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Tapley Farm's Cabin, Beach, Sunsets, Charming, Family and Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

'The Way Life Should Be' 2 Bedrooms Just a Quick Walk to the (2) Beaches

Waterfront property, cozy cabin, great beds and amenities. Bring the family!

Acadia, 1 hr, Blue Hill 20 min, Stonington 35 min.

As Troy said

"A magical coastal retreat in the heart of Down East Maine. Our family (5) had a wonderful time at Dick and Carol's saltwater farm. The house is rustic and charming, the yard is big and beautiful, the dogs are friendly, the geese are loud, the chickens wake up early, the sun seems to linger forever, the sea appears at the end of the old dirt path and the beach house seems to float along the seashore. If you are considering a trip to Maine and really want to experience Down East Maine, book this lovely cottage. Acadia, Blue Hill and Stonington are close by. As are several great food spots -- the apple tree in the front yard, the bakery down the street, Millbrook Company, Bagaduce Lunch, The Fish Net. The beach is typical Maine, but the beach house is something special -- nothing fancy, but a wonderful patch of green grass along the blue sea. The house is rustic, but in the best possible way. Everything you need is here, including several large lobster pots, an endless supply of great movies on VHS and a quiet back porch. Finally, Carol and Dick are wonderful hosts. Warm, welcoming, truly happy to have guests at their house. Book it, enjoy it, don't tell anyone (else).

Aunt Mary's Cabin sleeps 4 people and is surrounded by water and 37 pastoral acres. Charming and rustic cabin offers comfortable king and queen bedrooms, a full eat-in kitchen, living, dining, washer/dryer and screened porch. Surrounded by water, quiet country roads and untouched, the farm is 'Life as life should be'.

And David said in September 2015

Wow! What an amazing get away. Carol and her husband are incredible hosts. The cabin on the organic farm was even better than described. My wife and 6 month old son stayed for 6 nights and wish we could have stayed longer. The cabin was the perfect mix of rustic charm with modern amenities including a great collection of movies and games for the rainy day. Carol helped us plot our adventures from swimming in a gorgeous pond while spotting bald eagles, hiking enumerable trails, to visiting local farms and harbors to source our locally grown meals. Lobster, chicken, lamb, greens, veggies, cheese, milk and more. With Tinder Hearth bakery just up the road, we ate until we burst! The Brooksville/Blue Hill/Deer Isle area is a very special place. Staying at Carols farm made it all the more special. We can't wait to come back! Thank you!

The farm was farmed by our Grandfather and the road led to ships awaiting repair. All the land was used for farming and no chemicals were ever used here. The nights are full of stars and fireflies and days of Valerian and roses blowing in the breezes. Our neighborhood is full of homesteaders who raise vegetables, make cheese or bake bread. Our local market has the best wines, chosen by Jonathan, the Chief at Buck's and the market there has specialty foods and supplies for locals and the yachtsmen who frequent Brooksville in the summer. Kneisal Hall in Blue Hill has the best music available anywhere and students from the best schools come to play for us all summer. The Stonington Opera has fine film, performance and jazz and the village is full of art, restaurants and a great little clothing store. Nearby Deer Isle has wonderful galleries, restaurants and Haystack where artists meet and teach. Blue Hill and all the surrounding towns have farmer's markets, not unlike Provence. You can eat organic, top quality food every day and enjoy our local art as well. The various Yacht Clubs have events and races all summer and our guests are able to use our pond access at Walker's to swim, a new beach with outstanding water and loons.

Kayaking and canoeing are done here and you can lease a boat in blue hill for your visit. Lobsters are readily available and you can get them precooked or cook them yourself. Our guests love the feel of a time gone by as we have no urban sprawl or strip centers, we have open space and a feeling of peace.

Climb Blue Hill, hike through Holbrook Island Sanctuary, visit the Nearing Center and learn about farming and homesteading or go to the Wooden Boat School and build a boat. Elliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosche are renowned for gardening and amazing techniques to encourage longer seasons. Their farm is a few miles away and the flowers and vegetables are the finest anywhere.

Across the water is Castine a great old town with my favorite bar, 'The Penagoet', with Jack your host, and his amazing collection of photographs.The Maine Maritime is there and the ship is often at dock and the students race their sailing ensigns. Cruise ships and sailboats, yachts and lobster boats fill the water and Castine is a great place to get ice cream, throw a dollar on Dennet's ceiling and have a beer. The homes there are from the days of great sailing ships, captain's and their families. Our family used to run the steamer from the wharf to Castine and would attend the one room school house there. We have pictures of the water frozen, completely from Brooksville to Castine.

