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1920's Cottage on Rutherford Island Overlooks Picturesque Harbor

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 90 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Located on Rutherford Island near Christmas Cove, this 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom renovated 1920s Sears Catalogue cottage is framed by natural ledge and lovely perennial gardens. Watch the pleasure and fishing boats from the deck while you enjoy lobster prepared by local fishermen's co-op. Harbour Ledges is only a 15-minute drive to Damariscotta, Pemaquid Beach & Lighthouse. Boat rentals and quiet island beach are within 5 minutes of the cottage. Kayak rentals and golfing are a short drive away. The cottage is tastefully decorated with antiques, heirlooms, art and oriental rugs. Master bedroom with queen size bed and guest bedroom with full size bed are located on the second floor. The kitchen is host to a 1920's Garland gas stove as well as modern amenities: microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster oven, Dansk china, bar ware. The living room has an easy to operate gas fireplace to take the chill off those sometimes cool Maine evenings. Cable HDTV, wireless, internet, VCR/DVD/CD included.

Donna Peaker-Ritzo
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About Donna Peaker-Ritzo

I am a semi-retired holistic nurse and homeopathic educator and consultant who resides in Florida with time to enjoy Maine in the summers. After raising my family in S. Berwick, Maine and returning to school for healthcare and nursing, I spent time in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine before moving to Florida in 2009.

Donna Peaker-Ritzo purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Donna Peaker-Ritzo chose South Bristol

After a long hiatus from Maine, I began what became a three year search in 1995 to find a property in mid-coast Maine. I kept returning to S. Bristol and specifically Rutherford Island. From the moment I saw this 'little house on the harbor', I knew it was a keeper. The house is co-owned by myself and my daughter, Julie Erickson, a Maine resident.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in South Bristol in Lincoln County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
Coastal Botanical Gardens - Boothbay Farnsworth Art Museum - Rockland


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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1920's Cottage on Rutherford Island Overlooks Picturesque Harbor
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

as advertised -a home away from home- even nice on a rainy day

  • 5 of 5

Very nice home with everything you need for a week -short drives to grocery and restaurants- South Bristol doesn't offer much besides picture post card views, a drawbridge and a convenience store with some real folks from Maine. Nice quiet spot with Wi-Fi and cable if thats your thing. Very nice owner and everyone was friendly. Would go again!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Bob & Judy, Thank you for the positive review on VRBO about your stay at Harbour Ledges. I was pleased we were able to meet for a few moments prior to your departure. You and your family would be most welcome to stay in the future. For repeaters, I offer 10% discount on the rental fee. I requested your security deposit reimbursement and rated you 5-star guests! Happy trails... Donna
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Very restful

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely home. Found everything we needed for a comfortable and quiet stay

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Linda, Thank you for your positive review of your stay at Harbour Ledges. We are so pleased you enjoyed the rest and quiet here. We do too! I hope you were able to explore the area and find things you enjoy doing. Let us know if there is anything we can improve to make our guests' visits more interesting and comfortable. Also, I would like to thank you for maintaining the cottage and leaving it in such a clean state. Please send me your mailing address and I will mail your security deposit to you. Have a blessed summer. Donna Peaker Ritzo
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Comfortably back in time

  • 4 of 5

Harbour Lodges is a lovely 1930's style New England home on the shore of an inlet known as The Gut. It is so very peaceful, the main noise being acorns dropped by squirrels onto the roof! We have spent a week looking around the Pemaquid and Boothbay area, where life seems so slow and we have found rest and relaxation in the lovely old house. Not everything is old. The heating is quite up to date and the beds are definitely not old horse hair ones. Overall impression, 3000 mile trip, well worth it!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved our week in South Bristol

  • 5 of 5

Donna and her daughter have done a wonderful job of making this cozy little cottage a home away from home. The kitchen was well equipped, the sitting rooms accommodating, and the bedrooms and baths spacious enough for two couples to be very comfortable. We especially enjoyed the deck out back with its view of the cove - relaxing for our morning coffee and evening cocktails! Donna was very helpful with information about boat rentals and things to do in the area and we found this to be the perfect location to enjoy the surrounding area from Bath to Boothbay and Pemaquid to Demariscotta! Lots of wonderful hikes, drives, seafood spots, and shopping within 1/2 hour of the house. At first I was disappointed that there was no laundry facilities at the cottage, but we found a lovely drop office service 20 minutes away. I would recommend Harbor Ledges to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely 1920's cottage, beautifully furnished and good kitchen and kitchen equipment

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 11-day stay on Rutherford Island in this lovely 1920's Sears' kit cottage. It's beautifully decorated and has a good kitchen, including the 1930's stove. (I grew up with a stove that required matches to start it; this was no challenge.) The kitchen is well-furnished with appliances and dishes and food preparation equipment. Everything was as it was represented to be.

The two bathrooms are light and bright, there are plenty of towels and the showers were great.

We loved the front porch and the deck overlooking the water and spent quite a bit of time on both. We also walked a lot on the island, including in the Rutherford Island Preserve, well within walking distance of the cottage, and from end to end of the island, about 2.3 miles long.

Of course, we enjoyed Maine seafood and fish at several restaurants in Damariscotta, visited the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, with its Andrew Wyeth, N. C. Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth paintings, and some local galleries as well.

I would recommend this property to friends and relatives easily. The owner called to make sure we had everything we needed and to tell us not to hesitate to call if something were lacking, but there was no need.

We stayed from Sept. 1-11, and were completely satisfied. S. Quaintance, Buffalo, NY

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation in Maine!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property! The home is comfortable, well furnished and the deck was a real plus! We enjoyed meals on the deck with water views. Donna was the perfect host and communication with her was easy.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Portland Jet Port
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Coveside Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in South Bristol, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
31 night minimum stay
for 31 nights
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
90 night minimum stay
for 90 nights
My Standard Rate
31 night minimum stay
for 31 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £64.38
Refundable Damage Deposit £214.59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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