Crow's Nest: 100 Year Old Islesboro Island Cottage
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Pets allowed: No
This is a place that 'time forgot.' Think 19th century Vermont transported to an island in the ocean! Crow's Nest cottage is an easy 20 minutes by ferry off the gorgeous Maine coast. 100 years old, shingle-sided, and renovated, Crow's Nest cottage is located at the northern, rural end of legendary Islesboro Island, considered by many the most beautiful of all Maine islands. The cottage faces the Meadow Pond, a quiet, lush wildlife refuge. It sleeps 4 comfortably. Many quiet beaches are minutes away by car. The cottage has a marvelous, large deck. This is a SMOKE-FREE home. NO PETS PLEASE.
Islesboro is a very quiet vacation spot. If you are looking for tranquility, for peace and quiet, and a "low-key" vacation spot, you'll love Islesboro and Crow's Nest cottage.If you are looking for lots of restaurant options, movie theaters, amusement parks, bars, fast food, shopping, and crowds, this is NOT a place for you.
Our Meadow Pond Neighborhood: Crows Nest cottage is located 'up island' and looks across to the 20 acre, fresh water, Meadow Pond, a neat wildlife refuge for deer, birds, turtles, beaver, etc. You need a car on the island to get to the 2 small grocery stores, to the cafe, dining out places, and ice cream parlor, for speedy trips to local beaches and public playground, and to get to the ferry.
This is a place with hundreds of secluded and hidden Coves and beaches. If you love the splendor of the Atlantic Ocean and Maine coast without droves of tourists, Islesboro is your place. There are dozens of secluded and incredible coves and beaches -- both sandy and rocky -- within a 5 to 15 minute drive from the cottage. Or pack a backpack and bike (or walk!!) to them. Explore them on foot and or in a kayak. Bring picnic lunches and suppers and play Robinson Crusoe on your 'private' island.
The Availability page contains our up-to-date reservations calendar and lets you know which weeks are still open. The rental period is Saturday at 4:00 PM until the following Saturday at 10:00 AM.
FOR MANY MORE PHOTOS & DETAILED INFORMATION RE THE COTTAGE AND ISLAND, CONTACT US FOR THE ADDRESS OF OUR PERSONAL SITE. IT ALSO INCLUDES DOZENS OF GUEST REVIEWS, BEGINNING IN 2006.
Although we do not supply bikes or kayaks, they are available for rent on the mainland from a variety of companies. Our "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) on our personal site provides contact information for these rental places.
Explore the nearby coast : The wonderful villages of Camden and Belfast are minutes from the Lincolnville Beach ferry. Camden has many shops, a great book store (or 2), food stores, restaurants, antique shops, public library, and energetic waterfront full of beautiful old and new boats. Schooners for day tripping are berthed in Camden Harbor. Drive a few minutes further south from Camden to Rockland for more shops and restaurants. This is also the home of the very special Farnsworth Art Museum, a great place to spend a few rainy hours. The Farnsworth is home to the Wyeth Center, one of only two centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth.
For more reading about Islesboro:
* The Summer Cottages of Islesboro, 1890-1930. By Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Islesboro Historical Society. 1989.
* Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island (Continents of Exile). By Ved Mehta. National Books. 2003.
We only accept personal Checks or Cashier Checks. We accept PAYPAL but there's an additional charge to cover the fee. We are Not Taking Credit Cards at This Time. Thank you!!
WINTER RENTAL: We are always looking for a terrific winter tenant for the whole winter season, October through May, but this may be negotiable. We may be amenable to renting for a shorter rental period, but we have to charge a considerably higher monthly rate for shorter winter rentals.
Other Activities: Kayaking, wildlife viewing, local library, sight-seeing historic architecture, photography, world-class museums off-island.
