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Overlooking Quiet Field and Mountains of Acadia National Park

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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5 - 7 nights


Seal Cove Apartment Rental Photos and Description

National park entrance; Park Ranger owner; 2 bedrooms that sleep 3.

This guest apartment is the second floor of an extended New England Cape Cod house. Enjoy views from the windows of open fields and the mountains of Acadia National Park. There is a private entrance and off-street parking. You will find lots of extra detailing and an attractive, compact layout. Lithographs and prints of local scenes from Mount Desert Island are featured on the walls. A washer and dryer are adjacent to kitchen. The library includes classic fiction, mysteries, and nature books. Current tourist materials will help with planning your visit. The linen closet has all the sheets and towels you will need during your stay. The kitchen is stocked with dishes, flatware, cookware, and some basic condiments.

I will greet you upon arrival and give you an orientation to the apartment and the area. As a former Acadia National Park Ranger, I will provide first-hand information about visiting Mount Desert Island and other area attractions (Seal Cove Auto Museum is just around the bend). I will even tell you about my favorite walks: one for a foggy morning, another for that crystal-clear, blue-sky afternoon.

Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Acadia National Park:

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Bruce Jacobson
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2016
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About Bruce Jacobson

I have been helping public and private landowners protect New England's special places since 1974. Positions with The Nature Conservancy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and National Park Service support my conservation services for land trusts and park agencies. I also offer facilitation and interpretive planning services For more.

Bruce Jacobson purchased this apartment in 1984

Why Bruce Jacobson chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

The quiet dead-end road and view of Acadia National Park are what drew me to 'Ferncrest.' I have spent the past 32 years making it my own.

What makes this apartment unique

This residence is gay friendly. Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island merchants do not particularly cater to gay and lesbian tourists. However, there are some gay-owned businesses and welcoming congregations on the island. I offer my local knowledge to help gay visitors find their way.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peace and quiet minutes from Acadia National Park. Terrific location for hiking, biking and kayaking. The house was a haven of calm and silence - A ++ sleep quality. Most relaxing experience for outdoors lovers, who don't care much for the ice cream parlors a and tourist shops of a Bar Harbor. The house was also well stocked with all cooking utensils, iron, beach towels, etc. Last, Bruce was a wealth of knowledge to recommend activities and really helpful in helping make the best of our visit. We shall return!
Jul 2015
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Overlooking Quiet Field and Mountains of Acadia National Park
average rating of 4.952381 based on 27 reviews
Seattle, WA


  • 5 of 5

Off the beaten path of Acadia, we found this cute appartment, a great way to explore the subtle treasures of Acadia. While this place is on the quiet side of Desert Island, most attractions were very easy to reach within a thirty minutes drive.

Bruce, the owner, was very helpful with maps and tips, also provided us with a flashlight in the middle of the night, when a storm cut the electricity. And we would definitely come back as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2007
  • Stayed: Jul 2007
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Williamsburg, MI USA

Ferncrest was a wonderful place to rent

  • 4 of 5

This is a nice, clean, quiet place to rent. We enjoyed our stay there and the owner is considerate and helpful if you're coming to this area of Maine for the first time. I would recommend staying here, it's a good place to relax and close enough to Bar Harbor, etc. to easily get around.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Peaceful land, clean rooms and wonderful owner

  • 5 of 5

We just needed a quiet, relaxing vacation with a lot of fresh air, and this place offers everything. Though it's on the quiet side of the island, an easy 15-30 min drive can get you to all the things the park offers. This home is neat and clean, and the owner Bruce is super nice. If you don't have time to collect information about the park and what to do before you get there, no worries, Bruce gets all the maps, brochures for you. Not enough? Just ask Bruce. He's very knowledgeable about the area! He recommended a cruise which he thought would be good for my family, and my family loved it. We also went to a free musical in a boat house which he was going to. Very nice and everyone enjoyed it. It's my first time trying vacation rental, and I'm glad it's a very pleasant experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Lovely and peaceful home and location

  • 5 of 5

Bruce was a fantastic and accommodating host and has a wonderful home. For example, not only did he build a fire for us one night, when experiencing above-normal temperatures for Maine, Bruce went out and bought an additional window fan for us to use later in the day. He was also readily available to answer questions and give suggestions as other guests have mentioned. Bruce's apartment is as described and true to the photographs posted. Bruce has refined taste, but manages to make his apartment feel accessible and extremely comfortable at the same time. His apartment is also very clean and well-maintained. Finally, although we were somewhat concerned about the property owner living downstairs and being home during our stay before we stayed at Bruce's since we wanted to have lots of peace and quiet while there, that fear dissipated immediately - we actually did not even know when he was home because he was so quiet. He is the ultimate host and we will definitely be back and have already recommended Bruce's place to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A Mt. Desert Oasis

  • 5 of 5

If you want a place away from the touristy Bar Harbor, then this is the place for you. It is close enough to drive the entire island, so you can visit Bar Harbor and then get back to the quietness here at FernCrest. After a day you will truly call this place home and not want to leave. It is exactly as it is sold online. Bruce is welcoming and helpful and supplies you with various maps and an abundance of information to make your visit that much better. Bruce gave us many ideas of things to do on our visit to take advantage of and we took all his recommendations, and not one of his recommendations let us down. He even gave us directions to help save us time. If we were to come back to Maine, this is definitely where we will stay again. I feel so fortunate to find this oasis that we got to call home.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place...peaceful, beautiful, super clean and Bruce was, as another reviewer said, very helpful but not intrusive. If we didn't live so far away we would love to come back for every season. It is truly the best of both Acadia worlds.....the 'quieter side' offers the 'other' harbors: Southwest, Northeast and Bass which are worth exploring. Then of course you have Bar Harbor close enough(check out the changing tides at Frenchman's Bay). We did everything Bruce suggested and that other travelers mentioned in the house journal. This was our fifth trip to Acadia in 28 years, and we experienced more of the area than ever before.

DB and JB Long Valley, NJ

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Ferry
8.6 Miles
Swans Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Causeway Club & Kebo Valley
Car: necessary

Located in Seal Cove, Maine, at the Long Pond entrance to Acadia National Park. 'Ferncrest' is on a dead-end town road on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, near Pretty Marsh. It sits on the edge of a field overlooking Western Mountain. Two ponds are within walking distance. A short drive on unpaved roads brings you either to the ocean or the largest lake in Acadia National Park.

Nearby convenience stores are located in Bernard and Somesville; grocery and other shopping can be found in Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor. The bustle of Bar Harbor is about 20 minutes away. The islands, mountains, oceanfront, ponds, trails, motor roads, and carriage roads of Acadia National Park are the biggest attraction in the area. Some of that beauty is right out the door of this guest apartment; the rest is close by.

Other Activities: star gazing


Rates & Availability

Seal Cove Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Autumn Getaways
Sep 10 2016 - Dec 10 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

DURING SUMMER MINIMUM STAY IS ONE WEEK, ALWAYS SATURDAY TO SATURDAY (check-in between 2 pm and 9 pm; check-out by 10 am). Summer is the prime season for visitors, with plenty of activities and cool summer breezes.

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT TRAVEL rate available, depending on availability. Please inquire with number of nights desired.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Seal Cove Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Closets and dressers in each private bedroom. Reading lights at each bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
No television, VCR, or DVD player provided. There are plenty of good books.

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