Kayaker's Paradise at Piper's Nest Cottage Overlooking Smith Cove
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Brooksville cottage description
This two story secluded cottage is a perfect base camp for contemplative retreats, nature hikes, biking and kayaking. Located next door to Holbrook Island Sanctuary, Piper's Nest sits high over the water in Smith's Cove on Cape Rosier where sail boats are often seen dropping anchor. Views from almost all of the windows look out over the cove and as far away as Castine and beyond. A steep path takes you down to a pebble beach for rock skipping or tying up a kayak. Pets are welcome.
The Piper's Nest was built by our mother to bring her 5 children and their families together. When we are not using it we rent it out for others to enjoy. It is a cozy, adaptable place for large or small groups, with a wood fireplace and kitchen that opens to dining and lounging areas. Children will love the bunk room and play area with piano on the main floor. One of the bedrooms is located on the main floor, the other 3 plus the bunk room are upstairs. There is a full bath up and down. In addition to the fireplace we recently added a furnace to provide heat for chilly mornings and evenings. The large, fully stocked kitchen with Bosch gas range is equipped to feed a crowd and there is a grill on the wrap around porch. In season you can search out wild blueberries for your pancakes.
The cottage opens out onto a large screened porch for enjoying morning coffee, afternoon naps, playing games or eating meals at the large picnic table. On rainy days our collection of puzzles, games and books will keep you busy. The flat screen TV also plays DVDs and VCRs from our collection of musicals and classics.
Smiths Cove is great for kayaking because it is protected from wind and ocean swells. A short paddle at low tide takes you by the rocks where harbor seals bask in the sun. A hammock swings gently in front of the house where you can also enjoy a flat grassy area perfect for badminton. Biking around Cape Rosier or walking the many Holbrook Island Sanctuary trails are favorite pastimes. Drive 30 minutes or less into Blue Hill or Stonington for some sightseeing/shopping. Acadia and Bar Harbor are an hour's drive away and make for a great day trip.
Keywords: Cottage, Ocean View & Frontage, Pet Friendly
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 12-14
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
A leaf can be added to expand seating. A second 'picnic' table that seats another 8 is located on the screened in porch. The two eating areas are separated by large double doors which are kept open...moreless
- Dining Area Seats:
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Catering Available
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Iron & Board
- Wood Fireplace
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Mobile Phone
- Dialup Access
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Beach View
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
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Heaven on earth - the perfect family vacation
Heaven on earth - the perfect family vacation
I hesitate to write such a glowing review, as I'd love to keep this place a secret, but the owners deserve to receive their accolades. Staying in this house felt like we were welcomed with open arms into another family. Everything you could need and want was provided, including a full gallon of milk and eggs in the fridge, which came in handy for breakfast Sunday, as we arrived late Saturday evening, without time to shop. Clean, well-maintained, with all the hidden treasures in shells, books, interesting lamps, videos, pictures, knick knacks, bread boxes, cozy comforters and quilts, etc. to keep one surprised and pampered. Lawn well-kept,nice grill outside, babbling brook across street, gorgeous cove below with peaceful views, situated on a very quiet an peaceful dead end, miles from the hubbub of life, surounded by moss, pine trees, and ferns (my 3 favorite green things!) And minutes from the Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Very accommodating owners in that they allowed our 7 year old golden retriever to enjoy the house and property as well, and she loved sitting outside taking in the smells beauty too! We didn't go kayaking, but easily could have. Met neighbors who are relatives, and they recommended the lumberjack show on the way to Acadia and freshwater Walker Pond.Giant blueberry field to pick your own for free on the way to the pond. Lots of fun. Helpful, good, trustworthy people all around. Doesn't get any better in Maine in August, I'm sure! Would love to return some day soon! Be sure to visit Blue Hill, Stonington and Isle au Haut, Acadia, Walkers Pond. Wish we had gone to see puffins or seals, and rented kayaks. Perhaps next time!
