|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Pleasant Beach, South Thomaston 4 BR newer oceanfront home. Enjoy spectacular sunrises, lobsterboats, and views of offshore islands from a 13' x 34' deck and 3 second floor balconies with chairs, deck has a picnic table, gas grill and chairs to watch boats going in and out of harbor and maybe you'll see a lobsterman pulling up his lobster traps. It is considered by many to be one of the prettiest locations in the whole mid coast area with a beach, harbor, and wharf, and 20-30 offshore islands and great fishing from the rocks at low tide, the house is up on a hill with spectacular views. Walk
for miles by ocean and explore tidal pools with starfish, crabs, shellvices on the coasts and sea glass. Sea birds are plentiful. At low tide you can even walk out to Cushing Island. We now have one of the finest cleaning services on the coast, In the evening, there is a place for campfire by the seawall near the beach, also in the woods across Maple ave there are logs sawed into 1 foot lengths for campfires or may be split for use in the woodstove. There is a boat landing, so bring your kayak, canoe, or boat to explore many offshore islands. There are herds of seals sunning themselves on the rock ledges to see if you have a boat to go out to the islands and rock ledges. At certain times of the year there is great fishing off rocks in front of house to the right of the wharf by the channel at low tide. Some people catch 20-50 lb stripped bass almost every year on the first cast at low tide from the rocks in front of us to the right of the wharf, and then throws it back because he feels sorry for the fish, please check the state fish regulations as to size and number which may change each year. The stripped bass are fierce fighters so you will need 60 lb test line and an adaquate fishing pole, this is one of the best success stories of conservation, Also you can catch many mackerel from the floating docks on Spruce Head Island after 5pm or Sunday, some people I have met catch enough to feed their family all winter, they are high in Omega 3 and great for your heart. The harbor in front of the cottage is on the Wessawweskeag River which means 'the river of many points' in the native American language. Where the river meets the ocean is a bay with many islands of the Mussel Ridge chain in front of our beach. On a hot, sunny day when the rocks warm up and the tide covers them on the north side of the beach there is a small area where the water warms up to 75-80 degrees. Guests with a motorboat can take people waterskiing and swimming at Lake Chickawaukee outside of Rockland. There is an aluminum canoe, limit of 880 pounds, a sunrise colored Old Town Dirigo Tandem Plus 2 person sea kayak, with comfortable foam seats and a watertight compartment and a Perception Prodigy II 14.5 2 1/2 person sea kayak with a child seat in the middle and a watertight compartment that is bright orange, yellow, and red, all for guest use at your own risk. Please lock them up after using.
Also please check out some of the local stores like the Keag store and the Thomaston grocery with great Maine ice cream brands and local produce in season. In front of the store are history blocks of the town since 1605.
Once French territory, Thomaston - on US Route 1, was once one of the most prosperous towns in the US around 1880.
Check out the Maine Prison store in Thomaston, with great high quality wood furniture ... like the golden oak finish ash rocker in the first floor great room.
First floor includes a large deck with double french doors leading into a great room with dining area, living area, full kitchen, full bath, one spacious bedroom (1 King bed) and plenty of windows for great ocean views. It has polished yellow pine floors and knotty pine walls that smell very nice. There is also a self cleaning oven, cable TV and high speed wireless service.
Second floor has 3 spacious bedrooms (#1 - 1 king, #2 - 1 queen, #3 - 3 twins and 3 extra twin mattresses for wherever you may need), full bath, washer and dryer. Each room has its own balcony with sliding glass doors for plenty of sunlight and amazing views and its own closet. Also there are 6 super comfortable inflatable queen size mattresses with bulit in electric air pumps that are 18 1/2 inches high and have built in pillows if extra guests come to visit.
There is two zone baseboard heat, but for added ambiance you can stoke up the Vermont cast iron wood stove in the great room on the main floor.
Take advantage of the lobster! Watch the lobstermen from the deck or from the kitchen table. You can even buy some from local lobstermen and prepare it yourself - the best way to cook lobsters is in ocean water! (40% of the lobsters in the state are caught in this Knox county.)
Bring your binoculars. Some guests see a pair of bald eagles fishing from the house at low tide on the rocks in front of the house in early Spring to feed their baby eaglets. Apparently the pair of bald eagles are nesting nearby. They have also been sighted through the summer - just over the tree line from Pleasant Beach Road by Waterman Beach Road flying over the Pleasant Beach woods. Also there are sometimes moose in the area and on Spaulding island (22 1/2 acres) across the harbor from us. Also you can walk out to Cushing Island near us at low tide.
