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Modern Updated Classic, Historic Cape in Blue Hill, Maine!

Bedrooms 3
Space 800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Original cottage close to town/harbor, sleeps up to five

Thoughtfully and tastefully updated late 1800's cape farmhouse tucked into a Christmas tree farm in the quintessential lobster town of Blue Hill, Maine. Original art, form/function and comfort. All the essentials needed to initiate your technology detox, plow through a great book, or write your own debut novel? This is area that "Charlotte's Web" was fashioned after. Generations of creative types and independent thinkers have started here.

The "Back To The Land" movement was birthed in Blue Hill. Even today, young families and retired couples and friends start their homesteading adventures to your benefit! Taste local honey, cheese, beer, wine, meats, and the earth's bounties at the many farmer's markets and roadside, some of which still operate on the "honor system".

The New York Times Travel section recently published a piece entitled, "Blue Hill, a Literary Enclave, Grows in Downeast Maine."

Reconnect with the ones you love at the fire pit. Watch the young family of turkeys wade through young saplings, or collect wild lupine by the roadside after a fruitful day of wild blueberry picking. Have you ever made a fireside cobbler? I have a great recipe for you! Top it off with local vanilla bean ice cream, and I guarantee you'll sleep like rocks that dot the shoreline in Blue Hill Village.

Handmade chocolates at Black Dinah, scenic rides to Stonington for 44 North Coffee and chowder on the pier, while Lobsterman ebb and flow with the their bounties and hosing down their orange rubber pants, just to head out again...

The cottage offers ample parking for a modest boat to launch at Blue Hill dock. Wade at low tide at the beach/park overlooking nearby islands. There's a very nice, clean, playground there.

The Space:

Well appointed, comfortable and exceedingly unique. Bright colors, sunny rooms, clean and refreshed farmhouse cape that is at once quaint and cheery. Three separate sleeping areas with two private rooms and a sleeping loft. A petite flat screen TV/DVD player for late night movies and Flashback Atari showdowns! Eat lunch outside on the picnic table, or have an evening cocktail via outdoor lantern-light. Fire pit to roast weenies or make smores, or just get warm on a chilly evening.

Guest access:

Come and go as you please! Utter privacy, free reign of the place (but no access to basement is allowed), no neighbors.

Guest interaction:

We'll connect via email/text prior to your stay for directions and I'll check in via phone/text to see if you're settled in! I'm available as much or as little as desired via phone! Need some ideas for dinner? Ring or text me! I have staff in place for emergencies and am available by phone at any time. My house manager is nearby to handle any potential issues.

Neighborhood overview:

Neighbors this week include a young family of wild turkeys, deer, bunnies, and the occasional moose. There are no homes or neighbors within a quarter mile. The cottage sits close to a country road, and it easy to see when finding it.

Tiny apples cover trees surrounding the will be cider and applesauce come October. There is no internet, cable, or phone. This is intentional. If you are looking to work during your stay, please bring your own wifi. But if you are looking to slow down, this is a great place to do just that. You want a good laugh? Forget Youtube. Play a round of Balderdash!

We are close enough to Acadia for day trips, and only four miles from town. Get a lobster roll or fresh fish and chips at The Fishnet, take a course at the Woodenboat School in Brooklin (you can build your own Northeaster Dory with master builder, George Krewson), take the ferry to nearby islands to explore, or inhale a whole lobster at Perry's Lobster Shack in Surry, the town next door. Don't forget the blueberry pie and homemade ice cream!

It's a magical place, suspended in time, with hearty, friendly folks, and great local food and brews. Worried about being too remote? Blue Hill is one of the only towns in Downeast Maine with it's own hospital.

Getting around:

No public transportation (unless you include the ferry system). Lots of parking at the cottage and in Blue Hill harbor. Bring your kayaks, or a smallish watercraft. Blue Hill is a great place to walk! There are galleries, shops, books, a museum, and lots of shore to explore.

Other things to note:

Laundry service at Blue Hill Village available. ***The cottage is one of the oldest homes in Blue Hill and one of the original farmhouses so takes a few minutes to get the shower temp right. Please be patient!

***The property is now available from October-May for long-term bookings at a deeply discounted price. Contact me for details or a quote. The cottage is the perfect (!) basecamp for traveling professionals, particularly creative types who desire a special place to create or decompress! I'd encourage you to read my reviews to see just how well it's been reviewed and enjoyed by my guests!

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More Details

Jen Rynbrandt
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Jen Rynbrandt

I'm Jen, a gallery represented artist since 2004, a busy mother of four, and devoted wife to my fella. Together, we renovated and updated this cottage as a year-round vacation home for us and to share with fellow avid travelers.

Jen Rynbrandt purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Jen Rynbrandt chose Blue Hill

Coastal Maine has felt like home since my first visit back in graduate school. I suppose that's because my great- grandfather was a sea captain out of South Bristol, Maine, and the salt water is in my blood.

It's been a dream of mine to have my own place to detox, sit, read, write, and paint. This property offers that in spades. I've been very deliberate in appointing the colors and furnishings in both form and function, focusing on color and visual stimuli that both pleases the eye and allows one to rest.

What makes this cottage unique

There isn't a neighbor for a quarter mile. No lack of parking, no traffic. It is close to the road, so it's very easy to find with GPS, but private and comfortable. A place you wouldn't mind being at on a rainy day.

There is no internet, cable or wifi. This is intentional. This is a place for rest and resurgence of family ties, friends, and loved ones. Who needs Youtube when there's Balderdash? An Atari throwback showdown with the kiddos? Yes, please!

There's a kitchen table plenty big to work at if you must. But do be sure to prepare for fireside bonding, wild blueberry picking nearby, and the multitude of farmer's markets, local food and libations that Blue Hill has to offer. There's even a BYOB lobster shack in nearby Surry, where you can bring your 30 year old cognac to sip on in between buttery bites of fresh lobster and slaw.


Blue Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No Fireworks on Property Do not go into basement, and do not open cleaning closet in hallway Please remove shoes
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , This bedroom is in a loft area where the tv is also located
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Modern Updated Classic, Historic Cape in Blue Hill, Maine!
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

exceptional, cozy and welcoming, well-appointed cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came to Blue Hill for a week with a three-year-old son and a three-month-old daughter. This cute little house with wonderful, carefully selected decor and furnishings throughout was perfect as a base of operations to explore the beautiful Blue Hill Peninsula, Ellsworth, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor (an easy hour's drive), and the Bangor area. Jen was a professional, welcoming host. The sun-filled kitchen/dining-area was a treat to cook in, the upstairs bedrooms were extremely comfortable, and the selection of games to play and movies to watch was also really great. The cottage succeeds in both feeling completely secluded and being a reasonably short drive from the center of Blue Hill. Our toddler particularly loved it, in part because of the circular floor plan on the first floor: he rechristened it "The Special Cottage." We would stay here again in a heartbeat, and didn't particularly want to leave. We can also imagine it being a perfect rental for a writer or visual artist for a one-week residency/retreat.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael- thank you for the thoughtful, glowing review of the cottage. I’m exceedingly pleased that your children loved the little house and hope that your family made many memories there! Would love to host your family again in the future!
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Adorable cottage

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I haven't seen each other for 10 yrs. She lives in NY where we both grew up and I am living in Western Tn for my work. So I picked her up in NY and we drove to Maine; very easy driving and easy to find. The cottage was filled with colorful decor, multi-colored rugs throughout and the owner's brilliant artistry. It really was a perfect place for both of us where I stayed upstairs and she was next to the bathroom in a pretty bedroom downstairs. The kitchen was wonderful and had as much as anyone would need to make meals if wanting to cook at the house. We enjoyed the seafood cuisine as we traveled along Maine's seacoast visiting the quaint towns along the way. The only critique I wasn't loving was the very close proximity to the main road. Overall we loved staying here and all its charming beauty. Thank You Jen for your warm and kind welcome!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Arbor Vine
Car: necessary

Crabapple Cottage sits on a country road dotted with local period farms and homes. There are no immediate neighbors (unless you count the turkeys in the Christmas tree farm next door...)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable Damage Deposit $150

Parties of more than (5) including children and infants must contact property owner prior to booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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