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Downeast Maine Coastal Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-9)

The newly renovated 1850 farm house is set high on a fifty five acre farmstead, surrounded by ten acres of open fields that lead to a spruce-fir forest. In front of the house, across the road, are three acres of field with 450 feet of frontage on Cobscook Bay. The screened porch looks directly at the water and beautiful sunrises. The climate is temperate and offers sea breezes that cool the house on the warmest summer days.

There is a sitting area at the rear of the house, accented by a rock boundary and perennial gardens. Night time in the backyard affords unprecedented stargazing, with zero light pollution. The level lawn on the north side of the house provides a safe and comfortable place for small children to play. The screened and furnished front porch is a great place for morning coffee or evening cocktails.

The shore in front of the house provides access to the bay for kayaking to explore the nearby sheltered coves and islands of the bay. The town landing, approximately 15 minutes away on Hersey Neck, offers deepwater access for larger craft at all tidal levels via a floating dock and boat ramp; ample free parking is provided. There is a public beach at the end of Leighton Neck Road, approximately 1.25 miles from the house.

Leighton Neck is located in the Cobscook Bay, a 40 square mile body of water. The Bay’s 200 miles of coastline embrace nine Maine and two New Brunswick communities. Cobscook Bay is unique among the estuaries of the eastern seaboard, as it is still a pristine marine ecosystem supporting hundreds of species, including the most productive scallop beds in Maine. It provides the nesting area for the largest population of Bald Eagles in the Northeast, and these birds can often be seen feeding or resting along the shore in front of the house. While sheltered by narrow access to both the larger Passamaquoddy Bay to the north and the enormous Bay of Fundy to the east, Cobscook is still subject to the massive Fundy tidal flows; a tidal range of 20 to 28 vertical feet occurs on our shorefront, providing a constantly changing marine environment.

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Tom Adelman
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Tom Adelman

Tom and Cathy Adelman wanted access to the Atlantic coast, a place to relax, and a house that we could share with friends, family, and guests who share our love for the environment of coastal Washington County, Maine.

Tom Adelman purchased this house in 2003

Why Tom Adelman chose Pembroke

After searching many times for coastal property, we found this homestead in coastal Washington County, Maine--the last stretch of undeveloped coast on the US Atlantic. The house had been vacant for over a decade and needed lots of work--so it was affordable. Tom and Cathy and two of their sons worked on it, along with three carpenters from the area. Cathy is an artist and art educator, and the house became her art project. The house captures the unique quality of northern light that is characteristic of Maine.

What makes this house unique

Lots of comfortable space, lots of light, access to the Cobscook Bay ecosystem, dramatic tide changes--up to 24 vertical feet. Our home provides a base from which you can explore the arts scene in Eastport, the harbors and park of Campobello Island, the shops and restaurants in Saint Andrews, NB. You can kayak from our shore and explore the bay and river system adjacent to our house--or you can put our kayaks on your car and explore area ponds and lakes. Enjoy the dramatic sunrises and sunsets from our porch or rear patio area.


Pembroke House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The downstairs bathroom has a shower with a shower chair and grab rail. The upstairs bathroom has a full size tub with hand shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
Two light touring kayaks provided.


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Downeast Maine Coastal Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

great location and house

  • 5 of 5

perfect spot for a summer getaway! The house is well appointed and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your time at our home, and hope you with ll be able to return and experience the special environment of coastal Washington County.
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Downeast Coastal Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Great place, all the comforts of home, very hospitable owners!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Paris, OH

Charming farmhouse close to the water

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully restored and decorated farmhouse that had everything we could have wanted. It is close to many great activities in down east Maine and New Brunswick, yet private. We enjoyed cooking dinners in the big kitchen and spending peaceful evening on the front porch. It was nice having two kayaks available to venture out on the water.

The amount of information and suggestions provided by Tom was a great asset. We used the printed information or brochures in the house nearly everyday of our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will be able to enjoy our home again.
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best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

This was my Downeast dream vacation! I've been coming to this area since I was a kid, but had never stayed right on the ocean before. Tom and Cathy's house was the perfect place -- beautiful and comfortable, well appointed with all the amentities I could ask for (nice dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer), very clean and well-maintained; and most important of all, it's in a gorgeous, peaceful location with a great view. I felt so at home in this lovingly restored farmhouse, smelling the sea air and the sweetgrass; watching the birds from the screened-in front porch in the early morning with my coffee. The location is great for day trips as well; Eastport, Machias, Quoddy Head, The Reversing Falls right down the road...I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves nature and wants to get off the beaten path. Thanks Tom and Cathy!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
New Friendly
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

50% deposit is required to hold reservation. Deposit is refundable if notice of cancellation is given 60 days prior to arrival. Arrive at 4 pm on Saturday and depart by 11 am the following Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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