Today I am featuring Wabi Sabi Cottage…
A new house with an old soul.
I stumbled onto Wabi Sabi Cottage online quite by chance and the owner, Joan Thompson, was gracious enough to let me share these photos with you.
Wabi Sabi Cottage is located in the Historic Sheepscot Village, near Alna, Maine. The cottage overlooks the tidal Sheepscot River and is actually a bed & breakfast AND a charming country café.
There are only two rooms available for overnight guests but you can bet those guests will be showered with personal attention by innkeeper/cook/baker Joan.
Joan is a lifelong resident of Maine and she reportedly makes the most delectable country breakfast around.
In addition to hosting guests, Joan also bakes pies, scones & pastries and prepares breakfast and lunches for the on-site Post Office Café.
Wabi Sabi Cottage may look like it has the patina of centuries gone by, but the house was actually built in 2010.
We bought a nondescript Cape style house with an incredible view of the Sheepscot River and dismantled it to the foundation. We saved the chimney and the garage…..sanded down the wood floor in the garage and it is now our bedroom.
Despite being less than five years old, the home feels like it has been around for over 200 years due in part to Joan’s impressive antique collection that she has been amassing for 20 years.
Plus, it didn’t hurt that Joan’s husband – who designed the home – is an architect. In fact, he is the former resident architect of Colonial Williamsburg!
The couple also utilized a 1910 slate farmhouse sink salvaged in Maine, an 1800’s pie safe, an antique cash register and various other items.
Wabi Sabi Cottage has that authentic homespun feel and all the warm muffins and scones your heart (and belly) could desire.
You are probably wondering where the owners came up with the name “Wabi Sabi“.
Like Feng Shui, wabi sabi is an Eastern idea gaining popularity in the West. Unlike Feng Shui, wabi sabi is not a technique for increasing wealth, or tapping into some unseen mystical power. It is quite the opposite. It is an intuitive way of living that involves noticing the moments that make life rich and paying attention to the simple pleasures that can be over-shadowed by the bustle and excess of our consumer society.
‘Paying attention to simple pleasures’ is what Wabi Sabi Cottage is all about.
What better pleasure than a hot bubble bath on a cold winter’s day?
Each of the guest suites has individual bathrooms – one of which has TWO antique claw-foot tubs!
Besides the pleasures of a cozy atmosphere, fresh food and home-baked goods, the Wabi Sabi experience also includes “The Girl Cave”….
How sweet is that? All of the senses are pampered at Wabi Sabi Cottage.
You can relax in the peace and tranquility of the colorful Maine countryside…
…knowing that you are in good hands at Wabi Sabi Cottage.