Secluded Sunset Retreat on Penobscot Bay
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Castine cabin description
Built in 1967, our authentic Maine “camp” sits right on Penobscot Bay at the end of a 1/2 mile-long private wooded lane, just 3.5 miles north of the historic village of Castine.
Situated on the southern fringe of Turners Point (directly across from Belfast), it has stunning sunsets and views of the Camden Hills.
A 75 ft. path through the bunchberries takes you down to our private beach. We own over 300 ft of a sandy/cobblestone mix, where you can swim at high tide, or lounge with a book, or take long walks on an almost uninhabited beach. Or, just soak in the long view south down Penobscot Bay.
With very few neighbors (who also have large wooded tracts and long stretches of beach) we offer you seclusion - and nature in all its glory. (Our nearest northern neighbor is 300 feet away, and southern, more than 500, all through thick woods.)
With almost all the amenities of home, our cabin is a perfect retreat for the bird watcher, the writer, or someone simply wanting to get away from it all. Yet only minutes away, there are restaurants and supermarkets, movies, concerts, and museums, as well as a quaint New England village steeped in Maine's seafaring history.
Listen to the ravens and the loons. See seals basking on rocks and eagles cruising right over head, all summer long. Catch the deer foraging for apples in what used to be an old orchard, or forage for your own raspberries along the lane. And at extremely low tide, look for mussels, sea urchins, starfish, and more. If you especially love nature accompanied by most of modern day conveniences, our place could be just right for you.
PLEASE NOTE: Our camp's maximum capacity is 6, and is best for just one couple (and children) at a time, because the two ell bedrooms are accessible only from the entrance porch.
KEYWORDS: Writers and Nature Retreat
- 1250 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
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- Coffee Maker:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Child's Highchair
- Washing Machine:
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Living Room seats 5
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
- Medical Services
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Kayaking, canoeing, and long walks on secluded pristine beach
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Peace and serenity off the beaten path: The best of Maine
Peace and serenity off the beaten path: The best of Maine
My husband and I have been renting a camp every year for about the past 12 years. We agree this is one of - if not THE- best rental experience we've ever enjoyed. The listing accurately reflects the camp's amenities and appearance. From our first contact with the owners, Bob & Stephanie, we found them to be very helpful. The directions they sent to locate their camp were easy to read and accurate. Appreciated the suggestions to stop at the Penobscot bridge, & on a more practical note, to stop at Hannaford in Bucksport to food shop. On arrival we found the camp neat and well maintained. I've never had the pleasure of staying at a camp with a dishwasher before! They supplied us with 6 gallons of drinking water. Usually renters bring their own, nice to not have to lug it in. They even left us a little blueberry treat: great on pancakes. The "ell" shape might notwork for a family with little kids, but fine for 2 adults and a dog. My cousins' camp in western Maine has the same configuration; I believe at one point that's how everyone built them. Our favorite activities are dayhiking, swimming, exploring new places, and canoeing. We never ran out of things to do. I should have thought to ask where Mainers go swimming in the area, as the ocean is cold. Highly recommend this property if your thing is to get off the beaten path and explore unspoiled Maine. Holbrook Island Sanctuary was gorgeous, many opportunities for viewing birds and wildlife. We actually saw an eagle swoop down and grab a fish out of the water! Stunning!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/31/13
- Review Submitted 09/12/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
The cottage is simple, but so comfortable. Bob and Stephanie have thought of just about everything you could need to enjoy your stay. The sunset view is beautiful. We took many strolls on the beach and even just sat on rocks reading. We didn't venture too far, some trips to Blue Hill and one to Ellsworth. We enjoyed the free concerts around the area, Flash in the Pans was fun! The kitchen is very well equipped - even lots of baking supplies. We felt at home here and are very happy to have been able to enjoy our vacation in this cozy camp.
- Guest K.
- Date of stay 07/20/13
- Review Submitted 08/13/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Have been meaning to write this review for some time. My family of 5 stayed at Boenau camp for a week last August. Our goal was to have a quality family retreat, and the camp was perfect for this purpose. Our mornings were spent walking the beach, studying tide pools, climbing rocks, exploring, and laughing. Afternoons we read, played games, swam at full tide, and barbecued. As my 11 year old says, it was beautiful, undisturbed, and you could totally concentrate on nature. We did not do a ton in the area, though we did visit Castine and found the Wilson Museum, and especially the hands-on crafts demonstrations to be beyond anything you get in the big city. The camp was well-stocked, rustic but thoroughly and thoughtfully equipped, clean and charming. Bob, the owner, was friendly, responsive, and kind. We had a beautiful visit. Thank you.
- Guest Steve (Boston)
- Date of stay 08/05/12
- Review Submitted 03/03/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Rustic but modern
Rustic but modern
This wonderful cabin evoqued fond memories of childhood experencies but with lots of modern updates. The cabin is equiped with everything you could want. The location is terrific, near the towns of Castine and Owl's Head. The owners were more than obliging and helpful, including having an unlimited supply of information and maps for the area. We spent many hours on the deck looking out at the ocean and eating lobster bought from Larry at the local snack shack. We would highly recommend this wonderful retreat.
