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7 BR Lightkeeper's House on Pristine Island in Penobscot Bay

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms + Library, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

Whitehead Light Station is the definition of a unique and wonderful vacation accommodation or retreat center. Perfect for retreats or educational getaways. On 11 acres of the 90 acre Whitehead Island, the recently restored Light Station housed the families who tended the lighthouse before it was automated in 1982. Whitehead Light Station is remote but comfortable with a private bath in each of 7 bedrooms, electricity, new modern fully-equipped kitchen (with a 6-burner, 2-oven, griddle-equipped Garland stove), and comfortable common areas, including 2 sitting rooms, a dining room, and a library. No TVs, internet, or telephones--just splendid isolation. Included in the cost is the service of a boat in which the captain can take groups on trips to explore neighboring islands and provide access to the attractions of the mainland (20 minutes by car from Rockland and 45 minutes from Camden). 1 mile off shore.

Guests set their own schedule and have the run of the 11-acre site, which includes wonderful spruce woods and a spectacular granite shoreline. There's plenty of boats sailing by, bald eagles, ospreys, and seals to watch. Lobsters purchased from local lobstermen have been cooked on the rocks for years (they taste better that way). You can even go swimming off the floating dock (only for the hardy). There is no better place to curl up with a book, relax and unplug.

Additional services can be accommodated by request including a private chef, yoga classes, massage therapist, etc.

A working lighthouse has been on this site since Thomas Jefferson authorized the first one in 1803. The current light tower is still an operating aid to navigation. And now, the fully renovated Light Station is the perfect place for a vacation, retreat, or reunion with plenty of room for up to 14 people.

Keywords: Light House, ocean front, sunset, sunrise, maine, lobster

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About The Owner

Whitehead Light Station is owned by Pine Island Camp, a not-for-profit Maine boys camp founded in 1902. The Camp is located inland in Belgrade, Maine.

The Owner purchased this house in 1996

Why The Owner chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

Pine Island Camp acquired Whitehead Light Station in 1996, through the Maine Lights Program, which helped the Coast Guard shed property it no longer needed. It was a perfect match, as generations of campers had made trips to another part of Whitehead Island for more than 50 years.

What makes this house unique

There is nothing that can compare with time spent on an island in the ocean. And Whitehead is a very special island at the western edge of Penobscot Bay, a favored sailing area of the east coast. The Light Station provides civilized comfort in the splendid isolation of a rocky island in the Atlantic.


Spruce Head House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
  • Each bedroom has bath
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Three rooms have one king convertible to two twin & shower two rooms have two double/full beds & bath with shower; two rooms have one full bed & tub/shower All rooms have full bath.
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
Transportation to and from the island is in a captained motorboat. The captain lives on the island to help you enjoy your stay and will be available to take small groups on outings in the boats and on trips to the mainland as you require. Access to the boat is via new dock, ramp, and float.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

7 BR Lightkeeper's House on Pristine Island in Penobscot Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
McKinney, Texas

Nothing Else Like It

  • 5 of 5

I take retreat groups to New England every fall, and we just returned from a week at Whitehead. It was amazing! I can't say enough about the beauty of the island. It was perfect for time along walking through the woods or along the shore; the Whistlehouse was made available for when we wanted to gather together at times for discussion. In fact, when the weather didn't allow us to eat our steamed lobster -- done on the rocks out back -- outside, Gigi transformed the Whistlehouse into a perfect picnic setting.

Gigi is the manager and cook -- and she is outstanding as both. Her meals were beautiful and delicious -- and Gigi went out of her way to meet the dietary needs of several of my ladies with allergies, etc. She didn't just make sure they had something they could eat; she went out of her way to fix special desserts, entrees, salads -- whatever was needed. We could not have asked for better or more beautiful food -- and plenty of it!

Matt was a wonderful captain and guide. We loved his storytelling ability, and his knowledge of the history of the island made it even more special. He took the ladies clam digging, on a sunset cruise, and worked with us to get our two boat loads where they needed to be in a timely way. He was super to accommodate all of our needs -- at the same time making sure we were safe when traveling in the boat. He was great. Gigi and Matt's love for the island comes through.

The seven rooms and seven bath rooms was great for our group -- and it was greatly appreciated. The only drawback for a group our size was there wasn't a really good-sized meeting room in the house -- but I appreciated that in the sense that the Lighthouse had been kept like the house would have originally been - with smaller rooms. We made do -- and Gigi was great about letting us move chairs, etc. around to make it all work.

I am already trying to think of a class I could bring to the island, for I so want to return. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in the Lighthouse, the facilities, or the caretakers. Top notch in all ways!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memorable and Exceptional Stay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Whitehead island was incredible and memorable from every perspective- views, excursions both land and sea, food and stay. Gigi and Matt are excellent and knowledgeable organizers and hosts!

