Send to a friend
Pin It
back to search results

Gooden Grant House and Beach in Isle au Haut

Isle au Haut House Rental Picture Isle au Haut House Vacation Rental Picture House in Isle au Haut, Maine Picture Isle au Haut Vacation House for Rent Picture House Rental in Isle au Haut Picture Isle au Haut House Lodging Picture House in Isle au Haut Rental Picture Rental House in Isle au Haut, Maine Picture

vacation rental description

“Simply  - the most beautiful place in the world,” says Charles Pratt, author of Here on the Island published 1974. This home dons the cover of Pratt’s popular hard cover book of an island of incredible character and natural beauty.  Gooden Grant’s Home is one of the most photographed locations on an island that is home to 50 year round residents and half the island is forever wild Acadia National Park land.

Named after the original owner, a notorious lobster fisherman working the territory well into his 90s, the Gooden Grant Home provides abundant land, sea, and fresh water recreation, an inspirational retreat for historians, writers, photographers, and artists, or a family getaway complete with a safe harbor of gentle waves and a length of beach full of ocean treasures for young minds and hands – sea glass, sand dollars, hermit crabs, rock crabs and more.

vacation rental location

property availability

  • dates with deals
  • unavailable dates

Last modified on 06-25-2014 at 10:52 AM.

email owner view full calendar

Ellard Taylor

house rental amenities

  • The beach begins where the front lawn ends
  • Deep water mooring--up to 36' boats
  • Stunning day time views from every room
  • Exquisite star-lit nights far from civilization’s lights
  • Culturally and historically rich home
  • Beautiful, classic woodwork, inside and out
  • Period furniture throughout the home
  • Paintings and photography from Maine artists
  • Antique kitchen with original cabinetry and simple appliances and no microwave
  • Washing machine
  • DeLonghi espresso and capichino machine
  • Wireless broadband internet
  • Bose stereo
  • Three bedrooms
    • Master bedroom has king-size four poster bed
    • Front bedroom has 2 twin beds
    • Back bedroom has 1 twin bed
  • One bath
  • Water–closet with Clivus composting toilet system
  • Caretaker nearby on call
  • Webber charcoal barbecue grill
  • Wrap around porch allows parents to watch over kids playing on the sand beach
  • Skiff and oars for fishing or just enjoying the harbor
  • Two kayaks for harbor and Long Pond adventure
  • No smokers please
  • 4 door pick-up truck rental available @ $200 per week

activities and attractions in Isle au Haut Maine

  • Home borders conserved land with hiking trails that connect to Acadia National Park’s 18 miles of trails and wilderness beaches
  • Five minute walk to fresh water Long Pond for swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, trout fishing
  • Row or walk to Harvey’s Beach, a place of wonder in what winter storms toss onto the shore
  • Salt water fishing—primarily stripped bass, mackerel, blue fish and flounder
  • Wildlife—great blue herons, eagles, owls, seals, other sea creatures
  • Black Dinah Chocolatiers' world famous chocolate
  • Clams and mussels from right in front of the house
  • Lobster fishing with an islander--bring home supper
  • Cook lobster shore dinner on the beach


vacation rental rates

Nightly rates - $275 per night minimum stay 3 nights

Maine State Rental Tax:  7% added to house rental rate.

Reservation Policy:  Dates are scheduled on first come first served basis; 100% of the rental is due at the time of scheduling.  In the event of cancellation, every effort will be made to fill the dates.  When reserved dates are filled, rent and tax will be refunded and a 15% handling fee charged.  

email owner

Ellard Taylor

contact owner

please fill in the form below to inquire about this rental.


  • owner Ellard Taylor
  • 2nd phone 207 701-8111

When you book a vacation rental on any of our websites, we want you to experience a carefree vacation. Learn More

accepted payment methods


Prior to paying a reservation deposit, always verify payment instructions by calling the phone number displayed on this listing page. By contacting the owner directly and paying by an approved method - credit card, paypal, check or bank transfer - your reservation payment will be protected up to $1,000.

