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Stunning Oceanfront Sunsets at Tapley Farms, family, friends, pets and Acadia

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 204 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Outstanding Saltwater farm, deep water, views, 4, 2 1/2, beach

Waterfront, beaches, blueberries, and farming at Tapley Farms is a Waterfront, Sea Captain's Salt Water Farm, beach, organic farm directly across from Castine and spectacular western sunsets!

Sleeps 8, 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a great barn for ping pong and parties!

Acadia, 1 hr, Blue Hill 20 min, Stonington, 35 min.

A review from Brooke 2016

We feel like this is an incredible gem. Incredible value for the rate they charge. There was plenty of room and charm to the home and the access to the water was just incredible. The porch is positioned for incredible views of the sunset over the water. There is a large yard for games and lounging and ping pong and darts in the barn. The location on the Bagaduce River (less than 1 min walk down the road) is perfect for kids. They were able to wade in the water, explore tide pools and watch the tide come in and out experiencing the much of the magic of the ocean in a calm, safe setting. There is a lovely private landing to sit right next to the beach. The hosts are right next door and are warm and engaging, but completely respectful of their guests' privacy. Short drives to great lunch/dinner places, but kitchen easy to cook in with manageable utensils and dinnerware available.

Another recent guest review

"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 calledTapley Farms 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.

More Details

Carol Gregor
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
3 August, 2017

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.

The area is called, " Valley of the Stars" as the open space and darkness make for wonderful star gazing.

Our community is booming with music, art, sailing, farm to table, hiking, farmer's markets, and many daily happenings. The farm is 1/4 mile from great breads and pizza and a fine Yoga Center.

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 Tapley Farms 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Brooksville, Maine

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 204 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • 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 bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • 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
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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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Stunning Oceanfront Sunsets at Tapley Farms, family, friends, pets and Acadia
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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Brooksville, Maine

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
30 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$220.69
Damage Insurance A$74.4

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

35lb Dogs at $20 per day. Kenneled in barn and on first floor only. Permission only, check with owner please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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