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Pondsea Place - Maine Island Vacation with Views of Water!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 BR + Loft, 2 BA, Sleeps 15

Imagine views of a natural wooded pond and the ocean from the same marvelous place... this is a nature lover's dream! Pondsea Place is located in the back shore area of Peaks Island with 300 feet waterfront on Great Trout Pond and 100 yards from the seashore.

You can hear the ocean and smell the salt air from this beautiful cedar shingle home. There is a large 16 by 30 foot deck that overlooks the pond and a smaller deck that looks toward the ocean. The house is 2400 square feet with four bedrooms and two large bathrooms each with a jacuzzi tub/shower. There are two large indoor living areas with cathedral ceilings. The kitchen has many gourmet kitchen items and a large Weber gas outdoor grill. The kitchen counters are a lovely green marble and the floors are maple hardwood and terra cotta tiles through out. The rooms are spacious and airy with large windows. It is located on two and half acres so there is plenty of room for all to have a great time. Near the ocean so bugs are no problem.

Peaks Island is the best place for relaxing!: Peaks Island is absolutely the best place in the world to come for a relaxing vacation. There is plenty to do for those who enjoy sailing, tennis, bike riding, roller blading, fishing, you name it. And for those who just want to relax ... you can do that here, too! Sun, ocean breeze, friendly people, walking by or on the beach... Peaks has it all!

Pondsea Place is the perfect place for relaxing!: Pondsea Place is 300 feet from the Atlantic seashore! Hear the ocean waves and smell the salt sea air. Pondsea Place comes with 2.5 acres of land to roam or sit quietly to watch the The Great Blue Herons, Sea Gulls, chickadees, gold finches, cardinals, or ducks! Or get out and pound the pavement as you run the 4.5 miles around the island. This is a gracious and beautifully appointed home with 'Our best vacation ever!' written all over it. Vacation amenities supplied with beach chairs, picnic basket, thermal igloo cooler, and the works! Perfect locale for wedding party or small family reunion.

Come and enjoy the sun and sea!: Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the sun and sea in beautiful Maine on Casco Bay's favorite island. You will be glad you came to Peaks!

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More Details

Carolyn Gill
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, Japanese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Carolyn Gill

We bought the 2.5 acres and designed and built this waterfront home in 2002. We designed it specifically for groups between 8 to 15 people. We wanted to host friends and family and all have a good time. We love hosting vacation renters in our home and invite you to join in our love of Peaks Island and Pondsea Place. Many wonderful events have taken place here over the years: wedding, anniversary celebrations, reunions of several types, sacred ceremonies and simple family fun!

We get wonderful feedback from our renters and we welcome you to make coming to Pondsea Place part of your Peaks Island tradition.

Carolyn Gill purchased this house in 2002

Why Carolyn Gill chose Peaks Island

We love nature: trees, water and birds. This home provides our family and our guests with all of those features. We love being able to be outdoors on the deck but feeling connected to those who are nearby inside the house. We love being able to feel like we are outdoors from inside because of the wall of palladian windows and French doors.

What makes this house unique

Open and airy with wonderful water views from most rooms. Conducive to both gathering for joyful together times; and perfect for private hideaway places for those who need quiet time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family has been going to Peaks Island for generations and we have so many wonderful memories. This year I wanted all of my family to be together in one house so I rented Pondsea Place mostly because of the size. It was beyond my expectations. My kids and I stayed the whole week and were able to accommodate all the other family and friends that came to visit us quite comfortably. The layout of the house is ideal, allowing plenty of space to all be together or find a little peace and quiet for yourself. The setting is beautiful and the location is perfect. From the deck we could see the pond below and the ocean beyond, I don’t know another spot on the island that offers this view. I highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a large, clean beautiful home for their vacation.
Jul 2011
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Peaks Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Departure on a timely basis and house left in good order and all garbage removed for deposit return. Breakage and damage will result in funds withheld
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Lower level - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Mid level - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Both bathrooms are large and each with a jetted Jacuzzi tub/shower combination.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • King & 2 single or two kings - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Queen - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Double & single - 1 double
    Three singles or King and sinlge - 3 twin/ single , or king and single
    Loft with three singles - 3 twin/ single
  • Pondsea: Loft - three singles (large room 16x26) Main Floor - One bedroom with double bed (full size) and single bed One bedroom with queen bed Bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower combo Lower level - One bedroom with three singles One bedroom with a king size (which can be made into a set of twins) and day bed with turndle. This large room (16x26) can be set up as four single beds. Bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower combo There are plenty of pillows, blankets, quilts and throws available for your comfort!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Free broadband wireless


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Pondsea Place - Maine Island Vacation with Views of Water!
average rating of 4.85 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful property, perfect for a large family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Nice open great room, large bedrooms, plenty of ammenties