About the owner
- 1 Queen Bed
- 1 Double Bed
- 2 Sofa Beds
- Beach Chairs
- Full Kitchen
- Parking Included
- Hardwood Floors
- High Speed Internet
- View (Water)
- Alarm Clock
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Gas Grill
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Ceiling Fan
- Coffee Maker
- Gym/Fitness Center
- Grocery Store
Reviews for this vacation cottage rental in Islesboro, Maine
DEAR GUEST, WE HAVE HAD A VERY LONG AND PRODUCTIVE HISTORY WITH OTHER VACATION HOME RENTAL SITES AND THERE YOU WILL FIND 10 YEARS OF HAPPY GUEST REVIEWS. THIS IS OUR FIRST SEASON WITH VACATIONHOMERENTALS. THUS, WE HAVE HAD TO PERSONALLY INSERT GUEST REVIEWS INTO THE TEMPLATE. WE HAVE ONLY INCLUDED A SAMPLE TO GIVE YOU A SMALL FLAVOR OF HOW MUCH OUR MANY GUESTS HAVE ENJOYED CROW'S NEST COTTAGE OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS.
Stay: August 2013 * * * * (4 Stars)
Lovely house. Love the open space, gentle breezes, dinners out on the deck each evening. The highlights of the week with a 7 and 11 year old: walk around Turtle Head Preserve; blueberry shortcake at the lobster pound in Lincolnville (fresh wild blueberries, real whipped cream); smooth perfect rocks at Pendleton Point; the playground; Big Tree Beach (wear shoes you can walk into the water with!); we learned that if you hum to the snails they will come of their shells; and the Maine art coop in Lincolnville.
Andrea, Bradford, MA.
Stay: June 2014 * * * * * (5 Stars)
THE PERFECT ISLAND RETREAT!
Crow's Nest - our home away from home. Thank you for all the wonderful details you continue to maintain in your perfect Islesboro cottage! My 15 year old son exclaimed as we carried our groceries in on the arrival day: "Just like home AND an Internet connection too!" He wanted to say that he thinks that to be a "significant upgrade"! A family friend who visited us during the week observed that this was "so beautiful, almost a perfect retreat from the busy-ness a place where you can experience a stillness." She and I spent many hours on the deck and saw deer and listened to the symphony of birdsong - - while soaking up the island sun. We savored memories from island visits past, remembrances and new celebrations with family dinners on the deck, enjoyed lobsters and Durkee's fine selections of salads, olives, wines, etc. I set up my little easel and "fiddled about with connecting oil paint to canvas." I tried painting your beach rose bush onto a huge sea clam shell we discovered on Hutchins Island. On Sunday afternoon and nearly every day after, we packed a picnic and chose a spot - - Marshall Cove, Turtle Head, Pendleton Point - - and spent the time connecting with the stillness within ourselves while becoming fully aware of Nature's busyness around us! As usual , Artisan Book and Bindery, ice cream at Dark Harbor Shoppe, and some treats at Island Market are never missed when we are out here on the island. We want to highly recommend that your guests check out the new Community Center! There's a wonderful cafe. We enjoyed lunch there on the two rainy days we were here. There is an art-full gift shop to support local artisans. Loved it! We look to live joyfully through the next 51 weeks until we can return to Crow's Nest! Thank you!
Pamela, Waterville, ME
Stay: August 2014 * * * * (4 Stars)
Peaceful, restful. good way to stay with our American children, far away from Switzerland, ocean versus Lac Leman. Yesterday night campfire on the beach was a sweet farewell to the island. Islesboro is a gem.
Stay: August 2014 * * * * (4 Stars)
AN ABSOLUTE ISLAND TREASURE OFF THE COAST OF MAINE
We absolutely loved the island. Total total relaxation.. Once on the island we had no desire to go to the mainland until it was time to go.. We did some exploring but everyday we made sure we were at the town beach at some point. We played the board games at night, read, enjoyed our breakfast every morning on the deck. Weather was fabulous. The people were wonderful.. Maine is full of beautiful places and we thank you very much for opening your home and allowing us to be able have a wonderful week with family.. Lot of good memories. The island is an absolute treasure. Thanks again..
Stay: June 2015 * * * * (4 Stars)
SECLUDED AND CHARMING
Our hosts were very helpful and this is by far the best equipped rental house we have ever stayed in! They provided everything one could imagine needing! It was terrific that our dog could stay with us! The island IS very secluded - many lovely quiet coves to enjoy. The ferry/ water taxis are rather pricey so we never left the island and I do wish we had taken better provisions. The groceries are basic. The highlight was the island talent show! Thank you both again!
