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  4. Comfy Suite on Waterview Property in Harpswell!

Comfy Suite on Waterview Property in Harpswell!

1br apartment
Bath,Maine,United States of America
  • Parking
Excellent163 reviews
airbnb$75 - $123

Description

The Space

Welcome to your warm and toasty home away from home! You are going to love our vented propane heater with flaming logs and woodstove ambiance! No drafty cottage space filled with space heaters! We are a well-insulated year round rental. Half of the suite was newly built in 2013. We offer a good value in desirable Harpswell and our location is excellent (as noted by many of our guests) for getting out and exploring the area and beyond. No added cleaning fee! Pet free space! Don't forget that summer is just around the corner when it comes to booking a place in desirable Harpswell! We fill up every summer. Please note: A few pre-summer dates not showing up on our calendar may be available with longer minimum stay, specific dates and past favorable Airbnb guest reviews. Inquire with us directly. Our place offers tidal waterfront access and sitting area across road for taking in the view and summer swimming. Super soft cotton sheets and a duvet on the very comfortable queen bed. If you reserve with us, upon your arrival we promise to give you all the local insider tips to make your stay even more enjoyable. Please read our description and house rules carefully in their entirety and let us know if you have any questions. There is a lot here, so you may want to print out the information. This information is best viewed on a desktop or notebook computer. Many of our efficiency suite photos are Airbnb Verified. Our 488 square foot (45 sq meters) suite on one level (slight step up between rooms) with private entrance, bedroom area, efficiency kitchenette (see details below) and private shower bath is new, bright, airy (lots of windows and high ceilings), well-insulated and very inviting! The decor is comfortable and eclectic rather than contemporary. Lovely views of the water from our property! You have your own personal sun space with gas grill, table and chairs outside, plus feel to use our fire pit. (inquire about our seasonal fire pit in advance) And check out our little sitting space across the road - a spectacular view and a tidal "swimming hole". All use of this area is at your own risk. Water shoes are recommended. Many of our recent Airbnb guests are scoping out the area for real estate. It's becoming a hot market around here. This would be a great place to "hang your hat" while you check out properties. We personally know several local realtors. We want you to be happy, so please feel free to request anything that might make your stay more enjoyable. Delicious, chemical free water from our well for drinking and showering. Coffee, tea, coffee filters, cream and basic seasonings provided. Please note that we don't have a full kitchen (best described as an efficiency kitchenette - no stove/range), but we have many very efficient small appliances and a kitchen sink, so you can get by fairly well with the cookware and appliances provided. The suite kitchenette area features a refrigerator, separate upright freezer, kitchen sink, microwave (in bedroom area), countertop convection oven (with toaster feature), coffee maker, single serve hot water dispenser, single state of the art induction cooktop (works great, heats up quickly, requires pans that we provide), electric wok, electric skillet, slow cooker, pots and pans, cooking utensils and silverware. Please note that you can't use all of the high wattage appliances at one time, but you can now use the cooktop and the convection toaster oven at the same time. We ask for our guests to stick with light cooking rather than deep fat frying or other strong odor cooking methods. For the sake of our subsequent guests, we prefer no cooking of lobster inside the suite. You can order lobsters cooked to order for eat in or take out about 1 minute up the road at Gurnet Trading. The suite has a queen bed in the bedroom and a pullout queen size couch in the living room. The queen bed features super soft cotton sheets and a duvet. Both rooms have cathedral ceilings and ceiling fans. The living area has rough-hewn beams that are original to the house. The living room area has two skylights, a 42 in HDTV with super expanded cable including movie channels such as HBO, Starz and Cinemax. We also provide Netflix and a dvd player (there are some dvds in the suite and many other dvds readily available -just ask). RedBox is at several locations close by. We offer wifi and an ethernet "hard wire" adapter for NetFlix or for connecting a laptop. The bedroom area has an air conditioner window unit. Realistically our suite is most ideal for a couple, however a family with one teenager or a small child or three (friends or family) adults should be comfortable. Please note that our suite is NOT child proofed. The suite adjoins our home and is separated by a wall from our kitchen. The private entrance and the bedroom part of the suite are at the very back of our house. Like any homeowners with a private well and septic system, we ask that you be mindful of water usage. That said, we have continuous hot water, so you will never run out of hot water and the water pressure is great for taking showers! Chlorine free! We will usually make muffins (regular or gluten-free) for our guests at some time during your stay, but we can't guarantee this, especially if we will be away during your stay. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. Two supermarkets are just up the road (7 minute drive - Shaw's or Walmart), so you can easily get provisions for your stay. Zach's store (2 minute drive) has an excellent selection of wine, beer, liquor, pizza and some groceries. If you want a big breakfast, we will be happy to recommend one of the local breakfast spots. Our schedules may take us away from our home at times, so we will leave instructions for entering the attached suite and be available by cellphone if you have any questions or concerns. If you need to use the pullout couch, please let us know in advance and we will get it ready for you. There is the possibility of the use of a queen air mattress if it is available at the time of your stay. Please note as previously stated that we are on a busy main road, but the suite is at the back of our house away from the road, so there is very little road noise. Our house sits on a two acre piece of property in an extremely convenient location for heading out on adventures - in this case, living on a main road is a perk. We are less than 20 minutes from several small beaches and about 30 minutes from two state park beaches. We will gladly provide coolers, cool packs, beach towels and a beach sheet. If you have kayaks or bicycles, bring them along! There are many public boat launches in the area and some good areas for bicycling as well, particularly the nearby former Navy base. There are also kayak rentals and arranged kayak tours available as well as sailboat, schooner, ferry and charter boat tours. (seasonal) We're happy to offer suggestions!

