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The Rice Cottage featured in Country Living magazine

Cummins or Diane

Member since: 2005
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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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The Rice Cottage featured in Country Living magazine

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Southwest Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

1874 Colonial farmhouse set back off Main Street with slight water views, and just a block from the shops, restaurants and Island Explorer bus line. The front yard has a new cedar picket fence so we can accommodate a dog up to 25 lbs. Living room with fireplace and dining area, furnished with antiques throughout the house. Gourmet kitchen with Wolf stove, laundry, remodeled bath with shower, and a master bedroom suite with queen bed, mini kitchen and eating area. Upstairs is a bedroom with two twin beds, a bedroom with two twins used as a king, and a full bath. Great quality linens. Beautifully furnished and decorated. Fully stocked kitchen with black granite work island. Small rear deck looking out to the back field near harbor. Cable TV, VCR, CD player, DW, New W/D, WIFI, fans, heat, gas grill. Long distance calls require a credit/calling card. Small dogs up to 25 lbs are considered. A 7% Maine Lodging Tax will be added. The Rice Cottage was featured in Country Living Magazine September '07. Email us to see more photos.

This home is just a block from the shops, restaurants and the Island Explorer bus line. 1 mile from Acadia National Park. Boating, canoeing, bicycling, hiking are just a few of the activities available. Close to Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor. We just recently remodeled the upstairs bath room and have new mattresses in all of the bedrooms. The Rice Cottage has been featured in the September '07 issue of Country Living magazine.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Cummins or Diane (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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About Cummins or Diane

This property has been in our family since 1882. It was purchased by Anson I. Holmes from James A. Freeman. We still have the original deed.

Cummins or Diane purchased this house in 1882

Why Cummins or Diane chose Southwest Harbor

Julie Rice Speakman was the daughter of Anson Holmes and her son is the current owner Cummins (Jay) Speakman.

What makes this house unique

The house has a lot of charm and is furnished with New England antiques.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Location was awesome. House was charming and well appointed. Everything was perfect and we had everything we needed. We simply had a great stay. We loved Southwest Harbor.
Sep 2009
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The Rice Cottage featured in Country Living magazine
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 10 reviews

In season or Off season a cozy, convenient rental

  • 5 of 5

We have rented the Rice Cottage for three summers for 3-4 weeks at a time in August. We decided to try it for Thanksgiving week. In the summer we particularly like that, with children grown, this location provides walking distance to Main St shops and restaurants but yet the house is set back off road so no road noise to deal with. In summer we find the house quiet, sunny and cool. Beds are comfortable, appliances new and the owners have a fine sense of decoration.

For off season, it does get quiet on the island but that is what we expected. You can't beat the hikes on MDI, all a short drive away, but we had a wintery, icy time so that didn't quite go as planned. The house has two full baths and sleeps 6 comfortably. Good cable TV set up for football games etc. Sips restaurants was open all day and Havana over in Bar Harbor, our favorite, was too. Much of the rest was closed.

There is now a fenced in front yard and an expansive open back yard so if a dog comes along you can be happy and the dog can be happy.

Our repeat bookings and off season stay pretty much says what we think of the Rice Cottage. Good luck

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Good location - bad location

  • 3 of 5

Spent the last week of August here.

It's an interesting home. As you can see in the pic it's made up of 3 parts, the bedrooms and living room which flow in to what appears to be a newer section with the kitchen and then a newer section that is a day room coupled with the laundry and downstairs bath.

It's located within an easy walk to downtown Southwest Harbor.

However, it sits immediately behind the Kingsleigh Inn. And by immediately I mean just steps behind. It's close enough that I was awakened several mornings by either their guests out and about or their heating system kicking in. The exterior view photo above is the back of the house, taken at an angle away from the Inn.

The kitchen has a gorgeous picture window looking out to the adjacent pasture. However, it doesn't open. In order to get any airflow to the kitchen (remember, no A/C to cool it) you open two windows on the front of the house (facing the Kingsleigh) which is also where the trash is kept. By the end of the week, that wasn't a good combination.

As for the mentioned water views, that is possible during the winter, but during the summer the view is blocked by trees and the neighbor's house/garage.

I also, personally, found the furniture to be uncomfortable. Maybe that's just me.

But after a day of out-and-about or hiking it was tough to find a comfortable way to kick back and relax.

