Fran Doonan and Dave Mussey
About Fran Doonan and Dave Mussey
Fran and Dave have a small organic farm on a 172 year old homestead. Dave builds wood/canvas canoes, and Fran is a brown ash basketmaker. They are both musicians who play acoustic folk, and help run a local summer music program in Stockton Springs. They are parents and grandparents, who have also taken in high needs foster children over the years. Fran has done professional cooking, and is available on occasion to provide you with great meals or picnic lunches, prepared at your cottage for a fee. Fran and Dave have spent years in the outdoors as Maine guides and farmers. They are looking forward to welcoming you to their cottage!
Why Fran Doonan and Dave Mussey chose Stockton Springs
We love this property because it is quiet, on the ocean, and centrally located near lots of places and activities.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Wonderful stay in Stockton Springs, ME
This is a lovely cottage on Mill Cove. The sunsets were spectacular and the location is ideal to visit beautiful spots like Camden, Rockland, Deer Isle and Acadia. Highly recommend!
A peaceful retreat
This cottage on Penobscott Bay was just what we wanted for our Maine vacation, quiet and comfortable, but within easy reach of the popular coastal attractions. Its beautifully landscaped backyard borders the bay and we usually enjoyed our morning coffee outside with the chipmunks and birds, watching the sailboats in the harbor. Hikes in nearby state parks (Moose Point was a favorite) and visits to Bucksport a few miles to the north gave us plenty to do. We also visited Belfast, Camden, and Rockport. Fran and Dave are very gracious hosts, and we look forward to staying at Saltwind Cottage again.
Perfect getaway spot with sunset views on Maine coast
This cottage and its large yard with the beautiful view of the bay is simply a gem! When we arrived, our hosts Frannie and Dave had left for us a nice bottle of red wine on the dining table along with a basket of fresh organic veggies, which were absolutely delicious. Not only that, they left a half carton of organic eggs from their farm in the refrigerator, again a touch we appreciated very much!
The cottage has all the comforts of a home, and it is ideal for couples or small families with just the right amount of space that a cottage should have. We loved the nicely done flooring throughout the whole house, not a creak or squeak could be heard anywhere! The deck and the back yard were a delight to watch the brilliant Maine sunsets from. We also loved the new patio furniture on the deck! The back yard itself is very serene, with apple trees, weeping willows and wild flowers along the edges of a large well-maintained lawn. It is a much more beautiful place than you could see from the photos!
Adding to the convenience of this cottage were the washer and dryer in the basement, which allowed us to pack less clothing for the trip than otherwise. The washer had a lot of options for setting up just the right amount of water and temperature for any size wash load, along with various options for the wash cycle, which is nice to have in a vacation rental so you do not need to look for a laundromat. It really is like a little home away from home, right at the water front on Maine's famed coast!
We definitely recommend this cottage, and are already telling about it to our family and friends, and we are hoping to be able to come back again soon!! Frannie and Dave were great hosts to have, and they responded quickly whenever we reached out to them. This cottage is a perfect ten for a relaxing getaway from everyday stress!!!
Great guests! Would welcome them back anytime!
Lovely view; nice deck and grill. Very attentive hosts with extensive organic farm near-by.
The home needs some maintenance. Convenient location.
Survey goes in circles!!
We were happy with these guests, and surprised to read that they thought the house needs “some maintenance “. Any minor issues that arose during their visit (loose towel rod, putting screens in front door) were promptly fixed on the spot. A post review phone call to them revealed that the only maintenance issue they saw was that some windows needed new caulking. Had they addressed this with us directly, we would have assured them that custom replacement windows were already on order and scheduled for installation in September. We pride ourselves on the excellent condition of our rental cottage, and promptly take care of maintenance issues.
Great location and super friendly hosts.
This friendly couple made great guests and left the cottage immaculate .
Experience was great. Stockton Springs is a charming little town and centrally located to Acadia, Belfast and Bangor. We would stay here again and highly recommend.
Wonderful guests. Left the cottage in great shape. We hope they return again to Saltwind cottage. We were very pleased that they came to our concert.
Mid coast Maine/ Penobscot Bay. Our cottage sits on lovely Cape Jellison. It has the remote feel of an island with none of the ferry hassle. Fort Point State Park has a historic lighthouse, nice trails, great water views and picnic areas as well as ruins from the fort. Stockton Harbor, one mile away, offers swimming, sailboat and lobster boat watching. Cape Jellison road is a 5 mile loop which is great for bike riding.
Close by is Sandy Point beach which has nice hiking trails and a wide expanse of beach for swimming and beach combing.
The nearby town of Belfast has quaint shops, great restaurants, a natural food co-op, and lots of festivals and music. Belfast has an old fashioned downtown movie theater. The waterfront has lots of boat activity .
Acadia National park is less than 50 miles away and makes for a great day trip. Bar Harbor, Cadillac mountain, Sand beach and ocean drive have so much to offer. Breath taking views everywhere, great hiking, swimming, and horseback riding. Whale watching, shopping and fine dining are available in Bar Harbor.
Searsport, 7 miles away, offers a look into this area's rich maritime heritage at the Penobscot Maritime Museum. Also in Searsport is Sears Island with miles of hiking trails and shoreline great for birding, picnics and motor free recreation.
Also nearby is the scenic Penobscot Narrows Bridge, with an observatory that affords breath taking views of the Penobscot river and bay. Next to the bridge is Fort Knox State Park, an example of mid 19th century granite coastal fortification.
Camden, with its popular boutiques, schooner cruises, and picturesque waterfront, is less than 30 miles away.