About this listing
Cozy post and beam artist cottage near charming Freeport Harbor, on the Harraseeket River, in South Freeport, Maine. 2 plus bedrooms, 1.5 bath, plus an seasonal outdoor shower, country kitchen. The cottage is nestled in a quiet neighborhood about a mile from the harbor and 2 miles from the outlets and LL Bean in downtown Freeport. Sunny back deck with picnic table. Quiet woodsy location. Close enough to Portland and Casco Bay for day-trips, but away from the crowds. Also convenient to Brunswick and Bowdoin College. Walk down to the town landing and working waterfront, a short drive to public beaches at Winslow Park and Wolf Neck on Casco Bay and watch the boats parade by.
The cottage is my home and comes fully furnished, including linens and kitchen items.
Daysails on my small sloop or trips to Admiral Peary's home on Eagle Island can be arranged.
Bring your bikes and kayaks. Great restaurants and heaps of art galleries in the area. Summer music series at LL Bean and year-round happenings in nearby Portland, Brunswick and the Maine Mid-Coast.
Guests have access to the laundry in the basement but it should be noted that the "concierge cave" is also my workshop, studio and office space and I will have to access this space from time to time during your stay. I usually only access it between 9am and 7pm unless there is an emergency and I usually call or text before I show up. It hasn't been a problem with guests before and it's usually a great time for guests to take advantage of my local knowledge, we try to keep you away from the tourist traps!
Interaction with Guests
I usually stay at my girlfriend Pam's place when guests are in town or on one of the boats so I am easily accessible and have been known to drag guests out on the water from time to time, Casco Bay is such a great place but it is not very easily accessed for folks from out of town who are not necessarily in the know. So bottom line I'm usually around if you need me. I am a licensed captain and I work out on the water so if I am not available there are friends and neighbors who are!
It's a sleepy little neighborhood just around the corner from all the mayhem and shopping that the Freeport outlets and LL Bean are famous for!
You can get here by train from Boston and a short cab ride (2 miles) for those of you who don't have a private vehicle. You can also rent cars out of Brunswick and Portland. Zip Car and other car sharing options are available at Bowdoin College in Brunswick and the airport in Portland is 15-20 minutes away.
Other Things to Note
Casco Bay is a wonderful place best kept secret in the Portland area, ask me and I will let you know some unique way to check out the bay!
Common sense is a must, don't burn the place down, don't sink her. Please be respectful of the neighbors and the neighborhood and my home. Smoking is permitted at LL Bean, somewhere, I think? I look forward to giving you a great reference! If you want to have a party, please let me know so I can invite the neighbors, we love parties. The small intimate types are better and we know where to go for more excitement, Bubba's is a great place to dance! Live music, let me know, I can steer you to what ever suites your fancy.
This is our second year coming back to the warm generosity of Chris and Laver's Keep!!! We had such a great time last year, that we looked forward to this year's trip and now that we just got back, we are looking forward to ANOTHER stay next year!
We travel with two dogs and the property is ideal for them: large porch to bask in the sun or view the birds in the woods, with grassy and shady options below. A shaded/cool large outdoor pen area is convenient to secure them for the day as well.
The area is great for a mix of shopping, eating and beautiful sites. Laver's Keep is conveniently located under five minutes to Freeport, a quick jaunt to awesome Portland, and close to the endless possibilities of half or day trips in the coastal area. We often take quick trips with the dogs to the various state parks close by for a few hours of hiking and playing in the ocean; Wolfe's Neck for example, is ten minutes away.
Chris is extremely helpful, accessible, and most importantly, feels like family now to us. It was a great summer 2015 trip and looking forward to our 2016 trip!
We had a great stay here. Chris was very welcoming, and easy to communicate with in advance. My boyfriend and I stayed with my parents and it was a perfect size. The beds were very comfortable and seemed quite new, we had a great sleep. Everything was well stocked and clean. The kitchen and dining area worked really well. The pond right down the street was beautiful. Area was very private and relaxing, yet very close to all ameneties. We would stay again.
Chris was a great host - very communicative, friendly, and accessible. The house was a perfect landing pad for my group of 4 as we were heading to and from Bowdoin for graduation events. It was clean, comfortable, and very conveniently located - as advertised!
Thanks for a great stay, Chris! Next time I find myself in Freeport I would definitely enjoy staying at your home again.
Chris was a great host, great communication and his house was well kept and the perfect stay! Very close to the outlets as well. Would stay again!!
We really enjoyed our stay at Chris's house and hope to make a return trip in the future. The house is easily accessible from I-295 and there's a large outlet-type shopping area a few minutes away - yet it still retains the peace and solitude of a country house. There's plenty of cookware, space, and the house is well kept. Chris was attentive and asked if we needed anything on a couple of occasions but otherwise left us to enjoy our stay. Thanks Chris!
Our stay in Freeport was great! The house is beautiful. Chris is very friendly (and patient, we arrived much later than planned because of Thanksgiving traffic paired with snow), had great recommendations, and made us feel at home. We felt very welcome, and were delighted to have found such a great place to stay for a holiday weekend. Pet-friendly, too!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Freeport! Laver's Keep is a perfect get-away location that has easy access to any (grocery/ outlet stores/ restaurants) shopping we needed to do.
The home itself is a great combination of cozy and spacious. The dining room table was a great place for the 4 of us to hang out and craft (It seats 6, so we were really able to spread out!). The kitchen was well stocked, and we were able to easily cook all of our meals (except for the lobster roll lunch we went out for).
The sleeping accommodations were very comfortable. There were beautiful skylights in the bedrooms which also had shades which we were able to close when we wanted to sleep in.
Chris was a lovely, accessible host who made it clear that we could contact him for any questions.
This was the perfect location for our relaxing weekend, and we've already put our minds to figuring out when we can get back. Thank you for a lovely visit!
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About the Host, Chris
Hi and thanks for checking out my place. A little about me, I call New England home and travel all over for work and play. I am a professional mariner and sail on tugs, tall ships and tour boats throughout New England and have sailed all over the planet. I've thrown the anchor down in Freeport and love it here, I like to share my home, as it seems happier when full of happy people (I stole this line from Debrae, she's got a great place up on Eggmoggin Reach, check it out). I spend a great deal of time at my girlfriend Pam's place up the road and it seems a waste to have my place empty so I hope you will come and stay, if the wind is right perhaps you'd like to join me for a sail.