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SPRUCE ISLAND - A PRIVATE ISLAND FOR LARGE OR SMALL GATHERINGS

Colie O'Donnell

Advertiser since 2010
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Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Separate WC's1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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SPRUCE ISLAND - A PRIVATE ISLAND FOR LARGE OR SMALL GATHERINGS

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Separate WC's1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday lodge in Stonington - Spruce Island

Sleeps 18 (larger groups possible; ask for details)

Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island off Deer Isle/Stonington, Maine. An aerial video of Spruce Island and a video of a traditional lobster bake on Spruce Island can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Stone House is the only house on the island. During the summer, it can be rented in its entirety for family reunions and large gatherings. Starting in 2014, it will be run as a small inn during the fall, allowing a more affordable means for individuals and couples to experience what it's like to stay on a remote private island.

There are many places to explore and things to do on and around the Spruce Island. Kayaks and row boats are provided. Dress up as pirates and entertain your children (pirate dress provided); enjoy campfires on the shore; drive golf balls into the ocean and collect them at low tide; 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. There is one bedroom in the Maine House. 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 Guest House contains six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Electricity is supplied by wind and solar. Water is supplied from wells and a large rain water cistern.

This property is completely 'off the grid', but WiFi is available through HughesNet satellite connection and cell phone service is available.

Four Kayaks and 1 row boat 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.

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.

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 runs a charter service called Bert & I Charters, 207-460-8679 (Boat Phone), 207-367-2991 (Residence). 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.

Island Life: There are many fun things to do on and around Spruce Island. Some examples include: Intra-island or even inter-island capture-the-flag; Camp fires on the beach; Exploring the many other small islands in the area; Sleeping in a tent near the shore is a wonderful experience for children and adults. You can sit by a camp fire and gaze into the heavens wondering how it all came to be, even catching glimpses of satellites moving across the sky, before rolling into a cozy tent and letting the gentle sounds of waves and wind lull you to sleep.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Colie O'Donnell (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

Today we woke up and had pancakes! It was my birthday today. I just turned 12. We made a cake that was huge! I had such a fun time and I really hope that we come back. My mom said that we might! We found a fort cave going down to the dock and we also made a fort out of wood. We had a really fin time and will hopefully see you next summer. Thanks so much!



P.S. Our friends are coming in two weeks so we left them something on the mantel. So please don't move it!
Jul 2011
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Separate WC's1
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

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Spruce Island - A Private island for large or small gatherings
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
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Spruce Island - A Private island for large or small gatherings
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Stonington Downeast and Acadia
5

Amazing!

  • 5 out of 5
I can't say enough good things about our stay on Spruce Island. I went with a group of 14 friends. Our main goal was to "get off the grid". Well we found the right place! The island itself is a short ride from the harbor. Just short enough to not be a pain but long enough to get away from it all. There was so much to do on the island... beaches, trails, exploring, ping pong, drive golf balls into the ocean, and more.

The houses had every amenity you could wish for. We were more than comfortable while being on a remote Maine island. Couldn't have asked for more.

We had 3 clear nights when the moon went down early and the stars came out in full force. Sitting up in the crows nest while looking up at a sky full of bright stars is quite the experience.

Colie and Jeff couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful. Can't wait to come back next year!
  • Review Submitted: 11-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spruce Island - A Private island for large or small gatherings
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Stonington Downeast and Acadia
5

Magical Family Vacation

  • 5 out of 5
Our visit to Spruce Island Stone House far exceeded all expectations. Our group of 18 , which consisted of three generations ages 18 months- 65 years old , had the dream vacation of a lifetime. The facilities are so well thought out to include the greatest comfort . The main house is beautiful and full of rustic charm with a large comfortable common area for eating, watching movies or just relaxing.The fully equipped kitchen is a dream to work in making it easy to cook for large parties. With 7 private bedrooms equipped with comfortable beds and private baths, the place is ideal for a large party or family reunion.
The owner has paid such close attention to every detail including beach chairs and grills and camp fire set ups at the two beaches. The island trails are well maintained making island exploration accessible to all. The shoreline is exquisite and wild. We sat on the beach and watched the seal pups lounging with their mothers on the rocks. We watched the stars at night from the crows nest. Some of the braver souls even swam while others kayaked. There are even golf clubs and balls to hit out to sea, followed by the game of collecting all the balls at low tide.
The owner, Colie was so helpful answering all of our questions before the trip. An added bonus is the boat ride to and from the island on the new amphibious boat....nothing like it! I would give it ten stars if I could. We were all sad to leave and will be back for sure. There is nothing I would change! This is a unique and very special adventure. I highly recommend it!
  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spruce Island - A Private island for large or small gatherings
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Stonington Downeast and Acadia
Columbus
5

A perfect vacation!

  • 5 out of 5
One of our most memorable family vacations ever! Spruce Island is so relaxing and peaceful. I highly recommend this place to everyone! A must see!
  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stonington Downeast and Acadia
Sioux City, IA, USA
5

A Perfect Family Retreat

  • 5 out of 5
For those whose who grew up under the influence of Robert McClosky's childrens books set in the granite ledged islands of Maine, Spruce Island is heaven on earth. Ringed by smooth white walkable rock and capped with pines, this remote yet accessible playground located in the protected waters of Merchants Row off of Stonington, is the perfect place to gather the clan.

