SPECTACULAR PRIVATE ISLAND- 3 HOUSES- SLEEPS 24

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Bedrooms 11
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SPECTACULAR PRIVATE ISLAND- 3 HOUSES- SLEEPS 24

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11 BR, 6 BA, sleeps up to 24

Imagine being picked up in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine, riding just 3 miles out to sea, arriving on a magnificent 110-acre private island and finding yourself transported back to a simpler time when life had fewer distractions and a slower pace. As you step into the beautiful historic buildings, you find them filled with items and furnishings dating from the 1920s. Yes, there are modern amenities such as a beautiful new kitchen, comfortable accommodations, cell phone service, and Wi-Fi Internet connection. But once you arrive, you find the beauty of the Maine coastline and the plethora of possible activities, offers you and your guests the opportunity to truly relax and leave behind mainland worries.

Feeling active? Grab a kayak or canoe and go for a paddle around the rocky coves and beaches of McGee and neighboring Barter Island. Take a hike or comb the beaches in search of small treasures that the ocean deposits on the shores! If you like to swim, plunge into the refreshing salt water and then warm up in the waterside sauna or outdoor shower.

Want to relax? Sit back in a rocker from the 1920’s on the huge, wrap-around porch with 180º views of the ocean and neighboring islands. You might see an osprey, a bald eagle, a seal, or other wildlife, with little but your own conversation to break the tranquility. You might decide to play the baby grand piano, nap in the hammock, read a book on the porch swing, or explore the many rooms of the historic buildings.

Enjoy competition? Gather a group together for a friendly game of croquet, volleyball, or badminton. You can up the ante with a little wager – the loser has to wash the dinner dishes! For a slower-paced option, there is a closet full of board games for all ages.

Hungry? Try gathering food from the island. You can fish off the dock, collect mussels from the ocean, pick raspberries and blackberries that grow wild on the island, or take the easy route – buy lobsters from a passing lobster boat. You can work together with your friends and family to create delicious culinary dishes in the newly remodeled kitchen.

Want a night time activity? Gather for dinner in the Cook House built in the late 1700s and then retire up to the living room in the Main House. Start a roaring fire to provide the perfect backdrop for board games, reading, and socializing. Or head outside to the porch to watch an extraordinary moon rise or some incredible star gazing!

If group activities and shared experiences form the basis for life-long bonds, then McGee Island is an ideal location for family reunions and small gatherings from 4 to 24 people.

Accommodations:

Your rental includes McGee and Barter Islands. McGee Island is the larger of the two islands and has 3 residential structures: the Main House, the Cook House, and the Little Boat House. Barter is the smaller of the two islands, is undeveloped, and is accessible either by boat or by a natural land bridge that appears at low tide.

The two islands nestled close to each other to form a natural deep-water harbor that can accommodate yachts up to 60 to 70 feet in length. If you don’t have a yacht, don’t worry; our caretaker will be happy to transport you and your luggage and groceries from Port Clyde to McGee in our 10-person island boat.

The Main House is a beautiful, traditional, shingled summer home built in 1915. The interior walls were left exposed showing the beautiful wood that was used to construct the building. It has 9 bedrooms with two King, three Queen, and seven twin beds that can sleep 17 people. There are 4 full bathrooms equipped with original claw foot-era tubs as well as a relatively-new, partially-enclosed outdoor shower which tends to be the favorite place for bathing.

The Cook House, originally built in the late 1700’s, has a newly remodeled kitchen equipped with modern appliances and an outdoor BBQ gas grill. There are 2 dining areas in the Cook House. The breakfast table in the kitchen seats 6-8 and offers commanding views of the harbor. The adjoining dining room can seat up to 22 (more if everyone squeezes a bit). The Cook House also has a shower on the first floor and a large bedroom with 3 twin beds on the second floor.

The Little Boat House, also built in the early 1900’s, is located right on the water. It has a porch, a comfortable living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom on the first floor. The second floor has 2 queen beds. The Little Boat House is a favorite with teens as it provides a place where they can be on their own, yet is close enough to the Cook House for late night snacks.

McGee Island is a great place to leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are no TVs or radios in the buildings. There is however, a Wi-Fi Internet connection for those who wish or need to stay connected. There also is mobile phone reception depending on where you are on the island (n.b., Verizon and US Cellular work best).

If you’d like to spend a day on-shore, Port Clyde is a short 15-minute boat ride away. From there, you can catch the Laura B for a day trip to Monhegan Island, best known for its artists’ colony. The mainland also offers shopping in Freeport, the Lobster Festival in Rockland, and golf in Camden. On-shore excursions, however, are best limited to groups of no more than 8 to 10; the maximum number of passengers the island boat can carry, and must be completed within daylight hours.

