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Carlisle Landel

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english

Spectacular Water & Mountain Views

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Southwest Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Rent our comfortable and spacious home, located on the Shore Road between the Hinckley and Manset Town docks. Perched atop a former warehouse, it is surrounded by a huge deck, and affords spectacular views of Southwest Harbor and the mountains of Acadia National Park.

The open kitchen/dining/living room area features picture windows and a massive hearth of local stone. Convenient to Acadia National Park, hiking, biking, kayaking, free island shuttle bus and all MDI attractions.

Things to do: Visit Acadia National Park: Hike the trails, bike the carriage roads, swim or fish or boat in the lakes, enjoy Park programs such as ranger-led nature hikes, watch the wildlife, or relax at the beach - this is one of the most spectacular Parks in the National Park System.

The hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor is a short drive across the Island, where you can enjoy an amazing variety of tourist activities appealing to any taste or budget.

Finally (this is our personal favorite), you can simply relax at home. Send the kids down to fish or out to play in the yard. Sit back on our deck and enjoy the view. Watch the boats in the harbor, enjoy the play of light on the mountains of the Park or the islands offshore, see if you can spot a bald eagle soar overhead, and let yourself unwind.

What's this about a warehouse?: Our house was once a commercial property. It was, at various times, a boat-builder's shop and a seafood distributorship. There are two large warehouse bays in which we store cars and boats (big boats!) in the winter, and our house is built over one of the bays. However, it is no longer used commercially.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Carlisle Landel (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Carlisle Landel

I'm a research scientist, more specifically, a genetic engineer, who came to MDI to work at the world-famous Jackson Laboratory. I currently reside in California, where I work for a biotech company and also care for my aging parents.

Besides my professional activities, I'm a musician (I play both French horn and blues harmonica), a photographer, and an outdoorsman. I kayak (whitewater, touring and ocean surf), hike, camp, ski and fish. I love to travel.

Carlisle Landel purchased this house in 2001

Why Carlisle Landel chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

This house will always be my home–it was the first house for myself and my beloved wife (who passed away after losing her fight with breast cancer in 2014 , and its tranquility brings me back as often as possible. It will be the place to which I'll retire after a few more years.

It was the view from the house that first captivated me as soon as I walked in the door for the first time, as I'm sure it will do to you, too.

What makes this house unique

Sit on the deck, relax, recharge, and rejuvenate while you enjoy the view. Then go out and enjoy all the benefits of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park from this hide-away on the Quiteside of MDI.


based on 15 traveler reviews

Spectacular Water & Mountain Views
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews
Waltham, MA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We just had a wonderful Labor day weekend at this

house with our friends. It is very neat and extremely

spacious. We even watched the firework accross the

harbor in the living room. Highly recommend for

vacation with families and friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2005
  • Stayed: Aug 2005
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Location! Location! Location!

  • 4 of 5

The house was located very close to the Manset stop on the Express shuttle route which made it very convenient to get around. We were also within walking distance to board a ferry that takes you from Southwest Harbor to two islands for a fee. There is a grocery store less than 10 minutes away and other than driving there, we took the Express shuttles everywhere else. The home owner was very accommodating and responsive to questions. We also received our deposit back very quickly!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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We had a great vacation!

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice vacation in Maine. We really enjoyed every minute of it. We stayed at the house for one week. We were 4 adults and 4 children. The house is very spacious. The location is great. You can get to Bar Harbor in less then 20 minutes. The view is beautiful. The house was clean and had everything you need. The house is outdated, but we didn't mind. We spent most of the time outside. I gave 4 stars,because in my bedroom there were no shades,so it was very bright very early :(

Overall,I would come back . I would recommend this property to a friend.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Lexington, MA

Great Mount Desert Island Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

My extended family of eight spent a great week at this fantastic home. It is spacious with four ample bedrooms and two baths that easily accommodated our large group. We cooked many of our meals at the house and it was very well equipped with all the essentials.

