Napier Cottage is one of the oldest homes in SW Harbor, ME, and features the charm of high ceilings, hardwood floors and sun-drenched rooms with views of the harbor. It has been lovingly maintained, restored and enhanced over the years, and is furnished with oriental carpets and antiques, linens, a well-stocked gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV, and many books, games and puzzles. The cottage is situated on nearly an acre of land with lovely gardens, patio, wrap-around decks and a screened, lighted gazebo. Part of the lawn is fenced in and is a perfect play area for small children. It is an easy walk to the upper and lower town docks, 2 lobster pounds, a ferry, and the market, restaurants and stores in downtown SW Harbor. It is also within 1/2 block of the free bus which will take riders anywhere on Mount Desert Island or in Acadia National Park. Concierge services are provided by the owner at no charge to renters, and catered meals are available for a fee.
Inside the Napier Cottage: Located on Clark Point Road, with views of the harbor, The Napier Cottage is one of the oldest homes in Southwest Harbor. The original part of the house was built in 1826 by Captain Clark for his daughter, and features the charm of high ceilings, hardwood floors, and sun-drenched rooms. It has been lovingly maintained, restored and enhanced over the years. The Cottage is situated on nearly an acre of land with lovely gardens and landscaping, and even an area of lawn perfect for croquet. Part of the lawn is fenced in and is an ideal and safe play area for small children.
The Cottage is furnished with antiques, comfortable and welcoming couches and chairs, and oriental rugs, and has lots of books, puzzles and games for all ages. There are several sets of linens and towels for each bedroom, color-coded for each room, and down comforters for those chilly nights.
Computers are made welcome with a DSL connection, and a satellite dish provides TV and music reception.
Outside the Napier Cottage: Outside you will find a brick patio, with gas grill and 6-person table with chairs and umbrella. There is an area of the lawn suitable for croquet--a croquet set is provided. And the screened, lighted gazebo is a wonderful place for early morning coffee while watching the sun rising over the harbor, or for a glass of wine in the evening as the sunset highlights the boats, and the moon reflects in the water.
The Napier Cottage has a circular drive with plenty of parking, and it is an easy walk to the Upper and Lower town docks, 2 lobster pounds, and the market, restaurants and stores in downtown SW Harbor. It is also within 1/2 block of two stops of the Island Explorer, the free bus which will take you anywhere around the island. The Explorer will drop you off throughout the park and island for your first exploration and pick you up to take you to your next adventure. Some of the buses also have bike racks. Bikes, canoes and kayaks can be rented in SW Harbor.
The Quietside Concierge: The services of the Quietside Concierge are an extra benefit provided to guests of The Napier Cottage. The QC will stock the refrigerator and pantry prior to guests' arrival, using guests' lists and funds, make reservations for dinner, theater or a boat ride, run errands, pick up flowers or groceries, answer ' what to do, where to do it, how to do it'' questions, bake cookies, and can prepare meals with advance notice. Special events, picnic lunches, lobster dinners, or even a wine and cheese party may be scheduled ahead and planned with QC. There is a charge for the ingredients, preparation and service for catered meals and events, and for gas for off-island errands and trips. Otherwise, the QC services are free to Napier Cottage guests, and are provided by the owner who resides elsewhere on the premises.
I am an eternal optimist, enthusiatic about life and its adventures, am a creative problem-solver, a gardener, a seamstress, a reader, a traveler, an appreciator of beautiful things both living and hand-crafted, enjoy music, art, theater, and occasionally make stained glass pieces. I am single with grown children, and I have many years experience as an RN, a psychologist and a psychotherapist, as well as having a variety of other employment experiences and adventures. I find sources of joy every day, and am open to life's next adventure or next lesson.
It is a lovely, well-kept and cherished home which lends itself especially to gatherings of families and/or friends. A warm and welcoming home which is beautiful any season, and especially suited for summer vacations or Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday visits. While the Cottage can sleep 6 adults, 2 children and an infant, it accomodates many more for visiting, dining and outdoor activities. For overflow sleeping, there is a fine bed and breakfast directly across the street.
I fell in love with the Cottage on my first visit--drawn by its Victorian charm, high ceilings, hard-wood floors, large windows overlooking the harbor, lovely lawn, constant sun with E, S, and W-facing windows, brick patio, and quiet location, yet close to town.