Nautilus Island is located at the entrance to Castine Harbor and encompasses 37 acres of natural beauty. This private island features more than a mile of rocky coastline with a protective harbor and a pier for boating access. Beginning with the traditional Maine coast water provisions of lobster, clams, mussels and oysters to the islands new organic gardens and hardy vineyard, this island is sure to tantalize both gourmand and back-to-basics tastes.
The six-bedroom manor house with swimming pool has sweeping vistas of Penobscot Bay. The island has its own vineyard, a two-bedroom farmhouse, and a guest cottage that is located at the edge of the island’s protected harbor with a pier and moorings.
The boat house at the water’s edge has been converted to a unique waterfront escape with a bar, kitchen, and stone fireplace making it ideal for entertaining. The 2-story barn sits sturdily at the head of the vineyard and currently serves as a rustic game room, work-out area, workshop and storage area. The sugar shack adds further use to the aesthetically pleasing island maple trees by converting its sap into what some refer to as liquid gold.
The property also has perennial gardens, tennis court, a barn for storage, and lighted walking paths. The $10.6 million list price includes most furnishings, ground equipment, and a 23′ boat.
Steeped in History…
In 1779 Nautilus Island, strategically located at the mouth of Castine Harbor as it meets Penobscot Bay, became entrenched in the twenty-two day, British-American military engagement now known as the Penobscot Bay Expedition. Four years after his famed midnight ride, Paul Revere served as commander of a fleet of ships that took sail from Boston with a mission to secure land surrounding the Penobscot River. Revere was responsible for taking Nautilus Island from the British during an evening raid; however this was one of few victories in the ill-fated expedition. The British later took the coastal area including what is now Castine and kept the area in hand until the war’s end. Prior to this entry into American history, Nautilus shows evidence of having been home to the Penobscot Indians. The island remained under the protection of one family for over 130 years and has recently undergone a four year renovation project.
The quintessentially quaint, Coastal Maine town of Castine serves as port and offers year-round cultural events. Dennett’s Wharf (home of Castine’s best lobster roll) is the gateway to Nautilus Island. Castine is also home to the Maine Maritime Academy educational facility and their State of Maine exploratory ship. Castine, Maine is approximately 460miles from New York City, 250 miles from Boston and 330 to Montreal and 40 to Bangor International Airport.
[Source: Christie’s Great Estates]