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Lovely 1830's Farmhouse on 162 Secluded Acres on the Water

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Last updated: 07/18/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This expansive property, preserved intact by a conservation easement in the 1980's, is on its own private peninsula. Surrounded on three sides by water, the farm sits on the shores of the Bagaduce River where it spills into a large basin with islands and innumerable coves before continuing on its way to Castine and Penobscot Bay. Crowning the property is the Fowler Bald Eagle Preserve, home to a pair of eagles for over 70 years. The nest can be seen perched dramatically at the water's edge as you paddle by in a canoe. While the old 1830's farmhouse has its architecture preserved intact, it is also updated with modern amenities, creating a home of both antique charm and complete comfort. This unique property offers the vacationer an extraordinary Maine adventure as well as a place to just kickback and soak up the serenity and natural beauty of the Maine coastal waters.
The farmhouse sleeps up to 8 people. The master bedroom is on the 2nd floor with queen size bed and adjoining full bath. Sharing the bath is a double room leading to the upstairs sitting room with its water view, wood stove, TV and child's trundle bed. On the main floor there is a double room and adjoining twin room (with an old 3/4 bed.) Both share a full bath and open onto the downstairs living room with wood stove and TV. In addition, there are two twin beds on the second floor. All rooms have lovely views of the surrounding fields and woods, some having water views.
The house is furnished with antiques. There are four poster beds in all rooms and each have old wood floors, either maple or wide plank pine. The inviting farm kitchen is fully equipped with the original antique cast iron stove as well as its new electric range. You can whip up whatever meal you desire, whether elaborate or simple. The house comes furnished with cotton sheets, duvets, towels and other amenities, such as washer/dryer, microwave, DVD, CD player, radio, oyster shucker and lobster pot. Outdoors, the front porch has wicker furniture and on the lawn you will find a picnic table under the old chestnut tree. In addition there is a granite patio with a sweeping view over the fields down to the water.
Located on the Brooksville peninsula, the farm is between historic Blue Hill and Deer Isle. It is surrounded by other small farms, local restaurants, bakery, blueberry and vegetable stands. You can take numerous scenic drives along the water, or do walking tours and visit the various beach areas. It is a perfect base from which to explore the great Maine outdoors with its sailing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. Then again, you may simply want to indulge in more leisurely activities, like dining out on the great seafood and local produce, or visiting the antique stores, the galleries showing local artists, and the many local arts and crafts.


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    provided the pet has flea and tick protection...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    we are sorry but this old farmhouse is not wheelchair accessible...moreless

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    The property sits on the shores of the Bagaduce river where it spills into a large basin full of islands on its way to the great Penobscot Bay....moreless

  • Rural:

    The Fowler Farm is on the Brooksville peninsula, part of the coastal waters of Penobscot bay and Bagaduce River, and is set amidst scenic farms, woods, and blueberry fields. ...moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

    The property, shaped like a mitten, has extensive shoreline on the Bagaduce River where it becomes a large bay....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Also, Melitta filter cones....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Cuisnart food processor...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    4 person fiberglass Old Town Discovery canoe with life jackets and paddles for children and adults...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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May 1 - Oct 1, 2015
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $25
  • Cleaning fee $195
  • Tax Rate 8%

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Last updated: 07/18/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor, Me
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Blue Hill
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Bar Harbor
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Route 15
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
South Brooksville
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cape Rosier

Car: Necessary

Situated in mid coast Maine and set on 162 secluded acres, the farm provides its own wealth of activities as well as offering a base from which to explore the surrounding area. There are the historic towns of Blue Hill, South Brooksville, Deer Isle and Stonington, all must sees. There are the many scenic drives along the coast taking you in and out of innumerable coves and blueberry fields. There are all the farmers markets richly supplied by the local farms with their bounty of local produce, baked goods, cheeses, meats, eggs and poultry. There are the many local galleries showing off Maine artists and the many antique stores. Like the farm with its own nature preserve for the Bald Eagle, the area has also the Holbrook Island Sanctuary on Cape Rosier, offering a marvelous walk through its preserve. If you go, stop at the wide pebble beach on Cape Rosier and take the scenic loop drive with its spectacular views. Stop also at 'The Good Life Center,' the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing, early pioneers of back to the land and organic farming. Right next door is the Eliot Coleman 'Four Season Farm', one of the finest organic farms in the area. The area overflows with interest and activity in food, nature, water and wildlife.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1970

