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Jennifer Wales

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Freshly Renovated Historic Bar Harbor Home In Ideal Quiet Downtown Location

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Be snug as a bug in this cozy home located in the hive of activity that is downtown Bar Harbor. The Honeybee house was built in the 1920’s in a year round residential cul de sac and was fully renovated in 2007 opening up the downstairs floor plan to a more functional and modern family style. Purchased in 2013 by Mountain Sea Properties, we updated the home with new furniture, new linens, and fresh paint colors.

New to the vacation rental market, this fully renovated downtown home features an exceptional location in the heart of Bar Harbor within walking distance to all downtown restaurants, shops, supermarket and amenities including the main hub of the island wide free bus system allowing for a car free vacation. Walk to the local bike shop to rent bikes and ride directly into Acadia National Park. Pack a lunch and walk straight to the dock where your whale watching excursion boat departs. Grab the kids and walk downtown for an ice cream. Or enjoy that special dinner with family and friends with out that hassle squeezing everyone in a car and finding parking.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jennifer Wales (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Jennifer Wales

Adam and Jen have a deep love and understanding of the natural beauty surrounding the Acadia/Mount Desert Island area. Jen grew up summers on Long Pond and Adam on a 110-acre farm in Western Maine adjoining the Appalachian Trail. They met here in Bar Harbor working as sea kayak guides in the summer of 1993.

Over the years, they have hiked, biked, paddled, and sailed every conceivable route on and around Mount Desert. Adam completed his goal of hiking every trail on the Island in the summer of 1994 and Jen authored The Sea Kayaker's Guide to Mount Desert Island published by Down East Books in 1997. Together they paddled the Maine Island Trail, a 175-mile 28-day kayaking trip from Portland to Machias, up the entire Maine coastline.

In the summer of 2000, Jen and Adam started Mountain Sea Properties with a single house, Eagle Cliff, where they were married that same summer. The owner had approached them expressing her frustration renting the home through larger rental operations on the island. She complained that her house was one of hundreds represented so the service she received was minimal. She also stated that those who rented the house were not as well informed as they could be. The tenants were also one of hundreds and the service they received was minimal.

Adam and Jen offered to represent the house committing to providing top quality service to both owners and tenants by representing a limited number of houses and providing personalized vacation services.

Since then, Mountain Sea Properties has grown along with the Wales family. As year-round members of the Island’s community, Adam and Jen are dedicated to the vitality of the people of Mount Desert Island. Thus, each year they donate a portion of their proceeds to local organizations devoted to sustaining the beauty and well-being of the Mount Desert Island area.

Jennifer Wales purchased this house in 2013

Why Jennifer Wales chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Jen has been looking for just the right downtown property to round out the rental properties offered since 2008. She’s looked at dozens of properties searching for just the right combination of quiet yet convenience, ample space yet an affordable rental price, and up to date yet historic charm. She finally found it in the Honeybee House and is delighted to offer it rounding out the offerings of properties at Mountain Sea Properties. This home is brought to you with all the same quality and care that can be expected from all our properties including local information and recommendations, vacation services, cleanliness and quality lines, kitchenware and furniture.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Freshly Renovated Historic Bar Harbor Home In Ideal Quiet Downtown Location
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews

Perfect Bar Harbor rental

  • 5 of 5

"Honey-Bee House" is one block off of the main street in Bar Harbor, and is within walking distance of everything in town. Being able to walk to restaurants, grocery stores and stroll around town is wonderful.

The house is very quiet, squeaky clean, and cozy and comfortable.The owners are very considerate to supply renters with ALL of the extras...sheets and towels, laundry facilities and soap, along with all dishes and cooking utensils. Additionally, renters will find a well-organized container on the table filled with maps of Acadia that include biking and hiking trails, sight-seeing / tourist information , and information on bike and kayak handy for first-timers to Bar Harbor!

I would 100% recommend this rental to anyone interested!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home tucked in downtown Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in Bar Harbor. The house was perfect, very roomy and nice for our family. Located downtown, we could easily go out to local restaurants and walk downtown. Also, it right by the bike rentals and a short ride away from the carriage roads. Our girls loved the backyard with the nice yard and garden. Overall we loved the house and we look forward to hopefully returning for a future visit!

