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Waterfront Cottage, Newly Renovated 100 Year Old Home

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Unsurpassed views of Southwest Harbor and the mountains of Acadia National Park.

This 100 year old cottage has been lovingly renovated by the family that owns it in order to retain the character and charm of the original summer home while adding all the modern conveniences, including heat, to make it extremely comfortable. The cottage sits on the shore of Southwest Harbor in Manset with approximately 1.5 acres of lawn, woods and stream and 150 feet of waterfront. The property juts out just enough to offer views of the water on three sides of the house - to the East, North and West. Enjoy the setting from the Adirondeck chairs on the lawn, from the rocking chairs on the wrap around porch or from the comfort of the screened porch.

Bring your boat and use our deep water mooring and outhaul. From Southwest Harbor, there are endless possibilities for exploration by boat.

The front door leads into an elegant foyer with William Morris style wallpaper. Turning to the right leads you to the stairs to the second floor and the more formal living room, we call the harbor room. The harbor room runs east west parallel to the harbor with seven windows looking out to the harbor and mountains beyond. It is decorated in a sophisticated, yet comfortable manner and features a wood burning fireplace, games, a library of many books and different reading nooks. There is a door outside leading to the wrap around porch.

From the front door, turning to the left leads you to the dining room and kitchen, both beautiful and classic. The dining table can seat 12 people. The kitchen is fully stocked with new appliances and everything you need in the kitchen. The island counter seats 4.

Beyond the kitchen, though triple doors, is the screened porch with a dining table for 8 and lovely comfortable seating area. Beyond the dining room, is the back door and back foyer, elegant downstairs bathroom, washer dryer, mudroom, dog door.

Between the kitchen and harbor room, and accessible from both sides, is the family room. The family room has a second wood burning fireplace, wallpaper with hunting dogs in green and a flat screened television, cable, apple tv, and blu-ray player.

Between the dining room and family room is the original pantry, now with bar sink and coffee maker and lots of charm.

The second floor consists of five bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Bedroom 1, with wallpaper with blue flowers, has a king sized bed and incredible views of the water and mountains. Bedroom 2, with pink floral wallpaper, has a classic three-quarter bed (48' wide) and a twin sized trundle. It also has incredible views of the water and mountains. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed, toys, charm and water & mountain views. Bedroom 4, with yellow wallpaper with birds, has a queen sized bed and bit of water view. Bedroom 5, with red nautical wallpaper, has 2 twin beds, plus an additional twin trundle that pops up and can be put together with one of the twins to create a king sized bed. It too has a little view of the water and beyond.

This cottage is a terrific jumping off point for exploring Downeast Maine, but you could also be very happy never leaving the property.

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Melissa Pearsall Hirsch
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2017

Why Melissa Pearsall Hirsch chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

One of the MOST beautiful places we have ever seen. We fell in love with it at once. And hope you will too.


Southwest Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fully renovated classic bathroom with claw foot tub! 2nd Fl.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Brand new spacious bathroom with 2 sinks. 2nd fl.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Washing machine & dryer also. 1st fl.
  • All bathrooms newly renovated.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Windows overlooking harbor and views of the mountains.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Three-quarter bed & single trundle. Harbor & mountain view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 2. Views of harbor and mountains.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , View of harbor and woods.
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single , Two twins may be made up as a king. View of harbor & woods.
  • Each bedroom has its own closet. All bedrooms on the second floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Cottage, Newly Renovated 100 Year Old Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Classic Maine Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to this part of Maine for years and this is the best house yet! The owners have renovated it to perfection. The kitchen is nice and large and because we are all "cooks" we really appreciated it. For the first several weeks we ate on the porch just off of the kitchen and then moved in, once the evenings became a little chilly. The living area is very inviting as well, with plenty of room for reading, playing games, and doing a puzzle. Upstairs there are 5 very nice and cozy bedrooms , 2 of which have direct views of the harbor. All are decorated in a very classic Maine manner with beautiful wall paper.

The owner was always available if I needed her as well as the caretaker.

Although we did not have young children on this vacation, it would be a fun house for kids as well!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views on Southwest Harbor from the porch of a cosy family cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 2 weeks holiday in the house with every moment great views and smells on and from the harbor. The house it selfs feels like at home. It's cosy, quite and tasteful for a family. We hope to be back next year! We can recommend it to everyone who likes to be in what we call the flafour of a old nautical episode in time. Good grocery, wine and cheese in the village and kitchen to prepare what ever you want to.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quintessential Maine

  • 5 of 5

This is a remarkable property. The owners have taken great care to give the house modern updates while maintaining every ounce of charm. It is exactly what you would imagine a charming summer cottage in Maine could be; though with consistent hot water, new appliances and everything working! Its a truly beautiful home. My children were able to play in the tidepools every single day. The location is perfect for the the quietside of the island. We walked to restaurants, rented boats, and watched the stars. The kitchen was lovely for cooking. There are so many amazing details to this home. The house was set up in a very thoughtful way. There was a lot of attention paid to what you might need when you are out of town, it was very generously set up. I would return to this house annually!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chestertown, MD

Perfect MDI Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a classic Maine "cottage" that the owners have lovingly, tastefully, and sensitively restored. They kept the cottage's sense of history while updating the kitchen and baths in great style and refreshing the bedrooms with charm. The house offers plenty of spaces that are perfect for puzzles, reading, sharing a movie, or watching the workboats and sailboats come in and out of Southwest Harbor. We were there a bit early ---first week of June, and it was cool and rainy --- but we still enjoyed the views from the porch and from the Adirondack chairs on the front lawn. The owner was a pleasure while we coordinated our trip. We were two parents with three recent college graduates and everyone loved the house and its amenities. We get back to Mount Desert Island most summers, and hope the scheduling allows us to enjoy this Southwest Harbor gem again. For our family, this really is the perfect Maine vacation house!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The house has enormous charm and the location overlooking the water and the hills of Acadia is perfect. There's loads of space but the house still feels intimate and cozy. Trying to think of some kind of constructive criticism but can't think of anything, we absolutely loved it and hope to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Best view on MDI

  • 5 of 5

All the other glowing reviews are accurate...and then some! The minute you walk in the door you feel welcomed by the beautiful ambiance and we savored every bit of it. The screened porch was our favorite spot and of course the decks were another. We hope to return frequently.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
13.77 Miles
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB)
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Southwest Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 2017
May 6 2017 - May 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
May 28 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 2017
Jul 30 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

AVOID CREDIT CARD FEES - If payment is made using a credit card, the fee imposed by the credit card company (currently 2.9%, but subject to change) will be deducted from your security deposit. We recommend that you pay using e-check so that you avoid the credit card fees.

Maine State Lodging Tax is 9%.

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