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Spruce Island - a Private Island for Large or Small Gatherings

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Last updated: 10/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Stonington lodge description

Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island off Deer Isle/Stonington, Maine. An aerial video of Spruce Island and a video of a traditional lobster bake on Spruce Island can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Stone House is the only house on the island. During the summer, it can be rented in its entirety for family reunions and large gatherings. Starting in 2014, it will be run as a small inn during the fall, allowing a more affordable means for individuals and couples to experience what it's like to stay on a remote private island.

There are many places to explore and things to do on and around the Spruce Island. Kayaks and row boats are provided. Dress up as pirates and entertain your children (pirate dress provided); enjoy campfires on the shore; drive golf balls into the ocean and collect them at low tide; swim in a fresh water quarry on near-by island.

The house is comprised of two separate buildings. The Main House is a large open room with cathedral ceilings, a huge fireplace, and large well equipped kitchen. There is one bedroom in the Maine House. A swing hangs from the timbers in the Main House, and a “crows nest” on the roof affords spectacular views of the surrounding islands. On rainy days and at night, you can watch movies on the big screen and listen to surround sound music in the Main House.

The Guest House contains six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Electricity is supplied by wind and solar. Water is supplied from wells and a large rain water cistern.

This property is completely 'off the grid', but WiFi is available through HughesNet satellite connection and cell phone service is available.

Four Kayaks and 1 row boat are provided free except for a nominal fee charged for paddling/rowing and safety instructions, depending on experience). A small 10hp outboard motor boat can be rented for $400/week.

Spruce Island falls within the town of Stonington, Maine, famous for fresh Maine lobster and for the pink Maine granite that has been cut from its quarries for more than a hundred years. Spruce was quarried in the late 1800's and in harmony with this history, the owners decided to build these houses entirely of large granite blocks.

Tranportation to the Island: Transportation to and from the island is provided free on the first and last days, up to two round trips each of those days. For mid week transportation, there are a number of options. Old Quarry Ocean Adventures runs a 34 foot boat out of Stonington. A small outboard motor boat suitable for getting back and forth to Stonington can be rented for $400 per week. Steve Johnson runs a charter service called Bert & I Charters, 207-460-8679 (Boat Phone), 207-367-2991 (Residence). The Isle au Haut Ferry also does private ferry service to and from Stonington to islands in the area. Another option is to hire my boat (21 foot high speed landing craft) with a captain. The cost is $125/hour. The advantage of my boat is that, as a landing craft, it can run up to the shore and drop a ramp on the beach (like the old WWII Higgins boats) for ease of walking on and off the boat. This is especially nice for exploring the many uninhabited islands around the area. For deep sea fishing, a good option is Eggemoggin Guide Service.

Island Life: There are many fun things to do on and around Spruce Island. Some examples include: Intra-island or even inter-island capture-the-flag; Camp fires on the beach; Exploring the many other small islands in the area; Sleeping in a tent near the shore is a wonderful experience for children and adults. You can sit by a camp fire and gaze into the heavens wondering how it all came to be, even catching glimpses of satellites moving across the sky, before rolling into a cozy tent and letting the gentle sounds of waves and wind lull you to sleep.

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Events Allowed
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only:

            no smoking allowed...moreless

          • Pets Considered
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18

          Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Some fun things to do include: intra-island or even inter-island capture the flag; camp fires on the beach; sleeping in tents near the shore; exploring other islands in the area; dressing up as pirates to entertain your children (pirate clothing provided); hiding 'pirate treasure' on the island for children to hunt for; use the kayaks provided to explore the area; charter a larger power boat for local or long distant excursions; drive golf balls out into the water at high tide on the beach and collect them at low tide to do it all over again (golf balls and clubs provided)......moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • Books For Kids
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Board games, dress-up clothes (pirates and others)...moreless

              • Music Library
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Radio
              • Stereo
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities

              Attractions

              • Cinemas
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Pond

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              Location Type

              • Near The Ocean
              • Rural

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hunting
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Jet Skiing
              • Mountaineering
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Wind-Surfing

              Dining

                  • Dining Area

                  General

                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace
                  • Firewood
                  • Internet
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Parking
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Telephone:

                    cell phone service...moreless

                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Stove

                  Kitchen

                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Blender
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Grill
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Kitchen:

                    Large Wolf range top with built in grill, griddle, as well as 4 burners....moreless

