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Ocean Cove Adventure for up to 12! Now Booking for Summer 2018!

Swans Island, ME, USA
  • House2518 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Located On Back Cove!

Make Robin House part of your summer & fall from now on! The private wooded setting right on the shoreline is perfect for watching the tide roll in and out. Enjoy sunrise and sunset by winding through a wooded trail to the BIG rock fondly named Allagash! 4 bedroom multilevel home includes a master bedroom (queen) & full bath on the first floor, 3 bedrooms (including a 4 bed bunk room!) on the 2nd floor! Guest room 1: Double. Guest room 2: 2 twins and a futon. Guest room 3: 3 single & 1 double in bunk bed format. There is a full bath upstairs too. Fireplace, fully furnished kitchen with microwave and utensils, full washer and dryer, VCR, DVR, DirectTV in den, wireless internet, multilevel decks, gas grill and outdoor seating add to your summer vacation experience. Enjoy the ever changing sea with 10'+ tides. Swim in the ocean, relax at Fine Sand Beach or swim at the rock quarry - now swimming hole. Buy lobster from the local market or dig clams and mussels! Enjoy the surprises that Swans Island has to offer and be enchanted from the beginning on the Henry Lee Ferry that you take from Bass Harbor to get to Swan's Island! Your kids will beg you to come back each year....where you can eat lobster while watching the ebb and flow.

Booking now for the summer 2018!

Property Manager

Barbara and Jon Robin

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
About Barbara and Jon Robin

We traveled to Maine for the very first time in August, 2012. We drove most of the coast line from Ogunquit to Eastport and fell in love with the state. We came back in September and visited Swans Island and knew we wanted to have a home there. We bought the home in October and spent 10 days there over the Thanksgiving holiday. We travel back each spring and fall for a few months, but will let you enjoy the house in the summer and see why we fell in love with the island!

Barbara and Jon Robin purchased this House in 2012

Why Barbara and Jon Robin chose Swans Island

The location of this home with Back Cove on one side and a quiet lagoon on the other side made this the perfect choice for us. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, want to stop, listen and not hear anything, then this is the place for you. Read a book on the deck or borrow one of the books on the book case. Play board games in the evening, hike wooded trails, dig clams, watch the Lobstermen bring in their catch or sleep the day away on the deck...it's all here. Yet, you are a 30 minute ferry ride from Bass Harbor and Mt. Desert Island. It's not home away from home, it's 'relax away from home'!

What makes this House unique

The views from the house and deck make you wake up every morning and think you are in paradise! The low tides are just as pretty as the high tides! Seeing the sea gulls swoop down, pick up a clam or mussel, then fly high over the big boulders that line the shoreline and drop them to crack them open and then eat them is mesmerizing! We like to follow one bird and see where they pick their clam and then guess which boulder they will fly to, drop and eat! We chose this property over others due to the serene location and ocean views. Make sure you check out Fine Sand Beach, the Quarry swimming hole and TIMS take out - Friday night is pizza night, but order early! Goose Pond is about a mile walk…some may want to crest the ridge behind it for the view of the Atlantic and walk down to the ocean beach. Hike to Noah's Ballast and enjoy the views of Frenchboro! Check out the bold coast on High Head Beach on the east side of the island. Make the short drive to Hockamock Head Lighthouse. The views are amazing and you will want to see it at low tide and high tide to experience the crashing waves. There are several trails around the lighthouse that take you to 2 different beaches. Want to dig clams or muscles? Wait for low tide and look for the small holes in the sand! Grab a shovel and start digging!!


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Wake up to a view of Back Cove!
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 2 end tables, dresser, closet and balcony
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, 2 twin/ single, 2 twins, double fouton dresser, closet
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double, 3 bunk bed, Triple bunks & double is on top next to twin bunk. Dresser


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Double sinks, off the hallway to master bedroom.
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, Double sinks, upstairs
        • There are 4 actual bedrooms. Sheets and blankets are provided for all beds. Bathroom towels and washclothes will be provided and extra towels will be provided for beach/outdoor use. There are extra 'cubbies' for clothes storage if needed. The countertops in both baths, faucets and lights were replaced May, 2015. Bath soap, lotion, sink cups and a hair dryer are provided, but guests need to bring their own shampoo, and personal items. If you have any questions about what is/is not provided, please ask!

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            Launch your kayak from the backyard at high tide. (we do not provide kayaks). No big rocks to carry kayaks over.
          • Ocean View
            3 of 4 bedrooms have views of the ocean and balconies.
          • Oceanfront
            Located on Back Cove that leads to Mackeral Cove.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        All beds will be provided linens and a blanket.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Dryer sheets are provided
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        The furnace heats the first floor with the master bedroom, kitchen, dining and eating area only, but if you are there on a cool night, all beds have blankets and there are extra ones too if needed.
                      • Internet
                        DSL wireless and code provided on property.
                      • Fireplace
                        Firewood can be bought on the island.
                      • Living Room
                        See photos of den. Games, books, TV and DVD provided.
                      • Parking
                        Circular drive
                      • Telephone
                        There is NO landline.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath towels and washcloths provided. Beach towels are on the top shelf of the linen closet. Please don't take the bath towels to the beach or quarry.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Laundry soap is provided


