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Historic Summer Cottage on Coast: 1867 Cow Palace

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5.0 / 5Exceptional
5 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Long Cove
    15 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Sears Island
    17 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Fort George Park
    49 min drive
  • Airport
    Bangor, ME (BGR-Bangor Intl.)
    56 min drive

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    About this area

    Stockton Springs

    This vacation home is located on the waterfront and in an area with great shopping. Fort Knox State Park and Buck Cemetery are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Bucksport Golf Club and Belfast Harbor.

    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Long Cove - 15 min drive
    • Sears Island - 17 min drive
    • Fort George Park - 49 min drive
    • Maine Maritime Academy - 49 min drive
    • Castine Historical Society - 50 min drive

    Getting around

    • Bangor, ME (BGR-Bangor Intl.) - 56 min drive

    About this property

    Historic Summer Cottage on Coast: 1867 Cow Palace

    Perched on the Penobscot Bay, the Cow Palace was built in 1867, and is a fully restored 4,000 square foot summer cottage with 6 bedrooms/3 baths. The 2-acre property includes water and forest views from every window, and is adjacent to the walking trails, beaches, and lighthouse of Fort Point State Park. Perfect for extended family vacation or group retreat! The Cow Palace is authentic historic Maine charm with all the modern comforts and conveniences of a full restoration. We are located on a quiet, dead-end street just steps away from the Lighthouse. Enjoy the deep wrap-around porch with breathtaking views of the Penobscot Bay, the artist’s studio in the sunroom, and the beauty of the antique barn nestled against the deep Maine woods. The Cow Palace is on Cape Jellison, which is a rare and beautiful quiet spot on the Maine coast, yet is only 15 minutes from the progressive town of Belfast, which has fabulous restaurants, a world-famous lobster pound, and theater and music. Only 35 minutes away are the renowned sailing towns of Castine and Camden; in just under an hour you are in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Enter the house through the spacious boot-room, where you’ll find an array of lawn games such as of bocce and croquet, as well as games and beach toys/shoes. The kitchen has pink granite countertops and stainless appliances, including toaster, microwave, coffee-maker, and spices (there is an extra fridge in the boot-room). The kitchen features original pass-through filled with antique fiesta-ware to the epic dining room, with a farmhouse table and dining for over 10. The library on the first floor has a fold-out queen sofa that could easily be a seventh bedroom, and includes an en-suite bathroom, and the spacious living room has two couches and a large, smart TV. There are six bedrooms on the top two floors: three kings, three queens (one bedroom with two queens), and one room with two twin beds; all have high quality new mattresses, luxurious linens, and 8+ feet tall windows. On each floor there is a large, full bathroom, with plenty of fluffy towels, storage, and a washer/dryer on the second floor. The deep wrap-around porch features ample outdoor seating, plus two child-sized chairs, and a picnic table. Walk five minutes to the historic Fort Point Lighthouse and take the trails in Fort Point State Park, which includes a sandy beach, a rocky beach, a pier, rich history, and picnicking in the woods. Explore our woods and pick wild raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Watch seals, dolphins and water-birds of all kinds while you comb the shore for shells, sea glass, or driftwood. Or just relax on a sun-warmed rock and look across the bay to sail boats going around Isleboro or watch clouds drift over the Camden Hills. Play croquet or bocce on the lawn. Ride your bicycle or take a run around the quiet seven-mile Cape Jellison road. Hike the trails on close-by Sears Island, the largest uninhabited island off the East Coast. Play golf at the Bucksport Golf Course. Enjoy fine dining and the little shops of nearby Belfast, Castine, or Camden. Visit neighboring Searsport and the fascinating Maine Maritime Museum, as well as the summer flea markets. Explore a wider area by driving an easy hour to Acadia National Park and the bustle of Bar Harbor. The iconic Cow Palace has been perched on a knoll overlooking the beautiful Penobscot Bay since it was built by a Bangor family as their summer cottage in 1867. And it has been beloved ever since, including by our own family. We are delighted to share our summer house!

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Property manager

    property manager

    Jane Rago

    Speaks English

    Property amenities


    Internet access

    Parking and transportation

    Onsite parking
    Car required

    Family friendly



    Coffee/tea maker


    6 bedrooms
    Bed sheets provided


    3 bathrooms
    Shower only
    Hair dryer
    Towels provided

    Living spaces

    Living room
    Dining room


    TV with cable/satellite service
    Arcade/game room

    Outdoor areas



    Washing machine and dryer




    No pets allowed


    Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    Iron/ironing board

    Location highlights

    Near the ocean
    On the waterfront
    In a rural location

    Things to do

    Rock climbing nearby
    Sailing nearby
    Hiking/biking trails nearby
    Whale watching nearby


    Sleeps 14
    Unit size: 4000 sq ft (372 sq m)


    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    5/5 Excellent

      Big house for big families and big fun

      Our family of 14 gathered here for a reunion and it was perfect. There was more than enough room for everybody and activities for everyone from age two to 75. The kids had a lot of fun with games and building fairy houses in the forest behind the property. The older crowd enjoyed exploring the area, hanging out on the porch or playing some croquet. The house has everything that’s needed on a vacation. The only drawback is the water access - you’ll have to walk to the State Park at the end of the road.

      5/5 Excellent

        We were very pleased with the house and area

        The house was furnished very well. Appreciated the cleans linens and towels. Having 3 full baths was perfect for 8 adults.

        5/5 Excellent

          Great place for a family vacation

          We had a great time here at the Cow palace it met all of our needs for all 10 of us including a one-year-old to a 67 year-old. The hosts were very responsive and helped us in the week when we needed them. This is a great spot to go shopping, go to the beach, visit Arcadia for a day or just hanging out on the porch enjoying the view. There are a ton of great restaurants in this area from just Barb's to Young's Lobster Pound to a whole bunch of others that we visited during our week. Overall we could not say enough about this place.

          5/5 Excellent

            Cow Palace Ultimate Wonder!

            Cannot express the feeling of peace,quiet, beauty of our surroundings while staying at the Cow Palace! Our own private beach to relax on or search for sea glass.......had the best time! The house was clean and the owners were so thoughtful in providing us with the necessities. Cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed our vacation!

            5/5 Excellent

              Very Peaceful!

              Our family of 5 adults and 2 children under 4 stayed at the Cow Palace for a week in June. Sitting on the front porch while the kids played in the yard was blissfully peaceful. The view of the water can’t be beat. The house had everything we needed including lots of space, toys, and a well equipped kitchen. We had a wonderful time exploring Bar Harbor and Belfast.

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