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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 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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

<<please note Windhaven rents one week minimum stays, Sunday-Sunday, during the summer season>>

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.

Follow us on facebook. Good before and after pictures of the house and where we are heading with it:

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

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

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 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • 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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Spacious, Historic Home In Bar Harbor Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

An amazing week at Windhaven and Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

Our multigenerational family of five enjoyed an incredible week at this charming home in Bar Harbor. Its location, in walking distance of Bar Harbor's many restaurants and shops, was ideal. The house accommodated the five of us comfortably, with room to spare. In the modern kitchen, we found everything we needed--and more. We enjoyed the game/music room, where we we listened to LPs while our grandson delighted in the games. And we especially appreciated the attentiveness of the owner, who contacted us several times during our stay to ensure that we were enjoying our Bar Harbor vacation. Windhaven + Bar Harbor + Acadia = the perfect Maine getaway!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: hello Juyne. THE RECORDS!! I'm really happy to hear you listened to the records. AND that there was a young one with you to learn all the basics of vinyl, the warmth of analogue, and what a record skipping can do to your psyche. Good to hear you enjoyed your time here. take good care. dm
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Wonderful Location and Environment

  • 5 of 5

We shared the Windhaven house with 2 families of 4 including 4 kids age 6 and under. The house had plenty of room to accommodate our 2 families, a couple of shared spaces that were cozy and was a perfect location for Bar Harbor's quaint downtown.

- Communications with Dan were easy and friendly.

- We were centrally located to all the restaurants, Village Green, Main Street and bike rental stores and grocery store.

- Accommodations in the house were as expected. Other than a few quirky pictures on the walls that were a little scary for our small kids, the house and accommodations were laid back and as pictured. Loved the local culture and vibes that the house had.

- Easy access to Acadia Nationals park and the free shuttles

- Thanks for hosting us and letting us use your home. We would definitely rebook with Dan in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for this response. now I'm looking around at the art on our walls and thinking to myself: would this frighten a child? how about this? THIS would totally frighten a child (the circular picture of Will Rodgers in the downstairs bathroom). good to hear your trip went well. take good care. dm
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Great rental, great location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great. House had everything we could possibly need. Very cozy and comfortable. Close to everything in Bar Harbor. Short walk to grocery store or Acadia shuttle buses. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks so much, Joseph. Good to hear you and the family had fun. Please come back any time and visit us again. "Us" here means the house because "we" will be somewhere "else." take good care. dm
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Great for our family

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of room

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Katherine. I'm glad you and the family had a good time in the house and on the island. take good care. dm
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Acadia Trek Home Base

  • 5 of 5

2nd year in a row renting Wind Haven and already booked for next. Great place, centrally located, well-maintained. Dan is responsive and communicative.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks Michael. You guys get to keep a log of what we can change/improve during the winter months. also, what new records are in the collection. take good care. dm
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Terrific, quiet house in the middle of Bar Harbor

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five, 2 adults and 3 teenagers, spent a busy week at the end of June, 2017, in this great house. We have been coming to MDI for years, and have rented many houses in different locations all over the island. This one is our favorite! Incredibly comfortable, so much space for everyone to spread out, surrounded by an incredible book and music collection, on a quiet cul-de-sac, all within walking distance of everything in Bar Harbor. It had all we needed, including two parking spots and a place to store our bikes. Dan is wonderful and easy to work with, as evidenced by his quick response to a very small plumbing issue and his follow-up contacts to make sure all was well, even though he was across the country. We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you, Claire. you and your family are welcome back anytime. we will keep adding to the music's sort of a sickness, a good sickness, but a sickness all the same. 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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