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Comfortable Elegance with Great Harbor Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

This comfortable two-bedroom apartment occupies the top two floors of the recently rebuilt, historic Gray Barn in Bass Harbor. In the entryway you will find a washer and dryer and space for all your vacation gear. Walk upstairs and you'll find an open floor plan: a well-appointed kitchen, a living room with open-beamed ceiling and gas fireplace, and a dining room with lovely harbor views. On this floor there is also one bedroom and a full bathroom. The third floor is a single large room with plenty of sleeping space and a sitting area offering magnificent sunset views.

The Gray Barn is suitable for 2-6 people. There is a queen-sized bed in the second floor bedroom. The third floor room offers flexible sleeping arrangements: There is a king sized bed which can be converted into two twins. This room also features a futon couch which can be converted into a full sized bed. The living room couch also converts to a queen.

There is a semi-private boat access 50 yards from the house so bring your own boats or use our kayaks to explore Bass Harbor or the beautiful and serene Bass Harbor Marsh.

The Gray Barn comes with all of the amenities you would want to feel at home. For your enjoyment and convenience, there are books, games and videos, outdoor seating with a grill, and wireless Internet access. If you'd like to leave your car behind for the day, the Island Explorer Shuttle stops right in front of the house.

We know that your vacation time is a precious resource. Our goal is to help you fully enjoy your experience on beautiful Mount Desert Island. Contact us to learn more about the apartment or the area. Your hosts: Julie and Jonathan.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcome to the Gray Barn Guest Page. We are your hosts, Julie Meltzer and Jonathan Bender. Our goal is to help you make your vacation time as rewarding as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Jan 2005
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Bass Harbor Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Comfortable Elegance with Great Harbor Views
average rating of 4.894737 based on 20 reviews
Austin, TX

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

The Gray Barn was a perfect place for us to stay - clean, nicely furnished, with a pleasant view and plenty of space for all 5 of us. It was a great home base allowing quick and easy access to all of Mount Desert Island's hiking, swimming, Lobster Pounds, quaint towns, boating trips, kayaking, etc. After enjoying nature all day it was a pleasure to return to the Gray Barn for evening games around the dining room table. Having on site owners knowledgeable of their area added to our fun, all the recommendations were accurate!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2007
  • Stayed: August 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious house in a great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for four nights in October during peak foliage season in Acadia. The park is beautiful this time of the year but unfortunately it's also past the busy season, meaning many of the restaurants in the area (particularly Southwest Harbor) are closed. Tip: call the restaurants you want to visit. Google often showed that they were open when they were closed for the season.

Even though we didn't get to explore Southwest Harbor, the Gray Barn was still in a great location (30 minute drive to the town of Bar Harbor, 25 minute drive to Acadia Cadillac Mountain Entrance). The Barn is a separate house next to Jonathan's residence. It provided privacy while the owner was close enough should we need to reach him. Jonathan greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the property. He was very helpful with recommendations and was very responsive to all our needs.

The ground floor contains a storage room that is off limits. The second floor is the main area which includes a spacious kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom, and full bath. The third floor has a large bedroom. It could easily accommodate 4-6 people. The Barn was stocked with some essentials although we ran out of paper towels and there wasn't body soap. Otherwise the Barn provided us with everything we needed and we cooked one of the most amazing lobster boils for dinner on our last evening. The Barn was clean for the most part but we encountered a large amount of black flies. Jonathan was very apologetic and assured us that this has never happened before. The view looking over the water was amazing and there's a family of deer that would often graze on the property.

Overall I had a great stay and Jonathan was a wonderful host.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming place on quiet part of the island.

  • 4 of 5

The Gray Barn is a great apartment for a couple of small family trying to get away. The view is terrific and on the right side to enjoy sunsets every night by the water. Living area is spacious, with everything you need for a short or extended stay. We were there eight nights, and had the most relaxing, enjoyable stay imaginable.

The host Jonathan is very accommodating and provided an abundance of information about the area to help us enjoy our stay. He also offered use of his kayaks to use in the harbor next to the apartment. We were able to enjoy them multiple times during our stay when the tide is right.

The only real down side to the actual apartment was the very small bathroom. This was not a big problem for my husband and I, but may cause an issue with a larger group. There is no cable, but there is wifi making it possible to watch streaming programs on your own devices. Having a washer and dryer was a HUGE perk, as was the outdoor grill.

Bass Harbor is close to many great Acadia hikes on the quiet side. We did several with beautiful vistas. They are shorter hikes, but you usually can combine a few to extend your day.

It is a 30 minute drive to Bass Harbor. This was not a problem for us, as we are up early and out the door before roads and trails are busy. This may be a problem for those that choose to sleep in or come during the busy season. The crowds were light in mid to late September. Southwest Harbor, which is a town we drove through daily to get anywhere we needed to go, was busy. We heard from the local shop keeper that at certain times of the year it can become very backed up on the one road through town. It also was the only town we witnessed a speed trap by the local officers.

Highly recommend spending a week in this area getting to really enjoy the nature and pace of the lifestyle. The Gray Barn is a perfect home base to use while you explore.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bethesda, MD

Great space - friendly owner - beautiful nature

  • 5 of 5

The pictures didn't do justice to how nice the space was. We were 4 adults and 2 children comfortable accommodated.

The owner lives next door, very nice, and very helpful with any questions or issues.

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park should need no introduction - it is a beautiful spot. The barn is next to the water, and taking the kayaks into the marsh or playing around in the tidal currents with the kids was great fun.

The barn is on the southwest side of the Island - a quieter part than the northeast Bar Harbor part, but you need a car anyway and nothing is really far away.

Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

Comfy get-away on the quiet side of the island

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 had a wonderful time while staying at the Gray Barn. Took about a half hour to get to many attractions on the Bar Harbor side of Acadia, but it was nice to come "home" to relax away from the crowds. And there's plenty to do in and near Bass Harbor, too--Acadia mountain, Echo Lake, Thurston's Lobster Pound, boat tours, ferry, quick access to a lobster pier to buy your own (cheap) lobster to cook. The Gray Barn is on a small, residential road, set back a bit from the main road, with a direct view of the harbor and short walk down to the water. It was very clean and well-kept, with all the amenities of home, including a nicely stocked pantry of basic cooking supplies and paper products. The sunroom/dining room was bright and breezy with view of the harbor. Beds were comfy, there was plenty of room on the living room and sunroom couches to stretch out, and having a washer and dryer on site was handy. The kayaks were a bonus--we enjoyed exploring the harbor or nearby marsh. And the raspberries growing on the property were a treat. The owner was really friendly and helpful in orienting us to the island when we arrived, and provided maps and brochures to use while we were there. He recommended a tasty, authentic Mexican restaurant (XYZ) in town and told us about a great swimming spot on Echo Lake ("the ledges") that our kids really enjoyed. If we make it back to Acadia Nat'l Park, we'd stay there again for sure. Would highly recommend the property.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to Nirvana

  • 5 of 5

It would be difficult to find a better spot for spending a vacation than the Quietside of Mt. Desert, and the Gray Barn experience is part of the fun. The accomodations are modern and in great shape, and the windows both have a great view over upper Bass Harbor and give great air circulation. Access to cellphone and internet coverage is a convenience. The kitchen is very functional, though you'll want to visit the lobster pounds and restaurants in the area. A perfect base for hiking in Acadia National Park. The week we were there was perfect for using the owner's kayaks in the upper harbor and the estuary beyond. We've stayed three different years and will be happy to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

$100 off for each additional week booked. Please call or write if our rate schedule does not match your travel plans.

50% deposit to reserve; balance due 30 days prior to visit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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