- Guest Kim (Belmont, MA)
- Date of stay 08/10/13
- Review Submitted 08/20/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
Perfect for large gatherings
Perfect for large gatherings
The Pipers’ Nest is perfect for a large gathering. The house is well organized, has four real bedrooms, plus a bunk-room with space for four or five young people. A large kitchen, big dining room table and large porch make dining with large groups easy. Other than one porch, it is quite child-friendly. The house has definitely been lived, in and seems like it has a lot of memories in it. I would describe it as a big family house. It has been well cared-for, and was very clean when we arrived. It is in a very quiet location, down a secluded dirt-road on a bluff overlooking a saltwater cove, with a nice view. The location is handy for kayaking or canoeing. Very luckily, a large public park (very rare in Coastal Maine) is less than a mile away down a dirt road. The only thing to be aware of is that this area is a long way from any restaurants, shopping, or night-life. But, that’s why we go to Maine, right? The owner’s instructions are excellent, and they were very responsive. Everything was exactly as described in the listing. I heard positive comments from many in our family. We would certainly stay here again.
- Guest Jeff (Southwest US)
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 08/29/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers.
Tranquility in Maine during summer
Tranquility in Maine during summer
What a perfect rustic place to get away from it all. Much of Maine in summer seems like a sea of tourists but you would be completely oblivious to this at Piper's Nest. The Cape Rosier peninsula and the surrounding attractions, especially Castine (cute golf course), but also Stonington and Blue Hill were wonderful. I would recommend taking the ferry to Isle au Haut (Part of Acadia National Park) rather than go to Acadia proper, which is a zoo in summer! Great restaurants dotted about and I ate more lobster roll than I care to mention. Little quayside fish shack at Castine had best fresh fish and chips also! There are loads of jigsaw puzzles (I did 4) and games to play and an enormous library for those rainy days. A BBQ grill out the back was essential and the farmer's markets in every town on different days are a must. Also a nice organic farm on the Cape Rosier peninsula. Kids loved swimming in bay below the house but bring slipon water shoes. There were 8 of us and everybody slept comfortably. If you are into running, there are lots of different running routes, with a route around the peninsula around 11 miles.
- Guest Expat (Laramie, Wyoming)
- Date of stay 07/23/11
- Review Submitted 01/18/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers.
WOW! What a fantastic vacation. We spent my mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary here and gathered family together in this safe heaven to relax, rejuvinate, and rekindle. Perched in the tree tops, with incredible views of the ocean below- in a bay calm enough to kayak leisurely in and sit on the deck and watch the tall ships go by. My son saw a seal while out kayaking one morning and we spent enjoyable early morning strolls on the pebble beach in the morning when the tide was out- beachcombing and exploring. Quiet- was it ever- as I sat having coffee in the morning on the deck I could hear the flapping of the birds wings around me. In the afternoon, with some relaxing in the hammock, others played volleyball near by, while laughter could be heard from the kitchen as the preparations for the evening feast began (the kitchen has all the utensils could ever need) The evenings aound the fire after a dinner around that wonderful large inviting table will long be treasured memories- Thank you!
- Guest Mary Ann (South China)
- Date of stay 09/22/08
- Review Submitted 09/22/08
My family has been visiting the Piper's Nest for the past 12 years. The Nest is located on the shore of Smith's Cove tucked away from everything. It is TRULY a slice of heaven on earth. Castine is a short paddle across the water for some wonderful micro brews and a great restaurant, Dennett's Wharf. Historic Blue Hill is only a short drive, as is Buck's Harbor (the original site for the book One Morning in Maine). Safe and easy kayaking out toward Sheep's Island offers the opportunity to float among the harbor seals (they actually FOLLOW you)! Piper's Nest is a wonderful family destination if you are thinking of visiting Maine...it's the BEST of Down East!!
- Guest Lynn Larson (Lake Mills WI)
- Date of stay 06/03/08
- Review Submitted 06/03/08
Off Peak .. May to mid Jun, Sep (after Labor Day), Oct $350/weekend .. $800/week for up to 6 people. Peak ...... Mid June-Labor Day: $1,7500/week or $2,800/2 weeks for up to 6 people. Over 6 people we add a surcharge of $7/day/person. No credit cards. Personal or bank checks accepted.
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The Piper's Nest cottage
Kitchen flows into dining area
One of two bedrooms with a view
View of the cottage from the water
Another view of Living room
View of front yard from window
View from ocean side windows
Living room area
Large flat front yard for Badminton or lounging in hammock
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