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Comfortable, Modernized, 1880s Farmhouse with Ocean Vistas

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

SW HBR: 3BR 2BA Cottage with island views and ocean access. Sleeps 6

SOUTHWEST HARBOR: Cable Crossing Cottage

The Cottage is 500 ft. from a rocky-gravel ocean beach, in a neighborhood of historic homes. A picket fence encloses the front yard, and there is a full-length back deck overlooking a 14-acre wildflower field to mountains and islands of the bay. Mid-June through mid-October, catch the free Island Explorer Bus at the end of the driveway to access towns throughout Mt. Desert Island and to access points in Acadia National Park; the bus accommodates bikes.

Picture a day beach combing, sight-seeing, or hiking in Acadia National Park, and returning to the tranquility of 'The Quiet Side' of the Island to enjoy your home away from home.

One guest wrote: 'Your cottage feels as though someone really lives here and loves this place - the lovely old furniture, pictures, and the books. I especially loved the bookshelf - what a wealth of local information. I wish I had more time to read them all! Everything we needed was here!

AMENITIES: Wireless internet access throughout Cottage. Closet with board games, poker chips, Scrabble dictionary, and several yard games. Shelves of local books, references, guides/maps.

FIRST Floor: Open living/dining room with gas fireplace and electric heat. Dining table seats 6-8, and living room furniture seats 7. Door to covered deck, back yard, field, and gravel lane to the beach. Master bedroom/bathroom ensuite with king bed is also located on the first floor.

Modern, recently renovated Kitchen. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, blender, wide-slot toaster, coffee grinder, coffee maker, electric tea kettle, tools and pots for cooking lobster, cook books, spices.

SECOND Floor: Three rooms - Green Bedroom with king-sized bed and door to back stairs. Blue Bedroom with either two twin beds or one comfy king - your choice. Sitting Room, with shelf of youth fiction childrens books, and a futon couch which converts to double bed for sleeping versatility. Full bath with clawfoot tub, and separate shower.

Other Amenities: All linens and towels, weather-station radio, iron/board, hair dryer, videos/dvd

Activities: DECK: Outside table and 6 deck chairs, 4 portable beach chairs, gas grill. YARD: lawn and bocce court with picnic table (bocce balls provided).

There are many kinds of attractions in the vicinity, and we have an organized box of brochures and maps describing them, plus area guide books. Wander along beaches, explore shops, museums, galleries, microbreweries, hear live music (almost any kind), attend live theater, eat a wide variety of cuisine, cook your own lobster (instructions available), or hike or bike on the Park trails throughout Mt. Desert Island, take guided tours, visit islands by ferry or mail boat, or explore Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, or other towns on the island.

Rain coats and rain pants for adults and roll up the sleeves/cuffs for children, plus rain boots for little feet. Raining? Put on rain clothes and go out and play! Memorable fun!

Or, hang around the Cottage - closet full of games, drawer full of videos/dvds, cd player, bocce court in the yard.

Location: The village of Southwest Harbor has specialty food, wine, and art shops, plus restaurants from casual to fine dining.

Our area is Mt. Desert Island - an island accessible by bridge. It has botanical gardens, museums, libraries, cyber cafes, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, microbreweries, bookstores, antique shops, health food stores, vegetable stands, live music, live theater, annual festivals (July: Pink Flamingo, Sept: Garlic, Oct: Oktoberfest to name a few) , country fairs, and acres and acres of the natural beauty of Acadia National Park.

Our area offers rentals, guided tours, or do-it-yourself opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sea kayaking, sailing, fishing, whale watching, golf, tennis, lake or ocean swimming, visiting islands, learning history, studying ecosystems, and exploring Acadia National Park. The Park is located throughout Mt. Desert Island, co-mingling with the towns. This makes for the unusual opportunity to access the Park from many entrances.

More Details

Doug and Betsy Arntzen
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, Some French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 24, 2017

About Doug and Betsy Arntzen

We live in the area and we love it! We bought the Cable Crossing Cottage so we could live in Southwest Harbor and enjoy Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park right out the back door. We're happy to share Cable Crossing Cottage with you, so you can enjoy our area and environs. We do the change-overs each week, so we know everything is in place and in great shape for when you arrive. Doug is self employed as Arntzen Builders, and Betsy is a licensed massage therapist.

