Spacious Winter Harbor 'Cook's Cottage'
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Winter Harbor house description
Breathtaking water views of the mountains of Acadia across the Harbor, views over Lighthouse Island out to the open Ocean, and even views of tranquil Mill Stream. Every single room in this spacious cottage (including the bathrooms and even the attached garage!) has at least one water view; many rooms have two water views, and the views from the breezy screened sun porch are amazing! Located just steps down the street from the Bar Harbor ferry dock and within easy walking distance of the art galleries, antique stores and restaurants of the scenic village of Winter Harbor. Nearby bike and kayak rentals make this the perfect place to explore the Schoodic Loop of Acadia National Park - and the Park entrance is less than a half mile away!
There's a reason we call this 'The Cook's Cottage' - a large and well equipped kitchen is at the center of this 1893 home. First floor master bedroom suite AND second floor master bedroom, plus two additional large bedrooms on the second floor. Two full bathrooms on the second floor, plus a half-bath on the first floor next to the living room. Spacious deck above garage, with access from upstairs MBR.
Keywords: Ocean View, Water View, Cottage, Farmhouse
- 1950 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Washing Machine:
- Covered Parking:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Wood Fireplace
- Linens Provided
- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Mountain View
- Ocean View
- Mountain Biking
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
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Comforts of home and a welcoming community
Comforts of home and a welcoming community
Our family of four adults and one 5-year-old stayed at Cook's Cottage over Labor Day weekend this year and loved the beautifully decorated, home-like space and amenities. The new sitting/sun room and deck offering views of both the sea and the bay are indeed very nice for the enjoyment of morning coffee and afternoon cocktails. The communities of the Schoodic area are welcoming, offering a more genuine 'downeast' experience than busy Bar Harbor, and the Schoodic Peninsula is well worth visiting, if you're at all enamored of the many personalities of the sea. We took the owners' recommendations for day excursions and were not disappointed! We enjoyed the relative privacy of the location yet got our fill of the Acadia area -- a great first trip to Maine. Why four stars? The stairs for access to three of the five bedrooms, which should be obvious by design but are worth noting. One flight is original to the architecture and very steep, and both would be a consideration for families with toddlers or older guests.
- Guest Kristine J.
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/04/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: We thank this extended family for choosing Cook's Cottage for their stay in Winter Harbor. We, too, love the Schoodic Peninsula and all it has to offer for both visitors and year-round residents. As we have noted, Cook's Cottage is a restored and renovated farm house, built in 1893. We think it's original features add to the charm. There are two sets of stairs leading to the three upstairs bedrooms and the one in the front hallway (original to the house) is, indeed, somewhat steep. The other set is carpeted with 6" risers. Younger knees will not have a problem with the front hallway stairs, as we have found with our family. But because the steepness of the stairs concerned us for families with toddlers (ours included), we purchased and make available for our guests, an adjustable and movable baby gate to fit at the top or bottom of the stairs as needed. With the baby gate in place, access to the upstairs bedrooms is in no way impeded as we have the second set of stairs, with a lockable door at the top for any needed toddler protection. For those who do not care for stairs of any kind, we offer a large downstairs master bedroom suite, with a spacious king bedroom (12ft. by 16ft.) including a seating area, a dressing area with space for a child-sized mattress (29" by 60"), plus bedding to fit it, and a downstairs full bath. We have also built a brand new downstairs bedroom, with twins that can be made separately or made together as a king, which is across the hall from a very functional half bath/laundry room. Very few homes in Maine have two downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, and we are pleased to be able to offer this feature to those with concerns about younger children or older knees.
