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Little Island House is a two-apartment seasonal rental. The Upstairs apt. has one bedroom with a queen-size bed, bath with shower, comfortable kitchen-- well supplied (no dishwasher), living & dining room area with large granite fireplace and big window views facing the water. The Downstairs apt. has two bedrooms, one with queen size bed, the other with twin beds. Kitchen and living room with fireplace have lovely views of harbor and mountains. Large decks both Up & Down.
Both apartments have central heat for the off season, excellent ventilation in summer, and all the firewood you'd like. Also: cable TV, phone, wifi, all linens (bed, bath, and kitchen), well-equipped kitchens. Immaculately clean, lovely decor. Outdoors: deck furniture and grill; a rowboat is at the dock for your pleasure anytime. No smoking, no pets.
Upstairs and Downstairs, separate apts.: The Upstairs apartment has a large granite fireplace, cathedral ceiling and skylight in the living/dining areas. Kitchen, bathroom with shower; study area extends your living space. The third floor bedroom, with skylight, has a queen-size bed. From the living room, a sliding glass door opens onto the deck, which extends around the side and front of the house. The spacious deck of the Downstairs apartment is only a few feet from the water's edge at high tide. The sliding glass door opens into the living room area and fireplace, with kitchen and dining area beyond. The front bedroom has a queen-size bed, and a second bedroom has twin beds; full bath.
Glad to be on 'the quiet side': Views are beautiful. Bass Harbor has been photographed for the cover of a National Geographic book about New England, and has been the site of several movies. The lobster fishing boats are always interesting, and if you love wildlife, we've watched eagles soar past the deck (they frequent the harbor), counted twelve herons in the low tide one September day, and watched loons, ducks, terns and gulls work the harbor.
Although we're only thirty minutes from Bar Harbor, we are essentially very different. Bass Harbor is a small fishing village and working harbor on the southern end of Mount Desert Island. We're called 'The quiet side of the Island.' There's plenty to do here: The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Wonderland and Ship Harbor (part of Acadia National Park) are only a mile or two away. At Little Island Marine, the small boatyard which shares the peninsula with the house, the Island Cruise makes nature trips and lunch cruises daily. Restaurants are within easy walking distance.
Things to do...: Top things to do in Bass Harbor
* Visit Acadia National Park * Take an 'Island Cruise' * Eat at long-time local restaurants * Rent a boat for the day at Is.Cruises * Buy lobster/crabmeat fresh
Top things to do on a budget
* Visit Acadia National Park * Walk through our lovely village * Enjoy watching eagles,etc. * Cook out on the deck, at water's edge * Watch Maine's 3rd largest lobster fleet at work
Top things to do with a family
* Explore the National Park * Spend the day at the beach * Have a cookout * Enjoy 'Island Cruises', 2-hr. boat ride * Rent a boat for a day at Is.Cruises
Upstairs apt. has a queen size bed in the bedroom on the third floor. Downstairs apt. has a queen size bed in the bedroom on the harbor side, and twin beds in the bedroom on the garden side....moreless
Upstairs bathroom is around the corner from the kitchen, facing the garden side of the house. Downstairs bathroom is just inside the front door and to the right, facing the gardens....moreless
The Downstairs apt. has a ramp onto the side deck. The entry to the front door has two steps up. The walkway from the parking area to the house is about 30 feet, and can be approached either over lawn or on the crushed granite walkway. ...moreless
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To the north are the three mountains the town is named for (Tremont). They lie,viewed above the spruce, beyond the head of the harbor....moreless
The small village of Bass Hbr. has several restaurants, 2 in walking distance. Convenience store, Swans Is. Ferry, and Island Cruises, a very fine nature cruise to see the islands and wildlife....moreless
Home to the 3rd largest lobster fleet in Maine. 5 marinas and ferry. Across the hbr. is Bernard, location of a Steven King movie. Lots of seabirds, eagles. Truly Maine, very picturesque, very Downeast...moreless
Located in Bass Harbor at the tip of a peninsula, water's edge is 4 ft. away at high tide. Surrounded on 3 sides by water. Mountains to the north, islands to the south. Sunset, seabirds, lobster boats...moreless
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Bass Harbor is near the southern tip of Mt. Desert Is., 1/2 mi. from the Bass Hbr. Head Lighthouse. It is a laid back little fishing village. We watched the filming of scenes from two Steven King movies from here at the house, so you can imagine it has the real flavor of 'Down East.' And it is largely unchanged over many years. Filming 'Cider House Rules' right across the harbor provided great entertainment from the deck.
