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Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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2 - 7 nights


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2 Bedroom/ 1 Bath ~ Private Cottage With Breathtaking Views

Welcome to the Crow's Nest, we'd love to have you join us to experience this special place.

Rates and availability are listed for the upcoming season.

Come rest and relax on the 'quiet side' of Mt. Desert Island with breathtaking views of Bass Harbor's lobster boats, resident bald eagles, and picture perfect coastal Maine beaches.

The Crow's Nest is a private hilltop property located directly on Bass Harbor and is the perfect vacation destination on the idyllic coast of Mt Desert Island. From the cottage you can quickly and easily access the heart of Acadia National Park by car or “Island Explorer” shuttle service right from the neighborhood. Staying close to home in Bernard and Bass Harbor offers meandering walks in Balsam Fir scented forests, rocky shorelines, and peaceful hikes on lesser traveled park trails and beaches. If you’re feeling hungry you can wander across our the quiet street for a world famous lunch or dinner at Thurston's Lobster Pound. Thurston's is known for the freshest, same day catch lobster and is, by far, the best tasting Lobster on MDI. You can even pick out your own lobster! A short walk through the woods or along the rocky shore you will find beautiful Back Beach where you can swim, snorkel, or beach comb for sea glass. While away the days collecting sand dollars, shells, and starfish or just relax in the sun and enjoy the view.

Bring your boats or rent them locally as kayaking is a favorite activity in Bass Harbor. You can paddle among the working lobster boats to get a close up look at the day’s catch and the boat’s gear. At high tide you can Paddle 'up harbor' and ride the gentle rapid under a bridge into Bass Harbor Marsh. There you can encounter osprey, eagles, cormorants, ducks and other sea birds. You may be able to spot a kingfisher's nest in the bank further down the marsh or spot one perched on a tree limb high above the water or quickly diving into the water and catch his dinner! They are amazing birds to watch. Speaking of eagles and osprey, you will, without a doubt, see an eagle and/or an osprey every day you are here. They often land in the trees very close to Crow's Nest and will sit and preen. They are a most beautiful sight to see. Osprey were spotted in Bass Harbor in recent summers teaching their young how to catch prey. They will also hover above and dive for fish over the water by the marsh. As you watch the osprey fly away, take notice how they carry the fish they just caught. The head of the fish is almost always facing windward as it is tightly held in the osprey's talons.

Our family-owned cottage has 2 spacious bedrooms, a large living room with full wall windows overlooking the harbor, a cozy kitchen and dining room, and ample sleeping space for six. Curl up with a book in front of the gas stove or lounge on the wrap around porch to enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets over this picturesque harbor.

Front and back lawn areas are ideal for family fun and yard games, and you'll be within walking distance of the library. Visit nearby antique shops and beautiful Back Beach for a relaxing day in the sun. There is an historical society and museum across the harbor in the village of Bass Harbor. Sea life, ferry service to outlying islands & boat tours by water can be easily found leaving from Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

You don't even need to leave Bernard to have a full day of fun and exploration! You can walk along the rocky beach, play Frisbee and other outdoor games on the lawn, or a game of fetch with the family dog. Plenty of room for everyone to wind down and relax.

High Speed Broadband Internet/WIFI access is available to you at the Crow's Nest as well as cable TV & a DVD player for a rainy day at home.

Several of our guests have returned to the Crow's Nest year after year, and we hope you will feel that way as well. This cottage has been in our family for over two decades and is a favorite spot for resting, relaxing and exploring, we look forward to sharing this magical destination with you.

Thank you for choosing the Crow's Nest for your family vacation!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Kiera Mulvey Bulan
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016

About Kiera Mulvey Bulan

Our Dad/Grandpa, Dick Van Houten, bought the house in 1986 & spent 6 months a year here until his death in 2001. He was an avid seaman, sailor & builder of the model boats. Our family spent many sweet summer days here at The Crow's Nest and is happy to share this special place with your family.

Our family is spread from New Hampshire to Washington to Mississippi, but we still do our best to make the trek up to the rocky shores of Mt Desert Island as often as possible to climb those beautiful mountains in Acadia National Park and watch the lobster boats roll in and out of 'our' harbor.

Susie and Skip, Dick's children, are both artists making fine art jewelry and sculpture work in their NH and MS homes. Grandchildren Kiera, Luke, Heidi, Isaac, Eva, and Hans are scattered about in Connecticut, Washington, Illinois, Maine and Mississippi making art, pruning trees, building homes, playing music, and growing good gardens of fresh food. We spent many happy summer weeks visiting our Meme and Papa, racing lobsters and each other around the docks, picking wild blueberries, and looking for lightening bugs at dusk on the deck. Kiera spent a summer living in this home after she graduated from college in 2000 while working for the trail crew in the National Park Service. Take a leisurely stroll around Jordan Pond while you're in the park and walk on the trail she helped build!

Kiera Mulvey Bulan purchased this house in 1986

Why Kiera Mulvey Bulan chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

As an avid seaman, our Dad/Papa couldn't have picked a more ideal location for his retirement. He relished the salty spray of the morning mist and the close proximity to a working harbor. Tucked away at the tip of the island on a dead end street, The Crow's Nest is the perfect escape from the chaos of life. Balsam fir trees line the paths through the woods and brightly colored sail boats slide past well weathered lobster boats.

