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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard

Kiera Mulvey Bulan

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Kiera Mulvey Bulan

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015
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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Bernard House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath ~ Private Cottage With Breathtaking Views

2014 was so much fun we hope you and your family will join us in 2015! Rates and availability are listed for the upcoming season.

Come rest and relax on the 'quiet side' of Mt. Desert Island with breathtaking views of Bass Harbor's lobster boats, resident bald eagles, and picture perfect coastal Maine beaches.

The Crow's Nest is a private hilltop property located directly on Bass Harbor and is the perfect vacation destination on the idyllic coast of Mt Desert Island. From the cottage you can quickly and easily access the heart of Acadia National Park by car or “Island Explorer” shuttle service right from the neighborhood. Staying close to home in Bernard and Bass Harbor offers meandering walks in Balsam Fir scented forests, rocky shorelines, and peaceful hikes on lesser traveled park trails and beaches. If you’re feeling hungry you can wander across our the quiet street for a world famous lunch or dinner at Thurston's Lobster Pound. Thurston's is known for the freshest, same day catch lobster and is, by far, the best tasting Lobster on MDI. You can even pick out your own lobster! A short walk through the woods or along the rocky shore you will find beautiful Back Beach where you can swim, snorkel, or beach comb for sea glass. While away the days collecting sand dollars, shells, and starfish or just relax in the sun and enjoy the view.

Bring your boats or rent them locally as kayaking is a favorite activity in Bass Harbor. You can paddle among the working lobster boats to get a close up look at the day’s catch and the boat’s gear. At high tide you can Paddle 'up harbor' and ride the gentle rapid under a bridge into Bass Harbor Marsh. There you can encounter osprey, eagles, cormorants, ducks and other sea birds. You may be able to spot a kingfisher's nest in the bank further down the marsh or spot one perched on a tree limb high above the water or quickly diving into the water and catch his dinner! They are amazing birds to watch. Speaking of eagles and osprey, you will, without a doubt, see an eagle and/or an osprey every day you are here. They often land in the trees very close to Crow's Nest and will sit and preen. They are a most beautiful sight to see. Osprey were spotted in Bass Harbor last summer teaching their young how to catch prey. They will also hover above and dive for fish over the water by the marsh. As you watch the osprey fly away, take notice how they carry the fish they just caught. The head of the fish is almost always facing windward as it is tightly held in the osprey's talons.

Our family-owned cottage has 2 spacious bedrooms, a large living room with full wall windows overlooking the harbor, a cozy kitchen and dining room, and ample sleeping space for six. Curl up with a book in front of the gas stove or lounge on the wrap around porch to enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets over this picturesque harbor.

Front and back lawn areas are ideal for family fun and yard games, and you'll be within walking distance of the library. Visit nearby antique shops and beautiful Back Beach for a relaxing day in the sun. There is an historical society and museum across the harbor in the village of Bass Harbor. Sea life, ferry service to outlying islands & boat tours by water can be easily found leaving from Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

You don't even need to leave Bernard to have a full day of fun and exploration! You can walk along the rocky beach, play Frisbee and other outdoor games on the lawn, or a game of fetch with the family dog. Plenty of room for everyone to wind down and relax.

High Speed Broadband Internet/WIFI access is available to you at the Crow's Nest as well as cable TV & DVD player.. for a rainy day at home.

Several of our guests have returned to the Crow's Nest year after year, and we hope you will feel that way as well. This cottage has been in our family for over two decades and is a favorite spot for resting, relaxing and exploring, we look forward to sharing this magical destination with you.

Thank you for choosing the Crow's Nest for your family vacation!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kiera Mulvey Bulan (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015

About Kiera Mulvey Bulan

Our Dad/Grandpa, Dick Van Houten, bought the house in 1986 & spent 6 months a year here until his death in 2001. He was an avid seaman, sailor & builder of the model boats. Our family spent many sweet summer days here at The Crow's Nest and is happy to share this special place with your family.

Our family is spread from New Hampshire to Washington to Mississippi, but we still do our best to make the trek up to the rocky shores of Mt Desert Island as often as possible to climb those beautiful mountains in Acadia National Park and watch the lobster boats roll in and out of 'our' harbor.

