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Custom Built Waterfront Home, WiFi, Plasma TV, iPad, Apple TV

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 baths, screened porch, deck, private tidal cove

New custom-built house on 2+ acres in private, waterfront setting. Three bedrooms; two with queen beds, one with twins. Fully equipped kitchen with KitchenAid stainless appliances and lots of counter space for the cook in the family. Home offers two dining areas: an indoor area and a screened porch. The forest setting is quiet and serene. The tidal shorefront provides views of the cove and the open ocean. A 40 ft deck on the back of the house overlooks the water and offers a private perch for sun bathing, reading, grilling, clambakes and cocktails. Full size laundry in basement.

Kayaking begins right from the property's edge (Please bring your own boats). The island offers golf, tennis, many hiking trails and gorgeous sunsets. Haystack Mountain is a renowned art school on the island. Deer Isle/Stonington has a thriving network of artists and galleries. It's a short ferry boat trip to Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, which itself is about 90 minutes drive.

Your Host Family: Though Eaton is the most common name on the island this Eaton family hales originally from Winchester, Massachussetts. Paul and Betsy Eaton discovered, and fell in love with, Deer Isle, in 1993. Over several years they purchased two houses and the land where Tides End is now.

The Tides End lot was purchased in 2003. Construction began in 2005 and was a therapeutic labor-of-love for Paul. Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer he was determined to build the house himself. Paul worked on Tides End until the last weeks of his life. The house was completed in November of 2007. Paul died in December, 2007 satisfied that his last project was complete.

Paul’s love of Maine’s rocky coast was boundless. There are few mid-coast hiking and skiing trails he didn’t enjoy over the last 30 years. When not on land Paul was on the water where he was an avid kayaker. Guests of the Eaton’s enjoyed requisite kayak tours from Paul. He often said that he was happiest while on the ocean with his family and friends.

Today, Tides End is kept open to guests from all over, by the efforts of Betsy Eaton, Barry Eaton (son), and Jeannette Eaton (daughter).

Thanks, Dad...

More Details

Barry Eaton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2017


Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
2.7 Miles
Whales Rib Tavern
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Island Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lily's Cafe
Car: necessary

Stonington, Deer Isle, Acadia, Maine

Other Activities: Kayaking - no boats provided

Golf: The Island Country Club is 2.8 miles from Tides End. Clay tennis courts compliment a family friendly 9-hole course.


South Deer Isle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Doubles
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • tennis
Additions for 2011 Include - Complimentary iPad: Tides End will provide guests with an Apple iPad for general interactive entertainment, but especially to connect our guests to their respective newspapers. Newspaper delivery on the island occurs late in the day. The iPad will enable our guests to read their favorite papers with their morning coffee on a Tides End deck or at one of the local breakfast spots. Additions for 2010 Include - New Living Room Furniture - Waterfront deck area and 6 Adirondack Chairs - Apple TV


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Custom Built Waterfront Home, WiFi, Plasma TV, iPad, Apple TV
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

The Best!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time - your home away from home was perfect. Housekeeping had the house spotless! This is a great location. We brought kayaks to paddle in the tidal cove, enjoyed the decks, screen porch and lobster delivered to our door by the neighbor. Check out the local food co-op for groceries. We saw fox, deer, eagles and a heron right there. Many hiking trails nearby, especially to Barren island at low tide. Our family with 2 teenage boys had a great vacation. The owners were great to work with. Definitely would recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last summer, and I am looking for our next vacation house for this summer, I was reminded to write the review (sorry, Barry!). We had a great experience with this rental and highly recommend the house and the location to really get away from everything. We'd been to Maine before, but never to Deer Isle, and it was everything we hoped for. We could see people and restaurants when we wanted, but also hide away in this beautiful house when we didn't. :)

Barry was great to work with and answered (way too many) questions from me ahead of time. The house was very comfortable, with amenities for the kids and the adults. The kitchen was also nicely stocked, which is important to us in rentals because we cook a lot. The views were amazing, with incredible tides.

If you go, don't miss Nervous Nellie's Jams & Jellies (one of our favorite stops on the trip), and we hope you have better luck crabbing off the back "deck" than we did. Something ate our hotdog, but we never figured out what it was!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quality & Location

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent two weeks in this delightful location June 2011. The property is architecturally very well done, and the construction, finishes and furnishing are all top notch. This is a high quality place! We enjoyed being in the middle of Deer Isle, away from the traffic near the town centers but no more than 15 mins from anything we wanted to do.

Our young kids really enjoyed the cottage and had a great time roaming the property. The private dock is a great way to end a day as a family, roasting marshmallows or just enjoying the sunset.

This is my fifth trip to the Deer Isle area and I highly recommend this property. The Eaton family has created something very special here.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hockessin, DE

Tides End is enjoying Maine as it was meant to be!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 delightful weeks at Tides End from July 24-Aug 14, 2010.The cottage is centrally located on Deer Isle off of Rt 15 about half way between Stonington & Deer Isle Village. The house is located on a seclude wooded lot overlooking a tidal cove. The home is very comfortably furnished & is equipped with a flat screen satelite TV & high speed internet. The kitchen is spacious with modern appliances and all the amenities one could want with the exception of an automatic ice maker. There is seating for 6 in the inside dining area as well as on the screened porch. A deck, running the length of the house, overlooks the water and is perfect for happy hour celebrations or relaxing with a book. A 2nd waterfront deck along the water provides beautiful views of the inlet. There is a gas grill on the deck & a propane lobster/clam steamer on the patio below the deck. Picking out your own lobsters on the dock at the Co-op in Stonington and steaming them at the cottage is an awesome dining experience!

There are 5 good resaurants within a 15 minute drive. While there are 2 small grocery stores nearby, the closest super market is in Blue Hill, about 30 minutes away. Deer Isle is about 1-1/2 hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor and the main part of Acadia National Park. It is a picturesque area with lots of arts and crafts studios & home to the acclaimed Haystack Mt. School of Arts & Crafts. Fun things to do on Deer Isle and the nearby Blue Hill peninsula include Monday night steel band concerts, Old Opera House productions at the old quarry, hiking on Isle au Haut, sail boat charters, scenic boat tours, Friday morning farmers' market, eating lobster rolls at Bagaduce Lunch in N. Brookfield (2008 James Beard winner), and, of course, beach combing Deer Isle's many coves and causeways.

It was the perfect get-away for us along with friends from California & Delaware. A stay at Tides End is enjoying Maine as it was meant to be!


Hockessin, DE

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Somerville, MA

Wonderful Place to Visit and Brand New

  • 5 of 5

Our group stayed here for a week early June of 2010. Very nice cottage, everything was brand new and plenty of modern amenities. The view from the dock was quite beautiful. Best cottage we've visited and we'll definately come again. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Yorktown Heights, NY

Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

My husband, two children and I had the most wonderful time at this lovely island retreat. We highly recommend it to all visiting the Deer Isle/Stonington area.

This home is immaculate - new construction, very private property, great kitchen and dining area with high-end stainless steel appliances, large bedrooms with water views, large deck and screened-in porch overlooking the water and full-sized laundry.

We enjoyed the friendly town, beaches, hiking areas and access to the water right on the property. It was great being able to watch our children play in the water right from the deck.

Additionally, we cooked fresh lobster, crab, clams and fish (the local catch is amazing!) almost every day and ate either right at the water or on the screened-in porch.

This was one of our most relaxing, family fun vacations. We have already booked for 2010!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $120
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 7.0%