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Dreamy Vintage Victorian on Storybook Maine Island Near Acadia

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 airy bedrooms plus guestroom; 2 full baths; wraparound porch, sleeps 6 adu

Make The Sea Glass House, a vintage 1892 Victorian house full of stained glass windows and sea breezes, your base for exploring Mt. Desert, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. The house is an easy drive from metropolitan Boston or New York or a quick flight (to Bangor or Bar Harbor) from either. You'll be an 'honorary islander' on Little Cranberry Island, a small (1x1.5 sq miles) lobstering village, 20 minutes off the coast of Mt. Desert -- you arrive via Mailboat. (Which runs 6xdaily in the summer; a parking space for your car in Northeast Harbor is included in the rental fee.) The island was listed among 'The Best Secret Islands on Earth' by Travel & Leisure magazine and has been lauded by Martha Stewart (, Rockefellers and generations of artists, writers and vacationers. Explore Acadia or stay on-island and enjoy island life: hike, bike, sail, paint, beachcomb, dream and doze, visit the museum, galleries, farmstand and lobster co-op. Lobster at your doorstep! The house was built by the island's merchant family and is embellished with original woodwork and other architectural treats that reveal the island's history. It's of course outfitted with 21st-century comforts, including WiFi, comfy beds and luxe linens and a cook's kitchen. A well-stocked library and puzzles and games help fill evenings and rainy days. Beaches and fantastic views are 5-10 minutes in any direction. Family friendly, or use the house as a romantic retreat.

More on Little Cranberry and the house: See my Web site for more photos and information on LIttle Cranberry Island and Acadia/Mt. Desert:

Once you've slept on an island ...: The beauty and calm of Islesford/Little Cranberry will stay with you for a long while. Amenities on the island include:

# A fine little library (wireless access, a good collection of modern literature and childrens' books as well as videos/DVD)

# A much-lauded restaurant, The Dock, which attracts visitors from the region (including some named Rockefeller)

# An artists' gallery, gallery of sea glass creations and a potter's studio and store

# A gift store, Winter's Work

# A post office and school (with playground)

# The Neighborhood House, host to movie nights, readings and other social gatherings

# Two churches

# Boatworks, a not-for-profit that runs summer boat-building classes for children

# Several glorious organic gardens whose owners sell their produce to lucky visitors

# A yacht club (in name only) that offers lessons for adults and children

# Joy of Kayaking, kayak rental and tour suggestions

# Access to daily grocery delivery

What to do on an island?: -- The wonders of Acadia National Park are 20 minutes away, on Mt. Desert Island. Take an early mailboat and spend the day hiking or biking or horseback riding, or just drive up Cadillac Mountain, take in the view, and then have popovers and lemonade at Jordan Pond House.

-- Numerous small museums and galleries dot Mt. Desert, as do various gardens open to visitors.

-- If you must, go to Bar Harbor and buy fudge and t-shirts. You'll be delighted that you can take the 6 pm boat back to the idyllic Islesford.

-- If antiques and/or rummage sales are your thing, there's plenty of opportunity on Mt. Desert and on the mainland.

-- Spend the day kayaking around Little Cranberry or kayak over to Great Cranberry for lunch. (Rent kayaks at Joy of Kayaking -- Joy is the post mistress on the island.)

-- Walk around the island, collecting rocks and shells and amazing views along the way. Don't forget a snack.

-- Walk out to Bakers Island on the sandbar.

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, russian, czech
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to let you know that we are having an AWESOME time here on the island.

It's so relaxing and perfect. I want to thank you for letting us rent this house. We love it.

(from e-mail to owner)
Aug 2010
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Islesford Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 bathroom upstairs, one downstairs, adjoining the library/guest room. Both have windows and are fully equipped with linens etc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , large room with a sofa for reading
    Library/guest room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , single daybed opens into a king, attached bathroom, 1st fl
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Large room with desk and reading lounge chair
  • 4 bedrooms on 2nd floor all share a family-size bathroom: 2 large master bedrooms each have 4 stained glass windows; 1 master has its own couch/reading nook; both have desks. 1 room with a double and a single bed is perfect to share, for adults or children (2 stained-glass windows). The single 'captain's room' has a built-in adult-size bed. The first-floor library with attached bathroom can double as a guest room, with a daybed that opens into a king All bedrooms include linens, a feather bed, down comforter, wool blanket, cotton blanket and an electric blanket. All rooms have bedside reading lamps.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Dreamy Vintage Victorian on Storybook Maine Island Near Acadia
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful place...

