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Year round waterfront retreat. Beautiful house, big tides, magical setting

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Light-filled modern 3 bed 2 bath at water's edge in private natural setting

Completed two years ago, River Tide faces south on a tidal cove off the St. George River estuary, in the heart of Mid-Coast Maine, and has over 350 feet of shoreline. The location on a dead-end lane is peaceful and secluded, but close to the lobstering villages of Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, and an easy drive to vibrant Rockland and Camden.

After visiting Maine for more than twenty years, Jen and Philip designed the three-bedroom house as a quiet and inspiring year-round retreat, lovely in the fall or early summer and well as in the traditional vacation months, where we could bring family and friends. We used traditional local materials - a hemlock timber frame, birch flooring, and white cedar shingle - and were looking for a Craftsman style with a contemporary emphasis. The house is high-ceilinged, light-filled and uncluttered, but warm and intimate. Views from every window across the grass to the water only 75 feet away are framed by mature oaks and spruce. The tide is a constant mesmerizing presence, as its 11 foot range moves twice a day from an open expanse of water lapping on granite rocks, to a variety of water birds feasting in the shallows, to clam flats, and then back again. The tidal estuary is a mile or more across at this point, and can be quite choppy, but our cove is sheltered, and great for swimming (for the hardy), kayaking, and paddle-boarding.

In the house each of the three bedrooms has access to a deck or screen porch overlooking the water. The stunning master bedroom with its soaring hammer-beamed ceiling is designed so that you can look out over the water and watch birds from the king-size bed as the sun rises. A door off the bedroom leads to a second-floor deck, good for star-gazing and late-night conversations. The other two bedrooms, with a queen and a full bed respectively, are in the original cottage, now fully renovated and joined to the new house. Both have sliding doors onto a screen porch, with steps leading towards the water. While we limit guests to six, an additional child might be fine. A younger child might want to sleep in the pull-out sofa bed next to the master bedroom. We don't allow pets.

The kitchen connects to the living and dining areas, and is large and with stained concrete countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a gas range. It is ideal for family cooking projects, whether for a pancake breakfast at the counter, or preparing for an outside sunset dinner.

There are two bathrooms, one with a tub and shower, and the other with a shower. There is also an outdoor shower. There are two flat screen televisions with Roku and Netflix, wireless internet, and a phone with unlimited US calling. Sheets and down comforters are hotel quality,. We have a large front-loading washer and dryer. There are family games, puzzles and a variety of books. An appealing high-efficiency woodstove complements electric heat in the shoulder seasons and the winter. A dining table seats eight comfortably. Binoculars support those with a bird-watching habit. A 5' by 6' Geological Survey map in the kitchen hallway allows you to plan your days.

Outside there's a picnic table, a grill and a fire pit, a hammock, two swings, and Adirondack chairs beside the water. Kayaks (two sit-on-top and three sea kayaks) are provided. On calm days you might paddle down towards Port Clyde, or across to Cushing.

Nearby on the peninsular there is a range of public beaches with sand, rocks, tide pools, and walks in the woods. For eating out you can sit beside the dock at Luke's down the road in Tenants Harbor, eating a range of traditional Maine fare, or try the Happy Clam, with its German menu in addition to lobsters and fried clams, drive or bike a couple of miles further to Port Clyde, where a range of eating possibilities keep you entertained as, perhaps, you wait for the ferry for a day trip to Monhegan Island, the much-loved artists' retreat. Towards South Thomaston, maybe three miles away, McLoons Lobster Shack is probably the most picturesque setting for eating a lobster that you'll ever come across.

If you are looking for more sophisticated diversions, Rockland is a real cultural magnet, with excellent restaurants (one favorite is Suzuki's Sushi Bar, often with amazing local delicacies), interesting stores, a lovely Art Deco movie theater, the impressive Farnsworth Art Museum, and a unique mile-long granite breakwater leading to a lighthouse. And if you want to go a little further afield, you can visit Camden, with its many shops and harbor full of impressive sailboats, or walk in the Camden Hills. We can recommend the owner of a 35 foot Cape Dory who will take you and your friends for an evening or a day sail. Or you can go south to Damariscotta, which apart from being a totally lovely little town, has the original Remy's, the most amazing general/department store you will ever find, where you can buy whatever you forgot to bring on your vacation, and thousands of things you never knew existed.

