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Vacation in a Landmark Lighthouse in Maine & Live in its Oceanfront Home

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Last updated: 09/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bernard house description

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read this before you visit our web site for complete details about our unique Rental property and Landmark Lighthouse.
We are fully booked for our peak season; the entire months of July and August with returning guests from 2013 and previous years. We are again accepting bookings for September 2014 and the three remaining weeks in October, 2014.
As we anticipated we have had another very successful season. The Fall months are wonderful in Maine with gorgeous foliage colors, usually quiet traffic and delightful weather. Also, our post-season rates are lower to accommodate less expensive vacationing. We do urge you to book early for the week (s) of your choice and we are also offering a 5% discount for two week bookings and a 10% discount for a monthly booking if available. Right now the entire month of September is still available.
Our Lighthouse has easy direct access from the street even though it is on the shore of Bass Harbor. It is not for sale and is not open to the public. It is included for your use as part of the rental of our oceanfront home on the Quiet Side of Mt. Desert. Now, enjoy a tour of our Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse. We look forward to hearing from you.
You can vacation in Maine's landmark Lighthouse & live in its adjacent charming oceanfront country home on Mt. Desert in the quaint fishing village of Bernard. Available July thru October. This is the location of the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse and is one of the most unique rental properties in Maine, known for its famous lobster buoy wall. Perfect for rest, relaxation and entertaining, just a few steps across the road is the meticulously renovated Homestead which has a maximum capacity of 10. It features four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a host of comfort and convenient amenities, including three living rooms, exquisitely furnished with crafts and antiques It's actually two houses in one providing ultimate privacy for shared rentals. A professionally maintained cutting flower garden and Zen garden complement the exterior furnished porches.
The Lighthouse: The Lighthouse is the only private Lighthouse in Maine, has achieved national attention for its famous lobster buoy wall, inclusion in the film, Cider House Rules and known as the Lighthouse Wedding Chapel. The view is utterly fantastic as you can almost touch the 65 lobster boats in your sight in Bass Harbor, one of nine major working harbors in Maine. It's a perfect place for rest, relaxation and entertaining family and friends. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine and you are literally in the lap of luxury. The view from the top of the Lighthouse is breathtaking and a perfect place to take photographs of the harbor. You can watch a variety of sea ducks as well as seals, eagles, osprey, cormorants and a variety of sea gulls. Kingfishers fish from the lighthouse dock in August and September.
Local History: Sea Memorial & Bass Harbor Light: In Bernard village and across the harbor in village of Bass Harbor, you can bike or drive to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. And you can walk or bike to visit the Sea Memorial located at the Town Dock just a short 5 minute walk away. Bring your own or rent kayaks & bicycles and explore the harbor and nearby Bass Harbor Marsh. Acadia National Park has many miles of carriage trails that are well kept and groomed for safe and comfortable walking and bicycling for your entire family. Thurston's Wharf: Just a short walk from The Centennial House and Lighthouse is a working fishing dock and lobster pound with a restaurant above for the best lobster dinner on Mt. Desert Island!

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
                  • Children Welcome
                  • Non Smoking Only
                  • Pets Not Allowed
                  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

                  Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

                  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 twin/ single


                  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


                  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


                  • Bedroom 4: 2 double, 1 twin/ single


                  • 4 bedrooms with a variety of different bed sizes in each. 2 sofabeds

                  Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

                  • Bathroom 3: toilet

                    Sink included...moreless

                  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                    Sink included...moreless

                  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower

                    Sink included...moreless

                  • Bath 1 is off the master bedroom, handicapped shower, private. Bath 2 is on the second floor with separate shower and full tub The half bath is on the 1st floor Lighthouse is for day use and has no toilet facility....moreless


                  • Books
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Game Room:

                    Treadmill for adults board games for all ages...moreless

                  • Games:

                    Table games...moreless

                  • Games For Kids
                  • Radio
                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Cable TV & Local Stations...moreless

