View of the water from the bedroom at Hunting Island Cottage

For the romantic in all of us, this stone cottage seems to rise right out of the rocks it was built on. Perched on the shore of a one-acre island, the cottage bravely faces the open Atlantic Ocean. Once a hunting retreat with no electricity, the original cottage held a couple of small rooms, rustic plumbing, and remnants from ocean debris washed in through windows during winter ocean storms.

Stone wall detail contrasted again cedar shingles next to the patio at Hunting Island Cottage

Vintage decor in the bedroom at Hunting Island Cottage

View of the stairs at Hunting Island Cottage

Stone patio at Hunting Island Cottage

Shell collection on the outdoor bar at Hunting Island Cottage

Challenges of permitting regulations, exposure, and not wishing to lose the essence of the island set the stage for a wonderful collaboration with the new owners who wished to bring 21st-century upgrades for convenience and comfort—A modest addition allowed for more elbow room while retaining the elements of the original structure.

Family enjoying a meal at the dining table at Hunting Island Cottage

Simplicity and charm abound throughout the interior—beautiful details enhance the cottage’s romantic, rustic character throughout.

View of Hunting Island Cottage from the coast

Operable windows to let the coastal breeze into Hunting Island Cottage

Exterior stone wall at the Hunting Island Cottage

Stone walls at Hunting Island Cottage

Expansive windows offering panoramic water views in the living area at Hunting Island Cottage

With the cottage located so close to the water’s edge, careful attention was given to be sure the building could withstand the ocean’s fury yet invite gentle summer breezes and the ‘music’ of an ocean setting.

Stone path leading up the the Hunting Island Bunkhouse

Bed in the Hunting Island Bunkhouse

View of the approach of Hunting Island Bunkhouse

With a desire for guest quarters separate from the original stone cottage, the ‘bunk house’ footprint was determined by the only available area allowed by setback regulations. Finished in an earthy palette with a punch of sky blue, the architectural detailing of the bunkhouse mimics that of the main cottage but with a contemporary flare. At the end of the season, customized bullet-proof storm panels protect the island cottages from the ocean’s winter fury.