Walking through one of our fields here or taking the private road to the “roundabout” is part of the pleasure of going to the Cookie Tree Farm beach.
Anyone who walks here or there on North Haven island, now with several conservation paths also, enjoys the many open fields and water views and then understands how we love walking to the beach. Then again, each field is different and a fun experience. Each beach bestows its own bounty of Maine sorts (views, driftwood, stones, lobstering and sailing souvenirs).
The Cookie Tree Farm 16 acres are pie-shaped on the water side of the North Shore – a long green and wooded stretch starting soon after a neighbor’s “Duck Crossing,” spanning around the curve in the road, and reaching just beyond the barn after the house. Got that? If not, there’s a map on the main page of this website.
From the roundabout there’s a winding path down to the beach which is as private as can be, except if you want to talk to the ducks, wave at boats who will probably not notice you, or sit on one of the high rocks and converse with imaginary sea creatures. A dolphin may swim past, or an eagle. Of course sitting on those same rocks with friends and family is a different kind of “special.”
The ten acres next to us on the southwest are undeveloped (no house). The ten acres to the northwest have a sweet new garage/apartment and they plan to build a house (walk in and see the view from there since there’s been more clearing and the same can be done on the CTF). New building there will conform to terms of the deed, protecting privacy also.
In past years, the circle (roundabout) held a post with arrow boards pointing to London, Boston, New York, and did it also have one for California? We’d bought the property while living in the UK, and used it for long summers thanks to finding North Haven via a photo of a colleague in London. Small world of course.
Photos from bottom upwards: steps to beach, smiling rock, on path down near beach, partial view from top of steps, lobster pots are out there, panoramic, walking back up to house, a few more rocks, part of the path in the field.
More about Cookie Tree Farm: http://northhavenwaterfront.com