Cabin on Mount Desert Island, Maine - Next Door to Acadia!

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Last updated: 01/27/2011

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Property description


The 24’ by 36’ cedar log cabin was built in 1989 by three generations of the Grant family. Living quarters consist of a living and dining area with a fully equipped kitchen; a modern bath with hot water, shower/tub, water-saving toilet, sink, and towel closet; 3 bedrooms known by their respective birds on each door:
1) the Baltimore Oriole room has two single beds, a chair, bookshelves, and closet
2) the Cedar Waxwing room has a double Sleep Comfort bed, desk, chair, bureau, closet
3) the Hermit Thrush room has two single beds, a chair, small bureau, closet.

Surrounding the cabin are 5 acres of wooded trails, salt-water frontage on a tidal cove, 4 kayaks, 2 rowboats, paddles and life vests available for use. Also on the property is a main lodge which serves as the setting for guests staying at The Alcyon Center, a small teaching and retreat center. The lodge and the cabin are separated by a wooded ravine and stream which can be crossed via steps and a bridge. A boathouse serves as a bunkhouse in the summer: 4 beds but no bathroom or running water. The boathouse does have electricity and a phone line. At the bottom of the driveway next to the salt-water cove are a 16’ screened gazebo and a composting toilet in a cedar hut.

We are less than a mile from one entrance to land in Acadia National Park. You will find that the Park owns property in many different areas of Mount Desert Island. When you are in the cabin at Seal Cove, you are not more than 25 minutes from any part of the park on this Island.

Cell phone reception in Seal Cove is very limited. The land phone at the cabin is: 207.244.0274. There is no TV, microwave, dishwasher, or computer in the cabin. If you need access to the internet, the main lodge has a wireless network on the premises.

There is no smoking in any facility here or on the property.

Pets are allowed provided you clean up after your pet outside and inside the facilities. Pets are required to be on a leash in Acadia National Park.

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Property Type

  • Cabin

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • CD Player

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Wood Stove


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator


  • Gazebo


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May - $900/wk + $63 tax + $500 Security Deposit
June - $1,200/wk + $84 tax + $500 Security Deposit
July - $1,500/wk + $105 tax + $500 Security Deposit
August - $1,500/wk + $105 tax + $500 Security Deposit
September - $1,200/wk + $84 tax + $500 Security Deposit
October - $900/wk + $63 tax + $500 Security Deposit
Other - Negotiable

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Manager info

Year Purchased: 2000

About: Mount Desert Island has been home to 5 generations of my family before me. In fact Acadia National Park now owns my great-grandfather’s 1825 home and its surrounding land. I help the educational mission of the Park to interpret the home and its 4 generations of my family who lived in it every spring for local area 4th graders and every July and August for summer visitors to Acadia. I was born in Bar Harbor on this island, educated in public schools in Bangor, received Bachelors and Masters degrees from schools in Massachusetts, lived and worked for nearly 30 years in New Hampshire, and have recently returned to Maine and Mount Desert Island to live year round on this unique property in Seal Cove. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ I have come back to Maine, not to retire, but to help establish and run a small spiritual retreat center out of my newly constructed home. I live with Rev. Kathryn Booth, who serves as co-director with me of our retreat ministry called The Alcyon Center. When not maintaining the property, leading retreats, or doing spiritual guidance, I like to draw with pen and ink, hike the island trails, go birding, kayak, read, and play with my new granddaughter.

Why Seal Cove:
We bought the property in 1986 to serve as a base for family vacations and eventually to serve as a place for a retirement home or a ministry of spiritual hospitality. Having completed a year-round house in 2008 on the property, our family vacation cabin no longer serves as my main residence. Family members continue to schedule time in the cabin during the summer months for vacation. When family and retreat guests are not using the cabin, we want to offer it as a rental to others as a source of income to us and because it is such a great opportunity for families in particular to enjoy this island experience.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Guests stay in our 24’ by 36’ cedar log cabin which was built in 1989 by three generations of the Grant family. The cabin is bordered on two sides by perennial and annual gardens. Cedar double chairs sit on the lawn in front of the cabin. Grant family members continue to use the cabin as a family vacation home during part of the summer. Reading, games, and sports are traditions long enjoyed by our family and the cabin reflects those interests with shelves of books, board games, and sport equipment. With no TV, cell phone coverage, or wireless internet connection, vacationing in our log cabin feels like a trip back in time to when we entertained ourselves with creative imagination - outside in the woods and fields and shore, or inside with games and crafts and conversation. One family who comes each summer to the cabin decided to spend the majority of their week, not sightseeing in the park, but swimming, boating, crab fishing in the cove, and constructing hideouts out of natural materials along the trails on the property. Even when it rains, the cove, streams and woods are treasure-troves for exploring. No matter what the weather, the cabin offers you a safe, friendly, warm and dry haven with cool nights for sleeping that will energize and enhance your vacation experience.

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VRBO #263953

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, October 19, 2015

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