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Mt.Desert Island, Blue Hill Bay View, Water Access, Perennial & Herb Gardens

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View of house, wraparound deck and one of the gardens


Last updated: 05/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bar Harbor farmhouse description

Large, roomy, comfortable, sunny and fully furnished renovated traditional family farmhouse. Living room with large wraparound deck overlooks Blue Hill Bay. Kitchen, living room (picture window) & bedroom all have views across Bay to Swan's Island. Footpath from house to rocky (tidal) beach at Duck Cove. Perennial gardens surround house, large deck with flower planters & herbs, large lawn with hammocks, hill to rocky beach. House completely set up for summer rentals. Piano, lots of books in living room shelves, large screen TV, herbs on deck, 2 hammocks, children's full size frame play house on trail to cove, rocky beach

3 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, downstairs bathroom, and laundry facilities. Living room lined with barn-board bookshelves, TV & DVD, children's games. Heated by Monitor oil heat supplemented with wood fireplace stove. Dining room with spinet piano, table seating accommodates 8. Dining room sideboards and cupboards, study, built-in desks. Highspeed internet, wireless, cable. Pet friendly. Sleeps 5

Acreage abuts Acadia National Park, local and island hiking, sailing, excellent restaurants, swimming in ponds within 15 minute drive. Served by Islander bus, on regular schedule.

One of West Tremont's 'historical houses': The house was an 1840's traditional Maine farmhouse, known locally to the older generation as the old Tolman place. The house was expanded and rebuilt in several stages in the mid-nineteenth century (it is now featured as one of West Tremont’s “historical houses”) with entry, barns, connecting rooms. The dining room and kitchen are late nineteenth century additions and the study was the original outside entrance, now fully enclosed and rebuilt as a downstairs study. The side facing the water was opens with picture window, large decks and gardens added. Culinary herbs for cooking on deck for tenant use. It has traditional farmhouse 'feel' but completely renovated and modernized for comfort and convenience.

The house is oriented to the deck and water, with a footpath down to the rocky beach at the head of Duck Cove, and a children's full-size play-out on the footpath. Full perennial gardens around the house, and wild (plowed) fields extending to the water.

Water-view is a conservancy with Maine Coast Heritage Trust. House and acreage protected by MCHT in traditional settings

Weekly rent is $1500, less 10% if 2 weeks or longer.

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Children Welcome:

                Suitable for children. Maximum occupancy of 6 allows for 2 couples and 2 children -- or maximum of 5 if adults...moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                We charge a $25 cleaning fee for pets. Require flea & tick collars or other safeguards. Tie-outs available for outdoor pets....moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom: 1 queen

                Chest of drawers & closet...moreless

              • Bedroom: 1 queen

                2 chests of drawers & closet...moreless

              • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

                small chest of drawers...moreless

              • 2 rooms each with Queen-size beds -- one overlooks water and garden. 1 room with 2 single beds -- overlooks field and water -- most suitable as a children's room. Two Queen- bedrooms have ample storage including closets, bureaus, side tables and lamps.. Suitable for 6 (if 2 children), or 5 adults....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Two linen closets...moreless

              • Bathroom: toilet, tub


              • Upstairs bathroom has toilet, sink, and combination tub/shower, two closets filled with towels (all sizes) and washcloths, and with bedding (blankets, comforters, extra pillows). Downstairs bathroom has toilet, sink, and claw-footed tub....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • House is fully furnished & ready for use. Large comfortable over-stuffed rockers & chairs, with window-seat along picture window in living room. Living room lined with barn boards & bookshelves with many books and children's games. Wood stove with tiled surround in living room fireplace. Doors from living room and from side entry both lead to large deck with flower boxes and cooking herbs for guest use. Picnic table, side seating, grill and lounge chairs on deck. Hammocks on lawn below deck. Wood-frame children's play house Perennial flower gardens & lawn surround house, field and footpath extend down to Duck Cove, with rocky beach, swimming at mid-to-high tides. Ponds for swimming nearby. 3 bedrooms: 2 with Queen-size beds, and 1 with two single twin size beds. Bathrooms with showers & tub, upstairs & downstairs. Washer & dryer on first floor. Spinet piano. L-shaped & wall-hugging desks. Excellent reading lights throughout & full library with maps for general are...moreless


                  • Books:

                    Extensive library of books of all sorts on shelves around the living room...moreless

