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Monhegan - Stay in comfort! Private Home with Ocean and Sunset Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Quiet location- 4 bedrooms,1 large bathroom, sleeps 6

One of the best rentals on the island! Sitting atop Horn's Hill on Monhegan Island, The Charles House is a beautiful home with ocean and sunset views from the upstairs. In the evenings, you can see lighthouses glowing along the coast of Maine from east to west. The house is located in a private spot on the island and is only a five minute walk to the nearest cliffs which line the east side of Monhegan. And a five minute walk in the opposite direction to get to the village.

My home has a spacious kitchen with natural wood counters/cabinets and the living room opens up onto a large deck that looks over a lawn and toward the harbor and neighboring island, Manana. The home has lovely clear drinking water and beautiful Maine art decorates the walls. It is my home for most of the year, so the house is fully stocked and has quite a few ammenties that other rentals on the island don't have. I offer high speed internet connection at the house as well.

There is a large game closet upstairs with puzzles, games and toys , and a wide assortment of books for all ages. I have an extensive collecion of Art books in the house, it is my mother's life-long collection and includes over 200 books about many kinds of art/artists.

Although you will see a woodstove in the pictures, the house is set up in the summer time for propane heat-use instead. There is a very effective floor furnace that is available for renters that wish to have heat in the off seasons. The wood stove gets disconnected, and is not an option during the rental season.

I have a number of bird feeders around the house and feed the birds year round here on the property, so there is an active bird population that visits the yard every day..... I have a pair of adorable Carolina wrens that sing atop the branches every day, and in the spring/summer the thrashers and mockingbirds are fun to listen to up here on top of the hill, as they join the 'regulars', chickadees, cardinals, and bluejays. Monhegan is a bird migratory stop off, so many species of birds visit the island in the spring and fall. So bring your binoculars!

When there is a 'sea' built up on the ocean , you can hear the surf crashing against the rocks at Lobster Cove while sitting on the deck.... Lobster cove is not far from the house, and the surf there can be terrific.

There is always a lovely breeze that goes through the house if you leave windows or the doors open - and very little problems with mosquitos or other bugs.

The biggest advantage to renting my home is the privacy and quiet that you will experience amidst the trees and birds and breezes at the top of the hill.... the house is on one of the highest planes of the island, yet ocean views are limited to the upstairs windows because quiet and privacy of trees, gardens, flowers and birds prevail year-round.

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Cynthia Charles
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Cynthia Charles

I came to the island as a visitor when I was a child (with my artist mom), and I was at that young age when I was determined to live here as an adult. After commuting bi-weekly while in college, I moved to the island in the early 80s and have been part of the community for over 30 years now, having built this house in 1995. Because the island has a high cost of living, I rent out my home during the summer months and move to a modest apartment. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my beautiful home with others who are experiencing the island for the first time. I have it filled with art, books, plants, and creative ventures. I am a silkscreen printmaker and crafter, and also work with databases as the Content Systems Manager for IBP, a non-profit organization that helps undergraduate minority students find graduate work in the sciences.

My home on Monhegan Island is a very special place, and I hope to be able to share it with others for a long time to come! I feel everyone that stays here is paying it forward to allow me to continue to be part of this unique community.

Cynthia Charles purchased this house in 1995

Why Cynthia Charles chose Monhegan

This is a special and unique property on the island for many reasons... the first is that it's located in a great spot - halfway between the village and the high cliffs. It is literally a 5 minute walk from the house to get to either one.

The second is that it's on a quiet road, in a quiet spot, with trees around the property. My guests do not have to contend with the noise of the trucks on the road, the tourist activities and noise in the village, the lights, and the 'hustle and bustle' of the busy summer islanders - they can relax in peace, look out the windows at birds at the feeders, watch the lighthouse beacon make it's way around the island/sea, and enjoy the quiet of island life.

I also feed the birds on this property - which on Monhegan is extra special because the island is a migratory stop-off for many species of birds that fly the eastern flyway. The spring and fall migrations bring many birdwatchers, photographers, and Audubon groups to observe many species unseen in this part of the country. Many of these can be seen from my windows or sitting on my deck.

and...I can't help but mention too that there is an ice cream/pizza shop right at the bottom of the hill!

