|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Now under owner management, this property rents on a weekly basis only (7 day minimum) SUNDAY to SUNDAY and includes all taxes and fees. Discounts for multi-week bookings. **Fees reduced this summer to offset Homeaway's new service charge on renters.**
The house: 4000++ sf, consisting of 4 BR, 3 Baths, Double LR, open kitchen, DR, Den, Library, Turret Loft, and Balcony. Plus large waterfront porch, flagstone patio, and spacious lawns. Recently renovated and nicely furnished. Huge wrap-around windows open up all of the downstairs living area to spectacular 180 degree water, island, and mountain views. All upstairs bedrooms have similar views. Lots of room to roam around or to find a quiet spot to read. Includes cable TV and high speed internet (wifi).
The Location: Upper Frenchman Bay, adjacent to historic summer resort village of Hancock Point with its Inn, Crafts period chapel, library, tennis courts, tiny post office, and wharf.
For Consideration: Although we are only 7 miles by water from Bar Harbor, the drive by car to Mount Desert Island is at least 30 minutes, to the Hulls Cove entrance to Acadia N.P. about 40 minutes, and at least 45 minutes to Bar Harbor itself. During the peak season, traffic may lengthen these times. On the other hand, major shopping in Ellsworth is only 20 minutes, and the Bangor Airport is just under an hour. In any case, we have a small selection of near-by groceries, gas stations, and eateries as well as a couple higher-end restaurants.
Off- Island Advantages: We enjoy being free of summer time crowds on MDI except when we choose. Moreover, we have loads of great attractions right at our doorstep. There are near-by hikes, mountain climbs, and rivers and ponds to paddle that are just as nice as in Acadia N.P. In addition, the near-by Schoodic Point section of Acadia N.P. is every bit as pretty and dramatic as Acadia and much less crowded. The Pierre Monteux School of Conducting has twice-weekly concerts and is only 10 minutes away.
The best part, for us, is the endlessly variable spectacle of scenes and sounds on the bay in front of the house. The sun sets behind us and lights up the opposite shore with a wonderful glow, which we have come to call “the magic hour”. At the right time of the month this can be followed by the full moon rising over the water. The Egg Rock Lighthouse can be seen blinking red in between the Porcupine Islands and you can almost always hear the church-like gong of the bell buoy off Hancock Point or harbor seals barking on their ledge across the water. There is a pair of loons usually resident in front of the house and the occasional eagle in a near-by tree. Daytimes, lobster boats are out checking their traps in front of us and Saturdays bring the sailboat races run by the Sorrento Yacht Club. The Hancock Point sailing school has their small boats out practicing every week day during season. Even cloudy days or the occasional storm bring drama to the huge expanse of sky we see. Mornings and evenings usually bring very calm water, ideal for kayaking.
The house is on a quiet cul de sac running along the shore. A nice place to stroll and meet neighbors. At mid to low tide a walk along the shore can take you to the village of Hancock Point, another good place to stroll and view the period summer homes.
Circular staircases may be inadvisable for young children.
The house is listed for sale by Tacy Ridlon of The Masiello Group-Ellsworth. This is most unlikely to have any impact on renters, but, if an occasion arose, a brief showing of the house would only be arranged with coordination and permission of the renters.
This was our second stay and it was as lovely as the first. Lawrence and his kind neighbor Margaret were easy to reach and helpful when we had questions. Unlike many rentals, the kitchen is generously stocked with spices and utensils, making it easy to eat in. There are also several restaurants down the road and many in Ellsworth and of course, Bar Harbor. Perfect location and home. Highly recommended.
I just returned home from a week in this comfortable, beautiful home with my family of four (parents + 2 children, ages 7 and 9) and another family (parents + 2 children, ages 9 and 12) and we could not have been happier. It was a great home base for exploring the area and provided a comfortable, warm place for us all to relax at the end of the day.
The home was even more beautiful than we expected. Situated directly on the water, with views of Frenchman's Bay and Acadia National Park in the distance, it has beautifully maintained grounds and direct access to the shore (which we all loved and took advantage of!)
Inside, we found comfortable and beautiful furnishings that were clearly collected with love over many years of travels and yet were warm and welcoming.
The kitchen had everything we needed to prep and cook big family meals and all appliances worked perfectly.
Bedrooms were comfortable (note: no twin beds - kids shared queen beds) and again, had everything we needed; bathrooms were perfectly maintained with great water pressure and lots of hot water.
When we had a small maintenance issue the owner was responsive and made sure it was resolved immediately; a neighbor was there to welcome us when we arrived and gave us great tips about local attractions. And the owner's restaurant recommendations were spot on!
We would gladly return here any time. Many many thanks to our hosts!
Dwarika House was stunning and comfortable, just perfect for my family. It was far enough from Bar Harbor to feel secluded but close enough to go at a moment's notice and take advantage of all the area has to offer. I strongly recommend staying there with your family.
This is a stunning house, and its setting and design make you feel like you're right out there with the sea and the mountains. Each room has a view as well as exquisite detail...rugs, pictures, books, all lovingly selected and cared for. Everything is as described by the owner, including travel times, lack of crowds and the beauty of the surrounding area. We took many walks and hikes--one within the main part of Acadia, the rest at Schoodick and around Hancock Point. (Next time we'd bring bikes, too.) But it was tempting just to sit on the porch, watching the images change, from fog to sun to sunset, low tide to high. A wonderful house.
|Property Damage Protection||$59|