About the property
- Cabin1040 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4). Nonsmoking only.
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 during the summer months.
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. 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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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Jane Reinoso
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 more than I had dreamed possible. 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 for 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.
Jane Reinoso purchased this Cabin in 1996
Why Jane Reinoso chose Brooksville
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.
What makes this Cabin unique
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. Did I miss anything? If you find the cottage is lacking some little item that you like, just let me know; if it is possible, we will stock it.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Quiet, exquisitely Quiet!. Sunsets from the second floor sitting room, Beyond stunning!
If you are looking for off the beaten path with just enough LTE (with Verizon in our experience) to keep you connected, this is the place. We needed to (unfortunately) be connected.
If you love the Maine/Cabin/Water/Earth vibe...again this is the place!. Loved that kayaks that came with the cabin....very easy to negotiate the tides and have long days on the water with picnics in the variety of coves!
We also liked that within 30 minutes we could explore a variety of towns. we are used to traveling 30 minutes for everyday errand so, it wasn't a stretch....
If you're used to driving long distances then come, if you are not....come, it will be the best change of pace ever....as long as you're open to it😉�
Good for couples, not as much for a family.
Let me start by saying that we loved Maine, especially Acadia National Park, and intend to return in future years.
As for Driftwood Cottage, it was not a good fit for my family of four, including two young kids (10 and 6 years old).
But first the good. We loved the Bagaduce River, the kayaks (saw a seal!), the view from the second floor middle room, and the proximity to so many great places.
But I wish I had paid closer attention to the listing details. The absence of wifi and air conditioning were problematic for us. The 4g in the area is spotty at best and the nights were quite warm. I had to sleep on the couch a few times. Furthermore, the main bed is average and only a double. Again, I wish I had paid much closer attention to the details. I actually made the mistake of blindly assuming the wifi and A/C would be there, so that’s my fault, not the owner’s.
Some other negatives included the lack of a clear view to the wonderful Bagaduce River (there are trees blocking the view from the deck), the cramped standup shower, the first floor bathroom – right behind the couch, and having to park at the top of the steep backyard (carrying our items up the hill in the heat instead of closer to the house and in the shade was far from ideal).
We think it is a great spot for a couple, but not for people in our shoes.
Nature Lover's Retreat
Wonderful stay, with kayaks on the water on a daily basis to Castine, accompanied by harbor seals, cormorants, mergansers, otter, beaver and more. Peaceful surroundings, beautifully appointed cabin.
Enjoyed the view from the second floor. Local fauna was fun to watch (fox) and hear (loon). Close enuf to ANP that we went twice. Proximity to Bagaduce lunch was a bonus we had not anticipated. Other neat places close by included Stonington, Barred Island, and Blue Hill- try the brew pub.
Peaceful and private
Driftwood Cottage was a great place for a getaway for a couple with a dog. The cottage is simple and beautifully done, with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. There is one other cottage on the long driveway but nobody was there during our stay, plus it is a very separate from Driftwood and there are trees and a small field between. The location is ideal for those seeking a quiet setting close to trails and small coastal towns and kayaking. We went to Acadia's Schoodic Peninsula for a wonderful day trip. Nearby Holbrook Sanctuary was a huge highlight of the trip because we had an unbelievable, up-close sighting of a mature bald eagle sitting on a low branch. Beautiful sunsets are a huge asset to this west-facing cottage looking out over the cove. We enjoyed our time at Driftwood very much!!
Terrific getaway surrounded by vacationland scenery. Perfect for our family of four. We spent most of our time on the back porch eating meals, playing cards, or just taking in the view of the water. Kayaks available and on the water in minutes. The stars at night were a treat too for us city dwellers. Loved this place.
Art galleries, pottery and other artisan shops are scattered throughout the peninsula