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Stunning Oceanfront Sunsets on a Charming Organic Farm

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Brooksville Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Captain Robert Tapley Farm

Waterfront Salt Water Farm, beach, organic farm directly across from Castine and spectacular western sunsets!

A recent guest review, 2015

A magical coastal retreat in the heart of Down East Maine. Our family (5) had a wonderful time at Dick and Carol's saltwater farm. The house is rustic and charming, the yard is big and beautiful, the dogs are friendly, the geese are loud, the chickens wake up early, the sun seems to linger forever, the sea appears at the end of the old dirt path and the beach house seems to float along the seashore. If you are considering a trip to Maine and really want to experience Down East Maine, book this lovely cottage. Acadia, Blue Hill, and Stonington are close by. As are several great food spots -- the apple tree in the front yard, the bakery down the street, Millbrook Company, Bagaduce Lunch, The Fish Net. The beach is typical Maine, but the beach house is something special -- nothing fancy, but a wonderful patch of green grass along the blue sea. The house is rustic but in the best possible way. Everything you need is here, including several large lobster pots, an endless supply of great movies on VHS and a quiet back porch. Finally, Carol and Dick are wonderful hosts. Warm, welcoming, truly happy to have guests at their house. Book it, enjoy it, don't tell anyone (else).

This quaint, historic former home of Sea Captain Robert Tapley is located right on the beach with views of Castine. 37 pastoral acres surround our 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath home with a full eat-in kitchen, living, dining, cozy den, library and a barn with ping pong. The porch overlooks the water and summer breezes make your Maine stay so enjoyable. There is a master bedroom with private shower/bath, 3 smaller bedrooms and study on the second floor. The kitchen has an eat in and dining in the next room. The living room overlooks the water also!

Hosting WEDDINGS AND REUNIONS and If you need more room for a gathering, see VRBO listing 455688 for another unit called Aunt Mary's cabin or contact us.

Surrounded by water, quiet country roads and untouched, this farm is 'Life as life should be'.

The farm was farmed by our Grandfather and the road led to ships awaiting repair. All the land was used for farming and no chemicals were ever used here. The nights are full of stars and fireflies and days of valerian and roses blowing in the breezes. Our neighborhood is full of homesteaders who raise vegetables, make cheese or bake bread. Our local market has the best wines, chosen by Jonathan, the Chief at Buck's and the market there has specialty foods and supplies for locals and the yachtsmen who frequent Brooksville in the summer. Kneisal Hall in Blue Hill has the best music available anywhere and students from the best schools come to play for us all summer. The Stonington Opera has fine film, performance and jazz and the village is full of art, restaurants and a great little clothing store. Nearby Deer Isle has wonderful galleries, restaurants and Haystack where artists meet and teach. Blue Hill and all the surrounding towns have farmer's markets, not unlike Provence. You can eat organic, top quality food every day and enjoy our local art as well. The various Yacht Clubs have events and races all summer and our guests are able to use our pond access at Walker's to swim, a new beach with outstanding water and loons.

Kayaking and canoeing are done here and you can lease a boat in Blue Hill for your visit. Lobsters are readily available and you can get them precooked or cook them yourself. Our guests love the feel of a time gone by as we have no urban sprawl or strip centers, we have open space and a feeling of peace.

Climb Blue Hill, hike through Holbrook Island Sanctuary, visit the Nearing Center and learn about farming and homesteading or go to the Wooden Boat School and build a boat. Elliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch are renowned for gardening and amazing techniques to encourage longer seasons. Their farm is a few miles away and the flowers and vegetables are the finest anywhere.

Across the water is Castine a great old town with my favorite bar, 'The Penagoet', with Jack your host, and his amazing collection of photographs.The Maine Maritime is there and the ship is often at the dock and the students race their sailing ensigns. Cruise ships and sailboats, yachts and lobster boats fill the water and Castine is a great place to get ice cream, throw a dollar on Dennet's ceiling and have a beer. The homes there are from the days of great sailing ships, captain's and their families. Our family used to run the steamer from the wharf to Castine and would attend the one room school house there. We have pictures of the water frozen, completely from Brooksville to Castine.

Summertime is loaded with daily activities and the fall is so beautiful with the maples and orchards glowing.

Come to our farm and enjoy the beauty of nature, get reacquainted with silence and cool air and just relax in the summer sun.

Please note that the boat house, property, and beaches are amenities that are shared with 2 other units onsite.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Carol Gregor
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016

About Carol Gregor

This homestead has been in the family since 1840. A total of 37 acres and Ocean Front. Loving the coast of Maine, we have begun replenishing the fields for organic farming. The Brooksville Peninsula is full of wonderful farms and we enjoy buying local food and living simply. We live on the property next door and love sharing this amazing place. I am a design build professional in the process of finishing a Documentary Film on 'Home' and my husband, who spent his summers here with his Grandparents, is a Professional Engineer who specializes in building system and analysis. Leed certified he designed the first solar home in NH in the 70's. He Graduated from Swarthmore and a Nasa fellowship sent him to Dartmouth Thayer School. I went to a small woman's college in Washington DC that is now a part of George Washington University and I studied at Harvard or two years. We raised 4 children and have 5 grandchildren who all come to the farm in the summer!

This summer we will be planting a medicinal herb garden and spend some time on our little day sailor.

Carol Gregor purchased this farmhouse in 1840

Why Carol Gregor chose Downeast and Acadia

Generations have been on this land and the original family settled in Brooksville in 1790. Six Tapley Brothers were sea captains and the Wharf on South Wharf Rd is where our grandfather repaired ships. The barn had a livery for people who came by ferry to ride to Blue Hill.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The biggest benefit is to come to a place that is truly 'Life as life should be'.

