Nepenthe Den in the Heart of Town & Acadia at Your Doorstep

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Last updated: 11/17/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Nepenthe Den is a newly renovated and spacious Farmhouse with partial water and mountain views conveniently located in the Heart of Southwest Harbor. I have thoughtfully tried to provide all the amenities you would have in your own home and want you to feel as comfortable as possible while enjoying your time here.
Nepenthe has a fully stocked kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances including a refrigerator, 5 top burner gas range with a convection oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, espresso machine, Flavia single cup coffee machine, toaster oven, blender and crock-pot. Seating for 4 at the bar in the kitchen allows you to enjoy your company while cooking or just enjoying a casual meal or glass of wine.
Conveniently located on the first floor off the kitchen is a small half bath and also a washer/ dryer station.
The dinning room has a beautiful floor to ceiling brick fireplace, hardwood hickory floors, and a french door providing access to the very expansive back deck. The dinning room table seats 6 but another table can easily be added to accommodate 4 additional guests or if you prefer separate seating for the kids!
The spacious living room is heartwarming with another floor to ceiling pink granite fireplace, hardwood floors and french doors looking out to Norwood Cove and also providing access to the back deck. It is stocked with games, puzzles and a flat screen TV with DVD player. The perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring.
The guest bedrooms are provided with extra pillows and blankets but also fans for those hot summer nights we occasionally have!
The master bedroom is complete with a king size bed, ceiling fan, flat screen TV and a balcony overlooking the mountains, Norwood Cove and yes, every morning, a magnificent sunrise. The master bath has a 4’ corner shower and also an extra deep claw foot bathtub and a 3' granite vanity with plenty of storage.
Outside there is a back deck for relaxing, dining and entertaining and a front porch to observe our small town life as we know it.
Garage Storage is available upon request for outdoor equipment if needed and any other additional needs or requests can be addressed with the owner & property manager.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Masters Den: 1 king


  • Bea's Hive: 2 twin/ single


  • Raven's Room: 1 queen


  • The Masters Den is a spacious bedroom with whitewashed pine interior and soft Atlantic blue carpeting. There is a ceiling fan for the occasional hot night and a french door to the balcony with seating for 2. A cozy corner sitting area with a plush lazy boy sofa chair is the perfect place to relax and read or just enjoy the view. A cottage style King size bed with plenty of pillows an plush blankets will definitely make it hard to get out of bed in the morning and tackle another day! Still having plenty of space it is the ideal bedroom for setting up a pack and play for those traveling with young ones. Nepenthe Nest is furnished with a Queen size bed, 2 nightstands, a full size closet and built in shelves for additional storage. Bea's Hive has 2 twin beds that can be left separate or joined to make a king for those of you traveling as couples. There are 2 small white bureaus, a sitting bench and a full closet with plenty of room for storage. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Guest Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Upstairs at the end of the hall adjacent to Nepenthe Nest...moreless

  • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower

    This bathroom is located in the Masters Den Suite. ...moreless

  • First Floor 1/2 Bath: toilet

    Conveniently located off the kitchen near the main entry....moreless

  • All Bathrooms have White Tiled floors, Granite Vanities and Brushed Nickel Fixtures. Masters Den has a 4' corner shower with Rain Shower Head and a Claw Foot Bathtub...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


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


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The 'center' of town is less than a 1/2 mile and is approximately a 5 minute walk on a new and nicely paved sidewalk. ...moreless

  • Golf Course View:

    The Causeway club a public golf course on the ocean can be seen across Norwood Cove from the second floor bedrooms and balcony. ...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mountain views of Beech Hill and Mansell Mountains are visible to the northwest and mountains across Somes Sound such as Parkman, Bald and Sargents are visible to the northeast....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Seasonal views of Norwood Cove ...moreless

  • Village:

    In the heart of Southwest Harbor and walking distance to all town amenities....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles:

    2 bikes available for in town use....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter & Early Spring
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$150 $200
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,000 $1,800
Spring/ Early Summer
May 1 - Jun 11, 2016
3 night min stay
$200 $250
Fri, Sat, Sun
Summer 2016
Jun 18 - Sep 10, 2016
7 night min stay

Fall 2016
Sep 17 - Oct 29, 2016
3 night min stay
$250 $300
Fri, Sat, Sun
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Tax Rate 8%

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Last updated: 11/17/2015
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cranberry Cove Ferry
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Causeway Club
18 Miles
Nearest Train
Downeast Scenic Railway
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Sand Beach at Echo Lake

