- 24 July 2022 -
Nancy & Tim Johnson
Paradise Cottage is aptly named. We just returned from a week there and had a wonderful time. Mary Ellen has curated an excellent vacation home. The gardens and natural elements surrounding the cottage are spectacular. Unlike many places, the you see on the website are exactly what you find in Paradise Cottage. Mary Ellen is a great host and can provide recommendations on things to do, see, and where to eat. We will be back.
- 01 August 2022 -
Imagine a cottage perched atop perennial gardens surrounded by woods, with a view of Linekin Bay from the deck....that is Paradise Cottage! My husband and I enjoyed a week of beautiful July weather, sunrise and sunset on the deck, in the small but very well equipped kitchen and listening to birds sing and water lap the rocks. Cozy and comfortable with all of the creature comforts, the cottage is on a very quiet street and sits above the road with views of the water and privacy. Floor to ceiling windows and doors throughout the cottage bring the outside in, and provide easy access to the generously sized deck. Close to surrounding towns and attractions, our "home base" fit our lifestyle perfectly. Thank you Mary Ellen for the great suggestions! We highly recommend Paradise Cottage and can't wait to return!Read More
Seanook is pure bliss. There is nowhere like it in the world. We visited in the midst of the cold Maine winter and it was utterly magical. It is clean, cozy, peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful. Mary Ellen and Ron are so welcoming and warm. If you get the chance to book Seanook, don't miss it.Read More
A very welcomed time of renewal and nurturing of our souls this November as we spent several days at Seanook. The home was spotless with very creative touches throughout to include a sense of bringing nature inside with many different plants.
The ebb and flow of the bay was mesmerizing ; it was easy to get lost in ones thoughts sitting on one of the many porches or the sunroom sipping a cup of morning coffee.
Beautiful hikes are so accessible; each day we explored several of the nearby preserves.
A very special place indeed!Read More
We stayed at Seanook for a week in late August/early September. It was just what we needed to calm our frayed nerves from months of hibernation. We could feel the stress melt away from the moment we sat on porch overlooking the water that first evening, An added bonus was a gorgeous sunset from that spot - actually over several evenings. Coffee in the sunroom each morning was a charming way to start the day as we watched the fishing boats depart.
The kitchen is well equipped to handle meals cooked there or take in. I enjoyed meals from the grill that I didn't have to prepare😋
We enjoyed our chats with Ron and Mary Ellen as we learned of good hikes and sightseeing spots and the best places to get "lobstah." Truly a delightful stay. We look forward to a repeat visit.
Our weather at Paradise Cottage was picture perfect! Cool breezy mornings, hot sunny afternoons, and comfortable evenings all week long! We loved it all: kayaking, sightseeing, antiquing, exploring the shops downtown, taking in all the area had to rock hopping at Pemaquid Point, relaxing here in the beautiful gardens overlooking the glistening water, and taking in the community band concert on the library lawn. Relaxing and unwinding .... ahhh.... Botanical Gardens! Hot tub in the cool of the evening.
Fisherman’s wharf – good food with outdoor seating. Watershed Tavern – old fashioned tavern with its own brewery. Best flat-bread pizza ever!
Wonderful accommodations. Mary Ellen is a lovely hostess. Her art and gardens are inspiring. We never did have that bonfire, so I guess we’ll have to come back next year. This is truly a piece of Paradise and we felt blessed to share in it. Thank you Ron and Mary Ellen. This was a perfect place for us.