Our family always loved the park, the proximity to the vacation-style ice cream parlors of Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor, and the secluded privacy of our secret hideaway. We'd all descend on The Crow's Nest for overlapping trips sometimes pitching a tent or dragging a camper to accommodate our family of up to 13!

What makes this house unique

The very best part (in our humble opinion!) of this very sweet cottage is the wrap around deck. You can catch these perfect views from any of the large living room windows to see the Lobster Fishermen at work...but, very little in this world can beat a cool Maine morning with a salty mist over the harbor as you sip your coffee and breath in the fresh sea air.


based on 19 traveler reviews

Picturesque Family Cottage On Peaceful Bass Harbor, in the Village of Bernard
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Comfortable and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our time at Bernard. The house was warm and inviting. Watching the lobster boats coming and going was very quiet and peaceful. The house was equipped and clean. It was nice to have Thurston lobster restaurant about a block away. Other eateries and shopping are about 15 minutes away. If you are looking for a place that is off the beaten path, this is the home for you. I would stay there again for the peaceful area.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your time on the "quiet side"! It sounds like you found the special gems in Thurston's and the peaceful view. We welcome you to come back again next year!
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Great stay in Bass Harbor

  • 4 of 5

Great location across from Thurstons and we loved the harbor view which could be enjoyed from deck or living room. The house had everything we needed. The drive to the main Acadia park loop was slightly longer than we anticipated, but we did enjoy being in the more remote location on the quiet side.

Re Thurstons...great lobster and also decent options for those not interested in the lobster thing. Also...I've never been a fan of Moon Pies, nor did I know they were a Maine thing. I am now a selective fan... the ones from Thurstons are amazing and worth every calorie!!

Of may want bug spray if you need to wait online here for any amount of time.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay for our family of four!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Crow's Nest cottage in Bass Harbor! My husband and I have visited MDI several times but never stayed outside of Bar Harbor. We loved this location! It was a busy week in Acadia National Park and in Bar Harbor (even Southwest Harbor), so it was nice to come "home" in the evening to a quieter setting. We had been to Thurston's on past trips so we were thrilled to walk down the street for dinners. As a family of four now (8 year old twin boys), we were very comfortable in the house and had everything we needed. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback Amy! We were thrilled you could join us and we hope to welcome your family back to the quiet side again in future summers.
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very nice, quiet and clean

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at this lovely house. It had everything one might need inside. Beautiful view of the bay, especially at sunrise. Mosquitoes were terrible, but nothing to do with the house itself. Very nice and quiet. Stayed beginning of July.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Milla! We enjoyed having you with us and welcome you back anytime! It's true, those mosquitoes can be a bear sometimes!
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Quintessential Maine Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A great place to unwind and watch the world go by. Small, but comfortable century-old cottage that feels right as soon as you walk through the door. Well-equipped and stocked with essentials. Short walk to the local lobster pound and to a quiet ocean cove.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Frank & family, We're so glad you enjoyed the charm of our little slice of heaven! Happy to hear you found the sweet cove and the tasty local flavor! Hope to see you again soon, Kiera & family
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2 Perfect Weeks on the Quiet Side

  • 5 of 5

We travel to the quiet side of Mount Desert Island almost every summer and this is the first time we stayed at Crows Nest. The location is great and the view from the deck and living room is simply PERFECT. We had a wonderful stay. We are adults in our mid 50s and stayed at Crows Nest with our mid 20s son and mid 80s Mom and a dog and the space worked well for us. The bedrooms are upstairs and the bathroom is downstairs which may be a bit of an issue for some older visitors (or us in 20 years or so).

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nemo's Resturant (Pool Table available)
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Swan's Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
6.5 Miles
Causway Club Public Nine Hole Course
Nearest Train
185 Miles
Portland Maine
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Rt. 3 & Rt. 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Back Beach (walking distance)
Car: recommended

Acadia National Park offers casual strolls, scenic drives, and full day hiking. Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor outdoor outfitters rent bikes, kayaks, rock climbing equipment and more to make the most of this awesome natural playground. Go on a whale watching tour, visit the historic shopping districts, charter a sail boat, or simply relax on your private deck overlooking Bass Harbor. The Crow's Nest has something for everyone.


Rates & Availability

Bernard House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fabulous Full Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
2017 Sweet Spring/Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 High Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 Early Fall
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2017 Full-on Fall
Oct 7 2017 - Oct 27 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

We will consider a pet on an individual basis & require photocopied proof for rabies/distemper immunizations & flea control & a $200 refundable security deposit.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Harbor side bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Private back bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • There is also a spare sofa in the LR that opens into a small bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Located on the Western, 'Quiteside', of Mt. Desert Island our house offers the perfect peaceful get away while still being minutes from Acadia National Park and historic Bar Harbor. Catch the LL Bean Island Explorer, close by in the neighborhood, for a direct ride to and from the park, and to attractions throughout the island. The Island Explorer shuttle bus has bicycle racks for your convenience. Bring your bike to take advantage of the spectacular Carriage Trails throughout Acadia National Park. After a day full of adventures you can retire to the front deck or living room by the stove. Take out fresh lobsters caught that day, cook your own or eat at Thurston's Lobster Pound to enjoy another fantastic view of the harbor. You can also fish from the local piers for Mackerel & Sea Bass (in season) and see friendly Harbor Seals swim right up to the pier to say hello!

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