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A Comfortable and Well Furnished Cottage Away from Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Three Season Cottage, 3 BRs, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) with View of Bass Harbor

We call it our cottage but it's really a second home. It is a weekly rental with arrival and departure on Saturday. Enjoy fabulous sunsets from this idyllic coastal cottage situated in one of Maine's most picturesque harbors. A large screened porch faces west and graces the front of the cottage providing additional space with views of the inner harbor directly out to Blue Hill Bay. Inside you will find a master bedroom with bath and walk-in closet (the bed is queen size with a firm mattress), a living room with harbor views (large TV with cable and DVD player, radio, and wireless internet access), a gourmet eat-in kitchen, a second bedroom with two single beds, and another room with futon that will comfortably sleep two youngsters. There are fans but a cottage on the ocean usually receives cool breezes so are rarely needed. There is a well equipped kitchen and gas grill in the shed. If you like eating out, there are several nice places nearby. There is a lobster dealer within walking distance that sells live lobster and fresh crab meat. Pots for boiling lobster and steaming clams are in the basement and a propane boiler is in the outside shed. Precooked takeout of clams and lobster can be purchased on the other side of the harbor - short drive. The cottage is elevated from the road in front and with landscaping it offers privacy. The front lawn is level.

Bass Harbor Lighthouse is an easy mile walk (one-way). Aa short drive (5 minutes)will take you to either the Ship Harbor or the Wonderland trails and a leisurely hike along the ocean shore. Use our hiking guides to find the many other trails in Acadia National Park or maps for bike loops. Bike rentals are available four miles away in Southwest Harbor. Kayak rentals are also available nearby. Guided kayak trips can be arranged in Southwest Harbor. The Island Explorer shuttle stop is a two minute walk and will take you and your bicycle almost anywhere you would like to go on Mt Desert Island. Parking can be an issue in Acadia National Park so the bus can be a good way to travel.


More Details

Property Manager
Charles B. (Chuck)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Charles B. (Chuck)

We are an active outdoor retired couple from Western Maine who enjoy the hiking and biking opportunities that the Mount Desert Island area offers. We have a Golden Retriever named Sage who loves to hike. She especially likes the walk to the Lighthouse from the cottage and also the leisurely walks at the Ship Harbor and Wonderland trails

Charles B. (Chuck) purchased this house in 2005

Why Charles B. (Chuck) chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park and Acadia is one of the most visited National Parks in the country. While visitors do flock to the area, Bass Harbor is located on the 'quiet side' of Mt Desert Island. While it's less visited, we are still only 25 minutes from most any location on the island. We are close to Echo Lake which is a fresh water lake with a wonderful beach. The cottage is close to hiking trails and biking loops. The village of Southwest Harbor is 4 miles away and offers shopping and nice places to eat.

What makes this house unique

The smell of the salt air is a special early morning treat and the sights and sounds of the lobster boats leaving and returning the harbor is unique. The ferry to Swan's Island (inhabited year round) leaves several times a day from the terminal across the road. We like to use the 'Ferry Window' to watch the ferry dock, load, and depart. Taking our own trip on the ferry to Swan's Island with bikes makes for a nice day, too, but some days we just like to stay home and read. It wouldn't be a visit to Bass Harbor without a short walk to CH Rich to pick up a few lobsters for supper. Our favorite time of the day is the evening. Watching the sun go down over Bass Harbor with all the boats safely moored for the night is really pretty.


Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Screened porch for quiet evening enjoyment of Bass Harbor boat activity and beautiful sunsets


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A Comfortable and Well Furnished Cottage Away from Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Very nice home....didn't want to leave! Owner was very nice, as well as rental agent. Can't wait to come back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house on the quiet side

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for reminding me that I didn't write a review for your lovely house. Everything was perfect from the location to the great kitchen and the comfortable bedrooms and the easy access to everything we wanted to do in the area. I would stay here again, anytime.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful cottage. Clean, clean clean. First class in every way. The harbor was peaceful and fascinating to watch. Screened porch was relaxing and delightful. Contrary to a couple negative comments, we really enjoyed watching the ferry across the street, the line up of cars was quiet and completely unobtrusive. Nice locale to access the trails in Acadia Nat. Park and easy 25 minutes to Bar Harbor. Buying fresh lobsters down on the dock was a bonus. We loved it!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback about the cottage. We have exceptional caretakers who take very good care of the cottage and are very responsive to problems that may arise. We enjoy the ferry activity, too and have never found it to be a problem
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Lovely place, relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

