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Charming, Sunny Cottage on 5 acres, Quiet Side of Bar Harbor

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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 to the gorgeous oceanfront Nature Conservancy Preserve and just shy of a fifteen minute drive to "downtown" Bar Harbor and Acadia's main entrances. Landscaped gardens line the property, with birds and deer regularly passing through the yard. A screened room (added in 2015) is great for relaxing, and there's a tree-house, fire pit, and hammock for your family's use as well! There are 5 bikes available to ride to the Nature Preserve and a canoe available to explore Western Bay or Long Pond. Entrances to Acadia's beautiful carriage trails are about 10 minutes away.

Claim to fame: Sweetfern Meadow was featured on HGTV's Island Life in 2015!

In 2016 a large, tiled walk-in shower in the upstairs bath was added, so that there is now a shower on each floor. And, in early 2017, the REST of the upstairs bath was renovated and the downstairs bath and laundry area also underwent renovations!

The three bedrooms are upstairs; the sitting room, office / library, kitchen, and laundry are on the first floor. There is a detached garage with space for you to park a vehicle.

The house is fitted with everything you need to cook up a summer feast, grill with friends, and entertain the family. You'll find the cupboards stocked with many of the little things you might need while staying (think spices, plastic wrap, etc...), making your vacation easy.

Visiting Acadia and MDI is a fantastic experience and Sweetfern Meadow will make you feel right at home!

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Ellen

We currently live in central NH but plan to make Sweetfern our "forever" home in a few years, when life and jobs allow. In the meantime we are happy to share our home with you. We hope all our guests come to love Mount Desert Island as much as we do.

Ellen purchased this house in 2015

What makes this house unique

One of the things that we love about Sweetfern Meadow 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.


Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First floor bathroom - toilet , shower , First floor bathroom with shower stall
    Bathroom adjoining master bedroom - toilet , shower , Spacious bathroom, walk-in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 bicycles
  • 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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Charming, Sunny Cottage on 5 acres, Quiet Side of Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Vacation at Sweetfern is sweet!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week at Sweetfern. The house is well situated on MDI. All areas (Bar Harbor, the park, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor) are easily accessible, however it is out of the busy accepts of the island. The accommodations were fabulous. The beds are very comfortable, the linens and towels of a high quality and the kitchen is well stocked. The screen porch is a great location for a late lobster dinner. The owners were responsive to all our questions and had great suggestions for hikes, adventures, and dinner. We would highly recommend Sweetfern and hope to be back for further adventures.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Like Your Own Home- Only Better-Located!

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy to have rented this home on Mount Desert Island in mid-August. It is fully-equipped- a great kitchen, washer and dryer, hammock, fire pit, basketball hoop. The screened porch was a terrific place for games and reading. Most importantly, Sweetfern Meadow is spotlessly clean. We appreciated that the house is removed from the bustle of Bar Harbor but very easily accessible to it via a short drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place! Awesome Choice for Acadia NP and Bar Harbor!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! We loved our stay at Sweetfern Meadow. It was wonderful to cook breakfast and dinner in the well stocked kitchen and have meals together in the comfortable dining room. I really appreciate owners who keep non-perishables for their guests, it helps so much when planning meals. Your place had everything we needed for our stay, the beds were comfortable, there were plenty of linens and towels, and the showers were excellent.

Thank you so much for providing bikes, we used 3 of the 4 and the helmets, which saved us some money on renting bikes for our ride on the carriage roads. I also like the location of the house, it is on the "quiet" side of the island, which we prefer. It's nice to drive into town, and then escape out to the country.

I highly recommend this place for anyone vacationing at Acadia NP, and I definitely would like to return. Five days just wasn't enough time to do everything we want to do, even though we packed in plenty. Thanks for helping us have a great vacation. CM

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful cottage near Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this home while we were visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia. The home was very comfortable and peaceful while being well stocked with everything we needed as well as fun things to do. It was the perfect place to come after spending the day enjoying Acadia.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to relax and enjoy

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful and close to town and Acadia. We really enjoyed our stay and see why the owners want to make it their forever home.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Bar Harbor!

  • 5 of 5

We had a super vacation in Bar Harbor. This home had everything we needed and more. We especially appreciated the beautiful setting and privacy it afforded. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking just about anything. However , we ate most of our dinners at wonderful restaurants nearby. After our daily activities we loved returning to our cozy home away from home and roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Peaceful, restful and restorative. What more could one ask for? The Dewey family

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $300

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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