A Bit of Nostalgia by the Sea
May 1, 2015
Seashell Cottage on the shores of Birch Bay is a trip back in time. The cottage is surrounded by a beautiful green lawn, bordered by a crisp white picket fence. A rose-covered archway leads you to the front door. Once inside, you feel a sense of serenity and old fashioned comfort. Is it the wood stove with its stash of firewood, ready for a cool evening? The cozy patchwork quilts that cover the comfy beds, tucked into bedrooms in various corners of the cottage? Maybe it's the sunlight streaming into the dining area with its expansive table for communal meals, which can be prepared in the fully equipped kitchen. The coffee pot sits ready to brew that first morning cup, which could be enjoyed on the patio. There is even a piano in the back bedroom, ready for enjoyment for those inclined to song.
Lilac bushes bloom outside the windows and bird song is everywhere. Birch Bay laps the sandy beach gently, just 200 feet away, and treats the viewer to shimmering sunsets. Great restaurants are withing walking distance, so it is perfectly possible to settle in, park the car, and enjoy the area on foot. No need to fight summer traffic.
One of the most delightful aspects of the stay is the hospitality of your hosts. They will do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable, even to delivering fresh baked cinnamon rolls on your first morning. They will go great with that coffee.
My family and I have enjoyed this retreat so much. It affords space for privacy, but allows for hanging out together in the central area. The two full bathrooms add to the convenience and comfort.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough -you will love Seashell Cottage!
Rosalie Jane Karjala, Derry, NH USA
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