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Charles B. (Chuck)

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

The Cottage at Bass Harbor

7 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Rental Photos and Description

Summer House, 3 BRs, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

We call it our cottage but it's really a second home. 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 ocean 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 just down the road (less than 1/4 mile). We like to fix our own. Pots for boiling lobster and steaming clams are in the cellar.

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) or take a short drive to parking for either the Ship Harbor or the Wonderland trails to take a hike along the shore. Use our hiking guides to find just the right trails in Acadia National Park or just the right bike loops. Bike rentals are available four miles away in Southwest Harbor. Like to kayak? Rentals are available nearby for exploring either lakes, ponds, or the ocean inlets. Guided kayak trips can be arranged in Southwest Harbor. The Island Explorer shuttle stop is a two minute walk.

Weekly rental with arrival and departure on Saturday

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Charles B. (Chuck) (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Charles B. (Chuck)

We live in Western Maine and in the process of retiring. We wanted a cottage on the salt water where we could spend part of the year. We looked along the Maine coast from Friendship to Gouldsboro for a place that we could enjoy. We are active outdoor folks and the hiking and biking opportunities that Mount Desert Island area offers is appealing. We have a Golden Retriever, Gwen, who is a rescue dog and a younger Golden named Sage. They love the walk to the Lighthouse the leisure 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 a fresh water lake with beach and numerous hiking trails that either go up small mountains or other trails that take us to the ocean. 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 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.

Reviews

5
based on 7 traveler reviews

The Cottage at Bass Harbor
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
California
5

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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5

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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5

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
5

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
5

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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Richmond, NH
5

Visitor

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this pristine "cottage" was perfect in every respect. The house is beautifully laid out, spotless and wonderfully situated overlooking one of Maine's beautiful working harbors. From its comfortable porch we watched lobster boats going to and from their fishing grounds, beautiful sailboats gliding to their moorings, the comings and goings of the Swan Island Ferry and sunsets whose colors were truly unbelievable. A short walk took us to the pier where we bought fresh lobsters to take home and also to a wonderful seafood restaurant if we chose to eat out. It's on the quiet side of Acadia, a great place to relax after a day exploring all that the National Park and Bar Harbor have to offer. For us it's the perfect place to stay and experience all that Downeast Maine is famous for. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit to the cottage in Bass Harbor. Thanks Bob and Jan for visiting and look forward to having you at the cottage again, soon. Chuck and Joan
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Bernard House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
September
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
October
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,375
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.0%

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.

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Amenities

Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Screened porch for quiet evening enjoyment of Bass Harbor boat activity and beautiful sunsets

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