Tapley Farm's Cabin, Beach, Sunsets, Charming, Family and Pet Friendly

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Screened porch, cool breezes and organic fields


Last updated: 11/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Waterfront property, cozy cabin, great beds and amenities. Bring the family!

As Troy said
A magical coastal retreat in the heart of Down East Maine. Our family (5) had a wonderful time at Dick and Carol's saltwater farm. The house is rustic and charming, the yard is big and beautiful, the dogs are friendly, the geese are loud, the chickens wake up early, the sun seems to linger forever, the sea appears at the end of the old dirt path and the beach house seems to float along the seashore. If you are considering a trip to Maine and really want to experience Down East Maine, book this lovely cottage. Acadia, Blue Hill and Stonington are close by. As are several great food spots -- the apple tree in the front yard, the bakery down the street, Millbrook Company, Bagaduce Lunch, The Fish Net. The beach is typical Maine, but the beach house is something special -- nothing fancy, but a wonderful patch of green grass along the blue sea. The house is rustic, but in the best possible way. Everything you need is here, including several large lobster pots, an endless supply of great movies on VHS and a quiet back porch. Finally, Carol and Dick are wonderful hosts. Warm, welcoming, truly happy to have guests at their house. Book it, enjoy it, don't tell anyone (else).

Aunt Mary's Cabin sleeps 4 people and is surrounded by water and 37 pastoral acres. Charming and rustic cabin offers comfortable king and queen bedrooms, a full eat-in kitchen, living, dining, washer/dryer and screened porch. Surrounded by water, quiet country roads and untouched, the farm is 'Life as life should be'.

And David said in September 2015
Wow! What an amazing get away. Carol and her husband are incredible hosts. The cabin on the organic farm was even better than described. My wife and 6 month old son stayed for 6 nights and wish we could have stayed longer. The cabin was the perfect mix of rustic charm with modern amenities including a great collection of movies and games for the rainy day. Carol helped us plot our adventures from swimming in a gorgeous pond while spotting bald eagles, hiking enumerable trails, to visiting local farms and harbors to source our locally grown meals. Lobster, chicken, lamb, greens, veggies, cheese, milk and more. With Tinder Hearth bakery just up the road, we ate until we burst! The Brooksville/Blue Hill/Deer Isle area is a very special place. Staying at Carols farm made it all the more special. We can't wait to come back! Thank you!

The farm was farmed by our Grandfather and the road led to ships awaiting repair. All the land was used for farming and no chemicals were ever used here. The nights are full of stars and fireflies and days of Valerian and roses blowing in the breezes. Our neighborhood is full of homesteaders who raise vegetables, make cheese or bake bread. Our local market has the best wines, chosen by Jonathan, the Chief at Buck's and the market there has specialty foods and supplies for locals and the yachtsmen who frequent Brooksville in the summer. Kneisal Hall in Blue Hill has the best music available anywhere and students from the best schools come to play for us all summer. The Stonington Opera has fine film, performance and jazz and the village is full of art, restaurants and a great little clothing store. Nearby Deer Isle has wonderful galleries, restaurants and Haystack where artists meet and teach. Blue Hill and all the surrounding towns have farmer's markets, not unlike Provence. You can eat organic, top quality food every day and enjoy our local art as well. The various Yacht Clubs have events and races all summer and our guests are able to use our pond access at Walker's to swim, a new beach with outstanding water and loons.

Kayaking and canoeing are done here and you can lease a boat in blue hill for your visit. Lobsters are readily available and you can get them precooked or cook them yourself. Our guests love the feel of a time gone by as we have no urban sprawl or strip centers, we have open space and a feeling of peace.

