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Stonington Guest House in Spring Kitchen with full-size refrigerator and stove Another view of the kitchen showing divider and front door Living room with screened in porch through sliding door Another view of the living room Screened in porch with comfortable outdoor furniture Screened in porch with door to the deck and the harbor beyond Bathroom with Corian counter top and plenty of cabinet storage Upstairs hallway leading to the bedroom Full, king-sized bed Bedroom chest with lots of drawers Looking from the bedroom back toward the stairway leading downstairs Front deck with comfortable chaise lounges View of the pond from the Guest House Green Head cove as seen from the property.  Isle au Haut is in the distance. Guest House as seen from below The pond as seen from below the Guest House Green Head Cove from the water at dawn.  This cove fronts our property. With central heat, the Guest House is available for rental year round.

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Last updated: 04/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Stonington cottage description

Explore Down East or just relax in this lovingly restored guesthouse cottage in Stonington, Maine. New throughout, the guesthouse offers exceptionally comfortable, secluded living indoors, or outdoors on the cathedral-ceilinged screened in porch or wraparound deck.

With water views overlooking Green Head Cove at the western end of Stonington harbor, the guesthouse is a short walk from town and ideally suited for exploring the Maine coast, either by land or by sea.

Situated on the owner's one and a quarter acre shorefront lot, the guesthouse has views of the harbor and overlooks naturalized flower and vegetable gardens, complete with a large, granite-rimmed lily pond with waterfall.

Tastefully decorated and meticulously maintained, the guesthouse cottage has high-speed Internet, cable TV, off street parking, crystal clear well water and year-round central heat. It is available for rental year round.

Recent updates include a new deck and exterior and interior painting. New screens and a fresh coat of paint for the screened in porch. A new tile floor in the kitchen and entry way. A powerful new WiFi router gives a strong signal throughout the house and on the deck. And a flat-screen TV in the living room and bedroom. We've also made small changes for convenience and livability as a result of our living in the Guest House for 5 weeks this winter as the bathroom in our main house was being renovated. (Every owner with rental property should do this from time to time.)

Stonington is a working, commercial fishing village located in the heart of downeast Maine. A variety of activities await visitors to Stonington. Coastal schooners call at Stonington almost daily. Pinky schooners, kayaks and power boats are available for day trips. Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, is 40 minutes away by water. The island is criss-crossed with hiking trails. A nearby beach is open to the public for exploring or for a bracing plunge in the clear waters of Penobscot Bay.

The guest house features sleeping accommodations for two in a king size bed upstairs. A full bath with oversize shower and Corian counter is also upstairs. The guest house is provided with sheets, blankets (for those cool evenings) and a full complement of towels.

Downstairs features a large open living space with a fully equipped kitchen, including dishes and cooking utensils. The living room is light and airy with over sized windows looking out onto the deck and the harbor beyond. A screened in porch, ideal for dining or just relaxing, is accessed through a sliding-glass door off the living room.

Keywords: guest house, oceanfront lot, sleeps two, completely restored, deck, screened in porch, full bath, oversized shower, kitchen, BBQ grill, cable TV, wireless Internet

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smoking is allowed outside on the deck and screened in porch....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Microwave

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided
              • Parking Off Street

              Other Amenities

                  • Comfortable deck chaises.

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Selection of local guide books and popular fiction....moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable

                  Communications

                  • Wireless Internet:

                    on owner's network, password provided. Strong signal throughout the house and on the decks....moreless

                  • Telephone

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    plus screened in porch with upholstered deck chairs....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                      • Ocean View

                      Car

                          • Recommended

                          Activities

                          • Hiking
                          • Kayaking
                          • Golf
                          • Sailing
                          • Swimming
                          • Cycling
                          • Tennis
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Live Theater
                          • Museums
                          • Restaurants
                          • Boating
                          • Antiquing
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Shopping

                          Other Activities

                              • Just a short walk to the historic Stonington Opera House with live performances and first-run movies....moreless
                               

                              Reviews

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                              • It doesn't get better than this

