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Elegant historic house on rocky shore and beach. Sleeps 8+comfortably. Pets okay

Herb Nolan

Member since: 2012
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Elegant historic house on rocky shore and beach. Sleeps 8+comfortably. Pets okay

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Peaks Island House Rental Photos and Description

Large paneled rooms. Huge furnished veranda. Lawngames court. Hot outdoor shower

Edgemere is a century-old luxury-rustic Maine summer home on a private island in Casco Bay where three generations of one family have summered. The house sleeps eight comfortably in a master bedroom with large balcony and window seat for naps, three paneled bedrooms with water views and easy bathroom access. It can accommodate up to 12 persons with the use of a first floor bunk room and a lovely near-by woods-edge cabin. All except the bunk room have water views. There are 1 full bath with claw foot tub and ½ bath upstairs and ½ bath downstairs with a large cedar-enclosed hot water summer shower outside tucked behind rose trelissed lattice fencing for further privacy. The house has a classic situation, set on two acres of lawn, woods and wild flower meadow on a private point of land, oriented northwest. It is 100 feet from the rocky coast and water’s edge with three near by beaches. From the veranda surrounding 3 sides of the house, guests have 270 degree views across Casco Bay of neighboring islands, historic Portland harbor fortifications, beautiful sunsets over the Portland skyline, active lobstering just off shore, sail boat races and pleasure boating. Swimming, sunning and boating are made easy with a short walk to near by beaches as well as the use of the summer ferry landing dock and floats within a short walk.

Edgemere has plenty of room. The house is used to frequent informal entertaining and is fully equipped: an eat-in modern equipped kitchen with two pantries, This includes a large Weber gas grill housed on the veranda. The laundry includes a washer/dryer set, traditional set tubs, and a fresh-air drying yard. The house has a paneled dining room seating 8-12, a large living room with multi-paned sliding windows that afford panoramic water views and a pre war Becker piano, bookcases throughout house pre war novels upstairs and down, and a prewar Becker piano. Wifi affords connection throughout the house and veranda. There is a landline and good cellphone reception. There is a wide furnished veranda on three sides of the house, a large second story balcony porch facing bay-ward off the master bedroom, and a clay-based and grass-surfaced level playing ground for lawn games with equipment (croquet, bocci ball, petanque, badminton.) The property includes a sweet summer cabin filled with air and light from screen doors and multiple windows and skylights. It has a king size bed and window seats as well as slung hammocks and is situated a few yards from the main house on the edge of the woods, also with water views. Edgemere renters have access to three clay tennis courts maintained by the island and a privately-owned swimming pool with posted hours.

Cushings Island, laid out by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, with multiple historic homes designed by John Calvin Stevens, offers the peace and beauty of earlier times. The island is a pedestrian experience, walking grassy roads and miles of maintained paths that capture great views of the sea from rocky promontories and woodland scent and color. There are no cars, stores, bicycles, streetlights or paved roads save a few in the residential area of WWII Fort Levitt. In addition to tennis, the island is perfect for sailing, kayaking and other boating as well as on shore and off shore rock fishing. Yet Cushing Island is only a 20 minute ride by private passenger ferry to well-equipped Portland Center with restaurants, summer festivals, art galleries and shops and both an international airport and train and bus connections. Stores like Harbor fish, Whole Foods Market and Rosemont Market deliver phoned orders to the thrice-daily (twice Sat & Sun) Cushings ferry on Di Millos Wharf. Cushings does not expect residents to heft baggage and groceries home or trash off the island: island services convey them, automatically meeting ferries and collecting trash and recyclables on appointed days. Edgemere has classic island wheel barrows available owned by each house and used on occasions of water taxis or residents’ own requirements.

This summer rental getaway is now available for selected weeks in July and August 2015. It is ideal for families, families with guests, and/or sets of convivial adult couples.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Herb Nolan (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2015

About Herb Nolan

Four generations have spent their summers in our island home. It was built for our grandparents in 1913 back when Cushings Island was a well known East Coast retreat. Today the island is a well kept secret that has retained much of its 19th century charm. Forty families make this island their home during the summer.

