Sheephead Island offers the rare opportunity to rent a beautiful Maine island in its entirety, encompassing 65± pristine acres with two residences and a mainland base in the village of Deer Isle. Located just off Sylvester Cove and the village of Sunset, the island is connected to the mainland at low tide, providing a setting with the privacy of a true island and the ease and accessibility of a mainland property. The island’s shorefront is spectacular, trails run through fields and forest, and there’s a swimming pond in the middle of the island. A deepwater dock, float, and mooring provide ample space for yacht moorage.
Rates EUR 1700 per night for up to 18 guests.
Location Located just off Sylvester Cove and the village of Sunset, the island is connected to the mainland at low tide and accessible by 4WD vehicle, offering a setting with all the privacy of a true island and the ease and accessibility of a mainland property. In the northeast lee of the island, a deepwater dock, float, and mooring provide ample space for yacht moorage and protection from most winds and prevailing seas. The island’s shorefront is spectacular, with miles of pink granite, tidal pools, and broad beaches. Trails run through fields and forest, and there’s a wonderful swimming pond hidden away in the woods in the middle of the island.
Accomodations The main residence is a relatively new 5-bedroom house built in the style of a classic New England colonial. With spacious, light-filled rooms, the residence offers comfortable living areas with magnificent views of Penobscot Bay. An additional contemporary residence, located in a private setting away from the main house, includes 4 bedrooms, an open floor plan, beautiful ocean views, and a private beach. The island also includes a boathouse and artist’s studio. On the mainland, a four-bedroom historic house in Deer Isle village is ideal for late night arrivals, extra guests, or visitors who wish to remain on the mainland. Garage parking and storage are also included at the mainland waterfront landing, just a short skiff ride from the island across sheltered waters.
Dining and Provisions Self-catering with a wide range of services and amenities available in nearby Blue Hill (approximately 22 miles away) and Ellsworth, about 36 miles away.
Activities Sheephead Island is an ideal setting for boating, sailing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, picnics and more. The island is located just offshore from Sunset, a delightful summer colony on the western shore of Deer Isle, a quintessential Maine island that accessible by automobile over a suspension bridge. Fishing and lobstering are still the mainstay of the local economy in many of the island’s idyllic villages, and the small towns of Stonington (population 1100) and Deer Isle (population 1900) offer art galleries, shops, restaurants, inns, and pretty harbors. For over a century, the island has attracted artists, craftspeople, writers, sailors and summer vacationers, drawn to the area for its incredible natural beauty, privacy, and traditional way of life. There is a wide range of services and amenities available in Blue Hill (approximately 22 miles away) and Ellsworth, about 36 miles away.
Best Time to Travel Sheephead Island’s season runs from June to September
How To Get There There are private airports in Blue Hill and Stonington, and airports with commercial services are located in Bar Harbor and Bangor (Bangor International Airport is approximately 63 miles to the north).