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Bright & Airy Home, Fine Views of Harbor & Mountains. Excellent Reviews.

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Last updated: 07/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Lovely, very clean, bright, quiet 3BR rental house in Southwest Harbor's shore village of Manset. Please read the Guestbook comments- this is the most favorably reviewed house in Southwest Harbor. Fine views of Cadillac Mountain, Somes Sound and Southwest Harbor from sunny deck. Lots of windows for beautiful coastal light and air. House is set back 25 yards from the street and buffered by a dense line of arborvitae. Nice private and secure yard for play. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; 2 rooms with a queen bed in each, one room with 2 twins- great for kids, with a rocking chair for story time. Good closets in all bedrooms. One full bathroom with updated tub and shower, plus half bath in master bedroom.

Immense walk-out basement for all your sports gear. Furnished in a comfortable mix of new and old. Included are all linens & kitchen gear, gas grill on the deck, washer & dryer, wireless internet, a Roku box, 32 inch LCD, DVD and CD, stereo. Flower boxes and planters all around.


About the parking you see in the photos from the deck. It is a resident-only lot with very limited use for the residents of the Cranberry Isles; it is not a busy or active lot. Islanders park, ride the passenger ferry out, and return to the mainland when they need their car for a trip to Ellsworth or Bangor. I am confident you will not be aware of comings or goings. We have 9 years experience with it and not a single guest has commented negatively. And now, the trees have grown in and it is well-screened. We were disappointed when it was built in 2003, but it was needed for the year-round viability of the Cranberry Isles community. The unexpected plus was that removing trees really opened up the views of the water and the hills.

My family and I have been coming to Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor since the early 70s. We appreciate the 'quiet side' of the island for its traditional Downeast villages, far fewer crowds, good restaurants, shops and services, and the Acadia National Park properties on this side of the island. I provide my guests with four pages of 'off the beaten track' ideas and suggestions to help them get an insider's view of this most beautiful part of Maine.

My number one goal is to provide you with the information you need to make the right decision on the house and location. Please email me with any questions or to check on availability. I'll reply promptly.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We cut the cable cord for 2014. Roku box for video streaming with dozens of news, sports, lifestyle and entertainment channels. You can log in to your Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc accounts. ...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Water View:

    Great views of Southwest Harbor, Greening Island and Somes Sound. Plus the mountains of Acadia....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    Cozy when needed via full-house HW baseborad...moreless

  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Comfortable and very clean mix of easy chairs, loveseat and large sofa. Very good lighting and lamps for reading....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    with dining set and table umbrella....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Private, safe front and back yards for play....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Newer stainless steel gas grill....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July and August
Jul 2 - Sep 2, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,350

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

September and October
Sep 3 - Oct 18, 2016
4 night min stay
$200
$975

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • If 6 adults in party add $700 + tax
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

Email or call with with any questions about the house or business terms.

At the moment, we transact via personal or bank checks. Refundable deposit of $500 reserves your rental. Balance is due 30 days before your arrival. Damage deposit is returned within 7 days after your rental, barring any damage and our discussion about it. I'm happy to say that only 1 instance of a damage charge has needed attention since 2002.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Scotty's Dockside
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cranberry Islands ferry or the mail boat
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Causeway Club
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Scotty's Dockside
4.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Echo Lake

Car: Recommended

Manset House is on quiet Rt 102A, just under two miles from 'downtown' Southwest Harbor. The house is in a quiet semi-residential area on a fully private 1.5 acre lot.

We are a two min walk to the Manset shore and its boat ramp, restaurant and marine businesses, notably the famous Hinckley Yachts complex. Also on the Shore Road are sailboat and powerboat rentals, the town dock for watching the fishermen and doing some yourself, and ferries to Somes Sound, Northeast Harbor and Little Cranberry Island. Several shore roads connect for a nice, low-traffic jogging or walking route. Less than five min. drive to Southwest Harbor stores, shops and restaurants.

This is the 'Quiet Side' of Mt. Desert Island, with world-class kayaking and sailing, biking, hiking trails, swimming in salt and freshwater. Acadia National Park attractions within a 10 minute bike ride from the house include Seawall, Wonderland, Ship Harbor, and Bass Harbor Light. Ten minute drive to Echo Lake beach.

