About the property
- Cottage600 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
One room cottage with queen bed and sleeping benches, kitchen, propane heater
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).
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
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.
Nice cottage in a nice location.
Well cared for, great view, nice town, easy to get to other places.
Superb Location, Great Cottage!
This place was a breeze to book with the owners, easy to contact them for questions, and is so much more than the few pictures they have. (Please put up more photos of the cottage...it is beautiful and the interior was much more than we expected). We have frequented this area so we were aware we would be far away from civilization. Plan to drive thirty minutes to get items you may need, with the exception of the general store. The cottage is so private, with wonderful acreage, a beautiful large beach and abundant wildlife all around you. The kitchen was updates and had everything we could need (We did not find a large lobster pot however, but perhaps our idea of a lobster pot is much larger than they had available), the bed was comfortable, the windows spectacular, outdoor shower clean with a great shower head. The owners are doing a great job and this property is worth much more than the cost they charge and a sure bargain. We will be back and recommend.
Could not recommend more highly
My wife and I stayed here recently, and it was perfect for us. So much of the best that Maine has to offer is within a short drive, and then we had our own quiet space to retreat to. The owner was having a gathering of musicians at the big house on the property, but it did not at all intrude on our privacy and just added a festive and homey atmosphere to our stay.
The perfect antidote to the rat race
I spent almost three weeks in the cabin and was never so sad to head for home than when my stay ended. If you want solitude, this is perfect; if you want to have a base for exploring the small towns and cottage industries of this part of Maine, this is still perfect. Like to paddle? Ride bikes? Watch beautiful sunsets and take early morning walks with the natural world bursting out all around you? Perfect. Do you love traffic and bustle? Then not so perfect! Seriously, the cabin is wonderful for just what I have highlighted. It's comfortable, with an adequate kitchen, and perfectly spacious for a couple (a pretty unbeatably romantic place!) or a couple with a small child - I wouldn't want three people in there each with their own spatial needs. If you have a low tolerance for bugs then this might not be your cup of tea, but then being anywhere in Maine in the summer might not appeal to you either! This is a pretty special little place for the right person/people.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
For stays shorter than 5 nights, bring your own linens and clean the house to leave it as it was when you arrived.