5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10)
A week at Crockett’s River Farm
This property is located in a spectacular and very private coastal setting with Western facing views to the peninsula on the other side of Crockett’s Cove and farther across to the Camden Hills. The house and nearby outbuildings present many opportunities for artists, naturalists, and photographers who love Maine. The water access beyond provides the possibility of wonderful outings for those who sail in or bring canoes or kayaks. It was pure heaven for our visiting Labrador retriever.
But, the location, a 20-30 minute drive to the only town, while great for privacy, means that the renter must be prepared to exist independently, and to deal with unexpected deficiencies in basic equipment and supplies; the house is best suited to those with a sense of adventure and a can do spirit. Once inside the house, the renter must beware. The house has not been updated for years.
Electrical outlets are scarce, safe extension cords are not provided and the internet is almost useless (we found that we got better connectivity at the house through ATT or Verizon by not linking with the internet). The windows are old, most of the sash cords have rotted out requiring props to keep windows open; many screens have holes yielding swarms of mosquitoes once darkness falls and the limited lighting available comes on indoors. The only shower is dangerous with no handholds and shower water splashing onto an exposed naked light bulb in the ceiling. Unfortunately an outdoor shower – a much preferable option to indoor bathing given the available facilities – was not operational during our visit. The kitchen door, presented to us as the preferred entrance, has steps with loose rocks; the safer front door entrance, with solid steps, has a lock with no key or any way to secure the lock itself from snapping shut behind the unwary. We also found a squirrel in the house.
I'm so sorry you did not fully enjoy your stay at Crocketts River Farm. The house is a historic farmhouse that has not been updated. This is what makes this house both charming and unique. I went by the property after this review was posted and checked all screens. I wasn't sure which screens you saw that were ripped, but all of them were fully intact. I apologize about the squirrel. There has never been an issue with any sort of rodents before in the home and since it is situated in a field it's possible the squirrel came in through a door left open on the porch. The outdoor shower is still inoperable and it is also not mentioned in the advertisement as an option for bathing. The bathrooms in the house are not updated and each have an original claw foot tub. One has been converted into a shower. This house certainly isn't for every guest, but in my opinion the private meadow, deep water dock, beach, and picturesque views of Penobscot Bay more than make up for the uniqueness of the house.