Well suited to large groups, this impeccably maintained property is a great base for taking advantage of island life as it was experienced by past generations who yearly migrated to the cool natural air conditioning of the Maine coast.

I have sorted through many VRBO listings and held my breath on arrival waiting for the shoe to drop in squaring reality versus landlord hyperbole. If anything, the listing is an understatement of the experience. The buildings are brand new and built with care and are well set up for housing a large group in comfort. The fact that all beds are singles might be a bit off-putting for some, but this possible detriment is more than made up for by the fact that every room has its own bathroom.

The owner was more than helpful, both prior to arrival and during our stay (without being a nuisance). We asked tons of questions in the months leading up to our arrival: was there a mooring and how much weight could it hold, did the kitchen have baking tins, food processor, measuring cups, etc etc etc. Every question was promptly and completly addressed.

For the right group, this property is a gem beyond price. Being on an island, at the end of a 4 mile boat ride is not everyone's idea of a dream. However, due to the owners foresight and customer service driven attitude, any issues, including transport, are quickly and suitably addressed.
  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Spruce Island - A Private island for large or small gatherings
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Stonington Downeast and Acadia
Pennsylvania
5

Great Family Escape

  • 5 out of 5
The accommodations on Spruce Island were excellent. From the Bunkhouse to the Stone House, the owners thought of everything. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the necessary equipment. Even the beach areas were stocked with everything from beach chairs (in multiple locations) to a volleyball court, multiple gas grills, and lobster cookers. Collie and his staff made it easy for us to find lots of entertainment both on and off the island. We were able to kayak, sightsee, and even take a trip to Isle au Haut. The pirate outfits made for a fun night when some of the adults dressed up and surprised some of the children and adults camping on the beach. We even won lobsters by learning the island rules. Our family had a great time getting back to "nature" on Spruce Island. There were 15 of us, from age 70 to age 6 -- and there was something to do for everyone. The Maine coast is a beautiful area and you will not find a better spot from which to explore it than Spruce Island. We hope to be back again!
  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Spruce Island - A Private island for large or small gatherings
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Stonington Downeast and Acadia
New Jersey
5

Amazing Vacation with hotel like accommodations!

  • 5 out of 5
Colie thought of everything when he built this vacation home for all to enjoy. The main house is amazing with full kitchen, projector for movies at night, great fireplaces and an amazing deck to see the eagles in the evening hours. He has provided chairs and hammocks throughout the island for convenient. He even build out house toilet with wipes and toilet paper in lock boxes. This way when hiking you can use a bathrooms throughout the trails marked with orange mile makers. There is a cool beach area for daytime and evening bon fires. He provide cooking stuff and lobster pots outside to enjoy dinner. The deck is amazing to sit at in the morning. Even front loader washer and dryer if needed in bunk house. He has supplied high end chairs, pillows and pirate chess with costume adults and children will love. Make sure you abide by the rules and know them because you can win 10 lobsters! The showers/tub is amazing with hot water and convenience of home. The rooms have romantic fireplaces. The pine wood and structure are as beautiful and amazing as the views. You will get cell service but it's low which is good to detach from technology. Jeff and Colie are very responsive to any needs you have. The outdoor tent area has a tent platform, double outhouse and a trail to the beach. There are barbeques and tools throughout the island. We dug clams and ate them every other day! Delicious! Thank you Colie for your generousity and amazing home and island. Kids and adults all had a great time! The ATV was definatley handy to have on the island. The Eicks, Perrys and Reed!
  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
100 Metres
Driving range on the island
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Fisherman's Friend
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: not necessary

Spruce Island is a small, 80 acre private island in Merchants Row, half way between Bar Harbor to the east and Camden to the west. Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, is about 5 miles to the south. 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 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 and film. 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 throughout the year. There is a fresh water quarry on a near by uninhabited island that is a wonderful place to swim.

Other Activities: campfires on the beach; lobster bakes, Kayaking, Boating, Wildlife Viewing

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday lodge in Stonington, Downeast and Acadia

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Fall and Spring
7 Sep 2014 - 19 Jun 2015
2 night minimum stay
$899
for 2 nights
From
$405
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2015
20 Jun 2015 - 7 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
$8,189
for 7 nights
$8,189
 
 
Fall and Spring 2015
8 Sep 2015 - 11 Jun 2016
2 night minimum stay
$899
for 2 nights
From
$405
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$899
for 2 nights
From
$405
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Separate charges for electricity and water: $2/KWH and $0.25/gallon above 1000 gallons/week. Deposits collected in advance.
Electric ATV rental (optional) charged at $10/KWH electricity used. Deposit collected in advance.
Small outboard boat rental (optional) $400/week.
Summer rates are for up to 18 people.
Groups larger than 18 are possible; ask for details.
2.5% fee on credit/debit card pmts

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Stonington in Downeast and Acadia

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Half 1 - Toilet
    Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 7 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 4 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 4 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Crow's Nest
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Cart
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Some fun things to do include: intra-island or even inter-island capture the flag; camp fires on the beach; sleeping in tents near the shore; exploring other islands in the area; dressing up as pirates to entertain your children (pirate clothing provided); hiding 'pirate treasure' on the island for children to hunt for; use the kayaks provided to explore the area; charter a larger power boat for local or long distant excursions; drive golf balls out into the water at high tide on the beach and collect them at low tide to do it all over again (golf balls and clubs provided)...
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