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Estabrooke Cottage, in the Heart of the Village of Castine

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Estabrooke Cottage, on a quiet street in the Village of Castine


Last updated: 04/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Castine is a village where everything is within walking distance. Estabrooke Cottage, in the heart of the village, is the ideal getaway, offering the slow pace of small-town life along with abundant activities for active visitors.

Our calendar is updated with every reservation, so please check there first. Feel free to call with any questions you may have or special needs for your visit. We are happy to share our local knowledge!

You can walk to everything Castine has to offer. Folks wander down to the Back Shore to watch the sunset or amble over to the lighthouse -- one of the oldest on the coast -- to see it light up at dusk. The views down Penobscot Bay from the rocky promontory on which it sits are spectacular; even the fog is mesmerizing, with the bell buoy signaling the harbor entrance and the foghorn moaning its warning.

Acadia National Park gets crowded during the summer, but an hour's drive over is worth the trip. Go during the week and enjoy the spectacular views from Cadillac Mountain, popovers at teatime at the Jordan Pond House and the invigorating hike to Sieur de Mont Springs -- or lounge on the crushed-shell 'sand' at Sand Beach.

MarKel sends out heavenly aromas every morning, where coffee, muffins, pastries and cookies take center stage. In the evening there is informal dining at The Manor, or savor the exquisite menu at The Pentagoet Inn, which includes High Tea on the porch; more casual fare is available at Dennett's Wharf or Danny Murphy's Pub and a fast lunch is available at El El Frijoles for eating on the Town Dock; the Variety is our corner snack shop where finger food and snacks are also available -- as well as the Sunday New York Times.

Walk around the town and look for the signs that tell the story of Castine's history. There are five Revolutionary War forts in Castine, and dozens of signs describing what took place there -- some of them gruesome! Witherle Library has richly varied children's programs and Emerson Hall hosts musical and artistic activities and gatherings throughout the year. The Wilson Museum has an extraordinary collection of Revolutionary War items, as well as pre-Colombian artifacts, and the Castine Historical Society, on the Town Common, displays documents and maps of many sites and historic events. Outdoor activities abound: collect shells and stones on the back shore beach; tour the TS State of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy's training ship; maintain your workout routine at the MMA fitness center and pool; wander through Witherle Woods and walk the old Indian Trail; find Murder Alley and seek out its dark secrets; go fishing across the harbor and end the day on Dennett's Wharf listening to live music while you wait for your Shore Dinner.

Summer is high season and Castine gets pretty lively -- for us, anyway. The Farmers Market is on the Town Common every Thursday morning; the Retired Skippers' Race takes place on Penobscot Bay waters off Castine; sailors, yachtsmen and their boats fill our harbor. This year is especially exciting, as the replica French frigate, "L'Hermione" , which brought French assistance to America in the Revolutionary War, will be visiting Castine for three days in July! Walk down to the Town Dock to watch the windjammers glide into the harbor, take a kayak tour of the islands that dot the bay, rent a boat to explore on your own; play golf or tennis at Castine Golf Club; relax with a picnic supper on the Common and let the Castine Town Band regale you with music. Travel to the next peninsula to Brooklin, where the Wooden Boat School offers classes (short and long) to teach boat-building. Go over to nearby Blue Hill for a variety of shops, galleries and shopping, or visit the Nearing Farm, where 'Back to the Land' was practically invented and now offers tours, classes and internships.

Too much excitement? Relax on the deck at Estabrooke Cottage, catch up on summer reading, grill fresh fish or nice thick steaks. . . perfect your relaxing skills; it's a vacation!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Back yard is sunny; quiet side street and little traffic anywhere in town....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Other (See Description)


  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master bedroom has attached half-bath....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Child Beds (1) The sofa in the living room can accommodate a child or smaller adult....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • 'Public' Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Heated floor on timed thermostat, sink, lots of towels....moreless

  • Half-Bath off Master Bedroom: toilet

    Private half-bath with sink and toilet, lots of towels....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Eclectic collection....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable in Family Room, perfect for separating noise and quiet areas....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Retro boom box; plays CDs, cartridge tapes; eclectic collection available....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen in Family Room....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Oldies but goodies; bring your own favorites; rentals available in the village....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    Standing at the end of the driveway, you can look down Pleasant Street and see Castine Harbor and the 'TS State of Maine', training ship for Midshipmen of Maine Maritime Academy....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Kitchen table will seat 4 comfortably; farm table in camp room seats 6 comfortably -- 8 for good friends....moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Apartment-sized dryer accommodates normal loads....moreless

