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Monhegan Island Retreat - Spacious, 4 bedrooms, fireplace, decks and views!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, Lovely Views & Close to Everything

This fabulous two story, four bedroom, 1.5 bath cape-style home on Monhegan Island offers spectacular water views from both floors. The house will comfortably accommodate a large group or an extended family. Magnolia House offers an open floor plan, which is flooded with natural light through the large picture windows and many skylights. Spacious, well stocked kitchen with updated stainless refrigerator and stove makes cooking a pleasure. Sun yourself on one of three private decks overlooking the beautifully designed perennial gardens,or enjoy the handcrafted stone fireplace on a cool evening. Lots of wood will be provided for you!

Separate media room offers quiet space for reading, relaxing, or family movie night with flatscreen and Netflix. House has several high end bluetooth stereos for streaming music on the high speed wifi. For extra guests, there is a full size futon and a single pull out bed in addition to the bedrooms. Hopefully you won't need it, but there is a large desk and office space on the second floor. Unlike many Monhegan properties, we are more than happy to consider pets.

Just past the Trailing Yew on Lobster Cove Road, Magnolia House is only minutes from Fish and Swim Beaches, galleries and the rest of the village in one direction and Lobster Cove in the other direction.

Have a larger group? Consider also renting the Kendall Apartment, which can be rented separately or with the main house! Kendall is a large studio apartment that has a private entrance, kitchen, bathroom, deck and gardens, but when rented with the main house, we can have the privacy wall adjusted so that there is a door that connects the two! Perfect for extended families or large groups attending festivities in the area.

Bringing children? We have a fantastic wooden playhouse on the property (with a loft!) that kids love, plenty of toys, puzzles, games and Legos, beach chairs, books for all ages, and a perfect bedroom with bunk beds (and a pull-out trundle) on the second floor. For much of the summer, there are delicious wild raspberries blooming in the yard, and late summer/early fall you can find wild blackberries. These are not just for kids, of course...last week we made a batch of homemade raspberry ice cream using freshly-picked berries from the yard, and we encourage you to do the same!

More Details

Shaw Zeeck
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017


Monhegan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , on second floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • First floor bathroom is the full bathroom. Upstairs is the half bath.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • There is one bedroom with a queen bed on the first floor. The second floor has three bedrooms. The largest is a spacious, airy room with a queen bed, picture windows and private deck with ocean views. The second bedroom has a full bed, and the third has a bunk bed with a trundle (three singles in total). If needed, there's also a futon with a full-size mattress in the media room and a loveseat that pulls out into a single bed (in the library nook off the master bedroom). Guests bring own linens and towels.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Shed
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Wi Fi is provided. Guests bring own towels and linens. Pillows and duvets/comforters are provided. Note that Kendall Apartment is adjacent, although completely private (separate entrance off of main road, private porch and yard).


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Monhegan Island Retreat - Spacious, 4 bedrooms, fireplace, decks and views!
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Fantastic stay at a lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

Magnolia is a lovely centrally located house on the island. There was plenty of space for everyone with stunning views. We enjoyed grilling out on the private back porch, as well as walking the many nearby trails. The beautiful stone mantel and artwork are a perfect fit for monhegan. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in dire need of deep cleaning and new septic

  • 1 of 5

The home is beautifully situated on the island of Mohegan. The home has great bones and was dirty. With a good deep cleaning and a paint job the place would be great. The kitchen floor is a broken mosaic that was falling apart daily. The water pressure was ok and the tap water had a red residue to it. The biggest issue was the pervasive septic smell that was really strong in front of the house and on the side all of the time. I m not sure if it was from the property or the house next door but it was bad.

The owner might consider getting a professional cleaning crew in pre-season,mid-season and before each rental. The person that is cleaning the space does a superficial job. We left the property much cleaner than we found it. Everything was grimy and that's too bad. There was no toilet paper on the premises.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like there were a lot of problems with Magnolia House during your stay. I am terribly sorry that so many things went wrong. I will do my best to let you know what we have done to fix what is fixable and what is just what one gets on a tiny island 12 miles out to sea. First the septic smell. I apologize for the discomfort this must have caused. In the future, please let us know about any problems ASAP and we can send the caretaker or other friends on the island to fix things we cannot fix from afar. In this case we were unaware of the problem until you posted this review online. There was a plugged pump that our caretaker was able to fix within the hour. It was a bad luck week for you, and I am sorry for that, but you might be surprised to know that Magnolia House actually has the most modern septic system I know of on the entire island. The whole system was replaced and an entire septic field was created with trucked in soil in 2014. I am most sorry, though, that the house was not as clean as it should have been. As you suggest, we do have it cleaned deeply at the beginning and end of every season. Because, however, Monhegan is so small and has so few full time residents, sometimes it is hard for the few cleaners working on the island to do deep cleanings every turnover if the accommodations aren't already reasonably clean when they begin. This is why we ask that, insofar as possible, guests leave the space as they found it. Thank you for doing even more! We try to always make sure that cleaning supplies are readily available. Beginning in the spring of 2017, the person who cleans the apartment and the house has dropped her other clients to focus only on the Kendal Apartment and Magnolia House. This will undoubtedly help to ensure the spaces are ready for the next guests, but we will continue to ask for, rely on, and appreciate our guests for leaving the homes as they find them. The kitchen floor... We have been chasing the kitchen floor for years. It was hand made by the previous owners and we felt deeply that it was a large part of the house's character. We agreed with you, though, that we were beaten by its deterioration, and the kitchen floor has been totally replaced. Just realized i have only 197 characters left! So, quickly, TP is in the red shed. If its not there, let us know and we will order more. Finally, Monhegan water pressure stinks and the water is potable but red and unsavory. We buy bottled water.
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we loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Extremely welcoming house, beautifully sited; comfortable kitchen , wonderful fireplace (wood generously supplied) for chilly nights or rainy days,

