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The Brooklin House Founders Story

"As the founder and designer of Victoria Hamilton-Rivers Design, I have focused on designing and staging homes in Northern California for decades. Ranging from interiors, color consultations, home renovations, and staging, to creating rental properties and homes for both myself, family and friends. My passion is transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.


What drives me is the joy and inspiration my interiors bring to others. Brooklin House is the most recent addition to my portfolio, alongside several seaside rental cottages developed on the Pacific Coastline in Marin County. Making these sorts of contributions is my raison d'etre.


With Brooklin House, every care and attention has been paid to the details of this home. The talented crew of craftsmen who helped create this exceptional property gave it their all in 2020 and 2021 despite the challenges of Covid-19. As the world begins to open up again and we yearn to travel, explore, gather together and be one with nature, we believe Brooklin House offers the opportunity to celebrate and cherish this revival. 


It is my pleasure to welcome you to share in this magical property and I would be honored for you to come and create your own experiences at Brooklin House."


Victoria's Journey
to Brooklin House

For decades, nature has been a huge influence on my interior design work. As a starting point, I pay close attention to what meets the eye outside and beyond the interior walls of any given building. I firmly believe that the best of interior design pays artistic reverence to its environment and location in equal measure to form and function. Marrying the outside with the inside while balancing the character of any given home and the needs of my guests, are important considerations for me as a designer.

Water settings have been one of my greatest loves and design influences for decades – oceans and bays, lakes and rivers particularly, are the places I am drawn to most and where I find I am most at home in my work. I have developed an aesthetic that is described by many as: “Crisp, clean lines with a fresh color palette - where luxurious modern meets whimsical coastal.”


As bizarre as it may sound, exploring the northeastern coast of Maine coming from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean, was always on my designer bucket list. I was drawn to Brooklin and the Blue Hill Peninsula particularly. World-renowned for its wooden boat building, maritime history, and exquisite natural beauty, it became one of the areas I visited over and over again in search of my next project.

When I first came across Brooklin House, it was love at first sight for me! Walking out to the point and standing inside the home looking out at Herrick Bay, was a sensory overload that made my heart sing and my creative juices flow. I knew this was where I wanted to be to create my next destination vacation home.

Partnered With

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The Detail Collaborative
Stacy Piket, Founder & Chief of Experience

The Detail Collaborative is a hospitality marketing and experience-based agency focused on taking care of the details needed to evolve design ideas to reality, create lifestyle environments, and launch experience-based properties and event spaces. Partnered with Brooklin House since its inception, Stacy has been a critical partner in the development of hospitality-based features, guest experiences, and the overall brand for the property.

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Your Maine Concierge
Vanessa Santarelli, Founder

Your Maine Concierge, Maine’s first and only statewide personalized vacation itinerary planning service, curates and personalizes every guest stay at Brooklin House. Vanessa is also the local partner in the development of the Brooklin Barn to help optimize the space to support and promote community events, local caterers, chefs, distilleries, breweries and wineries, farms, fishermen, and so many other possibilities.

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EHL Design
Ted Lameyer, Founder & Lead Architect  

EHL Design is a residential design firm founded in 1996, based on a commitment to excellence in design and construction practices. As a sole proprietor LLC, EHL Design offers personal attention to each client. Currently based in Castine Maine, Ted was the Lead Architect on the planning and design for Brooklin House and is now focused on the Brooklin Barn in development.  Over the last several decades, Ted has designed homes all over New England and beyond.

Francois Gagne is a local Maine photographer that specializes in taking photographs of people, places, and things.  His work has been featured on Main Home and Design and many other local design-focused publications.  Francios was commissioned to capture the essence of Brooklin House and the surrounding estate.  This site clearly illustrates his talents and ability to communicate a visionary design story through the view of his talented lense.

Jaffray Construction Inc
Founder & Owner 

Jaffray Construction, a full-service general contractor, has been focused on servicing new builds, renovation projects, and remodels over the last decade for their clients in the surrounding Blue-Hill Peninsula community.  Specialized in luxury properties, Curtis Jaffray, the company's founder, partnered with Brooklin House to source local materials, equipment, electrical, carpentry, painting, tiling, and other skilled labor for the project.  Faced with the challenges of the Covid Pandemic and it's impact over the two years of construction, the Jaffray construction crew treated the Brooklin House like part of the family and made the experience the property is today possible.

As with any ambitious renovation project on the scale of Brooklin House, financial planning and forward-thinking financial partners are key. Matt Mattson and Brenda Fernald at The First, proved to be and continue to be, outstanding partners in this regard. They're also fun people to do business with and possess a vision, attention to customer service and "can do" attitude, that sets a high bar in the world of banking.

Kringen Media
Maureen Kringen, Founder & Owner 

Kringen Media is an award winning design studio based in Sonoma County. Specializing in interactive + website design, Maureen works with her clients to develop visual solutions to projects that range from website design and development to print, packaging and logo / identity design. Also a painter and glass artist, an appreciation of fine art informs Kringen Media's graphic design. Achieving a visual balance between the precision of the digital medium and the organic and textural nature of that which is handcrafted is a primary goal.

Brooklin House would not have proved possible had it not been for the unflagging efforts of Stephen Sprague and Aimi Baldwin at ERA Dawson to find the right property for this venture. Hours of research, communication and viewings to find precisely what Victoria was looking for, was no simple brief. Neither were the countless hours spent on the road with her combing through properties and areas up and down the north east coast of Maine, to find the perfect place to land that met all criteria. These are exceptional professionals who are outstanding in their field.

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