The Keeper’s House Apartment is an upstairs apartment with sleeping accommodation for two in a spacious bedroom, a separate living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and beautiful views.

TO MAKE A RESERVATION: Please contact our rental agent, Maili Bailey
Winter Address: 32 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Skowhegan, Maine 04976
Summer Address: 43 City Point Road, Swan’s Island, Maine 04685
Email:  [email protected]
Cell: 207-399-2563

OR visit our AirBNB listing.


About the Apartment

You enter the apartment by the original stairway. There is a privacy door at the bottom of the stairs. The living room is flooded with light, has a convenient work area, comfortable chairs, and a neat, attractive dining area.

There is a small, well-equipped kitchen. The spacious bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The bathroom includes a bathtub and a handheld shower.

The living room has views of nearby islands and the open ocean. The bedroom has views towards the harbor and the village.

Lobster boats, pleasure craft, and schooners pass beneath your windows, entering or leaving the harbor through the Western Way. Sunrise and sunset paint the sea with a palette of glorious colors. Moonlight on the water creates a silver pathway. Even foggy days can be a delight, as the headland is wrapped in a cool, quiet, and mysterious blanket.

A Few Details

The address is 433 Harbor Road, Swan’s Island, ME 04685

In 2023, the rental week will run from Sunday to Sunday.  Minimum rental is one week. Check in is on Sunday after 3 pm.  Check out on Sunday by 9 am.  In June, September and October, the rental is $1,242.60/week.   In July and August, the rental is $1482.40/week.  These prices include a cleaning charge and Maine’s 9% tax on short-term rentals.

No pets. No smoking. The rental agent’s permission is needed for more than two occupants. Our housekeeper will clean after you depart, but please leave the apartment in good order.

WiFi is available through a DSL connection. There is a landline phone downstairs. Please only use it in case of an emergency.

The apartment does not have a separate entrance, but it has a lockable privacy door at the bottom of the stairs. The downstairs rooms have art displays, historical displays, and a small amount of merchandise. When the downstairs rooms are not in use, the two outside doors must remain locked. Keeping the two outside doors locked will be your responsibility.

The downstairs rooms (the public rooms) are open to the public during the summer season for about 20 hours a week. Usually, 11 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Check “Days and Hours” for current information. Sometimes, they are open at other times for public events such as receptions and classes. The downstairs rooms, including the downstairs kitchen and bathroom, are not included in the apartment rental.

The grounds of the light station are Town property and open to the public. Fishers sometimes come to the headland early in the morning to check the weather conditions outside the harbor. Sometimes groups picnic on the grounds or park near the house to walk the trails. People may walk the public road to the headland to see sunset or sunrise or to admire the moonlight on the sea.

A town ordinance forbids drinking in public areas. This does not apply to the apartment, but it does apply to the downstairs rooms and the grounds. No smoking is allowed anywhere on the property.

Tap water is safe to use. However, if preferred, bottled water is available at The Island Market and Supply (TIMS).

Introduction To The Keeper’s House Apartment

More Photos of the Apartment

View Gallery

Boat Traffic In The Western Way

What Visitors Have To Say

Our stay at the lighthouse keepers apartment was lovely. the place has been decorated in a simple and serene way and the kitchen had all we needed. The view and location is splendid and all involved with the property were friendly.

- Teresa, September 2023

Our stay at the lighthouse — and our week on Swan's Island — exceeded expectations. We packed light, arrived via bikes, and easily navigated the island without a car. Tracy and everyone we met welcomed us and went out of their way to make us feel at home. We felt very privileged to stay in this thoughtfully restored historic building. Kudos to the tireless volunteers! We look forward to returning.

- Tekla, September 2023

The Lightkeeper’s apartment is a unique and beautiful treasure, not to be missed! I feel like I want to tell everyone I know about this cozy, charming little place, yet at the same time keep it a secret; to be shared only amongst those who know. You get to live in a lighthouse, on an island, off the coast of Maine!!! Need I say more?!?

- Dillon September 2023

This was the trip and stay of a lifetime! New England and island life at its best. We had the opportunity and fortune to meet some of the nicest people ever! Swans Island people gave us a giant welcoming hug!!

- Susan and family, July 2021

Our hosts were WONDERFUL and helpful, and being able to go up into the lighthouse tower was amazing. An all around unforgettable experience. THANK YOU!

- Michael and Kurt, June 2021

This is our first time to Swan’s Island and the Keeper’s House Apartment….How lucky we are to have found this treasure! We loved our week of peace, nature, and beauty. The shimmering water, the ever-changing sky and clouds, the trails in the woods …made for a restorative week.

- Paul and Bonnie, August 2020

This place quietly, simply, intoxicates you. Senses are full; smell, sights, sounds … yet not enough to overwhelm, just enough to soothe, just enough to make you fully aware of the natural gift Hockamock offers.

- Conrad and Michelle, August 2020

What a perfect holiday!! … Heaven on earth …lobster every night for dinner, fabulous hikes, amazing kayaking, spectacular sunsets…But perhaps the most cherished memory is the kind and lovely people of this island….

- Mary Beth & Michael, Sept. 2020

I have always wanted to stay at a lighthouse and now my dream has come true! The keeper’s quarters and the entire lighthouse park completely exceeded my expectations! Thanks for providing everything my son and I needed for a perfect stay and such amazing hospitality….

- Kristin and Izak, Sept. 2020

What a magic place. Sun and moon glinting off the water. The lighthouse beam in the trees, the sound of a gentle surf when the tide is in. The bell buoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets.

- Mike and Kathy, September 2019

The view out our window - moonlight on the ocean, porpoises, giant owls - plus the sound of the gong, and the wild berries…truly a special experience.

- Rebecca and Rich, August 2019

The apartment is beautiful. And the view is amazing! We could not have asked for a better vacation. We plan to return!

- Ann and Dave, September 2018

Thank you to ALL who made our stay so wonderful and relaxing. To the Islanders who told of trails to explore, thank you! We look forward to returning to this little piece of heaven on earth.

- Heather and Jamie, September 2018

From the amazing Light Keeper’s House to the beautiful view from the porch of the same, the amazingly friendly people, and our daily hikes along this rugged Maine Coast. Everything was perfect.

- Leesa and Howard, August 2018

Everything is magical! This is one of the best vacations! Ever!

- Ronald and Janet, July 2018

The beauty you offer is immeasurable. The clarity of light, wind, and Downeast character here recharged me.

- Lee, June 2018

What a wonderful place! We were in awe the moment we arrived. What a quiet and peaceful location for a vacation.

- David and Lorie, June 2018

You truly have a treasure perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep. We watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky.

- Susan, September 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice. I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting are amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated, and spacious.

- Mary, July 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house. You will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 2017