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Your Island Getaway on Islesboro Island - Islesboro Rental, Midcoast Maine

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 180 nights


About the property

Unplug & Relax: Sunny, Open Plan Living Area, 2 Bedrooms, Fabulous Large Deck

Ferry away from your hectic life. Rejuvenate and decompress at Crow's Nest Cottage, on Islesboro Island, in Midcoast Maine. Reconnect with your partner and your family in this incredible get-away-from-it-all place 20 minutes by public State of Maine ferry off the Maine coast.

Reserve a summer week now - - or two or even three weeks - - at our cozy, comfortable cottage on magical Islesboro Island. The sooner you reserve, the more likely you are to get your preferred week. Crow's Nest is a GREAT VALUE FOR A FABULOUS LOCATION!

This is a place that 'time forgot.' Think 19th century Vermont transported to an island in the ocean! The cottage has Internet any time you want to get back into the 21st century! Crow's Nest cottage is an easy 20 minutes by ferry off the gorgeous Maine coast. Fully renovated, Crow's Nest cottage is located at the northern, rural end of legendary Islesboro Island, considered by many the most beautiful of all Maine islands. The cottage faces the Meadow Pond, a quiet, lush wildlife refuge. It sleeps 4 comfortably in the 2 bedrooms; the living room has a Queen-size futon for a 5th adult or your teenager. We have a MAXIMUM limit of 5 people. Many quiet beaches are minutes away by car. The cottage has a marvelous, large deck. This is a SMOKE-FREE home. NO PETS PLEASE.

The cottage's spacious, light-filled bathroom has an old-fashioned tub with hand-held shower unit. We do NOT have a conventional stand-up shower.

Islesboro is a very quiet vacation spot. If you are looking for tranquility, for peace and quiet, and a "low-key" vacation spot, you'll love Islesboro Island and Crow's Nest cottage.If you are looking for lots of restaurant options, movie theaters, amusement parks, bars, fast food, shopping, and crowds, this is NOT a place for you.

Our Meadow Pond Neighborhood: Crows Nest cottage is located “up-island” and looks across to the 20 acre, fresh water, Meadow Pond, a neat wildlife refuge for deer, birds, ducks, turtles, beaver, etc. You need a car on the island to get to the 2 small grocery stores, to the 2 restaurants and ice cream parlor, for speedy trips to local beaches and public playground, and to get to the ferry.

The island has hundreds of secluded and hidden coves and beaches. If you love the splendor of the Atlantic Ocean and wild Maine coast without droves of tourists, Islesboro is your place. There are dozens of secluded, beautiful coves and beaches -- both sandy and rocky -- within a 5 to 15 minute drive from the cottage. Or, pack a backpack and bike (or walk!!) to them....Explore them on foot or in a kayak. Pack picnic lunches and suppers and play Robinson Crusoe on your "private" island.


Please scroll down to the end to read more about our PAYMENT and CANCELLATION policies. We are now part of HomeAway's on-line booking and accept credit card payments.

Although we do not supply bikes or kayaks, they are available for rent on the mainland from a variety of companies. Our "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) on our personal website provides contact information for these rental places.

Explore the nearby coast : The famous mid- coast Maine villages of Camden, Rockland and Belfast are minutes from where the Islesboro ferry lands, in Lincolnville. These villages have many shops, epic restaurants, great book stores, food stores, antique shops, public libraries, museums, and energetic waterfronts full of beautiful old and new boats. Schooners for day tripping are berthed in Camden Harbor. Drive a few minutes south from Camden to Rockland where you can spend several happy hours at the renowned Farnsworth Art Museum. The Farnsworth is home to the Wyeth Center, one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth.

For more reading about Islesboro:

* The Summer Cottages of Islesboro, 1890-1930. By Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Islesboro Historical Society. 1989.

* Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island (Continents of Exile). By Ved Mehta. National Books. 2003.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: We are now part of HomeAway's on-line booking. 50% of your Rental Cost plus Refundable Security Deposit of $200.00 is DUE IMMEDIATELY. The balance of your total Rental Cost is due on or before 30 days before you check-in.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be made by US mail or email and must be confirmed by Homeowner. If the Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows:

• 100% if cancelled up to 60 days prior to the check-in date less $100.00 cancellation fee.

• 50% if cancelled between 59 - 21 days prior to the check-in date less $100.00 cancellation fee.

• 0 % if cancelled less than 21 days prior to the check-in date. If Homeowner can re-rent the cottage, Homeowner will return 50% of deposit less $100.00 cancellation fee.

VACATION OR TRAVEL INSURANCE: We encourage Guests to purchase vacation or travel insurance in the event of a necessary cancellation or emergency.

