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Estabrooke Cottage, in the Heart of the Village of Castine

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 180 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Castine is a village where everything is within walking distance. Estabrooke Cottage, in the heart of the village, is the ideal getaway, offering the slow pace of small-town life along with abundant activities for active visitors.

Our calendar is updated with every reservation, so please check there first. Feel free to call with any questions you may have or special needs for your visit. We are happy to share our local knowledge!

You can walk to everything Castine has to offer. Folks wander down to the Back Shore to watch the sunset or amble over to the lighthouse -- one of the oldest on the coast -- to see it light up at dusk. The views down Penobscot Bay from the rocky promontory on which it sits are spectacular; even the fog is mesmerizing, with the bell buoy signaling the harbor entrance and the foghorn moaning its warning.

Acadia National Park gets crowded during the summer, but an hour's drive over is worth the trip. Go during the week and enjoy the spectacular views from Cadillac Mountain, popovers at teatime at the Jordan Pond House and the invigorating hike to Sieur de Mont Springs -- or lounge on the crushed-shell 'sand' at Sand Beach.

MarKels sends out heavenly aromas every morning, where coffee, muffins, pastries and cookies take center stage. In the evening there is informal dining at The Manor, or savor the exquisite menu at The Pentagoet Inn, which includes High Tea on the porch; more casual fare is available at Dennett's Wharf or Danny Murphy's Pub and a fast lunch is available at Dudley's for eating on the Town Dock; the Variety is our corner hangout, where breakfast is available all day and old classics are given an Asian twist.

Walk around the town and look for the signs that tell the story of Castine's history. There are five Revolutionary War forts in Castine, and dozens of signs describing what took place there -- some of them gruesome! Witherle Library has richly varied children's programs and Emerson Hall hosts musical and artistic activities and gatherings throughout the year. The Wilson Museum has an extraordinary collection of Revolutionary War items, as well as pre-Colombian artifacts, and the Castine Historical Society, on the Town Common, displays documents and maps of many sites and historic events. Outdoor activities abound: collect shells, sea glass and stones on the back shore beach; tour the TS State of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy's training ship; maintain your workout routine at the MMA fitness center and pool; wander through Witherle Woods and walk the old Indian Trail; find Murder Alley and seek out its dark secrets; go fishing across the harbor and end the day on Dennett's Wharf listening to live music while you wait for your Shore Dinner.

Summer is high season and Castine gets pretty lively -- for us, anyway. The Farmers Market is on the Town Common every Thursday morning; the Retired Skippers' Race takes place on Penobscot Bay waters off Castine; sailors, yachtsmen and their boats fill our harbor. Walk down to the Town Dock to watch the windjammers glide into the harbor, take a kayak tour of the islands that dot the bay, rent a boat to explore on your own; play golf or tennis at Castine Golf Club; relax with a picnic supper on the Common and let the Castine Town Band regale you with music. Travel to the next peninsula to Brooklin, where the Wooden Boat School offers classes (short and long) to teach boat-building. Go over to nearby Blue Hill for a variety of shops, galleries and shopping, or visit the Nearing Farm, where 'Back to the Land' was practically invented and now offers tours, classes and internships.

Too much excitement? Relax on the deck at Estabrooke Cottage, catch up on summer reading, grill fresh fish or nice thick steaks. . . perfect your relaxing skills; it's a vacation!

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2017

About Meriby

Estabrooke Cottage is named for my Great Aunt, who built it with my Great-Great Aunt, and it has been in the family ever since. Castine offers everything I love about Maine: gorgeous scenery, a lively waterfront, neighborly activities, Town Meeting governance, warm greetings on the street and a leisurely pace of life.

As a native of Castine, I treasure what Castine has: a strong sense of place with a history, a place where community and neighbors are important.

Why Meriby chose Downeast and Acadia

The eastern shore of Penobscot Bay is where Down East Maine really begins. This is where there are still working fishing villages, saltwater farms, pristine waters and gorgeous vistas over the bays and the Atlantic Ocean. This is territory too far away and too sparsely populated for coffee baristas to propagate; this is where you come to get away -- not live the same life with different scenery. This is where you come to find your true self.

