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Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Private Direct Waterfront Cottage with Dock and Mooring

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Four quiet acres, three bedroom, two bath ocean front home that sleeps up to 8.


BOOK NOW... and be part of the celebration that will be with you for a lifetime!

Duck Duck Goose is a serene retreat that allows its guest to be completely ensconced in the traditional Maine way of life. This recently built carriage house, tucked away in the Maine woods, sits on the edge of Duck Cove, overlooking Blue Hill Bay and all of its lovely islands. The privacy and beauty allow for quiet walks along the rocky coast beach, sitting on the private dock viewing a delightful sunrise or sunset, and viewing stars that can only be seen in the Maine skies. Located on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island allows for seclusion and reflection while still having the small towns within comfortable driving distance. Acadia National Park makes up the island of MDI and is a short drive away. The mountains to hike, roads to bike, and water to paddle or boat, make this location more special than most. This quaint carriage home was just built in August 2012 and offers a comfortable, warm cottage feeling with all the makings of your own home. The first floor living space includes your entry, laundry, full bath, family room and bedroom with two double beds, not to mention three sets of lovely French doors never leaving you without a view of the water. The second floor invites you to its grand living/dining space with overhead loft and open kitchen, allowing all guests to be near. There are also two bedroom on this floor, one with queen bed and the other with 2 twins. The bathroom provides a soaking tub, a separate shower, a private loo and forest views. Every room has dimmed lighting, comfortable seating, water views and immaculate furnishings. The dining table hosts 8 all the while taking in the ocean breezes and the beautiful outdoors. Not one stone was left unturned. While relaxing in the warm comforts indoors, you will still want to find your way outdoors. Along the carriage home leading to the water is a lovely forest trail which includes a fireside retreat as well as ocean front dining. Enjoy your cocktails listening to the tide wash up on the rocks, or build a fire and grab your marshmallows to roast. Further enjoy a wonderful private dock where you can sunbathe, enjoy your morning coffee or put your boat into the water and go for a paddle. It's hard to decide where you want to be, inside or out, but this Maine carriage home awaits your company.

***** A three car garage on the first floor of the cottage is an owner's garage and is not accessible for renters use. If you desire to bring canoes or kayaks, they are safe and secure near the waters edge. If you wish to bring bicycles, they are safe within our private community and may be sheltered from in-climate weather under our front porch.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
owner/property manager (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About owner/property manager

I am a mother of four and special education teacher in New York. One day I plan to retire at Duck, Duck...Goose. My family live on the island and I have been coming to the island since I was 15.

All of my children were raised in Maine during their summers and spent their high school summers working at local restaurants and camps.

I currently reside in New York during the school year and on MDI during each holiday and summer.

I built this carriage house and decorated it with all of my favorite things --and also built it to last. This is not your typical rental, this is my home for you to enjoy and make wonderful family memories!

owner/property manager purchased this cottage in 2012

Why owner/property manager chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Duck Duck Goose is brand new, waiting to be enjoyed ~waiting for memories to begin. The perfect balance between charming furnishings and modern conveniences where anyone would want to call home. Its a toss up as to which room you want to spend time in or be outside embracing the woods, the water and the islands. Fall in love with nature, your significant others and get back to what is important.

What makes this cottage unique

You can bring your canoes or kayaks and put them right into the water either from the private dock or just down in the front yard.

You can jump on your bikes and disappear for hours enjoying the coastal streets, the national park and trails and Bass Harbor Light.


based on 10 traveler reviews

Private Direct Waterfront Cottage with Dock and Mooring
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Quiet Pristine Retreat - Best Vacation EVER!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home in a beautiful place! We were blown away by how secluded and quiet it felt. A truly relaxing vacation. The weather was amazing in mid-August and we enjoyed so much fresh air. The house is absolutely impeccable and thought and care put into every detail. I could truly move right in!!! The floorplan gave our 2 teenage daughters a place to call their own and the main level was plenty of space to really settle in and have it feel like home. The floors were gorgeous and beautiful fixtures and antique glass really made the house look it's very best. The grounds and the shoreline were breathtaking and so enjoyable. We did some kayaking and canoeing (Thanks Scotty's) -and fishing off the dock. We loved the swing and the sitting area down by the shore. It was great to just sip some coffee (am) or wine (pm) and enjoy the peaceful coast in all it's beauty. I loved every minute of my stay and would love to come back next year for 2 weeks and totally detox from the real world. Sara was an amazing host and really gave us great recommendations on how to enhance our stay based on our individual interests. I love the QUIET SIDE of Mount Desert and all it's beauty. It couldn't have been more perfect. My parents in their 70's came up for a few days from Tennessee and had not been to Maine before. They enjoyed it and were sorry they had only booked flights to stay a few days. Thank you for such a lovely stay - and to quote Arnold Schwarzenegger "WE WILL BE BACK!"

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home and location! Incredibly private and peaceful. We had a lovely stay and Sara was very responsive to all of our inquiries. We can't wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had the pleasure of staying at Duck, Duck, Goose for our vacation this year and we were thrilled with our home away from home. When you are at the house, you feel as though you are the only one in Maine. Although there are houses nearby, the only neighbors we saw or heard on a regular basis were the deer who came to visit. The house (and its furnishings) are beautiful and everything is in amazing condition. The back yard with the porch swing, fire pit and dock provides you with plenty of places to relax and simply enjoy the view. Sara, the owner, was so easy to work with and left us wonderful notes on places to eat and things to do. If you are looking to find a quiet place in Maine to enjoy the views, this place is for you. It worked well for our family (2 teenage boys) because we spent our days hiking or kayaking and came back to this tranquil home where we could relax and recoup for the next day. We loved our time at Duck, Duck, Goose and think your group would enjoy it as well!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect private getaway for my family!