Acadia's best kept secret
Acadia's best kept secret
We stayed at the Cook's Cottage for 3 nights this last summer. It was a family gathering to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. We were 6 adults and 4 children, ranging from 13 to 5 yrs of age. Right from the time of planning, the owners were fantastic about communicating with me. The Cottage itself was well-equipped and spacious - wish we could have brought 2 more guests with us! Everything worked great - appliances, TVs, wi-fi etc. We drove to MDI on the 2 nd day of our trip; was great but felt that the only down side to this Cottage was the 60+ minute ride to the MDI attractions themselves. On the 3 rd day, we decided to venture into the Schoodic section of the park (the entrance to which is less than a 2 min drive from the Cottage); this is the unexplored part of Acadia. The views were just fabulous; went up a hike to the Schoodic Head as a family and the pictures made it to the holiday card this year. Serenity, scenic views and silence are the hallmarks of this section of the park. We could always return to the Cottage in less than 15 minutes from this treasure; the deck was ready to entertain and watch fantastic sunsets. We spotted moose right behind the Cottage in the woods sitting in the deck. Would love to go back and stay here.
- Guest World Traveller (Connecticut, USA)
- Date of stay 07/04/12
- Review Submitted 12/25/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Many thanks to this New England family for choosing Cook's Cottage and the very kind words. They have discovered what many have known, namely the Schoodic part of Acadia National Park is evry bit as beautiful as the part on Mount Desert Island. We couldn't agree more that a 60+ minute drive to Bar Harbor is a pain with Summer traffic. Our guests will find the Bar Harbor ferry dock right across Sargent St and the 40 minute ride to Bar Harbor much more relaxing than dealing with a lengthy drive. LL Bean runs a free shuttle bus service on Mt Desert as well, so if you don't take your bikes on the ferry, you have a way to get around. Come back soon!
Wonderful Winter Harbor Vacation Habitat
Wonderful Winter Harbor Vacation Habitat
After extensive searching, a friend of mine and I, decided to lease Cook's Cottage as our joint families' destination to Maine this summer. Having lived in Maine for several years previously, I knew the beauty of Winter Harbor well (it is directly across from Bar Harbor while still a part of Acadia), yet void of the swarming crowds that over run MDI in the summer. The location was ideal; walking distance to downtown, the quaint shops, local galleries, and historical society, as well as the local bakery which not only offers irresitable treats, but proffers its parking lot on Tuesday mornings for the local farmer's market. By bike, one could ride around Schoodic Penninsula, or go the opposite direction and head out to Grindstone, admiring the golfcourse, the harbor, and the numerous amazing old homes that line the avenue. The fog over the cove in the morning gave a calming, even mysterious feeling as we would breakfast on the enclosed porch and sip coffee watching the fishermen come and go. The home was beautifully decorated, comfortable, and open. Our two families were adequately accomodated, and we were even able to entertain several friends for dinner quite comfortably. Overall, I was very happy with our choice of homes to stay in, and would recommend it without hesitation.
- Guest Debbie (Fort Collins, CO)
- Date of stay 08/04/12
- Review Submitted 09/05/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks so much for this wonderful review of Cook's Cottage and your stay this year. My wife and I have worked hard to make the cottage as comfortable as possible for reunions of friends and family. We use the cottage for our own annual family reunions as well. I think this review captures the essence of all the things we love best about Cook's Cottage, Winter Harbor, Acadia National Park and the rest of the fantastic Schoodic Peninsula!
Outstanding place to stay
Outstanding place to stay
Right from the start, we were very impressed with this home. The owners are friendly and helpful in providing information about the local area. The house was very clean and even nicer than the pictures showed. It is very unusual to have more than one king sized bed and this house has four. Each room was very well decorated with beautiful color combinations. We spent much time in the screened-in porch/sun room and on the deck off the upstairs bedroom. We highly recommend this home!
- Guest Dr. (Wilmington, DE)
- Date of stay 06/16/12
- Review Submitted 06/24/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: A big thank you to Regan and her family for such kind words. Susan has worked her decorating magic and we're grateful that others love Cook's Cottage as much as we do! We hope to see Regan and her family at Cook's Cottage again.
