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This Federal-style Mansion was built by the shipping magnate, Captain William Nickels, at the height of Wiscasset’s fortunes, as his trophy house in 1807. Nickels-Sortwell House is one of the region's finest examples of high Federal-style architecture. This house epitomizes the brief period when shipbuilding and the maritime trade brought wealth and sophisticated tastes to this coastal Maine village. Jefferson's Embargo of 1807 devastated the town of Wiscasset, sending it into an economic decline that would last for years. The Nickels family was forced to sell the mansion in 1814, and for much of the nineteenth century, it served as a hotel, catering to the growing number of summer visitors to Maine's coast. In 1899, Cambridge industrialist Alvin Sortwell purchased the house as a summer home for his family. The Sortwells lovingly restored the mansion, decorating and furnishing it in the Colonial Revival style.  

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Guests: 4

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Allows Pets: Yes

Looking for that unique lodging experience? Welcome to Historic New England’s Nickels-Sortwell House! Make yourself at home in this grand 1807 mansion, the first time anyone has been invited to spend the night in one of Historic New England’s house museums. Don`t just read about history, experience it.!

THE HOUSE: As you enter through the side street door, you are in a three-story hallway, with built-in cabinetry and block tile floors. Going through the door on the left you enter the original kitchen for the house. This is the room where the staff prepared meals for the family and gathered themselves to eat and socialize when work was done. Note the fireplace opening (now closed off). Modern appliances have been installed to make your work easier. Through the doorway, you enter the living room, comfortably furnished with TV, photographs, and books about the house and area. Climb the stairs to the second floors to find a full modern bath. This floor has two bedrooms - one on the left as you round the stairs and the other on the right with a small study inside. You may also access the bath through the office. Lots of storage space for clothing in these rooms. Check out the elaborately carved bed in the larger bedroom.

The yard offers a quiet spot to take your coffee or tea and enjoy the flowers. Across from the house is the "Sunken Garden" with more enticing blooms.

PETS PERMITTED? Yes, pets are allowed.

LINENS & TOWELS INCLUDED? Yes, linens and towels are provided for your stay at no additional cost.

A short walk takes you down to the stores and restaurants. Perhaps grab a lobster roll at either Red's Eats or Spragues and enjoy it sitting and watching the riverboat activity. Want a quick morning coffee and something homemade to go with it, then stop at Treats. They also have an extensive wine and cheese offering.  There is also an outdoor eating area looking into the Nickels-Sortwell House garden and the solarium of the museum space. Guests will also receive passes to take a tour of the historic house museum and its sister museum Castle Tucker located just a few blocks away.

The Town of Wiscasset, dubbed "The Prettiest Village In Maine,"  is a feast for the eyes and history buffs. You can visit a number of museums and historic homes in the village of Wiscasset, including the Lincoln County Museum and Old Jail and the Lincoln County Courthouse, which is the oldest functioning courthouse in New England. The town itself is an experience for anyone interested in architecture. At the Maine Crafter's Marketplace at the Maine Heritage Village, off Route 1, you can shop for Maine-made goodies such as whoopie pies, soaps, and candles. You and your family can take on the three-level ropes course and adventure park at Monkey C Monkey Do.

The Boothbay Harbor Region is a beautiful area rich in culture, history, all things nautical and of course its own unique niche in nature. The area offers ample opportunities for biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, charters and guided cruises, spas, golf, mini-golf, bowling, museums, antiquing, hiking and walking trails. We have the Maine State Aquarium, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Boothbay Region Land Trust with its 30+ miles of pet-friendly trails in protected areas.

Bedrooms:  (1) Queen, and (1) Double

Bathrooms: (1) Full Bathroom with shower/tub combo, sink & toilet


We require at least 72 hours’ notice of intent to rent so the cottage can be prepared for your stay.

Check-In Time: BEGINS AT 4:00 PM
Check-Out Time: NO LATER THAN 10:00 AM

Pets Allowed : YES 
Linens Included (bed sheets & towels) : YES

Pillows and Blankets Included : YES
Cleaning Fee : YES

Washer/Dryer : NO

Dishwasher : YES

Microwave : YES

Lobster Pot : YES

Coffee Maker : YES

Internet - WIFI : YES

TV - Cable/Satellite : YES

TV- Antenna : NO

Fireplace, Wood : NO

Fireplace, Gas : NO

Air Conditioning : NO
Heat : NO

Town/Body of Water : Wiscasset/ Not a Waterfront Property

Type of Waterfront : N/A

Swimming Area Rating: N/A
Privacy Rating 3/5 : Still in a quiet location, but one neighbor close by, little protection from trees, may be close to the road.

Bedrooms : (1) Queen, (1) Double, both on the second floor.
Bathrooms : (1) Full Bathroom with shower/tub combo,  sink & toilet on the second floor.

Association Beach/Other Beaches Nearby : NO

Dock/Float  : NO

Beach or swimming at cottage : NO

Grocery Store - within 10 minutes : YES

Boats Provided : NO

Mooring for a fee : NO

Deck/Porch : NO

DVD player : NO

Gas Grill : NO

Charcoal Grill : NO

Fire Pit : NO

Office Space : YES

Smoke/CO Detectors : YES

Fire Extinguisher : YES

On-Site Parking : YES

Gardens/Outdoor Sitting: YES