About the property
- Cottage1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Pebbly/Sandy Beach, Sleeps 8, Great Views, Updated Bathroom w/ Outdoor Shower
Solsidan is a traditional-style Maine beachfront cottage. The setting, nestled on a quiet point with pebbly/sandy beach front and back, is truly spectacular. The cottage has a magnificent view across Penobscot Bay to Cape Rosier and Castine and beyond to Blue Hill.
You can step off the porch and walk the beach with your morning coffee. The beach is regarded as one of the best on the island. The cove has a small number of original summer cottages. Enjoy quiet walks, boating, reading, and relaxation. Dine on the covered porch and enjoy the view.
Some changes have taken place during its life but Solsidan retains the original wood open-wall construction. The house has a spirit that conjures up images of the summer-long family sojourns that have occurred many summers during the last 100 years of the cottage's history.
Water on two sides.: See the view of the back beach while preparing dinner in the kitchen!
Narrative description: Solsidan has 3 bedrooms, one on the first floor (queen bed), and two on the second floor. There is also a large open room (studio) overlooking the bay that has two twin beds. The first floor has a bedroom, kitchen, living room with woodstove (wood provided), spacious bathroom (recently redone), laundry space, and glassed-in porch sitting/dining area. There is also an outdoor shower area. One full side of the house overlooking the water is a covered porch, with plenty of room to spread out in the separate dining and sitting areas. The house is fully equipped with bed linens, towels, pots, pans, and bakeware, dishes, coffee grinder and maker, lobster pot, toaster oven, charcoal grill, radio, CD/iPod player, books, puzzles, and games.
Hillary Maharam & David Pill
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 1, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A bit of heaven on an island in Maine
Well, to start out, the weather was perfect and there's nothing better than warm, sunny days to enhance a stay on an island in Maine! As for the cottage itself, it's the absolutely perfect, classic rustic Maine coastal cottage that we were looking for. It couldn't have been a better choice for my family.
Everything necessary for a wonderful stay is provided. The kitchen had all needed appliances, pots and utensils for cooking from lobster to toast. Thanks for having a blender and toaster oven. And coffee maker! Having morning coffee either on the porch outside or in the light-filled dining nook was delightful. The beds are comfortable - sheets, blankets and towels more than adequate for our stay. The wood stove and plentiful supply of wood made chilly nights inviting, as does the outdoor fire pit - perfect for roasting marshmallows.
On a side note, we were there over Labor Day weekend. There are two markets on the island, and it's best to note their hours as they are the only option for buying food. Plan on cooking at home! The Community Center does have a wonderful bakery, Friday night dinners and daily lunch offerings, but do check seasonal operations. The food truck at the ferry isn't open after Labor Day. Our neighbors next door arrived on Saturday afternoon, and needed to hustle to provision their stay as markets are closed on Sunday - and Labor Day Monday!
We did have one gray day. That made the board games and books available a God send!
The cottage was perfect for us! And as delightful as the cottage is, it is the combination with the setting that made for the quintessential Maine experience. We spent hours on the (rocky) beach at the front steps and thoroughly enjoyed the use of the double kayak. And were excited to see an eagle and many herons.
Hillary couldn't have been more attentive to our questions. This was the perfect stay.
A little piece of heaven on earth
Waking up every day to quiet; enjoying beautiful sunrises while enjoying morning coffee. Does it get any better? The well equipped kitchen afforded us the opportunity to prepare great food and enjoy all of it on the lovely dinner plates that adorned our table decorated with fresh flowers cut from the garden ... Solsidan was everything it promised to be! Mother Nature treated us to great weather and e enjoyed a bonfire every night. Some great discussions and good decisions have been made around that fire. S'more time would be nice!
beautiful home on quiet Maine island
We had a wonderful time in Hillary & David's gorgeous Islesboro house. The weather was cold and rainy for the first few days, but even that was lovely: we read books, did puzzles, and enjoyed the warm wood stove. Once the sun came out we spent our time on the beaches and exploring the island. It was a really special week for our family. The house has so much warmth and character. We're very grateful to have had the chance to spend a week there.
Wonderful location, something special
Our first time on Islesboro and we couldn't have found a nicer location or a more comfortable cottage. Situated on a cove (the front) with a beach behind make for great beach walks and spectacular views (bald eagles, herons). We thought we would be taking the ferry back to the mainland a couple of times, but only did once because we couldn't break away from the views. Comfortable sofas, beds and the kitchen (thank heavens for sharp knives!) was good for cooking and that was good because we found that there really isn't anywhere to eat out in Islesboro - at least not in Sept. Ok with us - we like to cook and the local seafood (Island Market) was as fresh as! We went to a small farmer's market at The Abbey - great produce and homemade cakes and breads. Lots of books and games and the owners were responsive and really good to get to know. Enjoyed fires in the fire pit as well as inside in the wood stove (a couple of cold nights!) and the double kayak (teamwork teamwork). We really enjoyed our stay - it did feel somehow magical.
Definitely making this place our annual go to!
We can't wait to sit again and daydream in this quiet sunlit yard that calls your attention to every bit of Nature's magic whether it be viewing sunrise, moonrise, or tides from the bedroom or front yard beach. Many cozy nooks inside and out fill the senses with color, comfort, as well as a feeling of spaciousness and charm. The simple architecture makes you smile with appreciation at every turn. See breezes fill the cottage with freshness of the outdoors. Quality linens, pillows, and blankets make sleeping a dream. No worries if it rains! You can enjoy sunroom dining beside a well stocked kitchen making it fun to cook at home - even on the picture perfect day. Solsidan hums with the peace, comfort, beauty, and ease so wonderfully created by the attentive owners.
I Want to Go Back!
Solsidan is a beautiful, peaceful, gorgeous spot on the beach. We had a family wedding there and it was picturesque! I dream of going back and am planning for next year.
The island is served by the best ferry service of any of the islands visited by the Maine State Ferry service. On Islesboro the pace is self-made. There are no commercial attractions available on the island; i.e., no theaters, nightclubs, shopping malls, etc. In the summer the ferry, which holds about 30 cars, makes hourly trips between 8 AM and 5 PM. When the ferry runs are done for the day the island is isolated and quiet.
There are two general stores, an ice cream shop, one gas station (at the store), and a wonderful book store. The Dark Harbor Shop has a great old-fashioned ice cream & lunch counter as well as some nice gift items. The Islander takeout at the ferry terminal is available for breakfast and lunch (sometimes dinner). Lots of great walks are to be found on the island. Explore all you can. You can generally get a map of the island at the ferry terminals and we also try to keep one at the house. One of our favorite walks is Turtle Head at the north end of the island.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$1500 to $2500 / week The cottage rents from Sunday to Sunday. We ask that you leave our home as you found it. Clean, in good repair, and ready for the next guests. A refundable damage/cleaning deposit of $200 will be due with the second payment. A cleaner is available should you choose that and typically costs $100.