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Post and Beam Updated Farmhouse Style, Chebeague Island, ME

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,960 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps Six, Three Bedrooms, Two Full Baths, 1920 sq. ft. Plus Covered Porch

Spend your vacation on a lovely quaint island off the coast of Maine. Chebeague Island is relatively easy to get to and located close to Portland, our biggest city and other Maine icons such as LLBean with it's fabulous shopping experience and Outdoor Discovery School.

We have lowered our rates a bit to absorb part of the fee that HomeAway and VRBO charge our guests.

We have returned to this site after two years with a new (built in 2015) energy efficient home which we are renting to vacation families on a limited basis. We are excited to present this home for your enjoyment. We have the master and downstairs bath to present pictures. 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. Center of the house is open to the roof beams. First floor bath has a large old fashioned sink and a good size shower, cabinet for towels.

This home is situated on a charming side road on 4.5 acres of property. A lawn and garden has been carved out of the surrounding 60 to 80' tall trees to site the house. It is passive solar and modern (but not stark) inside with an open floor plan.

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.

The 100 year old dining table seats six. The "Away" room contains seating and a large armoire holding a TV and games We have internet for your convenience.

The first floor bath has a 42" shower and antique sink and storage. Nestled close by is the washer and dryer in it's own nook.

The second floor is open through the center to the roof and across the house with visible posts and beams, sitting area, desk and couch for quiet reading. The master has a queen bed, plus 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.

Downstairs 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.

This house was 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 door. 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.

Price includes a four person golf cart or possibly 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.

Take a walk outside either through the woods or down the road to beach. Or, just enjoy the birds, turkeys and deer that come into the yard.

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.

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.

Or, take a short gratifying trip to the LLBean store in Freeport. It is an icon of Maine. The Maine coast is worthwhile to explore for a day trip.

More Details

Patricia Festino
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 1, 2017

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 Portland and Casco Bay Area

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. 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.


Chebeague Island Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First Floor Bath - toilet , shower , Antique sink and mirror lots of towels and storage.
    Second Floor Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Deep soaking tub with handheld shower.
  • Plenty of towels available in each bath. Two bathrobes are provided, one in each bath. We also have band aids, hairdryer and some basic OTC meds.There is a sewing kit in each bath. We provide hand soap and a roll of bath tissue.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen , East room. Wake to early sun filtering through trees.
    Southwest "Sea" room - 2 twin/ single , Southwest bedroom with nautical theme.
    Northwest "Garden" theme - 2 twin/ single , Comfortable cozy room decorated in garden theme.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The island is very beautiful at this time of year with beaches all around each with it's own unique flavor. We have an island market in case you forget something. It is not large but can get you through the week. There are gift shops and Historical society. The Inn has a fabulous deck for lunches. Beaches surround the island. And, the ferry ride only takes about 12 minutes. It is easy to get on and off the island if you with to explore Portland or Freeport.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Post and Beam Updated Farmhouse Style, Chebeague Island, ME
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Relaxing get away

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Serene vacation in efficient, post and beam home

  • 5 of 5

Our first stay on Chebeague Island was motivated by the opportunity to stay in this wonderful property, newly built to the specifications of its very pleasant and accommodating owner, Patricia Festino. The home is exceptionally well equipped and appointed, all within the solid charm of post and beam construction. The quiet surroundings were a delight for us, especially from the vantage point of the ample porch. Through the canopy and lateral spaces of the lightly wooded lot, which is not far from the east shore of the island, we witnessed and enjoyed much of the changing island weather. This feature alone, made our stay quite special. Overall, it is hard to rank the many pluses that this vacation rental has to offer. We are looking forward to returning as often as we can. Thank you, Patricia and Roman for a terrific stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful review. We hope to have you back as often as you wish. You and your family were wonderful guests.
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Beautiful, off the beaten path retreat

  • 5 of 5

We (a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 boys 5 & 8) stayed here in late August. We knew very little about Chebeague Island before embarking on our adventure. But we managed to figure things out with the help of the owner, the internet and speaking to locals on the island. There was a simplicity to Chebeague that welcomed us with open arms. We had fun walking the beaches, searching for sea glass, swimming at the community pool, driving around the island, eating at the Inn, Slow Bell Cafe, and breakfast at the Niblic. Everyone we encountered was warm and friendly.

The house was gorgeous and well appointed. It had everything we needed and more. We felt very cozy - playing in the yard, sitting on the porch, playing games in the living room, cooking in the kitchen... I loved the decor and modern conveniences of brand new everything (appliances, washer dryer, bathrooms).

Chebeague is a magical place. It was certainly for us. But one word of caution, if you're reading this wondering about the "night life" on Chebeauge, or looking to party, then perhaps this little island isn't for you. It's slower here. Be prepared to slow down, unwind, take time. A funny side note, there was a garage/store on the island and there was a painted sign outside that said "if you don't have 20 minutes then don't stop". I think that adequately sums up Chebeague. If you don't have time to take the time then this might not be the place for you. But if you are looking to mellow out and be off the grid for a few days then definitely consider this place. You won't regret it.

Thank you to Patricia Festino, the owner, for sharing her beautiful place with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful, thoughtful, through review. You and your family are the guests any host would be delighted to have in their home.
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A great family vacation at the Woodlands Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this beautifully designed, spacious and open post and beam farmhouse cottage on Chebeague Island. This was our first stay at the cottage but it won't be our last! The cottage is slightly tucked away from the road giving you privacy but still an easy bike or car ride to many of the wonderful places the island has to offer. The house was very comfortable for our family of four. With two young children it was great to have all the modern kitchen amenities and the new finishings but with an old farmhouse style. The house is amazingly energy efficient. We had a couple very hot days, so it was great to have central air even though we only had to keep it on to cool the house and then we would turn it off and the house would stay cool for the remainder of the day. The house also has very good internet and cell phone service for the island, a nice plus! Patricia was a fantastic host. Always reachable by phone or text with any questions. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful guests! We are looking forward to hosting them again.
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Lovely rental

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip to Chebeague and found the island to be beautiful and relaxing and the residents to be very welcoming. Loved having lobsters delivered to the door from Addie and walking down the path to a secluded, rocky beach. Pat was very happy to help get us settled in and was available for questions. The home was beautifully decorated and the kitchen was extremely well-equipped. Would recommend to folks looking for a relaxing trip in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your wonderful review of Chebeague Island and Woodlands. You were wonderful guests, a pleasure to get to know you and your family.
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Great island experience at the wonderful Woodlands house!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent a great week at this beautiful house on Chebeague Island. Newly built in a classic style and tastefully appointed, we found it comfortable and practical. The spacious kitchen made cooking a breeze, and the open floor plan kept everyone connected. The bathrooms were roomy; the kids especially enjoyed the oversized tub in the 2nd floor bath. We had plenty of natrual light from all the windows and were grateful for the AC on the warmer evenings. The central location made it easy to enjoy all that Chebeague has to offer. Don't miss out on this island gem!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Your family was the first family that I have had that really took advantage of the things that were happening on the island while you were here. You took your children to the golf clinic, the play, the Inn, walked to Little Chebeague and collected mounds of beach glass (even the rare blue ones) on different beaches, went fishing and caught a squid and a mackerel. You even visited the Grange. The house was spotless when you left. This is a delightful family that every owner would want to host for their summer vacation.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Slow Bell or Island Inn
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
By the Inn, 9 holes
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak, Portland
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
295 Cumberland
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Clam Shack, walk
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Walk to several beaches
Car: not necessary

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

Chebeague Island Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Seasonal Rates
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 17 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Forth of July Week
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Partial Refund $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 8.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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