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Robert Wheeler

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Quiet country home setting

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Downeast and Acadia House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 6 people

Relax and enjoy your stay at Sandy River Beach. Enjoy the ever changing sunrises and colorful sunsets in this laid back non commercial real life fishing village. Enjoy bird watching right from your own deck or hike the beach or try the many trails that abound the area. Many day trips include several lighthouses in the area as well as FDR's Campebello summer home. Local 'catch of the day' seafood can be purchased at the seafood co-op about 3 miles from the rent as well as lots of great local produce at the local farmers markets. Acadia National Park is a great day trip as well as Raye's Mustard Mill in Eastport--the last true working stone ground mustard mill in the United States that is still in use. Also very close by is the Bartlett Maine Estate Winery...the first in Maine. All in all a very relaxing place to spend your vacation but not so far out of the way. A great way to end your day is with a glass of wine on the porch swing and wondering who is running the rest of the world.

Check in/out times: Our check in time is 2:00PM and check out time is 10:00 AM.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robert Wheeler (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english


based on 6 traveler reviews

Quiet country home setting
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

What a Treasure!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks here. The house is large & sparkly clean. The view is INCREDIBLE. I spent many afternoons sitting on the porch swing watching the sea, hearing the waves, and seeing an eagle that has a nest on the island across from the house. Truly magical! The owner, Harlan, was so incredibly warm, friendly & helpful! He told us the best places to eat (he was right!), hike (what a day that was!) and he also arranged for a lobster boat trip for my family (with the fog gently rolling in on the bay!). We haven't had this special of a vacation in a long time. Thank you, Harlan!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We found this home to be clean, comfortable and cozy (we had some cool nights!). Everything was as described on the website. Harlan was helpful and friendly, but respected our privacy. We would stay there again, and recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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the best vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

This was the best vacation rental i have ever had. i have traveled the world for telivision staying at all the great hotels, but the friendleeness and welcoming atmosphire of this house and the owner and family was fantastic. everything from lobster dinners, to "lobster men" statues were a joy. The view is unparralled. One ot the best in the world. I would set on the porch every morning and drink my coffee in compleet bliss. I wish i was there right now. Jones Port is Maine as it once was. I went lobstering for the first time and tryed to buy the Moose Peak Light House on Mistake island but i was outbid. i love the guys and the place. You will fall in love with it if you go.

George Whipple NY1 TV News

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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It doesn't get any better...

  • 5 of 5

This summer (2012) Harlan Samualson helped provide housing for our hiking trail crew working on Great Wass Island. The crew was composed of six recent college graduates working their first job. And for all but one individual, it was their first time visiting Maine. It would have been easy for Harlan to dismiss the kids over concern for possible problems; however, he generously opened his home and extended to great lengths (including a huge lobster feed!!). The crew expressed that they felt safe and comfortable in the rental. They were able to shower and clean, do laundry, maintain field equipment, and most importantly relax. When they had questions, Harlan was nearby to assist and also was willing to share a joke. All in all, renting here proved to be the perfect scenario for our summer work agenda, and the crew had a Downeast experience that was beyond what they could have imagined. Thank you Harlan and Bob for making this happen! We are in your debt.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

For six summers - 2000 through 2005 - we had the distinct pleasure of renting the Jonesport home of Harlan Samuelson .We loved the home, the town, and Harlan so much that the reason we didn’t rent in 2006 was that we had purchased a Jonesport home of our own just down the block. Harlan’s house is lovely-spotlessly clean and Harlan’s hospitality extends to not only procuring lobsters for his renters but cooking and picking them. He is, simply, as delightful as his home-our favorite room is the huge kitchen that overlooks the beautiful view from his deck.

Since 2006 and our summer stays in Jonesport at our home, we’ve had the opportunity to converse with a wide variety of people who have stayed at Harlan’s home and enjoyed his hospitality. Elderly visitors, those with families including dogs and children and couples looking for a quiet getaway. Many like us have returned to visit the Samuelson home again. Quite honestly, we were moved to write this review by what we feel to be a grossly unfair representation of Harlan’s home and his hospitality.

Sometimes when people’s financial wishes are thwarted there is a tendency to strike back in an unfair manner and when you contract a home for a week, thus precluding others from renting, you cannot expect to be given a refund when you choose to back out of the contract after two days. And to then attack the integrity of the other person is, well, just beyond the bounds of decency. In all the years we have known Harlan and in all the conversations we have had with his renters over the years NO ONE has ever come close to accusing him of raising his voice and using language not suitable for children. Harlan is GREAT with kids and animals, not to mention the elderly as my mother can attest to. As far as the deck is concerned, one can see from the pictures of the home that where there is a substantial drop there is a sturdy railing .There is beautiful china in the house in a LOCKED cabinet and the FEW personal effects make the house that much more charming. You don’t know about where the washer/dryer are? How about asking him?! The TV dish only has one channel coming in? Could the weather have had something to do with that? And, let’s face it, could the stormy weather that week have resulted in the abrupt end to the vacation and the request for refund?Harlan’s great at providing a wonderful vacation for his guests, but even he can’t control the weather!And, last but not least, there are those rare occasions when yo

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Huge Disappointment

  • 1 of 5

Prior to sending my check, I had asked if the property was safe for two young boys, ages 2 1/2 and 5. I was assured that it was. This home is not suitable for families with young children! The deck is not fenced in properly with a drop of 10 feet or more. The outside of the house has not been kept up. The inside of the house is loaded with nick-nacks and other items not suitable for little hands. When my daughter first arrived, Harlan yelled at the boys for touching the pillows and other items in the house. His language is also not suitable for young children. Harlan often throws the F word about. The TV/satellite did not work. Only one channel came in. My daughter mentioned this, but nothing was ever done about it. No idea where the washer and dryer was. There was a boom box, not a stereo. My daughter only stayed two nights. It was that bad. I asked Harlan to return half of the rent because I thought that was fair. He never returned my calls, but I noticed he promptly cashed my check. There is a nice view and it is close to the beach. If I didn't know, from prior experience, how lovely Jonesport is and how nice most of the residents are, I would never return after renting this home.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to respond to Ms. J's remarks in the order that she leveled them. First, the only question we were asked was if "the house is far enough away from the road to be safe for a 2 1/2 year old?" I responded that we have a large front and back yard. The deck is clearly visible in our photo,yet no questions were ever asked reguarding her fear for the safety of the children on the deck. In addition, the outside of the house is painted, maintained and fixed up every year as required by a home on the Maine Coast. Secondly, the inside of the house does have many knick knacks-but they were gladly moved out of the way by the owner shortly after the guests arrived. Thirdly, as far as any profane language is concerned...I have known Harlan for 24 years and have been frequently present when welcoming our guests and have never heard anything close to what Ms. J is claiming, much less ever in front of children. In addition the TV/satellite works fine and was demonstrated to the tennants. If there was any question,we are always open to tending to the requests and questions of our guests. The Washer/Dryer has always been in the basement and no other tennants have had trouble finding them. We offer a boom box, instead of a stereo, so as to make it available to go outside. However in this era of ipods, a sterreo is practically obsolete. Our attorney wrote a letter to Ms. J indicating the fixed costs of her leaving without any notice, and the letter indicated that we expect our tenants to have "age approriate adult supervision" for the youngsters. When Harlan entered the home, he found each of the children jumping on the couch with a decorative lighthouse in each of thier hands. We have had many, many families rent our home without ever having any mishaps. Bob W.
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Downeast and Acadia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming

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