|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Kayak or canoe across to historic Castine--30 minutes by water or 45 minutes by car--or explore the many inlets and islands of the Bagaduce River. Listen to the call of loons as you enjoy our ever-changing sunsets. A variety of games and puzzles and a collection of books will keep you occupied on a rainy day.
Brooksville, with a total area of 33.8 square miles and 53 miles of coastline is home to Holbrook Island Sanctuary, a pristine nature preserve, and also the Good Life Center, the last homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing (authors of Living the Good Life). Pastoral, rolling hills and scenic blueberry barrens are plentiful throughout the area. There is a Farmer's Market every Tuesday morning in Buck's Harbor.
Acadia National Park, with a road to the top of the highest mountain on the on the eastern coast as well as hundreds of scenic hiking trails, is just over one hour away by car. Don't miss visiting the Wooden Boat School in nearby Brooklin; Haystack school of crafts on Deer Isle; and Kneisel Hall, famed for world-class chamber music, in nearby Blue Hill,
This fully renovated two-story camp on the edge of the water maintains its rustic atmosphere. New in 2015 is a small roof over the entryway (in case of rain). From there, you step into the "mudroom" where there is a coat closet and behind another door, a stacked washer/dryer.
Step through the glass french doors to the living room where you will find HARDWOOD OAK FLOORS, a BUILT-IN HEARTH, and a SOAPSTONE WOOD STOVE with a CATALYTIC COMBUSTOR--BURNS LIKE A FURNACE, BUT IS AS LOVELY AND GRACEFUL AS A WORK OF ART. The living room is furnished with a large leather recliner and a full-size cloth sofa as well as a smaller cushioned chair and coffee tables. A large sliding glass door in the living room opens to a fully-screened porch. A wicker loveseat with cushion and a rustic coffee table graces the porch as well as portable folding chairs.
The kitchen is fully supplied with dishes, pots and pans, mixing bowls, and includes a lobster pot, drip coffee pot, coffee bean grinder, tea kettle, toaster, blender, electric mixer, microwave oven. An efficiency-sized gas range allows for more countertop space.
Bathroom has large mirrors over the sink and lots generous-sized cabinets. There is a shower with adjustable shower head, and the linen cabinets are fully stocked with towels and washcloths.
As you walk up the stairs (with carpeted runners), you will come to a landing with large windows to the southeast and southwest. From these windows, you can watch a pair of phoebes in the spring, who return every year to nest in the eaves of this cottage. The upstairs has a cathedral ceiling with a ceiling fan and track lighting that can be dimmed for a tranquil ambiance. There is a large, high triangle window in the main upstairs facing southeast to let in plenty of early morning light.
Both upstairs bedrooms are cozy with Skylight windows in the lower part of gambrel roof, giving excellent water views.
The boat room has lifejackets and paddles for the kayaks and also there you will find the gas grill with two gas tanks, and a backup charcoal grill. There's a wooden stairway that takes you down to the water and next to the stairway, a slide to make it easier to get the kayaks down and back up again.
Keywords: Cabin, kayaks, woodstove, shorefront
I was born and raised in Ohio, which means I can never be a real Mainer, but after 12 years of year-round living, Brooksville has grown ever deeper in my heart. I lived "out west" in Washington state for a few years after I became a physician assistant (PA). After doing a one-year emergency medicine residency at USC+LAC county general hospital (see the documentary Code Black for what THAT training was like in 1994), I wanted to live in a place with trees, water, hills, and four seasons, and Blue Hill Hospital just happened to be looking for a PA at the time. I got not only those things, but so much more. After I moved into the double-wide mobile home on the property I bought, every day I would get up, look out my window across the field to the water and thank God that I had found this place.
I later met my husband while on a medical mission to Ecuador, and he came to live here with me after we married. However, ten years of the long, cold, snowy winters (see owner photo, above) were just a bit too much for someone who grew up in the tropics. We moved south. For the past couple of summers, I have done seasonal work at MDI Hospital ER in Bar Harbor, which lets me come back and care for my property, though I can no longer live here, since you-all, my cottage guests, are coming in the summer, lol.
