Get away to our comfortable home in Bass Harbor with everything you need for a comfortable retreat near Acadia National Park. Our home features a living area with down-stuffed chairs and comfy sofa. The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils for cooking and dining in and has a dishwasher, microwave, propane range, full-sized refrigerator and dining table for up to six. There is a den, complete with board games, puzzles, popular fiction and information on the many activities awaiting you on MDI. Rounding out the first floor are 2 bedrooms, both with queen sized, pillow-topped beds, large-capacity laundry, one full bath and one half bath. Upstairs is a sky-lit loft with DVD-equipped monitor and bunk beds - a great place for the kids to hang out! Take a family bike ride or enjoy 'creative' badminton and croquet in the yard!
Our house is on a private road, shared with only 5 other houses, 1/4 mile from food shopping and stop for the L. L. Bean Island Hopper bus for car- free access to Acadia, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor.
Relax, enjoy Maine - life as it should be!
House amenities: The house was built for year-round living and is completely furnished with modern and vintage furniture, sheets, towels, pillows and blankets. The kitchen is fully equipped with all dishes, glassware, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. There is a stereo, with CD player and MP3 connection, as well as a weather band radio to check on the forecast when planning your next day's activities. Enjoy 'movie night' on the LCD monitor with built-in DVD player in the loft! Also provided are a charcoal grill, picnic table and chairs, lawn chairs, badminton and croquet sets, though the yard games are more for the adventurous and creative than those interested in serious play, as the yard slopes a bit. There are 4 bikes - men's 27' hybrid, 2 boys' bikes and a women's 3-speed. Bring your helmets for an quick trip into Bass Harbor, scenic rides on the Hio Trail to Seawall and Wonderland or loading on the Island hopper bus for exploring the carriage trails of Acadia National Park.
Location: The house is located on a 2 acre site, though less than a mile from Bass Harbor, with seafood restaurant overlooking the harbor, Rich's lobster pound, the Bass Harbor head light and Swan's Island Ferry. It is also just 3 miles from the charming village of Southwest Harbor with restaurants, gourmet and super markets, specialty wine shop, ice cream parlor, kayak rental, community center and ferry to the Cranberry Islands. Also in SWH is The Claremont Hotel, grand dame of The Quiet Side and the perfect setting for end of day libation at the dock house over looking Somes Sound.
Kids activities: For the youngsters, at the house there are boxed games - Monopoly, Boggle and, our favorite, Jenga! We often try to squeeze in a round of badminton and, for the truly hearty, there is a croquet set. Okay - both of these are more for the creative than the serious as the yard slopes and is a bit lumpy, but it fits our level of play! Nearby there is a playground at the the Tremont School, 1/2 mile down Flat Iron Road. On the way to Southwest Harbor is the easy hike to Wonderland, with rocks for clambering over and tidal pools to explore. In Southwest Harbor, there are weekly children's activities at the library, complete with dedicated reading room. Across the street from the library is another school playground with jungle gyms and basketball court. There is also an oceanarium at the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard station with educational programs.
I am an architect and live with my wife in Philadelphia. We bought this house to enjoy time away form the city when our sons where young. After many years of hiking, biking, swimming and badminton in the Summer, we are offering it for rent as we are not able to be there as much as we used to and want to be!
The house is truly a place to 'get away' (just not too far away!). By choice we do not have a land line phone or TV cable, though did relent and buy a monitor with DVD player for family movie night. Even through the tough 'teen years', we all have fond memories of evenings playing Boggle, Pictionary, Guesstures and, yes, Simpson's Jeopary!
The house was built as a full-time residence for year-round living. If anything, it is even better in Winter than Summer!