1854 Sea Captain's House W/Harbor Views - a Down East Family Getaway - 4 BR/4 BA
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
***The Pickering House is fully booked for Summer & Fall 2016 but I am happy to answer questions or take your reservation for Summer 2017. Next year (2017) I am only able to rent out my home for 4 weeks because of homeowner insurance restrictions. I am trying to change this but please know there may be limited availability next year.
The Pickering House is an old sea captain's house with over 3000 sq feet of relaxing Down East charm. This property offers ample space, inside and out, perfect for larger families and group gatherings of up to 10. The house itself is situated on a gentle sloping hill across the street from Northwest Harbor and is just a three minute walk from the historic village of Deer Isle. Originally built by Thomas Pickering in 1854 this farmhouse has wonderful elements from the past and is sure to excite history buffs. Most locals you'll meet will know The Pickering House as 'ole Dr. Kopfmann's house - the island's doctor for over 40 years. He charged $2 for office visits at the house and $3 for house calls - the good old days!
The house, a classic Georgian farmhouse, has been recently renovated but retains traditional island charm: Beautiful hardwood floors, original tin ceilings, an attached barn, exposed ceiling beams that were once ship masts, and an old ship's beam which forms the curvature of the library walls.
The big back yard with multiple flower and vegetable gardens is beautiful. The property still has the original grape vines with which long ago owners used to make their own wine. There is also a deeded walking path which leads back to Lily Pond - a great swimming hole where the water is warm enough to swim and play in for hours. A trip back to the pond is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!
A great plus for this property is it's location: across the street from the ocean, walking distance to shops, galleries, coffee shops, the Whales Rib Restaurant, and just 1 mile to The Island Country Club (a public golf course) and Deer Isle Yacht Club.
The first floor of the home has a Living Room with a fireplace and 46' television w/a Roku player ( Netflix & HuluPlus) which opens to the gourmet country Kitchen. The Kitchen features a great 4 oven AGA cooker, a professional NXR stainless range, a Sub Zero refrigerator, and a huge kitchen island. Off the kitchen is a butler's pantry, a small laundry area with a Fisher & Paykel washer & dryer, and a 1/2 bathroom. The separate Dining Room is just steps away and has comfortable seating for 9-10. The Library also has plenty of seating for all, a 46' flat screen tv w/cable tv, a game table for nights of Bridge, Scrabble or Poker and a desk and wet bar area. Across the hall from the Library is the Parlor - the most elegant room in this farmhouse with tall windows peering towards the ocean, original tin ceiling, a crystal chandelier, a baby grand piano and a couch that coverts into bed for overflow or unexpected guests.
The second floor has four bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a 1/2 bathroom. The first bedroom has a King size bed with limited views of the harbor. The second bedroom has two Queen beds and also has limited views of the harbor. This bedroom includes an en suite full bathroom. There are curtains that can be drawn between the beds for more limited privacy. The third bedroom is quite small and has a Twin bed but features its own en suite 1/2 bathroom. The 4th bedroom, which I generally claim as the Master Bedroom, is located at the back of the house down a private hallway with a King size bed, a 42' tv w/cable and Roku and an en suite full bathroom. This room overlooks the back yard and has windows on 3 walls which make for a wonderful cross breeze.
If you haven't been to Deer Isle before it is truly a throwback to the way Maine was 50 years ago! Deer Isle is connected to the Blue Hill peninsula by a small suspension bridge and a beautiful causeway so there is no need to worry about ferrying your car over. Be sure to bring your camera! Every time you turn a corner you'll see sights more beautiful than the last.
Your days will be filled exploring Deer Isle (and nearby areas such as Castine, Blue Hill, Bar Harbor) and your nights on the front porch watching the sun set or you can walk down to The Whales Rib - the coolest & hippest tavern/restaurant on island. Another great option is to just stay in and cook yourself some of the finest lobster Maine has to offer. Deer Isle is one of the biggest lobstering spots in the USA. You can buy them directly off the dock in Stonington (a quick 6 mile drive at the Southern tip if the island) as the boats come in or at the Co-op. Summer 2013 I paid about $3.75/lb.
The house is for rent on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday) in July and August. I will also consider 3 day weekend ($300/night) or weekly rentals for September and October. Email or call me if you are interested in stays less than one week. Also, please know that in February 2016 VRBO started charging renters a "service" of 4-9% for renters who pay online. This is fee is paid to them not the home owner. To avoid this extra fee you are welcome to pay your deposit and rental by personal check.
