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Spectacular Sunset and Ocean Views overlooking scenic Bass Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 7

On the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, McKinley House offers spectacular sunset and ocean views. Four bedrooms and two baths, with floor to ceiling picture windows affording scenic views of the ocean. It has an extra large deck across the front.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is at your back door, 1.2 miles. Acadia National Park within 4 miles and the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor is only a 15 minute drive.

Swans Island Ferry terminal and complimentary Island Explorer shuttle bus to all Acadia National Park destinations are adjacent.

More Details

Janice Beal
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Janice Beal

I am a native of Mount Desert Island, and grew up in Southwest Harbor. My family is generations of lobster fishermen. I am proud to share my piece of paradise on the "Quiet Side" of Mount Desert Island with guests from other states and countries. I enjoy talking with people and giving recommendations, so that our guests will enjoy all Acadia has to offer.

Janice Beal purchased this house in 2000

Why Janice Beal chose Bass Harbor

McKinley House is very spacious and comfortable. It is quiet and has fantastic sunset and ocean views.


Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , w/washer/dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms. Tub/shower combination. Shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • King-size bed in master bedroom and 2 twin beds in 2nd bedroom on main level. 3rd bedroom has a queen bed. 4th bedroom has 1 twin bed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
McKinley House is immaculately kept, all amenities are included. Updated furnishings to wrap you in comfort. Also included - gas wood stove, washer, dryer, and dishwasher. Pets welcome, with prior permission.


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Spectacular Sunset and Ocean Views overlooking scenic Bass Harbor
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We invited friends to share the experience. They utilized the ground floor level and we utilized the upper level and we both enjoyed the views from the 2nd level. The property has excellent views of the bay from a comfortable deck. The entire unit was clean and presentable in every way. The dishes and such was complete. There was a restaurant at the base of the hill and another a few steps away. The property was also adjacent to Acadia National Park trams which can transport you to the park or downtown Bar Harbor. All in all a perfect place to relax or not.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was amazing and just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

The location was away from the city and crowds, but close enough that when we were wanted to venture into the tourist areas it was no hassle. The location was also close to a lighthouse and ferry to Swan's Island (although our stay was cut short and we did not get time to use the Ferry - we will save that for the next time). The house itself was awesome too. By staying here, we had the luxury of having the feeling that we lived there. It was very clean and well maintained. Having two bathrooms with ample living and sleeping areas was perfect for our family. Meeting one of the owners (Janice) was a special bonus. She promised to make us lobster on our next visit.... we will hold her to that!! We cannot wait to book again in the coming years!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation at McKinley House!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to relax and explore! The house was exactly as described on VRBO/Home Away, and had plenty of room for our two couples. The interior connecting door between upstairs and down made it easy for us to be together or apart without having to go out and around. We ate out most nights so didn't take advantage of the two kitchens for other than quick breakfasts or late night snacks. The view from the upstairs deck is fabulous for watching the lobster boats, the Swan's Island Ferry, and of course sunsets (and if you're lucky, moonsets too!) Beautiful sunrises were only a few minutes away at Seawall, and Bass Harbor light is a short drive away as well. Janice and Karen were welcoming hosts, made sure we were all set upon arrival and also helped us get the lay of the land, including some recommendations for shopping and dining. We're looking ahead to making a spring/early summer trip to the area, and would be happy to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and comfortable home! Beautiful !

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our week in Acadia. The most beautiful place this time of year.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Spacious Rental on Quiet Side

  • 5 of 5

This was a great bass on the quietside to explore Acadia. The house was clean and spacious with room darkening shades, which was great to keep our 2 and 5 years sleeping past dawn. Janice was a great host, with great suggestions. Great view over harbor although the great room could heat up during the day, the lower level stayed cool and fans in the windows in the evenings cooled the bedrooms. Easy access to SW Harbor, Swan's Island Ferry (end of driveway) and Free Acadia shuttle. It takes a bit longer to get to Bar Harbor, but less congestion and noise was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic views close to so many activities.

  • 5 of 5

House can easily accommodate 8-10, we were 6 adults and the space was huge. Everything needed is already there full size washer dryer towels dishware etc. You are close to anything you want to do on the island but still tucked away at night to enjoy the quiet sunsets starry skies and cool ocean breeze at night. If you choose to take a days break from activities you could spend it on the porch watching the lobster boats and ferry come and go and be perfectly relaxed. The perfect spot to do it all and still have a place to relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
DryDock, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Causeway Club, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
0.04 Miles
Seafood Ketch
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Echo Lake Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
Car: not necessary

McKinley House is located in the quiet fishing village of Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island on the beautiful coast of Maine. Hiking, bicycling, boating, golfing, antiquing and museums abound. Acadia National Park is at our back door, the Seawall entrance to Acadia, only 3 miles away. The hustle, bustle of Bar Harbor is only 20 minutes away, with lots of shopping, restaurants, whale watch boats and Acadia National Park offerings.

Other Activities: Acadia National Park, seawall entrance at your back door (4 miles)

Golf: Kebo Valley Golf course, a challenging 18 hole course, one of the top courses in Maine, only 20 minutes away in Bar Harbor.

Causeway Club, small 9 hole course winds along the ocean in Southwest Harbor, 10 minutes away.

Northeast Harbor, 18 hole course in Northeast Harbor, 20 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Security deposit $100
cleaning fee $50 + Tax

May - $150.00 per night (min. 4 nights)
June, Sept. - $1099.00
July & August - $1499.00
October - $157.00 per night (min. 4 nights)
Pet welcome with prior approval, $200.00 weekly fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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