- Guest Tom (Colorado)
- Date of stay 08/29/12
- Review Submitted 10/31/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Our stay at this rental was nothing short of perfect. We have been visiting this area for many years and have rented a few places in the past and none compare to our experience here. The cabin was extremely well appointed and had the best set up kitchen (pots,pans,spices, etc.) ever. The cabin was roomy and charmingly rustic, with ample room for everyone. The extra bedrooms being off the main cabin (an addition) were perfect for kids and guests. We had outstanding weather but the one day of fog (it's Maine) allowed the fireplace to be used and breakfast to be served as the lobster boats pulled traps right out on the bay. There were ample games/books and the kayaks and canoe were used every day. The WiFi worked but we used it only once and the TV was not turned on at all. The outside grounds were beautiful and the back porch and backyard were a great place to entertain or read a book as the sun set. 18 steps and we were on a beach that constantly changed with the large tides that occur on Penobscot Bay. The beach was a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Maine. The village of Castine is a short 6 minute drive and is a delight in itself (voted #8 in DownEast Magazine top ten prettiest towns). Charming and quaint with elm tree lined streets and literally hundreds of years of history. Castine has a handful of restaurants and Inns and is a great walking around town (even has a golf course). Bob and Stephanie were wonderful hosts and very helpful and their pride and love for this property is quite apparent. All in all, if you are looking for a quiet and tranquil location this is it.
- Guest jp (Fla.)
- Date of stay 08/18/12
- Review Submitted 09/18/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Now THIS is Maine!!!
Now THIS is Maine!!!
I was here in Aug 2011. Personal touches make this camp feel real homey. It is roomy but cozy, has a great view of the bay, lots of lawn and beach space to play and a great back deck for watching the sunset and having lobster dinners!!
- Guest yoohoo! (Frederick MD)
- Date of stay 08/12/11
- Review Submitted 07/12/12
A wonderful week in Maine
A wonderful week in Maine
We know the owners of Boenau Camp personally but had never stayed there until July 2011. The cabin is comfortable and well equipped and the location is a great combination of quiet, privacy, wonderful coastal Maine views and walks, plus access to good places to eat. The owners went out of their way to provide renters with information on things to see and do as well as restaurants in the area. We took advantage of the latter but mostly enjoyed walks along the shore, Hermit Thrushes in the woods, and the wildflowers.
- Guest Dave and Anne (Easton, PA)
- Date of stay 07/28/11
- Review Submitted 06/03/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Very pleasant setting. Cabin is well stocked with cooking utensils and is clean and neatly organized. Great sunset views!
- Guest Jack (Chevy Chase, MD)
- Date of stay 08/26/11
- Review Submitted 05/28/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers.
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7 night min stay
- Tax Rate 8%
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Year Purchased: 1967
About the owner: My great-grandfather as well his father were both born in Castine - so coming here every summer is a long-standing family tradition. And when my grandfather was ready to retire, he decided to come back 'home' to Castine. Shortly after my grandparents restored the old sea captain's house in town (his 'retirement project'), they decided to build a camp out on the shore, so that their children and grandchildren could visit them in Castine, just like they had done for so many years. He fashioned our camp partly after his sister's cottage down the beach, and partly after a cabin his uncle had built in the 1920's, on Smith Cove in Brooksville (which is just across Castine and Oakum Bay). In fact, our stone fireplace is a replica of the one in his uncle's cabin.
Why the Owner Chose Castine:
My wife and I followed in my grandparents' footsteps when we moved to Maine 9 years ago. I now live in Boothbay as a boatbuilder, but try to spend some time here every summer. I'm still working in Boothbay (and my sisters elsewhere) so we can't be here all summer long, and when we aren't here, we're happy to make it available to others.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
It's an unbelievably quiet and untouched stretch of beach. Time really seems to stop here.
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cabin in late summer at sunset - taken from the top of beach steps
mid-summer sunset view, from our yard and beach
Dining/Living 'great room' with stone fireplace & picture window facing water
Twin picture windows in dining area of 'great room' facing Penobscot Bay
sink & dishwasher in kitchen (door goes to hallway, to master bedroom and bath)
middle ell bedroom (left side)
end ell bedroom
Full bath with large tub and shower (in main cabin)
kayaking the Penobscot from our beach, on a beautiful September morning
view from our beach looking north, towards Cape Jellison (high mid tide)
view from bayside deck (w/ picnic table, gas grill & built-in bench seating)
view from top of beach steps in thick fog
Entrance porch & ell
Swim and lounge on our beach, or walk for miles in either direction!
view in 'great room' from fireplace, facing kitchen and dining table
Electric range in kitchen - directly behind dining table in 'great room'
Master Bedroom - queen bed with memory foam topper, view of the bay
middle ell bedroom (right side)
picnic table on entrance side patio
Cabin & ell (2 bedrooms accessible from porch); deck on west, facing bay
view just south of our beach at low mid tide, looking towards Vinalhaven
great blue heron, fishing for breakfast at the edge of rockweed,, very low tide
path to the beach (from bottom of bayside deck)
another fall sunset from the deck
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