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Modern, 3BR/2B house, immaculately clean, charming and comfortable (1100 SF, sleeps 6): the Barn (1200 SF, meal seating for 10, sleeps 2 on the sofa bed), and Bunk House, colorful and charming (100 SF, 2 twin beds, sleeps 2) and garage (3 bikes, tire pump, helmets and 20 pound lobster pot with propane burner, and garbage cans, gardening equipment and hose), on elevated 3 acres, rocky,wooded, blue berried property with wonderful views of Burnt Coat Harbor.
The Main House and the Barn are WiFi/'High Speed Internet and Satellite TV equipped. Fine old stereo speakers stream music from the internet and pick up AM and FM over the air broadcasts. A modern, high capacity Washer/Dryer is located in the well stocked pantry. All needed pillows, linens and towels are supplied. The refrigerator was new in 2013. The electric stove is modern and works well. There is thermostat controlled electric baseboard heating for chilly nights. There is a 'medium sized' microwave in the kitchen. Sorry, no electric dishwasher yet.
A short ferry ride to MDI and Acadia National Park. An easy walk (less than 1/2 mile) to Tim's Island Market and Supply (excellent meat, fish and lobster), ice creamery, fast food truck, Carrying Place sand beach, the Post Office and Town Hall. The 'Odd Fellows Hall', the town's meeting place for town breakfasts, Zumba classes, and plays, musicals and the Sweet Chariot Folk Festival, is next door. Longer walk or short drive to the island's Tea House Restaurant, library, fisherman's wharf/lobster co-op, and swimming quarry. Easy access to biking and hiking trails and nature reserve. Short drive to the ferry (about 5 minutes).
An inexpensive ferry ticket will take you from Swans Island to Bass Harbor in about 30 minutes. Bring your car if you want, but you can get around MDI without it. In Bass Harbor, steps from the ferry, you board the free LL Bean MDI bus, and tour Acadia National Park, visit and shop Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Bar Harbor, or Jordan Pond; or walk Acadia's Carriage Roads or hike Acadia's trails; go to the top of Cadillac Mountain (from which you can see Swans Island); or swim and Picnic at Echo Lake. Plan your excursion carefully and the bus will get you back in time for the late afternoon ferry. The bus is free; you can bring our bikes if you are in good shape and can manage the hilly roads on MDI. We supply information about the bus, the ferry (schedules and routes) with our 'Welcome and Information' packet which we mail to you after you have completed your reservation.
Wonderful summer stock theater is available in Somesville. Classical music concerts take place in Northeast Harbor. There are wonderful museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants all over MDI and nearby towns in Hancock County. All within easy reach. We can advise about scheduling and logistics.
Charter a motor launch or sail boat. Go whale watching. Explore nearby uninhabited islands. Go clamming on deserted beaches. We hope to offer a sail boat and motor boat with the property rental, soon. In the meantime local lobstermen sometimes offer rides on their lobster boats with trips to nearby Stonington, and mail boat rides to Frenchboro, on which you might see some seals, some eagles, other sea birds and rarely a whale.
All the house water is from our well, tastes wonderful, is filtered and treated with UV light to kill any germs that might be in the well. State licensed lab tests done in June 2013 assured the potability of the well water, without filtration and UV treatment. Mattresses are modern, firm, and very comfortable.
We are a family of 4. We live in suburban New Jersey. I commute to work in New York City at a large Japanese bank where I am a Senior Vice President and Department Head. My husband is retired physician, having been in private practice for many years in Manhattan and on the teaching faculty of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. My son, age 24, living in Spuyten Duyvil, is working at the NYU Dental School administering research grants and finishing his degree at Hunter College. My 14 year old daughter, Amity, an 8th grader, loves the piano, the dance, her camera, her iPhone, her dog Juno and her numerous friends and buddies.
William Edelheit purchased this house in 2013
We have been coming to Maine for the past 25 years. We started in Monhegan and then rented for a week or two for many successive summers, first in Bar Harbor, then Southwest Harbor, then Bass Harbor. We always thought we would buy on MDI.
We love the Acadia, Echo Lake, Long Pond, the theatre in Somesville, the music in Northwast Harbor and the boating and galleries and restaurants. We have looked every year for a place to buy but never found the 'just right' one, until we came out to Swans Island at the end of January 2012. We were stunned and speechless and driven to tears by the beauty of one property that we saw after another: by the beauty of the island, by the happy faces, laughter and smiles of the people coming to Swans on the ferry; and the sadness of the faces of the people leaving. his had never happened to us before, even as we looked up and down the coast over many,many years. We were compelled to buy this house, (and want so much to share it when we can't be there), by the character of this house and this place and its people, and by its proximity to Acadia and all that we love on MDI.