Local lighthouses (Owl's Head, Rockland Breakwater and Marshall's Point), Camden Hills State Park, Camden Snow Bowl, Farnsworth Art Museum and the Audubon Project Puffin Institute (on Main St in Rockland) are some favorite day trip destinations. Nearby towns like Camden and Rockland are fun to explore and do some souvenir shopping. Camden Harbor is a classic tourist trap with visitors from all over the world, a beautiful harbor, shops and a great variety of restaurants. Acadia National Park is only a few hours away with: spectacular scenery, views from the top of Cadillac Mountain, carriage trails, Jordan Pond, Thunder Hole, beaver dams, and lots more.
Also a very close popular spot is the birdwatching sanctuary on Buttermilk Lane between the village of South Thomaston and US Rt 1 at the source of the St George River and the Wessawweskeag River with 1600 acres with Wading Birds: Great Egrets, Blue Herons, and Glossy Ibis, Marsh Birds: American Bitterns and Soras, Shore Birds: Least Sandpipers and Short billed Dowitchers, Song Birds: Chestnut sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Sharp tailed Sparrow and Waterfowl: Mallards, Wood Ducks, American Greenwinged Teals, Ringnecked Ducks, and Hooded Mergansars.
Campobello Island is an International Park just over the Canadian border (now you need a passport to cross the border). It is where President Franklin Roosevelt grew up going for the summer each year.
Farnsworth Art Museum has a free day on Wednesdays from 6-8pm which may change each year or season, it has also old paintings from the early 1800's.
The Puffin Institute offers free movies and lectures about reestablishing puffin colonies or rookeries on the offshore islands with nesting pairs from Newfoundland,
There are bird watching cruises that go out of Port Clyde, New Harbor or Boothbay Harbor. Puffin sightings are almost guaranteed. Also there is a short cruise out of Bar Harbor where the diver goes down in an insulated suit and takes pictures of his dive and all of the sea creatures on the ocean floor that guests can watch live on the boat on a 42 in plasma TV screen.
On the property, around the house, there are many plantings of perennial flowers and bushes that draw hummingbirds and other wildlife. They include: heather, 3 varieties of lavender - including the variety from which perfume is made, manardis(hummingbirds love this and are often there), osobe, butterfly bushes with 4 colors of blossoms, foxglove, lilac, Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower(Gailardia), Hummingbird Summersweet(Clethra ainifolia Hummingbird), Pink Mist Pincushion Flower(Scabiosa columbaria), PowWow White Coneflower(Echinacea purpurea) and Mountain Bluet(Centaurea montana). Hanging baskets contain a combination of annuals, Calibrachoa, Trailing Petunias, and Verbena. Annuals like salvias, begonias, and petunias are found in flower boxes by the houses on the property.
Also, there are many great restaurants locally, Primo, Amalfi Coast, and a place almost from a different era, Conte's on 148 South Main St in Rockland, you must get there by 4:30 to 4:45Pm before it opens at 5PM to get a table, then magazine, then current issues, then August 2013, then go to the article 'Chefs Today Are Nothing But a Bunch of Punks', it is very much like when his grandfather came from Naples, Italy in 1894 and started a restaurant in Mt Kisco, NY, which his brothers still own and run,
Another priceless one of a kind experience is a visit to the Seabreeze Farm, on 414, with super friendly ADGA Saanen Goats that are very affectioate and some ancestors of the goats, you can pet the goats, even the males are so friendly, there are Rouen Ducks, Rare Breed Royal Palm Turkeys, sheep, Toulouse Geese, and a male burro named Chester who chases away any coyotes.
Keywords: beach, ocean, maranatha cottage, house, waterfront,Pleasant Beach, South Thomaston, partly sandy,great fishing, 4 bedroom, large great room, large deck, 3 balconies, boat landing, bald eagles
We fell in love with the location while on vacation in 1980 and purchased the property with a rustic cabin. In 1999 we finished construction of the new home which is there now.
We love getting up early to see the sunrise, walking on the beach and exploring the tidal pools.
My wife and our friends have spent five wonderful vacations at this house. It is an ideal Maine setting for anyone seeking a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere without the distractions of traffic or other annoying distractions.
There are excellent walking opportunities on the beach, along the lane that meanders through the peninsula, or the park located near the junction of the "driveway" and the main highway. It is important to note that in Maine there are no private beaches, so one can venture as far along the beach as one desires.
If you are looking for the best "diner" in Maine, go to Moody's Diner just a few miles down highway 1. Also McLoon's Lobstah Shack is a great local eating spot about 5 or 6 miles from the house. For a wonderful home-style breakfast go to the Keg restaurant and general store nearby.
The nearby Owl's Head Transportation Museum is an excellent half-day experience, and a visit to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse will reward you with an unsurpassed educational and scenic experience as to what necessitates having lighthouses. Bar Harbor is a day trip away, and thirty miles up Highway 1 is the quintessential Maine village of Camden.
