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Downeast Maine at its Most Iconic. Pets Welcome!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3-Bedroom Log Home on Historic Taunton Bay. Pets Should Feel Right at Home.

It's a 14-year old 3-bedroom log house, nestled among the evergreens, oaks, Harbor Seals, and Bald Eagles. Situated right on Taunton Bay. Nearly all the comforts of home here -- fridge, LP gas oven, microwave, piano, kayak, canoe, DVD/CD, fireplace, linens, W/D, and more stuff...not the least of which will be peace and quiet. About 45 min. from BHB/Acadia, 30 min. from Schoodic, and 3 hrs. from Baxter St. Park (and all the Moose). Hancock has three wonderful restaurants, incredible as that sounds. Ellsworth, the closest "town", has everything you'll need, and it's a not-too-close 8 miles away. What else can I tell you? Look at the photos and you'll see what awaits you. You'll have near total privacy, although you should be aware that I work in the cabin on the property from time to time. Also, pets are encouraged, not just permitted. Note: if you rent during the winter/early spring months, you WILL need a 4WD vehicle. Check-in time is 4:00-pm, check-out time is 10:30-am. Okay. Look forward to hearing from you. Peace, Gerry.

PS - Trump supporters should look for lodging elsewhere. I'm serious about this.

More Details

Gerard "Gerry" Monteux
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Gerard "Gerry" Monteux

Hi. My name's Gerry Monteux. I live here with my 15-year old mostly-Corgi, Bruce. This is where I grew up and I can't say enough good things about it, but the first thing I'll say is that it's the reason I do what I do now for a living. I'm a nature photographer and being here, being immersed in nature 24/7, convinced me to do what I do. This place tends to get in your blood and remain there. I need to let you know that if you stay here, I'll be working in the little cabin on the property. But don't freak out. You'll have tons of privacy, and might not even know I'm there. And should anything go wrong, I'm right there to take care of it. Also, to entice you further, anyone who stays at my home receives 20% off any purchase at Monteux Gallery (fine art nature photography...mostly) also in Ellsworth. That is all. Come here.

Gerard "Gerry" Monteux purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Gerard "Gerry" Monteux chose Hancock

I built this house on the property where I grew up. It's my cathedral.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Away from 'most of it', peace and quiet, nature in abundance, Bar Harbor, Schoodic, Acadia all nearby, Plenty of restaurants and bars within reasonable driving distance, pets encouraged to come!


Hancock Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2-1/2 baths. Two with showers. Half-bath is off the master suite. All extremely close to each bedroom!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , full-size, really
  • 3 bedrooms: The master (Queen) and large guest room (3/4) on the second floor. The pink room with the two twin beds is on the first floor. All linens provided! All very close to bathrooms!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • sailing


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Downeast Maine at its Most Iconic. Pets Welcome!
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

A Christmas to remember!

  • 5 of 5

What could be better than a white Christmas in a warm cozy log cabin? The place was picture perfect and we took plenty of pics. The cabin was adorable and the view was awesome! Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as advertised, only better

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a comfortable cabin feeling near the water and this was all that with plenty of creature comforts. It is rare that a property is able to blend an authentic rustic feeling with a clean/up to date ambience. This one does! The location is a hoot to arrive at...definitely off the beaten path without being inconvenient. The beautiful wildlife photography on the walls is the work of the very accomplished owner. There is other local culture and history associated with the property and that authentic Downeast connection shines through. Highly recommended and we would love to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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All the comforts of home and then some

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we arrived it felt like home. Having access to the water was really great and to be so close to local attractions while still having that rustic and remote vibe was just what we were looking for. Gerry was very accommodating, the place was clean, and the weather was really perfect. Being able to have a fire in the fireplace was nice, and we used the deck to look at stars at night. We rode bikes and kayaks provided at the house. Can't wait to visit again sometime!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolutely perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The home was not only beautiful, but the surroundings were so peaceful that we never wanted to leave. Our host was amazing- one of the nicest people I have met. The house easily accommodates 6 people and Gerry truely loves dogs. The wrap around porch is huge and there is plenty of outdoor seating availabile. We had a great time kayaking in the bay, eating at the wonderful restaurants nearby and hiking on the Schoodic Penninsula as well as nearby Acadia National Park. A truely wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home in great location!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned and simply loved the property. It was close enough to MDI to fit in a full day of hiking/touring of Acadia, but far enough away to not be in the heart of the hustle and bustle. We spent plenty of time out exploring the bay on the kayaks, as well as simply sitting and enjoying the view and silence. The home itself has everything you need (and more!) to cook and feel right at home, and was clean and well kept.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterfront home on quiet inlet near Mt. Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family vacation (we have 2 grown children in their mid 20's) on the coast of Maine. After 3 nights in Boston, we wanted a place to stay near Acadia so we could visit the park, but also not be in the thick of the summer crowds, and this fit the bill. It is spacious and functional, with a lot of rustic charm. Its location on a cove of Taunton Bay was wonderful for kayaking, canoeing (provided by owner) and fishing and swimming. We spent our mornings there, then headed over to Acadia for biking, hiking and sightseeing and did not have any problems with traffic going or returning. There are restaurants in Hancock (when we didn't eat on the Island) and groceries and supplies available in Ellsworth. We had some meals at the house, including 2 dinners using the charcoal grill. Gerry was very helpful and friendly, allowing us to use pretty much whatever was in the house, including the wood burning fireplace. One more thing worth mentioning: fog is a common occurrence in the summer on the Maine coast, but there was less at the house's location in Hancock, compared to Mount Desert Island itself. (We had just one day of fog, the rest were beautiful.) We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

The owner (me) will be living on the property, in the small green cabin. Check-in time is 4:00-pm. Check-out time is 10:30-am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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