Secluded Year-Around Waterfront Cottage

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“ Excellent ”
25 Reviews
8 Merry Island Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04556


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 8
Type: Home
Per night: $200 - $250
Per week: $1,200 - $1,600
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Boothbay Harbor vacation home rental
Secluded, year-around, contemporary vacation home featuring breathtaking views and 300’ of shoreline access is now available for short-term spring, summer, fall, and winter rentals. Merry Island Cottage is located on the Damariscotta River 10 miles from Boothbay Harbor, 6 miles from Damariscotta/Newcastle and 11 miles from the village of Wiscasset.

Relax in the private, wooded waterfront environment. Experience the daily activities of a working coastal inlet from the expansive cottage windows or the oversized screened porch. Lobster boats, trawlers, sailing vessels, and vacation yachts blend with osprey, blue herons, and wild turkeys to punctuate the coastal landscape. Kayak, swim, fish, sail, motor, paddle or just float in our private saltwater bay.

Merry Island Cottage offers 2600 square feet of living space. The open kitchen/dining/living area features 20’ ceilings, large fir crossbeams and a wall of windows. The main level also includes the master bedroom and bath, a laundry/storage space, an extra ½ bath, a large screened sleeping porch and a deck and multiple entrances into the main living areas. The lower level features a full bath, a guest room, a large bunkroom, and a natural wood porch with entrances to each of the lower bedrooms. The double story layout allows for privacy when needed. Ecologically sound and aesthetically pleasing building choices include a gourmet kitchen with green-labeled appliances, the ICF foundation system, concrete floors with radiant heat, and landscaping with native Maine perennials. The Rais wood stove and stainless steel room fans, assure comfort even on the chilliest nights or warmest afternoons. 

Washer/Dryer, linens provided, all kitchen necessities including lobster pot, outdoor grill, satellite TV, outdoor and indoor games and activities. Unfortunately we don't allow pets.
Area Information
Local towns (within 10 miles)
fresh sea food - lobsters, oysters, and clams
shopping, eating, antique shopping

Outdoor Activities & Tours
Dodge Point State Park (swimming / fishing / hiking / cross-country skiing / bird watching)
Reid State Park (swimming / fishing / hiking / cross-country skiing / bird watching)
Mid-Coast Kayak Rentals
Bingo Deep Sea Fishing
Boothbay Botanical Gardens
Basket Case Links (golf)
Boothbay Country Club (golf)
Wawencock Country Club (golf)
Dolphin Mini Golf
Apogee Outdoor Adventures for Teens
Goddess Sailing Cruises
Boothbay Island Tours (Monhegan Island)
Burnt Island Lighthouse and History Tour, West Boothbay
Boothbay Whale Watch
Fort Edgecomb
Damariscotta Public Ferry
Boothbay Botanical Gardens
Adventure Tours, Boothbay (sailing trips to Monhegan Is)
Capt’n Fish’s Scenic Nature Tours / Puffin and Whale Watching. Boothbay Harbor

Restaurants / Food
Newcastle Publick House, Newcastle
Bintliff’s Ocean Grill, Edgecomb
Boothbay Fudge Factory, Boothbay
Cabbage Island Clambakes, Boothbay
The Lobster Dock, Boothbay Harbor
Red’s Diner – Lobster Rolls & homemade ice cream, Wiscasset
Round Top (homemade) Ice Cream, Damariscotta

Workshops & Cultural Venues
Maine Coast Bookshop & Coffee House
Carousel Music Theatre, Boothbay
Lincoln Theatre, Damariscotta
Skidompha Public Library and Second Hand Book Store, Damariscotta
Boothbay Opera House
Boothbay Railway Village and Museum
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
Edgecomb Potters
Romar Bowling – vintage candlepin bowling, Boothbay
Calm Moments Day Spa and Mud Baths, Damariscotta
Maine Lighthouse Museum, Boothbay
Musical Wonder House, Wiscasset

Local towns (10 – 25 miles)


