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Charming, Comfortable 'Quietside Retreat'

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Last updated: 08/14/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-6 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bass Harbor house description

Get away to our comfortable home in Bass Harbor with everything you need for a comfortable retreat near Acadia National Park. Our home features a living area with down-stuffed chairs and comfy sofa. The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils for cooking and dining in and has a dishwasher, microwave, propane range, full-sized refrigerator and dining table for up to six. There is a den, complete with board games, puzzles, popular fiction and information on the many activities awaiting you on MDI. Rounding out the first floor are 2 bedrooms, both with queen sized, pillow-topped beds, large-capacity laundry, one full bath and one half bath. Upstairs is a sky-lit loft with DVD-equipped monitor and bunk beds - a great place for the kids to hang out! Enjoy 'creative' badminton and croquet in the yard!

Our house is on a private road, shared with only 5 other houses, 1/4 mile from food shopping and stop for the L. L. Bean Island Hopper bus for car- free access to Acadia, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor.

Relax, enjoy Maine - life as it should be!

House amenities: The house was built for year-round living and is completely furnished with modern and vintage furniture, sheets, towels, pillows and blankets. The kitchen is fully equipped with all dishes, glassware, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. There is a stereo, with CD player and MP3 connection, as well as a weather band radio to check on the forecast when planning your next day's activities. Enjoy 'movie night' on the LCD monitor with built-in DVD player in the loft! Also provided are a charcoal grill, picnic table and chairs, lawn chairs, badminton and croquet sets, though the yard games are more for the adventurous and creative than those interested in serious play, as the yard slopes a bit. There are 4 bikes - men's 27' hybrid, 2 boys' bikes and a women's 3-speed. Bring your helmets for an quick trip into Bass Harbor, scenic rides on the Hio Trail to Seawall and Wonderland or loading on the Island hopper bus for exploring the carriage trails of Acadia National Park.

Location: The house is located on a 2 acre site, though less than a mile from Bass Harbor, with seafood restaurant overlooking the harbor, Rich's lobster pound, the Bass Harbor head light and Swan's Island Ferry. It is also just 3 miles from the charming village of Southwest Harbor with restaurants, gourmet and super markets, specialty wine shop, ice cream parlor, kayak rental, community center and ferry to the Cranberry Islands. Also in SWH is The Claremont Hotel, grand dame of The Quiet Side and the perfect setting for end of day libation at the dock house over looking Somes Sound.

Kids activities: For the youngsters, at the house there are boxed games - Monopoly, Boggle and, our favorite, Jenga! We often try to squeeze in a round of badminton and, for the truly hearty, there is a croquet set. Okay - both of these are more for the creative than the serious as the yard slopes and is a bit lumpy, but it fits our level of play! Nearby there is a playground at the the Tremont School, 1/2 mile down Flat Iron Road. On the way to Southwest Harbor is the easy hike to Wonderland, with rocks for clambering over and tidal pools to explore. In Southwest Harbor, there are weekly children's activities at the library, complete with dedicated reading room. Across the street from the library is another school playground with jungle gyms and basketball court. There is also an oceanarium at the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard station with educational programs.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Renters verify that they are at least 25 YO....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Children Welcome
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

                pillow-top mattress...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                pillow-top mattress...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                bunk beds...moreless

              • Bedrooms with queen size mattresses are on the first floor of the house, the bunk beds are in the loft above the living room. All beds have reading lights. Headroom on top bunk is limited....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • Bathroom 2


              • Both bathrooms are on the first floor of the house.

              Other Amenities

                  • Local caretaker available for emergencies.


                  • DVD Player
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Games
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library


                  • Family
                  • Away From It All


                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Forests
                  • Restaurants
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Live Theater

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sledding
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Sight Seeing

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Babysitter
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Near The Ocean

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Swimming

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people


                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Mosquito Magnet
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Heating:

                        Hot-water perimeter baseboard heat...moreless

                      • Linens Provided

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Toaster
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave
                          • Grill
                          • Lobster Pot
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator:

                            full-sized refrigerator with freezer...moreless

                          • Stove:


                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            full assortment of pots and pans, as well as food processor and implements for picking lobster!...moreless


                          • Beach Towels
                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Bicycles:

                            men's 27' hybrid, 2 boys mountain bikes, women's 3 speed cruiser...moreless



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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Jun 28 - Sep 19, 2014
                          6 night min stay
                          $175 $195
                          Fri, Sat, Sun
                          $1,125 $4,260

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Sep 21 - Nov 1, 2014
                          4 night min stay
                          $120 $150
                          Fri, Sat, Sun
                          $750 $2,600

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay
                          $70 $80
                          Fri, Sat
                          $450 $1,750

                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                          • Tax Rate 8%


                          The house is about 15 years old and was built for year round living. Beautiful hardwood floors were installed in 2013 in all living spaces on the first floor, with all bedrooms having wall-to-wall carpet. Caretaker is local and on-call for emergencies. Smoking is not permitted in the house or on the porches at any time.

                          Cancellation policy:

                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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                          Last updated: 08/14/2014
                          Check availability
                          23 Available
                          21 Unavailable
                          22 Today
                          23 Selected dates


                          20 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Bar Harbor
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Bass Harbor
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Bass Harbor

                          Car: Necessary

                          Bass Harbor is a working fishing village on the 'Quiet Side' of Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park. This park, the largest on America's East Coast, features over 100 miles of hiking trails and carriage roads for walking, biking and horseback riding, leading to vistas of remarkable beauty. MDI also features several beautiful, clear lakes for swimming and sailing, as well as many coves and bays for kayaking.

                          The island has many delightful restaurants, we well as wonderful seafood, fresh baked goods and organic produce from Beech Hill Farms, operated by College of the Atlantic.

                          Other Activities: kayaking, whale watching, badminton, croquet.


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2002

                          About the owner: I am an architect and live with my wife in Philadelphia. We bought this house to enjoy time away form the city when our sons where young. After many years of hiking, biking, swimming and badminton in the Summer, we are offering it for rent as we are not able to be there as much as we used to and want to be!

                          Why the Owner Chose Bass Harbor:
                          The house is truly a place to 'get away' (just not too far away!). By choice we do not have a land line phone or TV cable, though did relent and buy a monitor with DVD player for family movie night. Even through the tough 'teen years', we all have fond memories of evenings playing Boggle, Pictionary, Guesstures and, yes, Simpson's Jeopary!

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          The house was built as a full-time residence for year-round living. If anything, it is even better in Winter than Summer!

                          Contact us

                          Speaks: english



                          • Exterior of the house from the lawn

                            Exterior of the house from the lawn

                          • Living room

                            Living room

                          • Hall to bedrooms, laundry and den

                            Hall to bedrooms, laundry and den

                          • Bedroom #2

                            Bedroom #2

                          • Loft with operable skylights and DVD player / monitor

                            Loft with operable skylights and DVD player / monitor

                          • Swimming at Echo Lake

                            Swimming at Echo Lake

                          • The perfect spot to sit at the end of the day!

                            The perfect spot to sit at the end of the day!

                          • Front of house and lawn beyond

                            Front of house and lawn beyond

                          • Dining table and kitchen

                            Dining table and kitchen

                          • Bedroom #1

                            Bedroom #1

                          • Den


                          • Kayaking on Seal Cove

                            Kayaking on Seal Cove

                          • View over Somes Sounds from Acadia Mountain

                            View over Somes Sounds from Acadia Mountain

                          $70 - $195 per night (USD)

                          3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

                          View calendar: Updated 08/14/14
                          Minimum stay: 2-6 nights
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