About the owner: My grandfather, Rear Admiral J.W. Fowler, purchased this farm for his son, my Dad. Born and raised in Maine, Grandad wanted to come home in his retirement and spend more time with his family. So, he bought this amazing saltwater farm from Ada Tapley, one of the original owners of the Mills Point property. While my grandfather stayed 6 months of every year at the farm, the family gathered a week here and a week there every summer. When the great grandkids were born (he lived to be 99!) they too grew up coming to Mills Point. We gathered from as far away as NYC (myself) and California and Minnesota (my sisters.) Like homing pigeons we come back every year. We revisit our old haunts, like foraging for mussels on the shoals of the Bagaduce at low tide. We explore the tidal pools looking for brittle stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. And we always see the eagles. In fact, we are now increasing the size of the bald eagle preserve to encompass 57 acres, almost the entire tip of our peninsula, a prime spot for fishing for the eagles.

Why the Owner Chose Brooksville:
Grandad chose the property because of its unique size, its composition of fields, woods and extensive deep water shoreline, and its ability to be both a place for recreation and for farming. Now sheep graze the fields. In the past the farm has supported dairy and beef cows and various vegetables. Having grown up on a farm my Grandad was not finished with farming even in his 80's. Furthermore, having had a long and successful career in the US Navy, he still loved to be close to the water. He continued to sail regularly, not only in his own sailboat moored at the beautiful Buck's Harbor in South Brooksville, but also in the retired skippers race off Castine, which he did well into his 90's.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The farm is at the end of a quiet road and offers both complete seclusion and space to roam. The light plays on its fields and water in infinite variety. We have seen double rainbows arching over the waters at the end of our long fields. You can be completely self contained at the farm, on its wide fields and ever present waters. You can take a hike on the Mills Point Trail, (a 30-40 minute walk out.) You can take the farm's canoe out for short jaunts or much longer day trips. There are islands to stop at for a picnic lunch or a swim. You may tie up the canoe at the famed Bagaduce Lunch for a lobster roll or fried clams. For a full day excursion, there is the voyage all the way to Castine and back. There are mussels to collect along the way and bring back for a linguine dinner, a favorite meal of the Fowlers. And there are pools at high tide that are perfect for swimming, warmed by the mud flats underneath. You will see seals, cormorants, loons and other bird life along the way. Again, you may just want to walk to the shore and sit at one of many viewing spots to quietly breathe it all in. As one friend has said, 'Every day is a good day at the farm.'

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  • Fowler Farm

    Fowler Farm

  • Beautiful cove at the near point on the bay

    Beautiful cove at the near point on the bay

  • Sunrise on the bay

    Sunrise on the bay

  • Buttercups


  • Kitchen with cast iron stove

    Kitchen with cast iron stove

  • Dinner for 12

    Dinner for 12

  • Downstairs three quarter bed

    Downstairs three quarter bed

  • Upstairs double

    Upstairs double

  • Upstairs twin with water view

    Upstairs twin with water view

  • Downstairs full bath

    Downstairs full bath

  • Upstairs sitting room

    Upstairs sitting room

  • Sunset over the cove

    Sunset over the cove

  • Living room

    Living room

  • View of the bay from Mills Point

    View of the bay from Mills Point

  • Farmhouse and shed

    Farmhouse and shed

  • Patio looking out on the water

    Patio looking out on the water

  • Kitchen with granite counters

    Kitchen with granite counters

  • Downstairs Double

    Downstairs Double

  • Upstairs Queen

    Upstairs Queen

  • Upstairs floor thru, from Queen bed to front sitting room with water view

    Upstairs floor thru, from Queen bed to front sitting room with water view

  • Upstairs twin loft

    Upstairs twin loft

  • Upstairs sitting room

    Upstairs sitting room

  • Sunrise across the bay

    Sunrise across the bay

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