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Stonington, Maine - Large House on Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

House on ocean with 4 Bedrooms & 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This charming, completely renovated late 1800’s Maine house is located directly overlooking the fishing harbor of the village of Stonington. The house is surrounded by a gently rolling yard with lovely gardens which lead down to a sandy beach with granite ledges. The magnificent views include ships parading through the town thoroughfare, pine topped nearby islands (including Isle au Haut on a clear day) and observing the comings and goings of the lobster boats. The spacious yard continues in back of the house with plenty of room for croquet, badminton or simply lounging on the porch; ample parking is provided off the driveway.

Due to the large tides, not only are the views continually changing but the small islands in front of the house can actually be reached on foot when the tide is out.

“The Stronghold” exudes a comfortable and cozy style with a mixture of old and new. Although the house accommodates up to eight people, it is cozy enough for two. The old wood floors, fireplaces, etched glass doors, antiques and collectables have been blended with new furnishings and a modern kitchen and renovated bathrooms. Colors abound both inside and out!

Step out of the second floor master bedroom suite onto a beautiful deck/balcony overlooking a breathless view! Downstairs, an attached one bedroom in-law/guest suite w/ private living room, kitchen and bath, add versatility, privacy and room to spread out.

Enjoy your meals in the eat-in kitchen, the formal dining room, the sun-porch, or picnicking in the yard overlooking stunning harbor views.

The location, design and comforts of this beautiful home are too numerous to mention. Bask in the unrivaled views from the decks and yard, swim off the sandy beach, explore the unique shops and restaurants in the villages of Stonington and Deer Isle, or simply relax and take in the sun and ocean breezes; it doesn’t get any better than this! A true, Maine seaside classic!

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Sallie Strong
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Sallie Strong

My grandparents purchased a summer house on Deer Isle in the early 1900's...and our family has been returning to the island ever since. I was able to purchase 'The Stronghold' in 1999 and, after three years of renovation (inside and out), I'm proud of the final result!

I currently reside in California and spend summers in Maine. When in Maine I sometimes stay in the renovated "barn" which is attached to the large house. I attempt to give as much privacy as possible to the guests while they're staying in the house. I find this works well for most - I'm available to welcome guests and to help with questions about the area, things to do and directions to places.

Sallie Strong purchased this house in 1999

Why Sallie Strong chose Stonington

This is a magical spot...the location and views are unsurpassed. The village offers restaurants and entertainment and the house is comfortable yet spacious with ever-changing views.

What makes this house unique

This spot is a haven for relaxation, interspection, exploration and fun. The sky meets the water, meets the islands and the harbor and...meets my house. The enchanting and ever-changing views cannot be matched anywhere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for opening your house to us. It is a magical place where you can sit and watch the world go by. The house is decorated so uniquely. I love the book "Maine Memories" and will try to purchase one as a special reminder of days gone by. One week is not enough. Next time we will stay longer like we did two years ago.

Johnny is a wonderful asset - for many reasons" Our memories of this special house and setting will see us through until we come again. Thank you.
Sep 2010
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Stonington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Suite - 2nd floor with deck over looking harbor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2nd Floor - Antique bed frame
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1st Floor - Fully equipped apartment
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The central portion of the house includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a powder room; there is an additional, adjoining apartment which includes a small kitchen, living room (w/ fireplace), bedroom and full bath for a total of 4 bedrooms and 2 kitchens in the entire house; a full-time caretaker is minutes away for any problems or questions which may arise.


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Stonington, Maine - Large House on Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

A welcoming and warm cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the Stronghold! The island is charming and gorgeous. The best coffee of my life and gorgeous views everywhere you go! The owner is very close by and knows all the secrets and activities the island has to offer. We had 3 little kids, 2 teenagers and 2 adults in our crew and everyone was happy! The house is well equipped for entertaining at home and the perfect location for outdoor dinners. It's also nestled right in town, walking distance to the ferry, coffee, ice cream and restaurants. And the owner was warm and very accommodating. A wonderful classic Maine vacation home!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Most beautiful spot on the island!

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous home for our vacation. The location was perfect and the views were unsurpassed. We enjoyed sitting on the master bedroom balcony each morning and each evening, watching the boats. There is outdoor seating all over the house, not just off the master bedroom. There is even a sunroom so you can enjoy the view even if it rains. The house was large enough for our family of 5, including 3 adult children. The additional apartment was cleverly designed so it could either be a completely closed off private apartment, with its own entrance and deck, or it can kept open and act as a bedroom that flows with the rest of the house. We were worried that one of our kids would be isolated, but it worked out well. The house included everything from cooking supplies to towels to games. My husband and I are kayakers, so we were especially excited when the owner let us use her kayaks and canoe.

Stonington was a perfect little town. It was peaceful with just enough vacation-y things to do, mostly within walking distance. We walked to the area restaurants (Fisherman's Friend was our favorite) and to the local shops, and made quite a few trips to 44 North coffee shop, which we loved so much, we are now ordering the coffee online. If you have to drive anywhere, it is always scenic and pleasurable. We drove out to Bar Harbor one day, about an hour drive, and not only was it a great day trip, the drive there and back was beautiful.

