Bailiwick Cottage is a cozy, private cottage that looks south down Freeport (Harraseeket) Harbor in Freeport, ME. It is a 4 season accommodation that is close to Freeport shopping, Portland eating, and the Adventure Schools of LL Bean. The cottage sits approximately 50 yards from our main house, has its own parking space and patio, and offers the ability to come and go as you wish.
This is a relatively new cottage, built in 2013/14. It has Heating and Air Conditioning and all new appliances. The interior is cozy/artsy/funky, yet functional with cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a blue tooth speaker for music from your iPhone or Android. The kitchenette is functional for light eating or warming up food. In season, we also have an outside patio table with chairs for outside eating or reading.
The cottage stands alone and has its own parking. Come and go as you please. You can walk through the woods to the shoreline to view the clam diggers or shorebirds.
We pretty much leave you alone in your space. You come to Maine to get away, and we respect that.
The cottage sits on a dirt road, about a 1/4 mile off the "tar". Wolfe Neck Woods State Park is about a mile away and offers hiking, biking, and shore walks in summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. It is great jogging and biking around us and, if you are lucky, you will see Joan Benoit-Samuelson (Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist) out on her daily run. We are 4 miles to downtown Freeport and its shopping and 10 miles to downtown Brunswick and Bowdoin College. The Portland Jetport is 25 miles away and is about a 35 minute drive. Bow Street Market offers just about everything with a Maine twist (best wine and liquor selection in the state) and will even cook lobsters for you to pick up. The "Wedding Field" of Wolfe Neck Farm is less than a mile away and this cottage would be a nice location if you are attending a wedding at the Field.
There is no public transit near the cottage. Walk to the park or to Wolfe Neck Farm. Otherwise you need a car. In winter, the road can be a little icy, so all wheel drive/4 wheel drive is recommended. In all other seasons, any kind of car works. Many people bring their bikes and enjoy great road biking.
LLBean runs great half day and full day "Adventure Tours" including kayaking, paddle board, biking, fly fishing and trap shooting in spring, summer and fall. In winter they shift to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. They also host summer concert and own the 9 hole Freeport Country Club, if you like to golf. We are open all winter and the cottage is well heated. Bring your snowshoes or cross country skis for winter fun.
Guests have access to the main living areas of the cottage. There is a basement, with an outside bulkhead access, that is not available for guest use.
Interaction with guests
Typically, we meet guests either upon their arrival or the next day, do an orientation of the cottage, and answer questions about the area. There may be times that this is not convenient for one or both of us, so we leave the cottage open with plenty of FAQs covered in a folder on the countertop. We are usually available by text.
Other things to note
There is water treatment in the basement of the cottage that backwashes about every 2 weeks at between midnight and 2 am. If you hear a noise at that time, its not bears or a moose-it is the backwash.
We allow local clammers to access the clam flats across a corner of our property near the cottage. If you see guys who look like they have been working hard come up the hill from the water, it is ok; respect the hard work they do to get steamers, fried clams and other shellfish delights to our Maine guests.
Take a Beer-Leave a Beer: We have a mixture of beer and some soda in the cottage fridge. It is an honor system: you are welcome to take, just leave something else behind when you leave. We rotate through some pretty interesting stuff (local craft brews, local craft soda pop, and some very weird coffee drinks) and our guests find it fun to both be able to have some "curated cold ones" ready for them when they arrive and to leave behind some person stash. Wicked creative!
Check-In time is 3:00 PM or later. Check out time is 11:00 am or earlier. This is strictly a no-smoking, no-pet home. We do not provide breakfast, but we do have a Keurig with a variety of coffees. You have to bring your own food and drink. The water is great to drink out of the faucet. This is a quiet neighborhood and we expect our guest to respect that fact and keep noise to a minimum after 10 pm.
George is a homebuilder and residential developer by career and currently consults nationwide. He is also an author. His wife, Linda Bail, is an artist (oils) whose work is shown and owned nation-wide. Her prime gallery is Thos. Moser Gallery in Freeport. Bailiwick Cottage is their latest "project", creating a new version of a classic Maine "camp" on property next to their home. George sails, kayaks, attempts to play golf, and likes digital photography. Linda paints and cooks with passion. They both enjoy travel and hope that you can experience the charms of Freeport and Brunswick from the cozy Bailiwick Cottage.