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Surrounded by Water . . . A Very Special Place

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 BR, 1-1/2 BA, Sleeps 6-10 - Oceanfront, Sandy Beach, Views

Many people have told us that our home is one of the most charming on Islesboro. The house retains the character of the original summer house built in 1908, and it sits in a very special place - a narrow peninsula of land giving the house oceanfront at its front and back. A long porch at the front of the house is just 7 feet up and 12 feet back from high tide. And the shore is actually a sandy beach, something very rare along this stretch of the Maine coast. If you are a boater, there are moorings available just off shore.

The front of the house faces Sabbathday Harbor & Ryder's Cove, around which cottages such as this one were built around 1900 by families coming down for the summer from Bangor on the steamboats that in those days made regular stops at Ryder's Cove. Further out on the narrow peninsula there is a rocky promontory from which still other ocean views can be had. The whole area has a magic that words cannot describe.

The house sleeps 6-10 persons (best fit for ~4 adults/4 children or 6 adults). There are 3 bedrooms, 1 additional room, and 1 full bath on the second floor (queen-size bed in one bdrm, two single beds in another, queen size bed in another, and two twin beds in the other room). There is also an office on the first floor with a full size sleep sofa. And there is a half bath on the first floor. The first floor has a large open area for living and dining, an enclosed sun porch, and a kitchen. There are many window on the first floor, particularly on the glassed-in sun porch, which has an especially light and airy feel to it. The furnishings are in keeping with the age of the home.

The house was built in 1907/1908. One hundred years later, over the winters of 2007/2008 and 2008/2009, major restoration/repair of the house was completed including installation of foundation piers, restoration of south side porch, interior structural improvements (e.g., stiffening of second floor), removal of modern sheet rock in one bedroom, changes to second floor windows to make them impervious to weather, new hardwood floors, new roof and some new siding shingles, restoration of inoperable doors and windows, removal of thick/peeling old paint on trim and repainting. More recently, in 2011, additional restoration and improvements were made, including installation of foundation piers and new floor for the sun porch; lengthening of kitchen counter with new dishwasher; and construction of a new shed for garden tools All of the work was done with a careful eye to maintaining or restoring the original character of the house.

Available for Rental: Memorial Day - Columbus Day; Weekly rentals (7 night minimum); Sunday - Sunday.

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Islesboro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , 1st floor
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • First Floor Office - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Size
    Master Bedroom (west end of house) - 1 queen
    Southeast Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Northeast 2nd floor Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Smaller 2nd floor bedroom - 1 double
  • Linens (bed sheets, pillow cases, towels and facecloths) are set out for guests on each of the beds, which you need to make up on your arrival. This way there is no doubt about the sheets being clean. On your departure, you launder everything used, and leave the laundered linens on the beds just as you found them. Given the rustic nature of the cottage sound travels throughout the home. Although there are beds for 8-10 guests. The home is best suited for a maximum of two families (4 adults and 4-6 children). Group sizes of 6 adults or more will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Wood Deck
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
This is a spot to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Amazing waterfront views in the front and back of the house. Best place to be is on the porch or hammock - really no reason to leave that spot all week. There are no TVs. We must insist on no smoking. Pets may be allowed (discuss with us). The house is thoroughly cleaned inside and out at the start of each season. Rental guests are responsible for leaving the house in the same thoroughly clean condition. The house will be inspected after guests leave, to ensure you find it in clean condition. There is no cleaning service provided or included in the rental price. Rental guests must clean the home and take their trash/recycling to the transfer station upon departure.


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Surrounded by Water . . . A Very Special Place
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Relaxing Stay on Sabbathday Bay

  • 5 of 5

As good as it gets. We spent a sunny Summer week at this wonderful cottage on Sabbathday Bay. Lots of walks and the occasional dip to punctuate a week of relaxing on that great porch. The view is something you never tire of, and a sweet breeze always seemed to come along at just the right time. The rustic charm of this century old cottage might not be everyone's cup of tea but we five loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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A wonderful vacation spot...

