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Enchanting Guest House on Private Oceanfront Estate near Downtown Bar Harbor

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath, sleeps 4 (living room futon allows for 6 people)

Don’t just rent a house, get the whole vacation!

We know from our own experience that managing family vacations can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free.

Mountain Sea Properties offers:

- free vacation guides

- private biking and hiking tours of Acadia National Park

- super clean and well maintained houses

- lots of stuff for kids and other vacation services

- local hosts with loads of insider info and 20 years of renting vacation homes.

Check out our homepage at Mountain Sea Properties for a 3-D walking tour of The Guest House!!

This 2-bedroom, 1 bath charming coastal cottage is the guesthouse of a historic oceanfront estate. Originally built over 100 years ago, this house was completely rebuilt in 2008 allowing for modern comfort while still steeped in its historic location and feel. Spend your days on the lawn watching deer, take a walk down to a stunning crescent shaped sand beach in Acadia National Park, or stroll into town…the best of both worlds exist with quiet and convenience in this affordable summer cottage.

Opening the front door you are greeted by a charming living room with futon couch, antique writing desk and entertainment center. The kitchen, with ample counter space and appliances, has a separate eating area bathed in sunlight from the French doors that lead to the outside patio, which is equipped with a picnic table and gas grill. The master bedroom has a new double bed and the second bedroom has two new twin beds. The inside of this house is new and fresh, yet has glimpses of history.

Mountain Sea Properties- Personalized vacation planning and property rentals with a community conscience, the best of both worlds.

Mountain Sea Properties invites you to enjoy the beauty of Mount Desert Island, Maine in the comfort of one of our homes. We know from our own experience managing family vacations that it can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free. We offer a number of vacation planning services to our tenants including local information and recommendations, catering, massage therapy and house keeping.

Mountain Sea Properties recognizes the unique value in spending quality time with loved ones surrounded by beauty. Each year, we donate a portion of our proceeds to local organizations that are committed to sustaining the beauty and well being of the Mount Desert Island area..

More Details

Property Manager
Jennifer Wales
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Jennifer Wales

Adam and Jen have a deep love and understanding of the natural beauty surrounding the Acadia/Mount Desert Island area. Jen grew up summers on Long Pond and Adam on a 110-acre farm in Western Maine adjoining the Appalachian Trail. They met here in Bar Harbor working as sea kayak guides in the summer of 1993.

Over the years, they have hiked, biked, paddled, and sailed every conceivable route on and around Mount Desert. Adam completed his goal of hiking every trail on the Island in the summer of 1994 and Jen authored The Sea Kayaker's Guide to Mount Desert Island published by Down East Books in 1997. Together they paddled the Maine Island Trail, a 175-mile 28-day kayaking trip from Portland to Machias, up the entire Maine coastline.

In the summer of 2000, Jen and Adam started Mountain Sea Properties with a single house, Eagle Cliff, where they were married that same summer. The owner had approached them expressing her frustration renting the home through larger rental operations on the island. She complained that her house was one of hundreds represented so the service she received was minimal. She also stated that those who rented the house were not as well informed as they could be. The tenants were also one of hundreds and the service they received was minimal.

Adam and Jen offered to represent the house committing to providing top quality service to both owners and tenants by representing a limited number of houses and providing personalized vacation services.

Since then, Mountain Sea Properties has grown along with the Wales family. As year-round members of the Island’s community, Adam and Jen are dedicated to the vitality of the people of Mount Desert Island. Thus, each year they donate a portion of their proceeds to local organizations devoted to sustaining the beauty and well-being of the Mount Desert Island area.

Jennifer Wales purchased this cottage in 1990


Schooner Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 double
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Living room couch is a new deluxe futon that can sleep two additional people.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We know from our own experience managing family vacations that it can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free. We offer a number of vacation planning services to our tenants including local information and recommendations, catering, massage therapy and house keeping.


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(36 traveler reviews)

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Enchanting Guest House on Private Oceanfront Estate near Downtown Bar Harbor
average rating of 4.861111 based on 36 reviews
Southington, CT

Comfy cozy hideout

  • 5 of 5

We were so happy with our stay in the Guest House! It was perfect for my husband and I; close to Acadia and downtown, but far enough away for plenty of peace and quiet. It was also fun to explore the trail nearby! The house had everything we might need for the week, and we were able to cook most of our meals in the pretty kitchen. We'll definitely be back again!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Jill. I'm glad to hear that you had such a great time on the trails and beach near the house and were able to really settle in and use the kitchen. It really is the perfect blend of privacy and yet so convenient to Bar Harbor. We would love to have you back and look forward to seeing you again. Jen Wales
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Great Location, and just like home!

