INTIMATE LUXURY COTTAGE with massive oceanfront steam room
About Carter Smith
I'm a photographer and filmmaker who loves renovating historic homes. I'm from Bailey Island originally, but now spend my time between New York City and Maine. I love creating spaces that help people experience the magic of this incredibly special place. THE GILLS GROUP cottages are not just rental properties to me, they are homes I created to spend time with people I love.
Carter Smith purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Carter Smith chose Bailey Island
The Red House sits at one of the most magical spots on the whole island for watching the sunset. There is a private pebble beach that's perfect for launching kayaks at any tide. The newly renovated wharf if 18 feet wide and nearly 100 feet long - and the perfect place to gather for sunset. There hasn't been one yet - but it would be an incredible setting for a wedding.
What makes this Cottage unique
THE GILLS GROUP property manager, Dave Johnson is an island local who is also a lobsterman. He can arrange to deliver fresh lobsters to your doorstep during your stay.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous house with the perfect sunset views
This house is a beautiful gem on the sleepy and sweet Bailey Island. We brought our friends along and had a wonderful week with good wifi for checking work emails and gorgeous nights BBQ'ing outside while watching the sunset. The steam shower is such a treat and the decor is endlessly intriguing. The copper cookware is lovely but a bit hard to clean and we would have liked to be able to wash our towels mid-way through the week. Other than that, the property manager Dave is warm and helpful, so we would definitely make it back.
A slice of heaven
We loved our stay at the Red House! After years and years of renting all over Bailey and Orr’s Islands, we’ve finally found the perfect spot. Beautiful view, perfectly located, smartly decorated, a well-equipped kitchen, lovely linens and more. Many thanks to Dave the caretaker. He answered every question and was a great help all week. We hope to return another year!
Fantastic spot in Maine!
We enjoyed every aspect of this beautiful home on Bailey’s Island. - The view, furniture, bedrooms and overall charm made this a special stay for us. Dave was a great host and helped us with every need. We will be back for sure!
Beauty and Quiet at Your Doorstep
My husband and I rented the Red House to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Despite gray skies and rain the beauty and quiet of the place made it the perfect choice. We spent hours watching eiders, mergansers, cormorants and gulls through the picture window in the living room. A great blue heron even visited one afternoon. The house was clean and well-appointed and the care-taker, Dave Johnson, was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We've visited Bailey Island many times over the years, but this was probably the most memorable. There's a timelessness about the Red House that centered us, connecting us to the past while feeling fully alive in the present.
Picturesque. Upscale. Enchanting. Quaint, Pristine, and Serene. Oceanfront.
We searched for solitude. Peace. Tranquility.
The home, and its location.....had exactly what we were seeking.
We were so comfortable in and out of the house. We were able to sit on the porch, whether it rained,snowed or sleeted. The view from almost every room was captivating. We explored the ocean floor at low tide, and was memorized as the tides rose.
This home was equipped with everything you needed. It was spotless. All of the furniture cozy. We read and had our meals while watching the ocean, the wildlife and the sunsets. We felt a true sense of serenity throughout our entire visit.
The steam room was addicting. Sparkling clean. It worked perfectly. The stress from our jobs disappeared, the aches and pains disappeared, our skin felt so healthy. A complete sense of well being after each steam bath.
Nothing was missing in this home. Comfort, cleanliness and coziness....it had it all. It was lovely, delightful,charming, inviting, tidy and secluded. Once we arrived, we did not leave, not for one second. We had everything we needed...in every sense.
The owner, was wonderful to work with. Always available. We enjoyed the privacy, as promised, and felt completely safe.
If only we could have stayed longer!!!!!
The perfect house in the perfect location
The Red house was fantastic! My family of 4 had a wonderful, tranquil week. The house decor was perfect, it was old school but also modern in the right places. The view of the sunset was perfect every evening and a good nights sleep was no problem in the super comfortable beds. My kids loved the secret bathroom upstairs behind the bookcase and collecting shells/sea glass right out the back door. The Red house was the vacation house we’ve been looking for. My only complaint is that we only stayed a week! Rent this house and you will not be disappointed. I do suggest packing food or stopping at the Whole Foods in Portland before you get to the island. We brought a croquet set and had hours of fun in the yard.