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Wonsqueak Harbor House--- Relax and explore where land meets the sea.

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Last updated: 09/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Schoodic Peninsula house description

If you stayed any closer to the water, you'd be in a boat! This rustic yet comfortable house is built directly on the pink granite ledges that fall sharply into tiny Wonsqueak Harbor. At high tide (photo) you will hear water rushing and gurgling on the ledges beneath the living room, and over the next 12 hours you will watch the water level fall 12-14 feet, only to turn and start rushing up again.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, open kitchen/dining/living area facing south to the open sea, and a large open loft upstairs. There are beds for 8-9 people. The large and sturdy wharf is THE place for lazing in the sun, birdwatching, or--our favorite--enjoying a lobster feast.

Cook up some fresh-caught lobster out on the wharf while you roast veggies on the grill. Raise a glass, enjoy your feast, take in the sunset, and feel the cool salt-air breeze. Clean-up is easy: Dump your lobster shells over the side for the crabs to finish up while you hose down the wharf. It doesn't get better than this . . .
Unless, of course, you'd like our cook to prepare your feast to order . . . and don't forget the blueberry pie!

THINGS TO DO: If you're feeling serene, you can easily enjoy a day just watching the tides rise and fall while you rest in the hammock or read by a window. When you're feeling energetic, hike along the rocky shoreline to the surf-smashed ledges at Spruce Point. You'll see tidal pools, eagles, and seals, and whatever has washed up on the rocks. What you won't find are people, as this stretch of coast is surrounded by private land and seldom visited by humans.

Are you brave? Wait for a high tide, then plunge off the wharf into 55-degree water. EXHILARATING! (This is a favorite activity of our children and dogs!)

Are you a kayaker? This is the place, and there's little I can say except look at the photos, check out the maps, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure. Bring your own kayaks, or rent from the outfit just a mile up the road. (They will also provide lessons.)

So much to do, and you've barely left the property! Please click on the links provided to get an idea of all the things to do in this area. Enjoy Acadia National Park, both on Mount Desert Island, and right across the harbor, a 5-minute walk from the Wonsqueak House. Visit art galleries, glass studios, and sculptors. Hike along a lake or up a mountain. Book an excursion on a whale-watching boat. Pack up a picnic and explore back roads. Go antiquing! If you'd like to bring your own boat, we can help you secure appropriate moorage. Make a daytrip into Canada or into mountainous interior Maine . . . fishing, anyone? Enjoy live music at acoustically charmed Hammond Hall, join a workshop in the annual Schoodic Arts for All festival, drop in on a yoga class in Winter Harbor. And if your trip isn't complete without shopping, head for the unique galleries and shops right on the peninsula, or make the one-hour drive to Bar Harbor for great dining and tons of shops. (Better yet: Take the ferry from Winter Harbor. Big fun!)

CARS OPTIONAL: If you'd like to really go green, you can easily get around on foot, by bike, on the water, and all over Acadia Nat'l Park (both at Schoodic and on Mount Desert Island) thanks to the extremely convenient LLBean shuttle bus service--it's FREE, and they will gladly get you, your bicycle, and/or your dog to just about wherever you'd like to go. You can catch an hourly shuttle from the end of our lane.

Whether you stick close to the house for complete relaxation or strike out on adventure, you are sure to enjoy a vacation at Wonsqueak Harbor House. We would be pleased to have you as our guests!



Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            We are definitely pet-friendly and we welcome well-behaved creature companions. Ask about our dog care service in the event that you must leave Bowser behind while you enjoy a daytrip....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Children LOVE it here but must be supervised around water, rocks, and wharf. Plenty of room indoors for games. Toys and children's books available....moreless

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Main floor. Television; adjacent bath....moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            Upstairs room overlooking the wharf. Adjacent 1/2 bath....moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

            Cozy room with adjacent 1/2 bath. ...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 double

            Three-quarter size bed for 2 kids or cozy couple. Skylight....moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

            Spacious, sunny loft with ocean view. Shared 1/2 bath....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Nothing fancy, but clean, neat, and totally functional....moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet

            Tiny upstairs half bath. More convenient than an outhouse!...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Open floorplan kitchen is small, but it works. Well stocked with dishes, utensils, cookware, grocery staples....moreless

