|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Built in 1967, our authentic Maine “camp” sits right on Penobscot Bay at the end of a 1/2 mile-long private wooded lane, just 3.5 miles north of the historic village of Castine.
Situated on the southern fringe of Turners Point (directly across from Belfast), it has stunning sunsets and views of the Camden Hills.
A 75 ft. path through the bunchberries takes you down to our private beach. We own over 300 ft of a sandy/cobblestone mix, where you can swim at high tide, or lounge with a book, or take long walks on an almost uninhabited beach. Or, just soak in the long view south down Penobscot Bay.
With very few neighbors (who also have large wooded tracts and long stretches of beach) we offer you seclusion - and nature in all its glory. (Our nearest northern neighbor is 300 feet away, and southern, more than 500, all through thick woods.)
With almost all the amenities of home, our cabin is a perfect retreat for the bird watcher, the writer, or someone simply wanting to get away from it all. Yet there are restaurants and markets, movies, concerts, and museums, as well as a quaint New England village steeped in Maine's seafaring history, just minutes away.
Listen to the ravens and the loons. See seals basking on rocks and eagles cruising right over head, all summer long. Catch the deer foraging for apples in what used to be an old orchard, or forage for your own raspberries along the lane. And at extremely low tide, look for mussels, sea urchins, starfish, and more. If you especially love nature accompanied by most of modern day conveniences, our place could be just right for you.
PLEASE NOTE: Our maximum capacity is 6 people total, and is not available for large gatherings such as weddings, reunions, graduation parties, etc.
One other note is that the two ell bedrooms are accessible only from the porch (and not from the main cabin).
KEYWORDS: Writers and Nature Retreat
My great-grandfather as well his father were both born in Castine - so coming here every summer is a long-standing family tradition. And when my grandfather was ready to retire, he decided to come back 'home' to Castine.
Shortly after my grandparents restored the old sea captain's house in town (his 'retirement project'), they decided to build a camp out on the shore, so that their children and grandchildren could visit them in Castine, just like they had done for so many years.
He fashioned our camp partly after his sister's cottage down the beach, and partly after a cabin his uncle had built in the 1920's, on Smith Cove in Brooksville (which is just across Castine and Oakum Bay). In fact, our stone fireplace is a replica of the one in his uncle's cabin.
Bob Boenau purchased this cabin in 1967
My wife and I followed in my grandparents' footsteps when we moved to Maine 10 years ago.
I now live in Boothbay as a boatbuilder, but try to spend some time here every summer.
I'm still working in Boothbay (and my sisters elsewhere) so we can't be here all summer long, and when we aren't here, we're happy to make it available to others.
It's an unbelievably quiet and untouched stretch of beach. Time really seems to stop here.
My family (2 adults, 2 teenagers ages 17/15) just spent a week at the Boenau camp and we had a fantastic time. Bob and Stephanie are the most gracious hosts you could ask for! A couple of the high(est) points:
The information they provide - cabin amenities, things to do in the area, tide patterns, where to eat, what to expect, what to bring, etc. - is unmatched. We felt perfectly prepared heading to Maine given the information they provided. But - on top of that - they answered every single one of my very.detailed.questions (!) - AND even did internet research on their own time based on the things we mentioned we wanted to do while we were there. They went waaay above and beyond to make sure we had all the info we needed. We've dealt with owners who put a small amount of information on their site and basically that's all you get. Not the case with this house.
The house is wonderfully cozy and perfectly appointed. Never have I had as much at my fingertips without having to purchase it myself. Every cooking utensil you could possibly need. Paper muffin cups? Check. Kosher salt? Check. Binoculars to watch the wildlife? Check. Portable cooler for your outing? Check. Books, magazines and boardgames for entertainment? Check.
The set up of the house is unusual - they spell it all out on their site - but basically the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms are included in an add-on to the house that is not accessible from inside the main house. In order to get to those bedrooms, you have to walk out onto the front porch. Kind of like a motel with exterior doors. For us, having 2 teenagers, it was perfect. They each had a room and all the privacy they needed. My husband and I could get up every morning, chat and have coffee without disturbing them while they slept.
Our idea of a perfect vacation is to find a cool town, spend a few days there doing fun stuff, then retreat to a secluded house and have several days of down time. We've followed this model for the last 5 years and have used a VRBO cabin for each of our trips. This was one of the best experiences we've had. You can't ask for a better house for down time. It is wonderfully secluded with no other houses in sight and it is absolutely quiet. You walk out onto the back deck and have a perfect sunset view all to yourself and you feel like you are the only people on the earth.
