IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read this before you visit our web site for complete details about our unique Rental property and Landmark Lighthouse. We have had a most successful 2013 rental season with all weeks fully booked by previous Honored Guests as we refer to families who rent our Maine property and Landmark Lighthouse. We are now accepting inquiries and reservations for possible availability in 2014.
Four weeks in July and August have already been booked by returning renters (see calendars) and we are optimistic that we will again be fully booked for the 2014 season very shortly. Without appearing to be aggressively promotional, we strongly encourage new renters to take advantage of our offer to maintain our 2013 rates instead of increasing them as is the usual practice by some homeowners. We're doing this because our property is not a business and we desire to share occupancy with families who can appreciate the privilege of living in the house and Lighthouse that my late wife, Nancy, cherished and loved. All income is donated to Maine charities in her memory.
We are particularly impressed with the intense interest in our Lighthouse, perhaps because of the many articles on lighthouses which have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and the abundance of 2014 calendars and Internet coverage. One lighthouse in Boston harbor is being auctioned by the US government with the latest bid at $900,000 even though it has limited access with a 40 ft. ladder and no occupancy amenities.
Our Lighthouse has easy direct access from the street even though it is on the shore of Bass Harbor. It is not for sale and is not open to the public. It is included as part of the rental of our oceanfront home on the Quiet Side of Mt. Desert. Now, enjoy a tour of our Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse. We look forward to hearing from you.
PLEASE READ ON FOR AN OVER VIEW OF MY PROPERTY.
You can vacation in Maine's landmark Lighthouse & live in its adjacent charming oceanfront country home on Mt. Desert in the quaint fishing village of Bernard. Available July thru October. This is the location of the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse and is one of the most unique rental properties in Maine, known for its famous lobster buoy wall. Perfect for rest, relaxation and entertaining, just a few steps across the road is the meticulously renovated Homestead which has a maximum capacity of 10. It features four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a host of comfort and convenient amenities, including three living rooms, exquisitely furnished with crafts and antiques. It's actually two houses in one providing ultimate privacy for shared rentals. A professionally maintained cutting flower garden and Zen garden complement the exterior furnished porches.
The Lighthouse: The Lighthouse is the only private Lighthouse in Maine, has achieved national attention for its famous lobster buoy wall, inclusion in the film, Cider House Rules and known as the Lighthouse Wedding Chapel. The view is utterly fantastic as you can almost touch the 65 lobster boats in your sight in Bass Harbor, one of nine major working harbors in Maine. It's a perfect place for rest, relaxation and entertaining family and friends. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine and you are literally in the lap of luxury. The view from the top of the Lighthouse is breathtaking and a perfect place to take photographs of the harbor. You can watch a variety of sea ducks as well as seals, eagles, osprey, cormorants and a variety of sea gulls. Kingfishers fish from the lighthouse dock in August and September.
Local History: Sea Memorial & Bass Harbor Light: In Bernard village and across the harbor in village of Bass Harbor, you can bike or drive to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. And you can walk or bike to visit the Sea Memorial located at the Town Dock just a short 5 minute walk away. Bring your own or rent kayaks & bicycles and explore the harbor and nearby Bass Harbor Marsh. Acadia National Park has many miles of carriage trails that are well kept and groomed for safe and comfortable walking and bicycling for your entire family. Thurston's Wharf: Just a short walk from The Centennial House and Lighthouse is a working fishing dock and lobster pound with a restaurant above for the best lobster dinner on Mt. Desert Island!
My name is Irving Silverman, and I am the owner of the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse. I would like to introduce myself & my residential property. I am a 93 year old young philanthropist who has lived an active, purposeful life in five geographical areas (New York City, Long Island, NY, Tucson, AZ, Bernard ME. and now in a retirement community in Dedham Mass. Although I am a native New Yorker, I am really an emotional Mainer because I have happily lived with my family in Maine for over 50 years. I am a writer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and am most proud of my last and current career, which brings me to my reason for writing this introduction to my property.
I was widowed at the age of 35 with two young children. Three years later, I met and married my second wife, Nancy and together we founded the organization, 'Parents Without Partners. It was Nancy who introduced me to Maine and the start of a half century love affair with lighthouses.
It was in 1973 that we first rented our century old Bernard home. We bought in 1980 and lovingly renovated it as our cherished Homestead. We have lived in it for over 45 summers, becoming legal Maine residents because we were charmed by the landscape and the friendliness of the community residents. Although my wife and I loved our intimacy with the water and the beauty of the working harbor, I could not have a boat because of my legal blindness. Nevertheless, we became integrated into the community and were acknowledged as respected citizens. When we learned that there were over a hundred homes in our town that were over 100 years old, including the homes on our street and our home, we organized the Centennial Club which celebrated our town's heritage. We also sponsored the creation of the Tremont Sea Memorial, which honored the memory of the 140 town residents who died at sea. It is located at the Town dock, down the street. (worth a visit).
In 1990, Nancy honored me by designing and building the Family Lighthouse, to be my 'vertical' boat. It is now a Town landmark and its historic lobster buoy wall has been photographed thousands of times. It also was seen in the movie, 'Cider House Rules'. I wrote my first book 'A Trilogy...Three Hearts...One Soul' in the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse has been a source of joy for me and my family and we are pleased to make it available to any renters of our Homestead. Upon Nancy's death in 2002, I dedicated the Lighthouse as a Wedding Chapel and I have officiated at 34 weddings in the Chapel. Most couples refer to it as the most romantic and spiritual wedding site in Maine. All fees have been donated to Hospice and other charities.
Our Homestead & Family Lighthouse is not operated as a business. All rental income is donated to charities.