|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
A charming, private, romantic, island cottage built in the 1920's that overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by lovely gardens. Bedrooms and decks look out to the sea. Three decks follow the sun from morning to glorious evening sunsets. Sleeps 5--a queen master bedroom, two twins in the other bedroom, and a daybed on the sunporch that sleeps one, with a single bathroom with fixed, wall shower inside the large porcelain bathtub. A fireplace in the living room with free firewood is the only source of heat. There is a well-furnished and romantic kitchen and outdoor charcoal grill. Even a small vegetable garden of lettuce, basil, and tomatoes when in season.
Monhegan, sitting 10 miles off the coast of mid-coast Maine, has a storied history of active lobstering and a varied landscape that has attracted many pleine air artists from the 19th C. onward including Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent who both lived on the island. Two thirds of the island is preserved land with 17 miles of hiking trails (requiring good hiking shoes) out to the highest headlands on the eastern seaboard. There are only a few dirt roads on the village side and a few pickup trucks for establishments and lobstermen, so it's a "walking island".
Spring and Fall bird migrations bring many serious birders. A fantastic historical and art museum in the lighthouse buildings along with several inns and restaurants, cafes, a brewery, and gift shops offer a local island charm. There are various musical and literary events during the summer, along with yoga and massage offerings. A great fish market offers everything from fresh lobsters to oysters, mussels, tuna, scallops, and other fish. Wifi connection offered.
The cottage and island offers a wonderful retreat from this madding world--a place to refuel and relax and touch base with yourself and a simpler world.
We are a former high school history teacher and nurse who live near Boston and who have loved traveling ourselves over many years to many locations. We particularly love walking inn to inn in France, Italy, and the Yorkshire Dales and have more recently stayed in Home Away rentals several times with great luck.
Dave led choral tours for almost 20 years to the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba, South Africa. Both have worked abroad in Spain, Hong Kong, and Liberia.
Diane's family used to summer on Monhegan from the 20's on and we summered there for a week or two with our children each year as they grew up. It has a magic that draws people from all over the country and world. We bought this cottage and have put our loving care into fixing it up and improving its gardens.
We've always loved Monhegan's beauty, simplicity and pace of life that contrasts with our often busy and overly-connected daily life.
Dave Clapp purchased this cottage in 2001
This cottage is the quintessential, Maine island cottage. Built in the 1920's it has a charm all its own. Its location couldn't be better as it sits above a cove and ocean that mesmerizes one from sunrise to sunset as the tides come and go. In July through September the water even warms up enough to take a dip down below the cottage.
Three decks that follow the sun ending in lovely sunsets. A sun porch that serves as a warm retreat on rainy days and romantic setting for candlight meals. A fireplace with free wood for colder days of spring and autumn. A well-stocked kitchen and outside charcoal grill for inspired chefs. Privately located but with close proximity to the village stores and restaurants. What more can you ask for?
This was our second stay at Nigh Duck and we thoroughly enjoyed experiencing it in a different season. We enjoyed the nip in the air, but were grateful for the abundant supply of firewood provided for chilly evenings. The cottage is absolutely perfect - so comfortable and lovely. The view from the sunporch is beyond description in its beauty. If you can tear yourself away from just staring at the sea, you will find an extensive library in the cottage that includes books about the island and its history.
I grew up on the ocean but moved to Texas more than thirty years ago. Every year I've promised myself I'd go back to the sea if only for a vacation. This summer I spent two weeks in Nigh Duck Cottage and it was everything I'd hoped for. The cottage sits on the edge of the ocean above a cove where swimmers come for a quick dip and the occasional kayaker sets off for a cruise around the island. Every room in the house has a different view of either the ocean or the lovely gardens. You can watch the gulls while you wash dishes in the kitchen and if you're lucky you might catch sight of a seal, a sunfish, or a small whale (we saw all three). The sunsets were amazing going through several phases each night, every one a stunning display of color and form. I loved walking down the path through the gardens into the cottage. It felt like I was in a particularly wonderful English village living my daily life there. I stayed in the master bedroom and floated through the night occasionally waking and noticing changes in the light. The first week we were there the nights were moonless and the clear sky was black velvet with diamonds strewn across it. Nigh Duck is a truly magical spot and the very place to recover from the over-stimulation of the city.
During our too-short stay at on Monhegan we hiked just about every trail, built a fairy house in Cathedral Pines, saw an excellent photography exhibit at Carina House, and ate way too much lobster! When it rained, we didn't care because Nigh Duck's sunporch is a great place to relax, read, and just stare at the sea. The charming cottage is perfectly situated on the water for amazing views, gorgeous sunsets, and spectacular star-gazing. It is well stocked and very comfortable; its owners are helpful and accommodating. The location of the cottage is convenient to the village, but set apart for privacy. We look forward to return visits to Nigh Duck!
My wife and I had one of the most memorable vacations we have ever had at your charming cottage on Monehgan. Monhegan itself is sensational, with hiking, cliffs, lobsters, and the beautiful little village. But staying in your cottage made it even better. The deck is incredible. Seated right over the ocean with views of wildlife, Manana, and the most gorgeous sunsets was truly one of the greatest experiences we’ve had. Quiet dinners – again with water views – were so enjoyable. Then we woke to the sounds of the ocean and the birds and gulls – ready to start another great day. Thank you so much for creating this space. Couldn’t recommend it more.
If you want a deeply relaxing experience in a classic seaside cabin, on one of the loveliest islands off the coast of Maine, then Nigh Duck is your place! We have enjoyed many years of happy times there and the only problem we have is leaving! The property is always immaculate, nicely furnished, and with a matchless view. We highly recommend Nigh Duck, and look forward to returning over the years.
Monhegan offers a wonderful setting for hiking extensive trails through deep forests out to magnificent headlands great for picnicing. It offers an inspiring setting for artists, especially outside. Many local artists offer open houses during the week and there is a commercial art gallery and supply store. There is a wonderful historical and art museum in the lighthouse buildings at the top of the island. There are occasional topical talks, musical and literary events offered throughout the summer. Usually a Quaker meeting and a regular Sunday church service are offered. The three inns offer dinner meals in their restaurants, two cafes offer breakfast treats and take-out sandwiches/salads, and there is a wonderful brewery on the island. This is a place lending itself to "slowing down" and relaxing.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£162|
|Cleaning by renter only||£0|
Renters must providee their own sheets, pillowcases, and towels.
Renters must clean the cottage the morning they leave by 11 a.m. No cleaning services provided. Leave the cottage as you found it.
No pets allowed. No smoking inside the cottage; only outside.
No young children under age 6 due to proximity to the ocean and ledges.