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Monhegan Island Retreat - Spacious, 4 bedrooms, fireplace, decks and views!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, Lovely Views & Close to Everything

This fabulous two story, four bedroom, 1.5 bath cape-style home on Monhegan Island offers spectacular water views from both floors. The house will comfortably accommodate a large group or an extended family. Magnolia House offers an open floor plan, which is flooded with natural light through the large picture windows and many skylights. Spacious, well stocked kitchen with updated stainless refrigerator and stove makes cooking a pleasure. Sun yourself on one of three private decks overlooking the beautifully designed perennial gardens,or enjoy the handcrafted stone fireplace on a cool evening. Lots of wood will be provided for you!

Separate media room offers quiet space for reading, relaxing, or family movie night with flatscreen and Netflix. House has several high end bluetooth stereos for streaming music on the high speed wifi. For extra guests, there is a full size futon and a single pull out bed in addition to the bedrooms. Hopefully you won't need it, but there is a large desk and office space on the second floor. Unlike many Monhegan properties, we are more than happy to consider pets.

Just past the Trailing Yew on Lobster Cove Road, Magnolia House is only minutes from Fish and Swim Beaches, galleries and the rest of the village in one direction and Lobster Cove in the other direction.

Have a larger group? Consider also renting the Kendall Apartment, which can be rented separately or with the main house! Kendall is a large studio apartment that has a private entrance, kitchen, bathroom, deck and gardens, but when rented with the main house, we can have the privacy wall adjusted so that there is a door that connects the two! Perfect for extended families or large groups attending festivities in the area.

Bringing children? We have a fantastic wooden playhouse on the property (with a loft!) that kids love, plenty of toys, puzzles, games and Legos, beach chairs, books for all ages, and a perfect bedroom with bunk beds (and a pull-out trundle) on the second floor. For much of the summer, there are delicious wild raspberries blooming in the yard, and late summer/early fall you can find wild blackberries. These are not just for kids, of course...last week we made a batch of homemade raspberry ice cream using freshly-picked berries from the yard, and we encourage you to do the same!

More Details

Elizabeth Norman
Member since: 2005
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 a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 30, 2018


Monhegan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests responsible for all cleaning prior to checkout unless professional cleaning is arranged for changeover (limited cleaners available on island).
  • If bringing dog, clean up all waste from yard & keep leashed outside; be mindful of noise. Also please vacuum/clean house well for next guests.
  • Strict cancellation is essential because of short season. For early cancellations, if we can rebook for same dates, we will provide a refund.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , on second floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • First floor bathroom is the full bathroom. Upstairs is the half bath. Note that the water in Monhegan has minerals in it that result in minor discoloration - nothing is wrong with the water! Most guests buy bottled water to drink, but use island water for cooking, bathing, etc. If for some reason the island water shuts off, there is a backup cistern that collects and filters rainwater.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • There is one bedroom with a queen bed on the first floor. The second floor has three bedrooms. The largest is a spacious, airy room with a queen bed, picture windows and private deck with ocean views. The second bedroom has a full bed, and the third has a bunk bed with a trundle (three singles in total). If needed, there's also a futon with a full-size mattress in the media room and a loveseat that pulls out into a single bed (in the library nook off the master bedroom). Guests bring own linens and towels.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Shed
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Wi Fi is provided. Great for birdwatching right from the deck! Guests bring own towels and linens. Pillows and duvets/comforters are provided. Apartment has blackout shades and an assortment of books and games. Note that Kendall Apartment is adjacent, although completely private (separate entrance off of main road, private porch and yard).


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Monhegan Island Retreat - Spacious, 4 bedrooms, fireplace, decks and views!
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful Stay

  • 4 of 5

Monhegan is a special place, and this house is a wonderful home base from which to enjoy it. The location is perfect and the views lovely. Well laid out for a family or group, it is homey and cosy. The kitchen is functional and well equipped. The beds are on the soft side but comfortable enough. The unit next door can be easily combined with the main house for extra guests. It's not luxurious or pristine, but part of the charm of Monhegan houses is the rustic, summer cottage quality. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for large gatherings

  • 5 of 5

Magnolia house is perfect for large gatherings as the four bedrooms themselves are good for 8 people. The master bedroom upstairs has an awesome view with an outside deck and large french doors. The fireplace was a nice touch and all the wood was supplied. Another nice touch is there are garbage and recycling bins so you don't have to worry about what do to with your waste as well as a composting bin. The house is very close to town and the Monhegan Brewing Company, which is great by the way. The caretaker, Angela, was very helpful answering our questions. All in all, a nice place to stay. Oh, and the owner was very quick to respond to our inquiries.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay for a wedding - great for a group, well equiped, completely relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

A group of us who are familiar with the island, had to find a house that could accomodate 7 adults and 2 children for a wedding event. The Magnolia house was a great choice. The rooms were well situated and the beds comfortable. We were able to fit very comfortably and accomodate kiddos that needed to be close to their parents. The pantry is also well stocked from previous guests, which was great for us as we hosted a cookout one evening for a medium sized group (the grill was functional if not the best for controlled cooking), and we cooked all of our meals in the house. We even had to prepare brunch foods for the brunch after the wedding, and we were able to utilize existing pans and had no issues using the oven. The night of the wedding was very stormy, and we were thankful to the owners for having a closet full of rain jackets in all sizes (kids and adults) that would be used for the walk to the wedding site. You will need to buy bottled/jugged water, and I would suggest reading the ownders manual as prepared because it provided a lot of information. The kids loved the playhouse and all of the toys in the the yard and house (so many toys!). The only slight issue for us was that with people traveling on flights and internationally, the requirement to bring out own linens and towels was a bit difficult. But we do understand the water shortage issue.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Family time and cozy sleeping made it easy to make ourselves at home. We had a view of the village and the water. We fully enjoyed the fabulous kitchen to cook extensive meals. Our short walk to Lobster Cove for the sunset or to church and incredible hiking made it easy to feel like we were dreaming.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay at a lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

