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Barbara Fleming

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Charming Artists Cottage, a close walk to our village and marina.

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island Cottage Rental Photos and Description

A Cottage Perfect for 1 or 2 people.1 King size bedroom, 1 full bath w/shower,

Welcome to the Artist's Cottage in Southwest Harbor! Our cottage is the choice of visitors who are looking for the true Maine experience! We are a WEEKLY rental!

Nearly surrounded by Acadia National Park, with its gorgeous scenery, and exploration ops,. We are excited to present our charming and comfortable Artists Cottage,. The space is perfect for one or two people. Unfortunately we canNOT accept children. We are located 1/2 mi. from downtown, also less than 20 minutes from Cadillac Mountain. in Acadia National Park,. You will find colorful, scenic hiking during our sparkling Autumn days. *(Be sure to ask about our multiple week discount. Last minute 3-4 day reservations are accepted if there is still a vacancy within thirty (30) days of your preferred travel dates.)

You can walk to our Great Harbor Marina, seaside eateries, sailing, biking. Ideal for artists attending Acacia Workshop Center. Catch the Island Explorer bus, free to all parts of the island. We feature a king size bed and 2nd floor peeks at the Harbor and out islands. The first floor, shower/bath, studio kitchen, cable TV, and comfy seating after a day in Acadia N.P. Works of local artists decorate the walls. WiFi and good cell phone service. You'll be treated to scones for your first breakfast. Fall in love again - the ambiance - quintessential Maine seaside life, feel the harbors magic and see mountain views from this quiet hillside location. Away from the crowds, lovely foliage, cool nights. Changeover day is SATURDAY.

Regarding Pets and Smoking: After much consideration, we have decided not to allow pets in our property. Most pets are well behaved, we know, and certainly, many people love to travel with their pets. However, in our experience both personally, and in business, the incidence of allergic reaction to dander is prevalent. So in consideration for those with allergies we have established a permanent policy of NO Pets Allowed. Please understand our position, and know we do personally love pets.

Our property is NO SMOKING, INSIDE OR OUT.

Rules of the house:: Our property is NON SMOKING: INSIDE OR OUT.

Good quality linens and towels are provided.

Upon departure, we ask you to please leave all used linens in a bag by the door for the housekeeper and make sure the cottage is left in the same condition in which you found it. Deposit will be returned as soon as we are advised by the housekeepers that the cottage is in good order.

If something is inadvertently broken, please advise us right away.

We make a Total Refund of security deposit if there is no damage found, or extra cleaning required. Cleaning charge of $75 is included in your original reservation.

Occupancy:: The property is best suited for two adults.

No one under the age of 21 is allowed to rent without a parent on premises. Although we want everyone to enjoy themselves, this is a small neighborhood where everyone sleeps with the windows open, so partying and/or playing of loud music or TV after a reasonable hour is not appreciated. Our neighbors are kind and friendly people whose quiet enjoyment of their property we respect.

We hope you have a great vacation with us, and will return to enjoy this wonderful island with us again!l

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Barbara Fleming (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About Barbara Fleming

As former B 'n B owners, lovers of Travel and history. Bill, who was formerly a guide in Acadia National Park, passed away in 2013, found this place fascinating and beautiful, a paradise!

Barbara is an accomplished metals and jewelry crafts person, sharing her work by appointment.

We always loved to travel, read, garden and share our knowledge of this magical place.

You will enjoy Barbara's special scones for your first mornings breakfast!

Barbara Fleming purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Barbara Fleming chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

The ARTIST's Cottage, a WEEKLY rental, is located on the 'quiet side' of our island, yet near many of ANP's most popular beaches and trails. We love the ambiance of near seaside living with lobster pounds close by, as well as the charming village life, craft and artists' venues, Sights and sounds of the sea give us great pleasure in living here.

What makes this cottage unique

Use the free island bus (during the season), Convenient and private, our cozy cottage is within walking distance of the water, Great Harbor Marina and beach overlook. So easy and convenient to walk to town for dinner, then stroll back to your cottage, with views of our magnificent harbor! Boats and sea sounds abound, and it's a joy being close to nearby ferry terminals to the outer islands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I recently spent a wonderful week alone in the Artist's Cottage and was quite comfortable and very content with my accommodations. Barbara is a delightful hostess who was accessible to answer questions about maps and various attractions. The location of the cottage is really nice for walking a short distance to town for dining or shopping. Since I had several rainy days during my stay, I spent several relaxed hours in my cozy cottage, enjoying a nice quiet, and peaceful place to read a good book, and watch the gentle rain through the numerous cottage windows. I would absolutely recommend this cute place to any couple or single traveler who wants privacy and peace, with the advantage of being able to walk to dinner or shops if desired. I will definitely stay there again!"
Jun 2015
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based on 14 traveler reviews

