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Clean, Private, Central Island Location, And Affordable.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms on five quiet, wooded acres

Moss Mountain Cottage is a clean, bright, spacious 3-bedroom/two bath cape-style home nestled on 5 private wooded acres in the village of Town Hill. Less than a mile away is the Town Hill Market, noted for its delicious homemade sandwiches and snacks, and where you can access the free Island Explorer shuttle. In addition to offering a great location, Moss Mountain Cottage offers a heated and partially air-conditioned home, with a bright, spacious and open living, kitchen and dining area, a fully equipped kitchen with all new appliances, a laundry room, a first floor bedroom with ¾ bath (shower), two large bedrooms upstairs that share a full bath with tub/shower combination. High speed wireless internet, TV and Blueray DVD player (no cable - local channels, Netflix and DVD library), games and books are all part of the package. Outside you will find a large yard where children can play, a large deck with a gas grill and outside seating, as well as ample parking.

Jean Sylvia
Member since: 2013
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Jean Sylvia

I built this house in 1988 as a single mother raising my lovely daughter who now lives in California (much too far away)! Now married, I live in downtown Bar Harbor with my husband, across the street from my three lively and lovely granddaughters. As young girls, my daughter and her cousin spent countless hours combing the backwoods of our property and collecting moss. Their grand plan was to make wreaths to sell to the tourists - leading to their fame and fortune! The small hill where they found the best moss, they named 'Moss Mountain.' Although they never sold a wreath (I'm not even sure they completed one), they spent hours in our backyard playing, laughing and planning their futures, as little girls love to do. I'll always treasure those days and those girls, and it is this fond memory that gave rise to the name 'Moss Mountain Cottage.'

Jean Sylvia purchased this house in 1988

Why Jean Sylvia chose Bar Harbor

Mount Desert Island has been my home since I graduated from college (I won't tell you how long ago that was) and I love it here. During the summer I hike and bike the trails of Acadia, comb the beaches to collect sea glass and sea-tumbled rocks, and take in all the island has to offer in unique shops and gourmet restaurants. During our cold and snowy winters, I take early morning walks or snowshoe on the breathtakingly beautiful (and quiet) carriage roads, spend time with my family and friends, and read some great books I've been meaning to get to all summer. When I travel away for any length of time and start yearning to see the mountains of Acadia and smell the sea air as I cross the Trenton bridge onto MDI - that's when I really know how much I appreciate and love my island home.

What makes this house unique

I love the quiet and the privacy of the homes around Indian Point. Sitting on the back deck and listening to the evening chatter of frogs in the bog, the morning birds that wake you instead of an alarm clock, eying the deer as they shyly peak out from the woods, and taking in the beauty of a full moon when it rises above the giant cedars - will all contribute to your restful vacation on MDI.


Town Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Towels, soap, shampoo, body wash and hair dryer provided in both bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The two upstairs bedrooms share a full bathroom with combination tub/shower. The downstairs bedroom has a double bed with a 3/4 bathroom (toilet, sink and shower) on the same floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Other items available: Food processor, blender, mixer, lobster pot, hair dryers, laundry detergent and dishwasher liquid are all provided. Feel free to contact us with specific items you are looking for.


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Clean, Private, Central Island Location, And Affordable.
average rating of 4.866667 based on 30 reviews

Clean Comfortable Great location

  • 5 of 5

Owner was fantastic and provided a lot of little extras. House was clean and quiet. Beautiful wild flowers in the front yard.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Critia. You and your friends were fantastic as well. I had company arriving the day you left and the cottage was left so clean that it made for an easy turnover for our next guests, also arriving that same day. You are welcome back anytime!
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Great house for a vacation on Mount Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The house was clean and had everything we needed. It is a very private location (surrounded by trees). We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jean is a wonderful host! The house is at a great location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 just completed a wonderful vacation at Moss cottage! It has everything we need and the house is close to most attractions and shopping area. Would come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Weihua - we would love to host your family again as well.
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Cheers for the quiet side of the island!

  • 4 of 5

This was our first family vacation to MDI and it didn't disappoint. We enjoyed that Moss Mountain is on the "quiet side" of the island and we explored some of the areas that we may not have ventured to if we had stayed in Bar Harbor. Our welcome couldn't have been nicer. We were greeted by fresh flowers, taffy and a welcome note. What a lovely way to start our vacation! Jean also provided information on everything you can think of - places to eat, hike, shop, etc. We kept the Acadia book and map in the car during our stay - it was so useful! The cottage was clean and homey. Really perfect for a relaxing vacation. The house was also the perfect size for our family of four and we enjoyed the movies and games that were available. We stayed in the room with the queen bed (upstairs) and the kids decided to share the other upstairs bedroom rather than have someone downstairs solo. The downstairs bedroom is across from a full bath and it would be a nice set-up for a multi - generational trip.