McGee and Barter Islands have played a magical role in our lives. They have provided our clan with a place to congregate–where siblings, cousins, young and old can renew their bonds and create shared memories–while enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Maine coastline. We hope that you, your family, and your friends experience the same magic that brings us back, year after year.

Keywords: Island, large, relaxing, quiet, historic, old fashion, turn of the century,

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Suitability:
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered

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A.W. Erickson, Jr.'s descendants and their spouses

Owner purchased this house in 1912

As our family expanded in number and spread out across the country and Europe, McGee Island has been a nexus that has brought together cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, in-laws, and even brothers and sisters. Time spent together preparing meals, gathering mussels, going for swims, walking or rowing around the islands, playing volleyball, croquet, and badminton during the day and card and board games at night has enabled us to form bonds and remain close.

Sleeps24
Bedrooms 11
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Spectacular Private Island- 3 Houses- Sleeps 24
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Port Clyde MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
Yorktown, VA, USA
5

Family Reunion ... June 21st - 28th, 2014

  • 5 of 5
We were a group of 19. This was a reunion of my sister's and my families: 12 adults and 7 little ones (ranging in age from almost 1 to 12) - and the first time the little ones (the 2nd cousins) had ever met one another ... also, the first time in 9 years that my sister's twin boys and my two girls had the opportunity to see one another since a wedding 9 years ago! A special occasion for all of us to say the least - what a perfect venue and situation in which to do so!

A few comments from our crew:

- "Exceeded far beyond my expectations! Absolutely the PERFECT family vacation/reunion!!!!!"

- "McGee more than exceeded our expectations and that even though the photos on the website were beautiful, they don't do the place justice as the views truly are magical. I might add that for those that worry about getting bored on an island, we never lacked for activities and seemed to run out of time (there were so many things that I would have liked to have spent more time doing)."

- "I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, it was great seeing all the kids playing and having a good time! It was such a pleasure meeting everyone and getting to know each person just a little bit better!!! What a great trip it was!”

- "We appreciate how well equipped the Cook House was including candlesticks which we used for our anniversary dinner ... we really weren't lacking for anything!"

We celebrated a mega-reunion, a 43rd anniversary and a proposal/acceptance while on island ... McGee was the PERFECT venue to experience and share this all!! Don't miss it - book it!

I should also mention that Joe, the Caretaker, is a great and very competent guy who will ensure your needs and wants are taken care of!

Enjoy McGee ... I'm just trying to figure out how and when to orchestrate a return!!
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Port Clyde MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
Gloucester, MA
5

Perfect Wedding Location

  • 5 of 5
Where to start. Our time on McGee was perfect. Despite arriving in a downpour, getting to the island went very smooth. We were met at the dock by the very helpful and enjoyable caretaker who helped us load the boat so our luggage wouldn't get wet. As we pulled into McGee not even the weather could disguise the beauty of the island. My husband and I were thrilled.

We'd rented the island to host our wedding and upon arriving knew it'd be everything we could have wanted. The weather varied from sunny and warm to rainy and brisk but the houses were well appointed to keep us comfortable. Each bedroom is as described and perfect for guests. We spent the week enjoying the island. Activities ranged from kayaking around the island to relaxing in the wood fired sauna.

There us really no need to leave, but we did enjoy an afternoon off island to pick up our marriage license. The caretaker gave us great advice on where to find a good market, flowers, and pies. He even picked up our flowers for us the next day. Both the owners (who are lovely) and the caretaker worked with us to make sure our wedding day was what we envisioned.

We scheduled a boat to pick up our guests who arrived and were as enchanted with the island as we were. While there are many beautiful spots to get married on the island we chose the front porch of the main house overlooking the water and neighboring island. We enjoyed dinner under the porch, a big fire, and the most beautiful sky of stars.

Everything you could need is provided. Extra blankets, flashlights, and shampoo/conditioner were most appreciated. We recommend visiting McGee to everyone and will definitely be back! Thank you to the caretaker, Don, for all his hard work and to the Ericksons for making such a wonderful place available to enjoy!
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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5

What a very special place!

  • 5 of 5
What a very special place! Not only is the physical setting extraordinary, but each room of the house is beautiful --views, lovely fabrics, comfortable furniture and beds. We loved it. From the beginning, the owners were so helpful and accommodating while we were planning. Toward the end of our stay we had a family olympics: best time kayaking around Barter Island, walking around McGee, swimming to Barter and back, and best scores in croquet and shooting. I can't claim that everyone participated because there were those who fell in love at first sight with the front porch of the main house and only moved from there when they had to.
The cook house is amazingly well done, and we are a family of cooks. We found everything we needed to cook big family feasts. Of course we had lobster several times --and steamers. Don was more than great, getting the lobsters and clams, teaching several people how to shoot, giving us tours as well as extra butter; and each day he managed to do something that made our stay a little greater. I can't capture all of the wonderful things about being here, but every member of my family appreciated how lucky we were to have this fantastic experience on this beautiful island.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Port Clyde MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
Maine
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Magnificant

  • 5 of 5
We were looking for a place to take our family to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. When I found McGee Island on line it seemed like the perfect spot. Little did we know what a treasure we had found.

