Conveniently located in the center of Mt. Desert Island on the 'Quiet Side,' you will enjoy easy access to all of the island's activities and scenery. This peaceful camp is nestled in the pines on ledges at the foot of Acadia Mountain, about a mile from the village of Hall Quarry. The camp sleeps four in two bedrooms (one only partially enclosed), and two more on a sleep sofa. Fully equipped kitchen (though no dishwasher) and laundry facilities plus a gas grill off the large front deck. Pets may be a negotiated possibility. Hall Quarry is a quiet residential area, famous in the past for the excellent granite that was shipped by schooner to eastern seaboard cities in the 1800's. Evidence can still be seen of the old quarries in walks around the village.
By car, no place on the Island is more than a 20 minute drive: 15 minutes to Bar Harbor or Northeast Harbor, 10 minutes to Southwest Harbor, 20 minutes to mainland Ellsworth. After a long day of activities, as evening descends, relax on the deck to the sound of loons on Echo Lake.
My family and I were looking for a place to stay on Mt. Dessert Island, and we were lucky enough to find this great little cottage. It is small and comfy, just the right size for 5 adults and 1 toddler. It is two rooms with beds, and one large living room with dinning room (with extension leaf). Kitchen was great, and what we expected from a vacation home. The kitchen was well stocked with three different kinds of flour (!!!). Wireless connection, Netflix (for rainy days), great DVD collection.
Stephen was there to greet us when we arrived, gave us the ins and outs, and showed us a great trail near the house to climb to top of Acadia Mountain. It was not the 25 minutes he said, but it might have been the toddler that held us back.
Everything was well within reach. His guide to Acadia Park was great as he offered some quick and best ways to visit the park.
The cottage is really close to swim area (off of rocks, not beach) at Echo lake, and it was really beautiful.
I would recommend this cottage!
We have rented this house for the last six summers and plan to rent again this year. The house is centrally located and is fully equiped with everything you need for a comfortable and convenient stay on the Island. Bar Harbor and the "quiet side" of the Island aren't far away. Acadia Mtn and Echo Lake are within walking distance. Dog friendly, fully equiped and affordable makes it an excellent vacation value for us.
We stayed here at the end of the summer 2009. We had never used the internet to book a private rental before, so we were a little leery of what we would find. Were we pleasantly surprised! The home sits in a very quiet, but not isolated area. The house is older, but it was meticulously clean and it had a pleasing fresh scent upon entering. I am very sensitive to offensive odors(smoke,pets,mildew,etc), so much so that I came with my own bucket of cleaning supplies and Febreeze, which I never had to use. My husband really enjoyed the front porch where he drank his coffee each morning while listening to the quiet. The kitchen was stocked with everything you need. We also enjoyed the fire pit out back, and the kids(we have 4) loved walking through the back yard. Overall, the home had a cozy, friendly feel to it with several small touches that made it homey. Such as, a recipe for blueberry muffins on the fridge and a hand-written welcome note on the table. Yes, we would recommend this rental to a friend. This rental really deserves a "very good" rating.
The good: This cabin is in a very convenient,and quiet location. It has a washer, and dryer. It has a lovely, large deck with comfy lawn furniture, which we really enjoyed. Kitchen is fully equipped and clean, as is the full bath. The bad: Dirty old shag carpet. One musty smelling bedroom. No central heat, as advertized. No railing to help get up two very high steps, that went down to the bedrooms. I am 65, and 5' tall, I am very agile, and have good knees, but the steps were difficult. I was afraid of falling on them. The ugly: The sagging, low bedroom ceilings, and the mouse droppings on the kitchen counters in the mornings, after we had cold nights. These problems are an easy fix. I did not like this cabin, but we could not afford to leave and rent another place. Acadia, and the ocean were amazingly beautiful. P.S. Cabin owner, Wrote a quote: We were all related to plants and animals ,etc. We dont agree, and dont want these world views shoved down our throats. B & B
A good deal for a family of four. A short drive to several quaint villages, hiking trails, lakes and ocean. Nice star gazing off the deck. It was great having the washer and dryer too.
Convenience is one of the main attractions of the camp's location. On a hot day, a ten minute walk will bring you to a swim at Echo Lake's 'The Bluffs' in Acadia National Park. It's the same distance to the trailhead of Acadia Mountain - 45 minutes from your door to the top of the mountain will reveal some of the most spectacular views on the Island (see photos). A more extended hike will take you down the other side of the mountain to the shore of Somes Sound, Man O' War Brook, St. Sauveur Mountain and the equally spectacular cliffs above Valley Cove. For exploring the rest of the Island, a five minute walk will allow you to catch the Island Explorer, a free shuttle bus to many locations around Mount Desert Island. Ike's Point Boat Launch on Echo Lake is a five minute walk.