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The Keeper’s House

Isle Au Haut, Maine

A former lighthouse keeper's abode is now a rustic vacation rental. 

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Built in 1907, the Keeper’s House is a former lighthouse station that is now privately-owned, and available for rent. The main house has four bedrooms and two baths, and the cottage has one bed and an outhouse. Water is drawn from the ocean and converted to potable water by reverse osmosis machinery in the cellar. Electricity is made by solar panels and a diesel-powered generator. 

The tiny, remote island of Isle au Haut is located off the coast of Maine. In the late 19th century, a small summer community was established on the six-mile-long island. Though the year-round population is approximately 50 people, in the summertime there are some 200 residents. In 1943, portions of Isle au Haut were donated to the federal government and are now part of Acadia National Park.

The Keeper’s House is located on the northwest end of the island, at Robinson Point. It stands next to Isle au Haut Light, a lighthouse that was first built in 1907. The lighthouse is operational, but today it is fully automated and no longer needs a permanent keeper. It is owned by the Town of Isle au Haut, and guests should not expect to be able to tour the inside of the tower.


Know Before You Go

With advance notice, the Keeper's House can make arrangements for someone on the isle to get you and your party out at the pond. If you're coming by boat, the Keeper's House may have a dock of its own out in the water; call the reservationist for the latest dock status. 

The two nearest regional international airfields are in Bangor and Portland, and there are also several small regional airports that serve commuter planes and private aircraft.

No cars are allowed on any ferry to Isle au Haut, the small ferry boats are for passengers and light cargo only. The walk to The Keeper's House is about one mile (1.6 km) from the Isle au Haut dock, known locally as the Town Landing.

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