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Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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 3/10th of 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. Please note that we only rent the cottage from Saturday to Saturday.

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 $50 additional fee will be paid out of your deposit. 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

Judy or Keith Briggs
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

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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Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please leave house as you found it. Wash linens and towels and leave on bed. We offer laundry service $35 let us know beforehand
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
  • the upstairs bathroom is a funky tiny bathroom with a toilet and a bathtub (no one uses it) but it's great to have during the night. Again, watch your head if you're tall. The downstairs bathroom is a large full bathroom with plenty of room to store all your accessories.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom - queen pillow top
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Guest room - pillow top
  • Please be aware the bedrooms are small (cottage was built in the 20's) so the roof slopes in the bedrooms, watch your heads!
  • 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
  • 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


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average rating of 4.742857 based on 39 reviews
Boulder, Colorado

The most perfect little cottage near town!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had an amazing week at this sweet little cottage in southwest harbor. Sea kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, biking, reading, resting, EATING!! So well appointed with everything we needed. We highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we always appreciate such wonderful guests as you and your family. Come again! So glad you enjoyed.
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Perfect spot for a couples getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just spent the past week at Harbors End Cottage and loved every minute of it. This was our first time on Mt Desert Island and we packed a lot of activity in, including tours of Acadia National Park, ferry to Crandberry Islands, kayaking Somes Pond (a little gem) and Long Pond, hiking up Beech Mountain, devouring lobster rolls at Beals, and lots of other great times. Weather was perfect....mid 60s and sunny all but the last day of our week. The location of the cottage meant we could easily walk into town each afternoon or evening and the location of the IGA made it easy for us to stock up for meals at the cottage and lunches for hiking and kayaking. Very comfortable bed and furniture. Fully equipped kitchen made life easy. Some traffic noise from Route 102 just below the front yard but we conked out from our adventures each evening pretty early so it never bothered us. The Briggs got in touch via email on a couple of occasions when he had questions. Very pleasant all around. This place will be in our memory for out next time "Down East".

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

I'll share the positive aspects first. It is perfectly located to explore the island. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals. The bed was very comfortable. Here's the things that bothered us. We are both tall, 5'7" and 6'3" so we were always bumping our heads on ceilings and lights upstairs. Hubby couldn't even get into upstairs bathroom. The house felt unsafe to leave our belongings in and with us in it at night because there is no secondary lock or deadbolt from the inside. Everyone who has ever rented it could make a key. Every place we have rented before has electronic locks which get a new code for each guest. The furniture is very shabby and old in the living room, the rug was very stained, we put a blanket on the couch before sitting on it. The thing that really irritated us was finding out after we got there that we had to wash all the towels and bedding before we left. Bad deal if you have an early flight to get in Portland 3 hours away. Never in my life have I rented a cabin or house where we had to do the linens and towels. The cottage could be really cute with an infusion of new furniture, grip tape or carpet on the steep steps upstairs and a better system of locking it. Plus get a housekeeping service to do the linens. If you want to watch any tv be advised it is the size of a computer monitor and on the other side of the room.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback. We always appreciate suggestions and will certainly take them into consideration. Regarding the architecture of the cottage, we cannot change that and the photos accurately reflect the interior design. All our communications advise our guests to call us with any problem or concerns during the stay so we may address them at that time and have the opportunity to correct them, if warranted. Our manager is very close by. Most of our guests have enjoyed the house and the reviews reflect the cleanliness and enjoyment of the cottage. We are sorry your experience was otherwise. 2018 update: Laundry service is now included in the rental fee and we are refurbishing the kitchen! We are very excited about this but new pics won't be added until late May.
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Peachtree City, GA

Cute cozy cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Loved being close to SWH and Acadia. Cottage is clean, beds are comfy, photos are accurate, and it is a pretty place to unwind after a long day in the park. Tip: be sure to go out the back door and look up at all the beautiful stars at night! The host was great throughout the process and we highly recommend staying here! We hope to be back for the stunning hiking, views and delicious lobster soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming cottage in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We found the cottage to be very comfortable and welcoming after a long day of hiking and exploring. It was neat and clean and had everything we needed. The location was perfect for what we had on our agenda as far as proximity to Acadia and Bar Harbor. The booking process was easy and we had great communication with Keith and Judith as far as suggestions for places to eat and visit during our stay. We had a wonderful time and would not hesitate to return and book the cottage again.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Swans Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Echo Lake Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities: hiking, kayaking and rappelling


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 9.0%

SATURDAY TO SATURDAY RENTAL ONLY. Damage deposit of $400 is required unless damage protection is purchased at $49.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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