Barncastle was built in 1884 as one of Blue Hill’s oldest and largest summer cottages. Big? It is over 9,000 square feet. Located at 125 South Street in Blue Hill
Originally it was not called Barncastle. It was the Ideal Lodge. Owned by Effie Hinckley Ober of the Boston Ideal Opera Company, and designed by Boston architect George Asa Clough, a Blue Hill native and Effie’s childhood friend.
It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But often the claim to fame was wood-fired pizza once it became an inn and restaurant.
If you haven’t wandered around the property you may not realize that it was built around a house at the time that belonged to the owner’s mother.
Fast forward to more current times, and things have changed due to the pandemic. The restaurant stopped in the house and only offered a take-out service.
It is a restaurant that has an outdoor seating section,
And also a bar with entertainment
It’s also a hostel
With 5 different guest rooms for rent
Even a gift shop
All of these possibilities are available, or it could become someone’s private residence again. The property listing is with Dana Moos of Swan Agency Real Estate.
Over 130 years since it was built, I suspect many are curious what will happen to the famous Barncastle.
Perhaps the next owner will restore the color to its original barn red and change the name to Kline Cottage.