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On the"Quiet Side" of Acadia, with Beautiful Ocean Views

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Bass Harbor Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Spacious, two Bedroom, One Bath, Vaulted ceiling, cozy fireplace, ocean views.

Anglers Loft Cottage is a beautiful new construction. Knotty pine wood throughout and vaulted ceiling with skylights. In business for over 16 years, we have many satisfied returning guests. Anglers cottage is the perfect getaway for one or two people for a comfortable, relaxing ocean retreat. Handicapped accessible, drive right up to the door with no steps.

Perched above Bass Harbor and nestled in the trees on the 'Quiet side' of Mount Desert Island.

Sit & watch lobster boats come & go from the harbor. Adjacent to Acadia National Park, the Swans Island Ferry, the Bass Harbor Lighthouse and the Acadia Explorer shuttle bus.

Only 20 minutes away from the hustle bustle of Bar Harbor.

Over 1100 sq. ft. of knotty pine boasting beautiful cathedral ceilings and picture windows across the front for ocean views. Gas fireplace provides cozy warmth during chilly Maine evenings. Large bedroom with king-sized bed offers complete comfort, (2nd bedroom, with queen size bed.) Deer are frequently seen grazing on lawn by the cottage. Bright open kitchen is equipped with microwave oven, coffee pot, toaster/convection oven, induction cooktop, pots and pans, utensils. Large front outdoor patio with gas barbecue grill.

  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Janice Beal
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Janice Beal

I am proud of my local heritage. We are a family of generations of lobstermen, boat builders and fishermen. I enjoy sharing my piece of the 'quiet side' of mount desert island. I enjoy offering our guests sneak peaks of out of the way places on Mount Desert Island many travelers may overlook.

Janice Beal purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Janice Beal chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

The quaint cottage with cathedral ceilings are the perfect Maine experience. Enjoy sitting by the cozy fireplace and enjoy the views of the ocean.

What makes this cottage unique

Overlooking the ocean, we have awesome views of the lobster boats coming and going, on the 'Quiet Side' of Mount Desert Island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Clean, cared for, comfortable, convenient, calming - there's little not to like. Owners were readily available and friendly. It's so nice to be immediately able to hop on the Swan's Island ferry or the shuttle (well, it starts the following week, but the potential is there!). Easy to plop kayaks in the harbor, close to the "quiet side" attractions. And, of course, so nice to be right next to "Mainely Delights" restaurant, with the BEST lobster bisque. We're coming back!
Jun 2015
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based on 8 traveler reviews

On the"Quiet Side" of Acadia, with Beautiful Ocean Views
average rating of 4.25 based on 11 reviews

A perfect week

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful week's vacation at Angler's Cottage. We were pleased to see the cottage was as described and the photos accurate. Beautiful knotty pine walls and picture windows overlooking the ocean. It could not have been more relaxing and comfortable - listened to the boats and seagulls during the day but, pleased to say, very quiet at night. There was a patio area in front of the cottage and parking on the side. We hope to be able to go back next summer - the owner was very pleasant and helpful in every way.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Omaha, Nebraska/US

Beautiful Little White Pine Cabin

  • 3 of 5

Through the front door and the living room window is a view of Bass Harbor, where we observed many lobster boats sailing out the harbor each morning. We loved the exploring the "quiet side" villages of Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Northeast Harbor. We purchased two 21/2 lobsters from Phil's Fresh Fish at Bass Harbor pier for $5.50 a pound and steamed them ourselves at the loft! We took the 2 hour Island Cruise with Eli and his wife for only $25.00 each. We found large, flaky, blueberry filled turnovers in Northeast Harbor for $2.45. We ate "hot from the oven" popovers with maple walnut butter, coffee, and orange juice at Common Good in Southwest Harbor for a donation. All money raised from tourist goes to fund their winter soup kitchen. Wonderland trail and Bass Harbor lighthouse are very close to the loft and provide excellent ocean views. We hiked one of the smaller carriage road loops starting from Jordan's Pond which followed a shimmering brook most of the way. We drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain and enjoyed a 360 degree view of islands, Bar Harbor, fall foliage in the valleys, and 3 cruise ships outside the bay.

