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Spruce Island - a Private Island for Large or Small Gatherings

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Aerial view of Spruce Island thanks to one of our guests

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:25
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:7.5
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Sleeps 18 (larger groups possible; ask for details)

Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island off Deer Isle/Stonington, Maine. An aerial video of Spruce Island and a video of a traditional lobster bake on Spruce Island can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Stone House is the only house on Spruce Island. It can be rented by the week in the summer. In the off-season it can be rented for shorter periods. More than 18 people can be accommodated with prior arrangement.

There are many places to explore and things to do on and around Spruce Island. Kayaks and row boats are provided. Outboard motor boats can be rented. Dress up as pirates and entertain your children (pirate dress provided); enjoy campfires on the shore; drive golf balls into the ocean and collect them at low tide; swim in a fresh water quarry on near-by Green Island owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Play horseshoes, capture the flag, badminton, and pingpong. Charter our amphibious Sealegs to take you island hopping. Gaze into the heavens and see a universe of stars you can't see elsewhere because of light pollution. See bald eagles, ospreys, and many other seabirds. Experience the wonder that Robert McCloskey wrote about in the children's book, 'Time of Wonder'.


The house is comprised of two separate buildings. The Main House is a large open room with cathedral ceilings, a huge fireplace, and large well equipped kitchen. There is one bedroom in the Maine House. A swing hangs from the timbers in the Main House, and a “crows nest” on the roof affords spectacular views of the surrounding islands. On rainy days and at night, you can watch movies on the big screen and listen to surround sound music in the Main House.

The Guest House contains six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Electricity is supplied by wind and solar, supported by backup generators. Water is supplied from wells and a large rain water cistern.

This property is completely 'off the grid', but WiFi is available through HughesNet satellite connection and cell phone service is available.

Kayaks and other small boats are included. A small 10hp, 10' inflatable outboard motor boat can be rented for $400/week. A larger 18' outboard motorboat can be rented for $750 per week.

Spruce Island falls within the town of Stonington, Maine, famous for fresh Maine lobster and for the pink Maine granite that has been cut from its quarries for more than a hundred years. Spruce was quarried in the late 1800's and in harmony with this history, the owners decided to build these houses entirely of large granite blocks.

Tranportation to the Island: Transportation to and from the island is provided free on the first and last days, up to three round trips each of those days. For mid week transportation, there are a number of options. Old Quarry Ocean Adventures runs a 34 foot boat out of Stonington. A small outboard motor boat suitable for getting back and forth to Stonington can be rented for $400 per week. Steve Johnson runs a charter service called Bert & I Charters, 207-460-8679 (Boat Phone), 207-367-2991 (Residence). The Isle au Haut Ferry also does private ferry service to and from Stonington to islands in the area. Another option is to hire our amphibious Sealegs boat with a captain. The cost is $125/hour. The advantage of the Sealegs is that, as an amphibious craft, it can drive out of the water and set down on the ground like a camel for easy and safe loading and unloading. This is especially nice for exploring the many uninhabited islands around the area. For deep sea fishing, a good option is Eggemoggin Guide Service.

Island Life: There are many fun things to do on and around Spruce Island. Some examples include: Intra-island or even inter-island capture-the-flag; Camp fires on the beach; Exploring the many other small islands in the area; Sleeping in a tent near the shore is a wonderful experience for children and adults. You can sit by a camp fire and gaze into the heavens wondering how it all came to be, even catching glimpses of satellites moving across the sky, before rolling into a cozy tent and letting the gentle sounds of waves and wind lull you to sleep.

Manager

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 3600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    no smoking allowed...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs are considered. Please inquire. There is a $150 non-refundable charge per dog....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25, Beds for 18-25

Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Some fun things to do include: intra-island or even inter-island capture the flag; camp fires on the beach; sleeping in tents near the shore; exploring other islands in the area; dressing up as pirates to entertain your children (pirate clothing provided); hiding 'pirate treasure' on the island for children to hunt for; use the kayaks provided to explore the area; charter a larger power boat for local or long distant excursions; drive golf balls out into the water at high tide on the beach and collect them at low tide to do it all over again (golf balls and clubs provided)......moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games, dress-up clothes (pirates and others)...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet:

    We use Hughes Net satellite internet. You get 2GB if data allowance free for each week of rental. If you use more, there is a charge of $16 per 2GB. ...moreless

  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    cell phone service...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    We use Hughes Net satellite internet. You get 2GB if data allowance free for each week of rental. If you use more, there is a charge of $16 per 2GB. ...moreless

  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Large Wolf range top with built in grill, griddle, as well as 4 burners....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat:

    Row boat and sea kayaks included; training is included and mandatory; Outboard motor boats may be rented for extra charge....moreless

  • Boat With Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Balls and clubs provided for driving golf balls on the beach....moreless

  • Golf Cart
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    sea kayaks included; training is included, mandatory for all who wish to use the kayaks ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
May 25 - Jun 9, 2017
4 night min stay
$425

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $51 per night, per additional guest

Summer 2017
Jun 10 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$8,500

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 18 guests; add $51 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2017
Sep 3 - Nov 6, 2017
4 night min stay
$425

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $51 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$425

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $51 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Pet Fee $150 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Tax Rate 9%

Notes:

Electric golf cart rental (optional) charged at $10/KWH electricity used. Taken out of damage deposit.