Susie and Skip, Dick's children, are both artists making fine art jewelry and sculpture work in their NH and MS homes. Grandchildren Kiera, Luke, Heidi, Isaac, Eva, and Hans are scattered about in Connecticut, Washington, Illinois, Maine and Mississippi making art, pruning trees, building homes, playing music, and growing good gardens of fresh food. We spent many happy summer weeks visiting our Meme and Papa, racing lobsters and each other around the docks, picking wild blueberries, and looking for lightening bugs at dusk on the deck. Kiera spent a summer living in this home after she graduated from college in 2000 while working for the trail crew in the National Park Service. Take a leisurely stroll around Jordan Pond while you're in the park and walk on the trail she helped build!

Kiera Mulvey Bulan purchased this house in 1986

Why Kiera Mulvey Bulan chose Bernard

As an avid seaman, our Dad/Papa couldn't have picked a more ideal location for his retirement. He relished the salty spray of the morning mist and the close proximity to a working harbor. Tucked away at the tip of the island on a dead end street, The Crow's Nest is the perfect escape from the chaos of life. Balsam fir trees line the paths through the woods and brightly colored sail boats slide past well weathered lobster boats.

Our family always loved the park, the proximity to the vacation-style ice cream parlors of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and the secluded privacy of our secret hideaway. We'd all descend on The Crow's Nest for overlapping trips sometimes pitching a tent or dragging a camper to accommodate our family of up to 13!

What makes this house unique

The very best part (in our humble opinion!) of this very sweet cottage is the wrap around deck. You can catch these perfect views from any of the large living room windows to see the Lobster Fishermen at work...but, very little in this world can beat a cool Maine morning with a salty mist over the harbor as you sip your coffee and breath in the fresh sea air.

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful stay in this charming waterfront cottage

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't do justice to the beautiful panoramic view from both the living room and the deck. Four adults spent a week here and never tired of watching the lobster boats come and go right out our window. After spending just five hours in Bar Harbor, we were very glad to be staying on the " quiet side" of the island. We enjoyed all the usual activities in Acadia, and in addition enjoyed ( in no particular order): sailing trip w/ Sail Acadia, hiking Beech Mtn Trail, canoeing on Long Pond, hiking both Ship Harbor Trail & Wonderland Trail, and eating 5 times at Thurstons. A fabulous week at Crow's Nest!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Pennington, NJ

Comfortable, with Great Views

  • 5 of 5

This is a comfortable older house with plenty of amenities. It was well stocked and geared to taking advantage of the views of Bass Harbor. The unexpected views of Cadillac, the active harbor, being able to launch our kayak nearby, watching the nightly street "scene" in front of Thurston's, and regular walks to the cobble beach were distinctive highlights. Because we are active hikers, our family found ourselves driving a lot to ANP trailheads, but we always enjoyed returning home for a family dinner and a good sleep here. To our minds, the house and site are even better than advertised; our stay exceeded our high expectations.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks John! We're so glad you were able to paddle your kayak with the lobster boats and wander the cobblestones with your family in Bernard. Thanks for sharing your observations of Thurston's "scene", it is quite a site for our little quiet side and we're so lucky to have such a delicious draw just across the street! Its so wonderful to hear that the Crow's Nest felt like a good spot to retire for the evening after a full day of exploring and hiking in Acadia, you're welcome back anytime.

Relaxing stay once again!

  • 5 of 5

So glad to have come upon this little gem in Bernard. We've been traveling to Maine for the past 30 years and have graduated from camping in Blackwoods with 4 kids to being able to upgrade to this lovely cottage where the kids come and spend some time with us. Comfortable, simple and timeless. Right up our alley. This is our second summer at Crow's Nest and hopefully there will be many more to come. Thank you Lynn (manager) for always being available if there are any needs.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing the Crow's Nest to continue your exploration of Mt. Desert Island, we're so glad to have you and your family. I just love how you describe the cabin, "comfortable, simple, and timeless" that is indeed the case and we're so happy to be able to share this spot with families like yours who truly revel in the wonders of this magical place. Come again!

