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Private Island - Great for Reunions - Sleeps 24

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View from the harbor
Main House
View from the Main House porch

Overview
11 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
24 guests
7 nights minimum 
McGee & Barter Islands are located about 20 miles south of Rockland, Maine. The islands nestle together to form a natural deep-water harbor large enough to accommodate most yachts and power boats. While Barter Island is undeveloped, McGee Island has three residential structures, the Main House, the Cook House, and the Little Boat House with beds for up to 24 people. (N.b., all three buildings are part of the rental. They are not rented separately.) The Main House was built between 1913 and 1915. It has nine bedrooms which can sleep 17 adults / kids. There are four full bathrooms each equipped with a full-length bath tub plus there also is a partially-enclosed outdoor shower which is the most popular place for bathing. The living room is a favorite gathering place in the evening a...McGee & Barter Islands are located about 20 miles south of Rockland, Maine. The islands nestle together to form a natural deep-water harbor large enough to accommodate most yachts and power boats. While Barter Island is undeveloped, McGee Island has three residential structures, the Main House, the Cook House, and the Little Boat House with beds for up to 24 people. (N.b., all three buildings are part of the rental. They are not rented separately.) The Main House was built between 1913 and 1915. It has nine bedrooms which can sleep 17 adults / kids. There are four full bathrooms each equipped with a full-length bath tub plus there also is a partially-enclosed outdoor shower which is the most popular place for bathing. The living room is a favorite gathering place in the evening as it has ample seating, lots of board games and a large fireplace that radiates warmth into the room. There also is a baby grand piano for the musically-inclined and for family sing-alongs. The Main House porches, some covered and some sun-drenched, are another favorite gathering spot where people can talk, read a book, lie in the sun, or just gaze out on the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring islands. The front porch also offers a wonderful vantage point for watching the full moon rise and for marveling at the Milky Way unobstructed by the mainland’s light pollution. The original portion of the Cook House was built in the late 1700’s and later expanded. The kitchen was remodeled in 2011 and is equipped with modern appliances. It has a kitchen table that is the focal point for breakfast and lunch and a separate dinning room – the site of many lobster dinners – that can seat up to 24. The Cook House also has a full bathroom with a shower and a large bedroom upstairs with three twin beds. The Little Boat House, built around 1915, is located right on the water. It has a porch, a comfortable living room, a kitchen and a bathroom on the first floor and a large bedroom with two queen beds upstairs. This building is a favorite with our teenagers as it provides them with a place where they can be ‘on their own,’ yet close enough to the Cook House for late night cookie raids. McGee offers visitors a number of activities. Walking around McGee Island looking at and occasionally collecting the flotsam and jetsam is popular though best done at half tide or lower. It also offers people the chance to see Ospreys and views of islands stretching into the Atlantic Ocean and truly spectacular sunsets. Berry picking also is popular as McGee is blessed with a plethora of raspberry and blackberry bushes. The berries typically are most abundant from mid-July to mid-August and provide a delicious diversion while walking around the island. Games such as croquet, volleyball, and badminton are favorite activities for people feeling a competitive urge. These games also have been the source of fond memories especially for the elder generations on those rare occasions when they actually beat the younger generations in a game. There are kayaks for paddling around one or both of the islands; an activity that can take 40 to 90 minutes depending on conditions and effort expended. One of the nice attributes of McGee is the ability to leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are no TVs or radios which allows people to truly ‘get away.’ The Main House, however, does have Wi-Fi Internet service for those who need to stay connected. There also is cellular phone reception, but it can be problematic (n.b., Verizon and U.S. Cellular seem to work best). We recommend guests switch their mobile phones to the Wi-Fi Internet if they want more reliable reception. McGee and Barter Islands offer people a relatively unique vacation experience. Many people express concern they wouldn’t know what to do being on an island for an entire week – especially without a TV or radio. The strange thing is that is what makes this place so special for family gatherings. The lack of distractions causes people to look to each other for entertainment. The group activities, whether it be walking around the island, playing games, making meals, or sitting on the porch drinking cocktails, give people the opportunity to talk with each other, to catch up, and to have shared experiences that form the bonds that keep people close. Additionally, it offers people the opportunity to enjoy a exceptionally beautiful vista and coast line. It truly is a great place for a friends and family gathering.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendly
Check with ownerSmoking allowed
Bathrooms
6 Full baths

