Hipcamp host Lisa P.,
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This is not for everyone!

This property is a 40 acre private island in midcoast Maine situated between Bath and Wiscasset in Hockomock/Brookings bay(s). 

 A causeway allows for vehicular access but there’s still a ~10 minute walk to the home. 

Mosquitoes galore in the summer months in the interior woods, but thankfully we have plenty of Off and head nets.

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This is not for everyone!

This property is a 40 acre private island in midcoast Maine situated between Bath and Wiscasset in Hockomock/Brookings bay(s). 

 A causeway allows for vehicular access but there’s still a ~10 minute walk to the home. 

Mosquitoes galore in the summer months in the interior woods, but thankfully we have plenty of Off and head nets.

There are deer, so there are ticks. Tuck in your pants and use repellent. 

No indoor toilet, but a nice outhouse out the back door. 

There could be mice, and spiders but there’s a generator and vacuum if it gets to you. 

This is tidal - which means there’s mud. About 3 hours before and after a high tide the water is accessible and there are several water craft for use (kayaks, SUP). Water is gentle and perfect for slow and peaceful exploring and swimming. And there are very few bugs out on the water! 

No A/C, unreliable internet and a 10 minute drive to civilization.

(So if you’re still reading, maybe this could be the place for you?)

Indoor ‘domestic’ water for cleaning and bathing (shower) and potable water brought in for drinking and cooking.

Cookstove is used for thermosiphon method of heating and moving hot water. About 30 minutes after lighting a fire you will have hot water for cleaning/showers. And the water stays warm for up to a day after the last fire. You have to pump water daily, via a switch to trigger basement solar-powered pump, to fill the holding tanks on the second floor (repurposed beer kegs) from a cistern of rain water.

40 year old solar panels still run the pump (for water) and small LED lights inside.

(Still interested?)

It is gorgeous! In that very natural, rugged beauty of Maine and ‘back to nature’ way.

Completely private. Except for some homes that can be seen from the north end, there are no buildings in sight from this south end house. All surrounding areas are ‘protected’.

There are two buildings on the island about a mile apart, the south end house which is available for rent and a small north end cabin that is not. One side, the marsh side, has a narrow channel and at a low tide it resembles mainland making one question the definition of island. On a very high tide the marsh and even the causeway can flood. The opposite side is mud (low) and water (high).

There are worm and clam diggers who use the island for jumping off points to the flats. These are hard working and colorful locals who have our blessing to use the land to get to their workplaces.

This is ideal for lovers of nature. In addition to deer, frequent animal sightings are porcupines, raccoons the occasional mink/weasel. For birders there are a wide variety of land/sea/marsh birds.Outdoor enthusiasts will have a blast exploring the tidal pools and hiking trails and when water allows an endless variety of paddling excursions.

The house is an off-grid log home built in the ‘70’s with kitchen, living room, bedroom and 2 entry areas. Large picture windows (old and showing it) from the kitchen/dining area and from the upstairs bedroom overlooking water. Living room with larger Garrison woodstove and two bench couches for additional sleeping.

Kitchen is ‘fully equipped’ in that camping kind of way. The kitchen cookstove can be used for cooking and there is also a small propane powered cookstove (salvaged from an old sailboat) with oven. Essential cookware, dishes, utensils etc.; espresso pot; corkscrews!

It’s important to note there is nothing fancy or polished with this property. The natural setting makes it what it is. If you want hot water, you must be comfortable/safe lighting a fire in the cookstove. If you’re sensitive to bugs, this isn’t the place for you. There is no high speed internet or air conditioning or even conventional electricity. But if you’re looking for private, natural, peaceful rest and relaxation this might work for you.

Bath is the closest town (10 minutes) with a eclectic collection of bars, restaurants, coffee shop, boutiques, farmer’s market, museum. Two State parks (Reid & Popham) within half an hour and a fresh water lake (Nequasset)  a few miles away. Portland, in one direction, and Boothbay Harbor in the other direction both 45 minutes. Brunswick (south) and Wiscasset (north) 20+ minutes.

(Note, this is not near Bradbury Mountain or Sebago Lake or Lake St. George. I don’t know how or why the listing is saying this!)

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Bins available
No picnic table
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Lisa a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 3 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Back to the land - Private Island in Maine.

Coastal

Places to see near Lisa P.’s Land

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Hipcamper Amie

So much better than camping

Amie J.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2022

this cabin is perfectly amazing from its stone floors to its brick walkways to its handhewn beams. the view it stunning: ocean. islands. cranberry bog. tide going in & out. just stunning. kayaking was perfect. fishing was unsuccessful but was still beautiful. cooking on the wood burning stove was easy & fun (tons of kindling & wood). there was plenty of hot water, our phones both had good signals, and the solar panel kept the lights on in the cabin & the phones fully charged no problem. Lisa is wonderful!! she had plenty of fresh drinking water plus a cooler of ice waiting for us. she has thought of every single thing you might need while there. the bed was super comfortable with fresh clean sheets. the entire cabin was clean & organized.

