Secluded Cottage on Maine Coast

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Land View of the Cottage with Sea Behind it


Last updated: 06/18/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This very private, family cottage blends in with the woodsy coastline of Vinalhaven Island and is almost imperceptible from the sea. Inside it has pine walls, high ceilings, large windows, skylights, and spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding uninhabited islands. It exudes a sense of spaciousness, and you will find that the large central granite fireplace gives out warmth and coziness in the evening. A dramatic deck, shaped like the prow of a ship, offers a perfect westward view into the sunset.

This No Smoking cottage home was designed by the family and built on four levels of a hillside that slopes about seventy five feet down to 200 yards of ocean frontage. The lowest level is the sunken living room with a large granite fireplace, sofa, rocking chairs, a long bench under a large picture window, immensely high ceilings with skylights, and lots of cozy spots for reading, listening to music or playing games.

The second level includes the kitchen with gas stove, large refrigerator, and natural pine counter-tops. The dining room opens directly out onto the deck. This level also includes a wood stove for extra warmth on chilly mornings, and a storage closet.

The third level includes a full master bath with tub and shower, a washer and dryer closet, and a master bedroom with a comfortable king-size bed, three large closets, and a view of the sea. You can lie in bed in the morning and watch seagulls swooping after lobster boats in the bay. The fourth level is an enclosed loft bedroom with two extra-long twin beds, a closet, a full bath with shower, skylights, and a storage attic.

Near the front door there is an outdoor shower for washing off salt water, and small deck for bikes and other equipment, as well as a small shop. The entire cottage is surrounded by a lovely rock garden with local plantings. Underneath the cottage there is an unfinished storage area that includes a large hot water heater and space for life jackets, paddles, oars, ladders, and boats.

On the island there are many hiking and biking trails, an old lighthouse, a good library, a town playground, an excellent medical center, and a number of nature preserves. Around the point from our cottage there are unusual tidal falls, leading to a beautiful, protected salt-water lake (The Basin), filled with bird life and harbor seals. There are also a number of fresh water quarries on the island that are considerably warmer for swimming than the ocean.

Off shore we are on the edge of a quiet bay encircled by eight to ten uninhabited small islands, ideal for picnicking and exploring.

Keywords: Secluded Cottage built in 1994

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Not suitable for infants and toddlers...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have family allergies so prefer no pets....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Beautiful view of the sea from this bedroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    This is loft bedroom....moreless

  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Right next to bedroom 1...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Right next to bedroom 2 in the loft...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Gas Stove, Propane Grill (BBQ), Due to family allergies, no pets are allowed...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    There is a view of the Camden Hill range over to the west on the mainland....moreless

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    From the deck you can see many uninhabited islands with the Camden hills behind them...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    The cottage is set back 200 feet from the shore....moreless

  • Rural:

    Woodsy location right on the ocean...moreless

  • Village:

    1100 people live on Vinalhaven year round. The village is small and simple, and its primary industry is fishing....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet:

    It's slow but it exists!...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    There is a golf course on the nearby island of North Haven....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We can't rent ours because of insurance issues, but you can bring your own....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Very simple with native plants only....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Life jackets available....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 4 - Oct 31, 2016
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


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Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 9%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 06/18/2016
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15 Miles
Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
North Haven
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Haven

Car: Necessary

Canoeing, Swimming in Fresh Water Quarries, Library, Town Playground


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: I live in Northampton, MA, where I am a family therapist, but I have spent summers in Vinalhaven throughout my whole life. I share ownership of our vacation house with my four adult sons and their families. This picture was taken while we were on a family picnic in the Basin.

Why the Owner Chose Vinalhaven, ME, USA:
Our family first started summering in Vinalhaven in 1934.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Quiet, fresh air, beautiful views, access to water.

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Speaks: english, french, german, russian, italian



  • Land View of the Cottage with Sea Behind it

    Land View of the Cottage with Sea Behind it

  • View of dining area from loft

    View of dining area from loft

  • Master bedroom with view out to the water

    Master bedroom with view out to the water

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • Swimming in the Basin tide

    Swimming in the Basin tide

  • Sunken Living Room with Fireplace on Left

    Sunken Living Room with Fireplace on Left

  • View of living room area from loft

    View of living room area from loft

  • Deck with view of the water.

    Deck with view of the water.

  • An Evening View From the Shoreline

    An Evening View From the Shoreline

  • evening view from the deck

    evening view from the deck

  • Another sunset view

    Another sunset view

VRBO #21254

This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Secluded Cottage on Maine Coast

Vinalhaven, ME, USA #21254

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