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Slate House, is a unique and intriguing post-and-beam artist's home, located in a private wooded setting just around the corner from the picturesque village of Bernard, where the town dock and local favorite restaurant Thurston's Lobster Pound is located. The colorful and comfortable interior has a large, open living area upstairs, along with a fabulous kitchen equipped for the gourmet cook, a cozy master bedroom with beautiful tiled shower, and a deck outside the bedroom door. The downstairs bedroom has a separate entrance and bathroom. The artist owner, who lives and works in her studio on the property, maintains an extensive landscaped garden as well as a small orchard and vegetable gardens - guests are welcome to roam! The upstairs living room and bedroom look out onto a small, peaceful perennial garden and the woods beyond.
This is a perfect home for relaxing in a quiet, out-of-the way spot, yet close to the village of Southwest Harbor (4 miles) with all of its amenities.
Pets are generally welcome, please ask! Dogs do need to be kept on a leash however as there are many gardens on this property. Longer term rentals are possible, feel free to call to discuss options. A deposit of $400 is requested to secure a rental, refundable up to 45 days in advance of the rental; after that I am happy to refund your deposit if I am able to re-rent the property. Slate House is available for rental from June-October, other times of the year if available.
Master bedroom with queen bed, two closets and bureau, door to outside deck. Downstairs bedroom, which has its own separate entrance in addition to the stairway from the upstairs, has a queen bed; a fold out cot is also available...moreless
Master bath with large luxurious tiled shower w/handicap bar and 2 separate sinks. Downstairs bath has a tub/shower and tiled sink; there is a laundry machine downstairs as well....moreless
For eating, there is a delightful 2-seat window seat looking out onto the garden, as well as a dining table that accommodates 6 and a kitchen island that seats 3 or 4. The 'fireplace' is an antique coal stove that has been converted to a gas burner - very charming! Although the house is not well suited to very small children, older (over about 5) are welcome. There are a couple of chaise lounge chairs outdoors, as well as a glass table with four chairs for outdoor dining near the grill. Outdoors, the gardens and wooded areas on the property are lovely to stroll through
The owner lives in her cabin well away from the house,and works in her studio on the property - also out of sight of the house; there is a fax available for use there, should you need it....moreless
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
Main Season Jun 28 - Sep 6, 2015 7 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Fall Sep 7 - Oct 31, 2015 4 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 4 night min stay
$250 Fri, Sat
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$49
Refundable Damage Deposit$1,000
Please note that during July and August, my home is available by the week only (multiple weeks are fine however!) ... and if a guest would prefer not to purchase the $49 property damage insurance (which covers guest up to $1500 in property damage), a refundable damage deposit of $1000 will be required.
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Slate House is located on the 'quietside' of Mt. Desert Island which boasts some of the island's finest restaurants, beautiful trails along the shore and in the mountains, a ferry serving the outer islands and charter boats available for whale watching and sightseeing, all within minutes of Slate House. 5 minutes away in Seal Cove you'll find one of the best antique auto museums in the country! The Island Explorer free bus also runs very near by and travels all over the island. A few miles away, Southwest Harbor has small boutiques, a great library, excellent food stores and restaurants, as well as a golf course; the larger town of Bar Harbor, with more extensive shopping and nightlife, is about a half hour drive. And of course Acadia National Park offers miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails along its spectacular mountains, lakes and ponds, and carriage trails.
Year Purchased: 1986
About the owner: As you can see in the photo collage above, I love the outdoors and spend much of my time (when I'm not working in my studio) hiking and kayaking in Acadia, relaxing with friends and perusing my rather sizable garden, in which I grow most of my own food and maintain a varied perennial, tree and shrub landscape. In college I studied arts and languages (B.A. in french and fine arts, Tufts); I grew up in the Northeast and have lived in Maine since 1974
Why the Owner Chose Bass Harbor: When I moved to Mt. Desert Island from Washington County, Me in 1983, I was already very involved in the artistic community and wanted to find a piece of land here on which I could build my home. With several other artist friends, I bought property which we then divided into separate lots, mine being about 4.5 acres on which I personally built my own cabin, then my studio and house followed in 1999 and 2004 respectively. My involvement in the Island's artistic life extends to business co-ownership of Island Artisans Gallery (from 1983 - 30 years now!) in Bar Harbor, as well as working in my own studio. I had for years also been an avid organic gardener and have been thrilled to have the land to work....
The Unique Benefits at this House: One of the great and fun aspects of my home is everything that happened long before I actually built it: for years I have collected re-cycled building materials, odd bits and pieces that I thought might go into a house someday. The flooring upstairs came out of an abandoned woolen mill in Lewiston, Me.; the slate siding on the house was salvaged from a roof in Portland, Me. - so much of what I see every day in the house has a story and a memory for me.