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Experience life on a small private island off the coast of Maine. Time spent on Little Diamond is like stepping back in time. No cars, traffic or hassles. Enjoy a family owned cottage, with many wonderful memories already attached. Build your own great memories when you enjoy island living at its best.
A 15-minute cruise on the Casco Bay Lines ferry brings you from Portland to Little Diamond and the Casino, the island clubhouse. A short walk takes you to the cottage. The cottage faces west to allow the very best of island sunsets, from two 40’ decks, upper and lower, to enjoy the bay view in sun or shade. A beautiful birch tree surges through both of the decks for summer shade.
The island is best enjoyed by the many footpaths that cross the island through the woods, and along the beaches, from end to end and side to side. There are no cars or trucks on the island, but there are some golf carts with island youths willing to transport you and your belongings to and from the cottage or ferry dock for a small fee.
The 100+ year old, 9-room cottage has been renovated for all the creature comforts of home without any of the headaches. A view of the bay from the front and sides of the cottage, with a beautiful birch woodland in the rear provide marvelous personal space. An outside hot & cold water (non soap) shower allows the swimmers to rinse the salt water off, located on the lower deck before coming into the cottage. Much of the furniture is original to the cottage and fits appropriately inside the home.
The two master bedrooms have Casco Bay views and double beds, and the two other bedrooms have a double-bunk bed and a triple-bunk bed. On a clear day you can see Mt. Washington, which is 90 miles away.
Tide-pooling and shelling in front of the cottage around Crab Rock is the best on the island. There is great crabbing, and terrific striper-fishing. The beach is in the front yard and depending on the tide, you may walk all the way to the next island, across a connecting sandbar, to Great Diamond Island, where there is a small country store, with treats and ice cream. Also there, is a four-star restaurant at Diamond Cove, http://diamondsedgerestaurantandmarina.com/ , where you can enjoy a fine meal, then relax on a free ferry ride back down the bay to the Little Diamond Island dock, and the cottage, or tide-willing, a nice walk across that sandbar between Great & Little Diamond islands.
There is great community spirit in the seasonal Saturday Night Suppers held at the Casino, where the island residents work together to create a wonderful meal, served family style, as you bring flatware, silverware and beverage of choice, available at the cottage. Sign up for these reasonably priced family style meals is at the Casino porch on Fridays for renters, as space is available.
This is an island where all the islanders are neighbors, and the friendly atmosphere is a pleasant reminder of yesteryear. Horseshoe pits in the backyard along the path always bring great fun and camaraderie with strolling neighbors.
Keywords: Private Island Rental, ocean view, beach front, 4 bedrooms, 2 large decks facing the bay and one other facing the walking path and woods.
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Why Little Diamond Island: We have lived here on the island for over 50 years, and enjoyed every minute, raising four boys, and now they, their children and friends enjoy the cottage!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: For all the years spent here, it somehow stays the same. Some faces change, you see family resemblances as younger generations assume the family property, and then we meet new faces who appreciate the small island living by becoming new neighbors.