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Spectacular Private Island- 3 Houses- Sleeps 24

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Last updated: 08/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Port Clyde house description

Imagine being picked up in the small fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine, riding just 3 miles out to sea, arriving on a magnificent 110-acre private island and finding yourself transported back to a simpler time when life had fewer distractions and a slower pace. As you step into the beautiful historic buildings, you find them filled with items and furnishings dating from the 1920s. Yes, there are modern amenities such as a beautiful new kitchen, comfortable accommodations, cell phone service, and Wi-Fi Internet connection. But once you arrive, you find the beauty of the Maine coastline and the plethora of possible activities, offers you and your guests the opportunity to truly relax and leave behind mainland worries.

Feeling active? Grab a kayak or canoe and go for a paddle around the rocky coves and beaches of McGee and neighboring Barter Island. Take a hike or comb the beaches in search of small treasures that the ocean deposits on the shores! If you like to swim, plunge into the refreshing salt water and then warm up in the waterside sauna or outdoor shower.

Want to relax? Sit back in a rocker from the 1920’s on the huge, wrap-around porch with 180º views of the ocean and neighboring islands. You might see an osprey, a bald eagle, a seal, or other wildlife, with little but your own conversation to break the tranquility. You might decide to play the baby grand piano, nap in the hammock, read a book on the porch swing, or explore the many rooms of the historic buildings.

Enjoy competition? Gather a group together for a friendly game of croquet, volleyball, or badminton. You can up the ante with a little wager – the loser has to wash the dinner dishes! For a slower-paced option, there is a closet full of board games for all ages.

Hungry? Try gathering food from the island. You can fish off the dock, collect mussels from the ocean, pick raspberries and blackberries that grow wild on the island, or take the easy route – buy lobsters from a passing lobster boat. You can work together with your friends and family to create delicious culinary dishes in the newly remodeled kitchen.

Want a night time activity? Gather for dinner in the Cook House built in the late 1700s and then retire up to the living room in the Main House. Start a roaring fire to provide the perfect backdrop for board games, reading, and socializing. Or head outside to the porch to watch an extraordinary moon rise or some incredible star gazing!

If group activities and shared experiences form the basis for life-long bonds, then McGee Island is an ideal location for family reunions and small gatherings from 4 to 24 people.

Accommodations:
Your rental includes McGee and Barter Islands. McGee Island is the larger of the two islands and has 3 residential structures: the Main House, the Cook House, and the Little Boat House. Barter is the smaller of the two islands, is undeveloped, and is accessible either by boat or by a natural land bridge that appears at low tide.

The two islands nestled close to each other to form a natural deep-water harbor that can accommodate yachts up to 60 to 70 feet in length. If you don’t have a yacht, don’t worry; our caretaker will be happy to transport you and your luggage and groceries from Port Clyde to McGee in our 10-person island boat.

The Main House is a beautiful, traditional, shingled summer home built in 1915. The interior walls were left exposed showing the beautiful wood that was used to construct the building. It has 9 bedrooms with two King, three Queen, and seven twin beds that can sleep 17 people. There are 4 full bathrooms equipped with original claw foot-era tubs as well as a relatively-new, partially-enclosed outdoor shower which tends to be the favorite place for bathing.

The Cook House, originally built in the late 1700’s, has a newly remodeled kitchen equipped with modern appliances and an outdoor BBQ gas grill. There are 2 dining areas in the Cook House. The breakfast table in the kitchen seats 6-8 and offers commanding views of the harbor. The adjoining dining room can seat up to 22 (more if everyone squeezes a bit). The Cook House also has a shower on the first floor and a large bedroom with 3 twin beds on the second floor.

The Little Boat House, also built in the early 1900’s, is located right on the water. It has a porch, a comfortable living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom on the first floor. The second floor has 2 queen beds. The Little Boat House is a favorite with teens as it provides a place where they can be on their own, yet is close enough to the Cook House for late night snacks.

McGee Island is a great place to leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are no TVs or radios in the buildings. There is however, a Wi-Fi Internet connection for those who wish or need to stay connected. There also is mobile phone reception depending on where you are on the island (n.b., Verizon and US Cellular work best).

If you’d like to spend a day on-shore, Port Clyde is a short 15-minute boat ride away. From there, you can catch the Laura B for a day trip to Monhegan Island, best known for its artists’ colony. The mainland also offers shopping in Freeport, the Lobster Festival in Rockland, and golf in Camden. On-shore excursions, however, are best limited to groups of no more than 8 to 10; the maximum number of passengers the island boat can carry, and must be completed within daylight hours.

McGee and Barter Islands have played a magical role in our lives. They have provided our clan with a place to congregate–where siblings, cousins, young and old can renew their bonds and create shared memories–while enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Maine coastline. We hope that you, your family, and your friends experience the same magic that brings us back, year after year.