Over the years Acadia and MDI has gotten busier, more crowded and more expensive, though no less beautiful and no less fun. We have migrated away from the business and bother and noise and crowds and commercialism as we moved over the years from Bar Harbor to SW Harbor to Bass Harbor. Moving to Swans was the last step in that migration. It is quiet and small and intimate and friendly and gorgeous and safe. And still we can easily go and do all the things we have done for so many years on MDI and in Acadia.
This is a perfect property for folks who want to get away from it all, relax, and enjoy Swan's Island. The house is lovely with a well-equipped kitchen and a great barn for hanging out, having meals, and watching TV. We were there during the Rio Olympics and so the big TV there was a real bonus. There's plenty to do on Swan's Island if you like things like a pancake breakfast at the Odd Fellows Hall, a ham and mac dinner at the Baptist church, lounging on Fine Sand Beach, swimming in the quarry, and just relaxing. Don't miss sunset at the light house!
My family and I have been going to Swans Island for the last 45 years. I have stayed in many properties around the island. We usually rented the same house every year because we knew it well and were comfortable. This year that rental was not available so we decided to rent this house and take a chance. It was beyond our best expectations. Absolutely wonderful house. The barn is better than you can imagine. I have a lot of family that own homes on the island and we entertained guests in the barn all week. It was so much fun. The main house is also very nice and well appointed. The master bath and bedroom are very spacious with a wonderful shower and large tub and plenty of room for two people to maneuver. The kitchen is just big enough for two or even 3 people to be in there working on dinner. The bunk bed room worked out just right for our son and there is another small guest room in the back. The location for us was perfect, you can walk to TIMS the small market and get lunch or groceries. Not a long walk to the Lobster Co Op either and a nice beautiful walk to the lighthouse. This has become our new home to rent on the island.
Bill and Victoria who own the property were very helpful in the rental process and if you are visiting the island for the first time they will carefully and thoughtfully walk you through all of the little things you need to know in order to safely arrive on the island. From helping with the ferry schedule to all of the options for food and fun when you arrive.
We will be back again soon!!
My family of 4- my husband and and 2 teens( 15 & 17) had a wonderful time on Swan's island. The house was great- had all the amenities and creature comforts for a wonderful vacation. My husband and I love to cook and bake . After his morning swim and my morning walk/yoga we spent a lot of time in the kitchen making all kinds of food we don't normally have time to make at home. Swans island allowed us to slow down rest relax and enjoy lots of family time.
We took a beautiful walk to goose pond several times. The Quarry was also a neat place to hang out and swim.
Our children became expert table tennis players. They got so good that they played with their non-dominant hand and still kicked my butt! They stayed in the small cozy room next to the house. They loved the privacy! The barn was also a great family hangout. Bill was very helpful in giving me suggestions of what to do. We didn't leave the island as we have been to Mt Desert island a few times before. I would suggest going to a large grocery store to stock up before getting on the ferry. This was great as we didn't need much once we got there and it's more cost effective. The owners of the store on Swans were very nice and accommodating when we did need something. This is the ultimate vacation away from home if you need to chill out.
There are plenty of mosquitos so bring your bug spray if they like you!!!
Our friends who originally told us about Swan's island cooked us the best lobster I have ever had. Of course it was super fresh and delish from a local lobsterman.
Swans is supremely beautiful and pristine. You will not be disappointed staying at this beautiful home. Thanks Bill and Victoria!!
The property is clean and well maintained. The house is bright and cheerful, bedrooms cozy and the layout makes it feel bigger than it looks. The master bedroom with its own bath and shower feels very separate from the rest of the house. There is a lovely screened in porch that we sat in just before bedtime each night. The sleeping barn is absolutely adorable and was immediately snatched up by my son: "This one's MINE, this place is DOPE!"
But the real crown jewel of this house is the barn. We pretty much spent all of our time in the barn. It is gigantic, with huge doors that swing wide open and keep the view always present. We ate all of our meals at the big table in the barn, painted and put puzzles together on the big craft table in the back, played music on the stereo, lounged on the sofa, considered turning on the big flat screen tv to watch a movie and eat popcorn if it rained, but we had fine weather and never did turn it on. We loved the idea that we could though. We used the wifi to find lyrics to songs we sang and played and were thrilled to find a piano in the barn to add to the "band". I can't say enough about how delightful the barn is. We did some serious family quality time there.
