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'The Big House' Classic Updated Farmhouse

Bedrooms 8
Separate WC's1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

8 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 16

This 1800's beautifully renovated farmhouse features 8 bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms and a gourmet country kitchen with a 5 burner gas stove, in-island electric oven, 2 refrigerators, ice maker, wine cooler and more. In addition the house is equipped with Wi-Fi, cable television, washer dryer and VCR and DVD library. Sitting on 35 acres overlooking Blue Hill Bay, it is just a short walk to a private beach for sunning, beach combing, swimming, kayaking and boating (mooring available). The house is completely updated and charmingly furnished and is ideal for multi-family vacations. Located just 15 miles from historic Blue Hill and 40 miles from Acadia National Park.

Bill Gray
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2017

About Bill Gray

My wife Cathy and I currently live in Rockville Centre, NY. Although I was born and raised in New York, growing up I spent all my summers across the street from the Big House (dad was a school teacher). My family has deep roots here and to this date most of my relatives live in the area.

We have been renting to Big House for many years now and have an opportunity to meet some of the guests and have found each encounter to be rewarding. It is fun to meet people who are on vacation! We hope we have a chance to meet you.

Why Bill Gray chose Brooklin

The original cape cod part of this house was built in the early 1800's. As was typical of these salt water farms additions were added expanding the house as needed. It was built and owned by the Sherman family. It has been a farm, bed and breakfast, post office, and summer rental property since then. Off to the right (as you are facing the house) there use to be a dance hall and movie theatre (currently there is a barn/boat house). This was during the time of silent movies. Laura Sherman ran this business and played the piano for the silent pictures. Down the street 'a piece' was the Grovehurst Inn and cottages. The inn was torn down a long time ago but the cottages remain and are still owned by descendants of the Sherman family. If you look to the left when you reached the beach you will see three big rocks, there is a peer by these rocks. That was the site of a steam boat landing. It brought summer guest from New York, Boston and beyond.

This area is steeped in beautiful vistas, abundant nature and never ending hospitality. It has been a treasure chest of delight for my family, both current and prior generations. We know you will find the same.

What makes this house unique

Long walks on the beach, exploring game trails in the 35 acres behind the house, trips to Deer Island and Stonington, visiting Acadia National Park, baking and cooking in the expansive kitchen or enjoying cocktails on the wrap around porch all make this house feel like home to all who sty here.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in North Brooklin in Brooklin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Violet Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Attached, shares with Violet Twin
    Master Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Separate
    Pink Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Attached; jacuzzi
    Four Post Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Separate
    Yellow Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Attached
    Blue Twin Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shares with Gold Twin Bedroom
    Half Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Off kitchen
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Violet Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2nd Floor, attached bath
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2nd floor, separate bath
    Four Post Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1st floor, separate bath
    Pink Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1st floor, attached bath/jacuzzi
    YellowBedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd floor, attached bath
    Violet Twin Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor, shared bathroom
    Blue Twin Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor, shared bath
    Gold Twin Bedroom 8 - 2 Single Bed , 2nd floor, shared bath
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
On 39 acres. House sits on 35 acre lot, 4 waterfront acres directly across road. Wrap-around front porch with rockers and outdoor furniture; granite back patio with 2 tables, 10 chairs, 2 benches. Beach located across Route 175 approximately 800 feet; can drive within 100 feet, stair access. Mooring available. House has 3 staircases, 6 zone heat, 2 hot water heaters. Eat-in kitchen seats 8, dining room seats 8. Triple sink plus in-island vegetable sink, 5 burner 36 inch gas stove, in-island electric oven, 2 refrigerators, separate ice-maker, butler's pantry, wood-burning range. Living room with couch, love seat and two easy chairs; adjoining parlor with TV and and couch and two easy chairs.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

'The Big House' Classic Updated Farmhouse
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

The house was very impressive - great spot for a large group!

  • 5 of 5

We had a blast. We had 7 couples split between the 8 bedrooms. Large back yard for grilling horse shoes and activities. One day we did a large lobster cookout. No complaints at all as the owners very more than accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful farmhouse in Brooklin , Me

  • 5 of 5

The Big House was great place for a large group of people to stay and enjoy coastal Maine. It is beautifully furnished, comfortable and clean. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you wound need and more. There are great spaces inside and outside for people to gather . Everything worked, no problems with plumbing, electricity or wifi. The beach access is an easy walk across the street. We had a wonderful time there in August and would love to stay there again.

There are lots of great restaurants and things to do and explore in the area. The owners provide a binder full of information on the area including restaurants , shopping and activities.

I would highly recommend The Big House to family and friends

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice big house with great land to run around and relax around with great proximity to the ocean

  • 4 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Big House was clean and comfortable, well equipped. And the owner is friendly and responsive.

  • 5 of 5

The Big House had lots of bedrooms and bathrooms with great showers. The internet service was terrific. We noted many people using the service simultaneously.

We found lots to do in the area. There were plenty of good restaurants and sightseeing areas.

The kitchen was large and well laid out. There were two refrigerators and an ice making machine!

The yard was large enough for a full size croquet area.

The property manager was also great. She delivered lobsters purchased right off the dock at boat prices!

JC and Carleen Carlson + 8 other happy guests.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Love for the Big House!

  • 5 of 5

If I had any feedback or advice to the owners of the Big House, it would be this: POST more pictures!! The ones here do not do this amazing home and property justice. Here are just a few things that you don't see, but made this place one of the best we (3 families, 13 people, from pre-teens, to college students, to those of us pushing the big 5-0.) have ever rented. The Yard: HUGE, well maintained, with a lovely fire pit for roasting marshmallows and telling tales. Lots of space to run and play. The VIEWS: Oh my! From the top of the hill to the beach below. So so lovely. The BEACH: Your own little paradise! We had it to ourselves all but one day. There is plenty of shade and a picnic table under a quirky old tree. And the sea glass! Oh, we were in heaven! Best beach combing, tide pool exploring ever. Even after a long day at Acadia, we couldn't resist taking a sunset stroll down to the beach to explore a little more. LOTS of little nooks and crannies and EXTRAS: This house is BIG, but it feels like a home. Clean and well maintained with unique features that only older homes have with built ins and odd shaped rooms.

One final thought: The caretaker, Heather, is an absolute angel. She went above and beyond to make our stay an amazing experience we will never forget.

It is not often that you get more than you expected. The Big House is the exception to the rule.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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absolutely amazing! !

  • 5 of 5

15 people 3 families decided to stay at the big house. Not sure if it was what we wanted but we went for it!!! It was absolutely beautiful the property the scenery and the owner of the property was top notch. Would I stay there again yes I would in a minute. Access to the beach was great , drive to acadia national park was not bad. Nice drive through towns traffic was not bad at all. Great place to rent!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bangor, ME
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Car: necessary

World class sailing and boating, beach, fishing, art galleries, antiquing. Visit Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Wooden Boat School and Magazine and quaint coastal villages of Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonington, Castine and Camden.

Other Activities: hiking, kayaking


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in North Brooklin, Downeast and Acadia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early - Off Season 2017
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low - In Season 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High - In Season 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late - Off Season 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £231.91
Refundable Damage Deposit £309.21
Tax Rate 9.0%

$2,400 to $3,400 per week
Rentals begin on Saturday at 4:00 pm and end on Saturday at 10 am.
Spring and Fall rentals are $2,400 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Special Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

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