|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This architect-designed, cozy cottage on Mount Desert's quiet side has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 5 comfortably, with full kitchen and washer/dryer. Located on Mitchell Cove in Bernard, 10 minutes south of Southwest Harbor—you get the best of both worlds: the quiet and privacy to enjoy your family's time together, and immediate convenience to all the attractions of the island. Grocery, library, restaurants, water sports (canoeing, sailing, motor-boating, kayaking), swimming, and miles and miles of well-maintained hiking trails up some of the country's most beautiful and accessible mountains are within a 15-20 minute drive. And just a minute's walk down the property to Mitchell Cove brings you to half a mile of secluded and undeveloped private shingle beach. A home-base for your expeditions across the island; and a light-filled, snug residence for your family's together-time during your stay.
The master bedroom is on the ground floor; two bedrooms are upstairs, one with two twin beds, the other a single. A futon in the living room can accommodate a sixth person. Maximum number of adults is 4-5. There is a $50/night charge for each person over five. A bath with shower is on each floor.
The cottage has all modern appliances; has its own well-water and lots of hot water. Wi-Fi internet service is provided. A wide deck off the front balances the indoor and outdoor spaces and is great for sitting in the sun; a secondary deck off the kitchen has a gas-powered grill that's ready for use. In the main floor's living room, a cathedral ceiling shows off the grain of the golden pine boards. A new wood-burning stove keeps the whole house warm on cooler evenings (many summers you won't need it much), and provides a natural center to game-playing, reading, or watching TV. There's ample dry firewood in the woodshed. The cellar has an Old Town canoe and paddles, which you're welcome to take down to the Cove.
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If you're considering coming in May or early June, or later in September or October, please see note below about the wood stove. It makes a big difference!
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The house is very much more than the sum of its parts. It's situated on the site of the old farmhouse that farmed the Mitchell Cove area in the 19th century, when the land was all open meadows. You'll notice that it's the 'right' spot for a house—up on a little rise, with a full cellar dug into the side of the hill, and a big green lawn spreading down toward the Cove. Past the lawn, and the old apple tree, there is still open meadow to the front of the house; but now pine trees hedge off the few neighboring houses, which are distant and completely hidden from view. To the south and west is Lopaus Point and thick pine forest. The house is nestled into the corner between the old meadows and the newer forest—you're very much in your own world without being in any way constricted.
Open air, wide space, freedom to move—and the elegant concentrated space of the house—that's the feel of being here.
You'll also notice lots of little architectural details that make spending time in and around the house a real pleasure. The house was designed specifically to capture and display the best virtues of Maine's coastal summer climate. It encourages you to experience the best of what it's like to be here. During the long summer days, it's light-filled and airy. You'll want to throw open the doors and let the cooling ocean breezes waft through. Take your work out on the deck; watch the kids play soccer on the grass. Or wander down to the Cove. At nights, it's a supportive, cozy enclosure that brings everyone together around the wood stove. Cook up a seafood feast. Gather round a board-game. Curl up and watch a movie on the TV.
The house works so well in part because the floorplan is both open and separated. Communal activities will center on the first floor, where the kitchen and living room flow into one another and keep everyone connected. But if you want to get some work done, or the kids need to start a summer-reading project, or someone just wants to be on their own, you can head upstairs, close the door, and concentrate.
The place is full of memories of people doing exactly this for fifty years. I'm sure you'll quickly find your own way of being right at home.
**update for 2016 forward**
We've installed a new wood-stove this year. It's a Blaze King model (you can find the features online): very efficient, low-emissions, and easy to operate. It also has a fantastic burn-time--up to 20+ hours on a single load of wood. It makes heating the cottage during cooler spring and fall days and nights very easy and reliable. Load it up before you turn in for bed; when you wake, it's still full of coals and putting out good heat.
If you're considering renting during those earlier or later periods (May, September, October), the new stove will make a big difference in your comfort.
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My architect father designed the house as a summer home for my grandparents in 1970. We've been going there and loving it ever since. If you know Acadia at all, you know it's a very special place. And for us, this house embodies the same spirit: it's simple and rugged and historical (built on the foundation of the original farmhouse). And the more you get to know it, the more you appreciate the nuances of its unadorned beauty.
I grew up coming here for the summers with my grandparents. We fished and canoed and hiked and gathered mussels and ate lobsters and read books and did puzzles by the wood-stove on rainy days. My parents taught me to love the outdoors on these mountains. And now I'm introducing my own kids to this family-infused spot. I hope someday they'll do the same with their children.
I'm a northeasterner through and through. I grew up in Connecticut, went to boarding school in Boston, and college and grad school at Yale. Now I live and work in New York City. I spend my idle moments contriving ways to get back up to Maine.
Richard purchased this cottage in 1970
It's hard for me to summarize how much Mount Desert, and this house on it, mean to me. The place is a center of my sense of myself and my family. I grew up in learning to know this place; coming back here is communicating with the traditions, memories, and histories that have generated the habits and outlooks by which I know who I am. It really is the case that the *place* binds and holds the spirit together.
More practically, I can't think of any other place where it's possible to do so much that's so rewarding so easily. Mount Desert is just *made* for vacationing--for serial enjoying and adventuring in reasonable, daily, family-sized chunks. Everything you'd ever want to do is within twenty or thirty minutes of your home-base; and it's all completely authentic and accessible.
