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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


Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
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.


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(19 traveler reviews)

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The Rice Cottage featured in Country Living magazine
average rating of 4.5789475 based on 20 reviews

Period charm and modern pleasure in a beautiful, central location.

  • 5 of 5

Hydrangea's hide the cottage from the road and line the entrance way, providing a great privacy barrier. Once inside, we felt right at home. The interior is a wonderful mix of old and new, which has been beautifully arranged. Everything was extremely clean and fresh smelling, but not overpowering. I have allergies to perfumes & dyes, so I run from too much potpourri. There is a working fireplace, but it was too warm to use it during our visit. We could only imagine how nice it would be to return after a hike and have a fire in the fireplace and a refreshment in hand. The kitchen is well stocked with most everything needed to prepare a gourmet meal, and the Wolf stove was a treat to cook on. There is a beautiful back yard meadow view from the kitchen window, with a gas grill on the deck and picnic table for dining as well. We had a little laugh about some of the negative reviews and all agreed that we would love to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review. We enjoy sharing our home with such appreciative guests and look forward to having you back! Diane and Jay
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Perfect place for a visit to Mt. Desert Island.

  • 4 of 5

The Rice Cottage is lovely and Southwest Harbor is the perfect location for a visit to Mount Desert Island. The house (actually two conjoined buildings) has been in the owners' family for over a century. Although the structures are old, they are immaculate, with beautiful antique furnishings and high quality linens. Also, the owners are actively improving the house - as our stay ended a truck arrived with a load of new tile for the upstairs bath. The house is tucked behind the Kingsleigh Inn and a little hard to find on GPS. The on-line photo of the cottage is the back entrance. It is also of a style typical to the island so you won't readily recognize it. However, the owners provide turn-by-turn directions and, if you follow them, you won't go wrong. Additionally, Southwest Harbor is a small, quiet village with good restaurants and a market and all the amenities you might need. It is not so busy or touristy as Bar Harbor, but only 20 to 25 minutes away and even closer than that to the national park. The Rice Cottage would be a 5 star in my book except there is really no water view to speak of and some of the adjacent homes between the house and the water do not add positively to the view. Nevertheless, we would certainly stay there again should we return to MDI.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: August 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: July 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: October 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: November 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cummins or Diane Speakman
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2018

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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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Dry Dock
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Red Sky

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

Please contact Diane or Jay Speakman to reserve this reservation. We are having complications going through this service. We are listed in Gearhart, Oregon. dspeakm at g mail

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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