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Beautiful Private Cottage & Grounds W/ Water & Mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Contact us via email if you have any questions or specific weeks you are interested in renting. Blue Hill Vista is a Saturday to Saturday rental located in the Bar Harbor village of Town Hill (Indian Point Area) just a 15 minute drive (6 miles) to the main entrance of Acadia National Park in Hulls Cove. Downtown Bar Harbor is just another 5 minutes drive from the Park entrance. A short walk from the property, operating seasonally, is The Island Explorer bus stop which allows car free access to the entire Mount Desert Island, including the National Park. We are centrally located close to all island points of interest and easily accessible to off island points and shopping. You will be in very private, relaxing setting but in minutes you could be in the hubbub of Downtown Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Ellsworth.

The cottage is located on seven acres overlooking pastures, orchards, woods and water. From the deck and west facing rooms you will view breath taking sunsets over Western Bay and Blue Hill. The rental cottage has the best view on the property. Our home is next to the cottage connected to the cottage by a large deck. We live here year round. Have your cameras ready! The cottage has two bedrooms, 2 baths, one with a shower in the master bedroom and the second bathroom has a tub/shower combination. The master bed room with the queen size bed has satellite/Directv television, DVD player and views the gazebo and the woods. The second bedroom has a full size bed with a sliding glass door which opens on to the deck and has views of Western Bay and Blue Hill. For your dining and entertaining all dishes, flatware, glasses, bowls, platters, pots and pans, cooking utensils, lobster pot, crock pot, linens, towels are provided for your convenience. The cottage has everything you will need to cook up a great meal. Appliances include an Jenn-Air electric stove, a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, ice maker and a washer and dryer. The dining area has a table with six chairs as well as two high counter chairs. Beach towels and beach chairs are also available for your trips to Sand Beach, Echo Lake or Seal Harbor beaches. The full sofa bed in the living room is perfect for the children in your family. The living room door leads to a deck with a table and chairs with an umbrella for comfortable dining. The front of the cottage has a farmer’s porch furnished with rocking chairs so that you can enjoy the cool breeze coming through the trees.

On the second floor, along with an outstanding view of Western Bay and Blue Hill, you will find a full-size Brunswick billiards table in beautiful wood-paneled cathedral-ceiling family room accented with a standing antique barber pole to give it an old-time flavor. The room comes equipped with a satellite/Directv television, DVD player, a game/card table,full size futon/couch and a twin bed. In case you brought your computer, high speed wireless internet service is available for all your mobile devices throughout the house .

The outside grounds are beautifully landscaped and there is a bocce court and playground with swings, slide and small climb-up covered club house for family fun.

We supply all linens, firewood, paper and soap products, books, puzzles and games. You simply bring your own food, clothes, bikes and kayaks. Sunsets included, no extra charge! The cottage is comfortable, homey and contains everything necessary to make your stay a very pleasant one. If you’re here when the weather is cool the living area has a wood burning stove. (The first floor also has in-floor radiant heat and the second floor has baseboard hot water heat for winter guests and there is an automatic generator in case of power failure.)

Judy and I have owned this property for over 35 years and retired here in 1998 and we would not live anywhere else. The rental cottage has the best view on the property. Our home is adjacent to the cottage and connected to the cottage by a large deck. We live here year round. The rental cottage is a complete identity unto itself and you will have complete privacy but if you want help or recommendations about anything in the surrounding area or have any problems with the cottage we are readily available. Otherwise, if we’re home, we will be nearly invisible. Enjoy your stay in our homestead.

Additional pictures are available upon request.

Travel to Bar Harbor by air has a number of options. The closest airport is the Hancock County Airport (Bar Harbor) is in Trenton, Maine a 10 minute drive to our property. Other airports include Bangor (1 hours drive), Portland, ME (3 hour drive) and, Boston (5-6 hour drive). Upon signing of a lease, driving directions will be provided. We offer a full refund if notified 6 weeks prior to occupancy of a need to cancel.

Keywords: Vacation house, water view, Mountain view, private, playground, Winter Season rental available

More Details

Judy and Ralph Calderone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Judy and Ralph Calderone

We are retired educators from New Jersey and we would not consider living anywhere else. We are at our happiest when our 3 grown children, their spouses and our 12 grandchildren visit. Ralph and Judy are active tennis players and are members of the Ellsworth Tennis Center. Ralph has also built a stained glass studio where he creates his art work mostly incorporated into our home and as gifts to our children. Both of us do volunteer work and have served on a local board of directors for developmentally handicapped adults and children.

Why Judy and Ralph Calderone chose Town Hill

We were first attracted to Mount Desert Island in 1972 when we visted the island with 3 young children. We loved having Acadia National Park so accessible for all our outdoor activities and entertainment. We especially liked hiking and biking the carriage trails, climbing the many mountain trails, swimming in both Echo Lake and Sand Beach and picking wild blueberries!

What makes this cottage unique

Restaurants are located all over the island. Whether you like casual, rustic, or fine dining , with our advice and direction, I'm sure you'll find many to suit your likes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the beautiful house & being such good neighbors. You have a great view and we loved watching the Olympics with a view. Thanks again.

