The Devereux Cottage is a historic waterfront property on Islesboro occupying 4.39± acres with 359± feet of shorefront and excellent western facing views over Gilkey Harbor to Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills. Built in 1917, this seasonal residence exhibits many of its original details such as wood beams, arched doorways, windows, doors, fireplace mantels and a unique staircase that all work together to create interesting and appealing historic character. The landscape includes well-maintained lawn with beautiful flowering gardens and stonework; and there is a brand new 150± foot deep-water pier with a ramp and float on Gilkey Harbor.

The house was built for Mrs. A.J. Antelo Devereux of Philadelphia and designed by the esteemed architectural firm from the same city, Mellor, Meigs & Howe. It features an aesthetically pleasing combination of English, French and Colonial details that make it one of the finest examples of the summer ‘cottages’ constructed along the shores of Maine’s coast in the early twentieth century. The layout, a central structure with two wings to the north and south, gives the impression of being built around a central courtyard offering a classic European flair while clapboard siding, pitched gable roof lines and a central chimney pay homage to traditional Maine architectural roots.

  • The main part of the house has an expansive central hallway with exposed wood beams; and arched doorways connect the dining room to a comfortable sitting room/library and a stunning great room with a soaring wood-beamed cathedral-style ceiling and oversized fireplace
  • The house has a total of twelve bedrooms – a master, six spacious guest bedrooms and five smaller bedrooms originally intended for staff - five-and-a-half baths and over 7,000± square feet of living space
  • Most of the rooms have excellent water views and there are seven wood-burning fireplaces throughout the home and a woodstove in the sitting room
  • The kitchen is modestly appointed but includes generous storage areas and a connected laundry and ironing room. There is also an informal dining area and an elegant pantry with handsome stained-wood cupboards, traditional in many of the Islesboro cottages
  • The landscape features a well-maintained lawn to the water’s edge with spectacular sunset views, flowering perennial gardens, native shrubs and mature trees. Traditionally, the fleet of Maine windjammers anchors within view each Friday evening on way back to their home port of Camden
  • Excellent outdoor living spaces include covered porches, one with a fireplace, and a semi-round elevated grass patio area defined by stonework, all perfect for summer entertaining
  • Substantial deep-water pier with ramp and floats, rebuilt and in very good condition, provides access to boating in the picturesque Gilkey Harbor and beyond
  • The entire parcel being offered for sale is 4.39± acres. This includes 2.2± acres on the water with the house and 2.19± acres of undeveloped land on the other side of the road that promotes privacy

Property Details

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