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Private Island with View of Harbor, Lighthouse, and Open Ocean

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6}

Gooseberry Island is a seasonal rental, and is only available from MAY through OCTOBER each year.To get a complete accounting of your rental costs please enter your rental dates in the upper right corner of the site and look for an instant quote. Please note : Gooseberry island has only one dwelling on it and is completely private . It is only accessible by boat . See COMPLETE "rates" section for additional details.

Gooseberry Island is a small private island located in Portsmouth Harbor adjacent to the Maine shore at Kittery Point. Formerly a retreat for business associates, family, and friends, Gooseberry Island has remained in the same family for nearly 100 years. Gooseberry is the only inhabited private island in Portsmouth Harbor, and has fantastic unobstructed views of historic Whaleback Lighthouse, Ft. Constitution, Ft. McClary, and the open ocean with the Isles of Shoals in the distance. With hundreds of feet of completely private waterfront , beaches , and tide pools , it is a wonderful little paradise , especially for children .

The dwelling is a classic New England two story saltbox. It is available for rent from May through October and is accessible only by boat. The first floor consists of a modern kitchen with tile floor, cherry cabinets, and granite counter tops. The bathroom, located directly off the kitchen, is also designed with cherry cabinetry, a pink New Hampshire granite vanity, and beautiful custom shower with a solid glass door and custom tiled interior. An additional spacious shower room and changing area with hot and cold water from our drilled well is located on the back porch. The front of the house is comprised of a large L-shaped room which incorporates the living room and dining area. French doors open onto a classic semi-enclosed, shingled front porch furnished with vintage Woodard wrought iron furniture, and a panoramic view of the mouth of the harbor and open ocean .

On the second floor, the master bedroom has a chaise lounge, two period bureaus, and a king-sized bed. Adjacent to this room is a loft bedroom containing two single beds, two child beds , a bureau, and bedside tables.The cottage is best described as a well designed house for four, with ample space for an additional two or three young children or PERHAPS another adult.

Adjacent to the main cottage there is a rustic cabin that contains two bunk beds, TV, refrigerator, bureau, and desk. A large double window affords an excellent view of the boat harbor ; a special place just for kids!

This unparalleled island location includes all the amenities that one would expect on the mainland. There is a drilled well and pump house which supply excellent water that must be used sensibly for showers and kitchen use. The bathroom is equipped with an odorless electric composting toilet which requires minimal attention to operate – less than 30 seconds per day and actually functions better than a conventional one! The island is powered by submarine cables and has electric central heat. With the exception of the tiled kitchen and bathroom, all floors throughout the house are polished hardwood. As island living goes, it is luxurious. Gooseberry is a change of pace destination for guests anticipating a pristine setting with all the comforts of modern living. The cottage and cabin are the only dwellings on the island. No other people have access to the island without permission from the residents. Gooseberry island is accessible only by boat.

Transportation and secure parking are arranged from either our private pier or from the town landing . Our pier is approximately one mile from the island, the town landing one quarter mile. Guests may also access the island with their own boats. The dock at Gooseberry Island can accommodate a boat up to 50’ in length. Launch service is available any time throughout the day as requested. The launch can ferry you to various points throughout the harbor as well as our dock or the town dock at a nominal price . Transportation upon arrival and departure is aboard our boat, the "Anna D ", and is included in the rental price. The "Anna D " is also available by arrangement for fishing trips, whale watching, or sight seeing . We are available 24\7 for emergency purposes. A 24' Carolina Skiff with 90 hp Honda is available for rent to qualified guests upon request.

Portsmouth, N.H., and York, Maine , hospitals are only 10 or 15 minutes from our dock. Boston's world famous Mass. General Hospital as well as many others of equal renown are only one hour away. Additionally, one of our close friends is a surgeon and partner at Portsmouth's Sports Medicine Atlantic Orthopedics clinic , ten minutes from our dock.

There are six kayaks and an aluminum row boat on the island for our guests' use . These boats may be used to travel to our home dock, or to the town landing where there is a general store as well as an excellent restaurant. Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, a locally famous restaurant where guests can select their own lobsters from live tanks, is just a short paddle from the island. Dining tables are outside on a deck built over the water with an unspoiled view of the creek and the opposing shoreline.

