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Waterfront Maine Island Cottage, Brand New Post and Beam!

Bedrooms 2
Space 675 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 4

This gorgeous, brand new, waterfront Post & Beam cottage is located on a tidal cove. This location is unique in that you have lots of privacy, it is across the cove from a nature preserve & down a quiet wooded lane. It is also unique in that it is only an 5 minute drive to town. Very few locations on Vinalhaven have this unique combination of advantages.

You will enjoy beautiful sunrises, & sunsets reflect in the cove! Tidal coves are mud flats at low tide, which is great for birdwatching! At high tide the water is over your head & the mud warms up the water so it is possible to go swimming when the tide is right. If you have a kayak or canoe we have a natural stone area for launching your boat into the cove.

The grounds have spectacular Daylily gardens! The cottage is build on the site of a former saw mill, & the flywheel from the old saw mill sits as a giant sculpture in the Daylily beds.

Inside the house is an open living room/ dining/kitchen area, with large windows facing the water & the daylily gardens.

At high tide you almost feel as if you are in a boat the camp is so close to the water (only 10 feet from the high tide mark!). Although the cottage is new it is built on the site of an earlier camp that was very close to the water, which 'grandfathered' the location, building a house this close to the water is no longer possible.

The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets & a tile floor. The rest of the living area & the bedrooms have red birch floors. The bath has a granite vanity, a full tub/shower, & there are lobster and crab tiles embedded in the shower walls.

Visit Island Spirits offers fine affordable wines and wine tastings, homemade breads, cheeses, & pates. The New Era Gallery has the finest in local paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, pottery, weaving, with openings every 3 weeks, seasonally. Go Fish! has penny candy & toys for the kids, Second Hand Prose has used books, & there's a video store & a beauty parlor, too! Eat at Donna's Surfside for breakfast, The Haven for down home dinners, Salt for an amazing menu that is so good! There is a large grocery & liquor store, a post office, a library, & don't forget the Fisherman's Friend & Everything Country! There are yoga studios.

Saturday mornings there's a flea market which is a local summer highlight and a great place to socialize. Enjoy fresh squeezed lemonade, homemade pies, jams, fresh berries, produce & flowers. Knitted hats, jewelry, wood crafts, rugs, pottery, arts and crafts, watercolors, photography, netted handbags, t-shirts, an assortment of this and that, & just plain good old used stuff!

Kayaking tours are also available on the island, as well as swimming and sailing classes for the kids. The Vinalhaven Land Trust has numberous walks on a weekly basis.

There is a golf course on nearby North Haven Island if you want to bring you clubs. Life it good!!!

More Details

Joel Greenberg
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Joel Greenberg

The house was built 9 year ago. Everything is custom in it as you can see by the photos. It is a unique location being so close to town and yet so private.

Joel Greenberg purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Joel Greenberg chose Vinalhaven

The first time a rented a house on Vinalhaven I fell in love with it. The beauty of the natural areas and the warmth of the people were so enticing. I have come back year after year to my good fortune.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage just 10 feet away from the water. At times you feel like you are a boat house. Once in a while you can see a seal in the cove or bald eagles flying above. I don't rent the house in the winter so it has remained in pristine condition. I have 6 gardens for your enjoyment, with a hugh collection of different colored daylilies and hydrangeas.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great set of tenants at our Vinalhaven home this season, and we want to personally thank you all for taking such good care of our home. Our caretaker has visited the cottage at the end of the season and pronounced it: "Spotless!". Thanks again so much, and if you have any comments you'd care to add to our guestbook we'd greatly appreciate it!

Warmly, Wendy and Joel
Oct 2005
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Vinalhaven Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 675 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dialup Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom - 1 double
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
All new amenities and appliances, except for antique bed, bureaus and other antique details. 1 queen bedroom, 1 double bedroom, 1 sleep sofa in living room. DVD player, AM/FM radio/tape player, ceiling fan. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, microwave/convection oven, Sabatier knife set, cherry cabinets, red birch floors. Douglass fir post and beam construction with pickled pine ceilings. Beautiful light fixtures. Huge windows offer spectacular waterfront and woods views and light. Across from a nature preserve. Gorgeous gardens, private, and yet so close to town! Fully insulated for cool summer days if it's warm outside, and Monitor heating if the nights get chilly. Deck has picnic table and benches, umbrella, Adirondack chairs, BBQ, etc. Notes on elderly and infirm: All on one floor for kids and fit elderly, but there's a sloped garden path to the door, and steps up, so it's not wheelchair accessible or ideal for the infirm. Built-in step over tub/shower.


