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Review 5249: Owner, #122699
3bed/1.5bath house and 1bed/1bath guest house near Bremen, Maine
Summer 2011, 1 week
The house is in the hamlet of Bremen, about a 15 minute drive from either Damarascotta or Waldoboro. It is on a bluff overlooking the tidal cove, although some of the water view is hidden in summer by the trees. It is fairly private, we didn't hear any neighbors or traffic. There's a lobster shack a short walk down the road, so every now and then a truck passes by, not bothersome.
You can walk to a cute lobster shack in two minutes to either bring home lobsters (live or cooked) or eat on their deck. Otherwise, it's a 15 minute drive to the larger towns or to the charming little towns along the peninsula.
The house was recently built, everything is fresh and of decent quality. You enter to a large open space with kitchen, dining, and living room. There's a nice deck off the dining area. Upstairs is one large master bedroom, a second good sized one with two twin beds, and a tiny closet-sized room with a full-sized bed crammed in.
The deck is lovely, furnished with a picnic table and deck chairs. There's a partial water view from there. You walk down the slope and down a gravel path to a steep stairway which leads down to the floating dock with the glorious view. On the dock are a canoe and kayak for your use. We dragged lawn chairs down to the dock so we could sit and read, fish, and watch the lobster men.
The guest house is on the side of the main house.
Furnishings were simple but comfortable. The living room had two sofas and an armchair, TV and stereo system. Dining table with eight chairs.
The guest house had two Queen beds, some chairs and a table; and a full bath.
All the beds were very comfortable. As mentioned above, the third bedroom is closet-sized, and with the door closed it's claustrophobic. The bathroom was large, with a tub/shower.
The kitchen was large and well laid out; however, we experienced a shortage of real cooking items, like large baking pans, good pots, and enough serving dishes to feed a family of eight. We bought some foil pans, a new skillet and Rubbermaid items at the grocery store. (and informed the owner, so hopefully those details have been taken care of) We cooked full meals almost every night once those minor shortcomings were corrected.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised by the small size of the third bedroom, notice there isn't a photo of it on the listing. I would only put a child in that room.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner promptly answered questions and took care of the paperwork.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd stay here again, and recommend it to those looking for a restful stay and don't mind climbing down and up to the dock.
Things to do in this area
Drive around the Pemaquid Peninsula, go to the Pemaquid Lighthouse beach, explore Damarascotta and Waldoboro, hike up the mountain in Camden, go kayaking and hiking, eat lobster every night.
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