Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Boothbay Harbor - Lakeside Retreat 207.837.0604
2 Bedrms,1Bath,Sleeps 2adults 2children Cozy get-away!Romantic,peaceful,charming
This 'jewel house' has the best Maine has to offer: unprecedented tranquility & privacy with quaint,traditional New England charm perched on the edge of pristine Knickerbocker Lake & many boats included free!Conveniently located 2 mi from town & bustling harbor.Relax on ample docks to sights & sounds of wind on the water, loons,bull frogs and peepers calling! Cozy,inviting, warm & peaceful,many couples honeymooned here!Interior is knotty pine walls,pine floors,throw rugs & charming,homey touches.This gem has S & W exposure allowing for spectacular sunny days & sunsets!On dock relax in teak furniture,watch surrounding nature.A great family spot to read,play boardgames, rest & reconnect. Ideal for swimming,sunbathing, fishing,boating & pure r & r, you'll have a vacation you'll fondly remember & cherish.Spring,Summer & Fall each offer wonderful differences at this terrific location!Thank you for your interest in our beloved cottage.It's been in our family for years & we are pleased to extend our 2nd home to you! It's your own private hide-away! No buildings can be seen across the lake to dispel the serenity or view-- just trees! Furniture & beds are in good condition. Interior has a very cozy, inviting atmosphere that speaks to it being a home that is adored & well equipped. The bunk room is a favorite sunny afternoon spot, also perfect for napping! Rejuvenate here to the sight & sounds of wind on the water & loons calling.Grill outside & dine lakeside on the picnic table or dock! Since there is virtually NO ambient light or air pollution (no street lights), when it's clear, the night sky is spectacular, stars & planets are vivid & bold! In fact, shooting stars are frequently visible & you will be amazed at the brilliance of the heavens from this secret location!Ideal for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking & pure relaxation, you'll have a vacation you'll fondly remember & cherish. Many have made repeat stays, allowing us to watch children grow up.It's all right here!
Just watching the water & light changing on the canvas of the treeline will capture the essence of this vacation. Enjoy swimming & laying in the sun alongside a lakeside with a non-murkey shore! Wade in or jump off the dock! Our docks & charcoal grill set the stage for many great meals outside.This will likely be where you'll want to spend hours watching loons, ducks, herons, fish & dragonflies,stars, chatting, reading & dozing.Binoculars are provided.Paddle & explore the twin lakes by canoe or kayak: there's much to explore by boat,eye & foot. Blankets & pillows provided; sheets & towels available for rent if you choose not to bring your own.
So many things you could do! Such as....:
Excursion's: Boating: The harbor offers guided powerboat excursions in 2 or 3 hour versions, and a tour on a working lobster boat with a genuine lobsterman as your guide and captain! Among our favorite trips are the sailing schooners! These majestic beauties are a wonder to ride upon & appreciate under full sail.Day time & sunset sailing trips are offered. Find them on the pier in the harbor near Fisherman's Wharf. Guided or solo kayak tours: ocean going kayaks can be rented downtown near the footbridge for a few hours,1/2 day,or longer.How about a boat & island tour to Burnt Island Lighthouse, right in this town's harbor; it has been tediously restored to it's original authentic state, right down to the original furnishings! An unusual & interesting glimpse into the area's historic waterfront heritage! You could also go deep sea fishing for 1/2 or full day. Maybe rent scooters!
The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) is not to be missed!World renowned, 250 acres including ocean shore-front, a Children's Garden, Five Senses Garden, Meditation stone gardens, Fairy Gardens, hundreds of azaleas, thousands of bulbs and more! Magnificent garden art and sculpture, a Cafe', library and gift shop.
Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) 21 preserves provide over 30 miles of hiking trails open year round, free of charge. Enjoy short or long hikes varying from 1/2 mi to 3 miles along any of the trails which boasts 4,000+ acres. Preserves cover over 1,800 acres including six islands protecting wildlife habitat; vistas, forests, meadows, wetlands, shore front, & historical sites.Wherever feasible & ecologically wise, BRLT provides opportunities for public access.
Take in live stage theater + concerts at the Carousel Dinner Theater,Boothbay Playhouse,Harbor Movie Cinema or The Opera House.
Don't miss the Maine State Aquarium on McKown Point filled with great information & live local sea critters -including a touching tank with crabs,periwinkles,starfish & sand sharks. 633-9559
The Boothbay Railway Village,Train & Antique Auto Museum is a local favorite for kids, families & auto enthusiasts! Ride the antique railway village steam train & see the train museum. Auto enthusiasts will be impressed by the diverse collection of antique autos--Packard's to Rolls Royce cars,trucks,fire engines & even motorcycles-- fill this noteworthy museum with 70+ magnificent vehicles.
Museums abound! See Maine's famous Wyeth's collection in Rockland's Farnsworth. Interested in Maine’s Boating Heritage? Maine Maritime Museum is 20 mi S to Bath.Musical Wonder House w/ over 500 music boxes, chairs & singing bird cages is in Wiscasset, 207-882-7163! Intriguing Fawcett's Toy Museum,Waldoboro (207-832-7398).Fisherman's Museum at Pemaquid Light 207-563-2739.
