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Napier Cottage is one of the oldest homes in SW Harbor, ME, and features the charm of high ceilings, hardwood floors and sun-drenched rooms with views of the harbor. It has been lovingly maintained, restored and enhanced over the years, and is furnished with oriental carpets and antiques, linens, a well-stocked gourmet kitchen, Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV, and many books, games and puzzles. The cottage is situated on nearly an acre of land with lovely gardens, patio, wrap-around decks and a screened, lighted gazebo. Part of the lawn is fenced in and is a perfect play area for small children. It is an easy walk to the upper and lower town docks, 2 lobster pounds, a ferry, and the market, restaurants and stores in downtown SW Harbor. It is also within 1/2 block of the free bus which will take riders anywhere on Mount Desert Island or in Acadia National Park. Concierge services are provided by the owner at no charge to renters, and catered meals are available for a fee.
Inside the Napier Cottage: Located on Clark Point Road, with views of the harbor, The Napier Cottage is one of the oldest homes in Southwest Harbor. The original part of the house was built in 1826 by Captain Clark for his daughter, and features the charm of high ceilings, hardwood floors, and sun-drenched rooms. It has been lovingly maintained, restored and enhanced over the years. The Cottage is situated on nearly an acre of land with lovely gardens and landscaping, and even an area of lawn perfect for croquet. Part of the lawn is fenced in and is an ideal and safe play area for small children.
The Cottage is furnished with antiques, comfortable and welcoming couches and chairs, and oriental rugs, and has lots of books, puzzles and games for all ages. There are several sets of linens and towels for each bedroom, color-coded for each room, and down comforters for those chilly nights.
Computers are made welcome with a DSL connection, and a satellite dish provides TV and music reception.
Outside the Napier Cottage: Outside you will find a brick patio, with gas grill and 6-person table with chairs and umbrella. There is an area of the lawn suitable for croquet--a croquet set is provided. And the screened, lighted gazebo is a wonderful place for early morning coffee while watching the sun rising over the harbor, or for a glass of wine in the evening as the sunset highlights the boats, and the moon reflects in the water.
The Napier Cottage has a circular drive with plenty of parking, and it is an easy walk to the Upper and Lower town docks, 2 lobster pounds, and the market, restaurants and stores in downtown SW Harbor. It is also within 1/2 block of two stops of the Island Explorer, the free bus which will take you anywhere around the island. The Explorer will drop you off throughout the park and island for your first exploration and pick you up to take you to your next adventure. Some of the buses also have bike racks. Bikes, canoes and kayaks can be rented in SW Harbor.
The Quietside Concierge: The services of the Quietside Concierge are an extra benefit provided to guests of The Napier Cottage. The QC will stock the refrigerator and pantry prior to guests' arrival, using guests' lists and funds, make reservations for dinner, theater or a boat ride, run errands, pick up flowers or groceries, answer ' what to do, where to do it, how to do it'' questions, bake cookies, and can prepare meals with advance notice. Special events, picnic lunches, lobster dinners, or even a wine and cheese party may be scheduled ahead and planned with QC. There is a charge for the ingredients, preparation and service for catered meals and events, and for gas for off-island errands and trips. Otherwise, the QC services are free to Napier Cottage guests, and are provided by the owner who resides elsewhere on the premises.
Woodlands Bedroom: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed
Twin top bunk, double bottom bunk, + trundle & Pack and Play...moreless
Master bedroom has private bath with walk-in shower. An additional full bath with tub/shower serves other 3 bedrooms. Several sets of color-coded linens and towels are provided for each bedroom, as are portable fans and down comforters. Good storage and closet space is available in each bedroom, and the master bedroom, Sage and Poppy bedrooms all have water views.
The house can accommodate 6 adults and 2 children for sleeping.
There is a stair lift from the main floor to the second floor for those who might need it....moreless
The walk-in, 5' x 3' shower in the master bedroom is fine for anyone with mobility issues....moreless
The screened, lighted gazebo, with its views of the harbor and boats, is a wonderful place for early morning coffee, a glass of wine in the afternoon while the sunset highlights the harbor boats, or a quiet time to watch the moon on the water. It also makes a great artist studio or a place for puzzles on a rainy day.
The stair lift to the second floor, and walk-in shower in the master bedroom make the Cottage accessible for those with mobility concerns. There are no steps from the dining room onto the deck or into the gazebo.
Many of the services of The Quiteside Concierge are free to guests, and include stocking of groceries and refrigerator prior to arrival, using guest's lists and funds; making reservations for restaurants, boat rides, and theater, running errands, ordering flowers, or coordinating special events. Errands which require trips off the island would cost only the price of gas for the trip. Catered meals, or cooking and freezing food ahead, would have a charge....moreless
Audio Tape Player
Many books, soft and hardcover, for both adults and children...moreless
August-early September Jul 25 - Sep 5, 2015 7 night min stay
September Sep 6 - Sep 26, 2015 7 night min stay
Leaf-peeping Sep 27 - Oct 18, 2015 7 night min stay
Thanksgiving week Nov 21 - Nov 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas -New Years weeks Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016 7 night min stay
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$300
For weekly or bi-weekly rentals, 1/2 of total cost to be paid at the time of returned signed lease. Remainder due 1 month before arrival/occupancy.
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Napier Cottage has salt-water views of SW Harbor, is close to Acadia National Park, and is within an easy walk to town, lobster pounds, ferry and sailing opportunities, whale watching, hiking, biking, fishing, bird-watching, public gardens, car-less carriage roads for hiking, biking or horse-drawn carriage rides, and fresh water lakes and an ocean beach for swimming. There are museums, libraries, live theater, cinema, art galleries, shops, and restaurants nearby. The Cottage is 1/2 block from 2 stops by the Island Explorer bus, a free bus service that will take visitors anywhere on Mount Desert Island or in Acadia National Park. Some of the buses have bike racks. Bikes and kayaks can be rented in SW Harbor. Seasonal festivals are held in SW Harbor, and around the island, as are bike races, running races, and sailing events.
Other Activities: Whale watching, windjammer sailing, galleries, museums, bald eagles, sea birds
Golf: The Causeway Club is a club with golf, swiming and tennis, located in SW Harbor, about 6 blocks from Napier Cottage. It is open to the public, and also has golf events throughout the summer.
Year Purchased: 1979
About: I am an eternal optimist, enthusiatic about life and its adventures, am a creative problem-solver, a gardener, a seamstress, a reader, a traveler, an appreciator of beautiful things both living and hand-crafted, enjoy music, art, theater, and occasionally make stained glass pieces. I am single with grown children, and I have many years experience as an RN, a psychologist and a psychotherapist, as well as having a variety of other employment experiences and adventures. I find sources of joy every day, and am open to life's next adventure or next lesson.
Why Southwest Harbor: It is a lovely, well-kept and cherished home which lends itself especially to gatherings of families and/or friends. A warm and welcoming home which is beautiful in any season, and especially suited for summer vacations or Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday visits. While the Cottage can sleep 6 adults, 2 children and an infant, it accomodates many more for visiting, dining and outdoor activities. For overflow sleeping, there is a fine bed and breakfast directly across the street.
The Unique Benefits at this House: I fell in love with the Cottage on my first visit--drawn by its Victorian charm, high ceilings, hard-wood floors, large windows overlooking the harbor, lovely lawn, constant sun with E, S, and W-facing windows, brick patio, and quiet location, yet close to town.