Burlington, VT

Toronto, ON
Aug 2008
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Town Hill Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The owners may enter into the cottage within reasonable hours to make repairs or alterations as necessary with prior notification.
  • The owners may enter the cottage at anytime in case of an emergency. The tenant shall notify the owners immediately for any emergency repairs.
  • The tenant will keep the cottage in good repair & cleanliness.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located in the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located near the 2nd bedroom off the kitchen
  • Bath room in the master bedroom has a shower. Second bathroom has a tub/shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Portacrib and toddler bed available upon request
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A full size futon is located in the 2nd floor billard room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Portacrib and toddler bed are available upon request, a full size futon bed and a twin bed are located in the billard room,
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Bocce Court and equipment, playground, gardens, croquet, picnic table, beach toys, snowshoes, deck table with umbrella


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(29 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
Raleigh, NC

Well-equipped cottage, convenient location, beautiful sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We stayed one week in this lovely cottage, enjoying the convenience of being just 20 minutes or so from Bar Harbor and most points on the island. The peaceful and private setting with fantastic views over the Western Bay were a nice complement to the numerous activities available in and around Acadia National Park and the busy atmosphere of Bar Harbor.

The cottage is equipped with comfortable beds, relaxing spaces and a wide range of amenities. The views of the sunset over the bay from the porch and the upstairs game room are worth an early return to the cottage from a day out on the island. The gardens on the property are lovely.

Ralph and Judy are engaging, funny, helpful and informative hosts without being at all intrusive. The cottage feels very private.

We found ourselves in easy range of hiking, kayaking, cycling and exploring Bar Harbor. Boat trips were easily accessible from Bar Harbor or Northwest Harbor, and a wide range of restaurants were also easily reached. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, Thank you so much for your kind words! Please come back and visit us again. As you said, a week is not enough time to experience Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Judy & Ralph
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Great location to Acadia/ bar harbor

  • 5 of 5

Perfect Location to Acadia 15 or 20 minutes. The house is spacious for our family of with a beautiful view. the kids really enjoyed feeding the horses in the back. Washer and dryer was convenient. Ample information of restaurants and nearby activities. Very organized and no detail left out from the cottage. Owners were very helpful and accommodating. Thanks for a memorable week.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your visit to our "little piece of heaven"! Come back and see us soon!
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Ideal location with beautiful sunsets

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here! Ralph and Judy were the perfect hosts. The kids loved Ralph's suggestion Beech Cliff trail, we enjoyed looking through the articles and write ups on Acadia. The house had wonderful spaces to relax, whether on the deck viewing the beautiful sunsets or on the side porch catching the afternoon breezes. We enjoyed playing bocce as well as playing pool most evenings. The kitchen was well stocked and the weather was ideal! We recommend this cottage to any family looking for a relaxing and memorable vacation!

Thank you, Ralph &Judy!

Doug, Kate and family

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and your family enjoyed staying in our cottage. As you probably realized that even though you were out and about and busy everyday, there is just so much more on MDI and in Acadia to interest you when you return in the near future. The cottage will be waiting your return!
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Quiet setting yet close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Judy and Ralph were very helpful. Even though they are right next door, it felt as if we had the whole property to ourselves. They gave us an overview of the best restaurants, closest grocery, best hikes, and other things to do. The boys really enjoyed playing Bocce and pool at the house as well. Mt. Desert Island is full of adventures and the house is within a 20 minute drive from everything. Just a warning--cell service and wifi reliability are spotty on the island. This is a true getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. A week is barely enough time to just get a taste of what Acadia National Park and the area has to offer. We'd love to have you come back and visit us again.
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Perfect Spot for Acadia

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week here. The house is comfortable, well equipped and full of extras. Just far enough from the crowds and close enough to everyplace we wanted to visit. Fall colors were at their peak and we could have just stayed in the house all week and had a fine time in the yard and on the deck. Judy and Ralph are perfect hosts. Michael and Barbara

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your visit to our cottage! Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!
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Everything we had hoped for.

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect. It was very clean and the kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. We enjoyed sitting on the deck , watching the sunset, playing bocci ball in the backyard and playing pool in the great room. We enjoyed our daily trips to Acadia. It was truly amazing. Such beauty! Maine is definately a place everyone should visit. Thanks for your hospitality, Ralph and Judy! Randy, Bonny, sandy & Randy,Honesdale, PA

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and comments. It was a pleasure meeting the four of you and hope Bar Harbor will be in your plans for a future vacation. Judy & Ralph
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport, Hancock County, Trenton, ME
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mainely Meats and Atlantic Brewery
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Kebo Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Scenic Railroad, Ellsworth, ME
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mainely Meats
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Echo Lake, Acadia National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Hill Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Indian Point Conservancy
Nearest Point of Interest
Atlantic Brewery
Nearest Point of Interest
Town Hill Bistro
Nearest Point of Interest
Blue Horizon Conservancy
Nearest Point of Interest
Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound
Nearest Point of Interest
Downeast Lobster Pound
Nearest Point of Interest
Acadia National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Crooked Road
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
One Stop & Gas Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Echo Lake Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pretty Marsh Picnic area
Car: recommended

Abby Museums, Acadia National Park, Gilley Museum, Lobster Oceanarium




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.0%

The $75.00 cleaning fee is for 3 hours of cleaning. Additional hours, if needed will be deducted from the security deposit. This is a Saturday to Saturday rental.

If a lessee notifies the owners of a need to cancel up to 30 days before occupancy, a full refund will be made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.