Angler's loft is as pretty as these pictures. However, we were only provided with one set of towels each and one extra roll of toilet paper for the week. Upon request, we received two additional wash cloths and one more roll of toilet paper. We were asked not to use the loft because of the steep ladder. We were told that the owner preferred that we not knock on her door with questions, even though our Verizon phone had no service and internet was very inconsistent. The kitchen has a one burner hot plate, toaster oven, coffee pot, and microwave. There is a gas heater that provides warmth for the cabin. The shower eventually got warm enough, but unfortunately, the pressure became less. The bed was comfortable as well as the living room furniture. Angler's loft was clean and new, but could use additional toiletries, soaps, and towels.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased our guests had a wonderful vacation in Acadia at Anglers Cottage. Disappointed, however they felt the toiletries were lacking. Upon asking for another additional extra roll of toilet paper after only two days, along with 8 washcloths (one for every day) we supplied extra toilet paper, 2 additional washcloths and extra soap. (additional towels were not requested). The shower has just been upgraded to provide ample water pressure for hot showers from a private well. There was a hurricane, which contributed to the inconsistent internet. (wind and weather may hinder reception on our dead end street on the island) We are able to interact with our guests daily, if they prefer, to answer any questions they may have and to point them to popular "must sees". (in case of emergency, guests are encouraged to "knock on the door" of our home. Anglers cottage is equipped with a state of the art induction cook top, which heats the pot and will not burn to the touch. The gas fireplace in the living room heats the cottage nicely, while providing that genuine "burning fire" for authentic Maine ambience. We continually work hard making upgrades and changes so that our guests will be comfortable and have the best experience during their Maine vacation to Acadia.
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Washington, DC

Terrific Rental in Quiet Bass Harbor

  • 5 of 5

After reading the review below with its description of the location of the cabin, I approached our rental week at Angler's Loft with some trepidation. Indeed, this is not a private, secluded cabin nor does it claim to be. In fact I have yet to find a private, secluded place for two people to stay in Mt Desert. The cabin is up a short hill from the road where Maine-Ly Delights is located. As described by the previous reviewer, on one side is another rental property and on the other side, beyond a row of trees and bushes, there is a parking lot for the ferry. Neither of these bothered us during our stay. Because of the review below I asked about the camping trailer in the back, Janice, the owner said it is their camping trailer. My feeling is if it bothers you, keep the shade in the back closed. The portapotties are down the hill off to the side and not visable from the cabin. I probably wouldn't have even noticed them had they not been mentioned in the review below. You can park your car beside the cabin and it in no way will hinder the nice view of the water from the chairs on the patio or the view from the picture window inside.

During the day one does hear noises of boats in the water, occasional voices and seagulls flying about. Other than that it's been quiet just like any suburban neighborhood. Very quiet at night and in the early morning. I have heard fishing boats starting up early am, but this is common all along the coast.

The inside of the cabin looks just like its pictures. Internet was a touch slow sometimes, but ok during the day. I spoke to Janice and she is aware of the problem and trying to have it fixed. Janice offered me a hotspot for evening hours. She was very nice and accommodating for this and other requests. Throughout our time in Maine we had slow and often unreliable Internet.

Nice sized bathroom and the water in the shower works just fine. The cabin is comfortable, generally quiet and a lovely place to stay. The owner is delightful and helpful and always available which is not always the case with other rentals I have done.

If you're looking for a reasonably priced, comfortable rental for 2 people in a quiet location, I recommend Angler's Loft. If you're seeking complete privacy and solitude you might look elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boca Raton, FL

Not what we thought!

