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Ellen

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Charming, Sunny, Cottage on Private Road

22 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Bar Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This story-book cottage is situated on five wooded acres on the ""quiet side" of the island, just a short walk or bike ride from the gorgeous oceanfront Nature Conservancy Preserve and a fifteen minute drive to "downtown" Bar Harbor. Landscaped gardens line the property, with birds and deer regularly passing through the yard. A newly-built screened room is great for relaxing, and there's a tree-house, fire pit, and hammock for your family's use as well! There are 4 bikes available to ride to the nature preserve and a canoe available to explore Western Bay or Long Pond.

Also, new in 2016: a large tiled walk-in shower in the upstairs bath, so that there is now a shower on each floor. Also worth noting is that this delightful home was featured on HGTV's Island Life in 2015!

The entrance to Acadia National Park is less than 10 min away by car. The house is fitted with everything you need to cook up a summer feast, grill with friends, and entertain the family. And we'd be happy to suggest some of our favorite places to dine, swim, and explore during your trip. Enjoy!

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Ellen (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

What makes this house unique

One of the things that we love about Sweetfern is that it is ideally located for exploring the WHOLE island - the eastern, harbor side, and the quieter, western side, with the town of Southwest Harbor and Acadia's mountains and carriage trails that are on that less busy side! Sweetfern's five acres also lend themselves to contentment. It's fun to come back after a day of activities and relax on the screened porch or in the hammock, have fun with the kids up in the tree-house, shoot some hoops, or enjoy the fire pit.

Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

Charming, Sunny, Cottage on Private Road
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
5

This home was perfect

  • 5 of 5

It was the first time that I brought my family to Mount Desert Island and we could not have asked for more. First, the location was great. I originally thought that we should stay in Bar Harbor but I was so much happier that we stayed on the "quiet side". It turned out that things are close (for me as I do drive places for work) enough and it is great to be able to retreat when you have had enough. Nothing is too far and the serenity of the property as was as the amenities made it feel like home. We were able to cook and had everything you could want. The beds were comfortable. My father tried to track down what pillow was there because he thought he slept better than he ever had. The home was clean and comfortable and I would enjoy staying there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Awesome stay in August

  • 5 of 5

We really had a great time during our week in August 2016. Ellen and Curt have thought of everything one may need. They are very accomodating and have taken much care of their home. It is secluded yet a short drive away from everything the island offers. I would recommended this house to anyone!

Our family loved the house so much :) We hope to come back and stay again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 just spent a week at this fabulous house. Very clean with comfortable beds, plenty of towels and a very well stocked kitchen. Lots of space for hanging out playing board games or watching movies after many fun filled days hiking and biking in Acadia. Screened-in porch was great for morning coffee and evening meals. Overall a great house and a wonderful place to stay. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Week in MDI!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Ellen and Curt's house for a week in June. The house was ideal for our needs, with plenty of space and additional amenities like plenty of utensils in the kitchen for cooking. Everything was clean and well managed. We did not wind up making use of the fire pit, the grill, or the canoe, but those are available if you want them. The house is a bit out of the way from some of the bustling areas of MDI, which was a big plus for us. It was quiet and relaxed, but very easy to get around the island from the house. We went on several walks directly from the house, spent many days over in Bar Harbor, went all over Acadia (biked the Carriage Roads, hiked Cadillac and Acadia Mountains, visited Long Pond and Jordan's Pond, and enjoyed Echo Lake and Sand Beach), and also made it to Tremont to visit Thurston's Lobster Pound not once, but twice!

There are two bathrooms in the house, but only one upstairs and you have to go through the master bedroom to access it. This isn't a problem at all if you are a couple staying there on your own, but it's something to consider if you have younger kids who might not want to go downstairs in the night to use the bathroom, or if you're planning to share the house with another couple. I'd also note that the house does provide bikes, but they've definitely been used over the years and aren't in the best of shape -- if you plan to do serious biking, I'd recommend bringing your own or planning to rent from one of the many bike shops in Bar Harbor (we did this one day to bike the Carriage Roads).

We hope to make it back to MDI soon, and will definitely check to see if this property is available when we return.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Secluded Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect private retreat located just minutes from everything that MDI has to offer! We spent most of a week with two pre-teen children exploring the island and park. The home is a beautifully secluded retreat, tucked away in a private patch of woods. The kids enjoyed exploring around the house, playing in the hammock, and making smores over the fire pit. The home is very clean, well equipped, and beautifully furnished. The new upstairs shower in the master suite was definitely appreciated. Cooking at the house was a breeze with the excellent gas grill and full kitchen. Eating on the screened-in porch was delightful. We all slept wonderfully on comfortable beds after busy days exploring!

The owners provide great local information and offer many fantastic suggestions as well as maps and guide books in the home. We enjoyed many of the recommended adventures in Acadia and around MDI, from beachcombing to hiking and biking the trails and visiting several local restaurants. The bikes provided at the house were good for three of us; we also did rent one kid's bike in town at Bar Harbor. (We also brought our own hitch mount bike rack to carry all 4 bikes) The canoe was another treat - we did use it to explore Northwest Cove from the end of Town Landing Road.

Thanks so much for providing such a welcoming and comfortable home for us to enjoy on our family vacation. It really helped make our Acadia adventure a special trip for all of us. We highly recommend this property and even hope to return ourselves!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice house, great location, beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Sweetfern very much. We appreciated the use of the bikes which were in good working order and not neglected. The beds were comfortable, the house was clean and well maintained and had everything we needed. We made a fire in the outdoor fire pit one night and had great smores. We enjoyed Bar Harbor and Acadia very much. Thank you for a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Map

Acadia National Park
Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kebo Valley Golf Course
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Long Pond (for freshwater swimming / kayaking)
Nearest Point of Interest
Blagden Preserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Right of Way to Private Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Somes Pond - Swimming / Canoing
Nearest Point of Interest
Long Pond - Swimming / Canoing
Nearest Point of Interest
Echo Lake Bluffs - Swimming
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Hill Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Maily Meats / Acadia Brewing Company
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall Season 2016
Aug 28 2016 - Oct 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
$285
$1,950
 
 
Winter Season 2016
Oct 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$235
$1,500
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,650
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Turnover (Cleaning) Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.0%

The turnover (cleaning) fee is a not contingent upon length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First floor bathroom - toilet , shower , First floor bathroom with shower stall
    Bathroom adjoining master bedroom - toilet , shower , Spacious bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
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
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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