Posted on February 25, 2021
“There’s a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. I think. It’s absolutely a world onto itself.” ~ Jamie Wyeth
Chelsea and I are pleased to be chosen to manage our first rental property in the Brooksville village of Harborside, close to Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Formerly known as Billabong, Gull’s View is about as authentic a Maine seasonal cottage as anyone will find, well-loved for many years by family and guests. Technically a log cabin built in 1912, like most sought-after Maine seasonal rentals, it sits right on the water, specifically Smith’s Cove on Penobscot Bay.
Take a look at the beach and view!
And the view from the screened-in porch!
Not pretentious, fancy, nor stuffy, Gull’s View is 2000 square feet, charmingly rustic with tastefully decorated interior and modern, comfortable furniture, ready for guests to relax and get away from it all, and with satellite TV and Wifi, guests can still stay connected. There are two bedrooms, one queen bed, 2 sets of twin bunks, one queen pull-out sofa (new!) and two baths and has a max occupancy of 6 people.
Holbrook Island Sanctuary, located close by, is a special, not-well-known state park and a favorite place for bird lovers and botany enthusiasts. Visitors are free to explore its diverse ecosystems, hike and bike the old roads and paths, swim, kayak and explore the shoreline.
Its benefactor, Anita Harris, began acquiring land in Brooksville for a sanctuary in the 1960s. In 1971, wishing to preserve this special environment and encourage its use by other nature lovers, she donated 1230 acres to the State of Maine, “in order to preserve for the future a piece of the unspoiled Maine that I used to know.”
There is an excellent book written by Reta Farnsworth Hunter, who grew up in Harborside, called Anita’s Island. It’s not in print any longer but is available through libraries and is a fascinating account of what it was like for the Harris family to live and raise their family on Holbrook Island.
Check out this Google Earth map of the area:
As you’ve probably gathered, we’re really looking forward to welcoming our guests to this wonderful summer rental.
This is the time to book your rental property! We hope you’ll check it out!