Isle Au Haut Cottage Rental Photos and Description
- 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12+
Stone Cottage is the most beautiful home in the most beautiful island in the world. It was built as the summer home of Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone. He was an extraordinary man and much beloved on the Island. His good friend Eleanor Roosevelt stayed here on her way to Campobello. The Cottage overlooks the thoroughfare between Isle au Haut and Kimball's Island which has an endless parade of lobster boats and yachts. Located on the edge of the village, the Cottage borders Acadia National Park with miles of trails with astounding views. Stone Cottage is a large, rambling summer home with five bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, large kitchen, living room and dining room, a wrap around porch and generations of laughter, singing and wonderful memories. Dogs that will not worry the deer are welcome. Bicycles are recommended, some cars can be rented. When the mail boat leaves it takes the world with it.
Isle au Haut, accessible by mail boat three times a day from Stonington, is the most beautiful island off the coast of Maine. Access is limited and controlled. It is six miles long, three miles wide, has five mountains, one road, several harbors and rugged cliffs. The village has: a grocery, tiny post office, one-room school house, town hall/library, church, softball field, wharf and fire station.
There are is one gift shop (Maine items only), one cafe and the lobster lady. The grocery store is open daily and has a full-range of foodstuffs, wines, vegetables, newspapers and the like. Orders are delivered to the Cottage prior to your arrival. Half of the Island is owned by the Park and has miles of hiking trails. Telephone is located at the Grocery and Library, you will need a telephone card.
Guest will need to collect their introductory box of Black Dinah Chocolates at the cafe. Guests are also treated to a lobster dinner (we supply the lobsters, you supply the hot water).
Testimonial: Oh Mat, where do I begin. What a wonderful, unbelievable, amazing experience you gave us. Your home is a picture of beauty and feels like a home of love and coziness. My family and I had a time like no other. I can't explain how long it takes my husband to relax...he relaxed immediately. My children did not ask once for a tv or a computer. We enjoyed every ounce of beauty that IAH had to offer. Boom Beach was amazing. Long Pond was sooooo refreshing. The Seal Trap trail was one of my most favorite adventures of the week. Simply beautiful. A beached whale and it's foul stench awaited us at the trail's end but prior to that it was a picture of beauty every step of the way. The lighthouse was just so amazing. Every person we met was filled with a wonderful spirit and a smile ( a rarity in Miami).
Testimonial: Your home is just such a wonderful place to gather. We had so much fun cooking, laughing and playing games. Your taste is impeccable. I love every color in every room. I love every piece of art and every piece of furniture. You have turned me into a wild, composting woman! My family made fun of me all week. I loved journeying out to the compost pile with all my little scraps. I'm going back to Miami the non green city and starting a compost pile! I'll be the talk of the town! The only stress i endured the entire week was whether or not I was separating the trash correctly. I Anyway...she helped me. I hope I did it all correctly! WE loved riding bikes. Thank you so much for allowing us to borrow your two bikes. That was wonderful. Our whole family was on bikes all week which was such a joy. I can't believe I'm not sore! Thank you again for allowing us to rent your lovely abode. My kids said today that they did not want to leave! I agreed!
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
About Matthew Hastings
Your typical Washington insider who thinks about Isle au Haut at least a half-dozen times a day.
Matthew Hastings purchased this cottage in 1983
Why Matthew Hastings chose Isle Au Haut
In April 1980 I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan visiting my publisher. I wandered into a used bookstore afterwards and picked up a book called 'Here on the Island.' It was about an unnamed island seven miles off the coast of Maine. I read it and put it away.
In July 1983 I was inspecting coastal property and came out to Isle au Haut really on a lark, to see the Island. I'd no intention of buying. The moment I arrived it felt as if I'd been there before. I'd been on many Maine islands and thought well, one must look like another. Then, suddenly it hit me. I asked in the store about the book and was handed a copy of it. I took this as a sign that I must buy this house. Plus, I'd fallen lock, stock and barrel in love with the Island. At that time there was no television or telephone. Everyone had a soup can near their front door with a pencil and paper. You left notes when you went 'calling.'
You really buy an Island when you buy a house six miles out to sea. I've never regretted my decision. The house itself is amazing. It's historic, comfortable and classic. It's like your grandmother's house, if your grandmother lived in an historic, rambling cottage on an island seven miles out to sea. The Island is magical.
You will join an exclusive club after visiting the Island. You will have been to paradise.
What makes this cottage unique
The proximity to Acadia.
-The parade of boats and yachts that cruise through the Thoroughfare.
-The 24/7 lobsters.
-Bernadine, the official boat greeter.
-The boat ride through the islands.
-Black Dinah Cafe with scumptious hand-made chocolates and incredibly delicious food.
-The pie auction.
-Once you come to Isle au Haut you are forever more in a very distinct group. You will dream about it after your stay.
-Children are truly safe here. They can ride their bikes and play and be free.