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Waterfront Cottage w/Hot Tub Featured on Fine Living Channel, Near Bar Harbor

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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3 bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

Heavenly Days Cottage, overlooking Somes Sound, was featured on 'Around the World in 80 Homes' on The Fine Living Channel in October, 2004. It was built in 1895 and completely renovated in 1995 with special attention to restoring all its original details, including woodwork, hardwood floors, turn of the century slate sink, etc. This Victorian home still carries a flavor of early Maine while offering comfort and beautiful views of Somes Sound. For example, the original wrap porch w/hot tub maximizes the view. The cottage is decorated with beautiful yet durable antiques. Comfortable and casual, it's like taking a step back in time to yesteryear in coastal down east Maine! On the first floor, you'll find the kitchen with various collections of antique kitchenware, an antique Hoosier, butcher-block counter top as well as all the modern comforts of home. The dining room provides seating for 6-8 and the living room offers great views of the Sound and access to the covered wrap-around porch. The second floor offers 3 bedrooms with 1 king and 2 double beds. The deck off the master bedroom boasts panoramic views of Somes Sound and the surrounding mountains

Sit in the hot tub on the covered porch and watch the sailboats and lobster boats float by. You may even see lobstermen hauling their traps right in front of the cottage while you drink your morning coffee.

Heavenly Days Cottage is tucked at the end of a private road with only 3 other cottages in sight. With sloping lawn to the water's edge, the cottage is situated approximately 250ft from the shore of beautiful Somes Sound, the only natural fjord on the east coast. Extensive granite stonework, including a patio, rock walls, granite steps and pathways, complement the dramatic changes in landscape from mountain to ocean. A fire pit (firewood provided)near the shore is just one more way to enjoy all this cottage has to offer. Located on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, the cottage is still within minutes of all that the island has to offer. Convenient to Echo Lake and many hiking/climbing trails of Acadia National Park.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Becky Ashmore-Lesko
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Comments taken from Guest Feedback Sheet left by guests at cottage upon departure:

"Your online listing doesn't do justice to the view and property. This place is amazing. Can't wait for the day we can come back"
Jun 2016
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Waterfront Cottage w/Hot Tub Featured on Fine Living Channel, Near Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.7 based on 30 reviews

Minimal upkeep

  • 3 of 5

Spiders everywhere. But has nice view

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We took swift action when we saw this review about spiders....nobody wants spiders in their rental!!! We immediately contacted our cleaners. They have not seen any spiders. We also checked with our guests currently staying at the spider sightings. Four groups have stayed at the cottage since these guests departed and none have reported spiders. In fact, we've been renting our cottage to approximately 20 families a year for the last 16 years and have NEVER had reports of spiders! We are confident that there are NOT "spiders everywhere". But we will be vigilant in our monitoring and address any future sightings immediately. And we are not sure what is meant by "minimal upkeep" either. We hope that people would not expect that a 100+ year old home would be in like-new condition, but guests can rest assured that we strive to keep the cottage in excellent condition. To be honest, we are perplexed by this review.
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Couldn't have picked a more perfect spot to spent a week!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a week at this wonderful cottage. Loved the antiques and cosy furnishings. We came to hike at Acadia and we were in a perfect location for that. Close to the park but on the quiet side of the island. It was so nice to come home each day to the peace and quiet and relax in the hot tub. The setting was very private. The view was perfect! Would highly recommend and hope to come back one day. Thanksfor sharing this wonderfully unique home.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pictures don't begin to do this place justice!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a week in this cottage, and this vacation was perhaps one of the most relaxing, recharging vacations I've ever had. From mornings in the hot tub overlooking the sound, to evenings at the firepit watching the sunset light up the water and the coastal hillside, this place had it all. The property itself was gorgeous; and much larger than we anticipated. Lots of space to play outdoor games, and my wife snuck in some yoga on the lawn by the waterfront. The deck made the perfect location for all of our meals, and June couldn't have been a better time to be there. Warm days and cool nights, and lots of quality family bonding. The kitchen was perfect for eating meals at home, and plenty of options in Southwest Harbor for those nights we wanted to go out. We spent a lot of time in Acadia, on both sides of the island, but we were so pleased to be staying in the more tranquil Western side of the island, rather than the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor. A couple standouts of our trip included a canoe trip on long pond just a few minutes up the road, our final dinner at Beal's Lobster Pound, and Becky's suggestion to check out Diver Ed's Dive-In Theater boat ride. It was a fantastic suggestion and just added to the uniqueness of the experience. In short....we can't wait for another future visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes! This is why we love the "Quiet Side" of the island! Mount Desert (pronounced like what you eat after dinner, despite the spelling) Island is more than just Bar Harbor. The island is split down the middle by seven-mile-long Somes Sound, the East's only fjord. And Heavenly Days sits on the west shore. Yoga on the shore, games on the lawn, sunrises and sunsets in the hot tub or by the fire pit overlooking the it!! The towns and villages on the western side have just about everything Bar Harbor does -- except for the tourist traps and the people who flock there. Fewer people means smaller, more charming lobster places, shops and galleries. It means minimal auto traffic, less-crowded hiking trails and carriage roads. The western half of Acadia also has more quaint fishing villages and cute little harbors to explore. And with Bar Harbor less than 10 miles from the cottage, it's easy to visit without having to live it! P.S.: Diver Ed's Dive In Theater is a perennial favorite of ours....and is a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages!
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Truly Delightful!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent at week in June 2016 at Heavenly Days on Mt. Desert Island with our daughter and son-in-law. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely, warm and cozy home. The amenities were wonderful with a fully stocked kitchen, hot tub, laundry. fire pit, and wrap-around front porch with plenty of chairs and grill. This home is immaculately maintained. The view of Somes Sound are breathtaking. There is plenty of literature available in the home providing information about the area and activities.

