About the property
- Farmhouse1960 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Sleeps Six, Three Bedrooms, Two Full Baths, Covered Porch, 4+ acres
Spend your vacation on a beautiful island off the coast of Maine. Chebeague Island is relatively easy to get to and located close to Portland, Maine’s biggest city and other Maine icons such as LLBean with it's fabulous shopping experience and Outdoor Discovery School.
This home is situated on a charming side road on 4.5 acres of property. It is designed with a nod to a neighborhood of cottage and farmhouse style homes. But, it is throughly modern with passive solar (shade in the summer) super insulated, Marvin windows and French doors. It is heated with mini splits (heat exchanger) which also produces air conditioning if needed. There is a heat pump hot water heater in the basement. All appliances are new, energy efficient, state of the art. A lawn and garden has been carved out of the surrounding 60 to 80' tall trees to site the house.
We have returned to this site after two years with a new (built in 2015) energy efficient post and beam, open plan home which we are renting to vacation families on a limited basis.
We are excited to present this home for your enjoyment. While the home is compact at 1920 square feet on two floors, the open plan and many windows and their placement offer views into the outside surroundings and effectively enlarges the home. The roofed over wrap around deck enlarges the living space to well over 2000 square feet. Many of our guests spend a lot of time on the porch.
A large entry greets you as you enter from the wrap around porch with a view throughout the first floor. The kitchen has a large French door refrigerator with two drawers below, a Farmhouse sink and island with seating. We have all the pots, dishes, glasses and silverware you need including a lobster pot and everything you need for a fabulous lobster dinner.
On the second floor the master bedroom is lovely with a white iron scroll queen bed, armoire, bureau and end tables with lamps, beautiful flower rug. It opens to a sitting area. The center of the house is open to the roof beams. With a sitting area, desk and couch for quiet reading. Also on the second floor are two bedrooms with twin beds and a bath with deep soaking tub and handheld shower. Enjoy summer breezes through the treetops while bathing in our soaking tub.
On the first floor, the 100 year old dining table seats six. The "Away" room contains seating and a large armoire holding a Smart TV and games We have internet for your convenience. First floor bath has a large old fashioned sink and a good size shower, cabinet for towels. Nestled close by is the washer and dryer in it's own nook.
Walk through the French doors by the dining/kitchen area onto the covered porch with seating, a bit further takes you to a picnic table with umbrella and grill. The porch is great for sitting outdoors when it rains or just sitting in the summer shade.
Grill outside on the propane stove and have a lovely dinner on the picnic table as the sun slips down over the trees to the west. Take a walk outside either through the woods or down the road to a beach. Or, just enjoy the birds, turkeys and deer that come into the yard. We have croquet and kites for your enjoyment.
Price includes an island car. There are beaches all around the island. If you stay for a week and go to one each day you will not see them all. Take our kite to the beach. Exploring this island and the many beaches is a requirement.
Chebeague has two ferry services, one owned by the islanders, gift shops, island grocery, library and many places to have lunch or dinner with views. Have lunch at the Inn on the porch one day. You will be glad you did. There is a lot going on in the summer. We offer sailing lessons for children, drama coaching and a summer play produced locally, golf clinics, a great library with story hour, hiking out to Deer Point or a beach.
It is a short hop to the mainland to sightsee or have dinner in Portland. Portland is one of the great foodie cities in the northeast, while keeping the ambience of an old New England city. Also, the museums and shops are excellent. Well worth a day trip into town.
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About Patricia Festino
Experienced five star hosts return with a new home. Patricia and Roman. Roman has joined me here and has been an experienced charter yacht captain. He is a valuable team mate. We have sailed many miles together. This is my second home on Chebeague Island. The first is a renovation of an 1855 foreclosure which was throughly renovated, walls moved and strengthened. It was sold (although not listed for sale) a few years later. What I really wanted was a home of my own design, passive solar and energy efficient. This home is the result of my wishes and meets those requirements. I am from Maine but had been away for fifteen years. I came back to Maine in 2010 when I found a house on Chebeague that suited my taste and was in foreclosure. The house I found on Chebeague I named "House on the Hill" a historic family home and was in dire need of renovation including supporting the house from the basement up, heating system, new plumbing and walls moved at the top of the lists. I had lived on my boat for five years and sailed back and forth from Maine to the Caribbean. I found that my parents needed me in Florida so I took down my sails and stopped in Florida where I spent ten years. After spending so many years in the tropics my heart's desire was to have a super insulated home and be near my family. I had the family part solved as I had raised my children close to Chebeague in Maine. So while I was happy to have and dearly loved my last home I sold it and started to look for property to build my next home. I didn't want to leave Chebeague which is a very special place to live and looked at every property that was listed or even rumored for sale. I was not sure that I wanted to live on this side of the island but when we turned down Carter's Point and I saw the wonderful homes close to the site, I lost my heart. After designing or renovating and building five houses I had found a wonderful place to build my home which I now offer to share with you.