Jen was a great host, arranged some rentals for us and went out of her way to make us feel welcome.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful property--great front porch--equipped in every way--awesome!!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned home from our fantastic vacation in Bar Harbor at Honeybee House. There were seven ---Nonna, Pa, Daughter, husband and three grandsons.

It was one of our BEST vacations EVER. We have always stayed at Bar Harbor Inn----but, to stay in this wonderful house together definitely added to the family experience!!

It is in town---you can walk to any restaurant, parks and Frenchmans bay.

My daughter is a photographer and found amazing opportunities for pictures. We did Jordan's for breakfast, lunch and dinners at Sidestreet Café, Testa's, The Irish Pub, Thirsty Whale, Stewman's Lobster pound, Rosalies, Poor Boy's--the list goes on!!!

We also had many wonderful meals in the Honeybee---this house is totally equipped with anything you may need. It is clean, beautiful and truly a HOME away from home!! Hope to return. Thank you Jen for a truly memorable experience!! Deb Shane....

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Quiet, cozy, and great location

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our family. We had 4 adult and 2 kids. It was in a nice quiet area but you could walk downtown in a matter of minutes. Having the grocery store right at the end of the street was so convenient. The house was nice and clean and Jen was great to work with getting everything reserved and set up for our family. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would stay again!

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay in Bar Harbor and at the Honeybee house! The house was simple, updated, kid-proof, and a good size for my family of 6 plus grandparents to stay for the week. My kids loved the queen over queen bunk bed and the other 2 bedrooms were perfect for all of the adults. Having 2 full baths- both a very nice size and updated- were a big plus. The house came fully stocked with all needed paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, detergent etc.) AND a kitchen full of everything you could need to cook lobsters or to bake. Important to mention since we drove 9 hours- with a car stocked with some of these items. We loved playing games at night at the large custom dining table. The front porch was relaxing as well and you can enjoy the BEAUTIFUL wildflower garden out front. It should be noted that there are 2 off- street parking spots. We stayed in mid-July and the nights were very cool (fleece needed) -felt like autumn to my family from Pennsylvania. House is not air conditioned but fans are in every room if needed.

As far as location, the house was within walking distance (few blocks at most, very doable for school aged kids) to everything we needed in downtown Bar Harbor, such restaurants, shopping, Acadia Bike rental, lobster/whale watching boat piers, the shuttle to Acadia, Wading Pool, and supermarket. My kids especially LOVED visiting "The Bar" -which was about a 2 block walk from the house. We visited it often to explore and check out all different sorts of wildlife.

Jen was helpful with answering my questions and also provided a large book of information to visitors upon arrival. We hope to visit Bar Harbor again and would be happy to return to the Honeybee house.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Delivered to expectations

  • 5 of 5

Great location and great house! The owner is attentive to details, the house was clean and we had everything we needed. Location is great as we were able to walk to grocery store, restaurants and access trails.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bar Harbor Tenton Airport
Nearest Barpub
Several right in Bar Harbor
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Award winning Kebo Valley Club
Nearest Restaurant
Many in Bar Harbor
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Nordic skiing on Carriage Rd's in park
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Bar Harbor town beach, Bar Island
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 3 2016 - Jul 30 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 31 2016 - Aug 27 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Late August
Aug 28 2016 - Sep 1 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day weekend
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 9.0%

***While a “Book It Now” option is certainly convenient, we still like to do things the old fashion way and actually talk to people! This allows us to answer any questions you may have and ensure that the Honeybee House is a property that will meet your needs. We look forward to chatting with you soon.***

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Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Stunning custom cherry furniture made by local woodworker.
    Blue bedroom - 2 queen , Custom queen over queen bunk bed.
    Front bedroom - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We know from our own experience managing family vacations that it can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free. We offer a number of vacation planning services to our tenants including local information and recommendations, catering, massage therapy and house keeping.

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