Complete kitchen setup. Large comfortable room with multiple windows, propane stove heater, sleeping benches, dining table and comfortable chairs, and queen bed alcove. Simple bathroom with outdoor shower. There is a good size porch facing the ocean view, telephone, electricity, and video capability. No wifi, but wifi is available at the library in town (3 miles away). Easy walk to the beach. Beach is very child safe; large with gradual slope. Great swimming at high and mid-tides. Road access to beach if necessary. Boats not provided, but kayaks are available for rent from Blue Hill or Stonington (and can be delivered to the property).
- Cottage600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min StayNone
One room cottage with queen bed and sleeping benches, kitchen, propane heater
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 23, 2018
About Rebecca McLane
This is a family homestead. My parents bought the place in 1960 and came here with us 6 kids for summers while we were growing up. Father was a Dartmouth professor, who later became very interested in the history of the Maine islands and, with our mother, wrote 4 volumes of history, "Islands of the Mid-Maine Coast". This small cottage was built in the 80s to provide room for overflow.
Rebecca McLane purchased this Cottage in 1960
Why Rebecca McLane chose Brooklin
The original homestead on this property was owned at one point by Florence Kelly, an early social reformer and advocate for women's rights, a fact that greatly intrigued my family. Sailing and cruising were a big part of family life. The cove provides excellent protected anchorage. The property was purchased by three families. These families still own the beach cove in common. Until two years ago, the families also owned Big Babson Island, just southwest of Kelly Cove. This property is now owned by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and is forever wild.
What makes this Cottage unique
This area of Maine is well off the Route 1 'beaten track' and enjoys a calmer, quieter feel than many Maine coastal areas. Wooden Boat, known for boat building classes and for the Wooden Boat Magazine is right 'next door', so to speak, and boats visiting Wooden Boat anchor directly in front of Kelly Cove. The boats that visit Wooden Boat are generally known for their beauty and style. Maine schooners regularly anchor here. Babson Island, a Maine Coast Heritage 'forever wild' island is the closest island to Kelly Cove. It has a spectacular picnic beach on east side, and rocky coast on the west side. Several other nearby islands welcome daytime visitors or have camp sites associated with the Maine Island Trail. Kayak rentals are available out of Blue Hill, and can be delivered to the property. The village of Brooklin, with general store, post office, and library (and sometimes a cafe) is three miles from the property. Wifi is not available here in the cottage, but is available at the town library. There are fields associated with this property that provide possibilities for kids to run around playing informal games like baseball and soccer.
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Paradise in simplicity
Just completed my fourth annual stay at the cabin: always my favorite two weeks of the year, as the peace and sanity of the place restores my wholeness. Bare simplicity is what I sought, and that's just what the cabin offers. I already miss the outdoor shower.
My family and I (2 adults & 2 10 years old girls) have spent 7 incredible days at this cottage. Everything around is about silence and beauty, we basically stayed there the whole week and never got bored. Surprisingly, we never felt the cottage was too small and we enjoyed living closed to each other like in the good old days! It has all the commodities we needed and has this lovely and rustic charm we were looking for. My boyfriend was a little disappointed when he realized there was no fireplace outside but he forgot about it when he found out about the wonderful secluded beach. So grateful for all the memories, we would love to come back!
A most enjoyable getaway
The owners made first-rate arrangements for our arrival at their delightful cottage -- good directions, clean linens, etc. Ideal for a couple, but you could add in a kid or two. Very quiet property. Meadow and water views. Want to stay in place? Just about perfect once you have shopped for groceries (a modest drive away). Want to tour the area -- Blue Hill, Stonington -- easily drives. Addicted to TV, social media, and Web access? Perhaps a break from those routines at this cottage would provide (surprising) relief.
It was quiet; that was needed. It was natural; that filled us with inspiration. It was comfy and cozy; that rested our hearts and bones. We never left in 7 days. At first we thought we might venture out to stores etc, but that desire quickly disappeared into complete contentment. It was music... just music—something like Yoyo Ma playing “Cinema Paradiso” in your ear! We are coming back—with a kayak next time!
If you're like me and your job is crazy when all your friends seem to be happily drinking rose on lakes between May and September without a care in the world, you'll understand a need to get away from it all. This place was everything I wanted: remote, but close enough to the necessities, completely devoid of wifi, in the middle of coastal Maine wilderness, and perfectly cozy. The cottage itself is well appointed for two people, possibly two parents and a toddler-to-preteen child (if you're the kind of person who brings kids on vacation). Simple, somewhat rustic, and delightfully quiet. If you get lucky like I did and the main house isn't occupied during your stay, the only living things you'll have to encounter will be a deer and a turkey family.
The only things I'd mention as slight warning are these:
-Swimming in Maine is always a little chilly, even in the middle of summer. The water temp was about 55 so it wasn't exactly tropical. And you may want to bring water shoes, as the coastline is a bit pointy. Shell debris, small rocks and more tiny hermit crabs than I've ever seen in one place.
-Expect fog. Lots of it. I did, and happen to love ocean fog, so I was in heaven.
-The showering is well and truly a communing with nature moment. It's outside the cottage and not fully enclosed. Freeing, and definitely refreshing, however.
-Bring a good selection of pantry items so you don't need to frequent the closest grocery store - it's for tourists, and a bit of a nightmare to shop. Everyone is very friendly though.
I definitely hope to book here again some time and will absolutely recommend the property as much as I can. Thank you to the McLean family for opening this cottage up to the world.
A return to nature and all that is peace and beauty
A quaint rustic cottage in a quiet and beautiful meadow of wildflowers ..... with a view down the slope and across the cove to a private island. A place to relax and find yourself and your family, with all the necessities and all of the charm you would expect from a woodland cottage. We hope nothing ever changes about the cottage,the area or the view ..... here's hoping a 1000 more visits will all be just the same. It's. little slice of Heaven on Earth.
A half-hour drive will get you to Blue Hill where there are lots of stores (including big grocery store) and a hospital. An hour's drive gets you to Stonington where there are puffin cruises, ferries to Isle au Haut, as well as other attractions. With an hour and 1/2 you can drive to Bar Harbor and enjoy Acadia National Park, whale watches, and other attractions. One mile away there is a public access beach and sand bar with a small harbour of mostly working boats.
There is gas available at the Brooklin General Store.