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Joanne Thompson

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish

Magnificent Oceanfront Home on Penobscot Bay

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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MidCoast and Penobscot Bay House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms + Library, 1.5+ Baths (Sleeps 8-10)

Welcome to Harbor House, a family-designed and built timber-framed, 18th century reproduction, gambrel roof home on mid-coast Maine’s St. George peninsula. Harbor House is delightfully sited on two-and-a-half acres of ocean front property with private dock facing a secluded harbor, several islands, and the open waters of the Atlantic. It is located on a private road away from the bustle of summer traffic, yet only two miles from the Port Clyde working waterfront and Monhegan ferry, and three miles from the restaurants, library, bakery, public tennis courts, and yachting fleet of Tenants Harbor. Drift Inn Beach, a public beach great for swimming, and Marshall Point Lighthouse are also close at hand.

Let’s start out on Harbor House’s broad south-facing deck with its glorious ocean views, perfect for lingering over your morning cup of coffee, watching windjammers coast along on the southwesterly breeze, taking an afternoon nap on the hammock, grilling today’s catch for dinner on the gas grill, or star gazing after dark, with the Milky Way so close you feel you can almost touch it. On the deck you are literally surrounded by nature’s bounty, sharing the bracing sea air with the ospreys busily tending to their young on Grandfather’s Island, great blue herons wading in the harbor at low tide, and kingfishers perched on the dock waiting for you to snap a photo. Out on the dock linger over the views of the surf breaking on rocky ledges, intriguing tide pools, and the scent of beach roses and raspberries. Don’t be at all surprised to come face-to-face with an inquisitive seal or to hear the soaring cry of loons at the mouth of the harbor.

Moving into Harbor House, you pass through a cheery sun room with tile flooring, ready to receive the treasures you picked up from your seaside stroll or your sandy shoes and beach toys. Through the glass doors now you are in the living room with its pleasant mix of contemporary and antique furniture, and fireplace (firewood included) if the nights get chilly. Your eye is drawn to the exposed post and beam framing of hand-finished red and white oak cut from trees in Amherst, Massachusetts. The construction technique used is mortise and tenon joinery with oak pegs locking the frame in place. Notice, too, decorative details such as chamfering of the primary beams with lambs tongue stops and extensive raised panels used as wainscoting, all harkening back to New England’s architectural past. To your left is a complete modern kitchen with two refrigerators and stocked with all the utensils you’ll need to prepare simple or lavish meals, and dining area that can comfortably accommodate ten.

On the main level you will also find the cozy library, with a collection of books about Maine and the sea, thrillers and classics, and a second working fireplace as well as cable TV. For those needing to stay in touch with the outside world, please note that Internet wifi has recently been installed at Harbor House, so by all means bring your laptops! Overflow guests can sleep in the library on a comfortable queen inflatable bed provided for that purpose. You will also find a half bath on this level, and an outside shower open to the sky that is great to start your day with a shower as the sun filters through the leaves of nearby birches, or to wash off sand and salt at day’s end.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Joanne Thompson (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Joanne Thompson

This is an extended family owned house. We love it and we think you will too!

Joanne Thompson purchased this house in 1983

Why Joanne Thompson chose MidCoast and Penobscot Bay

We had been coming to this lovely slice of Maine for many years. It's a great way to spend time together!


based on 14 traveler reviews

Magnificent Oceanfront Home on Penobscot Bay
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Another wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Harbor house for 2 weeks in Fall of 2014 and enjoyed it so much that we came back in Spring (April 2016) for another 2 weeks. Although it was a cold Spring we had a fantastic time once again and loved everything this wonderful house had to offer. As it was early Spring it appeared that we were the only ones around the area and it was so wonderfully quiet and romantic! We had deer come on the property just about every day. There were lots of Spring birds and one day we even saw a fairly rare Northern Flicker. The hardwood trees were still bare and without buds when we arrived. The house continued to be outfitted with all the necessities for cooking and sleeping with lots of blankets to stay warm and cozy. The house was clean and obviously well kept. We had frost just about every night but the house was warm. We also had a fire in the fireplace every night to take the chill off and that, supplemented with the excellent heating system, kept us warm, although we did shut the heat off during the night. We were fortunate to have a full moon while we were there it made for some great pictures, along with the beautiful sunrises.

During our visit we were very fortunate to meet the man who actually built this fantastic post and beam house and who was also one of the owners. His name was Stephen and he was building a bunkhouse “A” frame building next to the main house. He was most interesting and was someone who could do just about anything! He also brought us a much bigger TV screen so there was no further need to squint! We also talked several times with one of the other owners – Joanne - who was very pleasant and helpful.

