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Peace and Tranquility in the Woods by a Pristine Ocean Bay

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + 2 Convertible beds, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 9)

The house was begun in September, 2005 and finished 2 years later. Since it was designed to be shared by two sisters, the downstairs has two master bedroom–bath-walk-in closet combinations, each 16' X 24', the bedroom being 16' X 16'. Their tray ceilings give an even more open sense to the rooms. One room has a kingsize bed and the other, a double bed. Each room has its own entrance with a slider out onto the deck which continues around to the other bedroom, across the front, water side of the house.

The remaining central part of the downstairs is a 32' X 32' loosely defined space. There is the kitchen (15' X 14') open to the water side and a large closet in the center. The other 3/4 of the room is open for living and dining. The entire front has windows from floor to the roof.

In the center of the room a wooden spiral staircase leads to an upstairs loft--- reading nook with queensize futon, a large bedroom with twin beds and bath. These rooms take up a bit more than half the depth of the house (17') and all the width of the central room (32'). There is a railing along the long open hallway the width of the room below, from which you have a wonderful interior view of the beams of the house and open room below and through the tall windows a view of trees, rocks and ocean bay.

The 26’ X 28’ two-car garage has storage space. From the garage, there is a door to the spacious entry way. Here there is a half-bath. There is also a spinnet piano. The central space of the house (32’ X 32’) has a full basement and the two bedrooms have a 6’ high space under them, with easy access. Another door from the driveway leads into this foyer and from there you enter into the area between the kitchen to your left and the remaining open living/dining space, on your right and beyond the kitchen in front of you.

The land is on Taunton Bay, one of the quietest and most pristine bays in the part of Maine that is still easily accessible. Ellsworth, a lovely down-to-earth year round town is 7 miles away. And beyond that lie Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Stonington and Castine. Schoodic and Bar Harbor are also less than an hour away, as is Bangor, where there is the airport for Central Maine and rental cars available

We have 4 and 1/2 acres on a point of land that forms a small cove, of which 2/3 of the shoreline is ours. The house faces directly east and the point and cove lie to the south. The rocky, granite shore is wonderful, with a marshy area directly in front of the house and a higher, rocky shore line for the most part of the remaining coastline.

On the north side of the marshy area there is a large cleared, but by no means stripped, area which has been the scene of a family wedding. It is sunny near the shore and shady as you move inland to the house which is in full sun. Across the bay you can see a line of mountains. It is extremely quiet and peaceful.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About The Owner

The house is owned by two sisters who, having spent most of their life in Maine, now live away during most of the year, one in Florida with her husband and the other in Florence, Italy. The house and setting are just too special not to be enjoyed, and so we want to offer it to others.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Franklin

There is no lovelier part of the world than the coast of Maine, especially if you want a natural setting as a respite from the stress of a busy life style.

What makes this house unique

Absolute quiet and peacefulness, but close enough to many services, activities and beautiful sites..


Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , In entry way, along with laundry facilities; guest bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , accommpanies Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , bath accompanying bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bathroom accompanyng upstairs twin bed room
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , one of two 'master' bedrooms
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , one of two 'master' bedrooms
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , upstairs bedroom and bath
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queensize futon upstairs/ single convertible- living area
  • King (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa/ Futon (1) Pull out single 1); 9 places
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Our stay was great,the house was very nice and the views from the water were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Mary Jane for the use of your beautiful home for the week! We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you for answering any questions we had and for giving us recommendations on where to go and what to see.Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and perfect

  • 5 of 5

Enjoy a wonderful week relaxing! Kayaking from the house. Acadia an easy commute. Lubec an easy day trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place and a great tranquil retreat

  • 4 of 5

Mary Jane is a wonderful and conscious host! This is a beautiful property on a serene peninsula north of Acadia. It's a quiet retreat. About 40 minutes from the park when we were there. We loved coastal Maine and can't wait to get back We had a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded yet close enough! Absolutely charming!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time during our stay (end of June 2017)! Secluded in a forest by an inlet, almost no traffic noise. What you can hear if you strain is usually drowned out by the titmouse and thrushes singing. Bald eagle, wild turkey and a deer were our only visitors. Only about 30 minutes from acadia and Bar Harbor. Comfortablely sleeps 6 but a pullout futon adds space for two more easily (so 8). Our two kids took the upstairs as their own private loft! So much fun and very peaceful. Will remember this on our next adventure to Maine!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, serene, welcoming and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This home is absolutely beautiful, with all the comforts and extra details that make you feel at home. The privacy and quiet area gives you a wonderful sense of peace and soothes the soul. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the coastline, waters, woods and surrounding areas. But mostly a special thank you to the wonderful, caring owners who allowed us to share their lovely home. Looking forward to returning next year :)

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bar Harbor, Bangor
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Ruth and Wimpy's; many others in Ellswortth
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Lamoine, Sand Beach in Acadia National Park
Car: necessary

The Town of Ellsworth is only 7 miles away and has all the features of a small New England town, with services to make your stay pleasant. 35 minutes away is Acadia National Park with Bar Harbor, Cadilac Mountain, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor. The area draws millions of visitors a year and is easy to reach for all sorts of activities... but at night you can come home to real peace and quiet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.