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Unplug, rejuvenate in renovated Maine cottage Stunning views Family friendly

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Five Bedroom, two full baths, gorgeous views, lots of room to rest and relax

House sits on 2 acres above the water, on a unique island that offers a very special kind of vacation. Hikers, boaters, cooks, readers, game players will all love this very happy house. Renovated in 2008, there is a really nice Gourmet kitchen stocked with every piece of equipment you might need, Living Room with fireplace, pretty music/sitting room, dining room with Franklin Stove, large outdoor deck and swing on the porch, all make up the first floor plan. The outside features lovely trees, mature gardens, and a pretty path that leads down to the water. The multi level deck allows for sun bathing or outdoor dining. There is lots of outdoor furniture and a round Wetherend dining table that seats 8. The second floor has three double queen size bedrooms, and two singles with a fabulous bath looking at Acadia National Park. The property also has a charming bunkhouse that sleeps 4. There are bikes to borrow, a grill. There are lots of events that happen all throughout the summer on the Island. Local artists are painting, showing their art, the Dock restaurant has music featured during the week, and it is part of the rhythm to take the mail boat over to Mount Desert to visit Southwest and Northeast Harbor.

Now some information about the island: Islesford is a small hamlet located on Little Cranberry Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. It is one of the five islands of the town of Cranberry Isles, Maine. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Mount Desert Island, which is home to Acadia National Park.

Travelers can reach the island village via the Beal and Bunker mail boat & ferry service that runs from the village of Northeast Harbor in the town of Mount Desert, Maine; the Cranberry Cove Boating ferry service from Southwest Harbor and Manset; and during the summer on various water taxis including 'Cadillac Water Taxi', and 'Delight,' both leaving from various harbors.

The island also hosts several seasonal cultural venues including the Islesford Dock Gallery and Restaurant, Islesford Artists Fine Art Gallery, The Islesford Congregational Church, (housing the famed 'Sea Glass Windows' by artist, Ashley Bryan), and the Islesford Historical Museum, which is part of Acadia National Park. In 1980, the museum was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Islesford is on Little Cranberry Island, one of five islands that comprise the Town of Cranberry Isles. In 2013 the year round population was about sixty-five. Islesford is home to the town's two-room public school, 'The Ashley Bryan School'. The school is the first Maine public school to be named, in 2011, for a Visual Artist as well as an African-American. In 2013 the school had 12 students grades K - 8th grade, with two full time teachers. The Ashley Bryan School is one of six one and two-room island schools that make up the inter-island, 'Outer Island Teaching and Learning Collaborative'. This collaboration allows for remote 'live' teaching and learning among schools and students on Matinicus Island, Monhegan Island, Isle au Haut, Cliff Island, Frenchboro, and The Ashley Bryan School in the Cranberry Islands.

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John Knott
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About John Knott

This property was the kitchen/dining room for the hotel property that I bought 10 years earlier. My neighbors had this house in their family since 1969. After I bought the hotel next door and renovated the interiors, I fell in love with the summer lifestyle of outdoor games, biking around the island, gardening, reading and enjoying sailing trips, boat picnics and big hikes on Acadia National Park. When my neighbors offered to sell, I decided to put the two properties back together.

We had a chance to buy the house from her family, and in we then renovated the house adding a new roof, new kitchen and modernized the bunk house and new deck. Now the house is for sale, so there is a chance it will be shown during your stay; or perhaps you will find it becomes your special place too!!

John Knott purchased this cottage in 2015

Why John Knott chose Cranberry Isles

Bunkers Cove has a long history, attracting artists to paint the gorgeous views from the late 1800s. The people who live and summer there are from all over the world, yet want to come to here. We love sharing it with others, as Islesford is so unique as a summer destination.

What makes this cottage unique

Small island living is a conscious choice to disconnect, regroup, enjoy your thoughts, books, your friends and family. It is a restful venue like no other. The view is unparalleled, you can stare at the sky, mountains and water all day long. The fireplace and Franklin stove make it very cozy on chilly days, the deck and swing on the porch make it divine when the weather is warm. It is fun to cook, garden, read, play games, or cross over to hike for the day in Acadia National Park. Yet all the creature comforts are here, so the chance to rest, rejuvenate while in lovely surroundings is what makes this house so special and unique.


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Unplug, rejuvenate in renovated Maine cottage Stunning views Family friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Family Fun in Islesford

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We enjoyed a fabulous week in this lovely home on Islesford and hope to return!

This comfortable house is beautifully decorated with every amenity you'd need. We enjoyed hours of family time playing games in the evening in the cozy family room, sitting on the deck taking in spectacular views, watching the hummingbirds, walking along the rock beach and biking and hiking all over the island - it is a perfect place to unplug and recharge.

Our young boys (11, 9 & 6) were excited by the bunk house, it was a special place for them to play board games, read and hang out together. They loved the freedom of biking, hiking, exploring, and playing at the school playground, always stopping to find wild blueberries and raspberries along the way.

It was thrilling to buy fresh lobster right from the dock and enjoy them for dinner that very evening, we also enjoyed several meals at the Islesford Dock restaurant. The mailboat ferry is a fun and convenient way to travel to Mount Dessert Island.

We highly recommend this rental property!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you, and so pleased you enjoyed Islesford and our house. Please consider coming back next summer. All the best, Connie and Gordon
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Bangor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dockside Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Islesford Dock/ Mail Boat
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Dockside Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sand Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Islesford Cottage Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Maid Clean up $100
Property Damage Protection $99

Groceries can be charged by credit card from Pinetree Market in NorthEast Harbor or Sawyers in Southwest Harbor. Both deliver to the Islesford Dock same day as order. Seven day minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Islesford Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Window, next to kitchen and laundry
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Gorgeous views, dresser and lots of room to change
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Lookout room - 1 twin/ single , This is a lovely spot, but single bed is not fully private
    Office Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Lovely mountain view, charming small room desk/bed
    Bunkhouse - 4 bunk bed , Fun out building close to kitchen door. No plumbing
    Master BR - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • Game Room
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain climbing
Islesford is also known as Little Cranberry Island. It is accessible by Mail Ferry boat from Northeast Harbour and Southwest Harbor There is a fabulous restaurant, small pottery shop, art galleries, and other fun finds on the island.

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