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

Sunset house description

Have you ever wanted to live on a private island on the coast of Maine? Yes, intriguing, but oh, too, too, inconvenient. Well here is Maine’s most convenient summer island. And one of its prettiest.

Sheephead Island is off Sunset Maine, a small village on the west side of Deer Island at the opening of Penobscot Bay. So close to the shore it is barred to the mainland for 6 hours at each at each low tide. It is within a short jaunt by boat to a yacht club dock across a cove.

Penobscot Bay is studded with islands. From Sheephead you look south to the open ocean. You look west across the islands to the Camden hills across the bay over which the sun sets.

Most Maine islands are dark and densely wooded with beautiful but unfriendly cliffy shores. Sheephead has such spectacular shore on one side of the island, but the rest of its two miles of shore is gentler with sand and pebble beaches. Its sixty five acres are also gentle and pastoral. Besides its woods it has grassy flower filled fields and country roads and paths. Also a secluded one acre swimmable pond. Among Maine islands it is Wyethian, Christina’s world. A Maine salt water farm surrounded by water on all sides.

Sheephead Island has two large houses that face the west and look across the island studded bay. It has a small secluded artist studio on its grand solitary south shore. It has a spectacular dock, a large boathouse and boats, and a garden house and barn. Beyond that you are alone.

Location, Location, Location

As for convenience, not only is it a short jaunt by boat to the yacht club dock; the bar to the main land is navigable by four wheel drive half the day at low tide for access when weather, wind, sea, fog or night make boating difficult. On the mainland it has a 2000 square foot nineteenth century house in the pretty village of Deer Isle which is a mere five minutes away. Called the house with the purple door, it is the island’s mainland base. There is a garage with a small second story nook at the yacht club as well.

With 2 houses on the island and a house on the mainland, vacationing on Sheephead Island means you can bring up to 14 family and friends!

Though Sheephead Island is perhaps Maine’s most convenient island it is still an island. It has its own systems that must be respected. Though thanks to the bar you are never stuck on Sheephead Island if you don’t want to boat the short distance to the yacht club, it is still most convenient to boat back and forth. That means that living on Sheephead Island requires familiarity with small outboard motor powered boats.

Therefore unlike renting a house on the mainland, some people are better candidates for renting Sheephead Island than others. We have a definite preference for yachting types who are used to living on sailboats. They know how to respect the systems on the island and know how to deal with boating to and fro.

It takes a little time to acclimatize to Sheephead Island. For that reason it is best that rentals be extended. This part of Maine is increasingly popular and high season fills up fast. By the way for the sailboat types the bulls eye has not been spoken for. Some special considerations apply.

Best time to visit:

Recommended is between May and October

Getting there:
Sheephead Island is a rare island barred to the mainland. A car is highly recommended for getting to this area of Maine. We do provide SUVs for driving on and off the island and for touring the local areas. Additionally at high tide, we provide our own boat taxi on and off the island during daylight hours ONLY.

Nearby airports are Bangor Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine and Portland, Maine. Boston, MA Logan airport is of course much further away but is certainly an option.

For more visit www.sheepheadisland.com
**Price is per house on the island only**

Property Type

  • House
  • 8500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Car Available

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            In general children tend to be bored without their technology. However, there are many recreational activities to entertain children on the island as well as in the village area....moreless

          • Smoking Allowed:

            ONLY OUTSIDE. ...moreless

          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Pets Considered:

            The only pets allowed are cats and dogs. Please contact owner for specifics....moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            No one under age 25 will be considered. Please contact owner for specifics. ...moreless

          Bedrooms: 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 18

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            Main house on the island....moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Main house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

            Main house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

            Main house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

            Main house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

            Guest house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 7: 1 queen

            Guest house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 8: 1 queen

            Guest house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 9: 1 queen

            Guest house on the island...moreless

          • Bedroom 10: 1 queen

            House with purple door on the main land....moreless

          • Bedroom 11: 1 queen

            House with purple door on the main land....moreless

          • Bedroom 12: 1 queen

            House with purple door on the main land....moreless

          • Bedroom 13: 1 queen

            House with purple door on the main land....moreless

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            2nd Floor main house...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            2nd floor, main house on the island...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet

            Half bath 1st floor, main house...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Guest house island, 2nd floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 5: toilet, shower

            Guest house on the island, 2nd floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 7: toilet, combination tub/shower

            2nd floor, mainland house...moreless

          • Bathroom 8: toilet, combination tub/shower

            2nd floor, mainland house...moreless

          • Bathroom 9: toilet

            1st floor, mainland house...moreless

          • Bathroom 6: toilet

            Half bath, 1st floor guest house on the island...moreless

          • The main house has 2.5 bathrooms. The guest has has 2 bathrooms. The mainland house, which we have dubbed, the 'house with the purple door' has 2.5 bathrooms....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Your first lobster dinner is on us!

