|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Make Robin House part of your summer & fall from now on! The private wooded setting right on the shoreline is perfect for watching the tide roll in and out. Enjoy sunrise and sunset by winding through a wooded trail to the BIG rock fondly named Allagash! 4 bedroom plus a double and single in a loft, multilevel home includes a master bedroom (queen) & full bath on the first floor, 3 bedrooms (including a 4 bed bunk room!) on the 2nd floor and a loft that will sleep 3! Guest room 1: Double. Guest room 2: 2 twins, double futon & roll-a-away twin. Guest room 3: 3 single & 1 double in bunk bed format. There is also a sleeping loft with 1 twin & double! There is a full bath upstairs too. Fireplace, fully furnished kitchen with microwave and utensils, full washer and dryer, VCR, DVR, DirectTV in den, Hughes wireless internet, multilevel decks, grill and outdoor seating add to your summer vacation experience. Enjoy the ever changing sea with 10'+ tides. Swim in the ocean, relax at Fine Sand Beach or swim at the rock quarry - now swimming hole. Buy lobster from the local market or dig clams and mussels! Enjoy the surprises that Swans Island has to offer and be enchanted from the beginning on the Henry Lee Ferry that you take from Bass Harbor to get to Swan's Island! Your kids will beg you to come back each year.
Summer 2015 bookings now available!
We traveled to Maine for the very first time in August, 2012. We drove most of the coast line from Ogunquit to Eastport and fell in love with the state. We came back in September and visited Swans Island and knew we wanted to have a home there. We bought the home in October and spent 10 days there over the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be back 3-4 times per year, but will let you enjoy the house and see why we fell in love with the island!
Barbara or Jon Robin purchased this house in 2012
The location of this home with Back Cove on one side and a quiet lagoon on the other side made this the perfect choice for us. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, want to stop, listen and not hear anything, then this is the place for you. Read a book on the deck or borrow one of the books on the book case. Play board games in the evening, hike wooded trails, dig clams, watch the Lobstermen bring in their catch or sleep the day away on the deck...it's all here. Yet, you are a 30 minute ferry ride from Bass Harbor and Mt. Desert Island. It's not home away from home, it's 'relax away from home'!
The views from the house and deck make you wake up every morning and think you are in paradise! The low tides are just as pretty as the high tides! Seeing the sea gulls swoop down, pick up a clam or mussel, then fly high over the big boulders that line the shoreline and drop them to crack them open and then eat them is mesmerizing! We like to follow one bird and see where they pick their clam and then guess which boulder they will fly to, drop and eat! We chose this property over others due to the serene location and ocean views.
Make sure you check out Fine Sand Beach, the Quarry swimming hole and the Carrying Place take out! Goose Pond is about a mile walk…some may want to crest the ridge behind it for the view of the Atlantic and walk down to the ocean beach.
Make the short drive to Hockamock Head Lighthouse. The views are amazing and you will want to see it at low tide and high tide to experience the crashing waves.
Want to dig clams or muscles? Wait for low tide and look for the small holes in the sand! Grab a shovel and start digging!!
We stayed at Robin house in July of 2014. We had two families, 4 adults and 4 children, with plenty of room. The property feels very private, in a beautiful cove setting, with no other houses in sight. The house is well equipped, with comfortable beds, plenty of towels, internet and cable, although we didn't watch much TV! We really enjoyed Swan's Island - sea kayaking, exploring beaches and the coastline, the Lighthouse, the lobsters, hiking and walking, and a day trip back to Acadia. We had a memorable vacation!
Robin House is our favorite vacation spot! We returned this year for our second stay, and it was even better than we remembered. Swans Island is the perfect place to let life slow down a little and breathe in the fresh ocean air. Our favorite attractions included buying lobster right off the boat at the Co-op, visiting the lighthouse (great views from the top!), digging for clams right out back, and using our kayaks to do some exploring.
The house itself is perfectly set up to accommodate a group; this year we brought five people and had more than enough room to spare. The living room is a nice spot for playing board games or assembling a puzzle in the evening. The kitchen has everything you might want for cooking (pots, pans, plates, utensils, basic spices, huge lobster pots) and the grill on the deck is great on warm evenings. The house is secluded in gorgeous pine trees (we didn't see or hear any neighbors during our entire stay) but is still only a quick drive away from places like TIMS and the Tea House.
