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The Rice Cottage featured in Country Living magazine

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

1874 Colonial farmhouse set back off Main Street with slight water views, and just a block from the shops, restaurants and Island Explorer bus line. The front yard has a new cedar picket fence so we can accommodate a dog up to 25 lbs. Living room with fireplace and dining area, furnished with antiques throughout the house. Gourmet kitchen with Wolf stove, laundry, remodeled bath with shower, and a master bedroom suite with queen bed, mini kitchen and eating area. Upstairs is a bedroom with two twin beds, a bedroom with two twins used as a king, and a full bath. Great quality linens. Beautifully furnished and decorated. Fully stocked kitchen with black granite work island. Small rear deck looking out to the back field near harbor. Cable TV, VCR, CD player, DW, New W/D, WIFI, fans, heat, gas grill. Long distance calls require a credit/calling card. Small dogs up to 25 lbs are considered. A 7% Maine Lodging Tax will be added. The Rice Cottage was featured in Country Living Magazine September '07. Email us to see more photos.

This home is just a block from the shops, restaurants and the Island Explorer bus line. 1 mile from Acadia National Park. Boating, canoeing, bicycling, hiking are just a few of the activities available. Close to Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor. We just recently remodeled the upstairs bath room and have new mattresses in all of the bedrooms. The Rice Cottage has been featured in the September '07 issue of Country Living magazine.

More Details

Cummins or Diane Speakman
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Cummins or Diane Speakman

This property has been in our family since 1882. It was purchased by Anson I. Holmes from James A. Freeman. We still have the original deed.

Cummins or Diane Speakman purchased this house in 1882

Why Cummins or Diane Speakman chose Southwest Harbor

Julie Rice Speakman was the daughter of Anson Holmes and her son is the current owner Cummins (Jay) Speakman.

What makes this house unique

The house has a lot of charm and is furnished with New England antiques.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Location was awesome. House was charming and well appointed. Everything was perfect and we had everything we needed. We simply had a great stay. We loved Southwest Harbor.
Sep 2009
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Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms have recently been remodeled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 garden chairs
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
New washer and dryer recently installed.

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


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

The Rice Cottage featured in Country Living magazine
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 18 reviews

A great place to stay when visiting Acadia

  • 4 of 5

Great location in Southwest Harbor and a great place to stay when visiting Acadia. Even though it is steps from the center of town you don't even notice the neighboring buildings when you are in the house. The house was beautifully decorated with antiques in every room. This was a little daunting at first because of our two young boys but we just moved the most fragile items out of reach and settled in comfortably. The in-law suite was great because we were staying with extended family. It is the coziest room in the house and also had the TV. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking supplies. Chairs outback were great for star gazing and you can see a LOT of stars. The owners were really helpful and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed every minute of our stay. The cottage is lovely...beautifully decorated with every possible amenity. It is situated close to town; walking distance to terrific market, great restaurants and shops. The owners were gracious and even called to make sure all was well.

Lucille and Dan Jones/Southold NY

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Coast to East Coast for Maine Fall Colors

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Rice Cottage is a quintessential, well wrapped, jewel of a cottage. Perfectly appointed, with all the amenities one would want. Conveniently situated in South Harbor Maine, it proved to be the ideal launch pad for our week of exploration and sight seeing the Maine coast and Acadia NationaPark. Especially noted, were the beautiful cozy linens that welcomed our weary bodies to bed every night. Ahhhhh.

The natural history of the island is well spun throughout the design and layout of the home. We found Rice Cottage to be both interesting and comfortable. I particularly loved the pastoral views and natural light that enhanced our experience, as we relaxed in our home away from home.We cannot wait to return.

Don't miss this ***** stay!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive review. We enjoy having you at the Rice Cottage. Jay and Diane
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In season or Off season a cozy, convenient rental

  • 5 of 5

We have rented the Rice Cottage for three summers for 3-4 weeks at a time in August. We decided to try it for Thanksgiving week. In the summer we particularly like that, with children grown, this location provides walking distance to Main St shops and restaurants but yet the house is set back off road so no road noise to deal with. In summer we find the house quiet, sunny and cool. Beds are comfortable, appliances new and the owners have a fine sense of decoration.