Outdoor Activities & Tours
Popham Dunes and Tombolo State Park, Phippsburg (swimming)
Pemiquid State Park (swimming / fishing / hiking / bird watching)
Pemiquid Lighthouse
Pond Lighthouse
Sequin Lighthouse
Pond Island Natural Bird Refuge
Josephine Newman Sanctuary
Winter’s Gone Alpaca Farm, Wiscasset
Railway Museum, Alna, ME
Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, Waldoboro, ME
Le Vatout, Creative Writing Workshops with Ferron, Waldoboro, ME
Camden International Film Festival
Mid-Coast Camp of Stars (baseball camp)
Sea Dogs Professional Baseball, Portland, ME
Sanford Mariners Collegiate League Baseball, Sanford, ME
Midcoast Warriors AAU Basketball Club, Rockland, ME

Restaurants / Food
North Creek Farm, Phippsburg
Michael Gagne’s Robinhood Free Meetinghouse Restaurant, Georgetown, ME
Le Domaine French Restaurant, Hancock, ME.
Anchor Inn, Round Pond, ME
Moody’s Dinner & homemade pies, Waldoboro, ME

Workshops & Cultural Venues
Le Vatout, Creative Writing Workshops with Ferron, Waldoboro, ME
Camden International Film Festival
Maine Fiberarts, Topsham, ME
Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick. ME
Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, Brunswick, ME
Five Rivers Arts Alliance, Brunswick, ME
Midcoast School of Technology, Rockland, ME
Atlantic Challenge Boat Building School, Rockland, ME
Wooden Boat School, Brooklin, ME
The Carpenter’s Boat Shop (workshops, apprenticeships) Pemiquid, ME.
Coastal Children’s Museum, Rockport, ME.
Farnsworth Museum, Rockport ME
Christina’s House (Andrew Wyeth studio), Christmas Cove, ME.
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick, ME
Mid Coast School of Music Rock Camp, Bath, ME

Towns and Cities (25+ miles)
Eastern Maine Music Festival (Aug 26-29) Bangor, ME
Sea Dogs Professional Baseball, Portland, ME
Diamond Dogs / Adult Baseball, Saco, ME

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Oct 05 2014 Jan 11 2015 $200 $250 $1,200 $3,600 -
Jan 03 2015 Jun 26 2015 $200 $250 $1,200 $3,600 2 Nights
Jun 27 2015 Sep 25 2015 - - $1,600 $5,400 1 Week
Sep 26 2015 Jan 01 2016 $200 $250 $1,200 $3,600 3 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 12 a.m.
Lodging tax: 7.5%
Deposits: 50% payment due at time of reservation 50% payment due 2 weeks prior to visit $250 (refundable) cleaning deposit due at time of reservation
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check
Other Fees: $125 extra for 6-8 people.


  • Beds

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • View (Ocean)
  • Beach Towels
  • High Speed Internet
  • Porch
  • Waterfront
  • Deck
  • Linens Provided
  • Screened Porch
  • Wood Stove
  • Full Kitchen
  • Oceanfront
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Mini)
  • VCR
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
    (1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (5 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (5 miles)
  • Boating
  • Park
    (1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (5 miles)
  • Tennis
    (5 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Hunting
    (2 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (5 miles)
  • Volleyball Court
    (5 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Lake
    (2 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (5 miles)
  • Water Skiing
    (5 miles)
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (5 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (5 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Horseback Riding
    (3 miles)
  • Playground
    (5 miles)
  • Zoo
    (5 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Ice Skating
    (3 miles)
  • Pool
    (5 miles)
  • Winery
    (10 miles)
  • Snorkeling
  • Miniature Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Racquetball
    (5 miles)
  • Downhill Skiing
    (15 miles)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Aquarium
    (5 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (5 miles)
  • Theme Park
    (15 miles)
  • Snowmobiling
    (<1 mile)
  • Bowling
    (5 miles)
  • Sailing
    (5 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (20 miles)
  • Beach
    (1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (5 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Great local theatre including Boothbay Opera House, many galleries, craft showcases, and regional art and music venues.

