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Spruce Head Island, Penobscot Bay Shorefront Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

12 feet from the high tide line. On amazingly beautiful Lobster Cove, Spruce Head Island. Looking across the channel to Vinalhaven in the distance. Amazing climate, cool sea breezes. The cottage is compact, with full bath, kitchen, and living area. Sitting on the porch, you can see the action on the water from sailboats and windjammers to lobster fishermen and the yachts of amazingly rich people. The cottage is 20 minutes away from Rockland, Maine, the home of the Lobster Festival and the best home made ice cream in the world at Dorman's on Route 1. Owl's Head Airport, twenty minutes away, provides commercial air service to Boston several times a day.

Because the family uses the cottage year-round, there is ample insulation and heat for the chilly evenings. Fresh lobster is available within ten minutes walking distance. The experience really can't be beat.

Keywords: Spruce Head Island, cottage, shorefront, island views, lobster cove, Maine shorefront, picturesque

More Details

Clifford Dacso
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Clifford Dacso

We now have the third generation in our family coming to this cottage.

Clifford Dacso purchased this cottage in 1954

Why Clifford Dacso chose Spruce Head

The cottage is a few miles off Route 1, making it easy to access. Owl's Head Airport has commercial service to Boston and is twenty minutes away. Yet the road ends here. No one is 'just passing through' because the island is on the way to nowhere.

Sometimes it rains. When it does, there is plenty to do within a forty minute drive, from antique shopping to watching the working waterfront of Rockland.

What makes this cottage unique

Sit at the dining table and look across the water at the loons fishing early in the morning. The sunrise is not to be missed, surpassed only by the sunset.


Spruce Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower-bath combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) In master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) In second bedroom that also has a loft. Queen sized sleeper sofa in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
We do not wish any confusion -- there is no television although there is excellent WiFi with adequate download speeds.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Spruce Head Island, Penobscot Bay Shorefront Cottage
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
Loudon, NH

Very Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely, quiet week at this cozy cottage. It was extremely peaceful, with only the lap of the waves and the cries of the gulls to break the silence. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed; in fact, we were surprised (given the information online) to find that sheets and towels were provided, along with cable TV. Great choice if you're looking for a quiet getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous setting, rustic accomodations

  • 4 of 5

We arrived on a cool evening only to find there were no blankets,. This also happened to another renter apparently. We contacted Clifford and received a prompt response. He was very apologetic, granted us an extended stay and refunded a day. We couldn't have asked for more recompense!!

The cottage is an old place, I would call it a family camp and it needs a little more TLC. My roomate has an allergy to mildew and there was definitely an odour of that in the living room and kitchen area. She had difficulty with that. There was plenty of hot water for showers after a day of painting.

As artists, we found numerous gorgeous views to paint, some from the cottage's deck. The weather was too cool for us to enjoy the deck but it is sturdy and the table and chairs out there are very comfortable. The next door neighbor was very friendly and helpful, telling us about the area.

The location is fantastic as are the views from the deck. The McLoons lobster shack is a 3 minute drive away and we ate from there frequently. Proximity to Rockland is good, with lots to see and do.

I would recommend the cottage with the caveat that it is rustic, you need to be prepared to supplement things like dishwashing liquid, dish sponges, dish towels, aluminum foil etc. etc. Some VRBO properties are fully stocked with all of that, this one is not.

The owner is very responsive and concerned and nice to deal with.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. The cottage is a typical Maine coastal structure, about 70 years old. It is 10 feet from the high tide line and thus susceptible to the influences of nature. But, of course, that is what makes it most attractive! We have replaced most of the furniture and the carpets this year and updated what we can. I am certainly sorry about the blankets; somehow the complete set disappeared. I hope that the refund compensated you for your trouble and that you will stay with us again.
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Houston, TX, USA

Always The Best Time of Our Year!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third summer to spend time in this cabin on Spruce Head Island. We've come to know it well, love its rustic quirkiness, and feel at home now with the island and the many neighbors we've come to know. The location is perfect - secluded, yet convenient for trips into Rockland, Lockport, Camden, and not a long drive to locations such as Bar Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. Nothing beats spending an evening on the deck with cocktails, followed by making a delightful dinner in the kitchen while watching the boats on Lobster Cove at sunset... unless it's watching the boats on Lobster Cove on the deck in the morning with a cup of coffee! As always, a highly recommended destination!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our new fave

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was rustic and maybe a smidge mildewy but we loved it. Best location ever-- just a five minute walk to McLoon's Lobster and ten feet from the harbor. We supplied the place with drinking glasses, dish soap and tp. Had to get some more blankets at Reny's due to chilly breezy overnights. And the vacuum needs replacing. It exploded. But otherwise we had a dreamy stay. We kayaked with the dog on the bow, had cocktails on the deck, strung a hammock between the pines and chatted with the lovely neighbors. Never tired of the splendid view. There is a tv but we never turned it on. We will surely return.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice comments. We have replaced the carpets (probably where the musty smell came from) and there is a new vacuum cleaner. I am glad that you enjoyed the cottage. My family has been enjoying it for sixty years, hence the "rustic" character! We would enjoy having you stay with us again.
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Houston, TX, USA

Absolutely Wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had never been to Maine before. August is the time to visit, with high temperatures in the low 70s and lows just crisp enough in the upper 50s to make your first cup of coffee on this quaint cabin's deck a perfect start to the day. We never tired of looking out at Lobster Cove. Spruce Head Island is a welcoming community, and you can hike almost any where on the island. Children can stroll around without concern.

The cabin is small, but quite comfortable and cozy. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking. Rockland, Rockport, and Camden are easy drives, and each community has its particular charms. Boothbay Harbor and similar coastal communities are with a day's drive. If you are an art or craft lover, you'll be in your element here, as virtually every community features multiple galleries and crafts shops.

We will most certainly make the trip again next summer. I cannot recommend this cabin more highly. Our week on Spruce Head was one of the best vacations we have ever enjoyed.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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came back for second year in a row for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

we had such a great time last year that we came back for our family vacation again this August. The accommodations were perfect. The cabin is on a cove. We drank coffee on the deck and watched the sunrise over the ocean. We skipped rocks and collected shells during the day. At night, we grilled burgers and ate lobster under the stars. We used the kayaks to get to a secluded beach that the neighbors told us about. We used the place as a base camp to explore interior Maine and along the coast. It is an ideal location because it is very near lots of attractions, but distanced enough from the tourism and traffic that it provides a real escape and adventure. It is also unique in that the towns it is near are real towns and not just generic tourist towns. The cabin has two bedrooms, a warm and inviting living/ dining area and a kitchen with everything necessary to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The owners are kind and generous folks and that is obvious in our interactions with them as well as in the vibe of the home. It feels warm and welcoming. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Owl's Head (RKD)
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
5 minute walk
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Car: necessary

Lobster pound, near to Rockland and Camden, Maine. Seaport towns with excellent dining, galleries, museums. 20 minute drive from Owls Head Transportation Museum and Farnsworth Museum. Route 1 north of Camden is wall-to-wall antique stores. Both Rockland and Camden have superb restaurants with local seafood. Locally owned businesses abound within a half hour drive. 30 minute drive from the Monhegan Ferry and a number of typical Maine fishing villages. Forty minute drive from Mt. Battie State Park with beautiful hiking and photographing opportunities. Bay Chamber Concerts, Rockland Blues Festival, summer Fairs, the list is endless.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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