|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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On a private wooded lot with views of Blue Hill Bay, this custom-built house with many windows and a 'floating ceiling' is designed to make you feel as though you are living in a painting. In addition to a well-equipped kitchen, glass doors from the living room and master bedroom with a King bed opens to a deck which has a large stone fireplace. The other bedroom has a Queen and you have a view of the front gardens.
The village of Bernard is a short walk away. A trail through the woods takes you to Thurston's Wharf for lobster dinner or to Island Astronomy for some star-gazing. Back Beach is excellent for rock hunting, investigating tidal pools or an evening bonfire. Try scuba diving, biking park trails, kayaking or any of the other adventures Acadia National Park offers. Two bedrooms: one queen and one full-sized bed. One full and one half bath.
We have a new standard in vacation rentals. We don't use numbers or stars. Our top ranking will now be called "Marty's Place" after our weeklong stay in August 2009. This home on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island came as advertised. It was the perfect spot for early morning wanderings through the woods and along the shore of Bass Harbor and environs. We spent successive evenings in efforts to create the perfect s'mores at the fireplace out on the deck. There we were serenaded by bullfrogs in the pond that lies between the house and the beach. We watched the full moon rose through the trees. "Marty's Place" is also a great base from which to visit Acadia National Park for hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and swimming; Southwest Harbor, Southeast Harbor, Bar Harbor and the other communities of the island. "Marty's Place" is part of the village of Bernard with the village of Bass Harbor close at hand. A great little library is a 5-minute walk from the house with antiques, local crafts, art galleries, lobster fishing docks also a short walk away. There are many, many eateries on the Quiet Side but we often neglected them in favor of building family meals in the kitchen and on the grill and eating on the deck or, if there was a little rain, in the comfortable dining room. Our recommendation? Next time it just might be two weeks at "Marty's Place."
Perfect Maine experience! Beautiful home with awe inspiring views! Marty was a fantastic host and he must be a master gardener! Staying on the quiet side was great! Acadia and of course all the yummy seafood made for a memorable vacations!
What an amazing house and location! It had all I was looking for... views, comfortable furniture, outdoor fireplace, well stocked kitchen,quality bed linens and towels. Being on the "quiet side" was the right side for us. The house was even better than I expected. Quintessential Maine.
My husband and I have just returned from a week's stay at the Lyon's Den. The views of Blue Hill Bay from the house were captivating. The house was clean, roomy and tastefully decorated. The bed was comfortable. and the kitchen was well-equipped. The landscaping surrounding the house was beautiful and added to the serenity of the property.
The house was easy to find. Both Thurston's and the beach were within easy walking distance. Although Bar Harbor was about a 30-minute drive, we enjoyed being on the quiet side of the island.
All the restaurants we tried were good, but we especially enjoyed the bacon-wrapped scallops at Fish House Grill in Bar Harbor.
We would highly recommend this property and would stay there again.
We loved our stay at the Lyon's Den. The house is beautifully laid out to maximize water views and furnished with everything you could need, including a fully equipped kitchen and grill just outside the kitchen door. We made use of the outdoor fireplace nearly every night of our stay and found it perfectly situated for viewing the ocean during daylight and the stars at night. The neighborhood is quiet and we enjoyed walking around and exploring the beach. The southwest harbor area has a few specialty food stores and some good restaurants - definitely on the quiet side compared to Bar Harbor, which we felt was a positive! We took full advantage of fresh lobster - Thurston's was closed for the season during our visit but there were several options for obtaining fresh local seafood closer to the mainland. October is a beautiful time to see Maine - the fall colors were amazing, temperatures very comfortable, and Acadia did not disappoint. Great vacation - highly recommend this house & working with Marty was an absolute pleasure!
This was our first time to Maine. When we were researching places to stay, we wanted a "quintessential Maine experience." Well, the Lyon's Den was just that!! We were so glad that we decided to stay on the Quiet Side of MDI - it was so quaint, beautiful and, yes, QUIET. The views from the house were gorgeous - water, boats, trees, flowers, rock beaches. There are plenty of great little eateries close by in SW Harbor, Bass Harbor and, of course, THURSTON'S!! The house itself was just perfect - we had everything we needed and it was a very comfortable and well-appointed home base for all of our daily activities (which involved a lot of lobster!!). The living room was comfy and inviting with great views (and a great couch on which to watch Red Sox games!). Both bedrooms were comfortable and roomy with great linens. The bathroom was gigantic and the towels were so soft and fluffy. The kitchen has pretty much any kind of gadget, utensil, cookware, etc. that you might need for your stay. We were so excited about the outdoor fireplace, too, but alas, we never got to use it......but a great perk for chilly summer nights! We hit the jackpot on this one and enjoyed every minute of our stay. Thank you, Marty, for sharing your wonderful home with us AND our dogs (who enjoyed their stay as well).
Explore Acadia National Park; take a ferry to one of the outer islands; book passage on a whale watching or sightseeing trip; hire Maggie and Bill to take you sailing for the day on the Chamar, take the Sea Princess to Cranberry Island for dinner at the Isleford Restaurant. Bike, hike, canoe, kayak, fish, eat in fine restaurants, or go shopping.
Other Activities: kayaking
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
The owner is open to renting for more than one week. Rental price will be adjusted for more than one week.
Owner is also open to negotiating off season rates for the months of early April and May and late October.