I just opened up 2018 rentals! If you are interested in renting The Pickering House please write me a quick note. I only rent my home 6 weeks per Summer and am usually booked before the new year begins. Full month rentals are inclusive of all fees (except damage protection) and include a complimentary house cleaning mid vacation.
The Pickering House is an old sea captain's house with over 3000 sq feet of relaxing Down East charm. This property offers ample space, inside and out, perfect for larger families and group gatherings of up to 10. The house itself is situated on a gentle sloping hill across the street from Northwest Harbor and is just a three minute walk from the historic village of Deer Isle. Originally built by Thomas Pickering in 1854 this farmhouse has wonderful elements from the past and is sure to excite history buffs. Most locals you'll meet will know The Pickering House as 'ole Dr. Kopfmann's house - the island's doctor for over 40 years. He charged $2 for office visits at the house, $3 for house calls and was famous for handing out sugar pills (which miracously cured most ailments.)
The house, a classic Georgian farmhouse, has been recently renovated but retains traditional island charm: Beautiful hardwood floors, original tin ceilings, an attached barn, exposed ceiling beams that were once ship masts, and an old ship's beam which forms the curvature of the library walls.
The big back yard with multiple flower and vegetable gardens is beautiful. The property still has the original grape vines with which long ago owners used to make their own wine. There is also a deeded walking path which leads back to Lily Pond - a great swimming hole where the water is warm enough to swim and play in for hours. A trip back to the pond is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day! This is a don't miss feature. And, if you're a fisherman bring your road and reel. They stock brown trout here!
A great plus for this property is it's location: across the street from the ocean, walking distance to shops, galleries, coffee shops, the Whales Rib Restaurant, and just 1 mile to The Island Country Club (a public golf course) and Deer Isle Yacht Club.
The first floor of the home has a Living Room with a fireplace and 46' television w/a Roku player ( Netflix & HuluPlus) which opens to the gourmet country Kitchen. The Kitchen features a great 4 oven AGA cooker, a professional NXR stainless range, a Sub Zero refrigerator, and a huge kitchen island. Off the kitchen is a butler's pantry, a small laundry area with a Fisher & Paykel washer & dryer, and a 1/2 bathroom. The separate Dining Room is just steps away and has comfortable seating for 9-10. The Library also has plenty of seating for all, a 46' flat screen tv w/cable tv, a game table for nights of Bridge, Scrabble or Poker and a desk and wet bar area. Across the hall from the Library is the Parlor - the most elegant room in this farmhouse with tall windows peering towards the ocean, original tin ceiling, a crystal chandelier, a baby grand piano and a couch that coverts into bed for overflow or unexpected guests.
The second floor has four bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a 1/2 bathroom. The first bedroom has a King size bed with limited views of the harbor. The second bedroom has two Queen beds and also has limited views of the harbor. This bedroom includes an en suite full bathroom. There are curtains that can be drawn between the beds for more limited privacy. The third bedroom is quite small and has a Twin bed but features its own en suite 1/2 bathroom. The 4th bedroom, which I generally claim as the Master Bedroom, is located at the back of the house down a private hallway with a King size bed, a 42' tv w/cable and Roku and an en suite full bathroom. This room overlooks the back yard and has windows on 3 walls which make for a wonderful cross breeze.
If you haven't been to Deer Isle before it is truly a throwback to the way Maine was 50 years ago! Deer Isle is connected to the Blue Hill peninsula by a small suspension bridge and a beautiful causeway so there is no need to worry about ferrying your car over. Be sure to bring your camera! Every time you turn a corner you'll see sights more beautiful than the last.
Your days will be filled exploring Deer Isle (and nearby areas such as Castine, Blue Hill, Bar Harbor) and your nights on the front porch watching the sun set or you can walk down to The Whales Rib - the coolest & hippest tavern/restaurant on island. Another great option is to just stay in and cook yourself some of the finest lobster Maine has to offer. Deer Isle is one of the biggest lobstering ports in the USA. You can buy them directly off the dock in Stonington (a quick 6 mile drive at the Southern tip if the island) as the boats come in or at the Co-op. Summer 2013 I paid about $3.75/lb. Summer 2017 I paid $5.25/lb.
The house is for rent on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday) in July and August. I will also consider 3 day weekend ($300/night) or weekly rentals for September and October. Email or call me if you are interested in stays less than one week. Also, please know that in February 2016 VRBO started charging renters a "service" of 4-9% for renters who pay online. This is fee is paid to them not the home owner. To avoid this extra fee you are welcome to pay your deposit and rental by personal check.
Dogs are allowed with prior approval and a non - refundable pet deposit of $150 (Hey, that's cheaper than leaving Fido at the kennel and tons more fun!) I am a dog owner and lover myself and I want you to have the best vacation possible! If you are a return vacationer with the same dog this deposit drops to $25. Because of allergy concerns, please note that dogs are the only pets allowed at The Pickering House.
Thank you for considering a vacation at The Pickering House. If you have any questions or would like additional pictures please let me know.+ More