Doug and Betsy Arntzen purchased this farmhouse in 1997

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love it here in any weather. Really. Every day is a great day when you're in Maine. We have stocked the Cottage with rain pants and rain jackets so you can go out and play in any weather. But don't worry, it won't rain.

Who has a bocce court? WE DO! Bocce balls included.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Some of the best parts of staying here have nothing to do with Acadia! Our family of five read 18 books. The kids did not touch a single screen all week. Our tiny middle lad slept plumb in the center of a king bed in his own room with a smile on his face. The choice of kids books that are like their own adventure. Letting our kids go down to the beach alone this time (ok - so it was with a long range walkie-talkie)."
Aug 2015
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Seawall Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bed/Bath Ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub; Separate shower
  • 2 full baths First Floor Bathroom - Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, This is off the first floor master bedroom. Second Floor Bathroom - Toilet, Tub, Shower, This bathroom has a clawfoot tub. The first floor bathroom is off the downstairs master bedroom, and is heated by the electric baseboard units in the bedroom. In early spring or late fall, we provide an electric radiator for this bathroom. The portable hair dryer is stored in this bathroom. The second floor bathroom, with a claw foot tub and separate shower, has its own heat. The iron and ironing board are stored in this bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bed/Bath Ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Green Room with back stairs
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Blue Room - can be made into comfortable King
  • 3 bedrooms, sleeps a maximum of 6 people Bed/Bath Ensuite - King, This is on the first floor, off the living room. Green Room - King, This room has door to back stairs. Blue Room - 2 Twin/ Single, This room has a door to adjacent sitting room. Beds can be made into comfy King Sitting Room - Sleep Sofa /Futon, Futon converts to a double bed for flexible accommodations. First Floor: Downstairs is a master bedroom bathroom ensuite, containing a king bed, plus a full bathroom. Second Floor: There are three rooms, all with doors to the upstairs hallway, and all with views across a wildflower field to the mountains and islands of the bay. Every bedroom has a closet, a chest of drawers, a bedside table and lamp, a clock, a flashlight, and plenty of pillows and blankets. We make the beds prior to arrival; flannel sheets in the spring and fall. The Sitting Room and the Green Room also have books.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
First Floor Layout: Two entrances, one from the driveway and one from the deck. Entrances open into Living room area which has a gas fireplace, and couch and chairs to seat six. There is a games closet, plus a TV/DVD/VCR, and CD player. This is an open area with Dining at the other end. The dining table is a drop-leaf gate leg table which opens to seat six to eight in front of a picture window. In the sideboard are placemats and flatware, and some glasses and dishes; most glasses and dishes are in the kitchen. Off this open area is the master bedroom bathroom ensuite through one door, and an equipped, recently modernized kitchen through another door. The kitchen has washer/dryer, cook books, and pots & tools to cook lobster. For outdoors: we have several umbrellas, many sizes of rain jackets, 6 pair of rain pants, kid's rain boots (toddler size), and a baby-carrier backpack (for up to 45 lbs).


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Comfortable, Modernized, 1880s Farmhouse with Ocean Vistas
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Paxton, MA

A Wonderful Farmhouse!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house (2 couples) and really loved it. There was plenty of space and fwe felt right at home. We especially enjoyed hanging out in the livingroom with a nice fire in the woodstove. The view from the dining area was beautiful- across the meadow to the ocean. We also enjoyed strolling down the dirt road to the pebbly beach for a nice long walk. I would highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2007
  • Stayed: September 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, thoughtfully appointed, home with a fabulous view

