A magical place
to gather


A simple yet spectacular setting where you can gather, celebrate and experience nature while making memories for a lifetime.

To experience Thistledown Farm is to take a step back in time — and far away from the stress and noise of daily life. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Midcoast Maine, your host, Penny, welcomes you to her magnificent, one-of-a-kind property where you can celebrate any occasion.

Five features that distinguish Thistledown Farm from all others:

  • An unpretentious, relaxed and friendly environment with the sophistication and comfort you desire-but, none of the fuss. Dogs are welcome and have their own swimming pond.
  • Choice of coast or country, and indoor or outdoor venues for your gathering. Includes post and beam structures, 1800’s chapel and schoolhouse , outdoor terraces, salt water cove, meadow, evergreen woods, pond, flower gardens and expansive lawn.
  • On site accommodations, including a repurposed barn, separate barn apartment, sheep shed cottage, a yurt and two glamping tents. Seasonal and year round.
  • Built in activities such as lawn games, kayaking, swimming, cliff jumping, hiking, bon fires, grilling, picnics at the shore, and much more.
  • A beautiful and convenient location that’s five minutes from village amenities, a short drive to attractions, and just over an hour’s drive from Portland.

Thistledown Farm Offerings...

Weddings Celebrations Accommodations Activities


A Memorable Place To Marry


A Terrific Place To Celebrate


A Unique Boutique of Places to Stay


A Fantastic Place to Play

Additional Information 

Guest accommodations can be booked through AirBnb on our Accommodations page.

Please complete the Thistledown Farm Contact Form so we can get to know you what you would like to plan and we will reach out to you to discuss details.

We will create a custom quote based on the dates, times & spaces reserved for you.

A 50 percent, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the dates. The balance is due 120 days later, or one month in advance of the event date, whichever comes first.


Six Unique Offerings

Choose from a variety of accommodations to suit your needs and preferences. Thistledown Farm is dog friendly and welcomes well behaved dogs with open arms. Overnight fees include use of your own private outdoor fire pit, free fire wood, outdoor lawn games, access to fresh and salt water for swimming, boating and kayaks.

For families or large groups, consider Pennysworth—a reconstructed dairy barn with a cathedral-peaked ceiling, spacious kitchen, living room and granite fireplace, plus 2 bedrooms, 2 lofts and 1 and a half bathrooms to accommodate up to 8 guests. Pennysworth  guest can also enjoy a large stone terrace with chairs to relax in and a table to gather around.  The most fun feature is a huge fire pit with ample room for guest to gather around. S’mores are a must!

Available year-round. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

Udder Heaven, on the lower level of Pennysworth, offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, laundry, a large open kitchen, dining and living area with a wood stove for the colder months.  It has its own private, fenced in terrace with a firepit and ample seating. Udder Heaven can accommodate up to 6 guests. Available year-round. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

For  loads of rustic charm, consider the Sheep Shed Cottage with a comfortable living room, 1920s era kitchen, bath, screened-in sitting room/dining area and sleeping loft. Can accommodate up to 5 guests in the super cool dormitory style loft plus 2 more in the pull out sofa below . Available May – October. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

For a rustic and cozy, yet glamorous “glamping experience,” consider Penny’s Perch, a comfortable yurt tucked away in a peaceful and private wooded setting. Furnished with a double bed, table, chairs, and dresser an outdoor gas grill, and firepit with unlimited free firewood.  Available May-October. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

The Penobscot and Pemaquid glamping safari style tents are each furnished with beds for up to 2 guests, dining table, chairs, bar & work-station, covered porch with furniture, a gas grill, firepit, and unlimited firewood.  Available May-October. [link to more detailed info/photos on another page]

There is an enclosed outdoor shower with running hot water and a commercial porta-potty available for the exclusive use of our Thistledown Glamping guests. Both are removed from the campsites, yet are an easy walk from the path from your site.large 


Elopements and Micro-Weddings

Elopement Packages

Celebrate your special day your own way.  Packages include up to 6 people with 2 nights accommodation for the bride and groom in our cozy yurt or one of our 2 romantic glamping tents.  Choose your favorite spot on the farm, our private preserve, or authentic country chapel and design your own intimate ceremony and reception.  We’ll take care of the rest! 

Micro-Wedding Packages

Looking for something bigger than an elopement but smaller than a big expensive wedding?  Consider a Micro- Wedding for up to 25 people.  The wedding couple can enjoy 2 nights together in your choice of accommodations. Choose your favorite spot on the farm, our private preserve, or authentic country chapel and design your own intimate ceremony and reception.  We’ll take care of the rest! 


Activities and Experiences

Easy access to all there is to see and do nearby in this truly spectacular part of the world.

Stay local on the farm and feed the animals, enjoy kayaks, paddling, firepits, lawn games, forest adventures and a swimming hole.

All Thistledown Farm Guests receive an extensive Guide book that lists numerous activities; shopping, museums, historical sites, hiking, boat tours, swimming, restaurants, adventures and more! We even provide instructions for cooking lobsters. 

Weave a colorful, durable, all-season doormat from upcycled lobster trap rope.  Classes are offered on Wednesdays & Saturday mornings from June 15 – October 15, 2022. Reservations are required. 

We are pet-friendly! Pets are welcome here!

At Thistledown Farm, we extend a warm welcome not only to our human guests but also to their beloved four-legged companions. We understand that pets are an integral part of the family, which is why we are proud to be a pet-friendly establishment. From spacious rooms equipped with cozy pet beds to designated outdoor areas for furry friends to stretch their legs, we ensure that both guests and their pets feel right at home. Whether it’s exploring the nearby trails together or simply relaxing in the comfort of our accommodations, every moment spent with your pet is cherished. Our dedicated staff is always on hand to provide assistance and recommendations for pet-friendly activities in the area, ensuring that your stay with us is memorable for both you and your faithful companion.

“I love this place. Penny has created a true one-of-a-kind retreat that really captures the feel of the area with a rustic charm that is at the same time private, super comfortable and authentically unique. Communication is super easy and her knowledge of the area made our first trip to Maine a great experience that I will definitely come back for. (If I could I’d just move in and never leave.) Best host ever!”

Jody - Duck Key, FL

“Hello and thanks for visiting Thistledown Farm’s website. I look forward to meeting you and hosting your next visit to Maine.”

penny johnston, priorietor