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Private Island with View of Harbor, Lighthouse, and Open Ocean

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Kittery cottage description

Gooseberry Island is a small private island located in Portsmouth Harbor adjacent to the Maine shore at Kittery Point. Formerly a retreat for business associates, family, and friends, Gooseberry Island has remained in the same family for nearly 100 years. Gooseberry is the only inhabited private island in Portsmouth Harbor, and has fantastic unobstructed views of historic Whaleback Lighthouse, Ft. Constitution, Ft. McClary, and the open ocean with the Isles of Shoals in the distance.

The dwelling is a classic New England two story saltbox. It is available for rent from May through October and is accessible only by boat. The first floor consists of a modern kitchen with tile floor, cherry cabinets, and granite countertops. The bathroom, located directly off the kitchen, is also designed with cherry cabinetry, a pink New Hampshire granite vanity, and beautiful custom shower with a solid glass door and custom tiled interior. An additional spacious shower room and changing area with hot and cold water from our drilled well is located on the back porch. The front of the house is comprised of a large L-shaped room which incorporates the living room/dining area. French doors open onto a classic semi-enclosed, shingled front porch furnished with wrought iron pieces overlooking a panoramic view of the mouth of the harbor and the open ocean .

On the second floor, the master bedroom has a chaise lounge, two period bureaus, and a king-sized bed. Adjacent to this room is a loft bedroom containing two single beds, two childs beds,a bureau, and bedside tables.The cottage is best described as a well designed house for four, with ample space for an additional two or three young children or PERHAPS another adult.

Adjacent to the main cottage there is a rustic cabin that contains two bunk beds, tv, refrigerator,bureau,and desk. A large double window affords an excellent view of the boat harbor.A specal place just for kids!

This unparalleled island location comes with certain minor limitations. There is a drilled well and pump house which supply excellent water that must be used sensibly for showers and kitchen use. The bathroom is equipped with an odorless electric composting toilet which requires minimal attention to operate – less than 30 seconds per day and actually functions better than a conventional one! The island is powered by submarine cables and has electric central heat. With the exception of the tiled kitchen and bathroom, all floors throughout the house are polished hardwood. As island living goes, it is luxurious. Gooseberry is a change of pace destination for guests anticipating a pristine setting with all the comforts of modern living. The cottage and cabin are the only dwellings on the island. No other people have access to the island without permission from the residents. It is accessable only by boat.

Transportation and secure parking are arranged from either our private pier or from the town landing . Our pier is approximately one mile from the island, the town landing one quarter mile. Guests may also access the island with their own boats. The dock at Gooseberry Island can accommodate a boat up to 50’ in length. Launch service is available any time throughout the day as requested. The launch can ferry you to various points throughout the harbor as well as our dock or the town dock at a nominal price. The cost of a round trip to the town dock for all guests {not per person }, is only $10. Other destinations are similarly priced. The launch is available daily {except Monday} from 8am to 7:30pm. Initial transportation upon arrival and departure is included in the rental price. Our boat is available by arrangement, or 24\7 for emergency purposes. A 17' Boston Whaler is available for rent to qualified guests upon request.

Portsmouth, N.H., and York, Me., hospitals are only 10 or 15 minutes from our dock. Boston's world famous Mass. General Hospital as well as many others of equal renown are only one hour away. Additionally, one of our close friends is a surgeon and partner at Portsmouth's Sports Medicine Atlantic Orthopaedics clinic , ten minutes from our dock.

There are six kayaks on the island that can be used to travel to our home dock or to the town landing where there is a general store as well as an excellent restaurant. Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, a locally famous restaurant where guests can select their own lobsters from live tanks, is just a short paddle from the island. Dining tables are outside on a deck built over the water with an unspoiled view of the creek and the opposing shoreline.

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are only an hour and a half away. World famous L.L. Bean and Cabela’s are each within 45 minutes. Portsmouth NH with its fabulous restaurants, shopping, live theater, beautiful parks, and historical sites is just at the other end of the harbor. The famous Ogunquit Playhouse is twenty minutes distant by car. The York Beaches and Wild Animal Kingdom are located in the neighboring town of York, Maine. For rainy days one could consider shopping at the renowned Kittery Outlet Malls.


