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The Island Micro Farm

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Peaks Island House Rental Photos and Description

Private Room - Sleeps 2

Available is a private room in this shared home. 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.

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

Property Manager
Mark Shain
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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based on 22 traveler reviews

The Island Micro Farm
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location--steps from the waterfront and nestled in the woods. Mark is an amazing host with a stunning property--micro sustainable farm, bees, composting. He even roasts his own coffee and was gracious enough to share it with us. Delicious! Would give ten stars if I could. Thank you Mark for a perfect weekend on Peaks Island.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great 1st trip to Peaks!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 8 guys and had an awesome trip to Peaks island! The house was great and had everything you needed! Mark was quick to resolve any issues we had immediately. I would definitely get the golf carts as they were very helpful for us. Again great stay and great house!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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The open area living space is comfortably casual and the bedrooms, baths allow privacy to families.

  • 5 of 5

the micro farm gives explorations to children and adults. the setting is secluded and serene. the golf cart a must for easy access to all island adventures. caveat: Minimal number of cars (8-11) on the ferry at one time. most necessities are in place, bring your own shower/bath soap and additional paper towels and napkins. Mark is accessible, friendly and super helpful. a good time had by 11 family members. Grocery store runs out of fresh produce early, ice cream at eh variety store is delicious, no fresh clams to be bought for home preparation only lobster, te cockngull has great crab cakes. enjoy the sea just one quarter mile from the house, go to the sandy beaches, walk the shore, see the gun in placements,. You will be in a clean, maintained house for relaxing.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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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
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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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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
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Centennial Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Peaks Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 4 2016 - Mar 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $25
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

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
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
  • 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
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Abuts 100 Acres of Conservation Land, Private, Hiking Trails. Golf cart available at additional cost.

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