              Entertainment

              • Stereo
              • Games
              • Books
              • Television:

                Only available in the mainland house....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Only available in the mainland house....moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Only available in the mainland house....moreless

              Theme

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

              Attractions

              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Festivals
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Reefs
              • Restaurants

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Paddle Boating
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist

              Location Type

              • Beachfront:

                Private beaches abound on Sheephead Island!...moreless

              • Beach View
              • Oceanfront:

                Sheephead Island has 360 degree ocean views but is also barred to the mainland at low tide....moreless

              • Ocean View
              • Waterfront
              • Water View
              • Rural:

                Since this is a completely private island, it is quite pastoral, but very beautiful...moreless

              • Village:

                The nearby village of Deer Isle is very pretty....moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Rafting
              • Sailing
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Dining:

                    12 can sit comfortably by combining 2 dining tables....moreless

                  • Seating for 12 people

                  General

                  • Internet:

                    Is available. However, please note that at times, there may not be a stable signal as this is an island....moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Recent improvements in the Sunset/Deer Isle area allows renters to successfully use their own mobile phones....moreless

                  • Fireplace
                  • Wood Stove
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Parking
                  • Garage
                  • Living Room
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Iron & Board

                  house cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included

                      Kitchen

                      • Kitchen
                      • Refrigerator:

                        Refrigerators are small, so ice is delivered daily....moreless

                      • Stove
                      • Oven
                      • Microwave
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Balcony
                      • Boat:

                        Unless you are an experienced boating type, we offer boat taxi for all of our guests at high tide. ...moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        Please contact owner for details....moreless

                       

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                      Spring-Summer
                      May 11 - Oct 4, 2014
                      7 night min stay

                      $6,500
                      My Standard Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      $6,500

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees and Rental Conditions:

                      • Property Damage Protection $89
                      • Tax Rate 8%

                      Notes:

                      At low tide one can drive on/off the island in one of the 4 wheel drive vehicles provided. Or if you would rather, walking off is relaxing and scenic. At high tide, before night fall, guests can leave/return to the island in the island boats. Our caretaker is happy to get you on and off!

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                      Location

                      41 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Bar Harbor
                      Sunset
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Sheephead Island
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Deer Isle
                      Sunset
                      Nearest Beach
                      Sheephead Island
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Stonington, Maine
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Deer Isle
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Stonington, Maine

                      Car: Necessary

                      While Sheephead Island is a private island, it is barred to the mainland at low tide. Our guests therefore have the option of driving on and off the island in the island SUV's to visit nearby pretty villages of Deer Isle and the coastal town of Stonington both of which offer fabulous restaurants, grocery and wine shopping and also gift shopping. Also, visit the world famous Haystack Mountain School Of Arts and Crafts to see stunningly beautiful artwork. There are also a number of art galleries in neighboring towns that are sure to delight. Airports serving this area are in Bar Harbor, Bangor, Portland and Logan airport which is further away.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1980

                      About the owner: I grew up in Pennsylvania and have spent the last 40 years of my life in New England. I love the coast of Maine and am grateful to share this very special place with very special people who will treasure its beauty, simplicity and grace.

                      Why the Owner Chose Sunset:
                      Having a peaceful island haven to disconnect is life changing and healing and something very special.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Ocean. Ocean. Ocean. Nature. Peace. Relaxation. Rejuvenation.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

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                      Photos

                      • Driving to the main house.

                        Driving to the main house.

                      • Living room of the main house

                        Living room of the main house

                      • Another view of the living room in the main house

                        Another view of the living room in the main house

                      • Great friends like the beautiful osprey abide with us.

                        Great friends like the beautiful osprey abide with us.

                      • Lupins planted more than 20 years ago return in all of their glory each year.

                        Lupins planted more than 20 years ago return in all of their glory each year.

                      • Dock float boat.

                        Dock float boat.

                      • Fire in the sky each evening...a get away to remember!

                        Fire in the sky each evening...a get away to remember!

                      • Ariel view of Sheephead Island

                        Ariel view of Sheephead Island

                      • View made for one, two, or three...are you one of that number?

                        View made for one, two, or three...are you one of that number?

                      • What a great evening!

                        What a great evening!

                      • White wine with a view.

                        White wine with a view.

                      • Main House

                        Main House

                      • Living room of the main house.

                        Living room of the main house.

                      • Martha Washington chairs in the living room of the main house.

                        Martha Washington chairs in the living room of the main house.

                      • Wine with an ocean view anyone?

                        Wine with an ocean view anyone?

                      • Meditate on the bench in front of the glorious ocean.

                        Meditate on the bench in front of the glorious ocean.

                      • Island dock designed by the owner.

                        Island dock designed by the owner.

                      • Great photography all over the island including at this fresh water pond.

                        Great photography all over the island including at this fresh water pond.

                      • Guest house on Sheephead Island

                        Guest house on Sheephead Island

                      • Exploring the pebble beaches on Sheephead Island

                        Exploring the pebble beaches on Sheephead Island

                      • Lazy afternoon reading in the hammock...or is that a mini-ipad?

                        Lazy afternoon reading in the hammock...or is that a mini-ipad?

                      • Fresh mussels on the island

                        Fresh mussels on the island

                      • Winding down the evening by candlelight

                        Winding down the evening by candlelight

                      $6,500 per week (USD)
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                      13 Bedroom / 6.5+ Bathroom
                      Sleeps 18

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                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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