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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Leslie Plumb

Cape Cod, MA

Stunning and Beautiful Stay

We stayed at this property in mid-October. What an incredible time to visit! The foliage was breathtaking, and staying in this house just made everything better. First of all, it has a water view from the expansive windows which makes you feel like you're staying in an elegant and upscale tree house (in the best positive sense!!!). We went down to the water every evening with a glass of wine to watch the sunset over the water. It was amazing. The house itself is beautifully constructed and modern. One could imagine this house somewhere in the mountains of Sweden. It has clean lines and beautiful wooden beams across the high ceilings. The bedrooms are quite large and well appointed, with the addition of radiant heat which is whisper quiet. We didn't use the wood stove, but I imagine it would be quite cozy on a chilly evening. We booked this house primarily because of the location and the kitchen. I'm a food writer and my husband and I love to cook. The kitchen was fantastic (although we did bring our own sous vide machine and slow cooker, which we wouldn't expect any house to have in stock!), particularly as it has an open living plan and you can look out the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water as you cook. A dream! We loved the long driveway through the forest to the house and the private, quiet location. This is an excellent place to unwind and relax in nature. The nearby town of Damariscotta was such a pleasure to find. It has a natural foods co-op, the quality of which you would expect to find in a large city, plus some great restaurants. They had a pumpkin festival which we missed, but we did catch the huge carved pumpkins up and down the street. Talk about the quintessential New England autumn experience. It doesn't get any better than this. We would recommend this house to any of our friends, and we're planning on coming back next year. This area of Maine is so beautiful. We made short trips to Camden, Owl's Nest, Boothbay Harbor, Bath and more, all of which are pretty close.

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Thanks Leslie. You kind words are much appreciated.The slow cooker will be there next time, I've been meaning to get one...have a great fall...m&c

Thomas Palmieri

Fort Worth, TX

Highly recommended place to stay- Boothbay Harbor

A wonderful place for a Maine Vacation. The house is quiet, in the woods, with river frontage to watch the sunrise, the tides, diving ospreys and cormorants. Beautiful forest views from two porches. Top of the line appliances. I can’t say enough good things about the place. We spent 2 weeks and hated to leave. About equi-distant between Boothbay harbor for touristy entertainment, and Damariscotta for additional good restaurants and groceries.

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Thanks Thomas, we appreciate your kind words. We're envious, we've never stayed there for 2 weeks straight. Hopefully someday. Have anice fall.

Monica and Bruce Williams


Perfect vacation house for couples and families

I could live in this house! It's contemporary industrial design with an open floor plan is wonderful. High ceilings both upstairs and down, large bedrooms (one with home office); great bathrooms with fabulous water pressure; polished concrete floors with radiant heat (we did not need heat) ;a fully-furnished high-tech Ikea kitchen; decks and a screened porch off the master---all about 75 feet from the Damariscotta River. We had kayaks delivered; my husband and I saw an eagle soar from a treetop directly above our heads while kayaking and my granddaughter and I laughed at a curious Harbor Seal when we were out. And just as we were told---a Harbor seal looks like a dog swimming in the water. The house sits a distance off the main road (which is a quiet dirt road that provides a relaxing walk) and is about a 20-minute drive to Boothbay Harbor, a town filled with good restaurants, ice cream shops, and the sailing site of many cruises. We did a harbor cruise here and also a Hardy Boat cruise from a different port to Seal Island---lots and lots of seals. Splurged one night and had dinner in the main dining room of the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay---excellent and it was fun to dress up. But back to the house---satellite TV is provided as well as lots of CDs, board games, books, magazines. We would rent this house again in a heartbeat. The owners are immediately responsive to email questions. And speaking of email, the house has Wi-Fi.

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Good stuff, it's always nice to hear when others enjoy the place as much as we do...thanks for the kind words...m&c

Needa Condo

new columbia pennsylvania, usa


the home was really awesome.. the veiws from every window gorgeous. loved seeing the eagle every morning fly by. a true maine experience...

Sandi Carpenter


Restful Vacation

This property provided everything it promised. It was well appointed and located in a private wooded area with water access.

Peter Suchecki

Philadelphia, PA

Awesome architecture!

