Policies for the 2014 season
Included Services in 2014:
The cottages will be clean with fresh linens and fluffy clean pillows on the beds, fresh white
bath towels, and kitchen towels (and more) when you arrive. This season we will be providing light daily
housekeeping services. We will vacuum, make beds and clean the bathrooms. We will deliver firewood to your woodbox on a daily basis. However, please note that in our pre-season "Shore Awakening-Free Form ++" period from April 11, 2014 to June 13, 2014, there will not be daily housekeeping or daily firewood delivery. Cottages will be made up with plenty of fresh linens and a full woodbox for your arrival.
Our cottages have kitchens or kitchenettes in which to fix meals but dining at a local restaurant can be a lot of fun. However....for those cozy, lazy summer mornings when you want to stay put we do offer a breakfast basket with delicious morning food and beverage items (please make your request a day in advance). Our kitchenettes have a refrigerator, sink, counter, automatic coffee maker, toaster, electric or convection hot plate, and microwave oven. Our full kitchens are complete with the preceding and also an oven and stovetop burners. A large assortment of utensils, dishes, pots and pans are provided. Light housekeeping does not include cleaning kitchens, washing dishes or cleaning dirty pots and pans. We ask that you wash your own dishes and leave the kitchen/ette as clean as you found it.
The Barn will be open for scheduled activities and planned events such as recreation in the form of Ping Pong, open mic., movie night…or, simply to relax by a cozy fire in the fireplace. There are books and a piano in the barn.
Extended Stay Discount
Reservations for stays of 2 weeks or longer earn a 10% discount. This applies only to reservations which include no days during the month of August. Should reservations span other discounted or "specials" periods, only one discount will be applied for any time period.
Hide-a-beds, Porta-cribs and High Chairs
There is a supplemental fee of $15/person/day for each extra guest (over the age of 7) who sleeps on a hide-a-bed sofa in the living room. We do not have roll-aways, but do have porta-cribs and high chairs at no charge. Cottage maximum occupancies apply. No sleeping bags or personal inflatable mattresses allowed to accommodate extra people.
We charge a $200 refundable security deposit, which will be returned two weeks after departure unless there is
damage or the cottage is left in poor condition.
We ask a deposit of 50% of the total amount including tax and security at the time of the reservation and then the balance one month before arrival. The Maine State lodging tax for 2014 will be 8%. We would prefer a check, however in lieu we will accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. We require that a credit card number be kept on file for all reservations.
Check-in time is anytime after 4 p.m. We will leave a welcome note on the bulletin board on the old hotel porch with a telephone number to call if you need any assistance. (Note: check-in location may vary through the season.) Requests for early check-ins must be approved in advance, thank-you. Please inquire ahead of time. Some restrictions apply.
Checkout time is anytime prior to 11 a.m. Requests for late checkout must be approved in advance, thank-you. Please inquire ahead of time. Some restrictions apply.
We ask you not to smoke inside any of our buildings, thank you. Smoking is allowed outside only in approved locations. Smoking is not allowed in the Barn or on the Barn porch or in areas generally designated for public use. We request that smoking materials be extinguished in the proper receptacles and not on the grounds or trails.
Pets/Dogs are Whole Heartedly Wecome in Birches Cottage
This season we heartily welcome guests in Birches Cottage who desire to vacation with their dog. In consideration of our other guests, however, we do not allow dogs on Oakland House grounds in other than those areas designated. Dogs must be on leash at all times. We charge $10/day per pet; one pet per cottage. We have a supplemental Dog Friendly, Dogs Welcome Policy. I confess that I am allergic to cats, so cats are generally not allowed in any of our cottages.
Substitution of Accommodations
Occasionally through unforeseen circumstances an accommodation may have to be changed. If at all possible, guests are consulted prior to arrival. When a more expensive accommodation is substituted, guests are not charged for the difference. If it is necessary to substitute a less expensive accommodation, the lower price will be charged.
Cancellation or Date Changes
Deposits are refundable for reservations cancelled or changed to different dates more than forty-five days prior to arrival date (sixty days for reservations longer than two weeks or those that involve more than one accommodation). Deposits for reservations cancelled or changed to different dates less than forty-five days prior to arrival date are refundable only if another guest can fill the space. Guests shortening their stay by arriving later than their scheduled arrival date or departing in advance of their scheduled departure date will be charged for the entire time reserved unless the space can be subsequently filled by another guest.
The beaches are "glass free", "alcohol free", "smoke free", and “pet free” zones, thank-you. Our neighbors and ourselves welcome you to the ocean beach and these are OUR strict regulations. Kindly respect the peace and quiet of the days and evenings on this gentle coast of Maine. Fires are not allowed on the beaches (or grounds) at any time.
Boats and Boat Launching
We encourage you to bring your own kayak, canoe or small boat. It’s also easy to arrange to have a kayak or
canoe delivered to the Oakland House for use while you are here. There are local businesses that provide
Lake boat launching facilities are available now at the Brooksville-Sedgwick Public Landing (accessed from the gravel road near the top of nearby Caterpillar Hill). It’s a great facility that now enables guests to put in a “clean” kayak, canoe, or small powerboat. We do NOT advocate the use of jet skis on Walker Pond, nor do our neighbors. As the lake is drinking water pure and free of invasive plants your boat MUST BE absolutely clean of contaminates from other lakes.
Ocean boat launching facilities for larger boats are available at Bucks Harbor Public Landing.
While there are some boats moored near the ocean side dock at Herrick’s Landing, there are no guest moorings available. You may drop anchor however and come ashore with your own dingy. Our dock is for boarding purposes and not for tying up guest’s boats. Row boats and dingies there are ALL privately owned. You may keep your dingy, kayak or canoe on the grassy area by the apple tree at Herrick’s Landing during your stay. Small boats may be launched at Herrick’s Landing by Oakland House guests with our prior permission. There are many submerged rocks along our shore and thus the oceanfront is not suitable for jet skis. Additionally, we have a place where you can store your small boat trailer while you are staying with us. The tides rise and fall 12 – 15 feet twice a day which makes a wonderful beach combing opportunity for all.
Grounds and Trails
This is a pastoral community with quiet pursuits the norm. The consumption of alcoholic beverages in your accommodation is your prerogative; however, it is not allowed in public areas, the woods, trails, and grounds. Bonfires are not permitted on any part of the property. We subscribe to the "Leave No Trace" philosophy. Take out only what you came in with.
FREE WiFi in Cottages
The cottages all have “country” WiFi that is sufficient for most information queries, email and facebook on a laptop or smart phone. It is not sufficient for large file uploads or streaming video or audio.
Staff AvailabilityWhile our cheery staff loves to answer your questions, they are often out and about during the day. During normal office hours in season a staff member is generally available to answer questions and provide local recommendations. During the Spring through Glorious Fall season we have staffmembers living on site.
Policy ChangesPolicy Changes may occur as the season progresses with respect to check-in/check-out procedures in particular as we make way into this exciting new phase of the operation of Oakland House Cottages by the Side of the Sea.
Call us for Information or to request a reservation :
207-359-8521 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org