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Waterfront Maine Island Cottage, Brand New Post and Beam!
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Mesmerizing waterfront

  • 5 of 5

We've vacationed in this gem of a coastal cottage on remarkable Vinalhaven Island for the past two summers and highly recommend it. First, if you're new to the island of Vinalhaven, beware: You might find yourself checking out of your rental vacation home and going straight to a realtor's office and ending up buying a house as my husband and I have done. It's that special of a place. We tourist summer people don't take over the island -- we mesh with the natural rhythms of the for groceries in the one small but very well stocked family-owned market on Main Street, eating in restaurants alongside lobstermen and their families, meeting friendly locals at every turn, appreciating the 18th and 19th century structures and their history.

After a day swimming in the quarries, hiking in the lush nature preserves (many with breathtaking water views), or browsing art in New Era Gallery and eating and shopping in town (don't miss the lobster BLT at the food truck down near the ferry), you return to this comfortable, quiet, well-appointed cottage. Enjoy sunset on the deck, watching the tide come in and out of the cove you are just steps from. If you return to the cottage at dusk, an adorable wild rabbit is likely to be waiting for you by the door. (Really. I'm not making this stuff up, folks.)

While there is plenty to do all around Vinalhaven if you like to be active or to go into town (a short drive, and a do-able walk but it's a bit of a hike, so ideally you'll have a car), we found many a day in which we hardly wanted to leave the cottage. Sunshine dappling through the lace curtains in the bedroom is one of the most glorious ways to wake up. Then, you can step out and enjoy the spectacular flower gardens the owner has cultivated around the cottage. You might decide to take out the kayaks that await you at water's edge, or just to take out a good book and watch the water, the sky, the birds. And when you're hungry, the kitchen is incredibly well equipped with top-of-the-line appliances.

While we are excited now to have our own place on Vinalhaven, we will truly miss our stays in this cottage. We recommend it without an ounce of hesitation. Enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tuuch of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! Vinalhaven Island is a little gem just off the coast of Maine. With scores of nature preserves bringing you to secluded spots teeming with wildlife, to the swimming quarries and quaint downtown, this place is magical.

Our stay at the cottage was just as magical. Situated right on a tidal basin, we spent each morning watching ospreys dive for fish, deer running across the flats during low tide and birds galore singing away. In the afternoons the girls kayaked around the basin (high tide) and had a cute little harbor seal swim along with them!!

Needless to say, we plan to come again next year! The owner was very thoughtful and helpful, and the cottage is clearly a prized possession. Immaculate inside and out, with beautiful hardwood floors and modern kitchen, this cottage instantly felt like home.

Just minutes from town, but feeling totally secluded, this cottage is a must-rent for anyone seeking quiet and a re-connection to nature. It is a treasured spot for artists or writers with it's inspirational beauty and solitude. The kids (14 year-old girls) enjoyed swimming in the quarries and exploring the shoreline, and even became comfortable with the slow pace of life on the island. This is not your typical summer community, there are limited dining options and a single grocery store. Likewise, there is no hustle-bustle, no tacky gift shops and no tourist traps. Everyone on the island is very approachable and helpful, and as you drive on the winding roads, EVERYONE passes with a wave. You immediately feel welcomed and a part of the island community.

One visit to this wonderful cottage and you will be sold for a lifetime....we certainly were!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maine at it's best.

  • 5 of 5

A first time visit to Vinalhaven was elevated to a personal best experience with this stay at this Maine Island Cottage. The setting was a constant visual show of tides, otters, eagles and rustic charm. A warm welcome was followed by an introduction to the delightfully furnished cottage with every imaginable amenity. Only classical music and conversation filled the times that we were not kayaking, cooking with a full compliment of utensils and serving dishes, or taking in the picture perfect scenery. Vinalhaven is a quintessential Maine experience, which was only made better by this exquisite rental property. The level of comfort at this cottage.was what a vacation should be when wanting to be spoiled and still feel "away". Even the lighting elements and decor made you feel as though you were in a residence where thought had gone into every element. Thank you for a stay that will be difficult to match.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A couple looking for a first-class experience...