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Come back soon!
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Spacious and calm

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for the weekend with our grandkids and had plenty of space to run around as well as being close to the shore. Very peaceful by the lake watching the gulls come in to wash and brush up. Easy ride into town and everything one could want provided in the house. Deck a lovely relaxing spot. The bedrooms are rather dark and basic but fine for sleeping.A most enjoyable weekend.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We designed Pondsea Place as a retreat to get away from it all. The living areas focus on the amazing views of the water while the bedrooms are designed to be quiet and restful including views of a peaceful Zen garden.
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Great space for a large grouo

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and spacious. We loved the location, the well stocked kitchen and the vacation vibe. Peaks Island and Portland had everything we needed for a wonderful family reunion.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love hosting guests at Pondsea Place! Come again! Sincerely, Carolyn
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Vernon, CT

Beautiful, immaculate home - perfect island location!

  • 5 of 5

Pondsea Place may have ruined us for all other vacation destinations! The house comfortably held four adults, 1 teenager and 5 children - and we squeezed in an additional 2 adults, 2 teenagers and 1 child for two nights. We all immediately felt comfortable - and we were well prepared for our visit thanks to Carolyn's quick and friendly email responses to our numerous questions as we packed up for our trip. The kitchen is large, well equipped - it made for the perfect staging ground for making several different dinners at once (mac & cheese for the kids, dishes for the vegetarians and grilled dinners for the carnivores)! The two large tables and numerous chairs on the deck led to many dinners outside where we could enjoy watching the gulls, egrets, herons and terns in the pond. The rocky shore is just a short walk down the road. We spent a lot of time biking around the island (a good thing since we had ice cream at Down Front most nights!) and having toured around, feel that Pondsea has the best location - right near the ocean, but a little removed from the "bustle" of town. The sandy beach was a great spot for our littlest ones to play in the water, for the grade schoolers to catch crabs and for the rest of us to shake our heads and say, "wow, it doesn't get better than this!" We were so glad we missed the first two ferries on Saturday morning - it gave us a chance to celebrate the mundane at the umbrella cover museum. Back to the house - the bedrooms and bathrooms are clean and comfortable, the loft is a perfect place for kids to bunk and the living room/dining room/kitchen/deck all felt like one big room. (No bugs, by the way.) We also enjoyed hunting for blackberries on the bushes near the driveway. We took the ferry into Portland for one day and when we told the women at the visitor's center we were staying on Peak's Island, they said, "why did you leave?" We agreed! Portland was nice, but the island is something truly special. Thanks Carolyn for helping make our trip so wonderful!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for loving Pondsea Place like we do! Come back! Carolyn
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Great place to Visit, Great place to Stay !

  • 5 of 5

Pondsea was great ! Our family really enjoyed all the space, being close to nature and the beach. The kids especially enjoyed building carons in the "fairy garden". The house was clean and all the extra seating inside and outside was great. Peaks island was a delightful place to visit. It took us all back to a simpler and more family oriented time. Thank you Carolyn.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come back! We love hosting families at Pondsea Place! Carolyn
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An Amazing Week

  • 5 of 5

Just imagine being in a really nice house just yards from the ocean hearing the waves crash against the rocks, or sitting on a deck overlooking a picturesque pond watching all the seagulls coming to rinse the salt water off their feathers, or getting on your bike with all your family pedaling behind you either headed to the sandy beach to build sandcastles, the rocky beach to build cairns or just down town for an ice cream cone. 'PondSea' made all this possible and so much more. Having my 3 kids all under one roof again, plus their spouses and my grand kids kids, sharing a week of fun, games, good food and lots of laughter was the best present I could ever give myself.

Peaks Island is made for discovering, very accessible by foot or on bikes, and very safe for no one is going too fast. The ocean was cold in June but it made the challenge of plunging in even more invigorating, also the knowledge that one would be rewarded by a nice warm shower back at the house, made that plunge doable. I was sure we would run out of hot water with such a large group, never a problem. Being a person who loves to cook and entertain, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the kitchen was fitted out, not only in the amount of china and glassware but also the culinary equipment.

We will take away from this trip so many great memories that will last forever. One should spend some time every year on the coast of Maine, it rejuvenates your soul, staying on an island takes that pleasure up another notch.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Portland International Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Casco Bay Ferry Lines
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Portland/Downeaster Amtrak

Peaks Island: 20 minute ferry ride on Casco Bay Ferry Lines from Portland, Maine.

Ninety miles north of Boston, Massachusetts.

Other Activities: Shopping, boating, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, horseshoes, kayaking, canoeing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $500
Contract laundry service $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

$4200/wk in summer
* $200 fee to have an outside contractor wash linens
* $1000 Deposit required for reservation and will be returned when property is inspected after guest departure.
* Checks, E-checks accepted. Credit cards accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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