  • 2 of 5

The photographs of the interior of the Angler’s Loft are representative. Unfortunately, the exterior shots of Angler’s Loft are less forthcoming. The house is behind the Maine-ly Maine restaurant and the view of the harbor and sunsets as described in VRBO are very much impacted by the restaurant building and not as depicted in the VRBO photographs. Angler’s Loft is also immediately adjacent to the owner’s other rental property McKinley House which is not disclosed by the photographs or in the written VRBO description. I had asked the owner for additional photographs before I rented but was told none were available. Perhaps seeing the porta-potties for the restaurant behind her house which is opposite and adjacent to the restaurant would have given us a clue that Angler’s Loft wasn’t the house for us. When we parked in the driveway for Angler’s Loft there was no front area to sit out other than in front of our car. Another “neighbor” to Angler’s Loft is a lot used to keep vehicles. On Sunday morning at 6am, a large diesel dump truck was started and idled waking us up before noisily pulling down the dirt drive. To the rear of the house visible from the bathroom is a camper which can only be described as “sketchy”. We were not sure whether it was inhabited or not. Angler’s Loft is not the quiet, intimate setting with harbor views we expected from the VRBO listing. During our stay at Angler’s Loft the internet was out. A prior guest had complained in his VRBO review about the internet, and the owner posted a note on VRBO saying it had been remedied. The owner did provide us with a hotspot after we notified her of the problem, but she required that we return it to her whenever we left the property and the reliability was not adequate. When we used the shower in the morning the hot water oscillated between hot and cold. Not fun when it’s in the low 50’s and you expect a hot shower. The owner, was apologetic, but made no promise when it would be remedied. We were offered the use of the shower in her nearby house. This was simply not our expectation in renting a house. We notified the owner that we would be leaving Angler’s Loft after one night due to the shower issue. We assumed we would receive a refund. That was not to happen despite our request for same, nor was our willingness to accept a refund of half the rental as an equitable resolution agreeable to the owner. Regrettably, we cannot recommend Angler’s Loft or this landlord.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As this review shows, some people you just cannot please, no matter how accommodating one may be. I have had my vacation rental property for fifteen years and our guests have been excited to have Maine-ly Delights family oriented restaurant just down the hill for fresh lobsters and doughboys. (As of Sept. 6, after 36 years, the restaurant is retired, and will not open again) The cottage is new as of last year and guests have "loved everything about it, comfortable, quiet, relaxing". The parking for Anglers is beside the cottage, not in the front. There is a large patio which stretches across the front of the cottage (as depicted in photos). The ATT tower nearby was experiencing repairs during this time (and has frequently). We have a wi-fi hotspot for backup, which was seemingly not adequate for his 5 wireless devices. The hot water in the shower was addressed immediately. (I contacted previous guests for comment. They said it was adequate, but not steaming hot). I promptly called the plumber, on Sunday morning,( Fathers Day). He was there bright and early Monday morning to install a new faucet and fix the issue. (the guest even accused me of lying to him. "How do I even know you called the plumber.") I even offered a temporary hot shower elsewhere until the repair was made, at which point he replied, "We did not come here to go camping." I conferred with two different real estate agents about this situation. Both suggested I was more than accommodating and offered advise that you cannot please all guests. (These guests went to Bar Harbor into an exclusive bed and breakfast. A cottage in the country was not suited for their lifestyle) Our guest book is full of happy reviews... "love the cottage, comfortable, relaxing, quiet, love to sit out on the patio and look out at the ocean views." We have many returning guests to Anglers Loft who have had such great memories, they say it's like coming home to family.
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West Chester, Pa

A beautiful cottage set above the harbor with sunset views

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at Angler's Loft, enjoying the view, the cottage layout and knotty pine walls and ceilings, the setting in low key, lovely Bass Harbor, and the most considerate hosts. We also appreciated the opportunity to drive easily to Acadia and Bar Harbor but to come "home" to our tranquil, peaceful setting. It really is perfect for a couple. It is immaculate and well maintained. We hope to come back some day soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Morgantown, WV

Very nice cottage for two people on the "quiet side" of Mt. Desert Island

  • 4 of 5

This small cottage for two people was a great place to stay on the quiet side of the island. The facility was totally remodeled over the winter and is very pleasant. The owner was wonderfully helpful in offering suggestions of places to go and things to do. We would certainly go back. My ONLY complaint is that the WiFi connection was too weak to use. As WiFi addicts, that is the only thing that keeps me from giving Anglers Loft five stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to report the Wi-Fi has since been upgraded, and has five bars which enables all users excellent wireless connectivity.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Dry Dock, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Ferry
0.01 Miles
Swans Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Causeway Club, Southwest Harbor
Nearest Restaurant
0.03 Miles
Seafood Ketch, on Bass Harbor
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Echo Lake Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
Car: recommended

Acadia National Park is at your doorstep, along with the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, just around the corner. Many outdoor activities including hiking, walking, boating, golf, kayaking, sightseeing trips, museums etc. Close to Bar Harbor (20 miles).


Rates & Availability

Bass Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
July, Aug. 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
September, Oct. 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $30
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Bass Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom has cathedral ceiling, very spacious. Lots of natural light.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large bedroom with King-size bed, ample closet space.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Knotty pine wood throughout. Lots of storage space with two closets. Large bedroom window looks out at trees and lawn. Occasionally deer are seen grazing on the lawn or surrounding gardens.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large Loft with cathedral ceiling and skylight. Lots of natural light from two skylights in the cottage.

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