|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
New home built in Japanese style on secluded and dramatic 5 acre, wooded, oceanfront property. The property is bordered on the opposite side by Long Pond (see photo) a pristine 1.5 mile long freshwater lake, excellent for swimming and canoeing. A 15 minute walk takes you to the entrance of Acadia National Park and it's well maintained system of both shoreline and forest hiking trails.
The house is fully equipped with new, excellent quality, kitchen appliances--a cook's dream! And central heating. Come to Sheep Thief Gulch and truly get away from all but you what you really want.
Because of risks associated with the rugged ocean coast-line, this property is not suitable for children under 12.
Sheep Thief Gulch: Our house at Sheep Thief Gulch is a 5 mile drive from the town and mailboat landing on Isle Au Haut. You can hear the stars twinkle out here. Our property faces the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Long Pond on the other. Swimmers have their choice between 60 degree sea water (brrr) or the fresh water pond with far more tolerable conditions. The owners do both, but the ocean with wetsuits.
There are 2 houses on the property built in Japanese style; the 'girl's house', a separate 'guest' house with two bedrooms and a bath and the larger 'aquarium' with the master bedroom, a study, a mud room and a 40' x 20' great room with kitchen, dining and lounging area with floor to ceiling glass on both sides offering spectacular views of the sea, birdlife, changing weather and night sky.
Walkers and hikers enjoy coastal and forest trails in Acadia National Park. The Ranger Station has trail maps. The house comes with three mountain bikes and others are available for rent from the mailboat company.
Island Life: Sheep Thief Gulch is very private and secluded, separated from the road by a dense forest, but Long Pond (a 5 minute walk on a path through the woods) is a magnet in fair weather, where, in the afternoon there's a bunch of kids and some adults swimming and sun bathing on the beach or on the sun warmed asphalt road. Other opportunities to socialize include church on Sunday, the very well provisioned Isle Au Haut Store, the excellent library in the town hall with wifi service, the cyber/cafe Black Dinah Chocolatiers, The town sponsors other social events at the town hall including a talent show most years in August. ALL ARE WELCOME. There is one FINE 'not to be missed' dining out option at the Keeper's House on Isle Au Haut, however Inn guests have priority, so reservations are iffy. Fresh caught lobsters, arguably the best anywhere, are available from local fishermen requiring usually a days notice. Other fresh and frozen fish can be gotten at the Island Store or by order from a Stonington fresh fish market. They send it out on the mailboat.
Activities: All in all, Sheep Thief Gulch is a fine place to slow down, catch up on your reading, painting, photography or correspondence, summon the muse, pamper yourself with good food and drink, get in better shape (waking, running, canoeing, biking or swimming), break the connection with the internet, though wifi service is on for the addicted. By the way, there is also a land-line. To top it all off, you will meet some exceptional people there, both year round and summer residents, which I think is one of the main reasons people keep coming back.
Our houses at Sheep Thief Gulch were designed by award winning architect Evans Woollen and custom built in 2007 by Ellard Taylor, an Isle Au Haut builder.
Grady Watts purchased this house in 2007
After years of renting on IAH, we committed to building our own place when we bought our oceanfront property in 2005. Two years later, we moved in. We finally got our vegetable garden going in 2011 and it's going strong. We usually plant in early May, risking a late frost, but ensuring that we will have tomatoes and other VEG in August. There are always herbs (chives, garlic chives, sage, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, chervil, basil), and salad greens in July for our renters.
The ocean view is breathtaking! A large colony of sea gulls gathers on a nearby granite point and a variety of water fowl (loons, eiders, guillemots, northern gannets, great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, crows and ravens) feed close to shore. The house is equipped with a spotting scope. On the land side of the house, a variety of song birds are attracted to the birdfeeder, including the occasional raptor.
FIshing for brook trout, either wading along the lakeshore or from our canoe, is often productive. The best time is early morning before the swimmers gather at the beech.
Isle Au Haut is a 6 mile, 45 minute ferry ride from Stonington, itself on Deer Island which is linked by a bridge to the mainland. It is on the eastern most extreme of Penobscot Bay, a kind of alphabet soup of spruce covered islands and lobster bouys. While there are cars on Isle Au Haut, the daily ferry is for passengers, pets and freight only.
More than half of Isle Au Haut is owned by the National Park Service and is a part of Acadia National Park. It contains an intricate system of well maintained hiking trails threading through the woodland and along the coast. In general, the level of difficulty is moderate, though Duck Harbor Mountain trail involves some scrambling up rocky slopes, but nothing most reasonably fit folks of all ages can't manage.
The world's best lobster can be acquired directly from local fisherman with a days notice. The house comes equipped with an outdoor propane lobster cooker and huge pot.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$89|
|PIckup Truck Rental||$250 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Notes||Our pick-up is rentable for $250/wk plus gas. Users must be licensed and insured drivers. No teen drivers please and no driving lessons. Truck is for 'on-road' use only and is not to be used on Acadia Nat'l Park roads. There are no car repair facilities on IaH so please use the truck with care. Please refill gas before departure.|
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