                                It doesn't get better than this

                                • Guest October Renters (Bloomington, Indiana)
                                • Date of stay 09/28/13
                                • Review Submitted 10/23/13
                                The Johnson’s guest house is an extraordinary find. More than a cottage, it is an exquisite fusion of space, light, comfort, and appointments, - all rendered with warmth, taste and graciousness by the hosts, Doug and Leslie. We’ve been devotees of VRBO’s for some time. This is unconditionally our best find. Sometimes these threads all merge, and when they do it is a perfectly delightful component of a special vacation. The hosts have exaggerated nothing in their descriptive paragraph. It is indeed exceptionally comfortable, meticulously maintained, and tastefully decorated. The view is splendid. Not one amenity is missing. This being our first visit to Maine we tended to explore the island’s preserves, sanctuaries and coastline daily but always in the back of our mind was the anticipation of returning “home” to this lovely beckoning space. The house supplies a contextual element that enhances the pleasure of your stay, however you use it. I could have just as easily stayed there and read (the collection of books is a smorgasbord), and caught up on my online course all day, getting up for a walk into town or a visit to the pier. Doug and Leslie manage to be invisibly attentive. Their presence is manifested in the front end, before you arrive. They epitomize the reasons why we love to rent from owners. Too many superlatives can call the credibility of a review into question. But we can’t invent a negative. There weren’t any. We can hardly wait to return. With every good wish, October guests

                                Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Owner response: Thank you for the wonderful review. We are so happy to be able to provide our guests with a joyful and memorable vacation experience. Next year our water views will be even better, with a major pruning and thinning project underway. We look forward to your return visit!

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                              • Exceeded Expectations!

                                Exceeded Expectations!

                                • Guest Lyn (Portland, Maine)
                                • Date of stay 08/17/13
                                • Review Submitted 09/06/13
                                Lovely cottage! Very well maintained and tastefully furnished. Kitchen well equipped (even had coffee grinder!). Spacious, yet cozy, for two people. Great location - views of harbor from deck, screened porch, living room and bedroom (wonderful for my painting). Very short walking distance to town (near Opera House which has many offerings). Lovely garden on grounds (these are also tempting to paint). Owners Leslie and Doug couldn't be nicer and are extremely organized and professional (e.g., 3-ring binder with all sorts of information, including reviews of restaurants on Deer Isle). We plan to return next year - only question can we stay longer?!?!

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Owner response: We look forward to your return ...improvements will abound to temp your artistic muse and overall enjoyment!

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                              • New Yorkers

                                New Yorkers

                                • Guest New Yorkers (New York City)
                                • Date of stay 08/18/12
                                • Review Submitted 09/02/12
                                We loved this cottage and had a wonderful two-week stay in delightful Stonington village. The cottage is beautifully designed, immaculate, and a comfortable place in which to relax, cook a lovely meal, and wake up to magnificent views of Stonington Harbor. Doug and Leslie are wonderful hosts, available to help in any way, but not intrusive at all. We can't wait to return.

                                Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.

                                Owner response: We're delighted you had such a good time and look forward to your return.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                              • Great Location and Amenities

                                Great Location and Amenities

                                • Guest kayak 1 (Orange Ct USA)
                                • Date of stay 07/08/12
                                • Review Submitted 07/16/12
                                This guest cottage exceeded all expectations. The location is ideal for walking into town, but is also very quiet. The screened in porch is a delight and the deck has a great view of the harbor. Leslie and Doug made us feel welcome and answered all questions we had.

                                Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Owner response: With kayaks and bikes, Joe and Barbara came prepared to experience it all. And they did!! Glad you had such a great time.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                              • Excellent Experience! Hope to Return Soon!

                                Excellent Experience! Hope to Return Soon!

                                • Guest Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
                                • Date of stay 08/21/11
                                • Review Submitted 10/28/11
                                We traveled to Stonington for a family wedding, a couple's vacation (leaving our 5 children behind) and celebrate a birthday -- and all of our expectations were not only met but excellently exceeded. The cottage was immaculate and full of anything and everything you could want as far as kitchen condiments, books, movies and the owner's book on things to do and places to eat (with opinions and reviews). The owner took the time to help my husband plan a surprise for my birthday with a local vendor we wouldn't have normally had access to, and our arrival was delayed until almost midnight due to flight delays and weather, and instead of being annoyed, the owners made sure the lights were on, the cottage was warm, and that we had breakfast for the next morning. The only hitch was internet access, but then that is difficult to find on the island as a whole! We can't thank the owners enough for their spectacular warmth and caring, just the right mix of helpfulness and privacy, and hope to visit again soon!

