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Vacation Mid- Coast Maine Island - Studio Apartment - OPEN MID MAY TO OCT.

Bedrooms 1
Space 364 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Furnished Apartment - 1 Bedroom, half bath/shower, Sleeps 2, in the woods

Loft apartment over a small barn, on a Midcoast Maine island, close to Acadia National Park.

The apartment is fully furnished, provides comfortable accommodations for a single, or couple. The half bath includes a toilet and shower (no sink).

It is a fifteen minute walk to the shore. The property is located in the woods on 5 acres on one of Maine's coastal islands, Swan's Island.

The apartment is a seasonal rental, available from mid-May through September, by the night (two nights minimum weekends - Friday&Saturday), with a weekly rate available on request.

The rental is on the north side of Swan's island, in an area known as 'Island Retreat'.The apartment overlooks a large clearing, and is a short walk from the shore. The area is on/near several hiking trails.

There are no moose, bear, porcupines, skunks, or poisonous snakes on Swans Island. There is no known dangerous wildlife on the island.

There is no public camping on the island.

Swans Island is accessible by Maine State DOT Ferry, from Bass Harbor. In the summer, most days, there are six round trips daily. There is no public transportation on Swans Island, bicycling is a challenge due to the terrain. The island is about 7,000 acres in extent, with about twenty miles of roads.

Dog friendly: owners and pets welcome with prior approval. Dog rules: must not share the bed - crate trained/wag bag, vaccines current, non- destructive, never left alone in apartment.

Our reviews say it all!

There is a general store, two places to buy gas/diesel. Note alcoholic beverages are not sold in the Town of Swan's Island.

More Details

Jim/Sharon Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

About Jim/Sharon Stone

Knowledgeable, flexible, helpful hosts.

Jim/Sharon Stone purchased this studio in 2005

Why Jim/Sharon Stone chose Downeast and Acadia

A great location on Swan' s Island, close to trails, beaches, and rental flexibility. See our reviews!

What makes this studio unique

Most property rentals on Swan' s Island start on Saturday, and are weekly rentals. We offer nightly rentals off season, two nights minimum in season, and reduced rates for extended stays. Inquire!


Swans Island Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 364 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , private - closing door, off sleeping area.
  • Five gallon electric water heater, limits shower duration to two minutes of hot water flow - wet/turn off water/soap/turn on water/rinse ...wait twenty minutes for next shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Small semi-private sleeping area - alcove, no door.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Only a fifteen minute walk from the shore in several directions, several hiking trails in the area. The best vacation value for a single or couple on Swans Island. The owners live next door to the rental, and will assist with any reasonable request, that will make your stay more pleasant. If you walk onto the ferry, the owners will transport you to the property. The owners will be glad to offer advice regarding climate, clothing, and shopping.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Vacation Mid- Coast Maine Island - Studio Apartment - OPEN MID MAY TO OCT.
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Philadelphia, PA

Swans Island- small town island experience

  • 5 of 5

First, thanks Sharon and Jim! Josh and I had a fun time on the island! The rental is located on Swans Island which is accessible by ferry. We brought our car so that we could visit all of the sites on the island. The rental unit is located in a forrested community on Jim and Sharons property. It is well equiped with cooking gear, vhs and dvd collection, linens, etc. Jim provided maps of the island and guidance on what to do. We rented his 2 person kayak and enjoyed exploring the island in this way; observing land, water, and sky creatures. Also went on several short day hikes. A trip to Tim's store was a daily routine for us, but we had also done grocery shopping before we arrived to the island. September appears to be a nice, quiet month to visit. The locals were all very friendly and interested in sharing a story or 2. Beautiful scenery- nice escape! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erin, Glad you and Josh enjoyed your visit - mission accomplished! Come back, there is more to see and more to do. Jim/Sharon
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Relaxing getaway in charming cabin on Swan's Island. Very comfortable stay with accommodating owners

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I needed a few days away to relax and this was the perfect place to do it. Very nice small cabin like accommodation that was very clean, comfortable and had everything you needed. It's in a very quiet area and a short walk to the water. We also enjoyed exploring the island in our car. Fine sand beach was beautiful and I could see spending days there to lay in the sun and hear the waves crash. Sharon and Jim are also very kind and helpful. They helped us get in contact with a lobster fisherman on the island so we could get our own lobsters. We cooked our own lobsters for the first time which was a fun experience. The cabin has everything you would need to cook lobsters so you'll be all set. I would definitely stay here again. We would probably stay longer next time! Thank you Jim and Sharon for our cool Maine experience :)