Learn more in our Security Center
Top things to do in Isle au Haut
  • Hike and photograph Acadia wilderness
  • Recharge your creative battery, write, paint, reflect
  • Swim in Long Pond's pristine water
  • Go out on a lobster boat--bring home supper
  • Enjoy Isle au Haut community life
Top things to do on a budget
  • Hike
  • Fish
  • Swim
  • Photograph
  • Bike
Top things to do with a family
  • Kayaking, rowing, biking, hiking
  • Visit the "chocolate factory"
  • Ride in a lobster boat
  • Hike with the island naturalist
  • Collect berries, mussels, clams and fish for supper

Ellard Taylor , owner

Isle au Haut house photos at a glance

Isle au Haut House Rental Picture
House in Isle au Haut, Maine Picture
House Rental in Isle au Haut Picture
House in Isle au Haut Rental Picture
Isle au Haut House Vacation Rental Picture
Isle au Haut Vacation House for Rent Picture
Isle au Haut House Lodging Picture
Rental House in Isle au Haut, Maine Picture

email owner

Ellard Taylor

traveler reviews for this isle au haut house rental

Perfect Location for an Amazing Vacation!

Review submitted: August 19, 2013   Date of arrival: August 3, 2013

Location, Location, Location! It doesn't get much better than the Gooden Grant House. The house is located on Head Harbor, which in our opinion is the best spot on the island. The beach at Head Harbor is perfect for looking for sea glass and for children to play in the calm surf of the protected harbor. Long Pond is a short walk, and a wonderful and much warmer spot to swim. It even has a raft to swim out to.

There are beautiful views of the harbor from almost every room in the house. We found that we couldn't sleep in late even if we wanted to as the peacefulness of sitting on the front porch each morning with a cup of coffee was more enticing. Raspberries and blueberries were plentiful and made for amazing pancakes!

There were hiking trails right from the house that would have you looking at amazing open ocean views within 5 minutes. A short hike (or drive) and you would be in the Acadia section of the island with even more variety of hiking trails, each one more spectacular than the last. One of our favorites was the Cliff Trail. We found that it would take us hours as we would just have to stop and watch the ocean time and time again.

The town of Isle au Haut is most charming and Shore Shop Gifts had a wonderful selection of souvenirs, not to mention unbelievable prices on Lobster!!

We cannot wait to return!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: The price of lobster on Isle au Haut is ALWAYS a bargain! Some folks order up Shore Shop lobsters every day.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


A special place for everyone

Review submitted: March 17, 2013   Date of arrival: August 18, 2012

The Gooden Grant House is one of the historic landmarks of the incredible Isle au Haut experience. Located at the very southern point of Isle au Haut it is situated for easy access to hiking in Acadia National Park, the pond, Boom Beach and for the watching of the tides and exploring the sand beach. There are wide open views of the ocean harbor and forest from every window, making the house bright, even on a cloudy day. Nights are star filled from this vantage point. Plenty of room to entertain, with a dining room and all the kitchen cookware/dishes aplenty. This house has an incredible library, books are just everywhere, something for everyone! The bedrooms are upstairs all appointed with linens, a steep staircase, but lighted.The shower and toilet are separate. Lots of towels and plenty of hot water. If you are not accustomed to earth friendly composting etc., you may be daunted by the clivus toilet. [please look it up]. Food and trash are composted easily. The owner couldn't be more helpful and a pleasure to talk with. He stays close by just in case you might need something. The list of amenities gives you more information. One can access wi-fi, but try to forget it. Bring your own bike, another great way to explore IAH. Head Harbor is the furthest away from "town"..about 6 miles, so paying extra for the truck is 1000% worth it. You can buy groceries, go to the library, use the Island's pc. There are community events, so be sure to check the calendars. While I mention the house accommodates families with children and teenagers, be advised the small Head Harbor community is quiet and serene, and one should be respectful of that.

With all of this written, I have tried to be objective, for I have been coming to the island for almost 30 years and was thrilled to have the chance to stay here. I just love to walk and drink in the nature. IAH is spectacular. I hope staying here at this wonderful house will make you love it as much as I do!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: You can access a calendar of Isle au Haut events: Go to the Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation website, and click on newsletter sign-up.

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


Reviews are the subjective opinions of travelers and not of, Inc.

email owner write a review

Ellard Taylor

Isle au Haut vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 04/22/2012.

Page views: 120 this month – 991 this year – 5558 since listed

View Another Isle au Haut Vacation House Rental