Guest Access

Guests have access via their own entrance to a private attached suite with sun deck, small propane gas grill and gravel parking area. Please park in the gravel area in front of the entrance of the suite (near the fish sign) during your stay. Please let us know in advance if you plan on bringing more than one vehicle so that we can plan accordingly. We usually have plenty of parking spaces, though we have to "tuck in" cars during snowy weather so the plow truck can plow the driveway. Feel free to walk anywhere outdoors on our property including across the road to our little sitting space and tidal waterfront property. We have on hand pretty much everything you might need. If you are interested in a lobster dinner, you can order fresh cooked lobster and tasty seafood just up the road over the bridge at our closest seafood place - Gurnet Trading Company (BYOB or buy beer and wine there and across the street at Zach's), rustic waterview outdoor and small indoor seating area, eat in or take out. Gurnet Trading Co. may be closed during some of the winter months. IMPORTANT: For liability reasons, please note that we do not provide canoes, kayaks or bicycles. There are several companies that rent kayaks and paddleboards and they also offer kayaking/paddleboarding trips and one company offers delivery service. Bring your own - there are numerous boat launches in the area - one within a minute's drive and several within a 10 minute drive.

Interaction with Guests

It's really helpful if you reach out to us the day of your arrival and tell us what time you anticipate arriving. Instructions for entering the suite are provided. Although we cannot guarantee that we will be available to greet you upon arrival, we will most likely be available at some point during your stay to meet you. If you want to socialize, we would love to (up to you!) If we aren't available during your stay, we will be readily available by cellphone to answer any questions you have. Upon your arrival, we will be happy to tell you about the local attractions, values and best kept secrets and visit with you in the common area outdoors, however we will also respect your privacy if that is your wish. We have three cats and a dog. For the comfort and safety of our guests with pet allergies, they are not allowed in the guest suite, but you may see them or visit with them if we socialize in our screened porch. We really enjoy conversing and interacting with our guests if that is your wish, so please don't hesitate to ask us if you need to borrow anything and let us know if something isn't working properly or if there is anything that we can do to improve the suite or make your stay more enjoyable. Your satisfaction is very important to us! Always remember - if you need anything, just ask! We are constantly striving to scope out new places to recommend to our guests - guess you just have to stay here to get the "local scoop"!

The Neighborhood

We are in a residential area conveniently located to many of the area highlights. You will need a car to get around, but the driving is easy! This area is alive and thriving all year long! Easy 45 minute ride to the spectacular Christmas season light show - Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Harpswell is a paradise for lobster lovers and for those who love seafood of all kinds. Unspoiled beauty abounds! Nearby Brunswick is a college town, so there's plenty to do here - lots of restaurants, several museums and beaches and trails that you can walk along every day of the year. We love our town! Harpswell (population 5,000 but definitely a little bigger in the summer) has more coastline than any other town on the East coast - 216 miles in all!! We are literally surrounded by saltwater here. We are directly across the road from the New Meadows River. This saltwater river goes out to Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Our home is located midway between the fun and charming town of Brunswick and the city of Bath (The City of Ships, voted "best main street" recently) We are on Great Island in Harpswell on the way to Orr's Island and Bailey Island (all part of Harpswell). Eat out in one of our local ethnic, seafood or American unique or chain restaurants, visit the Bowdoin College campus, take in a show at Maine State Music Theatre, attend a summer music concert, do some yoga or zumba at a local studio, or drive and explore the coast. The possibilities are endless and affordable. This area is a year-round destination for enjoying Maine hospitality and scenery. Grocery stores and many shops and restaurants are within 5 to 15 minutes by car. There is a highly rated "seafood shack" (byob or buy beer and wine) with takeout and a country store with an excellent beer, wine and alcohol selection just about 2 minutes away by car. Another favorite outdoor seafood place (byob) - Erica's - is located on the other side of Harpswell and is open from Mother's Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend. Our location is a wonderful gateway to fun and exploration! This area is ideal for those who want to kayak, bicycle or go on leisurely hikes. Bring your kayaks, bicycles, bathing suit and walking shoes! Kayak tours offered in the area with all gear provided or you can rent kayaks and explore on your own. Harpswell and the neighboring towns of Topsham, Bath and Brunswick have many nature preserves, hiking trails, public boat launches, a riverfront bicycle trail, river and ocean views and walks. What's really great is that many of the natural scenery can be enjoyed for free - so you can plan a whole day for only the cost of your food - brown bag it, get takeout, or dine in a restaurant. There are 184 restaurants in total in the towns of Harpswell, Brunswick, Bath and Topsham according to TripAdvisor. For nature enthusiasts, get a taste of what you can see by going to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust website. Brunswick also has Bowdoin College with Maine State Music Theatre and the International Music Festival throughout the summer. Bowdoin College also has two museums (an Arctic and an art museum) and the Chamberlain House Museum is just across the street. Bowdoin often has events and performances that are open to the public. So much to do -consignment store shopping, watching a movie at the nearby feature film movie theater or the independent movie theater or dinner and a film option at the Frontier cafe. There are three movie theaters in Brunswick - one that shows feature films is just up the road! We are just off Route 1, so we're in a great location to explore Mid Coast Maine for day trips. Visit Rockland/Camden/Rockport, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta all within an hour and 20 minutes or less drive. Intriguing Portland (with a tremendous number of restaurants, bars, museums, etc.) is an easy 35 minute drive. Augusta, Maine's capitol city, is also about 40 minutes away. Take a noontime scenic cruise of Casco Bay just down the road from us on Bailey Island. USA's #1 voted favorite place (according to Good Morning America 2014 poll) Acadia National Park is a three hour drive. Also if you are checking out Bowdoin College for your son or daughter or attending a reunion, we are less than a 15 minute drive from the campus. We have a whole basket filled with brochures, so you can put off the planning until you arrive and then comfortably explore the area. All of our guests have used our Harpswell Heritage Land Trust brochure with a map, description and directions to some amazingly beautiful places that require only an easy hike or drive to visit. There is also a small indoor heated pool (no hot tub) and fitness center at a hotel just up the road. You can purchase a pass for unlimited use for a day or a week.