I feel compelled to address the very negative review posted by the party from September 2016. We arrived the Saturday that group left, and if they did all the cleaning they claim to have done, it certainly was not evident. They left the washer full of linens to be washed (each group is to provide their own, which they apparently did not) and a washed, but not dry, load on top of the dryer. Beds were also left with linens/bedspreads thrown on top, not made up. The floors also were unswept/unmapped. As each renter is made aware, they are responsible for cleaning prior to departure. Also, the French doors leading to the deck have an excellent locking mechanism peculiar to expensive doors. This group apparently did not know how the mechanism worked.
The owner has always been very responsive to any needs on our five visits and has always called shortly after arrival to ensure everything is in order. We have never had a serious issue.
It is true the furniture is outdated and I am sure the owner will address this complaint. In addition, the changing times have resulted in renters that may not live up to commitments that honesty requires. It would be in the best interest of the owner to have the house cleaned after each tenant, but this would necessitate an increase in rates. I for one am willing to pay
I have been fortunate to visit this cottage twice over the past two years - once in the summer, and once in the early fall - and I am looking forward to visiting it again this coming year! The two things that I love most about this cottage is its spectacular view and its close proximity to the Rockland area! The combination is unbeatable! The views are great at the house! Not only do you have a distant ocean view out past the coastal island & a closer view of Spaulding Island and the active Weskeag River - there is Pleasant Beach right in front of you! This is a perfect place to look for shells as well as for swimming. I also enjoyed watching the tide come and go over the course of the day. At night, I kept my windows open, and would listen to the waves crashing on the shore. It is in a nice neighborhood of homes to take a walk in as well! Rockland and all the other great and fun things to do in the mid-coast are only a short drive away too. The house is large and has plenty of room. The first floor is very open kitchen/ dining/ living/ deck. The bedrooms are all good size. Laundry is conveniently located on the second floor. The kitchen is well stocked. I hope you will give it a try. It is worth a visit!
We have stayed here with our friends for a week the last two Octobers. The kids absolutely love exploring the tide pools everyday and the ability of taking day trips. We have the best of both worlds... staying home and enjoying the lovely view to playing the tourist and venturing to the local sites. The owner is always in contact to ensure that we have a beautiful stay. Cannot wait for Oct 2017 to return to this wonderful place.
This review is actually for 11/12/16, but the VRBO button would not allow me to put down that date. Anyway, we've stayed many times before and find every part of the home very nice. Lots of windows, beds, bathrooms, chairs, all that you need for a comfortable stay in a wonderful housekeeping cottage on the coast. The views are exceptional, nothing like it around. There are plenty of supplies for, well, cleaning, because it is a house keeping cottage. We always enjoy making it better for the next person to stay in. Nice wireless internet connection, cable tv, those are extras. Very enjoyable to stay here, every time.
If you are looking for a place that is filthy, with old flea-infested furniture, a mal-functioning septic system and have an off-road vehicle, this is the place for you. As aptly put it by a local person: "The only good thing about that place is the view."
I though long and hard about whether I wanted to leave this review. I only did it so others would know what to expect. Perhaps it was circumstantial or personal issues with the owner at the time. I will say, do not pay him directly. Only pay thru the VRBO application. You are not protected if you don't. He is old school and wants you to send a check, bypassing VRBO. As four christian women dealing with a man who was a missionary and a pastor, we trusted him and did just that. As a result, we had no recourse after our experience.
We had been looking forward to this vacation for months. There were 4 of us, all women in out 50's. I was assured by the owner that the house was clean and ready to go. When I asked how I would get in the house, he stated he was in the house behind us and he would be there. We arrived around 8pm, after dark. We quickly discovered we had differing ideas of what clean was. The 4 of us spent the next 2 hours cleaning the house enough to get by. There were no cleaning products, so we did the best we could. Cleaning included washing the dirty sheets on the beds, cleaning the showers that had hair and used soap in them, doing the toilets, sinks and much more. The bathrooms had urinals in them that were covered with dirty black plastic so they couldn't be used, nasty. There was an odor of urine throughout the house, especially upstairs. The counter tops had to be washed 4x before the paper towels were no longer black/gray from wiping. We mopped, vacuumed, and scrubbed. His excuse, he usually only pays to have someone clean in the summer, not acceptable. He assured us the house was clean. We went to the dollar store the next day to buy cleaning products and things we would need for the week.
It gets better. The TV wouldn't work, the double glass doors that opened onto the deck could not be locked - it was broken. He did not return all week with the offer to fix it. That is a huge security issue!!! We had to tie the doors shut to secure them. The couches are so broken down that he has put boards under the cushions for support. We ended up putting sheets over the couches before sitting on them because they were so dirty. I photographed everything, just because I was dumbfounded by it all and it was everything. We were up until 1am looking for other places to stay, but it was labor day weekend. If we walked away, we would be out all of the money - so we made due. The only saving grace is the view.
Great fishing, walk for miles by ocean, spectacular views of offshore islands and lobstering, beautiful sunrises, wharf, boat landing, explore tidal pools, wildlife
all rates are negotiable, please call us, we want you to be blest