          • Dining:

            Open floor plan. Table seats 8 easily; expand with card table....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Condiments, coffee and tea, sugar,oil, flour, etc on hand....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            10...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 10 people

          Amenities

          • Living Room:

            Open floor plan with cozy LR area. TV and DVD provided....moreless

          • Parking:

            Room for 4 cars....moreless

          • Wood Stove
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer

          Entertainment

          • Television
          • DVD Player
          • Music Library
          • Books

          Communications

          • Telephone:

            Free local and long-distance. CELL PHONES may or may not work here--signal is weak....moreless

          • Internet:

            Satellite service; slower than DSL, faster than dialup....moreless

          Outdoor Features

          • Deck / Patio:

            Deck off of living area; step down one level to deep water wharf. The wharf is also accessed via indoor stairs from kitchen area....moreless

          • Bicycles:

            Bike/kayak rental 1.2 miles from house....moreless

          • Kayak / Canoe:

            Kayak/bike rental 1.2 miles from house....moreless

          • Outdoor Grill

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions

          Location & View

          • Village:

            Birch Harbor (1.2 miles from house) offers groceries, gasoline, pub, post office, hairdresser, tiny gym, kayak and bike rentals and instruction....moreless

          • Oceanfront
          • Waterfront

          Activities

          • Winery Tours
          • Cycling
          • Surfing
          • Swimming
          • Sailing
          • Kayaking
          • Pier Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Sound/Bay Fishing
          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fitness Center
          • Medical Services
          • Massage Therapist
          • Groceries
          • ATM/Bank
          • Antiquing
          • Wildlife Viewing
          • Boating
          • Sight Seeing
          • Shopping
          • Whale Watching
          • Walking
          • Scenic Drives
          • Eco Tourism
          • Bird Watching
          • Beachcombing
          • Live Theater
          • Restaurants
          • Mountain Biking
          • Hiking
           

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          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Late summer
          Sep 6 - Sep 27, 2014
          7 night min stay

          $1,500 $4,800
          Summer 2015
          Jun 20 - Sep 4, 2015
          7 night min stay

          $1,800
          Late summer 2015
          Sep 5 - Sep 18, 2015
          7 night min stay

          $1,800
          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

          Additional information about rental rates

          Fees and Rental Conditions:

          • Cleaning deposit $200
          • Property Damage Protection $69
          • Tax Rate 8%

          Notes:

          Additional fees for catering, daily housekeeping, laundry, and pet-care services. Talk to us about your needs.

          RV OWNERS: Please talk to us if you are interested in swapping use of your RV for vacation rental.


          Cancellation policy:

          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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          Last updated: 09/09/2014
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          Location

          • Darthia Farm Organic Produce

          • Us Bells

          • Schoodic Arts for All

          • Acadia National Park

            "Listed property is adjacent to Acadia NP's Schoodic Point Unit. Walk right into the park fr..."

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          • Roosevelt Campobello International Park

            "Highly recommended daytrip, just a 1.5 hour drive from the Wonsqueak House. Get a real tast..."

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          • Bar Harbor Ferry Co

            "Maybe you'd like to get over to Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor--but you don't look forwa..."

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          45 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Trenton/Bar Harbor
          4 Miles
          Nearest Ferry
          Winter Harbor
          Schoodic Peninsula
          Nearest Beach
          You're there!
          1.2 Miles
          Nearest Barpub
          The Nautica (family-style pub and good food)
          0.5 Miles
          Nearest Restaurant
          Bunker's Wharf

          Car: Not Necessary

          Enjoy Downeast Maine and Acadia National Park without the crowds and commercialization. Photographers and naturalists know that the Schoodic region is one of the best-kept secrets in the Park Service.

          The Wonsqueak Harbor House is a local icon, and is frequently photographed by visitors as they exit Acadia NP's Schoodic Point loop. Built sometime in the 1940's, the building and wharf originally accommodated fishermen as they brought their huge seine nets on shore for repair and storage. Our family converted the structure into a summer camp in the 70's, then into a year-round residence. This is the first season we have opened our home to the public.