  • 5 of 5

Simply put... A wonderful stay. The house was spotless and has everything you would ever need. Both Josephine and Mellisa were great hosts. We're hoping to return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the house and island. It's a special place, and one that I hope you will re-visit often. You are always welcome.
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A quiet, idyllic setting for a family looking to escape it all!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful getaway! The charming house and its idyllic location was absolutely perfect for our family. It was clean, well stocked, and filled with historic books and photographs of island life. We spent our days soaking up the quiet, meeting the warm islanders, gathering treasures, exploring the coast, riding bikes, and reading. It was a perfect way to close out Summer 2017!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to experience the pleasures of island life. The house and island are perfect for family retreats. You and your family are welcome back any time.
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A relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

When we first arrived in Maine, I worried that this wonderful house on Little Cranberry was too far from the mainland, but after being there a day we didn't want to leave. We spent the majority of our time "on island" enjoying the wonderful house and community. We have two children under 4 and this was a great place for them to play and explore. There were books, toys, a pack and play, and even a high chair. The beach, restaurant, library, and school park were all a short distance away. If you want a unique experience that will give you time to relax and recharge, you can't go wrong with this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful place on an amazing island!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time at this home and we truly enjoyed it. The house is clean, spacious, and up to date. The rooms are so unique and the stain glass windows are beautiful. We love having the playground so close by for our kids and everything is a short walk away. Sitting on the porch every day is great! Everyone on the island is so friendly. Thanks again for a lovely time.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for making The Sea Glass House part of your vacation for a second time. I'm delighted that you enjoyed all the house has to offer (including the stained glass and the wrap-around porch) and the many pleasures of island life (including the friendly community and nearby playground). Thank you for being 'honorary islanders,' and I look forward to your next visit.
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Sea Glass Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed this stay very much, from exploring the island to relaxing on the front porch couch. My children also enjoyed the boat trips coming and going. The boat captain gave us some great advice about where to go hiking. Melissa and her family was also very friendly and kind, took great care of our needs on the island. Thank you for a great Maine experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your family discovered the pleasures of the island and of the front porch 'napping couch' - it's one of our favorite spots on the porch, too. THanks for making The Sea Glass House part of your vacation. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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What a memorable place for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I think we found a hidden gem with this home. The location was so much fun. It caused one to slow down and just want to experience the island life and beaches. My kids (7, 5, 2) and husband came home with many treasures from their walks on the beaches. The kids had a fun time at the playground and with the local kids playing a nightly game of manhunt. They slept well after all the fresh air and exploring! The house was also equipped to keep kids busy and adults busy on rainy days (toys, puzzles, books). We did spend one day off the island exploring Acadia. But, make sure to tell the mailboat you are renting for a week to get a better rate on tickets. :) Melissa was a great host on the island and everyone we met there was so friendly and helpful. Make sure you stop in and see the sea glass art bu Ashley Bryan at the church. It was so beautiful.

My only downside was I had to deal with my allergies (they may have been because of an old house, animals, and/or seasonal). I didn't let that stop me from enjoying the vacation though and I would totally recommend this home to anyone. (But if you deal with allergies just make sure to pack your medicine.)

I hope to be back someday.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear that you and your family were truly 'Islanders' during your stay, experiencing all the pleasures of the island and house. Thanks for the great reminder that the 10-ride mailboat ticket is the way to go for families and groups (as mentioned in the house and transport info)! The house is surrounded by lawns, trees and flowers (lupine, roses, peonies, iris) and this has been a 'pollen-rich' season, which may have ignited your allergies. The house has a no-pets rule and is scrubbed regularly against mildew, dust and other allergens to keep our allergies at bay -- and those of our guests. A local pharmacy (info in the house and on the site) will deliver OTC meds via the mailboat. Sounds as if your allergies didn't interfere with your enjoyment of the house or island, though. Thanks so much for making The Sea Glass House part of your vacation, and your family's memories.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
on the dock
Nearest Ferry
0.05 Miles
at the bottom of the hill
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
on the dock
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
little cranberry island -the whole island
Car: not necessary

Little Cranberry Island is 20 minutes off the coast of Mt. Desert, with splendid views of Acadia National Park. Kayak, sail, hike and lounge on the island or explore Acadia, returning to this year-round lobstering village and summer arts colony. Frequent access via mailboat or ferry from Northeast and Southwest harbors; no cars needed on the island.

Other Activities: kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $350

Please enquire for winter or longer term rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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