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Book Your Fall Get-Away Now!! Come Relax on the Coast of Maine!! ***Free WIFI**

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Come to relax and unwind at our peaceful escape on the coast of Maine! We are located on 5 private acres of land in the rural town of Brooksville close to some of the best areas to explore on the mid-coast East Penobscot Bay. Just a short drive away, Blue Hill, Stonington and Castine, all have great restaurants, shopping, and local pottery and antique shops. Blue Hill has a library for books, DVDs and high-speed Internet connection. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are about one hour’s drive. Nearby Holbrook Island Sanctuary is great for local hiking right near the ocean. The Isle au Haut ferry leaves from the working fishing town of Stonington daily during the summer months. Fresh locally caught lobster can be easily purchased from the docks at the Stonington Co-op. We are an easy drive from The Haystack School of Crafts and the Wooden Boat School. The public ocean beach, at the causeway between Little Deer Isle and Big Deer Isle, is just three miles away.

We completed our house in the spring of 2008. Originally designed by us for our own year round private use Orchard House has a bright airy feeling with lots of natural light so desired during summer months and yet with radiant heat throughout and almost airtight insulation it maintains a comfortable coziness for fall and winter.

The ground floor has natural slate and tile flooring, with a large entryway, two bedrooms (one a king with pullout futon and another with a queen), a full bath with tub and shower and a laundry room. The 2nd floor has bamboo flooring throughout and cathedral ceilings with huge south facing windows allowing for incredible light both in the bedroom (king) and the great room, which houses a full kitchen and living room. There’s also a smaller bedroom (twin) and full bath with an incredible walk-in natural slate shower with waterfall shower head. The eat-in kitchen is a cooks dream, ample counter space with butcher block island, complete with Bosch gas stove and convection oven (Cooking magazines provided!) With a local farmers market in Blue Hill fresh ingredients are close at hand.

The 12’x34’ deck off the great room almost doubles the summer living space and is a great place to enjoy meals outside. It overlooks a primarily pine and oak wooded area and boasts a private outside cedar walled shower. It’s just a short 900 foot walk down through the woods to the waters edge of Walkers Pond. A great place for that morning cup of coffee, where it’s possible to launch your kayak over the rocky edge.

No smoking or pets please!

Keywords: House, vacation home

More Details

Sally McGuigan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Sally McGuigan

We built Orchard House with plans to live there full time year round. Our plans changed along the way and we moved out of Maine but love returning to the area to visit family and friends and just enjoy the peace and quiet of this small Maine coastal town where Sally grew up!


Brooksville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No outside campfires allowed
  • Please see Rental Agreement for "house rules"
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Natural slate shower with side jets & rain-forest showerhead
    Outside Shower - outdoor shower , Cedar surround outside on the upstairs deck, awesome!
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Has one piece tub/shower surround. Natural slate floor.
  • 2.25
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Upstairs Master with Satellite TV. Faces east for am sun.
    Nursery Room - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs single room connects to master bedroom with door.
    Green Room - 1 queen , Downstairs 'Green Room' faces west for pm sun.
    Downstairs King Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs, faces west, pm sun. Double futon great for kids.
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a double futon. Great for the kids!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Outdoor cedar walled shower in the corner of the outside porch, wonderful to take a shower in the sun or under the stars on a warm night!


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Book Your Fall Get-Away Now!! Come Relax on the Coast of Maine!! ***Free WIFI**
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful rural home and well appointed

  • 5 of 5

Vacation with friends and family. Pulled into the road to the house and it looks just like in the photo. But once inside, it's a beautiful home. The downstairs has a huge laundry, which I wish I had in my own home. Two nice bedrooms on the ground floor and a shared bathroom. Up the stairs, the house is built with an open design with the kitchen and living room. Off the living room was a very nice deck that we were able to view some wild life. A flock of turkeys and some deer.

Large master bedroom, very comfy king size bed and a small bedroom with a single bed are off from the living room area. Very large kitchen island was big enough for all 7 of us to eat at. Kitchen is well equipped with lots of dishes, pots & pans and spices.

