Built in 1849-50 by Cornelius Tarbox Jr., Tarbox Cottage is a remarkably well-preserved example of Greek Revival vernacular architecture. It is best known for the antique marine murals throughout the main stairwell and antique furnishings. Two floors with kitchen, dining room, two south-facing parlors and outdoor shower. Three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.
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Allows Pets: Yes
This classic Greek Revival farmhouse on Westport Island is ready for you to settle in for a memorable Maine Vacation. Enjoy the ambience of this 1800's gem perched on a hillside overlooking an historic stone wharf and granite-clad waterfront. This three bedroom, two and a half bath home is well equipped and thoughtfully furnished throughout. Historic and artistic significance as well as beauty abound here at Tarbox Cottage.
THE HOUSE : Newly renovated in 2014., Tarbox Cottage is located on the rugged coast surrounded by blueberry barrens, farmers’ fields, woods, and the sea. Offers modern amenities, antique furnishings, and roomy and comfortable living spaces. Enter the first floor from the laundry room / Half bathroom area into the charming galley kitchen with old-fashioned dining table. Two parlors and a formal dining room offer ample seating for eating, socializing reading and enjoying the water views. A cheery King bedroom and 3/4 bathroom with shower are located above the kitchen (accessed by stairwell in kitchen). The other two bedrooms and 3/4 bathroom with tub are located on the second floor - with water views. A wonderful mural depicting life in the 1800’s stretches from the front door, down the main hallway and up the stairwell. The home-owners are currently in the process of lovingly restoring the mural and the home includes a history of the artwork.
NOTE : This house was built when staircases were steep and narrow and there was no such thing as indoor plumbing. Fortunately, the outhouse was replaced with indoor plumbing,. Please let us know if mobility is an issue for anyone in your party so we can make sure we connect you with the right cottage for your perfect Maine vacation.
PETS PERMITTED? Yes, dogs are allowed, but no cats please due to owner allergies.
LINENS & TOWELS INCLUDED? No, linens and towels are not provided for your stay, however, they can be rented through us for $45 per bedroom, or you may bring your own.
Guests can experience convenient access to Mid-coast attractions and dining only 20 minutes away. Hiking, kayaking, bird watching, blueberry picking and swimming (for the brave) are just outside your front door. The property includes 600 feet of shoreline along the Sasanoa River, a tidal, salt-water river full of aquatic sea-life. The Sasanoa River is great for fishing, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and more. Visit neighboring Tarbox Farm to pick up your CSA (included) on Fridays at the 1770’s barn. Buy your lobsters straight off the boat a few miles up the island. Tarbox Cottage is a nostalgic, family-friendly escape to a simpler, bygone era. The cottage sits amid two and a half acres of blueberry bushes and lawn, 2 miles off the main road. Follow the path down to the waterfront to swim or kayak from the original stone piers.
The “spreading chestnut” tree in the side yard invites you to sit under its shade and enjoy a visit with family and friends or just read a book. Maybe sit on the stoop and shell some peas or shuck some corn that you got from the neighboring Tarbox Farm. This is a wonderful house and perfect location to “unplug” from the everyday world.
There are miles of scenic walking paths and trails on and around the property. Walk over to the Bonyun Preserve; a member of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust with a tidal inlet, Mixed old-growth woods, fresh water marshes, estuary, riparian and pocket woodlands. Another path will take you to the neighbor’s Tarbox Farm; an organic farm dating back to 1770 that is still active today. During the season, feel free to explore the blueberry bushes and brambles, eating as you go or bring back enough for blueberry pie!
Located at the end of a country lane, where the only sounds are the cries of birds and the muffled engines of lobster boats making the rounds of their traps offshore. A family of seals sometimes hauls up on the rocks of Willis Point a few hundred feet away. For a feeling of complete calm and solitude, start your day sitting on the Adirondack chairs on the front terrace sipping your coffee while watching the ripples spread on the bay (as the fog burns off, you will often spot eagles and ospreys) – and end it sipping a glass of wine and watching the sunset turn the water pink and orange. If you want action, the attractions of Wiscasset (1/2 hour) Damariscotta (40 minutes away), or Bath (1/2 hour) are of world-class interest. There is always the lively waterfront at Boothbay Harbor or the L.L. Bean outlet in Freeport less than an hour away. For every taste or age group there’s more than plenty to do, from the fish ladder to the Indian shell midden, to the antiques shops, house museums, or the Maine Maritime Museum; excursions of all kinds are available nearby, off- and on-shore ones, from cruises to group paddles. As far as dining goes, a list and descriptions of some local restaurants are available at the house; you certainly won’t be disappointed here!
Westport Island is 14.2 square miles and has a population of just under 750 people and nestles in the Sheepscot, a tidal salt-water river. Accessible via bridge from Wiscasset, or via boat from just about anywhere, it is just off Route One which affords easy access to mid-coast Maine while still giving a sense of remote, peaceful tranquility. Still referred to by the locals as Jeremysquam, the island has a rich nautical history and a deep love of the sea’s bounty. The island has a couple distinguished eateries including the famed Squire Tar Box Inn. Also close by is the MacNamara Foundation where you can watch, or join, artists at work using various mediums. Within an easy drive, or scenic boat ride, are Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Boothbay and more! You can also make easy trips to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Popham Beach and Reid State Park.
Bedrooms: (1) King Bed- can be broken down into two XL single beds, (1) King Bed- can be broken down into two single beds, and (1) Set Single-Size Bunk Beds.
Bathrooms: (1) 3/4 bathroom with shower, (1) 3/4 bathroom with tub, and (1) Half bathroom.
A FOUR-NIGHT MINIMUM IS REQUIRED FOR NON-PEAK SEASON RENTALS.
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 , but no cats please
Linens Included (bed sheets & towels) : NO
Pillows and Blankets Included : YES
Cleaning Fee : YES
Washer/Dryer : YES
Dishwasher : YES
Microwave : YES
Lobster Pot : YES
Coffee Maker : YES
Internet - WIFI : YES
TV - Cable/Satellite : NO
TV- Antenna : NO
TV for movies & games : NO
Fireplace, Wood : NO
Fireplace, Gas : NO
Air Conditioning : NO
Wood Stove (dining room) : YES
Association Beach/Other Beaches Nearby : YES
Dock/Float Association Nearby : NO
Beach or swimming at cottage : YES
Grocery Store - within 10 minutes : NO
Boats Provided : NO
Mooring for a fee : NO
Deck/Porch, : NO
DVD player : NO
Gas Grill : NO
Charcoal Grill : YES
Fire Pit : NO
Lawn/Deck Furniture : YES
Smoke/CO Detectors : YES
Fire Extinguisher : YES
On-Site Parking : YES
Outdoor Shower : YES
Blueberry Bushes : YES
Town/Body of Water : Westport Island / Sasanoa River
Type of Waterfront : Old Sea Pier
Swimming Area Rating 4/5 : Easy water access, may be a pebble beach or grassy shoreline. Still good for al ages, but young children want water shoes. Owner discovered a set of stairs going down into the river from Old Sea Pier.
Privacy Rating 5/5 : Very private, secluded location, lots of protection from trees, cannot see any neighbors from the house, not close to any roads, long driveway.
Bedrooms : (1) King Bed- can be broken down into two XL single beds, (1) King Bed- can be broken down into two single beds, and (1) Set Single-Size Bunk Beds.
Bathrooms : (1) 3/4 bathroom with shower, (1) 3/4 bathroom with tub, and (1) Half bathroom.