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Marty Lyons

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Vintage cottage overlooking the quiet working harbor of Bass Harbor.

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom,1 half bathroom, sleeps six

Located in the small fishing village of Bernard on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. The house overlooks Bass Harbor and the comings and goings of the Swans Island ferry, It is within walking distance of fishing wharfs, antique stores, art galleries, the post office, the library and a bus stop for the Island Explorer, a free transportation system for the entire island. Thurston's Lobster wharf is just down the hill, and it's a short walk to Back Beach, a wonderful coastal shoreline for walking, exploring, and viewing the passing boat traffic. The house is 10 minutes from the Ships Harbor nature walk in Acadia National Park, minutes from Southwest Harbor on the Quiet side of Mt. Desert, and 30 minutes from Bar Harbor. Enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, and the Down East culture of the quiet coastal village of Bernard.

Potential renters note that improvements to the house has taken place this winter. Photo's will be added by mid spring. To much snow to take pictures.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Marty Lyons (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

We recently had the very good fortune to stay at the the Hinton House in Bernard, Maine for the second year running. What a rare find - nestled in a small working fishing village - one is able to enjoy Acadia Park fully! This house is close to Southwest Harbor and about a 35 minute drive to Bar Harbor as well.

The house and grounds are absolutely meticulous! The host, Marty Lyons, is wonderfully responsive to every need but yet not obtrusive in the least! The house is quite spacious and views of the working harbor are visible from several of the windows. Thurston's Restaurant is located almost directly across the street should one feel like a wonderful Maine lobster dinner. It is also located within walking distance of a wonderful beach as well as the post office and library.

I love this house - it truly feels like a home away from home! I have rented many other homes through VRBO and Homes Away From Home but the Hinton House is by far my favorite! I simply can't say enough about this very , very special place.

Thank you, Marty, for allowing making us feel to so welcome!
May 2014
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based on 8 traveler reviews

Vintage cottage overlooking the quiet working harbor of Bass Harbor.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

The Perfect Maine Getaway House

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Hinton House 3 years in a row and enjoyed each visit tremendously! The house is comfortable and homey. There are so many different areas to enjoy - the front enclosed porch with swing, the back deck with grill, the side deck overlooking the beautifully kept yard and the various cozy sitting rooms inside. I cannot think of a nicer place to spend a week in Maine. The neighborhood is quiet, with a beautiful harbor that is fun to walk down to, where we often went to watch the boats coming and going. Thurston's Lobster Pound is just a short walk down the road for a real Maine seafood restaurant experience, with the dining area being right over the water! We can't say enough about this wonderful cottage and its location. It is truly a gem that I am glad we discovered. We couldn't get there this year, unfortunately, but hope to spend a week next summer!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th trip to Maine and the best place we have stayed so far. It was such a beautiful, quiet, sweet little town and we absolutely loved it. The house was very nice and we felt very much at home there. The children (8 & 10) and the dog loved running around the yard and taking lots of walks out on the rocks when the tide was out. We also loved Back Beach. We were close to many of the activities we wanted to do but not right in the hustle and bustle which we enjoyed. Could not have asked for a better place, Marty was great to work with. We had my mom and sister with us for their first trip to Maine. My mom is 74 and just loved sitting in the living room by the door reading her book with the wonderful breeze. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Maine. We try to get back every 2 years or so as it is our favorite place to vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having families benefit from my house as they vacation on Mount Desert Island in the community of Bernard is what I try to attain. The house has the room for families to use the many different rooms with a view of the ocean. But what I truly appreciate is how families who rent the house maintain its upkeep for other renters. Thanks for a great review and i hope too see you next year.
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Great Maine Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Hinton House was a wonderful way to experience Maine! Beautiful views of the working lobster boats in Bass Harbor from a very comfortable home in an authentic Maine neighborhood. A 5 minute walk to Back Beach was a real treat...very quiet (we never saw more than 6 people), and the sunsets and lighting made for ideal photography and backdrop for the local artists with their easels and brushes. And of course, proximity to fresh Maine lobster was phenomenal. We were regular customers at CH Rich in Bass Harbor, directly across the harbor from the house, who had an excellent assortment of hard and soft shells at very competitive prices.

We spent many days at Acadia National Park enjoying the many hikes, and ventured over to Bar Harbor (20 minutes) for hilarious comedy at Bar Harbor's Improve Acadia show (must see!). It was nice to be on the quiet side of the island, but with easy access to all the sites.

Marty was a very gracious host, and made us feel right at home.....fine Maine hospitality!

We highly recommend the Hinton House for a truly relaxing and authentic Maine vacation experience!

Sandy & Jeff Ludlam

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a pleasure to have renters that appreciate the community, Acadia park and the comforts of the Hinton House. They our always welcomed back! "The Way Life Should Be" Marty
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Charming setting

  • 5 of 5

This was more than we expected. The cottage was charming allowing for family gathering and private time. We were close to many areas of interests. The younger set went hiking, bouldering, and rock climbing in Acadia Park and the senior clan went antique shopping. Thank you so much Marty for sharing your little bit of heaven.


