Unique Ocean Plus Lakefront Offers Privacy, Luxury & Recreation(9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths.
The house is fully equipped with new, excellent quality, kitchen appliances--a cook's dream! And central heating. Come to Sheep Thief Gulch and truly get away from all but you what you really want.
Because of risks associated with the rugged ocean coast-line, this property is not suitable for children under 12.
Sheep Thief Gulch: Our house at Sheep Thief Gulch is a 5 mile drive from the town and mailboat landing on Isle Au Haut. You can hear the stars twinkle out here. Our property faces the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Long Pond on the other. Swimmers have their choice between 60 degree sea water (brrr) or the fresh water pond with far more tolerable conditions. The owners do both, but the ocean with wetsuits.
There are 2 houses on the property built in Japanese style; the 'girl's house', a separate 'guest' house with two bedrooms and a bath and the larger 'aquarium' with the master bedroom, a study, a mud room and a 40' x 20' great room with kitchen, dining and lounging area with floor to ceiling glass on both sides offering spectacular views of the sea, birdlife, changing weather and night sky.
Walkers and hikers enjoy coastal and forest trails in Acadia National Park. The Ranger Station has trail maps. The house comes with three mountain bikes and others are available for rent from the mailboat company.
Island Life: Sheep Thief Gulch is very private and secluded, separated from the road by a dense forest, but Long Pond (a 5 minute walk on a path through the woods) is a magnet in fair weather, where, in the afternoon there's a bunch of kids and some adults swimming and sun bathing on the beach or on the sun warmed asphalt road. Other opportunities to socialize include church on Sunday, the very well provisioned Isle Au Haut Store, the excellent library in the town hall with wifi service, the cyber/cafe Black Dinah Chocolatiers, The town sponsors other social events at the town hall including a talent show most years in August. ALL ARE WELCOME. There is one FINE 'not to be missed' dining out option at the Keeper's House on Isle Au Haut, however Inn guests have priority, so reservations are iffy. Fresh caught lobsters, arguably the best anywhere, are available from local fishermen requiring usually a day notice. Other fresh and frozen fish can be gotten at the Island Store or by order from a Stonington fresh fish market. They send it out on the mailboat.
Activities: All in all, Sheep Thief Gulch is a fine place to slow down, catch up on your reading, painting, photography or correspondence, summon the muse, pamper yourself with good food and drink, get in better shape (waking, running, canoeing, biking or swimming), break the connection with the internet, though wifi service is on for the addicted. By the way, there is also a land-line. To top it all off, you will meet some exceptional people there, both year round and summer residents, which I think is one of the main reasons people keep coming back.
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Member since: 2009
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Car Available
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
- All appliances brand new including.. -6 burner/gas Wolfe Range with convection oven -Heavy duty mixer for bread making -Food processor -Wine and cocktail glasses -Complete coffee service including stove top espresso pot and Mr. Coffee. -Extra large refrigerator and separate freezer. -High quality and sharp knives -All counter tops made of locally quarried granite. -5 passenger 4 wheel drive pickup truck available for on-road use only -iPod friendly hifi CD player/radio combination -Library includes many pertinent field guides...moreless
- Books For Adults
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Near The Ocean
- Ocean View:
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning:
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access:
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Paper Towels
- Thermos Bottle
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Grinder
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
Dishes & Utensils:
There is a full set for 12 including dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls. Glassware includes glasses for wine, juice, water, beer, cocktails. There are several serving platters for the table...moreless
- Lobster Pot
- Beach Towels
- Boat With Paddles
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Large Cooler
- Lawn / Garden:
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- PIckup Truck Rental $250 + tax
- Property Damage Protection $99
- Tax Rate 7%
Our pick-up is rentable for $250/wk plus gas. Users must be licensed and insured drivers. No teen drivers please and no driving lessons. Truck is for 'on-road' use only and is not to be used on Acadia Nat'l Park roads. There are no car repair facilities on IaH so please use the truck with care. Please refill gas before departure.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Isle Au Haut is a 6 mile, 45 minute ferry ride from Stonington, itself on Deer Island which is linked by a bridge to the mainland. It is on the eastern most extreme of Penobscot Bay, a kind of alphabet soup of spruce covered islands and lobster bouys. While there are cars on Isle Au Haut, the daily ferry is for passengers, pets and freight only.
More than half of Isle Au Haut is owned by the National Park Service and is a part of Acadia National Park. It contains an intricate system of well maintained hiking trails threading through the woodland and along the coast. In general, the level of difficulty is moderate, though Duck Harbor Mountain trail involves some scrambling up rocky slopes, but nothing most reasonably fit folks of all ages can't manage.
The world's best lobster can be acquired directly from local fisherman with a days notice. The house comes equipped with an outdoor propane lobster cooker and huge pot.
Year Purchased: 2007
About: Our houses at Sheep Thief Gulch were designed by award winning architect Evans Woollen and custom built in 2007 by Ellard Taylor, an Isle Au Haut builder.
Why Isle au Haut, ME, USA:
After years of renting on IAH, we committed to building our own place when we bought our oceanfront property in 2005. Two years later, we moved in. We finally got our vegetable garden going in 2011 and it's going strong. We usually plant in early May, risking a late frost, but ensuring that we will have tomatoes and other VEG in August. There are always herbs (chives, garlic chives, sage, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, chervil, basil), and salad greens in July for our renters.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The ocean view is breathtaking! A large colony of sea gulls gathers on a nearby granite point and a variety of water fowl (loons, eiders, guillemots, northern gannets, great blue herons, bald eagles, ospreys, crows and ravens) feed close to shore. The house is equipped with a spototing scope. On the land side of the house, a variety of song birds are attracted to the birdfeeder, including the occasional raptor. FIshing for brook trout, either wading along the lakeshore or from our canoe, is often productive. The best time is early morning before the swimmers gather at the beech.
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Main House, with one bedroom, facing ocean. Lawn perfect for croquet.
View from front deck which is nestled in landscape overlooking the Atlantic.
View from Master bedroom in the morning. Off deck.
A cook's kitchen includes every tool you need & spices/herbs & fresh in garden.
End of the day - after hikes, swims, bikes, or reading & general relaxation.
Guest house with two additional bedrooms & full bath & sitting area.
Ocean and cove view from sitting area by rocks.
Croquet anyone? A complex course perfect for cocktail hour amusement.
Guest House deck with ocean view. Both rooms have perfect views.
Long Pond located on back of land. Perfect swimming, fishing with our canoe.
Swimming in Long Pond.
Full Moon Rising, a Japanese lantern. VIew of Great Room. Cook,dine & relax.
Master bedroom, library & fine rugs.Tempurpedic mattress, 100% cotton bedding
Cooks delight with a view and 6 burner Wolfe oven.
Dining room view to ocean. Moon rise can be watched while you dine.
Social area in use. Lovely wool rugs, fine easy chairs and sofa.
Guest house on left, view to main house.
Ocean side of main house
Guest house wall with hydrangea.
Fresh garden greens & fresh herbs ready to pick for your dinner.
Canoe comes with house, here it is on lake.
Robinson Lighthouse on Isle au Haut.
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