|Minimum Stay||7 - 180 nights|
Welcome to Crow's Nest Cottage, on Islesboro Island, in Mid-coast Maine. 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. 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! Crow's Nest cottage is an easy 20 minutes by ferry off the gorgeous Maine coast. 100 years old, shingle-sided, and 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. Many quiet beaches are minutes away by car. The cottage has a marvelous, large deck. This is a SMOKE-FREE home. NO PETS PLEASE.
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.
VISIT OUR PERSONAL WEBSITE FOR DOZENS OF GUEST REVIEWS, BEGINNING IN 2006, AND MANY MORE PHOTOS & DETAILED INFORMATION RE THE COTTAGE AND ISLAND! The link to our website is at the bottom of the "Amenities" page.
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.
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
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!
We took many walks and drives, had lunch twice in the community center and ate fish almost every night. After I left the island, I spent a few hours in Camden, had lunch and then went to the Farnsworth Museum. The ferry ride was lovely both days. Thanks for making us comfortable at your cottage. We have many fond memories and some great pictures!
This was our second time at Crow’s Nest, and when we arrived we were stunned to find that it looked exactly as we had left it a year before, as if no one had set foot in it for a year. This rental is the closest we have ever found to a place that feels like home. Other visitors have remarked on how clean it is, and how well-stocked the kitchen is with cooking gear and utensils and some basic items like condiments that previous renters have left. Apparently everyone who rents here is in the habit of leaving it the way they would expect to find it, and it shows.
We spent our island time doing what islands are famous for: practically nothing. Each day we would get up, have coffee out on the deck, then plan our meals for the rest of the day. A trip to the store was next, if needed, then maybe a picnic lunch or a ride to the beach to watch the tide rising or falling. Then go back to the ‘Nest, grill that steak or chicken or fish on the awesome new grill, then call it a day. We have never had a better vacation.
Accuracy of listing: Check. Clean and well-maintained? See above. Customer service: Outstanding, these people know what they are doing. Recommend to a friend? Only if they don't want to go at the same time we want to go next year. Activities and restaurants: Loafing.
A bright sunny space. No clutter. Good cooking facility and very comfortable sleeping. Islesboro is a low-key, lovely island and we particularly enjoyed the natural areas fronting on the ocean, for walking and exploring.
My family of 4 had a wonderful week at the Crow's Nest. I have done a number of vacation rentals all over the place and have not ever stayed in a house so well equipped . Everything is there that you need in terms of utensils and basic staple food items. Will do again next trip to Maine.
What a glorious week, it was as if we had left Planet Earth for a few days, or as if the ferry was a time machine transporting us back a few decades. We went to three beaches, five times, (various tides); we had hoped to get out to Hutchins Island as the tide was coming in so we could have it to ourselves for a few hours, but that never happened. We scampered out once for a few minutes just before the bar submerged but we weren't prepared to stay for a few hours. Maybe another year.
You have done a great job renovating the house while maintaining its historic and Maine island character--it is spacious and sunny with ample indoor and outdoor space (that deck is a winner). As suggested, we made a big supermarket stop before boarding the ferry, but all our needs during the week (which were minimal) were met by the island stores. Even though the weather was perfect except for one overnight rainstorm, we mostly hung out at the house, it is that comfortable. One of us read three books, the other did a jigsaw puzzle and also disposed of a few books. The phone never rang (and we did have a dial tone, I checked) but the internet was there when we wanted it. We were On Vacation. What a glorious week, and the Crow’s Nest was a big part of it.
July 25, 2015
We absolutely loved the cottage! It is clean, peaceful and quaint. The owners have obviously put a lot of care and thought into the decor and renovations. We spent plenty of time spent outside on the deck either enjoying a meal or casually reading. Our favorite thing to do, however, was to go on the bountiful amount of hikes in the area. We adored Elaine's Trail (was the most strenuous) and Turtle Point was most definitely worth the overgrown trails because the view was amazing! Broad Point Preserve might possibly have been my favorite hike because we were almost always walking alongside the water and it was great fun to count how many bridges are in the trail (22!). The town beach is a MUST especially nearing sunset to swim in the frigid but refreshing water and sit on the rocky sand with some snacks. The Hutchins Island was beautiful and walking on low tide over to it was a fun journey and the views were also stunning. Marshall Cove was quite fun and we also found a little cove off of Turtle Head which was lovely. We enjoyed the Rabbit Corner Cafe very much and we recommend the grilled cheese and the breakfast burrito. The Dark Harbor Shop was also quite nice as we had ice cream twice there and bought a beautiful scarf. All in all, we loved the cottage so much and cannot find a flaw!
This is my third year returning to this lovely --island cottage--every detail, right down to the sailing décor and sea-glass filled vase on the window sill --invites me to relax, unwind, and re-calibrate. Just a few amenities I so appreciate in this cottage: The inviting deck for coffee in the morning and a glass of wine and delicious meal in the evening, --with the laughter and joy and remembrances of family and friends--the perfectly utensil filled, appliance provided, dish/glassware stocked kitchen--it will be like home--you could bake and cook and saute, but you may find yourself instead--treating yourself to a pre-made dinner/dessert or just a few lobsters (yes everything you need in this kitchen) from one of the two local markets (one is less than a mile away ); the comfortable pillows and blankets on the couches, there is a fantastic fold out table in the living room where we put together puzzles --we start it when we arrive and finish it during the week, then there is the lovely deep soaking tub--to enjoy after a day of enjoying the island-- One morning the weather was a bit foggy and cool and misty, I was able to read, snuggled under a blanket on the living room couch and I watched two deer walk silently along the side of the house--we both looked at each other--I was still and they froze--then they simply walked on and I went back to my book--this is a place that if you slow down and enjoy the simple things--you will receive many gifts--like the evening when I watched the fireflies and the streaks of lightning from a passing thunder storm compete with each other in lighting up the darkness. This is a comfortable, inviting, beautiful cottage on a lovely island. Think: when was the last time you watched the sunset over a Meadow Pond --try it here--its like eating a potato chip--one is not nearly enough!
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.
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
CHANGEOVER DAY: Saturday.
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.