A lovely place to stay on MDI!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at a great property.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Moss Mountain. The property was exactly as advertised and very well maintained. My husband and I have stayed in many vacation rental properties all over the USA and abroad, and I must say, the kitchen in this property was the best stocked in terms of kitchen gadgets, pots and pans, etc. This made being on vacation even more relaxing!

The property was close to Acadia National Park (7 miles) and close to Long Pond -- great canoeing rentals -- just 7 minutes away! The house is about a 20 minute drive to downtown Bar Harbor, and on a very secluded and beautiful property which we loved.

Jean was extremely responsive (sometimes within 10 to 15 minutes of emailing she'd email back).

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A bit of home, in this central MDI location. What a great stay !

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful week at the Moss Meadow Cottage.

This house was an excellent choice. It was a central quiet location with touches of home.

Jean provided great info prior to and during our stay. We enjoyed a surprise gift basket upon our arrival with fresh lettuce from her garden, homemade strawberry jam and some wonderful Maine sweets. This was a nice touch and set the tone for our week.

This house is easy reached from both sides of the Island, and served as a great home base. Rooms and spaces were larger and a bit more update than they looked in the photos. There is a nice open deck, and a new gas grill. Plenty of room to park our cars and bikes. It was nice and quiet as the house is set-back from the road. Window fans and skylights upstairs were all we needed to stay cool. Downstairs we only used the AC one afternoon. Kitchen was well equipped and spacious. Beds were comfy, and the water pressure was welcome after a long day of activities. With all the wet weather, mosquitoes were heavy all over the island, but Jean had plenty of bug spray on hand.

This location served as a great base to cycle to and from ACADIA, be sure to check out the Pretty Marsh Picnic Area, a hidden part of the park, just south of the house.

We highly recommend this house, and working with Jean. She was very easy to work with and welcoming.

Acadia is one of the most beautiful places to visit.

Relax, enjoy, drink some Blueberry Ale and eat some Lobster !

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ann for such a nice review. It was great hosting your family and we were so happy to hear that the cottage was all you hoped for and more. I also appreciated your leaving the house so clean and tidy. It made the turnover for our incoming guests go very quickly. Thanks again and we hope to see you at Moss Mountain Cottage again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Hancock County - Bar Harbor airport
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Long Pond
Car: necessary

Moss Mountain Cottage, open year-round, is centrally located, no more than 15 minutes away from the entrance to Acadia National Park, the Ellsworth shopping centers, and all the picturesque towns and villages that make up Mount Desert Island. Our cottage is tucked away on five private wooded acres where you can relax after a long day of hiking, biking or cross-country skiing one of the many historic carriage roads or mountains of Acadia; after a more restful day taking in the breathtaking views atop Cadillac Mountain, cruising the waters of Frenchman Bay, or visiting the stunning Thuya, Azalea,, or Rockefeller Gardens. If you'd like to stay closer to home, only a mile from the cottage, you will find the Nature Conservancy’s Indian Point Blagden Preserve, where osprey nest and seals bask on the rocks at low tide. Great Long Pond - three miles from the cottage - is where each summer you can swim, canoe, kayak, launch your boat to water ski or fish, or to enjoy ice-skating in the winter. There is summer golfing or winter sledding at the historic Kebo golf course; Pirate’s Cove miniature golf and Wild Acadia Fun Park for the kids; Monday and Thursday evening band concerts on Bar Harbor's village green; and matinees or evening plays at the Acadia Repertory theater. In each of the island's picturesque villages you will find quaint shops where local artisans showcase their work, and any number of restaurants and bars that feature lobster and other locally harvested seafood dishes, paired with award-winning and locally-brewed beer or wine.


Rates & Availability

Town Hill House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Winter/Early Spring
Jan 3 2018 - Jun 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 16 2018 - Jun 29 2018
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Damage Deposit $250

Check in is 3pm and check-out 10am.

Half of weekly rental fee due within two weeks of booking.
Final payment of rental fees, including deposits, due 60 days prior to arrival.
Paypal or checks are accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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