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Giovanna and David Peebles

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, italian

Crow's Nest: 100 Year Old Islesboro Island Cottage - Maine Island Cottage Rental

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 180 nights

Overview

Islesboro Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, Fabulous Large Deck for Outdoor Living

Welcome to Crow's Nest Cottage, on Islesboro Island, in Mid-coast Maine.

Only one 2016 week is still available - - September 3 -10. September is a fabulous time on Islesboro.

Think about reserving your 2017 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.

CROW'S NEST IS AVAILABLE FOR WINTER RENTAL: Our wonderful, cozy, comfortable, fully winterized cottage is now available for a winter rental - - from October 1 through Memorial Day. $650.00 per MONTH (plus utilities). We pay for local phone service & Internet. NO SMOKING. The cottage has both electric and oil heat. It is well-insulated and has excellent passive solar heat; heating costs are very reasonable.

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, 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.

This is a place with hundreds of secluded and hidden Coves and beaches. If you love the splendor of the Atlantic Ocean and Maine coast without droves of tourists, Islesboro is your place. There are dozens of secluded and incredible 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 and or in a kayak. Bring 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.

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 wonderful villages of Camden and Belfast are minutes from the Lincolnville ferry. Camden has many shops, a great book store (or 2), food stores, restaurants, antique shops, public library, and energetic waterfront full of beautiful old and new boats. Schooners for day tripping are berthed in Camden Harbor. Drive a few minutes further south from Camden to Rockland for more shops and restaurants. This is also the home of the very special Farnsworth Art Museum, a great place to spend a few rainy hours. 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.

We only accept personal Checks or Cashier Checks. We accept PAYPAL but there's an additional charge to cover the fee. We are Not Taking Credit Cards at This Time. Thank you!!

WINTER RENTAL: We are always looking for a terrific winter tenant for the whole winter season, October through May, 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Giovanna and David Peebles (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian

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 Maine

Islesboro Island is magical, a place that time forgot in the ocean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Sep 2013
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Crow's Nest: 100 Year Old Islesboro Island Cottage - Maine Island Cottage Rental
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 87 reviews
5

Outstanding property for a great price

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Definitely would recommend

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay on Islesboro!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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5

A place for recreation and re-creation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Secluded and charming

  • 4 of 5

Our hosts were very helpful and this is by far the best equipped rental house we have ever stayed in! They provided everything one could imagine needing! It was terrific that our dog could stay with us! The island IS very secluded - many lovely quiet coves to enjoy. The ferry/ water taxis are rather pricey so we never left the island and I do wish we had taken better provisions. The groceries are basic. The highlight was the island talent show! Thank you both again!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We loved that you participated in island life by attending the Talent Show. The island offers lots of fun activities throughout the summer providing a neat glimpse into this wonderful and, in many ways, unique community. Re the seclusion you mentioned: in our websites we clearly state that this is indeed a slow-paced place with no movie theaters (but there's the Talent Show!), no miniature golf, and very limited eating-out options. It's definitely a 19th century kind of place (with wireless, washing machine and drier!). But we will take a look at our web content and strengthen that notion that this is a rare secluded place where, as we like to say, time stands still for a while.
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An absolute island treasure off the coast of Maine

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved the island. Total total relaxation.. Once on the island we had no desire to go to the mainland until it was time to go.. We did some exploring but everyday we made sure we were at the town beach at some point. We played the board games at night, read, enjoyed our breakfast every morning on the deck. Weather was fabulous. The people were wonderful.. Maine is full of beautiful places and we thank you very much for opening your home and allowing us to be able have a wonderful week with family.. Lot of good memories. The island is an absolute treasure. Thanks again..

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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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.

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Rates & Availability

Islesboro Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 3 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,000
 
 
Fall
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$850
 
 
Winter
Oct 2 2016 - Jun 3 2017
180 night minimum stay
$700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

CANCELLATIONS: Must be received IN WRITING 45 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.

We accept PAYPAL but there's an additional charge to cover the fee. We are Not Taking Credit Cards at This Time. Thank you!!

50% of rental fees PLUS security deposit must accompany signed lease as a reservation deposit. Balance is due within 30 days of reservation date.

$200 Security Deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Islesboro Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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