  • Garage:

    Storage for your bicycles, kayaks, strollers, etc....moreless

  • Heating:

    Central oil-fired heat. Radiant heated floor in full bath....moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet with secured access; high-speed broadband....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With comfortable seating, snooze-able sofa, additional comfortable chairs for reading, conversation, card games (card table in closet) and board games available....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Drive will accommodate two+ cars....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    In the driveway....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls are free. Other calls require calling card with 800-number access....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless connection in the Cottage; password protected....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In the Family Room; will heat the whole house if necessary. We use it just to 'take the edge off' in the evenings....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr. Coffee basket-style; filters in cupboard; coffee in fridge. Tea bags in cupboard -- and cocoa mix....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Cooking, baking, ice-cream-making supplies. . . as well as all the amenities for a lobster dinner! Cooktop pans are all non-stick with utensils that won't scratch; baking/stock pots for large lots....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Place settings for eight; water, wine and beer glassware; serving dishes and utensils, salad bowls and spinner; chef & steak knives; hurricane oil lamps....moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    Fully outfitted kitchen for at-home cooking & baking. . .some favorite local recipes included....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Over stove; full size...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Picnic ware and baskets; thermal bottles; water canteens; food storage & carry containers. Plastic eating utensils and ice-cream maker....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We will happily stock your favorite staples for your arrival. It's nice to know coffee's there on your first morning....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove with 5 burners, large oven...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven...moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Deck overlooks the back yard; full eating setup on deck, additional chairs and tables....moreless

  • Golf:

    Castine Golf Club is a classic links course designed by Willie Park, Jr. Its 9 holes are a challenge from every tee box, the greens fair and true, the views are spectacular....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal in the garage with starter....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Castine Golf Club has an active tennis program, with four HarTru courts, a full-time professional and lessons and clinics available throughout the summer into Fall....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    MMA has a large, heated pool; hours available on the website,...moreless



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Summer rental
May 24 - Sep 7, 2015
6 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning deposit $80
  • Tax Rate 7%


Rental period is six nights; check-in is Sunday, check-out is Saturday.

The rental is $857 for the six nights, inclusive of tax. I require a cleaning deposit of $80 in a separate check. If you leave the house ship-shape and Bristol fashion, I will either shred or return the deposit to you, whichever you prefer.

Payment is by check or with PayPal. One half due to confirm reservation; remainder due 6 weeks before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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  • A

    TOWN DOCK View on map

    This is where the action is in this seacoast town. The Breeze provides fast lunch food, the docks and floats are open to all, the water traffic is always active.Home to the TV State of Maine, the "Bowdoin", Admiral Macmillan's Arctic research vessel is also berthed here. Cruises aboard Bowdoin are available.

  • B

    State of Maine Training Vessel View on map

    Open for tours of the ship that MMA uses for its training cruises: Everywhere from the engine room below to the bridge up top. Exciting visit for kids and adults alike.

  • C

    Bah's Bakehouse/Stella's View on map

    Bah's is the place to be in the morning, where the aroma of fresh-baked pastries waft out the door. Stella's Jazz Nocturnal is terrific dining with live music on several nights a week. Reservations recommended.

  • D

    Castine Yacht Club View on map

    The Yacht Club includes mooring rentals, float space, lessons for a variety of skill levels and several Regattas every season. This is the place to be if you love boats.

  • E

    Dennett's Wharf View on map

    Casual restaurant on the water, tables on the wharf, plenty of lobster dinners and a full bar.

  • F

    Pentagoet Inn View on map

    Victorian inn with a wrap-around porch for casual relaxation and Main Street people-watching. Excellent chef and wine cellar. Reservations recommended.

  • G

    Castine Inn View on map

    Old-fashioned inn with a wide porch looking out over the village to the harbor. Overnight accommodations, cozy bar and great hospitality.

  • H

    Wilson Museum View on map

    An extraordinary collection of a world traveler with eclectic interests. Everything from Revolutionary War artifacts to Pre-Colombian art. Included is the Perkins House, one of Castine's earliest homes, with living history docents and a working blacksmith. Great rainy-day visit!

  • I

    Fort Madison View on map

    Fort Madison (one of five forts in Castine) is the place to be if you want to watch a Windjammer sail into the Harbor, a race of young sailors, or a private luxury yacht float into town.