Charming Artists Cottage, a close walk to our village and marina.
average rating of 4.714286 based on 17 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a week for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. The location was perfect. We were a minutes walk from downtown Southwest Harbor and enjoyed the local food and shops. The cottage itself was exceptionally clean and accommodating. Barbara and Bill were very welcoming and a joy to do business with. We highly recommend this cottage, and we would love to come back next summer!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased that our Young guests enjoyed their stay here on our island and that they found our cottage to be so pleasant. It our greatest compliment to know we've made them happy! They will be most welcome to return.
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A very pleasant stay. Small but cozy

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Artist Cottage. It was as advertised -- small but cozy. Its on the quiet side of the island which we really appreciated. Clean, well maintained and friendly.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate our guests reviews -which lets others know about the features of our property. This is how word gets around that ours is a great place to live while enjoying the beautiful features of our island. Thank you so much! We lelcome your repeat visits in seasons to come!
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The Artist's Cottage was indeed a charming place!

  • 4 of 5

The Artist's Cottage was quaint, neat, and comfortable. Barbara was thoughtful and accommodating with her delicious scones, friendliness and ample information about local attractions.

The location was very favorable! It was 30 minutes or less from the many attractions on Mt. Desert Island and ANP. It was a very short distance from excellent restaurants.

I rated this place 4 of 5 because so few places are perfect. The small bathroom was challenging and wifi service was spotty but these things became trivial in our overall enjoyment.

If we are lucky enough to return to Maine, we would be quite pleased to stay in The Artist's Cottage again and visit with Barbara!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, quiet place to stay

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent four nights in Barbara's cottage in late July, 2015. Barbara was communicative and very welcoming. The cottage is conveniently located, about 1/2 mile south of central Southwest Harbor (the walk is on the shoulder of a relatively busy road) and buffered from the road by the main house. The exterior of the entire property is well-maintained and pleasant, and the interior was very clean.

The cottage consists of two good-sized rooms, one on each floor, and a small bathroom. The bedroom on the second floor is spacious and bright, the bed is comfortable, and there is plenty of storage. There are no window shades. The first floor is arranged into a sitting area, a dining area, and a kitchenette, and has lots of windows a great cross ventilation. We enjoyed it as a place to sit and read, but it is fairly cluttered and awkward to move around in. The kitchen arrangement makes cooking and subsequent clean-up challenging, and we ended up not using the stove for more than making tea. The bathroom is small but adequate, and was well stocked with towels and toilet paper.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay in the Artist's Cottage and interactions with Barbara, and Southwest Harbor.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is my pleasure to receive honest and forthright comments on my cortège rental property, and especially when the comments present doable amendment to my original plan. It was, and was and is my intent to represent accurately, in my descrtive notes online, the features thereof. Most folks who stay don't wish to prepare elaborate meals, and knowing that, I used available space in our small cottage to its best advantage, while providing necessary equipment for preparation of small, unelaborate meals. Each season my crew evaluates, and refurnishes to make sure reasonable "comforts of home" await our guests, our newest being the addition of a fine propane grill, just outside, for enjoyment on some of our delightfully starry evenings! We pretend not to be the Taj Mahal, but a clean, comfortably appointed Maine Cottage!
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Welcome to the Artist's Cottage in SW Harbor!

  • 5 of 5

The opening description says it all - - "Welcome to the Artist's Cottage in Southwest Harbor!" - - And that is exactly how my husband and I felt from the moment we arrived at this unique, charming cottage for our first trip to SW Harbor. The hosts, Bill and Barbara Fleming, not only made us feel welcome and comfortable immediately, but they also provided excellent information and descriptions of all the many wonderful places to see while visiting the area. The cottage is located in an idyllic seaside village, which is so picturesque and absolutely perfect for a relaxing evening after day-long touring. The cottage itself is the epitome of "Coastal Maine" architecture with it's cedar shingle siding and quaint artist’s decorative touch! We look forward to going back every chance we get and can guarantee you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to accommodate these wonderful guests, and it's so special when they let us know they were enjoying our accommodations, as well as the magical island where on we live! We are rewarded when we hear that we've done a good job. It will be a joy to have these special folks back again, and we appreciate their sharing their good comments for our future guests. This summer promises to be another fabulous one, albeit without my wonderful Bill who has passed away. His spirit is still here! This island remains as beautiful and exciting as always, so we welcome you to enjoy the "Magic of Acadia", even stronger than ever!
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What a great stay we have every year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Artist's Cottage has got to be best way to take in Mt Desert Is. It just the perfect space to relax with all of the creature comforts of home but in S W Harbor Maine! Barbara always makes us so welcome and we just treasure our annual trip to see our Maine Family. And for way less than a hotel you can't beat it!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always our pleasure to have these special folks each year. We just give them their choice of weeks and then relax and enjoy their visit.. When guests appreciate our special vacation spot it's always so pleasant having them return. Summer and fall are always so very pleasant here, and it a joy to share.. We appreciate their nice note.
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Dry Dock, Sips,
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Bass Harbor, SW Harbor, to Swan, Frenchboro isl.
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Causeway GC, 9 holes
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Ellsworth, Scenic Train
Nearest Motorway
State Rt.102
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Fiddler's Green, Main St., SWHBR
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: necessary