For off season, it does get quiet on the island but that is what we expected. You can't beat the hikes on MDI, all a short drive away, but we had a wintery, icy time so that didn't quite go as planned. The house has two full baths and sleeps 6 comfortably. Good cable TV set up for football games etc. Sips restaurants was open all day and Havana over in Bar Harbor, our favorite, was too. Much of the rest was closed.

There is now a fenced in front yard and an expansive open back yard so if a dog comes along you can be happy and the dog can be happy.

Our repeat bookings and off season stay pretty much says what we think of the Rice Cottage. Good luck

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location - bad location

  • 3 of 5

Spent the last week of August here.

It's an interesting home. As you can see in the pic it's made up of 3 parts, the bedrooms and living room which flow in to what appears to be a newer section with the kitchen and then a newer section that is a day room coupled with the laundry and downstairs bath.

It's located within an easy walk to downtown Southwest Harbor.

However, it sits immediately behind the Kingsleigh Inn. And by immediately I mean just steps behind. It's close enough that I was awakened several mornings by either their guests out and about or their heating system kicking in. The exterior view photo above is the back of the house, taken at an angle away from the Inn.

The kitchen has a gorgeous picture window looking out to the adjacent pasture. However, it doesn't open. In order to get any airflow to the kitchen (remember, no A/C to cool it) you open two windows on the front of the house (facing the Kingsleigh) which is also where the trash is kept. By the end of the week, that wasn't a good combination.

As for the mentioned water views, that is possible during the winter, but during the summer the view is blocked by trees and the neighbor's house/garage.

I also, personally, found the furniture to be uncomfortable. Maybe that's just me.

But after a day of out-and-about or hiking it was tough to find a comfortable way to kick back and relax.

Quality of property: A

Quality of amenities: A+

Layout: B

Location: A+

Value: C-

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute cottage in town - perfect location in SWH

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4th of July week exploring Acadia and had an excellent location in the Rice Cottage for our stay. This was our first time to Maine, and it was hard to know where to stay. It was my family of four, (two pre-teen kids), plus the grandparents. We had plenty of room in the house for all 6 of us. We loved being able to walk to dinner (Sips, Red Sky and Fiddler's Green for dinner and Sips and Sea Biscuit for breakfast all yummy! (Avoid Grumpy's for breakfast, not a good choice on our part and we all left Grumpy!)) or get groceries right in town. The kids could even walk to ice cream by themselves. Even saw 4th of July fireworks out the bedroom window upstairs. We had a mixed weather week, cool at the beginning and then very warm at the end. We are used to central AC, so a tough adjustment without it, but all in all we made use of the fans and stayed comfortable.

Recommendations while in Acadia - Dive In boat tour with Captain Ed, the best thing we did on the trip, educational, informative and just plain fun. We spent a lot of time hiking the trails, and even did the bridges carriage ride.

Jay and Diane were wonderful to deal with in renting the Rice Cottage. We spoke a few times and exchanged e-mails before the trip and Jay checked in to make sure all was well when we were there.

The cottage was clean and well maintained. Beds were very comfortable and we all slept great every night.

Overall the Rice Cottage met all of our needs for the week and we had an awesome time. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this little oasis.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Dry Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Red Sky
Nearest Beach
1 Miles

The Rice Cottage is one block from downtown Southwest Harbor. You can walk to the grocery store, library, hardware store, gift and clothing stores, great restaurants or rent a bike across the street at Southwest Cycle. The Island Explorer bus can be caught one block from the house and will take you all over Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is just a few miles up the road. A ferry and the mail boat can be a fun trip to see near by islands like Suttons, Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry Island.

Antiquing is fun in Northeast Harbor, Ellsworth and Searsport. Don't miss the Chicken Barn and The Old Creamery in Ellsworth.


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 10 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall Pricing
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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