This house was designed perfectly. Great open floor plan and great kitchen. Huge windows everywhere that let you enjoy the beautiful scenery outside while eating or cooking a meal inside. It's a must see in person. Also it has two levels with decks that allow you to sit and relax while viewing the water. Great to wake up in the morning and look out the windows and plan your day. The kitchen is well equipped with all sizes of pots and pans. Makes it feel like home. Also there is a grill outside which we used to cook lobsters. Quick drive to boothbay. Also there is a great trail close to the property for the adventurous type. We came here for our anniversary and we were surprised how big it was. It could definitely sleep 8-10 people if you wanted to. We want to come back with friends. Also the owners were very helpful and easy going. Great recommendations from them that came in handy. Thanks again Mike and Cindy. Your house is wonderful. - Pete.

Keith Riley

Portland, ME

Nice stay

Beautiful home with great views. Quiet and relaxing. Will definitely stay again.

Dana Anderson


a sweet getaway

This was a fantastic space. Mike could not have been more accommodating and the setting was beautiful. Modern, yet homey feel provided a great setting for both work and relaxation. We hope to return again soon.

Stephanie Higgins

Winslow, ME USA

Great Family Time

We rented this home for the weekend to attend a wedding. The whole family stayed together. It was great. Lots of room, very very clean, beautiful scenery. I would definitely rent this home again.

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Thanks Stephanie. We appreciate you kind words and we're glad you had a great time at the cottage.
Have a great fall. m & c

Geert Mol

Suffield, CT, USA

Modern serenity

We found Mike and Cindy's home by accident during an online search and were immediately attracted by the modern architecture (I grew up in a similar house). We always look for a couple of factors when searching Maine vacation houses (gourmet kitchen, easy water access, modern/non-cluttered design) and this house had it all. The location is ideal: on the Boothbay peninsula, close to everything but away from the heavy tourist traffic, and with very easy access to the water if you have kayaks. We had coffee sitting at the water edge with bald eagles flying over us, seals swimming in front of us, and plenty of other wildlife entertainment. The purist design and decoration of the house added to the serenity I think. Everything you need is there, and the kitchen was wonderfully practical and well stocked. One of the top oyster farms of the East Coast is right next door (literally walking distance) and they also have the only honor system lobster/oyster shop in Maine (you weigh them yourself and leave the cash). We had an amazing couple of days and hope we can come back next year. Thank you!

Joanne kozak

Easton, PA

Great home...great location

The house was totally awesome and in a great location. Edgecomb was an hour from Camden and an hour from we went to both! The house was lovely and it felt like we were staying in a tree house. The owners could not be nicer and the information was so helpful. We definitely recommend dinner at the Damascotta(?) River Grill, a scooter ride (you can rent one in Boothbay), go kayaking and take a trip to the Pemaguid lighthouse. We were lucky enough to be able to go up inside. We went out on the Lazy Jack Scooner in Camden...great folks to sail with. OH...go see the edgecomb pottery place which is on route 27...we bought a bowl b/c it was just so beautiful! Thanks for a great time and opening up your home! Joanne and Bret

Jamie Ziegler

Lodi, WI USA


We had so much fun, whether we were just sitting overlooking the river or visiting nearby towns. We definitely plan to go back.

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Thanks for the kind words Jamie and doing such a great job of taking care of it...have a great rest of the summer. Go Packers.
Mike & Cindy

Beverly Baker

New York, NY

Peacefulness Among the Trees!

This is an ideal place if you want a vacation of pure rest and relaxation in a beautiful setting. The house is perfectly designed to enjoy all of Maine’s beauty. It is surrounded by trees so the only real sounds you hear are the birds, wind and rain in the trees, or boats passing on the river. We sat on the river watching lobster boats, birds and even an otter. At low tide, we went clamming. It’s also centrally located with only a short drive to visit sites such as Boothbay Harbor or the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. The house has all the essentials, plus those few little extras that make things nice (excellent WiFi, great kitchen). HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Again, thanks so much for your kind words. We feel so lucky to have such wonderful people sharing our place. We'll stay in touch...m&c

Jennifer Biddle

Chicago, IL

so beautiful

this property is amazing. The views were stunning, as advertised. The house itself is lovely and more relaxing than I anticipated, which is saying something. And then, right on the water...gorgeous. The few negatives are the traffic, which can be ridiculous so time your drives to non-mealtimes, and the couches weren't really comfy (to be fair, I prefer something very soft and taller in the back.) Those are minor points, though. It was a fantastic week.

