A group of us—all women “of a certain age”—just spent a fantastic week in the amazingly beautiful house and secluded setting of “Howe Bay Summer Home”. We all either live in Maine or spend seasonal time there and we topped off the summer by bringing our bikes and kayaks and more, and settling in at Howe Bay. When we drove in after almost eight hours on the road, our first reaction was, “OH, WOW! We had seen the photos on the web site, of course, and they are good…but the reality of the house, the decks, the view and just the beauty of the place was so very much more! The house shone like the jewel it is—spotlessly clean and welcoming! We only had about an hour of daylight left, but we were everywhere….kayaks down to the water to be ready in the morning…food into the two (2!) refrigerators…gear into the bedrooms…bikes by the back porch…we were ready for our week!
The “OH, WOW!” reaction never let up—every cabinet we opened, every room we explored was a testimony to the thoughtfulness of the owners! Supplies in the laundry, in the entrance bath, in the kitchen with the spices and cookware and utensils—anything anyone could need was there! Spare blankets, a huge supply of towels, lifejackets (we had our own, but it was good to see all of them) in every size….there was even a bottle of bubbles for kids (or adults for that matter). The viewing scope in the living room brought the bay into the living room to watch birds or just distant scenery. The cushions on the deck furniture….the beautiful sunroom…the 2nd floor balcony-deck….the large windows that brought all of that fantastic outdoors inside….all was designed for comfort, relaxation and beauty. We enjoyed fires in both the fireplace inside and the fire pit outside, and appreciated the ready supply of dry wood.
Howe Bay summer Home was our own private little world for a week….and we loved it! Kayaking in the mornings, biking in the afternoons, sitting and watching moonrise in the evenings, exploring the island on the one rainy day, pickleball in Souris…we packed it in, and when we finally had to load up and return to Maine, we just kept repeating….”OH, WOW”!
A lovely house on P.E.I….
With perfect views of bay and sky…
Fields of red and gulls of white,
Full moon rising at the edge of night…
Morning paddles, evening fires,
Small town churches with tall spires.
Skeins of geese plus crows and more…
Early walks on a russet shore.
Riding bikes on a well-groomed track—
We loved it here and we’ll be back!
Sue Shaw, Maine USA
I hardly know where to begin. The Beach House exceeded our expectations on every level. The house was beautifully decorated and so well laid out. We had 4 adults, 5 kids and 4 dogs, yet somehow the Beach House held us all comfortably! Despite the electronic distractions available (big screen sat TV and wireless internet) the real star is the location. Secluded doesn't really do this place justice. Its at the end of a long driveway, at the end of a private lane, off a dead end road off a secondary highway in eastern PEI. We heard 1 vehicle go by during the week we were there! even our oldest teenage daughter (jaded technophile that she is) was completely smitten! from the time we arrived almost every moment was spent on the beach or in the water. We reserved the house for 2011 before leaving in 2010, and a good thing as it was booking fast!
We live on PEI so we are no strangers to beautiful seaside scenery but wow was this place stunningly beautiful!
If you are looking for Disney World this isn't for you, If you want peace, tranquility, and a touch of luxury then this should be on your must visit list.
Would I change anything? Well, I would have liked a slightly larger dining area but that really is being picky, and we were a very large group.
Now that the secret is out I only hope we can find a week free for us to return every year!
*Note: The Winters have been our guests at Howe Bay every summer since that time!
Catherine and Chris Winters, Charlottetown PEI