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mandi/Mike, Glad you enjoyed Normie' s lobster! None better, many people think the lobster caught in the vicinity of Swan' s Island is the best they have ever eaten. We enjoy "Fine Sand Beach" too, one of our favorites. Come back for more R&R anytime. Jim/Sharon
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Excellent Island Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Jim and Sharon were spectacular hosts while my friend and I stayed at the apartment for an extended weekend. The apartment has everything you could think of, including paper goods, soap, shampoo and a tea infuser! There is plenty of space for two, lots of natural light and good airflow with the many windows that can be opened. It is in a secluded part of the island so there aren't loud neighbors or lots of cars driving by; it is as peaceful as can be! A highlight for us was the provided Chromecast, a great addition in today's age that allows guest to access their Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc. accounts, so you don't have to worry about leaving a binge-watch midway through.

The island was a great place to explore. There were lots of short trails to bluff points and beaches. We did a lot of rock hopping (best at low tide) and laying about at Fine Sand Beach. The trails at East Point Road and Red Point Road where highlights for us. If you don't mind the longer walk and want more privacy on the beach, the Rockefeller Estate beach at Irish Point is a great locale. If you like to Kayak, there are multiple places to put the boat in an explore the many glacial-formed inlets that are the epitome of coastal Maine.

TIMS was a lovely little store where we were able to get butter we had forgotten, but guests should definitely do the majority of their shopping on the mainland at one of the large stores in Ellsworth, or Gotts in Southwest Harbor. Gotts is small but it does have a large selection and a small deli. If take-out is your favorite though, TIMS has a great menu for that.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cecelia, Your review reminds me of how/why we came to be on Swan' s Island. A day trip, the next year a rental, then another rental... all because of the hiking trails, the views, the beaches. Your comprehensive review brought all of those memories back. Thank you, Jim/Sharon
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Overall wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had such a lovely time staying at Jim and Sharon's studio apartment on Swan's Island. It was the prefect getaway for a long weekend. Jim and Sharon were very helpful in letting us know all of the greatest things to do around the island. We will definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Emily, Glad you enjoyed your (brief) stay. Thank you for sharing your experience! Return anytime, we look forward to seeing you again. Jim/Sharon
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Wonderful, relaxing retreat on a special island

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our stay. We wish we could have stayed longer than just 4 days! Jim and Sharon made us feel welcome from the very beginning and provided excellent advice for how best to enjoy the island. This is a unique and beautiful retreat, and we had everything we needed in the cozy apartment, including access to excellent hikes to the waterfront as well as beautiful vistas in walking distance. We highly recommend this stay if you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful retreat, which was perfect for us. It is also very nice to have a full kitchen to be able to cook meals. We also enjoyed the lighthouse and picnics on the island, as well as the books and reading material about the island that Jim and Sharon offer in the apartment. It was an insightful and pleasant glimpse into a very meaningful and special way of life. We hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We enjoyed meeting you, and look forward to seeing you again. Safe travels. Jim/Sharon
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beautiful place for a get-away!

  • 5 of 5

Swan's island is the perfect place to get away from it all. Free from crowds, the island offers beautiful views with fun and relaxing adventure. Jim and Sharon couldn't have been more kind and helpful during our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Swan' s Island is a good place for R&R: often, you may be the only ones on a sandy beach, or paddling your kayaks along a wooded shore in a quiet cove. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can taste like a gourmet meal after a hike to Hero Beach. There is never enough time to do it all - there are over forty miles of scenic trails. You are welcome back anytime to discover more of the island, eat lobster, or read the book you never get time to finish. Jim/Sharon
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Village of Atlantic
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Off island - SW Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
TIMS Carryout
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
15 - 20 minute walk
Car: recommended

The apartment is in a Loft over a shop, located in a clearing in a spruce forest. The clearing where the loft apartment is located, is about a fifteen minute walk from the shore front. The location is on the north side of the island, about three miles from the island Ferry Terminal.


Rates & Availability

Swans Island Studio Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

No smoking inside, pets considered - by request, no children less than 12, no lobsters may be cooked inside (may cook outside - facility provided), not handicap accessible, one night minimum - unless weekend reservation, party of two maximum occupancy, NO FIRES - Swans Island is a heavily wooded island (Fire Chief MUST issue a permit for ANY fire).

The damage deposit will be refunded within 7 business days unless a claim is filed by the owner/manager. Removal of excessive trash, heavy cleaning, evidence of smoking, evidence of a dog on the bed can result in a claim against the damage deposit.

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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