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Review 424: Friberg Maine House, Friberg Maine House
4 bed house on St. George Peninsula, near Rockland, Maine
July 2002, 2 weeks
The house is on an inlet on the St. George peninsula, about a 15-20 minute drive from Rockland, Maine. The house sits back from the water's edge, with a beautiful view of the inlet. Other houses are nearby, but the woods screen them very well. The only noise you hear is the lobstermen's boats. This is a very quiet, secluded spot for a restful vacation.
You need to drive in to Rockland for groceries and restaurants. The villages on the peninsula don't have many services, though there is a small general store in Tenant's Harbour. You can also pick up lobsters around the peninsula, and there are two lobster shacks nearby for wharf dining!
The house is two years old, and was built for the owners. It is in excellent shape, and fully equipped.
The house has a large deck on the back, where you can sit and watch the boats. If you walk down to the edge of the yard, you can (carefully) climb down the rocks to get to the water. The shoreline here is very rocky and weedy, so not good for swimming. Toward the front of the yard close to the water there are some chairs, a great place for sitting with a book and a glass of wine.
Furnishings are comfortable and simple. The place was spotless. The living room is small, but you generally spend your time outside on that great deck.
The house has one bedroom on the first floor with twin beds, and a full bath down the hall. On the second floor is another twin bedroom, and two bedrooms with queen size beds. Also on the second floor is a large full bathroom.
We found some of the beds to be better than others, but they were all within comfortable limits.
Kitchen is very large, with a dining table for 6. There is also a counter seating area for 2. Lots of pots, pans, dishes, glassware, etc. Also a supply of necessities, dishwasher, and a washer and drier in a pantry.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner is very pleasant and helpful. She sent me information on the area, and contacted me after our rental to make sure we had enjoyed our stay.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes - but you do need to be willing to drive to get to places. The house is a bit off the beaten path.
If you have young children with you, you'll need to supervise very closely in the yard so they don't wander over to the rock edge above the water.
Things to do in this area
There is a small pebble beach in Owl's Head (about 10-15 minute drive); excellent restaurants in Rockland; plenty to see and do in the area when you want a drive. Camden is a 1/2 hour away. We went ocean kaayaking; visited the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland; Owl's Head Transportation Museum; drove to the villages on the peninsula (Tenant's Harbor, Cushing, Port Clyde, etc.); did some hiking; but mostly relaxed doing nothing much.
Fabulous restaurants in Rockland-- Primo - Wonderful food, lovely ambiance in an old victorian house. Expensive. www.primorestaurant.com Amalfi - Very good, Mediterranean cuisine; cozy place. Moderate prices. www.amalfi-online.com Cafe Miranda - eclectic, huge menu with strong flavors; funky room; moderate prices www.cafemiranda.com Market on Maine; Lil' Piggy's BBQ; Miller's Lobster in Tenant's Harbor for inexpensive meals.
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