Sally Donahue

Duxbury, MA

Wonderfully relaxing retreat!

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in this charming, special home overlooking the Damariscotta River. The natural beauty of this new , splendidly designed retreat is unusual, and one really feels tucked away in a tree house. Wonderful swimming from the rocks at high tide, and we even launched our kayaks and enjoyed quiet paddles up and down the river. Lovely screened porch for reading; simple, elegant furnishings; fully equipped kitchen that overlooks the river through the trees.

Michael Fink

Owner's reply:

Thanks Sally...have a great rest of the summer. c&m

Tyler Weidner

Portland, ME

Weekend Getaway

Great romantic getaway for the two of us. This place has all the amenities for an enjoyable stay. Highly recommended

T.S. Ross

Houston, Texas

Still amazing a year later!

This was my second time to stay in the awesome "tree house" I can see this becoming an annual event. Mike and Cindy - thanks once again for yourmost outstanding accommodation. I'm hoping for the October 2012 visit as well!

Pauli and Tom Rines

Kittery Point, ME

A Wonderful Getaway Retreat!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your "gem" of a cottage nestled in the woods overlooking the water! It had everything one could ask for and MORE! Everyday began with awaking to the spectacular sunrises where the sky was ablaze with color over the water. During the day there was a lot to explore in the local area. We went to the amazing Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay and we enjoyed all the activities at the Pumpkinfest event in Damariscotta! In the aftternoon we retumed to the peace and quiet of the cottage and enjoyed all the beauty of nature surrounding us-we explored the beach and sat of the upper deck and watched the lobsterboats return We cooked in the state of art kitchen and in the evening relaxed with a good book or a TV show (we were amazed at how good the sateliteTV reception was and the variety of channels to choose from). Thanks Cindy and Mike for letting us enjoy your incredible cottage and location! us

Elizabeth Gourley

Belmont, MA USA

A most wonderful time had by all!

We had a fantastic time in this lovely lovely home. Staying in this house was my dream come true! The location and house were amazingly beautiful. I have been back to this house twice so far and plan to come many more times.

Douglas Maise

Orlando, FL USA

Damarasotta River Cottage

Place was fantastic. Everything was new and they thought of everything you could possibly need. Open plan was great very good for being together while everyone is doing something different. Only complaints are is the "Dish TV" never was able to get any channel in two weeks. Didn't miss it much though. And the wifi had hot spots and weak signal or none is others upstairs. Went down to the river every day and had a glass of wine while watching the boats go by or the cormorants diving for fish. Carried two extra chairs down for a foursome. Kitchen was terrific and we cooked quite a few dinners. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Holly Franklin

Albuquerque, NM

A happy departure from the ordinary

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this outstanding modern house. The owners' attention to detail is apparent throughout -- eclectic artwork, comfortable furniture, to-die-for kitchen, windows so big you feel like you're in a tree house. Everything is new, bright, and clean. If you like a secluded location in the woods and near the river, you'll be happy here. Seven of us shared the house for a week and there was room enough for all.

Christian P Vagtborg

St. Simons Is., GA

A real tree house

Wonderful view of the river and woods. Quiet. Terrific kitchen. Comfy beds. A very nice experience for all of us (7).

Peter Fishman



My wife and I are from NYC and wanted a quiet week away. We couldn't have picked a better house. Secluded. Silent. The full wall of windows and two decks make you feel a part of the trees and water that surrounds you. We cooked, we finished our books and we visited all the small towns in the area. Great retreat.


Chicago, IL

Great getaway!

This is a great place for a getaway from all the hustle and bustle of city life. The house itself was REALLY unique and awesome. Also very close to some nice towns. However, what made it really nice were the owners, Mike and Cindy. They took great lengths to make us feel welcome and handled all the arrangements professionally and personally. Would definitely return again!


Boston, MA

Secluded and cozy!

The owners of this cottage have put alot of time and energy into it. It's a beautiful home away from home, and it's nice to see trees NOT houses out of every window. It still has some of the comforts of home with a nice flat screen television, dvd player, and cable. We really enjoyed the sun porch and made a few home cooked meals in the beautiful state of the art kitchen. Great stay and will come back again!

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    Middlesex High School, Art Center College of Design
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