Seanook has a unique vantage point in East Boothbay grandfathered on the shore next to its own rocky point. Seanook sits on the beach; the tide comes in under and around it. Staying here is like being on a boat except it doesn’t rock. Four decks and floor-to-ceiling windows unfold water views in three directions, including a long vista to the mouth of Linekin Bay where it joins the open Atlantic sea. From the dock in summer see spectacular sunsets across the water as you soak up soothing salt air, or in winter bask in the glow of the fireplace stove while you watch through the windows wind-whipped snow whirling across the waves. On a rainy night, the pitter-pat on the roof will lull you to sleep. Wake up to the call of seabirds and the sloshing of little waves.
If immersing yourself in the relaxation of our spot doesn’t float your boat, you can venture out to discover woods and coastal activities in Boothbay and nearby Boothbay Harbor. Live theater, museums, artist studios, gourmet seafood restaurants, antiquing, boating excursions, fishing or kayaking on the ocean or a lake, or hiking the lush Maine woods are some of the activities to be found in this area. See “About Boothbay” for more things to do.
To find Seanook on the map below you can actually zoom in on the “Satellite” version to locate the “dog-leg” dock; Seanook is immediately next to that. Seanook, Paradise Cottage, and Paradise Studio (our shop/studio) appear in a straight line from West to East.
History: Seanook was built as a bungalow shortly after 1900 by John Seavey, then-owner of the East Boothbay General Store. This enterprising shopkeeper used it as an annex from which to sell snacks, bait, and fuel to lobstermen on the bay. His dock extended straight out from the lower deck where he gathered the rocks to secure his pilings. An opening underneath allowed small boats to be stowed below the bungalow. Gas, that Mr. Seavey sold to lobstermen, was stored in a shed just south and down a few steps off the front lawn. (Photo of painting, right. When you enter the cottage you will see this painting showing the bungalow as it was when Mary Ellen’s parents owned it.)
The breakwater on our north beach pre-dates Mr. Seavey. The previous owner of the land used it, to haul up and store his boat for the winter. Obviously, ocean levels were not as high then because that wall is well under water now on a normal high tide.
Subsequent use of the cabin was for “people from away” who were escaping the summer heat in Massachusetts.
Mary Ellen’s parents bought the bungalow through realtor, Mr. Linekin, in 1947. Her grandmother knew him because both their families were originally from Pittsfield, ME. Mary Ellen’s father came up with the name “Seanook,” a nook by the sea. Every summer he did an improvement project on the building. It was then a 5.5-hour drive for us to come from Natick, outside of Boston. Starting the year she was 5 years old until she was 17, she spent three months every summer here. She always knew this was where she wanted to be.
When Mary Ellen acquired the property in 1997, she contracted gradual renovations to winterize it and added the second floor, the sunroom (previously a partially enclosed porch), entry hall, and laundry room. After all the major work was done, she and Ron have been making subsequent improvements themselves.
The shoreline here is the quintessential authentic rocky coast of Maine. Seanook is grandfathered to overhang the water; on a very high tide the ocean is magically near. Any new construction lacks this intimate closeness. For nature’s sights and sounds Seanook is unparalleled. For relaxation it is sublime. Come experience this proximity to weather, wildlife, and water, now available year-round.
Seanook can be your escape cabin on Linekin Bay! Please, first check our Availability Calendar, and send your request now!
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Patty, Karin, Rick & Helen
We cannot say enough about this cottage and location as well as our host, Mary Ellen. The incredible views from every room, the gorgeous sunsets every night and added treat of a pair of bald eagles as neighbors during our our stay. We also enjoyed at least 5 species of ducks swimming, diving and fishing. The cottage is in a great location with easy proximity to so much in the area yet it feels so secluded and peaceful. Already looking forward to next year.Read More
Every time I walk into Seanook I feel myself relax, as the peacefulness envelopes me. Nature surrounds every inch of the cottage, and I never tire of it. It is comfortable, warm and cozy, and the kitchen has all the amenities you need to make a delicious meal. We are happy to have found this beautiful spot, and return year after year. Mary Ellen is a kind and gracious host, always making our stay memorable.Read More
Beyond a place in time, staying at Seanook is a transformational journey! It is a magical place where indoors and expansive outdoors merge as one. The comings and goings of the sea and its wildlife are endlessly captive. I've just I've just returned from yet another off-season getaway with my five other teacher girlfriends. We came laden with puzzles, books, knitting, a sewing machine, embroidery, a Scrabble board, binoculars, and the most luscious ingredients to enjoy the feasts we cooked up in Seanook's generously supplied kitchen, an amazing gathering place for preparation, conversation, and delight. The jaunts to Boothbay Harbor, or seaside walks along the Point Road, spring flower strolls in the neighborhood, breakfast at the East Boothbay General Store, and visiting Mary Ellen tending her garden and hosting a visit in her art studio, every moment and every detail captures perfection. It is a magical haven indeed!Read More
