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“Very nice - but very isolated and you have to supply toilet paper!”

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Oakland House Cottages by the Side of the Sea
Reviewed 2 August 2010

We stayed at the Oakland House during the last week of June. The cottage we rented was very clean, very well kept, and right on the water. The area on the Blue Hill peninsula is stunning, when the sun is out. We enjoyed buying lobster right out of the lobster man's garage (although it would have been nice if the cottage had a lobster pot to cook it in - we had to buy one). We took an eco-cruise through Old Quarry adventures which was a lot of fun - saw seals and eagles and great scenery. Also check out the web site for the Flash in the Pan Steel Band, which is a local Steel Band that gives outdoor concerts. They were, totally, totally AWESOME!!!!!
The one thing I think you should keep in mind though, is that Oakland House is very, very, remote. We did not have access to a TV (there are none), computer (of course not - have to go sit in a parking lot about 20 minutes away to access), telephone (our cells did not work here), not even a radio is provided, which really should be so that at least you can get the weather report. The nearest store to buy a newspaper is about 15 minutes away. Personally, I felt a little too isolated. TV, internet and phone I can do without - but no radio and a newspaper was a little much. Also, the place is not on the ocean, but on a bay - not that is a problem, but just be aware of it. Most importantly, they expect YOU to replace the soap, dish washing detergent, toilet paper, etc before you leave with "eco-friendly" brands (no Joy dishwashing liquid for them!). I think this should have been made clear at the time of the reservation. I really don't feel it's appropriate to tell customer's they're responsible for these items (toilet paper and soap? Come one!) AFTER they get there (and the nearest store is 20 minutes away in Blue Hill). I probably wouldn't recommend this place to a friend - we left 2 days early.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank marci23
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coastalpleasures, Owner at Oakland House Cottages by the Side of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2012

My husband Jim was quite ill and we actually closed the business at the end of 2008. But in 2009 he decided that he'd like to rent just a few of the cottages...on a very different basis...self-serve housekeeping. Many of our long time guests were so happy that we still had cottages that they were happy to change the nature of their stays from the prior times of daily housekeeping and meals served in the old hotel.
Jim died in June 2010 and I was in the process of adding more of our vacant cottages to our list of available rental units. My staff and I have learned a little since then as we modify the nature of the business since we closed the restaurant and sold Shore Oaks Seaside Inn. Our cottages are stocked with many if not more of the items normally provided by a BnB, like shampoo, cleaning agents, cosmetic wipes, hand lotion, glycerine soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. We are listed in Maine's directory of "Environmental Leaders." Our products are 100% recycled and organic or eco-friendly.

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Reviewed 16 June 2010

It is remarkable that the Littlefield family have been devoted stewards to Oakland House Seaside Resort and its beautiful environs since 1889. They have continued to uphold a long tradition of warmth and hospitality. Sally and Jim's dedicated care of Oakland Resort and its guests is apparent -- from tending sweeping flower beds at the main house (cheerily welcoming all) to maintaining and appointing seaside cottages in very charming ways. Their love of place imbues the resort with an idyllic sensibility. Walking trails on the property have been thoughtfully built, ensuring woodland foraging and lovely vistas. The setting -- stunning coastline -- offers long views of the islands of eastern Penobscot Bay that are truly breathtaking. Oakland House Resort ... to Savor!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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coastalpleasures, Owner at Oakland House Cottages by the Side of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2014

Thank-you for taking your time to write. We love to have folks stay for awhile with us here. This is a sort of ageless destination having been in the same family since the land was granted by King George of England in 1767. The location is stunning with the setting sun sinking over the Bay and disappearing behind the distant hills or islands of East Penobscot Bay.

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Reviewed 7 June 2010

The coast of Maine has a beauty all its own and the Oakland House displays it like none other. The best part is the location. It's remote, but not so remote that you feel detatched from everything. Fifteen minutes and you can be in Blue Hill and in an hour and a half you can be at Acadia National Park.

The staff was great and the innkeepers were friendly and gracious when I met them. The cabin was cute and clean, nothing to improve upon. Again, I mention location!! Beautiful!!!

Bring a book with you so that you can take advantage of the piece and quiet. Enjoy the porch of your cabin or take a short hike that's on property that ends at a beautiful view from a large open rocky area (my favorite spot), it's on the property map.

Let me say that if you are looking for someplace that will give you something to do day in and day out, this is not the place for you. However, if you're looking for a place to let time slow down and that'll allow you to recharge, look no further. It's an amazing place that everyone should experience.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

If Nature and beautiful landscapes is your thing, you will be amazed by the peaceful tranquility offered by the Oakland House Seaside Resort. Weather it be listening to the ocean waves crash, or taking a hike around the resort. This place is a must for outdoor nature lovers.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 December 2007

The Oakland House is timeless and beautiful. Watch the seals and sailboats go by in the world-class Eggemoggin Reach, sit in adirondack chairs, visit the local art scene, experience great service, the list goes on... truly a diamond in the rough. The Oakland House has history and personality. The care that the Littlefield family has taken in keeping and improving the expansive property (complete with its own hiking trails- one that leads up to a scenic bluff, canoes, fine dining, beautifully built cottages and a garden to boot) shows at every opportunity.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 December 2007

What a view for the two of us. Brought a bottle of wine some addarondack chairs and watched the sun set. Great food and loved walking the grounds . Super hikes near by. If you needed anything the staff is extremely accommodating.

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coastalpleasures, Owner at Oakland House Cottages by the Side of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2014

Thank-you for reviewing. Yes! The VIEW! It is stupendous, no matter when. BUT, a misty pastel colored sunrise over the Bay can be very nice, if you are up at that time of day. Or, a vivid sunset wild with reds, pinks, purples and golds as the sun sinks behind the Camden Hills 22 miles across the ocean can be the time to enjoy a glass of your favorite something. Our porches await. The adirondak chairs at the shore await too. You decide.

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Reviewed 5 December 2007

I was so taken by the beauty and the simpleness of the resort. They cater to your every whim. While staying there, I watched them put together a fabulous wedding. I heard nothing but rave reviews from the wedding guests as we passed on the roads to the waters edge.
With the views of the Camden Hills off in the distance, the Pumpkin Lighthouse right across the reach, and the many tall ships that sail through, it is breath-taking.
If you want to get away from phones, computers, tv's, etc., and just relax, this is the place. The food is impecable, service is outstanding, and the friendliness of ALL the staff, makes this a place to retreat to time and time again.
Just go and enjoy!!
Jane, Dover, NH

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Oakland House Cottages by the Side of the Sea

Address: 435 Herrick Rd, Herricks Landing, Brooksville, ME 04617-3738 (Formerly Oakland House Seaside Resort)
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Brooksville
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Brooksville
Price Range: £106 - £195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Distinctive and Authentic! This beautiful coastal cottage colony has been welcoming guests since 1889 and has been operated by the same family ever since. With 60 blissfully private acres of coastal woodland trails, beaches, and fields in which to play and dream it's easy to feel like a child again. Ten cottages of rustic sophistication have one or two bedrooms, full baths, living rooms with fireplaces, comfortable furnishings, and full kitchens or kitchenettes. Housekeeping services on a daily basis in season. Two night minimum with a one-week stay being the most economical. Arrive any day, depart any day. We welcome you, your family, and your friends. Perfect for honeymoons, singles and groups events. We welcome a well-behaved dog in Birches Cottage. Other cottages are pet-free and non-smoking, thank you. Open from mid-April through mid-October. ... more   less 
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