Have you ever wanted to live on a private island on the coast of Maine? Yes, intriguing, but oh, too, too, inconvenient. Well here is Maine’s most convenient summer island. And one of its prettiest.
Sheephead Island is off Sunset Maine, a small village on the west side of Deer Island at the opening of Penobscot Bay. So close to the shore it is barred to the mainland for 6 hours at each at each low tide. It is within a short jaunt by boat to a yacht club dock across a cove.
Penobscot Bay is studded with islands. From Sheephead you look south to the open ocean. You look west across the islands to the Camden hills across the bay over which the sun sets.
Most Maine islands are dark and densely wooded with beautiful but unfriendly cliffy shores. Sheephead has such spectacular shore on one side of the island, but the rest of its two miles of shore is gentler with sand and pebble beaches. Its sixty five acres are also gentle and pastoral. Besides its woods it has grassy flower filled fields and country roads and paths. Also a secluded one acre swimmable pond. Among Maine islands it is Wyethian, Christina’s world. A Maine salt water farm surrounded by water on all sides.
Sheephead Island has two large houses that face the west and look across the island studded bay. It has a small secluded artist studio on its grand solitary south shore. It has a spectacular dock, a large boathouse and boats, and a garden house and barn. Beyond that you are alone.
Location, Location, Location
As for convenience, not only is it a short jaunt by boat to the yacht club dock; the bar to the main land is navigable by four wheel drive half the day at low tide for access when weather, wind, sea, fog or night make boating difficult. On the mainland it has a 2000 square foot nineteenth century house in the pretty village of Deer Isle which is a mere five minutes away. Called the house with the purple door, it is the island’s mainland base. There is a garage with a small second story nook at the yacht club as well.
With 2 houses on the island and a house on the mainland, vacationing on Sheephead Island means you can bring up to 14 family and friends!
Though Sheephead Island is perhaps Maine’s most convenient island it is still an island. It has its own systems that must be respected. Though thanks to the bar you are never stuck on Sheephead Island if you don’t want to boat the short distance to the yacht club, it is still most convenient to boat back and forth. That means that living on Sheephead Island requires familiarity with small outboard motor powered boats.
Therefore unlike renting a house on the mainland, some people are better candidates for renting Sheephead Island than others. We have a definite preference for yachting types who are used to living on sailboats. They know how to respect the systems on the island and know how to deal with boating to and fro.
It takes a little time to acclimatize to Sheephead Island. For that reason it is best that rentals be extended. This part of Maine is increasingly popular and high season fills up fast. By the way for the sailboat types the bulls eye has not been spoken for. Some special considerations apply.
Best time to visit:
Recommended is between May and October
Sheephead Island is a rare island barred to the mainland. A car is highly recommended for getting to this area of Maine. We do provide SUVs for driving on and off the island and for touring the local areas. Additionally at high tide, we provide our own boat taxi on and off the island during daylight hours ONLY.
Nearby airports are Bangor Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine and Portland, Maine. Boston, MA Logan airport is of course much further away but is certainly an option.
For more visit www.sheepheadisland.com
**Price is per house on the island only**