Keywords: Island, large, relaxing, quiet, historic, old fashion, turn of the century,

Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Smoking Allowed:

            Smoking is permitted outdoors so long as smokers take care to extinguish their cigarettes completely when done and that they put the cigarette butts in the garbage....moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Children Welcome:

            McGee is a great place for kids who like to swim, fish, canoe or kayak (with life jackets and adult supervision), catch crabs, explore the rocks and coastline, search the flotsam and jetsam that washes up, play active games on the huge playfield or indoor games, pick berries, etc....moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Pets Considered:

            McGee is a very dog-friendly island. We ask our guests to keep the dogs clean and dry indoors and to pick up their 'deposits' on the lawn. There is an additional $100 added to the cleaning fee....moreless

          Bedrooms: 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24, Beds for 24

          • Green Room: 2 twin/ single

            Inland views - Main House 2nd floor - 2 XL twin beds...moreless

          • Sewing Room: 1 queen

            Inland views - Main House 2nd floor ...moreless

          • Nanny's Room: 1 twin/ single

            Connected to Porch room - Main House 1st floor ...moreless

          • Boys' Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

            Ocean view - Main House 1st floor - 2 XL twin beds...moreless

          • Flag Room: 1 queen

            Inland view - Main House 1st floor - quietest bedroom...moreless

          • Pink Room: 1 queen

            Ocean view - Main House 2nd floor ...moreless

          • Yellow Room: 2 twin/ single

            Ocean view - Main House 2nd floor - 2 XL twin beds...moreless

          • Piano Room: 1 king

            Ocean view - Main House 1st floor...moreless

          • Front Porch Room : 1 king

            Main House 1st floor - connects to the Nanny's Room...moreless

          • Little Boat House Bedroom: 2 queen

            Both queen beds are in the same bedroom....moreless

          • Cookhouse Bedroom: 3 twin/ single

            Cook House upstairs - 3 regular twin beds in one bedroom...moreless

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Bathroom for Front Porch Bedroom ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Bathroom for Piano Bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Bathroom for Sewing Bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Bathroom for Pink Bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 6: toilet, shower

            Bathroom for Little Boat House...moreless

          • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

            Bathroom for Cook House...moreless

          • Bathroom 7: shower

            Outdoor shower...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Lobsters - and sometimes shellfish - are available at the Mosquito Island Lobster Company in Port Clyde. We also have beds of mussels accessible at low tide. Please, however, check with the caretaker first before harvesting mussels to make sure there is no Red Tide alert in effect....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books:

                The Main House has an extensive library of books most from the 1910's and 1920's. There also are assorted magazines going back decades....moreless

              • Games:

                McGee is well stocked with games of all types including board games, croquet, bolles, badminton, and volleyball....moreless

              • Games For Kids
              • Piano

              Theme

              • Family
              • Sports & Activities
              • Away From It All
              • Historic

              Leisure Activities

                  • Boating

                  Location Type

                  • Waterfront
                  • Oceanfront:

                    McGee is a private island in the Atlantic Ocean about 3 miles from Port Clyde, Maine....moreless

                  • Ocean View
                  • Waterfront
                  • Water View
                  • Rural

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Kayaking
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Swimming

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Dining:

                        The Cook House has a breakfast area that can seat 9. It also has a dining room that can seat 22 to 24 if people squeeze. There also are three 8 foot picnic tables for outdoor dining....moreless

                      • Seating for 24 people

                      General

                      • Telephone:

                        There is no land-line telephone service to McGee and cell phone service can be spotty. The Main House, however, is equipped with a cell phone signal repeater so service in that area is good...moreless

                      • Washing Machine:

                        The island is equipped with a high-efficiency clothes washer....moreless

                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        The island is equipped with a clothes dryer, but, if the sun is shining, we recommend people hang their clothes on the clothes line to dry...moreless

                      • Wireless Internet:

                        The Main House has a wireless Internet router located in the Sun Room next to the living room. Bandwidth is limited to 1 MB up and 10 MB down - plenty for most use, but not for streaming movies....moreless

                      • Wood Stove:

                        The Cook House kitchen is equipped with a Franklin stove that can keep the kitchen area quite warm....moreless

                      • Heating:

                        There is no central heating in the Main House or Cook House. All beds in all buildings, however, have electric mattress pad heaters that will keep you plenty warm at night....moreless

                      • Parking:

                        We recommend people park their car in Port Clyde at the Monhegan Boat Lines parking lots. The cost is between $4 and $5 per day and they offer shuttle bus service to and from the lot....moreless

                      • Mobile Phone:

                        Cell phone reception is available but some services (e.g., US Cellular and Verizon) have better reception. Reception also is affected by the weather and the caller's location on the island....moreless

                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        Wood is provided for the huge 8-foot fireplace in the Main House. Other fireplaces in the building are not operational....moreless

                      • Firewood
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Off-street parking is provided by Monhegan Boat Lines. Stop at their office at the end of Route 131 in Port Clyde and tell them how long you wish to park your car. They will direct you to an appropriate parking lot and they provide a bus to bring you and your belongings to the Port Clyde Public Landing...moreless

                      • Fireplace

                      Kitchen

                      • Dishwasher:

                        Commercial dishwasher. Guests need to rinse the dishes. The commercial dishwasher will wash & sanitize the dishes in about 2 minutes. Thedishes then need to be dried....moreless

