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Steve Desterhaft

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

The Treehouse - Charming Peaks Island Maine Cottage

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 90 nights

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Peaks Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Well equipped 2+ bedrooms, 1.5 baths, sleeps 6

Located on Peaks Island, Maine, the Treehouse is the perfect place to get away from it all. Hop (or drive) on the Casco Bay Line Ferry from the famed Old Port of Portland, Maine and minutes later you will be stepping onto Peaks Island. The Treehouse is a short walk from the ferry dock, located in a quiet part of town. It is close to everything, but offers a place of restful solitude where the breezes blow through the maples & oaks the house was named for. The Treehouse is a fun and informal house with two plus bedrooms, two additional futon sofas, a bath and a half, and all the amenities you could wish for: VCR, DVD, Cable TV, Wireless Internet, W&D, DW, charcoal grill, an outside deck and fenced in yard. We invite you to bring your well behaved dog/cat (with deposit). Available by the week during summer, by the day ( 3-day min.) or week fall & spring, winter by special arrangement.

No car necessary!: The Treehouse is located about a half-mile from the ferry dock on Peaks Island. Since it is within easy walking distance of the ferry, there is no need to bring a car over unless you wish to. There is a parking garage located at the ferry dock in Portland, where you may leave your car. The grocery store, restaurants, beaches, library, indeed all of the island, are easy to walk to - or you can rent bicycles on the island.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve Desterhaft (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

About Steve Desterhaft

I spent the first 18 summers of my life on Little Diamond Island. As an adult, I can especially appreciate the conveniences offered by Peaks Island.

Why Steve Desterhaft chose Portland and Casco Bay Area

It's a perfect distance from the village - not too close to the weekend hustle and bustle, but not too far away from a quick run to the store, restaurants, stores, beach, fishing or ferry.


based on 36 traveler reviews

The Treehouse - Charming Peaks Island Maine Cottage
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews


  • 5 of 5

A cozy house on a fantastic island. It's such a comfy place--it felt like home!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2006
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Restful and fun stay at the Peaks Island Treehouse

  • 4 of 5

My friends and I, and my dog, enjoyed our stay at the Treehouse. In the hottest days of summer it was a shady, cool retreat, within walking distance to beaches where we all went swimming. The house had what we needed for summer meals, quiet fans for the hottest afternoons, and a good TV for watching the Olympics. The fenced yard worked well for traveling with my dog, and the neighborhood was quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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The Treehouse was great!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with a group for vacation and a wedding on the island. The house was everything we needed for a relaxing getaway. Steve was also very helpful in the process. I definitely recommend the Treehouse.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Enjoyed our week at the Treehouse

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a "pet-friendly" place to spend our week on Peaks Island. We found the Treehouse to be not only pet-friendly, but a great place that has "old cottage" feel combined with conveniences, including washer and dryer. Everything was just as the listing stated, and Steve was very easy to work with during the rental process. The cottage was very nice and larger than we expected. Pretty property (fenced-in for our dog), adjacent to wooded areas, with a deck for eating or just relaxing. The Treehouse has a small selection of books, DVDs and board games, for the non-beach days. The beaches, ferry dock, library, post office and grocery store are a short walk/ride down the street. We enjoyed taking rides and walks along the Peaks coast for that beautiful ocean view! The only disappointment for us was that none of the Peaks Island restaurants are pet-friendly; so we took the ferry to Portland and had a nice meal on the deck at Flatbread Company - delicious pizza! Staff welcomed our dog with a bowl of water when we arrived. We would like to come back again to the Treehouse and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to spend a memorable vacation on Peaks Island!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at the treehouse. My wife and 3 young children all slept comfortably. Steve was a pleasure to work with. The house was exactly as described and is very conveniently located close to down front and the ferry terminal.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect family stay

  • 5 of 5

Loved the Treehouse. Peaks was a beautiful place and the treehouse was quiet and private, while still being close to everything. There was more than enough room for the four of us (family with 2 young kids). Just FYI, all ferries prices are round trip, so for us it would've been cheaper to drive over, though a bike adventure was so much fun here.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Four restaurants
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Casco Bay Lines
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Rte. 295
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Four restaurants
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Looking for something to do while you stay at the Treehouse? Walk or bike around the island, take a picnic to the backshore where the waves pound the rocks and the eider ducks swim, rent a kayak or a bicycle, go to the beach, buy fresh lobsters and have a feast, read a book, go to the free movies at the Library, play tennis at the club, go out to breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at one of the great restaurants on the island, go Down Front for an ice cream cone, visit the Umbrella Cover museum, watch a sunset from the beach, visit artist’s studios during a studio tour, see the world war II bunkers, go into Portland and see a play, go to the museum, shop in the Old Port, or go to countless restaurants, all within walking distance.

Other Activities: kayaking, beachcombing, birdwatching


Rates & Availability

Peaks Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Fall Shoulder Season
Sep 11 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016 Winter Season
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
90 night minimum stay
2017 Spring Shoulder Season
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Peak Season
Jun 18 2017 - Sep 16 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Peak Season:$1175/week. Shoulder Season:$1075/week, $225/night, Off Season:$1075/week, $225/night.
Peak Season week runs from Sunday to Sunday. Off-season weeks may be flexible.
Holiday weeks rent at Peak Season rates.
$50 fee for dogs/cats - with approval.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Peaks Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder room - toilet
    Exterior/Deck - outdoor shower , Summer Only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , twin in anteroom
    Guest Room - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Sunporch - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Sitting/TV room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We prefer that you bring your own linens, however linens are available in the event that it is inconvenient to bring your own. We ask that you make sure that all linens are laundered when you leave. Dogs and cats are allowed with a $50 fee.

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