Sutton Island is part of the Cranberry Isles, a cluster of five islands off of Mount Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park. A wildlife sanctuary, Sutton has no roads or shops and is served by ferries and water taxies from Northeast and Southwest Harbors on Mt. Desert.
Our two houses, Big Gilley and Little Gilley, are located on 22 wood and meadow acres with waterfront on the north (cliff) and south (sloping cobble) shores of the island. They are within a ten minute walk of the town dock, where the ferries and taxies land. Each has its own boathouse close to the water with 180-degree panoramas of the ocean and islands to the south. Sunsets can be seen from both spots.
The houses are two hundred yards apart, private from one another and may be rented singly or together. Both have broadband, televisions and dvd players. The rental window is June - September, subject to any previous reservations. June and September are off-season and rates are lower. Occupancy starts and ends on Saturdays.
We're the Lyman family, with roots in Boston. We've kept up and rented these two houses on Sutton for generations. The brothers Ted and Chaso Lyman, both filmmakers and retired professors, tend to the houses and the property and bring their families every year. The experience of coming to Sutton has been very special for our families, as we hope it will be for yours.