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Central Yet Secluded Cottage In Heart Of Mt. Desert Island

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Acadia Access Cottage Is On A Private Property On 37 Private Acres

2 bedroom cottage (one with queen bed, one with two singles), fully equipped kitchen, portacrib and toddler's chair available, bath with shower, under eave seating in shade and picnic table in sun, direct access to Friends of Acadia trail, friendly dog allowed. Central to all aspects of Mt.Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Access to washer/dryer on premises. Very quiet and private location. We enjoyed living in this cottage for 3 years until we built a home on the property, 100 yards away and secluded from the cottage. Bar Harbor has it all: activities for kids and adults such as mountain climbing, boat rides, bicycling and hiking along the shore. An oceanarium, miniature golf, and a small waterpark are less than a twenty minute drive away.

The National Park Service organizes nature programs in the National Park for children and adults. Explore Bar Harbor's maritime setting, look for shells, sea glass, and starfish on MDI's ocean beaches. Swim in the crystal clear water of Echo Lake! Acadia Access Cottage is the perfect place to take advantage of all that Bar Harbor and MDI have to offer.

More Details

Philip and Astri Brooks
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2017

About Philip and Astri Brooks

After having lived for 28 years in Maine we realized that Mount Desert Island was the place we loved most to be. Prior to moving to China for 3 years we purchased this property of 38 acres in the heart of Mt.Desert Island with the intent to return to live in this beautiful location. We built an apartment above an existing garage (Acadia Access Cottage). When we returned 3 years ago we moved into the cottage and enjoyed living in it for 3 years. In the Fall of 2013, we completed a new home on the property, 100 yards away and quite secluded from the garage/cottage.

Philip and Astri Brooks purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Philip and Astri Brooks chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

We love the access to carriage roads, Echo Lake, Somes Sound, mountain hiking, Bar Harbor, and walking on our own property with a brook, small waterfall and direct access to Acadia Ridge Trail. We have close access to all that the island has to offer and enjoy the tranquility that surrounds us every day.

What makes this cottage unique

Centrally located. Covered outdoor ping pong table for adults and supervised young adults with possibility of challenging owner.


Bar Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • shower, sink, toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen Bed in one room and 2 single beds in 2nd room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Central Yet Secluded Cottage In Heart Of Mt. Desert Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Gloucester MA USA


  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not completely capture the beauty of this cottage! The grounds and cottage are meticulously maintained and so welcoming. We have been staying here since 2014 and look forward to catching up with the owners every year. It truly is a HOME AWAY FROM HOME!!!

The property is close to downtown Bar Harbor and an Acadia National Park entrance. In fact there is a trail from the property to the park if one should choose that route. There is plenty of parking for guests and an overhang roof that protects a motorcycle or bikes if you bring them. It is so quiet and peaceful and there is lawn furniture to relax and listen to nature. You forget how close you are to the rest of the world.

The cottage has 2 comfortable bedrooms, fully stocked kitchen (you will find anything you need) the bathroom comes with towels, blowdryer, soap and shampoo. They also have made a washer and dryer available should anyone need that. It is very clean and extremely well maintained not to mention uniquely decorated. The open concept of kitchen, dining and living room with large windows and skylights is delightful. Our dog loves to just look out the windows when she is not enjoying hiking in Acadia or exploring the property.

The owners Philip and Astri are very friendly yet respectful of your privacy. They go beyond other owners we have encountered on our travels to Mount Desert/Acadia to ensure your stay at their property is satisfactory for you. They have many books to read, DVD's to watch and games to play. We have had family members visit and they still talk about what a great cottage and spot we had discovered.

The only negative is when we pack up to leave. Last year our dog refused to get into the car once we had packed up so we were not the only ones sad to leave.

Thank you so much Philip and Astri for sharing such a beautiful cottage with us. It is always a pleasure.

Renee, Wayne and Rosie

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Zen cottage in a beautiful, private setting.

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage immensely. The setting in quiet, private, peaceful, tastefully landscaped, and well tended. The cottage is cozy, quiet, well appointed, and aesthetically pleasing. There are trails accessible right from the cottage and Eagle lake is five minutes by car, and Bar Harbor is ten minutes away by car. The owners and hosts are gracious and accommodating. A wonderful retreat for a couple or a family. We are going back for our third year in a row this spring.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

The property is set back from other homes yet close in proximity to all things we wanted to do. The cottage contains everything you would need (hairdryer, pillows, shampoo, all kitchen items you could want, coffee maker, etc) including a list of places to see and eat and many extras such as a ping pong table, foosball, and a trail. We felt completely at home throughout our stay. We were able to meet Astri because we locked ourselves out of the cottage! She welcomed us into her beautiful home. We explored many of the places Astri and Philip had on their list which were also places we had on our list! Our children loved Quietside Cafe and the popovers on Jordan Pond. We wrote other favorites in the journal provided by Astri. This was our first visit to Acadia and we could not have stayed at a better place.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We love to have people who share our love for this beautiful island and take so much advantage of all there is to do.
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Galena, IL