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage is rustic and picture perfect – and it gives you all the comforts of home. You cannot beat the location! We spent the week feeling like we were deep in the woods of Acadia, with the quiet and privacy of the cottage. We were able to get up every morning to see the sun rise at the rocky point on the nearby beach and then walk or drive into town for a great breakfast.

Being in such close proximity to Acadia, we have found much more time to hike and explore the park. Being within walking distance of Bar Harbor, we could easily run into town for shopping or a good meal.

The Guest House is clean and well-appointed. Everything you need is already there, which makes cooking meals as easy as being at your own home. If there are any questions, Jen is full of recommendations to make your visit even more pleasant. Every evening, after a busy day, we felt like we were coming home.

We have been visiting Acadia for 35 years; this is our 6th straight year in the Guest House. It is by far the nicest and most comfortable place we have stayed at in all these years. We are so happy we found it!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and quiet get away with conveniences of Bar Harbor nearby

  • 5 of 5

Nice, clean, comfortable house. Perfect for a "get away", yet close to Bar Harbor and conveniences. Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, Perfect for our small family, great staging ground for Acadia

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Acadia, that was totally enhanced by our stay at the Guest House! Jen was a great communicator and easy to work with for our booking.

The house is in awesome condition -- and the nice sized kitchen was perfect for cooking our own meals. The living space was comfortable and temperature controlled, and the Acadia resources available at the home facilitated our wonderful time in and around Acadia.

The location of the Guest house was perfect -- in walking distance to Bar Harbour, a secluded rocky beach, forest hiking, and yet still gave us a great sense of privacy.

The next time we return to Acadia -- we will definitely be staying here (if the dates are even open !!) !

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ezra- we always give priority to returning guests as well as discounts!! We would love to have you back again in the future.- jen
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Great Little house in the big woods

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a place in Bar Harbor that puts you in the middle of all the hustle of the town, keep looking. But if you want to feel like you are staying right in the woods of Acadia National Park then look no further. A quaint 2 bedroom house, with all the comforts of home, and all the tools for your own lobster bake, are nestled in a quiet setting that lets you keep the excitement of town at arms length - but close enough for an easy walk or drive if you want. More importantly, a beautiful view of the ocean, with some great rocks to climb or beach to stroll, are just a few minute hike through the woods. Our first trip to Maine and we were so pleased with how much there was to do so close to where we were staying. Four adults and we were never crowded. We really enjoyed this house and if we ever get back to Bar Harbor we would likely search out the Guest House and stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Mary, you captured the very essence of the Guest House! Thank you for your kind words. - Jen
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Convenient, Comfortable and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect for easy entrance to Acadia and exploring the island. The guest house is nice to come "home" to after a day of hiking. We enjoyed sitting in the Adirondack chairs for happy hour. Spring is a lovely time to be on Mt. Desert Island.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor Tenton Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Many in Bar Harbor
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kebo Valley Golf, Bar Harbor Golf, NE Harbor Golf
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Many in Bar Harbor, dinning guide available
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Compass Cove
Car: recommended

The location of this house is perfect. At the end of a small private road through Acadia National Park, the Guest House is only one mile from Bar Harbor where you can access a free shuttle bus that travels around greater Mount Desert Island and through Acadia National Park. The main auto entrance to Acadia National Park is only 2 miles away where you can drive or bike the famous Park Loop Rd and all its attractions.

The Park’s newest trail, built in 2008, allows one to literally walk from the house into the 130-mile network of hiking trails, bike to the 45 miles of Carriage Roads, or simply stroll into town for an ice cream cone. Compass Cove, a little known parcel of Acadia National Park, is just a 5 min walk where there is a secluded and well-protected sand beach and tide pools. This area is a wonderful place to explore with kids or have a quiet sun-drenched beach all to your self.

This cottage is ideal for couples, a small family or a romantic honeymoon retreat.

Other Activities: Next to ocean beach and hiking trails within Acadia National Park. We know from our own experience managing family vacations that it can be quite a job. A little local knowledge and some extra help can make your vacation more enjoyable and hassle free. We offer a number of vacation planning services to our tenants including local information and recommendations, catering, massage therapy and house keeping.

Golf: Famous Kebo Valley Golf Club is just 2 miles away. There is also the Northeast Harbor as well as the Bar Harbor Golf clubs located near by.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

***While a “Book It Now” option is certainly convenient, we still like to do things the old fashion way and actually talk to people! This allows us to answer any questions you may have and ensure that the Guest House is a property that will meet your needs. We look forward to chatting with you soon.***

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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