  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I truly appreciate so many positive comments about the "Hinton House". It is a home that cannot only suite a large family or it can be small and private for a couple. Thanks
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Incredible place/incredible value!

  • 5 of 5

After visiting this area several times and camping at the local campground, we decided to rent a vacation home. We found this lovely home (the pictures do not do it justice) and the price was right! The moment we arrived and walked in the house we new we had made the right choice. I am all about the view and though this house does not sit right on the harbor, the views are wonderful! The area is very quiet and the locals friendly. Several times we walked to Thurstons Lobster Pound for fresh lobsters and brought them back to the house. We also like the Seafood Ketch Restaurant across the harbor. The Ketch has a large deck right on the water and it is a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine while taking in the views of this working harbor.

The house is pet friendly. We brought our dog, Ellie, and was pleasantly suprised to find a small fenced area. While we bbq'd on the back deck, she could run free from the deck to the fenced yard.That is a huge plus!

If you have never been to Acadia Nat'l Park you must! A world of beauty at every turn with something for everyone. Renting this lovely vacation home is the ideal way to take in the beauty of Maine without breaking the bank. The owner, Marty, is a delight as we were able to spend a little bit of time with him. He let us know ahead when he would be stopping by to do a little gardening.

The only downside was having to leave. The two weeks we spent here flew by. But doesn't it always when you are in paradise!

Thanks, Marty, for opening this lovely home to all of us. What a gift!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Truly appreciative of good renters and their pets. Again providing a home that has warmth in the inside and charm on the outside is what I will endeavor to do. Bernard has the charm on the outside and the Hinton House has the warmth. Thanks Christine and Sam and their dog Ellie
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A Super Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

If you are thinking of spending time in Downeast Maine, don't look any farther. This updated Barbard house is on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, away from noise and traffic but just up the hill from a harbor full of working lobster boats and Thurston's Lobster Pound. It's close to Acadia National Park, but if you don't feel like getting into the car, you can walk down Leffingwell Road to a cozy little inlet to hear the gulls and watch the tide flow in and out. The house itself is well equipped, complete with all the conveniences, comfortable beds, and a roomy kitchen any cook would love. There is plenty of room for the little ones to play on rainy days as there is not only the "common room" with big screen TV but the front parlor, screened in front porch and a sun room. My husband and I especially loved taking our dinners out to the sunroom to watch the boats come home down in the harbor.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted to hear from quest /renters who have enjoyed their vacation in this wonderful home. It is spacious home with different rooms for families to spread out, such as a large kitchen, a good size family room as well as a greenhouse and a front porch with a view of the harbor. But what I respect is those families that have stayed at this dwelling and have left the home spotless and appreciated. I welcome them back!
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Thurston's Lobster Pound
"Enjoy your fresh lobster and cocktail at Thurston wharf overlooking a working harbor. "
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
"classic vintage lighthouse with views of the outer islands."
Thuya Garden
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Trenton Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Seafood Ketch
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Swan's Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Thurston's Wharf
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Back Beach
Car: not necessary

Located in the quite village of Bernard near a working lobster harbor. A unique neighborhood

of year round residence mix in with summer rentals. The library and post office are in walking distance.The well known place for freshly cook lobster, Thurston's lobster wharf is 5 minute walk away from the house.The beach area is a short walk for children through a wooded path way.If you wish to travel to a more populated town you are ten minutes away from Southwest Harbor witjh choice of fine dining. But if you want the hustle and bustle you are thirty minutes from Bar Harbor. Acadia National park is close by for walks, hikes and sight seeing. Fresh lakes for swimming and fishing, Echo and Long Pond are fifteen minutes away.Also for your traveling is the free Island Explore bus, which picks up passenger near the Old Red Antique Store, close to your drive way.

Other Activities: Families and visitors can walk to the local docks to see and hear the fishermen head out early in the morning and return with their catch of lobsters.Your family can walk along the rocky coast to explore for lobsters traps or buoys that have been watched up by the sea. If you have a kayak or rent one you have place at the town dock to lunch your kayak(s)and explore the coast line and its harbor and inlets. If you like to swim Echo lake offers fresh, cool spring fed water to swim in with the loons or ducks. Or if you just wish to read and listen to the sounds of the diesel of the lobster boats as they return with their fresh catch of the day you have plenty of privacy in this roomy house near the harbor. Southwest Harbor will enchant you with the friendly people and fine dining. You can seat at SIPS and have a glass of wine or visit the Claremont for a view of Somes Sound and haute cuisine dining.

Golf: There are three golf courses on the Island.Causeway Club is a nine hole course that is open to the public. Northeast Harbor has a 18 hole course that is open to the public and then there is the well known Kebo Golf course in Bar Harbor that is open to the public.


Rates & Availability

Bernard House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
peak season
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
off season
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bernard House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , newly renovated
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Full bathroom newly upgraded.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1st floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor sleeps two
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1st floor
  • Bedroom located on the second floor is looking out to Bass Harbor. Narrow stair case to this Captain bedroom with twin beds. On the 1st floor are located two bedrooms with double beds.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Smokers are asked to smoke outside on the deck.

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