Climb Blue Hill, hike through Holbrook Island Sanctuary, visit the Nearing Center and learn about farming and homesteading or go to the Wooden Boat School and build a boat. Elliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosche are renowned for gardening and amazing techniques to encourage longer seasons. Their farm is a few miles away and the flowers and vegetables are the finest anywhere.
Across the water is Castine a great old town with my favorite bar, 'The Penagoet', with Jack your host, and his amazing collection of photographs.The Maine Maritime is there and the ship is often at dock and the students race their sailing ensigns. Cruise ships and sailboats, yachts and lobster boats fill the water and Castine is a great place to get ice cream, throw a dollar on Dennet's ceiling and have a beer. The homes there are from the days of great sailing ships, captain's and their families. Our family used to run the steamer from the wharf to Castine and would attend the one room school house there. We have pictures of the water frozen, completely from Brooksville to Castine.
Summertime is loaded with daily activities and the fall is so beautiful with the maples and orchards glowing.
Dogs allowed with owners approval.
Come to our farm and enjoy the beauty of nature, get reacquainted with silence and cool air and just relax in the summer sun.
For larger groups, The perfect place for relaxing reunions, catching up with old friends, and beautiful country weddings.Please check out our other listing on VRBO.#41192 if you need more space. Thank you!


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    We have made every effort to make this cabin comfortable for children and have had many here. ...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    $20 per day pet fee. Restricted to first floor only....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 baby crib


  • The master bedroom has a king bed with an added 2 ' foam. Windows allow the stars to be seen from the bed and the bath is a small walk down the hall. The queen room also has a portable changing table and porta crib for our younger guests. We can provide a high chair upon request. There is a half bath on the second floor. The second floor also has a library area and a large living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2


  • The first floor has a shower and toilet with washer/dryer. The second floor has a half bath....moreless


  • Toys:

    badminton, balls, some toys for children, small pool, chairs, bats, trucks etc. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Movies, old school.and VHS player...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Our 37 acres has 2 beaches. This is on our property and available for your use....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    The sea captains that sailed from here met in China, there were 6 Tapley brothers and their wives often went along....moreless

  • Rural:

    Oh yes we are!...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Have a kayak delivered to our property. Call Blue Hill!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Inside seats 6, outside 4. High chair available....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    off season electric...moreless

  • Internet
  • Towels Provided:

    We do provide towels and beach towels...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    2ed floor...moreless





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from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
May 6 - Jun 23, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay

Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • cleaning $150
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 9%


All cleaning, security,and taxes are included in the above fees. Available insurance will be purchased at $59 per visit.

Dogs are charged after approval at $20 per day. Dogs are allowed on the first floor only. They must be well behaved.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 11/28/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor, Bar Harbor, Trenton Maine, Portland
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Brooksville, ME, USA
Nearest Beach
Waterfront x 2

Car: Necessary

The field across the street is for your campfires and smores and enjoyment of the fantastic western sunsets.

Brooksville hosts the best organic farming and farmer's market on Tuesdays. Local farms bring organic foods, baked items, cheeses, pottery, jewelry and more. Fresh bread is baked 1/2 mile away, twice a week and pizza and chocolate croissants are also available. Local lobstermen make finding fresh Maine Lobsters easy and you can even get them cooked for you.

Our beach and boat house look down the river to Castine, Islesboro and Camden and the waterfront is beautiful.

Flying into Bangor is 1 hour away and Portland (website hidden) Harbor is just over an hour and Acadia is a great trip to walk or ride your bike around the trails there. Our peninsula has loads of open space and is surrounded by water and sailors love these waters. Theater, antiques, music, and local craft are nearby.

Two beaches, boat house, fire pit and 37 acres to enjoy.

Buck's Harbor, and Tinderhearth are nearby as are our local farmer's and markets

We are on site and like to answer any questions our guests have. We also try to give them fresh eggs upon arrival and fresh organic veggies and herbs when available.

We love how beautiful it is. We love the water and open sky. Our farm is in the process of growing medicinal herbs and becoming certified organic. We are so lucky to be here!

You need a car, a friend with a car or a bike and like to ride. We do have a couple of bikes for you here.

Please come if you expect a cozy, enriching visit. We have so many wonderful people around you never need to leave Brooksville as our little market and farmer's market have all you need right here.