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect stay at Doug and Betsy's home. They go well beyond the call with the care they put into hosting. There were clean robes in every room, s'mores fixings in the breadbox, soft sheets on the made beds and loads of clean towels, dish and laundry soap, and a super organized kitchen with everything we needed to make meals at home including a lobster pot. Doug and Betsy rearranged beds to ensure the comfort of our 3 teens and welcomed us despite our late arrival. We enjoyed coffee early on the deck watching the lobster boats power by and ended our full days of biking, hiking, and boating, with games of bocce, marshmallows at the fire pit, and walks down to the shore. We highly recommend a stay with Doug and Betsy.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Perfect home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cozy home for almost a week at the beginning of the summer season and absolutely loved it. There was plenty of room for our family of 4 children ages 5 - 15. The kids loved their upstairs rooms to read and relax and we loved the main area downstairs to eat dinner, play games, and sit by the gas fireplace. Doug and Betsy maintain a vacation property that makes you feel right at home immediately, with everything you might need right at your fingertips. My favorite memory of our adventurous trip to MDI and Acadia National Park was the quality family time we shared in this home. The pictures really show what the house is like, but there are also 2 bathrooms (large for a historic home), large closets, and a well appointed kitchen. I felt like we had traveled back in time, but still had the modern day luxuries that we are used to. The internet was flawless, the hot water never ran out, and the furnishings were clean and new. The location of the home was also perfect! We loved coming "home" after each full day of Acadia hiking, biking, sailing, and lobster eating!!!!! Doug and Betsy were also very professional and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful and Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cable Crossing! Everything you could possibly need was there. We only used the first floor because it was just the two of us but I'm already thinking about next year and bringing our other daughters and grandchildren. Plenty of room for all! Just down the road from one daughter that lives there so it's the perfect location for us. The view is amazing with your morning coffee. At night the stars are even more amazing. We will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
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Apex, North Carolina

Excellent Choice!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect for my family's first visit to Maine. The house is quaint and has a lovely view from the family room and dining area. There is a well-stocked toy closet and there are lots of other nice amenities, too, like a cooler we were able to fill with lunches during our various outings. The fireplace is nice and cozy for cool nights. The owners were great to work with. We definitely enjoyed our stay here!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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DC metro area

Wonderful stay in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Cable Crossing is a lovely home full of character and is a perfect spot for a quiet, family vacation. The rooms are spacious but cozy, and the view from all the back rooms and deck is just beautiful. Doug and Betsy have prepared the house so thoughtfully. Wherever we went on the island, it was good to know we had such a place to return to. Our four kids always had something interesting to do and to look at, whether it was playing with toys and games from the well-stocked game closet or taking a walk down the lane to the beach to look at the fascinating rocks and the view of islands and mountains and boats. Even the children's videos are well chosen and there were plenty of quality children's books to read to them and for them to read! We never lacked for any tools in the kitchen and enjoyed being able to compost our produce scraps. The cottage binder is full of menus of local restaurants and interesting articles on local events. There are even books of local lore to dip into and plenty of sightseeing information. There is even plenty of rain gear if your own collection is not Maine-worthy. Our only regret was not booking two weeks in this lovely home on this beautiful island!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
BHB in Trenton 15 miles / (BGR in Bangor 50 mi)
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Coda, serving New England pub-style foood
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Ferries to Swan's Island, and Cranberry Islands
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Causeway Club, golf and tennis by the ocean
Nearest Train
133 Miles
Amtrak from Brunswick/Freeport/Portland to Boston
Nearest Motorway
47 Miles
Interstate 395 / 95 (Rt.1, 15 miles)
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Great restaurants in Southwest Harbor village
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Ocean beach 500 ft / (Fresh water beaches 10 mins)
Car: recommended

The Cottage is 2.5 miles from the fishing and yacht-building village center of Southwest Harbor, population 1,900. Acadia National Park and area towns co-mingle on Mt. Desert Island, so there is a trail a short distance from anywhere on the island. Two Acadia National Park trails are within walking distance of the Cottage; the rest are within a (free) seasonal bus ride or short diving distance. The Cottage is a 500ft. walk to the tidal ocean where you can beach comb, swim (very refreshing), or launch kayaks. There are many kinds of attractions in the vicinity. You can wander along beaches, explore shops, museums, galleries, microbreweries, hear live music (many kinds), attend live theater, eat a wide variety of cuisine, cook your own lobster (instructions available at the Cottage), or you can hike or bike on the Park trails throughout Mt. Desert Island, take guided tours, visit islands by ferry or mail boat, or explore Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, or other towns on the island.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.