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Ocean front estate, private headland, accepting reservations for summer '19

Bedrooms 5
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Summer estate, 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12), all w/ water views

The house is on it's own neck of land and has water on all sides, with incredible views of Little Deer Isle and up Eggemoggin Reach towards Pumpkin Light and Cape Rosier. Five bedrooms upstairs sleep 12...15 at a pinch, with three bathrooms and a central shower upstairs and an additional bathroom with shower downstairs. An open floor plan includes a fantastic kitchen, dining room, and living room centered on a large granite fireplace. 250 acres of land and almost a mile of shore frontage surrounding a private cove make this one of the most remarkable properties still intact along the coast.

Four generations of the Waterman family have loved and cared for the Punch Bowl. It is peaceful, extraordinarily beautiful, and private in a way that is increasingly difficult to find, with amazing sunsets, its own beach and private anchorage, bald eagles and seals, several pairs of osprey that fish in the mornings and evenings, and magnificent porches that are perfect for sitting and watching the sun go down over the water. Cell service is improving each year.. The Punch Bowl also has DSL (all that's available this part of the coast) and WiFi in the house for those that need to be in touch. For a fantastic aerial tour of the property look at the new Google Earth link..below,-68.69566293,2.28381376a,711.61497257d,35y,112.54575046h,49.99999807t,0r then click the 2D/3D button twice to make the view rotate

Access by air is through Bangor International Airport (1 hour away by car), Bar Harbor Airport (50 minutes away by car) or Portland International Airport (2 ½ hours by car). From Boston it is a 5 hour drive, from NYC 8 ½ hours. A country store is 8 minutes away on Rt. 15, more extensive shopping is available in Blue Hill, a 20 minute drive, and Ellsworth, a 30 minute drive. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are an hour away. Located on the eastern side of Penobscot Bay, just before the bridge over to Deer Isle, The Punch Bowl looks out on Eggemoggin Reach, a favorite destination for New England sailors. The Bay is dotted with beautiful islands, and schooners from Camden and Rockland are a common sight from the house as they work around Deer Isle.

Keywords: ocean views, on the water, private beach, anchorage, airy, light

More Details

Gordy Waterman
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

Why Gordy Waterman chose Sedgwick

Purchased by our Grandfather because he loved the serenity of this part of the coast, the Punch Bowl property has been in the family for over 100 years. After losing the original home to fire in 96, the Punch Bowl house has been rebuilt with an open, friendly, light filled floor plan. It's quiet woods, private cove, and beach have remained the same.

What makes this estate unique

The Punch Bowl sits on it's own neck of land down a long private driveway past stone gates and along the water. There are no other houses in view and a private anchorage in the Punch Bowl cove is available for anything up to 30'. Isolated in all the ways you could wish, it is still convenient to shopping and the lovely, old fishing town of Stonington on Deer Isle.....all the lobsters you like right off the boat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I'll give you a proper thank you when we've landed our destination. But the consensus is that the Punch Bowl was one of our most glorious vacations ever. We thank you for sharing it from the bottom of our hearts! Thanks, thanks, thanks!!
Aug 2015
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Sedgwick Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • There are 3 half bathrooms upstairs and a shared shower as well as a full bathroom downstairs. The master suite has its own 1/2 bathroom, a kids dorm has its own as well, and the other 3 bedrooms share a bathroom. If listed as half bathrooms on the site menu....the front end description comes up as 0 bathrooms which sounds alarming.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (5), Twin or Single Beds (7), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
mosquitoes are provided free......they're only a nuisance at close your screen doors before then and you'll be fine. there's always a couple that find their way into the house whatever you do....this is Maine....but they're easy to see against the white walls....the kids'll have fun hunting them down...


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Ocean front estate, private headland, accepting reservations for summer '19
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Perfect Family Time

  • 5 of 5

The Punchbowl is magical. Something about the place just naturally generates happy moments and memories. We all slow down, ignore the news, read books, gaze across the water, collect shells, head out for a paddle, make a big dinner, tell stories, laugh, sit by the fire, and sleep deeply. The house itself is simple and beautiful: great stone fireplace, fun kitchen, generous dining table, spacious bedrooms, nice linens, and nothing beats the porch. Our toddlers enjoyed wading in the clear water looking for shells and crabs. So many quiet joys. This was our fourth summer visit and I hope for many more.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd year at the Punch Bowl did not disappoint. Truly exceptional experience and house could not be more accommodating for a large group. Kids spent hours in the ping pong house and this year we rented kayaks and boards to explore. Lots of wildlife as well. Thank you Watermans again for another great week.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maine Nirvana

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an unforgettable vacation at The Punch Bowl. The accommodations are lavishly outfitted, comfortable and generous; the natural beauty of the private peninsula is so singularly special; and the love and history of the seafaring family is wonderfully palpable. We swam in the cove, took out canoe and kayak, saw the resident bald eagle and other wildlife, picnicked in the ping-pong house and held a tournament, cooked lobster on the outdoor burners, lounged on the porch, and watched every sun set. It was everything we hoped our mini reunion would be.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Coast of Maine Escape

  • 5 of 5

The Punch Bowl is an extraordinary place. The house is comfortable, relaxed, and totally equipped with everything you might need. The location is spectacular. I could live on the porch and watch the sun go down, the dolphins play out on reach, and the birds and boats fly by. We love getting together with old friends, cooking wonderful meals, playing music and getting much needed naps. The water is also amazingly swimmable for Northern Maine.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular accommodations, views and property!

  • 5 of 5

My children and I enjoyed a week stay at the Punch Bowl last summer. Although I have spent many summers in Maine, I rarely made it to the coast. After our stay at the Punch Bowl I will never miss another summer on the water. The house is incredibly warm and inviting. The fireplace is beautiful, the views are exquisite and the kitchen, gourmet! My kids (ages 5 and 8) had an amazing time exploring the beach and tidal pools as well as trails through the woods. The seclusion was a much-needed break from the busyness of our daily lives. The short drives to local, picturesque towns were worth the trip but we enjoyed just relaxing both outdoors and in just as well. An absolutely wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor, ME
Nearest Train
173 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Point of Interest
Buck's Harbor Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Eggemoggin General Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Hill
Nearest Point of Interest
Acadia Nat'l Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Crotch Island Granite Quarry
Nearest Point of Interest
The Brooklyn Boat Yard
Nearest Point of Interest
The Ziner Gallery
Nearest Point of Interest
Antiques Alley
Nearest Point of Interest
Castine Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Bangor Airport
Car: necessary

This is rural coastline's beautiful, and quiet....tide pools and wind in the pine trees. Cell service is better each year and the house provides DSL and WiFi for internet. If the sunsets and swimming aren't enough, Acadia Nat'l Park is an hour away....whale watching and great hiking trails. The house is airy and full of light, a massive fireplace for cool evenings, and there's a gazebo/ping pong house that's right on the rocks....great place for a stolen beer when we were kids


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Maine lodging tax=9% $675

Unhappily, we have to pass along a 9% lodging tax from Maine....sorry. Cleaning and laundry are included. There is a standard $2000 damage deposit which will come back to you. Your 50% deposit of $3725 secures your reservation, the balance $6425 ($3725 remaining rental, $2000 damage deposit, $675 Maine tax) is due 1 month before your stay If you have to cancel, we will return your deposit if we can resell your dates. The property is not suited for events such as weddings and reunions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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