                  • Television
                  • VCR


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Bay/Sound
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Festivals
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Pond
                  • Restaurants
                  • Synagogues
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Water Parks
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Zoo

                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Bowling Center
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Photography
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching

                  Location Type

                  • Beach:

                    Back Beach is a short walk away. Find Sand Dollars & colorful rocks. Explore the tidal pools for tiny aquatic sea life. Sunbath or swim and pets are welcome to join the fun!...moreless

                  • Lake:

                    Echo Lake is within easy driving distance and a very popular area for swimming and picnics. And the drive along Acadia's Park Loop Road offers a beautiful sand beach, for swimming, sunbathing....moreless

                  • Mountain:

                    Acadia National Park offers many marked trails guided mountain hikes.Hiking difficulty ranges from easy to very challenging. The views are SPECTACULAR from almost any part of the trail along the way.You may be rewarded by finding Wild Maine Blueberries . ...moreless

                  • Near The Ocean:

                    Fishing from docks for Sea Bass and Mackerel. Harbor Seal are often seen close to the shore. Watch for Eagles and Great Blue Heron, Egrets and many species of sea birds and ducks. ...moreless

                  • Rural
                  • Village:

                    Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse is in the village of Bernard. Located in the lovely New England Town of Tremont. We are one of many small quiet villages on Mt. Desert Island. With a small local library, town dock, & post office. Dine lunch and dinner at Thurston's Lobster Restaurant, a worldwide famous lobster restaurant, a short walk up the street. Bass Harbor is one of many working fishing harbors on M.D.I. Put in your kayak and paddle the harbor around the fishing boats and explore the shore where Cormorants and Sea Ducks dive for food and rest on the rocks. You are likely to see an Eagle every day of your stay. Osprey and Kingfishers are a common site as well. Some sitings are seasonal....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    Wonderful clear views of a working Lobster Fishing Harbor, Bass Harbor, from both wings and the second and third floor bedrooms....moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    Watch local Fishermen & their colorful decked lobster boats.Sea ducks diving for crabs, cormorants preening & Harbor Seal Eagles & Osprey fly over daily. In Sept. watch Kingfishers fish from our dock...moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Golf Privileges Optional
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Sailing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Skiing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Dining:

                    Dinning table in the kitchen and a dinning table in the livingroom/dinning room area....moreless

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 10 people


                  • Activities Guide
                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Alarm System
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                    Treadmill for adults only...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Baseboard heating...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    Cable television with three new flat screen televisions and DVD/Blue Ray players. We have a few Children's movies....moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Sheets, pillow cases, pillows, towels, washcloths, dish cloths...moreless

                  • Living Area
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Parking
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Security System
                  • Telephone:

                    three phones in the house for local calls only...moreless

                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet:


                  • Wood Stove:

                    Gas Stove...moreless


                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Blender
                  • Coffee Maker:

                    white coffee filters 8-12 cup pot...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Everything needed for cooking and baking....moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    More than enough for 10 people...moreless

                  • Dishwasher
                  • Grill
                  • Kitchen:

                    Fully equipped Kitchen with utensils for cooking and baking. ...moreless

                  • Kitchenette
                  • Lobster Pot
                  • Microwave:

                    New & up to date medium duty microwave...moreless

                  • Oven:

                    Wall Oven, toaster oven...moreless

                  • Pantry Items:

                    Spices, Sugar, Equal, Cooking Oil, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Parchment paper for baking...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Refrigerator/freezer combo....moreless

                  • Stove:

                    Electric cook top stove plus a single serve Gril...moreless

                  • Toaster:

                    two slice toaster...moreless


                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Porch / Veranda
                  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                  • Wood Deck

                  Forms Of Payment

                      • Accept Credit Card

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


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                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          October 2014
                          Sep 27 - Oct 31, 2014
                          7 night min stay


                          Changeover Day: Saturday

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                          • Tax Rate 8%


                          Rental Rates for the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse in Bernard Maine $2,600 - $3,300

                          A $500 security deposit required (returnable 7-10 days after departure)

                          50% of rental fee, state tax and resecurity deposit payable with signing of lease, balance payable 60 days prior to arrival.*

                          The state of Maine requires a 8% lodging tax which is non-refundable

                          *Signed lease returned with Deposit.