  • 5 of 5

We were more than pleased with our choice of this delightful cottage. Everything we needed was provided...and even more. It was close enough to town to be convenient, but far enough to feel like we were vacationing. Joel ensured we had everything necessary to be comfortable and secure. We highly recommend this lovely location if one wants to "experience" Maine.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous week

  • 5 of 5

My stay at this rental cottage was outstanding. I am a single New Yorker woman in my 30s and was in need of a writing retreat. Since I would need to work indoors, I was looking for an interior that was rustic but also upscale, and with a water view that "felt" like I was outside. The cottage is all that and more. It is all rustic wood on the inside, but the elegant post and beam structure and the high-end furnishings and kitchen give it a modern, high-end feel (if the Four Seasons were to build a small guest cottage in Maine it would replicate this!). And the front of the cottage, as you can see in the pictures, is ALL windows, so when you sit inside you feel like you are outside. It is cozy but the loft layout gives it a spacious feel. The hardwood floors are beautiful; the whole effect of the living room is not unlike the most beautiful yoga studio you've ever seen, which I turned it into a few mornings. Everything is well beyond what you would expect in a rental, especially the kitchen appliances and equipment. (The knife set is better than the Henckels set I have at home; the dishware, bowls, oversized coffee mugs all match and are what I would have bought for my own home.) The deck outside is of the highest quality and perfectly positioned to watch the cove change with the tide, the sun, the weather, etc.... it is always different. And while I have focused on the interior, the water view here is unbelievably amazing.

The location is not far from town, a short drive in for a strong cup of coffee at the ARCafe (don't miss the blueberry oaties) or a lobster roll at the Harbor Gawker (don't miss the crab biscuits, which are basically fritters) or a stroll through the New Era gallery (don't miss its amazing separate gallery building outside.) You will never see the whole island in a week, but the hike into the Basin off of Wharf's Quarry road and Lane's Island are not to be missed. Runs and bike rides up Calderwood Neck road are rolling hills that reveal water views at every turn. There are a few older bikes and a kayak available to use-- Vinalhaven must also be experienced from the water.

I can't recommend the cottage enough, especially as a writer's or artist's retreat.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Vinal Cove was probably the best experience in all our years of renting vacation spots. The "cabin" was extremely well done with nothing but the best appointments inside. The view is so spectacular that we stopped calling it a million dollar view and started using the billion adjective.

Wendy and Joel were very accomodating and patiently relieved our angst about the ferry crossing since we constantly worried about even getting on the ferry at all. (Email me and I'll tell you all about it from a newcomer's standpoint.)

We hope to return on a regular basis and experience "island time" to its fullest.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2006
  • Stayed: June 2006
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gerry, We also had a very positive experience with you both, and your guests. You treated the cottage like your own home, and we are very grateful for how well you took care of it! Thanks so much, you are welcome back any time! Thanks also for being such a great neighbor, too. With all our e-mails I feel like we are friends without even meeting. Warm regards, Wendy and Joel
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Car: necessary

If you love nature you'll love Vinalhaven! There is great fresh water swimming in 3 granite quarries, which are picturesque local swimming holes. Kayaking is a local favorite & kayak tours are available to local spots of interest. If you have a canoe or kayak, bring it!

There are numerous nature trails all over the island for hiking & dog walking. We have some of the best deep water sailing on the East Coast! Vinalhaven boasts the largest working lobster fleet in Maine, so stop at the lobster co-op & pick up your lobsters fresh from the boat! Great local restaurants feature the best in home cooking, including lobster & crab rolls, fried clams, & seafood chowder. Enjoy yoga classes, concerts, auctions & yard sales.

There is a flourishing arts community here. We have art galleries, The Historical Society, The Arts & Recreation Center.

Other Activities: Kayacing, galleries, fitness club, seasonal concerts, plays, winetastings, fleamarket, yardsales


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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