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Maine Island Vacation Home & Permaculture Demonstration Site

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Peaks Island House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This home on Peaks Island, Maine, provides abundant privacy, yet is within a two minute walk to the back shore of the island and the Gulf of Maine. In fact, this property is in a neighborhood of fine homes completely surrounded by wooded lands protected by conservation easements managed by the Peaks Island Land Preserve. Well off the road and within earshot of the pounding surf, this four-bedroom, two-bath home faces south, allowing the sun to pour in. The large, 12' x 30' deck off the kitchen offers a 'tree-house like' environment, perfect for entertaining or just lounging. If you prefer something more intimate, you can relax in the five-passenger Thermospa hot tub on a deck perched on the ledge off the north side of the home.

This is a working Permaculture Demonstration Site. There is an apartment on the first level with a separate entrance used by the owner when in residence to perform gardening duties, etc. The owner is available to assist you with the hot tub, wood stove, fire pit, and provide general information on the island and it's environs. Horticultural duties may require the owner to water or harvest as the situation dictates. Renters in residence will always be contacted prior to these activities to insure they occur at their convenience.

There are four bedrooms as follows:

• Bedroom One Top Floor: One Queen Bed and One Double Convertible Bed

• Bedroom Two Top Floor: Two Queen Futon Beds

• Bedroom Three Middle Floor: One Queen Bed

• Bedroom Four Middle Floor: One Double Bed

Excerpt from Wikipedia ~

Peaks Island is the most populous island in Casco Bay, Maine. It is part of the city of Portland and is approximately 5 km (3 mi) from downtown. The island became a popular summer destination in the late 19th century, when it was known as the Coney Island of Maine, home to hotels, cottages, theaters, and amusement parks.

Hollywood film director John Ford was known as 'The Mayor of Peaks Island' because of his great affinity for the island. He vacationed there from boyhood through the early 1960s, worked as an usher at the Gem Theater and was a deckhand on the Casco Bay Lines ferries in his youth. Ford's relatives still live on the island.

Besides the Gem, which featured famous performers including the Barrymore family, two other summer theaters were located on the island. One, the Pavilion, opened in 1887, is said to be the first summer theater in the country. The Greenwood Garden Amusement Park sported the Greenwood Garden Playhouse.

George M. Cohan tried his productions out at the island's theaters before taking them to Broadway. Circa 1908, D.W. Griffith was torn between continuing to appear in plays produced at the island's playhouses as he frequently did or heading to Hollywood. Jean Stapleton's first professional appearance in the summer of 1941 was in a production at Greenwood Garden. Martin Landau also made his professional stage debut in a 1951 production of 'Detective Story' at Greenwood Garden where for several seasons he was a resident cast member.

Most of the hotels were lost to fires over the years. The Gem Theater was destroyed by fire on September 7, 1934. 17 buildings burned to the ground on June 2, 1936, including the new Union House Hotel. The only original hotel structure remaining on the island is the Avenue House, which has been converted into condominiums.

During World War II, the island was home to a large military defense installation, including the largest structure, Battery Steele, which housed two 16 inch (406 mm) guns. When Battery Steele's guns were first tested, windows on the opposite side of the island shattered.

Keywords: Island House, Island Rental, Island Home, Maine Island Home, Maine Island Rental, Peaks Island Rental, Portland Maine Vacation Rental

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mark Shain (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english


based on 19 traveler reviews

Maine Island Vacation Home & Permaculture Demonstration Site
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

The house is beautiful! Modern and cozy!

  • 4 of 5

The house was wonderful! We felt comfotable asking Mark for information and assistance, when needed. The area is so peaceful. Beach is just a short walk and swimming close by as well. We enjoyed the amenities, like the hot tub and fire pit! We also took advantage of renting a golf cart from Mark, which proved to be very convenient. Definitely interested in returning someday!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Our wedding weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had a beautiful stay at Marks Home on Peaks Island

There were 8 of us who stayed here. We had plenty of room with four bedrooms and two full bathrooms

This was a very peaceful location that we enjoyed and even got to enjoy the hot tub!

We chose to rent the golf cart and it was very convenient and fun

Our daughter got married at The Inn on a beautiful weekend in May!

This is perfect for a large family or a big group of friends

Beautiful gardens and song birds too!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Berwick, Maine

Practically perfect

  • 5 of 5

What an ideal property. Contact with the owner was superb. Easy, fast, professional. Perfect information before arrival to plan our adventure. So thoughtful to share wonderful coffee and be available for questions. Simply a delight!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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complete relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We decided this year to get away between Christmas and New Years and have some down time to connect and relax after the craziness of the holidays. Mark's house was absolutely wonderful. Peaks was beautiful and quiet at this time of year, and we went for beach hikes, built rock cairns, made big delicious meals and enjoyed games and the hot tub. It was a wonderful get away in beautiful surroundings. We especially enjoyed the spacious kitchen and waking up to deer in the back yard every morning. What a wonderful relaxing location and fabulous host!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation house!

  • 5 of 5

this place was amazing! Mark, the owner, was so helpful and great. The place was beautiful and peaceful. It was clean and very comfortable. We loved the location. Being on the backshore of the island was relaxing and very nice. Mark answered all of questions and was always there for us! It was a perfect family get away! We hope to return someday and you will be so happy if you stay here! No need for a car. We rode bikes everywhere! The owners grounds were even beautiful to explore and the beach is just a short walk. Wonderful!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect getaway house

  • 5 of 5

So after looking at a ton of houses on VRBO, my friends and I decided on Mark's house on Peak's Island. We are 4 couples, all around 30 years old, looking to just have fun and relax and not spend a ton of money. Mark's house was EXACTLY what we needed!!

First of all I was a bit nervous about staying on an island that is only 4 miles around, thinking we might get bored. However that is not the case. Mark's house location if perfect. It is only 1 mile from the ferry that drops you off at Peak's Island. And it is tucked away so that no matter how loud we seemed to get, we weren't bothering anybody. He is literally a 5min walk to the ocean on the back shore. His house has 4 bedrooms, all with beds plenty big for 2 adults. There are also 2 full bathrooms, 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs which is again, ideal for 8 people. He had a bunch of board games (we took full advantage of pictionary), movies, a decent sized tv in the living room, washer/dryer, and a kitchen which had everything that we needed to cook. He even has different spices, a blender, different sized pots and pans, and tools for the barbecue. There is also a hot tub and a golf cart which you can use! Seriously it was a really perfect house. There is also a goldfish pond outside and a fire pit.

We cooked 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners at Mark's house and on 1 day we took the ferry back over to Portland and explored for the day. 1 tip, if you can, try and come to Peak's Island on a Wednesday, you can bring your car over for only $32 round trip! Otherwise Thurs-Sun it is over $80. Still not too bad but definitely more expensive. Overall I would highly recommend Mark's house if you are looking for a getaway where you can relax or party, or both for a really great price.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
6.6 Miles
Portland International Jetport
Nearest Barpub
1.15 Miles
The Inn and Pub on Peaks Island
Nearest Ferry
1.25 Miles
Casco Bay Lines
Nearest Train
4.2 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster
Nearest Motorway
4.2 Miles
I 295
Nearest Restaurant
1.15 Miles
Cockeyed Gull
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Peaks Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer - High Season
Jul 10 2016 - Sep 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2016 - Nov 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
Nov 6 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Golf Cart Weekly Rental $350 + Tax
Cleaning $175
Tax Rate 8.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Peaks Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3): 2 Queen Futons 1 Double Euro Couch
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Abuts 100 Acres of Conservation Land, Private, Hiking Trails. Golf cart available at additional cost.

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