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BEAUTIFUL LOCATION, PERFECT VACATION SPOT!
I was lucky enough to spend a week at Clifford House this past August and enjoyed every second! The
house itself is beautiful, well kept, and has plenty of space for any activity we desired, whether it was
cocktails on the porch, cooking dinner in one or both kitchens, or just relaxing with coffee in the sunny
breakfast nook. We were lucky enough to have spectacular weather throughout our stay and spent
plenty of time enjoying the view out on the dock. South Bristol itself was lovely to bike or run around
(although watch out, there are plenty of hills to keep you guessing!), and is the perfect amount of
relaxed/off the tourist path without feeling like being in the middle of nowhere. There was also plenty to
do in the surrounding area - the Boothbay Botanical Gardens were a beautiful attraction, and Pemequid
Point may be my new favorite place on earth with it's spectacular rock formations and crashing waves!
We also enjoyed checking out local breweries in Boothbay and on Monhegan Island and eating our way
through plenty of seafood. I would absolutely recommend staying here to anyone looking for a getaway -
this house is truly a gem - would love to return for another stay in the future!
• Stayed: Aug 2014
OUR FAVORITE SUMMER LOCATION!
We feel that the Clifford House is our Maine home! We have been going there for the last 5 years and
look forward to it each year. Each year we find another thing to love, kickball on the large lawn, a talent
show in the living room, kayak races to the Gut, fishing off the dock and of course enjoying lobster and
family while watching a beautiful sunset. We have kids of all ages from 6 to 76 and everyone loves their
time. If you want to spend an amazing week with your family in a beautiful corner of the world, then I
highly recommend the Clifford House. We are counting the days until we get back!
• Stayed: Jul 2014
We have spent a week at the Clifford House each summer for the last four years. The house is clean,
charming and so Maine. The beautiful yard is expansive and perfect for young and old to play games or
enjoy the magnificent view. The dock is great for fishing and water sports. The children love to walk to
the local stores and restaurant. Pemaquid, a beautiful beach and swimming location is only 15 minutes
away. We have no qualms about highly recommending the experience of a stay at the Clifford House.
The Flanagan Family
• Stayed: Jul 2014
LOVE THIS PLACE!
My husband and I, who live in Maine, have spent our summer vacation week (or sometimes 2 weeks) at
the Clifford House in South Bristol, Maine, every summer for the past TEN years. This fact alone will tell
you how much we like it there. The house, large lawn, dock and small beach area are perfect for us and
our three kids. We sometimes have other family or friends visit and stay overnight and there is plenty for
room for that. The owners are wonderful people who are always helpful and informative. The area is
beautiful and the whole experience is extremely relaxing, which is why we choose to spend our time
there year after year.
• Stayed: Aug 2014
OUTSTANDING HOME FOR PERFECT MAINE VACATION.
We have stayed at the Clifford House several times over the past 10 years and have enjoyed every visit
to the utmost. It is a magical place ....plenty of room for two families or a multigenerational gathering.
Terrific location for exploring the Pemaquid area or just relaxing on the property with the beautiful water
view as a backdrop. Great kayaking and fishing right from the dock.The Turners are accommodating
and gracious hosts. A real find.
• Stayed: Jul 2014
EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR LARGE FAMILY GATHERING
Centrally located in what we would consider "Old Maine", this was the perfect fit for our family of 7 adults.
Our family is close but we also enjoy our space and that was satisfied with two kitchens, two living areas
and bedrooms spaced about the house, not to mention the large property for outside fun.
We found the house to be fully equipped with everything we needed. We like to dine out but we also like
to cook and never wanted for anything.
My husband enjoyed casting off the pier where he caught mullet at high tide receding and tossed them
back to live another day. We gathered on the pier at sunset to enjoy the brilliant colors and searched
the beach for treasures at low tide.
The Boothbay area botanical garden was a great trip where everything was in full bloom, we took
pictures and ideas home with us. Also spent a day at Pemaquid Point lighthouse, rock outcroppings and
It was a short drive to New Harbor where we took the ferry to Monhegan Island, no cars are allowed and
history dates back to John Smith. We hiked the paths and climbed rocks and when we were hot and
exhausted we came around a bend and found a brewery, of all things. They served cold beer in real
glasses, none of that throwaway plastic! It was great!. Some of the group continued on to the Puffin
Cruise and were not disappointed.
We found a great fish market and other tourist stuff in Demariscotta but for the most part we enjoyed the
small businesses within walking distance of our house.
We cooked lobsters just one night and then decided we preferred the Fisherman's Co-op to steam them
for us while we sat on their dock (BYOB) and enjoyed watching the fishermen prep their boats or unload
the catch of the day.
All in all it was an excellent stay at the Clifford House, the perfect owners friendly and helpful but never
intrusive. It's a bit of a trip from our home in Wisconsin but hope to return again in the future. Thank you
John and family!
• Stayed: Aug 2014
WONDERFUL PLACE FOR A FAMILY VACATION
Our family had a wonderful stay at Clifford House. The property was just as described. The owners are
nearby and very helpful but never intrude. The grounds are extensive and beautiful. Kids absolutely
love it because there's so much to do without leaving the property. We would definitely recommend it to
• Stayed: May 2014
CAN'T RECOMMEND HIGHLY ENOUGH
We have rented the Clifford house for 3 separate weeks over the last decade or so and each visit we
had a wonderful time. On our first visit we had our wedding there, with a big canopy out on the huge
lawn, live music, and a lobster bake! Our other two visits have been purely for vacation.
The house has so many bedrooms and bathrooms that we can always bring along friends and family,
and it's big enough that everyone can relax with plenty of room to do their own thing. There are 2 wings
to the house each with its own kitchen and living area, and a huge screened-in porch with a sitting area
and also a big picnic table overlooking the beautiful yard and cove view. The porch is great for hanging
out, enjoying the breeze, having a big dinner with family, friends, etc.
