This is and OLD Maine house, on a working harbor, just above Kent's Wharf, the oldest lobster pound on the coast. The view includes the eastern and western entrances to Burnt Coat Harbor around Harbor Island, owned for generations by the Forbes family, a fleet of lobster boats, and sailboats that anchor in the evenings. The house has cable tv and wifi, and is filled with books, art and movies (several hundred dvd's and hundreds of vhs sets. The kitchen and pantry have espresso machine, Keurig, drip coffee maker and French press. There are two bicycles at the house and two kayaks. Besides the two upstairs bedrooms (a small deck off the harborside bedroom), there is a large attached structure that was once, during the early to mid twentieth century, a country store. This room is now a catchall ---- studio, shop, reading room, bedroom, Franklin stove, etc. The house is attached to its own harbor frontage by a path to the front and left of the house, under apple, pear and cherry trees. The Island has a fine white sand beach, a fresh water swimming quarry, miles of hiking trails, a beautifully restored lighthouse, and sailing and boating activities. There is one small grocery store, TIMS, which somehow manages to have everything, with a takeout restaurant attached (adjacent field has picnic tables). Once the home of an indigenous Indian tribe the Island was settled by Col. James Swan, a Revolutionary War figure. There is a wonderful school, two fire stations with trained emergency personnel, a day care center and a health center. Several small shops with locally made goods are scattered around the Island, there is a large library with a media center, (always has a full schedule of activities including classes, lectures, kid activities, exhibits, etc.), and don't miss a visit to the Saturn Press next door which ships its handmade cards and other materials worldwide. During summer months there is a community breakfast every Sunday morning, and constant activities --- dances, plays, art walk, and every August the Sweet Chariot Music Festival ( There is a Town Office which houses the Post Office, The Police Office, the Town Fathers and the Town Clerk. You can get more info on the Island through Google.
Open, loft-like, with windows and decks surrounding
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 13, 2019
About wesley staples
Studio Teacher in Hollywood for 38 years. Students include Jodie Foster, Brooke Shields, Rick Shroeder, Ben and Fred Savage, Jaleel White (Urkel), Danielle Fishel (Topanga), Rider Strong, and hundreds more.
Why wesley staples chose Swans Island
Born and raised up the hill.
What makes this House unique
Rest, clean air, lobster
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beyond our expectations!!!!
The West Lee Cottage was absolutely one of the most beautiful places that I have stayed. The moment that I booked this place, I knew it would be special. I received a "welcome Letter" from the owner that told us in detail about the cottage and the area. The unique décor in the house made it feel like an adventure each time I entered a different room. My favorite room in the cottage was the screened porch. We ate all of our meals out there while listening to the lobster boats and the birds singing in the distance. The views from the decks was breathtaking from the early morning fog to the vibrant sunsets. One morning the water was so calm it appeared as if the seagulls were dancing on ice. I recommended this cottage to anyone that is looking for a captivating retreat that provides you with the upmost sense of tranquility.
Sue: I'm humbled by your review. Thank you. This has been my June retreat for 30 years and, of course, I feel the same way. It's so gratifying to share it with people who understand.
Wonderful place with interesting decor
It was close to a lobster place! So you could get fresh lobster right off the boat.
Perfect Maine Cottage
The perfect cottage for a relaxing trip to the Maine Coast. We stayed at the house for five nights with another couple. We had plenty of space and privacy. Fabulous accommodations. The house has everything you could possibly need and an amazing history. The island itself is full of charm and wonderful people. I can’t wait to return for another stay.
Making FERRY RESERVATIONS is a MUST. Maine State Ferry Service to Swan's Island: 207-244-3254