|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Sea legs are essential inside this charismatic custom residence which is in 'Bristol' condition, and boasts built-in furnishings crafted from Honduran mahogany by the owner and local craftsmen including well known shipwrights and furniture makers. Most of the rooms are split-level to take full advantage of the 170 degree water views beyond the 185' frontage on the Damariscotta River. This property has almost every desirable amenity to make your stay memorable. It has just been made available for seasonal rental after having been taken off the market for the past 10 years.
The multi-level residence is entered from the private road and has a herringbone brick courtyard. Three wide granite steps lead down to a covered bridge spanning a moat that empties into adjacent gurgling waterfalls and small ponds. There is also stone stairs which lead to the rear patio and kitchen door.
The double door entry affords choice of the mud/laundry room or the entry foyer. This overlooks the bar entertainment area which is 4 steps down, and also leads to the stairway to the master bedroom suite above.
This central entertainment level contains a large mahogany bar with sink and 8' of cabinets with Corian countertop for buffet type dining. It opens to the living room (up two steps), the large mullti-level deck, and also down four steps to the main level.
The 20'x30' living room with cathedral ceiling has a massive stone fireplace, ceiling fan, large flat screen TV, stereo, well-tuned 6' grand piano, extensive library of books and music. The custom upholstery was done by the late, great Al Sherman. The sofa is down filled. The carpet was replaced this year with hardwood flooring.
On the main level, there is a large open area with cathedral ceiling which contains the kitchen at the rear and the dining area towards the water. Centrally is the island where most folk gather while waiting for dinner or helping the cook with the prep work.
The kitchen allows the cook(s) to join the conversations and boasts a brand new commercial Wolf/Vulcan six burner range and custon fabricated commercial hood. Adjacent to the stove is a special faucet for filling large pots. The kitchen has a glass ceiling for the afternoon sun and windows which when opened allow the sounds of the waterfalls to permeate the room. There is a pantry off the kitchen which also has a prep area and a commercial salamander (broiler). There is also a secret larder/pantry behind the well-stocked cookbook library, There is almost every conceivable utensil including baking pans, pizza pans, crepe pan, and large collection of cookware, bamboo steamers, with more large stock pots than most local restaurants. Also a wok, large paella pan etc. There is a Ninja blender, Cuisinart food processor, panini press, waffle iron, submersible mixer, mandolin (bought in Paris). You can even find four custom-made wooden sushi boards and tons of chopsticks. There is an excellent pepper mill. The kitchen is equipped with most spices and there is an herb garden on the deck.
The range is a 6 burner putting out 30,000 BTU each (watch out) commercial Wolf/Vulcan (they merged, so it's actually a Vulcan with Wolf knobs) and the 35,000 BTU oven is full size, holding one full or two half pans on each shelf. A special pot-filler faucet adjacent makes it easier for those with marginal upper body strength.
The dishwasher is the very best model Miele. The refrigerator is a s/s side by side Jennaire with ice maker. There are slate counter tops with fabricated large country sink. A second sink for prepping is in the pantry below a commercial salamander (broiler) which is used occasionally.
The dishes and coffee mugs are heavy and oven-proof. There are some china cups and saucers for the afternoon tea and cups soft-boiled eggs. There is an assortment of utilitarian glasses and the wine glasses are just basic (sorry, no Reidel stemware).
The master bedroom in the tower has a queen bed constructed like in a yacht with vented mahogany drawers below it and a comfortable mattress. The 14 foot high ceiling has intersecting beams and an original Hunter fan. It has window seating and opens onto a private deck (with awning) where a couple can share their morning coffee or afternoon cocktails. The master bath is in the rear of the room and is up two stairs through a dressing area. The tub is a reconditioned claw foot (skirted in a mahogany deck, with plumbing moved to the side to accommodate two bathers who each have a water view. There is a separate shower with two heads. All furniture is built-in yacht style and made from mahogany (including the drawer interior parts). Counter tops are Corian inlaid with tavle edge moldings. Some counter tops are inlaid with mahogany pieces.
The second 'master' bedroom has an antique double rope bed of tiger maple. There is a walk-in closet and ensuite bath. the 3'x5' custom tiled shower can accommodate two bathers and has a high bench. It has a water view (through the porch).
