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Charming Cottage with Great Ocean Views in Quiet Wooded Setting near Acadia

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 loft with pullout, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 6

Cove Cottage is a charming beautifully furnished getaway on 2 wooded acres which are shared with Cove House (a 5 bedroom, 3 bath luxury home). Cove Cottage can be rented separately for parties of 6 or less or with Cove House for large parties up to 16 people. The Cottage is situated a short distance from the ocean with wonderful water views. It abutts a nature conservancy and eagles, fox, dear, giant heron and other wildlife are often sighted on the property and nearby protected marshland. Explore the beautiful undeveloped shore via a walking right of way to the ocean. The property is only a short distance from Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and other island attractions. Each of the units has its own parking, entrance, landscaped yard and ocean views. The Cottage is approximately 70 feet from the house and occupies 2 floors above the garage.

Mary Ann Hale
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Mary Ann Hale

We designed an built the cottage in 2002. We are retired teachers who have been designing and building custom homes for 30 years.

Mary Ann Hale purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Mary Ann Hale chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Serene and tranquil with beautiful ocean views. The property abuts the nature conservancy and 1/2 mile of unspoiled beach for you to explore. Take out the canoe and watch for seals, osprey, bald eagles, and dolphins along the gorgeous coast.

What makes this cottage unique

Utter peace and tranquility amidst the unspoiled beauty of the Maine coastline.

Rent this cottage along with Cove House (homeway, property number 143459) for a family reunion or getaway with friends --sleeps up to 16 people when combined with the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly a wonderful home away from home. We would come back. The grounds are beautiful as well as the views. And ohhhh so quiet. We truly understand why they call this the quiet side. We have stayed here on the island several times and wanted to share it with our kids and we would probably never stay anywhere but on the "Quiet Side" again.
Jul 2011
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Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Master bath has jetted tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa
  • Master bedroom has it's own bath and is on upper floor, loft with pullout sofa is on upper floor, 2nd bedroom is on first floor. 2nd bathroom is on first floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Smoking allowed outside on the deck only. Stairs to second floor bedroom and loft are steeper than normal and anyone with difficulty climbing would have trouble with them. They are 10 1/2" apart. Access to first floor is normal. We supply some complementary starter items--salt and pepper, bowl of sugar, 1 bar of soap in each bathroom, 1 liner for each bin, 1 roll of paper towels, 1 roll of toilet paper in each bath, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent


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Charming Cottage with Great Ocean Views in Quiet Wooded Setting near Acadia
average rating of 4.806452 based on 32 reviews

Delightful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Cove Cottage was a delightful place to stay during our week of hiking, biking, kayaking and swimming in the area of Acadia National Park. The cottage was clean, very nicely appointed and generally quite comfortable for a family of 4 (or 2 couples). The cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens and located in a quiet setting next to a nature preserve. We enjoyed the views of the water from the deck and bedrooms, and loved walking the beach looking for beautiful shells and rocks. The owners live nearby and were very responsive to any of our questions or concerns. They pointed us toward a great breakfast place in Southwest Harbor. We would not hesitate recommending Cove Cottage.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montclair NJ

A lovely house by the sea

  • 5 of 5

We have rented a lot of vacation houses over the past 20 years, and this was one of the best. Great location, well equipped, and very clean. Mary Ann and Richard were helpful, and we really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Overall Positive

  • 4 of 5

Property well-kept and well-appointed. Quiet and bright in the house. Comfortable beds. Surprised that, when we asked where the garbage liners were kept, we were told that we get "only one complimentary garbage bag." Also only one roll of toilet paper per bathroom provided for the week and no soap provided for shower.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that you were surprised about the complementary items that we supply with the rental. They are listed on the property description under Amenities--Pantry Items. You have to click on Pantry Items in order for them to appear. In order to make it clearer for future guests, we have listed them again in Amenities under Notes so that they are immediately visible.
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Boston, Mass

Stayed with them several times.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with Richard and Maryanne several times. We had to book ahead because the return visitors scoop this spot up quickly. What a creative couple! The house is neat and clean and sheets are nice and fresh always. Kitchen is well equipped (no need to get anything except your grocery). There is a kind of wholefoody type supermarket in town and a regular supermarket for cheaper food. Go to Red Sky or XYZ for dinner. Beales and Thurstons for your lobster during the day. Their house is located close to/next to the beach so walking along the beach with your coffee in the morning is a must. Washer and dryer is in the house. Its on the quiet side and not too far from the main town so going into Bar harbour for dinner or a dance is not a problem. There are so many restaurants close by rather than going into Bar Harbour. Maryanne and Richard is close by and not intrusive but I find it fun to seek them out because they are a very interesting couple and I learn a lot from them. I live in a clean home and love going there because of the cleanliness of the house. Enjoy!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Modern Cottage on the Quiet Side

  • 4 of 5

Cove Cottage is a modern, 2-bedroom, 2-bath cottage with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, pleasant living room with a vaulted ceiling, upstairs sitting room, large downstairs deck and an upstairs balcony. We found it a very relaxing place to recover from Acadia National Park hiking, and we found the owners (who built the cottage and live next door) very helpful whenever we needed it. The beds are good, the towels are fluffy, the yard is truly beautiful, and at night there is the quiet of forest and sea, rather than cars or trucks or partying bar-hoppers; what more do you need?