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are only an hour and a half away. World famous L.L. Bean and Cabela’s are each within 45 minutes. Portsmouth NH with its fabulous restaurants, shopping, live theater, beautiful parks, and historical sites is just at the other end of the harbor. The famous Ogunquit Playhouse is twenty minutes distant by car. The York Beaches and Wild Animal Kingdom are located in the neighboring town of York, Maine. For rainy days one could consider shopping at the renowned Kittery Outlet Malls. During June, July, and August rentals are by the week, running from Saturday to Saturday unless by arrangement with the owners.

Keywords: Cottage, saltbox

More Details

Jim Austin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Jim Austin

The owner’s family has roots in the Portsmouth/Kittery area that date back to the 17th century. They love the seacoast area as well as their proximity to the White Mountains. Avid fishermen, they spend many nice summer days fishing for striped bass, cod, haddock, and other local fish. The cottage on Gooseberry Island has always been a special place for them, and is often the destination of choice for social outings. They find it the ideal location for picnics and lobster bakes. Complimentary fresh fish is made available to their guests provided the owners have had successful fishing trips during your stay.

Why Jim Austin chose Kittery Point

Gooseberry Island is a family-owned property that has been in our family for generations. The island is located in Pepperrell cove with a panoramic view of the entire harbor as well as a direct view of the open ocean. Within sight of the island is Ft. McClary, an original French- Indian war block house that is open to the public, as well as Ft. Constitution where Paul Revere finished his ride to warn of the approach of the British troops.

What makes this house unique

The Island offers a unique sense of isolation and tranquility while still providing ready access to the picturesque and historical New England coast. As guests on the island, you will be the sole inhabitants, and as it is accessable only by boat, it will remain completely private.

Please advise of your arrival time and plans as we will have our boat standing by to transport you to the island. Arrival between the hours of 12 noon and 3pm allow us time to be organized for your transport. If you must deviate from this schedule, please arrange ahead of time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for such a wonderful experience. The weather was unbelievable and I believe the leaves were even brighter than in Vermont ! Thanks to your son for picking us up and toting all our bags to the boat and up to the cottage.

Jim, your lobster rolls were out of this world --- even better the day after you gave them to us . When you are in Atlanta, give us a call "
Oct 2013
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Kittery Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , pink granite vanity and sink and full linen closet.
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Wonderful lattice enclosed outdoor shower and changing room
  • 1 This is a well equipped bathroom to include shower, vanity with sink and mirror, commode, and full linen closet. 2 The outdoor shower is located on the side porch . It is enclosed by decorative lattice woodwork and includes a changing area with a teak bench and brass hooks on which to hang clothes and swim suits. Hot and cold water make this shower room perfect for island use.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , This 3rd bedroom is in the adjacent bunkhouse
    Other (See Description) - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 child bed
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (2) Several available, Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Harbor tours , fishing trips , and luncheon or dinner cruises can be arranged with your hosts at any time on their boat, the 'Anna D '. Of special note is the availability of our baked goods to include cheesecakes, various and specialty layer cakes { for example, Calemondin orange, Boston cream,chocolate mousse,and coconut } , also wonderful pies such as wild Maine blueberry,Strawberry rhubarb, native peach, Key lime, and the fantastic Concord grape pie to name several. Freshly caught fish and lobster are always available, and can be delivered to the island. Finally there are the locally renown lobster rolls and fresh fish chowder. All these treats and others available upon request.


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Private Island with View of Harbor, Lighthouse, and Open Ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

A little piece of Heaven right here on Earth

  • 5 of 5

This setting is one of the most amazing places in New England. This was our third vacation on Gooseberry Island and every day brought something new and exciting. Although the weather did not cooperate every day, we still found things to do. The changing of the tides and seas, brought something different every day, waiting for the tide to go out to search for sea glass or other treasures brought in by the waves.

We ventured into Portsmouth, walks to Sanders Lobster Company, lunch at the Oar House, trips to KTP and lunch at Robert's Bar and Grille, fishing that only resulted in bait fish and lot's of boating.

The accommodations are very comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked. Being able to sit outside, even when it was raining is breathtaking. For anyone that reads this review, take advantage of clear evenings and watch planes coming out of Logan and heading to Europe.

Bring a good book, make a puzzle, play cribbage, enjoy a sunset, eat lots of lobster and make memories. Gooseberry Island, Jim, Tudor and Catur are amazing people and it's clear that they love to share this very special spot.

