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'A Prima Vista' - The Winner of ABC TV's Sweet Retreats - "Best of Bar Harbor"

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Bar Harbor Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms plus a sleeping loft with King bed, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 1- 6

Relax in this exquisite home for a wonderful time in Acadia. This 3 story late Victorian home is attractive cedar with colorful gingerbread dormers. A classic foyer and staircase leads up to a well-appointed, completely renovated 2 story abode. With so many homes in Bar Harbor now converted to B&Bs, here is your chance to step back in time and enjoy a 19th century residence as it once was when the town's doctor, Royal G. Higgins lived here with his family. Just down the street is the astonishing Bar Harbor Club on Frenchman's Bay, built by J.P. Morgan in 1930 and still open to visitors.

The main floor boasts a modern kitchen bathed in light from cathedral ceilings, skylights and stained glass. Hand hewn hemlock ceiling beams compliment the rustic Maine planking covered with Andy Warhol edition rugs. Stroll from the kitchen to a large elevated deck with pergola, lighting and an open view. The living room, bedroom and reading room have wainscot, crown moulding and detailing. Amenities include large screen 3D LED Internet TV, surround sound, Apple TV and Blu-ray DVD. All built discreetly into the abode.

The main bath is modern, tiled, and offers a walk-in shower. The upper floor offers a master bedroom suite with reading nook, living room, a 2nd bath with shower and a King Bed loft bed accessible via library ladder. All 3 bedrooms are in opposite locations for a visit of quiet solitude.

Outside the house is a delight surrounded by elegant gardens on all sides to enjoy. All in all, this is a cozy, unique and classy getaway. Not your standard vacation rental ! Then again, Acadia is not your standard vacation selected in 2014 by "Good Morning America" as America's favorite vacation spot. Escape to "A Prima Vista". The reviews say it all. !!!

During your stay you can stay connected with high-speed internet with wireless and eithernet connections and work away from home in the convenient office. Unlimited US phone service is standard. Skype right from the tv to family and friends using (no need for a computer). Pack light with a washer and dryer for your use. Relax in the yard or nap on the rocking chairs on the porch. Use the grill to barbecue and enjoy the outdoors.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sean Gallagher
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, russian
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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based on 25 traveler reviews

'A Prima Vista' - The Winner of ABC TV's Sweet Retreats - "Best of Bar Harbor"
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

We had an outstanding stay.

  • 5 of 5

The home and property was beautiful and conveniently located. We were able to walk to all of our planned itinerary items. One of the best vacations we've had.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Randy, We are so pleased you enjoyed our home (A Prima Vista) in Bar Harbor. It truly is a hidden gem - close to the town activities but nestled on a quiet side street. A vacation is a special time and we love getting reviews like yours where our home is part of that experience. Warm regards. Sean & April
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Rocky Pine OH, USA

Excellent Bar Harbor vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just returned from a wonderful and memorable vacation in Bar Harbor at this beautiful home. The house is well appointed with many special touches by the owner to make one feel right at home. I am also an owner of a rental property and very particular about accommodations to meet my high standard, and I was very pleased that my expectations were even exceeded. The owner was very gracious and accommodating to meet all of our needs. The home is beautifully decorated, well maintained, and within walking distances to all Bar Harbor has to offer. We truly enjoyed our stay and look forward to coming back! Many thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mark. Since you are a property owner yourself, your review means a lot to us and we are gratified we could clear the bar. We strive to keep the home tasteful while being useful. Having Acadia National Park in our backyard does not hurt either. Cheers and thanks for taking the time to write about your stay at "A Prima Vista". Sean & April
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Beautiful home a few blocks from downtown Bar Harb

  • 5 of 5

My brothers and I with our spouses came to Maine to visit the town of our ancestors. This house was our great grandfather's house which we had never seen. It has a beautiful livingroom, a large modern kitchen with porch right off kitchen, a bedroom upstairs with a sitting room attached that overlooks the kitchen, and a cozy loft with side to side mattress that my mother and aunt used as their special hideout. It is within walking distance of anywhere you want to go in Bar Harbor and the owners were kind enough to give us suggestions of places to eat, things to see and activities available. We ate lobster for breakfast, lunch and dinner and had the best fall vacation ever. Can't thank the owners enough.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in a beautiful vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful vacation staying in 'A Prima Vista'. The house is beautifully maintained and in a perfect location in Bar Harbor. My husband and I honeymooned in Bar Harbor 3 years ago so it was really special to bring our kids here. It was so relaxing to have such a nice home to come back to after a day of hiking in the park. We would definitely come back to stay again!! Very nice owners as well and very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect girlfriend getaway home

  • 5 of 5

Sean couldn't have been more accommodating and tentative. The home served as the perfect spot for me and my guests from California. We had several late night discussions around the kitchen table and enjoyed our morning coffee on the lovely deck. We especially enjoyed the decor and the location. Virtually everything we did allowed us to travel on foot from the home. I would highly recommend renting this property to anyone wanting a special place to lay your head while exploring a special island like Mount Desert Island.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great vacation in A Prima Vista. The location is perfect - a quiet one-way side street off Cottage Street... an easy walk to downtown Bar Harbor. We celebrated our 25th Anniversay at the Bar Harbor Inn restaurant - fantastic food and service. We enjoyed several other restaurants including Galyns, a local favorite. There is on-site parking but the location allows for no vehicle at all. The house is within an easy walk to the grocery store. The owners have clearly taken pride in what appears to be a recent renovation. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen modernized and fully equipped - and the bathrooms clean and new. The back deck is a joy to relax on in the evenings and it was convenient having onsite laundry. We are already dreaming of the next vacation to Bar Harbor, and would most certainly stay again. Sean and April are great to deal with. Thank you both for providing an enjoyable retreat! Cheri and Aldo

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport (BHB)
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sand Beach
Car: not necessary

Centrally located on a quiet street in the heart of Bar Harbor, a short stroll takes you everywhere – the bustling downtown, the waterfront and shore path, Frenchman’s Bay and sand bar, restaurants, pubs and shopping. Walk to the shopping center in minutes.

Rent your bike at the corner and pedal into the park or take a kayak tour or any excursion which are minutes away. In the morning, have your coffee and pastry at the nearby bakeries and internet cafes. Or head to the Village Green where you can listen to a free evening concert or catch a movie at Reel Cinema.

Four masted schooners and whale watching junkets depart nearby, as well as other water based adventures and trips to outlying islands. Or simply dine on the water and watch the hustle and bustle before you stroll a few blocks home.

The town offers free shuttles all over Mount Desert Island with stops at all the major trailheads and attractions of Acadia, America’s 2nd most popular National Park. With 5 major routes, your party can split up, go their separate ways, and still meet up again at an agreed upon location.

At the end of town, trailheads lead into Acadia. Golf and tennis are at the edge of town. In short, no need for a car!


Rates & Availability

Bar Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2016 - 2017
Oct 29 2016 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bar Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Completely modernized and wonderfully tiled and appointed.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double
    King Sleeping Loft - 1 king
  • Master bedroom on upper floor with 4 poster queen brass bed and separate full bathroom. Guest bedroom on main floor with full double bed. Sleeping loft with King size memory foam mattress.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Full Laundry room - washer and dryer.

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