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Hipcamper Joslin

True solitude, beauty, and life

Joslin P.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2022

The hardest part was leaving to go home. I cannot say enough about this place, it is truly wonderful.
Lisa is an AMAZING host, she is responsive via hipcamp messages and phone, she is warm and relaxed and welcoming and showed us how to use the quirky stuff and showed us where important things were. There is also a comprehensive and concise how-to book available at the cabin.

The cabin is stocked with pretty much everything you could need (and Bath is 10 minutes away so if you forgot something you can just stop there), we brought way too much not realizing that it really had almost everything (including but not limited to kitchen/cooking stuff, axes, games, a fishing rod and tackle, extra blankets, toilet paper, paper towels, lanterns, candles, towels, a cooler, matches, first aid kit). We made a new, much smaller, packing list for next time. Lisa stocks the firewood and water herself, you really just need clothing, a good book, and food.

There are beautiful trails on the island from one end to the other. We spent most of our time watching the tides come in and out, walking and exploring the island, chopping wood, maintaining the wood stove, and cooking. There is a gas stove but we HIGHLY recommend using the cook stove since you'll have a fire going anyway (most likely if it's not super hot outside). We spent our evenings watching the sunset, moonrise, and stars and playing cribbage on the porch.

Being out there reminded us what living really means. We will be back.

Hipcamper Anna
Anna F.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2022

We (and our dogs) had a wonderful time on Hocomock Island! It was super private and peaceful. We sat and watched the tides go in and out and listened to the seals and the birds. Lisa was an incredibly attentive and generous host. We loved hearing the history of her family and the intention that went into building the cabin and homestead. A real treasure! We hope to return. Thank you Lisa for sharing your special place!

Hipcamper Noelle
Noelle T.
recommends this listing.
October 4th, 2022

This is not our first trip here and hopefully it won't be our last. This place is a peaceful gem that our family loves.

Hipcamper Hadjh

A great change of pace!

Hadjh A.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2022

Great calming space. Rained 2 of 3 days so I spent more time sitting inside or under the covered porch reading and writing. When the weather was nice I was out on the water or walking the island trails. It took a couple of tries to get the hang of making a fire in the stove to heat the water. Would absolutely return!

Hipcamper RYAN

A cabin made with love

Ryan C.
recommends this listing.
September 29th, 2022

Hockomock Island was our honeymoon destination for 7 days and we really couldn’t have asked for anything better! It was early September when we went which typically isn’t the worst of the bug season… however the mosquitoes were vicious! Lisa has a ton of bug repellent supplies at the cabin, but I’d BRING YOUR BUG SPRAY for the initial walk. We’d also recommend getting a thermacell for when you’re just hanging out. Secondly, bring good shoes to walk in. This is not a traditional camping experience by any means and if you wish to adventure as much as we did you’ll want footwear and clothing that allows you to play.

The cabin was a dream - you can feel the love as soon as you walk in. The woodwork, stone floors, and open window concept was nothing but spectacular! And the mornings were the BEST! We’d wake up to the sun rising, brew our coffee and bring it over to the outhouse to have our morning dump together. Then we’d sit on the deck, listen to the birds, read a book, practice yoga and top it off with an ice cold shower in the middle of the kitchen!

From day to day we spent time fishing and followed the digger trails that led to the other side of the island. We brought our dog with us, who probably loved the island more than we did (if that’s even possible). We also took time to explore Bath’s downtown and we took a day in Portland which was a really easy drive. To say the least, we enjoyed ourselves and are making plans to return every year!
Thank you so much Lisa!

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Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth S.
recommends this listing.
September 29th, 2022

Beautiful, secluded spot!

Hipcamper Mckayla
Mckayla B.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2022

This cottage and the land and creatures that are a part of it is made of magic! We stayed with our close friends and two pups for 3 nights and had an absolute blast. It is surreal being tucked away with nothing but the tides and night skies to take notice of. There are amazing books, plenty of amenities and Lisa is a sweetheart. She went above and beyond ensuring we had a pleasant stay. We hope to make this a new annual getaway, as it couldn't have been more perfect.

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Hipcamper Amy
Amy B.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2022

I can't say enough about what an amazing place this is. The island, the cabin, the history...all beautiful. Super peaceful getaway!! And Lisa, the host, was so accommodating and helpful! Planning our return already....

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Awards

Best of 2022 Maine
Finalist
Property
Lisa P.’s Land
State
Maine
Country
United States
$125/night
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