Cozy Oceanfront Cabin; 2 Kayaks, Woodstove, Porch, Sunsets.(8 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4). Nonsmoking only.
Brooksville, with a total area of 33.8 square miles and 53 miles of coastline is home to Holbrook Island Sanctuary, a pristine nature preserve, and also the Good Life Center, the last homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing (authors of Living the Good Life). Pastoral, rolling hills and scenic blueberry barrens are plentiful throughout the area. There is a Farmer's Market every Tuesday morning in Buck's Harbor.
Acadia National Park, with a road to the top of the highest mountain on the on the eastern coast as well as hundreds of scenic hiking trails, is just over one hour away by car. Don't miss visiting the Wooden Boat School in nearby Brooklin; Haystack school of crafts on Deer Isle; and Kneisel Hall, famed for world-class chamber music, in nearby Blue Hill,
This fully renovated two-story camp on the edge of the water maintains its rustic atmosphere. New in 2015 is a small roof over the entryway (in case of rain). From there, you step into the "mudroom" where there is a coat closet and behind another door, a stacked washer/dryer.
Step through the glass french doors to the living room where you will find HARDWOOD OAK FLOORS, a BUILT-IN HEARTH, and a SOAPSTONE WOOD STOVE with a CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR--BURNS LIKE A FURNACE, BUT IS AS LOVELY AND GRACEFUL AS A WORK OF ART. The living room is furnished with a large leather recliner and a full-size cloth sofa as well as a smaller cushioned chair and coffee tables. A large sliding glass door in the living room opens to a fully-screened porch. A wicker loveseat with cushion and a rustic coffee table graces the porch as well as portable folding chairs.
The kitchen is fully supplied with dishes, pots and pans, mixing bowls, and includes a lobster pot, drip coffee pot, coffee bean grinder, tea kettle, toaster, blender, electric mixer, microwave oven. An efficiency-sized gas range allows for more countertop space.
Bathroom has large mirrors over the sink and lots generous-sized cabinets. There is a shower with adjustable shower head, and the linen cabinets are fully stocked with towels and washcloths.
As you walk up the stairs (with carpeted runners), you will come to a landing with large windows to the southeast and southwest. From these windows, you can watch a pair of phoebes in the spring, who return every year to nest in the eaves of this cottage. The upstairs has a cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan and track lighting that can be dimmed for a tranquil ambiance. There is a large, high triangle window in the main upstairs facing southeast to let in plenty of early morning light.
Both upstairs bedrooms are cozy with Skylight windows in the lower part of gambrel roof, giving excellent water views.
The boat room has lifejackets and paddles for the kayaks and also there you will find the gas grill with two gas tanks, and a backup charcoal grill. There's a wooden stairway that takes you down to the water and next to the stairway, a slide to make it easier to get the kayaks down and back up again.
Keywords: Cabin, kayaks, woodstove, shorefront
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Member since: 2007
- 1040 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Non Smoking Only:
Please consider quitting. It's better for your health and your pocketbook. You will find no ashtrays in this cottage because the assumption is that you will not be smoking anywhere that would require you to put ashes in a tray. This means no smoking anywhere inside the house, no smoking on the porch, no smoking on the granite flagstone outside the mud room. No smoking in the boat house. If you decide to smoke outside, please put all refuse (cigarette butts) in the trash, and not scattered across the lawn. Failure to adhere to no-smoking policy will result in forfeiture of entire deposit. No exceptions....moreless
- Pets Considered:
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Music Library:
- Away From It All
- Bird Watching
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Dining Area
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
Old dial phone sits on the desk upstairs; will make local calls. Use calling card for long distance. Phone number, 207-326-9296, posted on the phone. Cell reception highly dependent on carrier....moreless
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
- Porch / Veranda:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun 3 - Jun 24, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 2 - Oct 21, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $95 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $45
- Pet Fee $75
- Tax Rate 9%
In the event of cancellation of a rental contract, refund of the advanced rental deposit will be made only to the extent that a tenant can be found to occupy the vacated time reserved under this contract unless cancellation is made 90 days prior to the term of this contract, less a $150/week administrative fee.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 1996
About: I was born and raised in Ohio, which means I can never be a real Mainer, but after 12 years of year-round living, Brooksville has grown ever deeper in my heart. I lived "out west" in Washington state for a few years after I became a physician assistant (PA). After doing a one-year emergency medicine residency at USC+LAC county general hospital (see the documentary Code Black for what THAT training was like in 1994), I wanted to live in a place with trees, water, hills, and four seasons, and Blue Hill Hospital just happened to be looking for a PA at the time. I got not only those things, but so much more. After I moved into the double-wide mobile home on the property I bought, every day I would get up, look out my window across the field to the water and thank God that I had found this place. I later met my husband while on a medical mission to Ecuador, and he came to live here with me after we married. However, ten years of the long, cold, snowy winters (see owner photo, above) were just a bit too much for someone who grew up in the tropics. We moved south. For the past couple of summers, I have done seasonal work at MDI Hospital ER in Bar Harbor, which lets me come back and care for my property, though I can no longer live here, since you-all, my cottage guests, are coming in the summer, lol.
