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30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Southwest Harbor Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 BR, 1.5 BA, 2 story home, 1 queen/1 full, sleeps 4 SAT TO SAT WEEKLY ONLY

We welcome you to the beauty and splendor of Mt. Desert Island at Harbors End Cottage. The cottage is located in scenic Southwest Harbor on the 'Quiet Side' of the Island directly across the street from the harbor. This delightful, sunny 920 sq. feet, spotless 2 story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath house was renovated in 2006 while retaining it's original cottage charm. The cottage is less than a mile from town and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, art galleries, bicycle and kayak rentals. It is a short drive to many of the local sites and activities - Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Seal Cove, Pretty Marsh, Tremont and the Swan's Island Ferry.

Harbors End Cottage is equipped with all the amenities you need: queen size bed in master br, full size bed in guest room, a twin aerobed for the extra guest, pillows, premium linens, towels, washer/dryer, iron, large bath downstairs with shower, small bathroom upstairs with tub. The fully working kitchen includes a microwave, electric stove and oven, full size refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, and gas barbecue grill and all the cooking accessories needed for any meal.

Payment: We take checks and paypal and credit cards through 'BOOK IT NOW' on the website. When we receive your deposit check, we will block off the dates requested (although if you call or email and confirm a certain week, we will keep it open even before check is received); balance is due, under most circumstances, 30 days prior to arrival date. Rentals are Saturday to Saturday. Check in 3:00 pm Saturday, Check out 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

Regular rules of the house: All linens and towels are provided and they are of good quality. Please ensure that the cottage is left in the same condition you found it or a $75 maid service fee will be paid out of your deposit. We expect all linens to be washed and dried and left folded on the bed. Towels can be washed and left in the utility room or put back on the shelf. A standard $35 clean out fee is separate from the rental fee. Deposits will be returned as soon as we are advised by the local manager that the cottage is in good shape. Please, accidents happen and if something is broken, please let us know immediately.

Additionally: No one under the age of 21 is allowed to rent without a parent on the premises. Although we want everyone to enjoy themselves, everyone sleeps with windows open in the summer and loud music or parties after a sensible time are not appreciated. We have a local manager who will be stopping by as well as kind and helpful neighbors who we respect and vice versa.

We hope you enjoy yourselves and come back again.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Judy or Keith Briggs
Member since: 2006
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016
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About Judy or Keith Briggs

We came to Southwest Harbor on vacation in 1992 for the first time. Both of us have family originally from Maine so we had the state in our blood. We started coming back again and again and 2 years later, we saw this cottage for sale. No one was around to show it to us, so we just looked in the windows, poked around and shrugged our shoulders and flew back home. A friend of ours went to look at it for us and took some photos and we bought it, sight unseen. It was a very humble house and needed much TLC. Keith is an interior designer and cabinetmaker and I am a good apprentice, but we had our work cut out. In a matter of a few weeks, we turned Harbors End Cottage into this perfect destination that our guests call home away from home.

Judy or Keith Briggs purchased this cottage in 1994

What makes this cottage unique

Located in Southwest Harbor and just a few minutes walk into town. It is ideally located on the best part of the Island, in our opinion. We love being able to take a walk for dinner and walk back, no parking problems, no worries about driving. The restaurants and shops in town keep getting better and better. The hiking is superb and the lakes and ponds that are close by have great kayaking and swimming. We have an excellent supermarket, gourmet shop and wine shop, all located in town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time in Southwest Harbor and your cottage was so comfortable that after a whole day exploring the island, we were happy to come "home". Thanks again!
Aug 2012
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average rating of 4.766667 based on 34 reviews
Kitty Hawk

A Wonderful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable home with wonderful beds and a central location for exploring Mt. Desert Island without being in the midst of the crowds. Excellent restaurants are close by, and you will enjoy a restful experience. My wife and I highly recommend this house and location.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you. that's exactly what we want to hear!
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Lovely Quietside Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at this cozy, well-equipped cottage on Mount Desert Island's "Quietside." The cottage is perfect for a couple or small family, and is located within easy walking distance to downtown Southwest Harbor. It contains everything you need for a relaxing, low-key stay, including a well-stocked kitchen and thoughtful touches throughout.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Cottage, Convenient Location

  • 4 of 5

This neat, tiny cottage lived up to its description, and was a charming and convenient place to stay during our trip to Southwest Harbor and Acadia National Park. Beds and linens were top-notch, the kitchen was well stocked with cookware, dishes, flatware and utensils, and the washer and dryer came in handy after days spent hiking, kayaking, swimming and exploring. Also, the owners' tips and recommendations were spot-on, and very helpful. We had a very relaxing stay at this very charming cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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clean and cozy

  • 4 of 5

We loved this cottage for its location, cleanliness, charm, and feeling-like-home. The beds were super comfortable. The feature of having two bathrooms appealed to us. The owners offered everything someone might need for a stay, including helpful ideas about the area. It was a short walk to town and close to several good restaurants. Although we prepared most of our own meals at the cottage, one evening we dodged raindrops to run across the street to The Upper Deck for a lovely meal, and one morning we enjoyed walking to an early breakfast with some local color at Grumpy's. We look forward to going back to Harbor Cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice clean cottage, good location walking distanc

  • 5 of 5

Nice clean bright cottage, simply decorated which helped us forget the list of chores back home and the complications of regular life. Easy walk to several resturants in SW Harbor. We had dinner at Red Sky which was excellent and a great dinner with music at Sips, also make sure you eat or get take out sandwiches from Eat-A-Pita. Located on the "quiet" side of Acadia Park away from the crowds around Bar Harbor though we did spend a morning in BH to enjoy the shore walk and do some shopping. I would highly recommend biking some of the Carrage trails and hike some trails though you will need to go into the park to enjoy those but it is totally worth it. We will return an would recommend to friends. Best suited for 1 or 2 couples or a couple with some drop in visitors, but not to many.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pewaukee, WI

Simply perfect!

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was exactly as pictured. It had everything we needed. We especially loved the sweet half bath on the upper level.

The home is an easy walk to the downtown area and two marinas. And a short car ride to great hiking and yoga.

The bonus was being there for the annual Flamingo festival which my daughter and granddaughter participated in.

Everyone we met was super friendly.

The only downside was being right on the main road through town.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Swans Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Echo Lake Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: hiking, kayaking and rappelling


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 13 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 14 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.0%

Damage deposit of $400 is required unless damage protection is purchased at $49.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Upstairs
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom - queen pillow top
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Guest room - pillow top
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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

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