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Maine Island Beachfront Cottage with Magnificent Views of Penobscot Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Hillary Maharam & David Pill
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 6, 2017


Islesboro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1st Floor - 1 queen
    2nd Floor North - 1 double
    2nd Floor East - 2 twin/ single , Open room with 2 twin beds
    2nd Floor South - 1 double
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Towels and linens provided; additional shower area outdoors; covered porch with dining and sitting areas; books; games; puzzles; wood provided; hourly State Ferry service.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Maine Island Beachfront Cottage with Magnificent Views of Penobscot Bay
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful location, something special

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Definitely making this place our annual go to!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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I Want to Go Back!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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a summer retreat for our family

  • 5 of 5

last year was our first trip to Solsidan - and our children have been begging me to return since. it is the perfect ocean getaway. surrounded by water on 2 sides, a perfect combination of relaxed 'rustic' decor, with all the home comforts that make vacation relaxing. our whole family went without media for the whole stay - and it was such a rare experience of really being 'off the grid' (by choice - there is internet, phone cell phone service, etc). we spent most days hiking, kayaking, beach-combing, catching crabs... Hilary couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming. my only reticence in writing a review is hoping that solsidan doesn't become so sought after that we can't return year after year!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Why we keep coming back, year after year...

  • 5 of 5

Solsidan is a very special spot on the earth, and we feel very lucky to have spent time there, almost every year since our children were very small.

Islesboro (and the Maine Coast) are beautiful places, for starters, but this particular place is unique. There is a lovely, breezy front porch, a small lawn, spectacular views, and access to a sandy beach (not typical!) just steps away. The tide-pooling is amazing for children and adults alike. Around the point (or across the street) is another beach and marine clay (sculptures!) or, further down, eons of the best skipping rocks imaginable. Exploring by kayak, taking ocean dips, searching for sea glass, or just a lazy reading day indoors or out - we just love it all. No TV needed!

There are a series of beautiful bike rides around the island, a close ride to Durkee's Grocery or a drive down island for special grocery items or ice cream at The Dark Harbor Shop. Lobsters can be purchased on island as well.

Most importantly, the owners of Solsidan have done very little to change this wonderfully simple, beautiful house (originally a fisherman's house?) The light and breezes flow through it. The sunrises are amazing too. The house's indoor & outdoor(!) showers, kitchen & general amenities are all in good working order and the furniture is comfortable - accurate as described in listing. If you are looking for hotel-perfect (generic) accommodations vs. natural beauty, architectural charm, and simplicity, this is not for you. We, however, hope this place never changes!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Words can't do this justice!

  • 5 of 5

*Every detail --- from the windows on the second floor that seem to have come from an old sailing ship, to the cheerful colors of the pillows on the daybed in the glassed in dining room, to the quality of the linens and the completeness of the kitchen --- contributes to the special quality of this cottage. We had several days of brilliant skies and sparkling water. In the evening and the early morning the loons call and sometimes fish in the bay just yards from where you can watch them while drinking your coffee. Most evenings we spent in the Adirondack chairs at the fire pit on the edge of the lawn as the tide came in and the stars came out. The scent of beach-roses would compete with the scent of burning fir and cedar. One day a fog bank rolled in bringing a night and morning of rain which provided an occasion to go out for coffee in the "village."

*There are wonderful five and ten mile loops for running or biking. A very few cafés for coffee and pastries and plenty of fresh fish available. We ran, walked the dogs and kayaked. A wonderful place for bird and boat watching --- we saw a tall ship sail by towards Castine and a variety of modern and old-fashioned sail boats. The internet is fast and reliable. The bathroom is big and the hot-water plentiful. The house is full of good beach books and lots of board games. Owners are super helpful, everything is easy. I will certainly be recommending this to friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Owls Head
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Maine State Ferry Service-Lincolnville Beach
Car: necessary

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

Islesboro Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
May 30 2017 - Jun 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 25 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 28 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

$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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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