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Explore Down East or just relax in this lovingly restored guesthouse cottage in Stonington, Maine. New throughout, the guesthouse offers exceptionally comfortable, secluded living indoors, or outdoors on the cathedral-ceilinged screened in porch or wraparound deck.
With water views overlooking Green Head Cove at the western end of Stonington harbor, the guesthouse is a short walk from town and ideally suited for exploring the Maine coast, either by land or by sea.
Situated on the owner's one and a quarter acre shorefront lot, the guesthouse has views of the harbor and overlooks naturalized flower and vegetable gardens, complete with a large, granite-rimmed lily pond with waterfall.
Tastefully decorated and meticulously maintained, the guesthouse cottage has high-speed Internet, cable TV, off street parking, crystal clear well water and year-round central heat. It is available for rental year round.
Recent updates include a new deck and exterior and interior painting. New screens and a fresh coat of paint for the screened in porch. A new tile floor in the kitchen and entry way. A powerful new WiFi router gives a strong signal throughout the house and on the deck. And a flat-screen TV in the living room and bedroom. We've also made small changes for convenience and livability as a result of our living in the Guest House for 5 weeks this winter as the bathroom in our main house was being renovated. (Every owner with rental property should do this from time to time.)
Stonington is a working, commercial fishing village located in the heart of downeast Maine. A variety of activities await visitors to Stonington. Coastal schooners call at Stonington almost daily. Pinky schooners, kayaks and power boats are available for day trips. Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, is 40 minutes away by water. The island is criss-crossed with hiking trails. A nearby beach is open to the public for exploring or for a bracing plunge in the clear waters of Penobscot Bay.
The guest house features sleeping accommodations for two in a king size bed upstairs. A full bath with oversize shower and Corian counter is also upstairs. The guest house is provided with sheets, blankets (for those cool evenings) and a full complement of towels.
Downstairs features a large open living space with a fully equipped kitchen, including dishes and cooking utensils. The living room is light and airy with over sized windows looking out onto the deck and the harbor beyond. A screened in porch, ideal for dining or just relaxing, is accessed through a sliding-glass door off the living room.
Keywords: guest house, oceanfront lot, sleeps two, completely restored, deck, screened in porch, full bath, oversized shower, kitchen, BBQ grill, cable TV, wireless Internet
We purchased the property in 1986 and completely renovated the main house. We moved to Stonington in 1989 and have lived and worked here year-round ever since.
The guest house was completely renovated in 1993-94.
Updating and improving the property and buildings is an ongoing labor of love.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 1986
We first arrived in Stonington by water on our sail boat. We were captivated by the town, which combines incredible beauty, with a down-to-earth working-waterfront.
Natural beauty, lots of fun things to do in Stonington and the environs. Excellent restaurants, lobster and seafood, and a remarkable collection of painters, artists and crafts people. There are a large number of conserved areas on Deer Isle, several with beaches and most with hiking trails.
This is a rave review. Our stay at the Johnsons' guesthouse in Stonington village could not have been better.
Upon arriving at the guesthouse, we were warmly welcomed and given an orientation tour.The lovely little house is perfect for two and actually very spacious. Stonington's working harbor is steps away and the house itself--surrounded by flowers and gardens--is light-filled, thoughtfully appointed, tasteful, extremely relaxing and comfortable. Absolutely everything was provided for us and in perfect condition. The Johnsons are perfect hosts: friendly and available in the main house, but also very respectful of privacy--a rare and wonderful combination.
The town of Stonington holds a surprising number of good places to eat, shop, and hang out. The Opera House is a treasure that you should make a point of experiencing. The public library has funky hours but when it's open, it's very cozy. Even when it's not open, you'll find assorted people on the porch taking advantage of the wifi. The Fisherman's Friend restaurant was unexpectedly good and Aragosta-- a 40 seat gem of a restaurant with a tiny 5 seat bar-- was exciting and innovative with a good wine list. The vibe of 44 North Coffee shop was very hip yet friendly and welcoming and Water's Edge Wines (sandwiches, pastries) has amazing macaroons that we won't soon forget and good bread.