The owners have gone out of their way to make this cottage exceptional. It's in beautiful condition with wonderful decorating, modern appliances, and nice linens. You don't have to hunt for soap, detergent, or coffee filters--it's all here. Place is clean, clean, clean. Bright and refreshing. The screened-in porch is delightful. Some may find the cars waiting out front for the Swans Island Ferry bothersome--we did not. It's part of the life in this little harbor town. Be aware that some cars park overnight on the road, and there are generally cars lined up all day. In September when we rented, it was usually about 6 cars and a few trucks. This cottage is on the "quiet side" of Mt. Desert so if you're looking for the hub-bub of Bar Harbor you won't find it here. It takes about 20 minutes or so to reach Bar Harbor. At night, it is peaceful and quiet and the view of the harbor is lovely. After renting several homes on Mt. Desert, we think this is the best yet. One thing to be aware of is the driveways are quite steep. If you have a bike rack on the trailer hitch of your vehicle, you may not be able to get in the driveway without first removing your bikes and rack. This was a minor inconvenience but worth noting.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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State College, PA

Enjoy the Charm of the Quietside

  • 5 of 5

Imagine the best in cottage chic decor lovingly maintained in what I would call a beautiful home rather than simply a rental cottage. A meticulously cared for property that has every amenity you can think of. We loved it and have already reserved again for next year! A view of Bass Harbor's fishing harbor and the sunset at night make for outstanding atmosphere. Two restaurants (including our favorite Seafood Ketch) and a wholesale lobster pier within walking distance. Near two of my favorite hiking trails for photography: Ship's Harbor Nature Trail and Wonderland - the latter is especially awesome during a minus tide. Island Cruises out of Bass Harbor has one of the best wildlife viewing cruises on Mount Desert Island, also within walking distance and great for young children. Another plus: the free Island Explorer shuttle bus. I can take the car and head over to Ocean Drive or something early in the morning to take photos, tell my husband to take the bus and meet me in Bar Harbor for breakfast. Could be good for teenagers due to free bus transport to Echo Lake or other locations. One downside is that there is a bit of traffic due to location across the street from the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal. Cars and trucks line up in front of the cottage during the day to head over to Swan's Island. This occurs between 7:30 am and 5:30 p.m. But if you're a people watcher and keep your eyes and ears open while sitting on the porch, you might catch some interesting gossip about island life and some great Maine accents.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you found alot of the spots we call our favorites. Wonderland (the grandkids like the tidal pools and hunt for crabs at low tide), Ship's Harbor (a favorite hike), the Seafood Ketch, and CH Rich for lobster. The road in front can be busy during a summer day with traffic waiting for he ferry but after the last boat at 1730, the area is all ours. The evenings on the porch are enjoyable as the sun goes down over the harbor. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay!
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Milford, CT

Perfectly appointed cottage on quaint harbor

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this lovely cottage during our first visit to Mount Desert Island. We thought the pictures and description were too good to be true, and it was even better than that. The property was spotless, and every detail was attended to. We loved the screened-in front porch, especially, and walking down to the seafood distributor to pick out our own lobsters.

We ate more meals at the cottage than we expected, mainly because the kitchen was so well-appointed, and it was fun to hunt and gather at the local markets and specialty stores on the island. There are a couple of good seafood restaurants within walking distance as well.

This property is definitely on the Quiet Side of the island, which was fine with us. But if you're looking for the action of Bar Harbor on a regular basis, this is probably too far out of the way for you.

If you're looking to get a real sense of how the locals live and be steeped in the natural beauty of the area, this is the place for you. The ferry to the islands is also right across the street.

A couple of considerations: There is a fair amount of traffic on the road in front of the cottage, because of its proximity to the ferry. Also, this is not an area that lends itself to walking, biking, or boating right out the door (especially if you have little ones). So you do need to be prepared to pile in the car to get to a carriage trail or a good hike. That was fine with us and more than worth the trade off for all that this spot has to offer.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased that you enjoyed staying in our cottage at Bass Harbor. It can be busy at the Swan's Island Ferry during the day, but after 530PM it becomes very quiet. Thanks for staying.
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Nearest Point of Interest
CH Rich
Nearest Point of Interest
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Wonderland Trailhead
Nearest Point of Interest
Convenience Store A
Nearest Point of Interest
Echo Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to Swan's Island


Rates & Availability

Bass Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

One-third of total rent, as a deposit, is due with the execution and return of the lease with remainder of rent due four weeks prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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