Car: Not Necessary

With Acadia National Park being the main attraction to the area there is an abundance of activities to keep one occupied almost endlessly. The miles of trails for hiking, carriage roads for biking, scenic drives and miles of shoreline to kayak or sail just can't be done in a week or even an entire summer. However if during your stay you do start to feel you've had your fill of the great outdoors, or are maybe just too sore to put one foot in front of the other, there are many other activities to choose from. World famous gardens such as the Azalea, Asticou and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, which is a private garden but can be viewed when scheduled ahead of time, are all worth seeing. There is even a small but very quaint garden, The Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden, just a minutes walk from Nepenthe. Museums, art galleries, fine dining, fun boutiques with work from local artists, wildlife excursions and of course some incredibly fabulous spas to choose from! What would a vacation be without treating yourself to an amazing massage or facial! For the sea fairing lover kayaking to one of the outer islands and enjoying your own private picnic or savoring a sunset sail with one of the local companies in town is a must. If a quiet night is NOT what you had in mind many of the restaurants and bars provide live music and dancing as well.

Venturing off Island, Mount Desert Island that is, to explore some equally beautiful areas such as Baxter State Park which can be done in a day trip or a very long day trip if you plan on hiking the highest peak in Maine Mt. Katahdin! The Eastern most point in the United States, Lubec, and crossing over into New Brunswick and visiting Campobello Island is also only a day trip away.

Although there is never a shortage of sights and activities spring through fall most people don't know the area can be enjoyed year round. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and even snowmobiling is allowed on most of the paved park roads. Checking with park headquarters is advised ahead of time but with proper planning a sunset trip up Cadillac via snowmobile, or snowshoeing if you’re into that, can be pretty amazing. Whatever your agenda may be or the time of year you are able to visit this is definitely a place putting at the top of your list and making it happen.

For more information on Acadia National Park please visit

For more information on the town of Southwest Harbor please visit


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: In 1994 I moved to Mount Desert Island to work for the summer and like many others never left. I love to travel and spend as much time as possible enjoying what's in my own back yard here hiking, biking, kayaking and my new passion sailing. Nothing makes me happier than living in the town I consider my "hometown" and now sharing my love and enthusiasm for these things with my daughter and being able to raise her in such a magical place. I love sharing my home with guests that are here to experience the life I get to live every day and hope they feel the same.

Why the Owner Chose Southwest Harbor:
As the description says Nepenthe Den is the "Heart of Southwest Harbor". The convenience of being in town and walking distance to everything and at the same time only minutes from Acadia National Park. Although Nepenthe Den is in town it is still mostly surrounded by trees and a lovely setting to sit back and enjoy nature. If you take a minute to observe you can watch a variety of native birds, deer, and butterflies meander the property. As a beginner Gardner I am always working on landscaping areas to create special places these animals can enjoy as well.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Many ask what does Nepenthe mean. Nepenthe is derived from a Greek word used to describe a state of mind where you can forget all pain and sorrow. Personally for myself the purchase of 241 Main Street was just that and thus 241 became Nepenthe Den. This is a place to relax, settle in and take the time to pay attention to the areas of life that need a little TLC. Whether it be spending more time with family, taking time out for yourself or just indulging in the abundant beauty of Mount Desert Island. Providing a peaceful place for visitors and guests as well as myself is what makes this property I believe to be truly unique.

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  • Nepenthe Den

    Nepenthe Den

  • Exterior View of Nepenthe  Den from the backyard

    Exterior View of Nepenthe Den from the backyard

  • Main foyer

    Main foyer

  • Formal Living Room with Wood Burning Fireplace

    Formal Living Room with Wood Burning Fireplace

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • View from main entrance looking toward the kitchen

    View from main entrance looking toward the kitchen

  • Kitchen


  • Downstairs 1/2 Bath & 
Computer Nook

    Downstairs 1/2 Bath & Computer Nook

  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • Master's Den

    Master's Den

  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Queen" Bea" Bedroom

    Queen" Bea" Bedroom

  • Nepenthe Den's Front Exterior

    Nepenthe Den's Front Exterior

  • Outside Deck

    Outside Deck

  • Formal Living Room

    Formal Living Room

  • Formal Living Room

    Formal Living Room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • 4 Top Bar seating looking into the kitchen

    4 Top Bar seating looking into the kitchen

  • Kitchen


  • Upstairs Bathroom

    Upstairs Bathroom

  • Upstairs Foyer

    Upstairs Foyer

  • Master's Den

    Master's Den

  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Twin Pines Bedroom

    Twin Pines Bedroom

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Date last modified - Sunday, November 22, 2015

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