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Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english


10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Mount Desert Townhome Rental Photos and Description

1st floor unit of a duplex, 5A, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps up to 6)

Great for couples, GARDENCOURT is a first-floor duplex tucked away on a private lane off the Beech Hill Road in Historic Somesville. Our quiet rural setting offers the perfect spot to come home to between adventures. Garden Court's entrance is located witthin our fenced-in courtyard at 5A. Beech Mountain, located within Acadia National Park, is just 1 1/2 miles from your front door. The three best swimming/kayaking/canoeing lakes are right around the corner by car or bicycle. Farm-to-table freshness is just 1/3 mile from the home at Beech Hill Farm, an organic farm stand. Enjoy an autumn sunset stroll along Beech Hill Road; drive 12 minutes into Bar Harbor with all that seaside town has to offer, or head the other way and discover 'The Quiet Side' of Mount Desert Island. Garden Court is perfectly situated to access all the wonders of our beautiful island and Acadia National Park.

$50 MULTI-WEEK DISCOUNT There is so much to see and do!

Our home comfortably accommodates from 2 to 6 people and is tastefully appointed and fully equipped. Gardencourt is pet friendly. We do not allow smoking anywhere on the property.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Vanessa (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Vanessa

My husband, John, and I have lived on Mt Desert Island for nearly 40 years. I landed my dream job seven years ago as head gardener at Thuya Garden, a beautiful English border garden in Northeast Harbor. John is a building contractor and has built many beautiful shingle style homes on the island. We love to travel in our Scamp Camper that we've nicknamed 'Shrimp Scampi'.

Vanessa purchased this townhome in 1989

Why Vanessa chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

We fell in love with this beautiful property and incredible location in 1989. John built Garden Court for my mother when she retired to Maine. We now rent the ground floor of her home and we live upstairs. Garden Court sits on one acre of land along a private driveway in a quiet neighborhood. Check out the beautiful sunsets from Beech Hill or hike Acadia National Park trails just one mile away. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, please call 207-244-4090. Priscilla Hutton.

Also, please feel free to call my daughter in law, Vanessa, who helps me with all aspect of Garden Court (207)266-0149.

What makes this townhome unique

Great family location. Perfect for couples or friends traveling together. Easy access to our island's best swimming beaches and adventures into Acadia. Garden Court guests enjoy fishing and carry-in canoe/kayak launching privileges at exclusive Somesville Town Dock. Bring your mackerel gear and squid jigs!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The "C" family came and conquered MDI for the 4th straight year at Garden Court. I once again thank you.... for allowing us to stay here for our summer vacation. Between getting up to see the sunrise and jigging for squid till 1 am - I think I need a vacation now! Sorry we missed you at the Gardens - we just didn't make it over there this year. John - I owe you some squid next year - my family wolfed them all down. Bruce - good luck getting the mini-bike going. Jonah wants to ride it. We truly feel this is our home away from home and look forward to coming back."
Aug 2014
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average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
Freehold NJ

A perfect centrally located home for the active vacationer.

  • 5 of 5

My family has been coming to John and Percilla's Garden Court for about 6 years now. They are the kindest and most helpful renters. From oiling or bike chains, to helping secure my bike rack to making suggestions about what to do, giving us blueberries, Maine Maple syrup and chips. John is a carpenter and is so capable of keeping this property up to par which he does. From this property it is just minutes to the best rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and biking. Bartlet landing is minutes away, we found several lobster boats that were very happy to sell us lobsters directly off their boats for way less than at the pounds. The best star gazing is found on a 3 minute walk down Beech Hill Road. Because of this prime location, there is so little down time that you can make the most of your time away. Make sure to get a good topo map of the Island and enjoy this piece of paradise. We look forward to when we are able to visit Garden Court again.

P.S. Check out the book Rock Friends of Acadia that John has sitting in the living room. My kids are on the front cover of the book.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Maine getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from one of our best vacations ever. We live in the Midwest and had not vacationed in the Northeast. I found this home on VRBO, and booking the home with Vanessa was a great experience. We did tour Bar Harbor several times and found the drive was only about 15 minutes from the home. Near the home is a beach area on Long pond, I believe the road is Ripples Road. I highly recommend this for swimming and renting paddle boards. The lake is very clean and cool. Also check out the hiking near the home, we hiked Canada Cliffs and the views were amazing.

The home was perfect for my family. It is a quaint cottage style with everything you need to enjoy a dinner at home and board games for good family fun.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet yet close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Garden Court. The quiet setting was wonderful! We enjoyed being close to everything and did a bunch of paddling, hiking and biking. The house was comfortable and the owners pleasant to work with. Would stay here again in a heartbeat...actually we really didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, Homey Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at Gardencourt with 3 friends from West Virginia. It was easy to find once we got into the area. Gardencourt was clean and welcoming. The home was lovely and the area was safe and peaceful. It was comfortable and had everything you could possible need. It's always great to have a washer/dryer when on vacation! The owners were friendly and the location was perfect for everything we wanted to do.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place and Location! No matter the purpose of your trip!

  • 5 of 5

No matter why you have come to visit this beautiful area, you will find this home perfectly suits all of your needs. Our group of four came to photograph the Mount Desert Island region, in particular, Acadia NP, we were looking for something outside of the bustling Bar Harbor area and closer to the park. Did we ever choose the perfect place! This house is located in Somesville, close to the iconic and often photographed Selectman’s arched footbridge and a scenic harbor. It is roomy with all the conveniences of home, the neighborhood quiet and peaceful, everything you could possibly want is within a 20 minute drive, from Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain, to the busy storefronts, restaurants, and activity filled streets of Bar Harbor, after a long day of visiting nearby attractions, it was a joy to be able to retreat to the restful solitude that Garden Court has to offer. And…rest assured this house has all of the little things that most people forget such as laundry and dishwasher detergent, coffee filters, etc, saving us both money and vehicle space, since we did not have haul back items that were only purchased for a week’s stay. Priscilla and John were excellent hosts and made sure our every need was met. You will have no worries when you stay at Garden Court! I must say if you are planning on coming to this area, June is definitely the month to come and this is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beech Hill Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Gardencourt for the first time this season, and our experience was over the top. The rental had everything we needed, including privacy. The difference between Somesville and Bar Harbor was night and day. After the hustle and bustle of town, we could not wait to get back to Gardencourt's quiet seclusion. We were a hop, skip, and a jump away from the town dock, where we rented kayaks! We will be staying here on our next trip to Maine. Hopefully the rental is available!!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Echo Lake Beach
Car: recommended

Garden Court is 1 mile from boat launch and small swimming beach at Long Pond 'Pond's End'. Guest privileges to fish for mackerel or launch kayak/canoe from Somesville town dock.


Rates & Availability

Mount Desert Townhome Rental Rates

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Fall Rates
Sep 4 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall Folliage Special
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Tax Rate 9.0%

$50 Multi-week Discount
$350 Refundable Damage Deposit
100 Dollars off special for week of June 27 to July 4, 2015 good for new bookings only

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Mount Desert Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathtub, shower, commode and sink. Linen closet, stack washer & dryer. Bathroom tissue, bath towels and linens provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Double Guest Room - 1 double
    Twin Beds Room - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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