  • J

    Dyce's Head Lighthouse View on map

    One of the oldest operating lighthouses in Maine, the Keeper's home is private, but that doesn't stop you from wandering down the path to the promontory on which it sits, with panoramic views down Penobscot Bay. A spectacular site for sunrise viewing.

  • K

    The Manor View on map

    A shingle-style "cottage" from the days of glorious summer vacations, now an inn with an excellent kitchen and full bar. Reservations required, as demand is high and the dining rooms are intimate. Thursday evening in the bar is an informal 'ladies night'.

  • L

    The Back Shore View on map

    This is Castine's version of the beach. A shallow slope into the water makes this a great place for kids; the solar-heated salt water swimming pool is just across the road. Perfect for splashing and picnics. Shells and sea glass are also accessible here.

  • M

    Fort George View on map

    An earthenworks fort that still hosts historically correct encampments, Revolutionary War reenactments and Pirate raids. Its open space also provides a great ground for softball games, Santa Landings and outdoors activities.

  • N

    Castine Golf Club View on map

    A classic links course designed by Willi Park, Jr., there are views of the water from nearly every hole. Golf includes daily play deals, clinics, private lessons, informal tournaments and events. The Tennis Club includes four HarTru tennis courts, daily play, clinics, Davis Cup-style tournaments and lessons for adults and juniors.

  • O

    Bayview View on map

    Source of affordable live lobster, awesome fried seafood, crab and lobster rolls, clam rolls, ice cream -- and picnic tables outside. With a great view down Northern Bay, it's a terrific picnic spot.

48 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor International Airport (BGR)
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Danny Murphy's Pub, on the Town Dock
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Castine Golf Club
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 1
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dennett's Wharf
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Back Shore

Car: Recommended

Bicycling, mountain biking and walking are great in the Witherle Woods and the Hatch Preserve. Roads within Castine have little traffic. Mornings bring out the walkers, the bicycle enthusiasts and the early-morning kayakers. The waters of the harbor tend to be calm in the early morning -- perfect for exploring all of Castine Harbor and the islands at the edge of Penobscot Bay.


Owner info

About the owner: Estabrooke Cottage is named for my Great Aunt, who built it, and it has been in the family ever since. Castine offers everything I love about Maine: gorgeous scenery, a lively waterfront, neighborly activities, Town Meeting governance, warm greetings on the street and a leisurely pace of life. As a native of Castine, I treasure what Castine has: a strong sense of place with a history, a place where community and neighbors are important.

Why the Owner Chose Castine:
The eastern shore of Penobscot Bay is where Down East Maine really begins. This is where there are still working fishing villages, saltwater farms, pristine waters and gorgeous vistas over the bays and the Atlantic Ocean. This is territory too far away and too sparsely populated for coffee baristas to propagate; this is where you come to get away, not live the same life with different scenery. This is where you come to find your true self.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Some morning when you are here, you will awaken to an early-morning fogbank. It blankets the town, softens the canopy of American Elms that line our streets, muffles the sounds of an awakening village. Go down to the dock. Pick up a coffee and pastry at MarKel's. Sit on a bench or a piling and watch the fog burn off. It is a mystical, quieting, slow process, and absolutely worth the wait.

Contact us

Speaks: english, german

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Estabrooke Cottage, on a quiet street in the Village of Castine

    Estabrooke Cottage, on a quiet street in the Village of Castine

  • The swaths of Lupines in early Summer are spectacular!

    The swaths of Lupines in early Summer are spectacular!

  • Master BR has private half-bath attached.

    Master BR has private half-bath attached.

  • Newly remodeled full bath. . . immerse yourself and relax!

    Newly remodeled full bath. . . immerse yourself and relax!

  • Castine Golf Club offers a challenging Willie Park, Jr. true Links Course.

    Castine Golf Club offers a challenging Willie Park, Jr. true Links Course.

  • Living Room with Fireplace

    Living Room with Fireplace

  • Eat-in kitchen w/ dishes, cookware and deck view

    Eat-in kitchen w/ dishes, cookware and deck view

  • Guest room with twin beds

    Guest room with twin beds

  • The Camp Room, complete with 'Moose' head, comfy seating and cozy woodstove.

    The Camp Room, complete with 'Moose' head, comfy seating and cozy woodstove.

  • Castine Yacht Club holds races, regattas and speakers events. Boats to rent/sail

    Castine Yacht Club holds races, regattas and speakers events. Boats to rent/sail

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