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Acadia Region Artist Retreat at Water's Edge'Quiet Cove'

gail hipsky

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Speaks: english
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Acadia Region Artist Retreat at Water's Edge'Quiet Cove'

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Hancock Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms( 2 with Queen beds one with 2 twins), 2 Baths, Maximum 6)

'Quiet Cove', our waterfront cottage, is a very special place.Facing southwest on Young's Bay in Hancock, Maine, you will enjoy all day sun with magnificent sunsets and moon rises.There is a view from every room and no other homes in sight. Located at the end of a 1/2 mile private drive on a scenic 5 acre point, the cottage sits just feet from the water's edge. It is just a short drive to Acadia National Park, the Schoodic Peninsula, Bar Harbor and all points Downeast.

Artists, writers, nature lovers and honeymooners will find the peaceful solitude well suited for a relaxing retreat. Tidal waters offer an ever changing coastline with a gravel beach, granite outcroppings, clam flats, mussel beds and an abundance of waterbirds and seals. The area is ideal for kayaking, biking, hiking or just watching the constant color changes on the water as the day passes. Enjoy watching the lobster fishermen tend their traps and catch your dinner. This is a special place!

The village of Hancock offers a quaint summer library, charming non-denominational chapel,tennis, biking, beaches and excellent restaurants such as the Crocker House and Le Domaine..

'Quiet Cove' is a warm 3 bedrooom cottage surrounded by natural sights and sounds that sits so close to the water you'll feel like you are outside when you are inside.

The first floor offers an open floor plan with an airy catherdal ceiling. The wood interior creates a warm glow that invites you to slow down and relax in the greatroom. There is a dining area with seating for 8. The galley kitchen with granite counters faces west so you can prepare lobster and enjoy the sunset. The master bedroom has a queen size bed with it's own full bathroom with a walk-in shower.Lie on the bed and watch and listen to the tide change. There is also a second full bathroom off the greatroom for guests as well as a washer/dryer.

The second floor has two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other has a set of twin beds and a fold out cot if needed.There is a second bathroom with a deep tub and shower off the family room on the first level.

There is a screened porch and open deck with a gas grill off the greatroom. Watch the lobster boats and the seal rookery while you enjoy your morning coffee. The picnic table is nestled in a wooded area facing a small cove. Flower gardens and a lawn area are on the east side of the cottage where you will also find an open porch.

'Quiet Cove' is the perfect vacation destination that allows you to explore the rugged coast of Maine but then retreat to complete solitude.

Keywords: Acadia Region, ocean front, artist retreat, private, honeymoon heaven.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
gail hipsky (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2015

About gail hipsky

'Quiet Cove' is our personal get away and we hope guests will find it as special as we do. We love this area as the cottage location offers the best of all worlds since it is only a short drive to Acadia , Bar Harbor and Schoodic Pennisula.The cottage is located on this map page at the water's edge in Youngs Bay.

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Acadia Region Artist Retreat at Water's Edge'Quiet Cove'
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Quiet respite

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is exactly as pictured, or better.

I was seeking a quiet haven to unplug (no wifi) and relax from city stress - and, pulling in, I knew I'd found the place.

One can kayak right off the front yard (we used our klepper). Gail let us use a canoe (hers).

There is not a soul around save the occaisonal lobsterboat in the distance. No noise. A few eagles and seals.

We didn't venture out for dinner (living in Europe, we get good food) - but who needs to with a view like that! The sunsets were beautiful.

We did cook on the grill and unwind with a glass of wine on the enclosed porch overlooking the bay. The galley kitchen has a granite countertop and the photo doesn't do it justice. The local wine & cheese shop is actually well appointed, a nice surprise.

The cottage is very clean, also a relief as I am picky.

Gail is a very caring owner. She loves her home and having people enjoy it, it shows in her attention to detail. Several wildflower bouquets awaited us! And a chest of blankets for cool days on the porch.

The drive to Mount Desert Island is about 40 min if one so desires to venture out. Seeing sunrise on Mt Cadillac on a clear day (get there 30' prior for best colours), hiking Gorham trail or seeing Schoodic Point were nice.

But Quiet Cove has nothing to envy from Acadia. In sum, with its isolation and enclosed private porch, it's better (no people, no bugs). (This stay prompted my husband to dig about close properties for sale).

I strongly recommend this place for those seeking a nice, quiet, authentic piece of Maine nature and not the ticky tack of tourist traps. You will not regret it.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Central Pennsylvania

Still just right

  • 5 of 5

In our home, shortly after Christmas, the subject of summer vacation always comes up. Our list was short on possible destinations, and all five voted for the coast of Maine. I took a big sigh of relief, knowing there would be no long internet searches hoping to find just the right place to stay. As I am sure you have guessed, this was not our first visit to quiet cove. Turning in the driveway to begin our second week here was a moment of complete happiness. We all knew that ahead was a week of moments that would become lifelong memories.