The most amazing part of this house is its' view. There are gorgeous views of the harbor, boats and islands from the expansive deck and from the large windows in the living/dining rooms. The photos on the site don't do it justice. I would sit on the deck in the morning with my coffee and watch lobster boats chug out of the harbor, the light reflecting over the water. In the evening, we would sit with our glasses of wine and watch the sun set. Paradise. Although the decor may be a bit dated, the house was very clean. The owner, Carlisle, is very responsive and helpful. All in all, a wonderful week in one of my favorite places on earth.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I had an amazing time at this wonderful home. The view at any point of day is stupendous!! It was spacious and had all of the amenities necessary. My teens enjoyed fishing on the pier and I can't tell you how many other activities we took part in. Of course, we could not get enough of the wonderful lobster and I can't speak enough of the blueberry pie that we had to try from various places. The added bonus is there is bus transportation to Bar Harbor nearby for a great choice point. I would recommend this home to any family looking to get away to a slice of heaven!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Spacious Water View Home with Large Deck.

  • 5 of 5

My family of four and our friends, another family of four, just spent a wonderful week at this home. It is located on the quiet side of the island putting it about 35 minutes from most of our activities in Acadia. For us that seemed plenty close. Good eating choices and other resources were close by. The property is located at the end of a driveway that passes by another home. It is situated across the street from the harbor where a public dock is located and offers wonderful views of the harbor that are partially obstructed by trees in the summer time. There is a large yard with a tree house where the kids can play. Parking is behind the house off the street which was nice as we had bicycles mounted on the car. In short, it is a nice private location with plenty of resources nearby and just a short drive to the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor and Acadia.

The house itself provided plenty of room for the eight of us without feeling cramped in the least. Each family had its own bathroom with towels and there is also a nice washer and dryer. The main living area adjacent to the kitchen has two tables, end to end, which provides space and seating for 8-10 people. The kitchen was well stocked with an electric stove, dishwasher, drip coffee maker, pots and pans, and utensils. We were able to easily eat in for breakfast and cook the occasional dinner as well. As others have noted it is located on top of a type of garage space for working on boats. There was no activity while we were visiting. In fact, the property offers a nice degree of privacy and the whole area is quiet enough to hear a pin drop at night. While the decor is a bit dated, everything is clean and in good working order.

The deck is quite large and wraps around the house, the main access to the house is off the deck and it sits about 15 feet off the ground. There were two flights of stairs to go from the ground level driveway to the main entrance. It was one of my favorite features as it offered great views of the harbor, there was a traditional wooden picnic table and 4 plastic chairs for seating. I recommend wearing shoes on it, as it is older and the stain is peeling in some areas. I did spend many hours drinking coffee and relaxing on the deck!

The owner was very responsive and easy to communicate with by email and telephone. I felt the information in the listing was accurate.

We enjoyed are stay in comfort and would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor (BHB)
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Cranberry Island
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: recommended

Our house is located on the Manset Shore, in the town of Southwest Harbor on the 'Quietside' of Mt. Desert Island. The town dock is just yards from our driveway, and there you can board the free Island Explorer shuttle bus that serves the entire Island, catch a ferry to the Cranberry Islands, or fish for mackerel (we provide fishing poles). You can launch your kayak at the foot of the driveway, or search for sea glass or shells at low tide. The Manset Shore is a working waterfront, with the Hinckley Yacht Service yards a few blocks away, and you can observe the activities first-hand. There are several restaurants within a few blocks of the house. The town of Southwest Harbor is less than 2 miles away, with restaurants, shops, museums, kayak and bicycle and boat rentals, churches, a drug store, banks, and a post office, Acadia National Park is just minutes away, with its mountains, shoreline and lakes.

Other Activities: kayaking, whale watching, hiking


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 18 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 13 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

A $300 security deposit and a signed copy of our rental agreement are required to reserve our home. The security deposit is refunded within a few weeks of departure, assuming no damage.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Connecting bath
    Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

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