2 Bedrooms (Sleeps 6) ~ Fully Equipped Kitchen ~ Screened Porch
About Ruth Francis
We, Sam and Ruth Francis, are the owners and hosts of eight rental properties in Georgetown, Maine. We have four wonderful grown sons and are proud grandparents. We worked for years to finish our timber frame dream home at the tip of the peninsula. We now enjoy our role as pastors to a growing church in Bath, Maine.
Ruth Francis purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Ruth Francis chose Georgetown
We purchased this unique fifty acre property with its half mile long peninsula over thirty years ago. Since then we have lived here and operated a traditional wooden boat shop. Over the years we have built six charming cottages, as well as, converted a Sailor's Loft to a rental with breathtaking, panoramic views. We also, offer the home that we first built and lived in to renters, with it's ideal location at the tip of the peninsula with deep water frontage and a private dock. We have added other touches to our property with a garden house, ten slip boat dock, a hiking trail and clearings for fishing and picnics.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottages are situated to allow privacy but also to maintain the quality of the open, natural spaces. Each cottage overlooks the marsh and adjacent Back River which flows off the mighty Kennebec and Nature Conservancy land beyond.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
A perfect getaway
We had such a wonderful time here. It was secluded and peaceful, but also an easy drive to Bath, Brunswick, and Portland, as well as the beaches at Popham and Reid State Park. There's a little zip line steps away from the house that spans a stream, and my young sons couldn't get enough of it. We didn't hesitate to sign up for another stay next summer.
The one heads up I would give to others staying here is that bed sheets and towels are not included by default. The hosts had mentioned this explicitly in the email they sent me beforehand, so it's not at all their fault, but I had just assumed the email was all legalese check-in/check-out/don't wreck the place stuff so I didn't bother reading it fully. So make sure you request the sheets and towels going in. It wouldn't have been an issue at all, except we got in late. We were fine the first night, and when I sent them a text, they dropped off the sheets and towels promptly first thing the next morning.
In all, an ideal spot for a great vacation.
Not quite as we had hoped
Katie is wonderful - very responsive and friendly! The view is beautiful, the location made it easy to get to Bath, and the park pass for Popham Beach and Reid State Park was a big money saver. The screened-in porch and sunset views were lovely! But we were disappointed about a few things:
mosquitoes: Maine is notorious for its mosquitoes, and there were plenty around the cottage. Having to sprint from car to cottage is not an exaggeration! Do not expect to hang out outside unless you are covered in bug spray.
kitchen: not what I would have called "fully stocked" - if you have a good knife at home or a large serving spoon, or cup measures, bring them!
shower: If you are over 5'8", or if you are fairly chubby (like me), you will find it hard to turn around or bend down to wash your legs. If you want luxurious bathing, this is not it. If you are obese, look elsewhere.
beds: very uncomfortable, saggy and lumpy mattresses, including the pull out couch. Investing in new mattresses would really help.
cleanliness: on the surface, it's very clean - spotless fridge and stove, counters, etc. But the cleaners don't seem to look up - at all the cobwebs decorating every corner and down the walls.
spiders: I stayed in the queen bedroom and had no issue, but my daughter in the twin bedroom lost a lot of sleep and killed spiders every night we were there. Arachnophobia? This is not the place for you.
Admittedly, I didn't complain about these things to Katie because I figured there was nothing she could do about most of them once we had arrived - but I hope some improvements are made for the future. It is a cute place, and it served our purposes.
My husband and I spent a week in the Hockomock cabin at the Back River Bend Cottages in late September 2017. The cabin was adorable, had plenty of space, and plenty of hot water. We watched beautiful sunsets over the marsh while listening to the sounds of nature on the screened in porch! It was the perfect spot to have day trips to Freeport, Rockport, Camden, Wiscasset, and Bath. There was even a pass to the State Parks in the cabin for our use that got us into Reid State Park and Popham Beach. The bed was plenty comfortable and the cabin was clean. There were plenty of pots, utensils, and plates to use! We were also able to bring our two cavalier king charles spaniels who loved looking out the screened in porch. They were kind enough to provide some bottled water for our use. This cabin is right next to the boat storage area. The peninsula has a short trail to explore, and Georgetown has plenty of other trails to peruse. Overall, a very relaxing cabin!
Wonderful little place
Centrally located! Clean upon our arrival, and comfy except for the mattresses. I don't expect top of the line mattresses for this price but that is my only complaint. We had a wonderful time! Kayaking, biking , awesome trails close by - Squirrel Point light house was our favorite at sunset! Highly recommend!
Laid back & Peaceful
We loved the cabin!! It was cleaned and well-maintained. It was awesome to go sight-seeing during the day and relax in total seclusion. There are no lights around once the sun went down, which made it feel like you were the only ones around. Windows were open 24/7 with constant sea breezes. None of us wanted to go back to reality.
Quiet and rather secluded cabin. Little more rustic than anticipated. No place to sit outside. Luckily, there was a screened porch for sitting. We had to clean off the porch furniture before we could sit on it. We did not plan to spend the first hour there cleaning after a 10 hour drive. Could not get major TV stations. Mosquitoes were brutal. Had to dash from door to our vehicle. Their tap water was not good to drink, but they did supply couple of gallons of spring water. Way too expensive for what we got. We have vacationed in Maine 5 times now and this was very disappointing and cost much more than the other places.
I'm so sorry you weren't happy with your accommodations. We hate to disappoint! I apologize on the porch, we want the porch to be a comfortable place for our guests to retreat- especially if the bugs are bad-which they were that week. The pollen was also out in full force, as the meteorologist were calling it- it was a "dense" week for pollen. If only those screens could also filter the pollen. We do have cable TV available for all our guests, I'm going to make sure the TV is working properly in the cabin.
I would have been happy to address anything you were unhappy with in person during your stay, I wish you had reached out- my number is on the fridge.
Again, sorry to disappoint.
Within 15 minute drive to: Reid State Park, known for its uncrowded sandy beaches and rocky cliffs, Five Islands Seafood, known for their shore dinners and lobster rolls served dock side in one of Maine's most picturesque harbors, Maine Maritime Museum, housing local marine artifacts dating back to 1607, and antiquing, over 25 shops within a short drive. There is a hiking trail at water's edge and a nearby deep water dock for fishing, swimming or to tie up your own boat.