1 / 13 Clifford House Dock and Cove



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Description from owner

This updated 19th century sea captain's house is located in a picturesque little fishing village. The house is in Clifford's Cove on Rutherford Island at the mouth of the Damariscotta River. The Island is connected to the mainland by a short bridge in the village. Cliffords Cove is one-quarter mile from open ocean.

Clifford House is a three bedroom Victorian house with an attached two bedroom apartment. It has 2 kitchens, 2 livingrooms, and 2 dining areas. On four acres, it has a spacious wrap-around yard with plenty of room for volleyball, badminton, and croquet. There are wonderful views of the water from both the house and apartment. You can watch the sunset from the screened-in porch.

It has a dock and float which are available for use by the tenants. A boat mooring is

available in the cove.

The house is surrounded by gardens, yards, fields of wild flowers, and woods. It is on a small country road that sees more walkers, joggers, and bicyclers than cars. It is

separated from the road by a long stand of tall trees. From the grounds you see no

other buildings except for the caretaker's cottage. The caretaker is always available to help and answer questions.

Clifford House is private but not isolated - the perfect place for a family vacation. It's

also great for family reunions and informal weddings.

The house has 2 fully-stocked kitchens, but we do not provide linens.

Contact us for more information or look us up on-line as CliffordHouseMaine.

Beds: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Double Bed, 3 Twin Beds

TripAdvisor Property ID: 7083356

About the area

South Bristol is a working fishing village, one of the last remaining in Maine. The well-protected harbor is home to an active fleet of fishing vessels. The village is about 1 mile from Clifford House. South Bristol is also the location of Christmas Cove, a well-known community of summer homes, which is very popular for recreational boating. Christmas Cove is a 10 minute walk from Clifford House. The Coveside Inn is a popular dining spot with a wonderful deck for eating, relaxing, and socializing. Twelve miles away is the delightful town of Damariscotta, known for quaint shops, restaurants, historical sites, and activities for young and old. Driving up or down the coast takes you to the historic Mid-coast Maine towns of Bath, Wiscasset, and Rockland. There you will find additional opportunities for dining and entertainment.

Owner profile

John T.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English



  • Grill
  • Heating
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Sea view
  • Waterfront


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


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Owner Supplied Testimonials


I was lucky enough to spend a week at Clifford House this past August and enjoyed every second! The house itself is beautiful, well kept, and has plenty of space for any activity we desired, whether it was cocktails on the porch, cooking dinner in one or both kitchens, or just relaxing with coffee in the sunny breakfast nook. We were lucky enough to have spectacular weather throughout our stay and spent plenty of time enjoying the view out on the dock. South Bristol itself was lovely to bike or run around, and is the perfect amount of relaxed/off the tourist path without feeling like being in the middle of nowhere. There was also plenty to do in the surrounding area - the Boothbay Botanical Gardens were a beautiful attraction, and Pemequid Point may be my new favorite place on earth with it's spectacular rock formations and crashing waves! We also enjoyed checking out local breweries in Boothbay and on Monhegan Island and eating our way through plenty of seafood. I would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone looking for a getaway - this house is truly a gem - would love to return for another stay in the future!

? Stayed: Aug 2014


We feel that the Clifford House is our Maine home! We have been going there for the last 5 years and look forward to it each year. Each year we find another thing to love, kickball on the large lawn, a talent show in the living room, kayak races to the Gut, fishing off the dock and of course enjoying lobster and
family while watching a beautiful sunset. We have kids of all ages from 6 to 76 and everyone loves their time. If you want to spend an amazing week with your family in a beautiful corner of the world, then I highly recommend the Clifford House. We are counting the days until we get back!

? Stayed: Jul 2014


We have spent a week at the Clifford House each summer for the last four years. The house is clean, charming and so Maine. The beautiful yard is expansive and perfect for young and old to play games or enjoy the magnificent view. The dock is great for fishing and water sports. The children love to walk to the local stores and restaurant. Pemaquid, a beautiful beach and swimming location is only 15 minutes away. We have no qualms about highly recommending the experience of a stay at the Clifford House. Fairfield, CT

? Stayed: Jul 2014


My husband and I, who live in Maine, have spent our summer vacation week (or sometimes 2 weeks) at
the Clifford House in South Bristol, Maine, every summer for the past TEN years. This fact alone will tell you how much we like it there. The house, large lawn, dock and small beach area are perfect for us and our three kids. We sometimes have other family or friends visit and stay overnight and there is plenty for
room for that. The owners are wonderful people who are always helpful and informative. The area is beautiful and the whole experience is extremely relaxing, which is why we choose to spend our time there year after year.

? Stayed: Aug 2014


We have stayed at the Clifford House several times over the past 10 years and have enjoyed every visit
to the utmost. It is a magical place ....plenty of room for two families or a multigenerational gathering. Terrific location for exploring the Pemaquid area or just relaxing on the property with the beautiful water view as a backdrop. Great kayaking and fishing right from the dock.The Turners are accommodating and gracious hosts. A real find.

