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Beautiful home on historic, tree-lined street; walk to town, harbor, docks

Bedrooms 3
Space 222 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; Craftsman-style cottage; exposed wood beams, fireplace

Harbor Hill Cottage is a beautiful, year-round home in the still-active fishing village of Southwest Harbor, on the “quiet side” of MDI. Our house was built in the 1930s and has been lovingly maintained and restored. Its distinctive Craftsman-style architecture (elegant, sloping roof; cedar shingles; exposed wood beams; stone hearth) sets it apart from the houses surrounding it. Colorful gardens bloom around the house from late spring through early autumn. A deck, linking our kitchen and backyard, affords shifting views: In June, lupines grow thick and wild in the fields surrounding our property. In cooler months, glimpses of harbor appear beyond the slope of those fields. In the true dark of the MDI night sky, you might see the Milky Way – or a meteor shower – without ever leaving the Cottage.

Near neighbors on our lovely street include a church founded in 1792 and the oldest burial ground on MDI (open to the public and historically interesting). Walk a quarter mile from the house to downtown Southwest Harbor, where you’ll find excellent restaurants and cafés, both casual and formal; a food market selling fresh, local goods; a wine and cheese shop; galleries and gift shops featuring local artists and artisans; an excellent public library (which will loan to visitors); a full service bicycle shop; a hardware store; a pharmacy; and a post office. Pass through downtown and walk a little farther to find a pond that teems with frogs in summer, and with local skaters in winter (whole families around here know how to play ice hockey, and they’ll let you join, if you’re able). Set out on foot from the house in another direction to reach the scenic Causeway -- an old, stone footbridge from which you can watch dramatic shifts in tide, or see fog curl in from the sea; or in yet another direction, to watch fisherman and lobstermen haul their catches onto an active dock, and to eat at the adjacent lobster pound. Also within short walks from the house are a full-service gym, offering affordable one-day and weekly passes; a health care clinic; and the free Island Explorer Bus.

From our home, you can explore much of MDI without a car. Many bikers will find roads on this side of MDI too narrow and bumpy for comfort, but it’s possible to load bikes (your own, or bikes you’ve rented from the shop in town) onto the Island Explorer Bus. With or without a bike, you can use the Bus to reach many points of interest on MDI – in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park -- including: the renowned Acadia Carriage Trails (for walking, biking, or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage); various hiking trailheads; Jordan Pond House (known for its popovers and tea, with exquisite park views); Sand Beach (splendid views, icy ocean surf); Echo Lake (for a swim in a family-friendly setting, with changing rooms, toilets, lifeguards); the park’s Loop Road (exquisite views, right from the comfortably upholstered seat of the free bus!). That said, some places on MDI are more easily reached by car than by bus; MDI is thoroughly laced with hiking trails, and the bus doesn’t reach them all.

On the first floor of our house, you’ll find:

• LIVING ROOM with cathedral ceiling, exposed wood beams, a fully-functioning stone fireplace, and an assortment of books we’ve loved over the years (including plenty for children and adolescents, and several on Acadia and Southwest Harbor; if you like, you can read up on the local church and burial ground, and on families whose names you’ll still encounter, all over MDI . . .).

• SITTING ROOM, also with exposed wood beams and with a newly installed 43” cable TV and Xbox system (for gaming and movies).

• DINING ROOM that seats six.

• KITCHEN with all the appliances and supplies you’ll need to cook at home.

• MASTER BEDROOM with queen-size bed and ample closet

• BATHROOM with combined shower and tub

And, up a short flight of steps:

• BEDROOM with two twin beds and walk-in closet.

• BEDROOM with double bed and closet;

• BATHROOM with shower.

Up another, short flight of steps:

• ATTIC ROOM, which we have yet to put to any particular use, though its window affords the best view of the fields behind the house (and, in cooler months, the harbor). A venturesome child might take some books up here to read . . ..

Outside, through the kitchen door:

• DECK with brand-new grill and ample outdoor seating (table and chairs, benches).

Down a short flight of steps from the dining room:

• BASEMENT with washer, dryer, and clothesline.

We love this home and its setting, and we hope you will, too! Please contact us if you’d like to inquire about rental.

Keywords: Classic shingled home, gardens, large yard, historic neighborhood in old fishing village

More Details

Jennifer Stuart
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Southwest Harbor, Maine

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 222 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Master bedroom on first floor, with queen-size bed and ample closet. Two bedrooms on second floor: one with two single beds and walk-in closet; one with a double bed and closet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming


Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Bangor International
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sips Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Ferry for excursion to local Cranberry Island
Nearest Golf
1.4 Miles
Causeway Club
Nearest Train
280 Miles
Train to Boston; then, bus to Portland or Bangor
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Several, both casual and formal, in town
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Echo Lake Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2018
May 29 2018 - Jun 22 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$622.65

Rates drop by $150 per week for every consecutive week rented. E.g., rent for two consecutive weeks in July would be ($2,200 X 2) - $150 = $4,250.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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