What makes this house unique

This house has many unique benefits because it's not a cottage rental, but is my home for most of the year.

I will start with the first most important benefit, and that is that I have my own drilled well and my water is good fresh clear drinking water from the faucet. There are not many homes on the island that offer that, most cottages and homes have 'town water' - that has been pumped from a large meadow in the center of town (it is a sole-source aquifer, with well points sunk), and pumped into large holding tanks at the top of a hill, and then it's gravity-fed to the houses on the island. The water is treated occasionally, and is tested ... but it does not compare to the quality of the well water at this house.

Another benefit is that my house includes the option of using heat if you come in the off season and need to take the chill off. The majority of island rentals do not offer heat.

Because my house is a not a typical rental cottage, it's filled with artwork, plants, rugs, books, DVD/TV, wireless internet and many other amenities that are not included in most rentals.

I will mention again that my house sits in a quiet and private spot - there are very few houses that can be rented on Monhegan that have that benefit... which I find important for people that are coming to the island for a peaceful vacation, or to watch birds, or have a retreat after a long busy day hiking and taking in what the island community has to offer.


One of the best rentals on the island! The Charles House sits high on Monhegan Island which is located 12 miles off the Maine coast. Monhegan is a place of extreme beauty and peace, and the house is located in a private area, between the village and the cliffs. Monhegan is about 1 1/4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, and hosts 17 miles of hiking trails which lead through beautiful Maine woods out to high cliffs that run the length of the east side of the island. Two thirds of Monhegan is held in a natural preserve, to remain forever wild. During the Spring and Fall seasons, Monhegan is a destination for birdwatchers who come from around the world to witness the migration of many species of birds on their way north and south along the Eastern Flyway.

Monhegan Island is a destination for artists as well, who come to paint the natural beauty of the island and the traditional fishing village. The island does have a historical lighthouse and museum, a general store, gift shops and a coffee house, and a new Craft Brewery. Visitors come to relax and get away from the fast paced life of the mainland, and get back to enjoying nature and being by the sea.

This is a year-round house with many of the ammenities you would expect at your own home while on vacation. Linens are provided, a stocked kitchen with lots of room to cook, wi fi, dvds, art on the walls, plants in the corners, books, puzzles, games, it's a lovely and peaceful place to stay a week or two on the island, whether traveling as a couple or part of a family group!


Monhegan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is one large bathroom downstairs, stocked with many towels and extra sheets - the beds are all made with fresh linens when you arrive. There is a washing machine in the bathroom, and drying racks as well as an outside clothesline (there is no electric or propane dryer at the house, but there is one on the island).
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 king
  • One bedrroom is very large, the 'big room' upstairs.... and one bedroom is very small 'The Africa room', also upstairs. The other two bedrooms are a good size, only one bedroom is downstairs. The large bathroom with full bath/shower is downstairs as well.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
3 doubles/1 king. Clear drinking water from faucet. High speed wireless internet connection. Private, quiet location on the island. Five minute walk to the cliffs in one direction, and a five minute walk to the village in the other direction. Beautiful starry nights, beautiful sunrises, and beautiful sunsets......whales are often seen off the cliffside of the island. There is a great museum at the Lighthouse and the island is rich with history. The remnants of a shipwreck sit at Lobster Cove,; Monhegan is one of the oldest fishing villages off the eastern coast of the US. It boasts the highest cliffs on the eastern seaboard as well. There are several shops on the island, two gifts shops, several eateries and restaurants, and a fish market on the beach where you can purchase fresh seafood. A new Craft Brewery has been popular down at Lobster Cove as well! Come visit this amazing place, I consider it a 'little piece of heaven on earth'....


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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

$400/night, $1900-$2250/week

$400/night or $1900/week

July & August:


50% of entire balance (including ME tax) is due to hold the reservation, the remaining 50% is due two weeks prior to arrival on the island.

Payment Policy is that 50% of the entire balance is due immediately to hold the reservation, and the remaining 50% of the balance is due two weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.