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

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read this before you visit our web site for complete details about our unique Rental property and Landmark Lighthouse.
As we anticipated we have had another very successful 2014 season.
Please note our special for the fall season &
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.
Now available May thru October for the 2015 season.
If you wish to spend a lovely month in gorgeous Maine, we have a fantastic offer for you. You can spend 4 glorious weeks in September in our landmark lighthouse and historic homestead for a super bargain rate of $9000 or $8700 for the Fall colors month of October. This year only so Inquire now before this offer is snatched up.
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 8-10.. 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 a family and/or shared rental. A professionally maintained cutting flower garden and memorial 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 harbours 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 breath taking 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 a short distance to visit the Sea Memorial located at the Town Dock just a 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!


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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 1: toilet, shower

    Sink included...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower

    Sink included...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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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 security 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 and Deposit return within 5-7days.

     A few words about our rates:
** It is our policy to grant current renters the privilege of locking in their 2014 rates for renewal booking in 2015 if they request a lease within 30 days of their 2014 departure.  This will also apply for our guests for the upcoming 2014 season.
2014 Prices range from $2,600 per week to $3,300
Contact Owner for monthly rates 
ME. State Lodging Tax is now 8% beginning October 1st. 2013

Please note that the rental rates 'Table' reflects  the beginning and end of a one week stay and in some cases may overlap into either the previous or next month per calendar. We have prorated the overlapping weeks and they are stated under 'notes' in each week where an overlap occurs. If you have any questions regarding our rates, please contact the house manager prior to your booking.

It is our policy to grant current renters the privilege of locking in their 2014 rates for their 2015 renewal booking if they request a lease within 30 days of their 2014 departure and a $300 deposit will secure your booking for next year.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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16.6 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) Bangor ME.
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.

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

  • Master Bathroom 1st Floor
(handicapped accessible)

    Master Bathroom 1st Floor (handicapped accessible)

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

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