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                          Last updated: 09/18/2014
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                          16.6 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) Bangor ME.
                          3 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Nemo's Resturant Tremont
                          1.5 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Maine State Ferry service to Swan's Island
                          5 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Causeway Club S.W. Harbor Maine, Kebo Golf Bar Hbr
                          185 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Portland Maine
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Thurston's Wharf you get to pick your LIVE Lobster
                          0.5 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          Back Beach a short walk on a private road & path

                          Car: Recommended

                          The Bass Harbor Light Head only a 10min drive from home.

                          Rent bicycles at the bicycle shop in S.W. Harbor and explore carriage trails and villages. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available as rentals close by in Southwest Harbor. The company will deliver them and provide you with life jackets, and instructions about the area. Most also have tours as well.

                          Not up for biking? The well groomed and maintained Carriage trails are also a very popular spot for hiking or jogging. You can enjoy Eagle Lake and places like Which Hole Pond. These Park trails are well marked, well groomed, and maps are available in many of the stores.

                          And if you are a Birder, you can take the family for a walk on the trails at Acadia's Sieur-de-Monts Springs. Pileated Woodpeckers and Warblers are just two of the many species of birds you can see and photograph here.

                          And, if you have been here before, you no doubt remember the Jordon's Pond House and 'Pop-Overs and Tea'.

                          Other Activities: Another popular and well known destination is Bar Harbor. And the cruise ship industry has Bar Harbor Maine as one of the most popular ports of call. There is a schedule of ships arriving, so you don't have to guess when one will be in the outer harbor.

                          There are museums and guided tours. Take a boat tour to the outer island to see Seals, Sea Ducks and Puffins and see the workings of a Lobster Trap. Learn about the biology and marine life of Acadia and its waters. Ocean fishing for Mackerel and Sea Bass from the docks is another popular pass time among the locals and visitors alike.

                          There are so many interesting activities that are just too numerous to put into a paragraph. But I have never heard anyone every say they wish they had never come here.

                          Once you are here, you won't want to leave! But if you do have to leave, I can guarantee you will want to come back!

                          Again and again.

                          We hope you and your family will come and stay with us and be one of our Honored Guests! This 2013 season brings two of our families back for a second time, one family is again staying for two weeks and the other family is returning for another week!

                          Activities close by;

                          Golf: The Causeway Club

                          Causeway Club located at 10 Fernald Point Road Southwest Harbor. A well maintained golf course and just 5.3 miles off of Maine 102 North, partially surrounded by the waters of Norwood Cove in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Open to the public. Relax and enjoy a round or two at this public, friendly nine hole course. Mt.Kebo Golf Course is located in Bar Harbor.


                          Manager info

                          Year Purchased: 1980

                          About: My name is Irving Silverman, and I am the owner of the Centennial Homestead & Family Lighthouse. I would like to introduce myself & my residential property. I am a 93 year old young philanthropist who has lived an active, purposeful life in five geographical areas (New York City, Long Island, NY, Tucson, AZ, Bernard ME. and now in a retirement community in Dedham Mass. Although I am a native New Yorker, I am really an emotional Mainer because I have happily lived with my family in Maine for over 50 years. I am a writer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and am most proud of my last and current career, which brings me to my reason for writing this introduction to my property. I was widowed at the age of 35 with two young children. Three years later, I met and married my second wife, Nancy and together we founded the organization, 'Parents Without Partners. It was Nancy who introduced me to Maine and the start of a half century love affair with lighthouses.

