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Ocean Cove Adventure for up to 12! Now Booking for Summer 2017!

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 2017!

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara and Jon Robin
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 5, 2017

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 Downeast and Acadia

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Ocean Cove Adventure for up to 12! Now Booking for Summer 2017!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
buchanan, NY


  • 5 of 5

My husband, our four teenagers and myself had a wonderful week. It was so relaxing. The house is so beautiful. We spent our days kayaking, swimming in the quarry. We spent our nights sitting by the amazing fireplace and playing board games. It was a wonderful family bonding vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clifton Park, NY


  • 5 of 5

We had a magical week over the July 4th holiday. We loved watching the tides, animal life (seal, bald eagle, birds, starfish) kayaking, taking walks and enjoyed the mix of water, trees, and rocks from the decks. The house is big enough for extended family, well stocked with staples, with many little extras that made the stay comfortable and pleasant. Be sure to visit the lighthouse and try out some of the beaches on the island. The people are friendly (everyone waves), and the local store ("TIMS") is well-stocked and reasonable and serves food (we feasted on their steamed lobster, yum). We've already made reservations for our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at Robin House! Magical - that's how we felt when we found it!
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Near Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado.

Wow! Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My wife, her mother, and I had a great 2 weeks at Robin House. We had 2 full weeks, but we had a constant stream of friends coming and going. We hiked almost everyday -- Blue Rock Trail, Light House, Fine Sand Beach, Smooth Rock Beach (got a little lost on that one). The weather was great -- even the day it rained was a joy (when it rains in Maine, it REALLY rains). Everyone ate their weight in lobsta (we learned that there is no "R" in lobsta) from the COOP (cheap!). Evenings at Martini Point or Calabash Rock were special. TIMS was helpful for shoping.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time!
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So Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Robin House! Traveling with many children, there was plenty of space for everyone. Most importantly, with limited food options on the island, we couldn't have been more grateful for such a well-stocked kitchen, since all meals were prepared in the house. Everything was easy to find and very clean. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey

Island Life

  • 5 of 5

The Robin House was just the vacation we needed - a quiet, serene beautiful Maine landscape! Our group consisted of 9 adults and 4 kids and although we did need to get creative with bed arrangements at times, we never felt constricted or on top of one another. There was certainly plenty of space for us all. The house is beautifully maintained and sits within its own cove - perfect for star gazing on Allagash Rock and 2 person kayaking (provided by the owners)! The house itself is stocked with essentials, cooking ware, and of course, plenty of board games! We had a wonderful time and hope to visit again in the future. Thanks for a memorable vacation!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Robins House on Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting a home on Swans Island for 1-2 weeks every year for almost 30 years. Our 7 children are now grown, and with children of their own we have needed more room! We rented Robins House on Island Retreat for the first time this summer - and were delighted with it. This is definitely one of our favorite locations on the island - lots of exploring, perfect for kayaking, and very secluded. The kids loved high tide at Allagash Rock, and swimming in the "lagoon" was also a great place for the little ones to safely learn to kayak. We brought our own kayaks, and were so happy to have the additional one at the house - making for some great family adventures. The house was roomy (we had 8 adults & 5 children) - the kids loved the bunk room. The fireplace was great for the one cool night we had, and the outdoor decks were fantastic for outdoor dining. Our only disappointment is that the house is not available for the same weeks next year when the rest of the family will be joining us, and we were hoping for 2 homes on Island Retreat!! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the kids enjoyed swimming in the lagoon and liked the bunk room! Sorry it is rented for the same time in 2016. 2017 is around the corner!
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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.


Rates & Availability

Swans Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
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! Cashiers check if w/in 30 days, otherwise personal checks. No credit cards.

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

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