Lots of good books,games, amazon prime. We eagerly look forward to our return next June.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nina, I'm so glad you had a lovely vacation. You are welcome back anytime! Best, Elizabeth
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Central Florida

Wonderful house, great views, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We liked everything about this house. Everything was as described or better. The property was clean and well-maintained. The Zeecks were easy to work with while we were arranging the rental, and we did not need any additional services once we were on Monhegan.

I would definitely recommend this property to a friend or relative.

The deck off the master bedroom brought in the morning light and was also a fine place from which to view the famous Monhegan sunsets. Or you could just sit out there and watch the comings and goings on the road. We also liked the little reading nook that was right off the master bedroom.

The kitchen was large, fun to work in and well equipped. Our granddaughters liked their hideaway room with its kid-sized door, as well as the outdoor playhouse and the yard.

We all enjoyed the numerous books, puzzles and games that were in the house.

We've been to Monhegan numerous times over the past 40 years and this time we're eager to return to this house, not just the Island.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Wonderful Home on a Magical Island

  • 5 of 5

If you've never been to Monhegan Island, it's difficult to describe. It's welcoming, rustic, and for lack of a better word, magical. I have gone for many years; through my own childhood and now with my children. The Island still holds the same charm. This year, however, was our best trip ever due to the warm and beautiful home of Shaw and Elizabeth. This home is a gem - homey and spacious - a perfect combination of "island cape" with all the modern conveniences of mainland living. Tons of room, indoors and out, for a full family, with unique and creative details throughout. Great for kids and adults. And the owners are tremendously helpful, gracious, and available. I would recommend this rental to everyone...but won't, in an effort to keep the Island and this house a secret gem!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Daniel, Thanks so much for your review. We like the place too! While we are no longer living in NYC, I enjoyed talking about our shared experiences there. You and your family were perfect guests. We are really looking forward to having you back on the island and hope to cross paths next time. Best, Shaw
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A Real Charmer

  • 5 of 5

This artists’ house has incredible charm and lots of originality. I loved all the different views from the windows, especially observing the changes throughout the day from the big picture windows. The large fireplace gives the house a very cozy atmosphere, and there are plenty of opportunities to just step out onto one of the many decks. This house is a real gem to stay in.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Monhegan Brewery
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
The Novelty
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Fish Beach
Car: not necessary

Monhegan Island is situated more than 10 miles from the nearest mainland and is accessible only by ferry. Boats dock in the same natural harbor that early European explorers and pirates alike "discovered" over 400 years ago. The tiny island's rich fishing grounds have been prized by Native Americans for thousands of years.

Once off the boat, visitors will find a charming village, artists studios and galleries, gift shops, restaurants, even the island's own Brewery. There are no passenger cars; just a few trucks to get bags and supplies back and forth from the ferry. The village is centrally located, surrounded by quaint and historic cottages, leaving the rest of Monhegan preserved in its natural state.

A short hike in any direction will take you to beautiful cliffs & dense, quiet woods, all protected by Monhegan Associates, a non-profit nature conservancy, that owns 70% of the island and dedicates itself to preserving Monhegan's wild splendor.

Despite being scarcely a mile square, Monhegan offers 17 miles of trails, taking hikers through magical woodland groves, to the top of majestic cliffs, and past countless vistas of wild shoreline- even a shipwreck that no one will be able to resist exploring!

The island also boasts a wonderful art museum dedicated to Monhegan life and the island's long history as one of the most important artists' colonies of the 20th century, a historic lighthouse, library, general store, several restaurants, two beaches, and a coffee house.

Hiking, local artists' studios, fishing, swimming, boating, birdwatching, and kayaking are a few of the things the island offers.

Most importantly, though, it’s a time to slow down, unwind and enjoy Monhegan's natural beauty, slow pace, and casual ambience.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Because the rental season on Monhegan is so short (and books months in advance), our refund policy is 100% refund up to 90 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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