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Cozy Oceanfront Cabin; 2 Kayaks, Woodstove, Porch, Sunsets.

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Kayak or canoe across to historic Castine--30 minutes by water or 45 minutes by car--or explore the many inlets and islands of the Bagaduce River. Listen to the call of loons as you enjoy our ever-changing sunsets. A variety of games and puzzles and a collection of books will keep you occupied on a rainy day.

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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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1040 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • 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:

    Well-behaved pets who are on flea medicine are welcome. Pets cannot be left unattended in the cottage. Bring furniture covers if your pet is one who will get on the furniture....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single

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  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sleep sofa located in the upstairs living area....moreless

  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleep sofa opens up to a single-size bed. The master bedroom also has a full-length mirror....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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  • Wood paneled, shower has a glass door entry and an adjustable shower head; large mirror over sink with space to place your toiletries, and a full-sized linen closet has towels, washcloths and more....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Screened porch looks out over the water--a charming place for an evening meal. Two ocean-going kayaks provided; paddles can be found in the storage shed as well as child and adult-size life jackets....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Eclectic selection of books....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    A selection of board/card games to choose from....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Sheet (choral) music can be found in the desk drawers, but for the "real thing," music lovers go to the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Combination radio/cassette/CD player is upstairs on the desk....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    Tucked into Lord's Cove on the Bagaduce River, a saltwater estuary, There are no strong currents near the shore. A wooden stairway walks you directly to the water's edge at high tide....moreless

  • Rural:

    Large field to the right and behind cottage, woods to the left and the ocean in front....moreless

  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Breakfast bar for informal meals, fold-up oak table seats a maximum of six....moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stacked washer/dryer tucked under stairs, access through door in the mudroom....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large sliding glass doors to porch provide excellent water views....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Park at the end of a long (0.2 mile) driveway, and walk down a short slope to the door....moreless

  • Telephone:

    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:

    Stacked washer and dryer tucked under stairs, access through door in the mudroom....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Soapstone holds heat all night, catalytic combustor puts out more heat per log. Small window on the door of the woodstove allows you to see the flames. Very cozy ambiance for rainy days....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee pot. Coffee bean grinder also available for use....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Also includes a drip coffee pot, coffee grinder, toaster, blender, lobster pot, a small selection of spices, salt and pepper....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full kitchen supplies available....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Efficiency gas stove is small but powerful. Sink abuts a large window facing the ocean, so even tasks like doing the dishes become memories to cherish....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Efficiency size, gas heat...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    A small selection of spices, salt and pepper....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Efficiency-size gas range and oven...moreless

  • Toaster:

    two-slice, vertical toaster....moreless

Outside

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    two ocean kayaks and a beginner’s kayak available for use. Paddles and lifejackets are in the boat house. Best to go out near high tide....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Huge lawn. Small wildflower garden at end of driveway. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber gas grill, located in boat house, and an old charcoal grill, for those who prefer charcoal....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    fully screened porch faces with westerly views of the water--spectacular sunsets....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Paddles and life jackets for kayaks are in the boat house. There is also a rope to use the slide next to the wooden stairs to get kayaks down to and up from the water's edge....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High
Jun 25 - Sep 4, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,155 $4,600
Late
Sep 5 - Oct 22, 2016
7 night min stay

$835 $3,320
Early
Jun 3 - Jun 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$920 $3,650
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$835 $3,320

Changeover Day: Saturday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $75
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $45
  • Cleaning Fee $95 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

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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Last updated: 08/14/2016
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Location

Car: Necessary

Art galleries, pottery and other artisan shops are scattered throughout the peninsula

 

Manager info

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.


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Photos

  • Driftwood Cottage, afternoon shadows

    Driftwood Cottage, afternoon shadows

  • Welcome to Driftwood Cabin

    Welcome to Driftwood Cabin

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Breakfast bar

    Breakfast bar

  • Plenty of space upstairs for kids to play, books to read and views of the water.

    Plenty of space upstairs for kids to play, books to read and views of the water.

  • Shower, linen cabinet

    Shower, linen cabinet

  • Kayaking at sunset

    Kayaking at sunset

  • Bedroom with single bed, looking north

    Bedroom with single bed, looking north

  • Bedroom with double bed

    Bedroom with double bed

  • Bathroom

    Bathroom

  • Kayaks and boat house

    Kayaks and boat house

  • New (2015) roof at entryway

    New (2015) roof at entryway

  • Stacked washer/dryer

    Stacked washer/dryer

  • Living room with view of the mudroom

    Living room with view of the mudroom

  • Kitchen with water view

    Kitchen with water view

  • Screened porch with wicker love seat, coffee table and portable beach chairs

    Screened porch with wicker love seat, coffee table and portable beach chairs

  • Pull-out sleep sofa, games/children's books

    Pull-out sleep sofa, games/children's books

  • Fun on the water

    Fun on the water

  • Bedroom with single bed looking east

    Bedroom with single bed looking east

  • Bedroom with double bed

    Bedroom with double bed

  • Bathroom

    Bathroom

  • Stairs with slide (for kayaks)

    Stairs with slide (for kayaks)

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, August 26, 2016

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