My family of 5 - (3 teenagers) has been coming to Seanook for the past 9 summers! This we all look forward to every year. It is the simple things that combine to make big things. The location is perfect. Waking up in up in the morning to the sounds of the water all around is a treat. You can kayak, fish, and swim right off the dock. Linekin Bay sunsets are breathtaking! It is a peaceful place and has become our happy place. It will soon be yours too.Read More
Mary Ann & Larry
We've just returned home to New Mexico after yet another marvelous stay at Seanook. This was our 5th time there for several weeks each September and have loved every minute, every aspect of Seanook. The location is on an amazing road that runs along the eastern shore of Linekin Bay. Seanook literally sits out OVER the water (just a little) and upstairs or down, the floor to ceiling windows, decks both upstairs and downstairs, a ramp leading to a float...It's all about the view, the wildlife, ospreys, eagles, seals (2 this year), many varieties of birds, the incredible sunsets, just WOW. The house itself is a treasure, so unique, so comfortable and reflecting the artist's touch of Mary Ellen and the craftsmanship of Ron. If you are lucky enough to stay here, you won't regret it! Oh, one more thing...Seanook sits towards the northern end of the bay so it doesn't take forever to get anywhere. Great location.Read More
Pat and Peter
My husband and I have just enjoyed another beautiful week in Seanook. Our stay during the last week in September could not have been better. Peter loves to fish and he was out on the dock morning and night. He was not disappointed. Plenty of Mackerel and a Striped Bass!!! We have been coming for more years than I can count. The peace and serenity that this special cottage offers is second to none!! It always replenishes our spirits. Whether you stay close to the cottage or explore the amazing beauty of the Maine coast, you will always find something that suits you. Can’t wait for our next stay in June 2023!!Read More
What an amazing little home Seanook is! We spent the weekend visiting Boothbay and just sitting and enjoying the views from Seanook Cottage. Mary Ellen was very accommodating and full of information on the surrounding area. Seanook is comfortable and inviting. We hope to be back again.Read More
We booked a long weekend at Seanook Cottage. The cottage is located on the water with great views from any room. The cottage was extremely clean and working with Mary Ellen as a host was great. The kitchen has everything you need if cooking is your thing. Mary Ellen has great knowledge of the area and plenty of material in the cottage if you need some guidance on what to do. Again it’s a great place with fantastic views.Read More
We returned home this week from another wonderful stay at Seanook Cottage. This was our 3rd stay there and it couldn't have been more perfect! We took 2 years off due to Covid and when we walked through the door this this year, we immediately remembered why we love it so much!! Thank you, Mary Ellen, for another wonderful stay at Seanook!!Read More
Rick & Pam, Jim & Jan, FL, September 19 – 23, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your house! The view is spectacular! The wildflowers were a beautiful welcome. We enjoyed everything about our stay. Look forward to framing our notecard when we get home. We about this beautiful place. It will be tough to beat anywhere else!Read More
Ellen & Rhonda, NH, October 2 – 4, 2013
We just had to come back to Paradise and brought friends Deb & Amy from Portland Me, with us. They fell in love as well. Enjoyed bird watching - saw young bald eagle, black guillemot, loons, eiders and others. &sunsets and many shooting stars. I believe you'll be seeing us all again. Thanks for sharing this beautiful paradise.Read More
Bonnie, IL, October 24 – 27, 2013
We've just spent our 3rd weekend at Seanook, the second one in 2013. Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It now feels to us like we're "coming home" to Seanook. Ron and Mary Ellen add so much experience. The weather was a little non-cooperative this time, but despite the blustery winds and occasional rain, we had a lot of sunshine, stunning sunsets, and crisp, clear nights with amazing stars! We were blown away by the number of flowers still in full bloom along with the vivid colors of fall foliage. We love it here and we will be back.Read More
Tom and Tracy
We just spent 8 nights at Seanook from September 30th through October 8th and it was fabulous! The weather was great, the leaves were just changing and Seanook was perfection. We loved the windows and skylights everywhere so we always had had a view of the water and all of nature. This home is stocked with everything you could ever need. The bed was very comfortable. We will definitely be back! Mary Ellen is a wonderful hostess and she provides tons of information about restaurants and things to do in Boothbay. We felt completely at home here in Seanook and thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. It was just what we needed to begin our new Retired life!!Read More
Luci, NH, October 24 – 27, 2013
When I get out of the car from my three hour drive to Seanook from NH, it is truly like coming home. There is everything here one needs for rest, peace, and true downtime. Ron and Mary Ellen model hosts who have made every one of my stays rich, warm, memorable, and worth all the effort to get here. By the end of 2013, I will have been here 5 times. Can't think of anywhere else I would rather be!Read More
Graeme & Heather, NSW, Australia, September 14 – 18, 2013
Thank you for your hospitality. We have felt very welcome and comfortable here and have tried to enjoy as many different vistas as possible! This is a relaxing and tranquil venue which all can appreciate. Excellent walks