The porch is fully winterized with radiant heating in the tiled floor. Brown Jordan outdoor furniture ... what else. The mahogany door was designed made by the owner and served as the model for the double front doors, which were made later by the late David Margonelli (who helped with the original one).
At the rear of the main floor is the third bathroom with a similar shower and serves the third bedroom, which is a large loft tpwer suite at the top of the stairs. It has large windows for view and ventilation along with a ceiling fan. There is a double hand-carved antique bed and large stuffed sofa with matching chair. Originally designed for a pool table/game room, it overlooks the main floor, but has the privacy of a half wall (book cases).
There is a semi-detached timber-frame barn at the southern end of the property with garage at street level and artist's studio above. The owners reserve this for their own use.
Karen and David arrived here from California in the summer of 1982 aboard their 44' Pembo trawler 'Pilgrim' and settled down in the small original log cabin where they were married the next spring next to their model 1015 Wurlitzer jukebox which played 'Big bopper's Wedding' ...see photo (original framed photo by Robert Mitchell, which I shot thru the glass with my iPhone). The log cabin eventually morphed into the 'Log Castle' over the next 30 years ... the result of David's passion and vision aided by many talented and sometimes gifted local builders, architects, tradesmen furniture makers, shipwrights, artists ... all who gave their best efforts and ideas into the seemingly endless project.
David Blumin purchased this castle in 1982
This residence is like a rare a jewel. It is interesting and inique with hidden surprises like hidden closets and secret rooms, many levels with nooks and crannies, yet has the ambiance of serenity and balance. It has every amenity one would expect in a vacation rental on the coast of Maine a swimming pool or hot tub (but who know ...next year).
The gourmet chef will love this kitchen which has a real commercial range (not a residentially modified wann-a-be) and every imaginable piece of equipment. There is also a wood-burning stove for simmering stews etc and an outdoor BBQ with rotisserie (as well as an indoor electric Ronco rotisserie oven).
The private dock has 7 feet at low water and the float is only two years old; the aluminum runway is new 2015. The moorings have 3200 and 2200 lb granite blocks and the chains are replaced as needed. We used to keep our 44 foot trawler "Pilgrim" on the larger mooring.
David & Karen have an awesome home in East Boothbay. It's the "real deal". Every amenity possible in the home with "working antiques" - so much custom work. The kitchen is a delight to cook in from blueberry pancakes to steamed lobster with sea water. The views from every room are amazing. We delighted in coffee and cocktails on the deck every day. The Boothbay Harbor region has much to offer. A day trip to Pemaquid Point, Monhegan Island, the Botanical Gardens ( a must) and tooling around Boothbay and all of the shops. Lobsters and oysters ruled the week. And kayaking. We had a golden eagle viewing right off the deck. They are very gracious hosts. We enjoyed them immensely. A great family gathering place.
We really enjoyed the view of the quiet river that was host to the local lobster fisherman's lobster pots. They motored through their buoys each day checking for a full pot. The kids even caught mackerel fishing off the homes dock!
The east boothbay general store was a great find for a nice morning walk to grab coffee and an egg sandwich or cinnamon rolls.
The home is packed with all the essentials and then some! What a kitchen and the views are outstanding.
The owners of the property stopped by and couldn't have nicer or more accommodating to our questions.
Great location to discover coastal Maine.
Our family of 4 absolutely loved the property and hospitality. The views are spectacular throughout the house, and the accommodations in all 3 bedrooms were very comfortable. While we enjoyed the restaurants of Boothbay, we rarely ate anywhere except the house. The cooking facilities are professional grade, and with the seafood available from Pinkham's, it was difficult to justify any other option.
The dock is a wonderful hangout, and provides easy access to the invigorating waters of the Maine Coast. David assures me that he will facilitate an easier exit mechanism in the future - we had to be creative in getting back onto the dock! BTW - we were there for the perseid meteor shower, and saw more shooting stars from the dock than we've ever seen anywhere.
We did not rent a boat, which in retrospect was fine. But bringing a kayak or two would be advisable. bring binoculars! The sights floating, swimming, flying, diving, etc. along the river are never-ending.
