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The Full-On Coastal Maine Experience!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Historic Waterfront House With Wharf--Rare On-The Water Experience!

If you stayed any closer to the water, you'd be in a boat! This rustic yet comfortable house is built directly on the pink granite ledges that fall sharply into tiny Wonsqueak Harbor. At high tide (photo) you will hear water rushing and gurgling on the ledges beneath the living room, and over the next 12 hours you will watch the water level fall 12-14 feet, only to turn and start rushing up again.

OFF-SEASON RENTAL: IMPORTANT: Please note! The $75 per night off-season rental is the main floor only. Thi includes open living, dining, and kitchen area with bedroom (queen bed) and adjacent bath. This rental is suitable for one or two people. Owner may or may not be using upstairs, and you may or may not be sharing bath with owner. Check with owner for details.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, open kitchen/dining/living area facing south to the open sea, and a large open loft upstairs. There are beds for 8-9 people. The large and sturdy wharf is THE place for lazing in the sun, birdwatching, or--our favorite--enjoying a lobster feast.

Cook up some fresh-caught lobster out on the wharf while you roast veggies on the grill. Raise a glass, enjoy your feast, take in the sunset, and feel the cool salt-air breeze. Clean-up is easy: Dump your lobster shells over the side for the crabs to finish up while you hose down the wharf. It doesn't get better than this . . .

Unless, of course, you'd like our cook to prepare your feast to order . . . and don't forget the blueberry pie!

THINGS TO DO: If you're feeling serene, you can easily enjoy a day just watching the tides rise and fall while you rest in the hammock or read by a window. When you're feeling energetic, hike along the rocky shoreline to the surf-smashed ledges at Spruce Point. You'll see tidal pools, eagles, and seals, and whatever has washed up on the rocks. What you won't find are people, as this stretch of coast is surrounded by private land and seldom visited by humans.

Are you brave? Wait for a high tide, then plunge off the wharf into 55-degree water. EXHILARATING! (This is a favorite activity of our children and dogs!)

Are you a kayaker? This is the place, and there's little I can say except look at the photos, check out the maps, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure. Bring your own kayaks, or rent from the outfit just a mile up the road. (They will also provide lessons.)

So much to do, and you've barely left the property! Please click on the links provided to get an idea of all the things to do in this area. Enjoy Acadia National Park, both on Mount Desert Island, and right across the harbor, a 5-minute walk from the Wonsqueak House. Visit art galleries, glass studios, and sculptors. Hike along a lake or up a mountain. Book an excursion on a whale-watching boat. Pack up a picnic and explore back roads. Go antiquing! If you'd like to bring your own boat, we can help you secure appropriate moorage. Make a daytrip into Canada or into mountainous interior Maine . . . fishing, anyone? Enjoy live music at acoustically charmed Hammond Hall, join a workshop in the annual Schoodic Arts for All festival, drop in on a yoga class in Winter Harbor. And if your trip isn't complete without shopping, head for the unique galleries and shops right on the peninsula, or make the one-hour drive to Bar Harbor for great dining and tons of shops. (Better yet: Take the ferry from Winter Harbor. Big fun!)

CARS OPTIONAL: If you'd like to really go green, you can easily get around on foot, by bike, on the water, and all over Acadia Nat'l Park (both at Schoodic and on Mount Desert Island) thanks to the extremely convenient LLBean shuttle bus service--it's FREE, and they will gladly get you, your bicycle, and/or your dog to just about wherever you'd like to go. You can catch an hourly shuttle from the end of our lane.

Whether you stick close to the house for complete relaxation or strike out on adventure, you are sure to enjoy a vacation at Wonsqueak Harbor House. We would be pleased to have you as our guests!

More Details

Cathy Clark
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 10, 2018

About Cathy Clark

We are Vince and Cathy Clark. We live here with our two daughters. Cathy's parents live in the adjacent home on the same piece of property. We intend to travel some over the summer while making our home available to guests.

Cathy Clark purchased this house in 1974

Why Cathy Clark chose Gouldsboro

Cathy's parents bought the place in the early '70's, rescuing it from its sad status as a derelict foreclosure. Having been built in the '40's, the wood structure served as a repair shed for fishermen's nets that were used back in the days when they seined the Gulf of Maine for herring and sardines. The building was full of rotting twine nets, and had been vacant for years. Time had taken its toll. Over the ensuing decades, my family restored the building, refurbished the wharf, brought in water and electricity, and gradually turned it from an eyesore to a summer camp, then to a full-time residence. Because current law forbids building this close the shoreline, there are only a handful of homes in Maine that sit directly over the water as this one does. It is truly one of a kind!

What makes this house unique

Do you long to live at ocean's edge? Do you yearn for the cool, clean, salty Maine air? Are you looking for a place where the family can spread out, and your dog will be welcomed? Does your eclectic family require a variety of activities ranging from lazing around on the wharf to rugged hikes, to first-rate shopping and dining? The Wonsqueak Harbor House gives you all this, and as we open our home for the first year, we are offering rates much lower than anything comparable. We hope to see you!


Gouldsboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Nothing fancy, but clean, neat, and totally functional.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Tiny upstairs half bath. More convenient than an outhouse!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Main floor. Television; adjacent bath.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs room overlooking the wharf. Adjacent 1/2 bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Cozy room with adjacent 1/2 bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Three-quarter size bed for 2 kids or cozy couple. Skylight.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Spacious, sunny loft with ocean view. Shared 1/2 bath.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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The Full-On Coastal Maine Experience!
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Charm and Character

  • 5 of 5

We love our time at Wonsqueak Harbor House! My kids love fishing off the dock, swimming in the harbor, and walking along the coast climbing the rocks. We love the quaint little town, driving to Schoodic Point, and visiting other little harbors and hidden beaches. The house itself has lots of character - it's like staying at home away from home. Cathy (and Dan) are great hosts!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always good to have your clan here, and I'm looking forward to seeing you next time. Dan misses the boys already!
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Fabulous house and a wonderful host. The six of us loved our stay.

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean and quite comfortable. We enjoyed time inside and outside and found everything we needed to cook some meals as well as great suggestions about where to go in the area. Highly recommend this Maine experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judy, I'm glad you all enjoyed yourselves. What a remarkable group of women! Luckily for you, none of you stood still enough for long enough for me to do more interrogation so as to find out more about what wonderful things you have been doing out in the world. You are inspirational in reminding me the great value of hanging onto my dear ones though they may be far away. This, after all, is the "good stuff!" Hope you all got home feeling content and energized.
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  • 5 of 5

Hard not to love the charm of this place. Spotlessly clean and provided with every amenity you could possibly want. Cathy and her animals made us feel more at home than when we're home!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

Great location and beautiful view. Loved being so close to Schoodic point!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

TRUE LOVE! That's how we feel about this property which we refer to as Wonsqueak. This is our 5th consecutive year there with our Michigan family. We let our 2 grand children choose where to spend a one week family vacation each year and they continue to choose Wonsqeak. In fact, they say they don't want to go back to Maine if we can't stay there. Now for some details:

the view is amazing---we enjoy the changes in high and low tides. Our two grandkids go in at low tide looking for crabs and sea glass. Sometimes they swim but their blood is warmer than ours; too cold for old retirees like us. The home is charming and we feel at home when we are there with 4 adults, two kids, 1 dog and 1 cat, plenty of room for all. We enjoy just relaxing---morning coffee on the deck---or going out for day trips to nearby attractions or activities. The Schoodic Peninsula part of Acadia is right across the small harbor from us. This smaller part of Acadia is not busy and offers some great views, sometimes accompanied by eagles. The small town of Winter Harbor is just minutes away and it's fun to poke around in the 5 and 10 store, galleries, etc. We finish up with hand-dipped milkshakes from Gerrishes Ice Cream Shop. Bar Harbor is only a 45 minute drive for shopping, lunch, and a drive through Acadia. We also enjoy kayaking on nearby Jones Pond. This year we drove north to Lubec (the easternmost town in the USA) and Fundy Bay where the views were startlingly beautiful. And I can't forget to mention the night skies. I stepped out on the deck one night at about 11:00 and I was surrounded by bright, bright stars. I felt like I was on a ride at Disney World...really. Last but certainly not least is the owner, Cathy. She is so friendly, smart and funny. We really love her and we appreciate the opportunity we've had to get to know her and to use her wonderful home.

You can tell from this description that we love Wonsqueak and Maine. WE ALWAYS LOVE TO GO THERE AND WE ALWAYS HATE TO LEAVE!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review, Karan. And you KNOW the feeling is mutual. Wonsqueak loves it when you're here, and we hate to see you leave. I sure hope to see you next year. If I ever loose my "Aunt Cathy" privilege, I'm going to be bummed! Be well, and thanks again for coming to see us.
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Wonderful Maine experience

  • 5 of 5

The coastal home on Wonsqueak Lane was a pure delight. It felt like home to our generational family of six (adults). There was room for everyone and we never wanted for anything as it was so fully stocked and every need addressed. Our son-in-law and grandson enjoyed jumping into the cool Maine coastal waters. Spending time on the dock with family and just enjoying the quiet beauty was worth every penny.

We also all enjoyed our house guest - Lt. Dan - the 3-legged border collie. What a delightful dog who entertained us with his "singing" to the Bohemian Rhapsody. Cathy, our host, couldn't have been more helpful in making sure we were comfortable and our every need was met. This is the place for family reunions. Thank you, Cathy for sharing your piece of paradise and your furry friend. Hope he recovers from his sprain!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Trenton/Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
1.2 Miles
The Pickled Wrinkle (family-style pub and good foo
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Winter Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pickled Wrinkle, Fisherman's Inn, Chase's
Nearest Beach
You're there!
Car: not necessary

Enjoy Downeast Maine and Acadia National Park without the crowds and commercialization. Photographers and naturalists know that the Schoodic region is one of the best-kept secrets in the Park Service.

The Wonsqueak Harbor House is a local icon, and is frequently photographed by visitors as they exit Acadia NP's Schoodic Point loop. Built sometime in the 1940's, the building and wharf originally accommodated fishermen as they brought their huge seine nets on shore for repair and storage. Our family converted the structure into a summer camp in the 70's, then into a year-round residence. This is the first season we have opened our home to the public.

Anybody who is interested in coastal living on the rugged granite shores of Maine will fall in love with Wonsqueak Harbor! The house faces south, out of the harbor and to the open sea. Enjoy our rustic home with its million-dollar location on cool, casual, activity-filled Schoodic Peninsula.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning deposit $200

Additional fees for catering, daily housekeeping, laundry, and pet-care services. Talk to us about your needs.
RV OWNERS: Please talk to us if you are interested in swapping use of your RV for vacation rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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