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Speaks: english

Charming waterfront Cape on 5 acres - Protected habitat - Bikes and Kayaks Incl

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Downeast and Acadia House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 1 bath/shower, sleeps 6, living room, kitchen/dining, office/study

Perfect and charming three-bedroom just completely rebuilt in knotty pine interior and shingled cottage exterior. New appliances, jotul propane stove, washer and dryer. On 5+ private and well-wooded acres with 293 +/- feet of gorgeous smooth, flat ledge water front on Grand Marsh Bay. This is what everyone dreams of finding when they think of the coast of Maine.

Two tandem kayaks and four mountain/hybrid bikes come with the rental property. Enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of Corea Heath-Grand Marsh protected areas. Paddle to the salt marsh and explore its winding channel. Count great blue herons. Watch bald eagles and osprey flying overhead. Spot a seal at high-tide. Swim off the rocks by the house, at two nearby [rare] sand beaches, or warmer, freshwater at Jone's Pond picnic area. Bike the loop-road through nearby Acadia National Park's Schoodic portion. Explore Downeast Maine's historic towns and villages.

Enjoy summer-fall concerts, art exhibits, and performances.

Visit Acadia National Park - Schoodic Peninsula: The only section of Acadia located on the mainland, the park comprises a loop that begins in Winter Harbor following the coast ending at Birch Harbor. Just inside Acadia's boundaries is a picnic area with tables and grills. Picnic surrounded by wild roses, explore the rocks along the shore, watch sailboats tack across the waters while you eat. - Bike to Schoodic Point. Biking in Maine is great, but this small stretch of road is extraordinary. The Schoodic Section of Acadia has a one-way loop road that hugs the coast through the Park. - Hike to the top of Schoodic Head. Numerous trails lead to extraordinary views from Schoodic's 400 ft summit. In addition, to a 360-degree survey of Downeast Maine this small peak overlooking the Atlantic exposes visitors to a sub-alpine ecological zone. Dwarf vegetation and low-bush blueberry hug the thin, rocky soil. Cross the tidal land-bridge to Little Moose Island.

Daytrip in Rustic Downeast Maine. : Drive along the forty-mile Acadia Scenic Byway. Explore winter Harbor and the grand Victorian 'cottages' of Grindstone Neck. Or, cruise the last stretch of coastal Route 1 in the United States. Pass through the quiet coastal towns of Stueben, Jonesport, and Machias. Enjoy endless views and rolling blueberry barrens. Some say, Helen's in Machias makes the best blueberry pies in the USA. Take an inland route home passing through historic Cherryfield and other small towns. Visit nearby Bartlett Maine Estate Winery for a tasting. - There are at least five bikes included with the property any given time, often more. They are high quality mountain and hybrid bikes including Gary Fisher, Cannondale, Marin, Schwinn, and others. The bikes are suitable for teens through adults. Helmets are available for use. We also have a bike trailer for two toddlers - please bring helmets. Be sure to bring your own bike rack - the bikes can be taken to Acadia park and other great riding locations.

Drive or Take the Ferry to Mt. Desert Island.: A passenger ferry connects Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor on Mt. Desert Island. The Island Explorer bus service shuttles passengers free-of-charge to numerous destinations throughout Acadia National Park and across the Island. This service also operate between Winter Harbor-Birch Harbor-Prospect Harbor on the Schoodic Peninsula. - The town of Bar Harbor has great energy. It offers a large number of independent shops and restaurants. The dining holds its own with any major city. It is a commercial, yet charming town with an active daytime crowd and equally active nightlife. Curiosities like the Whale Museum make Bar Harbor an excellent place to visit. - Drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia Nation Park and see the entire region. - Two Ocean Kayak sit-on-top boats may be used in the Bay or taken to another beautiful paddling spot. Life jackets for adults and one child's life jacket are available for use. Light weight paddles are included. Roof rack NOT provided.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joan (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

I think we took full advantage of the location from swimming at the beach (cold but doable) to hiking at Acadia to a day trip to Lubec and Campobello. We also ate plenty of lobster. At four dollars a pound how couldn't you? You have a great place in a nice, quiet spot.
Aug 2009
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Charming waterfront Cape on 5 acres - Protected habitat - Bikes and Kayaks Incl
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 20 reviews

Sweet cabin nestled in the woods

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed this charming little cabin on the bay! The inside was so well kept and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. Well stocked kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and a great book and movie selection for rainy days!

The bikes were wonderful and all but one of the kayaks was great. The third one needs attention......

The outside leading to the cabin and from the cabin to the bay was not quite as expected as it was very overgrown and had no usable yard space - the view of the bay is at risk because of overgrown trees. The driveway was also eroding and could be very hard on a smaller car.

However, the scent of the pine and sound of the birds was wonderful as I sat on the porch each morning! So thankful for each day in Maine!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Hadley, MA

June Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented this house/cottage for an early vacation in June. Trying to find the house initially was a bit of a challenge because GPS takes you on paved roads. After finding the dirt road, that saved us a considerable amount of time getting off of the peninsula. The house was very charming with a nice screened in porch and very quiet with neighbors a bit far away. The driveway was a bit bumpy which is important to consider if you are taking a low clearance car/motorcycle. The house isn't far from the marsh bay with good views and great kayaking when the tide is in, be sure not to get caught at low tide as is stated with the rental. The marsh bay unfortunately isn't great for swimming or exploring past the rocky shoreline due to the mud being very soft at low tide. However, a sandy beach is less than 5-10 minutes from the rental. My son did most of the swimming because the water was very cold, I'd say 50-55 degrees. The weather was very nice for the entire trip and we did some exploring of Acadia National Park. A minor negative to be aware of is the amount of time it takes to get to Ellsworth and Acadia, approximately 60-90 minutes. This isn't so much a negative on the rental as it is more so on the HomeAway Map. The amount of area is distorted due to the peninsulas located along the coast. The home was very clean with fresh sheets, linens and towels on our arrival. They have plenty of DVDs and books to keep you interested while you are away. If you are concerned with cell coverage, there is very little which was not an issue for us but another thing to be aware of if you like being bothered on vacation. They have many of the essentials if you have younger children including a pack and play, high chair, and plenty of toys. The owners are great to work with and accommodating, security deposit was received a couple of weeks after but not an issue. My family enjoyed our vacation and all that the area had to offer, especially fresh lobster off the dock at the lobster co-op in Corea. We would certainly consider this property again and highly recommend it to others looking to stay in or on this peninsula. My family misses the peacefulness of the property already! Beautiful place and quite relaxing.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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North Carolina

