|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
'The dock house' is located right at the water's edge of Bass Harbor. Main living floor has open living/dining room with lots of windows, a convenient modern kitchen, full bath and upper deck. Lower level has 3 bedrooms (2 queen, 1 full), bath with shower, and doors opening to the lower deck and dock. Cable, TV, VCR, DW, Washer and Dryer, Woodstove, heat, gas grill, (pets considered). Large deck and dock extending into water, picnic table, patio furniture.
Hi, My name is Mary Grace and I manage this truly special property. The warmth of the wood and the open space welcomes you as soon as you step inside. You'll feel right at home and be ready to throw some lobsters in the pot before you know it.
I am originally from Long Island, NY and have been blessed to live in the MDI region for many years. The Dock House just epitomizes Maine and the joys of escaping to Vacationland!
If the sound of the ocean, the cry of the seagulls, the smell of salt air, and being completely surrounded by nature with all the comforts of home sounds appealing to you, then The Dock House is your next vacation destination!
After we oohed and ahhed about the views upon arrival my mom mentioned this was the cleanest house she ever stayed in (she had not seen previous reviews). Everything was great. Very quiet location. While at very low tide it may not be sandy like Frenchman Bay, it has far more gorgeous views especially in the mornings and evenings. Being right on the water was great. Sited of ospreys catching fish and herons from the deck and eagle and dolphin from the kayak near Bass Harbor Head lighthouse. Took photos repeatedly off the deck because each day offered such great dramatic shots. Southwest Harbor also has some artist co-op type shops - far less commercial than Bar Harbor. Thurston's Lobster Pound down the road was great! Mary Grace was easy to work with and very responsive to questions.
Our family (3 Generations) spent the second week of August at the Dock House. I can't find enough superlatives to describe the experience. Sad to think we almost cancelled after reading the previous review. I don't know what axe that person was grinding but my advice is to completely disregard that distorted view of reality. There were 6 of us on the trip and all 6 rated the house and the vacation a perfect 10. The views from very window are gorgeous the location of the cottage affords privacy while submerging you in a picture book slice of the Maine coast. We kayaked every day in Bass Harbor...the little islands provided endless exploration opportunities for our two grandsons (9 and 11) and we didn't have to worry about them because it is so protected. Yes, by golly, there is low tide here, and there is mud at the bottom of the ocean! We had fun beachcombing during those hours and watching the many bird species who appeared during those hours to search for dinner. We has originally thought that we would spend most of our time at Acadia and just use the house as a home base, but after one day of fighting with the crowds at Eagle Lake we retreated to Bernard...to enjoy the peace of "the Quiet side". What else can I say...we gathered each night to watch the spectacular sunsets cast their pastel colors over the harbor and we saw the Perseid Meteor showers from the house's huge deck...We loved every moment of our time at the Dock House and have pressed those moments firmly into our Family Memory Bank! Thank you Mary for being such a gracious host. Do we hope to go back soon? You bet.
Not an accurate description of the property or accommodations.
Not clean or maintained. Odd layout. Only one bathroom on lower floor where the modest 3 bedrooms are cobbled together with only one plastic stall shower with no place to hold shampoo or soap. Broken sink too. Second bath upstairs next to kitchen which is also a storage closet.
Sheets, towels,etc old, mismatched and neglected.
The stove does not work. Both contact numbers given including caretaker don't no why so we have no stovetop. Windows have broken handles. Area rugs have stains.
Don't let photos fool you. Bass Harbor is lovely but tides go out and the dock sits in the mud until it returns.
Poor customer service. Would not recommend this property.
Before even arriving we had a very easy time renting the property. MaryGrace was very easy to work with and answered all of our questions. The property is located on the quiet side, but down a long private drive. The views are incredible, the tides dramatic. You can sit on the deck and watch the boats in Bernard come in and out at a small distance. Nothing motors past the actual house dock but Seagulls, ducks and cranes! The home is well appointed, open and welcoming, the furniture very comfortable, beds also. Kitchen is well stocked with all the things you need to eat in, or warm up what you have brought from all the local groceries and shops. Hiking is close by, the water cold, but you can swim right from your own dock with the tides. There are a few great restaurants within a very short drive. There are a few grocery stores and small marts, but if you are stocking to eat in you may wish to drive further back to the top of the island (15 mins). The pictures do not do this hidden gem justice. Great for a family, and our dog adored it too.
The Dock House offers a private, idyllic setting, yet you are surrounded by Acadia National Park and the opportunity to hike, bike, swim, sail, or just relax and get away from it all. I really enjoy taking a sunset cruise over to Islesford and having a gourmet meal in the charming restaurant right on the water.
Half mailed in advance to reserve your dates; balance due two weeks before arrival. 30 day cancellation notice.