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Ocean Cove Adventure for up to 12! Now Booking for Summer 2018!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,518 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Located On Back Cove!

Make Robin House part of your summer & fall from now on! The private wooded setting right on the shoreline is perfect for watching the tide roll in and out. Enjoy sunrise and sunset by winding through a wooded trail to the BIG rock fondly named Allagash! 4 bedroom multilevel home includes a master bedroom (queen) & full bath on the first floor, 3 bedrooms (including a 4 bed bunk room!) on the 2nd floor! Guest room 1: Double. Guest room 2: 2 twins and a futon. Guest room 3: 3 single & 1 double in bunk bed format. There is a full bath upstairs too. Fireplace, fully furnished kitchen with microwave and utensils, full washer and dryer, VCR, DVR, DirectTV in den, wireless internet, multilevel decks, gas grill and outdoor seating add to your summer vacation experience. Enjoy the ever changing sea with 10'+ tides. Swim in the ocean, relax at Fine Sand Beach or swim at the rock quarry - now swimming hole. Buy lobster from the local market or dig clams and mussels! Enjoy the surprises that Swans Island has to offer and be enchanted from the beginning on the Henry Lee Ferry that you take from Bass Harbor to get to Swan's Island! Your kids will beg you to come back each year....where you can eat lobster while watching the ebb and flow.

Booking now for the summer 2018!

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara and Jon Robin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Barbara and Jon Robin

We traveled to Maine for the very first time in August, 2012. We drove most of the coast line from Ogunquit to Eastport and fell in love with the state. We came back in September and visited Swans Island and knew we wanted to have a home there. We bought the home in October and spent 10 days there over the Thanksgiving holiday. We travel back each spring and fall for a few months, but will let you enjoy the house in the summer and see why we fell in love with the island!

Barbara and Jon Robin purchased this house in 2012

Why Barbara and Jon Robin chose Swans Island

The location of this home with Back Cove on one side and a quiet lagoon on the other side made this the perfect choice for us. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, want to stop, listen and not hear anything, then this is the place for you. Read a book on the deck or borrow one of the books on the book case. Play board games in the evening, hike wooded trails, dig clams, watch the Lobstermen bring in their catch or sleep the day away on the's all here. Yet, you are a 30 minute ferry ride from Bass Harbor and Mt. Desert Island. It's not home away from home, it's 'relax away from home'!

What makes this house unique

The views from the house and deck make you wake up every morning and think you are in paradise! The low tides are just as pretty as the high tides! Seeing the sea gulls swoop down, pick up a clam or mussel, then fly high over the big boulders that line the shoreline and drop them to crack them open and then eat them is mesmerizing! We like to follow one bird and see where they pick their clam and then guess which boulder they will fly to, drop and eat! We chose this property over others due to the serene location and ocean views.

Make sure you check out Fine Sand Beach, the Quarry swimming hole and TIMS take out - Friday night is pizza night, but order early! Goose Pond is about a mile walk…some may want to crest the ridge behind it for the view of the Atlantic and walk down to the ocean beach. Hike to Noah's Ballast and enjoy the views of Frenchboro!

Check out the bold coast on High Head Beach on the east side of the island.

Make the short drive to Hockamock Head Lighthouse. The views are amazing and you will want to see it at low tide and high tide to experience the crashing waves. There are several trails around the lighthouse that take you to 2 different beaches.

Want to dig clams or muscles? Wait for low tide and look for the small holes in the sand! Grab a shovel and start digging!!


Swans Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2518 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double sinks, off the hallway to master bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Double sinks, upstairs
  • There are 4 actual bedrooms. Sheets and blankets are provided for all beds. Bathroom towels and washclothes will be provided and extra towels will be provided for beach/outdoor use. There are extra 'cubbies' for clothes storage if needed. The countertops in both baths, faucets and lights were replaced May, 2015. Bath soap, lotion, sink cups and a hair dryer are provided, but guests need to bring their own shampoo, and personal items. If you have any questions about what is/is not provided, please ask!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Wake up to a view of Back Cove!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 end tables, dresser, closet and balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 twins, double fouton dresser, closet
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 3 bunk bed , Triple bunks & double is on top next to twin bunk. Dresser
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Check in is 4 PM on Saturday and check out is 10 AM on the following Saturday. This gives the maid service time to clean and wash all bedding and towels and make the house ready for the next visitor. Please don't ask of an early check in or late check out as the cleaning service is on a set schedule.


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Ocean Cove Adventure for up to 12! Now Booking for Summer 2018!
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Secluded, beautiful and well maintained property. The island was such a wonderful and unique destination . If you desire to truly "getaway" this is the place for you!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Monica! Glad you enjoyed your stay at Robin House! Hope you can come back soon!
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This review is long overdue...

  • 5 of 5

What a GREAT place! It was our first time staying on the island, and we could not have found a better house in a better location. The plot of land along the coast was tranquil. The Island provided great hiking trails. Our hosts communicated frequently as our stay got closer. All our questions were answered immediately. The place was beautiful and clean. Our son says it's our best vacation ever...

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house and property, better than advertised!

  • 5 of 5

Robin house provided a terrific vacation for our family. The house was very well maintained and equipped with a huge supply of household items. We were easily able to contact the host with a few questions and received helpful answers. This is a great place for hiking, biking and swimming. We recommend finding the blue trail (marked by blue rocks) which starts a mile or so from the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family enjoyed your time at Robin House on Swans Island! Come back sometime!
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Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time on Swans Island. It was an wonderful experience. The location is very nice, just by the water, so we could launch our kayaks from there.

The kitchen is very well equipped and clean. Lots of pots to boil lobsters. Very quiet setting, you quickly adapt to the rhythm of the island. People are very friendly.

We plan to return. One of the best rentals we had.

Thanks Barbara and Jon!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your your stay! Let us know hen you want to return!
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Great Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time at Robin House this summer. The kitchen was recently updated and looks great and served all our needs. The property is secluded and peaceful, a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Swans Island. The Island Market (TIMS), Fine Sand Beach, and the Carrying Place are all close by. We have rented a number of different houses on Swans Island and Robin House is by far the best!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay again this year! Look forward to having you stay in the future!
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We had the best time!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much to the Robin's. Our stay was fabulous and the house was perfect for all of us. The large and open dining room and living room were just perfect and of course the decks and chairs overlooking the water.

The house was so well stocked it was unbelievable. We can't wait to be able to do this family trip again. Thank you thank you thank you for opening your beautiful home and property to us.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gordon, we are so glad you and your family were able to come back again to Swans Island! Let us know if you would like to visit again!!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor, Maine
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Bass Harbor Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
TIMS Take Out
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Fine Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Alcohol cannot be purchased on the island, but can be brought onto the island. There is a small grocery/convenience store on the island for basics. You will want to do your shopping prior to getting on the ferry. Both Ellsworth and Bar Harbor have large grocery stores.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are for Saturday, 4 PM to the following Saturday, 10 AM. This gives time for the maid service to clean the house, launder bedding & towels & prepare for the next guest. Please don't ask for early checkin or late departure. It takes the maid service a minimum of 4 hours to clean, do laundry & make all beds. Thanks! Total payment due if within 90 days.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 12 weeks or more prior to your vacation date, you will be refunded your rental fee, minus 17%. If your cancellation occurs within the 12 week period prior to your rental, we will try to sublease the house. If we are successful, you will get the rental fee, minus 22%. If no one can be found, you will forfeit your rental fees. In any case, your security deposit and cleaning fee will be refunded.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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