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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 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Dreamy Vintage Victorian on Storybook Maine Island Near Acadia
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 16 reviews
Farmingdale, Maine


  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week with my parents, my husband and I, and our three children (9, 6, & 3) and LOVED IT! The house was comfortable, clean and cozy. It was very kid friendly, as was the entire island; the house is right across the street from the school and it's great playground. The house had everything you could possibly need, more so than any other house I've ever rented. The communication with Jo and then Melissa while on the island was great and frequent.

We'd highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed the house -- I like it to be beautiful and comfortable, and welcoming to guests of all ages. I hope you have many wonderful memories of the island and of a special week for your extended family. Thank you for making The Sea Glass House part of your vacation.
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Colorful, Comfortable, Central

  • 5 of 5

The Sea Glass House was indeed a "storybook" home; it was filled with color and light and stories, both from the rooms stocked with books of every kind to the historical narratives associated with the house. It was a fascinating place to spend a week and was right in the center of the island. We loved sitting on the beautiful porch and listening to the conversations across the street at the Post Office and the children riding their bikes down the street. It was an easy walk to the dock or really to anywhere on the island. When we wanted to hike in Acadia, it was easy to catch the mail boat over to NE Harbor, but we were generally content to stay put on LCI and enjoy the Sea Glass House. It had very comfortable beds and everything you could possibly need for cooking. We would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A visit to The Sea Glass House turns guests into honorary islanders for a week, offering the experience of life on one of Maine's few 'living' islands (ie, a year-round island community). I am so glad you enjoyed the island and the house, and the history that the house holds for the island. Enjoy your memories of Little Cranberry. I look forward to your next visit.
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A Glorious Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, along with another couple, spent a wonderful week at the Sea Glass House on Little Cranberry Island. The island. ., part artists' colony, part fishermen's enclave, offers a panoramic view of Acadia National Park. Sea Glass House, a short walk from the ferry dock, is a magnificent old home with a beautifully manicured lawn, a front porch and a back veranda. The house is tastefully decorated with lots of quirky knick-knacks, a fully-equipped kitchen and a cozy library. You could not ask for more.

Sam W., New York City

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the island, the house and the lawn -- which we are preparing to make even more magnificent this year! Thanks again for making The Sea Glass House part of your vacation.
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Magical, beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful and lovingly maintained home! cozy and full of charm. We have stayed here with just our own family, with guests from France, and with extended family, and it has been perfect for every set up. Lovely amenities and friendly touches everywhere. Great big kitchen for cooking and shared meals, lovely formal dining room, wraparound porch for grilling or for just curling up with a book. Steps away from beaches, walking in the woods, buying seaglass jewelry or visiting an art gallery. And you'll never have such a quiet perfect sleep as here....!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the poem says, "Once you've slept on an island, you'll never be quite the same." I'm very glad you enjoyed the house, the island and perfect sleep. It was a pleasure to have you and yours as guests and the house awaits your return.
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House was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful! It was a great family vacation and we already miss Maine and the house! I can't think of anything that could have made it better. Out two daughters, age 3 and 6, keep saying that can't wait to go back! The super house was clean and each room had its own charm. We enjoyed cooking in the nice kitchen, grilling on the beautiful porch, and reading in the downstairs reading room. We could not have asked for a better vacation home!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing to make The Sea Glass House part of your family vacation on Little Cranberry Island. It will be a pleasure to welcome your family back again. Wishing you sunny days, uncrowded beaches and lots of sea glass and other treasures!
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Another review from the Johnson Family

  • 5 of 5

This review was written by my daughter, Erin Thomas...

This was an amazing experience. The house was gorgeous, love and attention spent on every little detail. The ocean was a short walk in any direction. The islanders were like family by the end of the week and Ashley Bryan is a true treasure! We were so well rested after our stay, filled with the peace that comes with spending time outside in nature and surrounded by beauty.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Islesford Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Jun 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
card $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

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