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Upstairs level of two story home (Downstairs is a separate rental) in Bass Hbr.

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

One bedroom, one bath. Sleeps 2. On the water in Upstairs level of home.

Little Island House is a two story home in Bass Harbor, on the water.

One enters the Upstairs level by the outside stairway to the deck and sliding glass door. Step into the living/dining area, with a floor-to-ceiling granite fireplace and cathedral ceiling with skylight.The kitchen (newly renovated in 2015) is well supplied with a great view of its own. A study area at the foot of the stairs to the bedroom extends your living space. The third-floor bedroom, also with skylight, has a queen-size bed.The bathroom/shower are around the corner from the kitchen. The deck extends around the side and front of the house. The apartment sleeps two.

The apartment has central heat for the off season, excellent ventilation in summer, and all the firewood one would like. Also included are cable TV, phone, wi-fi, all linens (bed, bath, and kitchen), and well-equipped kitchen. Immaculately clean, lovely decor. Outdoors: deck furniture and grill.. No smoking, no pets.

The price quoted at the calendar includes both Maine's 9% lodging tax and a refundable $50 cleaning deposit.

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Glad to be on 'the quiet side': Views are beautiful. Bass Harbor has been photographed for the cover of a National Geographic book about New England and has been the site of several movies. The lobster fishing boats are always interesting, and if you love wildlife, eagles soar over the harbor daily. We counted twelve herons in the low tide one September day and watched loons, ducks, terns, and gulls work the harbor.

Although we're only thirty minutes from Bar Harbor, we are essentially very different. Bass Harbor is a small fishing village and working harbor on the southern end of Mount Desert Island. We're called 'The quiet side of the Island.' There's plenty to do here: The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Wonderland and Ship Harbor (part of Acadia National Park) are only a mile or two away. At Little Island Marine, the small boatyard which shares the peninsula with the house, the Island Cruise makes nature trips and lunch cruises daily, and Richard Stanley Custom Boats always has interesting wooden boat projects going on. Restaurants are within easy walking


See reviews on Tripadvisor.

Top things to do in Bass Harbor

* Visit Acadia National Park

* Take an 'Island Cruise'

* Eat at long-time local restaurants

* Rent a boat for the day at Is.Cruises

* Buy lobster/crabmeat fresh

Top things to do on a budget

* Visit Acadia National Park

* Walk through our lovely village

* Enjoy watching eagles, etc.

* Cook out on the deck, at water's edge

* Watch Maine's 3rd largest lobster fleet at work

Top things to do with a family

* Explore the National Park

* Spend the day at the beach

* Have a cookout

* Enjoy 'Island Cruises', 2-hr. boat ride

More Details

Charlene Strauss
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Charlene Strauss

Born and raised in Texas, I met (and later married) Kim Strauss, my husband, at the University of Texas in El Paso in 1969. He could hardly wait to show me Gotts Island, Maine, where he'd spent every summer of his life. I fell in love with the island. We traveled some, but spent as much time as we could on the Island, where our first child, Lorraine, was born. Kentucky, where we had our son, Eli, was home for seven years, then in Texas, we had our son Bob. Shortly after that, we headed back to Maine and ended up buying a house in Bass Harbor.

And here we've stayed, living in the Little Island House in the off-season and moving out to Gotts Island during Maine's beautiful good weather, May to October, when we rent the Little Island House.

Charlene Strauss purchased this house in 1985


Bass Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Upstairs bathroom is around the corner from the kitchen, facing the garden side of the house.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Upstairs apt. has a queen size bed. It is located on the third floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
The walkway from the parking area to the house is about 30 feet, and can be approached either over lawn or on the crushed granite walkway.


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Upstairs level of two story home (Downstairs is a separate rental) in Bass Hbr.
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Best perch in Bass Harbor!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home--spotless and comfortable. Views from every window (harbor, mountains, eagles, lobster boats, sunsets....what more could you want?). This home truly rates 5+ stars: immaculate; wonderfully stocked kitchen; expansive deck; relaxing fireplace. It was a dream to stay here and we hope to come back again and again. The hosts have outdone themselves in sharing this gem! Thank you, Charlene and Kim, for a wonderful week in your home.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's a pleasure to have guests like you. So nice to meet you. Do come again!
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Iowa City, IA USA

Quiet side gem

  • 5 of 5

The views, the attention to detail, the coziness, the peacefulness, the hospitality were all first class. A perfectly comfortable accommodation for two people. The kitchen had all the basics you would need if you want to cook. This house is as close, or as far away from everything you hope for. Never once during the week did we say, "we need this or that". If the weather is good, there is plenty to do close by, and if the weather is not cooperating, then you stay in, have a fire in the wonderful fireplace, and watch the boats in the harbor. You can't lose either way.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Maine experience

  • 5 of 5

A perfect location full of comfort and warmth if you wish to experience the true essence of Maine. Sitting right on the working harbor of Bass Harbor, where lobstering is a way of life and the people are kind, you won't be disappointed. Charlene's gardens were beautiful surrounding the house, the fireplace is a fantastic focal point of the upstairs space, (we loved our evenings in front of the fires) and the house was perfectly stocked with all you need. Highly recommend the Little Island boat cruise. VERY informative of the area and the lobster industry.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vienna, Virginia

Picturesque Sunsets in a Warm Home

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a wonderful week in July. We arrived at sunset and were greeted with a colorful sunset as the backdrop to the boats in the active harbor.