Dogs are allowed with prior approval and a non - refundable pet deposit of $150 (Hey, that's cheaper than leaving Fido at the kennel and tons more fun!) I am a dog owner and lover myself and I want you to have the best vacation possible! If you are a return vacationer with the same dog this deposit drops to $25. Because of allergy concerns, please note that dogs are the only pets allowed at The Pickering House.
Thank you for considering a vacation at The Pickering House. If you have any questions or would like additional pictures please let me know.
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- 3000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
It would be VERY difficult, likely impossible to access The Pickering House in a wheelchair because there are steps required not only for entry into the house but also all bedrooms and full bathrooms are located on the second floor that require stairs to access. ...moreless
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10
- I think that sleeping in comfort is one of the most important parts of a vacation. At The Pickering House you'll enjoy luxurious sleeping - feather beds, down pillows, down comforters and Italian bedding! All bedrooms have hardwood floors, night tables with a lamp and a fan. There is also a convertible couch in the parlor on the first floor for additional sleeping if needed....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms
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- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 9 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
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Gourmet kitchen which was updated Spring 2014 to include a Summer stove, a NXR stainless. Summer 2013 the AGA generated about 20 extra degrees of heat in the kitchen which was not appreciated...moreless
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Jul 1 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $79
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Cleaning Fee $175
- Pet Fee $150
- Tax Rate 8%
PLEASE NOTE: I am happy to accept payment through credit card through VRBO however I still require a signed rental agreement from the rental party. Please know that in February 2016 VRBO started charging renters a "service" of 4-9% for renters who pay online (in addition to charging the owners a 3% fee for credit card expenses). This is "service" fee is paid to them not the home owner. To avoid this extra fee you are welcome to pay your deposit and rental by personal check.
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The Pickering house is just a short walk to Deer Isle Village which has numerous art galleries, a great library, a post office, wonderful coffee shops, and The Pilgrim Inn which has the island's best tavern and restaurant - The Whales Rib.
About the owner: The Pickering House has had several owners over the past few years but has recently (and very happily) found me! I live in Mill Valley, California but was born and went to college in Maine - go White Mules! I spend as much time in Deer Isle as possible though unfortunately its almost impossible for me to visit in July or August. I fell in love with the house at first sight and hope you will too!
Why the Owner Chose Deer Isle, ME, USA:
For me Deer Isle and this house represent an escape from the high anxiety, stressful life I have in California. It really is like going back in time 50 years. This place is peace and calm. I love it:)
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
I want you to love The Pickering House and Deer Isle as much as I do. If there are any special touches that would make your vacation more enjoyable I hope you will ask. Additionally, I have the best caretaker on the island who has lived here his whole life and knows it better than anyone. Between the two of us we should be able answer any questions and accomodate any requests you have!
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The Pickering House in Spring. Summer is on the way!
West facing porch gets great late afternoon sun - perfect for at home Happy Hour
Side Entry Hall. Beams in this room are old ship masts.
LR opens Kitchen. New Summer stove 2014, New Sub Sub Zero fridge 2015.
Living Room that is open to the kitchen has a fireplace!
Library - Propane burning heater, 46' tv w/cable, lots of books and board games
The King Master BR is down a hallway, has an en suite bathroom & has a 42" TV
The double queen BR also features a full en suite bathroom
The twin bedroom is smaller but features an en suite half bathroom
Backyard cafe lighting makes for great outside eating and grilling.
Pumpkin Island Lighthouse on Little Deer Isle - which was also built in 1854
Side driveway view of The Pickering House and attached barn in early Spring
The LR opens up to the Kitchen and out to the back deck with the hot tub.
Gourmet Country Kitchen!
Library view 2: bookshelves, poker table and more seating. A great movie room!
Dining Room comfortably seats 9-10. Wonderful church pew seating & patchwork rug
The Parlor is a beautiful room with a convertible sofa bed for overflow guests
The front BR has a king size bed and limited harbor views
The double queen BR has curtains between the beds for added privac
Front porch overlooking Northwest Harbor. Relax on adirondacks, watch the sunset
Lily Pond swimming hole: a 5 -10 minute walk down my deeded pathway
The Pickering House in the 19th Century
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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