Other Activities: My family and I have spent summers on the island for over 25 years. I have a 4 page guide with ideas and 'off the beaten path' suggestions that I will provide before your arrival.

The three most popular activities among my guests (besides relaxing with the view from the back deck at the end of the day) are hiking, biking, and kayaking. Tremendous bicycling for all levels from the house and on the Carriage Roads in the National Park. Fantastic kayaking opportunities all around, either for self-paced touring or going with a small group from one of several local outfitters. And plenty of hiking as well, for all ages and fitness levels. Here on the 'quiet side', we have a ton of high-payoff, low-effort trails- excellent for the whole family.

Golf: The Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor and the Bar Harbor Golf Club are public courses available to you.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We have strong family ties to SW Harbor and the island. Our three great aunts worked as summer help in the 'cottages' of Bar Harbor in the 1940s and made the long trip from Boston by train, steamer and finally the coastal packet. My wife's family spent summers in SWH starting in the 70s, the same time I was in college in Maine and making my first camping trips to the island. We bought our Bass Harbor house on our honeymoon in '85 and have had the good fortune to spend a lot of our summers there ever since. Our 20-something children have now begun to bring their friends to MDI so we're well into three generations as 'summah people', as the real Mainers might call us. Come visit and be one too!

Why the Owner Chose Southwest Harbor, ME, USA:
The great aunts I mentioned bought this house in the mid-70s. We enjoyed many fabulous visits and meals under their hospitality. We bought the house from them in 2000 and began to rent it in 2002. It's private, sunny, very clean and comfortable with very nice views.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The 'Quietside' of MDI has so much going for it! Bar Harbor is good for some things, but don't miss exploring the west side thoroughly- I'll provide you my private 'visitors' guide' with many ideas of what to see and do. The house is sparkling clean and bright, a great place to just hang out, or to use as home base for your adventures. Just about every guest comments they felt the house was very comfortable and homey. If we're booked this year for the time you want, make your plans with us for next year. .


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Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Sunny and private setting

    Sunny and private setting

  • Some of the kitchen, and the door to deck

    Some of the kitchen, and the door to deck

  • Kitchen- plenty of work space, and adjoins deck.

    Kitchen- plenty of work space, and adjoins deck.

  • Living room- to relax, read, watch, or wireless. (our NEW TV is a 42' LCD.)

    Living room- to relax, read, watch, or wireless. (our NEW TV is a 42' LCD.)

  • Second bedroom:  queen with nice light & views.

    Second bedroom: queen with nice light & views.

  • Sunny deck with great views of water & mountains. House is lt yellow, not pink!

    Sunny deck with great views of water & mountains. House is lt yellow, not pink!

  • More of Maureen's work

    More of Maureen's work

  • View from the deck

    View from the deck

  • View from the deck

    View from the deck

  • Another view of the front of the house

    Another view of the front of the house

  • While bicycling the Park Loop Road.

    While bicycling the Park Loop Road.

  • It's always a good day for a hike!

    It's always a good day for a hike!

  • The deck and the view from the back is what it's really about.

    The deck and the view from the back is what it's really about.

  • Dining table and door to deck

    Dining table and door to deck

  • Living room, comfy seating, gd reading lamps.

    Living room, comfy seating, gd reading lamps.

  • MBR:  Mission-style queen with half bath

    MBR: Mission-style queen with half bath

  • Very large twin bedded room & rocker

    Very large twin bedded room & rocker

  • View from deck up Somes Sound

    View from deck up Somes Sound

  • Flowers by Maureen in window boxes & deck.

    Flowers by Maureen in window boxes & deck.

  • View from the deck, looking north up Somes Sound

    View from the deck, looking north up Somes Sound

  • 2005 pic,1st yr of lot. Pls read description,main page. No issue for my guests.

    2005 pic,1st yr of lot. Pls read description,main page. No issue for my guests.

  • Sunrise at the Manset shore, just down the hill from the house.

    Sunrise at the Manset shore, just down the hill from the house.

  • Mark with the real brains of the outfit!.

    Mark with the real brains of the outfit!.

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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 07/22/2016
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