This house is in a very rural area and approximately 1 hour from Arcadia National Park. We made the drive to the park 3 days and visited some local towns the rest of the time. The electric went off on one of the days, but the owner was responsive and had the electric company repairing in no time at all. Enjoyed our time in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home and owner!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many homes but this one has the most well-stocked kitchen, comfy beds, spacious rooms including a large laundry room. Brooksville is one of many lovely towns on Blue Hill Peninsula. We visited most of them, hiking, touring museums, exploring harbors, kayaking, shopping at Farmers markets and more. The owner has a complete file of local sites and sights. A one hour drive to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park adds to the enjoyment of this area. Plus you can pick blackberries and apples right outside the front door. We've stayed twice with family in the Orchard House and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

It’s a lovely country location with lots to do in the neighboring towns. One is really far from the “Madding Crowd” when here and that’s a pleasure. The house is clean, well appointed and extremely comfortable. There are, however, a lot of stairs which is a disadvantage for some people. Other than that we loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house is just close enough to the crazy touristy areas of downeast to make it possible to visit them, but far enough way to be quiet, relaxing, and make you feel like you're really experiencing Maine. When you're tired of the shoulder to shoulder press of people (even at Acadia, that was nuts - I've never seen it so busy) you can head back, take a swim in the "pond" (aka lake), have food at some awesome spots, and we even had our first ever home lobster boil - had everything we needed to do it. Must recommend The Fish Net, Bagaduce, Stonington CoOp, Harbor House and Harbor Cafe for meals. The Tradewinds grocery was big enough to have what we needed. We loved The Meadow in Blue Hill for shopping. The outdoor shower was a multi-generational hit that was used multiple times a day.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peacefulness abounds in this beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

My three children and I stayed at this property for a week in August. We had such a wonderful time. The house is beautiful and so well equipped. Everything you could possibly need is there. The kitchen is fitted for actual cooking, linens and towels are provided. The house is also spotlessly clean which I appreciate above everything else. My two boys are teenagers and used the downstairs bedrooms with the bathroom down there. My daughter and I used the upstairs rooms. Everyone loved having their own space while still being together. The house is well stocked with DVD's, games, and books. Two of my kids spent hours in the evenings playing chess and I loved seeing them so focused on something non electronic.

The outside shower is an absolute dream, there is nothing like showering outside on a beautiful summer morning. The house location is very private and incredibly quiet and peaceful.

We found the location of the property to be excellent for exploring many areas of Maine. We went all over the Blue Hill Peninsula and we drove up to Mount Desert Island quite a few times. It is an easy drive away of just about one hour. Acadia National Park is absolutely breathtaking.

The owners clearly take a great deal of pride in their property. Sally is extremely pleasant and helpful. She is very responsive and sent us a detailed email with ideas of places to go and restaurants to eat at. I have rented many places and she was by far the most friendly and helpful owner I have ever dealt with.

I would not hesitate to return here and often think longingly of our peaceful week in Maine!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Orchard House is "all good"...

  • 5 of 5

Thank you, Sally, for your the kind words in your e-mail about Jeanie and me as guests in your wonderful Orchard House. We return them to you and Sean manyfold. We totally agree with you that trust and open communication between owners and renters are essential to arrangements such as the ones that VRBO facilitates. And having lived in Orchard House for a whole month, we feel “well met” by you and Sean, even though we haven’t actually met you.

I don’t know that Jeanie and I have anything to add to the reviews of Orchard House on the VRBO website, which are all strongly positive, or to the House Book that you have put together, which is a great resource for your guests. Like your other guests we found our own favorite places on the Blue Hill peninsula, as did all of our own family visitors. 

For Jeanie and me, the Good Life Center, a/k/a Forest Farm, was of special interest. I’m old enough to have known the Scott and Helen Nearing story from the 1960s on. We got to meet and have conversation with the interns in residence there and even a couple of members of the board that oversees the Forest Farm operation. The Wooden Boat and Haystack Schools were of special interest too, and we made more than one visit to both of them.

As for restaurants, we liked your favorites, the Bagduce Cafe for lunch and the Whale’s Rib for dinner, but the Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant at Goose Cove turned out to be a favorite too, with the walk through the woods and across the sandbar to Barred Island as a kind of bonus to our meal.

Everywhere we travel Jeanie has an unerring instinct for finding the most amazing hiking trails, and the Blue Hill peninsula, as you know, because of the Island Trust, proved to have a seemingly endless supply of such trails, a new discovery every day we went out.

You may recall my having told you that Jeanie paid her way through college, back in the 1970s, by working six summers at a restaurant in Bar Harbor. So nostalgia called us to Mount Desert Island while we were staying in Orchard House. We took all of our family visitors to Mount Desert too… for hikes and climbs in Acadia and, of course, tea and popovers at the Jordan Pond House. 

Our month in Orchard House, escaping at least some of the (almost) unbearable heat of the Florida summer, was, in a favorite phrase of Jeanie’s and mine, “all good.” Here’s wishing you and Sean and your children the same, only and “all good” things.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Listen to the evening call of the Loons


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Housekeeping $125 + Tax

Maximum 8 people
Weeks are Saturday check-in 4pm - Saturday check-out 10am
Contact owners for questions about exceptions to the weekly stay, will consider partial weeks/nightly stays.
Absolutely Please NO Pets and NO Smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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