Terms & Policies



At Historic House Island, our bookings require a 50% deposit at time of booking and full payment 45 days before arrival. Once payments are made, there are no refunds. If you're renting through an online booking site like Airbnb or VRBO, be sure to check their payment policies, too.


In the unfortunate event you should have to cancel your booking, both the Cleaning Fee and Damage Protection Insurance (Trip Insurance is non-refundable) are refundable. Please be aware that the rental fees paid are non-refundable. We recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Please see below for details.


Check-in time is 4:00pm

Upon your arrival at House Island, our staff will greet you at the dock and help with your luggage and on to your home. At this point we will give you a tour of the home, how to use the August locks, let you know of any quirks the house has and how to use all appliances and electronics. We will go over general Island safety and answer any questions that you may have as a new guest.

Check-out time is 11:00am.

Once you are ready to depart we will meet you at the rented home unless otherwise arranged. Please inform staff of any damage or broken items at this time. We will then assist you and your party with your luggage down to your boat and see you off.

The following is a list of required check out tasks for each home. If they are not complete additional changes may apply.

  1. All trash must be bagged up and in one are of the rented home. Trash is defined as anything that you brought to the island that is not leaving the island with you.

  2. All dishes must be in the home and washed. In the dishwasher running is acceptable.

  3. Lawn games are picked up and gathered together.

  4. Grills must be cleaned, if used.

  5. If you have pets with you on your visit, all droppings must be picked up.


All homes on House Island have kitchens stocked with plates and bowls, flatware, cups and mugs, pots and pans. Bedrooms come with all bedding and we provide towels for bathing and the beach. Each house has WiFi and Dish television.

Every house is stocked with a limited amount of the below supplies for you.  

  • Olive Oil

  • Canola Oil

  • Balsamic Vinegar

  • Coffee

  • Coffee Filters

  • Creamer

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Small Spice Rack

  • Sugar

  • Propane for Grills

  • Aluminum Foil

  • Saran Wrap

  • Paper towels and toilet tissue

  • Hand soap and dish soap

  • Travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion

  • Firewood for one fire, 8-10 logs per rental. Please plan accordingly.


From either Bug Light or the public water taxi dock at 72 Commercial St in Portland, The transportation on the island can be a little tricky, but we will help you navigate! Below are links to a few transportation options. All of these companies have top notch Captains and customer service.

The first is Portland Harbor Water Tours. They have larger boats that can be rented for charters or a singular trip out with a large group. They offer themed chartered as well that tickets can be purchased to.

The last two are water taxi companies that have smaller boats that max out at 6 passengers. These are cheaper than the larger charter and available on a shorter notice. They also do tours of the bay or will rent out by the hour.

For all of these options the more advance notice you give, the more likely your requests are to be met. Please keep in mind that late night and early morning trips come at a higher rate then during their regular hours, which varies by company.  




When making you reservations for any of these transportation service please have the following information for them.

Preferred pick-up time
Pick up location
Drop off location
Number of people in your party