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Secluded Cottage on Maine Coast

Vinalhaven, ME, USA
  • Cottage1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

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


Katharine Baker

Member Since 2003
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english, french, german, russian, italian
Calendar last updated:
Mar 23, 2018
About Katharine Baker

I live in Northampton, MA, where I am a retired 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.

Katharine Baker purchased this Cottage in 1994

Why Katharine Baker chose Vinalhaven

Our family first started summering in Vinalhaven in 1934.

What makes this Cottage unique

Quiet, fresh air, beautiful views, access to water.


    • Internet
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Beautiful view of the sea from this bedroom.
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, This is loft bedroom.
      • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Right next to bedroom 1
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Right next to bedroom 2 in the loft

        Location Type

          • Mountain View
            There is a view of the Camden Hill range over to the west on the mainland.
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
            From the deck you can see many uninhabited islands with the Camden hills behind them
          • Oceanfront
            The cottage is set back 200 feet from the shore.
          • Rural
            Woodsy location right on the ocean
          • Village
            1100 people live on Vinalhaven year round. The village is small and simple, and its primary industry is fishing.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Internet
                        It's slow but it exists!
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Fireplace
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Fireplace
                      • Wood Stove


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


                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Board games and cards
                                  • Toys
                                    In a bin under the window seat in the living room.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        There is a golf course on the nearby island of North Haven.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        We can't rent ours because of insurance issues, but you can bring your own.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Very simple with native plants only.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Life jackets available.


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming


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

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.


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                                                                Vinalhaven, ME, USA

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

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