Summertime is loaded with daily activities and the fall is so beautiful with the maples and orchards glowing.

Dogs allowed with owners approval.

Come to our farm and enjoy the beauty of nature, get reacquainted with silence and cool air and just relax in the summer sun.

For larger groups, The perfect place for relaxing reunions, catching up with old friends, and beautiful country weddings.Please check out our other listing on VRBO.#41192 if you need more space. Thank you!

More Details

Carol Gregor
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 December, 2016

About Carol Gregor

This homestead has been in the family since 1840. A total of 37 acres and Ocean Front, the farm is now available for lease . Aunt Mary has two bedrooms. Loving the coast of Maine, we have begun replenishing the fields for organic farming. The Brooksville Peninsula is full of wonderful farms and we enjoy buying local food and living simply. We live on the property also and love sharing this amazing place. I am a design build professional in the process of finishing a Documentary Film on 'Home' and my husband, who spent his summers here with his Grandparents, is a Professional Engineer who specializes in building system and analysis. Leed certified he designed the first solar home in NH in the 70's. He Graduated from Swarthmore and a Nasa fellowship sent him to Dartmouth Thayer School. I went to a small woman's college in Washington DC that is now a part of George Washington University and I studied at Harvard for two years. We raised 4 children and have 5 grandchildren who all come to the farm in the summer!

This summer we will be planting a medicinal herb garden and spend some time on our little day sailor.

Carol Gregor purchased this cabin in 1840

Why Carol Gregor chose Downeast and Acadia

Generations have been on this land and the original family settled in Brooksville in 1790. 7 Tapley Brothers were sea captains and the Wharf on South Wharf Rd is where our grandfather repaired ships. The barn had a livery for people who came by ferry to ride to Blue Hill. Aunt Mary Tapley married William Wasson who was also a Sea Captain, our farm is their homestead and is now ours.

What makes this cabin unique

Our neighborhood has not changed in 180 years from the time my husband's ancestors sailed from our wharf around the world. Two salt water farms remain in our family and the land and waterfront are as pristine and magical as they once were. Our neighbors include the wonderful Tinderhearth, 1/4 mile for bread and pizza and open mic, David's Folly Farm for meats and produce and Buck's Harbor for dinner or supplies. Yoga is in Brooksville and Blue Hill with David Walker, kayaks are available to rent and be delivered here. Castine is 2 miles by water and has our favorite Pentagoet restaurant along with great pizza and history. Fresh milk can be found at the Retburgs in Penobscot and lobsters cooked from Northern Bay Market. The local parades and breakfasts are on going and the Steel Bands are playing through out the summer. The methodist Church in Buck's Harbor has music every Tuesday night all summer and the Yacht Club has dancing on Thursday night. Reversing Fall's Sanctuary also offers many local events including Solstice celebrations and art shows. Holbrook Island along with numerous hiking trails abound through the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Enjoy swimming at Walker's Pond or if you prefer, use our beach and the chill of the water right here.

Don't forget all the activity in Stonington at the Opera House or enjoy a boat ride. The Surry Theater has ongoing shows, Deer Isle's artists and Haystack are busy all summer and visit Brooklin Boat Yard. There is classical music at Kneisal Hall and in Blue Hill. The Grand in Ellsworth is busy all summer also. And Acadia is just over an hour away. There are many nature walks and ocean studies happening also. One can also just sit on our beach and enjoy the many types of boats that are part of this seaside farm.

Look at the Weekly Packet for all the local events. biggest benefit is to come to a place that is truly 'Life as life should be' . Please check out our other listing on VRBO.#41192 if you need more space

Guestbook comments from the owner



Carol and Dick's cottage/cabin is unbelievable. We stayed there for a week, and had everything we needed, including eggs from their chickens and ducks every morning. There are great local markets and stands to get local produce. David's Folley down the street is a great place for humanely raised local meat. Tinderhearth will provide you with local delicious breads and pastries, as well as amazing pizza on Tuesday evenings. Be sure to also stop by 44 North on Dear Island to get some yummy coffee. Take the bikes Carol and Dick provide to go on some beautiful bike rides- there are some serious hills though which makes for great exercise. We couldn't be happier with our trip to Brooksville at Dick and Carol's- our dog LOVED it too! We all miss it already!