There were six adults and 2 toddlers and we had a blast. It is a lovely home with lots of great ammendeties like the deck over the garage. We saw beautiful sun sets and sun rises from there and the boys ages 3 and 17 months loved playing up there too. Everything was spotless. An easy walk to the ferry to Bar Harbor. It was the most delightful week. We ate lots of lobsters and biked around Acadia..the Schoodic part. One of the best vacations we ever had. We were there just after Hurricane Irene. Our rental was from Mon to Mon due to the Hurricane...worked out great. Bangor airport was just an hour away so our Daughter and Son-in-law from San Francisco flew in easily. Jack and I went on a wonderful Whale Watch. Would rent this again in a heart beat!
- Guest Sharon (Wilmington, NC)
- Date of stay 08/29/11
- Review Submitted 10/10/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Owner response: We are very grateful to this far-flung family for such a wonderful review and glad we could make some last minute adjustments courtesy of Hurricane Irene. We have used Cook's Cottage for family reunions ourselves and know how much fun they can be. Thank you very much and we hope to see you again!
We stayed at Cook's Cottage the week of June 4th and thoroughly enoughed our stay. The pictures and description of the cottage was perfect. This was our first venture in rental by owner and if others are half as perfect as this we will choose this more often. The cottage gave us lots of room and comfort to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets while enjoying the lovely setting. If we get a chance to go back to the area we would absolutely chose this cottage again. I would recommend this cottage to anyone.
- Guest Minnesotans (Le Sueur, MN)
- Date of stay 06/04/11
- Review Submitted 08/13/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Many thanks to the travelers who wrote this thoughtful review! We are glad that our efforts to make Cook's Cottage comfortable have worked so well! We'll be hoping you can stay here again soon!
Best of both worlds!
Best of both worlds!
One of the special things about Cook's Cottage is where it is located--close to the ferry to Bar Harbor and to grocery stores and restaurants and yet remote enough that we could go sit on the rocks on the Schoodic Peninsula which were only 10 minutes away. It was peaceful, but not isolated....and charming but with all the modern conveniences to make our vacation easy and comfortable. We kayaked near by, had dinner on the lovely closed-in porch, watched sunsets every evening and enjoyed the eagles flying by. A perfect vacation for us!
- Guest Betty (NC)
- Date of stay 06/27/11
- Review Submitted 07/24/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Many thanks to Betty & Joe who stayed at Cook's Cottage for over two weeks this summer. Susan and I hope to see our fellow tarheels again!
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- Refundable Damage Deposit: $350
- Tax Rate 7%
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Year Purchased: 2010
Why the Owner Chose Winter Harbor:
We purchased this cottage in 2010 because we love the Schoodic Peninsula. We have owned another home on Paul Bunyan Road in Corea since 2005.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Walk to the Winter Harbor Ferry and all the shops and galleries in Winter Harbor. Or enjoy the spectacular views from the 2nd floor deck.
- Primary: (252) 349-5115
- Secondary: (252) 638-4395 (North Carolina, USA)
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View of Cook's Cottage
View of new sunroom from front door.
Downstairs MBR with attached bath (through passageway on right).
View to harbor from downstairs MBR.
Upstairs Master BR with access to Deck
Another view of upstairs green BR with king bed and door to bathroom.
View of upstairs BR #1 with beds made up as twins.
View of bathroom to blue BR. Partial view of bathroom skylight on left.
Ocean Views from Deck
View of the harbor from 2nd floor deck.
Front door to new Sunroom.
Expanded sunroom, Summer, 2013.
Seating area in LR.
View of LR fireplace.
Seating area in downstairs MBR.
Upstairs Master BR with private bath (not shown).
View of upstairs green BR from doorway.
Upstairs blue BR. King may be made up as 2 twins.
Full bathroom shared by upstairs bedrooms.
View from 2nd floor deck looking at Mill Stream (North & East).
Panorama from 2nd floor deck looking South.
View of Mt Desert Island from top of Schoodic Head trail - Acadia National Park
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