Hand-carpentered open-plan timberframe hideaway featured in Cabin Life magazine. A one-of-a-kind artisan creation, built with 400-year-old techniques. A peaceful retreat on 5 wooded acres, but centrally located near Acadia and the amenities of Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor. Drive up 600-ft. driveway into peace and privacy. Two sets of big French doors let in morning light and make 40-foot deck part of the house. In summer, you'll live on the deck: grill on the big grill, lunch at the picnic table, listen to the birdsong, watch the wildlife. If you're lucky, the deer will come to graze in the wildflower meadow while you're enjoying a drink in one of the Adirondack chairs. In fall, gather with apres-hike drinks around propane stove. Two connected gathering places in living space, to accommodate both TV-watching and other activities. Cook is not isolated in open kitchen with granite counters, modern appliances, plenty of up-to-date pots, pans, knives, china. Full bath upstairs and down. Laundry facilities in downstairs bathroom. Three bedrooms, all upstairs; one very large with queen and 2 twin beds. Second bedroom with queen bed; third with double bed. Skylights flood bedrooms with starlight. Minutes from bike and hiking trails, ferries to outlying islands, lobster pounds, grocery stores, and fine dining. Enjoy the games, books and growing library of video classics. Lots of maps & guides for planning hiking, bike and kayak trips. Wi-fi, unlimited national long-distance. 40-in. flatscreen smart TV with 70 cable channels. TV will directly access your accounts for Netflix, Hulu, etc. 3 kayaks; solo lake canoe (you need crossbars on car to carry). Within 5-minute drive of swimming, put-in places for kayaks. Walk 2 blocks to the main road and flag down the free Island Explorer shuttle, which carries your bike and connects to Bar Harbor and other loops all over the island. Good for pet-allergy sufferers; never any pets in house. Linens and normal cleaning included in rental price. Rents Sunday-Sunday, one week minimum.
- House1900 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay7 - 90 nights
3 bedrooms, all upstairs; 2 full baths, sleeps 7. Parking for cars, boats.
Martha Dix Graham
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- Jul 20, 2018
About Martha Dix Graham
Hello, all. To introduce myself--Martha Graham: I live in Virginia and work for the state museums in Jamestown and Yorktown, VA, teaching kids about the colonial era and the Revolutionary War. In the 1970s, three related families banded together to build and enjoy a log-cabin kit on 10 acres. (I don't mean we hired contractors; we swung hammers!) As the children married, we outgrew the house, and in 2007 we split the land and I built Quietside next door to the original house. Older and perhaps wiser, I let someone else do the building this time. Since I live so far away, Quietside was designed on the back of an envelope and built by email. John the builder is a master of wood. He and his crew build one house at a time and use techniques that go back hundreds of years. (The frame is mortise and tenon--no nails.) Here we still gather every summer to revisit favorite places and, believe it or not, still to explore new ones after all these years. Although the older generation, now in our 60s and 70s, usually leave the most challenging trails to our "kids" who are in their 40s and 50s, we are still enthusiastic hikers, climbers and kayakers, not to mention enthusiastic cooks and explorers of the restaurant scene. So Quietside is not "just a rental." It is a house we love and use, and we like our kitchen equipment complete, our linens decent and our beds comfortable. We also love to share our discoveries with you, our guests. Come and see!
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Perfect vacation cottage!
We had a wonderful week at Quietside. It was the perfect place to relax in the Maine woods, yet close enough to the attractions of Mount Desert Island, so that we never had to go very far for hiking or exploring the sites of the island. The cottage is in perfect condition, roomy, and well-equipped. A terrific place to stay!
A great getaway
Quietside is a lovely and comfortable home, and very well cared for. Everything was immaculate upon our arrival and we were comfortable our entire stay. Martha, the owner, was very responsive regarding the couple of questions that came up while we were there. The kitchen is well supplied, the beds were extremely comfortable, and everything was clean. The house itself is beautiful and nicely decorated. This was our first time renting a vacation house and it couldn't have been a better experience.
Quietside is a wonderful house in excellent condition in a perfect location. We spent two weeks at the place and felt at home throughout. The house is centrally located on Mount Desert Island so it is very close to Long Pond and some of the hiking trails on the west side of the island. Very close to Southwest Harbor and not a bad ride to Bar Harbor. It has the feel of a cabin in the woods, yet all the appointments are new and modern. Everything was as advertised and I hope my family can return some day soon.
A perfect place to stay.
Truly wonderful. A beautiful cabin, perfectly furnished and appointed, on a lovely spot. Everything we hoped for and more.
Perfect Stay in Bar Harbor/MDI
We had a perfect stay in Martha's cottage. It was just right for our family of four. Everything is so well kept, the beds are incredibly comfy, the wrap around porch was great for eating and stargazing, and it is in an amazingly quiet location. This is the perfect retreat in the woods, but with all the necessary comforts. We've stayed in the Bar Harbor area, Mount Desert Island, many times and rented a number of places. I'm quite picky and I have to say that Quietside was by far my favorite! I can't imagine that anyone would be unhappy here. The cottage is situated between Somesville and Southwest Harbor, in my opinion the perfect place. It is about a 15-20 minute drive to Bar Harbor, and depending on what part of Acadia you are interested in hiking and exploring, 5-20 minutes away, yet away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bar Harbor. We could enjoy the quiet of the cottage, be close to all our favorite hiking spots, and still make it into Bar Harbor for dinner.
Terrific house and great for families
This is a lovely home that is clean and well situated to explore Mount Desert Island, Maine. The owner maintains the house beautifully and cares about ensuring a nice stay. The location is quiet, yet close to all the sites of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. It's been one of our best rental experiences ever. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
There is an amazing variety of activities for all ages on Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park rangers offer nature, seacoast and wildlife programs for adults and children. A fifty-mile network of gravel-surfaced carriage roads is perfect for jogging, walking, or cycling. The 20-mile Park Loop Road is one of the great scenic roads of our nation. Get up early and bike it. Mountain trails range from child-friendly to challenging. Swim at Sand Beach on the ocean if you dare, but there are warmer life guarded lake beaches or scenic swimming from the rocks of Echo Lake. Take a ferry to Little Cranberry Island, tour the museum and have lobster on the ferry dock. Explore wonderful gardens. Don't forget tea and popovers on the lawn at the Jordan Pond House. Kayak Somes Sound or Pretty Marsh; you may find seals or eagles. Play golf or tennis, go shopping in Bar Harbor, attend a band concert on the square, and check out the Reel Pizza Cinema. Better stay at least two weeks. Other Activities: Kayaking, canoeing, birding
Rates & Availability
State tax rate subject to change. Posted summer rental includes linens, cleaning, No smoking, no pets, and no open fires permitted. Use of watercraft is at travelers' risk. See Rental Agreement for details of occupancy. Monthly winter rental includes snowplowing; utilities are tenant's responsibility.