandals are necessary for swimming and use is dependent upon the daily high tide schedule. You have approximately 1.5 to 2 hours before and after high tide for swimming. Rent kayaks and have them delivered or bring your own. Lots of places to put in kayaks close by!
Many of our recent Airbnb guests are scoping out the area for real estate. It's becoming a hot market around here. This would be a great place to "hang your hat" while you check out properties. We personally know several local realtors.
We want you to be happy, so please feel free to request anything that might make your stay more enjoyable. Coffee, tea, coffee filters, butter, olive oil and basic seasonings provided.
The kitchenette area features a refrigerator, separate upright freezer, kitchen sink, microwave, countertop convection oven (with toaster feature), coffee maker, single serve hot water dispenser, single state of the art glass induction cooktop (gets rave reviews - heats up fast!). We provide pots and pans, cooking utensils and silverware. We also have available for your use an electric skillet and a slow cooker with the understanding that you won’t have more than three appliances operating at the same time.
We want our space to be fresh and welcoming, so we ask our guests to refrain from deep fat frying or indoor steaming of lobsters and clams. Outdoor seasonal cooking of lobster and clams may be available with advance notice. Year round you can order lobsters cooked to order for eat in or take out about 1 minute up the road at Gurnet Trading. Gurnet Trading also has other seafood cooked to order or fresh for purchase and it gets very favorable reviews . Erica’s (open Mother’s Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend) is well worth the 25 minute drive to the other side of Harpswell for freshly prepared seafood - a guest favorite! Steamed lobster at market prices with just a slight upcharge!
The studio has a queen bed with soft cotton sheets in the bedroom area along with a newly added futon couch (double). There’s also a pullout queen size couch in the living room. Both parts of the studio have cathedral ceilings and ceiling fans. The bedroom area has a seasonal a/c window unit. The living area has rough-hewn beams that are original to the house and two skylights. There are privacy drapes separating the sleeping from the living space.
The living room area has a 42 in HDTV with DirecTV. We provide an Amazon FireStick (current apps include NetFlix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu - these are subject to change) and a dvd player (there are some dvds in the studio and many other dvds and cds readily available - just ask). Redbox is at several nearby locations. We offer both wifi and an ethernet "hardwire”.
Please note that our studio is NOT child proofed. The studio adjoins our home and is separated by a wall and a pantry.
The private entrance and the bedroom part of the studio are at the very back of our house. Like any homeowners with a private well and septic system, we ask that you be mindful of water usage. That said, we have continuous hot water, so you will never run out of hot water and the water pressure is great for taking showers! Chlorine free! Excellent drinking water right from the tap!
Two supermarkets are just up the road (7 minute drive - Shaw's or Walmart), so you can easily get provisions for your stay. Zach's store (2 minute drive) has an excellent selection of wine, beer, liquor, pizza and some groceries. If you want a big breakfast, we will be happy to recommend one of the local breakfast spots. Cooks Corner shopping area in Brunswick with Sears, TJMAXX, BigLots, Bath and Bodyworks, Staples, Applebee’s, etc. is just 3.5 miles up the road, but we might as well be a world away across the Gurnet Bridge here in Harpswell.
Our schedules may take us away from our home at times, so we will leave instructions for entering the studio and be available by cellphone if you have any questions or concerns. If you need to use one or both of the pullout couches, please let us know in advance.
Our house sits on a two acre piece of property in an extremely convenient location for heading out on adventures - in this case, living on a main road is a perk. We are about 20 to 25 minutes from several small beaches and about 35 minutes from two state park beaches. There are a few hidden gems that we will gladly share with you. We provide a soft side cooler, cool packs, beach towels and a beach sheet. If you have kayaks or bicycles, bring them along! There are many public boat launches in the area and some good areas for bicycling as well, particularly the nearby former Navy base. There are also three kayak and paddleboard rental places (two that deliver) and arranged kayak tours available as well as sailboat, schooner, ferry and charter boat tours. (seasonal) We're happy to offer suggestions!
We are in a residential area conveniently located to many of the area highlights. We are so spoiled here with scenery and little getaway places! There’s a year round seafood place less than a mile and one minute by car! Eat in or takeout! (5% cash discount). Close by there’s a general store with beer, wine, spirits - and pizza!
