Great Duck Island is a perfect place for couples or families seeking solitude and an experience of nature. Naturalists, hikers, meditators, writers, photographers, painters and those wanting to live deliberately without the distractions of modern life will love this place. The house and facilities will accommodate no more than four. We require that there be a minimum of
The house is a two story, Victorian Gothic style cottage, with 1440 square feet of undivided interior space, steep roofs, 8 gables, and 2 second-story decks. It comes completely furnished. There are no separate bedrooms. Beds are in alcove spaces on the first and second floors. There is a queen-size bed, a double bed, and a fouton couch that folds open to a double bed. Additional mattresses & cots are also available.
Blankets, pillows and sheets are provided, but not towels. There is a white wicker furniture set that includes a couch, love seat, chaise, rocker, armchair and two coffee tables. Also, there is a dining table with chairs on each floor. The ample kitchen area contains a gas stove (with 4 burners and an oven), and a gas refrigerator (13 cubic feet, including a 3.2 cubic foot freezer). Several large ice chests or coolers are also available. Pots, pans, plates, silverware, paper towels, paper plates, paper cups, napkins and a stock of staples for cooking are provided.
For many years, because of our remote location, we did not have a supply of running water in the house. Finally, we now have a well and have hot and cold running water in the kitchen and bathroom along with a shower and flush toilet.
Heat is from two Jøtul woodstoves, one on each floor The doors of each woodstove are made of glass, allowing the fire to be visible. Solar panels on our shed provide electricity for lighting after dark as well as for other electrical needs. Our electrical system can be used to run your laptop computer, our vacuum cleaner, ice-cream-maker, microwave, toaster, blender, etc. A radio, cassette tape, iPod and CD player, DVD player, hammock, gas grill, children's games, puzzles, and a large library of books on island living are available for renters' use. There is also a wonderful old piano.
Located on Great Duck Island, in the Gulf of Maine archipelago, we are 10 miles offshore, due south of Northeast Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. The island is 1 1/2miles long and 1/2 mile wide and contains 250 acres. Our property consists of 5 acres on the northeast point. Our house is the only private home on the island. The rest of the island is a bird sanctuary owned by the Nature Conservancy, except for a small piece at the southern end that has a light house, maintained by the Coast Guard, and an old lightkeeper’s house, used by College of the Atlantic bird researchers. Although closed to the public, renters have permission to explore most of the island.
Interaction with guests
Although we may not be there to greet you we will have someone give you a tour of the various systems in the house when you first arrive. Before you can book a stay with us we will need to talk with you in person to make sure that you understand that this is a remote wilderness island and that you are able to climb out of the water taxi into a skiff and be able to climb up the ledges to get to the house. We will be available to answer all your questions before and during your stay.
Other things to note
No dogs or cats are allowed because the island is a protected bird sanctuary.
There is a 90-day cancellation policy, not 30 day.
The house is rented by the week. A lease will need to be signed before the booking is possible.
Renters need to clean up after themselves and leave the house in the same way that they found it.
For many years, because of our remote location, we did not have a supply of running water in the house. Finally, we now have a well and have hot and cold running water in the kitchen and bathroom along with a shower and flush toilet. It is a small well however and we ask renters to be sparing in their use of water.
For communication and safety you must bring your cellular phone and charger. Two cellphones are recommended. There is excellent cellular reception on the island. There is also a VHF Marine Band radio available for communicating with boats and getting weather and marine forecast information.
- No shoes in the house
- Need to sign lease before booking
- Will need to pay the $550 round-trip Water Taxi fee at the Sail Acadia office in Southwest Harbor before getting on the boat.
- 9% Maine Sales Tax is included in the rental fee.
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