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Private, Peaceful, Waterfront Home on Bass Harbor, Kayaks Provided

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6 using sleep sofa. Kayaks and rowboat provided

Be sure to watch the video at the end of the photo gallery to see the true setting of the Tides Cottage. 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

Property Manager
Jeannie Merchant
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

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 Bass Harbor

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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Bass Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • Telephone
  • 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
  • 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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Private, Peaceful, Waterfront Home on Bass Harbor, Kayaks Provided
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Cozy, Comfy Cottage on the Cove

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, cozy home with a great view of the cove. The living room/kitchen has large windows with view of the water. Great for watching the birds. The house is located in a quiet area of the island, but still only 30 minutes away from Bar Harbor. The manager, Jeannie and owners, Margo and Steve are very helpful and friendly. We would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice getaway

  • 4 of 5

This was a nice alternative to staying in town. The house had everything we needed, including the wood stove.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage and setting.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great trip and loved the quiet location. It was convenient to some great hikes and Bass and Southwest Harbors.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil and Relaxing at Tide Cottage

  • 5 of 5

It's a beautiful spot. Super relaxing but lots to do - hiking, kayaking, cycling, eating lobster!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: September 2015
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Please refer to Tenant Agreement for details regarding our Cancellation Policy

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund