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Linda and Michael Soukup

Member since: 2014
Speaks english

The Maine coast is beautiful in the winter too!

18 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Brooklin holiday cabin

A 3 bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bath cabin with gorgeous ocean views available year round

Leave your stress at home! Bayleaf Cottage is situated just feet from the shore of Herrick Bay in Brooklin, Maine, locally described as the Boat Building Capital of the world! Completely renovated when we bought it, our 3 bedroom log cabin comfortably sleeps 6 people, or 8 with the sleeper sofa in the living room. Be enveloped by the rustic warmth of weathered pine while relaxing comfortably on plush leather sofas or recliners. Two bedrooms, with king and queen beds, offer expansive views of the bay and the islands beyond, while the third, with bunk beds, offers a view of the stars through a large skylight. Linger over meals at a comfortable dining table seating 8, or enjoy the breathtaking views from the front deck while feasting on lobsters or clams right by the waters where they were harvested. Dig your own clams if you like! Cooking will be a pleasure in the newly renovated and well-stocked kitchen, or stroll for ten minutes down the quiet wooded lane to enjoy fine dining at the Brooklin Inn or casual, local BBQ at the Brooklin General Store. Launch your canoe, kayak or small sailboat from the beach and explore tranquil Herrick Bay and its nearby islands. Hop on your bike and ride two miles to the Wooden Boat School, where individuals and families are welcome to take courses in sailing, kayaking, and all aspects of wooden boat-building.

Artists or craftspeople will also enjoy using the unfinished shed on the property or the full unfinished, daylit basement for studio space.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Linda and Michael Soukup (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks english

About Linda and Michael Soukup

After a career with the National Park Service, a job offer and love of Acadia National Park brought us from Virginia to the Maine coast five years ago. Despite early skepticism about this seemingly remote place, there has been no looking back. We've always lived on the east coast, but Maine's rugged beauty is unparalleled, whether in summer or winter, and we find that the pace and intimacy of small town living suits us very well. We live in nearby Blue Hill, where we moved for the high school in which we've enrolled our twins. We enjoy hiking, sailing, canoeing, camping, and skiing, as well as folk music, and more recently, bluegrass......Linda fiddles in a band. We most enjoy the Maine character and lifestyle--and the dramatic coastline.

Linda and Michael Soukup purchased this cabin in 2014

Why Linda and Michael Soukup chose Downeast and Acadia

People travel from all over the world to come to Downeast Maine, so we realized that owning a rental property would make sense. We set out to make a sound business decision and find a home in pristine shape, all ready to rent, and we searched and searched and found......Bayleaf, the first home we looked at. It met none of our business criteria, but in the end we knew we couldn't fool ourselves; we can only devote ourselves to what we love. We stood on the deck, looked out over the water and didn't see a single sign of human habitation, 'heard' the silence of 25 acres and no neighbors, felt the ocean breeze, watched the shorebirds feeding on the flats, smelled the fir trees, and knew it was special. We lived in a remote location once before, and realized that while liking the privacy we didn't like a long drive to get wherever we were going, so Bayleaf, which, while as private as it gets, is less than five minutes from town, felt like the perfect combination. It took lots of work to get it ready, but being there, even to work, was always a pleasure, and we furnished it with an eye to what we'd enjoy ourselves......comfortable, but not fussy or formal.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin was built by a highly successful and well-known sailboat designer. He designed nearly 200 boats while living there--perhaps at least partly a testament to the solitude and the inspiration the site provides.

Reviews

4.9
based on 18 traveller reviews

The Maine coast is beautiful in the winter too!
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Baton Rouge
5

Bayleaf is a slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

What a gem Bayleaf! Once you pass through the most amazing long driveway through the woods with the fall colors, it opens up to the quaintest cabin in the woods. The views are breathtaking and the cabin feels like home. Being late in October we spent more time inside than we wanted, but we quickly realized that we were so happy being inside on those rainy cold days. We used the fireplace almost none stop on some days and were supplied with plenty of wood and had all the comforts of home, including an outdoor fire pit. The huge bay windows made for such a picturesque view over the water and my husband would often go down to the water and walk the coastline. The house was well supplied with everything you would need and its proximity is close to a local store so you can stock your kitchen up for the week. It was great coming home after a long day of driving around and exploring, to come home and light a fire, pour a glass of wine, and cook a home cooked meal. I highly suggest the local market that is on Saturday mornings. We found some local cheeses, meats, jams and veggies and we also had a wonderful breakfast that we grabbed from a food truck there along with a coffee. I would describe Brooklin in late October as a sleepy town, but most restaurants are still serving and we found some wonderful meals that were in close driving distance. We often stopped by the Brooklin Inn which is in walking distance to the house, for a nightcap/ burger and to see the wonderful staff (Chip and Tammy especially) which made it such a neat experience. We even had a local lobsterman we met on our first night there, Desmond, who dropped off lobsters to us as a surprise for our wedding anniversary! It’s in a perfect central location and we would drive to Acadia National Park, Deer Isle, Stonington, Castine, Surry, Ellsworth and Blue Hill. The longest drive being about an hour and the prettiest drives we have ever had. If I would do this trip again, I would book it earlier than we did, late September or the first week of October as a lot of things are closed. However, the fall foliage and quietness and laid back feel of this town is what we wanted and the Bayleaf and Brooklin delivered!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Natural Beauty in a Private Setting

  • 5 of 5

We had not planned our visit to Maine to coincide with leaf-looking season. But as fate would have it, our mid-October visit proved to be the height of that season. Never having seen the colors in Maine during this season enhanced our experience. This was our first stay at Bayleaf, and we were NOT disappointed. As you approach the cabin down a gorgeous winding tree-canopied lane, the experience is like entering another world. Once there, the beauty of the location is enhanced by the privacy (no other houses nearby or visible, except across the Bay). At night the darkness allowed us to look at the sky without the interference of lighting from the surrounding area. The house was just as described (if not better) - clean, kitchen well appointed (we cooked and ate a lot in the house - restaurants cannot compete with the house's view and ambience), a spectacular bay window in the main living area that allows one to sit by the fireplace and enjoy views of the Bay even when the weather outside is wet or coolish. Our hosts, Michael and Linda, were extremely thoughtful in how they seem to have contemplated every possible unexpected scenario that guests might encounter (such as notes next to various appliances/devices explaining what buttons to push to get what responses - this came in handy for us, not being particularly tech savvy). All in all, we highly recommend Bayleaf for anyone who places great emphasis on a beautiful and very private location; as well as a beautiful, well furnished, guest-friendly house. Carl & Ken

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming, peaceful & relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property and location in Maine. The homeowners, Michael and Linda Soukup were a pleasure to work with. Linda had provided us with a wealth of local information prior to our arrival which detailed a bevy of things to see and do, including all the sights of Acadia National Park.

Especially enjoyed kayaking in the bay with an array of wildlife including bald eagles! I would highly recommend this property for anyone seeking a quintessential Maine vacation experience.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great visit at a great cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our visit at Bayleaf was an A plus! Everything was actually better than we had hoped for.The pre visit info was very helpful.Linda and Michael are excellent hosts.The neat cabin was very clean ...and very "user friendly". We enjoyed the cabin so much that we did not do some area touring we had planned on.Just watching the changing water scene from the deck took up lots of our stay time.In travels locally we really liked Castine.We also recommend the Pub at the Brooklin Inn..cozy,friendly with great eats.We surely hope to get back to Bayleaf some day!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet and Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

'Beautiful' is the word for the week. We found ourselves using this word daily to describe the experiences this vacation brought us; from the sunrise on Herrick Bay (from the Bayleaf Cottage) to the sunset on Sand Beach in Stonington, and many places in between.

The cottage is tucked away in a very quiet and remote setting with ever changing views of the bay. It is exceptionally clean, very spacious, tastefully decorated and the kitchen is well-appointed (completely true to the listing). We loved the location and cottage so much that we started our days with breakfast on the deck overlooking the bay and ended our day making dinner on the grill and enjoying a fire in the portable fire pit...so we don't have recommendations for restaurants, but I hear there are many great places.

There are plenty of maps and local information in the cottage to help you with your daily planning of places to explore and things to do.