The garage was handy for the 3 bikes that I brought (along with the 3 bikes already in the garage, the place looked like a bike shop!). I was relieved to find a floor pump, as I had forgotten mine.
The house is just next door to Odd Fellows Hall where there were exercise classes MWF mornings. Sometimes there are events there like pancake breakfasts, chili cook off or a concert, but the week we were there did not have anything scheduled beyond the exercise classes. It is a short walk to the Island Market which is fantastic. The kids liked walking over to get their harbor bars and make special orders of sticky buns. We also loved the lobster steamer set up in the back yard. We went to Trafton's warf and got lobsters to steam in the back yard. Hilarious field trip (we had to pull our own traps at the dock) and delicious dinner. We brought our canoe and launched trips around the island from the canoe carry, which is also a short walk from the house.
I've been visiting the island for the last 15 years and have stayed at several houses. When you add up all the conveniences and unique attributes of this house it really is at the top of my list of places to stay on Swan's Island. Thank you for letting us stay at your lovely house.
We are a family of five, and enjoyed a fantastic week at this house. The house itself was very nice, with a well stocked kitchen and a very comfortable lounge area and screened porch. The kids enjoyed the barn, and a good wifi connection. We made use of the bbq and, on the rare occasion that the weather let us down, the board games in the house.
We enjoyed exploring the island on the bikes provided, which brings me on to the owners. Bill was incredibly helpful before we arrived, e-mailing all kinds of information and advice, from what to do in Acadia National Park, to where to rent extra bikes and how to manage ferry crossings. This made everything so much easier, and allowed us to settle into life on the island immediately.
I notice that other reviewers have touched upon their stress about catching the ferry. We avoided this by leaving the car at home, once we were on the island. It was a 10-15 min cycle ride to the ferry terminal, and crossing as a foot passenger with a bike took all of the worry out of wondering if your car would make the next sailing. Anyway, both times we used the ferry with a car, we got straight on. All in all a fantastic place for a holiday, and we will be back as soon as we are able! Andrew, Anita and family.
I'm almost afraid to write this for fear that interest in the place will increase and I'll be unable to go there again, but I know I can't be like that so... this is a very nice place!
Putting the beautiful island aside, I'm not a good enough writer to describe it all, Bill and Victoria's property has everything that you would desire for a perfect vacation. The place was very clean with an extremely well stocked pantry. The property is very nicely decorated and furnished. We found it to be very comfortable and welcoming.
The only problem we encountered was that there was so much to do on the island we were not be able to take advantage of all that Bill and Victoria's place has to offer. There are games, bicycles, a small but very nice and diverse library, hammock, screened in porch, and two TVs, wifi and a party barn that I could live in if it had running water. I can't tell you if the big screen TV in the barn works because during our week there we never even thought about turning it on.
They say that one of the keys of a good vacation is the ability to get away from one another once in a while. Bill and Victoria's place gives you that. My children are all independant young adults and we had a conflict free vacation because we were all able to find our own space when needed. But at the end of each day we would all gather together in the barn, open the doors, let the sea breeze in and enjoy it all . Total contentment .
We found Bill and Victoria to be very easy to deal with and it's my opinion that they truly want you to enjoy their place. I know my entire family did. We had a great time! Thank you.
Boating (sailing, motor boating, lobster boat rides, whale watching boat rides), biking, hiking, kayaking on ponds or the ocean, bird watching, swimming, are the primary outdoor activities. People here read, write, paint and do other arts, and crafts, and hobbies, and relax. There is golf, tennis theater and music nearby on Mount Desert Island. Clamming, blueberry picking, lobster bakes and clambakes and pancakes and dances and shows and theatre and musicals at the Odd Fellow Hall, scheduled through July and August.
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Cancellations prior to 60 days before reservation date are refunded in full. Late cancellations made less then 60 days prior to expected arrival will be refunded, prorated for time and rent, if we can rent the property. If we are unable to rent out the late cancelled dates we will refund 50% of rents paid, retain 50% of rents paid, and apply it to any rental in the next season, at rates prevailing. If no reservation is made in the next season, we will retain that 50% as compensation for lost income and expenses incurred.
Pet fees are per week and cover special cleaning and sanitizing costs to reduce hair and dander, that allow us to rent to dog, cat and bird allergic persons. Pets would not be allowed in the main house, and would have to be kept on the porch or in the barn. Agreement to bringing a pet is on an individual basis and at the sole discretion of the owner.