                                Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway.

                                Owner response: Good news! We've solved the WiFi access problem by installing a new router used to build wireless networks on farms. Now you can get 4-5 bars anywhere on the property, including inside the Guest House.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                              • Another beautiful September in Stonington Guest House

                                Another beautiful September in Stonington Guest House

                                • Guest Della (South Carolina)
                                • Date of stay 09/03/11
                                • Review Submitted 09/18/11
                                We returned to this lovely guest house for our third time. It was as charming and comfortable as we remembered. Leslie met us and went over restaurant news since our last time and checked us out on details of our stay. The guest house has a view of the water as well as the gardens of the owner and neighbors, in beautiful fall bloom. The kitchen is fully equipped, including some basic condiments, tea and coffee. I suspect residents leave a little gift for the next renter too. Although we arrived with an armload of books, the house has its own library with art books, novels, mysteries, and books on Maine. The downstairs living/dining area is truly inviting and there is a screened porch as well. Upstairs the bedroom has generous closet and drawer space, wonderful light and good bath, with shower but no tub. Lack of a tub was not important to us. There is a big deck in front of the cottage with lounge chairs. There is not a washer/dryer. Up the road a bit is a laundrymat which is efficient for carrying home a suitcase of clean clothes. Stonington has a perfect blend of tourist comforts -- restaurants, galleries, ice cream stand, with a working lobster industry. We enjoy observing the ease and efficiency of lobster men coming in with their load for weighing and placing in the lobster pound. There are many artists/craftsmen studios near by as well as galleries over Deer Isle. A day's adventure ends with a return to "your" cottage, a glass of wine on the deck and seeing the sun set and the moon rise over the water.

                                Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                              • An impeccable property

                                An impeccable property

                                • Guest Neil and Alice (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
                                • Date of stay 06/18/11
                                • Review Submitted 07/04/11
                                Our guest house rental week was excellent. The house is bright and perfectly maintained. From condiments in the kitchen cabinets, travel and reading books in the bookshelves, to a comprehensive list of activities and restaurants (with reviews), every wish was filled in advance. The owners are very anxious to make sure that the guests are well cared-for. Stonington is a charming village; the island is a natural beauty. There are many trails for walking and hiking. Restaurants are good and in the summer there are cultural activities in town. We look forward to returning.

                                Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                              • the way life should be...

                                the way life should be...

                                • Guest Randy & Carol (Boston, MA)
                                • Date of stay 05/25/11
                                • Review Submitted 05/25/11
                                A wonderful, peaceful oasis! We've been going back for 10 years now - feels like home as soon as we step through the door. Leslie & Doug have always made us feel very taken care of. Sitting on the deck of an evening, watching the boats on water, is so perfectly relaxing. There have been days that we weren't really sure that we wanted to move from the lounge chairs, but if we did, we liked to wander into town and walk around - enjoy the local scene, the galleries. Or get in the car and drive around the island - a new view around every bend in the road. A lot of thought has been put into little touches to make guests feel welcome - a little bouquet of wild flowers, a wide range of books to choose from. It's an absolutely perfect place to kick back and relax and let the world drift on by for a while!

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.

                                Owner response: You'll love the new deck which we rebuilt this spring -- more room for lounging on the chaises and watching the windjammers sail past.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                              • A home away from home!

                                A home away from home!

                                • Guest Elinor and Donna (Delray Beach, Florida)
                                • Date of stay 10/09/99
                                • Review Submitted 04/21/11
                                We arrived in Stonington late afternoon one day in October after an 11 hour drive! The last few feet up the driveway unveiled this cute cottage, located behind the main house. Once inside we smiled, looked out the window at the view and said yes, it was worth the drive! The cottage was charming! It looked as if it had been recently renovated. The big living area had very comfortable seating, off to one side was a nicely outfitted kitchen, on the other side was a screened in porch (so you can enjoy the fresh air, sans bugs)! The master bedroom was located upstairs - big comfy bed! Nice big shower! This place was clean and as neat as a pin --- a perfect place to call home for as long as you can stay! This is the vacation that will recharge your batteries. Our stay was devine, our hosts nearly absent and we want to go back!

