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Waterfront Home on MDI near Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6.

A charming oceanfront New England farmhouse located on Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Homeport accommodates 6 in three bedrooms with 2 baths. Homeport has a newly updated modern kitchen and a new heat pump system that provides both heat and cooling for those hot summer nights. The quaint fishing harbor and mountains of Acadia is the view from the deck of this comfortable home. A dock and deep water mooring can be made available and we do provide a row boat for our tenants use. Kayaks are also available on the dock. For directions the physical address is 22 Columbia Ave, Bernard 04612.

Biking, beaching, hiking, canoeing, kayaking,fishing right at your doorstep as well many other areas on Mount Desert Island. Whale watching from Bar Harbor just 20 minutes away. The stars from Cadillac is a must see. Fine dining is in all of our villages, SW Harbor, Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Tremont.. Shopping in T Shirt Shops or for designer brands are available. The Gilley Museum of bird carving is located in SW Harbor. The Abbe is in Bar Harbor and there are several others to explore. Art fairs and musical groups are always available for your enjoyment.

The recreational, cultural, and dining offerings in this area are phenomenal. Acadia National Park is at your fingertips. and there is a FREE bus transportation system!

The Park has nearly 32,000 acres of land which offers unequaled beauty and ocean front access. Over 55 miles of carriage trails provide hiking and biking with vistas of unrivaled beauty.

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Property Manager
Jeannie Merchant
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Jeannie Merchant

We are natives of MDI with 3 businesses that we operate. In addition to our eight rental properties, Steve is a master electrician with 6 or more employees and we operate a real estate firm with 6 agents. Our 2 children are grown and 4 grand children are almost grown. We enjoy boating the Maine coast, kayaking the local waters and walking the trails here on MDI. Our home away from home is Sarasota FL where we purchased a rental property at the Palm Bay Club on Siesta Key. For a warm retreat in the cold of winter reserve a vacation at our Fl condo.

Jeannie Merchant purchased this house in 1990

Why Jeannie Merchant chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Our location on the water on the quiet side of MDI is only 25 minutes from the hustle and bustle of down town Bar Harbor on a day when the cruise ships are in. Entrances to the park are within 2 miles and Thurston's for lobster and Back Beach are within 1/2 a mile. The village of SW Harbor is just 3.6 miles from Bernard Rd where you'll find shops, banks, art shows on the green and restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful time! This home is comfortable and cozy in a beautiful location. Our two families loved it!
Oct 2015
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Bernard House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , On the second floor
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , On the first floor
  • First floor bath is walk in shower only. Second floor is tub/shower combination.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 2 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 2 king
  • There are 2 bedrooms on the second floor, one overlooking the harbor with a king and the other has 2 twins. There is a king size bedroom on the first floor.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
There are 2 king bedrooms and one with 2 twins. We have a foam topper and can make the twins a king if requested. If you need something extra, just ask. I'll do my best to accommodate your needs.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Home on MDI near Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 13 reviews

Quintessential Maine Waterfront Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Family of six enjoyed a wonderful vacation a few weeks ago at this quintessential Maine waterfront cottage. The location provided easy access to both towns of Southwest and Bar Harbors along with all the beauty and activities at Acadia National Park, while also allowing for some privacy and serenity apart from the crowds of other vacationers. The cottage was exactly as pictured and advertised and was very clean and well appointed. The rental price was well worth it and comparable to other rentals in the area. The process of renting was very organized and went smoothly, especially because the owner/agent was so responsive and helpful and easy to work with. When it came time to get back home, no one wanted to leave this lovely cottage nestled in such a lovely corner of Mt. Desert Island. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location and price, but it is a working dock

  • 4 of 5

Great location and beautiful views with only about 20 min drive to the popular Acadia trails or Bar Harbor. There is a great porch to relax on - it is very sunny in the morning but there is great shade in the afternoon. The 2 kayaks and row boat are a bonus. There are several great hikes only 10 min away (Long Pond and Beech Mt). Be aware that the upstairs front bedroom is extremely sunny in the morning - even with overlapping all the curtains provided, there is no way you can sleep past 7am. The fisherman leave at 5:30/6am from the dock in front of the house or the dock next door. The fisherman come in at about 3pm. It gets a little loud then. The owners are also coming and going on most days, driving through the yard occasionally. Overall we enjoyed it as an affordable way to vacation on a waterfront property.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful vacation home. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. Best part for our teens was access to the water and kayaks to play with. Quiet and picturesque setting. House was very clean and well kept. Although we were only family of four, we had a family reunion BBQ outside one evening with plenty of space for seating and playing around. Note: Downstairs shower is very small!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a lovely place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the quiet village atmosphere of this working waterfront location. Beautiful spot within walking distance to Post Office and a local lobster pound restaurant. The home was immaculate and lovely. Would gladly return.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A cozy cottage by the harbor

  • 5 of 5

Winter or summer, this lovely home situated Bass Harbor is the place to stay. Experience the amenities of a year round home by the sea, but enjoy the lovely views and fresh sea air right outside your door! This lovingly maintained home is home away from home.

In the summer, this classic Maine fishing village is picturesque, and busy, yet quaint enough to walk around the corner to enjoy fresh lobster at a local lobster pound.

Even in winter, there are restaurants open in the area, and the library is a great place to relax on a cold winter day. The cottage is near many of the national park areas, and it is an easy drive to the Bar Harbor area if one likes a an expanded trip to the park.

Having stayed at Homeport winter and summer, I would encourage anyone to experience a stay for a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful time on Bass Harbor

  • 5 of 5

All we expected - clean, airy, comfortable and on the water.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Thurston's Wharf Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Swans Island
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Back Beach on Lopaus Point
Car: recommended

Acadia National Park has some of the most beautiful hikes and view on the east coast. The Park offers nature walks, naturalist cruises and lectures. Golf on 3 island courses, sailing, kayaking, biking, tennis, fishing, concerts, plays, art galleries, church fairs, interesting shops- all these and more are nearby for your enjoyment. We are located on the western side of MDI; the Quietside. Whale watching from Bar Harbor just 20 minutes away. The stars at Cadillac is a must see. Fine dining is in all of our villages, SW Harbor, Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Tremont. Shopping at T Shirt Shops and designer brands are available. The Gilley Museum of bird carving is located in SW Harbor. The Abbe is in Bar Harbor and there are several others to explore. Art fairs and musical groups are always available for your enjoyment. I, the owner, am a native of this lovely island and have visited a few different places, but have found none any more beautiful than Mount Desert Island. We have other cottages for rent so if this calendar is full contact us for availability at our other nearby locations, Bass Harbor, Hodgdon Pond and SW Harbor.


Rates & Availability

Bernard House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Getaway
Mar 1 2017 - May 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 5/6 - 5/25
May 6 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
5/30 - 6/16
May 30 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
6/17 - 6/30
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
9/2 - 9/8
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
9/9 - 9/29
Sep 9 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
9/30 to 11/30
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Manager's Cancellation Policy

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