If you have a group ask us about more lodging, see our other listing Aunt Marys cabin on vrbo # 544688. (see: Click Here to see All My Rental Listings below)

As it was and has been for generations, the farm will restore your senses and western sunsets, bond fires and lobsters, surrounded by fresh cool sea air and star filled skies will make you happy as it does us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

If you're looking for a cute, peaceful, semi-rustic get a way on the Maine country side this is a great spot. More than enough space for two people, and 4 or 5 would still be comfortable. All the appliances worked well and the cabin's up-keep was in great condition. Carol and Dick were the best "neighbors" we could have asked for (giving us all the privacy and quiet we wanted, and then eager and excited to help when approached). Several small towns are within reasonable driving distance with grocery stores, antique shops and plenty of lobster spots. Deer Isle, with plenty of tourism activities, is also within a reasonable drive. We took a wonderful hike on near by Cape Rosier. There are two calm gravel beaches within a 7 minute walk (we were the only people on both beaches when we were there). Not having air conditioning was pretty rough during the midday heatwave (we were there for an unusually hot week), but Carol provided 4 fans and we made do. The nights were incredible. Fantastic sunsets, stars and cool ocean breezes made for refreshing ends to our days. It's no resort, but for what we wanted it was perfect.
Jul 2012
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Stunning Oceanfront Sunsets on a Charming Organic Farm
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Outstanding waterfront farm, coastal Maine, farms, ocean, and culture

  • 5 of 5

A charming and restful place with beaches, stars and fresh air. This historic Sea Captain's home is cozy and comfortable. Walks to the beach, a breezy porch, being there makes for a true vacation. We loved this farm.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We had the good fortune of finding the Gregor's beautiful saltwater farm. Located just steps from a wonderful little beach with a boat house right on the water. Great spot for launching our kayaks and exploring the beach area. The comfortable farm house with attached barn is surrounded by fields of beautiful wildflowers and wild blueberries. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch and watching the horses in the pasture across the gravel road. The large grass yard was perfect for the kids to run around and play. The attached barn has a ping pong table and dart board that got quite a bit of use. Plenty of room to spread out and very quiet and peaceful. Great location for exploring the surrounding area – Castine, Blue Hill & Deer Isle. The town area of Brooksville on Bucks Harbor has a great little market. The farmers market had a great selection of local produce and other items. Tinder Hearth just down the road has fantastic pizza and pastries and has a nice garden in the back with picnic tables. Overall the perfect peaceful spot to unwind!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming and comfortable for our family of five. We enjoyed the beach each day and the sunsets were beautiful. We wanted a relaxing vacation and this was the perfect spot!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Bucks Restaurant
Dennett's Wharf
"Great view, easy food, look across the water to our boathouse!"
Pentagoet Inn Restaurant
"Love this place. Enjoy wonderful food or sit on the porch. "
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park
"A beautiful Brooksville Park. Enjoy the flora and fauna of Maine."
Maine Maritime Academy Waterfront Campus
"In Castine but the ship is docked across the water from us in Brooksville. They give tours, ..."
Wadsworth Cove Beach
Good Life Center
Bucks Harbor
"Private Yacht Club with moorings available."
Buck's Harbor Market
"Great wine, cheeses and organic foods."
Four Seasons Farm
"This is the famous farm of Eliot Coleman's and Barbara Damrosch. Their food is exceptional a..."
Opera House Arts
"Great events, music and movies"
Kneisel Hall
"Outstanding concerts featuring the best students."
Acadia National Park
The Grand Ellsworth Mwine
"Performing arts, movies, concerts"
Walker Pond
Blue Hill Co-op Cafe
"Great small, organic market"
"Pizza and beer!"
Dennett's Wharf
"Great view, easy food, look across the water to our boathouse!"
The Wilson Museum
Bayview Market & Take-Out
"Great working Harbor and the Stonington Opera House. Fresh lobsters, local shops and fine art."
Deer Isle Stonington Historical Society
Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies
"A fun day trip. Local sculptor, fun property with his works and jams for sale. Tea and biscu..."
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
"Fine school for artists, Potters"
Blue Hill Farmers' Market
"Farmers' Market on Sat am. "
Reversing Falls Sanctuary
Davids Folly Farm, Brooksville, Maine
"Farm to Table, weddings, fresh lamb and pork. "
Tinder Hearth Bakery
"Outstanding bread, pastry and pizza. Open mic and local fun."
Brooksville, Maine Farmers Market
"Local farmer's market. Great food, people and crafts. Tuesdays."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Bangor, Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Castine, Deer Isle, Trenton,
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Rt 3, Rt 1, 95
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: necessary

Great day trips from here if you can tear yourself away from the beauty that is here! Holebrook Island is where to walk, Bateman beach for some sun, Kneisal Hall for the Bach and students, the best anywhere for a daytime concert! Local lobsters, really local and clams on the beach. Have a canoe dropped of for you vacation and enjoy the coast.

The art and pottery here is outstanding and shows are on going all summer. Local events to support our schools, towns and non profits are offering meals all season. Great local food and folks!


Rates & Availability

Brooksville Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

.9 State of Maine tax and one time cleaning $250.

Dogs at $20 per day. Kenneled in barn and on first floor only. Permission only, check with owner please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Brooksville Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Captain Robert 2 1/2 baths
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • Captain Robert 4 bedrooms, 3 double, 2 twin or made into a king
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
cleaning and tax added on contract

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