Herb Nolan purchased this house in 1913

Why Herb Nolan chose Peaks Island

Cushings is a private island served by a dedicated ferry from Portland. Its paths, beaches, docks, tennis courts, and other amenities are shared by all who stay on the island. One can wander at will along miles of paths that lead to various beaches, coves, and the rugged coast line facing the open ocean.

What makes this house unique

SETTING: The west shore of Cushings Island, where our home is located, is one of the few places on the coast where one can sit and watch the sunset across a glistening bay. Two acres of lawn and meadow along the shore offer ample room to play games or relax in the Adirondack chairs set along the shore or hang out in the hammock. A sandy beach at the foot of the lawn offers great swimming and boating opportunities and two other crescent beaches just down the path provide quiet solitude. You may be the only person on these beaches much of the time.

ACCESS: Cushings Island is served by private ferry which operates three times a day. An on-call water taxi service is available and is very prompt. One could fly into the Portland airport and be on the island within an hour's time. The Island is a twenty minute boat ride from the Portland waterfront yet feels worlds apart from the mainland. It is a rustic get away with no stores or cars. One truck is used by the island crew for delivering groceries and luggage from the dock to the houses. Several stores in town will bag up and delivered grocery orders to the ferry for delivery to the island with prior notice so there is no need to return to the city to go shopping. For those who want a night on the town, however, Portland’s 'Old Port' with its charming restaurants and bars is a fifteen taxi boat ride away.

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

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Elegant historic house on rocky shore and beach. Sleeps 8+comfortably. Pets okay
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
5

Amazing peaceful get-away-from-it all!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has enjoyed many wonderful summer weeks in this beautiful house on this wonderful island. Cushing's Island is a unique place and this house is a jewel. The children spent many hours roaming the island and playing on the wonderful beaches. The adults spent many hours doing much the same thing! As the city of Portland is just a short ferry or sea cab ride away, when you want activity, it is very easy to enjoy the fabulous restaurants and shopping that Portland has to offer. It is even fun to take in a Sea Dogs baseball game! However, the rest and relaxation of the island and the beauty and comfort of this beautiful house, will probably mean you will never leave the property, much less the island!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

We found Cushing's because we were looking for an "island" experience close to home. We wanted to feel like we got away from it all. Boy did we find it. Cushing Island is a true treasure. A short 15 minute ferry transports you to a different world. Tree lined paths and friendly neighbors greeted us and we instantly felt like we stepped back in time. Gorgeous views no matter where you walk. The house is a short walk from the ferry and the island's caretaker ships all your gear to your doorstep so you don't have to worry about a thing. The house is so charming and homey. You really feel as if you are one of the family. We went with our two young boys (7 and 11) and their grandfather. THe island is so safe (no cars) that the kids could really be free. We joked that they just went feral for the week. We thought we would want to go explore Portland more but the island was so charming that we found we really didn't want to leave. Lots of trails and beaches to explore. We still talk about it and hope to return soon. THank you again! One of our best vacations yet!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Portland bars
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Island ferry
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Portland restaurants
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Clam

Two sandy beaches are just steps away from the wrap around veranda and two acer lawn overlooking the ocean. The island has several miles of walking trails leading to coves, rocky cliffs, and a rugged coast line towards the open ocean. Several clay tennis courts are available for communal use by the 40 households on the island. One can kayak directly from the shore in front of the house to visit other nearby islands. Cushing is a rustic get away with no stores or cars but Portland’s Old Port with its charming shops, restaurants, and movie theatre is a short 20 minute ride by taxi boat away.

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Rates & Availability

From $3,900 Per week

Peaks Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July weeks
Jul 8 2015 - Jul 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
$3,900
 
 
August weeks
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 16 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800
Tax Rate 8.0%
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Amenities

Peaks Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , cedar enclosure with bench
  • Includes outdoor shower in cedar enclosure and trellised yard for hanging beach towels. Great for rinsing off after coming back from the beach
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - woodland setting - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - Overlooks woods - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - Front Yard View - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - Peaks Island View - 1 king
    Master Bedroom 2 - Full Bay View - 1 king , 1 child bed , Opens onto balcony porch. Child bed is a wide window seat
    Bunk room 6 - 1 bunk bed , down stairs room with bunk bed for two
  • Most bedrooms have a view of the bay from their windows
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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