Small 10' inflatable outboard boat rental (optional) $400/week.

Large 18' inflatable outboard boat rental (optional) $750/week.

Summer rates are for up to 18 people.

Groups larger than 18 are possible; ask for details.

2.5% fee on credit/debit card pmts

2GB of free data allowance per week on internet. Additional usage charged at $16 per each 2 additional GB.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bangor International Airport
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
Driving range on the island
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Fisherman's Friend
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island in Merchants Row, half way between Bar Harbor to the east and Camden to the west. Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, is about 5 miles to the south. Merchants Row is renowned for its scenic beauty and is a destination for boaters from around the world. There are dozens of small, uninhabited islands in the area that can be explored by kayak or other small boat and on foot. Robert McCloskey’s “Time of Wonder”, captures the essence of summering on a small Maine island in this area. Stonington is a pituresque fishing Village frequented by artists who capture its unique beauty on canvas and film. There is an old Opera House in town, built originally to entertain the many thousands of granite workers in the 1800's, which now conducts plays and musical performances throughout the year. There is a fresh water quarry on a near by uninhabited island that is a wonderful place to swim.

Other Activities: campfires on the beach; lobster bakes, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1986

About: We started building the stone houses in October 2006. It took five years to finish, working spring, summer, and fall and towards the end, working through the winter, though we had to pick the days to avoid really dangerous winter conditions. I was out there almost every day, in all kinds of weather, guiding the process and working with the crews. I ran the landing craft, did errands mid day, operated the crane and Lull and other equipment, and coordinated the logistical challenges moving thousands of tons of materials, across four miles of water. Somehow we persevered through the economic crash of '08 and other calamities along the way. The fact that all the stone as well as windows, doors, and wind turbines are from China is another story. One of the most gratifying experiences of this island project has been to see how much people love gathering here for family reunions. I hope you too will enjoy it as my family and so many others have. And I hope you will return for many years to come and that this little island will become a significant place in your life, as it has in mine.

Why Stonington, ME, USA:
I bought Spruce Island twenty nine years ago, when I was thirty. The island had nothing on it then. The first trip out, I rowed the four miles alone in an eight foot dingy. I remember it was a beautiful fall day, but quite windy and it was a slog getting back to Stonington against the headwind. There was something about that island and that archipelago that was just so stunning. I recall very well sitting for the first time on the smooth granite slide on the east shore, transfixed by the beauty. I was unemployed at the time, with a wife (also unemployed) and two young children. Having just graduated from business school, I should have known better but instead I spent all my savings on it.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
To some people, the architecture of these stone houses may be rather plain and sever, but they are strong and enduring, as is the island they are a part of, and to me that is both practical and beautiful. The heavy stone structure easily withstands powerful winter storms and requires virtually no maintenance that over time will offset the added cost of building on an island, with stone. Inside, they are warm and playful. They have all the practical comforts of a mainland residence, but a simplicity and plainness that are out-of-the-ordinary and refreshing.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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Photos

  • Aerial view of Spruce Island thanks to one of our guests

    Aerial view of Spruce Island thanks to one of our guests

  • View from the crow's nest at Main House

    View from the crow's nest at Main House

  • Amphibious Sealegs boat at the Stone House

    Amphibious Sealegs boat at the Stone House

  • Main House

    Main House

  • View from Spruce Island tidal beach

    View from Spruce Island tidal beach

  • Typical bedroom upstairs in Guest House

    Typical bedroom upstairs in Guest House

  • View along east shore of Spurce Island toward Acadia NP

    View along east shore of Spurce Island toward Acadia NP

  • Meadow

    Meadow

  • Main House terrace

    Main House terrace

  • Ferry delivering service trucks to Spruce Island

    Ferry delivering service trucks to Spruce Island

  • Swings

    Swings

  • Main House and rain water cistern

    Main House and rain water cistern

  • The Spruce Island amphibian transports guests 'door to door'.

    The Spruce Island amphibian transports guests 'door to door'.

  • Main House foreground, Guest House background

    Main House foreground, Guest House background

  • New furniture in the Main House

    New furniture in the Main House

  • Kitchen has grill and griddle built into large, 36', Wolf range.

    Kitchen has grill and griddle built into large, 36', Wolf range.

  • Typical bedroom downstairs in Guest House.

    Typical bedroom downstairs in Guest House.

  • View from Spruce Island toward Saddleback Island

    View from Spruce Island toward Saddleback Island

  • Spruce Island is off the grid

    Spruce Island is off the grid

  • 'carriage roads'

    'carriage roads'

  • The main house library

    The main house library

  • Chef Kathy Babson's handiwork for a family staying on Spruce Island

    Chef Kathy Babson's handiwork for a family staying on Spruce Island

  • Dusk on Spruce Island

    Dusk on Spruce Island

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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