Attractions nearby - don't miss the Coastal Botanical Gardens. Just don't. For beach access, consider Southport or Ocean Pointe. We rode our bikes to the latter, which is a hilly 4 miles along a non-bike-friendly set of roads. Still, traffic is light. The world-famous East Boothbay General Store is a short walk away.
Piano is a big plus.
Next year: golf, much more kayaking, and maybe a trip to either Monhegan or Squirrel Island.
Thanks D&K for a wonderful vacation.
We arrived to our "home" after a grueling 1360 mile road trip. Upon arrival a huge hug from Karen and David, the proud owners, awaited us. That is just what the doctor ordered. Ahhhh. To be out of the heat of the Lowcountry, South Carolina, to the cool coastal weather was such a welcome change. The simple fact of being able to have our beloved dog Darla, and our swashbuckling cat Douglas Fairbanks travel with us meant the world to us. Karen and David fell in love with them, and we fell in love with THEM in return.
We don't really need to give you details about the house since it is so clearly defined with honesty in VRBO web site. Absolutely nothing about this beautiful home was a disappointment. The gardens have been tended with care and the property is mesmerizing. We lost all train of thought every morning viewing the lobstermen boating to their traps and securing their treasures. Their process is very intriguing and most certainly educational.
Hiking in the Linekin Preserve every morning (with Darla) at sunrise (only a bit over a mile up the road) was especially sacred to me….we have NO mountains in Hilton Head and I thoroughly enjoyed to aerobic stimulation!
This home and it's gardens and property is so beautiful it was almost unbearable to leave. We felt this way even though we had two full weeks to explore, wind down, and regenerate!
For a day trip, we highly recommend a trip to Cabbage Island for a Lobster/Clambake. We usually don't do "touristy" things, but this was one day we will never forget. Please don't miss this one!
If you don't feel like cooking (and I am sure that will be hard to do with a gourmet kitchen at the ready), please check out Atlantic Edge. You call them, order how ever many pounds of lobster you need, and they will be cooked and ready for pick up within one hour. Just spread out lots of newspaper on the beautiful dining room table and eat to your hearts content. I boiled some red potatoes and fresh corn as a side dish, a gourmet meal was had by all!
Thank you ever so much to David and Karen for allowing us to share your slice of heaven. Your house truly is beyond words.
My husband and I rented Karen and David's beautiful home and spent a week there with two of our young adult sons. It was our first time in Maine and we were so incredibly lucky to have fallen upon this home. The interior is comfortable and cozy and filled with many unique pieces and treasured books that reflect some of the owners passions , like countless cookbooks, books on art and architecture , as well as many of the great novels . Their love for cooking is evident in a kitchen that is beyond a chefs dream. We loved the screened porch that looks out on the river and also enjoyed the family room at night for card games. But what we loved the most was the outside deck areas , gorgeous gardens and yard . Our two small dogs had plenty of run space and the 180 degree view of the river was our favorite. Watching the working lobster boats in the mornings was so incredibly serene and peaceful . We also enjoyed the quiet of East Boothbay where we walked to the general store for coffee in the morning or to a lobster restaurant for dinner. The quaint town of Boothbay Harbor is just a short drive away with many shops and restaurants. Karen and David couldn't have been kinder and pocess a wealth of knowledge of the area. We took so many of their suggestions for "local" spots and only wish we had time for more.. Next time! And there will certainly be a next time!!!
Comfortable home with a great kitchen,fabulous deck with 180 degree view. Most of the rooms had water views. The house is conveniently located in East Booth Bay with parking for 3 guest cars. The grounds are lovely and my grandchildren spent hours fishing off the dock everyday. It's an active lake for fishing. The interior of the house is beautifully furnished and everything in it is top of the line. If you love to cook, it's paradise. The multilevel design was difficult for Grandma and Grandpa.
At the end of a private road; very private. Less than a quarter mile walk to the quaint village of East Boothbay. Three miles to downtown Boothbay Harbor.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£623|
June 1 - June 29: $3,500 per week.
June 30 - August 28: $4,200 per week.
August 28 - Sept 21: $3,500 per week.
Sept 21 - Oct 12: #3,000 per week
9% Lodging tax not included.
Fee will be refunded if able to re-book.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.