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Book now for 2018 Summer weeks! 207-244-7285 . Week book Sat-Sat.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

SATURDAY TO SATURDAY RENTAL ONLY - 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 10

Built by Daniel Somes, son of the pioneer, the Mount Desert House is of prime historical interest as an early public house on Mount Desert Island located just minutes from the beautiful Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Come stay where Thomas Cole, principle artist of the Hudson River School, Frederick Church and hundreds of others have stayed while exploring Mount Desert Island.

Your party will be the only guests of the Inn occupying the entire second and third floor of a wing. The second floor consists of the 'Pawn's Room' full bunk bottom with a single top, connecting bath to the 'Knight's Room' (double). The 'Bishop's Room' (Queen)has its own private bath.

The third floor known as 'The Castle' consists of a large open living area with beamed cathedral ceiling and a completely furnished large kitchen, (ice-maker, microwave, stove, oven, disposal, refrigerator w/cold water) a living room with table and chairs, gas fireplace, king-size day bed, double sleeper, small sleeping loft with queen floor mattress and full bathroom with tub and shower, washer and dryer.

The suite has water and mountain views and a private entrance and balcony.

Comes with all linens, towels, dishes, and kitchen appliances,BBQ grill, three bicycles, canoe, sat tv, private phone line with free local calls, DVD player, flat screen TV.

Hobbie Cat Sail boat available for rent.

Sleeping arrangement: Bedrooms:

Bedroom 1- Queen bed

Bedroom 2- double bed w/ single bunk on top

Bedroom 3- Queen bed

Loft- Queen bed w/ room for sleeping bag on floor

Living room- has double pull out couch and a king size day bed (or two twins)

Private off street parking.

More Details

William Reiff 207-244-7285
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, Some Spanish..
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About William Reiff 207-244-7285

Though the Mount Desert House is the oldest inn on Mount Desert Island, Bill and Tina Reiff restarted the inn in 2002. Since then they have enjoyed many years of great guests and fun times throughout the summer. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A SATURDAY TO SATURDAY RENTAL ONLY.

William Reiff 207-244-7285 purchased this house in 1983

Why William Reiff 207-244-7285 chose Somesville

You wouldn't to want to be anywhere else. Come have some fun!

What makes this house unique

The Mount Desert House is located at the center of the island making it a good choice for a base from which to explore the area. The dock on Somes Sound services the boats and provides access to the ocean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were blessed with great weather and a wonderful place to stay. The owners were very pleasant and helpful. Fun for all!
Aug 2015
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Somesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , Bishop
    Bathroom - toilet , tub , Knight/Pawn
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Castle/Main
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Bishop's Room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Knight's Room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Pawn's Room
  • Pawn's room has a bunk set up, double size lower with single size top upper. (see photo) Sleeping loft has a queen floor mattress. (platform for sleeping only) Main living room has a sleeper sofa and a king size day bed that is also two twins 1 pack and play crib.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fire pit with wood available.


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average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews
Columbus, Ohio

Neat, clean, comfortable home in Somesville a short drive from Acadia National Park.

  • 5 of 5

Bill and Tina were friendly and relaxed hosts. The unit is attached to the main house, but very separate. The bedrooms are on the second floor with a large open space on the the third floor containing living dining and kitchen areas. We like to cook meals in and found it easy to do so in this unit. We went to Acadia to hike, bike, and kayak. All parts of the park were accessible from this home. We liked the Somesville / Southwest Harbor side of Mount Desert Island. Restaurants were accessible and easy to get into. We would return to this unit and recommend it to others. Bill and Tina are good people and we would love to spend more time with them and in glorious Acadia National Park.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Location, Wonderful Hosts

  • 5 of 5

My family and parents stayed here for a week. This is located in the perfect spot for seeing the island, the center of everything. The house is almost 200 years old and in great shape.

The hosts were more than hosts, i hope to stay in contact with them, they were really nice. I felt like i lived there. As the week went on we hung out with them more and more. They were very gracious letting us use the canoe, kayak, bring us lobsters, ping pong, on and on.

I high recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A wonderful family, the pleasure was all ours. Bill, Tina and Marshall
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Great Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the mount desert home last summer with another family. The house was great for our needs. Bill and Tina went above and beyond as hosts. Very knowledgeable about the area. Felt like we had been friends for years. When we inquired where to get Lobster, they arranged to have a friend that is a lobsterman bring them directly to the house. We had so many we couldn't cook them all at the same time, so they cooked a bunch of them for us! Our kids loved the canoe, kayak and hobie cat and fishing off the pier! Saw a couple of Eagles almost everyday at low tide just at the end of the driveway in the sound. The house itself was very clean and nicely decorated. Perfect for 7 people in bedrooms. We had 7 so used the loft and sofa bed. The loft was nice to have but had only enough room in it for a double mattress (you cant stand in the loft, and I wouldn't feel safe putting kids under 10 up there.) There is also a sofa couch with a trundle in the living area. The three bathrooms were great with 9 of us. Was a little worried about having only one shower (there are also two bath tubs) but it was perfectly fine. Would highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Navarre, Ohio

July 2010

  • 5 of 5

We loved our Maine vacation. The house was wonderful! Fully stocked, clean and comfortable. The owners were so helpful in answering any questions that we had about the area. We would definetly stay at the Mt. Desert House again!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2010
  • Stayed: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alexandria, VA

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Description was accurate. Owners were very quick to answer questions before our visit and also very responsive once we arrived. Plenty of room to be by yourself or with the group. The younger kids particularly enjoyed the loft. Great location for getting to places on the island.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2009
  • Stayed: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

A very scenic setting, comfortable house. The owners are in the front half of the house and love playing host to guests. Lots of attention to detail (flour, salt & pepper, kleenx, soap and toilet paper all provided)

  • Submitted: May 31, 2007
  • Stayed: April 2007
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Bar Harbor Trenton
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Enjoy Acadia National Park 1 mile; sunset /sunrise on Cadillac Mountain 7 miles, swimming on sandy ocean beaches, or your choice of nearby fresh-water lakes .5 miles, hiking, bicycling, canoeing and kayaking, golfing at either Kebo Valley 8 miles, Northeast Harbor 5 miles , or Southwest 5 miles., live theater at Acadia Repertory Theater less then half a mile down the street or in Bar Harbor 8 miles, miniature golf, whale watching, glider rides, close to the Bar Harbor Airport, restaurants, and as always shopping. We are located right in the middle of the island for easy access to all your adventures.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

Driving Directions - From Ellsworth, Maine:

Take the 3rd right onto High St/US-1 N/ME-3. Continue to follow High St.

High St becomes Bar Harbor Rd/ME-3.

Stay straight to go onto State Highway 102/ME-198/ME-102. Continue to follow
ME-102. (4.8 miles)

The Mount Desert House at 1113 MAIN ST is on the right.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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