          Anybody who is interested in coastal living on the rugged granite shores of Maine will fall in love with Wonsqueak Harbor! The house faces south, out of the harbor and to the open sea. Enjoy our rustic home with its million-dollar location on cool, casual, activity-filled Schoodic Peninsula.

           

          Owner info

          Year Purchased: 1974

          About the owner: We are Vince and Cathy Clark. We live here with our two daughters. Cathy's parents live in the adjacent home on the same piece of property. We intend to travel some over the summer while making our home available to guests.

          Why the Owner Chose Schoodic Peninsula:
          Cathy's parents bought the place in the early '70's, rescuing it from its sad status as a derelict foreclosure. Having been built in the '40's, the wood structure served as a repair shed for fishermen's nets that were used back in the days when they seined the Gulf of Maine for herring and sardines. The building was full of rotting twine nets, and had been vacant for years. Time had taken its toll. Over the ensuing decades, my family restored the building, refurbished the wharf, brought in water and electricity, and gradually turned it from an eyesore to a summer camp, then to a full-time residence. Because current law forbids building this close the shoreline, there are only a handful of homes in Maine that sit directly over the water as this one does. It is truly one of a kind!

          The Unique Benefits at this House:
          Do you long to live at ocean's edge? Do you yearn for the cool, clean, salty Maine air? Are you looking for a place where the family can spread out, and your dog will be welcomed? Does your eclectic family require a variety of activities ranging from lazing around on the wharf to rugged hikes, to first-rate shopping and dining? The Wonsqueak Harbor House gives you all this, and as we open our home for the first year, we are offering rates much lower than anything comparable. We hope to see you!


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          Speaks: english

           

          Photos

          • Wonsqueak Harbor House---  Relax and explore where land meets the sea.

            Wonsqueak Harbor House--- Relax and explore where land meets the sea.

          • Watch the tides rise and fall 12-14 feet twice a day.

            Watch the tides rise and fall 12-14 feet twice a day.

          • Looking out to sea from the wharf.  Acadia NP is on the right.

            Looking out to sea from the wharf. Acadia NP is on the right.

          • Fishing vessel Theresa Marie nearing low tide, as seen from deck.

            Fishing vessel Theresa Marie nearing low tide, as seen from deck.

          • Jack pines, pink granite, and the open sea.  Taken from living room.

            Jack pines, pink granite, and the open sea. Taken from living room.

          • Dining and living areas in our dog-friendly house.

            Dining and living areas in our dog-friendly house.

          • A good place to rest.

            A good place to rest.

          • The kitchen, as seen from dining area.  Small but mighty, and a gorgeous view.

            The kitchen, as seen from dining area. Small but mighty, and a gorgeous view.

          • Hoosier cupboard still sifts flour.  Note the soapstone sink.

            Hoosier cupboard still sifts flour. Note the soapstone sink.

          • Master bedroom has a queen bed and TV.

            Master bedroom has a queen bed and TV.

          • Two lucky ones get to sleep in the loft dormer, looking out to sea.

            Two lucky ones get to sleep in the loft dormer, looking out to sea.

          • Looking north from the open end of the harbor.

            Looking north from the open end of the harbor.

          • Our 'beach.'  No white sand here, just an endless variety of beautiful stones .

            Our 'beach.' No white sand here, just an endless variety of beautiful stones .

          • View from living room and upper deck.   Prime spot for early morning coffee!

            View from living room and upper deck. Prime spot for early morning coffee!

          • It's all yours to explore!  Here we are at half tide.

            It's all yours to explore! Here we are at half tide.

          • Our humbly comfortable living room.

            Our humbly comfortable living room.

          • A tired puppy is a good puppy.

            A tired puppy is a good puppy.

          • The living room yet again.

            The living room yet again.

          • A place for everything, even without conventional cabinets!

            A place for everything, even without conventional cabinets!

          • View from behind the sink on a winter's day.

            View from behind the sink on a winter's day.

          • Master bedroom, from the other side of the bed.

            Master bedroom, from the other side of the bed.

          • View from dormer in upstairs loft area.

            View from dormer in upstairs loft area.

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          This listing was first published here in 2014.

          Date last modified - Friday, July 18, 2014

          $1,500 - $1,800 per week (USD)
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          4 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
          Sleeps 9

          View calendar: Updated 09/09/14
          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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