We enjoyed our proximity to Southwest Harbor and enjoyed breakfast at Sips on the mornings we didn't cook at Heavenly Days. We had dinner twice at Café Dry Dock and once at Red Sky, also located nearby. There is a nearby grocery, as well as a wonderful market, bakery and shops in Southwest Harbor. We recommend these nearby restaurants! We enjoyed hiking and exploring Acadia National Park, nearby Blagden Preserve, kayaking on Long Pond, and visiting Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor. We plan to return to Heavenly Days for our next visit to Acadia! You will enjoy your stay at Heavenly Days. I know we certainly did!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to hear all the different things our guests discover on the island! There is SO MUCH to do it is impossible to exhaust all the possibilities. In fact, after exploring the island all our lives, there are still many nooks and crannies of the island we have yet to explore... one being the Blagden Preserve these guests discovered! We know you just can't do it all in one visit, so we encourage our guests to come back. And we offer a returning guest discount to sweeten the pot!
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Great location, beautiful view!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time at Acadia national park, and Heavenly Days cottage was a relaxing place to return to at day's end. We used the hot tub daily as the weather was a bit cool in May. We loved the deck off the upstairs master as well as the wrap around lower deck.

Master bed was very comfortable, but double beds in smaller rooms were squeaky and one was uncomfortable. Plenty of linens. Only 1 bathroom as you'd expect in a 1890s cottage. We had to plan around that.

Water access was more difficult than the photos lead me to believe due to large sharp rocks and debris, but Sommes Sound was gorgeous to look at. We did go kayaking nearby on Long Pond. Driving to a variety of areas for hikes, biking, exploring the park and bar harbor was easy. We loved Southwest Harbor and lobster at Beales.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to hear when guests enjoy the many amenities that Heavenly Days has to offer! The hot tub, fire pit, wrap-around porch and master deck...all overlooking Somes Sound, are resounding favorites according to our guests, as well as the proximity to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. But what really draws many of our guests to Heavenly Days is the frontage on Somes Sound. The views are truly breathtaking... And although these guests found access to the water more difficult than they expected, most of our guests who bring or rent kayaks do put in right in front of the cottage. As access to the water is typical rocky shoreline for the coast of Maine, the last 5-10ft leading to the water does require traversing over rocks...but it is definitely doable (as a countless number of our guests have done over the years) and an absolutely GORGEOUS place to kayak!
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Our vacation stay at Heavenly Days Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The little cottage has so much character! We had an absolutely awesome stay! Everything was perfect! We would definately stay here again! Highly recommended! The owners were very nice and answered any questions we had very quickly! I have already recommended this cottage to friends of mine! Near by Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are must sees and have lots of things to do even in October! October was the perfect time to vacation! The leaves were perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Spend your days exploring Mount Desert Island's many villages including Bar Harbor and world-famous Acadia National Park. Opportunities for whale watching, boat rentals and charters, fishing, swimming, tennis, shopping, kayaking, hiking and many more are within minutes. Walk, drive or take Mt. Desert Island's new bus, the 'Island Explorer', available to the public free of charge! Destinations include just about anywhere you want to go on the island.

In the fall, enjoy Maine's spectacular foliage. From the porch, look across Somes Sound for breathtaking views of the mountains of Acadia

National Park. Or, hop in the car for a quick drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain for a bird's eye view of Bar Harbor and surrounding

villages. Come and enjoy!!

Other Activities: whale watches, kayak/bike rentals and tours


Rates & Availability

Mount Desert Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Early Summer
May 13 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer
Jun 24 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer
Jul 15 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer/Fall
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Columbus Day Week
Oct 7 2017 - Oct 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 9.0%

*10% discount for booking more than one week! Plus additional discount offered to our returning guests!

**This is a weekly SATURDAY to SATURDAY rental. Less than a full week rental inquiry will be considered, typically only during off-peak season or if there is a last minute opening, and solely at the owner's discretion.

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Mount Desert Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 king , Pack N' Play Available
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 double
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Ocean frontage on Somes Sound Fire pit with gorgeous views of Somes Sound-fire wood provided! *For Families Traveling with Small Children, 'Heavenly Days' Cottage is equipped with a high chair and Pack N Play, so you can travel a bit lighter!

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