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The new kitchen boasts an Aga cooker and other high-end appliances. There are 10 bedrooms in all, each with its own bathroom and many with fireplaces. But the estate's most dazzling "amenities" are its views of the Acadia National Park's mountains, the sheer cliffs of Ironbound Island and the open Atlantic—perhaps best enjoyed from a "tea house" perched on a rock outcropping at water's edge. Story Litchfield of LandVest in Northeast Harbor has the listing (207-276-3840).
Cove House, Rockport
Cove House, sited on one waterfront acre, has been expanded and renovated over the years, transforming a traditional Maine cottage into a luxurious home. The process retained and restored the vernacular details: exposed wood beams, old-fashioned fireplaces, oak floors and wainscoting. But there are loads of modern amenities, especially in the kitchen, which is equipped with a large Vermont soapstone island, limestone floor tiles, a stone fireplace and a butler's pantry with a wine cooler. The home has four bedrooms plus a guest suite with its own private entrance, laundry room, kitchen and deck. The path to the 260 feet of shorefront is lined with roses, leading to a deepwater dock, three 10-by-20-foot floats in the harbor's protected waters and that rarest of all amenities in this rocky state: a wide, sandy beach. Cove House is listed with Terry Sortwell of LandVest in Camden (207-236-3543).
New Englanders tend to view their summer retreats as, really, the only worthwhile places to go, with dyed-in-the-wool Maine enthusiasts having very little in common with Fisher's Island fanciers and, heaven forbid, Hamptons goers.