The only house on a private island

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  • 7 bedrooms
  • 8 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Cottage

Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 8

Sleeps: 18

Type: Cottage

The only house on a private island

The only house on a private island, perfect for large gatherings. Spruce Island is a seventy-three acre private island off Deer Isle/Stonington, Maine. There are many places to explore and things to do. Dress up as pirates and entertain your children (pirate outfits provided); enjoy campfires on the shore; drive golf balls into the ocean and collect them at low tide; explore other small islands around Spruce (4 kayaks and 2 rowboats provided); swim in a fresh water quarry on near-by island. The house is comprised of two separate buildings. The Main House is a large open room with cathedral ceilings, a huge fireplace, and large well equipped kitchen. ...Read more

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Colum ODonnell

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The only house on a private island
Stonington, Maine

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Spruce Island is a small private island in Merchants Row, half way between Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor to the east and Camden to the west. An aerial video of Spruce Island toward the bottom of this page or by going to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO2q9jrknkY.

Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, is about 5 miles to the south of Spruce Island. Merchants Row is renowned for its scenic beauty and is a destination for boaters from around the world. There are dozens of small, uninhabited islands in the area that can be explored by kayak or other small boat (4 kayaks and 2 rowboats provided) and on foot. Robert McCloskey’s “Time of Wonder”, captures the essence of summering on a small Maine island in this area. Stonington is a pituresque fishing Village frequented by artists who capture its unique beauty on canvas. There is an old Opera House in town, built originally to entertain the many thousands of granite workers in the 1800's, which now conducts plays and musical performances year around.

Island life: Some things to do on Spruce Island include: dress up as pirates and entertain your children (pirate dress provided); enjoy campfires on the shore; sunbath (deck chairs provided); drive golf balls into the ocean and collect them at low tide; swim in a fresh water quarry on near-by island; play capture the flag; fly kites; play ping pong. Sleeping in tents is a wonderful experience for adults and children alike. You can sit by a camp fire and gaze into the heavens wondering how it all came to be, even catching glimpses of satellites and meteors moving across the sky, before rolling into a cozy tent and letting the gentle sounds of waves and wind lull you to sleep. Tents are provided but bring your own sleeping bags if you want to do this.

The house is comprised of two separate buildings. The Main House is a large open room with cathedral ceilings, a huge fireplace, and large well equipped kitchen. A swing hangs from the timbers in the Main House, and a “crows nest” on the roof affords spectacular views of the surrounding islands. On rainy days and at night, you can watch movies on the big screen and listen to surround sound music in the Main House. The Sleeping House contains six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is a seventh bedroom in the Main House with its own bathroom. Electricity is supplied by wind and solar. Water is supplied from wells and a large cistern. This property is completely 'off the grid'.

Four Kayaks and 2 row boats are provided free except for a nominal fee charged for paddling/rowing and safety instructions, depending on experience). A small 10hp outboard motor boat can be rented for $400/week.

Tranportation to the Island: Transportation to and from the island is provided free on the first and last days, up to two round trips each of those days. For mid week transportation, there are a number of options. Old Quarry Ocean Adventures runs a 34 foot boat out of Stonington. A small outboard motor boat suitable for getting back and forth to Stonington can be rented for $400 per week. Steve Johnson, the Stonington Harbor Master, runs a charter service on the side. The Isle au Haut Ferry also does private ferry service to and from Stonington to islands in the area. Another option is to hire my boat (21 foot high speed landing craft) with a captain. The cost is $125/hour. The advantage of my boat is that, as a landing craft, it can run up to the shore and drop a ramp on the beach (like the old WWII Higgins boats) for ease of walking on and off the boat. This is especially nice for exploring the many uninhabited islands around the area. For deep sea fishing, a good option is Eggemoggin Guide Service.

Parking for your vehicles is free at our parking lot in Stonington.

Spruce Island falls within the town of Stonington, Maine, famous for fresh Maine lobster and for the pink Maine granite that has been cut from its quarries for more than a hundred years. Spruce was quarried in the late 1800's and in harmony with this history, the owners decided to build these houses entirely of large granite blocks. You might not believe me if I told you where all this granite came from. That's a story for when you arrive on the island.

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