WINTER RENTAL: We are always looking for a terrific winter tenant for the whole winter season, mid-September through early June, but this may be negotiable. We may be amenable to renting for a shorter rental period, but we have to charge a considerably higher monthly rate for shorter winter rentals.

More Details

Giovanna and David Peebles
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2018

About Giovanna and David Peebles

We are a Vermont family who are delighted to share our very special island cottage with you!

Giovanna and David Peebles purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Giovanna and David Peebles chose Islesboro

Islesboro Island is magical, a place that time forgot in the ocean. In 2005, we fell in love with this cottage since we knew we could fix it up into a perfect island get-away. We love its location on a breezy knoll, the privacy, the light that pours in from many windows, its spaciousness, and the large deck we built. We love everything about it!

What makes this cottage unique

Many of our guests tell us that Crow's Nest Cottage and Islesboro Island have given them one of their most relaxing, family vacations. There is something very special about our cottage and the island that slows down time and contributes to a unique vacation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Giovanna and David were wonderful hosts, easily surpassing all other hosts we've encountered in our Airbnb experiences. Before we arrived they sent us a package of useful information about Islesboro, booked us a pre-paid roundtrip ticket on the ferry (!), and responded promptly and with great detail to our questions. The cottage itself is very comfortable, peaceful, and full of light and island charm. It is also well located on a beautiful spot across the street from a pond and very close to two of the island's best nature preserves. We loved the island and hope to come back again!
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Islesboro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • The cottage has one bathroom - - a wonderful old fashioned, bright, large bathroom with a great old tub and solid brass, European-made, hand-held shower unit. We call it the 'telephone' -- 'il telefono' -- remembering Giovanna's youth in Italy where such fixtures were the rule. The tub is surrounded by warm, pine paneling. Old fashioned pedestal sink. We do NOT have a conventional stand-up shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedrooms: there are 2 bedrooms upstairs.....the master bedroom is a spacious, sunny room with QUEEN bed facing the Meadow Pond. Large wood-frame windows, cathedral ceiling, and ceiling fan. Cozy small 2nd bedroom has a DOUBLE/FULL bed. High quality, comfortable mattresses. 100% wool Berber carpeting upstairs -- laid with tacks only, no glues -- throughout the bedrooms and hallway. We think it's important to get out of bed and walk slipper-less on a great carpet!! This is a smoke-free place. Extra Sleeping Accommodations: If friends come to visit, the living room has 2 comfortable futon couches with premium, queen-sized futon mattresses. We provide lots of pillows of various types and numerous blankets and quilts. We ask that you BRING YOUR OWN LINENS UNLESS you are traveling from away. In that case, we can provide them for you.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A Wonderful Deck: we have a large, cedar deck -- with first-class patio furniture -- for relaxing and dining.... a delightful space for hanging out after a day on the beach. On a warm sunny morning, this is a perfect place for morning coffee. This is outdoor living at its best when you're not at the beach!! With a large gas grill, you'll be grilling many meals outdoors. Comfy chaise lounges and great sunny exposure make it hard to leave the deck on many days.... A Spacious Kitchen: Sunny spacious kitchen gives you plenty of elbow room in which to cook. As part of the large, open, main floor, the cook can chat with the kids playing cards on the dining table or your honey relaxing in the living room. Bed Linens and Bath Towels: Unless you are flying in, we ask that you bring your own bed linens and towels. But.... let us know if this is a hardship, and we will be happy to provide very nice linens for your convenience. We mail you a helpful "care package" before you come!


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Your Island Getaway on Islesboro Island - Islesboro Rental, Midcoast Maine
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 97 reviews
Leesport, PA

Relaxing, comfortable, & enjoyable for all ages!

  • 5 of 5

This home, the home owners, and this island were everything we could have hoped for, and more. The home was warm, and inviting and cozy. The kitchen was so well stocked - they even had cast iron pans and a cheese grater!! We've stayed in so many homeaway houses and NONE of them have ever had cast iron or a cheese grater! Dave and Giovanna were so attentive, and helpful. Nice little notes were left around the home to help, as well as a pretty extensive and much appreciated welcome package with all the info we could need for our stay! Isleboro Island is a real gem. Our entire family 2ad, 2 small children spent the entire week just relaxing. The beaches were always empty, so we felt like we had our own private paradise! The kids loved the local library which has a special program for visitors, and the really great local playground, as well as the various hikes/walks/beach combing adventures. For those visitors looking for a little more action, a super scenic ferry trip and quick jaunt down route 1 leads you right to the more populated Camden or Rockland. Overall, our trip couldn't not have been more relaxing and enjoyable, and my two year old has been asking about going back to the Crow's Nest every day since we've been home, so it even left a lasting impression on him! The porch was amazing. We ate breakfast and dinner there every evening. The kids enjoyed all the birds who came for visits in the lilac trees. The view of the lake across the street was very nice and peaceful. The beds were comfortable, and the cool breeze through the open windows of the house were just what we needed as a break from our more southern, stagnant, humid air. Everything about this home was great! We intend to return, again and again! Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are absolutely delighted that your week at Crow's Nest Cottage and Islesboro Island was perfect for the whole family! We try to anticipate what our guests might need - - in the kitchen, reading, movies, games, in the bathroom, for a comfy sleep, etc. It makes us so happy that you appreciated the work we put into creating a great experience for our guests! We look forward to having you at Crow's Nest in the summers ahead! Thank you for taking the effort to writing a detailed review!
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Montpelier, Vermont