Shopping!! Just 6 minutes (3.5 miles) but worlds away to TJMAXX, Sears, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bath and Bodyworks, Goodwill, BigLots, DollarTree, etc. Just 15 minutes (6.5 miles) to Target, Reny's, etc. Just 24 minutes (9.5 miles) to all the stores and outlets in Freeport including LL Bean flagship store (open 24 hours, 365 days per year) and the LL Bean outlet store.
You will need a car to get around, but the driving is easy! You can choose to head towards "civilization" or head in the other direction away from the hustle and bustle - or do a little bit of both. Harpswell is a paradise for lobster lovers and for those who love seafood of all kinds. Unspoiled beauty abounds! Harpswell consists of Great Island, Orr's Island, Bailey Island and the peninsula of South Harpswell. We are surrounded by saltwater here! Late June, July, August and September are simply enchanting! Nearby Brunswick is a college town, so there's plenty to do there - lots of restaurants, several museums and beaches and trails that you can walk along every day of the year. We're just 8 miles (18 minutes by car) from Live Well Farm, a very popular wedding venue.
We are directly across the road from the New Meadows River. This saltwater river goes out to Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Our home is located midway between the fun and charming town of Brunswick and the city of Bath (The City of Ships, voted "best main street" recently) We are on Great Island in Harpswell on the way to the Harpswell islands of Orr's Island and Bailey Island. The peninsula of South Harpswell is just across the Mountain Road.
This area is a year-round destination for enjoying Maine hospitality and scenery. Grocery stores and many shops and restaurants are within 5 to 15 minutes by car. A favorite outdoor seafood place (byob, cash only)- Erica's - is located on the other side of Harpswell and is open from Mother's Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend. Erica's is a must see destination featured in Coastal Living Magazine in June 2018 issue.
Harpswell and the neighboring towns of Topsham, Bath and Brunswick have many nature preserves, hiking trails, public boat launches, a riverfront bicycle trail, river and ocean views and walks. What's really great is that many of the natural scenery can be enjoyed for free - so you can plan a whole day for only the cost of your food - brown bag it, get takeout, or dine in a restaurant. There are 184 restaurants in total in the towns of Harpswell, Brunswick, Bath and Topsham according to TripAdvisor. For nature enthusiasts, get a taste of what you can see by going to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust website.
Brunswick also has Bowdoin College with Maine State Music Theatre and the International Music Festival throughout the summer. Bowdoin College also has two museums (an Arctic and an art museum) and the Chamberlain House Museum is just across the street. Bowdoin often has events and performances that are open to the public. So much to do -consignment store shopping, watching a movie at nearby Regal Cinemas feature film movie theater or the independent movie theater or scheduled dinner, live entertainment and film options at the Frontier cafe. Smitty's in Topsham offers movies and food at the same time! Four theaters to choose from with Regal Cinemas just a five minute drive away!
We are just off Route 1, so we're in a great location to explore Mid Coast Maine for day trips. Visit Rockland/Camden/Rockport, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta all within an hour and 20 minutes or less drive. The Maine Maritime Museum is located in Bath. It offers river cruises in the summer. The intriguing and fun city of Portland (with a tremendous number of restaurants, breweries, bars, museums, etc.) is an easy 35 minute drive. Augusta, Maine's capitol city, is also about 40 minutes away. Take a spectacular noontime scenic cruise of Casco Bay just down the road from us on Bailey Island (June 22 - Sept 2, 2019). USA's #1 voted favorite place (according to Good Morning America 2014 poll) Acadia National Park is a three hour drive. We're a good stopping point on the way to Acadia in Bar Harbor if you are heading north.
There are some beaches and special places that are only accessible off season - yet another reason to visit any time of the year! Beaches are almost always walkable -even when there's snow on the ground. Schedule horseback riding on Popham Beach from October 1st through March 31st.
We have many brochures and a helpful “cheat sheet”, so you can put off the planning until you arrive and then comfortably explore the area. Many of our guests have used our Harpswell Heritage Land Trust brochure with a map, description and directions to some amazingly beautiful places that require only an easy hike or drive to visit.
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Harpswell, Maine, Estados Unidos