|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Spruce Cottage - This summer cottage is located in Manset, near SW Harbor, the home of the famous Hinckley Boat Yard and some of the most beautiful views of Somes Sound, the mountains, and the waters of Mount Desert Island. It is within easy walking distance of the boatyard, the town dock, boat rentals, two churches, excellent restaurants, the free island bus service and a nice 2-mile walking loop. The surrounding area of Mount Desert Island is rich with beauty and loaded with things to do. Hiking and biking on Acadia National Park trails, sailing, motor boating, beachcombing, swimming, rock climbing, golfing, whale watching, antique shopping and eating delicious seafood are among the many activities within a very short drive.
We have been summer residents of this area since the 1960's and 70's and recently retired here year round after 31 years of teaching in a private school in Massachusetts.
Jennie or Andy Cline purchased this cottage in 1998
This cottage was originally built in the mid 1950's as an extension to the main house, which sits nearby, providing much needed extra bedrooms. In 1998 we renovated and added onto the cottage, turning a small bedroom into a laundry and pantry area and creating a hallway which leads to the generous family living space with kitchen/dining/living area. The house now has it's own private driveway and entrance off Shore Road.
This cozy cottage is located on the quiet, but very scenic Shore Road. Walk out the driveway and turn left for a spectacular 2 mile walk 'around the block.' The walk will take you through 2 working boatyards, past the town dock and ferries to the outer islands, bus stops for the free seasonal island bus service, two boat rental businesses and past some spectacular views of Somes Sound.
My wife and I (and our greyhound) can't say enough great things about Andy and this property. Andy will bend over backwards to make sure you are comfortable and everything goes smoothly. Andy will also give you all the privacy you desire!
As far as the property goes, the pictures don't do this place justice. It's absolutely gorgeous. The cabin has all the bedding, cookware, board games, etc you would need. It's very spacious and well planned out. My wife and I did night photography in the backyard one night, such a perfect spot!
This location is a few minutes drive (or walk) from some great restaurants and views. Concerned about the distance from Bar Harbor? Don't be. The drive is beautiful and there is a lot more to explore on this island than just Bar Harbor.
When we come back to MDI, this is the only place we will stay!
THANK YOU ANDY!
The Spruce Cottage was a wonderful setting for our family trip to MDI/Acadia. Andy, the owner, was extremely accommodating and responsive. The setting is on a private pond on his property with a nice little waterfall always running in the background to make sitting outside rather enjoyable and relaxing. The cottage is only a short walk to the water where you can take in some spectacular views of Southwest Harbor and the Acadia mountains or go paddleboarding/kayaking amongst all the boats, which I did. Being in Southwest Harbor, the cottage is on MDI but about a 20 - 30 minute drive into the heart of Acadia, which really makes it nice because you're away from all the traffic and congestion. Also, the "quiet side"/west side of MDI has a lot of interesting areas to explore with some of the best hiking trails on the island - all things you might miss if you stay on the other side. The interior is rustic yet clean, comfortable and cozy with all the amenities we needed for our party of 5. I highly recommend staying at the Spruce Cottage. Andy really cares about the comfort of your stay, the location is fantastic, and the cottage is a tremendous value for being on MDI. We'd like to return!
Spruce Cottage was a beautiful and serene place for my girlfriend and I to relax and enjoy our first trip to Maine. The cottage had everything we needed and really made us feel like we were home. The surrounding area was beautiful, with a small pond right next door and trees all around with the coast only a few minutes walk away. With Bar Harbor only 25-30 minutes away, this is a great place to come and avoid the crowds but still be able to hit all of the tourist spots on the island as well as spend some time with nature if you so choose. There are some great food choices not too far down the road in Southwest Harbor (i.e. Beals and Gotts Store in Bass Harbor) you can enjoy or you can make the trek to Bar Harbor and enjoy a great night out on the town. Overall, this was a fabulous place to stay and Andy treated us very well and responded promply to our inquiries. I would defintiley recommend this place to anyone.
To start: in reviewing the photos there have been some positive changes. There is now a nice flat screen TV in the living room with cable and on demand channels. My son was happy to be able to watch is favorite kid shows. The washer and dryer are now side by side full size machines. It was great to be able to do laundry during our stay.
Now the review: the 4 of us from California (my husband and I, our 5 year old son and my 83 year old mom) spent a glorious week at the quaint spruce cottage. The place was completely well stocked and met all our needs. We cooked most of our meals and had ample pots, pans dishes....everything you need. Everyone agreed that the beds were very comfortable and we all slept great after our daily adventures. The cottage is well stocked with books, games, and puzzles.
The location is perfect; away from the crowds at Bar Harbor but close enough so you can visit or take the Island Explorer bus for free. The stop is less than a 5 minute walk from the cottage. The cottage is also close to Echo Lake beach where we enjoyed swimming and sand castle building. The beach had great changing rooms and lifeguards on duty. We also went canoeing at Long Pond, a short drive from the cottage. We made use of the folding patio chairs and took them to the beach with us.
The grounds of the cottage are lovely with a pond and lovely flowers. We saw deer near the pond and heard frogs at night. My husband used the gas grill to cook many meals. He was happy to find all he needed to BBQ.
We got lots of great ideas from Andy and Jennie's suggestion binder and really enjoyed our nature tour on Island cruises, Lobster at Thurston's, and afternoon tea at Jordan Pond.
A good time was had by all and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the East coast and came away recharged and refreshed. I highly recommend. You would be hard pressed to find a better place.
My wife, our daughter, and myself enjoyed a wonderful week here in Manset. The cottage is quiet, clean, and exceptional. The pictures do not do the cottage justice, it is even more beautiful in person. The grounds are wonderful and the setting is idealistic. The cottage is in the heart of Acadia National Park, it is a great location. There are many wonderful amenities - we will be back!
Even with very poor weather conditions I still had a wonderful time in my quaint, comfy cottage. Everything you could need or want was there for you. The quiet, peaceful setting and comfortable, cozy cottage is all you need and is only complemented by the beautiful Maine coastline and community. Would highly recommend!
nearby: boat rentals, free island shuttle bus stop. restaurant within walking distance. Short drive for other top notch eating locations.
Discounts offered for multiple week stays. Book prior to Jan. 1 and receive prior year's rate.
$300 refundable Security Deposit. 8% Maine lodging tax.
Pets: There is a $25 charge for each dog plus a refundable pet deposit. Sorry, no cats.
We rent weekly during the summer but will consider shorter stays (3-night minimum) during the shoulder seasons.
Payment by check. One third payment due with reservation. Two thirds due one month before arrival.