|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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New home built in Japanese style on secluded and dramatic 5 acre, wooded, oceanfront property. The property is bordered on the opposite side by Long Pond (see photo) a pristine 1.5 mile long freshwater lake, excellent for swimming and canoeing. A 15 minute walk takes you to the entrance of Acadia National Park and it's well maintained system of both shoreline and forest hiking trails.
The house is fully equipped with new, excellent quality, kitchen appliances--a cook's dream! And central heating. Come to Sheep Thief Gulch and truly get away from all but you what you really want.
Because of risks associated with the rugged ocean coast-line, this property is not suitable for children under 12.
Sheep Thief Gulch: Our house at Sheep Thief Gulch is a 5 mile drive from the town and mailboat landing on Isle Au Haut. You can hear the stars twinkle out here. Our property faces the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Long Pond on the other. Swimmers have their choice between 60 degree sea water (brrr) or the fresh water pond with far more tolerable conditions. The owners do both, but the ocean with wetsuits.
There are 2 houses on the property built in Japanese style; the 'girl's house', a separate 'guest' house with two bedrooms and a bath and the larger 'aquarium' with the master bedroom, a study, a mud room and a 40' x 20' great room with kitchen, dining and lounging area with floor to ceiling glass on both sides offering spectacular views of the sea, birdlife, changing weather and night sky.
Walkers and hikers enjoy coastal and forest trails in Acadia National Park. The Ranger Station has trail maps. The house comes with three mountain bikes and others are available for rent from the mailboat company.
Island Life: Sheep Thief Gulch is very private and secluded, separated from the road by a dense forest, but Long Pond (a 5 minute walk on a path through the woods) is a magnet in fair weather, where, in the afternoon there's a bunch of kids and some adults swimming and sun bathing on the beach or on the sun warmed asphalt road. Other opportunities to socialize include church on Sunday, the very well provisioned Isle Au Haut Store, the excellent library in the town hall with wifi service, the cyber/cafe Black Dinah Chocolatiers, The town sponsors other social events at the town hall including a talent show most years in August. ALL ARE WELCOME. There is one FINE 'not to be missed' dining out option at the Keeper's House on Isle Au Haut, however Inn guests have priority, so reservations are iffy. Fresh caught lobsters, arguably the best anywhere, are available from local fishermen requiring usually a days notice. Other fresh and frozen fish can be gotten at the Island Store or by order from a Stonington fresh fish market. They send it out on the mailboat.
Activities: All in all, Sheep Thief Gulch is a fine place to slow down, catch up on your reading, painting, photography or correspondence, summon the muse, pamper yourself with good food and drink, get in better shape (waking, running, canoeing, biking or swimming), break the connection with the internet, though wifi service is on for the addicted. By the way, there is also a land-line. To top it all off, you will meet some exceptional people there, both year round and summer residents, which I think is one of the main reasons people keep coming back.
Our houses at Sheep Thief Gulch were designed by award winning architect Evans Woollen and custom built in 2007 by Ellard Taylor, an Isle Au Haut builder.
Grady Watts purchased this house in 2007
After years of renting on IAH, we committed to building our own place when we bought our oceanfront property in 2005. Two years later, we moved in. We finally got our vegetable garden going in 2011 and it's going strong. We usually plant in early May, risking a late frost, but ensuring that we will have tomatoes and other VEG in August. There are always herbs (chives, garlic chives, sage, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, chervil, basil), and salad greens in July for our renters.
The ocean view is breathtaking! A large colony of sea gulls gathers on a nearby granite point and a variety of water fowl (loons, eiders, guillemots, northern gannets, great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, crows and ravens) feed close to shore. The house is equipped with a spotting scope. On the land side of the house, a variety of song birds are attracted to the birdfeeder, including the occasional raptor.
FIshing for brook trout, either wading along the lakeshore or from our canoe, is often productive. The best time is early morning before the swimmers gather at the beech.
We have stayed in the summer and winter months. Every comfort of home, and extremely well equipped kitchen, plus tasteful furnishing and view of the ocean from all the bedrooms and the spacious kitchen/dining/living area. Canoe available for use on the pond (not in winter), close to all the great hikes. Wonderful hosts with attentive caretaker.
