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Cottage on Todd Bay

Entire cottage hosted by John
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds1.5 bathrooms
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After a cool spring, summer has suddenly arrived at Todd Bay!

And the cottage is now very nearly fully booked for 2021. But there may be cancellations, so please keep checking the listing. We'll also take inquiries for the 2022 season.

Maine is reopening as the pandemic recedes. We observe the state's Covid-19 policies, available on the Governor's "Keep Maine Healthy" web page.

The space
Todd Bay is a shallow tidal basin, three-quarters of a mile north of the Kennebec River’s mouth at Fort Popham, and separated by islands from the river’s main channel. The cottage occupies an acre of land on a low hill a few hundred feet back from and overlooking the bay. We acquired it as a summer home in 2002. Our children learned to kayak on the bay, and to pick blueberries along the path that leads there from our deck. We spent thirteen summers in the cottage, and as many winter holidays as we could, and they were magical times for us. We hope your visit will be magical too.

The cottage can accommodate six, with two large bedrooms and a smaller guest room, all with full closets. There’s a living room, dining room, full kitchen, one and a half bathrooms, and a small study, as well as a laundry room and a screened porch. It’s insulated to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Primary heat is from baseboard electric units in all the rooms, with a small wood stove in the living room. For summer, there are ceiling fans in the bedrooms, living room, and dining room, and there's usually a breeze blowing up from Todd Bay. We have equipped the kitchen for cooking anything from blueberry pancakes in the morning to lobsters, corn, and clams at the end of the day.

We enjoyed the cottage in many different ways. In summer we spent a lot of time on the porch, watching the weather coming in from the west, the tides rolling in and out of the bay, and the birds in the trees that framed our view. We watched red-gold sunsets and, later in the evenings, fireflies down the slope.The cottage was our home base for exploring the tidal waters in kayaks that we kept at the end of our path, for digging clams at low tide, and for driving across Georgetown Island to lobster rolls on the wharf at Five Islands, or to the long beaches and surf of Reid State Park. There's always something to do in Georgetown and its surrounding communities. When it rained we stayed inside and read, or played games with our kids, or went to the Maritime Museum in Bath or to the Boothbay Aquarium. We have prepared an expanded "house manual" for our guests in which we list many of our favorite local destinations; you'll receive a link to a digital version when you make a reservation, and you'll find a paper copy in the cottage on your arrival.

In the fall and winter we came whenever we could. In October the road down from Bath blazed with astonishingly bright color, and as the leaves fell we saw more and more of the Kennebec River from our west windows. Usually snow would fall by late December, a treat for our Californian children. We have decided to keep the cottage open for rental through late autumn for guests who want to experience Maine in its beautiful, quiet off-seasons.

It has idiosyncrasies and drawbacks. It’s truly remote: there’s a store two and a half miles up the road, but it’s twelve miles to the closest gas station or supermarket. The cottage’s main entrance is through the laundry room/winter "mudroom." Like most Georgetown Island homes, it's on a well/septic system, so guests need to be careful about water use (although in fact we've always had enough). There's a wi-fi network for the house, but no cable TV; we rely on streaming services. And the legendary Maine mosquitoes fully deserve their reputation.

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV
Washing machine
Dryer
Patio or balcony
Garden
Travel cot

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Location

Georgetown, Maine, United States

Georgetown is a town and island at the mouth of the Kennebec, connected by bridges to the mainland. Its center is about nine miles south of Route 1 and the small city of Bath, Maine. The cottage is two and a half miles south of Georgetown Center, in Bay Point, one of the quietest neighborhoods of Georgetown Island.

It's rural and slow-paced in our southwest corner of the island, but there's plenty to do in Georgetown and beyond: sandy beaches, hiking trails, historical sites, museums, antique stores, restaurants of all kinds. We've been exploring midcoast Maine for thirty summers (and several winters) and still feel like newcomers. We've prepared a guide in the cottage for our guests to some of our favorite nearby destinations, but you'll probably find things we didn't know about.

In all our explorations, however, we've valued most being able to come home to the quiet of Todd Bay and Spinney Point.

Hosted by John

Joined in July 2019
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I'm a former college English professor living in rural coastal Maine after a forty-two-year teaching career, most of it spent in Southern California. My wife Cheryl is a semi-retired plant scientist and conservation biologist; she's also a dog breeder and certified hunt test judge. Together we enjoy traveling, gardening, working with our dogs, hosting guests in our cottage up the road--and simply living day-to-day in a tranquil and beautiful place.
I'm a former college English professor living in rural coastal Maine after a forty-two-year teaching career, most of it spent in Southern California. My wife Cheryl is a semi-retir…
During your stay
In the mid-2010s we inherited a family home nearby in Georgetown and moved there, with some regret at leaving the cottage on Todd Bay. So we're usually available if you have problems during your stay, and we're also happy to give advice or recommendations on things to do. But we'll generally try to leave you alone. A big part of the pleasure for us of coming to Maine was just that, the sense of escape into tranquility.
In the mid-2010s we inherited a family home nearby in Georgetown and moved there, with some regret at leaving the cottage on Todd Bay. So we're usually available if you have probl…
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Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
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No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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