Because we are fairly new to the business of renting our vacation home to guests, we hope you will call us with any questions or suggestions during your visit. We want to make your stay as pleasant and memorable as possible. We love River Tide, and want you to love it too. While we live in the Boston area, we have local connections and are able to take care of any concerns quickly.

More Details

Philip Parsons
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Saint George around the Knox County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Double sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Sliders to screen porch
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Sliders to screen porch
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Large master bedroom. cathedral ceiling, private deck, desk
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Year round waterfront retreat. Beautiful house, big tides, magical setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lovely location. Well equipped. Hosts could not have been more helpful or gracious.

  • 5 of 5

A great spot for three seasons of visits and ideal for seeing sites of mid-Maine. Fabulous lobster shacks nearby. Herons on the estuary. Kayaking paradise. Can’t say enough positive things about house, hosts, neighbors. A gem!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lisa. We’re always happy when people enjoy our home and the cove, and take advantage of all that mid-coast Maine has to offer.
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Lovely Location

  • 5 of 5

The location of the property is lovely, very tranquil and peaceful. A great location for exploring the coast line of mid Maine. The property is very modern, comfortable beds but since it was only the two of us we only used the master bedroom!! Facilities are excellent with everything you need to make your stay comfortable. The contact with the owner was very good and his directions to the property were spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Maine.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at River Tide was wonderful! The views are great, the place is so very comfortable, we wanted for nothing other than more time to stay and enjoy the quiet. It is close to Camden and Rockland for those wanting a day out in a small town. The kayaks were put to good use when the tide was up and certainly the hammocks found some takers for an afternoon nap. The owners were very helpful and gracious, the kitchen was well kitted out as was the whole house really and it was spotlessly clean. Will definitely think of a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful, new and light filled house is a great place to relax, and will allow one to enjoy the many things Maine has to offer all in one place. It is very comfortable, well equipped and close to lovely coastal towns. The owners have put thought and effort in decorating it. Many family activities can be enjoyed right at home because of the many amenities: Screened porch, swings, sitting and reading areas, grill, fire pit, outdoor shower, kayaks, games and puzzles and water front with beautiful views.. Watching the tide coming in and going out makes it a very peaceful place.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time! Beautiful home!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Philip's home! It's a beautiful home with great views and wildlife. Saw lots of egrets, yellow legs, eagles, blue herons and more! We travelled around to Marshall Point Lighthouse, Owls Head Lighthouse and the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The home had everything we needed! Thank you Philip!!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Maine Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Parson's beautiful home. We really didn't know what to expect about the location but it turned out to be our most favorite spot of all of the places we visited during our trip on the Maine Coast. What made it nice was that Tenant's Harbor and Port Clyde, just down the road, were both quaint and not inundated with tourists. We traveled as far north as Acadia National Park, visited Camden, Rockland, Rockport , and Bar Harbor . The house was perfect, brand new in fact and it is pretty much like it is the pictures. We would love to return one day and further explore. Philip was super helpful when we had any questions regarding his home and quickly responded. If we weren't so far away, (California) we would return on a regular basis.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Knox County Regional
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Monhegan Island Ferry, Port Clyde
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Rockland Golf Club
Nearest Train
56 Miles
Amtrak, Brunswick ME
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Happy Clam, Tenants Harbor
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Crescent Beach, Owls Head
Car: necessary

All that Mid-Coast Maine has to offer: lighthouses, beaches, fishing villages, lobster shacks, bird-watching, shopping, hiking, quiet, tide-watching, doing nothing. And if you need it, interesting shopping in Rockland, excellent restaurants, an impressive art museum, a stunning mile-long granite breakwater, and a wonderful Art Deco movie theater


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Saint George,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall, Winter Spring
4 Sep 2018 - 29 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £228.06
Cleaning fee £95.03

All tenants are required to sign a comprehensive liability waiver for the use of any boat or kayak

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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