For our purposes this place was great, 5 stars, definitely, but it is not a 5 star hotel. It has a campy feel and quirks of an old cottage.
It was exactly what we wanted. Quiet, comfortable, homey, close to the busy and the quiet side of the park. The place was also in an area where we could walk our dog before heading out for the day's activities. There is a great trail up Acadia Mountain right from the front door too.
The description is accurate. The cottage is campy and does have character and a story, which is described in the welcome book left on the table for your arrival. Everything is not absolutley perfect, but eveything is there that you need.
The cottage was clean and well taken care of. At least one other reviewer mentioned a campfire outside. It now looks like it has not been used in a long time. I did not feel comfortable using it.
The owner was very helpful and also unabtrusive. After our visit, I wrote an email saying thank you, we look forward to coming back next summer, and gave a few suggestions to improve a guest's stay. The owner liked my responses and made the improvements.
We spent everyday in the park, on both sides.
We explored the towns on the quiet side one day and had a great lunch at Seafood Ketch in Bass Harbor. We sat outside with our dog and watched the harbor and lobster boats coming and going. When lobster was ordered, the chef went to the lobster dock right next door where lobstermen drop off their lobsters. He came back with lobsters that had been literally taken off a boat that was just docked. I highly suggest making a trip and getting some sort of lobster dish.
We always go into Bar Harbor to have dinner at Stewman's. Bar Harbor is very busy and parking is difficult to find. But the restaurant is by the water, near the docks and fun. It has great outdoor seating and allows dogs there.