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Quiet Ocean Front House Overlooking Penobscot Bay, Rocky Coast

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This custom-built, family-owned house has been meticulously maintained since the 1970's for use by both the owners and vacation renters. Most of the windows and the spacious deck look out upon peaceful Penobscot Bay. The house is on a dead-end private street with very little traffic, surrounded by trees, flowers, nature and quiet. The coastline is rugged and rocky, the beautiful rocky shore for which Maine is famous. This is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the tourist destinations of Coastal Route 1.

Yet, renters will find themselves only 10 minutes away from some of the best activities and sights Maine has to offer. The busy and quaint destinations of Rockland and Camden are only 10-30 minutes away. Owls Head Light, Birch Point State Park, The Farnsworth Museum, Camden Hills State Park, and many more classic Maine destinations are a short distance just down the road. Rockland boasts great restaurants, cafes, and shops. The Penobscot Bay is great for sea kayaking, sailing, boating, and swimming. There is a boat ramp less than 10 minutes away. Owls Head is a great destination for bicycling and beachcombing/shelling. Community tennis courts are only a 5 minute drive away. There is something for everyone!

The house has all the benefits of home, from the fully-equipped kitchen to offering pots for cooking your lobster feast - and cozy beds for all the youngsters. The living room is equipped with cable TV and wireless internet. On a cool fall evening, you will be treated to blazing foliage. In winter, you can cross country ski out the front door. No matter what time of year you visit or what you like to enjoy, you will feel right at home here!

Keywords: ocean front home, Maine coast vacation rental

More Details

Steven Taylor
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2018

About Steven Taylor

Steven is one of several family members who manage a family trust for this unique property. The property, which includes 2 homes, has been in their family since the 1940's, and the family feels a strong sense of stewardship. The family rents the newer house (built in the late 1970's) to help pay for the maintenance costs of the total property. They hope renters will show the kind of respect for the property and the landscape that their Grandparents taught them as children.

Steven Taylor purchased this house in 1972

Why Steven Taylor chose Owls Head

Our family has been spending summers on Owls Head since the 1940's. The houses on this property are part of our family heritage.

What makes this house unique

I most enjoy hearing the waves from my bedroom and skipping rocks from the beach. I love building a fire on the rocks and cooking clams in salt water. I love walking by rocks to the Birch Point State Park beach and back, and riding my bicycle with my kids to the Owls Head General Store for lunch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just got home from staying at your place and would love to come back again next year. It was perfect for my family and we had the best time. We really love the quiet, the proximity to Rockland, the view, and most importantly the rocks down by the water. The house was better than we expected and I really liked the big kitchen and open floor plan.
Jul 2017
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Owls Head House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Quiet Ocean Front House Overlooking Penobscot Bay, Rocky Coast
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

Loved it: Beautiful location, complete house rather than a cottage, lovely view, quiet, spacious

  • 5 of 5

Over the past forty summers we have rented a dozen or so cottages on Spruce Head and Owls Head. This may be the best. The house (it is not a cottage as that term is usually used) is located fifteen minutes out of Rockland, five minutes from the Knox County airport with non-stop service to Boston, on the water with a nice view restricted by trees but a stunning 180 degree view of the Mussel (or Muscle) Ridge Channel and the islands down a short, albeit somewhat steep, path. It is toward the end of a very quiet, dead end, private road which, unlike most roads in Maine, is safe to walk. It faces south (on a map it's parallel to Birch Point State Park) and is shaded so it stays cool even during hot days and usually has a breeze which also keeps the mosquitos down. The house itself is remarkable--a bedroom and full bath on the first floor and two bedrooms (queen size bed in one and four single beds in the other) and another full bath on the second floor, very large kitchen and food preparation area, nice living room, pleasant deck (not screened), massive BBQ grill, big electric heater as well as a wood stove, full set of kitchen utensils (both a mixer and a Cuisinart), enough dishes for a party of twenty, washer and dryer, etc. Drawbacks:

the staircase to the second floor is very narrow, especially when you are carrying luggage, and while I applaud their decision to compost garbage, finding and operating the composter is something of a trial, especially at night.

It is owned by a family trust. Sue Hufnagel lives close by (during much of summer she is literally next door) and is extremely helpful. The rent is also reasonable by local standards.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for my family

  • 4 of 5

We just got back from spending a week here and it was great so were going back again next year! The house is large with an open floor plan, huge functional kitchen with plenty of pots, pans, dishes, silverware,etc., large bedrooms, a rustic looking interior that was very clean and a fantastic view of the ocean. The ocean is right in the backyard with large rocks that my kids loved climbing on. During low tide my kids would go down to the rocks and hunt for treasures like sea glass. The house is secluded on a dead end street and the neighborhood is very quite and only 10 minutes from Rockland. No air conditioning required because there was always a nice cool breeze coming off of the water. We actually had to close some windows at night because it was so cool and it was early August. The house is fully functional with all the appliances needed including washer, dryer and dish washer. There was one flatscreen TV with cable, a DVD player, and a Roku player. We were able to log onto our Amazon and Netflix accounts during our stay. Cell service is spotty on the coast, and at the house, but the house has internet so I was able to use Wifi calling on my cellphone. The only reason I didn't give a 5 star rating is that the living room furniture could use an upgrade.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was wonderful, the house and location on the water!

  • 5 of 5

The view, the proximity to Rockland and the open floor plan of the house were my favorite features for a family of 7 adults.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are happy you enjoyed it as much as we do.
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Laguna Hills, CA

Peaceful waterfront Home and getaway

  • 5 of 5

This well maintained home was very peaceful, and well situated for long leisurely walks on the coast or through the woods to pick wild raspberries. We loved our stay and ts views while being close to the town of Rockland. We felt secluded yet everything was accessible. Hope to return for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Knox County Airport
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
82 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster to Portland, ME
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Owls Head General Store
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Camden Snow Bowl
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Birch Point State Park
Car: necessary

Historic lighthouses, State Park sandy beach, wild flowers and raspberries, lobster!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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