PICTURESQUE FAMILY COTTAGE ON PEACEFUL BASS HARBOR, IN THE VILLAGE OF BERNARD

Susan Mulvey

Speaks english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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PICTURESQUE FAMILY COTTAGE ON PEACEFUL BASS HARBOR, IN THE VILLAGE OF BERNARD

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2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath ~ Private Cottage With Breathtaking Views

Please note: The month of June 2014 is now AVAILABLE for weekly or monthly rental.

Crow's Nest is a private hilltop property located directly on Bass Harbor, the Crows Nest is the perfect vacation destination on the Western, 'Quiet Side' of Mt Desert Island. If you don't want to take your car to tour the island and Acadia National Park, you can catch the Island Explorer LL Bean Bus, conveniently located within a short walking distance from the cottage. This free bus system covers the entire island to take you anywhere you want to go and back. And, in just a few minutes walk you can have lunch or dinner at the world famous Thurston's Lobster Pound for the freshest, same day catch lobster. It 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 a beautiful beach where you can swim, snorkel, or beach comb for sea glass, Collect sand dollars, shells, and starfish that are no longer in their shell. Or you can just relax in the sun and enjoy the view. Kayaking is a favorite activity in Bass Harbor. You can paddle among the lobster boats to get a close up look at all their gear and beautiful lobster boats. Paddle 'up harbor' and ride the gentle rapid under a bridge and 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; there is a very good chance you will see a Kingfisher perched on a tree limb high above the water and quickly dive into the water and catch his dinner! They are an amazing bird 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 seen last summer in Bass Harbor teaching their young how to catch their 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.

This 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 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. Easy to find and within walking distance. There is an historical society and it's museum is across the harbor in the village of Bass Harbor. Sea life & boat tours by water can be easily found leaving from Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

You really don't need to leave Bernard to have a full day of fun and explore! 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.

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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered

Susan Mulvey

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2013
Speaks english

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 Wisconsin, Connecticut, Washington, Illinois 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 whilte 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!

Susan Mulvey purchased this house in 1986

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!

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.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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

  • 5 of 5
The Crow's Nest was the perfect base for our honeymoon exploration of Mt. Desert Island. The pictures give you an accurate overview: comfortable, clean, quiet setting with a fantastic view. It's not all "brand new" if that is what you want, but it has everything you need and we loved it! (The only 'odd' thing (which I quickly got used to) was the location of the bathroom off the entry/mudroom.) The fireplace was cozy on cool nights. The porch was the perfect spot for breakfast. For birders, we saw Bald Eagles every day! One perched in the tree off the deck on our first morning! While it may seem on a map to be a bit far from the attractions of Acadia, we did not find this to be the case. The furthest points were at most 30 minutes by car, and you make so many stops along the way to and from you never are more than 10 minutes from your next stop, or home. For lobster lovers, Thurston's is a 2 minute walk way. Bass Harbor (opposite your home) offers a wonderful nature tour (Island Cruises) -- a must. And you are just minutes from the gorgeous sunsets at Bass Harbor Light. We were greeted with a wonderful welcome packet and nature guide by Lynn, who could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. Based on how booked Crows Nest is for 2014 already, it probably does not need any further praise! We sadly did not act fast enough for a return this year. Maybe for our 2nd anniversary....if we're lucky!
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive words, we're so grateful to have guests that thrive in the cozy, natural environment of the Crow's Nest and Bernard! We loved having your family join us for your special celebration and are so pleased you appreciate the sweet beauty and quiet quirkiness of our family cabin. Its wonderful that you saw our resident bald eagles and had the chance to explore the beautiful attractions near and far. We do hope you'll find your way back to the Crow's Nest for future anniversaries and vacations, we'd love to have you!
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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard
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FEELS LIKE HOME....

  • 5 of 5
We were very comfortable at Crow's nest. Lynn, as always, was very helpful in making all the arrangements and making sure we had everything we needed. The property was clean, with all the basic amenities. Nothing fancy, which is just our style! See you next summer! Fran and John
  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard
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WONDERFUL PLACE!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at the Crow's next for a week, with our three children.
The place was impeccable when we took it, and plenty spacious for a family of five.
We truly enjoyed our stay, and so much to do on the island. And the lobster every other night, what a treat!

A place we would definitely go back to.

Thank you to the owner and manager!
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard
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A GEM ON BASS HARBOR!!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Crow's Nest was wonderful! The house was clean, well-equipped and comfortable with amazing views of Bass Harbor. Enjoy a lobster cook-in/ family game-night overlooking the lobster boats or walk down the front lawn and explore the harbor close up. If you don’t want to cook, Thurston's is only a stones throw away for dinner. We dropped in kayaks (walked them right down from house) and explored Bass Harbor Light and neighboring coves. The house is not a far drive from picturesque hikes and bike rides through the carriage trails at Acadia or a swim in Echo Lake.

Lynn, the property manager, is kind and helpful. She even walked our dog a few times so we could spend our days enjoying the park on bikes. She made our stay even more pleasant.

This is an amazing gem in Bass Harbor. Thanks for a wonderful stay! We will be back again.
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard
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Bass Harbor Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island
5

A GEM IN BASS HARBOR!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Crow's Nest was wonderful! The house was clean, well-equipped and comfortable with amazing views of Bass Harbor. Enjoy a lobster cook-in/ family game-night overlooking the lobster boats or walk down the front lawn and explore the harbor close up. If you don’t want to cook, Thurston's is only a stones throw away for dinner. We dropped in kayaks (walked them right down from house) and explored Bass Harbor Light and neighboring coves. The house is not a far drive from picturesque hikes and bike rides through the carriage trails at Acadia or a swim in Echo Lake.

Lynn, the property manager, is kind and helpful. She even walked our dog a few times so we could spend our days enjoying the park on bikes. She made our stay even more pleasant.

This is an amazing gem in Bass Harbor. Thanks for a wonderful stay! We will be back.
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This lovely family is the best! We would love to have them return!
Their dog was well trained and well behaved, she was quiet and a pleasure to have stay at the Crow's Nest with her family. I would highly recommend this family to another rental, but do hope they will return to the Crow's Nest for another vacation in Maine.
Sincerely,
Lynn,
Crow's Nest house manager
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Swan's Island Ferry
Nearest Train
185 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Rt. 3 & Rt. 1
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Back Beach (walking distance)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nemo's Resturant (Pool Table available)
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Causway Club Public Nine Hole Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Thurston's Lobster Pound
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.

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Availability & Rates

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Bass Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Early Summer June
Jun 7 2014 - Jul 4 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,250
 
 
Summer Height
Jul 5 2014 - Aug 29 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,550
 
 
Early Fall
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,450
 
 
Fall
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 18 2014
7 night minimum stay
$1,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500.00
Pet Fee $50.00
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes June 21st- July 4th 2014 Weekly Rate $1,250
July 5th - August 29th 2014 $1,550
August 30th - September 26th $1,450
September 27th - October 18th 2014 $1,100

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Stove ...
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Harbor side bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Private back bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 double
  • There is also a spare sofa in the LR that opens into a small bed.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • 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:
  • freshwater fishing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
Notes:
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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