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A Comfortable and Well Furnished Cottage Away from Home

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Three Season Cottage, 2 BRs, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4) with View of Bass Harbor

We call it our cottage but it's really a second home. It is a weekly rental with arrival and departure on Saturday. Enjoy fabulous sunsets from this idyllic coastal cottage situated in one of Maine's most picturesque harbors. A large screened porch faces west and graces the front of the cottage providing additional space with views of the inner harbor directly out to Blue Hill Bay. Inside you will find a master bedroom with bath and walk-in closet (the bed is queen size with a firm mattress), a living room with harbor views (large TV with cable and DVD player, radio, and wireless internet access), a gourmet eat-in kitchen, a second bedroom with two single beds that can be converted to a king size bed. Let the rental agent know if you would like the king size bed made up prior to your arrival. There is another room with futon that will comfortably sleep one or two youngsters. There are fans but a cottage on the ocean usually receives cool breezes so are rarely needed. There is a well equipped kitchen and gas grill in the shed. If you like eating out, there are several nice places nearby. There is a lobster dealer within walking distance that sells live lobster and fresh crab meat. Pots for boiling lobster and steaming clams are in the basement and a propane boiler is in the outside shed. Precooked takeout of clams and lobster can be purchased on the other side of the harbor - short drive. The cottage is elevated from the road in front and with landscaping it offers privacy. The front lawn is level.

Bass Harbor Lighthouse is an easy mile walk (one-way). Aa short drive (5 minutes)will take you to either the Ship Harbor or the Wonderland trails and a leisurely hike along the ocean shore. Use our hiking guides to find the many other trails in Acadia National Park or maps for bike loops. Bike rentals are available four miles away in Southwest Harbor. Kayak rentals are also available nearby. Guided kayak trips can be arranged in Southwest Harbor. The Island Explorer shuttle stop is a two minute walk and will take you and your bicycle almost anywhere you would like to go on Mt Desert Island. Parking can be an issue in Acadia National Park so the bus can be a good way to travel.


More Details

Property Manager
Charles B. (Chuck)
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2018

About Charles B. (Chuck)

We are an active outdoor retired couple from Western Maine who enjoy the hiking and biking opportunities that the Mount Desert Island area offers. We have a Golden Retriever named Sage who loves to hike. She especially likes the walk to the Lighthouse from the cottage and also the leisurely walks at the Ship Harbor and Wonderland trails

Charles B. (Chuck) purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Charles B. (Chuck) chose Bass Harbor

Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park and Acadia is one of the most visited National Parks in the country. While visitors do flock to the area, Bass Harbor is located on the 'quiet side' of Mt Desert Island. While it's less visited, we are still only 25 minutes from most any location on the island. We are close to Echo Lake which is a fresh water lake with a wonderful beach. The cottage is close to hiking trails and biking loops. The village of Southwest Harbor is 4 miles away and offers shopping and nice places to eat.

What makes this cottage unique

The smell of the salt air is a special early morning treat and the sights and sounds of the lobster boats leaving and returning the harbor is unique. The ferry to Swan's Island (inhabited year round) leaves several times a day from the terminal across the road. We like to use the 'Ferry Window' to watch the ferry dock, load, and depart. Taking our own trip on the ferry to Swan's Island with bikes makes for a nice day, too, but some days we just like to stay home and read. It wouldn't be a visit to Bass Harbor without a few lobsters for supper. Live lobsters can be purchased across the harbor at Thurstons. Kettles are in the basement and the gas cooker is in the shed. Our favorite time of the day is the evening. Watching the sun go down over Bass Harbor with all the boats safely moored for the night is really pretty.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Bass Harbor, Maine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Screened porch for quiet evening enjoyment of Bass Harbor boat activity and beautiful sunsets


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A Comfortable and Well Furnished Cottage Away from Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Richmond, NH

The "Quiet Side" at its best

  • 5 of 5

The house is immaculate with every attribute to make one's stay there memorable. The view of the fishing harbor as the tides change and lobster boats and the Swans Island Ferry quietly come and go is truly special...much to enhance the Down East experience we were after. We absolutely hope we can repeat next year.

Bob and Jan Weekes

  • Submitted: 1-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bass Harbor was just listed by Down East Magazine as the second most picturesque harbor in Maine. The red sky of the sunset over the harbor is a wonderful way to spend the end of the day.
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Columbus Ohio

The Very Best of the Best in Maine!

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage at Bass Harbor was the best of the best! The cottage had absolutely everything we needed or wanted for a comfortable stay. It is welcoming, immaculate, well stocked, obviously well-loved, and best of all, located in the quiet Bass Harbor area with a front porch that offered amazing sunsets and views of the lobster fishing activity. We loved hearing the ferry fog horn, the puttering of the lobster boats and they left and returned each day. We loved hiking and exploring all day to return to quiet evenings watching the sunset shine across the harbor and through the trees, and walking to Seafood Ketch for dinner on the bay. Easy access to Hansen's Outpost for some quick things we needed, and also near enough to the IGA beyond SW Harbor for groceries. The owners and caretakers were helpful and responsive throughout the process. We tried to experience the entire area of Mount Desert while we were there. One of our favorite trips was to Schoodic sitting on the granite watching and listening to amazing waves, much larger than Thunderhole, crash against the coast. We filled our week to the fullest, and have a list of things we were not able to fit in for when we return next year. Can't wait to come back to this Cottage at Bass Harbor.

  • Submitted: 4-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mason ohio

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home. It was clean and spotless and very neat. It had all the amenities you could ask for. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of dishes silverware pots and pans etc. The house was on the quiet side of the island away from the crowds. The ferry service across the street was no problem at all. Fantastic sunsets from the front porch! We would definitely stay here again when we come to Acadia.

  • Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation Home for Family

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in the house and only wish we could stay longer. The house has everything we needed and more. All bed rooms and both bathrooms are clean well maintained. We will definitely book the house again when we visit Mount Desert Island next time.

  • Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Chester, OH, USA

Cottage surpassed expectations!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was well appointed with everything in the kitchen we needed, comfortable beds, and even our 6 year old grandson loved it! We always enjoy Thurston's in nearby Bernard! Short drive to Acadia. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding cottage and location !

  • 5 of 5

This place is great -- great location , great cottage . Would return in a heartbeat .

  • Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
CH Rich
Nearest Point of Interest
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Wonderland Trailhead
Nearest Point of Interest
Convenience Store A
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Echo Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
Ferry to Swan's Island

Nice evening walk to Bass Harbor Headlight


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Bass Harbor, Maine

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 28 2018
7 night minimum stay
Sep 29 2018 - Nov 3 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$644.25

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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