Clamshell By The Sea

Located just a few miles from Acadia National Park and Winter Harbor, Clamshell By The Sea promises a truly magical Maine experience. Guests can explore the nearby hiking trails, fish in the harbor, or simply relax and watch the sunset over the bay.

Please note that from the last week in June through August, in general and for most properties, there is a 7 – night minimum stay from either Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. Please call us for assistance or for special requests and we will be happy to accommodate whenever possible.



Apr-2024 Jan-2025

Clamshell By The Sea

Gouldsboro 16 Guests  6 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms (bathroom on main floor)



In Town





no-pets-icon Pets are not allowed.

Cost/Night: from $700

Property Description

With unparalleled 180 degree ocean views, Clamshell by the Sea sits on 4 acres with 300′ of shoreline on the east side of Frenchman’s Bay overlooking Mount Desert Island and Cadillac Mountain. Boasting 7,000+ square feet of charm and comfort, Clamshell has 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, with a kitchen and fireplace on each of the 3 levels and a cathedral ceiling on the third floor. Conveniently located, secluded and unique, it is an excellent location to explore, hike, fish, read, paint or watch the sunset over the bay. The views are in the top 10% of all of Maine’s 3,000 miles of Tidal Coastline! Watch the lobster boats moored in the harbor. Walk down to The Lobster Pound to buy them fresh off the boat. This home promises a truly magical Maine experience!


This house has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 fully equipped kitchens, 3 dining rooms, 3 living rooms, a 3-car garage and a fireplace on every floor. There are 3 decks facing the shoreline just 80′ away. The Schoodic entrance to Acadia National park is 3.7 miles away and it is only 3 miles to Winter Harbor where there are 2 ferries to Bar Harbor, a golf course, a library, as well as unique stores, galleries and restaurants. Enjoy hammocks, 4 kayaks (3 singles and 1 double), a hot and cold outdoor shower, gas grill, fire pit and a pond, all on the property! Please inquire about rentals during the winter months.


Important to note: Google Maps / GPS coordinates are wrong and send people to 12 Hopes Drive instead of 12 Clamshell Road which is about 300 feet past Hopes Drive on Route 186. We don’t want to annoy a good neighbor by mistakenly driving down a private drive.


Dishwasher Washer/Dryer Internet Cable/Satellite TV Heat BBQGas Phone In Unit Mooring Private Dock/Pier Deck Furniture

Pets Allowed Handicap Accessible Outdoor Shower Outdoor Seating Fireplace Wood Stove Kayak Canoe Lobster Pot

Sleeping Situation

1st Bedroom
Level: Second
Type: King
2nd Bedroom
Level: Third
Type: King
3rd Bedroom
Level: First
Type: Queen
4th Bedroom
Level: First
Type: Queen
5th Bedroom
Level: Second
Type: Queen
6th Bedroom
Level: Third
Type: Queen


Wonderful house and location in Maine

August 16, 2023

This is our second time coming to the same house in Maine. The property is stunning, spacious and has everything one would ever need. The location is perfect for both just staying in the house or exploring the surroundings. This time we had 16 people in our group and the house did not seem crowded. It has so much room, truly amazing.

This property is beautiful inside and out

July 10, 2023

We had a mixed group of 12; ages ranged from 13 – 71; including 4 teenage boys. This property is beautiful inside and out; more so than the online description and pictures. The location was great; closest to the Schoodic Peninsula portion of Acadia National Park. We enjoyed hiking, biking, golf, kayaking, great photography opportunities, sea glass hunting on the shoreline, relaxing by the outside firepit, ping pong and varied indoor games, investigating some of the small towns closes to us, as well as Bar Harbor and great food! We would recommend this property to anyone with a large group who would like some private space combined with great “community gathering” space. We had the privilege of some text communication with the owners who requested that the cleaning staff provide a welcoming glass of wine as well as helpful local information about grocery stores, restaurants , etc. Our only regret was not staying longer!