Not disappointed

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 nights and we're not disappointed. The rental is very private, and in an ideal location. Gorgeous hiking is available right in back of the rental. The rental is centrally located on the island making anything there a short drive away. It is close enough to Bar Harbor to be only a few minute drive but far enough to escape the hustle and bustle. It is far enough off the main road to feel as though one were isolated, but whatever you need is near. The lodging is very spacious and well-equipped. We were impressed with the large variety of kitchen utensils and diversity of books. Everything was clean and orderly. The owners are extremely courteous, attentive, and prompt, but not overwhelming, at all. We were very pleased with our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wellesley, Ma

Exceptional Gem Exceeds all Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented dozens of vacation homes in the past but this delightful cottage with its friendly, knowledgeable, hosts surpassed anything we've experienced.

The photos do not reflect the overall beauty of this uniquely designed cottage with the rich wood interior, large living-room windows framing the natural beauty of the Maine woods, cozy naturally lit personal spaces as well as a surprisingly spacious layout. Furniture and beds were very comfortable and the cottage was clean, included a coffee/tea making nook and a kitchen that was so well stocked it would warm the heart of anyone who enjoys cooking.

Our hosts, Astri and Phil were warm, welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about the entire area. Their information sheet in the cottage was particularly helpful providing thoughtful recommendations for activities for things to do at many ability levels, wonderful places to eat and places with amazing views. As world travelers themselves, Astri and Phil understand the needs of their visitors and provided just the right amount of availability and privacy. The cottage is perfectly located just minutes from Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor, allowing us easy access to both the Park and downtown. In the morning we enjoyed easy access to the Park to watch the seals playing at Otter Cliffs, walking a carriage road, or cooling off at Echo Lake. Then off to a delicious lunch with a great view at Thurston's, ending our day strolling the Shore Path in Bar Harbor and stopping by the Balance Rock for a drink by the ocean.

What a great week!

The only thing we didn't enjoy was leaving this perfect cottage with its wonderful hosts. Looking forward to coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gloucester MA USA

Outstanding!Spectacular! Best of both worlds..private and convenient

  • 5 of 5

This property is well maintained and breathtaking. The pictures do not capture the true comfort and beauty of the cottage. Acadia Access Cottage is very clean and fully stocked...we had every need met in kitchen and bath. There was nothing we required that was not supplied.(blowdryer. Extra blankets, pillows, even shampoo) The owners Philip and Astri are warm and welcoming and share many island activities. Even our dog was sad vacation was over she loved bounding up and down the stairs! We actually mentioned our first night that we had forgotten to grab milk ..Philip was back in minutes with milk and coffee for us! That is a great and considerate host! We explored many new hikes for us Eagle Lake and Bubble Pond..our old favorites Jordan pond path and Long Pond. And various carriage roads that were in a book at the property.(thanks for making that available) Great eating spots are Cafe Your Way for best blueberry pancakes. the Chart Room for lunch or dinner in Hulls Cove, Dry Dock Inn great lunches in Southwest Harbor..and an old favorite Poor Boy's in Bar Harbor.

We visit Acadia every year and this is THE BEST experience /vacation we have had. We hope to return next year for 2 weeks! It truly feels like a home away from home. We recommend it 100% it is all it advertises and so much only negative is (purely selfish) the more people realize how incredible this property and the owners are- the harder it will be for us to get our weeks!!! Thank you so much Philip and Astri for sharing your property and all the helpful hints. We were truly blessed this week with great hosts and gorgeous September weather.It was so hard to leave!

Renee and Wayne Gloucester Ma

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Renee and Wayne, Thank you so much for your generous review. It is a pleasure to share our property with such great guests. We loved Rosie and next year she will have a playmate. So glad you enjoyed your stay and will look forward to seeing you next year. Philip and Astri
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Bar Harbor
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport BHB
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: necessary

Mt. Desert Island offers natural beauty and outdoor activities of wonderful Acadia National Park. Enjoy walking and biking on spectacular carriage roads, many mountain hikes, public access to swimming and boating in lakes and ocean. Our location is a runner's delight with woods path on property and short distance to carriage roads. Our center island location gives access to all that is to be enjoyed on the island.


Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April to Mid-June
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid-September to October
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

< 7 night cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

Weekly rentals begin after 4:00 PM on Saturday and end at 10:00 AM the following Saturday.

Landlord must be informed if small dogs will be accompanying the renters.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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