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The Sail Loft, on the water in the center of Historic Castine, private dock

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 5 comfortably)

The sail loft dates back to the early 1800's and sits on the historic Castine harbor. After a detailed restoration – soul intact – it is now an extraordinary and exclusive spot with all the modern amenities, to enjoy the true Maine experience. This property has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and every comfort imagined.

Sail or drive into Castine's harbor, right up to the private dock or parking space and walk right in. This one-of-a-kind home has two stories. The upper level is the main open living and dining space, with a cantilevered deck over the water. The lower level is the more relaxed living and sleeping space, with a glass floor to see the tide (and sea life) come and go. Outside is a private courtyard, surrounded by stacks of lobster traps with easy access to the dock or down to water's edge, to spy on the starfish.

Castine, a small coastal village of approximately 7.9 square miles, is located on a peninsula in the East Penobscot Bay Region of Maine. The town, on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of two distinct geographic areas referred to as the Village and 'off neck,' a narrow strip of land that separates the Bagaduce River on one side from the Penobscot Bay on the other.

More than 100 historic markers can be found in this town characterized by its 18th century architecture. Major landmarks include Fort George, built by the British in 1779 and partially restored as a state memorial, and Fort Madison, earthwork remnants built by the Americans in 1811, occupied by the British during the War of 1812 and reconstructed during the American Civil War.

The year-round population is roughly 1,300 including 800 college students attending Maine Maritime Academy. With summer residents, and visitors by land and sea, the population at least doubles from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Castine is located in the East Penobscot Bay Region of Maine, 1 hour from Bangor, and 1.5 hours from Camden and from Bar Harbor. Situated on a peninsula, Castine is bordered by the town of Penobscot to the northeast, Brooksville across the Bagaduce River to the southeast, and near Islesboro to the southwest.

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Laura Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 26, 2017

About Laura Smith

We're a family who has a passion for Maine, and feel very fortunate to have the sail loft and be part of it's future. Preserving a bit of Castine's history and it's harbor front has been a wonderful experience for us. Our hope is to have a few others share this special place.

Laura Smith purchased this house in 2003

What makes this house unique

From 1882 through the early 1900's the sail loft housed an active sailmaker, sewing sails for commercial vessels from all around the northeast. Now, 13 Sea Street is a unique property that is like no other, hard to compare. It is adjacent to the town dock and boat ramp, has it's own private dock, easy walking distance to Eaton's boatyard, restaurants, shops, bike and full kayak services ... you are in the middle of this small, friendly community. Our property manager will meet you upon arrival, explain the sail loft and Castine.


Castine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
private dock and mooring, off street parking, adjacent to town's boat ramp, in the center of town, a great historic walking town


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The Sail Loft, on the water in the center of Historic Castine, private dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Perfect Rest

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and two teenagers spent a glorious week in this incredible structure. The place is close to 200 years old, but is a remarkable mix of antique splendor and funky modernism. There was something fascinating to look at wherever you stood. I expected that of the harbor, but not the place itself. Clean and modern in every important way, yet historic charm as well. We spent a lot of time on the deck--streaming sun all morning and through the day--and walked to every place you'd want to see in the beautiful town. We ate like kings at the restaurants, but loved cooking in the uber-modern kitchen and eating at the centuries-old table. The local caretaker was all old-Maine, answered all our questions and made everything so easy. It is clear the owners want their visitors to relax and have fun. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Castine, Maine

Maritime charm.....

  • 5 of 5

This is one of my all time favorite places in the world! I had the pleasure of renting it many years ago and returned this year for a week. A truly special place where one can witness the activities of an authentic Maine harbor, while maintaining complete privacy. Inside, modern renovations extend all the comforts of a 5 star hotel without disturbing the original Maritime charm. An unforgettable and inspiring spot.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

It was hard to leave.

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully restored sail loft far exceeded our already-high expectations. From the location to the amenities to the decor to the view to the gracious owners, this is a wonderful and special spot in a charming, historic, little waterfront town.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbus, Ohio

What a unique experience

  • 5 of 5

The Sail Loft is a beautiful and totally unique place to stay. Aside from the incredible views the house itself is so tastefully done.From the refinished original floors to the hand hewn beams the place is beautiful. Our bedroom had a great view of the bay with one wall being all windows and a glass floor to watch the tide ebb and flow.The bathrooms were very modern and fun to use. The gourmet kitchen has everything we needed and then some.Perhaps my favorite view was from the kitchen through the living room.Opera and theatre posters from the 1800's on the walls in the living room are very cool to study,as are the many pictures from the historic days of the Sail Loft We spent a lot of time on the deck just watching the harbor, always changing and always interesting. The best lobster in town is next door at Dennett's Wharf. The best Bloody Mary's are 30 seconds from the door at Danny Murphy's. A 5 minute walk will get you to every bar and/or restaurant and shop in town, except The Manor Inn (worth the 15 min. walk or a 5 min. drive). The private dock came in handy as we had a friend with a boat. Two private parking spaces were also a great thing to have. Castine is such a beautiful and historic towm. It was a pleasure to stay in a place that matched that beauty and history.

We look forward to experiencing that pleasure again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bangor (55 min), Portland (3- hours)
Nearest Barpub
25 Metres
sailloft is in the center of town several options
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
castine golf club
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
several within a short walk
Car: recommended

Historic small town with a beautiful, active harbor has museums, shops, a variety of restaurants and the Maine Maritime Academy. Summertime brings farmers market, outdoor concerts, sailing regattas, marine wildlife viewing, great kayaking, and much more. The local boatyard for fuel and service, is just down Sea Street, and the town dock and boat ramp are steps from the front door. We are in the center of the towns activities and literally over the water !!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

longer term stay - - rates negotiable

longer term stay - - rates negotiable
full payment due to secure rental (paypal, check or money order)
50% security deposit or renter protection insurance required
cancel 60+ days to arrival (75% return) no refunds less 30 days, unless re-booked*
check-in time after 3pm, check-out time before 10am
*travel insurance recommended for renters to cover any possible unforeseen expense

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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