Meet the host
Michael E
Hosting since September 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (3)
maryrJ7530MV
maryrJ7530MV
Tucson, AZ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Three Week Stay On McGee Island
A visit to McGee Island is one of those rare life experiences I will always cherish. Instead of going to the sterile environment of a hotel, we were transported on a lobster boat by the caretaker to the private island. For us, privacy is important and McGee Island is certainly the place for privacy. You feel like you are visiting the private vacation home of a rich relative. Filled with history---old antiques---shelves of old books--the house speaks of a century of private lives. McGee Island is three miles around and perfect for lovely walks with beautiful views of the water. At night without any light pollution you have an incredible view of the sky, especially when the Milky Way is visible The property gives you space to be alone to read a book if you choose or space to be in big gatherings of family and friends. Days are filled with activities on the water, lazy afternoons on the large porch or exploriations on the group of islands that are part of the property. Nights include home cooked meals in the Cook House dining room followed by gatherings in the large living room in front of a fire in the walk-in fireplace. The visit was incredible and I would highly recommend this property for a vacation.
Visited August 2018
Written 9 October 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Hugh R
Hugh R
Media, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Private Maine island sleeps 24 - perfect for reunions. Caretaker included.
Staying here is kind of like having your own little national park on the Maine coast, complete with all the facilities and gear that anyone, old or young, would want to enjoy a dream week in a magical setting with close family and friends. I can't really think of a better setting for a family reunion. The Main House sleeps about 15 or so, and other structures (upstairs in the cook house, the little boathouse) extend the island capacity to 24. This is not a luxury resort, but it has all you need for a very comfy and practical stay. The caretaker picks up and delivers everyone at the dock in Port Clyde, makes sure visitors know all the rules, how things work, and where things are, and is always there to answer a question or take a group into Port Clyde for grocery shopping, etc. The biggest challenge (not!) on the island is actually figuring out what fun things to do each day. Here's a my favorite kind of day there: an early kayak around the two big islands; back in time for a serious game of Catan or cards in the Main House; back outside for some idle picture-taking before heading down to the cook house for an informal lunch; then it's time for a short snooze in the hammock on the Main House porch (while taking in the stunning views of the island's harbor and surrounding islands, which are ever changing as the tides completely and constantly alter the landscape); then it's time to ease into the afternoon with a round of croquet or badminton with the kids, or maybe a berry-picking venture; then more late afternoon games in the Main House followed by wine and "hors d'oeuvres" on the porch (courtesy of whatever family is on dinner duty that night). The dinner bell rings, so we all sidle down to the cook house lawn for a magical evening lobster feast (purchased that day from any one of the dozens of local lobstermen working nearby); this gluttony is punctuated by plenty of great conversations over recounting the day's adventures or pontificating on the state of the world, then out comes a dessert of Maine blueberry or raspberry pie and ice cream (no guilt...well-earned from all the calorie-burning activities of the day). Then it's time to gather back up in the great room of the Main House in front of a cozy fire, where we sip wine and stretch our vocal chords (and memories), attempting to sing our favorite old folk songs (or generational favorites.) Then, for me...time for bed and sleep like the dead. The younger ones party on.
Visited August 2018
Written 9 October 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Cassielo
Cassielo
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Escape to Grandeur with Old-World Elegance
Three miles off the quaint fishing village of Port Clyde, ME, McGee Island is home to a grand turn-of-the-century summer 'cottage,' home to generations of one family that has treasured and cared for their history with grace and a nod to the kind of respite that is rare in this world. Once you round the island into the small harbor the house overlooks, protected by Barter Island, also part of the property and a wildwood that will beckon exploration, you'll know you've found something truly special. Restorative, remote, and with all the comforts of home, McGee Island's grand dame is the Main House, the perfect place to wake to sunrise over the Atlantic, and a new day. Your family and friend will gravitate to the spacious living room, with a massive fieldstone fireplace for coolish nights and plenty of firewood stocked by Joe, the amazingly handy and multitalented caretaker. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a front deck with covered porches, a hammock that beckons you to nap, a sunroom, and so many gorgeous bedrooms you'll have a hard time deciding which to choose, a small library and books everywhere, a game closet, deep rocking chairs, so much space and so many rooms, at times you'll wonder where everyone is--there's plenty of time to gather and plenty of room to disappear into quiet solitude. You won't want to leave the many creature comforts, the elegant extra long claw foot tubs, outdoor shower, the perfectly plump beds with crisp fresh linens, the cushy rocking chairs, the wicker furniture on the front porch, and the hammock where you'll want to swing and nap, the long front deck, a perfect place for evening cocktails. But the island has paths to hike, with rocky beaches and coves, forests and glens, wetland and highland, home to ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, woodpeckers--a bird watcher's paradise. Once you've read or eaten all you can, you might want to explore: hike, kayak, canoe, or play volleyball or badminton on the long green leading down to the boathouse (there's a game closet too). At low tide, cross the rocks to Barter Island, but get back before the tide comes in. For years, I've rented McGee's as a writers' retreat, and no one -- ever --wants to leave. The island and its home are magical. I can't recommend McGee Island enough. It's a secret I don't want to let out but have to share -- there are so few places left in this world where you can truly escape, but this is one. And living like royalty for just a little while will make you remember what's truly important -- time that spreads out before you to share with people you love. McGee Island is the place you'll find it.
Visited September 2018
Written 6 October 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Additional amenities
  • Boat available
  • Sauna
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Scenic views
  • Waterfront views
Location features
  • Waterfront location
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Location info
  • Beachfront/Lakeside

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Map
Getting there
Portland Intl Jetport
85.6 km

Knox County Regional Airport
23.6 km
Restaurants
The Dip Net Restaurant
4.4 km

Jameson Point Lobster Company
7.4 km

The Black Harpoon
4.9 km

Port Clyde General Store
4.4 km
Attractions
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum
4.1 kmLighthouses

Linda Bean’s Maine Wyeth Gallery
4.5 kmArt Galleries

Barbara Prey Projects
4.6 kmArt Galleries

Herring Gut Learning Center
4.6 kmGardens

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
The cost to rent McGee consists of four charges: 1) the rental charge, 2) a State of Maine lodging tax, 3) a cleaning fee, and 4) TripAdvisor's fee. There also is a $1,000 security deposit which is refundable at the end of your stay. Re. the rental charge - it consists of a base rate for for first 12 people plus a per person rate for each person in excess of 12 people (n.b., children 2 and under are free). Re. the cleaning fee - normally it is $400. Guests are permitted to bring dogs, but the cleaning fee in that case would be $500

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