                                Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                              • A Little Gem

                                A Little Gem

                                • Guest Dave and Barbara (West Chester, PA)
                                • Date of stay 09/11/10
                                • Review Submitted 03/04/11
                                We have been vacationing at numerous cottages along the Maine coast for the past 20 plus years. The last five have been at the "Guest House" because there is no desire to look any further. The accommodations and location are perfect for us. We love to explore the numerous hiking trails and artist studios in the area or just relax on the private deck overlooking the well maintained property and the waterfront activity. It's also just a short walk to the center of the picturesque town of Stonington. The extra touches the owners provide make you feel special. We are so glad we found this little gem.

                                Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.

                                Owner response: Guests like Dave and Barbara make it a joy to have a rental property.

                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                               
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                              7 night min stay

                              $1,025

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                              Additional Fees and Taxes:

                              7% Maine rental tax.


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                              Last updated: 04/18/2014
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                              Location

                              • Nearest Airport: Bangor International Airport (BGR), Bangor, ME at 60 Miles
                              • Nearest Beach: Sand Beach at 1 Miles
                              • Nearest Golf: Island Country Club, Deer Isle, ME at 5 Miles
                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1986

                              About the owner: We purchased the property in 1986 and completely renovated the main house. We moved to Stonington in 1989 and have lived and worked here year-round ever since. The guest house was completely renovated in 1993-94. Updating and improving the property and buildings is an ongoing labor of love.

                              Why the Owner Chose Stonington:
                              We first arrived in Stonington by water on our sail boat. We were captivated by the town, which combines incredible beauty, with a down-to-earth working-waterfront.

                              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                              Natural beauty, lots of fun things to do in Stonington and the environs. Excellent restaurants, lobster and seafood, and a remarkable collection of painters, artists and crafts people. There are a large number of conserved areas on Deer Isle, several with beaches and most with hiking trails.


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                              Speaks: english
                               

                              Photos

                              • Stonington Guest House in Spring

                                Stonington Guest House in Spring

                              • Another view of the kitchen showing divider and front door

                                Another view of the kitchen showing divider and front door

                              • Another view of the living room

                                Another view of the living room

                              • Screened in porch with door to the deck and the harbor beyond

                                Screened in porch with door to the deck and the harbor beyond

                              • Upstairs hallway leading to the bedroom

                                Upstairs hallway leading to the bedroom

                              • Bedroom chest with lots of drawers

                                Bedroom chest with lots of drawers

                              • Front deck with comfortable chaise lounges

                                Front deck with comfortable chaise lounges

                              • Green Head cove as seen from the property.  Isle au Haut is in the distance.

                                Green Head cove as seen from the property. Isle au Haut is in the distance.

                              • The pond as seen from below the Guest House

                                The pond as seen from below the Guest House

                              • With central heat, the Guest House is available for rental year round.

                                With central heat, the Guest House is available for rental year round.

                              • Kitchen with full-size refrigerator and stove

                                Kitchen with full-size refrigerator and stove

                              • Living room with screened in porch through sliding door

                                Living room with screened in porch through sliding door

                              • Screened in porch with comfortable outdoor furniture

                                Screened in porch with comfortable outdoor furniture

                              • Bathroom with Corian counter top and plenty of cabinet storage

                                Bathroom with Corian counter top and plenty of cabinet storage

                              • Full, king-sized bed

                                Full, king-sized bed

                              • Looking from the bedroom back toward the stairway leading downstairs

                                Looking from the bedroom back toward the stairway leading downstairs

                              • View of the pond from the Guest House

                                View of the pond from the Guest House

                              • Guest House as seen from below

                                Guest House as seen from below

                              • Green Head Cove from the water at dawn.  This cove fronts our property.

                                Green Head Cove from the water at dawn. This cove fronts our property.

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                              This listing was first published here in 2011.

                              Date last modified - Saturday, March 01, 2014

                              $1,025 per week (USD)
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                              Sleeps 2

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                              Minimum stay: 7 nights
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