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Filters supplied, and regular (not decaf) coffee.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Table cloths & place mats provided
                          • Dishwasher
                            New dishwasher, fall 2016!
                          • Freezer
                            Freezer and 2 ice cube trays.
                          • Kitchen
                            Microwave, coffee pot, regular coffee (no decaf) stove, oven, furnished w/ pots, pans, plates, glasses, cups, silverware, can opener and lobster pots! Lots of paper plates and bowls provided too.
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                            Flour, sugar, salt & pepper, regular coffee, pop corn, paper plates and bowls, trash bags, paper towels, sun screen, mosquito spray, pump hand soap, kleenux, dish washing soap, 2 tanks for the grill.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Fall 2016: Full sized rerfigerator with lots of room for left overs
                          • Stove
                            Electric, replaced September 2016.
                          • Toaster
                            4 slice toaster


                              • Dining
                                Center island kitchen that seats at least 8 plus large table w/ 6 chairs & in den area. Table cloths and 8 placemats provided.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    Books that others have read and left are in the book cases. Feel free to borrow one!
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Living room
                                  • Games
                                    Several board games including Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno, Checkers, poker chips, playing cards and Sorry.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    DirectTV and DSL wireless internet. Code provided on site.
                                  • Television
                                    1 in den & master bedroom
                                  • Video Library
                                    Feel free to bring your own DVD's or rent some at the library.


                                      • Balcony
                                        (2) 2 of the 3 guest rooms upstairs have a small balcony overlooking the water or lagoon.
                                      • Bicycles
                                        You can rent bicycles in SW Harbor. SW Cycles can be reached at 207-244-5856 for more information.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Bring your kayak and launch right in the back yard during high tide!
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        A gas grill was added May 2015 with 2 propane tanks. Tanks can be replaced at TIMS.
                                      • Porch / Veranda


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • groceries

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis


                                                              • Check in is 4 PM on Saturday and check out is 10 AM on the following Saturday. This gives the maid service time to clean and wash all bedding and towels and make the house ready for the next visitor. Please don't ask of an early check in or late check out as the cleaning service is on a set schedule.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                23 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews


                                                                Monica D.

                                                                Secluded, beautiful and well maintained property. The island was such a wonderful and unique destination . If you desire to truly "getaway" this is the place for you!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thanks Monica! Glad you enjoyed your stay at Robin House! Hope you can come back soon!

                                                                Wonderful house and property, better than advertised!

                                                                david t.

                                                                Robin house provided a terrific vacation for our family. The house was very well maintained and equipped with a huge supply of household items. We were easily able to contact the host with a few questions and received helpful answers. This is a great place for hiking, biking and swimming. We recommend finding the blue trail (marked by blue rocks) which starts a mile or so from the house.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Glad you and your family enjoyed your time at Robin House on Swans Island! Come back sometime!

                                                                Amazing place

                                                                Stephan P.

                                                                This was our first time on Swans Island. It was an wonderful experience. The location is very nice, just by the water, so we could launch our kayaks from there.

                                                                The kitchen is very well equipped and clean. Lots of pots to boil lobsters. Very quiet setting, you quickly adapt to the rhythm of the island. People are very friendly.

                                                                We plan to return. One of the best rentals we had.

                                                                Thanks Barbara and Jon!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your your stay! Let us know hen you want to return!

                                                                Great Vacation Home

                                                                Steve B.

                                                                Our family had a wonderful time at Robin House this summer. The kitchen was recently updated and looks great and served all our needs. The property is secluded and peaceful, a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Swans Island. The Island Market (TIMS), Fine Sand Beach, and the Carrying Place are all close by. We have rented a number of different houses on Swans Island and Robin House is by far the best!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Glad you enjoyed your stay again this year! Look forward to having you stay in the future!

                                                                We had the best time!

                                                                Gordon D.

                                                                Thank you so much to the Robin's. Our stay was fabulous and the house was perfect for all of us. The large and open dining room and living room were just perfect and of course the decks and chairs overlooking the water.

                                                                The house was so well stocked it was unbelievable. We can't wait to be able to do this family trip again. Thank you thank you thank you for opening your beautiful home and property to us.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Gordon, we are so glad you and your family were able to come back again to Swans Island! Let us know if you would like to visit again!!

                                                                This review is long overdue...

                                                                Darryl G.

                                                                What a GREAT place! It was our first time staying on the island, and we could not have found a better house in a better location. The plot of land along the coast was tranquil. The Island provided great hiking trails. Our hosts communicated frequently as our stay got closer. All our questions were answered immediately. The place was beautiful and clean. Our son says it's our best vacation ever...


                                                                Swans Island, ME, USA

                                                                Alcohol cannot be purchased on the island, but can be brought onto the island. There is a small grocery/convenience store on the island for basics. You will want to do your shopping prior to getting on the ferry. Both Ellsworth and Bar Harbor have large grocery stores.

                                                                Rates & Availability

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Cleaning Fee
                                                                Damage Deposit
                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                Rates are for Saturday, 4 PM to the following Saturday, 10 AM. This gives time for the maid service to clean the house, launder bedding & towels & prepare for the next guest. Please don't ask for early checkin or late departure. It takes the maid service a minimum of 4 hours to clean, do laundry & make all beds. Thanks! Total payment due if within 90 days. Cancellation Policy: If you cancel 12 weeks or more prior to your vacation date, you will be refunded your rental fee, minus 17%. If your cancellation occurs within the 12 week period prior to your rental, we will try to sublease the house. If we are successful, you will get the rental fee, minus 22%. If no one can be found, you will forfeit your rental fees. In any case, your security deposit and cleaning fee will be refunded.

                                                                23 Reviews
                                                                Exceptional 5/5
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