Quality of property: A

Quality of amenities: A+

Layout: B

Location: A+

Value: C-

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Cute cottage in town - perfect location in SWH

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4th of July week exploring Acadia and had an excellent location in the Rice Cottage for our stay. This was our first time to Maine, and it was hard to know where to stay. It was my family of four, (two pre-teen kids), plus the grandparents. We had plenty of room in the house for all 6 of us. We loved being able to walk to dinner (Sips, Red Sky and Fiddler's Green for dinner and Sips and Sea Biscuit for breakfast all yummy! (Avoid Grumpy's for breakfast, not a good choice on our part and we all left Grumpy!)) or get groceries right in town. The kids could even walk to ice cream by themselves. Even saw 4th of July fireworks out the bedroom window upstairs. We had a mixed weather week, cool at the beginning and then very warm at the end. We are used to central AC, so a tough adjustment without it, but all in all we made use of the fans and stayed comfortable.

Recommendations while in Acadia - Dive In boat tour with Captain Ed, the best thing we did on the trip, educational, informative and just plain fun. We spent a lot of time hiking the trails, and even did the bridges carriage ride.

Jay and Diane were wonderful to deal with in renting the Rice Cottage. We spoke a few times and exchanged e-mails before the trip and Jay checked in to make sure all was well when we were there.

The cottage was clean and well maintained. Beds were very comfortable and we all slept great every night.

Overall the Rice Cottage met all of our needs for the week and we had an awesome time. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this little oasis.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

This is a beautiful home! Met our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed home in the center of Southwest Harbor. We walked to the bakery in the morning and out to dinner in the evenings. Lovely set up. Our teenage children were upstairs in the original house and we had our own suite in the new area. Clean, clean, clean. Plenty of towels and kitchen was superbly stocked with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The owners have thought of everything to help make your vacation a special one.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Southwest Harbor, Maine

Just Like Home

  • 5 of 5

I recently rented the Rice Cottage for my my family. I saw pictures of this New England cottage on Home Away before I rented it but I could not have imagined how much it added to our amazing Vacation. It was like coming home to all of us the moment we walked through the door.

The original cottage was precious with a studio addition that overlooks a beautiful meadow and was perfect for those of us who needed more privacy and could not do steps. It was very peaceful, private and quiet throughout the house. Everynight we would go into the main living room to enjoy a warm fire an tell stories of our daily activities.

The house was well equipped with everything we needed. The linens and bedding were of the finest quality which made for a wonderful nights rest.

The decor was amazing, while at the same time as beautiful as the cottage was we still felt we could make ourselves at home. The surrounding shops, homes, and residents of Southwest Harbor were idyllic and were a great addition to the quintessential New England community just a short distance from Bar Harbor. There is a library just a few doors down and the water can be seen just beyond the meadow. I gave this place five stars without a second thought. It is not the first time we have traveled and rented homes for family vacations but this certainly was the best we have ever experienced.

The owners were very helpful and accommodating, I am sure we will return again and again. I am already looking at flight fairs for early fall.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Ellsworth, ME

Even more frustrated than "frustrated"!!!

  • 5 of 5

I hate to imagine how frustrated one might have to be to dream up the kind of horror show described by "frustrated" in review of the Rice Cottage!

I personally cleaned the cottage not even 24 hours before the arrival of the poor frustrated family. I can assure you that there are no roaches or worms in the bathrooms.

Diane and Jay both take great pride in the Rice Cottge and thanks to them for investing in the preservation of an important piece of Southwest Harbor history!

To Mr., Ms. or whoever "Frustrated", sorry the beautiful antiques didn't suite you, although I did notice, by the crumbs in the seats, that they were handy enough to eat on! Yes, I also cleaned the cottage after you left!!!

Please to future renters, do not let this extremely vindictive review deter you from a beautiful experience. Obviously these folks had issue with some part of the vacation but I know first hand that it could not have been the lovely accomodations!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Dry Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Red Sky
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

The Rice Cottage is one block from downtown Southwest Harbor. You can walk to the grocery store, library, hardware store, gift and clothing stores, great restaurants or rent a bike across the street at Southwest Cycle. The Island Explorer bus can be caught one block from the house and will take you all over Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is just a few miles up the road. A ferry and the mail boat can be a fun trip to see near by islands like Suttons, Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry Island.

Antiquing is fun in Northeast Harbor, Ellsworth and Searsport. Don't miss the Chicken Barn and The Old Creamery in Ellsworth.


Rates & Availability

From $229 Per night

Southwest Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 18 2015 - Jun 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 13 2015 - Jul 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 11 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Fall Pricing
Sep 5 2015 - Nov 7 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
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Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms have recently been remodeled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
New washer and dryer recently installed.

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