Our weather was sunny and hot the first few days, then fog, then beautiful the last two days. Nevertheless we enjoyed kayaking and sailing on the bay in our own sailboat which we kept on the mooring in the also relaxing on the porch, reading enjoying the peacefulness. The gardens are beautiful. We will be back for that “bonfire.” Looking forward to sharing your art in my home. Thank you for this “Slice of Paradise.”Read More
Tom & Suzanne
We especially enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks and the weather was perfect for it; eating lobster; and our pilgrimage to LL Bean in Freeport. Our favorite restaurants were Robinson’s Wharf, Mine Oyster and the sandwiches and lobster the East Boothbay General Store just up the street were great for lunch! Ron and Mary Ellen are a wealth of local information and recommendations; very kind people, the best hosts ever! Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage and your beautiful state with us!Read More
Jeff and Brenda
The smoked oysters from Glidden Point that we had at Mine Oyster restaurant were outstanding. The sunny hot weather (84 degrees!) the first few days were perfect for our sail on the Lazy Jack schooner for Windjammer Days. After it changed to rain, fog and mist; typical Maine! We filled up on lobsters both at restaurants in town and cooking our own right here. We love relaxing on the deck, the plantings, the quiet peaceful surroundings, and knowing Mary Ellen and Ron. Always a pleasure each time we come!Read More
I spent the morning after our arrival exploring all the nooks and crannies inside this Paradise Cottage and outside - taking it all in! We also took a boat ride around to familiarize ourselves with the region. the morning walk across the earthen dam to the East Boothbay General Store, the walk along the coast at Ocean Point, the sunset drive we took on Southport Island and watching the sunset at Newagen Harbor our last night here!! The Botanical Gardens are beautiful. Our little engineer loved the Boothbay Railway Village, and Pemaquid Point. I don’t know how we saw all this in such a brief visit, but I have no regrets! Enjoy your stay!Read More
This is a great place to visit. Spring here is beautiful with sunny days and rain at night! I love the wildlife and the flowers and would love to visit again. The view from my bedroom is “a boat ride with my children and grandson. He loved it and I did too!Read More
Jaime & Cary, ME, October 10 – 11, 2013
Another wonderful weekend! So great to finally see Paradise Cottage; just lovely. Thank you Mary Ellen & Ron. We are always so glad that you two open these beautiful homes to others; it is our favorite place will see you again really soon. Thank you again.Read More
Terry, Luci & Doreen, NH September 12 – 14, 2013
The three musketeers arrived at 5:30pm after driving through heavy rain and hail from NH. We ate a wonderful dinner with champagne, then to the hot tub. One of us forgot a bathing suit so we all went underwear under lightening-filled skies. Friday we had a wine tasting then went to Boothbay Harbor - great buys. Came back and had a scotch tasting. Saturday we went to Ocean Point for a picnic. Incredible! Excellent! Thank you, Ron and Mary Ellen.Read More
Rose, NY, Aug 24 – 28, 2013
I know why it is called Paradise Cottage; everything is better than imagined. The kayaking was excellent for the kids in the little bay, and Carey loved creating a fort on the island and a fairy village in the behind the cottage. The walk to the General Store was an important way to start our day. The hot tub was a nice surprise. The Botanical Gardens were amazing. Gardens here are beautiful. Thank you so much. Hope to come back.Read More
Gina & Ken, NH, Aug 29 – 30, 2013
We absolutely loved our stay! Weather was beautiful and cottage was perfect. Even more exciting, we got engaged down at the private beach during sunset! We will be back again for sure!
Dianne & Ron, MA, Sept. 8 – 12, 2013
Our third trip to Boothbay, first time at Paradise Cottage. What a darling "find." Enjoyed the triple lobster dinner with two sides at Fisherman's Wharf. Breakfast at River's End (DO NOT order the blueberry pancakes: made from medicinal). Loved the Pemaquid lighthouse, lunch (fish & chips) at King Eider Pub in Damariscotta. The Vietnamese Bakery in Boothbay is excellent; we had 2 eggs, bacon, toast, coffee & and an apple fritter, DELICIOUS.... The soup is good too. We grilled steaks, baked potatoes, had salad & blueberry pie for supper one night. We ate on the deck and enjoyed the weather, the water and each other. Mary Ellen, we loved Paradise Cottage; it truly is.Read More