                  • Lobster Pot
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Beach Towels
                  • Boat:

                    Row boat and 4 sea kayaks (2 singles and 2 tandems)...moreless

                  • Boat With Paddles
                  • Child's Swing
                  • Crow's Nest
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Golf:

                    Balls and clubs provided for driving golf balls on the beach....moreless

                  • Golf Cart
                  • Golf Clubs
                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    4 kayaks (2 singes and 2 tandems)...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Walkway To Water
                  • Wood Deck
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Fall and Spring
                  Sep 7 - Jun 19, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $375

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

                  Summer 2015
                  Jun 20 - Sep 7, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  $7,500
                  Fall and Spring 2015
                  Sep 8 - Jun 11, 2016
                  2 night min stay
                  $375
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $375

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest


                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees and Rental Conditions:

                  • Property Damage Protection $89
                  • Tax Rate 8%

                  Notes:

                  Separate charges for electricity and water: $2/KWH and $0.25/gallon above 1000 gallons/week. Deposits collected in advance.

                  Electric ATV rental (optional) charged at $10/KWH electricity used. Deposit collected in advance.

                  Small outboard boat rental (optional) $400/week.

                  Summer rates are for up to 18 people.

                  Groups larger than 18 are possible; ask for details.

                  2.5% fee on credit/debit card pmts


                  Cancellation policy:

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                  Location

                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Bangor International Airport
                  100 Metres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  100 Metres
                  Nearest Golf
                  Driving range on the island
                  3.5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Fisherman's Friend
                  100 Metres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Beach

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island in Merchants Row, half way between Bar Harbor to the east and Camden to the west. Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, is about 5 miles to the south. Merchants Row is renowned for its scenic beauty and is a destination for boaters from around the world. There are dozens of small, uninhabited islands in the area that can be explored by kayak or other small boat and on foot. Robert McCloskey’s “Time of Wonder”, captures the essence of summering on a small Maine island in this area. Stonington is a pituresque fishing Village frequented by artists who capture its unique beauty on canvas and film. There is an old Opera House in town, built originally to entertain the many thousands of granite workers in the 1800's, which now conducts plays and musical performances throughout the year. There is a fresh water quarry on a near by uninhabited island that is a wonderful place to swim.

                  Other Activities: campfires on the beach; lobster bakes, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing

                   

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                  Photos

                  • Aerial view of Spruce Island

                    Aerial view of Spruce Island

                  • The Main House deck

                    The Main House deck

                  • Dinning area in Main House

                    Dinning area in Main House

                  • View from Guest House crows nest

                    View from Guest House crows nest

                  • View of Spruce Island from off shore

                    View of Spruce Island from off shore

                  • Typical bedroom upstairs in Guest House

                    Typical bedroom upstairs in Guest House

                  • View along east shore of Spurce Island toward Acadia NP

                    View along east shore of Spurce Island toward Acadia NP

                  • Meadow

                    Meadow

                  • Main House terrace

                    Main House terrace

                  • Ferry delivering service trucks to Spruce Island

                    Ferry delivering service trucks to Spruce Island

                  • Swings

                    Swings

                  • Main House and rain water cistern

                    Main House and rain water cistern

                  • Amphibious Sealegs boat at the Stone House

                    Amphibious Sealegs boat at the Stone House

                  • The Main House interior

                    The Main House interior

                  • Kitchen has grill and griddle built into large, 36', Wolf range.

                    Kitchen has grill and griddle built into large, 36', Wolf range.

                  • View from Spruce Island tidal beach

                    View from Spruce Island tidal beach

                  • Typical bedroom downstairs in Guest House.

                    Typical bedroom downstairs in Guest House.

                  • View from Spruce Island toward Saddleback Island

                    View from Spruce Island toward Saddleback Island

                  • Spruce Island is off the grid

                    Spruce Island is off the grid

                  • 'carriage roads'

                    'carriage roads'

                  • The main house library

                    The main house library

                  • Chef Kathy Babson's handiwork for a family staying on Spruce Island

                    Chef Kathy Babson's handiwork for a family staying on Spruce Island

                  • Dusk on Spruce Island

                    Dusk on Spruce Island

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                  Date last modified - Saturday, October 18, 2014

                  $375 - $1,071 per night (USD)
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                  7 Bedroom / 7.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 18

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