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Mindy Hill

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Large charming Bar Harbor ocean view home.

14 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Rental Photos and Description

7 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms, sleeps 14

Located on Mt. Desert Island in the village of Hulls Cove, Twin Gables House is a perfect home base for multi-family or couple groups. Recently a bed and breakfast, guests can share comfortable common areas with family and friends while enjoying the privacy of a bedroom with its own bath.

One half mile away is beautiful Acadia National Park with opportunities for scenic drives, birdwatching, hiking, biking, rock climbing, etc. Three miles from home is downtown Bar Harbor with its myriad of shops and restaurants as well as whale watching and kayaking tours.

The house dates back to the 1880's. Renovated in the 1980's it retains classic charm with its original hardwood flooring and floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining rooms. A sprinkling of antiques and many original paintings, many by local Maine artists, adorn the premises.

After a busy day enjoying the many area attractions, the comfort of the Twin Gables house awaits you. Cool ocean breezes take the edge off even the hottest days of summer. Just to be sure, six of the seven bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning. A big screen cable TV with DVD player in the living room is just one of six TVs on the premises. A comfortable porch with grill and a large backyard lend themselves to cookouts.

From the house, at low tide, it is possible to access an expanse of rocky beach which also leads to the popular Chart Room Restaurant - open for lunch and dinner. Just a little further lies the Hulls Cove General Store plus the local post office. It is possible to leave your vehicle behind in our ample parking lot and take the free shuttle bus into Bar Harbor and around Acadia National Park.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mindy Hill (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Mindy Hill

I am a former Vermonter who moved to Mount Desert Island in1979 at the tender age of 22, shortly after graduationg from the University of Vermont. I fell in love with the ocean, the community of Bar Harbor and the park. I spent about 10 years as an overeducated waitress at a variety of area restaurants including the Chart Room which was coowned by my future husband. In 1989 I was able to hang up my waitress shoes and became the host of the Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast. I raised my two children while operating the b & b for 14 enjoyable years. But B & B's are notoriously time consuming so in 2007 we converted the house to a weekly rental and I have enjoyed more free time in the summer for park activities and the like. We summer in our cabin in the woods, about 3 miles from the rental house then move back in to the main house for the winter months.

Mindy Hill purchased this house in 1988

Why Mindy Hill chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

My husband was working for the previous owner of this property when it was damaged in a house fire. The owner, after some consideration, decided to sell the house as is rather than taking on the renovations. Russ (my husband) always the entrepreneur, saw it as a perfect spot for a B&B and the renovations gave us the perfect opportunity to add the private baths that B&B travelers so appreciate.

What makes this house unique

Probably my two favorite parts of the house are the kitchen window that has views of the ocean (though not as good in the summer as they use to be due to foliage growth) and the back porch which is open air and a wonderfully pleasant place to hang out in the summer. I find the location very convenient.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all just loved the great house -so warm and welcoming and well provisioned. Thank you so much for letting us share your home. Bed's so comfortable. We all feel like we could live here.
Sep 2009
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Reviews

4.9
based on 14 traveler reviews

Large charming Bar Harbor ocean view home.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews
Aurora, Colorado
5

25 years later, A return to Bar Harbor.

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 visited Bar Harbor & Arcadia 25 yrs ago. It was our daughters favorite vacation. Thanks to Twin Gables House,

our family of 15, ( 7 grand children) had plenty of room & bathrooms! We enjoyed cooking Lobster @ the house, ate clams & muscles, enjoyed the back porch, & the little kids loved the back yard. Proximity to the park & Bar Harbor was outstanding. We Loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Beautiful house! Perfect for large groups!

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 families & this house was perfect for our group! Everyone had their own space & bathrooms! The water pressure in the showers was an unexpected surprise & it was amazing how quiet the house was with the amount of people staying there! The kitchen had everything we needed & it was so nice to have 2 refrigerators as well as 2 washers & dryers. It is located on a busy road, but the kids had more than enough room in the beautiful backyard to enjoy the outside. The owner, Mindy was so great to work with too! She always responded quickly & was a big help with any questions that we had during the week! I would highly recommend this beautiful house for anyone, but especially if you have a large crew like us!

Thanks Mindy!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect host, perfect house, perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

Mindy is a responsive and honest host and her house is wonderful for large groups. It is right off Route 3 - conveniently close to Acadia and downtown Bar Harbor (I suppose you could also catch the bus easily if you walked along Route 3) - and since the house used to be a B&B, the sound insulation (especially combined with the white noise from the window units) in the bedrooms are excellent. Our babies slept undisturbed despite the loud talking/cooking/cleaning by the adults downstairs. Water pressure was wonderful. The kitchen, though cozy, had everything you could need. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Thanks again, Mindy!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Columbus, Ohio
5

