We are conveniently located right in Belfast, overlooking Belfast Harbor and Penobscot Bay, with spectacular views to Castine and Blue Hill.
We are less than a 10 minute walk into historic brick downtown Belfast, with its growing array of restaurants, niche shops, outstanding galleries, the Belfast Co-Op organic and natural food store, a working waterfront and public landing, movie house and more.
Surrounding the classic downtown area, residential Belfast boasts beautiful wood frame (and some brick) houses in Colonial, Victorian, and Greek Revival styles. Prosperous ship builders in the 1800s built some of the finest grand houses in all of Maine. Belfast has become famous for award winning gardens, for which there are tours available. The beautifully landscaped Belfast Common is a short walk up our street and has become the canine recreation area of choice.
In recent years Belfast has caught the attention of many travel writers and created enormous interest in this previously semi-obscure town. Many crave an interesting and unhurried Maine vacation experience in a truly charming town and they have found it here, and return year after year.
This midcoast area has also become a center of organic and sustainable family farming in Maine, the farm-to-fork slow food movement, and very good eating can be had from local and transplanted chefs. The full Circle Fair sponsored by MOFGA has become a major event in the fall. The Belfast Co-op is Maine's oldest store of its kind. Our guest book comments transcribed into the reviews section will give you a sense of the culinary possibilities.
Festivals, concerts and plays are held regularly in Belfast. The working waterfront features ocean-going tugs, launches, sailboats, the ferry to Castine, and the occasional small cruise ship stopping by. A consortium of boatyards and boat builders, Front Street Boatyard have created a world-class boat/small ship overhaul boatyard colaborative near the walking bridge, which has breathed new energy into the working waterfront.
From our house, the town park—with tennis courts and a great pool—is just a few minutes in the opposite direction, on Northport Ave. A major regional hospital and medical center is also down that way.
Facing East Belfast across the harbor, our house sits above a sloping lawn which leads to a deck and private stairs descending to the beach below. We have ample space for beach chairs, kayaks, etc. This is an ideal location from which kayaking groups may explore the area. And because of Belfast's location, much of Maine is easily reachable, making it the perfect Maine day trip launching point—from Camden to Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor.
In the summer, unlike much of the open ocean in Maine, the harbor in front of our little beach is warm enough to swim in comfortably. Depending on the tide, one can even walk into town via the beach.
Our house was originally a typical fisherman's house from around 1900, but a few years ago we completely rebuilt and reconfigured it to include a new foundation, insulation, plumbing, electrical and heating, and very visiter-friendly layout. Several rooms are connected to an open living room / kitchen area, and lots of windows and doors look out on the water.
The house features unique stairs, landings and a loft. Many different woods are used throughout, notably oak, pine and cherry, much of it locally milled. The floors are birch, pine and, in the older parts of the house, the original pumpkin pine. A cedar wrap-around deck is outside and stairs descend to the lawn below. We get great sun and ample ventilation, as sea breezes naturally flow thoughout the house. Multiple ceiling fans and many windows and skylights help keep our guests comfortable even on the hottest summer days.
We have three dedicated bedrooms: A top floor bedroom with queen size bed, skylights and a bathroom and truly breathtaking views; a second floor water-facing bedroom has another queen bed overlooking the Bay. A third bedroom contains a full bed. A loft which is over the kitchen area has two twin beds and looks out to the water through the living room. Across from these last two rooms is a full bathroom.
Belfast harbor is to the left and Penobscot Bay is to the right, visible from almost every room. The first floor (living room/kitchen) level has a den with a sofa bed and a very comfortable day bed. The living room has a comfortable couch and chairs and adjacent is the large dining table which has been the setting for many families' gatherings, reunions and holiday dinners.
An office/parlour room includes an upright piano, computer area with a desk, wi-fi, ethernet, printer, and french doors that make the room very quiet in case one actually has work to do while on vacation, which we do discourage. Connected to the 'office' room is a bathroom with laundry facilities. The house comes equipped with books, games, music, TV, stereo. The kitchen is fully equipped with appliances, dishes, and cookware.
If there is something on our chart of amenities not listed, please ask and we will see if we have it, or can get it for you.
Our house is furnished with a tasteful blend of wicker and antiques. The wrap-around deck and the decks by the water have an assortment of outdoor chairs and chaises. We have a very comfortable house with breathtaking views and easy access to the water and town.
Belfast is also a wonderful place to come in the autumn and winter months— as the leaves turn, the air turns crisper and the pace slows down.
Weeks, partial weeks or week-end getaways are possible, for the ideal spot to experience all the seasons right on the water in Midcoast Maine.
We accept MasterCard and Visa for reservations and payment.
Thank you for taking the time to look at our listing. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, anytime.
Duncan and Naomi Draper
Keywords: House, home cottage, vacation rental, waterfront, Belfast, Maine
We bought and rebuilt this house with an eye to moving back to new England after many years on the West Coast. While we never did quite move, we return at every chance we get. We are thrilled so many others have experienced Belfast and beyond from our home.
All one has to do is stare at the water, breath the air, walk the beach, read a book on the porch, walk into town, have a good meal, go for a swim.