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Idyllic Oceanfront Family Compound

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Mount Desert Estate Rental Photos and Description

Two houses, all together 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths (Sleeps 14)

Bring your family and friends to experience the wonders of nature from this idyllic shorefront compound with 2 cottages, (total bedrooms: five bedrooms + loft) where five generations of kin have gathered to enjoy Mt. Desert Island from its lovely western bay. With Squid Cove on one side and Goose Marsh Pond on the other, this secluded 42-acre retreat with two separate cabins is sure to provide for a summer vacation not soon forgotten. From Camp Ouloncuit, watch the osprey fish, the bald eagles soar, and the seals soak up the sun. At low tide, discover the starfish, mussels and sea urchins. And for the more adventurous, run the tidal rapids in your canoe or kayak, or journey further to the bay at the end of Squid Cove. Whether exploring nature, relaxing in a hammock, or just comfortably sitting on the front porch taking in the view, Camp Ouloncuit provides many ways to unwind and recharge.

Original cabin: Camp Ouloncuit’s original rustic cottage, built in 1924, features an open living and dining area with a large stone hearth and fireplace. Many of the comfortable daybeds and built-in sofa benches were crafted from local timber by the original owner. The modernized kitchen with built-in table for up to six and adjacent pantry retain rustic charm, yet still offer a full set of appliances, including microwave and dishwasher. Master bedroom with king bed and stone hearth and fireplace enjoy the sounds of nearby rapids as well as a private full bathroom with double vanity and combined tub and shower. Two attached bunk rooms with two separate bathrooms and shared shower/tub room can accommodate up to seven people with one queen-sized bed and 5 twin-sized lower bunks. These bunk rooms are accessed through a covered porch walkway from the main cabin.

New cabin: built in 2000, Camp Ouloncuit’s newer cottage has been featured in Yankee Magazine. The new cabin retains the spirit of the original cabin, built with local pine and spruce building materials, but adds modern comforts like radiant floor heating. The open living and dining area offers a farmhouse-style dining table for 8 to 10, a large stone hearth and fireplace, and additional daybeds and sofa benches. The galley-style kitchen combines the rustic charm of country shelving with the modern appeal of granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom with king bed enjoys a large private bathroom with double vanity and walk-in shower. Bedroom with rolling twin beds can be combined to make another king bed. Loft bedroom with two single beds is accessed via an open staircase from the living area. Shared full bathroom with combined tub and shower.

Porch/deck: both the original and new cabins offer two separate decks with furnishings so that one can enjoy a view of either Goose Marsh Pond or Squid Cove -- take your pick! In addition to the large rolling Weber grill, the front deck at the new cabin offers a built-in fireplace for barbecuing.

Appliances: each cabin offers standard kitchen appliances including gas stove, microwave and dishwasher, as well as clothes washer and dryer. TV with DVD player.

Extras: private dock.

We rent both houses together during the high season; new house only (max. 6 people), Labor Day-mid-November. Please inquire for single house rates.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Lynn Nyhart
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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September 8, 2016


based on 4 traveler reviews

Idyllic Oceanfront Family Compound
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Ann Arbor

Quiet, beautiful waterside compound

  • 4 of 5

We just got back from a wonderful week in Mt Desert! We had 14 in our family from ages 3-78.

The good:

*The view! Spectacular during high tide! Definitely recommend kayaking in Squid Cove out to Squid Island) We saw 2 seals:) Water is so calm. We were so amazed how much the water came in and out (and how quickly!) between high/low tide.

*The location - quiet area of the island and close to Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is a zoo!

*Crabs, hermit crabs, little crayfish near the shore:) Hoping to see more sea creatures. Saw one starfish!

*Kitchen was well stocked (appreciated some spices in the pantry - we left a few ourselves)

*Beds were comfortable

*Comfortable living area in new house

*Board games and lawn games (croquet & bocci - the kids had a blast playing both on the lawn area next to the new house)

Not so good:

* In the old cottage, had issues with opening/closing the door in the kitchen

*Locking doors was a bit confusing - we didn't end up locking up any of the doors - I know some of my family was not comfortable with that.

