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Spacious, Historic Home In Bar Harbor Village

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Enjoy a house with warmth and charm in the heart of Bar Harbor

Originally built in 1911 for Captain Snow, the first Maine Seacoast Mission captain, Windhaven is a charming reminder of the Golden Age of Bar Harbor. High ceilings, spacious rooms, spruce ceilings in the bedrooms and 2,000 square feet allow you to relax in style. Or, if you prefer to sit outside, there is a covered deck off the main floor of the house, perfect for catching evening breezes off the ocean.

Below the deck is a secure storage area for bicycles, kayaks, canoes, etc.

Since its construction, the house has served as a family residence, a Bed and Breakfast and an inn. At present my wife and I are in the process of turning it back into a single family home. Windhaven is right in the middle of Bar Harbor village but nestled off a quiet side street and then further nestled into an even quieter side street...making Windhaven "off a quiet side street" squared. You will hear the occasional tolling of bells from the Holy Redeemer church down on Ledgelawn.

From Windhaven you can walk to all the shops and restaurants in town. Walk to movies at Reel Pizza and the soon to reopen Criterion Theater. Stroll over to the village green, catch a summer concert or hop on the free Island Explorer shuttle and discover more of MDI.

First floor: designer kitchen with all the amenities, separate remodeled prep kitchen, custom breakfast bar, dining room, half bath, library / music room, large living room with flat screen TV, DVD, Amazon Fire TV (HBO, HULU, Amazon Prime Movies, etc.) side patio with gas grill, deck with a clear plastic corrugated roof for maximum light, deck furniture for relaxing or eating al fresco.

Second floor: huge master suite with queen tempurpedic, flat screen TV, DVD, Amazon Fire Stick (Amazon Prime Movies, HULU, HBO, etc) full bathroom and separate office / library space, one bedroom with double bed and access to second floor balcony great for viewing sunrise, one bedroom with twin beds and access to second floor balcony great for viewing sunsets, full bathroom.

All bedrooms have ceiling fans for your comfort.

Basement: washer and dryer, half bath, storage for beach items, coolers, etc.

Third floor: the third floor will be locked off and unavailable to guests during the summer. Sorry.

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Amenities: high speed wifi, radio, cd player, record player, amazon fire tv, DVD, movies, books, full kitchen, gas grill, outdoor dining patio, beach chairs, beach blankets, beach towels, Egyptian cotton bathroom towels, fantastic water pressure, parking (2 spaces). Safe kayak and bike storage on property.

We want people to enjoy their stay here. As our guests, you are welcome to use any and all of the books, cds, dvds, records, and games while you are here. Treat them like you would your own.

More Details

Daniel Mahoney
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

About Daniel Mahoney

We bought Windhaven in August of 2014. Both my wife and I are college professors. Jodi teaches theatre at the College of the Atlantic here in Bar Harbor. I am a lecturer in literature and writing at the College of the Atlantic as well as at the University of Maine, Augusta. We have two amazing children who attend school here in town. We have been living on the East Coast for the last 15 years but our entire extended families are all on the West Coast. Summers we head west so the kids can know their grandparents and cousins and uncles and aunts and discover the joys of eating great Mexican food. We love eating and traveling and reading, in that order. To those ends, we have a kitchen with all the amenities as well as a wonderful collection of books for all ages and interests...enjoy. We love this house, it is our home, we hope you love it too.

Daniel Mahoney purchased this house in 2014

Why Daniel Mahoney chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

We came to MDI because my wife got a job at the College of the Atlantic. We had been to Maine before but not much above Portland and even then we thought we were really far north. When we came to MDI our whole family fell in love with the place. Acadia Park is our backyard and Bar Harbor Village is our front yard. We have only lived in the area for three years, but those three years have been incredible. The best hiking trails, the best ice cream, the best restaurants are just outside our door.

What makes this house unique

There are a ton of great things to say about this house but I will let you know my favorite thing: it is like we are 5 minutes from everything / everyone. Bar Harbor is a super small community during the winter, so that is a good thing. The house is warm and inviting and quirky...kind of like our family. There is plenty of room, a secret staircase the kids love, decks, balconies and a large apple tree that produces wonderful apples.


Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , master bath second floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , other full bath second floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , half bath downstairs to left of the giant 'U'
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , half bath in basement.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master bed with queen tempurpedic mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , double bed and outdoor balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 single beds and outdoor balcony
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Charming, spacious, deeply academic, and homey vacation stay

  • 5 of 5

Dan's home was the perfect place to relax in the days prior to my Bar Harbor wedding. The house is spacious, airy, and stocked with one of the best record collections I've ever seen, in addition to a library of amazing books. There are board games galore, a beautiful back porch for cocktails, and the bedrooms are each outfitted with a unique charm. My favorite room in the house is, not surprisingly, the master bedroom, which has a beautiful floor-to-ceiling wooden "poetry" nook, walk in closets, and a secret staircase to the kitchen. The whole house was a dream, and we were deeply saddened to have to leave. Dan's home is the reason we will return to Bar Harbor again next year; we suddenly realized that 1 week was not enough without looking forward to a repeat trip! Thank you, Dan and family, for your hospitality. Your home is now a beautiful part of our story.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're welcome back whenever you're in town. Take good care of each other and keep Dr. Seuss' Oh, The Places You'll Go near at hand.
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Big Win in Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

8 Roberts Square is a lovely, charming home just a quick 5 minute walk from the center of Bar Harbor. The home has 3 good sized bedrooms (master with an attached study), big eat-in kitchen/dining room area, piano room with a glass table perfect for dominoes, puzzles or other family games, plus living room, with the laundry in basement. Known as Windhaven, the house was originally built for one of Bar Harbor's sea captains. We loved the close proximity to the Hannaford grocery store, as well as tons of great shops, restaurants and access to Bar Island at Bridge Street. We had lovely walks on the Shore Path, enjoyed the Improv, ate pizza while watching a movie comfortably ensconced on a sofa at Reel Pizza, and caught the free bus for great hikes and to go to Jordan Pond House for awesome popovers outside overlooking the Bubbles. House comes with parking, so you never have to circle Bar Harbor endlessly again! Everything was very clean and well maintained. Owner, Daniel, is extremely friendly, easy to work with and fun! Great place for a family vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review. I am so happy to hear you and your family had a great time here. These really positive responses will keep me warm during the long winter months. Come back any time!
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Great home! Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this home under the previous owner 5 years ago, and liked it so much we returned. Daniel has done an amazing job with the house, updating it, but allowing it to retain the character of an old New England Captain's home. The house is somehow a less than 5 minute walk to the best that Bar Harbor has to offer, and still on a quiet residential street. We will going back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this great review. Really happy you like how we've approached updating the house. Our family really loves it, I'm glad your family does too... You're welcome back any time.
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Really awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect--everything in Bar Harbor is within easy, easy walking distance and Acadia National Park is only a very short drive away. The house itself is nice inside with a fun record collection, and a nice collection of books, games and movies as well. The owner also provides a very helpful list of restaurants and recommended hikes. Couldn't be happier that we stayed here. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this great review. We are book and record freaks so I'm really glad you liked what you found. You and your family are welcome any time.
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Perfectly Located Home in Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this perfectly located home in Bar Harbor.

Windhaven is a neat old house, filled with interesting art, books and magazines, music and historic details. The property was clean, comfortable and fully equipped. Lots of room for our family of 4. We loved the music room and the covered deck.

The location could not be better. We walked less than 10 minutes to fantastic restaurants (Side St Cafe, Cafe This Way, Rosalies), shops, Village Green, movies and the Improv.

Acadia National Park and other MDI spots are within a short drive. Kids rock climbed at Otter Cliffs - a great experience.

The owner of the property, Dan, was a pleasure to deal with throughout. He provided quick and detailed responses to all of our inquiries.

We enjoyed everything about the house, and recommend this property to anyone interested in visiting Bar Harbor and surrounding area.

The Rosen Family

Newmarket, ON Canada

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. Thanks for this wonderful review. The Rosen cohort are welcome anytime. And may the legacy of the dynamic Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia live forever in our hearts.
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New York

Great location, easy access to town and Acadia NP

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week's vacation and shared with another couple who are close friends. The house was spacious and comfortable, and we each had a bathroom which worked well for privacy. Mattresses were very comfortable and the master bedroom is quite large. The kitchen was clean and the pantry well stocked with the basic supplies such as sugar, spices, foil and paper towels. The kitchen has quite a rustic feel, surrounded by wood. All the appliances worked, so if you are planning to cook, no problem. The microwave however does need to be cleaned. We didn't watch much TV, there is no cable, but there are loads of videos to choose from. The house is located centrally in Bar Harbor and we were able to walk around town and access the busy streets and restaurants with ease, and no car. Just a short drive to Acadia National Park, we found ourselves there in the day for hikes and again in the evening for amazing sunsets. Check the tide times and walk to Bar Island too.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit and this really nice review. I will let the property manager know about the microwave. The house does have Amazon Fire TV with HBO, Amazon Prime Movies, Hulu, etc. but we do not have cable....This has been fine for us so far but we will see what happens to the Red Sox in the second half of the year. We just might get that cable back. Take good care.
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Car: not necessary

Mount Desert Island is a wonder to behold. Tons of trails for walking, biking, hiking, horseback riding. Great fresh water ponds and rivers and streams. Amazing ocean beaches, both sandy and rocky. The most beautiful place I have ever lived.


Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 season
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
winter 2017
Nov 12 2017 - Dec 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 8.0%

Cancelation policy is different than the one stated on the website. 100% refund if reservation is canceled AND we are able to fill the reservation with another guest. these terms are explained in detail in the rental agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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