The McGee Island home was built as a cottage between 1912-1915. The house reflects the era. It is filled with furnishings of the time along with updates in bedrooms, kitchen and added showers along with footed tubs so inviting for a long soak.

There are several hiking trails to test your agility, kayaking, swimming,outdoor games and a wonderful porch for lounging, reading or painting the magnificent scenery, Beach combing and collecting sea creatures delighted the youngest members. At night the sky was aglow with myriad stars and even many falling stars. In the early morning the sunrise was a treat to awaken us.

Our family loves to cook and found the kitchen a great place to create tempting dishes to eat inside or outside by the grill. The caretaker, Don, was so helpful and was available to answer any questions and brought us fresh lobster and fish to cook. We could have gone to the mainland but never felt the need. It was the most relaxing, invigorating vacation that each one enjoyed. We left with many beautiful memories and a wish to return.
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Port Clyde MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
United States
5

Paradise

  • 5 of 5
This was one of the best vacations I have ever had - in large part due to the wonders of McGees Island. The owners were kind, accommodating, responsive, and the properties themselves were charming. Think, Moonrise Kingdom.

I spent a week there with family and friends to celebrate my 40th birthday, and we are all planning to come back - it was pure joy.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Clyde MidCoast and Penobscot Bay
New York, NY
5

Weeklong wedding celebration

  • 5 of 5
Our week on the island was spectacular! Everything from the house to the island scenery to the kayaking, hiking, swimming, and kitchen facilities were great! The caretaker Don was very accommodating and well organized as we had groups of people leaving and arriving on several different days. He and his girlfriend even attended our wedding ceremony and were so thoughtful to burn a cd of photos they had taken of the event. We also appreciated the isolation and lack of television on the island, although cell phone service was available in the main house, most of us turned off our phones and spent more time visiting with each other, playing games and exploring the island and old house. Our dog also loved the island as he was able to run off leash the entire trip; he also got along well with Don's dog Scout. We hope to be able to return in the future and spending more quality time with friends and family!
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Other Activities: kayaking, beachcombing, volleyball, croquet, bocci ball

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Port Clyde House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Jun 28 - Aug 30
Jun 29 2014 - Aug 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,995
 
 
Aug 30 - Sep 13
Aug 31 2014 - Sep 13 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,995
 
 
Sep 13 - Sep 27
Sep 14 2014 - Sep 27 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,995
 
 
Sep 27 - Nov 1
Sep 28 2014 - Nov 1 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,995
 
 
May 2015
May 2 2015 - May 29 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,995
 
 
June 2015 1st half
May 30 2015 - Jun 12 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,995
 
 
June 2015 - 2nd half
Jun 13 2015 - Jun 26 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,995
 
 
July & Aug 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$8,995
 
 
Sept 2015 - 1st half
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,995
 
 
Sept 2015 - 2nd half
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,995
 
 
October 2015
Oct 3 2015 - Oct 31 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,995
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $400 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Payments can be made by check or by bank transfer via PayPal.
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Amenities

Amenities

Port Clyde House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Waterfront
  • Water View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
  • Parking ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Laundry Soap
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom for Front Porch Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom for Piano Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom for Sewing Bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom for Pink Bedroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Bathroom for Little Boat House
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Bathroom for Cook House
    Bathroom 7 - shower , Outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Green Room - 2 twin/ single , Inland views - Main House 2nd floor - 2 XL twin beds
    Sewing Room - 1 queen , Inland views - Main House 2nd floor
    Nanny's Room - 1 twin/ single , Connected to Porch room - Main House 1st floor
    Boys' Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Ocean view - Main House 1st floor - 2 XL twin beds
    Flag Room - 1 queen , Inland view - Main House 1st floor - quietest bedroom
    Pink Room - 1 queen , Ocean view - Main House 2nd floor
    Yellow Room - 2 twin/ single , Ocean view - Main House 2nd floor - 2 XL twin beds
    Piano Room - 1 king , Ocean view - Main House 1st floor
    Front Porch Room - 1 king , Main House 1st floor - connects to the Nanny's Room
    Little Boat House Bedroom - 2 queen , Both queen beds are in the same bedroom.
    Cookhouse Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , Cook House upstairs - 3 regular twin beds in one bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
Outside:
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Lobsters - and sometimes shellfish - are available at the Mosquito Island Lobster Company in Port Clyde. We also have beds of mussels accessible at low tide. Please, however, check with the caretaker first before harvesting mussels to make sure there is no Red Tide alert in effect.
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