? Stayed: Jul 2014


Centrally located in what we would consider "Old Maine", this was the perfect fit for our family of 7 adults. Our family is close but we also enjoy our space and that was satisfied with two kitchens, two living areas and bedrooms spaced about the house, not to mention the large property for outside fun.

We found the house to be fully equipped with everything we needed. We like to dine out but we also like to cook and never wanted for anything.

My husband enjoyed casting off the pier where he caught mullet at high tide receding and tossed them
back to live another day. We gathered on the pier at sunset to enjoy the brilliant colors and searched the beach for treasures at low tide.

The Boothbay area botanical garden was a great trip where everything was in full bloom, we took pictures and ideas home with us. Also spent a day at Pemaquid Point lighthouse, rock outcroppings and gorgeous beach.

It was a short drive to New Harbor where we took the ferry to Monhegan Island, no cars are allowed and history dates back to John Smith. We hiked the paths and climbed rocks and when we were hot and exhausted we came around a bend and found a brewery, of all things. They served cold beer in real
glasses, none of that throwaway plastic! It was great!. Some of the group continued on to the Puffin Cruise and were not disappointed.

We found a great fish market and other tourist stuff in Demariscotta but for the most part we enjoyed the
small businesses within walking distance of our house.

We cooked lobsters just one night and then decided we preferred the Fisherman's Co-op to steam them for us while we sat on their dock (BYOB) and enjoyed watching the fishermen prep their boats or unload the catch of the day.

All in all it was an excellent stay at the Clifford House, the perfect owners friendly and helpful but never intrusive. It's a bit of a trip from our home in Wisconsin but hope to return again in the future. Thank you John and family!

? Stayed: Aug 2014


Our family had a wonderful stay at Clifford House. The property was just as described. The owners are nearby and very helpful but never intrude. The grounds are extensive and beautiful. Kids absolutely love it because there's so much to do without leaving the property. We would definitely recommend it to friends.

? Stayed: May 2014


We have rented the Clifford house for 3 separate weeks over the last decade or so and each visit we had a wonderful time. On our first visit we had our wedding there, with a big canopy out on the huge lawn, live music, and a lobster bake! Our other two visits have been purely for vacation.

The house has so many bedrooms and bathrooms that we can always bring along friends and family, and it's big enough that everyone can relax with plenty of room to do their own thing. There are 2 wings to the house each with its own kitchen and living area, and a huge screened-in porch with a sitting area
and also a big picnic table overlooking the beautiful yard and cove view. The porch is great for hanging out, enjoying the breeze, having a big dinner with family, friends, etc.

The house is in a very quiet location and very private. The owners are very friendly and accommodating but also leave you be. They usually stroll by on your first or second day there to introduce themselves and make sure everything is OK, but other than that they will give you as much privacy as you want. It never feels like you're being watched (which is different than some other rentals I have experienced.)

Down the path through the giant field of wild flowers there's a dock with kayaks and bracing Maine water for anyone brave enough to swim. In late July and August phosphorescent algae cause the night water to sparkle and glow when you run your hand (or a paddle) through it. The air is cool and the sunlight is
amazingly clear even at the height of summer, when the rest of the country is baking in heat and humidity. It's a wonderful place.

? Stayed: Jul 2011
Older reviews:
Review Date: October 8, 2009 Stayed: October 2009
We had a wonderful time here. The weather was nice and we played the piano a lot. One night we went on a boat ride. It was so much fun. We had a lot of burgers and dogs. Hope to come next year.

Review Date: August 8, 2009 Stayed: August 2009
We've come for 3 years - loved it every time! I love the view from the window in the apartment. Beautiful house.

Review Date: July 31, 2008 Stayed: July 2008
What a wonderful place to spend our vacation. We have enjoyed the sights of the area and your wonderful hospitality.

Review Date: June 28, 2008 Stayed: June 2008
I love the view of the ocean and how big it is. I hope to come back soon. Age 9.

Review Date: 08/25/2007
We hope this is the beginning of a famity tradition for us. It was a wonderful way to honor our parents/grandparents and to welcome our newest additions (twin grandchildren) into our family. -New York State

Review Date: 08/17/2007
Such a lovely comfortable house in a pleasant location, rich in Maine history.[!] Plenty of space for a large family, access to the shore- lots of fun for all. -New Jersey

Review Date: 07/30/2007
This was the perfect spot for our family reunion.Huge lawn for croquet,plenty of room for our party tent, gorgeous view. We rented boats nearby for cruising around the island. Great time for all ages.

Review Date: 07/07/2007
Such a blessing for our 40th anniversary. We wanted our kids and grandkids together. Such great memories this place gives us. Such a beautiful spot and relaxing. Thank you so much.

Review Date: 8/26/2006 - We had a great time! Thanks for your hospitality! What a great area for photography!!