Bob and Stephanie are excellent hosts and just all around nice people. I highly recommend this cabin.
My husband and I have been renting a camp every year for about the past 12 years. We agree this is one of - if not THE- best rental experience we've ever enjoyed. The listing accurately reflects the camp's amenities and appearance. From our first contact with the owners, Bob & Stephanie, we found them to be very helpful. The directions they sent to locate their camp were easy to read and accurate. Appreciated the suggestions to stop at the Penobscot bridge, & on a more practical note, to stop at Hannaford in Bucksport to food shop. On arrival we found the camp neat and well maintained. I've never had the pleasure of staying at a camp with a dishwasher before! They supplied us with 6 gallons of drinking water. Usually renters bring their own, nice to not have to lug it in. They even left us a little blueberry treat: great on pancakes. The "ell" shape might notwork for a family with little kids, but fine for 2 adults and a dog. My cousins' camp in western Maine has the same configuration; I believe at one point that's how everyone built them. Our favorite activities are dayhiking, swimming, exploring new places, and canoeing. We never ran out of things to do. I should have thought to ask where Mainers go swimming in the area, as the ocean is cold. Highly recommend this property if your thing is to get off the beaten path and explore unspoiled Maine. Holbrook Island Sanctuary was gorgeous, many opportunities for viewing birds and wildlife. We actually saw an eagle swoop down and grab a fish out of the water! Stunning!
The cottage is simple, but so comfortable. Bob and Stephanie have thought of just about everything you could need to enjoy your stay. The sunset view is beautiful. We took many strolls on the beach and even just sat on rocks reading. We didn't venture too far, some trips to Blue Hill and one to Ellsworth. We enjoyed the free concerts around the area, Flash in the Pans was fun! The kitchen is very well equipped - even lots of baking supplies. We felt at home here and are very happy to have been able to enjoy our vacation in this cozy camp.
Have been meaning to write this review for some time. My family of 5 stayed at Boenau camp for a week last August. Our goal was to have a quality family retreat, and the camp was perfect for this purpose. Our mornings were spent walking the beach, studying tide pools, climbing rocks, exploring, and laughing. Afternoons we read, played games, swam at full tide, and barbecued. As my 11 year old says, it was beautiful, undisturbed, and you could totally concentrate on nature. We did not do a ton in the area, though we did visit Castine and found the Wilson Museum, and especially the hands-on crafts demonstrations to be beyond anything you get in the big city. The camp was well-stocked, rustic but thoroughly and thoughtfully equipped, clean and charming. Bob, the owner, was friendly, responsive, and kind. We had a beautiful visit. Thank you.
This wonderful cabin evoqued fond memories of childhood experencies but with lots of modern updates. The cabin is equiped with everything you could want. The location is terrific, near the towns of Castine and Owl's Head. The owners were more than obliging and helpful, including having an unlimited supply of information and maps for the area.
We spent many hours on the deck looking out at the ocean and eating lobster bought from Larry at the local snack shack.
We would highly recommend this wonderful retreat.
Our stay at this rental was nothing short of perfect. We have been visiting this area for many years and have rented a few places in the past and none compare to our experience here. The cabin was extremely well appointed and had the best set up kitchen (pots,pans,spices, etc.) ever. The cabin was roomy and charmingly rustic, with ample room for everyone. The extra bedrooms being off the main cabin (an addition) were perfect for kids and guests. We had outstanding weather but the one day of fog (it's Maine) allowed the fireplace to be used and breakfast to be served as the lobster boats pulled traps right out on the bay. There were ample games/books and the kayaks and canoe were used every day. The WiFi worked but we used it only once and the TV was not turned on at all. The outside grounds were beautiful and the back porch and backyard were a great place to entertain or read a book as the sun set. 18 steps and we were on a beach that constantly changed with the large tides that occur on Penobscot Bay. The beach was a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Maine. The village of Castine is a short 6 minute drive and is a delight in itself (voted #8 in DownEast Magazine top ten prettiest towns). Charming and quaint with elm tree lined streets and literally hundreds of years of history. Castine has a handful of restaurants and Inns and is a great walking around town (even has a golf course). Bob and Stephanie were wonderful hosts and very helpful and their pride and love for this property is quite apparent. All in all, if you are looking for a quiet and tranquil location this is it.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
|Notes||PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT require or ask for wire transfers of any sort. If you are asked to do so, please telephone us directly.|