My husband and I live in this old sea captain's house on 2 acres at the water's edge, which accommodates 8 guests in 5 rooms: Garden View $75-1 twin bed; Walter's Comfy Room for 2 $150-1 King or 2 Twins, & chaise; Captain's Room $125-full bed & love seat; J's Cozy Room for 1 or 2/full-$100 for 2, $75 for 1; C's Tuck-away Room for 1/twin-$63. The rooms share a bathroom on the second floor of the house, a first-floor lav, and a private outside shower. Guests have use of our kitchen.
Our home, one of the Stone Sloop Captains' houses built in the mid-1800s, is situated on a lovely property in walking distance of the CTC Ferry, Stone Wharf, beach, museum, library, restaurants, and store. Our property is smoke-free, inside and out, but feel free to bring along your favorite beverage to sip while you sit on the back bank and watch the birds and boats or just relax in the hammock. There are flowers and trees, two cats that live in the owner's quarters, and a large white poodle to add to your enjoyment.
We have beds for a total of 8 guests in 5 rooms (3 two person rooms and 2 one person rooms) on the second floor of the original sea captain's house. When booking all 5 rooms, the cost is $500 per night. If you wish to rent specific rooms separately, each is listed separately on its own Airbnb page.
Two 2-person rooms and one 1-person room have total privacy. The two rooms, adjacent to the Captain's Room, are "Pullman" style, similar to a train in that you must walk through one room to get to the next. The Captain's Pullman suite is perfect for a family or close friends. The first two rooms have full-size beds. The third room has a twin size bed and access to the secondary staircase to the first floor. All beds in our home have memory foam toppers, plush mattress pads and at least 400 count cotton sheets.
The rooms, on the original second floor, share a bathroom centrally located at the top of the main staircase. The outside shower (available April - October), private and constructed with blue stone, and a first floor lav are also available to guests to help streamline readying for scheduled events.
Guests have use of our public rooms and grounds, including the "back bank", which is a great place for sitting and sipping while watching egrets, herons, belted king fishers and the MV Islander's comings and goings. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the kitchen, dining room or backyard, depending on guest preference and weather. Dietary preferences and requirements are taken into consideration when I'm informed in advance.
Guests may use our kitchen, bring food to prepare, order a food delivery from Whole Foods in advance of arrival, pick up prepared foods or groceries on Island, or order fresh caught lobster directly from a local lobsterman. If you'd like, accomplished professional chefs and gourmet cooks, who make their home on the Island, may be available to cook up a special meal for you. Fresh lobster is available from local lobstermen throughout the year if you'd like a traditional steamed lobster dinner. Breakfast foods and supplies are available, let me know how I can help you manage lunch and dinners.
Groceries can be purchased from Doughty's Island Market, open all year and just a short walk down the South Road, but you'll find frozen meats, not fresh. Doughty's is also a great place to pick up a sandwich, a slice of pizza, a cup of coffee and if you're lucky - Julie's award winning chili or beef stew. It's closed on Wednesdays except during the busy summer season.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the house. Our formal living room doubles as our media room with a 10' screen and surround sound. There are water color paints and art paper, board games, chess and playing cards, as well as many books for our guests enjoyment. Relax in the sunroom, put your feet up and take a nap.
Guests may use our washer and dryer and laundry supplies following my "tutorial".
Interaction with guests
Our home is spacious and provides opportunity for quiet privacy as well as camaraderie. I follow my guests' lead. I can move about the house quietly, without intruding or comfortably interact with guests. Most guests sit back, relax and make themselves at home. I'm always available to answer questions or tend to concerns.
Other things to note
Chebeague Island is all about community, it is not necessarily a tourist destination. If you're looking for quaint shops and cafes, check out the Old Port in Portland before or after you visit Chebeague. Many artists and craftsmen make their home on Chebeague Island. I will be happy to organize a personal studio tour for you if you are interested in viewing paintings, sculptures, wooden bowls and vases, wooden carvings and signs, hand made toys, original jewelry, and more.
Another helpful link is our island's website at www chebeague org ... it will give you a feel for the community and access to links to island organizations, businesses and events.
The Simple Rules of This Old Island House
• Visiting pets are not allowed.
• Please remove your shoes if wet, grassy, sandy or muddy and leave them by the door you enter.
• Please do not light candles or matches in the house.
• Please do not light fires on our property.
• Our home, barn and property are smoke free.
• Please be careful on the steep stairs and mind the low overhead clearances.
• Always hold onto the banister for your safety.
• Please tidy up after yourself in the kitchen and bathroom.
• Please conserve water, we live on an Island.
I enjoy sharing time with friends, family and guests. Whether gathered in the kitchen or seated around our dining table, I'm energized by conversations that evolve and find satisfaction in knowing that folks are able to comfortably share ideas and experiences. I'm pretty easy going and welcome help when offered. I'm not easily frazzled by large groups of visitors. I love to laugh and my husband and I have many interests, including travel, visiting museums, viewing architecture, attending theater and cultural events, volunteering with community organizations, walking, biking, sailing and eating tasty food.