Why Brooksville, ME, USA:
I was looking for a place to live within driving distance of Blue Hill Hospital (where I worked at the time), when I looked at this property with my real estate agent. I remember her telling me, "You don't want this property." After I had already fallen in love with the shoreline and the view and the large field. "Why don't I want it?" I asked. "It's a mobile home. No bank will give you a loan for this," she replied. Yes, there was a mobile home (which has now been removed, you can still see the slab there), but there was also this small 'camp' right by the water which was in disrepair from many years of neglect. (I have always thought of a camp as a place to pitch my tent and build a fire, but I was quick to learn that in Maine a camp is a building, often in a remote area, where families go for vacation.) The property was out of my price range at the time, so we kept on looking, but truly, after I saw that place, nothing else I looked at was good enough. I think it was about a month or so later that the owners came down on their asking price--to almost within reach. So I made an offer, there was a flurry of negotiations, and the rest is history. I never looked back. Oh, and yes, the bank did give me the loan--turns out the president of the bank sang in choir with me at church--her response when I asked about a loan to buy property was, "Oh that means you're going to stay! We'll find a way to make this work." I love small towns! Renovating this camp was a labor of love, as we did as much of the work ourselves, including shingling the outside, painting the old walls on the inside, completely re-building the boat house, and adding a wood shed. The more time I spent at the cottage, the more I knew that this was a small treasure that had to be shared with others.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
The shoreline and the sunsets!! The peace and tranquility. The sounds of nature. Birds at the feeder by day and the silent dancing fireflies at night. You can see the stars, and the Milky Way. Once I saw a group of about a dozen seals at high tide coming all in the same direction, and they were followed by many gulls and a bald eagle--turns out the seals were "herding" schools of fish into the corner of the cove where they would be easier to catch. They did it about three times before the tide started to turn. Then there's the soapstone woodstove with a catalytic combustor, and glass window in the front, so you can see the flames dancing in the air above the logs once the combustor has been engaged. A boat house stores the paddles and life jackets for the kayaks as well as the gas grill and grilling supplies. There is also now a rope to ease the kayaks down the slide (next to the stairs) to get them down to the shore and back again. We try to be as eco-friendly as possible; we use all LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs, we have a compost bin for compostable trash. There's a full-size ironing board and iron. Towels and extra linens can be found in the large bathroom closet. A variety of games and books are upstairs for a rainy day, and a phone for local calls. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, utensils, and towels, including cutting board, pots and pans, and a few select spices; there is a lobster pot and a list of the closest places to buy fresh, live lobster. When we redesigned the kitchen, I made sure that the sink was located with a large window in front of it facing the water. There is a large, double sliding-glass door which takes you out onto the screened porch, where you can sit and watch the sunsets and listen to the sounds of nature while sipping your favorite beverage.
- Primary: +1 8553675095
- Secondary: (207) 669-4235
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Driftwood Cottage, afternoon shadows
Welcome to Driftwood Cabin
Plenty of space upstairs for kids to play, books to read and views of the water.
Shower, linen cabinet
Kayaking at sunset
Bedroom with single bed, looking north
Bedroom with double bed
Kayaks and boat house
New (2015) roof at entryway
Living room with view of the mudroom
Kitchen with water view
Screened porch with wicker love seat, coffee table and portable beach chairs
Pull-out sleep sofa, games/children's books
Fun on the water
Bedroom with single bed looking east
Bedroom with double bed
Stairs with slide (for kayaks)
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Friday, February 17, 2017
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