We were 14 people including 2 kids and very cosmopolitan group (French, Peruvian, Saudi, Chinese, Indian, Spanish and American).

Meals: Because of multi-ethnicity, Group decided to have cuisine from different countries and hence prepared our meals in a well organized and equipped kitchen. Matt was incredible in helping us find things, lobster-cooking, grilling hot dogs! Lasagna (both veggie and non veggie), fish, lobseter, Middle eastern falafel, Preruvaian ceviche, spanish tortilla de patatas, smoothies, tuna head.. it was fun fun meal!

Excursions: On mainland - Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Mount Battie- gorgeous views.. we happened to be in camden on Winderjaimer (boat) festival. On sea- we went to see seals, other light houses.

On island - Matt gave us 2 hour of walking tour of island -- one can choose forest route or thru rocks. It was breathtaking and relaxing. One night, some of us jumped in the water in the night to have an experience of bioluminous where algae will glow. Some of us jumped in day time also from dock! One more thing -- This is the best place to see galaxy (milky way) in night.

Overall, this is a perfect vacation getaway for everybody!! we will come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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commerce, MI USA

Beyond Our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

I have always wanted to share the beauty and magic of my birth state with my friends from afar. We searched long and hard for the most idllic accommodations and decided on this island get away with 3 other families. Every expectation was exceeded. Gigi and Matt were the most gracious hosts. Adventures included clam digging, harvesting mussels, lobster bake on the rocks, scenic boat excursions & fairy house construction along an enchanted moss covered trail. Gigi had exceptional patience with the children who wanted to help her in the kitchen at every moment. They published the daily menu, set the table, baked cookies and made pizza together. The food she prepared for us was delicious & healthy. We highly recommend this vacation destination. It was an amazing week.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bountiful, Utah

An excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a week long family reunion here in June 2013, and we absolutely loved it! The beauty of the island and surroundings are unsurpassed, the excellent attention to detail of the staff is awesome, and the cook's food was amazing. The skipper was incredibly knowledgable and could answer our every question, and gave awesome boat tours. We had all ages in our group, from toddlers to retired adults, and all enjoyed themselves. The photos show the beauty of the keepers house, but they just don't do justice to the entire island and surroundings. We took some time off the island, and loved the city of Camden. We rented Vespa scooters and had a blast exploring the quaint and beautiful costal villages. We fished, kayaked, hiked, lobster-baked, relaxed and enjoyed! Thanks for a fantastic stay, Gigi and Matt!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Bountiful, Utah, USA

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful location. Accomodations were excellent for our large and diverse group of 38. The meals were healthy and delicious. Gigi was accomodating and a wonderful cook. For our wide range of ages (18 mos - 80 years) there was something for everyone. Family members enjoyed shopping trips to Camden/museums and especially liked renting scooters to explore the village. Some visited Acadia, but said the views and activities on the island were just as beautiful and interesting as the national park.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique Family Getaway on Scenic Island in Maine

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a family reunion. The island itself was enchanting. We approached the keepers house by a short boat ride and then a brief walk through a forest (don't worry--our suitcases were transported for us). The approach to the island made us feel as if we were on a secret getaway. The rooms were comfortable and clean. All linens are white and each room had an attached full bath. Our family hired a chef for the week, which was the best idea ever--the cuisine was delicious, varied, healthy, and best of all, we were able to spend time with family members instead of preparing/cleaning up after a big crew. The island is surrounded by large white granite boulders, which provide such a beautiful view of the ocean, and the kids loved climbing on them as well. We also enjoyed kayaking and watching ships sail in and out of the bay past the lighthouse. On one of the nights, we roasted lobsters on the rocks, and enjoyed the sunset. We visited several small towns on the mainland and a highlight was renting scooters in Camden. Whitehead Lighthouse Station is the perfect place to go to get away from busy city life and reconnect with family members. I definitely recommend this place for its ambience, charm, and unique setting.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Samoset Golf Club

Exploring the rocky shore, walking in the spruce woods, taking onshore trips to Thomaston, Rockland, and Camden; enjoying the serenity and beauty of an offshore island.


Rates & Availability

Spruce Head House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

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7 day 6 night week is $6900

other terms:
5 day 4 night rental 4800
6 day 5 night rental 5600
7 day 6 night rental 6900
8 day 7 night rental 8100
Peak season 9 night 10 day rental would be $11,500

50% due with booking and rental contract. Remainder due 60 days prior to rental date.


4 day 3 night rental 3650
5 day 4 night rental 4800
6 day 5 night rental 5600
7 day 6 night “week” rental 6900
8 day 7 night week rental 8100
9 night 10 day rental would be $11,500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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