Stay in an 1840s farmhouse, an L.L. Bean catalogue house. Double bed, desk, rocking chair, overlooking the islands of Casco Bay. Share full bath with one other room. Use of kitchen, dining room, porch, coffee & tea. Self-serve/cook at your leisure.
If you are looking to stay with a Freeport family, in a spectacular New England saltwater farmhouse, featured on a L.L.Bean catalogue, this is your chance. The setting is bucolic, on Maquoit Bay, extraordinary Maine shoreline, kayak and canoe available (weather/season permitting), and only 3.8 miles from Freeport village. Six miles to Brunswick and Bowdoin College. Portland is 25 minute drive. Room price is for one or two (or three, if an infant). We can provide a Graco Pack-n-Play. Lots of farmer's markets.
Shared, full bath with one person (rarely there; so generally a private bath), kitchen, dining room and (evening only) living room with wood stove.
Interaction with Guests
Limited interaction, although available for general questions and directions. We work during the day and then homework at night. Late afternoons and all evenings we are with the children. We can offer some babysitting, if needed. We love babies. (We have pack-n-play if needed). And we always have time to help with directions and basic "what to do's?"
The neighborhood is rural. Our closet neighbor is 1/4 mile away. There is walking in the woods, along the beach, and up the winding, country drive along the 5 acre field and over to a 600 acre, publicly-owned saltwater farm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, 1 mile away. L.L. Bean's paddle center is close by. A great place to bike. We can give you some loops--to drive, hike, bike--that are sensational. Restaurant suggestions.
You will need a car. There is a train one can catch in town that goes into Portland and Boston, but no public transportation otherwise.
Other Things to Note
If you are looking to stay in a New England, saltwater farmhouse, with a spectacular view, this is for you.
Relatively quiet, but not silent. Preferred guests: readers rather than dancers, independent rather than not. There is WiFi for all guests. No smoking. Pets negotiable, but extra cleaning fee of $10.00 and cannot leave alone in house.
Staying with the Bakewell's was simply awesome. Liza is a superb host. We felt home from the first moment and - the place is simply magical. Waking up with the view on the bay is an incredible start to the day. Having a coffee on the porch and enjoying the nature - invaluable. We just loved this place!
Liza was a fantastic host, we are so happy that we had the chance to stay in her beautiful home. The view from the guest bedroom is spectacular, and we loved starting our day with coffee on the porch which overlooks the bay. Highly recommended!
We had the most enjoyable experience staying with Liza and her family. Not only were we greeted warmly, but we also enjoyed their company and getting to know them. Liza was very accommodating and helped us with local recommendations. The old farmhouse was perfectly situated on the bay, the room we stayed in had the most magnificent view. The location was perfect for exploring the Freeport/Portland area. It really completed our "Maine" experience. Our only regret was not having more time!
We had a wonderful two day stay with Liza and her two daughters. The beautiful house and our room overlooked Casco Bay and the view was spectacular. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the porch facing the water. We immediately felt at home. The bedroom was nicely decorated with beautiful colors. The interesting travel stories that we shared with each other topped off this great weekend.
You know, I meant to put a lamp on the desk, and I honestly never thought about a nightlight in the hall, but that is absolutely a good suggestion. Thanks for that. Wonderful to have met you both. If only I could figure out my Sony camera to take such great pictures, alas. All our best, Liza et al.
Travelling is about going to new places, doing unusual things, and meeting local people. Staying with Liza enabled us to achieve all of that while staying in a superb location. We were priviledged to share the life of Liza's family, and engage in lively discussions - a real treat.
Liza is a great host. She and her family are welcoming and warm. After settling in we sat with Liza and her daughter in front of the fire. I got to hold their pet rabbit while we chatted about the area and exchanged travel stories.
The house is charming and sweet. Views of the beach from the guest room are delightful to wake up to. Liza treated us to coffee and muffins in the morning. On our way off we took a walk on the beach and then to the near by salt water farm. Its a really magical place. Can't wait to return.
We live in Maine (USA, EU), my family and I, having moved here 13 years ago from Rhode Island. We bought this 200 year old farmhouse, rewired it, replumbed it, and repainted it. We put a large, long covered porch on the back. But basically we left this old house to be as it was originally, with lots of rooms, stretched along its cape and ell. There's a fire that burns in the fireplace all winter long. I am an anthropologist and a writer and I spend many hours in my home office working quietly. Luckily I have a wonderful view (the same one you will have) and the wildlife keeps me distracted. My family and I have lived in Mexico, and travel each summer, for the summer, to another country, or we return to Mexico to see all our friends. We try to go to Quebec City when we can, as it is only 4.5 hours from here. We speak Spanish and we are trying hard to learn French. We have stayed in Airbnb rooms throughout Ireland and France. Our own Airbnb bedroom does not come with a cooked breakfast, but there is coffee ready to be dripped by you in the morning (all set up and ready to go, just press the button on the tea kettle), tea is available and there are fresh muffins. You can buy groceries and find room on a shelf for them, if you want to make sandwiches or cook something simple for dinner, working around our use of the kitchen. We'd ask that you clean up after yourselves. Our house is quiet during the day, after the morning flurry, 6-7 am. Then there is some flurry from 5-8, then it is quiet again. Our beach makes for a wonderful walk, the fields for a ski if you are so inclined and when there is snow. We have a kayak and a canoe, if you want to go out, so long as it is not winter and the tide is right. We have lifejackets for most sizes. As a guest, you may not see us much, as we are wrapped up in too many commitments. But if you have questions about the area, where you might bike or eat or sight see, we are happy to make time to make suggestions. Right now, as I write this, the tide is coming in, the sun is out and the water is sparkling, the lobster boats are gathering their traps.