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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Renters must be 25 or older unless accompanied by parents or adults. References may be requested from unaccompanied youthful renters....moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                Gooseberry Island is a wonderful place for young children especially. They can entertain themselves by exploring, beachcombing, and playing in the water on the beach for hours. For those that like to fish,there is plenty of opportunity right off the dock....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Please, smoking outdoors only....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Pets allowed if approved. There is a $200 charge....moreless

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single, 2 child bed

                ...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 bunk bed

                This 3rd bedroom is in the adjacent bunkhouse...moreless

              • Other (See Description): 1 king, 2 twin/ single, 2 sleep sofa /futon, 2 bunk bed

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              • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2) Several available, Bunk Beds (1)...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                pink granite vanity and sink and full linen closet....moreless

              • Bathroom 2: outdoor shower

                Wonderful lattice enclosed outdoor shower and changing room...moreless

              • 1 This is a well equipped bathroom to include shower, vanity with sink and mirror, commode, and full linen closet. 2 The outdoor shower is located on the side porch . It is enclosed by decorative lattice woodwork and includes a changing area with a teak bench and brass hooks on which to hang clothes and swim suits. Hot and cold water make this shower room perfect for island use....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Harbor tours , fishing trips , and luncheon or dinner cruises can be arranged with your hosts at any time on their boat, the 'Anna D '. Of special note is the availability of our baked goods to include cheesecakes, various and specialty layer cakes { for example, Calemondin orange, Boston cream,chocolate mousse,and coconut } , also wonderful pies such as , wild Maine blueberry,Strawberry rhubarb, native peach, Key lime, and the fantastic Concord grape pie to name several. Freshly caught fish and lobster are always available, and can be delivered to the island. Finally there are the locally renown lobster rolls and fresh fish chowder. All these treats and others available upon request. ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • CD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television
                  • Video Library

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Synagogues
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Water Parks
                  • Zoo

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing

                  Location Type

                      • Oceanfront:

                        The views from Gooseberry Island are fantastic in every direction. Looking out the harbor with it's two lighthouses is especially beautiful at night....moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Cycling
                      • Deepsea Fishing
                      • Fishing
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting
                      • Hunting Small Game
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Parasailing
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Rafting
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Sailing
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Snowmobiling
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Surf Fishing
                      • Surfing
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Water Tubing
                      • Wind-Surfing

                      Dining

                      • Dining:

                        While there is a beautiful dinning room table and matching chairs for six in the house, many meals are taken on the porch where there is also ample seating and tables for six....moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people

                      General

                      • Broadband Access
                      • Heating:

                        The cottage is equipped with central heating...moreless

                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Mobile Phone:

                        Guests must bring their own cell phones. There is excellent service at the island....moreless

                      • Parking:

                        Secure parking is provided at our dock which is located on three acres of private property...moreless

                      • Parking Off Street:

                        Secure parking at our house in Kittery Point, Me....moreless

                      • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                        Also available...moreless

                      • Towels Provided

                      Kitchen

                      • Catering Available
                      • Coffee Maker:

                        Electric as well as coffee grinder...moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        Complete range of cooking utensils, pots, and pans...moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        Complete range of dishes, glassware , and utensils. There are wine openers, as well as lobster picks and crackers...moreless

                      • Kitchen:

                        Fully equipped and stocked with spices and other dry goods....moreless

                      • Microwave
                      • Pantry Items:

                        Paper towels as well as a full supply of napkins and hand towels...moreless

                      • Refrigerator:

                        With large freezer...moreless

                      • Stove:

                        Full size electric with large oven. yes, we would prefer gas, but the logistics and transport of gas pose a problem....moreless

                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Boat:

                        There is a 17' Boston Whaler available for rent as well as 6 Kayaks which are provided as part of the rental. ...moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        There is an additional spacious fully enclosed shower on the back porch. This is where everyone showers on nice days and when coming in from swimming....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Six kayaks are provided as part of the rental....moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Well kept front lawn overlooking the harbor, beach, and open ocean....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill
                       