A vacation to remember

November 8, 2022

Hi, my name is Chris and I have a good size family! We were looking to go to Maine on our family trip this year since none of us had ventured that direction. We were not sure what to expect on arrival, we were all so pleasantly pleased. We arrived at a beautiful house in an awesome and peaceful setting with a private yard and access right on the water. As we entered the house, we were all pleasantly surprised by the clean, bright and quaintly furnished home. We had 3 floors to enjoy all with outside access of their own. It is wonderful to arrive after a long trip like ours from PA to ME (15 hours) and find a warm and comfortable home away from home. I’d like to compliment the cleaning crew for their work all around the house. We all had our own space for quiet, and lots of room for gathering for meals, TV time or just mainly enjoying the views from the decks. It is hard to fit in a summary of the feelings and thoughts about this home and our stay there. My children and grandchildren all had such a great time. We had ping pong tournaments in the garage and some enjoyed kayaking right from the back yard. We did a lot of day trips around the area and to Bar Harbor. If you are looking for an A+ to gather with your family or friends, I highly recommend “Clamshell By The Sea.”
I hope anyone looking for a home away from home doesn’t hesitate to book this home with Downeast Rentals. To Roy and his family, again I thank you for sharing your place with all of us. It was a vacation to remember!

Beautiful house with amazing view of Cadillac Mountain.

August 23, 2021

The house is beautiful and had loads of room for the family to gather together or have some space. 3 bedrooms had full bathrooms attached and the other 3 had full bathrooms close by.
One bedroom had a crib. and 2 washers and 2 dryers helped our large family.
The large decks were beautiful with plenty of tables and chairs to accommodate everyone. The firepit was wonderful in the evenings with a nice drink. Kayaks were included so we were able to take everyone out in the water. The hammock in the backyard was a nice addition and enjoyed by many. There are several nice restaurants not too far but they book up so suggest making reservations before your trip. The views from the house, the decks, and the firepit are absolutely stunning.
I would highly recommend this property.

Fabulous Time

July 14, 2021

Clamshell by the Bay was a great rental!!! Our extended family of 10 had a fabulous time at this beautiful location!!

Fall colors

October 9, 2020

Clam Shell by the Sea was everything we hoped it would be very spacious with a beautiful view of the harbor, we were there the first week of October and the leave change was in full bloom.

A Highly Recommended Place

October 8, 2020

It is a beautiful house with a very private area and amazing view of water with sunset. We had one of the bedroom locked out after we arrived, their emergency line answered at 3am and got issue resolved as early as 7am. It was a good response time and we could continue with our vacation. House layout is nice and place is very clean. One thing to keep in mind is, internet was spotty and speed was bit slow, especially if 10+ folks are connected. It could be due to local internet provider, but faster speed could be really useful.

I would certainly recommend this place.

Over all, our group had a great time.


September 10, 2020

Excellent space with no shortage of amenities, stunning views from the property, and fresh lobster off the dock right next door! We enjoyed our stay, and likely stay again!

Excellent property!

August 11, 2020

Thank you – this has been a fantastic experience. The property was much more than what we have expected. Extremely spacious and clean house with incredible grounds. We had a group of 14 people staying very comfortably, with room available for more.

Great stay

August 26, 2019

Loved the property and overall location.

Beautiful waterfront

June 24, 2019

When we first arrived there were a few necessary things missing but the owner and property manager made it right very quickly. Perfect place for a large group.


June 12, 2019

This home was perfect for a gathering of friends and family. Plenty of room for everyone.
Never felt crowded. The view was amazing. Got visited by a family of eagles on shore one morning

Magnificent house in a serene setting overlooking Acadia islands

October 18, 2018

We had a 16-person family reunion here for 4 days and chose this house was a great decision. The views are palatial and the amenities kept us comfy and entertained. It’s an hour from Bar Harbor but this particular region called Winter Harbor has its own share of Acadia Park. We watched the sunrise while standing a few feet from crashing waves along the rocky coastline of the park, which is 10 minutes from the house. There are kayaks that we used to get to an uninhabited island a couple of hundred yards from the backyard of the house. Of course, you can’t do Maine without lobsters and the local restaurants did not disappoint. You can really fall in love with the beauty of Maine and the local culture by staying here for a few days. I would also add that the property manager is very responsive and helpful. I definitely recommend renting this place for your Acadia vacation.


October 11, 2018

Beautiful view of the water. The backyard is spectacular. Twelve friends and I stayed in the house and it was perfect for us. We were spread out enough where we each had our own space and didn’t feel like we were right on top of one another.


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