Beech Hill is a 3 house Estate on Castine Road less than 1 mile from Historic Castine and within walking distance to Wadsworth Cove beach. The property is 8 acres with numerous mature trees and gardens. Between the houses there are 10 bedrooms with room to sleep 22 people in beds. Each house also has a kitchen and a living area and at least 1 bathroom. The main house is a charming federal style house that was built in 1807. The property also has a small children's playhouse, wonderful beech trees full of children's swings and many places to build natural forts and other places to explore. There is a great open field for kite flying and family games. Due to its elevated location overlooking Hatch's Cove the main house enjoys a nice consistent cool breeze and great tidal water views. Beech hill is a perfect place for a multi- family family reunion or a family compound for a small celebration in Castine or Blue Hill. It comes with a great selection of toys and games for the kids and books and quality bed linens. It is a true throwback in time where you can forget about the cares of the world and concentrate on healthy family living. Have a lobster bake on the back porch, pitch a tent in the yard or get the family together for kite flying or whiffle ball.
- Estate3000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
10 Bedroom 3 House Property On 8 Acres With Children's Playhouse And Gardens
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- Response time:
- within one day
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 5, 2018
About Erin Combs
Owner is an avid gardener from Maine but currently lives in Connecticut with her family.
Erin Combs purchased this Estate in 2009
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
There were pros and cons but the family loved it.
We had a total of 23 persons in all, with some only there for a few days. The grounds were beautiful and the family members (youngest being 9and the oldest being 94) enjoyed kite flying as well as ladder golf and croquet. We made full use of ALL the houses as well as the kitchen in the main house where most of the cooking took place. This is the first time we were in multiple houses so it was a bit different but enjoyable. I did have to do some slick driving to get the 33 ft motorhome through the gate and I did stop traffic to do it but it was only momentarily. Even though it was July we did turn on the furnace as the older persons were chilly with the rain and breezes. This was close to many sites that the family members wanted to visit and the town of Castine was beautiful to visit. We even drove to Bar Harbour and went on a fishing/lobster excursion and that was a blast. We had family come from Arizona (in the motorhome) and flying in from Colorado, driving in from Texas, Michigan and New Jersey as well as New York. Fire pit was great, swings were enjoyed by the children.
A Wonderful Family Reunion at Beech Hill
13 adults, 7 children (ages 4-14) and our Bernese Mountain dogs spent a marvelous week at Beech Hill. The house is welcoming and brimming with character, old New England with enough modern conveniences for everyone. The swings hanging from wonderful ancients trees were a gathering place for the children and the field is ideal for soccer, baseball, and croquet. Children and grown ups made themselves comfortable in the game room in the evening, playing "Spy Fail." The kayaks and bikes were put to use and the beach is so close as is Acadia National Park. The porches are wonderful for the view of Hatch Cove and for meals and visiting. The houses are clean and well-equipped. The Combs are very helpful, responsive and generous in sharing what they enjoy with their guests. If we were to suggest any improvements, it would be to the comfort of the beds, which was not to everyone's liking. There was a malfunction of a bed in Beechwood, which would not keep us from returning by any means!
The situation is perfect, in beautiful surroundings, near a historic town. The houses are lovely.
This is the perfect place to holiday with a large family. The houses are attractive and practical (though the washing machine facilities could be bettered in two of them). They are well equipped with cooking facilities and utensils, and absolutely stacked with toys and games for children.
The gardens are wonderful, large and exciting for children; to have the canoes actually on the property was a great boon. Wadsworth Cove is a marvellous swimming place, and so close. We enjoyed exploring Castine, and found the local shops supplied almost all our wants.
The owner fixed a hornet problem very quickly. The property was clean. Finding it was a little difficult - Beech Hill misled some, so emphasising 165 Castine Road might be better. We liked the bakery and the corner restaurant much better than Dennett's; and had a gourmet supper at Pantagoet. We enjoyed the forts, museum and cemetery, and forest walks; and whale-watching at Bar Harbour.
The property was Amazing! The houses were just the right fit for our large family!
This was one of our Best vacations! The grandchildren had a blast! Who know that a few simple swings under a beech tree would make them happy! All 7 of them were on those swings!! The family loved sitting on the deck eating most of our meals there. There is a Beautiful view of the cove from the deck! One night we took all of the chairs down on the hill to watch the meteor shower! It was Fantastic!!!
It was a hike into Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park but well worth the trips that we made! Party boat fishing, whale watching, shopping, climbing up to Bubble Mountain! The lobster dinners were great! The list goes on and on!!
This is a Great location for a family vacation!!
The main house is in need of some repairs but was still very livable and the homeowners made us aware of that before we arrived. The homes were clean and there were plenty of linens and cooking supplies provided.
The town of Castine was quaint and very friendly! We loved this one local restaurant that the owner was the chef and the baker. The blueberry pie, muffins and scones were to die for!! We all stopped there on our way out the next morning for coffee, tea and muffins to go!
Grand, comfy and full of charm!
This property is a wonderful place. The large house is a grand, comfy and full of charm.
The property was perfect for our needs.
We had a large group and everyone was comfortable with plenty of space to stretch out, read the many books on Castine and just relax.
The back deck was such a gathering place and looking over the rolling hill that goes down to the water caused many AHHHH moments.
The property has beautiful trees to swing under, build a fairy house or just to admire. The gardens were also such a bonus. The back field was filled with baseball games, Frisbee and kite flying. By the way, a surf casting rod works great for kite flying.
Make sure you visit Castine, you can walk to town or go by kayak or canoe but remember to watch the tide… Also short drives away – Bar Harbor, Stonington, Blue Hills and Bucksport with the Fort Knox bridge. Visit the many 2nd hand stores and flea markets in the area – I couldn’t pass by any of them.
The owners, Eli and Erin, were above accommodating – answering questions, giving advice and even waiting for us to arrive to show us around. Much appreciated.
The general consensus at the end of our week was that we all wished we stayed for 2 weeks.
I have been meaning to get on here and write back a nice thank you for your kind words about our home. We are so glad that you all enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for being such excellent guests!! Come again!
Erin & Eli
A Family Vacation Dream
The kind of house that makes you want to quit your job, move to the coast of Maine, and slow down time. As romantic a family spot as you can imagine... dreamy swings hanging from majestic copper beaches, gardens and wildflowers, fields and ocean views... this is what they mean when they say the way life should be. The houses are comfortable, oozing with history and charm, but beautifully appointed and decorated with amazing sense of style. Castine itself is an adorable town with delicious bakeries and places for a top notch lobster roll, but the whole section of the coast is dotted with gems. Blue Hill, Brooklin, Belfast, Ellsworth-- so many towns to discover. But while we were there, we explored the nearby beach, played badminton in the secret side garden, walked down to the water in a gorgeous field, hung out on the back porch watching fireflies, ate lobster, did a puzzle on the one rainy day and listened to the great local public radio station. I can't wait to go back there and make this part of my family's summer tradition.
What a lovely review… you are all welcome back ANYTIME!
Castine is a wonderful historic town off the beaten path of Down east Maine tourist spots but within 1 hr drive of Camden and Bar Harbour. Summer weather is beautiful and clear with a constant cool breeze (no need for air conditioning). The Blue Hill peninsula offers many attractions including nature hikes, sailing, restaurants, antique shopping and beautiful drives. Castine has a great golf course and tennis courts open to the public, as well as waterfront and historic dining. Because of its location at the end of a peninsula, it is a tranquil and relaxing town with little traffic, yet easily accessible to all that Downcast Maine has to offer.