Welcome to Tir na nOg, which, according to Irish folklore, refers to a magical realm where everlasting youth, beauty, health and abundance reigns!
The road up to the Chops is a very early road dating from well before Bath separated from Georgetown in 1718.Due to the large numbers of Scots-Irish and Irish settlers, this area was known as 'Ireland'!
Zacheus Crooker and his wife Polly Merrit moved to this land after their marriage in 1800. They built the current home in 1845, where they raised their 12 children.
The hillside perch of the brick cape with later wooden addition allows an appreciation of its Federal qualities.
This spacious home has plenty of room for your family to relax and enjoy year round. The rooms are large, there are plenty of areas within the house which allow for quiet and serenity, 'away from the crowd' so to speak! The house is surrounded by trees and ample lawn space for both sunny and shaded relaxation outside. Greet the morning by watching the sunrise year round as it rises above Lines Island, just across the Kennebec River beyond the marshlands.
As you enter the house from the front door, you step into a booklined foyer that leads to the kitchen. On your left is the dining room, on the right it the 26'7' back to front living room with beautiful non working brick hearth. The kitchen is huge, plenty of room for preparing and cooking great meals on the antique butcher block island (purchased from an actual butcher), large eat in area, and views to the South and East. Off the kitchen you may retire to the oh so inviting cozy library, with books, working fireplace, tv, VCR and DVD player enclosed within antique wooden armoir. Enjoy free wifi from the terribly comfortable couch and a variety of oversize and rocking chairs for seating options.
Upstairs, you enter the second floor foyer, and encounter an additonal light filled reading nook with relaxing rose colored love seat and table.
To your right is the spacious master bedroom, which includes two Northern facing windows, a vintage Queen sized wooden bed, built in child bed, gorgeous non working fireplace, a chaise for resting and reading, vanity table/mirror, and plenty of room all around.
To your right off the foyer is the second bedroom, which holds a full size vintage brass headboard bed, window facing South, a bureau and a desk.
The spacious second floor powder room with separate shower plus antique clawfoot tub has beautiful wide plank pine floors, with a cozy tuffet for resting after your bath, Southern facing window adds beautiful light all day.
The house has many charming historic details, is extremely comfortable, and quiet. The layout of the space lends itself to plenty of space for privacy and socializing. Enjoy cooking in the huge kitchen with seprate eat-in dining area (see photo) and its copper pots, then relax in the regal dining room with river views, antiques and art galore.
The house is surrounded by Maple, Oak, Poplar, Birch and Willow trees, that host myriad feathered friends who enjoy the many feeders! Look out back to the field and woods beyond or gaze East, to the Bath Preservation marshland that separates you from the beatutiful Kennebec River and Lines Island.
Remote but acessible, you can retreat or flourish with all the fabulous surrounding ammenities including Reid State Park, Popham Beach, Bradbury Mountain State Park and nearby tourist attractions of Boothbary Harbor, L.L.Bean in nearby Freeport, shopping in downtown Bath and Brunswick with its many great restaurants, movie theatres, cultural festivals, art galleries, Kayak and canoe rentals available in Brunswick.
Downtown Bath has beautiful restaurants, cafes, bookstores, antiques, fashion and clothing stores,year round Sat Farmers market , a must do for visitor friendly socializing....meet the locals! Check out the Choclate Church for local listings of music, art and live theatre...just 12 minutes away from the house!
Enjoy whale watching and Coastal Botanical gardens in nearby Boothbay. Drive over to Brunswick to visit the Bowdin College campus and its Peary-MacMillian Artic Musuem and Bowdin College Art Musuuem: culture abounds!
Looking for a relaxing drive? Head out to scenic Orrs and Bailey Islands off Harpswell, Cundy's Harbor for fishing villages, fabulous restaurants, pursuit of the perfect whoopie pie, or relish another fabulous entry on your lobster roll 'must have' bucket list!
Travel up to Port Clyde or Boothbay to catch a ferry out to the outstanding vistas of Monhegan Island.
Staying closer to home enjoy the Bath Nature Preserve and its abutting 160 acres of nature and trails, just outside! the door! Just down the street to capture incredible views of bald eagles and many other feathered friends and wildlife around Merrymeeting Bay, where you can self launch kayaks and canoes that are available for rental in nearby Brunswick (Seaspray or Up the Creek Rentals). Check out Bath's Thorne Head, Whiskeap Trail and Sewall Woods nature preserves for additional adventurous or restful walks, depending on your mood!...