|Minimum Stay||7 - 180 nights|
Welcome to Central House on Mount Desert Island, Maine. We are centrally located in Southwest Harbor on the Clark Point road in a 1894 house completely remodeled and updated. Five minutes away is Acadia National Park and only 15 miles across MDI from Bar Harbor, Me. Three bedrooms have queen beds, one is furnished with twin beds, all have ceiling fans and built in desks. A private tiled bathroom with large custom showers (with 3 shower heads) are part of each bedroom, and one also has a whirlpool tub. Wireless internet, cable TV, a short walk to town with excellent restaurants, unique shops, and the free Island Explorer to all island destinations.
We just returned from our stay at Central House, and our party of eight had an amazing time! The house is set up perfectly for a larger group, with plenty of space to either be together or retire to private quarters. The three teens especially loved having the top/3rd floor to themselves ... a little apartment all their own. The house was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay, but we admittedly didn't do a lot of cooking. We used the location as a springboard to explore Acadia and were not home much during the day (but enjoyed being back at the house in the evenings to watch the Olympics together). After visiting Bar Harbor, we were very glad to have chosen the "quiet side" to stay in! You can't beat the location. A few of our favorite "close by" things were being able to walk to Beal's for lobster (a 15 minute walk), Little Notch Bakery in town (for delicious pizza) and a 2 minute walk for popovers at Common Good (by donation, to fund their soup kitchen efforts). We loved the hike on Acadia Mountain and then swimming across the road at the Echo Lake Ledges (less than a 10 minute drive). Most mornings started with coffee on the front porch. We hope to be so fortunate to travel back to Acadia in the future, and we'd stay at Central House again in a heartbeat!
Oh, my goodness! Central house met all the needs of our four-generation family group. From 1-74 years of age, everyone was happy. The house is well-equipped and well located in town. Barbara and her husband are very friendly, welcoming, and clearly understand the needs families will have. She even provided a high chair for our grandson.
A heart-felt "thank you" goes out to this couple!
This is a great place to call home when away from home!
We have been to MDI many times and love SW Harbor, but this was our first stay at Central House. What a treat! The house was plenty big for us and our 4 kids, and could have easily accommodated more people. There was ample parking in the back for both of our vehicles. The kitchen was very well-stocked with every kind of cookware we could have wanted, as well as spices, flour, tea, microwave popcorn, soup, and more. The kitchen sink and dishwashers are ultra-modern/professional grade. We greatly appreciated the washer and dryers in the basement, as well as the fact that there was laundry detergent and fabric softener. Everyone loved the showers.. each of which had 3 shower heads.. very luxurious. The upstairs apartment was incredible. While we did not make full use of that space (did not use the kitchen, for example), it would have worked perfectly if we had brought another family on vacation with us. The router for the wireless internet was located on the third floor, which made the connection great if you were on the 3rd or 2nd floor.. not always so great on the first. This might be remedied by moving the router to the 2nd floor? We also enjoyed sitting out on the porch. The location is great if you like to be in town.. we were able to let the kids walk down to the playground unattended, walk to our favorite restaurants, walk the dog to the emergency vet, get to the downtown shops within minutes, etc. We also enjoyed walking to the homemade jam/bread stand.. the kids ate about 2 loaves of homemade bread per day! If you are looking for a super-quiet, remote rental, this may not be the house for you.. while the traffic (car and foot) was moderate, it was fairly consistent. Overall a very pleasant stay, and we would recommend Central House without hesitation.
We loved staying at Central House. We had 4 kids and 4 adults and everyone was very comfortable. The teenagers stayed in the apartment on the top floor so they had their own space, the grandparents stayed on the first floor and everyone had their own bathroom. The house was well-furnished. The bathrooms were quite deluxe and the beds were comfortable. We especially loved the front porch for reading and relaxing. We were less than a block from the charming town center of Southwest Harbor and we enjoyed patronizing the restaurants, shops and market there. We were a very short walk to the Island shuttle bus as well. We highly recommend this house.
We cannot say enough about Central House! The house itself was beautiful. All of the bedrooms were very spacious and they each had a fantastic en suite. From the lovely hardwood floors to the fabulous homey kitchen to the windows that opened to let in the fresh air - this house was perfect. The location of Central House was ideal. We could walk to the town and there were a number of excellent restaurants for dinner. The house was only 20 minutes from the National Park and Bar Harbor, but Southwest Harbor was very peaceful. We were able to meet Barbara at Central House, which was an added bonus. She showed us around the house and gave us helpful information about the area. We loved the house and the area! We would definitely stay at Central House again.
fantastic place for a family reunion or just get away but not too far. the bed rooms were HUGE and baths to match. the 3rd floor apt was wonderful as a second kitchen/eating area or just allow for privacy and relaxation. house had all the amenities that any person or family would need. the owners have tried to think of every detail that anyone would want. the driveway was large and allowed the kids to play without worrying about traffic. lobster pound 1/2 mile down the road, close to town for shopping. i would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing get away but with TONS of stuff to do within minutes; including the Island Explorer bus to get you over to Bar Harbor and Park Loop Rd. Highly recommended.
Southwest Harbor is located in the middle of Acadia National Park on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Maine State lodging tax applies 8%
Security deposit: $500.
When reservations are made a 1/2 deposit is required. The final 1/2 due 30 days before arrival date.
Cancellation allowed prior to 90 days of arrival.
There is also a one bedroom cottage on the property (see #165969) that can be rented separately, if available,
if more space is needed for the perfect family retreat.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.