The home is tastefully decorated with all the amenities of home. The fully equipped kitchen includes a variety of spices, oils and vinegars not to mention all sorts of cookware and dishes. We cooked in each night.

The furniture is beautiful and the fireplace has ample wood available.

This home was the perfect getaway spot for us to explore Acadia and the surrounding area. It is close enough to the more active harbors, with the quiet of Bass Harbor.

Thank you, Charlene, for a lovely spot to vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property on the water

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect, from the minute we arrived, Charlene is a great host and catered for us when we had questions. Would highly recommend this place

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Corpus Christi, Texas

Best View on Mt. Desert Island

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in this lovely rental property. As there were only two of us, we only used the upstairs unit. The little house was beyond our expectations. The view was incredible. 180 degree view of a working lobster harbor. The deck had a perfect view of the sunsets, which were spectacular. The kitchen had everything you could possily want to cook up the local fish, farm veggies and cheese of the local area. The location was on the quiet side of the island, but that was fine with us. Bar Harbor is a short drive to the other side. The unit was very clean and well appointed. The fireplace was wonderful when the temperatures dipped at night. There is a lobster pound right across the harbor in Bernard. You can buy live lobster there and bring it home, or have dinner. A new restaurant called the Lobster Katch is within walking distance. There is a gas station nearby, small grocery just up the road, and a colorful local bar called Nemos very close by. The owners were very friendly and accomodating and also managed the tour boat from the dock. The tour was fantastic. I highly recommend it. Matter of fact, I would recommend this rental to just about anyone. There were only two minor things that were inconvenient. There was no washer or dryer, but doing our laundry in Southwest Harbor just up the road wasn't bad at all. The other was the size of the upstairs bed. It was a double and we are used to a king size, so we were pretty cozy.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bed actually is Queen sized.
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Car: necessary

Bass Harbor is near the southern tip of Mt. Desert Is., 1/2 mi. from the Bass Hbr. Head Lighthouse. It is a laid back little fishing village. We watched the filming of scenes from two Steven King movies from here at the house, so you can imagine it has the real flavor of 'Down East.' And it is largely unchanged over many years. Filming 'Cider House Rules' right across the harbor provided great entertainment from the deck.

There are two lobster pounds and a town dock in the harbor where the fishermen sell their catch. Bass Harbor is home to Maine's third largest fishing fleet, which means 'lobster fleet,' and their coming and going is a study in an old Maine tradition. The well-maintained fleet is not only the pride of the harbor, but also bread and butter to the fishing families, many of whom have fished for generations out of this harbor. Near the Little Island House is a wharf from which four generations of the same family have fished. The traps stacked on the wharves all around the harbor are part of the charm of this traditional village.

Just beyond the Swan's Island Ferry Terminal is Morris Yacht, with its salty old building on the waterfront and its flock of swans in the water: the elegant and very fancy big sailboats on their moorings.

In the heart of the harbor is Little Island House, which shares its small peninsula with a boatyard. Until 2011, the short road to the peninsula went underwater when we had very high tides. Those days are behind us, as Kim Strauss, owner of the boatyard, had a road and breakwater put in. A 350' boardwalk connects Little Island to the dock where Island Cruises, a very popular nature cruise (Yankee Magazine voted it The Best Nature Cruise in New England) departs twice daily, weather permitting. It meanders through the islands of Blue Hill Bay (part of which you see from your deck). The 11:00 Lunch Cruise, after an hour of its nature cruise through the islands, docks at the tiny village of Frenchboro on Outer Long Island where you have lunch on the water at the Dockside Deli. The eagles, seals, and seabirds along the way are endlessly fascinating. The afternoon 2 hr. Nature Cruise also shows you the islands and wildlife of the bay. On both cruises, Captain Eli hauls lobster traps and provides an informed, interesting talk.

Little Island Marine is also home to Richard Stanley Custom Boats, a wooden boat building and maintenance business carried on by Richard and Lorraine Stanley. Richard learned to build wooden boats by spending every minute he could in his father's boat shop from the time he could walk. To walk through their building and look at the perfectly maintained wooden boats that they care for is an education in yet another enduring Maine tradition. Beetle Cats, Friendship sloops, skiffs...if you like wooden boats, you'll find it a real pleasure to walk by and see what's going on.

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is about a half mile away. It's on just about every calendar you buy that has anything to do with Maine. And no wonder. The granite cliffs, rising out of the white spray of the shore, with the well-maintained, sturdy red and white lighthouse get everybody's cameras clicking.

Continue a mile or so on the road after the lighthouse turnoff and you come to two of Acadia National Park's hiking trails. First is Ship Harbor, with its beautiful deep dark woods. It's about a 45 minute walk with roots and rocks, moss and shoreline. Wonderland is the next Park trail you come to. It's an easier walk, about 30 minutes, and relatively flat, winding through old craggy spruce on a narrow trail, then opening onto large, flat granite slabs. Both trails end up at the seashore, where you look out to Gotts Island, Black Island, Placentia, and Swans Island nearby, and farther out to the Great and Little Duck Islands. Sit on the granite boulders and take in the sun and salt air. Listen to the waves on the shore.

This is a beautiful part of Maine.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee, refundable $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

No smoking, no pets

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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