peaceful, beautiful, everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this cozy, well-equiped cabin. Everything was great, from the Jotul stove to the deck and the fantastic location by the water. It is wonderful to kayak up into the Grand Marsh at high tide, and to enjoy biking around on the quiet roads. Izak was a gracious host. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A beautiful retreat with two teenage boys. Great space and beauty of Acadia off the typical path.

  • 5 of 5

Schoodic Point! Nothing in Acadia below Bar Harbor compares. Our family enjoyed our stay in Grand Marsh. The kayaking, biking and local hiking were phenomenal. This is a place that our two teenage boys would love to visit again. The local seafood... !!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Awesome experience all around!

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect. It was private and offered all of the amenities listed and then some! The bikes were very nice. We kayaked and swam a bit in the ocean. The area is very quaint and friendly. The owner was very easy to get in contact with and answered all of our questions and then some. Highly recommend this property especially if you are looking for a nice, quiet vacation. There are a lot of great opportunities to take photos and hike. We visited Cadillac Mountain and the the portion of Acadia on Scoodic Point. We took a couple of very scenic hikes. We bought lobster from a private person along the road and at DC Air (nice people). We perused local art galleries, shopped at the local super markets, and hung out on the screened-in porch as much as we could. The wifi was sketchy, but that made our trip all the more fantastic, as we actually conversed face-to-face! Our two sons, ages 19 and 22 agreed this was the best vacation we've been on!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at this property ! Spent a week in June . The Bay was still cold but my son swam . There were more than enough bikes for family of 5. Would've loved to use the kayaks but did not have enough time ...

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Winter Harbor-Bar Harbor Ferry
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: recommended

The property is located on Grand Marsh Bay Road in a unique, protected natural and historic area on Maine's Schoodic Peninsula. It is only minutes away from picturesque Corea harbor and Prospect Harbor. Several more miles brings you to Winter Harbor with its grand 19th-century 'cottages'. The entrance to Acadia National Park is located just before town. A one-way road skirts the coast treating visitors to views of Frenchman's Bay and Mt. Desert. At Schoodic Head granite bedrock cut by diabase dikes juts into rough ocean waters. The park is home to wildlife including rarely seen bobcat and moose. With small mountains, lakes, and ocean the Schoodic is noted by some as the most beautiful region of the East Coast.

While the Schoodic is known for lobster, lobster, and lobster or clams - the area is alive with arts and culture. From wood carving and glass work to music and poetry, artists draw inspiration from the surroundings. Summer and fall are loaded with festivals and special events.

Other Activities: -

Schoodic Arts

Bar Harbor Ferry

Bartlett's Estate Winery - one peninsula up

Whale Watching and Cruises

Sea Kayaking

Campobello Island, Roosevelt Cottage - (bring a passport),

Acadia Birding Festival, May 30-Jun 2, 2013,

Get Outdoors Day - Jun 8, 2013, Free entry to Acadia NP

Bangor State Fair - Jul 26-Aug 4, 2013

Schoodic Arts Festival - Jul 29-Aug 12, 2013

Winter Harbor Lobster Festival - Aug 10, 2013

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival - Aug 16-18, 2013

Blue Hill Fair - Aug 29-Sep 2, 2013, the fair in Charlotte's Web

Acadia Night Sky Festival - TBD


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Summer
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 Fall
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 Late Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 21 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning Included $0
Tax Rate 8.0%

Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check, Credit Card (see terms below)
Check In: 4 p.m.
Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging Tax: 8%
Security deposit: A $350 refundable security deposit is required for all stays.
Property Agreement/Lease: Must be signed by both parties (renter and owner) for rental period to be booked and valid. Per's Terms and Conditions dated 2/9/16: The Site ( is a Venue and We ( are Not a Party to any Rental Agreement or other Transaction Between Users of the Site ( We ( urge all users to be responsible about their use of this Site ( and any transaction entered into as a result of either listing a property or renting a property. We ( do not own or manage, nor can we contract for, any vacation rental property listed on a Site.

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Downeast and Acadia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Sheets for King on site
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Bed
    Office/Study - Leather Sofa
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Swim, Boat, Fish. Golf by the Ocean. Downeast Maine provides many opportunities for recreation. In addition to swimming at the house in the waters of Grand Marsh Bay, several nearby sand beaches provide access to the water and sun-bathing. Two kayaks including life jackets and paddles at the house may be transported by guests and used in fresh or salt water. Family-friendly Jones Pond is a large lake about ten minutes up the road. It has a gradual sandy beach, picnic area with grills, a playground, and boat launch. Only 10 minutes away, Winter Harbor is home to the Grindstone Neck Golf Course. It is a semi-private 9-hole course, featuring 3,095 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course was designed by Alex Handy and established in 1891. Its among the fifty oldest courses in the United States, and is considered the first golf course in Maine. By car or ferry: Kebo Valley Golf Club - 18-hole The Causeway Club - 9-hole Northeast Harbor Golf Club -18-hole

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