Jane Reinoso purchased this cabin in 1996
I was looking for a place to live within driving distance of Blue Hill Hospital (where I worked at the time), when I looked at this property with my real estate agent. I remember her telling me, "You don't want this property." After I had already fallen in love with the shoreline and the view and the large field. "Why don't I want it?" I asked. "It's a mobile home. No bank will give you a loan for this," she replied. Yes, there was a mobile home (which has now been removed, you can still see the slab there), but there was also this small 'camp' right by the water which was in disrepair from many years of neglect. (I have always thought of a camp as a place to pitch my tent and build a fire, but I was quick to learn that in Maine a camp is a building, often in a remote area, where families go for vacation.)
The property was out of my price range at the time, so we kept on looking, but truly, after I saw that place, nothing else I looked at was good enough. I think it was about a month or so later that the owners came down on their asking price--to almost within reach. So I made an offer, there was a flurry of negotiations, and the rest is history. I never looked back.
Oh, and yes, the bank did give me the loan--turns out the president of the bank sang in choir with me at church--her response when I asked about a loan to buy property was, "Oh that means you're going to stay! We'll find a way to make this work." I love small towns!
Renovating this camp was a labor of love, as we did as much of the work ourselves, including shingling the outside, painting the old walls on the inside, completely re-building the boat house, and adding a wood shed. The more time I spent at the cottage, the more I knew that this was a small treasure that had to be shared with others.
The shoreline and the sunsets!! The peace and tranquility. The sounds of nature. Birds at the feeder by day and the silent dancing fireflies at night. You can see the stars, and the Milky Way. Once I saw a group of about a dozen seals at high tide coming all in the same direction, and they were followed by many gulls and a bald eagle--turns out the seals were "herding" schools of fish into the corner of the cove where they would be easier to catch. They did it about three times before the tide started to turn.
Then there's the soapstone woodstove with a catalytic combustor, and glass window in the front, so you can see the flames dancing in the air above the logs once the combustor has been engaged.
A boat house stores the paddles and life jackets for the kayaks as well as the gas grill and grilling supplies. There is also now a rope to ease the kayaks down the slide (next to the stairs) to get them down to the shore and back again.
We try to be as eco-friendly as possible; we use all LED and compact fluorescent light bulbs, we have a compost bin for compostable trash. There's a full-size ironing board and iron. Towels and extra linens can be found in the large bathroom closet. A variety of games and books are upstairs for a rainy day, and a phone for local calls. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, utensils, and towels, including cutting board, pots and pans, and a few select spices; there is a lobster pot and a list of the closest places to buy fresh, live lobster. When we redesigned the kitchen, I made sure that the sink was located with a large window in front of it facing the water. There is a large, double sliding-glass door which takes you out onto the screened porch, where you can sit and watch the sunsets and listen to the sounds of nature while sipping your favorite beverage.
We wanted someplace in Maine where we could stay with our two older dogs, who seem to age too rapidly when we’re gone. This was the perfect place. They love the smell of the salt air and the sights and sounds of the shorebirds as much as we do. The porch is enticing, though it’s hard to pry me out of the recliner. The house is as described, and immaculate — when we arrived, the kitchen bar was set up with two place settings and wine glasses!
We haven’t eaten out one night yet, and plan to have lobster at home again tonight. With an hour’s notice, Northern Bay Market, on the road to Penobscot, will boil up a lobster for you (or you can bring them home alive, with no notice!). That’s our plan for tonight’s final-night meal.
We weren’t planning to go to Stonington when we visited Deer Isle, but are glad we did. My husband, the expert (now) on lobster and crab rolls, says the best lobster roll he’s had was the one from the little ice cream stand on East Main Street. And while the village really is lovely, it’s the view from the village at the beautiful harbor and rock formations that must not be missed.