Weeks run SATURDAY to SATURDAY. Spring & Fall, lower rates prevail. Southwest Harbor is a friendly village on the Quiet side of Mt. Dessert Island, with a

history of boat building, fishing, maritime activity:

quintessential Maine charm. A town full of shops from antiques to fine wines, artists studios where the

essence of creativity resides, eateries, casual,

alfresco to formal -all of this just a short walk from your residence here at the Head of the Harbor.

Literally surrounded by Acadia National Park you are

close to hikes, shore and woodlands, on the crest between our glorious sunrises and colorful sunsets. From the bedroom of our cottage one can get a peek of the Cranberries Isles, Western Way, the sparkling watercraft which run these waters every day. Awake to the sounds of seagulls and bustling lobster boats beginning another grand day in our part of the world. Just a short drive from Swan's Island ferry & water taxi's to the Cranberries & Sutton IS. Island Explorer bus to all parts of the island and ANP.

Other Activities: Acadia National Park, Hiking, kayaking, photography, painting, shopping, dining

Golf: At the northern entrance to Southwest Harbor, just off Rt. 102 is the CauseWay Golf Club. A summertime center of recreational activities including golf, tennis and swimming. A great family gathering place where one can wile away a fine summer day on the links or courts. Tennis courts are available also at the Claremont Hotel located on Clark Point Road. Just call for rates & times.

Tennis is also available at the Harbor House and the Claremont Hotel. Reservations may be made , and some free drop-in sets are available at Harbor House. All facilities are in Southwest Harbor.

*Artists take note: we are minutes from Acadia Workshop Center, in Bernard, Me where weekly sessions are given in painting in all mediums by nationally known art instructors.

We offer special dispensation to artists registered at AWC. (reduced security deposit ). We are located on the Explorer line, so transportation to ACW is easy from our cottage.

Ski: We are recommended by:

The Acadia Workshop Center, Bernard, ME, for students attending weekly artist workshops.

*Artists take note: we are minutes from Acadia Workshop Center, in Bernard, Me where weekly sessions are given in painting in all mediums by nationally known art instructors.

*We offer special dispensation to artists registered at AWC. We are located on the Explorer line, so transportation to ACW is easy from our cottage.

Our guests will receive a packet of discount coupons for area restaurants and 10% off Oli's Trolley tickets.


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $200
Propane heat (if used) $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

*Be aware of our multiple consecutive week discount!. Two or more weeks will be discounted 10%, based on availability. *Early inquiry is recommended.
Payment at time of reservation will be made by personal or corporate check., or credit card through HomeAway reservation service.
Weekly rates are subject to 8% Maine Lodging tax.
Guests may use personal or corporate check.
We will invoice by email at the time of reservation for the appropriate amount, rent, tax and security deposit.
We will confirm the reservations upon receipt of deposit and the check clears.

Payments made outside of the US

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , This full bathroom has shower, sink and toilet, first floor.
  • Bathroom is on first floor with walk-in shower, sink with mirrored medicine cabinet, ground fault outlet and WC. Heaps of fluffy towels. We have a hair dryer. (Note:there's an antique potty in the bedroom!)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 king
  • 1 large room with open beam cieling, a luxurious king size bed, dressing table, closet and wardrobe.People tell us it's the most comfortable bed they've ever slept in! Maine nights are cool, so we have comforter, floor as well as overhead fans for warm nights. There's an electric, 'wood ' stove for chilly and/or damp weather. We have for you a collection of great vacation reading, and there's a sweet antique breakfast table for sharing your morning coffee and scones!
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The cottage is most suitable for one to two adults, the perfect romantic getaway, yet near the hustle and bustle of village life. All at a daily price for less than most local hotels and motels. There is a space for grilling with chairs for relaxing and for watching the stars. The site is on a hillside near the harbor in the village of Southwest Harbor, ME. Private parking for one vehicle. No trailers or motor homes please, as there is not enough room for parking such a vehicle! See notes on golf course in SWHBR, perfect for an afternoon's round. *Note for Artists: We are minutes from the Acadia Workshop Center, located in Bernard, Me where weekly plain air artist groups gather for instruction from nationally known Art Instructors. Olli's Trolley: we recommend the service while you visiting the island.

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