Patricia Festino purchased this Farmhouse in 2015
Why Patricia Festino chose Chebeague Island
One of the many special things about Chebeague is the people, friendly and caring. We have wonderful neighbors. The island has a lot to offer, two ferry services, the elegant Inn, library, top rated schools and recreation center with pool, tennis, golf, island grocery, Historical Society, the many beaches surrounding the island, easy access to seafood if you fish. Fishing for mackerel, squid or stripers as the season provides. Second Wind Farm organic produce. Lobsters delivered to your door. Local organic eggs are also available. Wonderful walking or biking, birding or photography. In the summer there are several places to enjoy lunch with beautiful views, gift shops, even the transfer station is a special island experience. Two ferry services offer easy access to the mainland and Portland, the largest city in Maine. From Portland fly, bus or train to any destination in the world. A very special place to build my home.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
I designed this home myself with some valuable input from Raoul Hennin of Montsweg Brook Corporation. When I walked down the road I realized how beautiful this old neighborhood is. The trees, the homes, the wildflowers and ferns on the side of the road. A lovely short walk downhill will lead you to water in either of two different directions. A wonderful spot for my next home. Families on Chebeague have been here through generations. The family I bought my first house from had built it in 1855. They are still here. Even the summer people have been coming to the island for generations and most own historic summer homes here over generations. This new house is completely modern post and beam with state of the art energy efficient appliances, passive solar, covered porch and designed with a nod to the surrounding homes which are New England farmhouse or Island Cottage style. It is furnished with a mix of antiques and modern furniture. Colors are muted and lend a warm comforting ambience to the rooms. The property has a mature beech grove on the east side of the house. There is forested wetlands including streams to the west. Many interesting plants and animals live here. If you stand in a special spot on the property there is a water view. My children kayak over in the summer to visit. We have offered a four person golf cart for transportation in the past. The island has many golf carts in the summer. The house has views of slightly different types of forest from every spot you stand or bathe. The covered wrap around porch is inviting in all kinds of weather. The house is climate controlled. A walk in the woods or down the hill erases all stress. http://www.islandinstitute.org/working-waterfront/%E2%80%98bungalow-box%E2%80%99-offers-energy-efficiency-ease-construction
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Woodlands House Chebeague Island
We found Patricia's house to be very clean and comfortable for our week on Chebeague Island. We especially enjoyed the wrap-around porch where we spent a good portion or our time. The woodland setting gave us the sense of being secluded even though the house is a short distance from the road. We were on the island for our son's wedding. Since the wedding venue was at the other end of the island we appreciated having the option to use the 'island car' Patricia made available to us. We were easily able to get to the various beaches and sites and all of the wedding festivities throughout the week. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us Patricia.
We certainty enjoyed meeting you and are very happy you chose our home for your big event. Thank you for your wonderful review.
Beautiful house! Close to everything.
I was recently married on Chebeague Island. My family stayed in the house and we used it for all the Bridesmaids to get ready the morning of. It was perfect. It's open and airy, nicely decorated. The backyard is big and has a grill. The owners allowed us to use their car and even delivered it to us at the ferry. They were also responsive and easy to deal with. Highly recommend!
We enjoyed having your family for your wedding at the Inn. I can only imagine having the bridsmaids dressing in the house, full of love and laughter.
Thank you for choosing Woodlands for your wedding guests. The house will be in the “Working Waterfront” November issue.
A Comfortable Home and a Relaxing Island Visit.
Our gracious host met us at the ferry dock, took us and all our gear to her home, then showed us around and explained how everything worked. The house was modern and quite comfortable for our extended family of six (four adults and two young children). the guest book prepared by the owner told us all about the island and its features, and we took advantage of most of them.