Magnolia is a lovely centrally located house on the island. There was plenty of space for everyone with stunning views. We enjoyed grilling out on the private back porch, as well as walking the many nearby trails. The beautiful stone mantel and artwork are a perfect fit for monhegan. We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in dire need of deep cleaning and new septic

  • 1 of 5

The home is beautifully situated on the island of Mohegan. The home has great bones and was dirty. With a good deep cleaning and a paint job the place would be great. The kitchen floor is a broken mosaic that was falling apart daily. The water pressure was ok and the tap water had a red residue to it. The biggest issue was the pervasive septic smell that was really strong in front of the house and on the side all of the time. I m not sure if it was from the property or the house next door but it was bad.

The owner might consider getting a professional cleaning crew in pre-season,mid-season and before each rental. The person that is cleaning the space does a superficial job. We left the property much cleaner than we found it. Everything was grimy and that's too bad. There was no toilet paper on the premises.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like there were a lot of problems with Magnolia House during your stay. I am terribly sorry that so many things went wrong. I will do my best to let you know what we have done to fix what is fixable and what is just what one gets on a tiny island 12 miles out to sea. First the septic smell. I apologize for the discomfort this must have caused. In the future, please let us know about any problems ASAP and we can send the caretaker or other friends on the island to fix things we cannot fix from afar. In this case we were unaware of the problem until you posted this review online. There was a plugged pump that our caretaker was able to fix within the hour. It was a bad luck week for you, and I am sorry for that, but you might be surprised to know that Magnolia House actually has the most modern septic system I know of on the entire island. The whole system was replaced and an entire septic field was created with trucked in soil in 2014. I am most sorry, though, that the house was not as clean as it should have been. As you suggest, we do have it cleaned deeply at the beginning and end of every season. Because, however, Monhegan is so small and has so few full time residents, sometimes it is hard for the few cleaners working on the island to do deep cleanings every turnover if the accommodations aren't already reasonably clean when they begin. This is why we ask that, insofar as possible, guests leave the space as they found it. Thank you for doing even more! We try to always make sure that cleaning supplies are readily available. Beginning in the spring of 2017, the person who cleans the apartment and the house has dropped her other clients to focus only on the Kendal Apartment and Magnolia House. This will undoubtedly help to ensure the spaces are ready for the next guests, but we will continue to ask for, rely on, and appreciate our guests for leaving the homes as they find them. The kitchen floor... We have been chasing the kitchen floor for years. It was hand made by the previous owners and we felt deeply that it was a large part of the house's character. We agreed with you, though, that we were beaten by its deterioration, and the kitchen floor has been totally replaced. Just realized i have only 197 characters left! So, quickly, TP is in the red shed. If its not there, let us know and we will order more. Finally, Monhegan water pressure stinks and the water is potable but red and unsavory. We buy bottled water.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Monhegan Brewery
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
The Novelty
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Fish Beach
Car: not necessary

Monhegan Island is situated more than 10 miles from the nearest mainland and is accessible only by ferry. Boats dock in the same natural harbor that early European explorers and pirates alike "discovered" over 400 years ago. The tiny island's rich fishing grounds have been prized by Native Americans for thousands of years.

Once off the boat, visitors will find a charming village, artists studios and galleries, gift shops, restaurants, even the island's own Brewery. There are no passenger cars; just a few trucks to get bags and supplies back and forth from the ferry. The village is centrally located, surrounded by quaint and historic cottages, leaving the rest of Monhegan preserved in its natural state.

A short hike in any direction will take you to beautiful cliffs & dense, quiet woods, all protected by Monhegan Associates, a non-profit nature conservancy, that owns 70% of the island and dedicates itself to preserving Monhegan's wild splendor.

Despite being scarcely a mile square, Monhegan offers 17 miles of trails, taking hikers through magical woodland groves, to the top of majestic cliffs, and past countless vistas of wild shoreline- even a shipwreck that no one will be able to resist exploring!

The island also boasts a wonderful art museum dedicated to Monhegan life and the island's long history as one of the most important artists' colonies of the 20th century, a historic lighthouse, library, general store, several restaurants, two beaches, and a coffee house.

Hiking, local artists' studios, fishing, swimming, boating, birdwatching, and kayaking are a few of the things the island offers.

Most importantly, though, it’s a time to slow down, unwind and enjoy Monhegan's natural beauty, slow pace, and casual ambience.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40 + Tax

Because the rental season on Monhegan is so short (and books months in advance), we have a strict refund policy. For very early cancellations, we will provide refunds if we are able to rent the house to other guests for the same period.

Guests aren't charged a cleaning fee, because guests are responsible for cleaning the house thoroughly before checkout to prepare for turnover. Since all properties in Monhegan turn over on Saturday, it is difficult to book cleaners (if you prefer to do this, I suggest reaching out early!). Please make sure the house is in great condition for the next guests (and if you brought a pup, please make sure the yard is in great shape too).

Let us know if any supplies run out or anything breaks or is otherwise problematic - we will try our best to fix the problem!

Thanks, and have a great stay!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund