… when there are beach towels on the porch railings. ❤️
While the inside of The Bracy Cottage is a still a work-in-progress, we got the landscaping squared away so that our guests in the house have something lovely to look out onto. We planted a number of white pines to replace the 200-year-old one we had to take down last fall and added lots of native ground cover. Also, we chose natural stepping stones for the front walk (so you don’t forget that you’re in the Maine woods.) We’re so thrilled with how it came and can’t wait to see it fill in.
Lots has happened this Spring and we’ve sadly neglected this blog but the cottage is taking shape! The SIPS pre-fabricated panels went up, the gorgeous Kolbe windows went it, the concrete slab with radiant heating is complete, drywall is in process, and tiling is happening as we type. This tiny house has turned out better than we could have imagined and will be a great addition to the property. The plan for this property when we purchased in 2016 was always to rehab or replace all the dilapidated buildings and this will get us two-thirds there!
Just North of Portland is Bradbury Mountain State Park. A quick hike gets you to the top where there’s a beautiful view of the woods and farmland around. It is totally worth and trip and only an hour’s drive from The Bracy House.
It’s so exciting to see real progress on the cottage! The foundation work is done, the structural insulated panels we’re using are up, and we’ll be pouring the foundation (which will also be the finish floor) soon.
We just opened our summer calendar! Choose from three rental options… The Downstairs, The Upstairs, or rent the entire four-bed, four-bath house. Located along the Maine coast, we’re close to the Southern Maine beaches, Portsmouth and Portland with their quaint shops and award-winning culinary scene, hiking and outdoor activities, or just cozy up in the house that includes a patio and large backyard. Book now to get your relax on at The Bracy House.
Ending the year out-of-doors always lifts the spirits. We took a hike on Mount Agamenticus’ beautiful wooded trails that lead to the reward of a striking view at the top! Plus the Winter Storywalk of Little Brother Moose lead our way.
The Bracy House is always better with... snow! (Though now that we think about it, warm summer days are pretty great too.)
Typically we have guests this time of year and have really enjoyed decorating the house inside and out for our guests. This year we’ve got a construction site in our backyard so there are no guests but we still decorated it for ourselves. ‘Cause a merry Bracy House is the best kind.
We have typically rented The Bracy House year-round (though this year we’ve closed it down to complete the construction of the cottage) but we have always reserved Thanksgiving week for ourselves. Though this house was bought and renovated with the intention of it being a vacation rental, we consider it our home in so many ways and look forward to hosting our family within its walls every November. This year, we had friends as well as family (11 adults and 3 kids, in total) and received an absolutely beautiful snow that made the week extra cozy!