About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Barn, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
The Red House was farmhouse for a working farm from the late 1800s until the mid 1900s. Miss Grace, the daughter of the founder of WR Grace- a specialty building supply company- bought the 100 acre point of land where the Red House now is. Miss Grace built a large summer house on the point and a red farm house at the beginning of the peninsula to supply her and those who worked for her their food and flowers.
The Red House barn used to house the beef and milk cows, the sheep, and the hay and corn silage for the animals. The chicken coop was (and still is) behind the farm house. The vegetable garden was (and still is) in front of the farmhouse. The farm supplied Miss Grace, her house and garden “help” and the crew of her 100-foot yacht with fresh milk, butter, eggs and vegetables daily and freshly-butchered chickens 2 or 3 times a week .
The Red House Barn was made into the beautiful apartment that it is now in 1984. It looks out over the field that used to pasture the animals to Seal Cove where Big Tree Beach and Boating offers any age sailing and navigation instruction and a wonderful beach for swimming. The Bonnie Lynn, a 50-foot schooner, with her captains- Earl and Bonnie- is available for charter there.
Behind the Red House there is a short walking trail to the shore which faces west- an ideal spot for picnics and sunset-watching.
This is a idyllic serene spot, a bird-watcher and nature-lovers paradise. There are also opportunities to sail, hike, play tennis, eat ice cream, and explore the island culture and beauties.
Sorry no pets.
Keywords: Beautifully renovated rental barn, attached to owners 1880s farmhouse.
Laine Alexander and Jon Kerr
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 15, 2018
About Laine Alexander and Jon Kerr
Laine is a bird and nature-lover and the owner of an organic food company- Fiddlers Green Farm- an organic stone mill that grinds flours and meals, a producer of organic cereals, pancake and baking mixes, and an organic mail order company which offers their cereals and baking mixes as well as organic dried fruits and nuts, trail mixes, coffees and teas and more. Jon is a bird and nature-lover who teaches advanced environmental science, plays the guitar and banjo, and hopes someday to increase the farming at the Red house.
Laine Alexander and Jon Kerr purchased this Barn in 1972
Why Laine Alexander and Jon Kerr chose Islesboro
We have loved and been connected to Islesboro through friends and family for our whole life.
What makes this Barn unique
Enjoy the quiet, the Penobscot Bay (one of the Maine coast's most magical spots), the birds, exploring the many hiking trails on the island, experiencing the sailing opportunities, being part of the island culture.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Such a lovely, quiet spot. We truly enjoyed our stay.
Hosts Laine and Jon made us feel right at home, thank you.
A perfect gem of a place
We so enjoyed our stay in Islesboro at this wonderful home. It is a very private, beautiful location where your blood pressure will decrease immediately as you look out over the pasture filled with wildflowers to the sea beyond. The house itself is utterly charming and comfortable-clean as a whistle. It is well appointed with everything you need, and the decor is lovely. The hosts, Laine and Jon are warm, friendly and accessible and made us feel very welcome. Our only complaint is that we didn't book for a longer period of time. We can't wait to return for a longer stay next year. I highly recommend this spot- it is perfect in every way.