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.


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
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Moderate walk
Wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
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


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


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


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Hipcamper Bari

Celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss

Bari H.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2021

it was Awesome staying on this private island. It had everything you could want for a relaxing vacation getaway.
We hiked and hung out on the deck overlooking the water.
No houses in Site. It was Beautiful, the tide coming and going constantly. We saw birds, we saw a seal hanging out on the island next to us. My Husband fished and caught some nice Stiped Bass. and of Course we enjoyed a Wonderful Lobster dinner in the sunset while watching a seal hang out in the distance. The Cabin was a fantastic piece of Art! but Rustic! Thanks for a Great Stay Lisa!!

Hipcamper Tanya
Tanya S.
recommends this listing.
September 26th, 2021

Lisa's place was so beautiful! We had a great week in her unique house right on the water. We paddled, made dinner on the cookstove and spent lovely hours on the porch watching the water.

Hipcamper Allison
Allison S.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2021

I can’t put into words how magical this place was…you will not regret it, I promise. Everything is straight forward in the listing and super easy to manage if you have experience “glamping”.

Hipcamper Anna

Hidden gem!

Anna O.
recommends this listing.
September 13th, 2021

We had the most lovely stay at Lisa's beautiful property on the Maine coast. The house has an incredibly story to it, and has everything one could need for a peaceful quiet getaway in the woods. This place is a treasure - the wood stove and fireplace are incredible, not to mention the views of the water from everywhere in the cabin! Nothing can beat waking up to the sounds of the water :) thank you Lisa for your incredible hospitality!

Hipcamper Seachel

Peaceful bliss

Seachel N.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2021

Lisa’s cabin is by far one of the most magical places that I have ever been. The property is infused with love and peace. It’s rustic, so you have to be prepared for that. But it truly has everything you could ever need. I can’t wait to return. Lisa is an amazing host and the story behind the property made it that much more special.

Hipcamper Christina

Paradise off the beaten path.

Christina A.
recommends this listing.
September 1st, 2021

This is our new favorite home away from home! We tend to seek out places off the beaten path and what a gem it is. As homesteaders and having built our own recycled home here in Vermont, we can really appreciate the love and work that went into this amazing place. I can't say enough kind things about Lisa and the work she puts into making this place available to folks like ourselves. Thank you, Lisa! We will most definitely be back as soon as possible.

Hipcamper Anna
Anna P.
recommends this listing.
August 31st, 2021

Hockomock Island is absolutely incredible! I truly do not know where to begin with describing our experience here… and I’m almost tempted not to because it is the epitome of a hidden gem. Completely remote, Lisa’s place made us feel like we were the last people on earth - in the best way possible. The short hike to access the cabin, made our stay feel even more special. The island is beautiful, serene, and teaming with wildlife. It rained on and off for most of our stay and we couldn’t have been happier. We watched seals playing off the shoreline, kayaked all around the surrounding islands, enjoyed the untouched nature and 360 views hiking around the island, and were serenaded at dinner each night by the local wildlife.

We also really loved learning about the history of the cabin. It was a labor of love, and that love can be felt in every inch of the cabin today. The space is fully functional and we were thrilled to discover that it had all the essentials for an off-grid getaway. Lisa was a fantastic host, going above and beyond to ensure that the stay exceeded all of our expectations. Lisa, thank you so much for sharing your magical Island!

Hipcamper Sonia

So lovely.

Sonia S.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2021

This was wonderful! A beautiful, special, private get-away. We swam every day and spent a whole lot of time sitting on the deck, admiring the spot where we had just swum. The house is really interesting and beautifully designed and built and it was really fun to be able to learn about Lisa's step-dad who built it. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Hipcamper Teena
Teena L.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2021

Our stay was wonderful. Lots of back to nature enjoyment , lots of fun swimming and kayaking and walking . Totally peaceful spot ! Our dog was very happy roaming about ! Our host was very welcoming and helpful. 5 stars !


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