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                      May 3rd -- May 23rd --$1850.
                      May 24th --- June 27th --- $2500    June 28th --- Sept. 5th --- $2750.
                      Sept. 6th --- Sept. 26th --- $2500.   Sept. 27th --- Oct. 31st --- $1850.      
                      Damage/security deposit..$750....
                      Cleaning fee...$200--- Me. State sales tax 8% ---  License holder's fee--- $50.
                      All rentals are weekly---unless shorter stays available {2 night minimum,PLEASE }
                      Daily May\Oct- $375\night -June\Sept- $450\night-July\Aug- $500\night,{ IF AVAIL.}
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                      About the owner: The owner’s family has roots in the Portsmouth/Kittery area that date back to the 17th century. They love the seacoast area as well as their proximity to the White Mountains. Avid fishermen, they spend many nice summer days fishing for striped bass, cod, haddock, and other local fish. The cottage on Gooseberry Island has always been a special place for them, and is often the destination of choice for social outings. They find it the ideal location for picnics and lobster bakes. Complimentary fresh fish is made available to their guests provided the owners have had successful fishing trips during your stay.

                      Why the Owner Chose Kittery:
                      Gooseberry Island is a family-owned property that has been in our family for generations. The island is located in Pepperrell cove with a panoramic view of the entire harbor as well as a direct view of the open ocean. Within sight of the island is Ft. McClary, an original French- Indian war block house that is open to the public, as well as Ft. Constitution where Paul Revere finished his ride to warn of the approach of the British troops.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      The Island offers a unique sense of isolation and tranquility while still providing ready access to the picturesque and historical New England coast. As guests on the island, you will be the sole inhabitants, and as it is accessable only by boat, it will remain completely private. Please advise of your arrival time and plans as we will have our boat standing by to transport you to the island. Arrival between the hours of 12 noon and 3pm allow us time to be organized for your transport. If you must deviate from this schedule, please arrange ahead of time.


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                      Photos

                      • A view of the cottage and its private swimming beach

                        A view of the cottage and its private swimming beach

                      • Front Lawn and Whaleback Lighthouse with open ocean beyond.

                        Front Lawn and Whaleback Lighthouse with open ocean beyond.

                      • Covered front porch with direct view of Whaleback Lighthouse and the open ocean.

                        Covered front porch with direct view of Whaleback Lighthouse and the open ocean.

                      • Stairway to the second floor bedroom

                        Stairway to the second floor bedroom

                      • Modern fully equipped kitchen.

                        Modern fully equipped kitchen.

                      • Wonderful new shower room with glass door.

                        Wonderful new shower room with glass door.

                      • Loft with twin single beds . Also two folding chair beds for kids.

                        Loft with twin single beds . Also two folding chair beds for kids.

                      • Stone picnic tables overlooking the harbor.

                        Stone picnic tables overlooking the harbor.

                      • Whale codfish, the trophy of deepsea fishing .

                        Whale codfish, the trophy of deepsea fishing .

                      • Pepperrell Cove moorings from the Island.

                        Pepperrell Cove moorings from the Island.

                      • Departure point from our dock in Kittery Point

                        Departure point from our dock in Kittery Point

                      • A frequent visitor at our home dock

                        A frequent visitor at our home dock

                      • A view of the cottage from the ocean side beach.

                        A view of the cottage from the ocean side beach.

                      • The front porch --- A favorite gathering place

                        The front porch --- A favorite gathering place

                      • Main room with covered porch beyond.

                        Main room with covered porch beyond.

                      • Area for writing letters or working on the computer.

                        Area for writing letters or working on the computer.

                      • View of bathroom showing vanity and cherry cabinetry .

                        View of bathroom showing vanity and cherry cabinetry .

                      • Spacious master bedroom with water views from every window.

                        Spacious master bedroom with water views from every window.

                      • Lilacs on the island , May, 2012

                        Lilacs on the island , May, 2012

                      • Happy guest with striper caught right from the island beach on June 14th, 2012.

                        Happy guest with striper caught right from the island beach on June 14th, 2012.

                      • Kayaks at sunset , Gooseberry Island

                        Kayaks at sunset , Gooseberry Island

                      • Fort McClary -- French - Indian War block house -- from Gooseberry Island.

                        Fort McClary -- French - Indian War block house -- from Gooseberry Island.

                      • Gooseberry's private dock with view of Kittery Point, and our boat the Anna D.

                        Gooseberry's private dock with view of Kittery Point, and our boat the Anna D.

                      • Beautiful sunset--- looking over Pepperrell cove from the island cottage .

                        Beautiful sunset--- looking over Pepperrell cove from the island cottage .

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                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

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                      Member since: 2010
                      Speaks: english
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