Drive out to walk the ledges at Ocean Point & Grimes Cove beach in East Boothbay: take Rt 96,8 miles to the end, from Rt 27 @the only traffic light in town. Drive out to Hendrick's Head beach and lighthouse on Southport Island. Head to Rt 1 and see the sights! Rt 1 starts 'downeast' & ends in Key West!
Rainy day?Check out our library! Also, we're just over 1 mile from the YMCA on Rt. 27 S as you head towards town. Many say this is one of the best YMCA’s in the country! Aquatic Center has just been completely rebuilt (2012) including 2 beautiful pools. Indoor fitness center is enormous;courts for indoor tennis,racquetball,basketball. Day and week passes available.207 -633-2855
Coastal Maine is famous for lobster which is prepared in many delicious, creative dishes- or traditionally steamed & savored with melted butter. It's possible to buy them right at the lobsterman's co-op on the docks down town, bring them home cooked by them, or live for you to cook yourself! Don't skip steamed clams! If oysters are your thing, don't miss our locally cultivated (& shipped all over world) oysters- especially those from the Damariscotta River.Or join a boat excursion to Cabbage Island for an authentic lobster & clam bake!
Restaurant's that we frequent and enjoy include: Rocktide (on Atlantic Ave, East side of the harbor), McSeagulls (on Pier One,live music 7 night's), Dunton's Doghouse (Sea St), The Ice Cream Parlor (Pier One by McSeagulls), Robinson's Wharf and Pub (on Southport Island, just over the bridge).Good pizza: Village House of Pizza, across from Hannaford. Le Garage in Wiscasset is an old favorite, consistently good with a clever chef and the menu changes. In Damariscotta we haunt King Eider's Pub:Great crab cakes, but everything is very good, colorful too! Hit Route One North & head for Moody's Diner in Waldoboro for classic good food all day & night.
Boothbay also offers other cuisine: authentic Italian (chef summers here but is from Italy) Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, tapas, traditional American and even a few good pizza joints! Bars serve locally brewed beers, great chowders, fresh fish in a variety of ways. There's a newly opened harbor front oyster bar with locally harvested oysters known to be some of the best in the world, according to many chefs and connoisseurs. Many local eateries often host local musical talent and bands which can be heard on week-ends.
Oak Street Provision's: butcher, seafood mkt, vast wine, beer & coffee stock!
Local Farmer's Market held every Thursday: Fresh fruit,veggies,seafood, mushrooms,cheeses,breads, flowers, honey, preserves & more sold only from 9 -noon on the Common Green in Boothbay Center.
Local homemade ice cream, fudge, taffy & candy-- all down town by the harbor near and on Pier One-- is a must! (Daffy Taffy, Orne's Candy)
Fresh bakery! Baker's Way make wonderful donuts & apple fritters 'to die for' are fresh daily at Baker's Way, at 94 Townsend Ave. They also serve authentic Vietnamese meals all day and evening.
Shopping & Galleries galore!
Our vacation destination boasts many shopping ops!We suggest that you drive into town then take it in by foot! There are quaint boutiques,nice stores & the usual tourist shops.We're lucky to have so many artists & their gallery’s nearby; they offer pieces in oil, watercolor, bronze, wood, photography, metal, jewelry, ceramic, & pottery. Other galleries are found by car all around the peninsula and region. SO much diverse talent all around us here! Freeport (40 miles S) & Kittery (100 miles S) are virtual shopping meccas w/dozens of brand name stores & outlets
Events Calendar (partial listing):
MAY: Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Show.
JUNE: Lobster Boat Races;Strawberry Festival,Owl's Head Airplane Museum Days;Windjammer Days.
JULY: Antique Engines @ Railway Village; 4 Celebration!; 3rd wk-end Antique Auto Days;Jazz Weekend.
AUGUST: Boat Builders Festival;Rotary Auction;Shipyard (yacht sailing race) Cup;Arts& Crafts Festival;Children's Festival.
SEPTEMBER: Restaurant Week;Miniature Golf Championship;Charities Golf Classic
OCTOBER: 1-10 Pumpkin Festival;Fall Foliage Festival
Quick overview of basic terms:
$75 for cleaning
8 % state & lodging taxes;
50% of rental rate due upon time of booking secures your time;non refundable; signed lease agreement
$300 separate security deposit check due with final rental payment
Completed rental lease agreement is required of all renters;
Owners traveling with dog(s): a daily dog rate charged for any approved dog(s). Sorry, no cats.
An extra nightly fee will be charged for more than 2 adults & extra adult(s) must be approved first
Total rental balance,all taxes,fees,security deposit & lease agreement due 30 days prior to your arrival
Total rental fee is forfeited upon cancellation within 30 days or less of your arrival date
Fragile septic system.Conservative flushing is discussed & requested of all renters & guests.Showers are not restricted due to separate drainage field! We thank you for respecting our req
- pets considered
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
About Kim 207-837-0604 please call! Phoning =best contact; email 2nd best. Thank you.