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from our second year of spending two weeks in this lovely house. It's our favorite two weeks of the year! The spot is perfect, with water, truly, everywhere you look. We've always been lucky with weather, so we spend most of our time outside on the lawn, on the porch, on or in the water, or hiking the many gorgeous trails on the island. On the few rainy days we've encountered, however, it's been nice to hunker down in the house, which is sweet, and comfortable, and more than accommodates our family of four plus occasional visitors. The island is wonderful, with plenty for kids to do (riding at The Pripet Riding Program or sailing at Big Tree Boating), and, unlike some of the other islands off the Maine coast, groceries are readily available on Islesboro, which makes packing for vacation so much easier! This is really the most beautiful place in the world, and we are quickly growing to think of it as our home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Gorgeous location and a charming cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Lee cottage and it was again a wonderful vacation. The cottage is a treasure with a location that can't be beaten. Our grandchildren visited and loved the rock climbing, beach combing and musseling. An ideal spot for those who enjoy the beauty of an iisland vacation.

Joan Hill. Ivoryton, CT

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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PARADISE FOUND! Best location on the island

  • 5 of 5

Amazing cottage. Amazing week. Every window has an incredible water view. Our goal was to escape our busy lives and unplug for a week. Great hiking, walks on the two beaches, plucked mussels and cooked them. Completely restful and restorative. Daily trips to the island market for some local flair. We had a senior citizen with us and the house worked well for her. Cottage was very clean and provides everything one would need. I loved that we didn't pay extra for cleaning and were able to clean it ourselves. The owners were attentive and made sure our stay was smooth.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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spectacular setting, laid back vibe

  • 5 of 5

our family enjoyed our stay - terrific water views from both sides of the house, great little beach outside our door from which we picked mussels, swam, and sailed The pictures of the home are accurate, but do not do justice to the spectacular scenery that surrounds the place.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
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Carrie Lee
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Carrie Lee

Our family has owned this home for nearly 30 years. It is an incredibly special spot. Islesboro is a real gem.

Carrie Lee purchased this cottage in 1989


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor, Maine
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Beach
3 Metres
Steps away from house
Car: necessary

Islesboro is a quiet island of incredible beauty. There are about 600 year-round and 1,500 summer residents. There is a real feeling of community, shared by year-round and summer residents alike. We have few security concerns about our house, as year-round neighbors keep a close eye on it.

Getting There: Islesboro can be reached via the State Operated Ferry, which leaves the island on the half hour from 7:30 am through 4:30 pm and leaving Lincolnville Beach on the hour from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm. No lunch time run or first boat on Sundays. A 28-person passenger boat the Quicksilver runs between the docks adjacent the ferry at Islesboro and Lincolnville Beach. It has has regularly scheduled runs every morning Monday through Friday and Thursday/Saturday evenings. In the summer, there is usually at least one evening run each night. These provide options to walk over on the ferry for dinner in Lincolnville and return via the Quicksilver.

Guests can pick mussels from the beach right behind our house – delicious. Or get a shellfish permit and dig for clams. Periwinkles can be gathered as a great flavor addition to sauce. Lobsters are available for purchase from several spots on the island.

The Islesboro Island Trust has well signed and maintained trails at various locations on the island. From our home you can walk along either the north or south beach exploring tide pools, beach combing, and enjoying the spectacular views.

There are two markets on the island, both offer a wide selection of gas, food, beer/wine and pizza/sandwiches to order. The best place to enjoy an ice cream cone on the porch is The Dark Harbor Shop an island institution. The best spot to find out the goings on around the island. The Islesboro Community Center has a Café open for lunch and on Friday evenings for dinner, as well as a fitness center with classes and weekly memberships. There is an informal outside BBQ restaurant at the Islesboro Marine boatyard up-island, sometimes they also have fresh lobsters also. Otherwise for dinner out the best option is to head over to Lincolnville Beach and come home on the passenger boat. Shops tend to change from year to year. There is an antique shop and a gift shop in the building just north of the Dark Harbor Shop. There is a book store around the corner from the Dark Harbor Shop.

The Historical Society Building has a nice exhibit on Islesboro history and often hosts rotating art showings through the summer months.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

Our turnover day is Sunday, as the transfer station for garbage is open on that day and not on Saturday. So your week rental will be from a Sunday to a Sunday. We sometimes accept pets, after discussion with renters. If we do accept a pet, the damage deposit increases to $500.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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