We've spent weeks hiking day after day, non-stop, hopping all over the island, never exhausted, always eager for the next pondside vista or rocky scramble or heart-wrenching, ocean-yearning view from the top.
Other years we went slower, and spent lots of time tossing stones at the cove, and reading books by the fire, or doing puzzles at the card-table. It's hard to say what's more wonderful: breaking through the treeline atop Sargent Mountain, or wrapping yourself in the fog on the tide-stripped rocks of Mitchell Cove, or reading by the fire with the rain dripping down the pine boughs. The best visits are when you do all three!
As a parent of two children, quite young when they first visited, I really appreciated how the activities could be scaled to the age, energy, and interests of the group. It was fantastic at first to have Wonderland available, to make a simple out and back over flat land with an eight and a five-year-old. Or, when they were feeling whiny, to take the Jordan Pond loop trail, with popovers waiting at the end. Now it's fantastic to string mountains together and come home at sunset.
I've said it all elsewhere on this site--but I think Mount Desert is just a very special place. I feel deeply rooted in the soil and rocks here. But it's not only because of my family's history. It's what the 19th century “rusticators” and Romantics and trail-builders felt too when they first came here. It's what inspired people like George Dorr to create Acadia Park as an act of spiritual preservation. There's something about the island and its way of being encountered that encourages this kind of bonding. I think the very best thing you can do if you choose to visit is to open yourself up to that whole-hearted connection.
And in my opinion, the best way to do that is to find the island on your own terms. That means, preferably, not being swept up into the elements that are part of the tourist pattern. Why be a tourist when you can be at home right from the start? That, for me anyway, is just what you're trying to avoid when you come here. Avail yourself of all the beauties, but do so in your own time, space, and frame of mind. This little house is an ideal anchor-spot for making that possible.
Located in a wonderful part of Maine, this cottage is a delightful vacation home. The house is light-filled and comfortable. We lacked nothing! We stayed in October and the wood-burning stove kept us warm throughout our three weeks.
The place is exactly as advertised and the owner is the most responsive we've ever encountered. If you want peace and quiet this is the place for you.
Our family of 5 had a wonderful stay at Prud'homme Cottage. The owner was wonderful to deal with from the moment of our inquiry and the caretaker of the property made sure we had everything we needed during our stay. The location on the "Quiet Side" of the island is just what we wanted - away from traffic and people, nestled among two beautiful coves and on a dead end road, but still a short ride to the trails and other sights. The cottage was rustic but very pretty and clean as well as stocked. We ate dinners on the deck and watched the sun set over the spruce trees lining the property. We brought our kayaks and explored the shoreline. From the numerous hikes and walks we took through Acadia to the bike ride down to Thurston's Lobster Pound, this is a vacation we won't soon forget. Oh and if you bring your kids hiking for long days, just bribe them with a popover sundae at Jordan Pond House or a swim at Echo Lake.
This was my family's first time in Acadia, and, after our stay at the Prud'homme Cottage, likely only the first of what may become an annual trip. Within a few days of returning home, we began wondering when we could book for the following year! The description of the home is thorough and accurate and the property was very clean and lovingly maintained (flowers were planted and a field mowed while we were there). The owner responds quickly, thoroughly, professionally, and knowledgeably. I would recommend this property to anyone looking to visit and explore Acadia. This home has been loved and taken care of, and, by the owner's care and communications, it felt to us like we were well taken care of, as well. Also, one of the great things about this location (the "quiet side" of Mt. Desert Island), is that it is very easy to visit the sites of Acadia and the island without dealing with any Bar Harbor traffic. One day took us into downtown Bar Harbor, and the traffic was a remarkable contrast to the windows-down freewheeling that we had been doing every other day. This is a very special place. I'll never forget our morning pre-hiking chess matches in front of the fire. A lovely home in a lovely part of the country.
We spent a week here in late June. The cottage was perfect - rustic and beautiful. It has a nice big backyard and is a short walk to the cove.
The caretaker was responsive and helpful.
The location was ideal- on the quiet side of the island but not too far from many hiking trails and echo lake.
We will definitely be coming back, it is a special place.
An excellent choice if you're looking for an authentic Maine summer cottage. Rustic and charming, right down to its collection of weatherworn books and board games. The kitchen is amply stocked and easy to work in. Great ventilation. The listing and previous reviews are all accurate and Richard, the owner, responds promptly and is easy to work with. Whether or not the location is too isolated is a matter of personal taste; I liked it much better than the congestion of Bar Harbor and we enjoyed being closer to Bass and Southwest Harbors. Sandwiches at Little Notch Bakery are very good and pick up Quills Irish muffins at Sawyers Market if they're available. Take the sunset cruise on the four-masted schooner the Margaret Todd on the windiest night of your stay for an exciting ride. Enjoy!
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$200 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Rentals are normally from Saturday (4 PM check-in) to Saturday (10 AM check-out).
Please note that maximum occupancy is 6--no more than 4 adults. Strictly enforced.
1/2 total payment due with signed Rental Agreement to reserve booking.
1/2 total payment due 6 weeks (42 days) prior to Check-in date.
Cancellations: 90 or more days prior to check-in, refundable up to 90%. Between 90 and 42 days prior, 50% (90% if we can re-book the dates). Within 42 days, up to 90% if we're able to re-book your dates.
7-night minimum stay.
Please let us know what you have in mind.