I consider Maine home since the majority of my life has been spent on the Boothbay peninsula. Having moved back here after college & corporate careers, I now have my own home & business (lic. massage therapist) here, just a few miles from the cottage. My two beloved West Highland Terriers are frequently with me; they are great ambassadors, who will eagerly greet you! When I am not working, I can usually be found in a garden! I thoroughly enjoy being outside, often tending our vegetable, flower & perennial gardens with our Westies at my side! My mother, the owner of this charming property, worked as an R.N. while raising me as a single parent.Her love & hard work enabled her to keep ahold of this second home. As such, we have been able to use and appreciate this home in all seasons for many years! I have memories of shoveling off a big area on the frozen lake,then a hole was drilled by auger,water was pumped up to flood the 'ring' and freeze smooth.We had the great skating parties! Of course, a bonfire was lit for warmth and festivity, marshmallows and more were toasted on the fire!! I also grew up water skiing on the lake! Mom taught many friends how to water ski and put on quite am impressive show herself (a natural athlete!). Skiing here is long gone since laws changed and motors are restricted to 5 hp for fishing/trolling,but many years of happy times built great memories for us both.This is a very special place. We have maintained, managed and enjoyed this home and property together now for years. Currently I act as the manager for the cottage. We are obviously familiar with the region and are happy to be of assistance with ideas and recommendations. Plus,we live 'just down the road' so we can/will help if you need it while you are here or at the cottage! Come see for yourselves how lovely & enjoyable it is here, & why guests who have stayed with us rave about it! We believe you'll be glad you did and will do our best to ensure it! We want happy guests!
Why Kim 207-837-0604 please call! Phoning =best contact; email 2nd best. Thank you. chose Boothbay Harbor
Mom had a great vision when she bought this treasured home years ago!This property is well suited for us & our interests; we love the outdoors & are able to spend a lot of quality time here because we live so near by! Uniquely perched on clean fresh water, lovely for swimming. She worked diligently to keep this gem for us to have and enjoy & we are delighted to share it with you!
Prior to owning this, it was a cottage my family rented for one summer. Little did we know that we were then starting to gather memories that we would build upon for decades to come! Years later the cottage came up for sale! My clever mom took action & the rest, as it's said, is history!
Winters we spent some of the time here ice fishing, keeping an eye on the flags from the comfort of the fire inside & an expansive view to the lake from the big picture window! For a few winters we were into snowmobiling & we warmed up inside the cottage on many of those days as well. I've already described the glee of ice skating here-by day light & starry, moonlit nights!
I enjoy plants, nature, gardening, so this spot became another canvas to work upon.Spring time flowers and flowering shrubs here are lovely to behold; summer lilies, plants and evergreens are always calming to work among and see. But clearly the big draw to this wonderful lakeside retreat is for the prime seasons for enjoying the water, boating, and warmer weather. I attribute my early passion for swimming to many, many hours spent swimming in and across the lake. Later I channeled that love of the water into a long career as a serious competitive swimmer. Ultimately I became a five time State Champion swimmer beginning my freshman year at Boothbay Region HS. Our lives are such that we now choose to share this wonderful place with others by occasionally renting it. We've found wonderful guests who appreciate its simplicity & show great care and respect for the property. Plus it easily 'sells itself.'
What makes this cottage unique
While here on Boothbay's Knickerbocker Lake you will be immersed in nature and privacy. A small stream carries winter snow melt & rain off the ridge and into the lake. Nestled among towering pines and oaks, there is wonderful south and western sunset exposure from late morning 'til sunset. You are almost guaranteed to see more wild life than people on the lake! Take our canoe or kayak and paddle the perimeter, even explore the second /'Little' Knickerbocker Lake! While enjoying the water from home or dock, you will gaze across the lake towards an unblemished waterfront--no development in sight! And neighbors are rarely seen....this location really is a well kept secret with minimal use, thankfully!
Our cottage has 2 wooden docks: 14' x 20', wide fixed dock (on posts) for sturdiness and safety & a smaller surface dock for swimming and boat use/easy access. We keep teak Adirondack chairs with foot hassocks on the dock, small tables and a bench for plenty of seating options. Bring your pole & feel free to cast a fishing line; the lake is stocked with large mouth bass and lake trout by the local Fish & Game Club.
Inside we have comfortable seating in the living room with two couches, rocking chair & large picture window that provides a better view than any big screen TV! Enjoy a real wood fire in our fire place to set a relaxing mood &/or take the chill off. The home is equipped with gas heat as well so you will certainly be comfortable and warm in any season.
This is a delightful gem and much adored home that is clean, very well equipped, and comfortable. We are happy to greet you, make sure you are settled in and help with suggestions of local interests. We know the region and can suggest restaurants, day trips and tucked away places easily missed, unless you get 'a local' to tell you! We have years of knowledge of the area and live just a few miles close by. Please come see why so many of our guests raved about their vacation at our cottage!
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you for the warm welcome, this marvelous little lake house and the days of magnificent weather! We have had such a marvelous time; we really hate to leave.
You are fortunate to have all this, each other and to call it "home." 'So glad we found this and to have met you both! Take care-