  • 5 of 5

Sara's house was the perfect setting for my family of 5. We chose this rental for the "quiet side" location and privacy of the property - both were good decisions for us. We rented kayaks and enjoyed the early morning crystal smooth waters - saw 4 seals. Rented bikes for the carriage roads from SW Cycle - great company but we didn't have a bike carrier for 5 so next time I would rent from Bar Harbor because of the express bike shuttle. The other park shuttle buses have limited bike storage. We thoroughly enjoyed evening fires and the night stars. Thurston's Lobster Pound was wonderful. The house was perfect for us - the kitchen worked well for our big breakfasts, the house was very clean and well cared for, the beds were comfortable, and the many windows provided fresh cool breezes. The house is prepped for a deck and that will be the perfect addition. Sara gave us great advice and was very helpful. Thank you Sara!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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The house was amazing! The location on the water is fantastic and the quiet side of MDI was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean, new, spacious and had all the amenities we need and more! The grounds are park like and the waterfront is all yours to enjoy! The dock, swing, fire pit, trails, outdoor seating and rocks are all there for your family fun! We loved watching the seals playing on the rocks right off shore. Our four children ages nine to twenty LOVED it and we can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home. Very responsive owner.

  • 5 of 5

Duck, Duck, Goose is a wonderful home that sits right on the water of Duck Cove in the southwest corner of Mt Desert Island. I booked this home for a party of nine friends that came out to the Acadia area of my 40th. We had an amazing time.

The house is beautiful and seems like it was either built or renovated recently. The decor reflects local taste and adds charm and character to the experience. The kitchen has all the dishes, glasses, silverware, plates, etc you will need for your stay. The kitchen table is large enough for a big group. Fresh linens and towels were provided. Wifi is provided (although cable TV is not). The back yard area is fun. The paths lined with rocks take you to a fire pit, barbecue grill (charcoal) area and the dock. I believe that local rental companies would bring kayaks to the dock for your use. The views at night were unreal. The brightest stars you'll ever see and I've hiked in pretty remote areas in WA, WI, KY, TN and Canada. In daytime, the house gets tons of natural light and allows wonderful views outside.

Sara, the owner, was very responsive from my first email all the way through check out. She helped answer all my questions about renting a home, provided local contacts for activities that interested that I requested, she worked around our schedule and provided early check in for our group and provided a full binder of instructions, rules, maps and suggestions for the island. She also gave me her cell number in case we had any questions - we never needed it since everything as prepared and explained beforehand.

There are always areas of improvement and this house has a few. The back doors open to an area which looks like a future deck. It's not even started yet, so there is a bit of a step off (only a foot and a half or so). The smoke alarms are very sensitive. We set them off the first night while cooking in the kitchen. I wish the owner accepted credit cards. She was understanding of the time it takes to gather money from a group and send to her, but a credit card system would be more convenient. Lastly, part of the charm of the house is that it's located away from civilization. This could be a negative if you want to dine in Bar Harbor, which is a good 30-40 minutes away. Again, we cooked and grilled at the house, so this was not an issue. Just a watch out.

The good far out weighs any opportunities and I would certainly look to book with Sara again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark for your kind words and it was indeed my pleasure to have all of you visit for such a momentous event. I wanted to let you and readers know that right after you left..(sorry) we added 50 new cable channels to the local ones. I appreciate the fact that you motivated me to start taking credit cards so I anticipate being ready for that for our big 2016 ANP Centenial!! We look forward to your next visit and thank you again for visiting Duck, Duck... Goose.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Bar Harbor
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Bass Harbor
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Train
150 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
55 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
150 Miles
Sugar Loaf
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Back Beach

Duck Duck Goose is located on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. ANP is the only National Park in the Northeast and is known for its amazing vistas and captivating sunsets from mountain tops across the ocean. Hikers, bikers, paddlers, sailors, boaters, and nature lovers can never get enough of this magical island. If one seeks more than nature, the shops, antiquing, restaurants and lobsters will satisfy more than imagined.


Rates & Availability

Bernard Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 24 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.5%

Please share your times and dates with us and if we are able to accommodate, we will do what we can do so that you are able to enjoy Duck, Duck…Goose. The summer weeks during July and August are the only months where we cannot break up a Saturday to Saturday week, otherwise, there is always potential to rent for a few days.
Duck, Duck... Goose rents for a party of 6, however, we can sleep up to 8. If you have a need for a party of 8, we are happy to accommodate extra guests for a $75.00 per person, per night fee.

A $500 refundable deposit will be requested at the time of reservation, along with one half of the rental fee. The remainder rental fee will be due two weeks upon arrival.
Life does happen and in case of unexpected change of plans, call me.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Bernard Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathroom with water views and forest views and soaking tubs and privacy that is second to none.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Two double beds sleep 2-4
  • Queen bedroom and that with 4 twins reside on the second floor with the main living area. The third bedroom with 2 doubles beds is located on the first floor with its own family room and bathroom.
  • Television
  • Canoe
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch Furniture
  • Walkway to Water
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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