A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

This was a very homey and comfortable house. The living room is larger than it appears in pictures, and was great for my husband, daughter and I to unwind, read, play games and watch tv when the weather didn't cooperate or when we just wanted to relax. (The kitchen and upstairs were roomier than I expected, too.) The view from the living room picture window and deck was beautiful. We didn't tire of watching the lobster boats coming in and out of the harbor. Bernard is a quiet village where locals and summer people seem to happily coexist. Around Bernard, we checked out the library, took walks, (including to the "cobblestone" beach) and just hung out. We also explored parts of Acadia and Bar Harbor, and were always happy to return to the house. We hope to come back soon to this special spot on the "quiet side."

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for visiting the Crow's Nest! We're thrilled that you we're pleasantly surprised with the space and had the time to truly take in the special magic of Bernard. We certainly have many fond memories of Back Beach (the cobblestone beach) and are so happy when others discover its peaceful beauty. Come back soon!

Just Perfect!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place was amazing right on the harbor and very quiet, just what we wanted. The property was not new but we were not looking for new on Mt. Desert Island that is why it was just perfect for my husband and I plus daughter & husband and 2 grandsons. Lynn the property manager was most helpful & easy to reach. The house had everything we needed and more. We enjoyed having our coffee in the morning and wine in the evening on the deck overlooking the lobster boats. The Sea Ketch Restaurant was right across the harbor it was our favorite for lunch. We were not that far from any of the attractions in fact it was a nice easy enjoyable ride to everything. If we get the chance to go back we will most definitely stay here again. Wish we were there right now!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Candy! We are so glad you and your family got the chance to enjoy this sweet getaway and are so pleased that you loved the setting and the cabin. You're most welcome back whenever your travels bring you to the "quiteside" of Mt. Desert!

Great two weeks!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was wonderful and clean..Spectacular view and the rental manager was most accommodating. We just loved it and would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for visiting The Crow's Nest and sharing this special view. Hope to see you in 2015!


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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nemo's Resturant (Pool Table available)
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Swan's Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Causway Club Public Nine Hole Course
Nearest Train
185 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Rt. 3 & Rt. 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Back Beach (walking distance)
Car: recommended

Acadia National Park offers casual strolls, scenic drives, and full day hiking. Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor outdoor outfitters rent bikes, kayaks, rock climbing equipment and more to make the most of this awesome natural playground. Go on a whale watching tour, visit the historic shopping districts, charter a sail boat, or simply relax on your private deck overlooking Bass Harbor. The Crow's Nest has something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

From $1,250 Per week

Bernard House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 23 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 30 2015 - Jul 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Height
Jul 4 2015 - Sep 4 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 5 2015 - Sep 25 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 26 2015 - Oct 16 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50.00
Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes We will consider a pet on an individual basis & require photocopied proof for rabies/distemper immunizations & flea control & a $200 refundable security deposit.
Season Pricing:
May 23, 2015 - May 29, 2015, $1,275.00
May 30, 2015 - Jul 3, 2015, $1,375.00
Jul 4, 2015 - Sep 4, 2015, $1,625
Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 25, 2015, $1,495.00
Sep 26, 2015 - Oct 16, 2015 $1,250.00

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bernard House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Harbor side bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Private back bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • There is also a spare sofa in the LR that opens into a small bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Located on the Western, 'Quiteside', of Mt. Desert Island our house offers the perfect peaceful get away while still being minutes from Acadia National Park and historic Bar Harbor. Catch the LL Bean Island Explorer, close by in the neighborhood, for a direct ride to and from the park, and to attractions throughout the island. The LL Bean bus have bicycle racks for your convenience, your own bicycle or rented, to the Carriage Trails throughout the park. After a day full of adventures you can retire to the front deck or living room by the stove. Take out fresh lobsters caught that day, cook your own or eat at Thurston's Lobster Pound to enjoy another fantastic view of the harbor and the fishermen returning from their day at sea, or sailboats touring the harbor or mooring at Thurston's for dinner. You can also fish from the local piers for Mackerel & Sea Bass (in season) and see friendly Harbor Seals swim right up to the pier to say hello!

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