My son and his wife visited us on a couple occasions and on one visit brought a “mess” of raw oysters on the half shell which were “wickedly” delicious and made a great accompaniment to our chilled white wine.

We got to do some touring and visited the Maine Prison store in Thomaston and purchased several chopping boards and bird houses. We also visited the Transportation Museum in Owls Head. Port Clyde was very quiet and the village store was working on “winter hours” and closed at noon. No restaurants were open with the exception of the Blue Dolphin Grill.

We highly recommend Harbor House as a beautiful and private place to stay and enjoy just about everything that Maine has to offer. We certainly will return when we get the chance to do so.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway for two or a larger family!

  • 5 of 5

The property is ABSOLUTELY stunning! My husband and I had such a great time relaxing and exploring the area. I was in the beginning of my second tri-mester and still not feeling that great, but the house had a very calming effect.

I only wish we had made use of the kayaks or gone swimming, but it was a little late in the season for that! I can't wait to rent again in a few years when my baby is a bit older.

Joanne was on top of everything

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We have rented in Midcoast Maine for many years, and this property is the best yet. Lots of room, everything you need, big yard that rolls down to the water and a spectacular view. This is a real home, filled with wonderful family histories. The location is quiet and private. Port Clyde grows on you - a small town with an interesting night life! The house was tidy and easy for us, and the owners helpful by phone and email. We love to cook, and the kitchen was excellent. We felt at home, and look forward to returning. A place to remember.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maine at its best!

  • 5 of 5

We just made our first visit to Harbor House, and it won't be the last! It's a lovely location, private and quiet, and the views from the deck and the dock are so beautiful and peaceful... but it's just a short distance from some great Maine seacoast towns (we explored Camden one day, and enjoyed dinner in Port Clyde another evening) and plenty of outdoor activities. The hosts leave really helpful information, not just about the house itself but also about things to do and see in the area (from sailboat rentals to take-out menus). The house was clean and stocked with thoughtful details -- kitchen and cooking gear for a lobster dinner, extra sunscreen and towels, board games, everything you need for a Maine getaway. The design of the house is so cool and unique -- feels authentically old New England, but with the perks, amenities and space of a new, well-built home. And we so appreciated being able to bring our beloved dog for his first Maine vacation -- he loved it too! Thanks for a wonderful visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Perfect Maine week!

  • 5 of 5

We've been to Harbor House many times in the last few years - but this was the best yet! It's such a special home, and we've fallen in love with the community, the activities, and the atmosphere. The cleanliness and readiness of Harbor House surpassed expectation. THANK YOU for being such a cool rental (napkins, hairdryers, laundry detergent, extra bins of clean towels and sheets, dust, pollen, etc on the indoor/outdoor furniture...everything is HERE!). Coming from Utah - on a plane - that is SO appreciated! The home is clean, fresh, and - quite frankly - perfect. Pulling into the drive and seeing the boathouse, the home and the ocean's simply magical. The home itself is so cozy and warm - we've invited an array of friends and family to join us in past years and each person says..."This is SUCH a special place."! That's exactly what we feel. I have vacationed in Maine for all of my life, and THIS IS IT. Harbor House is cozy, classic, and TRUE Maine. The artwork, the sense of history, and the connectedness to the natural world all prevail in creating a cozy, clean, perfect Maine vacation. The home is classic post and beam, amazing natural light and windows, with lovely window fans (as needed), and plenty of sunshine from the eastern facing front yard and dock. WOW. We went through a LOT of sunscreen! We kayaked one day, swam at the private pebble beach (just around the corner) another, and today we had an epic day of sailing. To me - the worst part of being a "grown-up" was not being able to go to camp....But then there are vacations like this! THANK YOU HARBOR HOUSE!

C Sudler

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Dark and Dirty

  • 1 of 5

Unfortunately this home was a disappointment. The outdoors is fabulous--huge beautiful lawn, right on the ocean, wonderful dock and access to sea kayaks! The inside was a different story. The house was dark--not as pictured in the photos posted. Even worse, the house was filthy. As much as we love Maine and the St. George peninsula, we would never rent this again. I wish someone had left an honest review so that would have known to rent elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Miniature golf, Monhegan Island Excursions, Art Galleries, clam digging, Puffin Cruises


Rates & Availability

Port Clyde House Rental Rates

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Jul 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay

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Pet Fee $150
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Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

July, Aug, Sept .. $2,150/week. includes cleaning
May, Jun & Oct ....... $1,700/week. includes cleaning

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MidCoast and Penobscot Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 3 Convertible Beds, Pack and Play Travel crib available for infants or small children.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: Parking and electrical outlet for RV, boat or trailer. Sweeping Ocean Views, Dock with Small Boats, Outdoor Shower, Hammock.

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