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Spectacular Private Island

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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.
Rates: The rates quoted are for groups of 12 or fewer. There is a charge equal to 1/24th of the base rate rounded to the nearest $10 for each additional person. There also is a surcharge of 20% for reservations made before February 1st for a rental date in a subsequent year (waived for groups larger than 20 people) and an additional $100 cleaning fee for guests who bring dogs.
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.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

Leisure Activities

  • Boating

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming

Dining

  • 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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 24 people

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • 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

  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • 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

  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

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

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

  • Wood Stove:

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

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

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

  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and cutlery for 24+ people...moreless

  • 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

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • 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

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    1.0 cuft microwave oven...moreless

  • Oven:

    There are 2 reasonably large gas ovens....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

  • Refrigerator:

    25 cuft refrigerator / freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

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

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

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

Outside

  • Beach Towels
  • Boat:

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

  • Boat With Paddles
  • Canoe
  • 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

  • Kayak / Canoe:

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

  • Outdoor Grill:

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

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

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

  • Wood Deck

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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Sept 2015 - 1st half
Aug 29 - Sep 11, 2015
7 night min stay

$6,995

Changeover Day: Saturday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $999 Nightly

Sept 2015 - 2nd half
Sep 12 - Oct 2, 2015
7 night min stay

$5,995

Changeover Day: Saturday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $856 Nightly

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

$3,995

Changeover Day: Saturday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $571 Nightly

April 30 to May 27
Apr 30 - May 27, 2016
7 night min stay

$3,995

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $571 Nightly

May 28 to June 10
May 28 - Jun 10, 2016
7 night min stay

$6,495

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $928 Nightly

June 11 to July 1
Jun 11 - Jul 1, 2016
7 night min stay

$7,495

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $1,071 Nightly

July 2 to Aug 26
Jul 2 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

$9,995

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $1,428 Nightly

Aug 27 to Sep 9
Aug 27 - Sep 9, 2016
7 night min stay

$7,495

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $1,071 Nightly

Sep 10 to Sep 30
Sep 10 - Sep 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$6,495

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $928 Nightly

Oct 1 to Oct 29
Oct 1 - Oct 29, 2016
7 night min stay

$3,995

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $571 Nightly


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • Cleaning $400 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

Payments can be made by check or by bank transfer via PayPal.

If the reservation is made more than one year in advance, only the $1,000 security deposit is due. If the reservation is made less than one year and more than 60 days in advance, the security deposit, 50% of the rent (calculated on 12 people), plus tax plus cleaning fee is due. If the reservation is made less than 60 days in advance, 100% of everything is due.


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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 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 breakfast table & view of the pool

    The Cook House breakfast table & view of the pool

  • The Little Boat House living room

    The Little Boat House living room

  • Outdoor lobster fest

    Outdoor lobster fest

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

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

  • Target practice - we also offer skeet shooting

    Target practice - we also offer skeet shooting

  • An antique wood splitter

    An antique wood splitter

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

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

  • 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 Cook House kitchen

    The Cook House kitchen

  • 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

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

    One of the fern-lined pathways around and through McGee

  • Volleyball

    Volleyball

  • Kayaking around McGee

    Kayaking around McGee

  • A car from the 1920s

    A car from the 1920s

  • Moon rise over Barter Island

    Moon rise over Barter Island

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