WELCOME TO THE KINGFISHER PROPERTIES CEDAR LOG CABIN IN SEAL COVE, MAINE!
The 24’ by 36’ cedar log cabin was built in 1989 by three generations of the Grant family. Living quarters consist of a living and dining area with a fully equipped kitchen; a modern bath with hot water, shower/tub, water-saving toilet, sink, and towel closet; 3 bedrooms known by their respective birds on each door:
1) the Baltimore Oriole room has two single beds, a chair, bookshelves, and closet
2) the Cedar Waxwing room has a double Sleep Comfort bed, desk, chair, bureau, closet
3) the Hermit Thrush room has two single beds, a chair, small bureau, closet.
Surrounding the cabin are 5 acres of wooded trails, salt-water frontage on a tidal cove, 4 kayaks, 2 rowboats, paddles and life vests available for use. Also on the property is a main lodge which serves as the setting for guests staying at The Alcyon Center, a small teaching and retreat center. The lodge and the cabin are separated by a wooded ravine and stream which can be crossed via steps and a bridge. A boathouse serves as a bunkhouse in the summer: 4 beds but no bathroom or running water. The boathouse does have electricity and a phone line. At the bottom of the driveway next to the salt-water cove are a 16’ screened gazebo and a composting toilet in a cedar hut.
We are less than a mile from one entrance to land in Acadia National Park. You will find that the Park owns property in many different areas of Mount Desert Island. When you are in the cabin at Seal Cove, you are not more than 25 minutes from any part of the park on this Island.
Cell phone reception in Seal Cove is very limited. The land phone at the cabin is: 207.244.0274. There is no TV, microwave, dishwasher, or computer in the cabin. If you need access to the internet, the main lodge has a wireless network on the premises.
There is no smoking in any facility here or on the property.
Pets are allowed provided you clean up after your pet outside and inside the facilities. Pets are required to be on a leash in Acadia National Park.
Mount Desert Island has been home to 5 generations of my family before me. In fact Acadia National Park now owns my great-grandfather’s 1825 home and its surrounding land. I help the educational mission of the Park to interpret the home and its 4 generations of my family who lived in it every spring for local area 4th graders and every July and August for summer visitors to Acadia. I was born in Bar Harbor on this island, educated in public schools in Bangor, received Bachelors and Masters degrees from schools in Massachusetts, lived and worked for nearly 30 years in New Hampshire, and have recently returned to Maine and Mount Desert Island to live year round on this unique property in Seal Cove. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ I have come back to Maine, not to retire, but to help establish and run a small spiritual retreat center out of my newly constructed home. I live with Rev. Kathryn Booth, who serves as co-director with me of our retreat ministry called The Alcyon Center. When not maintaining the property, leading retreats, or doing spiritual guidance, I like to draw with pen and ink, hike the island trails, go birding, kayak, read, and play with my new granddaughter.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 2000
We bought the property in 1986 to serve as a base for family vacations and eventually to serve as a place for a retirement home or a ministry of spiritual hospitality. Having completed a year-round house in 2008 on the property, our family vacation cabin no longer serves as my main residence. Family members continue to schedule time in the cabin during the summer months for vacation. When family and retreat guests are not using the cabin, we want to offer it as a rental to others as a source of income to us and because it is such a great opportunity for families in particular to enjoy this island experience.
Guests stay in our 24’ by 36’ cedar log cabin which was built in 1989 by three generations of the Grant family. The cabin is bordered on two sides by perennial and annual gardens. Cedar double chairs sit on the lawn in front of the cabin. Grant family members continue to use the cabin as a family vacation home during part of the summer. Reading, games, and sports are traditions long enjoyed by our family and the cabin reflects those interests with shelves of books, board games, and sport equipment. With no TV, cell phone coverage, or wireless internet connection, vacationing in our log cabin feels like a trip back in time to when we entertained ourselves with creative imagination - outside in the woods and fields and shore, or inside with games and crafts and conversation. One family who comes each summer to the cabin decided to spend the majority of their week, not sightseeing in the park, but swimming, boating, crab fishing in the cove, and constructing hideouts out of natural materials along the trails on the property. Even when it rains, the cove, streams and woods are treasure-troves for exploring. No matter what the weather, the cabin offers you a safe, friendly, warm and dry haven with cool nights for sleeping that will energize and enhance your vacation experience.
Just completed my third stay at this same location, and words cannot describe how happy I am to have found this place! To start, the location is perfect. Being in Seal Cove, on the western coast of Mount Desert Island, it is far less congested and hectic than the Bar Harbor area. The area is extremely quiet and gives you a great sense of seclusion. The cabin is perched just uphill from Seal Cove, meaning you are just a short walk from the water. This is a tidal cove, so at high tide you can enjoy incredible kayaking (kayaks available from property owners) and at low tide you can walk completely across! My kids (14 and 11) really enjoyed walking through the cove at low tide, as there is a LOT of sea life to find (mussels, clams, crabs, etc). If you enjoy kayaking, or have ever wanted to try it, this location is perfect. The back end of the cove (by the cabin) is wide and shallow and ALWAYS calm. The narrow cove opens up into a bay at the sea, and the views are breathtaking!!
As for the cabin itself, it is exactly as the owners describe. It has been kept in immaculate condition. It is not like other rental properties that feel "generic" or "sterile". When you walk into this cabin, it feels like stepping into your own place - like home! It is warm and inviting and incredibly cozy! The tap water in the cabin is better than ANY bottled water you can get. There are endless bookshelves filled with reading material and games for the whole family. Lots and lots of comforters and blankets for those chilly Maine nights.
The owners of the cabin live nearby (on the same 6 acre property) and are the nicest people you will ever wish to meet. They are warm and hospitable and kind and welcoming. You could not ask for better hosts!!!
In conclusion, I would say that this cabin is ideal for a family with kids. Being so close to Acadia, while staying out of the craziness of Bar Harbor, is great. Keep in mind there is no television and no internet service, which I find to be a huge blessing! If you want to spend some time really reconnecting with your family, you will not find a better place. I could not recommend this cabin more highly than by saying I will NEVER, EVER stay anywhere else on Mount Desert Island!!