The house is in a very quiet location and very private. The owners are very friendly and accommodating
but also leave you be. They usually stroll by on your first or second day there to introduce themselves
and make sure everything is OK, but other than that they will give you as much privacy as you want. It
never feels like you're being watched (which is different than some other rentals I have experienced.)
Down the path through the giant field of wild flowers there's a dock with kayaks and bracing Maine water
for anyone brave enough to swim. In late July and August phosphorescent algae cause the night water
to sparkle and glow when you run your hand (or a paddle) through it. The air is cool and the sunlight is
amazingly clear even at the height of summer, when the rest of the country is baking in heat and
humidity. It's a wonderful place.
• Stayed: Jul 2011
Review Date: October 8, 2009 Stayed: October 2009
We had a wonderful time here. The weather was nice and we played the piano a lot. One night we went
on a boat ride. It was so much fun. We had a lot of burgers and dogs. Hope to come next year.
Review Date: August 8, 2009 Stayed: August 2009
We've come for 3 years - loved it every time! I love the view from the window in the apartment. Beaytiful
Review Date: July 31, 2008 Stayed: July 2008
What a wonderful place to spend our vacation. We have enjoyed the sights of the area and your
Review Date: June 28, 2008 Stayed: June 2008
I love the view of the ocean and how big it is. The fact that it has kayaks is just absolutely wonderful. I
hope to come back soon. Age 9.
Review Date: 08/25/2007
We hope this is the beginning of a famity tradition for us. It was a wonderful way to honor our
parents/grandparents and to welcome our newest additions (twin grandchildren) into our family. -New
Review Date: 08/17/2007
Such a lovely comfortable house in a pleasant location, rich in Maine history.[!] Plenty of space for a
large family, access to the shore- lots of fun for all. -New Jersey
Review Date: 07/30/2007
This was the perfect spot for our family reunion.Huge lawn for croquet,plenty of room for our party tent,
gorgeous view. We rented boats nearby for cruising around the island. Great time for all ages.
Review Date: 07/07/2007
Such a blessing for our 40th anniversary. We wanted our kids and grandkids together. Such great
memories this place gives us. Such a beautiful spot and relaxing. Thank you so much.
Review Date: 8/26/2006 - We had a great time! Thanks for your hospitality! What a great area for
Review Date: 7/22/2006 - A beautiful spot, great weather, delightful ocean breezes - will give us fine
memories for years to come.
Review Date: 7/20/2004 - What a wonderful spot! Thank you!
Review Date: 7/8/2006 - The house is beautiful! The yard is so green! We would enjoy staying here next
year. Thank you!
Review Date: 6/24/2006 - Thank you for allowing us to have our 2006 wedding at Clifford House. It was
everything we dreamed it would be - Everything! So many thanks. You are so dear. -Camden. Maine
Review Date: 7/19/2006 - A fabulous 50th anniversary celebration! A memory for a lifetime. Thank you.
-Oak Park, IL; Seattle, WA
Review Date: 8/28/2005 - Fantastic house and view. Many Thanks. -London, England
Review Date: 7/30/2005 - We had a wonderful week. Could not have asked for better weather or
hospitality from our wonderful hosts. Thank you!
Review Date: 7/23/2005 - Thanks, we had a great time.
Review Date: 8/24/2001 - Wonderful stay and look forward to next year.
Review Date: 8/18/2001 - The house is a very nice spot and has a special presence about it.
Review Date: 8/11/2001 - Thank you for a wonderful busy vacation with our children and grandchildren.
We all enjoyed the comfortable house and beautiful location. -Gloucester, MA
Review Date: 8/4/2001 - Four generations of our family spent a wonderful week at a warm and
comfortable spot. Ages 1 to 86, we all found this to be a great retreat for our annual Maine vacation.
Thank you for your hospitality. -Cobleskill, NY; Ithaca, NY;
Review Date: 6/10/2001 - Thanks for a great stay. We love the house and Christmas Cove. -Rye, NH
Review Date: 7/5/2003 - What a lovely location for a family vacation! The scenery was breath-taking. We
were all very much at home here and loved our experience in Maine.Thanks.
Review Date: 9/2/2002 - Home comforts, delightful scenery, and lots of good company. What more could
we ask? -Westboro, Massachusetts
Review Date: 8/25/2001 - This has been an ideal location and accommodations for our family. The size
of the yards particularly good for sports/croquet and whatever with the children. It has been a great time.
Review Date: 7/21/2004 - The perfect spot for our extended family to gather for a South Bristol wedding!
Thank you for your generous hospitality. -Cupertino, California
Review Date: 7/20/2004 - Thanks for a relaxing vacation!
Review Date: 7/20/2004 - Thank you for the fabulous vacation spot. What a beautiful place.
Review Date: 8/16/2003 - What a wonderful place for a wedding! We had a fantastic time. A beautiful
house, a beautiful view, and the best landlords people could wish for. This was a fantastic way to start
our marriage. Thank you!
Review Date:8/28/2004 - Yet another perfect Clifford House vacation.
Review Date: 8/8/2004 - What a perfect weekend! Fort Island inspired another family invasion, and the
weather was perfect! Can't wait for next year.
Review Date: 7/15/2001 - Thank you for your warmth, hospitality, and friendship. This week-end has
been one of the most wonderful and unforgettable for always.
Review Date: 6/23/2001 - Wonderful hospitality. Great place to rest after the wedding.
Review Date: 6/10/2001 - We'll spread the word that this is one of the best spots in Maine - all the
comforts of home with a great view. -Wellseley, Massachusetts