We spent our days on hiking trails well marked by the Heritage Trust, kayaking in Eggemoggin Reach and Blue Hill Bay and biking the many roads in and around Brooklin. We took in the Blue Hill Fair, the Wooden Boat School and Store, and the Farmer's Market in Brooklin and Blue Hill.

We have spent many years in Bass Harbor on Mt. Desert Island and wanted to try something different this year. We felt we were close enough to take a ride over there if we wanted more to do. However, we were not lacking in things to do or places to explore, so we never even thought about leaving the area. There is so much more we would like to do here and would 'highly recommend' the area and especially the Bayleaf Cottage. We are looking forward to visiting this area again and would choose Bayleaf without a question.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park are wonderful resources to have nearby. However, they are so popular they bring crowds and traffic with them. We enjoy hearing about guests who have enjoyed all we have to offer on the Blue Hill Peninsula, coupled with the complete peace, quiet, and beautiful views Bayleaf affords. We so appreciate the thoughtful reviews from our guests!
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Beautiful and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We all had a wonderful time in your beautiful home. Such a serene setting, and comfortable place to spend some quiet time. The beds were very comfortable, and everything was very clean. Great kitchen with everything you need! We went clamming, and then cooked up some clams and linguine.

Would love to come back! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
52.9 Miles
Bangor Intn. Airport or Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Brooklin Inn
Nearest Ferry
191 Miles
St. John, New Brunswick
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Blue Hill Country Club
Nearest Train
128 Miles
Brunswick, Maine
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Brooklin Inn
Nearest Ski
66 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
Bayleaf Cabin
Car: necessary

The town of Brooklin is located on the scenic Blue Hill peninsula; all roads leading to it hug the rocky, picturesque Maine coastline. Bayleaf is located near enough to access all three of Acadia National Park's units: the main park on Mount Desert Island, Isle le Haut, a short ferry ride from neighboring Stonington, and Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor. Blue Hill peninsula is famous for its long tradition of fine arts and crafts, as well as organic farming; Brooklin offers a weekly farmer's market. The town is also home to the Wooden Boat School, which offers classes to families and individuals interested in all aspects of wooden boats. Brooklin is proud of its local general store, in business for 150 years, as well as its full library, fine or casual dining, and shops. Local lobstermen are happy to supply lobsters freshly pulled from the sea, and clams are easy to dig on the flats at low tide.

Those interested in outdoor activities will enjoy kayaking or canoeing; Herrick is a tranquil bay with long uninhabited coastlines and islands to explore. One can also travel ten minutes down the road and drop a boat in Blue Hill's locally famous reversing falls. The Wooden Boat School is a two mile bike ride along level roads. The Blue Heritage Trust maintains miles of hiking trails on the peninsula, and of course Acadia National Park offers an unparalleled range of hiking, biking, and riding trails. Charters are available in the area for fishing and sailing, and whale watching and puffin tours leave Bar Harbor daily. The nearby Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, in early August, is a sailboat race for wooden boats; with approximately 125 participants, it is a breath-taking sight to see.

Those looking for evening entertainment, beyond enjoying spectacular views of the stars in our unpolluted night skies, can find local theater at the Stonington Opera House, classical music concerts at Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, or movies in Ellsworth at the recently restored Art Deco Grand Theater.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Brooklin, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Nov. - Dec.
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
A$806
A$2,957
 
 
Spring
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$806
A$2,957
 
 
May - June
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$1,613
A$5,779
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$2,150
A$7,392
 
 
Sept. - Oct.
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
A$1,747
A$6,048
 
 
Nov. - Dec.
28 Oct 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$806
A$2,957
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$336
Pet Fee A$336
Tax Rate 9.0%

Those guests reserving more than one week may request other payment arrangements if they are willing to pay by check. We also welcome full payment by check from those reserving one week.

For dog owners: We ask for an additional fully refundable deposit, not a fee.

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.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Brooklin, Maine

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Renovated this year, the bathroom includes granite counters.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , This offers a granite vessel sink and new commode.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , This includes a full dresser, ample closet and water views.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , The loft beds offer views of stars through the big skylight.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , This large airy loft is screened by a privacy door.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We installed a new generator this winter which comes on automatically during a power outage.