                          Why Bernard:
                          It was in 1973 that we first rented our century old Bernard home. We bought in 1980 and lovingly renovated it as our cherished Homestead. We have lived in it for over 45 summers, becoming legal Maine residents because we were charmed by the landscape and the friendliness of the community residents. Although my wife and I loved our intimacy with the water and the beauty of the working harbor, I could not have a boat because of my legal blindness. Nevertheless, we became integrated into the community and were acknowledged as respected citizens. When we learned that there were over a hundred homes in our town that were over 100 years old, including the homes on our street and our home, we organized the Centennial Club which celebrated our town's heritage. We also sponsored the creation of the Tremont Sea Memorial, which honored the memory of the 140 town residents who died at sea. It is located at the Town dock, down the street. (worth a visit).

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          In 1990, Nancy honored me by designing and building the Family Lighthouse, to be my 'vertical' boat. It is now a Town landmark and its historic lobster buoy wall has been photographed thousands of times. It also was seen in the movie, 'Cider House Rules'. I wrote my first book 'A Trilogy...Three Hearts...One Soul' in the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse has been a source of joy for me and my family and we are pleased to make it available to any renters of our Homestead. Upon Nancy's death in 2002, I dedicated the Lighthouse as a Wedding Chapel and I have officiated at 34 weddings in the Chapel. Most couples refer to it as the most romantic and spiritual wedding site in Maine. All fees have been donated to Hospice and other charities. Our Homestead & Family Lighthouse is not operated as a business. All rental income is donated to charities.

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                          • Lobster Buoy Wall is a town Landmark

                            Lobster Buoy Wall is a town Landmark

                          • Three Books have been written in this second floor Lighthouse

                            Three Books have been written in this second floor Lighthouse

                          • Ceiling in the top floor of the Family Lighthouse

                            Ceiling in the top floor of the Family Lighthouse

                          • An eat-in kitchen with all conveniences & washer/dryer

                            An eat-in kitchen with all conveniences & washer/dryer

                          • The entrance from the kitchen to the living area

                            The entrance from the kitchen to the living area

                          • Guest bedroom with full size bed

                            Guest bedroom with full size bed

                          • Full bath tub and shower

                            Full bath tub and shower

                          • Exercise room with library and gameroom

                            Exercise room with library and gameroom

                          • Gallery, leading to new private wing

                            Gallery, leading to new private wing

                          • Livingroom new wing

                            Livingroom new wing

                          • Bass Harbor Lobster boats with Thurston's Lobster Wharf. (yellow awning).

                            Bass Harbor Lobster boats with Thurston's Lobster Wharf. (yellow awning).

                          • January 2014 Bass Harbor: View from end of driveway at 29 Steamboat Wharf Rd.

                            January 2014 Bass Harbor: View from end of driveway at 29 Steamboat Wharf Rd.

                          • Spectacular view of the working harbor

                            Spectacular view of the working harbor

                          • A Spectacular view from the top floor of the Lighthouse

                            A Spectacular view from the top floor of the Lighthouse

                          • Centennial Homestead has a professionally maintained garden

                            Centennial Homestead has a professionally maintained garden

                          • Livingroom #1 and dining room

                            Livingroom #1 and dining room

                          • The half bath on the 1st floor

                            The half bath on the 1st floor

                          • Master bedroom #1

                            Master bedroom #1

                          • Loft area with 2 full beds and 1 twin bed, 
 great for kids

                            Loft area with 2 full beds and 1 twin bed, great for kids

                          • Livingroom #2 with craft wall

                            Livingroom #2 with craft wall

                          • Large master bedroom private suite

                            Large master bedroom private suite

                          • Livingroom new wing opposite view

                            Livingroom new wing opposite view

                          • Summer view of Bass Harbor from the Family Lighthouse second floor.

                            Summer view of Bass Harbor from the Family Lighthouse second floor.

                          $2,600 per week (USD)

                          4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 10

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                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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