What makes this house unique

Some morning when you are here, you will awaken to an early-morning fogbank. It blankets the town, softens the canopy of American Elms that line our streets, muffles the sounds of an awakening village. Go down to the dock. Pick up a coffee and pastry at MarKel's. Sit on a bench or a piling and watch the fog burn off. It is a mystical, quieting, slow process, and absolutely worth the wait.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the Estabrooke Cottage Guestbook: "We had a great week with beautiful weather -- it only rained ONCE during the daytime! Being so close to the harbor and the town conveniences has been great. We had everything we needed and really appreciate the wireless. Hope to be back next year and maybe stay longer."
Jul 2010
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Castine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 'Public' Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated floor on timed thermostat, sink, lots of towels.
    Half-Bath off Master Bedroom - toilet , Private half-bath with sink and toilet, lots of towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom has attached half-bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Estabrooke Cottage, in the Heart of the Village of Castine
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
lynchburg, va

Perfect for our small family

  • 5 of 5

Estabrooke was perfect for our family. We were able to have the true, small town Maine experience. It was so peaceful! Everything we needed, which mainly included ice cream, was within walking distance. We were able to take serveral day trips to Acadia National Park. We also enjoyed exploring Blue Hill Peninsula. Meriby was very helpful in recommending different points of interest. Great hospitality!!!! We can't wait to go back---so much still to see and do!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a great time! You certainly took advantage of the proximity of all that this area offers, and your day trips sounded like a blast.
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Worthington, MA

what a gem!

  • 5 of 5

This house was an absolute gem! We loved its style ~ so charming! It was super cozy, yet spacious. Its location was wonderful; it was so nice to be able to walk to town. The house had everything you were looking for in a rental and more! Plenty of amenities that made you feel right at home. Hope to be back next year! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your nice comments, Maya! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay -- and it sounds as if the kids had a good time, too. I look forward to seeing you back at Estabrooke Cottage next summer.
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Annapolis, MD

A comfortable, welcoming place to stay in a beautiful part of the world

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Estabrooke Cottage earlier this month couldn't have been better and enhanced our affection for Castine. It was like autumn there, the air so exhilarating we wanted to drink it; we kept taking deep breaths to preserve the ocean smells. Lots of lobster, long walks, even a concert and a play in nearby towns. Castine must be one of the most pristine villages anywhere – a New England fantasy. The amenities and comforts of the cottage were welcome after our long drive. Will miss sipping wine on the deck, walks to Bah's bakery and the Variety, picnics at Fort Madison, kayaking, the gorgeous views ... everything. Looking forward to returning next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed Castine. It is a very special place! Thanks so much for your poetic review -- so good it's worth publishing.
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Cos Cob, CT

Charming Castine, Maine

  • 5 of 5

Castine is a nice, quiet town on the Maine coast. We enjoyed the opportunity of being near family, yet having our own quiet retreat for down time. The cottage was clean and charming.

Would definitly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice comments, Jerry.
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San Antonio TX

Wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful week we had in Castine. The house could not have been better situated. The back deck under the apple tree was my favorite but so was the couch in the living room :) Sea Kayaking was a must-do for the adventurous.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a chance to reconnect with Castine after so many years away! Estabrooke Cottage is furnished so you can settle in and enjoy our delightful village. Glad you took full advantage!
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Traverse City, MI

The house was perfect for...

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our 20th MMA reunion. Great location, plently of room, clean, and stocked with a few of the essentials, like coffee! Meriby was very considerate of our needs and even email me to offer to pick up a few breakfast items if we planned on arriving late. Thanks you very much for being part of a great weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're welcome, Jeff! Glad you fellows had a great reunion. I appreciate that you left the house in Bristol fashion!
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Bangor International Airport (BGR)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Danny Murphy's Pub, on the Town Dock
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Castine Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Dennett's Wharf, next the Town Dock
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Back Shore
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
State of Maine Training Vessel
Nearest Point of Interest
Bah's Bakehouse/Stella's
Nearest Point of Interest
Castine Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Dennett's Wharf
Nearest Point of Interest
Pentagoet Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Castine Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
Wilson Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Fort Madison
Nearest Point of Interest
Dyce's Head Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
The Manor
Nearest Point of Interest
The Back Shore
Nearest Point of Interest
Fort George
Nearest Point of Interest
Castine Golf Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Bicycling, mountain biking and walking are great in the Witherle Woods and the Hatch Preserve. Roads within Castine have little traffic. Mornings bring out the walkers, the bicycle enthusiasts and the early-morning kayakers. The waters of the harbor tend to be calm in the early morning -- perfect for exploring all of Castine Harbor and the islands at the edge of Penobscot Bay.


Rates & Availability

Castine House Rental Rates

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Winter Rates
Sep 4 2016 - May 10 2017
180 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning deposit $80

Rental period is six nights; check-in is Sunday, check-out is Saturday.
The rental is $909 for the six nights, inclusive of tax. I require a cleaning deposit of $80 in a separate check. If you leave the house ship-shape and Bristol fashion, I will either shred or return the deposit to you, whichever you prefer.

Rent quoted does NOT include Maine lodging tax of 9%; total payment is $909. Payment is by check or with PayPal. One half due to confirm reservation; remainder due 4 - 6 weeks before check-in date.

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