There are two lobster pounds and a town dock in the harbor where the fishermen sell their catch. Bass Harbor is home to Maine's third largest fishing fleet, which means 'lobster fleet,' and their coming and going is a study in an old Maine tradition. The well-maintained fleet is not only the pride of the harbor, but also bread and butter to the fishing families, many of whom have fished for generations out of this harbor. Near the Little Island House is a wharf from which four generations of the same family have fished. The traps stacked on the wharves all around the harbor are part of the charm of this traditional village.
Just beyond the Swan's Island Ferry Terminal is Morris Yacht, with its salty old building on the waterfront and its flock of swans in the water: the elegant and very fancy big sailboats on their moorings.
In the heart of the harbor is Little Island House, which shares its small peninsula with a boatyard. Until 2011, the short road to the peninsula went underwater when we had very high tides. Those days are behind us, as Kim Strauss, owner of the boatyard, had a road and breakwater put in. A 350' boardwalk connects Little Island to the dock where Island Cruises, a very popular nature cruise (Yankee Magazine voted it The Best Nature Cruise in New England) departs twice daily, weather permitting. It meanders through the islands of Blue Hill Bay (part of which you see from your deck). The 11:00 Lunch Cruise, after an hour of its nature cruise through the islands, docks at the tiny village of Frenchboro on Outer Long Island where you have lunch on the water at the Dockside Deli. The eagles, seals, and seabirds along the way are endlessly fascinating. The afternoon 2 hr. Nature Cruise also shows you the islands and wildlife of the bay. On both cruises, Captain Eli hauls lobster traps and provides an informed, interesting talk. (See bassharborcruises.com for details.)
Little Island Marine is also home to Richard Stanley Custom Boats, a wooden boat building and maintenance business carried on by Richard and Lorraine Stanley. Richard learned to build wooden boats by spending every minute he could in his father's boat shop from the time he could walk. To walk through their building and look at the perfectly maintained wooden boats that they care for is an education in yet another enduring Maine tradition. Beetle Cats, Friendship sloops, skiffs...if you like wooden boats, you'll find it a real pleasure to walk by and see what's going on. (For details, check out richardstanleycustomboats.com.)
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is about a half mile away. It's on just about every calendar you buy that has anything to do with Maine. And no wonder. The granite cliffs, rising out of the white spray of the shore, with the well-maintained, sturdy red and white lighthouse get everybody's cameras clicking.
Continue a mile or so on the road after the lighthouse turnoff and you come to two of Acadia National Park's hiking trails. First is Ship Harbor, with its beautiful deep dark woods. It's about a 45 minute walk with roots and rocks, moss and shoreline. Wonderland is the next Park trail you come to. It's an easier walk, about 30 minutes, and relatively flat, winding through old craggy spruce on a narrow trail, then opening onto large, flat granite slabs. Both trails end up at the seashore, where you look out to Gotts Island, Black Island, Placentia, and Swans Island nearby, and farther out to the Great and Little Duck Islands. Sit on the granite boulders and take in the sun and salt air. Listen to the waves on the shore.
This is a beautiful part of Maine.
Year Purchased: 1985
About the owner: Born and raised in Texas, I met (and later married) Kim Strauss,my husband, in college at the University of Texas in El Paso in 1969. He could hardly wait to show me Gotts Island, Maine, where he'd spent every summer of his life. I fell in love with the island. We traveled some, but spent as much time as we could on the Island, where our first child, Lorraine, was born. Kentucky, where we had our son, Eli, was home for seven years, then in Texas, we had our son Bob. Shortly after that, we headed back to Maine and ended up buying a house in Bass Harbor.
And here we've stayed, living in the Little Island House in the off-season and moving out to Gotts Island during Maine's beautiful good weather, May to October, when we rent the Little Island House.
Speaks: english, spanish
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