July 2015
Sep 2015
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(3 traveller reviews)

Tapley Farm's Cabin, Beach, Sunsets, Charming, Family and Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 15 reviews
London, UK

Naughty Goose cottage - superb!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay with young children in this delightful cottage in Brooksville was exceedingly pleasant. From the large and comfortable beds to the beautiful views from the screened-in porch, the adjacent beach and blueberry fields, the charming, eclectic Maine décor, the excellent selection of books, and, above all, the hilarious clucking poultry guarded by a (harmless) charging goose, everything was perfection in spades. Our children and especially the 4 year-old, who himself resembles the goose in many respects, refer to the property as Naughty Goose Cottage. They couldn't have been more delighted, and nor could we. Our many thanks and regards to the lovely owners.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and the name is perfect!! Trumpet, The Naughty Goose only hopes you come back and stay longer. We loved having you!
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Portland, Maine

Ptatt's visit to Aunt Mary's organic ocean front farm

  • 5 of 5

We just loved our stay at Aunt Mary's cottage! We loved its warm and cozy charm as

well as the beautiful views of the water and open sky both night and day! It is quintessential Maine at it's very best. We had no trouble finding it as the descriptions anddirections were right on and the Gregors were warm and friendly and were perfect hosts. We found the ammenities quaint, very clean and we had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed our walks on the property's beach, and enjoying the fresh herbs

and veggies and the wonderful fresh eggs Dick brings us from his chickens.

The surrounding area is a travelers delight with lovely towns to visit, great galleries and

restaurants. I would highly recommend a visit. We look forward to returning very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic and Secluded

  • 3 of 5

If you plan to spend much time in Acadia National Park be aware that it is an hour away from this property. Bar Harbor is 1 1/2 hours away. The nearest supermarket is 15 miles away in Blue Hill. The local market was small, limited and expensive. The cabin itself was rustic with a shower in one bathroom and a sink in the other. The sitting area upstairs was nice as was the screened in porch. The beds slept well. Two of our windows would not stay shut and there were not screens on some of the windows so the bugs got in. One night the temperature got down into the upper 40's and we nearly froze. The only heat are space heaters and we could only plug in one at a time without throwing the breaker. There are only two overhead lights; the rest are lamps. There is no TV, only VHS tapes. The boat house was down a dirt road and the other shoreline was across a field. We adjusted by the end of the week and enjoyed our time in Maine.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting our guests and tried to make their stay as comfortable as possible during the windy chilly spell we had. We also offered them other accommodations but they chose to stay in the cabin. We always want our guests to love Maine and love our beautiful farm and are very saddened when some people are disappointed.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Bangor, Bar Harbor, Trenton Maine, Portland
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
Waterfront x 2
Car: necessary

The field across the street is for your campfires and smores and enjoyment of the fantastic western sunsets.

Brooksville hosts the best organic farming and farmer's market on Tuesdays. Local farms bring organic foods, baked items, cheeses, pottery, jewelry and more. Fresh bread is baked 1/2 mile away, twice a week and pizza and chocolate croissants are also available. Local lobstermen make finding fresh Maine Lobsters easy and you can even get them cooked for you.

Our beach and boat house look down the river to Castine, Islesboro and Camden and the waterfront is beautiful.

Flying into Bangor is 1 hour away and Portland (website hidden) Harbor is just over an hour and Acadia is a great trip to walk or ride your bike around the trails there. Our peninsula has loads of open space and is surrounded by water and sailors love these waters. Theater, antiques, music, and local craft are nearby.

Two beaches, boat house, fire pit and 37 acres to enjoy.

Buck's Harbor, and Tinderhearth are nearby as are our local farmer's and markets

We are on site and like to answer any questions our guests have. We also try to give them fresh eggs upon arrival and fresh organic veggies and herbs when available.

We love how beautiful it is. We love the water and open sky. Our farm is in the process of growing medicinal herbs and becoming certified organic. We are so lucky to be here!

You need a car, a friend with a car or a bike and like to ride. We do have a couple of bikes for you here.

Please come if you expect a cozy, enriching visit. We have so many wonderful people around you never need to leave Brooksville as our little market and farmer's market have all you need right here.

You may rent a kayak or canoe in Blue Hill.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Brooksville, 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
Spring 2017
6 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £122
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 9.0%

All cleaning, security,and taxes are included in the above fees. Available insurance will be purchased at $59 per visit.

Dogs are charged after approval at $20 per day. Dogs are allowed on the first floor only. They must be well behaved.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Brooksville in Maine

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The first floor has a shower and toilet with washer/dryer. The second floor has a half bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • The master bedroom has a king bed with an added 2 ' foam. Windows allow the stars to be seen from the bed and the bath is a small walk down the hall. The queen room also has a portable changing table and porta crib for our younger guests. We can provide a high chair upon request. There is a half bath on the second floor. The second floor also has a library area and a large living room.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

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