You enter the cottage by way of a deck surrounded with Rugosa rose hedges. The charmingly furnished living room opens on to a private back deck with view of the harbor. The kitchen is well equipped for any one cooking endeavor or you may choose to take a five minute stroll to one of the tempting waterside restaurants. A fireplace for possible chilly evenings completes the picture at this idyllic Maine vacation spot. The attractions of Acadia are only a few minutes drive away. Or you can leave your car and take the free Explorer bus directly to Bar Harbor!
1 Bedroom, 1 Full Bathroom; sofa bed; two adults, one or two children
- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 29, 2018
About Eleanor Watts
We have been enjoying the Gables for 25 years and take great pleasure in meeting the folks who choose to make it their vacation home. Originally form Connecticut, we made the full time transition to Maine in 2012 and haven't looked back!
Eleanor Watts purchased this Cottage in 1991
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We visited in October and very much enjoyed our stay. Cottage was nice and comfortable and everything worked. I thought the pictures accurately depicted the cottage. If anything, I would say that the cottage seemed larger than the pictures led me to believe it would be. We had plenty of space for the two of us and our small dog. Owners were pleasant and responsive. We did not have any special needs or concerns during our stay so we pretty much were in and out without much contact. Glad we chose the cottage.
Kitchen had all we needed, bath was fine and warm thanks to powerful heater. We used the small portable grill and the fireplace (local bundled firewood did not burn well...gave in and bought some Duraflames). We really enjoyed the quiet side of island and we were pleasantly surprised by two nearby trails (Wonderland and Ships Harbor). Both were short but well worth the time. We did more rigorous hikes but enjoyed these two with the Dachshund. Lighthouse was nice, too, but busy at sunset - turned around. We later went twice in mornings and drove right in. We had easy drive to Bar Harbor and grocery shopped there. Acadia is great. We thought Jordan Pond trail was too crowded, but it was easy. We enjoyed the Beech Mtn trail and found it challenging enough for our ages. Great views. South Bubble was a lot for us but we did most of it. Bar Harbor was terrific. Nothing but good things to say about our experiences. Our fourth National Park and pleased as ever. I am glad some of our taxes go to managing these parks - they are well run, beautiful, and are great places for all of us to visit.
Quaint cottage with deck and yard in a garden-like setting.
Located on the "quiet side" of Mount Desert Island. Easy acess to Acadia Park and lots of hidden gems along the way. Milagro coffee shop in South Harbor and Japanese Public Garden in Northeast Harbor. Everything was provided for food prep and was in good working order. Plenty of towels and linens available. Cozy place to relax after long day of hiking or sight seeing.
Hosts were very friendly and pleasant. Would recommend this place for those wanting a quiet get-away within 30 minutes of all the tourist sites on MDI.
Nice, peaceful and quite place to stay
We stayed here on our honeymoon. They left a congratulations card on the table which was a sweet touch!
It is a lovely little cottage with just the right amount of typical Maine cottage gardens out front. The ferry is right behind it and there's a restaurant within walking distance (didn't realize we were that close to the ferry until the last few days).
A bit of a drive to Acadia but there are plenty of things to do near the cottage. We spent most days in Acadia and didn't mind the drive to much.
The kitchen is fairly well stocked, bathroom is nice but bring your own towels.
We would definitely stay again!
Thanks for your review! I'm glad it worked out so well for you. I appreciate your comments about the towels...I clearly need to take a critical look at them and see that they are replaced ASAP!
A great stay in the perfect cottage for our needs
We stayed in Eleanor & Sandy’s Roost apartment last year and had a lovely stay, so when we noticed that their Cottage was available we jumped on it. Like the Roost, it was well appointed and equipped with everything we needed. I didn’t realize this when I booked, but this property has two decks in addition to lawn space, which was perfect for a family with a toddler. The front deck is nice and sunny and looks out on a row of rugosa roses - a really nice spot for morning coffee and quiet conversation after our son went to bed. The back deck is more private and has a partial view of the harbor. On our last night we ordered a few lobsters from Thurstons (across the harbor) and enjoyed them on the back deck - highly recommend this! It was a perfect Maine send-off after a week full of activity. The living area is spacious and the kitchen had all we needed. Eleanor and Sandy were gracious and generous hosts - there was a torrential storm on one of our days there and it interefered with the WiFi. They went to great lengths to troubleshoot the issue, and we had no further problems the rest of the week. This was a lucky find and was exactly what we needed.
Thank you so much for your comments! It was a pleasure to have your family here and I'm glad that you enjoyed the Cottage so much. It's nice to have two decks because each offers a different view.
We loved staying at the cottage. It was perfect for our little family. We love being on “the quiet side” of the island. Eleanor and Sandy were great hosts - available if we needed them. Check in and out was simple. My daughter loved collecting the blackberries outside!
Thank you so much for your positive comments! It was a pleasure to have you here.
For the money there are much better options.
Owner is very easy to communicate with and she is very responsive. The place itself is in desperate need of a overhaul. It was extremely hot when were were there and there was no AC in the place. As a result with the local humidity everything is constantly damp in the cottage. There were no less than 50-75 flying bugs in the bathroom at all times, and the mosquitoes outside were terrible. The grounds of the property are horribly overgrown and if memory serves me correctly there was supposed to be a view of the bay. Maybe in the fall when there are no leaves on the trees, but in August there was no view to be had at all. We were also expected to strip beds, make sure all dishes were washed and put away, and we had to separate and haul our own trash to their garage for disposal. All of this could have and would have been overlooked had the place cost a reasonable amount, however for the hundreds of dollars a night plus extra fees for children and dog, I do expect allot more then what this place had to offer. I was also scolded about leaving my dog the couple times we could not bring him to places in Acadia. I left him outside, in the shade, with access to water and his crate (which he loves) and am sure spent his entire time in. I did this to make sure as little shedding fur as possible was left inside the cottage. But as the old saying goes, no good dead goes unpunished.
I had no intention of leaving any review, however this was the 4th reminder to do so, so here it is. Hope this review helps.
We are sorry that the Cottage did not live up to your expectations.
The Gables is located in the quiet fishing village of Bass Harbor and the attractions of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are close at hand. The Bass Harbor lighthouse is nearby and two short and extremely scenic Park walks are just a few minutes' drive away. There are tidal pools that youngsters can spend hours exploring.. A 20 minute drive takes you to the entrance of the Park where you can drive up Cadillac Mtn. take the Park Loop road or go for tea and popovers at the famous Jordan Pond House. Bar Harbor's shopping and restaurants await you and the Cottage is the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
July and August: $950/ 2 adults weekly only $50 each additional guest under 12 Off season: $125/night (3 night minimum) $750/week $10 each additional guest under 12