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Keyhole Cabin by the Sea

Seawall, Southwest Harbor, ME, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Full Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)

Our comfortable cottage is private, surrounded by woods with a view of the ocean and passing boats through an opening in the trees. Our beach is accessible via a long boardwalk leading from the side yard. Great beach walking and shelling and a place for picnics.

In addition to full kitchen with oven and microwave, there are three bedrooms sleeping 5 with a roll out bed for an additional person. There are two large bedrooms: one with a queen and the other with a twin and a double. The third bedroom has a single bed. All rooms have electric heat when needed. The cottage has complete housekeeping facilities and sheets and towels are provided. The cottage has wi-fi and internet capability.

We are within a few minutes drive of Southwest Harbor for dining and shopping. Acadia National Park is easily accessible all over the island and offers lots of opportunities for hiking, bicycling and kayaking. There are sailing opportunities in Southwest Harbor, and Northeast Harbor and boat trips to the islands.

You will never tire of exploring one of our country's most beautiful islands.

Keywords: Private cottage, ocean view, beach access, in woods with view of ocean, access to beach via boardwalk, easy access to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, stores in Southwest Harbor, freshwater swimming


Catharine McKibbin

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 22, 2018
About Catharine McKibbin

This is our family summer cabin, that we built on family land. Our family has been summering in Maine since the 50's, and my sister Susan lives in SW Harbor with her family.

Catharine McKibbin purchased this Cabin in 1985

What makes this Cabin unique

Peace and Privacy


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Full tub & shower

          Location Type

            • Beach View
              Ocean is visible from deck through trees. Beach can be reached by long boardwalk leading from side yard.
            • Beachfront
              A stay at the Keyhole comes with access to our private beach at the end of a long boardwalk.
            • Mountain View
              From beach you have a view of Greenings Island, the Cranberrys and Mt. Cadilac.
            • Near The Ocean
              Walk down our private boardwalk to our family beach on the Manset shore.
            • Ocean View
              A view from deck through trees shows passing sailboats and lobster boats.
            • Oceanfront
              Beachcoming on our private beach is a favorite pastime.
            • Rural
              Welcome to the Quietside of Mt Desert Island
            • Water View
              A view from deck through trees shows passing sailboats and lobster boats


                • Away From It All
                • Budget
                • Family
                • Romantic


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Heating
                          Electric heat in all rooms
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                          Living area shared with Dining area, open to kitchen
                        • Parking
                          Room for two cars
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  A table with fold up leaves placed by the floor to ceiling windows comfortably seats 4- 6.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Games


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          9' x 12' deck with view of ocean through trees. Railing has child guard.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          A grass lawn in front of the cottage is ringed by perennial gardens.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          There is a small grill to be used on the driveway


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • The beach is accessible by a long boardwalk from the side yard of the cottage.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              7 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              The Keyhole is great for a family vacation!!

                                                              Angela S.

                                                              We recently stayed at the Keyhole with 4 adults and 2 little boys, it was perfectly rustic Maine! The cabin was well stocked and the new grill was perfect. Our boys loved walking the boardwalk to the private beach and spent many many hours there. The beach was beautiful and quiet with great views and sounds of lobster boats. It was an excellent location to all the attractions of the island. We will definitely be retuning to the Keyhole!!

                                                              A Great Hidden Cabin

                                                              lee c.Cleveland Ohio

                                                              What a treat, so glad we found this cabin & went ahead & booked it. Nothing fancy just a Great secluded rustic cabin surrounded by woods & an easy walk down to the beach. The beach & tide pools were great, my children (& myself) had some much fun at mid & low tide looking for sea life. We even a lovely small beach fire one night & the stars were amazing.

                                                              The adults & children enjoyed this place alike.

                                                              Great location, minutes from lovely Southwest Harbor & Bass Harbor.

                                                              Easy drives to Acadia, be just about anywhere in 20-35 minutes.

                                                              Close to swimming in Echo Lake, wonderland trail is a nice easy hike just down the road.

                                                              Cabin can get pretty warm during the day , but we were always at the beach or elsewhere on the island during those hours.

                                                              The owners are responsive & easy to reach.

                                                              Well worth taking a look at this place.

                                                              We will stay here again the next time we return to MDI.

                                                              Quiet and relaxing getaway!

                                                              Petar Z.Wilmington, MA, USA

                                                              My wife and I had a beautiful time at Keyhole cottage in the summer of 2015. Although Southwest Harbor is a busy summer vacation destination, the cottage offers absolute privacy and serenity. Oh, we had a guest almost every morning - a playful deer watching us from a distance.

                                                              All amenities and vacation entertainments are well listed in the rental description, I am not going to repeat them. I'd like just to say the cottage offers everything you would miss leaving your home. Even WiFi was good and fast.

                                                              There is easy access to the beach (has tables and benches) and the spot offers beautiful views. The cottage is secluded and feels so private but at the same time it is in the center (or very close) to hiking trails, downtown South Harbor, Acadia park and Bar Harbor.

                                                              The owners are very polite and helpful! We found this treasure and loved it! And will be back in summer 2016.

                                                              Cozy, great location!

                                                              Patti I.

                                                              Our family of four had a wonderful stay at The Keyhole. We loved the privacy of the setting, the quick access to the beach and the close proximity of Southwest Harbor. The cabin was cozy and comfortable...a great getaway! We would definitely stay there again!!

                                                              A great family friendly spot.

                                                              Rachel S.-

                                                              We had a wonderful time staying at the Keyhole. The cabin is small and rustic, but well appointed, and you couldn't ask for a better location! We had the feeling of being in a remote location, but were close enough to town to make it convenient. The views are spectacular, and the kids spent plenty of time combing the beach for treasures. The owners are friendly and accommodating. Thank you! We will be back!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Rachel for a lovely review. We are looking forward to having you stay at the Keyhole again this summer.

                                                              Serenity surrounded by beauty

                                                              DeeBucks Co, PA

                                                              I have stayed at the Keyhole a few times over the years, and it always feels like coming home. I am a photographer, and couldn't stop taking pictures while on the island, it was beautiful everywhere we went. We enjoyed delicious lobsters, and quiet breakfasts on the deck. We never managed to hike all the trails we wanted to, and I will be happy to come back to do some more.


                                                              Seawall, Southwest Harbor, ME, USA

                                                              Southwest Harbor is about a 10 minute drive. There are restaurants, ice cream shops, grocery stores (2), post office, laundromat, bike & kayak rentals, banks, library, community center, Episcopal church, museums, shopping, and access to Southwest Harbor and the ferry to Islesford.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Stays of 2+ weeks will be discounted $50/week.

                                                              7 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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