We launched our kayaks right out back for a few trips where we saw 15+ seals and at least 5 bald eagles. Downeast Maine kayaking is some of the best of the world, and it's even better when it's only a short walk out your backdoor to get started. We had a few days of cloudy wet weather, but nothing beats watching the fog rolling in and out on the huge wraparound deck with a good book in hand.
Robin House is set up to anticipate every vacation need - everything is well labeled, and there is plenty of detailed information provided on local activities, food, and history. It's a great house in an amazing location, and we will definitely be back!
The location of this house is absolutely perfect and the pictures can't do it justice. The views really are as wonderful as they look and the house is as comfortable and spacious. Of course, there were only three of us, so we had tons of room. The wraparound deck is particularly nice. The stairs are a bit steep which could be hard on someone with knee trouble, but there is a bedroom on the main floor. The house has everything you might want and the kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, plates, cutlery, etc. Good water pressure for the shower. Good directions for what to do on the island. We had good luck with the wireless Internet.We were able to really relax and enjoy the scenery. Took the kayak out a couple times and saw seals swimming not too far from us. Bought fresh lobster right off the boat at $4/lb and had everything we needed at the house to steam or boil them (we steamed) - they were so tender and delicious that we each ate two at a sitting! We did a couple puzzles (there were several puzzles and games at the house as well as tons of books). Folks on the island are friendly - be sure to wave when you're driving around and pass another car. Everyone does. We went to the thrift shop as we needed to find a pair of water shoes. Even that was fun because the people were so nice and the prices were so low. Amazingly, we found just what we needed. We saw deer roaming the island a couple times. Spotted a couple racoons. Discovered what guinea hens look like. We actually never left the island and I'd suggest you plan to spend most, if not all, of your time there as the ferry is a bit expensive and the schedule was limited. All in all, it was a completely relaxing vacation in a beautiful setting (house and island). I think this would be perfect for a family or a group who is looking to spend time together.
Our group of six included two over-65 and two under-10 travelers and we all had a great time. The first reaction everyone had after entering the home was "wow, this is really cool!"
The trip across on the ferry was fun, and the property was easy to find after we landed. Everything was clean, and we found the home very well stocked with all the accessories we needed for a great week in Maine (plenty of dishes, cookware, lobster pots, coffee pot, etc).
The meat-eaters in the group enjoyed endless lobster purchased at a local market (just a couple minutes drive away) and the fisherman's co-op. We all enjoyed exploring the lighthouse park area, Fine Sandy Beach, and all of the local attractions. Everyone we met on the island was very friendly and helpful.
We all enjoyed the kayak, too! The water in the cove is very, very calm and we had no problems at all exploring the shoreline, even as novice kayakers. At low tide the water recedes substantially (so kayaking is to be done at high tide), revealing many clams and muscles (both reportedly quite yummy) .
It was a great week with perfect weather. The whole group loved the house and surrounding area. It was quiet and relaxing, just as we had hoped. I would highly recommend Robin House to anyone looking for a peaceful getaway full of lazy days on a charming island.
The house was spacious, comfortable and clean. The property and ocean views were spectacular. Kayaking was definitely one of our favorite activities. We had a lot of fun exploring Swan's Island and buying lobsters off the dock at the Fisherman's Co-op. The island residents were friendly and welcoming. My kids begged all week to move to Swan's Island.
Robin House is the perfect spot to spend a week relaxing! We were able to launch our kayaks from the grassy beach behind the house, but also just spent some time on the deck reading books, watching the ocean and enjoying a cool breeze. On our kayak trips we saw bald eagles, seals, and osprey, but we also saw seals come all the way up to the cove behind the house-we could see them from the deck!
We slept 7 people in the house comfortably and didn't feel crowded. The house had everything we needed for cooking (a big charcoal grill plus lots of pots and pans, utensils, etc), including a lobster pot for a nice lobster dinner :) This is a great house in a one of a kind spot, and it is highly recommended!
Alcohol cannot be purchased on the island, but can be brought onto the island. There is a small grocery/convenience store on the island for basics. You will want to do your shopping prior to getting on the ferry. Both Ellsworth and Bar Harbor have large grocery stores.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning Fee||$200 + Tax|
|Notes||Rates are for Saturday, 4 PM to the following Saturday, 10 AM. This gives time for the maid service to clean the house, launder bedding & towels & prepare for the next guest. Please don't ask for early checkin or late departure. It takes the maid service a minimum of 4 hours to clean, do laundry & make all beds. Thanks! Cashiers check if w/in 30 days, otherwise personal checks. No credit cards.|
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