The stairway to the second level is rather steep, and there are steps between the parking area and the entrance to the cottage; so we would not recommend this place to those with physical challenges. Everybody else, however, will find it a refreshing change from the crowded tourist havens a few miles away. And if you long for somebody else to make breakfast for you, zip into nearby Southwest Harbor for the best popovers on Mt. Desert Island, at the non-profit Common Good Soup Kitchen, where locals and tourists contribute whatever they want, in return for those plump delicacies.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property 203055

  • 3 of 5

Stay: early Sept, 2016. Richard was very helpful with recommendations of places to visit, directions to the nearby sites, etc. Owners were next door, working on a newer property. Property very quiet, and definitely away from the noise of more "touristy" areas (such as Bar Harbor), while providing good access to Acadia, Ellsworth, Searsport, etc.. Nice stove, oven, full sized refrigerator, adequate supply of hot water for dishes, showering. Bed was comfortable, and extra blanket available if needed. T.V. had a large number of channels available, but cell phone coverage is spotty.Outdoor lighting is available, although it does attract bugs, at night. Property was adequately furnished for those without spinal/mobility issues (would not recommend for mobility impaired/small children, because stairs to 2nd floor are quite steep, lack risers, and treads are about 11"-12" inches apart, in height). Would recommend improved housekeeping , prior to arrival of paying guests. Specifically, the bath exhaust fan had not been cleaned in some time, which impacts on efficient removal of bath humidity. L.G. front loading washer in bathroom closet had standing water under gasket, and in rear drawer area (where fabric softener would be placed) and a terrible smell, which required cleaning prior to use, and propping open the door and drawer for many days, to remove the smell.Empty can of "Pam" non stick spray found in kitchen cabinet. Renter is asked to remove garbage and recyclables to an area in the garage (not for use by tenants). Renter is cautioned to remove shams from pillows, avoid washing bedspread and shams, as they are dry clean, only.Renter to strip bed, Renters with children are advised to have children eat only in the diningroom, at the table. Stand fan (needed because property does not have A.C.) "fins" had dust, indicating they had not been cleaned in some time.

Lighting is generally adequate, although L.E.D. lighting would be a significant improvement (the owner told us the property had been equipped with almost all L.E.D. bulbs, but there were only lower wattage C.F.L. bulbs, one of which was burned out, but left in the bathroom closet).

The renter should be prepared to arrive with D.E.E.T., as the garden area and the yard were full of biting bugs. Would recommend property for couples and families with older children. If you cook, contact the owners ahead of time to see what cookware/items are available, as grocery store selection nearby is sparse

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry you thought that the housekeeping was not up to your standards. In the past, we have always had high marks for cleanliness as can be seen in our reviews. As you did not comment on the general overall cleanliness of the cottage, we can only assume it was acceptable and that the only problems were the washing machine, the dusty exhaust fan, the empty non-stick spray can, the burnt out light bulb left in the closet and dust on the standing fan. We apologize for the condition of the washing machine. Our housekeeper had just broken her leg and we had a new replacement that week who neglected to wipe out the machine and leave the door open to dry out the interior. This has now been taken care of as has the dust on both the fans. Thank you for making us aware of these issues. The stairs to the 2nd floor are farther apart than normal at 10 1/2”. They are difficult for anyone who has problems climbing. The access to the first floor bedroom and living area is normal. I’m sorry about the misunderstanding concerning the LED bulbs. I said I thought I had changed them over and it turns out I had only changed the bulbs in the kitchen to LED. We are not quite sure what you mean by contacting the owners beforehand to see what cookware/items are available. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and the area has fully stocked supermarkets (nearest is 4 miles away) and specialty food stores in Southwest Harbor for gourmet items (4 miles away). There are several organic farms, a fresh fish dealer, lobster pounds for fresh lobster and crab, and several famers’ markets for fresh foods nearby. There are bakeries in the area—one is only 2 miles from the house with fresh high quality goods and another, equally good, is 4 miles away in Southwest Harbor. There are also many locals who bake fresh goods and sell them at stands or from there homes. Perhaps if you return some time in the future, we can point out where all these are located for you so that your stay is more enjoyable. We are truly sorry you did not mention any of these things while you were here so we could have done our best to rectify them for you.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Swan's Island
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Causeway Club, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
I 395
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Abuts property
Car: necessary

The property is located on the 'Quiet side' of Mount Desert Island home of Acadia National Park. The unique scenic beauty of the island provides something for the whole family--mountains, lakes, ocean, and beautiful coastal villages. The choices are vast: hiking the miles of trails in the park, cycling on the 50+ miles of carriage roads in the park, whale watching, kayaking, mountaineering., shopping in Bar Harbor, cultural activities such as summer theater, musical festivals, craft and art shows, museums, golf, visiting the beautiful surrounding islands via local ferries, touring the architectural wonders of the old homes and estates or strolling through gorgeous gardens open to the public.

Other Activities: kayaking, whale watching, summer theater, library, craft shows, antique shows, farmers' markets


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $200

Rentals are by the week from Saturday to Saturday. The base rate is for 4 people. The cottage will accommodate up to 6 people. There is an additional fee of $20/night for each additional guest over 4. In the event of cancellation, the deposit is refunded minus expenses to re-rent if we are able to re-rent the property for the entire period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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