We prepared several meals at the house (including lobster!) but also took advantage of dining at the Inn, the Slow Bell, and the Niblic. Several hours were spent relaxing on the porch while the children examined and counted their seashells and the adults read and conversed. Everyone enjoyed our stay and finished the week very relaxed.
Thank you for your thoughtful review. I am very happy that you relaxed at the house and had our fresh out of the water lobsters. They are the best you can get. But, you also took advantage of the Inn and other delights we have on the island.
Did you know that we also have sailing classes for children over nine years old? I have had an opportunity to watch them this summer and they seem to be having a screaming good time.
Sophisticated, Secluded with Access!
We spent 6 days at The Woodlands. The house is lovely - great modern convenience with eclectic decor. Excellent kitchen to cook in with options to eat in and outdoors. Patricia was very hospitable - she even picked us up from the ferry! READ her the letter she sends before your trip, it is full of information!!! We enjoyed what Chebeague had to offer - Indian point beach is a must! We dined at Slow Bell and The Chebeague in (plus cocktails on the patio one night). Doughty's had every thing we needed to compliment our shopping trips to Portland. Few must do while visiting Chebeague - Contact Chebeague Water Taxi and do the lobster experience. We were able to board a lobster boat, observe the process and take home FRESH lobsters from the sea. Visit Eagle Island and Jewell Island for some history, a cool hike and amazing tidal pools. The Dolphin was a fun restaurant to take a water taxi and have dinner. Finally, Portland has amazing food both restaurants and fresh catch to cook back at the Woodlands. We will be back to Casco Bay!
Thank you for the wonderful thoughtful review.
I am impressed that you explored so many options that the area offers while you were at Woodlands. You also took advantage of our wonderful "foodie" city, Portland. You even did a few things that I didn't know you could do without your own boat. Very impressive! Chebeague also has a golf course and a town swimming pool, Historical Society, Library and tennis.
Please keep up in mind for future vacations in Maine.
Wonderful Post and Beam Home
The home was pristine and well appointed in a quiet rural area of Chebeague Island. Thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the porch watching the deer and wild turkeys pass by. Spent most of the time when home outside when weather permitted. Walked everywhere but it was a bit of a trek as much as I enjoy walking. Went to the Inn most days Ebb and Thyme had great sandwiches. Enjoyed the people on the island - most friendly and welcoming. Would recommend a car to make it easier to get to different parts of the island.
We do offer an "island car" for our guests. All we ask is that the driver provide a copy of their license and proof of insurance. Best submitted to us in the spring. Chebeague is bigger than you might think.
We loved having Betsy and her sister! They were a pleasure to meet and they left our home spotless..
Relaxing get away
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Chebeague Island. The house was comfortable and well stocked. We brought clothes and some food with us and the house had everything else we needed.
The island is a great place to explore on foot or bike. Use of a vehicle during our stay was just a luxury. For the days we didn't feel like exploring, the house was a perfect place to relax.
Patrica was wonderful to work with. She was always responsive to any questions and kindly checked in by email to see if there was anything we needed.
If you're looking for a home base to explore the island or just relax, I would highly recommend this house.
Another sunny week with wonderful guests. They explored the property and the island. We were happy they chose our home to have a low key getaway together.
This home is located high on Chebeague a short walk to water in several directions. The island has a recreation center with a pool, library, grocery store and other shops with several places to buy lunch and enjoy ocean views while eating. There are beaches all around the island. At one a day you can't see them all in a week. Have lobster delivered to the front door for dinner. Have lunch on the porch at the Inn. We are a short hop to the mainland to enjoy Portland and it's fabulous restaurants or a gratifying trip to the famous LLBean in Freeport.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The Service Fee you see is a traveller fee imposed by HomeAway or VRBO, not from us. We are looking forward to having you. I will email a contract to you at your inquiry. Print it out and mail it back to me with your deposit. If you pay with a credit card you still need to mail the contract back to me. You will also get a spring letter with more detailed information including what to bring, driving directions and so forth. No pets on the property and no smoking in the house. No fires anywhere on the property, except the grill. Weeks that include a major holiday such as Forth of July, rates will be higher. Rates are subject to change until non refundable deposit and completed contract is returned to owner. Cleaning deposit of $200 is $100 refundable and security deposit is refundable within 30 days as Maine Law requires, depending on the condition of the home upon staff verification.