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Private, peaceful, waterfront home on Bass Harbor

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Bernard Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6 using sleep sofa

The Tides Cottage is waterfront gem located 3 miles to down town Southwest Harbor on the quiet side of MDI. There are several entrances to Acadia nearby, Seawall, Wonderland and Ship Harbor to name a few. Our Cottage has a heat pump providing electric heat or cooling on those hotter days. There is a wood burning stove and wood is provided. The vaulted ceilings, white washed pine walls and a glass front make the living area very spacious, and the perfect place to watch the changing of the tides. Towels and bedding are provided for the 2 bedrooms and sleep sofa. We are on the western side of Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park. There is a shared dock with two other cottages, row boat, and kayak at the water's edge for use of our guests. Tides has a gas grill, picnic table and hammock for outside relaxing. Back Beach, for exploring what the sea left behind, and Thurston's Wharf ,a restaurant out over the harbor, are within a mile from the cottage. All of Acadia is just a few minutes away from this peaceful spot and the call of the loon is a memory you won't soon forget. We will be happy to arrange a ride on one of the whale watching ships or furnish the refrigerator with bread, milk and the essentials so you don't spend your time shopping for groceries when you can be exploring Acadia and enjoying fresh Maine Lobster. Take in all the sights and sounds of Acadia National Park. Explore the natural beauty and adventure on your own or join in one of the many Ranger talks and guided tours. Take a carriage ride or bike Cadillac Mountain. Relax on the deck or in the hammock. Take the free Islander Shuttle and visit Jordan Pond Tea House and the Oceanarium.

Bike Acadia!: Enjoy all of the activities of Mt. Desert Island - Hiking, fishing , bicycling on carriage roads, kayaking on lakes and ocean, visiting museums and a lighthouse, whale watching, shopping, dining at lobster pounds and restaurants, sailing, and riding ferries to outer islands. Visit Bar Harbor and watch a world class cruise ships come in to Frenchman Bay.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Jeannie Merchant
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Jeannie Merchant

We purchased 2.5 acres on Bass Harbor in 1974 and built our home and the cottages in the following years adding upgrades and renovations almost yearly. We are native to Mount Desert Island, have 2 grown children and 4 almost grown grandchildren. We enjoy boating the Maine coast, kayaking the local waters and walking the trails of Acadia.

Jeannie Merchant purchased this cottage in 1974

Why Jeannie Merchant chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

This cottage is all wood, no smelly carpets, is located right at the water's edge on Mill Creek off Bass Harbor and is only 3 miles to down town Southwest Harbor and 20 minutes to down town Bar Harbor. Entrances to Acadia are all around us.

What makes this cottage unique

Sitting in the swing at the water's edge with morning coffee and again at the end of the day is a peaceful start and ending to every day..

Guestbook comments from the manager

Really enjoyed the porch and pine tree setting by the tidal water. It looks like the house was just set amongst the trees. Thank you for having four kayaks - it enabled all of us to enjoy them together. We will definitely be back!
Aug 2015
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Private, peaceful, waterfront home on Bass Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Kayaked to lobster dinner

  • 5 of 5

Family enjoyed the quiet cottage. One highlight was kayaking to Thurstons for a great lobster dinner. Roughly 30 minutes into Bar Harbor, which encouraged us to explore less traveled parts of Acadia. Owners very responsive.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Private & Peaceful on the Waterfront

  • 5 of 5

It was an awesome place to stay. The cabin had everything we could possibly need. I hope to return again someday.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Private & Peaceful in the Waterfront

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The cottage had everything we could possible need. It was our home away from home. Hope to return again someday

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Outside Philadelphia, PA

Wonderful cottage in a lovely spot!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures on the site do not do this home justice! the cottage is beautifully situated and is simply furnished & decorated - but it has everything you will need to enjoy the area. We found everything very clean and in good working order. The setting is quiet & peaceful. A little more of a drive to head over to Bar Harbor & the more frequented areas of Acadia. But there is still loads to do on the "quiet side" and we really loved our stay. The owners provided excellent and very responsive service. I would highly recommend this property and location.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Newton, MA, USA

Life on "The Quiet Side" is the best.

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay in this pleasant cottage in a serene setting with a great water view. Only a short ride to the nice shops and cafes of Southwest Harbor and several spots for lobster and other seafood. Easy access nearby to enter the Park in less crowded spots for hiking. Thanks for a great stay, Margo.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Whitsett, NC

Great Property

  • 5 of 5

A great property with beautiful view and landscape. Owner was very responsive and easy to work with. Location was also good. Our only problem was that our stay was too short. Would definitely recommend or book again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Second Wind ,Cafe Dry Dock, Sips, Red Sky Jay Dub
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Swans Island
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Thurston's Wharf
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Back Beach
Car: recommended

We have it all. . .Biking, beaching, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, whale watching, fishing, fine dining, shopping, museums, movies, live music, bird carving, art, festivals,etc., etc., etc. And fresh lobster. Nearest Mall is 30 minutes in Ellsworth!


Rates & Availability

Bernard Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Fall
Oct 16 2016 - Nov 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

1000 to 2000
Nightly rates may be available
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Holiday rates are subject to increase.

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Bernard Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • Queen sofa in living area.
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Boat
  • Canoe
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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