|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
1876 Elegant farmhouse, furnished with period pieces and artwork, splendid views of Penobscot Bay and islands, flower gardens, fruit trees, meadow with hammock, volleyball court and ball field, well-maintained paths on 20 acres of forest and 1400 feet of waterfront on unspoiled cove, beach, protected estuary with beavers, waterfowl, kayak and canoe for tranquil paddling, access via sand spit to Hutchins Island with seal inhabited ledges, rich mussel & clam beds. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, modern kitchen, dining room with fireplace, living room, study-parlor, deck with gas BBQ grill (and gorgeous maritime views), finished attic with futons. Post-and beam barn with bicycles, helmets, croquet, bocce, whiffle and softball, soccer ball, canoe, kayaks. Two tranquil log cabins nested in the forest. From the deck enjoy the passage of lobster boats, schooners, and the moon over East Bay with Dear Isle and Acadia National Park in the background.
We have, in the past, vacationed in Florida, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach. This summer we came to Islesboro Island for my nieces wedding. We had no idea what to expect.......I happily stumbled upon the rental 115834ha because they were pet friendly. This charming Victorian farm exceeded our expectations. We prepared as we would for Florida, we brought spices to cook with, cook pots, sharp knives, all of the things missing in Florida rentals.......
We needed none of the extras here. This property is an actual working home, just pack your clothes and show up. The views are gorgeous from the house. Everything you need to feel at home is available. There are toys for kids, games, even a safety gate to keep little ones safe from the steps. The property is amazing. Access to the water is just a short hike, with 20 acres to explore and so much to do, we never left the farm. lol There is much to see and do on Islesboro I'm sure, but we were perfectly content to stay put. The grocery store is maybe a half mile from the house. I must admit, that we brought much of our food from home. We froze meat, and brought it in coolers. Everyone brought something, so we only needed the grocery store for incidentals. Expect higher prices for food on the Island and plan accordingly. The ribs and meat we did get from the local store, were of excellent quality.
I can not say enough about this property. The house itself is lovely and spacious and is a huge part of making everyone feel relaxed and at home.
We hosted three generations of family and friends. With a fully equipped kitchen, two grills, one gas and one charcoal, we were able to feed thirty people with ease. I really felt at home. Our family came from all over the country to meet for our special occasion, and without exception we agree that this was the best wedding /vacation ever. Our two year old nephew upon returning home said to his mother in his whiniest voice ever, "I don't want to go to school. I want to go to Maine.
I think we all agree. The Owner of the property feels like a family member, as does the caretaker. We were able to be in contact with the owner for any questions or problems. There were no problems, but it was nice to know we had access if needed.
The people of Islesboro were friendly and wonderful people. I think we have a consensus...
There is just not a better slice of heaven than this property. We will be back.
Explore an historical Maine coast island, with its nature trails, public tennis courts, working lobster boats, beaches, public sailing club, golf course, town park, island markets and restaurant and freedom from traffic. Situated in some of the most awesome sailing water in the world, in its cemeteries rest sea captains such as Captain Vezzie, who build our farmhouse in 1878. 'One summer in Dark Harbor [Islesboro's Center] is worth a dozen summers abroad,' wrote Charles Dana Gibson, America's most famous turn-of-the-century illustrator.
Other Activities: Kayaking, canoeing, clamming.