We walked a lot during our stay and discovered beautiful architecture, granite quarries, lily ponds, working docks and lobster co-ops, artists' galleries, Dockside Books (you have to go for the conversation and to read on the little deck!) We also checked out the surrounding areas by car: Cape Rosier (home to the Nearings' Good Life Center and funky-but-perfect Tinder Hearth Bakery), Deer Isle, Blue Hill, the EB White Library and the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Haystack School of Crafts, Barred Island, Edward Tennis conservation land. And, if you enjoy rugged walks, rocky cliffs, and pounding surf, don't neglect taking the (sort of expensive but very congenial and informative) mail boat to Isle Au Haut. For us, it was the highlight of a highlight-filled trip.
You'll love this sweet cottage because it has all things necessary for a perfect vacation.
Clean, well-appointed, comfortable, stunningly beautiful views and landscaping come together to make this place exceptional! Stonington is a trip to Maine that was just what we were looking for. Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, hikes for all levels, a picturesque waterfront, easy boat trips/charters, nearby restaurants and golf. Life is so good!
This was our second stay in the Johnsons' Guest House. Both times we found the cottage impeccably clean and very tastefully decorated. The Johnsons are wonderful hosts, accessible and helpful with recommendations, directions, etc. The island is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited. There are lots of trails through the woods that end in spectacular water views; or, for the less sure of foot, there are walks along quiet roads with equally lovely views. Restaurants on the island and in nearby Blue Hill range from pretty good to truly extraordinary. We look forward to our next visit.
I always had a dream of visiting a "little fishing town in Maine"...Stonington did not disappoint. Doug and Leslie's cottage was fabulous, something you might see in a magazine. It was beautifully decorated both inside and out. The gardens were gorgeous and the front porch, oh so relaxing. Every accommodation one might need was there. A very helpful notebook was left to give some guidelines and fun adventures to try. Doug and Leslie were very friendly and always willing to help in any way they could, yet giving total privacy. The view from the front porch was one of a breathtaking beauty that this Texas girl had never experienced before...the sights and sounds of the lobster boats were amazing. Downtown Stonington was within walking distance and we walked it every day. The people were very friendly and it was nice to visit with the shop owners and get some historical background. We took the mail boat over to Isle au Haute and were impressed with the beauty of the harbor as we looked at Stonington from the water.
I definitely got my wish of visiting a "little fishing town in Maine"! If I ever have the opportunity to return, I will definitely stay in Doug and Leslie's guest house....it was perfect!
Thank you for making our stay so wonderful.
Beautifully finished, well-equipped, sunny and comfortable guest house overlooking landscaped garden and Stonington Harbor. Easy walk into Stonington, a charming working port with shops, restaurants and attractions. The owners, Doug and Leslie, who live in the main house on the property, were friendly and accommodating while respecting tenants' privacy. Perfect jumping off point for exploring Deer Isle and nearby islands and communities (Isle au Haut ferry is an easy walk from house).
Bedroom and bathroom are commodious but up a fairly narrow flight of stairs, which those with mobility issues or infants may want to keep in mind.
All in all, an idyllic spot at a reasonable price.
If you want to enjoy quintessential Maine, stay here. The cottage is delightful: clean, well-equipped, and tasteful. The hosts, Leslie and Doug, play their role just right. The deck and porch overlook lobster boats and with a five minute walk you can buy lobsters off the dock. Stonington is authentic and away from the tourist hordes, yet has decent restaurants and interesting things to see and do. It is within a short drive to Blue Hill and it's attractions; and, if you like, you can make a day trip to Acadia Park.
Just a short walk to the historic Stonington Opera House with live performances and first-run movies.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Security deposit equal to one weeks rental. Refunded at the time of departure.
Payment by check at the time of arrival.