Christie and Tim, Columbus, OH
Thank you for your comments. We loved that you participated in island life by attending the Talent Show. The island offers lots of fun activities throughout the summer providing a neat glimpse into this wonderful and, in many ways, unique community. Re the seclusion you mentioned: our websites clearly state that this is indeed a slow-paced place with no movie theaters (but there's the Talent Show!), no miniature golf, and very limited eating-out options. It's definitely a 19th century kind of place (with wireless, washing machine and drier!). We will take a look at our web content and strengthen that notion that this is a rare, secluded place where, as we like to say, time stands still for a while.
Stay: June 2015 * * * * * (5 Stars)
A PLACE FOR RECREATION AND RE-CREATION
This is my third year returning to this lovely --island cottage--every detail, right down to the sailing d?cor and sea-glass filled vase on the window sill --invites me to relax, unwind, and re-calibrate. Just a few amenities I so appreciate in this cottage: The inviting deck for coffee in the morning and a glass of wine and delicious meal in the evening, --with the laughter and joy and remembrances of family and friends--the perfectly utensil filled, appliance provided, dish/glassware stocked kitchen--it will be like home--you could bake and cook and saute, but you may find yourself instead--treating yourself to a pre-made dinner/dessert or just a few lobsters (yes everything you need in this kitchen) from one of the two local markets (one is less than a mile away ); the comfortable pillows and blankets on the couches, there is a fantastic fold out table in the living room where we put together puzzles --we start it when we arrive and finish it during the week, then there is the lovely deep soaking tub--to enjoy after a day of enjoying the island-- One morning the weather was a bit foggy and cool and misty, I was able to read, snuggled under a blanket on the living room couch and I watched two deer walk silently along the side of the house--we both looked at each other--I was still and they froze--then they simply walked on and I went back to my book--this is a place that if you slow down and enjoy the simple things--you will receive many gifts--like the evening when I watched the fireflies and the streaks of lightning from a passing thunder storm compete with each other in lighting up the darkness. This is a comfortable, inviting, beautiful cottage on a lovely island. Think: when was the last time you watched the sunset over a Meadow Pond --try it here--its like eating a potato chip--one is not nearly enough!
Stay: July 2015 * * * * * (5 Stars)
WONDERFUL STAY ON ISLESBORO
We absolutely loved the cottage! It is clean, peaceful and quaint. The owners have obviously put a lot of care and thought into the decor and renovations. We spent plenty of time spent outside on the deck either enjoying a meal or casually reading. Our favorite thing to do, however, was to go on the bountiful amount of hikes in the area. We adored Elaine's Trail (was the most strenuous) and Turtle Point was most definitely worth the overgrown trails because the view was amazing! Broad Point Preserve might possibly have been my favorite hike because we were almost always walking alongside the water and it was great fun to count how many bridges are in the trail (22!). The town beach is a MUST especially nearing sunset to swim in the frigid but refreshing water and sit on the rocky sand with some snacks. The Hutchins Island was beautiful and walking on low tide over to it was a fun journey and the views were also stunning. Marshall Cove was quite fun and we also found a little cove off of Turtle Head which was lovely. We enjoyed the Rabbit Corner Cafe very much and we recommend the grilled cheese and the breakfast burrito. The Dark Harbor Shop was also quite nice as we had ice cream twice there and bought a beautiful scarf. All in all, we loved the cottage so much and cannot find a flaw!
David and Melanie, Guilford, CT
Stay: September 2015 * * * * * (5 Stars)
DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND
What a glorious week, it was as if we had left Planet Earth for a few days, or as if the ferry was a time machine transporting us back a few decades. We went to three beaches, five times, (various tides); we had hoped to get out to Hutchins Island as the tide was coming in so we could have it to ourselves for a few hours, but that never happened. We scampered out once for a few minutes just before the bar submerged but we weren't prepared to stay for a few hours. Maybe another year.
You have done a great job renovating the house while maintaining its historic and Maine island character--it is spacious and sunny with ample indoor and outdoor space (that deck is a winner). As suggested, we made a big supermarket stop before boarding the ferry, but all our needs during the week (which were minimal) were met by the island stores. Even though the weather was perfect except for one overnight rainstorm, we mostly hung out at the house, it is that comfortable. One of us read three books, the other did a jigsaw puzzle and also disposed of a few books. The phone never rang (and we did have a dial tone, I checked) but the internet was there when we wanted it. We were On Vacation. What a glorious week, and the Crow?s Nest was a big part of it.
Chuck and Deadre, Chelsea, VT