There were just a few cons, and these are pretty minor compared to all the pros: First, the owner lived on the premises, which was kind of awkward. Sallie is super sweet and was always very helpful, but it was hard not to feel self-conscious. Neighbors and guests and their children often roamed around the property. The windows were always open (for air) and the yard is small, so we felt pretty exposed at times. The third con is that all the indoor chairs were uncomfortable and the master bedroom bed had springs poking through. Also, both the owner and the neighbor had dogs that ran through the backyard. And although we do like pets, we signed a "no pets on premises" lease, so I didn't expect to see dogs squatting down in the garden. The last con is that there was no cell service inside the house and wi-fi was very weak. These are all very minor things but I thought they were worth mentioning.

I would still strongly recommend the Stronghold for a family vacation. It is the most beautiful house and the most perfect spot on the island.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Here's my (very) belated response! First of all, thank you for your kind words about my property. I apologize for the "cons" you mentioned and for any inconvenience(s) you experienced during your stay. I wish you had contacted me at that time so we might have been able to work something out. You're right - the internet and cell service on the island are weak. I thought I had mentioned that prior to your visit. The village has announced they're adding a cell tower in the downtown area this summer (2018) which we hope will make service speedier! I often spend time in the attached "barn" which has usually worked well for my guests. I'm able to welcome them and offer information, directions, etc., about the area. I'm sorry this made you uncomfortable. Again, I apologize that your experience wasn't the best it could have been...
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The best waterfront vacation rental in Stonington Maine

  • 5 of 5

The best waterfront vacation rental

home in Stonington, Maine is "The Stronghold." We used this home as our central headquarters for our 35th wedding anniversary, family vacation. The owner has gone to great effort to make this home an exceptional beauty and the most memorable resort experience. Standing amongst neighboring, gray siding homes stands this magnificent, recently renovated masterpiece. Located on a private lane on Stonington's waterfront, you are welcomed with an inviting back porch, complete with conversational chairs, windchimes, and croquet for the manicured front or rear yard gaming. The waterfront has a magnificent quarried stone bulkhead and flowering landscaped yard, with two kayaks waiting for you to explore the harbor a nearby islands.

The owner, Sallie Strong, has literally thought of everything. Both a gas grill and charcoal grill are on site waiting for your cooking preference. Typically Maine rentals in this area are austere. However this home has Wi-Fi, multiple TVs with DVDs or cable. The duel kitchens were especially useful for our multi families' food storage, prep and cleanup. The main kitchen even has a trash compactor. There are multiple indoor and outdoor rooms for relaxing, watching the lobster boats in the harbor, and enjoying leisurely or formal meals.

We admired the decorating as every niche had a unique curio, painting, photo or nautical artifact to admire. The bright room colors and comfortable beds were specially inviting.

We have rented four different homes on Deer Isle in recent years. While this home was the most expensive to rent, it was by far the best value. Given the ideal location, the amenities, and the overall experience, I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible family vacation at the best house in town!

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about the property! The location is perfect. We had front row seats to the working waterfront. The house is beautiful and had everything we needed. The weather was perfect the entire week. We had family fly in from Arizona and Wisconsin and they loved the waterfront and kayaking in the harbor. The lobster boat races were a bonus! I highly recommend this location if you are interested in a small lobstering community and small town feel.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stronghold= perfect

  • 5 of 5

Loved the home, location and cleanliness. Sallie had the home stocked with everything we needed. We had a wonderful family vacation and will return.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Five friends and I spent a glorious week in late summer at the Stronghold. The house, itself, offered every comfort, convenience, and delight to the eye. We could easily walk all around the town, and we also made enjoyable day trips along scenic and reliable routes. The Opera House offered unique entertainment, restaurants plied us with delectable food, and local galleries and shops, as well as a farmers' and artisans' market, provided opportunities to browse or buy. An adventure on a lobster boat gave us views of the Bay and its nearby islands, along with an informative and personable narrative from the captain. Finally, the warmth of the locals added the icing to the cake.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bangor, ME
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
5 miles...also tennis

Deer Isle abounds in unspoiled, spectacular scenery with incredible hiking trails active with natural wildlife, marine mammals, birds (Eagles and Osprey), and vistas of small pine covered islands dotting the ocean; it is a destination for ocean sailors as well as kayakers; many talented and creative artists work and live here and the

world renowned Haystack School of Art is located here; it's an easy, beautiful drive to Camden, Castine or Bar Harbor.

The house is surrounded by a large, grassy yard suitable for croquet, badminton, horse-shoes or just hanging out in lawn chairs and watching the amazing ships and boats sail by. There's ALWAYS something interesting to see!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

This property is rented by the week from Saturday to Saturday.
if guests exceed 8 please contact owner for additional per guest rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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