Our cottage sits on a small bluff directly overlooking Penobscot Bay. About 15 feet from the cottage deck is our private stairs, leading to the water's edge. Maine coastline is more rocky than sandy -- our "beach" is perfect for rock scrambling. And there is a little dock at the foot of the stairs where some guests take their morning coffee or store a kayak or just sit and think. The water is cold -- at least for those of us used to swimming in the Gulf of Mexico -- but is ideal for rowing and canoeing and kayaking if one isn't hardy enough to take a swim. There are little islands nearby to explore, but my favorite thing to do is to paddle out into the bay and sit quietly until the golden seals pop up around me.
We rent the cottage by the week or multiple weeks. Our weeks run from Saturday to Saturday. The cottage is fully furnished with linens, towels, cookware, dishware, and glassware. It is cleaned and the laundry is done before each guest arrives.
There’s a nice-sized master bedroom with a queen-sized bed. In the dining/living greatroom there’s a daybed/sofa with a trundle, which becomes two twin beds. That room is quite attractive, I think: it has a cathedral ceiling and along one wall is the brick fireplace, while one entire other wall is windowed to look out across the water.
Also, there are two charming, cozy sleeping lofts -- one of them looks across the bay and the other looks west, across a field. Each of these lofts has access via pulldown stairs. The lofts were designed for the children of the family that originally built the cottage -- they are fun and sweet and, oddly enough, pretty darned comfortable (which I know from sleeping in them quite often as an adult!). They each have futons and a little table with a little lamp on it.
There is only one bathroom; it is small but clean and modern, and has a shower stall.
The cottage kitchen isn’t large enough to eat in, but it’s not small, and the appliances are in good working order. There’s a new stove, a microwave oven, a normal-sized refrigerator, as well as a little fridge (for extra sodas, snacks, etc.), a toaster oven, and a coffee pot. There are no laundry facilities in the cottage, but there is a laundromat in Castine, and another one in Bucksport.
All well-behaved pets are welcome at our cottage.
The weekly rental rate is inclusive of all fees. There is a $50 discount/week for multiple weeks.
The cottage sits on the tip of a finger of land reaching out into Northern Bay. The mailing address of the cottage is â€œPenobscot, Maine." Penobscot is a tiny village (which happens to have the best lobster rolls on the planet!). We're about 10 minutes from the village of Castine. Castine is the home of the Maine Maritime Academy. Itâ€™s a lovely little town, with a museum, fine restaurants, shops, and churches.
About 15 minutes from the cottage is Blue Hill, which is another charming town with wonderful galleries and restaurants and shops, not to mention a place to rent canoes and kayaks very reasonably! And an hour away is Acadia National Park, with magnificent hiking, biking, and boating as well as a wealth of shops and restaurants.