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Review 2951: Dry Cove Cottages, Cottage


Review by JDeQ from Canada who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/1bath cottage near Stonington, Maine

The Cottage;  Mom and Paul Enjoying Martinis on the Porch!, photo by moi


July 1 - July 8, 2007, 1 week


Our cottage was situated in a grassy clearing surrounded by towering alders and fir trees; located in the quiet, beautiful woods of Maine. There are two cottages and each is identical (with the exception of colour) and they are a 1/16 of a mile apart. They are away from the road, located on a 20+ acre plot, surrounded by woods and wildlife. The quiet and privacy was incredible!

Nearby Amenities

This wouldn't be an area you'd visit without a car. Within a 10 minute drive there are a number of grocery stores, restaurants, and shops. You are also located about 10 minutes form a large lobster fleet where you can buy fresh lobster - amazingly sweet!

The House/Apartment

The cottage was newly constructed (within the past four years) and beautifully finished with knotty pine and other natural finishes. On the main floor was the kitchen, great room. Upstairs were two bedrooms and the bathroom.


One of the nicest things about the cottage was the large wrap-around veranda. We spent countless hours on the veranda reading, sipping martinis, listening to the birds, watching the fireflies, and just relaxing.

There was a huge picnic table which would seat eight people.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was comfortable and clean. The lounger chairs were especially popular and we often fought over them as there were only two! There were more than enough seats though because of a huge couch.

There is no dining room table, instead you sit around a large bar top and enjoy your meals. There were many chairs for this, although if you had more than four people it would get crowded.


Upstairs were two bedrooms and the bathroom. The first bedroom contained a queen sized bed, the second a set of bunk beds and a twin bed. The linens were provided. The mattresses were the most comfortable we had ever slept on. We all wanted to bring them home! The only drawback about the bedrooms was a lack of dressers or closets; when I'm in a rental I like to be able to take my stuff out of the suitcase and feel as if I belonged! It was a small point and we made do just fine.

The bathroom was large. It contained a shower stall, toilet, and sink. Again, ample linens were provided. There was lots of hot water (another thing which can be a problem in rentals).


The cottage's kitchen was fully equipped for our cooking needs. It was fully supplied with brand new appliances including: stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker & grinder. In addition there was a block of great knives, dishes and silverware, glasses, assorted pots and pans, mixing bowls; just about anything you'd need for cooking. The only thing missing was a toaster but we ended up using the broiler for that.

The owners have also included everything you will need to prepare, cook and eat lobster (except the lobster of coarse), including cooking books for Maine's famous seafood. The kitchen's design made cooking enjoyable and easy. The owners have topped the kitchen off with beautiful wood floors, a big bar top and very wide, comfortable bar stools.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The cost of the rental for the week was $900, which worked out to $300 each, far less than any hotel would have been. E-mail communication was quick and efficient. The owners gave us some great advice re: restaurants.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We loved this cottage, in fact we would happily go back again. Next time we will stay for two weeks though because this was such a magical spot.

Things to do in this area

The cottages are suitable for active couples, groups of friends and families with or without children, yachters and kayakers, seminars or retreats. In short, anyone who wanted to take advantage of all Deer Isle and the surrounding area had to offer.

Deer Isle is a non-touristy slice of rural Maine. You are located close to a lobster centre and so you have all of the enjoyment that that can bring. The island is also home to the Haystack School of Arts and Crafts. Perhaps because of that artists flock to the island. We spent days touring studios and galleries and brought home three paintings!

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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