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Gorgeous Oceanside Home in Wooded Setting

29 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Bar Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Spacious, modern, year-round home, by deep water. Master bedroom suite on first floor with king bed, Jacuzzi, shower and sauna. Dining room, living room, laundry ( large capacity washer and dryer) and kitchen also on the first floor. Living room has floor to ceiling windows that go 2 stories which look out on the back woods and ocean . Upstairs are two wings joined by a sun room/sitting area that is a balcony to the living room. Wing 1 has bedroom with queen bed, bath with tub/shower combo and den/office with TV. Den looks out onto the water. Wing 2 has bedroom with queen bed, bedroom with 2 twins, bathroom with seated shower.

Suitable for family reunions,weddings, business groups and large families.

Screened-in porch and deck with gas grill overlooking ocean. Sturdy stairs take you down to the beach. Downstairs is ping-pong table and games for rainy-day fun.

This house has cross ventilation in every room and on the rare 90*F day, it can be cooled in 30 minutes by opening skylights and ocean windows as the outside cools. It does not have air conditioning.

Modern gourmet/eat-in kitchen with gas/electric stove, warming drawer, microwave, and dish washing drawers. Kitchen looks out onto the sunny garden. Pick blueberries for pancakes in garden during the season. Service for 12, picnic processor, juicer and blender makes this perfect for entertaining. Dining room has chairs for 8. There are extra, fold up chairs in a closet.

Paved driveway and three car garage.

Cable, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV (2 total TVs) and DVD player. Local phone, basic cable TV service.

Whole house back-up generator, fire sprinkler system, towel warmers in 2 bathrooms and radiant-floor heating.

Three kayaks, one double with rudder, two lake Otters plus PFDs and paddles available. (Use at your own risk.)


Professionally landscaped with native plants, including wild blueberries and ferns.

Lawn for play and games. (Look for deer at dawn and dusk, fox, eagles, and raccoon.) On the water, you may see seals and dolphins. In basement are lawn games and other amusements for children and adults.

Sail up to the house (you will need a dinghy to get to beach), on this pristine shore with edible mussels. Free Island Explorer bus stops right outside the driveway during peak season (consult Downeast Transportation web-site for schedule). Within walking distance of historic Salisbury Cove and 1.5 miles from Acadia National Park Hulls Cove entrance. Seven minutes by car from Hancock County airport, one hour from Bangor. Pirate's Cove mini-golf down the road as well as Mainley Meats (Bar-B-Que), Udder Delights (deserts and ice-cream) and the Trenton Lobster Pound and Bar Harbor Lobster Pounds (set the table, order your lobsters, go pick them up and enjoy on the deck) or eat on their picnic tables.

You can fish in the ocean without a license or get a license and fish on Hamilton Pond which is within walking distance. If you are familiar with kayaks, paddle across the cove to the MDI Biolab and float through the stone arch at high tide, or paddle further around the point and picnic in 'The Ovens' which are shallow waterside caves with pebble beaches, best at low tide.

In a boat, you can sail or motor to docks in Bar Harbor or drive (7 minutes) to town.

The Hulls Cove entrance to Acadia National Park is 2 miles away. Drive there, bike there or take the bus (you can put your bikes on the front grill of the bus). Ranger programs, hiking on graded paths up the mountain or biking or walking on the carriage trails (no cars) are fun things to do. You can swim in a lake with a lifeguard or dare the 'Ledges' and enter Echo Lake by the cliff. The Oceanarium is nearby. There is a lobster hatchery there.

A local, historic church within walking distance is Eden Baptist Church but there are many other churches in town.

Kebo Valley golf Club is a historic course in Bar Harbor. Lessons, pro shop are up to date. Other, local golf courses also close-by.

In Ellsworth a seasonal locomotive takes visitors on a scenic ride in the summer and fall.

Restaurants for every taste abound from the Chart House, a sea-side fish house, to Havana's, a Latin restaurant with a wine list of note, to Epi's a downtown cafeteria, to Nostranos, a private Italian restaurant.

During July and August music abounds with the Bar Harbor Music Festival (with live opera) and the Northeast Harbor Chamber series. Repertory theater is good and the local cinema, Reel Pizza, are where the locals hang out.

I can help suggest dining and activities for you including activities for kids. I know caterers and can refer you to a variety of helpers, including additional housekeeping.

Keywords: Acadia, Salisbury Cove, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Eastern Bay, seaside, oceanside, ocean view.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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About The Owner

We have lived in this area for almost 9 years and custom built this home. We plan to come back to this area in retirement. I entertained large parties in this house and raised my son here.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

My husband was recruited to work at the Jackson Laboratory. He loves to kayak and sail and a home on the water was our dream. I enjoy hiking.

