All the charm of a 1900-vintage house with completely updated kitchens and baths and modern conveniences for your vacation on the coast of Maine!  Since 2007 our summer rental seasons have been a rousing success, with all our guests very pleased with our wonderful views and charming, well equipped house.    


As every visitor to the Lobster Trap says, "Wow, what a view!" The first floor of the house sits one story above street level and has a wide, wrap-around deck that always offers cool and refreshing breezes. If you can tear yourself away from the deck, you'll find a sunny living room with gas fireplace, dining room, and a cozy library with loveseat. The walls are graced with paintings collected through the years. The one bedroom on this level has a king bed, with end tables and good reading lights for each side. A full kitchen with gas stove and dishwasher, the bathroom with tub/shower, and washer and dryer complete this space.


The view and the living space only get better on the second floor. This level comprises one large room extending the entire width of the house, with well equipped kitchen and attractively appointed dining and living areas, a deck at birds'-eye level, full bath with shower, and sunlight galore!  Facing due south, you'll gasp at the glorious sunrises, sunsets, and moonrises from this vantage point. Two bedrooms are on this floor:  a small one with an extra-long twin bed plus the computer desk, and the master bedroom with comfortable king bed. All linens and colorful quilts are provided.  A bathroom with shower is accessible from this bedroom as well as from the kitchen.

THIRD FLOOR: Sleeps 5 + child

And saving the best for last — if the extended family wants to join you on vacation, head upstairs! Five more adults can sleep on the third floor where the old-fashioned sloped ceilings and fabulous views delight our guests.  You'll find another bath with shower as well as the wonderful Crow's Nest, a unique bed-sitting room (double bed) with sitting area in the turret.  This is the spot to sit and read, paint, or enjoy an evening cocktail or a game of Trivial Pursuit.  The charming front bedroom has a queen bed and looks right out over the water.  Another sunny bedroom with twin bed looks east down the Thorofare.  The last room is at the back of the house, looking up hill toward the village, where a studio couch masquerades as a cozy daytime window seat (suitable for a child's bed). 


With its south-facing exposure and many large windows, The Lobster Trap enjoys brilliant sunshine.  But many guests find watching the fog banks creep in over the islands or a rip-roaring storm even more fascinating!  No worries:  we have central heat on the first and second floors, so you'll always be comfortable.  We have added a pretty gas-fired stove in the first floor living room for foggy days; we’ve even installed a generator in case of power outage. Air conditioning is not needed on Stonington's waterfront.  Just open the windows and enjoy the cooling north Atlantic ocean breezes that attracted “the rich summer folks” — e.g. Roosevelts, Rockefellers — for generations before the advent of air conditioning.  

Cozy enough for a couple, convenient for two couples (each having your own complete living area), or great for a family reunion!  Although this is our own home, we have been in the real estate and vacation rental business for years and can offer professional management, practical local advice, and hands-on troubleshooting if the need should arise!

© Ellen Rice Dinsmore 2013