*There should be some directions on using the fireplaces in the old cottage. We had smoke coming in the cabin because we didn't realize to tie up the chain for the flue. Even when we tied the chain up, we still had some smoke coming in the rooms (there's a fireplace in the master bedroom, family room and the bedroom with the queen + 2 bunk beds). Bummer! The bedrooms smelled smokey for several days:(

*Mosquitos!!! Bring your mosquito spray + anti-itch medicine! We probably each got at least 15 bites! More noticeable during low tide.

*Furniture for new house was not put outside but was quickly fixed with a phone call. I think we were the first ones using the houses for the season so things were not quite prepared.

*Bathrooms/bedrooms in the old cottage were not as tidy as the new house. Cobwebs, bugs in shower, dust in the master bedroom. I realize we are in the wilderness here but we expect it to be super clean. I'm guessing the houses were not cleaned just before we got there.

*Had some issues with animal noises in the middle of the night. Raccoons under the baseboards in the master bedroom - terrible sound! Google it! In the master bedroom in the new house, we had mice making scratching sounds but luckily it only lasted 2 nights but still! We even had a sound machine and we woke up to the scratching sounds:(

Overall, we had a memorable vacation!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Camp Ouloncuit and found it comfortable, peaceful, and beautiful overall. Thanks, too, for your specific feedback on improvements. We always clean right before a new tenant arrives, and have reminded our cleaning crew of areas for additional attention, especially since the dust is still settling (literally) from the recent installation of a new floor in the master bedroom. We will add instructions for fire-use and back door. In the original house, the kitchen door has been addressed. We hope you will remember most the view of the cove and the seals, games and relaxation at Camp! Thanks again for your review.
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Wonderful vacation retreat for our gang of 14. Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

14 in our gang....extended family teens - thru 96 yr olds. Houses/cabins at Camp O are very well prepared. Easy to eat en masse. Very happy to have been on the quiet side of the island - Bar Harbor is a bit hectic and touristy... Didn't miss being offline for week - should do it more often!

Very much enjoyed kayaking, hiking, biking daily....and clamming on our private beach. We did eat out a few times, but in the end preferred to shop and eat lobsters that we cooked at Camp O at our leisure....

Great vacation - will do it again in the future.... Have already recommended it to some friends.

Owners very helpful prior to our visit - many useful recommendations. The description of the place is quite accurate.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Princeton, MA

tranquil in ME

  • 5 of 5

Our family and friends found this compound to be a real treasure. Peace and quiet abound with ample space to move around. The main cabin is delightfully updated. Everything was vey clean, and looked as it did in the pictures. The beds were extremely comfortable....good thing after a long days hike! We would be happy to recommend this to others. Thanks for sharing your piece of the world with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terre Haute, Indiana

Wonderful Maine Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful week on the compound in both homes with grandparents, married children, grandchildren and dear friends from Denmark. We devoted time to relaxing, fishing, hiking, digging clams and mussels..getting to know one another again. Plenty of space to be together for meals and gatherings and also to be by ourselves to just soak in the peace and quiet. We enjoyed nature, eagles, seals...and yet Bar Harbor or Southwest Harbor was a 20-30 minute drive with plenty of shopping and entertainment. Acadia just minutes away. Whale watching, lighthouses, and "blueberries", ......just the best. Our granddaughter became a Junior Ranger. One of our sons is a chef and delighted in the lobster dishes he was able to create. The homes were very well maintained, lacked nothing, inclunding games and a box of tennis shoes to wear in the bay. Being at Camp O made us all feel creative. We felt priveleged to be able to share the home for a time. Would highly recommend to family or friends. Besides all of the photos that we took, we bought some framed prints in the local art gallery to bring home and have hung them over our bed. We look at them daily and will remember our trip...forever. .Thank you for sharing!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Mount Desert Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
fall-new house only
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
early summer
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
high season
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017-new house only
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 9.0%

Fall rentals are for new house only (max. 6 people). 7-day rentals for new house only may be possible in summer; please inquire about rates.

Payment by check only, in two installments: 50% due with lease and 50% due 30 days before start of rental. Rates are subject to change until rental is confirmed via lease.

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Mount Desert Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Full 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , loft
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , king bed convertile to 2 twins.
  • crib available.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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