The approach to quiet cove is down a meandering wooded driveway, it truly gives you the feel of being far removed from the outside world, even though conveniences are nearby. Just before the last round in the driveway, you catch a view of the water through the's magic. As for the cottage, Gail has managed to a create an atmosphere that feels like home. It is filled with thoughtful personal touches, books, maps, games, a local newspaper, fluffy towels, and nice quality bedding. The space feels relaxed, light, and bright. Our favorite time was spent exploring the shore during low tide, and relaxing on the screened in porch. The kitchen is well equipped, the bedrooms are comfortable and all have beautiful views. The cottage is CLEAN and fresh. I promise if you are looking for a relaxed escape you will not be disappointed, it is well worth every penny.

The local area is fun to explore. There is a charming store just a hop, skip, and a jump away for milk and such. There are several choices for dining out, and don't miss out on Acadia National Park. We took the time this trip to watch the sunrise from the top of Cadillac was breathtaking and made me feel thankful just to be alive. If you visit Schoodic Point, pack a picnic and wait for the tide to come in...the crashing waves are worth it.

So last, but most definitely not least is Gail, quiet cove's owner. She is wonderful...kind, thoughtful, welcoming, and a great hostess. Many sincere thank you's to her from our family....we are blessed to spend time in you magic hideaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your glowing comments. Could not believe how your children had grown. Hope to see you all again in the future. Have a great rest of the summer. fondly G.

Gorgeous Secluded Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This well-maintained cottage provides a gorgeous secluded retreat yet it is perfectly located for sight-seeing visits to Acadia and other scenic areas. The cottage is charming with the porch being a delightful place to enjoy watching the changing tides, viewing the stunning sunsets and listening to the seals.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time and enjoyed your stay at "Quiet Cove" Hope you all get back this way again as there is always so much to see and do. Take care and have a great rest of the summer.
East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Hidden in the Cove

  • 5 of 5

The Spirit of Maine is within ones reach at Artist Retreat. One may have to wait on the tides, but the essence of Down East will overtake you. Just sit on the deck, lie in bed, or stroll the garden and ones state of mind tempers as the house and grounds take over.

Do not bring your communication devices. Borrow the binoculars Need activity call "Ant" at Hancock Point Kayaks. Enjoy sea kayaking. Outside the property Winter Harbor- Schoodic Peninsula, Frenchman's Bay Conservatory hikes, and Chipper's. One can reach the Other Harbor, however it will spoil your easy cruising speed.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you all enjoyed the true spirit of the cottage. When we go there it is to unplug, defuse and reconnect with nature. Hope you return at some time in the future. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Colorado, United States

Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from our time at Quiet Cove. Gail and Marty have done a wonderful job bringing beauty and comfort to their rental home. Seals, eagle, loons and brilliant lightening bugs bring amazing opportunities to experience nature in the quiet, peaceful setting. Magnificent sunsets blanketed us with dramatic color as we sat on the enclosed porch. The short hike around the property was so quiet and cozy. The house is close enough to Bar Harbor and Acadia for a day trip. Hunting for sea glass and shells was a high light for us as was canoeing over to the seal island.We had a seal escort us as we paddled along. I would highly recommend this retreat. The only issue we had was trying to heat the lower part of the house while not over heating the upstairs, but that was the only problem.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alisa, Thanks for the nice review. The cottage is special even in the rainy weather and the skies as you said can be amazing. Looking forward to your return. Next time you can plan for a midsummer visit. Have a wonderful rest of the summer. warm regards Gail & Marty

A Slice Of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This cottage could not have suited us any better. Our visit was very relaxing, fun and beautiful. We had kayaks to explore area seeing about 4 -5 seals. The sunsets were beautiful, We are familiar with area a bit but have never visited Schoodic point a must see not as busy as acadia. We were given information about local lobsterman who had home base shop this to was GREAT. We even had a visit from neighbor who gave us farm picked cucumbers yum and thanks. We had the best laughs and family times at dinner table and being relaxed in such a beautiful place who could ask for more. The home owners make you feel like family and are very gracious for letting us share in this great cabin home. We hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Matt & Karen, Thanks for the nice review. The second floor dormer is finished and is wonderful!!!You'll love it if you return next summer. Take care and have a good winter. Gail


This owner has not provided a specific location. If you would like more information, please contact the owner.
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Bangor International Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Witer Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
lots of local areas to eat
Car: necessary

You can launch a kayak from the front of the property. You can also swim off the front at the top of the tide.Maine waters can be quite cold even in the summer. Watch the seal rookery across the bay and enjoy all the water birds at low tide. Just sit back, unplug and relax and reconnect with your innerself.


Rates & Availability

From $1,800 Per week

Hancock Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
July - September
Jul 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $135 and refundable security $350 $485.00
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes We accept personal checks or bank checks
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Hancock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in first floor master and one in second floor bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 twin beds in a second floor bedroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) fold out cot on sight if needed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gravel beachfront and granite outcroppings on the entire coastline. Picnic table, lawn area, flower gardens. Screened porch and open deck facing the ocean with open porch facing the yard.

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