Beautiful island, most comfortable cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect end-of-summer week at Crow's Nest Cottage. We love the large deck that creates a great outdoor "room" for breakfast, lunch, drinks, supper, and relaxation. The cottage had everything we needed for cooking, relaxing, and comfortable sleeping. We loved eating lobster 2 nights (and 2 lunches) in a row purchased from a neighbor who had just caught those beauties that day! There is nothing like a sweet, fresh from the water, lobster! We swam and beached at Marshall Cove Beach every day, 2 minutes drive from the cottage. The water was marvelously refreshing and wonderfully clear. I took 500 great photos: architecture, beaches, water, sky, water, boats. And one last thing made the week even more memorable: we got to see the solar eclipse - - from our homemade, cereal box, peep box! Islesboro and Crow's Nest Cottage are an unbeatable combination! Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great, Relaxing Week on an Island

  • 5 of 5

My family had a fun, relaxing week on Islesboro. We unplugged and got lots of time in with nature and the friendly locals. The Crow's Nest was a home away from home. We loved our vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your island vacation at Crow's Nest Cottage. Our aim is to provide a little haven for relaxation and family fun. We love it when our guests have a wonderful vacation! Thank you for being our guests and we look forward to hosting you in future years!
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  • 5 of 5

Great place to explore and unplug! It was a wonderful family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Little Gem

  • 4 of 5

The niftiest little cottage; so comfortable and well equipped with everything one needs for a ME vacation. Quiet place close to all Island special nooks and crannies. Not a thing missing. Perfect for my husband and myself.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Crow's Nest Cottage! We are happy that you enjoyed the cottage and the island! We work hard to create a very nice place for our guests on a very special island.
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Montpelier, Vermont

The most beautiful, relaxing cottage in a beautiful, relaxing place!

  • 5 of 5

When we are on the island we just simply slow down and relax. The cottage is so comfortable and contains everything that we might need. It's simply a lovely place to call our home-away-from-home. This is a favorite place on the planet. The owners work hard to maintain the cottage and to welcome you to a practically-perfect vacation week.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Your own Maine island house in the middle of Penobscot Bay - - rent it for one week or more! Islesboro Island is perhaps the most beautiful of all Maine islands. A 14 mile long gem with secluded beaches and rocky coves, Islesboro’s simple and quiet elegance has made it world famous. Accessible via a 20 minute, gorgeous, ferry ride on a State of Maine ferry from Lincolnville Beach -- 10 minutes north of Camden, 15 minutes south of Belfast. The island is a unique community where the sea, the landscape, natural wonders, wildlife, and amazing historic homes are the attraction. This is a place that “time forgot.” If you are looking for movie theaters, amusement parks, bars, fast food, shopping, and crowds, this is NOT a place for you. Awesome kayaking, beach combing, walking, running, biking, and birding areas! Most of all, this is a place for complete relaxation. The world-class Farnsworth Art Museum is located less than 1 hour away -- on the mainland in Rockland -- this is a rare treat and worth a long visit on a rainy day.

Other Activities: Kayaking, wildlife viewing, local library, sight-seeing historic architecture, photography, world-class museums off-island.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%


RENTAL AGREEMENT: We ask that our guests agree to our posted rental agreement that clarifies the terms and conditions of using Crow's Nest and our cottage rules.

CANCELLATIONS: Must be received BY EMAIL at least 60 days prior to day of rental. Your rental fees and security deposit will be promptly returned to you LESS $ 100 cancellation fee. For any other cancellation, only 1/2 of the amount paid will be returned unless we can rent the cottage. If the cottage gets rented, we will return the full amount paid, less the $100 cancellation fee.

Travel Insurance: We encourage our guests to purchase travel/vacation insurance. If an emergency occurs prior to the vacation, our guests then have additional recourse for canceling their stay and potentially obtaining a refund from the insurance company.

Thank you!!

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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