We will return!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Andy and Ange, thanks again for making Gooseberry island your home for a week. Yes, too bad you did not come a week earlier when there literally was not a cloud in the sky ! As usual it was great to see you again, and we will look forward to your return as always, Jim & Tudor
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Great place to get away

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Gooseberry Island -- the perfect place to turn off technology and just relax. The house is super cute and comfortable and the harbor views, especially the sunsets, are amazing. We used the kayaks every day -- both for exploring the area and getting back and forth to the town dock. Wallingford Square was a regular destination for morning coffee at Lil's and we had a great dinner one night at The Black Birch. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lara, it was great having you at Gooseberry Island and look forward to seeing you back again in the future, thanks ! Jim & Tudor
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A paradise, experience and memory to treasure.

  • 5 of 5

An island paradise all your own of astonishing luxury and comfort. This home is a dream come true. The house is magnificent: full kitchen, warm and inviting living room, screened in patio with all the best of comfortable furniture, roof, fresh air, sunlight and screens to keep out bugs. It has a hidden camp with bunk beds for adventurous teenage children. It has beaches, rocks to climb on, every kind of boat to explore. And yet you’re on your own island. It’s an experience to cherish, a joy and a lifetime memory.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Henry, thanks for a glowing review. Now we must make sure to live up to it ! We know that you are off on another adventure this summer , but we very much want to see you back on Gooseberry Island next summer . There are still many adventures left undone, thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Unique experience!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last summer with our theee teenagers. The house was beautiful! The house is decorated beautifully - very impressive. There is only one real bedroom which is fantastic. The other twin beds are at the top of the stairs in an alcove type area with no privacy. My kids didn't care about that. One of my boys slept in the bunkhouse which is great for teenage boys. Like a bunkhouse at summer camp. We were able to kayak everywhere. We loved being able to kayak to private beaches each day and kayaked down the little river for lobster dinner one night. We certainly entertained the dinner guests as we arrived by kayaks. We wish we would have rented the boat to have more options. Jim took us out fishing for mackerel one day and we caught hundreds! The kids loved it. You can also kayak 5-10 minutes to the boat landing which has a great outdoor restaurant for chowder or drinks. Once you meet the owner you will understand he is not in the Rental business for money- if you feel the price is too good to be true for your own island- you are a wrong. The price is silly reasonable in our opinion. We strongly recommend asking for the chocolate cake baked by Jims wife. To die for. Awesome experience for us.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michelle, thanks for your nice review ! It was great having you and your family at Gooseberry Island. It is interesting that even in this day everyone { including teenagers } love the island lifestyle. This coming summer is shaping up well and we would love to see you all again if you are thinking about returning. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you, Jim & Tudor
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Beautiful and secluded

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much!

We had such a wonderful experience. It was quiet, secluded and just perfect for a peaceful vacation. We spent an entire week of relaxing, boating, and playing with our dog on the beaches. Our 10 month old baby boy enjoyed discovering the seashells, walking along the beaches and experiencing his first boat ride. We're looking forward to making this a yearly tradition.

Thank you, again, for helping us create beautiful memories for our family.

We'll see you next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jessie, it was our great pleasure to have your wonderful family as our guests at Gooseberry Island. You certainly understood and appreciated all the simple pleasures that island life can mean. We look forward to seeing you again next summer , and thanks for the great review ! Jim & Tudor
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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Had such a lovely time with our family on the island! Easy access to everything with the benefit of being on a secluded island. Fun for the whole family! Jim and his family were wonderful hosts! Hope to return next summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kerri, It was wonderful having you and your family on the island and we are excited about the prospect of your return! Thanks for your kind review, Jim & Tudor
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Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Boston, Logan or Manchester,N.H.
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Captain Simeon's restaurant
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Portsmouth, N.H.
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Portsmouth, York , & New Castle
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Portsmouth, N.H.
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 95 as well as Rt #1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Captain Simeon's
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Pebble beach at the island, sand beach adjacent

Guided fishing trips, Harbor cruises, Cruises to Isles of Shoals, lobster bakes. Locally caught fresh fish and lobster available and delivered to the island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

License holder's fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

Check in time is between Noon and 3PM{ Or by prior arrangement}. Check out by 10AM. Weekly rentals run from Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise arranged. Weekly rentals only in June,July, and August unless other times available. Daily rates if available in June , July, and August $500 .Until confirmed, rates subject to change without notice. There is a two day minimum rental period except for dates where noted when there is a three day minimum rental period. Holiday rates $500 per day.
Security deposits are returned during the first week of the month following your rental period.
24' Carolina Skiff weekly rental - $950.00 or $150.00 per day

Pet fee if approved - $250.00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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