Dunbar Cottage - A Family Tradition

The Dunbar is one of four cottages on Hall’s Cove owned by the Flemming/Baines families. The first two were purchased in 1938.  Carmen and Fred Flemming, with their parents, spent summers here climbing the rocks, boating to Eben Island, fishing, swimming, and searching for sea glass and crabs on the low tide beaches. Every year the family raised the flag and filmed the cove, or took their portrait on the beach under the lighthouse.

The Dunbar was the last to be purchased from a retired minister for whom the cottage is named.  At ninety-three, Dr. Dunbar turned to Carmen and said, “I’m getting too old to spend winters here; you’ll have to buy this place.” Carved into the original mantel of this cottage is the letter “D” for Dunbar. 

Back then, the cottages were a “camp” with no inside plumbing.  There was an outhouse and a well with a hand-pump for water.  They’ve come a long way but retain their original charm.

Carmen Flemming Baines and her husband Bob Baines inherited the cottages and developed Island View Cottage vacation rentals.  They built a large cottage on the cove for themselves and their children and continued to spend summers here.  Carmen and Bob and the whole Baines clan welcomed guests to their cottages and made many friends over the years.

When Carmen and Bob were gone and the Baines children decided to sell, Meg Flemming and I were able to purchase The Dunbar and keep it in the family.  We are so happy to welcome you and your family to this special place. 

Fred Flemming - original owner’s son vacationing at Dunbar Cottage since 1936

Fred Flemming - original owner’s son vacationing at Dunbar Cottage since 1936

Carmen Flemming Baines, life-long owner of The Dunbar, one of Island View Cottages

Carmen Flemming Baines, life-long owner of The Dunbar, one of Island View Cottages

Flemming/Baines cousins at the cottage; 1960’s (Helen, Liz, Meg, Christian, Bob, Jack, Jan)

Flemming/Baines cousins at the cottage; 1960’s (Helen, Liz, Meg, Christian, Bob, Jack, Jan)

Flemming family annual lighthouse photo; 1994

Flemming family annual lighthouse photo; 1994

Baines clan annual lighthouse photo; 2014

Baines clan annual lighthouse photo; 2014

Gail Lewis and Meg Flemming - owners since 2016

Gail Lewis and Meg Flemming - owners since 2016