Getting Around

There is no public transit to our home, so a car is a necessity. Once you get here, you will find that the driving is very easy and relaxing- especially in Harpswell! The Amtrak train and the bus from Boston stop in Brunswick (15 minutes away by car). Car rental is an option. The Portland airport is 45 minutes by car or taxi. There is a bus from Portland to Brunswick, but taxi transport would need to be arranged from the airport to the bus terminal in Portland.

Other Things to Note

Before you inquire about renting our suite, place make sure to set up a profile with Airbnb and tell us a little about yourself and what you are most interested in doing during your stay. Generally AirBnb requires a photo as well.

Millions of people are using Airbnb to sleep in strangers' homes, beds, and even couches. They have an amazing selection and you can't find their stuff anywhere else. There is a catch: you often need to contact several hosts to actually get a place to stay, so make sure you give yourself some lead time.
Amenities
  • TV
  • Cable TV
  • Internet
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking on premises
  • Pets live on this property
  • Dog(s)
  • Cat(s)
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Heating
  • Family/kid friendly
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Essentials
  • Shampoo
  • Hangers
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • Private entrance
  • Room-darkening shades
  • Hot water
  • Bed linens
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Ethernet connection
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Cooking basics
  • Single level home
  • BBQ grill
  • Patio or balcony
  • Garden or backyard
  • Beach essentials
  • Luggage dropoff allowed
  • Other
Bedrooms
1
Sleeps
3 - Real Bed
Bathrooms
1

Place's rules

First and foremost - we ask that you let us know if you need anything to make your stay more enjoyable. If something isn't working or needs improvement, please tell us immediately. Open communication is key. We strive to make our guests feel at home. As with any AirBnb hosts, we don't want a less than favorable review for a concern that we would have made every effort to resolve during your stay. We would expect our guests to respect our privacy and our property. We have a well (excellent drinking water) and during summer months especially it is important for us to try to conserve water. Water conservation is very important here in Harpswell since everyone in our town has private wells and septic systems. Thank you for your understanding - it's part of life here. We strictly maintain a non-smoking policy inside the suite for the comfort of all of our guests. If you must smoke outdoors, please leave the cigarette butts outside (we will provide a place to extinguish the butts) and don't bring them indoors to the wastebasket. Also for the comfort of all of our guests - please no major cooking (high fat foods or foods with strong odors) inside the suite. You can order cooked lobster to go at the Gurnet Trading or at Erica's. Also upon leaving the suite for the day, please turn off the a/c. During the colder months, we ask that you keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature and that you turn down the temperature when you leave and at night. The suite warms up very quickly. You can now use the cooktop and convection oven at the same time and one additional appliance on an "as needed basis". Please do not plug more than one appliance into each outlet. Please note that if you attempt to use more than 3 high wattage cooking appliances at once, the circuit breaker will shut off the power and we will have to turn it on again. This is not a safety concern - just an inconvenience for you and for us. There is no cleaning fee added to the cost, so we ask you to kindly dispose of trash, gather recyclables and just tidy up a bit. No need to strip the beds. If possible, use your towel to clean up any water in the shower and next to the shower before you leave. Wash any dishes and leave them to air dry. We have never had a problem with all our wonderful Airbnb guests. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay!
Checkin time
3:00 PM
Checkout time
11:00 AM

Reviews & Ratings

Overall Score: Excellent100% - 163 reviews
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