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Late summer special pricing!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable and convenient Acadia rental home with sweeping views of Southwest

Head of the Harbor Overlook is a renovated cottage overlooking Southwest Harbor, Sutton Island, the Cranberry Islands, and Greening Island. This ideal spot is within walking distance of superb restaurants, specialty shops, a full service marina, galleries, and sea glass hunting. Coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, and children's playground are just a few things that are within a five minute walk. In just minutes you can drive to Echo Lake, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, and many other popular Acadia National Park destinations. Don't want to drive? Load up on the free MDI shuttle that stops directly across the street! During the summer stop by the farmers market or take a sunset sail on one of the many boats offering them. There are also many opportunities to take a ferry to one of the surrounding islands for hiking or biking.

This cottage has been appointed with very comfortable accommodations in order to make you feel instantly at home. The open kitchen and dining area feature stainless steel appliances, local granite countertops, and a large farmhouse sink in order to make meal preparations quick and easy. A lobster pot, and supplies are included (Fresh off the boat lobsters are available at the marina across the street) for those brave enough to cook their own! Local antiques are scattered throughout the house to remind us of simpler times. This area is also open to the living room which features fantastic views of Southwest Harbor! The downstairs bedroom has a set of bunk beds, single on top and double on the bottom. This room is very bright with many windows, roomy closet, gaming system, TV, DVD, and best of all a great view of the harbor! The full sized bathroom is located downstairs and includes a full-sized washer and dryer so that you can keep those bathing suits and beach towels ready at a moments notice! All TV's have cable and DVD players, and WIFI.

The master bedroom is located upstairs with it's plush king-sized bed, loads of room, flat-screen TV with DVD, video library, and did I say? Fantastic View! The last bedroom features an antique double spindle bed with lots of coastal charm, TV with DVD, and ample closet space.

A crib, receptical plugs, baby toys, child gate, and a high chair are provided for those needing one, also a bathing seat and hand rail are available for those needing a bit of assisstance with accessibility.

Southwest Harbor is a quaint, pleasant coastal community that is only 15 minutes from Bar Harbor, a popular tourist destination. The closest airports are: Trenton(12miles) and Bangor International Airport which is only 55 miles away. Those interested in bringing along their boat, slips may be available upon request.


More Details

Christie Dysart
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

Why Christie Dysart chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

We just love this area of MDI! There's hiking, biking, boating, exploring just minutes away. Southwest Harbor is just a little bit quieter than BarHarbor and the kids can walk or bike anywhere. There's restaurants and a great ice cream shop just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

What makes this house unique

This house has fantastic views of Southwest Harbor from almost every room in the house. There's a great marina directly across the street where you can view amazing boats, and a fun restaurant that is across the street that has outdoor seating right on the shore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing us to stay in this delightful cottage. It had everything we needed + Great! views! It was a perfect spot to launch our Acadia explorations.
Aug 2014
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Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , full-size washer & dryer and accessibility tools available
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Light and airy room with TV/DVD/cable.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Large spacious room with great Harbor views. Flat-screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Twin/Double combo bunk. X-box 360, Flat-screen tv/DVD,books
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.9333334 based on 19 reviews

Beautiful spot for exploring the island.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with a spectacular view and easy walk to the center of town. Accessible to so many wonderful spots on the island. Kitchen is wonderfully equipped! Host is very responsive. A great place!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental, thoroughly enjoyed it

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Head of Harbor house right at the beginning of peak season in Acadia. We have two young children, and felt like the house was perfect for us. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of things that were included in the house: all basic necessities plus all kinds of other things that would have been a pain to bring (child high-chair, some toys for kids, movies and DVD players and a gaming system, etc.). In general, it felt like Christie went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. There was also a nice view of the water from the large window in the main room.

In terms of location, we did end up driving to the other side of the island most days, but we did spend a few days entirely on the west side (Acadia Mountain was such a great hike we did it twice). We felt we got great bang for our buck by staying in SW Harbor.

In short, if you're staying in Southwest Harbor, this is an excellent choice.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Close to everything. Neat, clean & adorable!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice time at this cozy cottage with the perfect view! Everything we needed was right there in the kitchen. We didn't have to worry about the little stuff. The Dysart's had their bases covered & made our getaway more than pleasant. The house was clean & beautiful & it was so nice sitting outside watching the beautiful harbor. Thank you guys for a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Johnson City, TN

Everything You'll Need on the "Quiet Side"

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Head of the Harbor! Christie thought of everything you would possibly need for a comfortable stay. To name a few of the things that were such a nice surprise are the bottled water, ice, condiments, spices, oil, everything we needed for cooking. We had pancakes a few mornings and used the Grade-A Maine maple syrup she had left by the welcome note for us. We didn't have to buy coffee because the cottage was stocked with K-cup coffee and tea bags. There was even laundry soap and dryer sheets! The bed was comfy and the bathroom towels were very heavy and cozy. Oh, and we brought our furry family member with us and there were clean dog bowls for him as well. We cooked steaks on the grill one night, which was nice to be able to do that on vacation.

We're really glad we decided to stay in SW Harbor because, although Bar Harbor is nice, we just enjoyed a more quiet and laid-back environment. It was nice driving back "home" from our adventures thinking about the cozy cottage that was awaiting us. We explored the whole Mount Desert Island and found most of the people to be super nice! One exception was maybe the owner of a restaurant in NE Harbor when first entering the town. Her name is Wendy, and I didn't understand why she was so rude. Anyway, we ended up not eating there and going back to Bar Harbor. That's the only negative experience we had while there. But we do highly suggest Beal's Lobster Pier in SW Harbor! They are great! We ate there several times and were never disappointed. They are also very dog-friendly. The little café in town, the Quiet Side Café and Ice Cream Shop, was always good too.

I'm sure I'll think of all kinds of other things I forgot to mention, but you'll just have to find out about those yourself. Great 1st trip to Maine! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kansas City

Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

Located on the quiet side of MDI and in Southwest Harbor, this cozy cabin was perfect for my wife and I's getaway. Everything we needed was provided and the house was well furnished. It was clean and ready upon our arrival on Saturday. We walked down to downtown Southwest harbor on the large sidewalks in less than 5 minutes where we were able to eat, shop, and explore. This cabin is great for the coupling looking to getaway or a family with 3 kids a home base for exploration. The hiking on the quiet side was great and way less crowded than the more popular areas for hiking. Highly recommended and we will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at head of the harbor. It was the perfect spot to get away. We loved being able to walk to town and the view of the harbor was perfect. We went to Acadia and Bar Harbor several times...less than 30 minutes and the drive is beautiful! Would highly recommend it to anyone, house is comfortable with tons of amenities and thoughtful touches, especially for families!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dry Dock
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Sand beach, Acadia Nat. Park
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fiddler's Green
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: not necessary

Marina slips are available to boat owners.


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
peak season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
late summer
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
late season
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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