|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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 purchased this house in 1882
Julie Rice Speakman was the daughter of Anson Holmes and her son is the current owner Cummins (Jay) Speakman.
The house has a lot of charm and is furnished with New England antiques.
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.
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.
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
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!!!
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
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+
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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Aug 28 2016 - Oct 29 2016
3 night minimum stay