What a beautiful home and a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Twin Gables was perfect for the needs of our family. We had a nine family members staying at the house and it was still more than enough space for all of us. The house even has several washers and dryers to accommodate a lot of people. It is perfectly kept, clean, with everything that you would need. The property is beautiful and perfectly located within close proximity to hiking in Acadia and to Bar Harbor. The main kitchen window overlooks both mountains and water. It is incredible! The owner, Mindy, really made the trip special for us. When we arrived, she had a new Pack n Play ready for our little one, as well as a baby gate in the main bedroom. This house is perfect for families, especially those with young children. I would stay at Twin Gables again in a minute. Thanks again to Mindy for allowing us to stay in her beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fanatastic Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to Bar Harbor for our wedding. I had been searching for the perfect rental to hold my (now) husband and I, and our entire wedding party, which had been proving to be very difficult due to multiple cars and lack of bathrooms. That was until I found Mindy's property. It was PERFECT! The house was the perfect size for all 10 of us, allowing everyone privacy but still able to enjoy the week together. We had plenty of parking and EVERYONE HAD THEIR OWN BATHROOMS!!! (How awesome is that!?!?). The downstairs bedroom worked perfect for our couple with an 8 month old baby, and the deck was the PERFECT place for our rehearsal dinner lobster boil (not to mentioned the fully stocked kitchen providing us with everything we needed). We even showed up early, and Mindy was so wonderful and accommodating. A truly wonderful person. I can't say enough great things. We are already planning our anniversary trips, and if we have a large group again, we will DEFINITELY be calling Mindy :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Fantastic!

  • 4 of 5

This house was just perfect for our family gathering. With each bedroom having its own bath, it kept senior siblings from having to squabble about bathroom time! The house has plenty of room to eat meals and gather. A porch was a welcomed place to sit, chat, and enjoy a beautiful day. The kitchen was very functional and even had a gas stove. All bedrooms did not have air conditioning and/or televisions, but it wasn't really needed or missed. The owner was very accommodating. Everyone in our group would recommend this property and look forward to when we can return.

Remember to walk the sand bar at low tide to the island for some incredible Kodak moments, but make sure to cross back before the tide comes in! Good food and drinks at The Chart House which is within walking distance of the house. Rosalie's is always our stop for pizza in Bar Harbor. Trenton Bridge is the place for lobsters. Ready to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Bangor{bar harbor also}
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bar Harbor Golf Course
Nearest Train
120 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
rt 3 and rt 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Chart Room Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.25 Metres
Hulls Cove
Car: recommended

The main attraction of Mt. Desert Island is its tremendous beauty. Acadia National Park has many small mountains that boast beautiful ocean views from the summits after relatively short hikes. The trail system in the park is extensive. Cadillac Mountain is accessible by car and often has stunning sunrises and sunsets. There is even a horse-drawn carriage trip up Parkman Mt. Swimming is available at Echo Lake and for the hardy at beautiful Sand Beach. The park loop road offers incredible scenery including Thunder Hole. Mountain biking is fantastic on the park carriage roads with rentals available in Bar Harbor. Consider visiting during the beautiful fall months to enjoy the lovely changing foliage..

Other Activities: ocean kayaking, shelling, birdwatching,etc

Golf: Kebo Valley Golf course in bar Harbor is very scenic and only about 3 miles away.

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Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Aug 26 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,800
 
 
Fall 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Oct 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
$500
From
$600
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 13 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Spring
May 19 2017 - Jun 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
$500
From
$600
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 13 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Spring
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,800
 
 
Early Summer
Jun 24 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,300
 
 
Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Tax Rate 8.0%

Refundable damage/cleaning deposit of $300.
Flexible check-in and out dates available in the fall and early spring season with a 3 day minimum.
Rates based on a maximum of 14 people. Additional people considered for a $50 per week fee per person.

Initial reservation/damage deposit due upon receipt of rental agreement of $300.00. Half of total rental amount due 3 months prior to arrival date. The other half is due two weeks prior to arrival.

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Amenities

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Our bathrooms are nothing fancy but there are a lot of them. One of the nice things about them is the water pressure. The showers are fabulously powerful and we have two water heaters to keep the hot water flowing amply. Each of the upstairs bathrooms is contained within the bedroom it is connected to, providing plenty of privacy. They will be equipped with two sets of towels There are two washers and dryers available to freshen them up during the week. Laundry detergent is provided. Each bathroom will have a starter roll of toilet paper which you will probably need to supplement. I will not be supplying soap or shampoo. Cleanliness is of course a given.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
  • There are six bedrooms on the second floor. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have nice views of the cove. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have partial views of the cove. Bedrooms 5 and 6 face the backyard. They are the quietest of all the bedrooms and also the darkest in the early morning hours as they face the west. Rooms 1,2,3 and 4 have cable TVs. There are two rollaway cots available for use. Bedrooms 2, 4 and 5 can all accommodate one cot. There is also a seventh bedroom downstairs off of the kitchen. It has an attached bath with a large claw-foot tub. There is a door between it and the kitchen for privacy. There is also a portacrib and a high-chair on the premises for those traveling with young children. One set of linens per bed and two sets of towels per bathroom are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The best view of the water downstairs is available from the kitchen. Morning coffee at the kitchen table or counter is quite lovely. Sometimes deer can be spotted in the field next door and we are often blessed with visits from hummingbirds and cardinals as well as many other bird variety. (It helps if you add birdseed to the feeder during your stay. The squirrels and chipmunks do a number on it.) On the back of the house is a very pleasant porch. While not blessed with an ocean view it is none the less a pleasant place to relax in the afternoon sunshine or on hot days , the coolness of the morning shade. The gas grill is on the porch as well as a dining table and some comfortable chairs. The bugs are minimal and usually do not bother you. There is ample parking with room for multiple cars.

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