You may rent a kayak or canoe in Blue Hill.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1840

About the owner: This homestead has been in the family since 1840. A total of 37 acres and Ocean Front, the farm is now available for lease . Aunt Mary has two bedrooms. Loving the coast of Maine, we have begun replenishing the fields for organic farming. The Brooksville Peninsula is full of wonderful farms and we enjoy buying local food and living simply. We live on the property also and love sharing this amazing place. I am a design build professional in the process of finishing a Documentary Film on 'Home' and my husband, who spent his summers here with his Grandparents, is a Professional Engineer who specializes in building system and analysis. Leed certified he designed the first solar home in NH in the 70's. He Graduated from Swarthmore and a Nasa fellowship sent him to Dartmouth Thayer School. I went to a small woman's college in Washington DC that is now a part of George Washington University and I studied at Harvard for two years. We raised 4 children and have 5 grandchildren who all come to the farm in the summer! This summer we will be planting a medicinal herb garden and spend some time on our little day sailor.

Why the Owner Chose Brooksville, ME, USA:
Generations have been on this land and the original family settled in Brooksville in 1790. 7 Tapley Brothers were sea captains and the Wharf on South Wharf Rd is where our grandfather repaired ships. The barn had a livery for people who came by ferry to ride to Blue Hill. Aunt Mary Tapley married William Wasson who was also a Sea Captain, our farm is their homestead and is now ours.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Our neighborhood has not changed in 180 years from the time my husband's ancestors sailed from our wharf around the world. Two salt water farms remain in our family and the land and waterfront are as pristine and magical as they once were. Our neighbors include the wonderful Tinderhearth, 1/4 mile for bread and pizza and open mic, David's Folly Farm for meats and produce and Buck's Harbor for dinner or supplies. Yoga is in Blue Hill with David Walker, kayaks are available to rent and be delivered here. Castine is 2 miles by water and has our favorite Pentagoet restaurant along with great pizza and history. Fresh milk can be found at the Retburgs in Penobscot and lobsters cooked from Northern Bay Market. The local parades and breakfasts are on going and the Steel Bands are playing through out the summer. The methodist Church in Buck's Harbor has music every Tuesday night all summer and the Yacht Club has dancing on Thursday night. Reversing Fall's Sanctuary also offers many local events including Solstice celebrations and art shows. Holbrook Island along with numerous hiking trails abound through the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Enjoy swimming at Walker's Pond or if you prefer, use our beach and the chill of the water right here. Don't forget all the activity in Stonington at the Opera House or enjoy a boat ride. The Surry Theater has ongoing shows, Deer Isle's artists and Haystack are busy all summer and visit Brooklin Boat Yard. There is classical music at Kneisal Hall and in Blue Hill. The Grand in Ellsworth is busy all summer also. And Acadia is just over an hour away. There are many nature walks and ocean studies happening also. One can also just sit on our beach and enjoy the many types of boats that are part of this seaside farm. Look at the Weekly Packet for all the local events. biggest benefit is to come to a place that is truly 'Life as life should be' . Please check out our other listing on VRBO.#41192 if you need more space

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

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  • Screened porch, cool breezes and organic fields

    Screened porch, cool breezes and organic fields

  • The boat house in the distance and the water view of our beach and land

    The boat house in the distance and the water view of our beach and land

  • Queen and crib!

    Queen and crib!

  • King Beauty Rest and vaulted ceilings

    King Beauty Rest and vaulted ceilings

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living view of fields, 2ed private beach just a walk away.

    Living view of fields, 2ed private beach just a walk away.

  • Desk area

    Desk area

  • Books, a collection of movies, puzzles and games for rainy day fun

    Books, a collection of movies, puzzles and games for rainy day fun

  • The Cabin Barn

    The Cabin Barn

  • Enjoy the western sunsets from our field and build a campfire and roast smores!

    Enjoy the western sunsets from our field and build a campfire and roast smores!

  • Deco Dining

    Deco Dining

  • Master


  • Full Kitchen, lobster pots and grille

    Full Kitchen, lobster pots and grille

  • You can buy precooked at our local market or cook your own in our pots!

    You can buy precooked at our local market or cook your own in our pots!

  • Living, wood stove and great movie collection

    Living, wood stove and great movie collection

  • Our beach , views to Castine, Islesboro and the Camden Hills!

    Our beach , views to Castine, Islesboro and the Camden Hills!

  • Living


  • Blueberries in August and some blackberries on the beach

    Blueberries in August and some blackberries on the beach

  • Available for lease also! Sleeps 2

    Available for lease also! Sleeps 2

  • Haflinger Paints and the western sunsets

    Haflinger Paints and the western sunsets

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, December 01, 2016

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