Cozy Farmhouse Loft in Midcoast Maine

Cozy Farmhouse Loft in Midcoast Maine




Jan 2020

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Overlooking Icelandic sheep, draft horses and chickens on rolling pasture, our farm is clean, cozy and close to the ocean, islands, and the quaint historic downtown and vibrant art community of Belfast. The area has great hiking, canoeing, sailing, rowing, skiing, not to mention fantastic farm-to-table restaurants, shops, museums and summer festivals and music. The traditional farmhouse (where we live) has been renovated and the attached new apartment (available to stay in) is toasty in winter and cool and breezy in summer, quiet yet close to town, has its own fully-equipped kitchen and full bath, and everything you need after a busy day exploring. Perfect for family and friends traveling together. Depending on the timing, it may be possible to lend a hand with the daily animal chores, collect freshly laid eggs, play with the lambs, or arrange for a pony ride.


More about us

  1. We are a couple in our 50's (Alan runs a design/build firm and Sanna is a nonprofit manager and farmer) with two great teens, one at Yale University and another in high school on an island nearby. We love meals with friends, good food, games of all kinds, soccer, outdoor activities and traveling together.

  2. Our quiet, sunlit, brand-new loft apartment is centrally located in the popular midcoast Maine region—a perfect place from which to explore, with everything you need when the day is done. The panoramic views in all directions are of picturesque sheep and horse pastures, a wildlife pond, meandering stream and distant hills. Adjacent to the traditional Maine farmhouse (that we live in), this apartment is built to the German Passivhaus Standard, so it is toasty warm in winter after snowy winter adventures, and cool and breezy in summer. Bugs can be a problem in Maine but they aren't much of one here given our breezes. Solar panels power the electric heat and appliances as part of our on-going efforts to address the climate change challenge.

  3. The farm sits on 120 acres of fields and woods which provide easy walks and picnics right out the front door. Additional shared amenities, but available for your private use, include a treehouse, croquet and bocce ball sets, soccer nets, canoe, trampoline, badminton, as well as a large deck and charcoal BBQ. It may be possible to arrange for a pony ride, shearing sheep spring and fall, collecting fresh eggs and helping with barn chores if we are in the neighborhood and our schedules align.

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Where is it?


Explore Midcoast Maine from this vibrant little city of Belfast. Here you can find farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, locally-owned destination shops and all kinds of waterfront and farm-based activities. Belfast is a gem that the busy Maine tourism scene hasn't fully discovered yet, making it all the more special. This area is rich in maritime history and boat building, small-scale agriculture and the arts, music and all-things-local. It is located just over an hour south of Acadia National Park with its famous Rockefeller family carriage trails, and 20 minutes north of Camden Harbor, home to several passenger schooners from the Maine Windjammer Association—the largest fleet of working windjammers in America. The Farnsworth Art Museum (with its Wyeth family paintings and the Olson House) and Samoset Golf course are just a few minutes further south.

Buzzy restaurants
Chase's Daily is the BEST. But also Meanwhile in Belfast, Delvino's, Darby's, Satori, Bell the Cat name a few.
Cool bars
Satori (great happy hour--try Diamonds on my Windshield), The Neighborhood, Three Tides Brewery, Rollie's for sports. The next town over has The Drouthy Bear for all things Scottish, Long Grain (reservations required) and more.
Cozy cafés
Lan Xang, Moonbat Bakery, Belfast Coop, Bay Wrap, Perennial Cider Bar.
Retail therapy
The shops (many with activities you can sign up for) on and off Main Street include Heavenly Yarns, the Belfast Clay Studio, Belfast FiberArts, Waterfall Arts Center with a huge array of classes and nice gallery, Fiddleheads Fabric shop, the oldest shoe store in America (Colburn's), The Green Store, Belfast Coop, an excellent kitchen store, olive oil store, family-owned hardware store, two farmers markets, and much more.
Bit of culture
There's the lively Celtic Festival and other fairs all summer long, Belfast Dance Studio has classes and performances, Thursday Night music in the streets, 4th Friday art walks transform the streets, 1st Friday fantastic contradances for all ages and abilities (go just for the great music and scene if nothing else), library film and speaker series galore, Colonial (movie) Theater, three (3!) different acting groups with plays all year long, and tons more to check out.
Walks in the park
Every street running perpendicular to the ocean has public walk along the beach at low tide! Belfast has 14 parks, including a dedicated dog park, Moosepoint State Park, a great City Park with charcoal grills overlooking the harbor (and basketball, swimming, tennis)...and of course the Belfast Rail Trail that winds along the Passamaquoddy River feeding into the harbor by the pedestrian bridge. Also check out the Little River Trail and Hills to Sea Trail for more extensive outings.
Spot of exercise
Have, or wish you had, a horse? People traveling with their horses to experience Acadia National Park's network of carriage trails can arrange for a stall here as well. If the stars align we might be able to arrange a pony ride for kids as well.
Day tripping
Belfast Harbor is part of Penobscot Bay is known for its great sailing grounds amid the archipelago of stunning granite-faced islands (that built the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, U.S Naval Academy, Washington Monument, JFK Memorial and more. Fishing and forestry has been and are major industries in Maine. The largely unspoiled coastline and picturesque lobster fishing villages, as well as scenic hiking, biking, sailing, cross-country skiing, and exploring are easy to access. Kayaks, sailing lessons or excursions, and bikes are available for hire in town. Consider a breakfast, sunset, or lobster cruise from the docks. Or a family treasure hunt! Local golf, bowling, gym at the Y, pickleball and free tennis and quite-rare community rowing on 6-person Cornish rowing gigs are all possible here.

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