We wished we had more time (and younger dogs) when we made it to acaadia National Park, but put it on your list and go to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
If you’re into organic food, don’t pass up the John Edwards Market in Ellsworth, and the Blue Hill Co-op, and there are a lot of farmer’s markets — we went to the one near Buck’s Market on a Tuesday morning. Also visit Four Season Farm in nearby Harborside, home to organic food gurus Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman.
For a quick, nearby lunch, head to Bagaduce Lunch (they serve until 7 p.m. or so) and eat at the picnic tables. They have a wonderful view — and of course lobster rolls.
Sounds like the house was just a launching pad for going other places! Somewhat. But we never missed a sunset from the screened-in porch, nor a lazy breakfast there with the hounds at our feet. Our only complaint is that this week at Driftwood wasn’t made up of 14 days.
Jane and Miguel Reinoso have created an idyllic home-away-from-home on the banks of the Bagaduce River. Just minutes away from Blue Hill, their cottage is filled with simple pleasures of comfy bedrooms, a wood-burning stove and a screened-in porch that offers breathtaking sunsets. Kayak across to historic Castine, hike through the Holbrook Island Sanctuary, or bike up to the Bagaduce Lunch for a sandwich next to the reversing falls. We love this place.
Marilyn and Steve Kushner
Terrific getaway surrounded by vacationland scenery. Perfect for our family of four. We spent most of our time on the back porch eating meals, playing cards, or just taking in the view of the water. Kayaks available and on the water in minutes. The stars at night were a treat too for us city dwellers. Loved this place.
Driftwood Cottage was a great place for a getaway for a couple with a dog. The cottage is simple and beautifully done, with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. There is one other cottage on the long driveway but nobody was there during our stay, plus it is a very separate from Driftwood and there are trees and a small field between. The location is ideal for those seeking a quiet setting close to trails and small coastal towns and kayaking. We went to Acadia's Schoodic Peninsula for a wonderful day trip. Nearby Holbrook Sanctuary was a huge highlight of the trip because we had an unbelievable, up-close sighting of a mature bald eagle sitting on a low branch. Beautiful sunsets are a huge asset to this west-facing cottage looking out over the cove. We enjoyed our time at Driftwood very much!!
Not much privacy owners kept stalking proprty and actually walked into the cabin without knocking or calling. Cabin was on a nice lot and " cute " for a home owner remodel. Kayacks needed a good cleanig. By the end of the week we started noticing what looked like cock roaches around and was swarmed by bees taking out the garbage because of the large nest under the eves.
Our family of 4 (plus Lula the dog) LOVED Driftwood Cottage - we can't wait to come back again. It was cozy, clean, well stocked, and had everything we needed for a perfect week in a gorgeous part of Maine. Not only did we enjoy walks on the quiet lanes and nearby nature trails, and kayaking along the lovely Bagaduce River, but we discovered the wonderful nearby treasures like the Tinder Hearth wood-burning pizza and superb bakery on a pretty farm five minutes away; the fun short trips to nearby towns like historic Castine and Stonington at the tip of Deer Isle; and easy access to Belfast in one direction or Acadia National Park in the other. Rustic rural area yet relatively easily accessible, we also found incredibly nice neighbors and fellow travelers all around the area.
The Driftwood was the perfect spot for exploring the Brooksville/Blue Hill/Deer Isle area. The cottage was as described with everything we needed, including the wonderfull soapstone stove that we used every day, as the nights were cool this time of the year. Even with the chilly weather, the Bagaduce River was a great spot for kayaking. I paddled over to Castine twice and went upriver a few times. The cottage is located in a very quiet location and even with the windows shut, we could hear the wonderful call of the loons on the water. The perfect spot for 2-3 people. We hope to return someday.
Art galleries, pottery and other artisan shops are scattered throughout the peninsula
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
3 Jun 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£36|
|Cleaning Fee||£75 + Tax|
In the event of cancellation of a rental contract, refund of the advanced rental deposit will be made only to the extent that a tenant can be found to occupy the vacated time reserved under this contract unless cancellation is made 90 days prior to the term of this contract, less a $150/week administrative fee.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.