                      • Refrigerator:

                        25 cuft refrigerator / freezer...moreless

                      • Oven:

                        There are 2 reasonably large gas ovens....moreless

                      • Microwave:

                        1.0 cuft microwave oven...moreless

                      • Kitchen:

                        The Cook House kitchen was remodeled in 2011 and equipped with a commercial range and dishwasher. There is no dispos-all. There also is a high-BTU outdoor burner for cooking lobsters....moreless

                      • Stove:

                        Commercial 8- burner gas range with 2 large ovens...moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Dishes and cutlery for 24+ people...moreless

                      • Pantry Items:

                        The kitchen has a supply of spices, and basic cooking supplies (e.g., salt, flour, olive oil, vinegar, etc.), some items may be out if the prior guests have used them & not informed us...moreless

                      • Coffee Maker:

                        There is a coffee maker in both the Cook House kitchen and in the kitchen / bar area of the Main House...moreless

                      • Toaster:

                        This is a regular 2-slice toaster; not a toaster-oven....moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        Mostly manual cooking utensils, but there are an electric hand mixer, blender, and toaster ...moreless

                      • Grill
                      • Blender
                      • Ice Maker
                      • Lobster Pot
                      • Stove

                      Outside

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        The island has two single kayaks and one double kayak...moreless

                      • Porch / Veranda:

                        The Main House has an extensive porch / veranda which extends around the building....moreless

                      • Boat:

                        There is a small rowing boat which can seat up to six people including the two rowers....moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        There is a porch along the entire front of the Main House with 180º views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding islands....moreless

                      • Patio
                      • Wood Deck
                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                      • Beach Towels
                      • Boat With Paddles
                      • Canoe
                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        The island has a Weber grill fueled by LP-gas....moreless

                      Pool / Spa

                          • Sauna:

                            McGee has a sauna heated by a wood-burning stove. We asked that children under the age of 18 not use the sauna unless an adult is present....moreless

                           

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                          $7,995

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                          $5,995

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                          $3,995

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                          May 30 - Jun 12, 2015
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                          $6,995

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                          $8,995

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                          $6,995

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                          $5,995

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                          October 2015
                          Oct 3 - Oct 31, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          $3,995

                          Changeover Day: Saturday


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                          • Cleaning $400 + tax
                          • Tax Rate 8%

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                          Other Activities: kayaking, beachcombing, volleyball, croquet, bocci ball

                           

                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 1912

                          About: A.W. Erickson, Jr.'s descendants and their spouses

                          Why Port Clyde:
                          As our family expanded in number and spread out across the country and Europe, McGee Island has been a nexus that has brought together cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, in-laws, and even brothers and sisters. Time spent together preparing meals, gathering mussels, going for swims, walking or rowing around the islands, playing volleyball, croquet, and badminton during the day and card and board games at night has enabled us to form bonds and remain close.


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                          Photos

                          • Aerial view of McGee and Barter Islands

                            Aerial view of McGee and Barter Islands

                          • The Main House

                            The Main House

                          • The Main House living room

                            The Main House living room

                          • The Pink Bedroom

                            The Pink Bedroom

                          • The Sewing Bedroom

                            The Sewing Bedroom

                          • The Cook House - this tends to be a favorite place for teens to sleep

                            The Cook House - this tends to be a favorite place for teens to sleep

                          • The Cook House kitchen with an 8-burner stove, 2 ovens, & commercial dishwasher

                            The Cook House kitchen with an 8-burner stove, 2 ovens, & commercial dishwasher

                          • The Little Boat House living room

                            The Little Boat House living room

                          • Outdoor lobster fest

                            Outdoor lobster fest

                          • One of the fern-lined pathways around and through McGee

                            One of the fern-lined pathways around and through McGee

                          • Target practice - we also offer skeet shooting

                            Target practice - we also offer skeet shooting

                          • Moon rise over Barter Island

                            Moon rise over Barter Island

                          • View of McGee from the harbor

                            View of McGee from the harbor

                          • View of the Pool from the Main House porch

                            View of the Pool from the Main House porch

                          • The Front Porch Bedroom.

                            The Front Porch Bedroom.

                          • The Yellow Bedroom

                            The Yellow Bedroom

                          • The Green Bedroom

                            The Green Bedroom

                          • The Cook House kitchen & breakfast area

                            The Cook House kitchen & breakfast area

                          • The Little Boat House.  This tends to be a favorite place for teens to sleep.

                            The Little Boat House. This tends to be a favorite place for teens to sleep.

                          • The Little Boat House bedroom

                            The Little Boat House bedroom

                          • The tides can exceed 11 feet and sometimes will cover the dock

                            The tides can exceed 11 feet and sometimes will cover the dock

                          • Activities available include croquet, boole, volleyball, soccer, and badminton

                            Activities available include croquet, boole, volleyball, soccer, and badminton

                          • Kayaking around McGee

                            Kayaking around McGee

                          • Some of the wild life on McGee

                            Some of the wild life on McGee

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                          11 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
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