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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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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.


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

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

  • 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

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Full cable service...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large screen TV in living room...moreless

  • Toys:

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

  • VCR


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • 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

  • Mountain:

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

  • Mountain View:

    View of mountains in national park adjacent...moreless

  • Rural
  • Village:

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

  • Water View:

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

  • Waterfront:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Arrival Day

  • Sunday


  • 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


  • Air Conditioning:

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

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

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

  • Fireplace:

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

  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

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

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

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

  • Living Room:

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

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking in driveway...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

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

  • Washing Machine:

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

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

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


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

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

  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

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

  • Freezer:

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

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

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

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    large microwave in entry...moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    Available by rental in Southwest Harbor...moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat:

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

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available by rental in Southwest Harbor...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

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

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck


Write a review 4.5
from 2 traveler reviews
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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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bar Harbor Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Swans Island Ferry
19 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rte 1 & 3 at Causeway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Southwest harbor restaurants
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Long Pond & Echo Lake

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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  • 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

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