What makes this house unique

I love to walk into Salisbury Cove and post a letter at its tiny post office. I pick blackberries and blueberries on my property and watch deer and eagle from the house. An evening kayak is relaxing when you can watch the sun turn the sky orange and purple. During the July 4th festivities, I just take the bus in and don't worry about finding a parking space. Teens love the freedom of taking the bus all over the island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We could not have asked for anything more. Weather was great, lobsters were fabulous, etc.
Aug 2016
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based on 29 traveler reviews

Gorgeous Oceanside Home in Wooded Setting
average rating of 4.965517 based on 55 reviews

Beautiful setting and home

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for more in a vacation home. The setting was perfect, the house was clean having everything we needed. We enjoyed sitting on the deck or on the bench overlooking the water. It is hard to describe in words how wonderful things were. We would definitely come back when we are in the area! Thanks Janice for the information on the area, it was most helpful.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular house!

  • 5 of 5

We were 3 couples who had a wonderful time in an amazing house. It was very clean, comfortable, well stocked and well appointed. Fabulous views of Frenchman's Bay. Can't say enough about it. Janice was very helpful with ideas and recommendations. We didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, stunning sunrise views!

  • 5 of 5

This was a very beautiful, relaxing and comfortable home! Everyone had their own space for down time with the separate wings of the floor plan! So very well appointed too! Everything you would need from games, books, kayaks and such nice views! We saw an eagle while kayaking along with deer and fox! We all found plenty of sea glass and treasures after the tide! Bar Harbor and Acadia National park along with Northeast Harbor and other sights are so close and accessible. We did not choose to go at peak season but for us it was way more enjoyable and relaxing without the overcrowded streets in Bar Harbor! We were able to catch a lobster boat after it came in to the dock to see all of their fresh catch of the day. We also experienced cooking our own lobster at the house thanks to the wonderful owner, Janice who has so thoughtfully provided everything you could possibly need! We are eternally grateful for the opportunity to stay in this house for our great Northern Maine vacation! Many awesome memories made and treasured! You would not be disappointed in renting this home for vacation! :)

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

This was probably my most enjoyable vacation! All my children and both my grandchildren were there. The house was so close to Bar Harbor, Acadia and many other fun things to do! We had the best time and the house was amazing. My husband and son had so much fun kayaking and the children and I had a great time looking for sea glass and shells!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed in Eastern Bay, and it was just as perfect as the first time around. There was plenty of space for family and friends to visit and enjoy lobster dinners in the dining room overlooking bay. This is a nice quiet retreat with plenty of wildlife (several deer in the yard were a nightly occurrence), while still easily accessible to Acadia and Bar Harbor. The children had a great time exploring the beach behind the house and looking for sea glass. The homeowner has always been responsive and made our experience enjoyable. We look forward to coming again!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location Great House

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very private and nice view. House was clean and well maintained. Everything was as advertised. Nice screened in porch. Kayaks provided and highly recommend using them, we really enjoyed kayaking in the calm bay waters footsteps from house. Very nice house. Our only negative owner said it takes 10-14 days to get your deposit returned, not sure why? We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this home!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The check comes via an electronic check from the bank in Bar Harbor. That and the USPS first class mail (which often takes 7 days from/to Maine or across country) can add up. I tell people 10-14 days so they have fair expectations and don't get worried if the check is delayed by the bank or the mail. I also give 10 days for the renter to get their check to me when we make an agreement.
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Hancock County, or Bangor International , 46 mi.
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Any in Bar Harbor
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Northeast Harbor,
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Kebo Valley: Mini down the road
Nearest Train
169 Miles
Portland, ME
Nearest Motorway
State Rt. 3
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Mainely Meats (BBQ)
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Acadia National Park, Nordic
Nearest Beach
Our back yard but it is cold. Lakes abound.
Car: recommended

Acadia National Park is a marvelous place for family fun. There are graded hikes and bike riding on carriage roads, swimming in lakes, horse-drawn carriage rides and ranger programs. Educational activities abound with scientific facilities giving public tours, small museums and historical sites. Gourmet restaurants, live music and theater are available as well as historic golf courses, tennis courts, gardens, day spas, sailing and whale watching. Two hours from the house is a crossing to Canada, the 'English' area, and 5 hours north is Quebec.


Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early June
May 28 2017 - Jun 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late June
Jun 18 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
July and August
Jul 2 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
September- October
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

If you must cancel, please give me as much advance notice as you can. I will attempt to find another renter. If I do, I will refund your deposit less 15% cancellation fee.

To reserve a week, travelers must sign a lease and pay half the rental plus $500 in damage deposit. Six weeks prior to moving in, they must pay the remainder of the rent plus the 8% Maine Lodging tax.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) On first floor, Queen size Beds (1) A queen bed in two bedrooms, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twins in one room.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Towel warmers, kayaks (1 double, 2 single otters) with paddles and PFDs, free local bus in season right outside, wooded area, with lawn, games for children and adults, sunroom overlooking garden full of blueberries. Lots of wildlife viewable on land and water. In-floor heating.

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