                  • Toys:

                    chass, checkers, pickup sticks, various games in living room corner cubboard...moreless

                  • Television:

                    Large screen TV in living room...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Full cable service...moreless

                  • Books For Adults
                  • Books For Kids
                  • Games
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Piano
                  • Stereo
                  • VCR
                  • Radio
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player


                  • Family
                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Festivals
                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Cinemas
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Arboretum
                  • Live Theater
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Restaurants
                  • Churches
                  • Forests
                  • Pond

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Photography
                  • Antiquing
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Bird Watching

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Massage Therapist

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain:

                    The western side of Mt. Desert island abuts our land. Beech Mt. 10 minute drive from the house...moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    The house is located on a hill overlooking Blue Hill bay, & the hillside (our land) goes directly to a rocky beach on Dock Cove...moreless

                  • Downtown:

                    The town of Swouthwest Harbor is 5 minutes away, Bar Harbor is a 35 minute drive, Ellsworth (Main shopping area) 45 minute drive...moreless

                  • Village:

                    Bass Harbor and Bernard are the nearest villages, less than a 5 minute drive from the farmhouse...moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    View from large living room picture window, short trail on our property to Duck cove on Blue Hill Bay, with rocky beach...moreless

                  • Water View:

                    Water view across Blue Hill Bay over to Swan's Island...moreless

                  • Rural
                  • Mountain View:

                    View of mountains in national park adjacent...moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Sailing
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Skiing

                  Arrival Day

                      • Sunday

                      catering options

                          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                          • Dining:

                            Mahogany dining room table serves 8, with wings to expand for more than 8. Breakfront & cabonet with table-cloths, napkins, linens for dining use...moreless

                          • Dining Room
                          • Seating for 8 people


                          • Washing Machine:

                            Washer & dryer in back room on first floor...moreless

                          • Clothes Dryer:

                            Washer & dryer in back room on first floor...moreless

                          • Linens Provided:

                            All linens provided -- bedding, bath towels, table-clothes and napkins, kitchen towels...moreless

                          • Parking:

                            Parking in driveway...moreless

                          • Towels Provided:

                            Towels of all sizes, in multiple sets...moreless

                          • Wood Stove:

                            Wood stove in living room with large double-door glass front...moreless

                          • Fireplace:

                            Wood stove in living room has fire visible through double-door glass front. Wood available on premises....moreless

                          • Air Conditioning:

                            No need for air conditioning. Ceiling fans throughout house provide cool through-ventilation...moreless

                          • Heating:

                            Wood stove and Monitor gas stove more than enough for summer use...moreless

                          • Living Room:

                            Large living room overlooks large deck, flower planters, lawn, with view directly onto Blue Hill Bay...moreless

                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Ceiling Fans
                          • Firewood
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Local Maps
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Garage
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Tiled Stove
                          • Telephone
                          • Internet
                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Alarm Clock


                          • Kitchen:

                            Full kitchen, with stove, refrigerator, dish & food storage areas, cabinets fully stocked, counter work areas....moreless

                          • Stove:

                            4-unit gas stove with oven...moreless

                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            fully stocked cabinets with multiple sets of dishes al sizes, eating & serving utensils, lobster pots & utensils, glassware, wine glasses...moreless

                          • Coffee Maker:

                            Automatic electric coffee maker (serves 8)...moreless

                          • Toaster:

                            Toaster in dining room...moreless

                          • Cooking Utensils:

                            Fully equipped kitchen has all cooking utensils for family meal preparation...moreless

                          • Pantry Items:

                            Pantry shelves in kitchen-cabinets for food storage...moreless

                          • Refrigerator:

                            Full size refrigerator...moreless

                          • Freezer:

                            Freezer below refrigerator with automatic ice-maker...moreless

                          • Oven:

                            oven below stove burners...moreless

                          • Microwave:

                            large microwave in entry...moreless

                          • Blender
                          • Lobster Pot
                          • Stove
                          • Grill
                          • 4 Ring Stove


                          • Beach Chairs
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Binoculars
                          • Wood Deck
                          • Walkway To Water
                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Barbecue
                          • Lawn / Garden:

                            Perennial flower gardens surround the house, with large mowed lawns extending beyond the gardens, and mowed path to rocky beach....moreless

                          • Deck / Patio:

                            large deck with ample seating (rattan chairs, garden chairs) and tables overlooks the water view. Herbs & flowers in planters. Second small deck at entry facing east for sunny breakfast ...moreless

                          • Bicycles:

                            Available by rental in Southwest Harbor...moreless

                          • Boat:

                            Available by rental in Bass Harbor or Southwest Habor...moreless

                          • Kayak / Canoe:

                            Available by rental in Southwest Harbor...moreless



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                          Summer 2013 rate is $1500 per week.  10% reduction 2 weeks.  7% Maine tax. Cleaning charge for pets.Summer 2013 rats is $1500 per week.  10% reduction 2 weeks or more
                          7 % Maine sales tax for rentals.  Cleaning charge $25/week for pets.Summer 2013 rate is $1500 per week.  10% reduction 2 weeks or more
                          7% Maine sales tax for rentals.  Cleaning charge $25 for pets.

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                          Last updated: 05/25/2014
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                          20 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Bar Harbor Airport
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Swans Island Ferry
                          19 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          Rte 1 & 3 at Causeway
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Long Pond & Echo Lake
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          5 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Southwest harbor restaurants

                          Car: Necessary

                          Spectacular sight-seeing with sailing, kayaking, hiking, climbing, biking & lake/pond/beach swimming locally available in Acadia National Park (Mt. Desert Island) & surrounding waters. Ferries available to outer islands for day-trips. Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor closest harbors for sailing (rentals and charters available), fishing & whale-watching in Blue Hill Bay & Frenchman's Bay. Excellent restaurants, family-style as well as gourmet, near house in Southwest Hbr and elsewhere on Mt. Desert Island. Weekly classical and other concerts in Northeast Harbor, in Bar Harbor, and at Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill, 40 minutes away).

                          Other Activities: Easy hiking as well as steep climbing trails in Acadia National Park. Sailing & kayaking close by. Boat rentals (kayak, canoe, sail, motor) in Somes Sound, Blue Hill & Frenchman's Bays. Swimming in cove on property or nearby lakes, ponds, or beach across Island. National Park guided tours as well as self-guided trails.


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1965

                          About the owner: I fell in love with this farmhouse in 1965, when it was an abandoned chicken farm & have lovingly restored it over almost 5 decades. I am a college professor in Amherst, MA, and return to Mt. Desert every summer. We used to sail but now I mainly attend to the perennial gardens that surround the house.

                          Why the Owner Chose Bar Harbor:
                          The house itself is homey, large, tastfully renovated in farmhouse style and comfortable. Everything for your convenience, even a piano & a child's play house on the property. We've rebuilt the house over the years for our own comfort and that of our guests. It has local history going back into the early 19th century. Gorgeous view out across the water of Blue Hill Bay, short trail down to Duck Cove (rocky beach on our property), large hillside, beautiful pereniial gardens, and the hiking or touring pleasures of Mt Desert Island a bike or car ride away in minutes. Wonderful local restaurants. Terrific place for a family vacation and getaway.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
                          The view, the ease of access to hiking and biking and boating, local nature tours, bird-watching, naps in the hammocks, lots of books in shelves lining the living room, terrifically comfortable house.

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                          Speaks: english



                          • View of  house, wraparound deck and one of the gardens

                            View of house, wraparound deck and one of the gardens

                          • View from  living-room onto deck and garden

                            View from living-room onto deck and garden

                          • Deck and water view (Blue Hill Bay at Duck Cove)

                            Deck and water view (Blue Hill Bay at Duck Cove)

                          • Side entrance from driveway

                            Side entrance from driveway

                          • Living room (windows onto front lawn)

                            Living room (windows onto front lawn)

                          • View into kitchen through dining room doorway

                            View into kitchen through dining room doorway

                          • View from garden out over Blue Hill Bay

                            View from garden out over Blue Hill Bay

                          • One of the three upstairs bedrooms (queen bed)

                            One of the three upstairs bedrooms (queen bed)

                          • Deck, barn and garden

                            Deck, barn and garden

                          • Living room (windows onto garden and water view)

                            Living room (windows onto garden and water view)

                          • Dining room (windows onto driveway)

                            Dining room (windows onto driveway)

                          • Partial view of kitchen

                            Partial view of kitchen


                          3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

                          View calendar: Updated 05/25/14
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                          +413 253 3479
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                          Speaks: english
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