We chose Gerardine and Grady's place at Sheep Thief Gulch based on the photographs and description they'd posted. We were immediately drawn to the ocean view on the east side of the house, seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows that run most of its length, and the beautiful kitchen. We loved our days on IaH: we spent hours on the house’s seaside deck, enjoying the coastal breeze, noting the busy comings and goings of songbirds, and watching the subtle changes of light on the water and clouds unfold over the course of the day and into the evening. If you hope to slow down and re-center yourself during your vacation, this is the place for you. Time feels qualitatively different on the island—two days into our stay we were reckoning it by the comings and goings of the tide. Other amenities rounded out the pleasures of staying in this very special place. The house is a five-minute walk from crystal-clear Long Pond, which offers freshwater swimming out to a small float, or wading from a beach. The house is close to the many trails that will lead you into the National Park—they'll take you through the serenity of mossy forests, to the shore, and back again. Couple these atmospherics with an unbelievably well-equipped and thoughtfully laid out cook's kitchen (6-burner Wolf stove and any appliance, pot, or utensil you might desire; Aerolatte frother for your morning latte, anyone?), and you have everything you need to tend to yourself, body and soul. A couple of us in our group, serious cooks (and the rest, serious eaters) spent goodly amounts of time cooking in the open kitchen, chatting with our friends while looking out at the ocean. (The on-site veggie garden yielded up fresh herbs and fresh lettuces, and we loved composting the remains of our delicious meals.) Be sure to make time to get into town to get to know some of the people. You'll have a window on a community where everyone trusts and depends on each other—including summer residents and renters—much more than you depend on your neighbors back home. If you leave the place on Sheep Thief Gulch without feeling entirely composed and relaxed, you are unquestionably beyond all hope.
We had a wonderful time, watching the sea, eagles and a peaceful island life...in this well maintained villa..
We had a wonderful time, watching the sea, eagles and a peaceful island life...
Our family of 6 (4 adults and 2 children) chose this house for an off-season Maine Island vacation. We were not disapointed. The Great Room in the main house was a gorgeous space for us all to be together -- to cook, to read and to relax.
The house is well-positioned for hikes in Acadia National Park at the southern end of Isle au Haut. These are the best hikes, so for us it worked out a lot better than if we'd stayed at the northern end. Don't miss Duck Mountain Trail!
In the off-season, there are essentially no amenities on the island. That's what we wanted, as we were also felt like we were the only people on the island. The IAH Store was incredibly helpful in arranging for all the food we needed to be pre-purchased and delivered to the house just before we arrived.
The owner has a truck for a modest rental that we found useful and that we'd recommend, but most everything we did was within walking distance.
I wanted a place to relax and write; my friends to hike, swim in the ocean and lake, and reconnect with their artistic talents. And for a week in this immaculately kept property, we were immersed in luxury. Bring your imagination and your cooking skills (we made bread and soup) as the island is short on commercial establishments. But this is the pinnacle of Maine island quiet and friendly atmosphere for those who want to relax.
Isle Au Haut is a 6 mile, 45 minute ferry ride from Stonington, itself on Deer Island which is linked by a bridge to the mainland. It is on the eastern most extreme of Penobscot Bay, a kind of alphabet soup of spruce covered islands and lobster bouys. While there are cars on Isle Au Haut, the daily ferry is for passengers, pets and freight only.
More than half of Isle Au Haut is owned by the National Park Service and is a part of Acadia National Park. It contains an intricate system of well maintained hiking trails threading through the woodland and along the coast. In general, the level of difficulty is moderate, though Duck Harbor Mountain trail involves some scrambling up rocky slopes, but nothing most reasonably fit folks of all ages can't manage.
The world's best lobster can be acquired directly from local fisherman with a days notice. The house comes equipped with an outdoor propane lobster cooker and huge pot.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|PIckup Truck Rental||$250 + Tax|
Our pick-up is rentable for $250/wk plus gas. Users must be licensed and insured drivers. No teen drivers please and no driving lessons. Truck is for 'on-road' use only and is not to be used on Acadia Nat'l Park roads. There are no car repair facilities on IaH so please use the truck with care. Please refill gas before departure.