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A Most Perfect Acadia Getaway!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Comfortable and convenient Acadia rental home with sweeping views of Southwest

Head of the Harbor Overlook is a renovated cottage overlooking Southwest Harbor, Sutton Island, the Cranberry Islands, and Greening Island. This ideal spot is within walking distance of superb restaurants, specialty shops, a full service marina, galleries, and sea glass hunting. Coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, and children's playground are just a few things that are within a five minute walk. In just minutes you can drive to Echo Lake, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, and many other popular Acadia National Park destinations. Don't want to drive? Load up on the free MDI shuttle that stops directly across the street! During the summer stop by the farmers market or take a sunset sail on one of the many boats offering them. There are also many opportunities to take a ferry to one of the surrounding islands for hiking or biking.

This cottage has been appointed with very comfortable accommodations in order to make you feel instantly at home. The open kitchen and dining area feature stainless steel appliances, local granite countertops, and a large farmhouse sink in order to make meal preparations quick and easy. A lobster pot, and supplies are included (Fresh off the boat lobsters are available at the marina across the street) for those brave enough to cook their own! Local antiques are scattered throughout the house to remind us of simpler times. This area is also open to the living room which features fantastic views of Southwest Harbor! The downstairs bedroom has a set of bunk beds, single on top and double on the bottom. This room is very bright with many windows, roomy closet, gaming system, TV, DVD, and best of all a great view of the harbor! The full sized bathroom is located downstairs and includes a full-sized washer and dryer so that you can keep those bathing suits and beach towels ready at a moments notice! All TV's have cable and DVD players, and WIFI.

The master bedroom is located upstairs with it's plush king-sized bed, loads of room, flat-screen TV with DVD, video library, and did I say? Fantastic View! The last bedroom features an antique double spindle bed with lots of coastal charm, TV with DVD, and ample closet space.

A crib, receptical plugs, baby toys, child gate, and a high chair are provided for those needing one, also a bathing seat and hand rail are available for those needing a bit of assisstance with accessibility.

Southwest Harbor is a quaint, pleasant coastal community that is only 15 minutes from Bar Harbor, a popular tourist destination. The closest airports are: Trenton(12miles) and Bangor International Airport which is only 55 miles away. Those interested in bringing along their boat, slips may be available upon request.


More Details

Christie Dysart
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2018

Why Christie Dysart chose Southwest Harbor

We just love this area of MDI! There's hiking, biking, boating, exploring just minutes away. Southwest Harbor is just a little bit quieter than BarHarbor and the kids can walk or bike anywhere. There's restaurants and a great ice cream shop just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

What makes this house unique

This house has fantastic views of Southwest Harbor from almost every room in the house. There's a great marina directly across the street where you can view amazing boats, and a fun restaurant that is across the street that has outdoor seating right on the shore.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for allowing us to stay in this delightful cottage. It had everything we needed + Great! views! It was a perfect spot to launch our Acadia explorations.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Southwest Harbor, Maine

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , full-size washer & dryer and accessibility tools available
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Light and airy room with TV/DVD/cable.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Large spacious room with great Harbor views. Flat-screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Twin/Double combo bunk. X-box 360, Flat-screen tv/DVD,books
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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A Most Perfect Acadia Getaway!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 23 reviews

We loved it

  • 5 of 5

My husband and my little dog and I loved this place. The house is so nice and cozy that you feel that you are in home. Beautiful views from every where of the house. Christie the owners is so nice. We will thinking to come next year again. I hope so. The two weeks that we stayed we enyoin so much. Any way I recomen this house. You are going to love it. Thank you very much

Maripaz Mark and my little dog Lester

  • Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything We Expected and So Much More

  • 5 of 5

Our family has spent many summers camping at the Nat'l Park's Seawall Campground. Now our needs have changed, but our desire for a laid-back vacation on Mt Desert Island has not. Staying at the "Head of the Harbor" provided the perfect option for us, and I would very confidently recommend this home.

The location is excellent for short walks - just across the street to watch the activity in the harbor, or just a very few minutes stroll to the Little Notch Bakery for fresh bread and baked goods, as well as gift shops and a fine grocery.

The kitchen is very well equipped and organized. The rooms are all super clean.The over all feeling is of a nicely decorated home that has been well loved and cared for. We were very comfortable, as was our dog.

Each day we set out for hikes and easily retured in time for a relaxing break,and hot shower. We especially enjoyed hikes around SW Harbor - Flying Mt and Long Pond. We could easily return for lunch - Seafood Pizza from The Quietside Cafe, not to be missed atleast once, twice is better - and set out for more activities until dinnertime. The Seawall Hikes are so close that there seemed no reason not to enjoy them everyday. Evenings were perfect, we could cook dinner and clean up in no time. Twice we purchased fresh scallops from the back of a fisherman's truck (look for him on Sunday and Thursday, just a short walk toward Bass Harbor). Then all 3 of us could relax on the comfy couch, streaming BBC series which we rarely slow down long enough to enjoy. A good nights sleep-in the master bedroom or even the bunk bed- and we awoke ready to take off for a trip to Bar Harbor, arriving before the crowds Our only regret was not booking for two weeks, we will know better next time.

  • Submitted: 2-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy 3Br with all the comforts of home.

  • 5 of 5

Christie has gone beyond the call of duty to both decorate and outfit this cute vacation home. First rate towels, Kureg cups for the coffee maker, soap for the laundry, all the kitchen utensils,...., the list could go on. If you haven't been to SWH it's a real treat. Close all that MDI has to offer, yet with peace and quiet. If you've been there, you know. Choosing this place to stay will just make it all the better.

  • Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved the house and our time in Acadia!

  • 5 of 5

The house had a great view and everything we needed for our stay. Being able to walk to shops and restaurants in SW Harbor was a huge plus. We had great hikes, sea kayaking, art galleries, and theater shows all within 10 minutes. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spot for exploring the island.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with a spectacular view and easy walk to the center of town. Accessible to so many wonderful spots on the island. Kitchen is wonderfully equipped! Host is very responsive. A great place!

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental, thoroughly enjoyed it

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Head of Harbor house right at the beginning of peak season in Acadia. We have two young children, and felt like the house was perfect for us. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of things that were included in the house: all basic necessities plus all kinds of other things that would have been a pain to bring (child high-chair, some toys for kids, movies and DVD players and a gaming system, etc.). In general, it felt like Christie went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. There was also a nice view of the water from the large window in the main room.

In terms of location, we did end up driving to the other side of the island most days, but we did spend a few days entirely on the west side (Acadia Mountain was such a great hike we did it twice). We felt we got great bang for our buck by staying in SW Harbor.

In short, if you're staying in Southwest Harbor, this is an excellent choice.

  • Submitted: 3-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dry Dock
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Sand beach, Acadia Nat. Park
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
The Upper Deck
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Echo Lake
Car: not necessary

Marina slips are available to boat owners.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Southwest Harbor, Maine

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 19 2018 - Jun 29 2018
7 night minimum stay
summer season
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
fall season
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 20 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$128.85 + Tax

Owner'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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