Estabrooke Cottage, in the Heart of the Village of Castine
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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.
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.
MarKell sends out heavenly aromas every morning, where coffee, muffins, pastries and cookies take center stage. In the evening there is formal 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 for eating on the Town Dock, at The Breeze; the Variety is our corner snack shop where finger food and snacks are also available -- as well as this weekend's 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. 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, get 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 the skills of 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. Drive to Acadia National Park 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 in the crushed-shell 'sand' at Sand Beach.
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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- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
- Other (See Description)
- Bedroom 1
- 1 queen
- Master bedroom has attached half-bath.
- Bedroom 2
- 1.0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms
- Master Bath
- Private half-bath with sink and toilet, lots of towels.
- 'Public' Bath
- toilet, combination tub/shower
- Heated floor on timed thermostat, sink, lots of towels.
Kitchen & Dining
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....morecollapse
Dishes & Utensils:
Place settings for eight; water, wine and beer glassware, as well as acrylic glasses for kids; serving dishes and utensils, salad bowls and spinner; chef & steak knives; hurricane oil lamps....morecollapse
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- Coffee Maker:
- Wood Stove:
- Towels Provided:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided:
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- Video Library:
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- Music Library:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Basketball Court
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Fitness Center
- Whale Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Pier Fishing
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....morecollapse
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Perfect for our small family
Perfect for our small family
Estabrooke was perfect for our family. We were able to have the true, small town Maine experience. It was so peaceful! Everything we needed, which mainly included ice cream, was within walking distance. We were able to take serveral day trips to Acadia National Park. We also enjoyed exploring Blue Hill Peninsula. Meriby was very helpful in recommending different points of interest. Great hospitality!!!! We can't wait to go back---so much still to see and do!!!
- Guest love holden
- Date of stay 07/17/11
- Review Submitted 09/06/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with young children, adventure seekers, age 55+.
Owner response: I'm so glad you had a great time! You certainly took advantage of the proximity of all that this area offers, and your day trips sounded like a blast.
what a gem!
what a gem!
This house was an absolute gem! We loved its style ~ so charming! It was super cozy, yet spacious. Its location was wonderful; it was so nice to be able to walk to town. The house had everything you were looking for in a rental and more! Plenty of amenities that made you feel right at home. Hope to be back next year! Thanks so much!
- Guest maya
- Date of stay 07/31/11
- Review Submitted 08/13/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thanks so much for your nice comments, Maya! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay -- and it sounds as if the kids had a good time, too. I look forward to seeing you back at Estabrooke Cottage next summer.
A comfortable, welcoming place to stay in a beautiful part of the world
A comfortable, welcoming place to stay in a beautiful part of the world
Our stay at Estabrooke Cottage earlier this month couldn't have been better and enhanced our affection for Castine. It was like autumn there, the air so exhilarating we wanted to drink it; we kept taking deep breaths to preserve the ocean smells. Lots of lobster, long walks, even a concert and a play in nearby towns. Castine must be one of the most pristine villages anywhere – a New England fantasy. The amenities and comforts of the cottage were welcome after our long drive. Will miss sipping wine on the deck, walks to Bah's bakery and the Variety, picnics at Fort Madison, kayaking, the gorgeous views ... everything. Looking forward to returning next summer.
- Guest Stewart
- Date of stay 08/14/10
- Review Submitted 08/26/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: I'm so glad you enjoyed Castine. It is a very special place! Thanks so much for your poetic review -- so good it's worth publishing.
Charming Castine, Maine
Charming Castine, Maine
Castine is a nice, quiet town on the Maine coast. We enjoyed the opportunity of being near family, yet having our own quiet retreat for down time. The cottage was clean and charming. Would definitly recommend.
- Guest Jerry
- Date of stay 08/08/10
- Review Submitted 08/15/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Thanks for your nice comments, Jerry.
What a beautiful week we had in Castine. The house could not have been better situated. The back deck under the apple tree was my favorite but so was the couch in the living room :) Sea Kayaking was a must-do for the adventurous.
- Guest Wahoogirl
- Date of stay 07/31/10
- Review Submitted 08/09/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: I'm so glad you had a chance to reconnect with Castine after so many years away! Estabrooke Cottage is furnished so you can settle in and enjoy our delightful village. Glad you took full advantage!
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From the Estabrooke Cottage Guestbook: "We had a great week with beautiful weather -- it only rained ONCE during the daytime! Being so close to the harbor and the town conveniences has been great. We had everything we needed and really appreciate the wireless. Hope to be back next year and maybe stay longer."
- Guest Jake, Cate, Cyrus & Rosie: VT
- Date of stay 07/25/10
- Review Submitted 07/31/10
The house was perfect for our 20th MMA reunion. Great location, plently of room, clean, and stocked with a few of the essentials, like coffee! Meriby was very considerate of our needs and even email me to offer to pick up a few breakfast items if we planned on arriving late. Thanks you very much for being part of a great weekend.
- Guest Jeff Jordan
- Date of stay 10/08/09
- Review Submitted 10/08/09
Owner response: You're welcome, Jeff! Glad you fellows had a great reunion. I appreciate that you left the house in Bristol fashion!
Great Alternative to a HotelGuest comment entered by owner
Great Alternative to a Hotel
It was perfect with a small child and extended family. Much better than a hotel because of the common areas and the ability to prepare meals (between the gluten issue and going out with a toddler). You never know what you're going to get when you step into someone else's home, but it was welcoming, neat and simply decorated and had great books and movies, though we weren't able to take advantage, it was fun to imagine having enough free time to indulge. We were able to make ourselves right at home. It worked out perfectly for us.
- Guest SW
- Date of stay 05/08/09
- Review Submitted 05/08/09
Great town for kids! The set-up at the cottage was perfect for our youngsters; lots to do and great fun!
- Guest Meriby S.
- Date of stay 11/01/08
- Review Submitted 11/01/08
Owner response: So glad you and the youngsters had fun! Castine is a great town for kids; I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves.
The cottage was so homey and comfortable.Very nice and clean. Beds lovely. Only one thing wrong, not enough time to see everything. Next time we'll stay 2 weeks.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 09/07/08
- Review Submitted 09/07/08
Owner response: Y'all left the house so nice and clean, you're welcome any time! So glad you had fun; please DO come to stay longer next time. We'll play a round of golf together.
Multi-week or monthly rental available at a discount. Payments made by Check or PayPal. Check-In Sunday, 3:00 PM; Check-Out is Saturday by noon Summer Rates: $800 per week + 7% Maine lodging tax Cleaning Deposit: $80, refund if you leave the house tidy. For your own peace of mind consider Trip Insurance.
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- Nearest Airport: Bangor International Airport (BGR) at 48 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Route 1 at 15 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Back Shore at 0.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Danny Murphy's Pub, on the Town Dock at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Castine Golf Club at 0.2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Dennett's Wharf at 0.2 Miles
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 MarKell'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.
- Secondary: (207) 512-6093
Estabrooke Cottage, on a quiet street in the Village of Castine
The swaths of Lupines in early Summer are spectacular!
Master BR has private half-bath attached.
Newly remodeled full bath. . . immerse yourself and relax!
Castine Golf Club offers a challenging Willie Park, Jr. true Links Course.
Living Room with Fireplace
Eat-in kitchen w/ dishes, cookware and deck view
Guest room with twin beds
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
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