NEW IN 2014: KITCHEN COMPLETELY REMODELED AND ENTIRE HOUSE UPDATED. This secluded two-story cottage is a perfect base camp for contemplative retreats, nature hikes, biking and kayaking. Piper's Nest sits high over the water in Smith Cove on Cape Rosier. It has its own access road and abuts Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Sweeping views from most of the windows look out over the cove where sail boats can be seen dropping anchor. A steep path takes you down to a pebble beach for tying up a kayak. A polite pet is welcome.
The Piper's Nest was built by our mother to bring her 5 children and their families together. When we are not using it we rent it out for others to enjoy. It is a cozy, adaptable place for large or small groups. A fully modern kitchen opens to dining and lounging areas. Children will love the bunkroom and will find plenty of books and toys for a rainy day. One of the bedrooms is located on the main floor near a handy full bath-laundry room. Futons on the porch and living room can unfold for additional sleeping places. The other 3 bedrooms, plus the bunkroom, are upstairs with a full bathroom. In addition to the fireplace we recently added a furnace to provide heat for chilly mornings and evenings. The large kitchen is stocked with a few basic non-perishables and is equipped to cook for a crowd with its Microwave, Bosch gas range, and grill on the wrap around porch. There is a sink that can handle a lobster pot and a second sink on the central island where wild blueberry pancakes can be cooked family style. The cottage opens out onto a large screened porch for enjoying morning coffee, afternoon naps, playing games or eating meals at the large picnic table. On rainy days our cozy reading nooks, games and books will keep everybody busy. A flat screen plays DVDs from our small but growing collection. Smith Cove is great for kayaking because it is protected from wind and ocean swells. A short paddle at low tide takes you by the rocks where harbor seals bask in the sun. A hammock swings in front of the house where you can also enjoy a flat grassy area perfect for frisbee or badminton. Bike routes around Cape Rosier and Holbrook Island Sanctuary trailheads can be found near the end of our drive. Drive 30 minutes into Blue Hill or Stonington for some sightseeing and shopping. Acadia and Bar Harbor are an hour's drive away and make for a great day trip.
Keywords: Cottage, Ocean View & Frontage, Pet Friendly
I hesitate to write such a glowing review, as I'd love to keep this place a secret, but the owners deserve to receive their accolades. Staying in this house felt like we were welcomed with open arms into another family. Everything you could need and want was provided, including a full gallon of milk and eggs in the fridge, which came in handy for breakfast Sunday, as we arrived late Saturday evening, without time to shop. Clean, well-maintained, with all the hidden treasures in shells, books, interesting lamps, videos, pictures, knick knacks, bread boxes, cozy comforters and quilts, etc. to keep one surprised and pampered. Lawn well-kept,nice grill outside, babbling brook across street, gorgeous cove below with peaceful views, situated on a very quiet an peaceful dead end, miles from the hubbub of life, surounded by moss, pine trees, and ferns (my 3 favorite green things!) And minutes from the Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Very accommodating owners in that they allowed our 7 year old golden retriever to enjoy the house and property as well, and she loved sitting outside taking in the smells beauty too! We didn't go kayaking, but easily could have. Met neighbors who are relatives, and they recommended the lumberjack show on the way to Acadia and freshwater Walker Pond.Giant blueberry field to pick your own for free on the way to the pond. Lots of fun. Helpful, good, trustworthy people all around. Doesn't get any better in Maine in August, I'm sure! Would love to return some day soon! Be sure to visit Blue Hill, Stonington and Isle au Haut, Acadia, Walkers Pond. Wish we had gone to see puffins or seals, and rented kayaks. Perhaps next time!
The Pipers’ Nest is perfect for a large gathering. The house is well organized, has four real bedrooms, plus a bunk-room with space for four or five young people. A large kitchen, big dining room table and large porch make dining with large groups easy. Other than one porch, it is quite child-friendly.
The house has definitely been lived, in and seems like it has a lot of memories in it. I would describe it as a big family house. It has been well cared-for, and was very clean when we arrived.
It is in a very quiet location, down a secluded dirt-road on a bluff overlooking a saltwater cove, with a nice view. The location is handy for kayaking or canoeing. Very luckily, a large public park (very rare in Coastal Maine) is less than a mile away down a dirt road.
The only thing to be aware of is that this area is a long way from any restaurants, shopping, or night-life. But, that’s why we go to Maine, right?
The owner’s instructions are excellent, and they were very responsive.
Everything was exactly as described in the listing.
I heard positive comments from many in our family. We would certainly stay here again.
What a perfect rustic place to get away from it all. Much of Maine in summer seems like a sea of tourists but you would be completely oblivious to this at Piper's Nest. The Cape Rosier peninsula and the surrounding attractions, especially Castine (cute golf course), but also Stonington and Blue Hill were wonderful. I would recommend taking the ferry to Isle au Haut (Part of Acadia National Park) rather than go to Acadia proper, which is a zoo in summer! Great restaurants dotted about and I ate more lobster roll than I care to mention. Little quayside fish shack at Castine had best fresh fish and chips also!
There are loads of jigsaw puzzles (I did 4) and games to play and an enormous library for those rainy days. A BBQ grill out the back was essential and the farmer's markets in every town on different days are a must. Also a nice organic farm on the Cape Rosier peninsula. Kids loved swimming in bay below the house but bring slipon water shoes. There were 8 of us and everybody slept comfortably. If you are into running, there are lots of different running routes, with a route around the peninsula around 11 miles.
WOW! What a fantastic vacation. We spent my mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary here and gathered family together in this safe heaven to relax, rejuvinate, and rekindle. Perched in the tree tops, with incredible views of the ocean below- in a bay calm enough to kayak leisurely in and sit on the deck and watch the tall ships go by. My son saw a seal while out kayaking one morning and we spent enjoyable early morning strolls on the pebble beach in the morning when the tide was out- beachcombing and exploring. Quiet- was it ever- as I sat having coffee in the morning on the deck I could hear the flapping of the birds wings around me. In the afternoon, with some relaxing in the hammock, others played volleyball near by, while laughter could be heard from the kitchen as the preparations for the evening feast began (the kitchen has all the utensils could ever need) The evenings aound the fire after a dinner around that wonderful large inviting table will long be treasured memories- Thank you!
My family has been visiting the Piper's Nest for the past 12 years. The Nest is located on the shore of Smith's Cove tucked away from everything. It is TRULY a slice of heaven on earth. Castine is a short paddle across the water for some wonderful micro brews and a great restaurant, Dennett's Wharf. Historic Blue Hill is only a short drive, as is Buck's Harbor (the original site for the book One Morning in Maine). Safe and easy kayaking out toward Sheep's Island offers the opportunity to float among the harbor seals (they actually FOLLOW you)! Piper's Nest is a wonderful family destination if you are thinking of visiting Maine...it's the BEST of Down East!!
Adjacent to Holbrook Island Sanctuary and near the Nearing Homestead and 4 Season Farm.
Additional fees apply for groups over 6 people, $50 per person per week or $30 for a partial week for each person over 6.
Note that there are no additional fees or taxes.
A deposit of half the amount due is requested at the time of booking. The remainder is due the week before arrival. Payment by check is the preferred method. We do not accept charge cards or Paypal.